“Georgia is the inspiration for the underachiever tiers.”

Mickey is addicted to narratives ($$).

How does a program with Georgia’s natural advantages go four decades without winning it all?

There are certain programs in college football that just can’t seem to break through, at least not recently, despite some inherent traits (location, history, resources) that set them up for success. These are the teams that constantly prompt questions like, “Why can’t they win their league?” or “What happened to them?”

Not every underachiever should be expected to win a national title, or even to contend regularly for league titles or major bowl games. But there are groups of teams that should be achieving more than they are.

He’s got tiers!  Cleverly, he labels the top one — a tier of one, by the way — “The Dawghouse”.  Hahahahaha!  Get it?

This is even funnier:  “Other than Georgia, teams that have made the College Football Playoff do not appear.”  It’s like the bad Mrs. Lincoln joke.

Who needs Florida message boards ritualizing the “1980!” chant when you’ve got ESPN?

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112 responses to ““Georgia is the inspiration for the underachiever tiers.”

  1. bulldogbry

    “I don’t wanna play any more”
    -Pee Wee Herman

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  2. 81Dog

    They spent 5 years doing this to Dabo. He shut them up by winning. They’ve spent years doing it to Harbaugh, he can’t make it stop. Once we win one, I figure Mullen suddenly becomes the SEC’s version of Harbaugh. Enjoy the dunce hat, Danny. It should fit perfectly.

    We will hear this until we win, so let’s win one. Or 5.

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    • charlottedawg

      This. I know we don’t like hearing the “since 1980” meme but it stings because it’s true. Georgia has only its own institutional incompetence to blame for a 40+ year national title drought.

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      • This. They are right, Senator. UGA’s inability to close the deal over 42 years is comical.

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      • Share with us on how institutional incompetence led to a dropped pass in Jacksonville in 2002, an untimely knee injury in 2005, a tipped pass in 2012, a rash of knee injuries in a 2-hour period in Knoxville in 2013, a blown coverage in 2017, and a stupid fake punt call in 2018. All of that doesn’t even go back to the 1981-84 timeframe.

        If you want to say that we didn’t invest in facilities and the program in the mid-2000s to keep up, fine, but in spite of that, this program has been on the doorstep a lot. About 125 other FBS programs would love to be where we are right now.

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        • jcdawg83

          I still think everything goes back to Jacksonville in 1980. Dooley sold his soul to the devil for “Run Lindsey Run” and until the devil collects, Georgia will be cursed on the football field. No other idea can explain all of the unlikely ways Georgia has managed to lose crucial games in the most painful way imaginable.

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          • That’s as good of an explanation as institutional incompetence, JC. 😉

            6 turnovers in Clemson in 1981.
            An absolute war in New Orleans with Penn State in 1982.
            Having the SEC win streak snapped by Auburn in 1983.
            All of those turnovers vs. Tennessee at home in 1992.

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            • jcdawg83

              Don’t forget the 2007 game in Athens where Stafford, Moreno, Green, Massaquoi, Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin could not manage to score a single touchdown against a 6-6 (3-5 in the SEC) South Carolina team. That loss kept us out of the SEC championship game and out of the BCS championship game.

              Since 1980, Georgia football could fuck up an anvil with a rubber hammer.

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          • This theory makes as much sense as any other I have heard on why we can’t get it done. Count me in.

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            • sirjackshea1980

              The only “theory” that makes any sense at all is that Vince sold his soul…and ours…to the devil on the sidelines in Jacksonville and we all payin the price…this is as logical as anything else.

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    • Ran A

      This seriously could be Mullen’s last year. They lose to Georgia, Bama and LSU – that can be tolerated. But lose to all three and then slip against Kentucky or Missouri…. $12MM buy out – Jax up the road in the NFL working for his old boss; that ego of Mullen’s will tell him he’ll be a NFL head coach in less than 3 years…

      My worry about that is that the Gators actually go get a real coach, like say Iowa State’s HC Matt Campbell, that might want to upgrade after the demise of the Big 12.

      Nooo… We Mullen to squeak by one more year, until FSU can strengthen just a little more and Gus can begin to affect their recruiting. Want it to be tough for the next guy coming in.

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      • bigjohnson1992

        It’ll be Kiffin unfortunately. We need coach mullet to stick around a few more years and let Kiffin jet off to some other place in a year or two.

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  3. 79dawg

    Can’t believe you made me click on the link to see what dumb*ss wrote it….(PS amazingly its not Heather Dinnich, its Adam Rittenberg, no need for anyone else to click).

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  4. As Andy Staples says, “At Georgia, you can’t overachieve. You can only achieve.”Therefore, we’re classified as an underachiever if we don’t win the national title.

    It’s exactly why we have a “natty or bust” fan base segment who will start agitating to “lather, rinse, repeat” if Kirby doesn’t win a title in the next couple of years.

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    • stoopnagle

      I’ve come around on Staples. He annoys me sometimes, but for the most part I like his podcast and he’s not too far off the mark in my opinion.

      On this he is dead right.

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      • Staples on this is sort of like a broken clock being right twice a day. I listen to his podcast occasionally, but his take on the expanded playoff as a positive for the regular season is absolutely idiotic.

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  5. It’s funny because before I clicked on the link I said to myself, “this sounds like something Rittenburg would write.” And guess what?

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  6. Granthams Replacement

    I would use “snakebit” vs underachieve. So many single plays or decisions that kept Georgia from winning multiple titles over that time.

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  7. fisheriesdawg

    They made a damned movie about the Red Sox not being able to win a World Series, and the Red Sox ended up winning the World Series while it was being filmed. Maybe we’ll get some of that juju with all the narratives being printed this year.

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    • 79dawg

      No, they adapted another movie (which was adapted from a book) and superimposed it on the Red Sox….
      Colin Firth as a disaffected Arsenal fan equals me as a disaffected Georgia fan….

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  8. Ran A

    Put it this way, since Kirby Smart arrived in Athens, Georgia only has one out of conference loss and that was in the Sugar Bowl against Texas. Anybody who watched that game, knows that Georgia simply didn’t want to be there. Kirby learned from that. But they have also beaten North Carolina, Notre Dame (twice) and Oklahoma. Lost a Natty to Alabama, lost a SEC tile to Alabama and then lost a SEC title to LSU (by far the best team they have ever fielded and one that can make the argument that ‘anybody’ has ever fielded). Welcome to playing in the SEC…

    At the end of the day – none of that matters. Nobody is going to let facts get in the way of this narrative. To them, it is only excuses. Until Georgia wins a Natty – this noise is only going to get louder and louder…

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    • Er, Tech 2016 on line 1.

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      • originaluglydawg

        Shush, man.

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      • mddawg

        “Forget it, he’s rolling.”

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        • 81Dog

          “Was it over when Fish Fry bombed Pearl Harbor?”

          Autocorrect made it Pear Harbor. I should have left it, but I figured no one would give me credit for the zing. 🙂

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      • Ran A

        I forgot about that… Neighbor across the street is a Tech grad and was quick to find me after the game. My words were, “you should enjoy this win, you have no idea how well he is recruiting and what is coming”. It’s going to feel like it did when Marc Richt arrived on campus. I got this “yeah right” look… Funny, he never brings up football anymore and I’m kind enough to leave it alone. I like Tech fans where they belong – in the closet.

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        • originaluglydawg

          Techmites are like that. They hide and if you find them they are angry and go in hiding. On the rare occasion they get lucky, they swarm and act like they own the state of Georgia.

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  9. Munsoning

    Yeah, why can’t the Dawgs win the SEC? I’m CONSTANTLY asking myself that question. Couldn’t have anything to do with Spurrier, Meyer, and Saban, could it? Saban is arguably the best CFB coach ever. Spurrier and Meyer belong in the second tier of CFB coaching greats. There’re your tiers, Rittenberg.

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    • originaluglydawg

      “Saban is arguably the best CFB ever”
      I don’t think it’s even debatable.
      He’s the GOAT…like him or not.

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      • Derek

        I would note that Clemson and Auburn’s last natties had been in 1981 and 1957 and they both got it done during Saban’s tenure at Alabama. LSU got it done out of the same division.

        “But Saban” isn’t a valid excuse.

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        • miltondawg

          Note that it took generational type of quarterback talent to do it for both Auburn and Clemson (and the worst Saban coached team collapse I can recall in the 2010 Iron Bowl up 24-0 at home).

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        • Munsoning

          Oh, I agree. I’m just opining that sharing a division and/or conference with three of the best CFB coaches ever has something to do with the Dawgs’ failure to win the big one since the year of my birth.

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  10. godawgs1701

    It’s been… (checks notes) … four years since UGA played for a national title and forced overtime before bowing out. I mean… if that’s underachieving, what do we say about the other 100+ teams in the country who haven’t even made a playoff?

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    • dawg100

      Oklahoma hasn’t won a National Championship since current frosh and sophs players were born (and hasn’t won a CFP gamer either).

      Yeah, we haven’t won, but seems to me we have been far more consistent than so many other traditional powers with just as many advantages such as Penn State, Miami, Michigan, USC (in last 15 years), Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Washington, FSU.

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  11. akascuba

    Until another Natty arrives in Athens this won’t stop.

    Once delivered expect OU’s 0-4 CFP loser Lincoln Riley to be next in the cross hairs.

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    • siskey

      You would think so but for whatever reason Oklahoma doesn’t get lumped in with Us re underachieving. We have to look a across the conference at Bama while OU, OSU and Clemson/FSU whoever get a free pass to at least contention for the MNC. Look at how many BCS title games OU and OSU won between 2002-2014 as proof that it “just means more” when UGA “underachieves.”

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      • akascuba

        OU and tOSU have something this century Georgia does not it’s that simple. I’m hoping that changes soon and often for us all.

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        • dawg100

          Yeah, but as I said above, OU’s last Natty was before these frosh and sophs were born. Not exactly yesterday.

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          • Down Island Way

            Don’t mention the gold domers…

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

              And both teams have more recent national titles than us, and Oklahoma has what, three times the conference titles?

              Stop pretending they’re also underachieving. They’re not.

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    • Down Island Way

      It won’t stop then, might slow to a trickle, the schedule narrative will grow (see how they do when ut/ou get to the sec), luck narrative sprouts legs and blah, blah, blah…in comparison, UGA football trophy case will require at least 3 of those big trophies plus, CKS will have to send 3/4’s of every class to the next level for 10 years, then and only then will the national media change, but they set the agenda…

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  12. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Actually, I blame Mickey for at least part of the so called drought. In 2007 Georgia, which had the best team at the end of the season and was ranked higher than LSU, should have played in the BCSNCG but Mickey’s talking heads in unison lobbied for Georgia to be left out—and it was.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      So you don’t blame Mark Richt for losing to a terrible Sakerlina team at home? A team we had NO EXCUSE to lose to?

      You don’t blame Soft Willie for playing nothing but zone versus Tennessee which Erik Ainge dinked and dunked us to death to the tune of 40+ points?

      You don’t blame Mark Richt for HIRING Soft Willie as the DC?

      I can’t stand bullshit like this. It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?

      Face facts: If we beat a terrible Sakerlina team at home, we play in the SEC Title Game with one (bad) loss and we can prove whether we’re the best team in CFB or not.

      Your blaming of Herbstreit shows a complete lack of taking responsibility and also a complete lack of understanding how the BCS rankings work.

      Once LSU won the SEC Title they were ALWAYS going to vault us in the standings. Herbie had nothing to do with what the computers were going to do. FFS, dude.

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    • miltondawg

      I agree that Georgia was probably playing better than anyone by the end of the season, but Georgia had no one to blame but themselves. They inexplicably lost to unranked South Carolina at home while generating only 12 points on offense and got thumped in Knoxville. They also looked pretty bad in the win over Vanderbilt in Nashville since Georgia had to score 13 points in the second half to win on a last second field goal 20-17. They lost out the tie breaker for the SECCG and LSU beat UT. LSU was ranked second in the country under the system used to determine the teams in the BCSCG and was rightfully selected. After conference championship weekend, Georgia was 4th in the AP Poll, 4th in the Coach’s Poll, 4th in the Harris Poll, and wound up 5th in the BCS standings.

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  13. otto1980

    I am not clicking on the article but over the past 30 years UGA has under achieved. Smart is close to winning it all and making changes. Dabo is an example of a coach that had to learn on the job. Also the media like to point out coaches who won it all in their 2nd year, and they weren’t dealing with the Bama we have now.

    Goff, Donnan, and Richt all had the resources to win it all. The expectations of UGA fans and segments of the media may have changed at some point after Richt but Richt should have never lost the SEC East to Mizzou.

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    • 81Dog

      For all he likes to sell himself as, a dumb hick, Dabo was hyper prepared to be a head coach. He apparently had notebooks full of details on organization, staff, recruiting, strategy, etc. It still took him a few years of OTJ training to put it together. I’m sure Kirby was as well prepared on day as anybody, but some things you only learn by doing. Watching the bus driver is not the same as driving the bus.

      We have talent. We have a solid staff. We have top flight facilities. We have a tremendous recruiting base. We have financial resources. Kirby now has the experience running the show. I think he’s ready to knock that lid into orbit.

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  14. stoopnagle

    Who else is beating Alabama? LSU, Ohio State and Clemson. That about sums it up, right?

    Yeah, we wandered the wilderness in the 1990s, so that’s a wasted decade; we started to get our shit together in the 2000’s, and we’re on the cusp in the 2010’s. And yet here’s that big fucking elephant in our way. But nobody ever mentions that bullshit.

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  15. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Is he wrong?

    Why has a program with these resources been unable to win it all in over 40 years?

    Why is our AA run by boosters who wanted to do everything cheaply for decades?

    Why do we keep getting saddled with terrible ADs who hire bad coaches when a guy like Hunter Yuracheck is at Arkansas hiring great coaches and winning a lot in different sports?

    Why can Floriduh win three national titles in football, and then turn around and decide they want to take basketball seriously and win two national titles there, and we can do neither?

    The excuses are wearing thin. There is no good reason why Georgia can’t be on Tosu’s level in winning national titles. I’m not asking for Bama here, but we are the dominant program in a CFB-loving state with tons of high school talent, people who give money, a big ass stadium we sell-out, and it’s not like we haven’t had our chances.

    But we’ve just not had “the ball bounce our way” going back to Dooley blowing the 1982 season Sugar Bowl against Paterno.

    Why does the ball never seem to bounce our way? Why can’t we make our own luck like all these other teams do? Why are we constantly the team that loses in the most gut-punchiest of ways?

    WHY???

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    • It’s one thing to say UGA has underachieved. It’s quite another to say it’s underachieved more than any other program in the country.

      But if that’s the hill you want to die on, cool.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        Considering the resources we have, I think it’s more than fair to make the argument.

        If you don’t, that’s fine, too.

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      • Derek

        Corch’s take only makes sense IF you measure “achievement” by natties. If your metrics are more rational then how isn’t Texas or Michigan on top of the underachievers?

        Its not like we’ve been mostly irrelevant like some inexplicably have been.

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        • Or, more recently, Southern Cal.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

            It’s funny, but some people here always try to change the topic given to better fit their own narrative. Classic strawman.

            The topic is, “Is Georgia underachieving, or the biggest underachiver, because they haven’t won a national title since January 1981?”

            You know who HAS won a national title since then? Texas and Michigan. USC has two. FFS, even the NATS has one.

            But sure, let’s talk about SEC Titles, too. Georgia has 5 SEC Titles since January 1981. We went on a 20 year drought and then a 12 year drought between those titles, too. Honestly, in 38 years, we’re probably underachieving a bit on SEC titles, as well, especially in the pre-Spurrier years, the post-Spurrier-pre-Corch years and then the post-Corch years.

            You know that Texas has 7 conference titles since January 1981? So not only do they have more national titles since our last national title, but they have two more conference title wins. How is Texas a bigger underachiever than UGA?

            Now let’s get to Michigan. Since January 1981, they have 12 Conference Titles. Yes, some are shared, but in the Big-10, their conference rules allowed for treating shared conference titles equally. So they have 12. To our 5. And with one more National Title than we have, how is Michigan a bigger underachiever than UGA?

            Why is it that we can’t just own it? Why are Georgia fans always full of excuses for why we underachieve? The excuses are part of the cultural disease that’s infected our athletics for 40 years, especially in regards to football and even basketball, too. FFS, if FLORIDUH can win two basketball national titles, there’s absolutely no excuse why we can’t be better. Their fans didn’t give a rip about basketball either, until they started to win. It was their AA that cared first, and then they went out and made great hires and won, and then the fans followed.

            Senator, I’m just tired of the excuses. No, Texas and Michigan are not bigger underachievers than UGA, and USC certainly isn’t. What a laughable assertion.

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            • Derek

              How many times has georgia finished outside the top 25 this century?

              Now do USC, UM, UT (let’s do both UT’s btw), Nebraska, Miami, FSU and so on.

              Have we closed the deal? Obviously not, but we haven’t missed a bowl game since the 1996 season. Which as I understand it, is the longest streaks out there.

              Your take is like saying Dan Marino sucks because he retired with no Super Bowls. Did he underachieve as compared to the qbs you’d compare him to? No doubt. But he still played pretty damn good football. You could argue that Trent Dilfer is better and, come to think of it, YOU probably would.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                Yes, because what CFB teams play for are spots in the bottom half of the Top-25 and many trips to the Gator Bowl.

                I just blew you strawman argument out of the water, so you change it again.

                Keep slithering to the next, “Nuh-uh, what I meant was…” it’s what you do best.

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                • Derek

                  If you want to suck Bevo’s left nut because they were lucky enough to sign Vince Young, then be my guest. You can go be a Texas fan. I’d have more self respect as a Georgia fan over that time period. Go find a Texas/UM/Tennessee fan who says otherwise and report back.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  And there it is… whenever Derek loses an argument, especially getting burned as badly as this, he goes for the personal insults.

                  That’s how you know you’ve won.

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            • If you believe that it’s Georgia’s birthright to be in the middle of the national championship discussion on a regular, almost annual basis, then I can understand your point of view.

              If, however, you’re someone like me who thinks Georgia fans have overrated their program for decades, then I think your analysis leaves something to be desired.

              BTW, I used the term “recently” in referring to Southern Cal. When’s the last time they were nationally relevant?

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                I don’t think it’s our birthright, but I do believe, as has been said here before and by writers smarter than me (like Andy Staples), that Georgia should be in the running for best job in the country because of the recruiting natural resources, the money, the stadium, the campus, the town, etc, etc, etc.

                I’m not saying we should be Bama, but should we be Tosu? I think that’s fair. We should win a national title once a decade. We definitely should have in the 2000’s and 2010’s.

                Our problems are all self-inflicted. Dooley wasn’t a good AD, and he made a terrible decision on who to replace him. It should’ve been Erk. Maybe with Erk we can battle Spurrier and win a national title in the 90’s running Fish Fry’s triple option, just like, you know, Nebraska won three titles in the 1990’s running an option offense. I don’t know, I just know Dooley’s decision to hire Goff was truly terrible. It’s like hiring Ray Handley to replace Bill Parcels as the Giants head coach when Bill Belichick is standing right there.

                In the Richt Era, again, our problems were self-inflicted. He was notoriously bad about getting his team up to play everyone on the schedule, which ruined our ability to win a title in the season he should have, in 2007, because he couldn’t get his team up to play Sakerlina. He also refused to put more emphasis on beating Floriduh, which led to not beating them in 2002, though I think we still miss out on the national title game like Auburn in 2004 because the BCS computers always liked Tosu more than us that year. Richt’s lack of attention to detail also bit us on the ass in 2012 when we should’ve spiked the ball to get a chance for our two best plays instead scrambling for one.

                And then with Kirby, it’s his stubborness. Saban had already shifted to a wide-open offense, but he came to Georgia demanding manball. Maybe he’s changed now. We’ll see. I hope he has. Again, that’ll be proven-out in the 4th quarters of games, not the first three. I hope to see his foot on the gas for an entire game. That’s what it takes to win it all, now. All gas, no brakes.

                My point is… I’m tired of the excuses. It’s not Herbstreit’s fault. It’s not Spurrier or Saban or Corch. It’s not bad luck. It’s not bad bounces. It’s not bad calls. It’s never our fault. That’s all b.s.

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  16. originaluglydawg

    Look no further than the hastily constructed and implemented (and apparently selectively applied) Herbstreit Doctrine for one answer. That selfish strategy worked to suppress UGA’s rise and prominence and this is more of the same.
    As a paranoid conspiracy theorist, I declare the following.
    This narrative is pushed to dawgrade Kirby and hurt UGA’s status as an elite program.
    That status is more valuable than ever before as kids look at earnings potential being tied to a schools football reputation. BIG media types can’t do anything about Alabama’s lofty status, but they can try to keep Georgia from reaching that plateau. They can count and two or three SEC teams in the perennial top four plus Clemson is not a good look for the BIG and ND.
    Soon the narrative will shift from “Will or when will UGA win it?” to “Obviously, UGA doesn’t belong in that upper tier”.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      That is some DawgVent level tin foil hattery.

      Because of something Herbie said in 2007, that led to us not spiking the ball in 2012 like we should have, or to us losing badly in 2013 to Mizzou, or to a terrible Floriduh team in 2014, and that led to us turtling the offense in the fourth quarter against Bama with a national and then SEC title on the line, and it led to us losing to a terrible Sakerlina team in 2019 (after losing to a terrible Sakerlina team in 2007 is what actually kept us from winning a National Title, not anything Herbstreit said, by the way).

      Dude, you picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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      • originaluglydawg

        “One reason”. O-N-E. Get the finger out of your nose and hold it up. That’s one. But yes, there are a lot of others.
        My point (you have to think a little here) is had Georgia won the NC the year of the HSD, it would have raised the whole trajectory of the program.
        We sure as hell wouldn’t be hearing about 1980.
        CMR’s magic seemed to wane after that unfairness.
        Agree there were a lot of un-called for missteps.
        And while I do admit to wearing a foil hat, I’m right more often than you are.
        And who says I quit sniffing glue this week?
        I am, however one of the more reasonable people on this blog when it comes to understanding that it’s OK for someone to have a different point of view than I have. You can’t say that, Corch.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          DUDE… HERBIE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

          Losing at Sakerlina at home is why we didn’t get a chance to win the National Title in 2007.

          Even if Herbstreit had said NOTHING, the BCS would not have put UGA in the BCS Title Game, because LSU was ALWAYS going to jump UGA in the standings after winning the SEC Title. That’s how the BCS worked.

          Good frakking Lord!!! Excuses! Just stop with the excuses!

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    • otto1980

      Mickey may not have helped UGA but the coaches I mentioned above had the resources to win more than they did. Mickey Mouse didn’t hire Martinez, CTG, Schotty, Marion Campbell, etc.

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  17. MGW

    It’s just part of it till we get one. In the meantime we’ll keep busting skulls and hoovering up all the talent while the rest of the East keeps floundering. We’ll get one soon.

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  18. otto1980

    Also I don’t believe UGA is the program which has underachieved the most. Texas gets that honor. Yes they have a more recent Natty but look at the gap before their prior Natty and how are they doing now. I am not going to analyze every last program but there are others.

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  19. Ace Harris

    You have to give Dabo credit. He’s winning at Clemson and if you have ever been there you wonder how in the hell does he recruit anyone to play there. I am not giving the coaches at Georgia (past and present) a pass. Trying to compare Clemson to Athens is like comparing heaven to hell.

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  20. PTC DAWG

    I enjoy every football season, most for varying reasons…some of y’all need to find some joy in things,

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  21. Tony BarnFart

    It really doesn’t bother me that much. The important thing is to always have a cold pitcher of that sweet, sweet red Kool-Aid for as many days as possible during any given calendar year. Isn’t that the fun part ?

    What’s the alternative ? 127ish shittier situations with not even Kool-Aid to drink ? I’ll take the Kool-Aid and the hope.

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  22. Doggoned

    Watching that 1980 team pull itself out of the fire time after time indicated to me there was more at play than good luck. Once, maybe twice, could have been luck. This was something else.
    Since then, suffering with the Bulldogs, bad luck just doesn’t explain all the times it’s slipped away. That said, we’re still a hell lot better than maybe 90 percent of the teams playing college football over the past decades. Right now we’re obviously a top-five program. Kirby has got it going, and we’ve still got all the built-in advantages of geography (recruiting) and fan base, plus tons of cash. We can and should put this meme to rest

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  23. RangerRuss

    GO DAWGS!!!
    Piss on the narrative and everyone else.

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    • Damn right, Kirby is our mfing pilot…trust he’ll get us to our destination and land us smoother than ol Capt. Sully…so far he’s stocked the team well through recruiting and the portal and he’s hired good assistants…he’s had us at the dance once before, and he’ll get us back there soon.

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  24. Scotty King

    I’m drinking pitchers of the Kool-Aid this year and it tastes great.

    Hope it’s still tasting as good in mid-September (or December).

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Eh, that first weekend of September kool-aid isn’t so bad, even if it doesn’t go our way. How the kool-aid tastes this year will thoroughly depend on what happens the first weekend of December.

      So I’m just going to try to enjoy the kool-aid and the season until then as best as I can.

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  25. UGADawgGuy

    He’s right.

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  26. Eddie Atkins

    Well, Tyler Simmons was not offsides, even the head ref admitted they made a bad call. ESPN needs to do an article on how the refs have underachieved.cause that one call changed the entire momentum of the game. There’s been a lot of years that one little thing caused us to miss an opportunity at a NC, but that was the year we should have won it, so it’s no wonder that we feel cursed.

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  27. 123 Fake St

    Just win the SEC. Everything else is gravy.

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