A man named Pat Dye once told a team of Bulldawgs they weren't "man enough." He tested their manhood and left them with something to prove. They accepted the challenge. On Oct. 5, 2002, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in front of God and the nation, that team proved their manhood.
This group of Dawgs, in 2009, are being called out, too. Not by Pat Dye, but by their own. Fans are flooding message boards, blogs and Facebook accounts to say that this season is in the history books. They say that the coaches can't get it done. A team that finds themselves at a 3-3 start for the first time since forever (1996 to be exact) has been called out by the people who love them most.
The fans were dazed and confused by the team's efforts in the first five games of the season, but were totally stunned after the loss to the orange-clad clowns. By early Saturday evening, Dawg fans far and wide had already begun to voice their opinions, and they left nothing to the imagination.
On top of a less-than-happy fan base came Eric Berry, rehasing a speech that Coach (and SEC big-mouth) Lane Kiffin gave in the locker room after the game.
“He basically made a promise to us that we wouldn’t lose to them anymore, forever or until he leaves," he said.
Ouch. He didn't stop there, he declared war on recruiting in Georgia. Bad became worse.
Now, they have to prove their manhood. In less than 24 hours, the Dawgs will take the field at Vandy in front of Commodore fans decked out in black—and a group of anxious Dawg fans—to prove just that. To prove to themselves and the Dawg nation that all is not lost. They have to find a way to salvage what is left.
I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
Dawgs, I'm calling you out. Not to prove something to me or to anyone else, because I believe in you. I'm calling you out to believe in yourselves and to finish the drill!