Athens — Another day, another missing Bulldog. Eight days ago Georgia lost Washaun Ealey to a parked car. On Friday the Bulldogs lost Alec Ogletree to an arrest warrant. And now, bright and early today, came the big news:
A.J. Green won’t play against La-La.
From the school’s release, issued moments ago: “University of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will miss Saturday’s game against the University of Louisiana (Lafayette) pursuant to UGA Athletic Association policy and pending a ruling from the NCAA clarifying his status.”
First, UGA deserves bonus points for the usage of the word “pursuant.” Second, what happens beyond La-La? What if the NCAA offers no clarification next week, either? What if Georgia shows up in Columbia without its absolute best player?
Season openers are supposed to be happy occasions. (Georgia State’s sure was, don’t you think?) But there’s something about Mark Richt’s program that simply refuses to take the smooth road. To quote from Tina Turner: “We never ever do nothin’ nice and easy … ”
Suddenly it’s easy to forget that Georgia has much to prove today. Can Aaron Murray play quarterback? Can Todd Grantham’s defense outshine Willie Martinez’s? Can the Bulldogs stick to business and not wind up in La-La land? But now the only name that registers is the name that won’t partake of the day’s festivities. Yes, this seems a weird season, and it hasn’t technically started.
And, on that cheery note, the figurative floor is open for questions, comments and NCAA-directed diatribes. I’ll be here all day, and I’ll let you know if A.J. Green does anything significant. Like, say, shift his weight from his left foot to his right while standing on the sideline. Join me, won’t you?