It's an early afternoon kickoff in Athens, so I'll keep this brief, but I'd like to offer a word of thanks to the loyal readers of Dawg Sports not just for your presence, but for your participation.
The recent frequency with which new diaries have been posted is an encouraging sign that what goes on here is not a monologue, but a conversation. This site is moving in the direction of becoming the same sort of community Peter Bean and the rest of the Texas faithful have built at Burnt Orange Nation. This is a good thing and it is your doing. Keep up the good work.
(By the way, while I'm on the subject of Peter Bean, I should add that I didn't just pass a kidney stone. This has been a public service announcement.)
I'd like you to think of the game day open comment thread as the on-line forum for the sorts of observations you'd make if all of us were sitting around watching the game together in a sports bar. Bulldog Nation is a vast and varied place covering a wide expanse on the map, so we can't all be at the same place at the same time while the games are being played, but we can take part in a virtual exchange here and your contributions are most welcome.
Now, on to today's honorary game captain.
The Dawg Sports honorary captain for the Ole Miss game is Musa Smith. Against the Rebels in 2002, the Georgia running back set new career highs by carrying the ball 37 times for 148 yards in a 31-17 victory between the hedges to set up a showdown on the Plains one week later with the Eastern Division crown on the line.
Let's hope this afternoon's game goes as well as the Bulldogs' home date with Mississippi five years ago.