As we begin this season, I am reminded that it is the third season without our beloved Podunkdawg. Even in the off season, we spoke daily via some method (text, FB message or voice phone calls), but we always seemed to speak more often during football season. We didn’t have season tickets then, so the only games we went to were the one chosen prior to the season as being the one most likely to be a great game and the bowl game, if it worked out. We often spent gameday online and on the phone, watching the game together in that fashion.
Now, I trek to Athens for home games. It never fails to amaze me that the seats she chose (that she never saw in person) are directly in front of a monument in the cemetery that bears my husband’s last name. I never fail to sob when I hear the trumpet soloist begin the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Republic, and I never fail to bring as much voice to exhort the men who now wear the Red & Black, since I have to have enough voice for both of us.
Others have spoken of the lackluster performance of the team yesterday, so I won’t waste time here. Certainly we were missing some playmakers (I’m looking at you, Ladd McConkey), but we were never going to bring our A game to this battle. We tried some things, and some people that we wouldn’t bring out during conference play. I’m sure Coach Kirby Smart will be going over every detail of the performance with a fine-toothed comb, and will have them ready to play big boy football in a couple of weeks.
However, it is our intention to celebrate Georgia Bulldog Football Wins whenever and wherever they occur. The ugliness or beauty of any particular win is irrelevant for the purposes of the Winning Smart Victory Post. It is therefore my deepest honor and privilege to bring to you this week’s edition of: The Winning Smart Victory Post.
Coach Kirby Smart coached his 97th game this week for the Red & Black. He currently boasts an 82-15 record and a 0.8454 winning percentage, having carded his eighty-second win overall in the season opener against the Skyhawks of UT-Martin.
At the identical juncture in their careers:
Vince Dooley’s 97th game as head coach resulted in a Georgia Bulldogs loss to the Wartiglesplainsmen of Auburn in the tenth game of the 1972 season, giving Coach Dooley a record of 66-27-4 and 0.7010 percentage.
Coach Mark Richt was 77-20 (0.7938) after a loss to Alabama in the fifth game of the 2008 season.
Ninety-seven games into his head coaching career Kirby Smart is five games ahead of Coach Mark Richt and ahead of Coach Vince Dooley by 16 games. As of now, he is holding his own versus the two winningest coaches in Georgia Football History.
As always . . .
Go ‘Dawgs !!!!