So first, to quote our dearly beloved Mayor on today's game:
For the first time in University of Georgia history, the Bulldogs have scored 34 or more points in each of the first seven games of a season. Before 2014, the school record had been five in a row to start a season. Before 2012, the school record had been two in a row to start a season.
The Georgia Bulldogs are now 5-0 all-time against the Arkansas Razorbacks within the boundaries of the Natural State. (Yes, Arkansas's state nickname is "the Natural State"; presumably, life there is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.) The Bulldogs have beaten the Razorbacks in six different cities: Memphis (1987 Liberty Bowl), Shreveport (1991 Independence Bowl), Fayetteville (four times), Athens (twice), Atlanta (2002 SEC Championship Game), and Little Rock (today).
In the Mark Richt era, the Bulldogs are 45-15 on their opponents' home fields. (In Arkansas's case, that includes the Razorbacks' two home fields.)
Now then...Nick Chubb is one of only three players to both don the red & black uniform and rush for more than 200 yards in a single game as a freshman. The other two are Rodney Hampton and Herschel Walker.
Yours truly had the joy & pleasure of attending today's outing in Little Rock and happened to be seated second row just to the right of the players as they entered the locker room. Courtesy of that seat assignment, I was able to hear David Andrews speak to the defense just before they took the field. He said, "We ain't done shit all year! We didn't do shit last year!" Those boys were fired up taking the field. As they entered the locker room at the half, I about lost an arm high fiving the various players. I still have something of a voice left, but not much.
When time had run out and the players made their way to the locker room, they stopped to raise 3 fingers along with the fans in continued support of the #FreeGurley movement. I may have also seen the words "Free Gurley" written on the tape on one or more players.
Post-game Mr. Podunkdawg & I found ourselves at a lovely little place called Zack's on University Drive where we were both welcomed and well served. Should you find yourself in Little Rock in need of adult libations, I recommend you stop by.
Today my beloved Bulldog players continued the winning streak in games I attend in the state of Arkansas*. It is therefore my honor and my privilege to once again bring to you the Mark Richt Victory Watch.
Mark Richt has now secured his 132nd career win, in only 178 total games as the head man in charge between the hedges. Coach Richt currently boasts a 132-46 record and a .741 winning percentage. At the identical juncture in their careers, Coach Wally Butts was 111-59-8 (.624) following a loss to Kentucky in 1954 and Vince Dooley was 117-55-6 (.657) following a 33-10 over Florida in 1979.
Mark Richt remains statistically head and shoulders above his historical coevals at the same point in their respective careers.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and may you enjoy sweet dreams of Gurley winning the Heisman and the goings on in the Gainesville to the South**. Until later . . .
*We are 4-0 in games I have attended and 5-0 in all games played in Arkansas.
**I continue to believe this will happen. Don't bother trying to be logical or reasonable with me on this point. As Mr. Podunkdawg will tell you, I am anything but reasonable about Georgia Football.