Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
You only get so many crisp fall afternoons in Sanford Stadium per season, and the last one of the year is coming up. That calls for a drink.
It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying a Mountain Drew while looking forward to a season in which we hoped that the Georgia Bulldogs might, just might, have a shot at playing for an SEC or even a National Championship.
And here we are, with two games left in the regular season, and with both of those goals still attainable. As in so many other things in life, college football is not a destination but a journey. It's a journey that, for fans, is far too short. The season's certainly not over, but this Saturday will be the last home game in the friendly confines of the Classic City for the year. And for many Bulldogs, it will be their last game on the Sanford Stadium turf ever. Some of them, like Bacarri Rambo, Christian Robinson, and Tavarres King seem to me to have been in Athens since the original Allen's could pass a health inspection and Peter Buck had all his hair.
Others, like big John Jenkins, will be leaving 'ere we really got a chance to know them. And that's to say nothing of some juniors who we all hope will stay for one more year but who, if we're being perfectly honest, probably owe it to themselves and their families to take their talents to the NFL (paging Jarvis Jones to the courtesy phone . . .). Thanksgiving's not for another week, and believe me I'll be here a week from now to count my blessings. But for now, suffice it to say that I am mighty thankful for how this season has turned out so far.
There are obviously still major goals to be accomplished. But now is a good time to stop and consider where this program was in November of 2010, how far we've come, and to embrace the fact that it's been a damned good year.
So this week's cocktail is . . .
Readers' choice. Your favorite beer, that new small batch bourbon your buddy recommended, mixed drinks, whatever. Just list it in the comments, and also be sure to tell us which of the senior Bulldogs you think we should remember most, and why. Also feel free to use this as your open comment thread for the impending Wahoo on Tarheel ACCtion coming up at 7:30 on ESPN. Until later . . .