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A year of the Dawg

Posted in Bowls, Catharsis, Gung Ho, Lessons Learned, Memories, Memphis with tags , on Saturday December 31st, 2011 \pm\31 2:39 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

On the evening of December 31, 2010, as I walked out of the Liberty Bowl, it began to rain. I sought shelter under a tent to wait out the sudden downpour and thought about the game I had just seen the Dawgs lose to the University of Central Florida Knights. And I wondered how in the world we ever got to where we were.

“There’s reasons why we ended up the way we did,” Richt said. “We’ve got to make changes. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again in the future. When you start saying ‘change,’ that doesn’t necessarily mean personnel… It’s more of how we go about our business. We’re going to improve. We’re going to get Georgia where it belongs.”

I was worried. I knew what was coming and I dreaded it. And it was as if the weather was playing along, crying for me and them Dawgs. No, actually, after the way we played that game in the Liberty Bowl, we didn’t deserve any sympathy. And Coach Richt was right. Things had to change.

“I don’t know if you’d call that the straw that broke the camel’s back or that last spark that lit the fire that got things moving around here,” tight end Aron White said. “It was definitely time for a change. … It definitely got us going. It definitely lit a fire under us and got us to working and pushing.”

And now look at us. A year later and a completely different team from the one that limped out of Memphis and back home to Athens. As I think back on that night a year ago and I remember that hard rain that fell after the game, I’ve come to realize that it was a cleansing rain. And I’m glad Memphis and the Liberty Bowl happened. Because it precipitated a change within the program that we all love. A change that we can now be proud of.

Happy New Year, folks. Let’s keep this thing rolling and start off 2012 undefeated.

Go Dawgs!

Just when I’d almost forgotten

Posted in Catharsis, Memories, You mad bro? with tags , on Friday December 23rd, 2011 \pm\31 3:02 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Matt Hinton at Dr. Saturday names his Top 10 plays of 2011 and, oh hey, look at number 8:

The Gamecocks were outgained by more than 100 total yards in that game and generated just two touchdown drives to Georgia’s five. But who needs offense when the defense and special teams are perfectly capable of manufacturing points of their own?

Remember Melvin Ingram? I’m trying to forget. There’s an accompanying video. Yay.

Vandy is coming

Posted in Bowls, Catharsis, Other People's Business with tags , on Thursday December 15th, 2011 \pm\31 2:31 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Exercise extreme caution in the Liberty Bowl game against Vanderbilt, Cincinnati.

“We’ll be aggressive,” Coach James Franklin said.

And you know what that means. Yes, I’m still bitter about Kwame.

Cheering on the “G”

Posted in Catharsis, Other People's Business, The League with tags , on Monday December 12th, 2011 \am\31 11:09 am by Big Muddy Dawg

So my buddy Joe, who’s the LSU fan at work, is also a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan. I don’t know how many of you follow the NFL but yesterday, the Green Bay Packers faced off against the Oakland Raiders. Nobody was giving the Raiders a chance because, first off, the Packers are the best team in the League right now. Also, the Raiders were missing some key players due to injury, including Darren McFadden.

The more I thought about this game, the more the situation reminded me of our SEC Championship game against LSU. And so, to my shame, I found great joy in watching the Packers absolutely demolish Joe’s hapless Raiders, 46-16. But, hey, it’s like Justin Scott-Wesley said:

Chin up, boys

Posted in Catharsis, You mad bro? with tags , on Sunday December 4th, 2011 \pm\31 2:46 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Other than the ability for near-instantaneous, worldwide communication, you know what I love about Twitter? The fact that everyone has a voice that can be heard ’round the world. And you know what I hate about Twitter? The fact that everyone has a voice that can be heard ’round the world.

Look, I know the game last night was frustrating. It hurt like a sucking chest wound to lose like we did. Just typing the previous two sentences brought back a wave of anguish that  makes me want to smash things. But you know what it doesn’t make me want to do? Berate and insult 18-22 year old student athletes who represent and play for the university and team that I love.

You think you guys feel bad about that loss? How do you think our guys feel? They are the ones who have sacrificed and bled all year long and, now, when they are at their lowest, some of you chose to add insult to injury. I hope it made you guys feel a whole lot better to say the things you said because, I assure you, you’re the only ones who do feel better. Actually, you know what? I don’t really give a fuck how you guys feel.

Go Dawgs!

Short but sweet

Posted in Catharsis with tags , on Saturday December 3rd, 2011 \pm\31 7:18 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Only 363 days until the rematch.

Go Dawgs!

See. Hear. Speak.

Posted in Catharsis, Grey Bar Hotel, Other People's Business on Wednesday November 9th, 2011 \pm\30 4:02 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

I’m sorry guys. But this whole Penn State/Joe Paterno/Sanduskyfuckhead thing is really blowing my mind. I guess I’m just having trouble with how so many people could ignore such despicable acts for so long.

I’d say we should rename them the Nittany Monkeys but I’d hate to disparage simians everywhere.

The mourning after

Posted in Allaying my own fears, Catharsis, Pre-game jitters with tags , on Wednesday November 2nd, 2011 \am\30 7:31 am by Big Muddy Dawg

It occurred to me as I drifted off to a fitful sleep last night that, had yesterday’s announcement of suspensions happened earlier in the year, I would be infinitely more worried about how much of an impact it would make on our next game. Fortunately, we face a somewhat weak non-conference opponent this weekend.

But the real reason I’m not quite so terribly worried is because I’ve seen our defense consistently bail us out of bad situations. When our offense or special teams have let us down, the defense has, more often than not, saved the day.

And, hey, at least this time the offense had the courtesy of letting the defense know it had screwed up before rather than during the game. It’s like we’ve called ahead to make reservations. “Unfocused, party of three, your bench is ready!”

Go Dawgs!

Kwame versus Logan: another view

Posted in Catharsis, Dinky Dau with tags , on Thursday October 20th, 2011 \am\31 11:52 am by Big Muddy Dawg

Mind over matter

Posted in Catharsis, Fearless Leader with tags , on Monday October 17th, 2011 \am\31 10:00 am by Big Muddy Dawg

After spending some time yesterday watching the replay, I worked on a pretty scathing write up of the ending of the game. But I’ve come to realize something about myself. When I’m worked up about something, it is often better for me to sleep on it, so to speak, before lashing out. It just works out better for all involved when I practice this restraint. In doing this, I came to another realization.

Throughout my time as a Dawgs fan, I’ve never really put much thought into the Vanderbilt Commodores. To me, they are just another opponent on the schedule – another obstacle to get through. This hasn’t changed. They’re still Vanderbilt and I still don’t care about them.

So you go, Coach Franklin. Do what you do. I don’t mind because you don’t matter.

Go Dawgs!

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