Raising the Standard at UGA since 2013.

FROM THE EDITORS: Magazines, Interviews, and a Hopeful Dawg Nation

The wait is nearly over, ArchCon nation. The fall edition of our magazine has finally arrived and should be available in a distribution box near you sometime this afternoon. Keep a look out at the Tate Center and near the Main Library on North Campus.In this season’s edition, J.Thomas Perdue opines on the striking parallels between pop music and politics, Sydney North sheds light on the “rural education gap,” and Nick Geeslin tells us why you shouldn’t care about any of it.

In this season’s edition, J.Thomas Perdue opines on the striking parallels between pop music and politics, Sydney North sheds light on the “rural education gap,” and Nick Geeslin tells us why you shouldn’t care about any of it.

You can get in on this as well as several other columns and features from familiar faces as well as fresh thought from a host of brand-new contributors, including the always-formidable Andrew Logan Lawrence. Also, we definitely recommend hitting up our blossoming YouTube channel to see Andrew and our Campus News Editor, Connor Foarde, interview Matthew Vitale. Matthew, a student at UC Riverside, made the news lately after due to a video he shot of a woman stealing his “Make America Great Again” hat and making a public spectacle out of herself. Check out the video to see exactly what that entailed.

In one of the more contentious occurrences on campus, CA’s in Brumby Hall decided to take down a controversial bulletin board encouraging students to “take a knee” during the national anthem after being subject to backlash from students and parents. The board displays an upside-down American flag, a symbol of distress or disrespect, depending on one’s interpretation. Bennett Hardee covered the story in his first piece for the publication.

Arguably (but not really) more important than any politics or recent campus developments, the Georgia Bulldogs are 6-0. After spanking Mississippi State, stepping on the collective face of Tennessee’s bewildered football program (with a hobnail boot, breaking their nose), and dispatching Vanderbilt, Georgia looks poised to make a run for the SEC title. This is a great time to take inventory, to stop and give some perspective to the season.

It is important to understand and expect certain limitations on our beloved Bulldogs. The limitations are not very specific, but they invoke the same feelings: heartbreak and disappointment are just as common as triumph and satisfaction in any Georgia fan’s emotional repertoire. It’s a give and take relationship. So it is understandable if some fans are hesitant to accept Kirby Smart’s success as a real culture change.Georgia has been one of the most successful football programs of the twentieth century, yet they have not captured the national championship since 1980.

Georgia has been one of the most successful football programs of the twentieth century, yet they have not captured the national championship since 1980.They’ve had great years, sure, just like 2002. We are old enough to remember that seemingly invincible Georgia team that would have been a lock for the national championship if not for a 20-13 loss to an average Florida team. They won the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl, and most people remember 2002 fondly. It just was not quite enough to win it all.

They’ve had great years, sure, just like 2002. We are old enough to remember that seemingly invincible Georgia team that would have been a lock for the national championship if not for a 20-13 loss to an average Florida team. They won the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl, and most people remember 2002 fondly. It just was not quite enough to win it all.We also remember 2004, when after blasting the defending national champion LSU Tigers, the Dawgs laid an egg the next week and fell to Tennessee, keeping a talented squad out of the SEC Championship game. The next year saw an undefeated season derailed again in

We also remember 2004, when after blasting the defending national champion LSU Tigers, the Dawgs laid an egg the next week and fell to Tennessee, keeping a talented squad out of the SEC Championship game. The next year saw an undefeated season derailed again in Jacksonville after quarterback D.J. Shockley was injured.

2008 saw Georgia enter the season at #1 in the Associated Press Poll only to be embarrassed at home by Alabama by the end of September. One of the most talented teams in Georgia history finished third in the SEC and settled for the Capital One Bowl.

We would still rather not talk about 2012 (Just spike the damn ball, Bobo).

In 2014, Georgia smashed Clemson in the season opener, immediately generating national championship hype, only to lose to Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks the following week.

This context may cause one to ask, “What makes this year’s team different?” This season’s squad is talented, no doubt. But the aforementioned teams were just as, if not more talented. Some of them were truly great. So if we’re so historically doomed, why get excited at all? Why not embrace nihilism and just binge drink the pain away like they’re doing now in Knoxville or Oxford? The answer is that the culture is changing.

This context may cause one to ask, “What makes this year’s team different?” This season’s squad is talented, no doubt. But the aforementioned teams were just as, if not more talented. Some of them were truly great. So if we’re so historically doomed, why get excited at all? Why not embrace nihilism and just binge drink the pain away like they’re doing now in Knoxville or Oxford? The answer is that the culture is changing. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Richt. He’s a great coach and an even better example to young athletes. However, his relationship with Georgia fans mirrored domestic abuse. Harsh? Think about it. We put up with it for 15 years. We kept telling ourselves that things would change, reminding ourselves of his good qualities, hoping that he could get better and we could make the relationship work.

We have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Richt. He’s a great coach and an even better example to young athletes. However, his relationship with Georgia fans mirrored domestic abuse. Harsh? Think about it. We put up with it for 15 years. We kept telling ourselves that things would change, reminding ourselves of his good qualities, hoping that he could get better and we could make the relationship work.Then in 2016, we wised up. We finally mustered the courage to leave Richt and took a chance on Kirby Smart. Admittedly, it was scary, and it got off to a rocky start. But Kirby treats us right. He spoils us with the best defense since the “Junkyard Dawgs” of the Erk Russell era. He gets us the big wins. He has changed the whole culture.

Then in 2016, we wised up. We finally mustered the courage to leave Richt and took a chance on Kirby Smart. Admittedly, it was new scary, and it got off to a rocky start. But Kirby treats us right. He spoils us with the best defense since the “Junkyard Dawgs” of the Erk Russell era. He gets us the big wins. He has changed the whole culture.Proclaiming a new dynasty of Georgia football may be hyperbolic and it is surely premature, but what choice do we have? Perhaps the thrill is in the chase.

Proclaiming a new dynasty of Georgia football may be hyperbolic and it is surely premature, but what choice do we have? Perhaps the thrill is in the chase.

 

Here’s to beating our first set of Tigers this weekend,

 

The Editors

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