LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: The Dawgs steamroll the Volunteers in Knoxville, but…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: The Dawgs steamroll the Volunteers in Knoxville, but…

Vance Leavy
Vance Leavy

The Dawgs steamroll the Volunteers in Knoxville, but the high point continues to be their ‘keep chopping’mentality.
Another week for our Dawgs equals another week of celebrating a total team victory. Doesn’t it feel oh so good right now Bulldog Nation?

For most of last week, I felt Georgia and Tennessee would once again play a tight game with the W going to the team with the least amount of mistakes. However, while waiting on my flight to Knoxville on Friday, I spotted the silly banners about Nick Chubb’s knee on Twitter that hung on a few of UT’s fraternity houses.
Big mistake!
If there’s one thing that Georgia players and fans won’t tolerate, it is messing with one of the humblest Bulldogs of all-time. At that point, I knew our Dawgs had the potential to absolutely destroy the already wounded Volunteers. And they did just that from the opening play interception to the very end. It was a day of total domination.
How sweet is was … Georgia 41 – Tennessee 0.
And as you can tell by this excellent photo by BI’s Rob Saye (below), both Chubb and Kirby really savored the win in Rocky Top when speaking with CBS’ sideline reporter, Allie LaForce. Of course, it was the decision by Chubb and his other fellow seniors to stay in Athens that is certainly having a ton to do with the success of the 2017 season thus far.
Nonetheless, like every week, everyone in the Bulldog Nation must quickly hit the reset button as our team hits the road again to Nashville. Each week, Kirby and his players continue chopping wood, which made this cover’s title a no-brainer.
But what does it mean to keep chopping?
Well, for the Tennessee game, I stayed in the team hotel with a good friend of mine Jeff Ramsey and his two young sons, Whit and Rex. I’m happy to report that our players and coaches the morning of the game could’ve passed as a NFL team with their business look and edge. There was no joking around, instead, each player kept his head down while he made it through the lobby. Check out Jeff’s photo of Roquan Smith. Looking oh, so dapper, #3 proves that how you look on the way to the stadium makes a statement to how you perform when in uniform on the field.
And the same could definitely be said about our head coach. Coming down the hotel elevator, I spotted Kirby leaving his room.
It was a private moment (other than by my nosey watchful eyes) of him collecting his thoughts before heading down to lead his team. Then upon arriving to the lobby, Kirby’s seriousness was just what you would want from your head coach. He was ready and so was his team.
Keep chopping Dawgs … keep chopping.
I hope you enjoy this issue of BI. Obviously, taking photos of our fans was an absolute blast in Knoxville. What a treat to be in Neyland Stadium to watch the shutout. Kirby continues to praise our fans for their support and the team will no doubt need us against Vandy on Saturday morning. That’s right, Bulldog Nation kickoff is 11 a.m., CST. Look forward to seeing you in Nashville for a Commodore chopping brunch.
Go Dawgs!!


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