Here we go again. Football season is winding down, and my teams are giving me hope for postseason excitement. But if you’re an Atlanta Falcons fan or Georgia Bulldogs fan, you’re familiar with how this story usually ends. The same is true for Atlanta Hawks fans and Braves … well, honestly, the Braves haven’t really done anything since the Fresh Prince left Belair.
By now, Bulldogs fans’ heart rates have probably gotten back to normal after a historic Rose Bowl game. A game that, when it started, looked like the same old story was beginning to play out. Every time Oklahoma touched the ball, they scored quickly. By the fourth, first-half Sooner touchdown, I’ll admit, I was ready to cash in my chips. I was done. I whined on Facebook about not living in a more football-dominant sate and dreaded the second half. I made a comment about Georgia needing to field a different team if they had any chance in the second half. Then, they did it.
I don’t know where these guys were, but I’m glad they showed up. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a comeback like that from a Georgia team. I’ve definitely seen it against a Georgia-based team. (More on that later.)
I love Mark Right and everything he’s done for Bulldogs Football. But he’s never made the kind of halftime adjustments that Kirby Smart made that night. Consider me officially bought-in.
Now, I do realize the potential of disaster that looms. This is still the Georgia Bulldogs, and they could still Georgia Bulldog it all up. They are, after all, playing against the Nick Saban-led Alabama Crimson Tide. But I love the student vs. teacher theme. Hopefully Kirby can be the Darth Vader to Saban’s Obi-Wan. If they ever had a chance to win it all, this is it. Surely the football gods aren’t cruel enough to give us a Super Bowl collapse one year, then a NCAA National Championship collapse the next. Right?
Which leads me to the Atlanta Falcons. With all the hype over the ‘Dawgs, you may have forgotten (or missed altogether), that the Atlanta Falcons squeezed into the NFL playoffs again.
The Falcons are a mere shadow of their 2016 selves. The offense isn’t packing nearly the punch they were last season. However, the defense is playing much better the last season. So, if the offense starts to click like they did last season, with the defense playing the way they are…
No. I won’t do it. I won’t let myself get excited again. I know I’m being pessimistic, but, as I said before, fans of these teams know what usually comes next. I try not to be pessimistic, I really do. But the last time I let go of my cynicism and started to believe that they’d actually pull it off, the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points.
I love these teams. I couldn’t be a fan of another team if I tried. As much as I hate to admit it, I am very excited and very hopeful for both the ‘Dawgs and the Falcons, even though I know what’s probably going to happen. But this is what football is all about. Rise Up and Go Dawgs!