Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hope




Let me start by saying that I am optimistic by nature and I still don't truly believe we can run the table for the rest of the year and win the SEC East. That being said, the last time I felt this bad about the Dawgs was 2 years ago immediately following our loss to UT in Knoxville. Do you remember how dejected you felt after that game? We played with no energy or enthusiasm and didn't look like we wanted to be on the field (say what you want about this year's team, but at least we are fighting and competing out there every game). The next week, we squeaked by Vandy in Nashville by forcing a fumble late in the game and eventually kicking a FG as time expired. Then, we had an off week before Jacksonville. And, down in Jacksonville, Knowshon had his coming out party and the Dawgs caught fire for the rest of the season. Yes - Knowshon had played before that game, and showed his talents, but he became a star that day ---- leading up to Jacksonville, there was talk of burning Caleb King's redshirt so he could help #24 vs. Florida).

What if.... We somehow go 2-0 over the next 2 weeks in our trips into the state of Tennessee? And what if we take full advantage of the 2 full weeks we will have to prepare for the Gators? And what if Bobo calls an entire game the way he called the opening drive against Oklahoma State? And what if Willie pulls out a great scheme for 1 whole game (I know -it's a huge stretch to ask this of both coordinators in the same game for this schizophrenic team, but they have both done it occasionally over the years). And what if Washaun Ealey has his breakout performance in the WLOCP? And what if all of our other young players really start to mature and grow into their roles and realize all their potential over the next month? And what if Evil Richt shows his face again and comes up with a less controversial motivational ploy to get the team into a frenzy before kickoff? And what if we take that momentum and ride it out for the rest of the season like we did in 2007?

Obviously, this is not very likely, but I would've laughed at you 2 years ago if you had told me we were going to end up #2 in the country after UT handed it to us 35-14 (and it wasn't even that close). Is there at least a glimmer of a hope of a parallel between 2007 and 2009?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What "if" my aunt had nutz...that would make her my uncle. Wishful thinking but I believe we're in for a long season.

RB said...

I agree - definitely wishful thinking on this post. At this point, I feel like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber - "So, you're telling me there's a chance......YEAH!!"

Amanda said...

From watching the gators last year, I didn't realize they had any runningbacks...Amanda Vanderpool