It’s not like I split the atom, but…

Get The Picture is one year old today. Woo hoo!

Let’s face it – starting a blog is a semi-masturbatory exercise at best. To find that people develop an interest in what I write has been a constant source of amazement and delight for me.

Each comment here, each link to GTP at other message boards and blogs, shoot, each one of the over 200,000 visits here is appreciated more than you may realize. To everyone in the non-spammer universe who’s made contact with my blog in one form or fashion in the past year, you have my undying gratitude.

What I thought I’d do with the rest of this post is to take a look back at some of the highs and lows from the past year:

  • Best player I’ve seen. Darren McFadden, from a talent standpoint. Reggie Ball, from a “thank you for giving me something to write about” standpoint.
  • Best one liner. Jim Donnan’s description of last year’s ACC Championship Game – “The World’s Smallest Outdoor Cocktail Party” – is hard to beat.
  • Best article on the bowls. This article in The San Diego Union-Tribune about the economics of the bowl games was a must read.
  • The smartest thing Mark Richt has said in the last year. He gets it, of course.
  • Getting off on the right foot. Coach Searels nailed a 50 yarder at his first press conference. He hasn’t missed since.
  • Best press conference prop. This sure beat pulling out baseball caps.
  • Damn, son, I don’t think I would have said that. Clifton Geathers may want to rethink his position on the current status of the Georgia and South Carolina programs.
  • The dumbest blog post about Georgia football. “Now, I’m not a Georgia fan…”
  • The dumbest letter written about Georgia football. Is there any doubt about this one? At first, I was going to say nothing else was even close, but then I realized that wasn’t the case.
  • The dumbest media piece about Georgia football. Matt Zemek’s novella about… well, I’m not exactly sure what it was about. But he invoked Gandhi!
  • Best quote from a non-football coach. I’m still waiting for the t-shirt.
  • Gators, Gators…. Talk about your self-fulfilling prophecies.
  • Crappiest punditry. Dennis Dodd gets caught with his pants down.
  • Most embarrassing lead to a Terence Moore piece. Evah.
  • Marketing concept of the year. I wonder how many ‘Bama fans tried.
  • A (photoshopped) picture is worth a thousand words. There’s something about a man in jorts, I suppose.
  • Saddest story of 2007. Whenever it happens, he will be missed.
  • My favorite prediction of 2007. I told you!
  • The dumbest thing Stewart Mandel wrote this year. It was a tough choice, but I’m at peace with my selection.
  • Best play call of the year. Gotta love it when announcers lose their shit. Totally.
  • Worst play call of the year. Sometimes you can’t tell the players with a scorecard.
  • Crankin’ that. Who knew what this would lead to?

I started this blog as the 2006 season was heading to a peak and at the time I couldn’t help but wonder what I’d have to blog about in the dog days of June and July. But that’s the great thing about this shared passion of ours that is college football – there’s always something of interest going on. I hope the next twelve months are as much fun as the last twelve have been.

Again, many thanks to all of you.

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14 responses to “It’s not like I split the atom, but…

  1. Congrats! I always enjoy reading the posts and the analysis. Looking forward to the next year’s worth of content.

    And thanks for giving me an excuse to drink tonight :-).

  2. SSB Charley

    Congratulations! I think you need a category for best Mike Leach post game comment as well. Given the volume of choices, you may need a top ten. “The chicken is invested, but the pig is committed.” Or WTTE. Excellent.

  3. Brian

    Enjoy the blog. Keep up the good work!

  4. You got my vote, Senator. Keep up the good work.

    GATA

  5. Your writing is extremely good. I don’t know how you find the time, unless you are independently wealthy – and have no job.

    I probably would have chosen to use the phrase – semi-self gratifying – as opposed to masturbatory – but, like I said, your writing is extremely good.

    Keep up the good work and the folks will keep reading.

  6. SonuvaDawg

    My first stop every day on the blog circuit. Keep up the good work Senator!!

  7. Congratulations on your rookie year . . . even in that short amount of time, GTP has already become one of my daily (sometimes hourly) must-reads.

  8. Echoing the other kudos – definitely have enjoyed the banter.

  9. motorcitymad

    Sen – a big congratulations. I don’t even remember how I stumbled on here, but your site quickly made its way into my upper echelon of daily reads. Good stuff, keep it up…

  10. Bulldog Bry

    Senator,
    Congrats! I’ve really enjoyed your work. I’ll admit, I usually check Dawgbone first, but, to quote Dr. Evil….”Your stock is rising #2!”

  11. Hobnail_Boot

    Likewise, congrats on the one-year mark.

  12. CLTDawg

    Congrats on the great work Senator. Really enjoy the insight here. You have become firmly entrenched on my daily blog reading list.

  13. CLTDawg

    Plus – you’ve got a badass banner picture…..

  14. Very nice work. I may have missed it, but did you list “Best Song?” in your superlatives? Has there ever been a better song written than “Do the jorts fit better with a Bulldog foot in your ass?”

    I didn’t realize that it had only been a year.