Good Guys Are Expected to Win Too…. @UGAAthletics #BulldogNation @AJCSports

g-logoIt seems like every year I say to my friends, “yes, but he is a really good guy.”  Honestly, I am tired of saying it.

This year the Georgia Bulldogs lost three games to inferior teams.  There is no reason that they are not undefeated and headed to Atlanta to compete for the SEC Championship and sitting in the driver’s seat for a National Championship birth.

Alas, they aren’t.

Every year we seem to lose games we should win.  The latest, today to our in-state rival, Georgia Tech.

Once the game was over, I started noticing on my Facebook feed, the “I love my Dawgs” posts followed by Mark Richt is a good guy.

Yes, by all accounts, Mark Richt is a good guy, but I have never heard stories of Nick Saban, kicking kittens or Gus Malzahn, keeping food from children, or Mark Helfrich locking people in a basement.  The difference is, these guys don’t hang their hats on “being a good guy.”  They hang their hats on winning.

The Georgia Bulldogs under the leadership of Mark Richt, have won two SEC Championships.  The last one was in 2005, Nick Chubb was 10 years old when Georgia won that title.

I’m not one of those who jumps on a bandwagon to fire a coach.  I don’t think we are at that point, and people with much more influence than I must make those decisions.  However, I do believe that when someone is being guaranteed compensation of $3.2 million per year, plus bonuses,  it isn’t out of the question to expect victories.

A loss to South Carolina was hard to swallow.  A loss to Florida was embarrassing and a loss to Georgia Tech was unforgivable.  Something must change.

It seems as though every year our teams go on the field, in at least one game,  and appear to lack motivation,  have their heads in the game or have the killer instinct to put a game away.

This week, the excuse will be the letdown of not making it to the SEC Championship.  If Georgia had not lost the two games earlier in the season, we would not have had to depend on another team to stamp our ticket to Atlanta, we would have done it convincingly on our own.

Somewhere along the line, things aren’t clicking.  I don’t know if it is a lack of motivation, a lack of discipline, a lack of coaching, but the buck stops with Richt.  Trips to Orlando every January aren’t enough and this year, a trip to Orlando is probably out of our reach.

Every year we hear about that the Dawgs had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.  Every year we are ranked with the elite and held up when we fall to a lesser team.

It’s time that the potential of a Mark Richt tenure meet an actuality.  Nine years is too long to wait for an SEC Championship and with the caliber of players who sign on to his teams, 13 years without at least playing for a National Championship is too long too.

The way I see it, 2015 is a must year for Richt, it is time to make the changes needed and take the team to a promised land that the players, students and fans deserve.

Being a good guy is important, but so is winning!

Short Notes ~ Ladies Win First Half of the Super Bowl

super-bowl-2013Every year the Super Bowl hype gets bigger and bigger.  The ads, the game, the players, the coaches, the half time show and on and on and on.

It seems as though each year as the hype gets bigger the opportunities for failure grow larger.  This year the first half of the Super Bowl has failed on all levels to meet expectations.

Thankfully four ladies have carried the day….  Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Oprah.

It’s Ladies Night at Super Bowl 47!

Friday’s Hero ~ 2.1.13

super-bowl-2013This Sunday is the Super Bowl, the annual football spectacle that brings our nation together for an afternoon and evening of competition both on and off the field.

Each year the Super Bowl is responsible for millions of dollars in revenue for host cities, competing cities and every town and city across the country.

While many people watch the game for the thrill of the competition, the legacy of a Super Bowl has lasting effects for host cities far into the future.

Not only is there a financial impact for a host city in tourism for the game, the National Football League has done an admirable job of providing programs that help to transform host city needy neighborhoods.

NFL Charities has been providing a $1 million grant to host cities since 1992.  Those grants allow cities to extend the goodwill of a Super Bowl into communities that may not always see the positive affects of such an event.

Usually in the form of a youth center for enrichment, the NFL Grant is often matched by corporate sponsors or local businesses to enhance the longterm gift for the community.

For their outreach and impact on the community, this week the Hero of the Week is the National Football League.