Gray, Mett, and Other Off-Season Shenanigans
to say “I’m sorry” doesn’t even begin to cut it. We here at Behind the Columns messed up. We messed up big time. We let you guys down and allowed our blog to become irrelevant. We allowed this page which we were once so fond of to die a quick and meaningless death. I apologize with all that is in my Red and Black heart.
That being said… Can you blame us? The off-season is really, REALLY boring in the blogosphere. People just rehash the same old opinions and news stories until everybody out there is seriously bored to death. There’s only so many times you can talk about Mettenberger’s release before: 1) he stops being a real person to you and starts just being a “news” story, and 2) you learn that you really don’t have anything else to say other than what Hale and Co. have said. So it was with that understanding that we left you. We focused our attention on partying it up in Athens. Besides, when there’s (relatively) no football to think about/discuss/stress over, what better way to spend your time than in Bourbon Street? (btw, Stafford made an appearance Friday night.)
Anyway, onto the meat of the post. I never meant to say that we don’t have ANY opinions on all of the current matters, it is just that there have already been multiple reputable bloggers that voiced our exact opinions, so we felt it unnecessary to add to the clutter. But let’s start tackling some of what is being discussed:
First off, let me just say that I do not, in ANY way, relate to the thousands of commenters (specifically on the AJC) who have the “good riddance” mentality on this one. I just simply cannot understand how the majority of the Nation can go from being surprised and partially sold on the kid after G-Day to calling him “scum” within like a week. If that doesn’t fit the mold of the prototypical “Bandwagon Bulldog” fan, then I don’t know what does. I’ll be honest, I was never on the Mett-train going into the Spring and I felt indifferent when he was arrested, but even I was singing his praises after watching him weave his bullet passes on that sunny Saturday afternoon between the hedges. I believe I even texted Hale “I may be Team Mett after that one.” at the conclusion of the game. So first and foremost, may I just say that we lost a terrifically skilled kid and a serious contender for the #1 spot in our hearts? I feel for the kid and for the Nation as a whole.
Montez, Trent Dittmer, and Others:
After reading this afternoon about the walk-on O-Lineman’s arrest, I must say that I’m just kind of ashamed. Note that “kind of.” Montez aside, these kids are getting booted for alcohol related offenses. I’m not condoning those actions, I’m just saying. I’m a 20 year old college guy… I kind of relate. Do all of these arrests make our program laughable to others in the nation? Yes, but not as badly as everyone is making it out to seem. Guys, these are COLLEGE KIDS. Drinking happens. Yes, they’re facing their consequences and that is exactly what needs to be done. But I think the blogosphere can lighten up a bit. Mett’s the only serious loss we’ve had. Trent, (whom I am personally friends with,) probably wasn’t going to see the field in his remaining year.
Just saying that tabloid(read: AJC) fodder that is casting fire and brimstone on Richt and the whole program needs to stop. Every program has arrests. Ours have just happened within a few weeks of each other and all include that lovely liquid of courage.
I’m not sold on the transfer rumor. I think he has thought about it (probably for multiple years now) and maybe talked to Richt about it specifically, but I am saying right now that he is staying in Athens. Marc Weiszer had a great interview today with Logan’s H.S. coach, and based on his answers and my own general distrust of any rumors the AJC reports on makes me say with a good deal of confidence that Logan’s going to stay. There’s no reason for him to go, honestly. NONE. He’s an injury away from starting at his dream school (which consistently is in the national spotlight) and he has two years here to maybe get his shot. YEAH, I know that nobody wants to wait around for their entire career, but hundreds of football players do it everywhere. Why would he transfer? If he has higher football dreams of playing in the NFL, he’s never going to make it by transferring. Why? because he’ll only have 1 year of eligibility at any D-1 school he transfers to. Who’s going to want a 1 year QB? (maybe Tennessee or South Carolina, but that’s highly doubtful.) and if he drops down to D-2 to have 2 years…. Well, let’s just say that it’s a long road from D-2 to the NFL, and if he couldn’t beat out Joe Cox or Aaron Murray, then he probably hasn’t a chance. I just do not see the logic in such a decision, and I’m sure that all of the coaches that he talks to will tell him the same thing. A transfer would be a childish pouting decision.
Thoughts on 2010 in General:
Yeah, I could go on about some of this stuff. But it’s 2am and I have a test at 9:30am… So let’s wrap things up. Despite everything that’s happened and everything I read… I remain hopelessly (and probably insanely) optimistic about the 2010 season. Occasionally I like to sit down and have my little fantasy where Aaron Murray steps up and turns the Bulldog Nation on it’s head, Todd Grantham’s 3-4 is an immediate success and opposing QBs refuse to come on the field in fear of getting hurt, and Florida’s entire program blows up, but I try to wake myself up and be a realist from time to time as well. I understand that there will be growing pains for our QB and our new D. I can’t deny those. Still, I have the utmost confidence in Richt and the rest of the coaches. This team will be coached up and it will be coached right. I see a 10-win season as a very attainable goal. Anything more, and I know that I’ll be able to tell my kids about this season. Anything less, and I’m willing to accept it. I know that this could very well be a rebuilding year, I just have faith that it will be built as a strong and impenetrable stone wall. As always, Bulldogs, GATA.
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