First there was this announcement of a new milestone in Georgia history:
The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll released today.
Georgia returns 16 starters from last year's 11-2 team, which finished No. 3 in the coaches' poll and No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.
Georgia is followed in the poll by Southern Cal, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Missouri, West Virginia, Clemson and Texas.
Now, I'm not gonna lie to you: This terrifies me. As I've tried to make very clear, I was kind of hoping that somebody else, maybe even somebody in our own conference, would be helped to the #1 preseason poll spot while the Dawgs languished down at #4 or #5, letting us fly at least a little underneath the radar and giving us maybe a chip on our shoulder besides. There won't be any room under the radar now, that's for sure, but if Richt's skills as a motivator and a leader of men have come along as much as we think they have, maybe he can use the #1 ranking as a motivating tactic itself -- i.e. The poll voters have put a lot of faith in us, guys. Now we have to go out there and earn it. Or something like that.
But anyway, as if to keep us all from getting too big a collective head over this, only a few bullet points down from that story on the front page of AJC.com we got this taste of the way we were:
Davie, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins drew another name from the past of Bill Parcells on Thursday, working out former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter.
But Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said the workout is merely an evaluation of Carter, an arena league quarterback who started for the Cowboys and New York Jets before poor play and drug-related arrests ended his NFL career.
Ahh, yes. The fall of 1998, when spirits were high, QC was a future Heisman Trophy winner, and a national title was always right around the corner.
Let's remember that when we think about getting a little too full of ourselves over this pre-season ranking, kids.
Anyway, I couldn't help but smile at this unintentionally hilarious last graf of the article:
Carter was dismissed by the Cowboys in 2004 — a team coached by Parcells, now vice president of football operations for Miami. Carter's understanding of the Dolphins' offense would seem to make him a good fit in Miami, which has struggled to get consistent quarterback play in training camp.
Yep, inconsistent quarterback play is definitely the kind of situation that Quincy Carter will fit right into. Good luck, buddy.