When the Beatles came to Fulton-Atlanta Stadium 1963 I was there with the youngest of my 3 older sisters listening to the girls all screaming. For 4 hours.
It all started with Chuck Berry the heart and soul of all of this.
The Bulldogs were great then as we embark upon Spring Practice tomorrow. I watched us win 4 national championships in football and regularly beat the top teams. We had great head coaches. And we had great assistant coaches. We had great talent.
Music and The Bulldogs go hand-in-hand with me. I was there.
50 years later now I had no idea then that daily new songs would fill the airwaves then that we’d ALL still be dancing and singing to.
We all graduated from The University of Georgia with our degree. We all had straight A grades. We all love music. We all love football. Dad bought a van and had it all decked-out custom made with Georgia Bulldogs disc player underneath blaring when we pressed the special horn. Graphics. Sound system. Color TV. Kitchen. Seats for all 7 of us and more.
I am the eldest son. Dad was valedictorian. Mom a graduate. All of us. One of my 3 sisters was valedictorian too. I was just top 5% my graduating class and honored 3rd quarter my senior year Foy Fine Arts for them all to come back up and celebrate.
I grew-up with music in my ears and Bulldogs in my head.
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. This is love.
In fact ESPN writers today anointed Jacob Eason as their consensus pick of whom it is who has the best long-term potential of the 4 SEC True Freshmen Quarterbacks who were named Starting Quarterbacks 2016 season.
“This is a tough one when you consider that Hurts helped Alabama to a national championship berth and Bentley dazzled at South Carolina during what should have been his senior year of high school. Then there’s Eason. He can spin the ball better than any of his 2016 classmates, but his decision-making was an issue against good defense. Still, I’ll take that arm strength and his potential all day. Eason, who started all but one game last season, threw for 2,430 with 16 touchdowns. He completed only 55 percent of his passes and threw eight interceptions, but you just can’t ignore his arm talent. Also, he didn’t have elite receivers or offensive linemen around him. He must learn how to read defenses better, but think back to how he led that victory at Missouri. Think about the grit he showed against Auburn. Go back to that perfect Hail Mary against Tennessee. Eason took his lumps, but he might be the SEC’s most improved player in 2017, and he’ll battle for an All-America spot soon enough.”
David Ching: Jacob Eason, Georgia
“Give me Eason. I know his true freshman season was not perfect, but he still passed for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions behind a shaky offensive line and with limited weapons at wide receiver. Kirby Smart’s staff is improving the talent around its blue-chip quarterback, and I expect to see the kid get better and better as time passes.”