To all the Bulldog football fans in the CSRA, I must say congratulations on another great season. I know not all of the seasons are over, but I just could not remember a time when our Bulldogs did so well.
And when I say Bulldogs I mean all of them, or just the ones around I know around town.
That means Georgia (of course), Thomson (which had a great year last year also), Harlem (which was a powerhouse when I was growing up) and Butler (who deserves, if there is such an award, comeback program of the decade).
Can you believe this? I mean these teams are putting a whoppin' on just about everyone. Could it be the name? If it is, there are a lot of hard-core Bulldog supporters out there.
Just the other day I saw a brand new Escalade SUV peppered with Bulldog flags, stickers, signs, stuffed animals and a white bulldog chained to the boat hitch easily keeping up at 50 mph.
Don't worry animal lovers; the dog was in full control at all times.
When the dog wanted to stop, the Escalade did not have the power to change the dog's mind. I was beginning to think it was the Escalade on the leash.
That is why these teams must have taken this nickname and mascot. They knew something some fans are just learning - you just don't mess around with a Bulldog.
I grew up in a Georgia Bulldog football crazy family. My parents, along with some die-hard fans, belong to an unofficial group I like to call the Bulldog Gang.
Now before the GBI wastes some time on this, these people are not gang-bangers as they say on the streets; they are just great football fans who don't mean anyone any harm - well, unless you're a Gator. Then anything goes.
These people are one-of-a-kind loyal fans that remain that way even through the worst of times. There is no bandwagon here, only the gut-wagon, as I like to call it. There's no getting off or jumping on, and you're in for the ride of your life.
Although their main attention is on Georgia, they do keep a mindful eye on the local talent because these are future Georgia Bulldogs in waiting. It is always great to see a local make good.
And that is why it is so exciting to see all these Bulldog teams doing so well.
Remember players, these are the best times of your lives.
No matter how many exams, tests and hard practices, you have to endure. Mom and Dad still pay the bills, and that is not going to last much longer. So enjoy these rare times.
So, good luck to all the local Bulldogs.
And to all the others - well, if you can't run with the Bulldog, stay under the porch.