2009 College Football: I Pledge Allegiance to the Red and the Black
College football is a phenomenal thing, isn't it?
As an avid follower of the SEC and a tremendous fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, it's impossible to not respect and envy the all out love and dedication that comes with having an allegiance to one team. Your team.
The start of the season for my Dawgs is now only 18 days and a wake-up away, and I can already feel the excitement in the air.
Of course, the Dawgs aren't being looked upon as a preseason No. 1 this time and we no longer have the "star power" that came with having a No. 1 and No. 12 overall NFL draft pick sitting on our roster, but that's irrelevant.
Player losses happen. It's college football, after all, not pro. Good programs deal with losing top tier talent and, where Georgia is concerned, we don't rebuild. We just reload.
It's about the team, not the individuals on it. That's what being a Dawg is about.
Loyalty to your team, no matter what, can be a tough thing. However, if you can't be Georgia all the way, then don't be Georgia at all.
At least, that's what I tell myself after each loss to Florida—of which there have been far too many over the last 12 years.
Nevertheless, the losses make the victories that much sweeter and give me hope that the next game brings us one step closer to a National Title.
My Dawgs are my team. I love them without prejudice and regardless to how often they disappoint me. What does that kind of devotion mean for every other SEC team?
Well, it means I hate Florida. It means I loathe Tennessee. It means I wish nothing but the worst on Steve Spurrier and his Chicken Heads...I'm sorry, Gamecocks. It means if my team is playing yours, then yours is the enemy. Period.
The hatred doesn't have to be rational and I laugh at anyone who says they have a good reason for hating their opponents. It's simply not true. As a matter of fact, the only rationale I ever need is this: My team wears the red and black and yours doesn't.
How rational is that?
Am I alone in this way of thinking? No. I dare you to find a true Michigan fan who loves Ohio State, too. Or a Texas fan who owns an Oklahoma jersey. Better still, a Georgia Tech fan who thinks Georgia rocks!
Uh huh, uhhh, Good luck with that.
Man, I love college football!
I love it even more in the SEC. The best conference in college football. Hands down. Any one who tells you differently is fooling themselves.
Will everyone agree with that last statement? No, but I can guarantee you that they will ALL have a passionate opinion as to why it is or isn't true.
Again, the passion. You have to love it: no-holds barred, fierce loyalty to all things your team and, in many cases, your conference. What's not to like about that!
I never cheer for the other teams in the SEC, but, the respect is there no matter how deep the hate runs. It's a tough conference every year and whatever team makes it out, deserves my respect; even if it is served with a side of heaping disdain and envy.
So, as the season gets closer to approaching, I can only say this: I love the Georgia Bulldogs.
I hope one day soon to see them hoisting the Sears trophy high enough that all the world will see them for the champions I know they are but—until then—we'll all hunker down and cheer for the red hats here in Dawg Nation and give our guys a reason to play harder every Saturday.
Go You Silver Britches!!! GATA and all that jazz.
And a happy hunting to all the rest of you college football junkies. Let's get this party started.
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