If Willie Martinez is still your favorite team's defensive coordinator and a meteor hasn't taken out Gene Chizik's School for People Who Totally Don't Believe In Smooth Career Trajectories (like their fearless leader) you probably need a drink. Allow me to help.
I am obviously pessimistic about this game, for a few fairly logical reasons. That being said, it is the Georgia/Auburn game. A logical outcome is the least likely result. I often dedicate our pregame cocktail to an individual player who I believe will have a significant impact on the outcome of Saturday's contest. Against Auburn however that would be an exercise in futility. Because this game is marked by the play of guys like Tra Battle and Michael Johnson. If the Georgia Bulldogs are to beat the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on Saturday it will be because of the efforts of an unexpected hero who has the game of his life.
It might be Tavarres King catching a pass to set up Blair Walsh's gamewinning field goal. It might be Marcus Dowtin recovering a fumble to halt a last minute Tiger charge. Perhaps Drew Butler will flip the field on a crucial punt or Fred Munzenmaier will charge through the line of scrimmage, across the goalline and into series history. I don't know who the next unsung hero of The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry will be, but I can't wait to find out. My sincere wish is that in Athens this morning the young man who will slay the WarPlainsTigerChupacabraPlatypi is walking to class or having breakfast or watching SportsCenter with no idea that after the game we will be toasting his status as our latest tiger killer with . . .
A Tiger Killer: Step 1- Mix 2 and 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels, 2 and 1/2 oz. orange juice, 1 oz. of triple sec,and 1 oz. grenadine over crushed ice. Step 2-Enjoy. Step 3-Think of Brandon Cox, and smile a warm little smile that will always dwell somewhere in the recesses of your soul. God Bless that limp-armed interception dispenser.
As always, feel free to leave your weekend libation suggestions and conjecture on who might make a name for himself against Auburn this weekend in the comments. Until later . . .