By Walter Geiger
This past weekend was near perfect in my football perspective. For the record, I don’t watch the NFL and am not aware of even a single NFL score though I did hear Matt Stafford outplayed the ageless Tom Brady and that is a good thing.
My weekend began with a trip to Henderson Stadium in Macon Friday night where the Lamar County Trojans blew out the Southwest Patriots 62-0 at their homecoming. It was LC’s highest point total since 2011 and a joy to watch.
Lamar’s CJ Allen hit the Patriots’ showboating quarterback so hard, he was knocked out of the game and five minutes late to the homecoming festivities from which he staggered off with a king’s crown on his head never to be seen again.
Saturday’s menu was an early soccer victory and then a day of football on TV. The Dawgs silenced a lot of doubters with a 37-0 rout of the #8 Arkansas Razorbacks. Coach Kirby Smart had challenged the student body to be there for the noon kickoff and be loud and they showed up in force, deafening the Razorbacks on their first two possessions
Several veteran fans have commented that it was the loudest they had ever heard the crowd noise in Sanford Stadium.
The pundits who were doubters are now saying this may be the best Bulldog defense since 1980 and that is saying a lot. Over five games, UGA has outscored opponents 205-23 and that has taken place with the offense seriously shorthanded by injuries.
The rest of the afternoon and evening were left to channel surf watching other contests. Sweet victories included Cincinnati topping Notre Dame 24-13. Mea culpa, my Catholic friends.
Kentucky took down the Florida Gators 20-13, quieting all the talk about Dan Mullen being the ‘quarterback whisperer’ and greatest coach in the long history of coaching across all sports.
And finally, Pittsburgh knocked the bloom off the Georgia Tech rose with a 52-21 rout at historic Grant Field. To quote the late, great Lewis Grizzard, “We don’t root for Georgia Tech with two engines out on the team plane”.
Here’s hoping next week brings more of the same.