As 2022 comes to a close, I've spent some time reflecting on just how far this Georgia program has come. After the Dawgs won the National Championship, an installment of the SEC Network's "SEC Storied" series proclaimed 2021 as The Year of the Dawg. And what have the Dawgs done as an encore in 2022? Oh you know, just go 13-0 for the first time in program history and enter the College Football Playoff as the number 1 seed.
We've gone from wondering if Georgia would ever win a national title
30 years ago, Georgia was preparing to face off against Ohio State in a bowl game. While that would be enough to open up a blog about a nod to the past, 1992 was also the last time Georgia had a Heisman trophy finalist in Garrison Hearst. Georgia is now set to face Ohio State for the second time in history at the Peach Bowl in a College Football Playoff Semifinal, while The Mailman Stetson Bennett is in New York trying to deliver a Heisman in his Super Senior season.
First, let's take a loo
Earlier this week, a friend of mine was surprised about how I was talking about this weekend's SEC Championship game. He asked me, "Isn't this game meaningless?" My response was quick and to the point, "Um, no."
I cannot get onboard with a conference title being meaningless. Not yet, at least (I'll save my feelings on the playoff expanding in 2024 for another day). I especially cannot get on board with this SEC Championship being meaningless for this Georgia team.
First of all, Georgia
This is not a friendly rivalry. All you have to do is look at the name. It's not called Clean Old Fashioned Love. It's not called Clean Old Fashioned Fun. This is Clean Old Fashioned Hate.
If you're of any generation younger than myself, I get the logic behind your underestimation of Georgia Tech. Georgia is 17-3 against Georgia Tech since Mark Richt's first season in 2001.
But let me tell you something. I went off to college as a wide eyed freshman thinking we'd never lose to Georgia
I've been feeling nostalgic about the 2002 Georgia Bulldogs this week. This Wednesday was the 20th anniversary of Georgia beating Auburn to win the SEC East for the first time in program history.
This nostalgia had me thinking about the 2002 trip I took up to Kentucky. The Dawgs absolutely dominated Kentucky that day, 52-24. David Greene and DJ Shockley combined to throw six touchdown passes, setting a school record (Note: that record has since been matched twice, including by Stetson
It's been 17 years since Georgia won a football game at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville. To be fair, Georgia has only lost one game at Mississippi State in the same span. The opening stat is really just a function of how infrequently these teams play. It is a little crazy that this is only the 26th meeting all time between these two founding members of the Southeastern Conference.
But let's go back to that 2005 game. If you know me, you know that I spend a good bit of time at Fripp Island
For every game preview episode of My God a Podcast, we solicit questions. This week, we got a doozy from our friend Zack.
I really struggled to answer this. On the podcast, I said the closest game I could think of was 2018 Kentucky. I'm sure that isn't a popular answer, but here was my logic. That game was after the Florida game, and the SEC East was on the line.
My other thought was 2002 Auburn, as we had to win that game to win the SEC East and advance to our first ever SEC Cham
How weird is it that it's Georgia/Florida week, but no one is really talking about this weekend's game? Instead, I've seen two topics dominate throughout this week.
First up, the debate continues to roar on about whether this game should stay in Jacksonville or not. I wrote about that back in July on the heels of Kirby's comments to Tim Tebow at SEC Media Days, and my opinion hasn't changed. The trigger this week was the joint statement issued by the schools on Monday. While I'm glad the sc
I don't know how to pay better tribute to this man than to post a video of Bill Hartman and Larry Munson talking about his greatness. RIP Charley Trippi. One of the damndest good Dawgs to ever walk this earth.
On Saturday, the Dawgs will face Vanderbilt as the Homecoming opponent for the 25th time. You will get to see everything you've come to associate with a Homecoming game at Georgia: former cheerleaders pumping up the crowd, former Redcoat Band members performing, and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. However, you may also notice a lot of pink in the Sanford Stadium crowd. That's because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer is asking everyone t
On Saturday, Georgia will take the field against Auburn in the 127th edition of The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. We got a great question on My God a Podcast this week about our favorite crazy game over the years from our buddy @5127GATA on Twitter. Here's how he framed the question:
I mentioned on the podcast that I remember exactly where I was for each of these, but I didn't go into each story because, well, the podcast is long enough as it is. So, I'm going to do that now.
It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since Georgia's first trip to COMO. Missouri joined the SEC, along with Texas A&M, back in 2012. You may or may not remember that Missouri was a trendy upset pick that week, even though they entered the game unranked while the Dawgs were ranked 7th in the AP and Coaches' poll. You probably do remember Missouri's Sheldon Richardson referring to Georgia's style of play as "Old Man Football."
While that didn't work out very well for Richardson i
You probably came across Matt Hayes piece over at SDS called No Georgia at Texas A&M? Why? Break out the conspiracy theories on Wednesday of this week. I certainly saw it, and I immediately called out Hayes for his poor logic (much to the chagrin of Chris Marler).
Be careful what you wish for Chris, as I will now explain how the SEC schedule works (or worked). In 2012, Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC. Those two teams joined as cross division rivals in 2012 and 2013 before
I had an entirely different blog planned, but I'm a sucker for #UniformTwitter. In case you missed this, the official Georgia Football Twitter account dropped this on Thursday night.
Uniform Twitter was sent into a tizzy with everyone assuming this was some kind of alternate uniform tease. Let's head to the replies.
This from HBTFD89 may be my favorite theory. Many fans have been clamoring for the actually silver britches from days gone by as opposed to the gray pants worn by the
While doing my extensive prep for our Samford preview episode of My God a Podcast, I came across something that was a little odd. For every game, we start off talking about some simple matchup items. When is the game? What channel is it on? What's the weather look like? But we also call out the all time record against each opponent. I generally pull this from the history that Georgia posts for every opponent. According to the history page for Samford, Georgia is 1-0 all time against the Bulldogs
The season has arrived, and for the first time since September 5th, 1981 Georgia will step on the field in the season opener as the defending national champions. As Georgia fans, we've enjoyed the most relaxing off-season in over 40 years. No regrets. No what ifs. We did the dang thing.
But now as we embark on a new season, I'm sure it won't take long for the old habits to take hold again. Folks will be "Munsoning" over this or that. It's inevitable. Having said that, I do have two words of
The consensus concern about Georgia's defense seems to be around the inside linebackers. I've been thinking about this a lot myself, and I've been trying to find a reason to feel better about the fact that we lost Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall, and Quay Walker.
What I came to realize was my main concern was continuity. For the past several years, we've returned the top (if not the top two) leading tacklers amongst linebackers. There's also been a passing of the leadership torch within the h
Every year it happens. There's a singular moment when I take my first step outside on a late summer morning and "it" is there. Is it the lower than normal temperature? Is it the smell of the neighbor's freshly mowed lawn? What exactly the triggering factor is varies from year to year, but it always gives me that same feeling. "Football is coming."
This year, I've been waiting for the day to come. It almost got to the point where was trying to force it. In my mind, it was taking too long. I
Rewind a year. What was everyone talking about? Was it that Georgia was about to field an all time defense? No. Not even close. Every talking point heading into 2021 was about Kirby Smart coming around to the idea of the modern offense. Georgia was about to unleash an air raid attack on the SEC with JT Daniels at the helm. And then the Clemson game came.
Now to be fair, Georgia had a rash of injuries that contributed to that against Clemson. Go back and watch that game. It's crazy to look a
Fall camp officially started yesterday, and with that came the first round of official press conferences for Kirby Smart and a handful of players. With that, I'm here to talk about the question that is still on everyone's mind. And of course, I'm talking about what the team and fans are going to wear in the showdown with Oregon.
Laugh if you will, but a quick perusal of Twitter will show a lot of people asking these questions. And my main point in writing this is that I wish Georgia would j
After one question from Tim Tebow to Kirby Smart about the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the debate has been raging on for an entire week as to whether the game should stay in Jacksonville or move to some other format. The debate ranged from cries of abandoning tradition to deep dive analysis into the contract between the schools and the city of Jacksonville. In case you missed it, here's the interaction that seems to have started all of this.
I started to type that I've
Last week I talked about SEC Media Days approaching, how much things had changed, and what might go down. The funny thing is the biggest piece of news came down AFTER Kirby Smart and company had left Atlanta.
Kirby Smart agreed to a contract extension through 2031 that will pay him $10,250,000 in 2022 with increases that will eventually reach $12,250,000 in 2031. Ladies and gentlemen, Kirby Smart is now the highest paid coach in college football*.
* This cannot be 100% confirmed since
We're now only 50 days to kickoff, and that means SEC Media Days are upon us! Beginning Monday the SEC's football coaches will bring three players along with them to Atlanta, GA to speak to gathered media. Kirby Smart will bring with him Stetson Bennett, Nolan Smith, and Sedrick Van Pran. It's pretty crazy to think about how much has changed in just one year (I suppose winning a national championship will do that). But think about these players again. I don't think anyone would be surprised to k
Sorry for the late entry this week. I’m on vacation with extended family on Fripp Island in South Carolina, but something just hit me and I had to share.
We’ve been doing this same trip around the 4th of July every year for 17 years. We see friends, family, and friends that are family. We sit on the beach with our books and a drink in our hand. We go to the 4th of July parade. We play Kubb on the beach and take it a little too seriously. We all gather for burgers and fireworks. We’ve watche