People who read this blog have probably come to know me, as one reader put it, a “Downer Dawg”. I typically sees things with a glass half empty. I am always worried and pessimistic when it comes to my teams. Can you blame me? I pull for the Dawgs (no national title since 1980), the Braves (14 consecutive division titlesbut just 1 World Series), and the Falcons (we got our first back to back winning seasons just last year). My teams are just known for finding ways to just screw it up.
Since last season, starting with the Kentucky game, I have railed about the bigger issues related to this program. Sure we had problems with “in over their head” coaches such as Willie Martinez and Mike Bobo. But the problems I felt were always bigger than that. The team has and still lacks discipline, focus, and truly a lack of appreciation among some of the players of “What it Means to be a Bulldog.”
I continued this criticism after the South Carolina game and again after last week’s loss to Arkansas. I opined that I hoped that new Athletic Director Greg McGarity would have what it took to make the BIG decision at the end of 2010, if the season did not turn around dramatically.
Well, here we are we. Embarrassed on the road by a Mississippi State, a club that will probably finish 9th or 10th overall in the league. Georgia is now 2-7 in their last 9 SEC games. So I’m sure many of you expect me to write another article ripping everyone from the head coach, to the assistant coaches, to the trainers. You won’t find that today. As often as I have ripped the goings on with the University of Georgia football program the last couple of years, I always hope that I am wrong. Deep down I always have a slight glimmer of hope that Mark Richt will turn it around and lead us back to the promised land. Last night as I sat there and watched what was taking place in Starkville, a cold dose of reality set it in like a fist to the gut. Richt will not bring this team back. He looks defeated and out of answers. And to top it all off, Demetrius Baker was arrested for DUI at 4:30 this morning. I’m glad he was taking the loss as hard as I was. I am no longer angry or upset. I’m just….well….sad.