I have officially turned the page on the 2009 season.
I know that many of you are most likely way ahead of me in that regard. After all, spring football has begun in Athens, and the G Day spring game is less than a month away.
But still, it’s been hard for me to let go of the disappointment that was last season.
So as I begin to prepare for the 2010 season, I have decided to turn to another enjoyment that has always been a big part of my life…music.
I listen to music more than I probably should.
I love many different kinds and normally visit iTunes each week to see what is new. My family will tell you that I am a “music-aholic," if there is such a thing.
So how can music help me turn the page on 2009 and begin to focus on 2010?
I have created a soundtrack for the new 2010 season. One that will keep the Dawgs focused and poised for a great season.
Coach Richt is good at coming up with themes. Some work, some don’t. The “blackout” against Auburn a few years back worked great. The “blackout” against Alabama did not.
“Finish the Drill” was a classic. It worked in 2002 and 2005, but not so well in 2009.
So I have decided to help out Coach Richt. I am sure that this soundtrack will be played each week by every player, coach, and fan. It will be on every iPod, in every CD player, and spinning on every turntable (available in vinyl for a limited time only.)
This soundtrack will include music for each week, and each game—every challenge addressed through song.
Some challenges will be bigger than others. But each week these songs will help motivate and prepare the Dawgs.
So without further ado, here is my “Georgia Bulldog 2010 Soundtrack.”
I am sure it will be available online, and at your local record store within days. If not, just copy down the songs and burn yourself a copy.
You can even find some of these great songs in an IMix I created on Itunes:
Track One: Turn the Page by Bob Segar
The 2009 season is gone, it's over, it's history...time to move on. The Dawgs should have little trouble in their home opener. A new quarterback will be under center (Murray or Gray most likely), and the Dawgs should use this game as a warm up for Week Two.
Start the season with an easy win and move on.
Track Two: Trial by Fire by Journey (Steve Perry lead vocals of course)
In the first of what will be many tests this new season, a young quarterback will face an always tough South Carolina team in front of a very hostile crowd.
The Dawgs will need to be locked and loaded for this battle. This should give us a good look at Todd Grantham's new 3-4 defense as well.
Focus and concentration will be key. Protect the ball, win the game, and head back home.
Track Three: Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd
So you pass your first test of the new season and beat South Carolina?
Now the Dawgs must face the high-flying Razorbacks in Athens. Last year was a shootout that the Dawgs won.
Hopefully this year, the Dawgs can depend on their defense to keep them in the game and give an inexperienced signal caller a chance to indeed, learn how to fly.
Home games should be won. Don't let the Razorbacks hang around. Put them away early, and go get ready for a road trip.
Track Four: A Message 2010 by Coldplay (From the Hope For Haiti Now CD)
The Dawgs face another tough road challenge in week four. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State will be ready to give the Dawgs all they want.
This will be a chance for the Dawgs to send a "message" to the rest of the SEC. With many tests still to come, two early road wins in the SEC could go a long way in getting the Dawgs back to the top of the SEC East.
Run the ball, and control the clock. Be the top Dog!
Track Five: Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh
Three road games in five weeks presents a challenge for any team. The Dawgs will need a complete team effort to win this one. With Tennessee waiting on the Dawgs back in Athens, now is not the time to stumble.
Playing west of the Mississippi has not been something the Dawgs have done very often under Coach Richt. Here is another chance to show off to the western states.
Hopefully the Dawgs will have their "way" with the team from the Rocky Mountain state.
Track Six: I've Gotta Get a Message To You by The Bee Gees
Lane Kiffin has come and gone. Kiffin's promise to the Vols that he would never lose to Georgia was kept. He now resides in southern California, perfect record intact.
Now Derek Dooley leads the Vols, and the new head man will bring his new team into Athens come October. The time is right for the Dawgs to send a message to Coach Dooley and the Vols. A little payback is in order.
Lose this game and the season could take a turn for the worse.
Win this big game at home, and take another step toward a great season.
The time is now.
Track Seven: That was Yesterday by Foreigner
Vanderbilt and Kentucky have given the Dawgs fits the past few seasons. Last season's collapse against Kentucky would have to be one of the low points in Mark Richt's career at Georgia.
It is time the Dawgs put these two programs in their place. Georgia is better than Vandy and better than Kentucky. Time to take care of business and start counting these games as automatic wins again.
Urgent message...No more close games. That was yesterday.
Track Eight: Runnin' Down A Dream by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Everyone knows all about the past 20 or so years between the Dawgs and the Gators.
This year's game will have a new look to it. Tim Tebow is gone.
Both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks. Will Urban still be coaching the Gators?
One thing will still be the same.
These two teams don't like each other. Dancing in the endzone, or running up the score...the intensity is always present, no matter who the players are.
Can Georgia finally break through? Or will the Gators keep the Dawgs in their place?
If this game had a second song on the soundtrack it would be Crossroads by Eric Clapton. Lose this game and you could lose a lot.
Track Nine: Too Much Time on My Hands by Styx
This game should give the Dawgs a chance to catch their breath. The Vandals will certainly want to steal a win in Athens, but that shouldn't happen.
Hopefully the Dawgs will even be able to give the reserves a chance to play. These guys stand around and do a lot of watching on game days, so a little playing time in the meat of the season would be nice.
Backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger might even see some action. He might want to put track nine on continuous play and listen for awhile.
Track Ten: Pressure by Billy Joel
At this point in the season, the Dawgs could either be trying to secure a spot in the SEC Championship game or trying to secure an upper-tier bowl game.
Either way the "pressure" will be on for the Dawgs to take it to the Tigers and win again.
Auburn hasn't beaten Georgia since the 2005 season, so they won't need any motivation for this one.
It will be a war. SEC "pressure" at its finest.
Track Eleven: Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers Band
Tech fans celebrated in 2008 like they had not lost to Georgia in a decade.
Tech fans promised that Coach Paul Johnson would rule the Peach State and the rivalry for many years to come.
Much like Lane Kiffin's stay in Tennessee, this too did not last very long.
Georgia rebounded nicely last season and beat Tech for the eighth time in nine seasons. No reason to think that this series will swing in Tech's favor anytime soon.
But this one is always a big game. I look for Georgia to take Tech to the "whipping post" again come November.
No "state champion" shirts to print this season, Yellow Jacket fans.
Bonus Track—Album only: Get Back by the Beatles
Of course, Georgia will need to play much better this season than they did last if this is to play out. But this is intended to be a best-case, positive soundtrack. So what did you expect?
The Dawgs finally "get back" to the Georgia Dome in 2010 after a five year absence. The opponent will need no motivation and neither will the Dawgs.
A win here and the Dawgs could see one more big game in their future.
I can dream, can't I?
Bonus Track—Album only: Dream On by Aerosmith
Don't you just hate the "bonus" track? You can only have it if you pay more, or buy something extra. The "deluxe" version always cost more.
So if you can't buy into my "dream", I certainly understand.
The Dawgs will need some help to get here. They will need some luck here and there.
They will need some young players to really come through and mature quickly.
But could it happen? Of course it could.
So go ahead Dawg fans, "dream on, dream until your dreams come true."