With the Georgia Bulldogs one win away from winning the NCAA Baseball Title, it dawned on me whole impressive a year its been for Georgia athletics in general. National titles won, outrageous comeback strories and incredible individual play has made Georgia the premier athletic school in the nation. And with our 28th national title a scant 9 innings away, I decided to recap the year that has been in UGA Sports.
This is the sport Georgia has always been known for, and in 2007-08 the Dawgs once again did not dissapoint. Even with a team that started only 4 seniors, The Dawgs finished with a 12-2 record and as one of the hottest teams in the nation. Georgia has been the winningest program in the SEC since Mark Richt arrived and quite possibly will have their best team next season since Herschel Walker was running wild between the hedges. A top-3 preseason ranking is a virtual guarantee, and with Heisman candidates like Knowshon Moreno and Matt Stafford combining with a deep and maturing defense, greatness appears to be right around the corner.
While our men's hoops teams seemed to be a dissapointment for much of the season, their run through the SEC tournament and into the NCAA Tournament made this year one of the most exciting in Georgia history. The Dawgs overcame suspensions and dismissals before the season began, season-ending injuries during the season, and acts of god during the SEC Tournament, and yet still became the greatest story of the NCAA tournament. The Lady Dawgs meanwhile, also reached the NCAA Tournament and continue to be a perennial contender in both the SEC and the entire nation.
Another year, another national title for the Gym Dawgs, who have now won 4 straight. This gives the program 8 national titles in its history, putting them in the same rarified air of such college dynasties like UCLA Basketball, Syracuse Lacrosse and UC-Berkeley Rugby. This year's team also had the highest collective GPA in the history of program, which shows they not only kick ass in gymnastics but are smart as shit too. Plus they are hot.
For the second year in a row, Georgia men's tennis won the national title, defeating Texas 4-2. This gives the program 6 overall national titles, and Georgia became the first back to back champion since Stanford in 1997-98. Georgia had 2 NCAA All-Americans and 4 All-Tournament players among those who earned yet another title for the program with the most all time titles of any school in the nation.
Tonight the baseball team will go for Georgia's third national title of this year. The Bulldogs won the SEC regular season title and won their regional before defeating the #1 seed Miami in the College World Series. The Dawgs are yet to drop a game in the College World Series overall, and have won three games with miraculous late inning comebacks. They are led by Golden Spikes finalist Gordon Beckham, who was drafted 8th overall by the Chicago White Sox, and relief pitcher Josh Fields, who was drafted 20th overall by the Seattle Mariners. The Dawgs are coached by Dave Perno, who was a player on the 1990 National Championship team as well.
As you can see, success is what we do down here at UGA. If its not winning national titles, then its having one of the illest music scenes in the nation. And not only does our school feature several geniuses in such graduate programs as Geography, Law, and Infectious Diseases, but UGA is also home to the greatest and deepest collection of gorgeous girls of any school in the nation. Any way you look at it, UGA is simply the greatest.