Georgia Football: These Dogs Are Not the "Dawgs"

Milton SkeltonContributor INovember 23, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Washaun Ealey #24 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after fumbling the ball inside the five-yard line during the final minutes of their 34-27 loss the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I am, and I'm sure most of you reading this are, completely heartbroken and disgusted over the events that occurred "Between The Hedges" last night.

The way the Dawgs lost is what has me upset. So much that until I see drastic changes in the play, coaching, and overall performance of this team, I will no longer refer to them as the Dawgs, but only the dogs. Any Georgia fan can tell you that this is a big deal.

Just like the Hedges, Silver Britches, the oval "G", and Uga (God rest his soul), the nickname Dawgs is one of the many great traditions at the University of Georgia.

This team and coaching staff do not deserve to be called by that name. Growing up, when I saw the spelling "Dawgs," I thought it implied mean and nasty. Tough and fast. Strong and spirited. This team doesn't display those same qualities.

Georgia had a 20-6 lead at night...against Kentucky. And they blew it.

There is something seriously wrong with that picture. Right now the dogs have a record of 6-5. With losses to rivals Tennessee and Florida, and without a miracle, Georgia will suffer another loss to rival Georgia Tech. 

The fact that Georgia is losing games bothers me, but that is not my main concern. I despise the fact that this team just looks dead at times. Where is the swagger that Georgia teams of the past have had?

I know swagger comes with winning, but it was missing when we rolled in to Stillwater and looked as dead as ever.

Also, there seems to be no apparent reason to believe that there will be any coaching changes made. Why would we think that Richt will get rid of Martinez when he has kept Joe Cox at QB all season, and he has done his job just as bad as Willie.

Bryan Evans still gets the start every week. Bryan hasn't done anything except allow big plays and commit penalties since he arrived in Athens five very long years ago.

Washaun Ealey continues to pick up a mediocre Caleb King's leftovers, when the entire nation knows that Ealey is the future.

I hate to be this type of fan, and until last night I had hope for the future. I thought that this was just a rebuilding year and that we would eventually grow out of our youth. While that may be true, we can't use excuses in this scenario.

Wake up and play smart, dogs. Just maybe we can start calling you the Dawgs again!