I searched to see if this is biblical or if it was poetry or just where my feeble brain picked up such a notion. Apparently, or at least according to a search of the interwebs by Google, my brain has picked up on a Scottish proverb. I suppose that today is as good a day as any to begin with my confessions. Here goes:
I don't hate the University of Florida or even UF fans. As a matter of fact, in my classes I have several children who
have been abused by their parents are Florida fans. Two of those children are the offspring of a fellow teacher at our school. They are truly sweet girls and I am proud to say they attend school where I teach. They are credits to their generation, and I mean that sincerely.
I can even go on to remind you of my ONE trip to Jax for the game and how I'm undefeated in Jax. I could continue on and mention again that after Robert Edwards made the mighty Gators say "uncle" in 1997, the Gator fans around me and the ones that I ran into outside the stadium, were extremely complimentary of our team and even cordial about the whole thing.
However, if there's one thing I can't stand, it's losing to those Gators and doing it on a regular basis. It's almost like losing a bowl game. It's eerily reminiscent of the 1983 Sugar Bowl and facing the Pitt Panthers, just on a near annual basis. To quote a prominent college football coach from a few years ago, "I'm a man, I'm (almost) 40"! But the fact is, I can't take it. I dispise losing to them more than I dispise losing to Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama (and that brings some family ribbing), LSU, Kentucky, Vandy, MSU, Ole Miss, Clemson, Colorado, Oklahoma State, and UAB combined. Ok, maybe that was a little much, but I still dispise losing this game.
Much has been said about how to correct this issue and I'm positive there will be many more posts about what, who, when, where, and why change needs to happen. I'm not qualified to really make a reasonable arguement about such things. I know what I believe but I don't know about all the statistical reasons that others could use to argue opposing viewpoints. The simple fact is this, I hate losing to them. I want my team to play with such intensity and determination that by the time the 4th quarter gets started, the opposing teams and all those talking heads at the game and the spitters on wrap up shows are all talking about how this team appears to be able to beat most of the NFL. I want to get back to the point where I can listen to my UGA CD and sing along with "Let the Big Dawg Eat" and sing with conviction as opposed to trepidation.
I think I want what we all want as Dawg fans. How we get there is up for some debate, however that's not the point here. The point here is to see that for us to reach that point, we as fans must understand that we all have ideas. Some will agree with us, others won't, but as
a fanbase the Bulldog Nation, we have to focus on keeping ourselves together even when we disagree on the best way to get where we want to go. There's no reason to turn on ourselves in the debate about which direction we head from here. Instead, we should be more of what I perceive to be a military like attitude; I'm not leaving my battle buddy: not today, not tomorrow, not the day after that, not ever. I'll listen to what he has to say, take it in, ponder it, try to look at his side, my side, and possibly some other sides of the equation, and do what I can to decipher what I think is the best possible solution, and support it. While doing that, I'll support my team, my coaches, my university. I think the late, great Lewis Grizzard said it best on one of those albums he released: "I was Bulldog born, and Bulldog bred, and when I die I'll be by God Bulldog dead".