Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Rarity of Magical Seasons

Just a brief reminder that prior to the beginning of the 2010 football season, nobody expected this to be a magical season for the Dawgs for the reasons that have become evident as legitimate reasons for concern - freshman QB, new defense, new guys in the interior DL, new safeties. Nonetheless, Dawg fans have been supremely disappointed that this team has lost two battles against pretty good football teams, whom they had to face without the most dangerous player on offense, AJ Green.

While both losses were disappointing, the season is still young and can become exactly what most people expected if these Dawgs can get going and win 8 of the next 9 games. While that is a tall order, if it happens, then this team will have met most expectations. But, for this to happen, it is imperative to go and get a win on the road in Starkville Saturday night.

But, back to the rarity of magical seasons...
Since 1948, the Dawgs have exactly 15 seasons with 2 or fewer losses. That is 15 out of 61 seasons or 1 in 4. Coach Mark Richt has delivered 3 of those seasons, averaging 1 out of every 3 years (2002, 2004, 2007). Naturally, we want to have these type seasons every year. But, again, this was not a year in which this was expected. I do believe that our football program should be at a level where we are enjoying as many of these magical seasons as any other teams in the SEC or around the country and we aren't quite there. Still, if this team can pull it together and run the table, it would mark 4 such seasons in a decade for only the second time in the modern era and without the benefit of one Herschel Walker.

Realistically, what I will do for the rest of this year is to enjoy each victory as it comes... starting with one this Saturday against the Bizarro Dogs.

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