I recently took a trip overseas to India. It was an awesome experience, and while I was glad I went, I don’t have ANY desire to go back and was very glad to come home.
I won’t get too much into my trip, but one thing from India is the food is all the same. For the duration of my trip, I had basically the same food every day, 3 meals a day (except the one night where we found a Pizza Hut, and I thought I was in heaven). Heavy doses of Naan Bread, lentils, and Kingfisher Beer. The Kingfisher wasn’t all bad.
I like Indian food every now and then. Like, once every couple of years. Needless to say, I’ve had my fill for the next decade.
Our weekly ritual is going to Barberitos on Sunday nights. The little girl especially likes it. We went a couple of weeks back, after my return stateside, and ordered her a cheese quesadilla with black beans. She wasn’t eating it, so I reached over and grabbed a triangle to take a bite. The texture of the loose tortilla and the cheese along with the black beans tasted just like Naan Bread and Lentils. Before I could finish chewing, I had a shiver of fear run up my spine. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. Instinctively, I grabbed a napkin and spit it out.
“What is wrong?” my wife asked.
“Too much like Naan Bread and lentils. Couldn’t do it. Too soon,” I replied as I reached for my tea to wash the taste out.
You may laugh, but go to India and you’ll understand.
I say all that to say I had a similar moment in regards to Georgia Football. I saw a picture of Hutson Mason from a game. For a fleeting moment, I had visions of Joe Cox. The skinny guy wearing #14 throwing a “catchable” ball. I recoiled in horror with visions of Joe Cox throwing another interception or fumbling yet again.
It was too soon to see that.
My fear is that Hutson Mason will be Joe Cox 2.0.
To be fair, Joe Cox did have some good moments. The 4th quarter of the Colorado game in 2006 was mighty exciting. In 2009 he threw a lot of touchdowns. 24, or third most in the SEC that season. But he also had 15 very bad moments, which were the 15 interceptions, or second most in the SEC. The ineptitude vs. Kentucky in 2009 was pretty bad.
Now, I don’t think Mason will be like Joe Cox for three reasons. Todd. Gurley. II. And two more: Keith. Marshall.
The running game in 2009 was inconsistent at best. And the rest of the skill talent at that time on offense was subpar compared to what we have in Athens this year (A.J. Green obviously excluded). The defense was pretty bad, too. It was poorly coached and didn’t have much talent. At least this bunch will have talent.
We saw some good moments from Mason last season, but we also saw some good moments from Joe Cox before he became the starter. I keep going back to the point that I think Cox tried to do too much too often, becuase he looked around and didn’t see much else.
Hopefully, Mason will recognize the talent he has around him, and won’t try to be the superhero.
I’m just glad Mason isn’t a Ginger, otherwise I might be in full on anxiety mode.