So much of our situation is uncontrollable. Or parts of it are not choice, but consequence.
It is little surprise that I am Georgia Bulldawg Fan. Yes, Dawg…D-A-W-G. Not a misspelling. If you are not a football fan, don’t leave…just skim to the bullet points. Or you can keep reading and get a taste of the best football in the country – NCAA, specifically the SEC.
It has been a tumultuous season for everybody. We started low in the polls. It got worse before it got better.
But, when it got better, it got A LOT better. After our October loss to Tennessee, we have won 6 consecutive games overcoming teams like Florida, Auburn, and Kentucky.
The Dawgs have been masterful the past 6 weeks. During that time, many of those ranked in the top spots have lost and fallen. Georgia is ranked an impressive #4 in the BCS polls. Now that the #1 and #2 teams both lost yesterday, Georgia could, theoretically, move up to #2 and have a shot at the National Championship game in New Orleans.
None of this changed the fact that it was LSU and Tennessee that played in yesterday’s SEC Championship game. Never mind the fact that Georgia has a better overall record than Tennessee. Tennessee and Georgia are tied within the SEC East. Remember that loss to Tennessee I just talked about? Tennessee gets to play, Georgia gets to watch, LSU got the win (not an impressive win – but a win none the less.)
With the LSU win yesterday also comes the BCS prediction possibility that Georgia will stay at #4 and LSU will move into the #2 spot and Georgia will probably be facing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. I will of course root hard for Georgia, but it is a hard thing to root against Hawaii.
For those of you who are not big NCAA football fans, what does any of this mean to you?
- Excellence is important
- Action is crucial
- We cannot control other people
- Consequence of prior actions do exist
It is important for excellence to continue regardless of past failures. Georgia may still get to play in the Championship game. They will at least get to play in a bowl game. Had they given up after their second loss, they would just be another team watching the big boys play.
Georgia needs to keep moving forward and doing what it does best – play exceptional football. This is the one thing they can control – their personal action.
Whether or not Georgia will play the National Championship game, the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, or whatever, is no longer up to them. There is now a machine in motion that makes that decision.
If Georgia doesn’t get the #2 spot and a chance at the big cookie, they can’t place blame anywhere but in their own locker room. They should have never lost to South Carolina. They may be a better team now, playing great ball, and doing wonderful things, but they still lost to Tennessee. It’s consequences and we all have to live with them.
Whatever the outcome is, the Dawgs are my team and I am proud of them. They give me an opportunity for excitement and fun. They also support the occasional life lesson.
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