‘Sup? I had most of this post written yesterday so I’m going to add a few links before a 4 pm call because I want to talk about my beloved DAWGS’ valiant effort Saturday. It was heartwrenching and beautiful and I loved the way they played like men and vikings. And I hope all this can finally put to rest the ridiculous notion that Mark Richt isn’t one of the best coaches the program has ever seen because, as this Bleacher Report article points out nicely, building a program is a long haul. Getting rid of the person who built it now seems like crazy talk to me. But, as a friend of mine said Sunday, “I just hate to lose.” We all do my friend. But those boys on the field and their coaches hate it way more than we do. Let’s show them some respect for the amazing game they played — and I mean the best one I’ve ever seen and rightly called possibly the greatest the SEC has seen — and not thank them for putting their hearts and souls and blood and guts on the field by calling for the head of their leaders who love them and stand up for them. Loyalty in sports is also part of the win.
So, because I grew up discussing football games in my living room with the brothers who all played and were all very good, and my Dad, who was also very good when he played as a young person, I called my Dad and talked to my little bro about the game. They know the game of football well enough to catch things others miss and both Pops and Dan, independently of each other, said there was a lot of holding going on that Alabama wasn’t being penalized for and that Georgia was. Pops reminded me that Alabama had ONE penalty — for 5 yards — going into the 4th Q. In the SEC Championship game and (who are we kidding) the National Championship game for all intents and purposes. That does seem — odd… . Especially when this kind of thing was happening. Don’t know if you can see it here but the ref pretty much watches this go down and never even reaches for his flag. and this was absolutely intended to hurt Murray. Were he a bigger man, physics would not have been on his side when he came down on his neck and shoulders and this could have been very bad. In fact, Murray had to go cop a squat on the sideline and he looked shaken. Must have been a sobering moment for him to realize that the refs weren’t going to protect him from 350 lb linemen. And yet still we came within 5 yards and a time out of taking that game from the reigning champs. And I think both Richt and the team deserve accolades and love for their efforts. As for the Richt “meanness” issue, and maybe it’s just because I watched my brother Andrew lose his chance at playing college football after a nasty hit IN PRACTICE his senior year of high school tore every ligament in his leg to the tune of more than one surgery to correct, I don’t have much respect for a Saban who teaches his guys to take out the QB. Would always rather have a Richt because, look here, Alabama did NOT beat us as much as the clock just ran out. Even Saban admitted it. And with the questionable officiating tacked on to that, Richt, to my mind, has proved that his style of gentle giant coaching works, works well, and develops the character of these young men — and I don’t care if you hate to lose. That’s important. Just look to Kansas City if you have doubts about that.
Anyway, I see good things for the future of the UGA football program. And you can hold me to that. Go DAWGS!!!!!
Watched this again this weekend. So great.
Well this is pretty exciting! Ancient aliens!!!! (ahem…sorry. Just got excited…)
I’ll be dancing later but I figure I can stop in Cleveland Park later and pick up some bacon. Because fried rice is something everyone should perfect…
This is a fun little listen. Used to write for this publication. Seems like a million years ago…
I knew it! Alexander does have a kind of thug look in his eye most of the time. Couldn’t listen to The Prodigy for a while because it was one of the bands the ex ruined for me. Association issues….
Okay this is just boss. And if you want to see these two in some of their dancing pieces, I’ve included a few below. Inspires me, too.
Allison at this link. Such a beautiful piece.