(Almost) Gameweek

TALK ABOUT THE PASSION, LIKE SOME BAND FROM ATHENS SAID. GEORGIA’S BAND OF GYPSIES DEFENSE MUST PLAY LIKE THE SWASHBUCKLERS THAT WE ARE – WE ARE FAST AND MEAN AND LIVE TO HIT. MORENO. HEISMAN. AND I THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT STAFFORD AND THE REST OF THE TEAM ENOUGH BY NOW.

NOW, I INTRODUCE YOU TO HANDAWG, FORMERLY D3: DUMB DRUNK DAWG. SEE, I’VE HAD MORE ADVENTURES IN AND AROUND GEORGIA GAMES THAN HUCK FINN AND TOM SAWYER ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI. AND I HAVE AN ACTIVE ABILITY TO VIVIDLY DESCRIBE WHICH STEMS FROM MY WRITING EXPERIENCE AS A NOVELIST-JOURNALIST-POET AND FROM ME BEING JUST A FAN, JUST A MAN, JUST A DAWG.

HERE COME THE DRUMS, LIKE PUBLIC ENEMY SAID, AND WE ARE PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE THIS SEASON: S.I., ESPN, A.P., COACHES. THE SNARE AS YOU WALK DOWN THE HILL IN THAT DRAINED RIVER VALLEY, TO THAT HALLOWED FIELD, SANFORD. BETWEEN THE HEDGES IS WHERE THE WARFARE, THE TRIUMPH IS.

BUT THE ACTION IS EVERYWHERE THE FANS ARE, AND I HAVE A VOICE. I PROMISE TO TAKE YOU THERE. I HAVE A MEANS TO TELL YOU WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BLEED RED AND BLACK. TO CARE ABOUT EVERY BLOOD INCH. AND I WON’T LET YOU DOWN; I’LL CATCH EVERY PASS. WELCOME TO THE 2008 SEASON. WELCOME TO BIG HAIRY BLAWG. WE’VE POINTED TO THIS SEASON FOR TWO YEARS NOW, AND IT IS HERE. WE ARE FULLY BUILT. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. ALL I CAN PROMISE ABOUT THIS SEASON IS THAT IT WILL BE EXCITING…AND WE GONE TALK ‘BOUT IT RIGHT HERE.

THERE ARE ANALYSTS AND PROGNOSTICATORS OUT THE WAZOO THESE DAYS, AND I POINT BLANK KNOW FOOTBALL, ESPECIALLY MY DAWGS, WAY BETTER THAN NEAR ALL OF THEM, BUT WHAT MAKES THIS SPECIAL IS PERSPECTIVE AND VOICE. DON’T THE CRAZED FANS NEED A VOICE?

MY HERO, LARRY MUNSON, HAS BEEN THE HEART OF THE GEORGIA PROGRAM FOR OVER FORTY YEARS, AND HE WON’T BE WITH US FOREVER. BUT HIS TRADITION OF CARE FOR THE TEAM WILL FOREVER LIVE ON. THANK YOU, LARRY, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY DAWGIE HEART.

THIS IS STRICTLY FOR THOSE THAT BLEED RED AND BLACK, LIKE Y’ALL. IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON. IT IS OUR TIME. AND THE THOUSANDS THAT READ ME AS I GOT STARTED LAST SEASON CAN ATTEST: NO ONE DOES FOOTBALL LIKE ME.  I WROTE A WHOLE LITTLE BOOK ABOUT BEING A FAN OF THE TEAM LAST SEASON AS A SIDE PROJECT, AND I PLAN TO LET IT RIP THIS YEAR HERE ON BIG HAIRY BLAWG DOT COM. WELCOME MY FANS FROM MYSPACE AND DAWGBONE.NET AND THANKS TO BOTH MEDIUMS FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

WE START THIS SEASON NOT IN THE CLASSIC CITY OF ATHENS BUT FIRST IN A QUIET LITTLE SLEEPY SOUTHERN TOWN KNOWN AS ATLANTA, GEORGIA. THE ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY FOLKS ARE IN TOWN, AT CENTENNIAL PARK IN THE ATL TO CELEBRATE THE KICKOFF OF THE SEASON. SOME HICKS FROM BAMA PLAY HICKS FROM CLEMSON LATER THAT NIGHT IN THE GEORGIA DOME, BUT ATLANTA IS MY TOWN AND IT IS GEORGIA COUNTRY. PLUS, I HAVE A BONE TO PICK WITH THEM, ESPECIALLY THAT TWO-FACED LITTLE PSUEDO-PRETTY BLONDIE, KIRK TWERPSTEET. THEN IT WILL ACTUALLY BE GEORGIA GAMEDAY. YOU MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER OFF SEASON TO THE TIME OF YEAR THAT MATTERS MOST WAY DOWN SOUTH: FOOTBALL SEASON. GLAD TO HAVE YOU ABOARD. NOW I NEED YOUR TICKETS, SO I SAY IN MY CONDUCTOR’S VOICE, “TICKETS, TICKETS.”