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Track: Chalk Dust Torture | Artist: Phish | Album: Randall’s Island, New York, 7/13/14
‘Love is a reciprocal torture’
The always excellent Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked the most tortured fan bases in college football, and it will come as no surprise to any of you fine Georgia fans who have suffered and struggled with the Dawgs for years that UGA ranked No. 1. Go Dawgs?
Being a Georgia fan encompasses everything I was looking for in a tortured fan base. There was a national title, but it came 37 years ago in 1980. There’s been success on the football field since then, but not too much. There were two SEC titles in 2002 and 2005, and seven SEC East crowns, but that’s as far as it goes. Georgia is the perfect example of a team that’s never bad, but just never as good as it probably should be, and too good for fans to turn their backs. The only choice is torture, and this fan base keeps coming back for more.
Fornelli was correct in his assessment of why Georgia is the most tortured fan base. However, without specifics, you can’t see the entire picture. Here’s a short list of some of the miseries Georgia football fans have endured over the last few years.
- Chris Conley’s reception at the end of the 2012 SEC Championship Game
- The Prayer at Jordan-Hare
- Todd Gurley’s suspension in the middle of the 2014 season
- A.J. Green’s suspension at the beginning of the 2010 season
- ACL injury after ACL injury after ACL injury in 2013
- Tennessee’s Hail Mary in 2016
That was just off the top of my head. I’m sure with a bit of research I could find a lot more heartache. And some of you older fans might remember some tortured times from the 80s or 90s that us young folk were lucky enough to avoid. But misery loves company, so go ahead and share some of your worst Georgia memories in the comments and everyone can commiserate together.
But I can’t leave like that. So here’s a hype video for the 2017 season.
BREAKING: Talented QB improves with experience
Let this be the water that finally douses the Jacob Eason vs. Jake Fromm QB “debate” fire. Or, at the very least, let it quiet some of the Eason haters (or just Eason doubters) out there.
Following the scrimmage this weekend, Kirby Smart singled out Eason for praise, something he’s generally withheld from players so far during his time in Athens. For those looking for a sign that Eason is your guaranteed starter, this is about as good as you can get outside of Smart coming right out and saying it. (Though, for the life of me, I have no idea why he’d need to do that after Eason proved to be one of the best freshmen QBs in college football.) From Chip Towers:
“He’s come a long way,” Smart said of Eason in a post-scrimmage briefing back at the Butts-Mehre football complex. “He’s more confident in the pocket, he’s more confident in protections, his decision-making is better, and his accuracy has been better.
“Jacob is in a better spot right now than he was this time last year,” the second-year head coach said of the second-year starter. “… Most of the guys out there now with the exception of J.J. Holloman he has worked with before. I don’t know if it’s the factor of working with him or just working period.”
Eason’s overall mastery of offensive operation is the area most improved, Smart said.
“He is much more experienced, so when the call comes in he’s knows he’s looking for this, this and this. Where it used to be, ‘what’s this call and what do I do?’” Smart said. “So he’s come a long way.”
What a shocker. After getting a season of experience in a system he had never run, as well as an offseason of working on his timing with a gaggle of returning receivers and gaining a deeper understanding of the playbook, Eason is getting better. It’s almost like he’s a really good young quarterback with a lot of room to improve and the desire to do just that. Crazy, I know.
Dawgs at the Masters
The Masters had one of the most thrilling finishes in the tournament’s history this weekend, with Sergio Garcia winning his first major in more than 70 attempts by defeating Justin Rose in a playoff. But the Masters wasn’t kind to former Georgia Bulldogs in the field, save one.
Russell Henley was the low Dawg at Augusta, finishing tied for 11th after shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday to end the tournament at 1-under overall. His charge on Sunday was helped in no small part by a fantastic eagle that dropped straight into the cup on the fifth hole.
Masters 2017: Russell Henley | 5th Hole, Round 4 pic.twitter.com/FrtKMUnA9z
— Masters Highlights (@MastersMoments) April 9, 2017
Kevin Kisner was the only other former Dawg to make the cut. However, he was far off Henley’s form. Kisner shot 1-over on Sunday to finish 8-over for the tournament, and he vocalized his displeasure with his game following the fourth round.
“I’m not out here to make cuts,” Kisner said, according to The Telegraph. “If I’m going to finish 40th, I might as well stay at home, you know? So I’m going to keep working and hopefully be back next year to contend.”
The other two former Bulldogs in the field, Bubba Watson and Hudson Swafford, missed the cut.
UGA clinches share of SEC men’s tennis title
The No. 13-ranked Georgia’s men’s tennis team clinched a share of the SEC title with a win against No. 20 South Carolina this past weekend. It’s the fifth consecutive season the Bulldogs will own at least a share of the conference title, a feat accomplished by the tennis team only once in UGA history before this season (1971-75).
The Bulldogs have one more win than Texas A&M in conference play. They can claim sole ownership of the SEC crown when they travel to College Station to take on the Aggies this Saturday.
— Georgia Tennis (@UGAtennis) April 9, 2017
- UGA’s Kirby Smart still looking for separation at receiver (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- UGA scrimmage: Jacob Eason, Brian Herrien stand out for offense (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- 2 current starters go down with injuries in Georgia’s scrimmage (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- Practice observations: WR Riley Ridley back on field with Bulldogs (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- Report: Bobby Petrino barring former UGA CB Shaq Wiggins from transferring to 2 SEC schools: ‘It’s really not fair’ (Connor Riley, DawgNation)
- Isaac Nauta feels the ‘need to make a big step in Year 2’ (Jason Butt, The Telegraph)
- Comparatively speaking, was Georgia’s offensive line as inferior as perceived? (Patrick Garbin, UGA Sports)
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Just saved $400 on a security system by teaching my dog the arts of ancient weapons. pic.twitter.com/QKm3XY8dd8
— maIc (@killmalcolm) April 7, 2017