Putting the championship cart in front of the 2-4 horse

Kris Durham sums up Georgia’s early season predicament in one simple paragraph.

“Our goals have turned into honestly, one game at a time, looking at Vanderbilt,” senior receiver Kris Durham said. “We can’t look past that. We’ve already tried that and it wasn’t successful. So we talked about winning the East, we talked about winning the SEC, and hopefully being in the national title at the beginning of the year. But what we didn’t focus on was coming out, fighting to the finish, and doing the little things, the little steps it does take to accomplishing those goals.”

By the way – message to Greg McGarity:  if Georgia finishes with a 5-7 regular season record, don’t even think about accepting a bowl bid.  The year may go down the toilet, but at least the program can maintain some dignity about it.

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38 responses to “Putting the championship cart in front of the 2-4 horse

  1. Spike

    Doesn’t a team need to have at least six wins to qualify for a bowl game anyway?

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    • Bob

      They have but with the addition of new bowl games the NCAA and conferences are looking at the possibility of having no choice.

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  2. Brandon

    Damn straight Greg McGarity, listen to the Senator.

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    • TennesseeDawg

      What! No chance to vacation in northern Louisiana
      watching the Charmin Toilet Bowl sponsored by Clorox?

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      • devildawg

        Hahaha, nice.

        I’m still hoping we’ll wrap up at 7-5, and will hold a glimmer of hope for 8-4, until such a time as we lose that fifth game.

        off-topic PS – rewatched the TN game, and TK12 made a number of fantastic blocks on some of the game’s biggest plays. I haven’t seen that mentioned.

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  3. AthensHomerDawg

    Seems like the bowl provides some extra practice time for the players. I thought that was very important to a program.

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  4. Leonard

    Sorry, but extra practice time trumps any perceived “loss of dignity” that will quickly be forgotten.

    It’s pretty obvious we could use the practice.

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    • Yes, because it’s been such a great help the past three seasons.

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      • 81Dog

        hey, just consider where we might be if we HADN’T gotten the extra practices. The horror, the horror…

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      • AthensHomerDawg

        Not disagreeing with the beneath us vibe to go to a bowl at 5-7.
        I know I’m preaching to the choir here but, last three seasons were 8-5, 10-3, 11-2.
        I have read so many times that besides a reward for players, trip, national exposure, the most important thing with limited practices is the reps you get from playing in a bowl. It’s probably felt these kids don’t deserve to go to a bowl. Wouldn’t it mean a lot to go 6-6 win the bowl game and finish this nightmare season on a winning 7-6 note. I don’t want the kids mailing it in and thinking this season is done. I feel we need every rep we can get and these coaches need every opportunity to tune the kids and their coaching ability up.

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  5. gastr1

    Any bowl game that has a losing record ought to be held in the loveliest of vacation spots to reflect the team’s excellence. I can think of a few: Anchorage, Alaska; Duluth, Minnesota; Syracuse, New York. I do hear Dubai is nice in December. They can play that game in Dubai and probably get a nice pay-out.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Whoa…. on Dubai! Although the rooms could be had for cheap, do you want to carry this years Fulmer Cup winners to a place where they yank your passport and cut you hand off for certain offenses. Not prudent.

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  6. gastr1

    By the way, what’s really sad to me about that quote is that they weren’t looking at things that way before. Perhaps it takes a few losses to get the 18-22 year old mindset to focus on priorities in the right order, ’cause I cannot imagine the coaches didn’t preach it.

    Though I think I might want to ban all talk of anything but the next game, personally.

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    • “Though I think I might want to ban all talk of anything but the next game, personally.”

      That sounds like a good permanent policy no matter whether we’re 2-4 or 6-0. Now how to go about implementing that mindset… hmmm

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  7. sUGArdaddy

    Sorry, Senator, getting our RS Freshman QB one more start before we make a run in 2011 can only help.

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  8. Dooley's Wig

    We need the reps.

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    • The Realist

      We need to rep the same shit that would have gotten us 5-7? Why?

      Sometimes players who take things for granted need to have it taken away to rekindle desire. I think it would be a better statement to the players to stay home at 5-7 than go to Buttfackistan to play some other also-ran and get rewarded for it.

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  9. Dog in Fla

    “if Georgia finishes…5-7” the Butts-Mehre Defense Complex forecast calls for partly cloudy weather.

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  10. D^3

    Y’all go ahead and be negative Nancies. Me? I look at this as positive. I’ll be getting first time season tickets next year. 🙂

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  11. Normaltown Mike

    Have we been reduced to this?

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    • calder

      100% disagree on your rejection of a bowl. The time between the last game and the bowl game would be viable practice that our whole team needs especially our defense. We wont have any pride left if we perform badly next year.

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  12. Dawg85

    Hey, it’s one more Georgia game to watch. Just beat Vanderbilt and then worry about down the road. I think they’ll pull at least 6-6.

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    • HVL Dawg

      There you go. Like Kris Durham said- just win the next one. We can think about bowls after we beat Yech.

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    • NRBQ

      As a Dawg fan, I spend the off-season reading blogs, watching recruiting, and itching like hell for the season to get started. Then it all goes by too fast.

      Do I want the chance to watch one more game, even if paired against a nobody in a nowhere venue?

      Damned right. Go Dawgs.

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  13. BeerMoney

    Am I the only one who just feels like this season needs a mercy killing? It’s funny, I used to count down the minutes and watch the clock drag by in anticipation for Saturday to get here to see what we could do. Since ’08, I have just longed for the season to get over with before further embarrassing ourselves. I think that is a testament to where we are out right now.

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  14. Thanks for reminding me that the last 3 seasons were 8-5, 10-3, & 11-2. All the stuff I hear I thought we did much worse that? G.A.T.A.

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  15. Russ The Temporary Mascot

    Nothing wrong with setting your goals high.

    You only live twice.

    Russ.

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