Back in early September more than a few Thomson High fans were fretting over how the Bulldogs were playing, but winning, too many close games. Aghast! The team even had the audacity to lose one of those close games.
Since then the Bulldogs have ripped through Richmond County and Harlem like the '66 Packers. The biggest headlines have been the outlawing of bandanas at The Brickyard and the AYP celebration fireworks.
Now many of those same fans are figuring out how to handle Thanksgiving plans and make it to the Georgia Dome to watch THS at the same time. "Will the Dogs play on Friday or Saturday?" some are asking.
As ESPN analyst Lee Corso would say, "not so fast my friends."
The Bulldogs have indeed improved tremendously, fought through some major injuries, and will be a playoff threat. But just as I pleaded for a little level headedness early in the season, I'll suggest the same now. Things are never as bad, or good, as they seem. The Bulldogs weren't the wreck of a team many were bemoaning after the Burke County loss, but they aren't the 1984, 85 or 2002 squads reincarnated either. Let the guys play them one at a time and root for them one game at a time.
If you've been following the Bulldogs on the radio, you have learned that the Richmond County school board may be smarter than we give them credit for. It was reported during the Cross Creek broadcast that the men's restroom in their beautiful stadium had 20 urinals. Twenty! Lo and behold it was reported that Glenn Hills' men's restroom has only 16 urinals. Sixteen!
My point is this. The Richmond County BOE catches on fast. Cross Creek's stadium was built first. Maybe either through a survey, poll, or just plain ole' figuring it out, it was decided to put four less at Glenn Hills. That probably allowed them to add those four urinals into a school building that will be used 180 days a year rather than just five or six.
If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about, the audio of those WTHO broadcasts can be found at thomsonfootball.com.
For some out-of-the-blue reason I checked the roster of the Tennessee Volunteer football team. I knew they recruited nationwide, but I was surprised to find that only 28 out of 91 players hail from the great state of Tennessee. It's no big deal, whatever it takes to win, but only 30 percent of the talent representing the state university is homegrown?
The first two Tennesseeans on the roster, however, are true blue, No. 14 Bo Hardegree and No. 15 Jim Bob Cooter. They're both quarterbacks with original homespun monikers. The starting quarterback that led them to victory over my beloved Georgia Bulldogs is from none other than Oregon. They have a pretty good defensive tackle from Hawaii.
For the record, 80 percent of the Georgia Bulldogs call Georgia home.
Speaking of the Georgia Bulldogs, we're off to Jacksonville to try our luck against Florida again. For the first time in forever the Gators did not have an open date last week. Of all things they could have done, they went and lost to Mississippi State. State previously lost to 1-AA Maine by a score of 9-7, but hung 38 on Florida. I'm sure that embarrassment will have the rowdy reptiles in a bad mood on Saturday.
And two more facts in case you missed it. There is a Presidential election on Tuesday and the Boston Red Sox are finally in the World Series. In this age of 24-hour television news we could forget our names easier. In case you're wondering, I'm not for Massachusetts.