Like most of you, I was very excited to see Clemson go on the schedule. As a fan, it is always fun to start with a big game. While I wish it was in Athens, I am just glad they are playing, and I remain optimistic for full stadiums. Over the first week of the season, this game will command most of the attention in college football. It is a big stage for both programs who used to play each much more frequently, but now it seems like a special occasion.
I am a lifelong Georgia fan, and I was born in March of 1981 shortly after the Bulldogs won their last national championship in the Sugar Bowl. Since then, the Bulldogs have had some close calls with another outright title in 1981, 1982, 1984, 2002, 2007, 2012 and the most recent heart break of the 2018 national championship game.
First, let me say how grateful I am that there was a college football season. It is one of the few sports that I am truly passionate about. Years ago, my wife told me I could either be a Bulldog fan or a Falcon fan, but I couldn’t be both. She said there was no way she could let me ruin a Saturday and a Sunday if both teams lost. I like the Braves, but I don’t love them. I don’t follow the NBA at all anymore, and as a Georgia fan college basketball just isn’t much fun. What I can’t believe is how hard so many people worked and sacrificed so that these kids could compete and have a chance to fulfill dreams while also entertaining us. That leads me to my overall thoughts on the Georgia Football Program which is overwhelming pride.
Thankfully, the Georgia Bulldogs have a game played and a “W” in the win column, but the first two quarters were hard to watch. Even so, I was grateful for them. I feel like I missed a lot during the game due to cooking ribs and parenting. But watching it again always helps to understand a little more. As I mentioned in my last post, upsets are likely to be abundant and offense may be hard to find and for the most part last weekend didn’t disappoint. Mississippi State wins over LSU with tons of offense and Oklahoma fell to Kansas State with almost no defense.
f you are reading this, there is a chance you might have read my last two posts on Georgia football. I wrote one in late July and one in early August. Both were optimistic outlooks on the season. In one case, I was just hoping they would play at all and in the other I was focused on a new all SEC schedule. My predictions were definitely done through “Bulldog Lenses “. I thought today would be a good time to be a little more realistic about the upcoming season. Let’s be honest with each other and admit we really don’t know what to expect. In July, we didn’t think there would be a season. In August, we learned the Big Ten and Pac 12 wouldn’t play. And in September we learned that Jamie Newman wasn’t playing either.
It is August 28th, I am sitting here at my desk waiting on some estimates to help work through some issues on a contract. It’s been a long week and long year. I really wish I was out doing something else, but I am grateful to have the work as many others do not. Many … Read More
DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! Frankly, I don’t know another way to better describe our current situation here in Athens or the whole country for that matter. Well, maybe I do know some other words, but those might be a little too ugly to write down. At least damnation is in the bible. We all know what … Read More
This area of the market has performed very well as I noted above. May and June were ahead of 2019 by 30% in pending home sales, and overall values appreciated by an average of 4% from 2019. Most of this gain was seen in homes under $600,000. In some cases, properties over $700,000 have seen a small drop in listing price, but those reduced prices are still in line with values from 2019. We have seen a pent-up demand drive a lot of this activity. Home buyers came out of the gates strong in May and so far the activity remains strong.
The Shocking News in the Unemployment Report Last Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their May Employment Situation Summary. Leading up to the release, most experts predicted the unemployment rate would jump up to approximately 20% from the 14.7% rate announced last month. The experts were shocked. The Wall Street Journal put it this way: “The May U.S. jobless rate … Read More