The annual trek to "Lose-your-lunch"-ville will commence this week as the Georgia Bulldogs travel down to Jacksonville to face the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators.
It's a trek that has been made by many a red and black devotee over the years and it's definitely a party worthy of its weight in gold.
However, the 5-15 record posted by the Dawgs over the last 20 years has not made this journey a pleasant one to behold—believe it or not, I seldom can bring myself to watch the game live.
My chosen method is to DVR the event, listen for the outcome and then watch the game according to how badly we lost—needless to say, last season's 49-10 whuppin' has never been seen.
Curiously, it was deleted from my unit.
However, this year will hopefully spring forth a good return for the Dawgs, despite the way things look on paper.
What follows is a list of reasons that I hope this year brings forth the 'W' now more than ever.
Three things immediately come to mind when I think of 2008's contest against the Florida Gators: 49-10, timeout called, and indigestion.
The Dawgs marched into Jacksonville with so much confidence. They were supposed to be done with the Gator Dominance of years past—this was a new Georgia team with a new Georgia attitude.
Yeah, well, that ended quickly and without much Georgia fanfare as the Gators proceeded to whup us like we stole their lunch money and used it to buy Alabama a pair of gator wingtips.
It's time to get the embarrassment of that loss out of our system.
The sooner the better.
Seriously...Do we really want to see No. 15 break No. 34's record against the latter's alma mater?
That would be so embarrassing to see.
Currently, Tim Tebow is only one rushing touchdown away from besting Herschel Walker's record of 49 SEC rushing touchdowns—a record that has stood firm for over 27-years.
Now, it goes without saying that Tebow will break the record. Barring injury, there is nothing that would make anyone think he wouldn't break it in this, his final season.
However, let's not let it be against us—that would be wrong on so many levels.
In 2002, The Georgia Bulldogs marched into Jacksonville with an 8-0 record, having torched just about every opponent they had faced up to that point.
They weren't No. 1 in the nation, but barring any substantial hiccups, they were in a position to challenge Miami or Ohio State for the best record in the nation.
Florida was hardly a worry in the minds of most Dawg fans as the Gators came limping into the contest sporting a 4-3 record and no chance of beating the Dawgs and their high-powered offense....right?
Well, as Lee Corso loves to say: "Not so fast, my friend." The Gators came ready to play that day and Georgia left their offense in Athens.
The Dawgs went on to lose the game 20-13 and with that loss went any shot they had of winning a national championship as Miami and Ohio State finished their seasons undefeated.
The Dawgs had to settle for an SEC Championship and a Sugar Bowl. Both nice but not what could have been in the eyes of many of the red and black faithful.
I would love to see the Dawgs dole out a little payback for the 2002 debacle—the situations are eerily similar.
It would be lovely to see karma make an appearance on their sideline for a change.
Okay, it's not that I hate Tim Tebow...well...maybe just a little.
Seriously, though, could we stop with the media adulation? It's a bit annoying for those of us that aren't Gator fans.
Tim Tebow has two national championships, a Heisman, is a great leader, does good for his community, believes in God, helps children, recycles, never tears the "do not remove" tags off mattresses.....blah, blah, blah.
All that is great.
For one day, however, just for one day, I would like to not hear anything good about Tim Tebow on the football field.
I want to see the Dawgs go in and make him look like a complete imbecile.
Make it happen.
Make him a loser late in the season to a Georgia Bulldog team that isn't even sniffing the Top 25.
Superman has a cape and saves people.
Tim Tebow wears a football jersey. He can't fly, despite what people say, so how about we knock the tar out of him and come away from Jacksonville with them talking about how good WE were—that would be nice.
I'm sure it's "great to be a Florida Gator" right now but quite frankly I would love to see Urban Meyer lose.
He's not my favorite coach in the world and I don't much care for him after the whole timeout thing last season.
Urban has led a pretty charmed coaching existence to this point. He's won every place he's been and I am certain that he fully expects to win the Oct. 31 contest against us this year.
I don't wish to see Urban have the opportunity to play for another national title. Quite frankly, I'd rather see Nick Saban and Bama get that shot before I would be okay seeing Urban do it.
Call it Gator envy. Call it jealousy. Call it whatever you want but for my money, Urban's reign of terror can end right now.
At this point, the Dawgs don't have too much to be happy about. We have a 4-3 record, a lousy defense, and a lot of uncertainty about exactly what kind of offense we will be when we grow up.
Truth be told, after watching a few of the Dawgs' performances this season, there are quite a few people who feel this game with the Gators will be worse this year than the last—one Georgia fan actually predicts a 70-3 score in the Gators' favor.
That said, if the Dawgs can beat the odds in Jacksonville, it would somewhat salvage a season that has been a disappointment in many ways.
Truthfully, aside from the Tennessee game, Georgia hasn't been outplayed by any team this season. I feel like we could have been 6-1 heading into this game.
In the end, though, it's about pride. A win in J-ville would go a long way towards putting a little more swagger in the steps of those in the Dawg Nation—both on and off the field.
Poor Mark Richt. The guy wins two SEC Championships, two Sugar Bowls, finishes in the top 10 a few years in a row, and sires multiple recruiting classes with NFL-caliber talent and suddenly...he's a dud.
I don't get it....Really. I don't get it.
Mark Richt's head is on a platter in some circles for his inability to be a tool and fire his assistant coaches—one in particular.
However, if he can take this young, inexperienced, and hungry team of pups down to Florida and eke out a win, well, maybe his hot seat cools a bit.
That would be so nice.
I swear it wouldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Georgia has a stellar class going into 2010. It would be a major boost to our chances with some of the remaining big fish if we can get a win in Jacksonville on Saturday.
A win against the No. 1 team in the nation could also settle some frayed nerves and pull some undecided's over in the process.
That's a win-win.
There are too many happy people in the Gator Nation. Honestly. Every time they show up en masse, anywhere, R.E.M's "Shiny, Happy, People" starts to play over the loudspeaker.
What don't they have to smile about? Their football and basketball teams, combined, have more rings than a sequoia tree.
It would be nice to see those smiles turned upside down for a change—I want to hear them complain about a call that DIDN'T go their way. I wanna see them with their heads hung low while leaving the stadium.
I know it's cruel to say, so but what else would you expect from a Dawg fan?
Sometimes it's just that simple.
The passion you have for your home team is all you need in some cases. Reasons are nice but the beauty of being a fanatic is sometimes it just comes down to seven words: because my team is better than yours.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
So, on Oct. 31, 2009 I hope to see my Georgia Bulldogs get the best of the Florida Gators because I think they deserve a little redemption and respect from the rest of the college football world.
Is that irrational thinking?.... Probably.
Do I care that it's irrational thinking?....Absolutely not.
Go Dawgs, sic em', woof woof!!