I got real pissed last night...not from the game. No, I was actually proud of these Dawgs--more on that in a second. No, I got pissed reading exchanges between the flame-throwing crowd and the--let's call them loyalists. I woke up this morning, still angry and spent all day thinking about this: who died and made all of you flame-throwing-fire-CMR-folks football geniuses? Some of y'all are going to take offense at that, and that's fine--tells me the character of the individual I'm dealing with. But let me make an analogy.
My profession is the profession-of-arms. One I've had the distinct pleasure and honor of performing for 18 years now. I'm by no means a person in a position to provide national-level security policy opinions, with any authority at least. But I do know a thing or two about what we we're doing in this global war on terrorism. And I love it when people not associated with the military provide me with "advice" on how best to conduct military operations. Because Lord knows, we don't have any experts in the DoD, and Bubba at the bar just got done watching that Oliver North program.
Still reading? If so, here's my point: I absolutely equate the "Fire CMR to Save Our Program" folks to the same, well-intentioned, red-blooded Americans who tell me we should just "Nuke Pakistan/Iran/Iraq/Country du jour," and that will solve all of our terrorism problems. It is completely asanine! Military operations require more than a passing knowledge of current events and a subscription to the military channel. As does running a major college football program require more than ESPN and a copy of "Coaching Football for Dummies" book. (Dawg Sports, however, will give you some major street cred!)
I'm not going to lay out emperical data defending CMR--TKK, Vineyarddawg, and others (sorry if I forgot some of you DGDs) have done that AD NAUSEUM! No, I'm going to point to this game--this game proved why CMR is the coach for this team. Yes we lost, but in overtime, on a freshman mistake. We were down 21-7 at half. Dawgs of old would have folded, and it would have been a repeat of 2008/9. No, this team came out in the second half scrapping. In fact, I think if I had to nail down one thing that was wrong with our Dawgs yesterday--they were TOO amped! (Again, not getting too much into the weeds, so please don't insult my intelligence and spout off that I didn't note the 2 first quarter picks by AM, etc etc yada yada.)
I gauge a person on their reaction to adversity and how they handle it. CMR, his staff and these players have impressed the hell out of me in that department. I can promise you Auburn and GT are not going to take us lightly. And you can bet, there's fight left in these Dawgs--and that, my friends is the sign of a great leader! That is my Georgia Bulldogs head coach!