Last night, my newborn daughter was being extra fussy. I think it was a combination of gas and being tired, and I felt sorry for her. I’ve been there too (tired and gassy) and have just wanted to cry.
One thing that soothes her in times of discomfort is me walking her around the house, talking to her. I don’t know what type of converstation you are to have with a 10 week old, so I just started talking to her about important things in life.
Like the History of Mark Richt at UGA.
You may laugh, but it works.
Last night, I figured I was on Part III. Parts I and II were covered several weeks ago after we first brought her home. Part I was Richt’s life as OC at FSU and up to his interview at UGA. Part II was the 2001 and 2002 seasons. This is nothing written down, just in my head as I go along. Some folks tell fairy tale bedtime stories, but that is too cliche.
Last night, we ended the career of the Davids in 2003 and 2004.
I noticed a trend in my bedtime stories, and knowing the rest of the story, I sensed a lot of foreshadowing. A couple of weeks ago when discussing the 2002 Florida game, I used the phrase a “far superior UGA team lost to an inferior Florida team.” When talking about the 2003 offseason, I used the phrase “beginning of a trend of off the field issues” and “Richt’s teams often over perform when not much is expcected”, and when talking about 2004 “Richt’s teams often under perform when expectations are high.”
It is those last two that I want to talk about now…Richt’s teams often over perform when not much is expcected and Richt’s teams often under perform when expectations are high.
Specifically, I want to talk about these statements as how they relate to the 2012 season. In many ways, the Bulldogs had high expecations and, although they didn’t win the SEC or play for the BCS title, I don’t think you can say they drastically fell short of expectations. The Bulldogs were expected to be a great team, and were 5 yards short of beating Alabama. 2012 was one of the few seasons where the Bulldogs were expected to do great things (2004, 2008) and actually did. After the Kentucky game fans were ready to proclaim the season as a failure, but upon a fair review it was a success.
But what about 2013?
With a lights out offense, rebuilt defense and a tougher early part of the schedule, what are our expectations in 2013?
I mean, I of course expect greatness. But aside from the Florida-Alabama battles in the early to mid 90s, no team has played in 3 consecutive SEC title games, and only a few have played in two back to back. Can UGA do something that hasn’t been done in 17 years and play for a 3rd straight SEC Championship? Is it reasonable to assume Georgia will contend for a National Title again?
I don’t know these answers. I am still trying to figure it all out.