“Just turn off ESPN,” Reed said, “you’ll be fine.”

If you’re curious as to how the national media looks at Georgia now that the selection committee has bestowed its number one ranking on the program, here’s the latest from the New York Times.

On the first Saturday of November in 1980, undefeated Georgia took on South Carolina at home. It was the Bulldogs’ first nationally televised game that season, and it introduced viewers across the country to the powerful freshman running back Herschel Walker, who ran for 219 yards in his team’s victory.

A lot has changed since then — thanks to CBS, NBC, ESPN and the SEC Network, every one of Georgia’s games this season has been available everywhere — but around here, mid-autumn still means facing the Gamecocks, a marked ability to run the ball and the eternal springing of hope. In 1980, that hope was rewarded with a national championship, Georgia’s only one in the past half-century.

As Georgia took care of South Carolina again on Saturday, 24-10, the Bulldogs (9-0) are once again setting their sights on a national title run…

For whatever reason, in the postseason era — going back to the first Bowl Championship Series title game after the 1998 season — Georgia, the flagship team of one of the top states for recruiting, has been consistently great but never the best. Under Mark Richt from 2001 to 2015, for instance, Georgia finished ranked 11 times, and in the top 10 five times. But it never made the national postseason during a span in which SEC teams won nine titles.

So perhaps Smart’s myopic mind-set is, well, smart. Georgia has not yet done the things for which they hang your picture and speak of you a half-century hence.

That’s a pretty fair framing.  Keep winning and the picture will continue to be filled in.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

44 responses to ““Just turn off ESPN,” Reed said, “you’ll be fine.”

  1. Aladawg

    Amen to that. Failure to do so just puts you in the same boat with the last guy who got the axe.


  2. kckd

    We finished in the top ten under Richt in 2002,2003,2004,2005,2007,2008,2012,2014…..that’s 8 times. Top 5 3 times.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mayor

      I hate it when writers don’t get stats right. It makes me question the entire premise of their article.


    • David H.

      If they are going by the final AP poll, then in 2008 we finished #13 (and #10 in the final coaches poll). Even then, it’s 7 times rather than the 5 that the writer cited.


      • Biggus Rickus

        My theory is that he used AP up until the playoff rankings started coming out. Even then, it’s six instead of five. And you shouldn’t have to theorize about how they arrived at a number in the first place.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Hear Hear!


  4. Pretty damn awesome to have the flagship paper in the country talking about us.


  5. Derek

    Is there a statistical category for aphorisms? If not, there should be.


  6. Jim

    We are on the cusp of something special if we can keep winning one game at a time.

    And we are turning our program into the monster it should have been the last ten years.

    This isn’t Cam Newton lightning in a bottle – this is sustainable for a long time. We lose a ton of leadership and talent after this year but with the foundation that has been built, the culture and the mindset suggest we will be a national force for years to come, no matter what happens in the balance of this season


    • Derek

      We should be willing to admit that we’ve already done something special. Our first 9-0 start and our first time being No. 1 in November since 1982 is pretty damn special. For perspective, Herschel was a 20 year old junior the last time that happened. CKS was 8.

      “Up where we belong” by joe cocker was the number one song and “First Blood” was the number one movie, to be replaced at the end of the month by “E.T..”


  7. Normaltown Mike

    “But it never made the national postseason during a span in which SEC teams won nine titles.”

    ehhhhh. This sentence is problematic for anyone who watches college football. We don’t have a “national postseason” and the playoff season is really only 3 years old

    Liked by 1 person

    • I thought the same thing when I read that.


      • Mayor

        Me too. The writer is trying a little to hard to belittle the accomplishments of the Georgia team under CMR. Intellectually dishonest IMHO.


        • Macallanlover

          Yes, finishing in the Top 10 that many times proves that Georgia was truly one of the great programs in that era, not bad. Not getting a chance was due not only to the different standard (2 teams, not 4) of playing for a MNC, but also not getting that critical “break” of a call/bounce for the handful of teams that did get that good fortune. Sure, we should have won one more game and that would have done it, but we never got what other teams that were basically at our level of play. We again control our destiny, maybe we get the elusive break this season. Even of we don’t, the future looks pretty rosy for UGA football.


    • We don’t have a “national postseason” and the playoff season is really only 3 years old


      I guess I shouldn’t have gotten too excited about what would have happened had UGA won the SECCG in 2012.


  8. Go Dawgs!

    It’s so weird to read New York Times sportswriters on football. It’s obvious when you read their writing that they’re just better suited to professional sports.


  9. Scorpio Jones, III

    Yeah, well, you can say what you like about the NYT, but here, boys and girls is the nut graph.

    “Georgia has not yet done the things for which they hang your picture and speak of you a half-century hence.”


  10. AusDawg85

    Yay! Now all the pumpkin spice latte sipping skinny jean fake eyewear, iPhoneX self-absorbed NYC hedge fund techno geeks know who UGA is. Can the citizens of Montana be far behind?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. aladawg

    Well guys, I believe I’ll approach this like Kirby. We are at the 70 yard distance in a 100 yard dash. Nobody will remember where you are here, they will only remember how you finish the race. We are all loving this ride, but crowning us king at the 3/4 mile post makes me really nervous. There are a handful of really good teams out there of which we are one, but finishing will be all remember. One slip up and we are at the mercy of the committee. Win one at a time and we control our destiny. I’m glad we have senior leaders.


  12. I’m trying to complete the puzzle which is Georgia football every season. I hope I complete it this time around. GooooooDawgs.


  13. Viewed young Marc Tracy’s LinkedIn profile: NyTimes, Slate magazine, New Republic, Columbia U graduate in 2008.

    That tells me he doesn’t know one fucking thing about Georgia or the SEC. The UGA beat writer for the Moultrie Observer knows a shit ton more that that poser.