On the Sam Peszek thread a claim was made that “no one wants to go to Georgia anymore.” While I have become accustomed to digs about various schools, this one just seems silly. Granted, Georgia no longer has the recruiting power it used to, but the idea that no one wants to go to:
A great school
A program with a large, dedicated fan base
A top six (+/-) team
A school with serious gymnastics tradition
One of the finest training facilities
One of the best college towns
Yes, Florida is the newest “elite magnet”, and pound-for-pound Oklahoma gets the most out of their athletes, but nothing lasts forever. Even teams with the highest potential don’t always work out the way their fans hoped (just ask Duke).
A few years ago, during the championship stretch, one of my favorite Gymdogs was Lauren Sessler. A walk-on from Georgia, Sessler usually only did vault, but I pulled hardest and clapped loudest for her. We don’t cheer for our athletes only when they win, but always when they try. Perhaps this was just an innocent remark made in passing, but the implication that no one that matters is interested in Georgia anymore is an insult to the athletes and the fans.The Gymdog faithful have become much quieter on this board in the last few years and it’s understandable. Going from where we were to where we are has been an adjustment that we are trying to be more comfortable with, but not too comfortable. I’ve always been a gymnastics fan first and a Georgia fan second, but statements like this bring out the Dawg in me.