Bulldog Fans' Feelings During the Tennessee Game

Bulldog Fans' Feelings During the Tennessee Game

We may have lost, but at least we didn't have to go home in that God-awful orange.

Alright, Georgia fans. We've had quite an eventful weekend. From having to be surrounded by God-awful orange all weekend to losing our game with four

seconds left, we've been through hell and back. And as much as I'm sure we'd all just want to brush it under the rug and pretend it didn't happen, I know that the first step to fixing the problem is to confront it. So, in an attempt to lighten the mood, I decided to re-experience the feelings we experienced before, during, and after the game... Shall we?

1. Our pre-game hype was at an all-time high.

We waited at the gate an hour before it open, our tailgates were more "lit" than ever before, and our spirits were at an all-time high: we were ready to take over the SEC East title.

2. The first half of the game didn't disappoint, either.

Yeah, we were kicking butt and taking names. Our team looked incredible on both sides, and the sweet taste of victory was already on our tongues. It seemed like it could only go up from there.

3. And then... they scored.

And even though they were slowly inching closer to our score, we were still in the lead. Though we were a little scared, we totally had this game in the bag... right?

4. Next thing we knew, we were down 24-28...

How did we let this happen? Where did this come from? The refs were making terrible calls, and the student section (and the rest of the stadium not wearing those gaudy orange shirts) was livid. However, we still held onto hope.

5. And then... with fifteen seconds left... we scored.

Probably the most hype four-minute celebration of my life. The crowd went wild. Jacob Eason's pass was absolutely flawless, and WR Riley Ridley caught it with perfection. Honestly, this was our answered prayer. We did it. We could still win the SEC East title. We were in there!

6. And with four seconds left... the unimaginable happened.

Yeah... IT happened. The ONE thing that we thought was IMPOSSIBLE. They scored.

7. Yes, that's right... four seconds.

Our spirits were destroyed. Our hope was lost. This was not the end we had expected.

8. And to make matters worse, the Tennessee fans were even worse of sore-winners than we ever expected.

They walked down Baxter singing "Rocky Top" in those awful checkered overalls. They yelled "Go Vols" one too many times on our turf. No matter how lucky they got in those last four seconds, they shoved every minute of that game in our faces. I swear if I hear "Rocky Top" one more time...

9. However, we're still better in the long run.

We outplayed them the entire game, we were much better sports than they were throughout the game, and we don't have to go home in that awful shade of orange. And for those reasons, I can still say that I am so proud to be a Georgia Bulldog.

They say that this year is UGA's "rebuilding" year. And if we are playing the way we did Saturday as a not-yet-ready team, I can't imagine how good we'll be in the next few years. Sure, the final score was not what we deserved. However, we honestly came out on top: we go to the best school in the nation, we get to call Jacob Eason "our boy," and we never have to sing "Rocky Top." It's great to be a Georgia Bulldog today and every day.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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5 Most Underrated Sports People Should Consider Watching

The common five sports that are underrated.


There are sports that get more attention than others. That is because of the amount emphasis that people put on particular sports. There are some sports that are underrated because some people don't understand the sports or they think that it is just boring. Today I am going to address some of the things that people say about the common five sports that I think are underrated.

1. Golf


Golf is so underrated as a sport. I have heard all kinds of reasons why people don't watch golf. They say it's boring and hard to watch, it takes too long for a round to be played, and no one can watch golf for 3 hours. As a person who watches a lot of golf, I can offer some insight into the sport.

The people who say golf is boring I have found don't know about golf. They don't understand the scoring or they don't know a lot of the golfers. It is easier to find a golfer or golfers and follow them. I found it easier to watch once I found golfers (86 to be exact) to follow and watch.

2. Racing


There are many forms of racing; NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, F1, etc. If a person really understood and looked there is a type of racing for everyone. If you like a variety of racing or racing tracks than INDYCAR is the type of racing for you. If you like road courses and street courses than F1 and IMSA is the racing for you. If you like motorcycles, guess what Moto GP is the racing for you. It is an intense and exciting form of racing using motorcycles. There is also supercross which is also as cool as Moto GP.

I know that people believe that racing is too long but if you think about it all sports are over 2 hours longs (I.e., football and basketball). Once you find a type of racing that you like or find interesting it is easier to watch racing. The time does not mean anything because if you think about it all sports are long. If you use they go round in circles all day, well basketball and football run up and down a court or field all day. It is the same amount of strategy and mental preparedness that goes into racing like any other sport.

3. Hockey


Yes, hockey. Unfortunately and fortunately it has to compete with football and basketball. Not just professional football and basketball, but also college basketball and football. Hockey is another sport that can be long. If you don't live in the big cities than it gets hard for the hockey teams to compete.

Hockey is a fun sport because of the exciting play and the rivalries in hockey. There are a lot of rivalries from the Original Six to division/conference rivalries.

There is not only ice hockey, but also field hockey. Field hockey does not get enough recognition because people commonly confuse it with lacrosse. Its nothing like lacrosse, it more like ice hockey in a sense that there is a good amount of body contact in field hockey as well.

4. Baseball


Baseball takes TOO LONG!!! But baseball is action packed and has great rivalries. As a person who grew up in Connecticut, I know rivalry. The rivalries within New York and the rivalry with Boston. As a person who had two older brothers who played baseball, it has been my whole life. I can honestly say that baseball can be fun and interesting. You have learned about the sport and pick a team, and once you do that you will enjoy it.

5. Archery


I know what everyone thinks when they hear archery, summer camp. But as a competitive sport, it is actually really fun. From the longbow to the compound and recurve bow, the sport, which you learn how to play, is really fun and entertaining. The scoring and the technique of the sport is pretty self-explanatory.

There are a ton of sports that are underrated, but these are the five common ones that I hear people talk about. People do not watch these sports because they do not understand the sport or they are not aware of the most popular people in sports.

I know when I first started watching and following these five sports I looked up with are the most popular people in that particular sport. I found the team or player that I liked in each of these sports and fell in love with the sport. I am a person who loves all sports (I have to in order to fit into my family), it just these sports get a bad rep and I wanted to address it.

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