Mark Richt read a book this summer. It’s a book about a bus. No, not this bus…
but this one.
… Richt earlier this summer provided players a copy of Jon Gordon’s book “The Energy Bus”, which offers “10 rules to fuel your life, work and team with positive energy.”
Richt heard about the book from Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith when he spoke at UGA’s spring high school coaching clinic.
It seems to have taken off.
… Receiver Marlon Brown wore a “Get On The Bus” T-shirt last week that on the back had an illustration of a bus with Richt driving it to the Georgia Dome, a place the Bulldogs hope to reach for the Southeastern Conference championship game for the first time since 2005.
Players are wearing “No Complaining” bracelets. So is Richt.
Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell even wore one in his hair when he met with reporters last week.
Those who do complain and aren’t positive are called “Energy Vampires,” and their pictures are posted in the locker room with horns and fangs added.
Maybe accentuating the positive is exactly what this team needs after the way last season ended. On the other hand…
Cornelius Washington is out of jail – some players’ word for the injured players who have to spend practice working with strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski. Washington is coming off a hamstring injury, and for the first week of practice he and several teammates were doing bench presses, push-ups and other assorted work on a lower field away from their teammates.
“That’s the point, keeping guys out of wanting to be hurt and staying on the injured list too long,” Washington said, smiling. “We call it jail, it’s like prison. We made a joke, ‘Oh I’m out on parole, on good behavior.'”
When do we start hearing “good cop, bad cop” comparisons?