We are about halfway through the 2013 campaign, and what we anticipate for 8 months out of the year is almost over. It has been quite the season, emotionally. From the highs of anticipation of the first game, to the opening loss, to the excitement of successfully fielding an onside kick to the anxiousness of having your defense needing to make a stop 4th and inches on their two yard line.
I could go on, but you get the point. Lots of wide ranging emotions with this team.
That was evident on Saturday evening. We experienced so many highs and lows throughout the game, that it was a roller coaster of emotion.
So there are a few different ways you can look at the current state of Georgia football. The Dawgs are 4-1, ranked #7 in the land, have a win over two top ten teams and thrilling victory in Neyland Stadium, and despite how bad Tennessee is, that hasn’t happened all that often.
But Saturday’s game felt like a loss in many ways. During and after the game, I obviously wanted to win and was excited when we did, but in a lot of ways it felt like we lost. There still is a chance for greatness this season, a Rudy like miracle story. Realistically, the road to all of our expectations just got very bumpy.
After the game, my wife asked how I was doing. I replied “Not good.” She asked if she was going to find me in the middle of the night this week, writing “ACL” over and over again in a trance like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. That probably isn’t too far off.
Before any of us start discussing how the injuries will affect the team going forward, and I suspect that topic will be covered to death in the coming days, we must offer our thoughts and prayers to the guys on the team who suffered the injuries. There is a human element here that must not get overlooked. Marshall, JSW, Mitchell, Bennett are all sons, brothers, boyfriends, and friends to someone. We’ve seen many cases where guys recover from knee injuries and come back fine. We want to wish all the injured players all the best and hope for a speedy recovery, football be damned.