The following article is an opinion piece by the author and represents the views of only the author and not necessarily those of AllOnGeorgia.
They always say there are three things you never talk about: Sports, Religion, and Politics. Anyone that knows me, will tell you that I have no issue talking about any of these topics. My political views are well known in Floyd County. (Let’s go ahead and cover religion.) I am a proud parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. This will come as a shock to no one that I am a rabid, loyal, Red and Black, Georgia Bulldog fan. I have loved the Bulldogs my entire life. This weekend, Georgia heads to the SEC Championship, for a rematch of our only loss this season, against the Auburn Tigers.
Georgia had a mediocre season last year, but that is to be expected. Georgia fans knew Kirby Smart, but we didn’t know Coach Smart. Coach Smart has brought a fire and enthusiasm to Athens. I love watching Coach Smart during the games, almost as much as I love watching the games. This team, this year, just has something so special, and has been one of my favorite seasons in the 44 years that I have been a fan. (Yes, I am turning 45 in a couple of weeks, so I will not count the 1972 season. I am sure my family was trying to get me to cheer for Alabama.) I said to myself, as I often talk to myself, “Be happy with a Top 20 team.”
As this season progressed, I would say to myself, “Let’s be happy with this ranking of the week.” Here we sit, the end of the season, ranked #6 and SEC East Champions. I have taken up Coach Smart’s motto of “Chopping Wood”. You chop a little at a time until the tree falls. I am not sure if the tree will fall Saturday but I hope it does. Georgia will be playing, against a great team, that beat us and Alabama this year. I hope Georgia shows up with a fire and vengeance to prove everyone wrong. I hope, that as I decide which lucky shirt to wear to bring the good ju-ju, Georgia will be the SEC Champions.
However Saturday goes, I will continue to bleed Red and Black. I will continue to cheer “Go Dawgs” and “Hunker Down You Hairy Dawgs”. I will close with the famous quote, from the most amazing college football announcer in the history of the sport, Larry Munson. “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!” But hey, that’s just my opinion!