So the follow up to last week’s “I hate to see him go, but I get it” column is a message to the new coach of the Georgia Bulldog football team. A message that he will surely never read, but I’m writing it anyway.
Welcome home! Congratulations on your dream job coaching the team for which you once played in your home state. There are a lot of people excited about your arrival, including myself.
But my excitement comes with a bit of hesitation. I’m also a Falcons fan who was excited about the arrival of coach Dan Quinn and you see where that has gotten me. However, your resume is quite impressive. It includes three national titles at Alabama. Which brings me to my next point…
As a Georgia alum and former player, you’re aware of the team’s plight on national championships. At this point, the entire country is aware. The school fired the coach with the highest winning percentage ever because of that one game: The national championship game. Not because they lost, but because they can never seem to get there.
Never mind that Coach Richt is one of the most respected coaches in the country and that his graduation rate is tied with Vandy for the highest in the SEC (at 82 percent in 2013). Trophies, Kirb, we want trophies.
Can I call you Kirb?
Y’see, Kirb… Georgia’s lack of “sealing the deal,” so to speak, isn’t just a Bulldog thing. It’s also a Falcon thing, a Hawks thing, a Braves thing and so on. Yeah, the Braves won a Series in the ‘90s, but since then they have joined the ranks of the rest of the Georgia sports teams in choking when it matters most.
The Atlanta Hawks consistently choke in the post season, the Falcons’ post-season choking problems are widely known. Even the Yellow Jackets’ national championship is tainted with having to share it, which helped birth the Bowl Championship Series… and we all know how that turned out!
Maybe we’re all just a little too greedy, what with all this wanting to contend with other powerhouse teams and all. To be honest, I do feel a little forward expecting so much from my sports teams. Especially since my wife is a Cleveland fan. The Browns haven’t even played in a Super Bowl ever. The Indians, well they lost the World Series that time I mentioned before, when the Braves won. And the Cavaliers can’t even win the big one with the world’s greatest basketball player on their team. However, she’s also an Ohio State fan… and there’s where the problem is: I’m tired of hearing their $#!+!
I, along with thousands of other Georgia sports fans are tired of being the “other” team on the highlight reel, the champions’ Washington Generals, the uninvited to the debutante ball. And that’s why you’re here.
Not to put any pressure on you or anything, but you’re Georgia’s key to victory. You’re the closest we could get to bringing Saban here since there’s no way we could get him. You’re the most popular guy at the party. We’re all just hoping you brought the Natty with you.