Category Archives: Envy and Jealousy

Envy and jealousy, Georgia fan base edition

Jeez, does Will Leach Leitch flat out nail us with this post.  For starters,

If there’s one nagging issue that plagues Georgia football fans, I’ve found it is that they have a unique difficulty in living in the moment. Whatever is happening right now, for many fans, can often feel beside the point. Georgia football fans are always either reliving the past or fretting about the future. Whether it was the age of Mark Richt’s 10 wins never being enough or, today, when Georgia has one of the best teams it has ever had and it is just one game away from the whole universe of everyone’s hopes and dreams opening wide right in front of them, and almost everybody I know here in Athens is either dreading Saturday’s game or actively avoiding it … the present is a slippery, elusive concept, a place no one ever quite feels comfortable living in.

This 2018 season, the one where Georgia went 11-1 and destroyed every team it played except for one, has to be the sleepiest season of extended dominance in recent memory. Georgia had one bad game, in Death Valley, a place where countless SEC teams’ seasons have gone to die over the decades, and otherwise, they really didn’t sweat once all year. They flattened Florida, they crushed Kentucky (in a game that was described as the biggest in Kentucky football history, which was sort of amusing considering it was maybe Georgia’s fifth biggest this year), they demoralized South Carolina, they breezed by Missouri, they barely even noticed Auburn was on the field with them and what they did to Georgia Tech is illegal in three-quarters of the states in this country. Georgia’s rivals are so far behind them right now it takes a connecting flight just to get a glimpse of Uga’s tail. Everything – well, almost everything – Georgia could have hoped for when it fired Richt and hired Kirby Smart has happened. Georgia is at last at the place it has always believed it deserved to be … where it belonged.

Man, oh man, is that on target.

If Georgia ever reaches that final destination we hope it reaches, I don’t think our fan base will turn out to be as arrogant as Alabama’s.  We’re too neurotic for that.

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Envy and jealousy, one simple sentence edition

You’ll want to read all of Matt Hinton’s UGA-South Carolina postmortem, but for now, I’ll just leave you with his conclusion:

In the meantime, like all great teams, the Bulldogs’ only real concern is between their own ears.

Nice.

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Envy and jealousy, Gamecock schadenfreude edition

Denial.

“We just didn’t have our best day,” safety Steven Montac said. “They aren’t any better than us. They just executed.”

Reality check.

That’s what South Carolina’s players have to say, what they have to believe, but it’s not what happened on the field. Take Mecole Hardman, for example. Georgia’s sophomore wide receiver, a former five-star recruit, had six catches for 103 yards and one carry for 30 yards on plays that were no more schematically complex than, “Throw it over there to Hardman and watch him run past South Carolina defenders.”

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Envy and jealousy, pithy observation edition

Nice line, Stewart.

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Envy and jealousy, Twitter edition

Classic.

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Envy and jealousy, welcome back, old friend edition

Seth Emerson, bringing superior snark in today’s Mailbag ($$):

That will be very interesting for the return of Jeremy Pruitt, who hopefully will visit his indoor facility at some point…

Billy Payne may have paid the money, but it’ll always be Jeremy Pruitt’s IPF.

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Envy and jealousy, from an unusual source

Perhaps liberated from chasing clicks by his move to The Athletic (for more on that, if you subscribe, you should read baseball beat writer David O’Brien’s remarkable introduction here), Jeff Schultz ($$) has a great line about where the Georgia program is at now:

Year 3 is about handling success. It’s the same situation Saban deals with, the only difference being Georgia’s problem has seldom been, “How do we handle success?”

Remember, peeps, just because it’s sad doesn’t mean it’s not true.

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