I thought I’d do a list of the best Georgia wins I’ve attended in the Aughts. Some were close, some were blowouts, but for a variety of reasons, they’re the ones I have the warmest memories of. None of them are Donnan-coached games, though. The only one that came close – the victory over Tennessee to end the losing streak – wasn’t particularly memorable besides the result and the over the top fan reaction.
So, in chronological order, my happiest moments:
- Auburn, 2002. Greene to Johnson is, of course, one of the signature plays in the history of the program. But the two things that stick out the most besides that were Sean Jones’ heroics in the first half and the weather, which was cold and colder until the go-ahead score, after which none of us Georgia fans either cared or noticed.
- Clemson, 2003. I’m still of the opinion that the 2003 season was Mark Richt’s best coaching job and this game is a perfect example of why. Eight players on suspension, two defensive starters out with injuries, Ring-gate, you name it – all of that and they still went out and cleaned the Tigers’ clock from the opening series on. (By the way, logistically speaking, that was one of the worst games I’ve ever attended: one road in to the stadium, choked for hours; the most bizarre path to the opponent’s nosebleed seats constructed by man; and a place that ran out of ice after the first quarter on a day where the temperatures easily exceeded 90 degrees. Overall, idiots with a lake.)
- LSU, 2004. God, this was so satisfying. Nick Saban channelled his inner Kevin Ramsey, with similarly disastrous results.
- Georgia Tech, 2004. Ah, the glory that was Reggie Ball and Patrick Nix – the engineering school representatives who couldn’t count to four. And I’ll always remember David Greene coming off the bench to calm the waters by directing a final scoring drive with a fractured thumb.
- SECCG, 2005. DJ’s finest hour and the last time we didn’t have questions about a Martinez-coached defense.
- Georgia Tech, 2006. “C’mon dog, it’s a game,” Ball said. “Georgia is Georgia. They’re a good football team, but they ain’t no speed bump or anything like that. It’s just a game.” Sigh. They just don’t make quarterbacks like that anymore.
- Florida, 2007. Of course, we all know it wouldn’t have been nearly as memorable if the GPOOE™’s shoulder had been 100%.
- Auburn, 2007. The greatest Sanford Stadium crowd atmosphere of the decade.
- Georgia Tech, 2009. Gosh, and I thought Paul Johnson was a genius and all. And there’s still nothing like the home fans outside of BDS after a bitter loss.
Anyway, there’s my list of what turns out to be nine games over nine years. What’s on yours?