Moral Victories?

I hope that everyone got what they wanted for Christmas today (my present came early back in November at Historic Grant Field).

Ten games into the 2009-2010 basketball season and the Hoop Dawgs are sitting at an unassuming 6-4.  Their biggest win so far has to be the one over orange people from Illinois.  Hopefully Coach Fox has a few more big wins stored up his sleeve before they get into the SEC schedule…

I was looking at the 4 losses (Wofford, UAB, Virginia Tech, St. John’s) the other day, and I started taking comfort in the successes these teams have had thus far:

UAB (11-1) – The Blazers are riding a 10-game win streak that includes victories over Butler and Cincinnati

Virginia Tech (10-1) – The Hokies are winners of 7 straight games, and in the process have knocked off Iowa and Penn State.

St. John’s (10-2) – The Red Storm has beaten Siena and Temple (both teams that will most likely make the tourney), and they lost a close one at Duke.

Wofford (7-6) – The Terriers have the worst record of this bunch, but that’s only because they have played a brutal out-of-conference schedule with losses to Pitt, Illinois and Michigan State.  They upset South Carolina last week to make themselves 2-0 against the SEC.

This puts the combined record of Georgia’s opponents that they have lost to this season at a stunning 38-10.  I am (as I am sure all of you are as well) aware of the old adage “There’s no such thing as moral victories”.  I remember hearing it when I played, as I am sure many others have heard it as well.  In some regards it does hold true…but for a Georgia team that finished last season 12-19 (3-13 in SEC play) I think it’s ok to take a little pride in these four losses.

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3 thoughts on “Moral Victories?

  1. Not moral victories… Rather a reasonable look at what were losses which now don’t seem as indicative of the potential of the team. Wins and losses combined indicate a steady upswing in the performance of the team which is the only moral victory I’m willing to acknowledge and really the only one I care about. A Felton team would likely be 4-6 right now after caving to the Illinois comeback and folding after FAU took the lead in the 1st half. I think CMF has some more signature wins up his sleeve indeed.

    Go Dawgs!

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  2. I definitely agree with Crake. Even if Felton had won the Illinois game, he most definitely would not have been able to fire up the team at halftime of the FAU game and we would have most likely lost the game. This team is going to continue to grow.

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