Remember the 2008 Alabama-Georgia game in Athens? Georgia declared it a “black out,” asking fans to wear black to the stadium.
Georgia was unbeaten and ranked No. 3 nationally, while the Tide was No. 8. Alabama won 41-30, but it wasn’t nearly that close. The Crimson Tide led 31-0 at halftime, and Georgia scored two meaningless touchdowns in the final three minutes.
So what did it mean to Georgia’s program? ESPN.com has a story examining that game from the point of view that it sent Georgia into a three-year tailspin. But did it?
For goodness sakes, it was just one game. If you’re program can’t survive one loss, then what kind of program did you have in the first place?
Georgia coach Mark Richt isn’t quoted in the ESPN.com piece, and there’s a reason. He was asked Sunday if he knew the 2008 game would have a lasting effect.
“Not that I know,” he said. “You take one game within itself. The bottom line was we didn’t play well that day. We played a much better second half. I think we scored I don’t know in the second half, scored a good many, but not enough to overcome what had happened in the first half.
“But we just got whipped obviously. I mean, I don’t think how it might have affected anything other than that day.”