We begin the 2016 Season at the beginning, without looking back to the past and without wondering what might have been if only.... The would've, could've, should've and if only's are like sunk costs in trying to make a decision; they simply don't count. Those days are gone, those decisions are made.
We are marching forward, albeit in a new direction and we have some things to celebrate. There is both the Team Win and the return of Nick Chubb in all it's gloriousness. Kirby Smart has come home to UGA to take over as the Head Man In Charge of our Bulldog Football Team and we enter the 2016 season and the Smart Era simultaneously.
It is our intention to celebrate Georgia Football Wins whenever and wherever they occur. What we need is a new name for this post. The following names, in no particular order, have been suggested to me either publicly or privately.
- Kirb Your Enthusiasm
- Kirby Kool-Aid Kountdown
- Kirby Smart Notch On The Victory Post
- Kirby Smart Conquest Alert
- Smart Era Win Tracker
- Kirby OutSmarted Them Victory Report
- Smart Dawg Win Report
- Kirby Smart Conquest Count
While this is a benevolent dictatorship, we invite you to please select your favorite in the poll below. Now to the business at hand.
There have been some outstanding coaches in the history of Georgia Football. In the final edition of the Mark Richt Victory Watch, the Mayor graciously stepped in to write what I could not and provided us with these facts: Over the course of his career at Georgia, Mark Richt coached 196 games and his teams provided us with 145 wins and 51 losses for a career winning percentage of .7398. At the same point in their respective careers, Coach Wally Butts stood at 117-70-9 and .6199 and Coach Vince Dooley stood at 133-57-6 and .6939. As it stands, Coach Mark Richt is the winningest coach in Georgia Football History followed by Coach Vince Dooley.
Today, Coach Kirby Smart is nearly 41 years old. Should he remain Head Coach at Georgia for the remainder of his career and retire at age 65, he will have 24 full seasons of 12 regular season games for 288 regular season games (plus of course bowl games and SEC title games) leaving him ample opportunity to surpass his predecessors as the winningest coach in Georgia Football history. It is upon this premise that we begin counting games to the eventual passing of the Title, "Winningest Coach In Georgia Football History."
It is therefore my deepest honor and privilege to bring to you for the first time, the Nameless Victory Post.
Coach Kirby Smart currently boasts a perfect 1-0 record, and a 1.000 winning percentage having carded his first win over the UNC Tar Heels in the Georgia Dome, largely brought to us by the return of Mr. Nicholas J. Chubb, who is, perhaps, the G.O.A.T.* At the identical juncture in their careers:
Vince Dooley's first game as head coach at the tender age of 31 resulted in a loss to the eventual SEC Champions, the 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide starting Coach Dooley off with a record of 0-1 or 0.000.
Coach Mark Richt newly hired by Vince Dooley was also 1-0 (1.000) after winning his first game as a Bulldog over Arkansas State to begin the 2001 season.
Coach Kirby Smart begins what we hope will be a long, glorious head coaching career at the University of Georgia tied with the winningest coach in Georgia History and ahead of the second winningest coach in Georgia history.
As always . . .
Go 'Dawgs !!!
*As in Greatest Of All Time, not as in The Goat Roast which is the party we're throwing on the 24th at the Blind Pig on Washington at which we hope to see you. I am bringing at least Sailors & Marines and likely some Army men as well. Anyone attempting to actually roast Mr. Chubb will be removed and possibly injured.