Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Now we will be fine

As predicted, Georgia played a flawless game and got the win they absolutely had to have.  Of COURSE that was going to happen and you could see it coming a mile away.  And it will mean nothing in October and November.  Similarly, Clemson is going through a September peak similar to the one we saw when they beat Auburn and then Auburn beat us.  And it will mean nothing in October and November.  

I am sorry that so many Gamecock fans swallowed the hype about how great we were and now they are mad that it wasn’t true.  But the good news is that all of them are so short-sighted that when we become the good team we will this season, they will have forgotten all about the start.  

As I said many times over the summer, we had several glaring question marks for this fall if we were going to live up to the insane publicity we were getting.  Just because that turned out to be fantasy does NOT mean we aren’t a great football team.  First I talked about our new linebackers and that was crystal clear on Saturday.  They are only going to get better over the next few weeks.  Second was my concern about depth and experience at defensive back.  That was exposed at arguably the key moment in the game and gave the Pups the score that put it out of reach.  

Finally there was my concern about Shaw leading us to the win between the hedges.  I give him credit for playing one hell of a game.  No question.  And no, he was not the reason we lost at all.  But, having said that, even when he is doing most things right he fumbles for no reason at a crucial moment.   Basically the only things that we have “lost” due to Saturday are a shot at going unbeaten and maybe the phantom pretend “Heisman” run by Clowney.  That’s it. 

So yes, I know it is insane to listen to the morons from Dawgville and the Upstate this week.  They have been waiting so long for a chance to chirp about anything.  God bless ‘em.  Just ignore them for now and they will take care of themselves.  They always do and this year won’t be any different.  Heck, if every Georgia QB moving forward wants to go 1-3 against us, I can handle that 1 win being his senior season.  Murray had the “last laugh” but we got almost all of them and I am good with that.  He leaves Athens as one of my favorite Dawgie signal-callers ever.  I would love to watch him come back to Columbia next season and mentally implode again, but alas he will be gone.  

So Carolina may be fuming today, but the rest of the schedule is winnable and that’s a fact.  It’s not “Clemson” easy, I will concede that, and yes, we have a three-game stretch of road games to maneuver through.  But basically, yes, we “should” win the rest of the games on our schedule.  It starts with the next 3 games:  Vandy, Central Florida and Kentucky.  Win those and we are 4-1 headed to Hogville, Rocky Top and Mizzou. 
Color me happy all the preseason nonsense is out of the way this early.  Now we will be fine. 
It’s a great time to be a Gamecock!

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