IGNORE THE URGE TO BE “HOYTING”
We all love, tolerate or remain indifferent to one of my personal 680 favorites Brian Hoyt. There is one reason that Hoyt even pushes guys like me over the edge. It is the behavior that I have termed “HOYTING”.
“HOYTING” is the projection of Richt, Donnan and Goff era constant disappointment onto the administration of Kirby Smart. Repeat after me, each coach writes their own history. Nothing that has ever happened before influences what happens today in sports. If that wasn’t true the Cavaliers, Cubs and others would never win a championship. The Georgia Bulldogs under Smart are a different breed.
At 5-0 the Dawgs still have a lot to clean up. That is a positive. They have a freshman QB who dazzles and confounds sometimes all in the same series. That is again a good thing. Georgia under Kirby plays with an urgency that Athens has not seen in a long time. They are tenacious and relentless. Most of all, they are focused and fun!
I have personally never believed in a Georgia team more than this one. Remember the people that tried to scare you in the last 2 weeks saying how “dangerous” Mississippi State and Tennessee were? Ignore them. They looked at what SHOULD have been easy to read Georgia wins and they saw the boogeyman of past failures. These Dawgs are different, stop weighing them down with negativity. Thank You Kirby Smart for changing the narrative in Athens. It makes the football season so much more fun!
BRAVES PROGRESS IS UP FOR DEBATE
Let’s be honest, you expected to see a lot more than this. 2017 was a season supposed to deliver a lot more progress, measurable in wins, than what they delivered. I’m leaning towards tabbing this year as a disappointment, no matter how they attempt to spin it.
This was supposed to be a year where the young pitchers emerged and gave us a glimpse of what they will become. Did any of the pitchers give you great reason for optimism? The answer is an objective NO. The bullpen was an issue and the lineup had a few good months of run production.
This should not be considered progress. After 67 and 68 win seasons, I can’t be convinced that 2017 was anything more than a wasted opportunity.
GEORGIA TECH WISHES THEY HAD THE OPENER BACK
The Jackets are impressive and the competition is about to be dialed up. If they had not lost the opener to Tennessee, the ACC would be buzzing over Tech. This is a dangerous team with an impressive story to tell.
WHO COULD BEAT BOTH ALABAMA AND CLEMSON THIS YEAR?
It is early October but there appears to be an emerging script. It is highly likely that Alabama and Clemson will hold the top 2 seeds in the College Football Playoff. That pretty much guarantees that if you want to win a title you will have to beat both of them over an 8 day period in January. Can your favorite team do that? I don’t believe that team currently exists!