If your Georgia Bulldogs are replacing a ton of defensive standouts, fighting a championship hangover, and opening the season against the #11 team in America, you could probably use a drink. I can help you with that.
As I said a few weeks ago when previewing this weekend’s game, Oregon is a more talented team than some would have you believe. That’s a weird thing to say about the #11 team in the nation. But a narrative has developed in college football that there’s a great chasm between the very top of the heap (Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State) and the teams giving chase. That may be true over the course of a season, but in the small sample size of one game deviations from the statistical mean can happen.
GlimmerTwinDawg has three things he’s worried about, this weekend. I really only have one. And that is Dan Lanning using his knowledge of UGA’s scheme and personnel to steal a touchdown and the Bulldogs making a mistake or two, getting a bad bounce here and there, and suddenly finding themselves in a dog fight.
I’m not worried about Oregon’s defense stopping the Georgia offense, I’m worried about the Georgia offense stopping itself in a particularly toe stubbing, own foot shooting kind of way.
I’m worried, to put a fine point on it, about a bunch of lucky ducks. So in an act of brazen mojo cancellation, prior to kickoff I’m going to be mixing an Unlucky Duck. You’ll need:
1 and 1⁄2 ounces of bourbon
1 ounce of apricot brandy
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce of lemon juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake it like Ladd McConkey trying to lose a defender on a swing pass, and serve in a cold glass. Until later…