What UGA Football Can Learn From UVA Basketball
Start writing a post
Sports

What UGA Football Can Learn From UVA Basketball

Two schools with a history of athletic pain-- is it coming to an end?

342
What UGA Football Can Learn From UVA Basketball
Photo via UGA Football Live on Twitter

The Universities of Georgia and Virginia are very similar schools. They're both renowned for academics, are situated in awesome college towns, and are big state schools that draw the best and brightest from their respective regions. The one area where most people would find the biggest difference between UGA and UVA is athletics. I mean, Sanford is rocking with 90,000+ on a Saturday, while Scott Stadium at UVA is lucky to have 40,000. UVA's basketball team is consistently ranked in the top-10, while ours has endured a longstanding drought (ending soon though thank you, Tom).

Dig a little past the surface, however, and you'll be able to draw countless comparisons between Georgia Football and Virginia Basketball. Both teams have had consistent regular season success, with wins in high-level bowl games and the NCAA tournament respectively. However, neither team has been able to come out on top-- until April 8th, 2019. The University of Virginia defeated Texas Tech in the national championship, and in doing so taught teams around the country, but specifically our Dawgs, a couple of lessons.

Losing with grace will pay off.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said, "You can't win unless you learn how to lose." Cheesy and cliché, but oh so true. Last year, UVA made history as the first ever one-seed to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Were they upset? Yes. Were they angry? Yes. Were they embarrassed? Yes. But, the difference between that Virginia team and most, is that they felt all of these emotions with grace. Head Coach Tony Bennett, who many have called the definition of class, simply said "that's life" and sent his congratulations to UMBC and their basketball program following the game. Their maturity through defeat is what allowed their win this week to feel so amazing.

While not quite as history-making as the UVA men's defeat to UMBC, Georgia football has had a tough go of things the last couple of years. From narrowly losing to Alabama in the 2017-18 National Championship, to being (wrongfully?) excluded from the CFP in 2018 then losing to a 9-4 Texas team in the Sugar Bowl, the Dawgs have suffered through their fair share of defeat. The difference, however, is the youthful Georgia Football team (and fans, I myself am guilty) didn't quite handle these crushing defeats as well as Virginia Basketball did. From the time we were excluded from the CFP to the end of the Texas game, we talked trash. We were insulted to even be playing Texas, and we showed it, making our defeat all the more embarrassing.

This UVA team taught us to lose with grace, for it will make your win all the sweeter.

Resilience.

If you were to look up resilience on Google, you would find the definition to be "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness." If you ask me, being the first number one overall seed to lose to a number sixteen seed in NCAA history, and then returning the next season to win the national championship plays into that definition pretty well. Would it have been easy for them to hang their heads in shame, especially the guys who suffered through that defeat last year? Obviously. But instead, with seasoned, headstrong leadership from Tony Bennett plus Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and De'Andre Hunter, they maintained faith in their work and went from rock-bottom to the highest peak. Do I sense a 30 for 30 in the making?

Georgia football is already halfway there. This team isn't coming from rock bottom. After all, getting shut out of the playoff and losing the Sugar Bowl to two talented Big 12 teams isn't the worst possible thing that could've happened. The Dawgs have already shown that they're capable of bouncing back, as they still had an amazing season last year despite the crushing defeat to Alabama just one year prior in the National Championship. What the Dawgs can do now, however, is look to leaders like the UVA men had. Take the defeat in stride, and bounce back better than ever. I think us fans can take a few of those lessons too.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.

491

I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less
digitaltrends.com

Freshly popped buttered popcorn in your lap and a glass full of crisp Coca-Cola is at your side. All the lights are turned off and you are tucked into a cozy blanket. You have the whole day off and no responsibilities besides refilling your popcorn bucket. Now all you have to do is decide on what movie to watch, but you know one movie will not fulfill your need of relaxing all day. A movie marathon is the only answer to your problem. In case you did not know what movie series to start with, try a few of these.

Keep Reading... Show less
A Touch Of Teal

It's the oldest story in the world: one day a new tv show comes on and you fall in love with each character and their story. In 2003, the show "One Tree Hill" was born and stole the hearts of fans of many ages. Torn between the sweet, underdog Lucas and tough, popular boy Nathan, people became hooked through the family and relationship drama the characters went through.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.

657895
FoodBeast

Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Keep Reading... Show less
E!

"Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is coming to an end after 20 seasons of intense drama, family bonding, and Scott Disick. It's sad for some and a relief for others who find the show way overhyped.

Keep Reading... Show less
www.instagram.com

Starbucks is known for its infamous coffee and espresso drinks, but they're definitely isn't enough love shown for the non-coffee drinks. Being a barista myself, I've come to try all of the following drinks. And let me tell you…they're amazing. So if you aren't a huge fan of coffee or if you're just sick of the same old same old, here are some new drinks to keep your inner white girl alive and thriving.

SEE MORE: Starbucks Has Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cold Brew And OMG It Has Pink Foam

Keep Reading... Show less

What was usually buried at the bottom of my purse has now become a pocket essential — and I know I'm not alone in that.

It used to be something I'd use if I happened to be at a restaurant that ran out of soap in their bathroom, but now it's almost more essential to have on-hand at all times than my cell phone.

Keep Reading... Show less

The decision-makers of Yale's law students have invested in therapy dog sessions in order to reduce stress. In 2011, Yale Law Library had a sign-out sheet for their certified library dog. The 30-minute sessions were equipped with unconditional, stress-busting puppy love.

Law Librarian Blair Kauffman stated that the free, three-day pilot pet therapy program at Yale Law Library launched as "a positive addition to current services offered by the library."

Keep Reading... Show less

I have been working at Dunkin' Donuts for over two years, and during this time, I have progressed from regular crew member to crew coach, and finally, to shift leader. Among my great skills involving the job is my ability to deal with stressful situations, including awful customers. My boss has continuously pointed out the fact that I am able to handle these people with grace and kindness. She herself often finds that she gets snippy with rude customers, but somehow I am able to keep a straight face through these tough times.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments