November 30, 2015

Thoughts on the Richt Firing

To paraphrase Lewis Grizzard, Mark Richt's been fired and I ain't feelin' too good myself. I'm not going to lie, and even though a time or two the past couple of seasons I've openly wondered if we needed to move in a new direction, I just...don't feel good about it.
Looking back, I think the end was really a year or so into the making. Trying to incorporate "The Process" of Saban and 'Bama into "The Georgia Way" didn't seem like a good fit. I think whatever happened some weeks back - the "incident," or the "altercation" - whatever it was - was a direct result of that. With that said, I wonder if it could have developed into something rather amazing. The infusing of that operations system into ours would certainly be difficult, but what if it reached a point of equilibrium (which, for the record, I think we were right there), and it was going to be the new model in which to run a program. We'll never know now. At least at UGA.
And naturally it was all about money and politics in terms of this firing happening at the time it did. Just a quick back-of-the-envelop calculation will tell you that only about 1/3 of the fan base was really unhappy. In terms of who really made this happen - the high dollar folk - truly just a minuscule percentage. But, like with the political system, the old model still holds major sway at most major athletic departments and the alternate golden rule is in effect. But think about this - the bastards wouldn't even let the fan base have the entire weekend to enjoy the Tech victory. No, their frantic desiring to finally rid ourselves of Richt was too much. You could feel it all the way from Athens. Seriously...
I wish Mark Richt nothing but the best. I love him, and I know many of us do.
And I think T. Kyle King may have been right - if Damon Evans had hailed a cab some time back, things might be very different right now. Of course, you could say that with several other events as well. But...interesting to think about.
In terms of our new coach? Hell, I don't know. We'll get somebody. As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, I think I'm at the point where I'm going to take on a secondary college team from our great state. UGA will still by my Alma Mater and I will still try to get to at least a few games like I always do, but I'm fascinated by maybe watching a Mercer game. Maybe throwing them a few bucks. The upstart Kennesaw St. program. Georgia State needs all the help they can get. Hey, competition, changing things up, and the free market - always a good thing.
As always, it's a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog.

November 29, 2015

[GYSB] - The Sunday Treatment, A Trip Around the Dawgosphere, and some thoughts on Richt...

Greetings, fine readers.

Hope it's good out there for everyone. It's been a bit since we've last conversed, and for that, I apologize. To use an electoral term, I had to reset my precincts.

But this isn't about politics. No, this is about the Greatest Program in the History of College Football. Sorry, 'Bama, we know you have a bunch more trophies but you don't have Uga, the Hedges, the Chapel Bell, Downtown, the legend of Herschel, and a few score other things. You've got your own deal. Now, you have The Process. seems to be working out for you. So good for you.

It is in the estimation of this writer that the 2015 version of the Georgia Dawgs will go down as the worst 9-3 team in the history of college football. But hey...better lucky than good, right?

In terms of the Dawgosphere, I think that's a feature I'm going to put on the shelf for the time being. If you're reading this, then you've already read or probably will read the usual suspects. My favs are Bernie, Tyler at GA Sports Blog, and naturally, that esteemed magnificent Jew Lawyer - the one and only one - the Honorable Sen. Blutarsky.


Regarding Richt:

He's our coach. We love him. But let's see what happens in the bowl game. And naturally there's the whole Eason thing to study on. And them o'er boys. They all seem to really like Richt, and their folks, too. There's the money concerns. Coalitions, Alliances, and Power Plays. Shit. Maybe this is a story about politics...

Certainly Richt seems to be living the charmed life; one has to think about that. There's something more to this story that I just can't quite put my finger on...a story from Antiquity, maybe? No. Duality of Man. Evil Richt???!!! } cue the dramatic music { Ha, ha...just having some fun with you, you beautiful, wonderful readers. No, but one certainly has to entertain the idea that perhaps this man's faith is, indeed, helping him.

And finally - I think it was Bernie, or was it Tyler...think it was Tyler, who reminded us that almost every close win this year was a just about a complete redo of any number of Dooley games during the 80's. We all know the formula: solid kicking game, killer D, and an offense that flirted with abomination. As I said, John Lastinger would have felt right at home here, and somewhere George Haffner is smiling...

As the wise one says, "Ain't no tellin'!"