As I sit down to write this week’s installment I find myself experiencing both jubilation and heartbreak. And I’m sure everyone in the Bulldog Nation is feeling just about the same.
The high certainly has everything to do with how our boys in red and black simply wouldn’t go down in Knoxville this past Saturday night. The fight in these Bulldogs certainly had UGA legend Dan Magill smiling. That’s what bulldogs are known for and our football team exemplified it in the highest degree.
The low I’m feeling has everything to do with the gutwrenching injuries that were sustained in Knoxville. Both Keith Marshall and Justin Scott-Wesley were lost for the season with torn ACLs.
I was seven rows back from the Georgia bench, which gave me a birds-eye view of the dejection these players were feeling knowing their season of playing the sport they love so dearly was over. It truly was hard to watch. And we will have to wait and see the longterm status of Michael Bennett, who also suffered a knee injury (Bennett is out for the Missouri game).
Nonetheless, football is a team sport and when a fellow brethren goes down it’s the duty of his teammates to pick him up. And, man oh me, did our team do that versus the Vols. Once again, quarterback Aaron Murray took his team on his shoulders and countered every blow the Big Orange (or Gray) threw.
Yes, there were lucky breaks that went the Bulldogs way, but those don’t happen if a team flinches or quits. As the old saying goes, when opportunity knocks, you must take advantage of the situation. And folks like J.J. Green, Brendan Douglas and Marshall Morgan and Rantavious Wooten most certainly did that.
And then there is the Georgia fan base that continues to answer the bell with every cardiac contest. Yes, they all knew the dream was close to being over, but they dug deeper to give our team the support they needed. For this reason, our cover displays photos of nothing but Georgia fans. It is a tribute to the awesome job they have done this season, but most importantly it’s a challenge for everyone to be in Sanford Stadium on time for the high noon kickoff Saturday versus the Missouri Tigers.
And please don’t take Missouri lightly. These guys are lighting up the scoreboard, which doesn’t bode well for our defense that continues to struggle with making key stops.
I realize the game time is extremely early, but I’m banking that the most boisterous Bulldog Nation in the last thirty years is going to have the stadium rocking. Keep it going Dawg fans and keep it going Coach Richt and company. Let’s take care of business Saturday like the Bulldogs we are.
Enjoy this issue of BI. Making the road trip and still hitting our Sunday night deadline always creates a bigger challenge. But like our team and its fans, there’s no quit in the BI team. Look forward to seeing everyone bright and early Saturday … Woof, Woof, Woof!