Since this is the first editorial I've posted, I'd like to take a quick second to explain my intentions. My goal is to write a brief weekly article about last week's game, this week's game, recruiting, or anything else UGA related. I can assure you that there will be weeks that I don't get to the article, but a weekly column is my goal.
This week there are two topics I want to touch on. First and foremost, I have to talk about the most important thing facing our nation today: the Hurricane Katrina crisis. I spent this past weekend in Hattiesburg, Mississippi helping family get trees off their roofs. Yes, I missed the game this weekend (though I watched it on CSS last night), but my trip was well worth it. The damage and destruction in Hattiesburg (70 miles inland) was absolutely breath-taking. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and struggles that face the citizens of New Orleans, Biloxi, Gulfport, etc. From what I understand, there will be an opportunity to make a contribution to the relief fund this weekend at the Georgia/South Carolina game. Please, I encourage everyone to give what they can. My wife and I certainly cannot afford to make a large donation, but we will give what we can. If everyone in Sanford stadium gives 5 bucks, we can raise almost $500,000. Everyone can give $5, just buy Miller Lite instead of Heinekin or eat at Wendy's instead of Outback. On that note, I need to move to the next topic because now I'm craving a beer and a double stack.
Second topic: the genius of Mark Richt. I did it; I admit it. I questioned Richt's decision to play Shockley at certain times over the last 3 years. I complained about how the change of pace may be good for throwing the defense off, but it hurt Greene's timing and momentum. Well, now I know that if I were a head coach, I'd be sulking this week with the likes of Bob Stoops, Larry Coker and Bobby Bowden. Sure, the quarterbacks for Oklahoma, Miami and Florida State were young guys and Shock is a senior, but that is still no excuse for not having a quarterback available with any experience whatsoever. Now that I'm a true believer, I just hope that Richt stays true to his own philosophy and allows Joe T and Blake Barnes to continue to get meaningful snaps (where they are allowed to truly run the offense, not just turn and hand to a runningback), even if only in mop up duty.