Is your favorite college football team facing a challenge from its cross-border rival with the SEC East potentially on the line?
Is there a chance you’ll get a call from Kirby Smart tonight wondering if you could come down to Jacksonville and bring your cleats, just in case he needs you?
Then you could probably use a drink. I can help with that.
First, some numbers. Kyle Trask has thrown 18 touchdown passes through four games. Georgia has scored a total of 15 as a team through five. I desperately want to believe that what we’ve seen so far is Todd Monken feeling out his personnel and keeping the proverbial driver in the proverbial bag until he really needed to crank one on the backside.
History shows me this is unlikely. I think we’re a team dealing with significant injuries and starting its former fourth string quarterback against a series of excellent defenses.
Florida is just better than us on offense and it is not particularly close. Georgia would be significantly better on defense if at something close to full strength. That is not the case. Injuries will force the Bulldogs to rely on some relatively unproven players. Perhaps more significantly it will shorten the rotations at safety, Star, and defensive tackle, requiring those players to play more snaps and be more gassed late in the game. Sustaining drives on offense would help blunt the effects of that.
Another thing that would be really helpful? Solid special teams play. If ever there was a game to steal a possession and a score on special teams this one would be it. Georgia has been generally solid on special teams in Scott Cochran’s first season in Athens. This would be the game to pull something out of the bag of tricks if Coach Yeah has any in there. At some point on Saturday we’re going to need a momentum swing, and we’re going to repeatedly need not to give the thing away in the kicking game.
So what’s the perfect drink for a contest you’re going to win in the kicking game.
The Onside Kick.
It’s an unexpected combination of brown liquor, white wine, and fruit, a twisting screwball of a drink that your opponents will never see coming. You’ll need:
- 1 and 1⁄2 ounces bourbon
- 1⁄2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3⁄4 ounce simple syrup
- 1⁄4 cup fresh blackberries (6-10 depending on size)
- 4 mint leaves
- 4 ounces sparkling white wine (I’m a Prosecco fan myself).
Muddle the blackberries and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with a dash of the simple syrup. In a separate vessel combine the Bourbon, lemon juice and remaining simple syrup and add to the muddled blackberries and mint leaves. Add ice and shake. Strain the resulting cocktail into a Collins glass with fresh crushed ice. Top with the Prosecco and garnish as you choose. Enjoy.