Goodbye, Coach


I walked through the door this evening absolutely exhausted, completely wore out after a week where my 7th grade football team lost their first game of the season and after I spent Tuesday night at the hospital with a running back with a bruised pancreas. I could barely find the strength to get in to work this morning, and, when I did, I got the news from my assistant coach that two of our best linemen were going to be lost for the season because of grades and discipline issues. Continue reading

Erk’s 1980 Letter to the Junkyard Dawgs

Prior to the 1980 season, Erk Russell wrote this letter to his defensive linemen. GATA!

Gentlemen: (linemen)

The football season of 80′ will be my seventeenth as a Georgia Bulldog. During this time there have been many thrilling Saturdays of competition, each with its individual memories, because each game has its own personality.

There are two Saturday traditions and experiences which have remained basically the same throughout the years for me and I would like to share them with you.

The first one concerns the RAILROAD TRACK CROWD. These are my people because they love the Dogs almost as much as I do. Oh, I know they do some crazy things- like turn over our opponnents’s buses sometimes and now and then they throw one another down the bank and into the street below. But they stamp out Kudzu and they pull for us to win and that aint bad. If you can get off the bus to cheers of THE RAILROAD TRACK CROWD and walk down those steps to the dressing room and not be inspired to play football as best you possibly can, something important … Continue reading