Life goes by faster than the speed of light, and I'm usually the first to say enjoy the moments that you have, but 2009 has been a thorn in my flesh and I'm ready to say good riddance.
It has been, to say the least, the most horrible year of football in the history of football. It has been a big pile of pain, mixed with some heartache, and stirred together with mass chaos. It has been a year I'd like to forget.
For starters, I set myself up for failure where my Bulldawgs are concerned. I, the self-proclaimed "Bulldawg Homer," failed to buy into the low expectations thrown around before the season started, and therefore fell apart when the harsh reality began to set in.
I knew the schedule wasn't favorable, I knew we had lost about $100 million worth of talent, but somewhere in my deluded mind I reasoned that Georgia was just, well, Georgia, and we don't have bad years. I was wrong.
Then comes the scolding and bashing from some of the Bulldawg fan base. I'll be the first to admit in the heat of the moment I throw things around I am ashamed of once things settle down, but some of the things I have heard come out of the mouths of people who claim to be fans leaves me stumped.
I do think everyone has the right to their own opinions, but words do hurt and you can never take them back.
Coach Richt being scolded for being a nice man, a Christian. Really? Players being bashed because their performance didn't meet someone's standard. Really? It makes a bad season worse when negativity floods message boards, Twitter, Facebook, newspapers, etc.
What was once an enjoyable passion of mine has become a springboard of hate. I probably love this game of football more than I should, and sometimes it gets the best of my emotions, but you have to draw the line somewhere and I'm beginning to realize some people don't know where to draw it.
I guess I'm a little less harsh on the players because those names and jersey numbers have been given a face this year. A Boston College player, No. 94 on the roster, is now Mark Herzlich.
I'm sure he has made a few bad plays, I'm sure he has been on the losing end of the scoreboard, but that fails in comparison to the battle he faces today. Cancer.
A UConn player, No. 6 on the roster, is now Jasper Howard. He was stabbed in a senseless act of murder only hours after a game.
Stories such as these put kind of a damper on a football season and help you to remember these aren't iron men on the field, they are someone else's children and they face struggles just like we do.
Aside from the bashing, controversy has been rampant during the season. The men in zebra print who don the yellow hankies found themselves front and center in front of the firing squad.
Games, especially in the SEC, are hard to come by, and even harder when mysterious flags are thrown when the game is hanging in the balance.
Come on refs, let the players play the game. Just another reason I'm ready to get out of this year. I'm ready to get back to football. You know, where the players decide the game.
I guess it's all a balance.
Maybe I let this game have a little more power than it should. Maybe I shouldn't throw things—breakable things at that—when Georgia doesn't have the biggest number on the scoreboard.
Maybe I shouldn't scream obnoxiously at the television when Matty Ice throws the ball to the wrong team at a game-changing moment.
Maybe I shouldn't let what other people say affect me so much or get so mad when yellow hankies fly for no reason. Maybe it's just me.
I have a feeling next year will be better though. You see, I will still be a "Bulldawg Homer," and I will still believe that we are Georgia, and Georgia doesn't have bad years. I have faith the fan base will wise up and see the reality that these kids are just kids.
I have faith all the Techies who are dawning the zebra uniforms will be replaced by a staff that respects the game, and that Slive will catch on that we have caught on.
I have faith I will start my year off with Matty Ice throwing to the right team and redeeming himself in the game of all games.
So for now, I'm ready to say goodbye to 2009.
"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that."
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