It dawned on me leaving the stadium Saturday that one thing is really missing from Georgia football — it’s not fun to watch. By that, I don’t mean losing sucks. It does, of course.
What I mean is that watching a Georgia game feels like more of a chore these days than entertainment.
That’s hardly a 2016 development, to be fair. Last season was a slog for fans, even if Georgia managed ten wins. The games at their best tended to be grinders (South Carolina excepted, although that turned out to be little more than a mirage) and at their worst were embarrassments.
When’s the last season Georgia football was fun for fans? Honestly, I’d have to go back to 2013. Even though the Dawgs finished with a pedestrian 8-5 record and Grantham made himself unwanted by the fan base, games against South Carolina and LSU were among the best times I’ve ever had in Sanford Stadium.
Apparently, what I’m supposed to take comfort in now is program rebuilding. Now there’s a sexy concept. As a fan, I’m not there to be entertained. G-Day gave me the sense that my presence was primarily as a prop for Georgia recruiting. I’m a means to an end — and, by the way, keep those contributions coming, thank you very much.
Believe it or not, this isn’t a slap at Kirby Smart. To me, it’s clear he has a strong concept for where he wants to take the program and he’s going to stand by his guns, no matter what that means in the short run. I may not like what I’m seeing from his approach so far, but I have to respect that level of commitment.
I wish I could say the same thing about the people who hired him, though. I’ve said before that I have little doubt Greg McGarity is already rehearsing his speech for the coming offseason. Better things are coming. Trust the process. Alabama 2007.
You get the idea. A joyless explanation for a joyless season, from a guy who really had no clue what he was signing us up for when he made the coaching change.
In essence, Georgia’s marketing plan to its fan base is to put up with the present in the hope of a glorious future. Generally speaking, selling the ends to justify the means is a tough nut to swallow when you watch games like Vanderbilt. It’s especially tough when you raise ticket costs well before you get there.
I’m not threatening to quit on this team. For better or worse, I’m a Georgia fan. But would it be too much to ask to expect a little more in return right now?