The Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) posted a gaudy win against Kentucky Saturday on Senior Night. Here is one person’s perspective of that gaudy win at gloried Sanford Stadium.
This won’t be an article you want to read if you are looking for objective analysis. There will be analysis. It won’t be objective. You see, I had the pleasure of seeing my first game “Between The Hedges, in 2017, this past weekend. With two of my brothers, their lovely wives, and one of my very best friends, and his lovely wife. A great time was had. And the Georgia Bulldogs destroyed Kentucky, and healed wounds. Here is this writer’s abbreviated take.
The first thing is Athens. If you can’t love that town, then you are willfully obstinate. When that town smiles at you, you can’t help but smile back. There was lots of laughter. Folks were genuine and courteous.
The crowd seemed more docile, and anticipatory, where we were sitting. It seemed like folks were waiting for a reason to explode and celebrate. It took until the 4th Quarter for that to happen. But when it did, the crowd popped. Dawg fans are proud of this team.
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There were the two Fraternity kids sitting in front of us. Sufficiently plied, but not too obnoxious. Once the game was in hand, we talked players they knew. Lots of stories of kids out and about in town. Stories that we shan’t tell, but that explain some playing time. Or lack thereof.
Then there is Sam Pittman. And a moment he had with a Senior. We had a very clear and close view of where the Offensive Line group sat. In the waning seconds, Sam Pittman walks over to Isaiah Wynn and says something to him, hugs him in a way where you know it’s genuine, walks off, and then Mr. Wynn starts dancing.
It was a private moment in public that was incredibly telling. Those two dudes care about each other as people. I was proud and envious and the same time, as a fan.
There are things left out. And there are things that can’t be written. But, Saturday in Athens was fantastic and classic.
Georgia has an incredibly important game this week against Georgia Tech. This Saturday seemed to be the Saturday this team needed to go forward. It was good to be there.