I have done a complete 180 on this issue. When oil man Tex Pitfield suggested that Georgia governor Sonny Perdue call off the UGA - Alabama game to save gas, I like many others scoffed at the thought. After all, this was a huge game in the SEC, a boom to the local economy, and you know, like a really big deal and stuff, and we wanted to wear our black shirts, and you're just a hater, man.
After attending the game in question, I now agree with the visionary Pitfield.
The game should have never been played. The gas that was wasted this weekend far outweighs anything that happened on that field. In fact, the Georgia players even came around to Pitfield's side early Saturday afternoon. As a protest to this senseless wasting of precious petroleum, the entire Georgia team decided not to show up for the first half. Instead they loaned their uniforms to a local high school team who was nice enough to play the first 30 minutes while the UGA team picketed the governor's mansion.
Seriously though, that sucked. I could sit here and break down everything that happened, but I don't want to rehash it and you don't want to read it.
There were bad penalties again, there were a couple of awful punts and kickoffs that gave Bama great field position, and there was a fluke of a fumble by AJ Green that snuffed out a possible scoring drive for the Dawgs. But the bottom line is this, Bama whipped Georgia at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. You simply can not win the war if you can't win the battle at the front lines.
Personally I never thought this was a national championship caliber team. I did, and still do, think that they could win the SEC and have a very good season overall. But this one is gonna sting for a while.
On the bright side, at least Florida lost.