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UGA people explain the UGA football moment
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UGA people explain the UGA football moment

Alex hosted a discussion with some Georgia football writers and former players, in partnership with our friends at Homefield. Here's that discussion.
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Nazir Stackhouse of UGA rumbles with an interception return.
The return didn’t count, but the picture does. © Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

I was in Athens this weekend with Homefield Apparel, our sponsors (and really, truly friends) who need no new introduction. As part of Homefield’s big event on campus, I hosted a panel discussion about this current golden era that we’re all living through (whether we want to or not) of Georgia Bulldog football. I thought it was a good discussion, because some people who know the ins and outs of the program helped answer a few questions for me:

  • Athens as a college town: What is the deal?

  • What happens to a fanbase’s psyche when you go three years without losing practically any games? Do you feel invulnerable or the most vulnerable

  • What actually makes Kirby Smart good at this, in a way that takes us beyond “he can recruit and he knows ball”?

  • What is different about 2023 from 2022 and 2021?

  • What will be Georgia’s challenge in avoiding the stagnancy that has plagued so many programs that have built dynasties and mini-dynasties?

  • How good is Brock Bowers’ insurance policy if he’s going to play again this year?

  • There’s also a section at the end where I ask them about Saturday’s game against Mizzou. This was recorded on Friday, but we’re all about accountability here, so nobody’s pregame thoughts got scrubbed.

  • SEC homecomings: Do they matter?

If you’re a Georgia fan, this is an easy sell, and if you’re not, I think you’ll enjoy it anyway and find these folks informative. They all live and breathe UGA football, and I liked the chance to pick their brains about a team that continues to command lots of attention. Thanks to Homefield and Dawgs Central for having me, and thanks to these panelists for being so informative:

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What it looked like: Me moderating with (from left) Jim, George, Graham, and Jon. Thanks to Homefield and Graduate Hotels for having us.

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