So I’m sitting in my AJC Brainstorming session — it’s Day 1, with two more to come — and I just got, of all things, a brainstorm.
I’m going to the Bulldog Club of Greater Atlanta meeting tonight at the Cobb Galleria, and I’ll be blogging live from it.
A word or two about this particular Bulldog Club gathering: I’ve been to a half-dozen in the quarter-century I’ve worked here, and I always find it educational. Sometimes we as jaded journalists forget just how big college football is in this city, but the Atlanta convocation always serves as my personal reminder.
I’ve seen all four Georgia football coaches of my quarter-century — Dooley, Goff, Donnan and Richt — appear at this meeting, and the dynamic has always been fascinating. Dooley was revered; Goff was liked but not respected; Donnan was respected but not particularly liked; Richt is both respected and liked.
I was there the night Richt, coming off the 2002 SEC championship, yielded the final spot in the speaking order to Dooley, who was then waging his fight against Michael Adams, who wasn’t present. I was there the night when Chuck Knapp quoted my underwhelmed description of his public barking the year before and proceeded to loose a more forceful yelp. I once went out to eat with Goff — at Mick’s, as I recall — after he appeared before the Atlanta Bulldog Club, and he amused himself by calling my wife from his car phone. (Car phones were then fairly new.)
And I’ll be there tonight, and I’ll start blogging around 6:45 — program starts at 7 — so y’all tune in, please. I won’t bark myself, but I’m guessing a few other folks will.