I’ve read with interest plenty of discussion about the “three unranked seasons in the last five for Georgia” meme. It’s accurate on its face, but I’m not sure it reflects the entire story. Two of those three seasons are the ’09 and ’10 car wrecks – the lowest point of the Richt regime that left many of us seriously questioning his ability to return the program to relevancy. The next two seasons showed that we were wrong and that he could. So there’s an issue about momentum that’s not really addressed in the count.
Which brings us to 2013. It’s a Rorschach test of a season, allowing each of us to see what we want. For some, injuries robbed the team of its chance for a memorable year. For others, injuries were merely an excuse for explaining away shoddy special teams and defensive play that would have doomed the team to a disappointing year no matter what.
Sounds like the perfect lead in for a reader poll to me.
Before you jump my case for framing the question as I have, remember it’s not my meme. To the extent that the meme is being offered as an indictment of the program, it only seems fair to question the assumption that this past season isn’t an outlier, but more a case of certain chickens returning to roost.
Also, think about this: if Georgia does recover in 2014 to post ten wins and get back to Atlanta, does the five-year meme survive or mutate? My bet is the latter, at least if the Dawgs don’t wind up winning the conference and/or making the new playoffs.
I’d like to hear what you have to say about this.