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Monday, December 4, 2017

How 'Bout Them Dawgs!

I don't talk about sports often on this blog.  In fact, this is the first time.  There's a reason for that.  One, I'm not much of a sports writer and two, when it comes to my team I've found that sometimes I hold victories and defeats a little too close.  

Watching my Georgia Bulldogs lose would sometimes ruin a Saturday for me.  Three years ago, I made the conscious decision to not let my football team's performance effect my life in such a way.  Not writing about them helps me keep that focus.

That said, I watch almost every single game.  I root hard while they're playing and I repeatedly use language totally becoming of the sailor I am. My wife tends to stay on the other side of the room but trust me, she swears too.  

Fifteen years ago, I flew across the country to see my Georgia Bulldogs win the SEC Championship.  That year had been a mixed bag.  We had no shot at all of being the in the National Championship game, but seeing us beat Arkansas and win our conference was enough for me. When we went back three years later and won it again, I couldn't make it to the game but I told myself we'd be back soon enough. I was right but both times we got beat.  Once by LSU and again the following year in what may be the most heartbreaking loss I've every experienced when we came one play away from beating Alabama and punching our ticket to the National Championship game against Notre Dame.

It's been a long twelve years since we've held that Southeastern Conference Champions trophy, which is what makes last Saturday night so sweet.  Watching my Dawgs dismantle Auburn (28 unanswered points) and punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff was a thing of beauty.  I have a lot of friends back in Athens right now who are happier than they've been in years.  

It's a four week wait until we play on New Year's Day.  It'll give us time to get healthy and get ready for what will certainly be the biggest contest we've had all season.  For now though, I hope those players and coaches take a day or two just to let this win sink in.  It's been a long time coming and they've made the entire Dawg Nation proud.


Lisanne Harrington said...

Never was one for college sports, although my dad and I watched a lot of pro football in the 70s. Vikings, Bears, Rams. Aw, the Rams...

Doug said...

Woof, Woof, Woof. Doug Hall, AJB '72, UGA

Cary said...

I was raised as a Georgia Bulldog fan and went there after I got out of the Navy. Later, I met my wife out here and she moved back with me and finished her degree there also. We're both pretty rabid about watching Georgia Football (pun totally intended). It's pretty much the only sport we follow though. We're not big on pro football. We are big on the Olympics though. Our house kind of shuts down for a couple of weeks every two years. Even my daughter is into the games.