Fight the power

Okay, I’ll be the first to say that sometimes, such as last season’s “Georgia’s gonna have problems breaking in a new offense and quarterback without a spring practice”, preseason narratives have staying power.  That’s why pundits keep turning to them.

Like Barrett Sallee here.

The time is now for Smart to break through that glass ceiling and win the natty. If not now, when?

Gosh, Barrett, I don’t know.  I mean, after all, look at all the greats, like Saban, Swinney and Meyer, who all coached teams that played for a natty in their second year and won one by year six… oh, wait.

It’s early, but this take is getting traction quickly.  Take, for another example, this overwrought masterpiece from Matt Hayes, which asks the musical question, “If the Dawgs don’t win it all in 2021, will they ever again?”.

Doomed, I tells ‘ya, doomed.  With, I’m sure, lots more takes like that coming.

It’s kind of amusing to me, given the contempt a lot of you dumped on the Georgia beat writing group yesterday, to see Seth Emerson ($$) emerge as a voice of rationality on the subject.

Georgia began spring practice Tuesday, the on-field beginning of Year 6 of the Kirby Smart era. This is not a championship-or-bust season. But it is a no-excuses season.

It would be nice if that characterization would take root, but I’m not holding my breath.  Apocalypses sell.


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34 responses to “Fight the power

  1. you’re busy on the interwebs this morning.


  2. No excuses season. I like that. The only thing that could derail this season would be a rash of injuries that decimate depth (or JT gets hurt).

    The team is poised to make a run at a championship. The question is whether we can get over the looming bump versus Alabama in a winner-take-all SEC championship game. If everything else holds serve, there will be at least 3 other conference champions with at most 1 loss. That makes the SEC championship a de facto national quarterfinal.

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    • Sunshine won a NC as a freshman. Don’t put that evil on me ricky bobby. I imagine tix for Atlanta will be $2k a piece.


      • Until I see Vandagriff or Beck take meaningful snaps, I’m not going to depend on a freshman at QB. Hell, Fromm did everything he could to win one as a freshman.


        • The Truth

          If Vandagriff or Beck were to have to play they’d be working with a stable of capable backs and arguably a better WR/TE group and OC than Fromm had when he came in as a freshman. I want JT to light it up — and think that’s our best shot at a special season — but I’m not fearful otherwise.

          I’m fearful about the secondary.

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  3. Seth phrased that pretty well. NC’s require some luck. But if we arent knocking lowbies (gaming term) out of the arena by the 3rd Q, no excuses. I am not dealing with it either. Not yelling at the internet. No time for it.


  4. sniffer

    I fail to understand why it’s necessary to read what these writers publish. I’m satisfied with being relevant again and hope that one day soon, we’ll all get the CFPNC gear we covet. Our lives don’t change a bit if we read these articles and fall victim to their drivel. Here’s a bonus, our lives won’t change any the day we win a NC. Constant barrage of opinions does not make reality. Go Dawgs!


  5. dawg100

    UVA BBALL loses to a number 16 seed – BY 20 – then comes back to win it the next year.

    These things have a funny way of evening out. Just keep being in the picture and we will get ours.

    Damn shame, couple of calls go the correct way in NC game in ’18 and this isn’t a conversation for Kirby, ever.

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  6. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Football writers gotta write something. The more controversial the more clicks they get. An awful lot of fine coaches never won a national championship which takes a lot of luck as well as skill and talent. Everybody needs to get off Kirby’s ass. He’s already winning at the highest clip in school history in the toughest conference in the nation. I’m more interested in winning the SECCG than anything else anyway.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Agree. They are mostly shit-stirrers. There seems to be a concerted effort to put Kirby on the hot sports writers.
      Power of suggestion and all that.


      • californiadawg

        Meanwhile why is Dopey Dan, who’s been a head coach over twice as long as Kirby, immune to the championship or hot seat talk.


  7. Teacher Martin

    UGA winning a National Championship? I’ll believe it when I see it. And then I still might not believe it.


  8. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    Reporting on the current mindset for this topic within the Bulldog Nation of Belgique…
    Just beat Bama in the SEC championship game. The MNC is just a bonus. The vote was unanimous amongst the rouge et noir!
    Allez les Dawgs!!!

    Lastly enjoy your timely vaccines in the USA, Dr’s and nurses just got stuck over here 2 weeks ago. It may be September before we get a stick.

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  9. The Emerson piece in The Athletic was excellent. And I don’t know what to make of the very vocal admission of doing things differently, but I’m intrigued.

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  10. I don’t recall Dabo Swinney getting these types of questions while he was going 40–21 in his first five seasons, including getting a 70-burger dropped on him in the Orange Bowl.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Yeah. And those 40 came in the All Cupcake Conference.
      We went over this in great detail and debate last week, but I’m going to say it again, Swinny isn’t a great coach. Swinny is a good coach in a great situation.

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    • stoopnagle

      You don’t remember the term “Clemsoning”?

      Granted, that was more a Tommy Bowden thing.


    • classiccitycanine

      Unless I’m mistaken, Dabo didn’t take over a program that was winning 10 games a year with annual top 10 recruiting rankings. We hired Kirby to win titles. If he doesn’t, he’s failed. I think the Kirby hot seat talk is just the media trying to write off-season clickbait, but his job is to win a title.

      Dabo also was getting a rather warm seat. The Tigers really caught fire just in time to save his butt.


  11. Bulldawg Bill

    “Never let a good (apocalypse/controversy) go to waste!”


  12. bigjohnson1992

    This year really is ‘now or never’. A reference to the king of rock and roll is always welcomed and appreciated.