January 27, 2009
I used to attend, watch, read about, argue about football, baseball, basketball. I've pretty much left professional basketball and baseball behind as far as my sports interests go. I never cared for hockey (hockey on TV is impossible to follow though it's hard to beat a live hockey game I must admit). The country club sports of golf and tennis never held much allure for me. I hang onto pro football only because of fantasy football. I used to be a huge Cowboys fan, but I just can't muster the passion anymore. I can't because the passion just isn't rewarded anymore. The sight T.O. wearing the star was the last straw for me. How any true Cowboys fan can forgive and even cheer him after he brazenly disrespected that very star several years ago is beyond me. Jerry Jones has ruined that franchise. But Tony Romo is my starting fantasy quarterback so I find myself in quite a quandry when he hooks up with T.O. on a long ball. Baseball steadily lost me after '94. McGwire, Sosa, and the rage of roids were the final nails in that coffin. I stopped following the NBA in the mid-late 90's.
No, these days when I venture outside of NASCAR and college football I tend to find myself more of a dispassionate observer. Since that is where my remaining passions lie those are what I write most about. I've been quietly seeking another favorite driver since Bill Elliott eased into semi-retirement. I think I've found him in another Georgia product. Young David Ragan. He's got many of the same qualities that got me following Bill. He's talented and humble. Drives a Ford. Even has an inverted "9" as his car number.
And what's not to like about the job Mark Richt is doing at my alma mater, Georgia? He apprenticed under one of the best, Bobby Bowden, yet is applying his own distinct mark (no pun intended) upon the Georgia program and the SEC. When he first arrived in Athens I feared he'd be another Tubby Smith (and don't get me started on him). Hang around for a couple of years then bolt for a higher profile job. Perhaps even succeeding Bowden. Looks like he's here to stay and we couldn't be happier to have him.
I welcome your opinions and critiques and will happily provide same. I would probably tend to be harder on fanboy and fangirl missives, but always enjoy somebody who doesn't take this stuff TOO seriously and can offer a unique perspective. I look forward to hearing from you.