GEORGIA: America's Longest Bowl Streak Continues FRI

GEORGIA: America’s Longest Bowl Streak Continues FRI

HAN VANCE ON GEORGIA FOOTBALL:

GO DAWGS!!!!!

Does this story not begin in 1892, nay I say 1785. Yale folks traveled south to the South before the statehood of Georgia, and a state charter was written in the Empire of Georgia [which would historically have at peak included the land of now-Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, before the Mississippi Territory (of western Georgia) was split off], at what would be called Athens.

The Classic City. The birthplace of American public higher education is not a small credential. Not insignificant. Then in 1892, Ol’ Georgia got it going in the Deep South by beating Mercer at Herty Field on the campus of UGA – pretty spot. Little later (Feb 20th), Georgia and Auburn met at Piedmont Park – pretty spot – in Midtown Atlanta.

*You can see these beautiful sites and hear more on this neat history stuff by watching the Athens episode “Classic Athens” [Ep3] and the latest Atlanta episode “Epicenter Atlanta” [Ep7] of ALL COLLEGE REPORT. Go to YouTube, then search: All College Report, watch, like, subscribe. Thank you! We have a second football season of six more episodes all planned for 2022, too, and we are filming a [men’s] basketball microseason currently.

…Well currently-currently, I have Covid and am triple vaxed but have been (sort of on-and-off) extremely ill, y’all and am home missing the Orange. I saw so much this season, that I am not complaining anymore. It was a good experience!

Donnan missed a bowl at 5-6 his first year [1996]. I re-enrolled at UGA that year. Good choice!

1997: “The 25-Year Grind” {trademark and copyright ©HV] begins. I was down there in Tampa with my ex and alum brother Johnny. Kirby Smart was a DB. I was a DDD Dumb Drunk Dawg. We won 33-6. 10 wins. I finally graduated dear UGA that school year. It was a good experience!

1998 Donnan, 1999 Donnan, 2000 Donnan – 8-4 teams (four straight bowl wins).

2001 Richt lost the Music City (sure, I was there), which I’m watching as I write. It was a fun trip, but we had some growing to do top-down.

Still do, I fear.

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 All Richt. I caught a few of them of course, and we would have made four CFP if there had been such: the 13-1 team his second year, the SEC champs under my friend DJ Shockley, the #2 at end Blackout/Dancing team, the team that came up four yards short in the Georgia Dome – any CFP committee would have selected those teams, but that was a whole different era. Shorter seasons, less New Year’s 6 slots, no playoff.

In four tries, Georgia would have won a ring, maybe three. Richt would be stepping down as AD now.

2015 was the year Georgia fired Richt and Bryan McClendon was the interim coach, beating Penn State (then called “State Penn” – just HORRIBLE!) at the Gator (then called Taxslayer Bowl), after winning out past another Cocktail Party embarrassment, at that same old stadium.

2016 Liberty Bowl – I was there when Georgia beat TCU, my parents’ alma mater. TCU was Georgia’s first bowl opponent in the Orange Bowl, as well as Kirby’s first as a head coach.

2017 SEASON (Note: not days of Bowl here, the season of, for clarity): I was at the Rose Bowl when UGA beat OU in Pasadena – pretty spot – in double OT. My heart hurt (literally). We lost the Natty in my city, Heartbreak City on 2nd & 26, after Bama missed a game-winning short kick in regulation. No, we did not deserve to win. Yes, we had the better team. They had the coaching. Heart hurt.

2018 we lost the Sugar to Texas; 2019 we won the sUGAr over Baylor.

2020 we won a close game in ATL, the Peach over Cincy. 53-yard FG, folks.

Georgia passed a (5-6) VaTech Hokies program last year for the bowl streak. [VaTech would be a great new SEC team, next time we expand, way off topic.] Ohio State would appear here, if they had been eligible – but they weren’t – back when they beat a strong Arkansas side in the Sugar.

All CFP games (including Natty) are bowl games. …We’re back!

2021 ORANGE FRI ~ GEORGIA faces the team with the most wins in college football history. We, college people, invented the game. 50 years before the job called NFL.

Big Blue only wins bowls 44% of the time and they have been in [only] 48 counting Friday.

1. Bama 73 bowls (winning 63% of them)

2. Georgia 58 bowls

3. Texas 57 bowls

…And…

1. Bama 44 wins

2. USC 34 wins (best win percentage in bowls)

3. Georgia 33 wins.

Ol’ Georgia could pass USC for 2nd in bowl wins on 1/10/22 – DO IT, DAWGS!!!