The Georgia Bulldogs lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks 15-17 on Saturday in Athens. You read my wording correctly. I wrote "lost" because, in the minds of many, Georgia lost this game just like Thomson "lost" to Liberty Co. 0-3 two weeks ago. In my mind, both teams won these games because they outscored the other team. Officially, they counted as wins. My way of thinking has become a part of the minority in the mindset of football fans.
I was stopped in Wal-Mart after the Georgia game and reminded that Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators used to own Georgia and Spurrier's Gamecocks "almost" beat them this time. I have heard many Thomson fans say that the Liberty County game was like a loss because the team couldn't block or score touchdowns.
I say, "so what?" Either you are for a team or you aren't.
I've had it up to my big gut in fair weather fans. If you are a true fan, you come away happy with victories no matter how ugly they may be. If you are going to complain because your team won ugly then what you deserve is another team. Perhaps one of the area high schools that routinely lose by six touchdowns would be more to your liking. Maybe some Georgia fans long for the 1990s again when they were commonly beaten like yard dogs every week.
I've said this before, and I will say it again. Both Thomson and Georgia have too many so-called fans that think if every season is not like 2002 then the teams may as well quit playing. I too wish every year would be like 2002, but I also wish I was a millionaire and cancer did not exist. Folks, it ain't gonna' happen like 2002 very often. Get over it.
I've coached teams that had losing records and faithfully attended Georgia games, even in weeks after a 52-7 loss to Spurrier's Gators. It wasn't fun, but those were my teams, and I'll give myself credit for loyalty if nothing else. There are many of you reading this and saying I was blind and foolish for doing so. You are welcome to your opinion, but I for one will continue to pull for Thomson and Georgia if they never win another game. I sure won't be griping over two or three point victories.
My alma mater, Lincoln County High School is currently 0-3. They have a proud tradition, but I'm sure they have fans that are disgusted with them right now. I don't go to any of their games, but I will still be pulling for them every week though they likely won't win a state championship this year. My wife's high school, Jenkins County, may have the worst football program in the state, but we still pull for them. I know no other way. I have complete confidence in saying that staying loyal to your favorite school(s) through thick or thin is the right way and the only way!
The Thomson kids looked like they were having fun at Burke County last Friday night. That is what really counts. We adults sitting in the stands having fun with them is just icing on the cake. All of us need to be darn glad that we have fun on more Friday nights and Saturday afternoons than some of our attitudes deserve.
The highlight of the Burke County game to me was the block thrown by one of the Bulldogs on Vincent Scott's interception return in the fourth quarter. I was told it was made by Roderick Roberts, but if that is incorrect I apologize to the kid that threw the block. You could see it coming for 10 yards as Scott zigzagged across the field. A block like that is what kids practice a lifetime for and may never get the chance to make but once. He made that chance count. To me it was better than any touchdown run, pass, or reception that could ever be made. It was football!
The lowlight of the game to me was when a veteran official, who happens to be a longtime area banker well known in Thomson, signaled a touchback when Burke County fumbled out of their own end zone. After huddling for a conference, the officials correctly ruled the play a safety and two points for Thomson. I know no other word to use but deplorable to describe such ineptitude. Everyone makes mistakes, but until they totally rewrite the rules of football it is impossible for such a play to result in a touchback. Coaches who make lesser mistakes get fired every day. Amen.