As I’m writing this column we’re about twelve hours away from knowing who will be the college football champs of 2017-18; you’ll be reading it two days after we know who are the champs. I’m going to watch the game with my two sons and some of their friends in Kathleen, GA. Hope you enjoyed the game as much as I plan to tonight! How’s that for a convergence of verb tenses?
Regardless of who wins the game tonight, the GA Bulldogs proved themselves to be real SEC champs this year. Beyond that, I thought it would be interesting to do a look back to 1980 when the Bulldogs won their last national championship.
Fortunately, for my sake, some knowledgeable sports journalists did much of the research for me re comparisons of the two teams. You can look this up for yourselves if you’re interested at: http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2018-01-07/how-does-georgias-2017-team-compare-its-1980-championship-squad. If you do, you’ll see that by almost any statistical comparison you care to make, the 2017 team is better:
Points per game: 27.8 in 1980; 36.3 in 2017
Winning margin: 16.4 in 1980; 20.6 in 2017
On defense, Yards per game: 306.3 in 1980; 289.5 in 2017
And then there are the individual comparisons. The two most noteworthy are
Avg. yards per carry: 5.9 for Hershel Walker; 6.4 for Nick Chubb
Comp %: 49.4 for 1314 yds for Buck Belue; 63.7 for 2383 yds for Jake Fromm
Go to the above website if you want to go deeper but you’ll see that the comparisons are stunningly in favor of the 2017 team.
But I’d like to spend the rest of the column doing a different kind of comparison between the 1980 and 2017 Championships. I’ll show you how they compare for the Milbys; you fill in the blanks for your family.
In 1980 against Notre Dame, the Milby’s had two kids, Karen two, and David 6 months. In 2018, we have five kids, nine grandchildren and Karen will forty.
In 1980 we had just moved to Quebec on a special assignment for Blue Bird to develop a new small bus (the most fun I had in my 30 years with Blue Bird!). In 2018, I’ve already been retired for 17 years.
In 1980 we watched the game in Columbus, OH at my wife’s aunt’s house while on Christmas break; in 2018, we’ll be watching with my sons at their house.
There are many more points of comparison I could make that would be much more interesting to the Milby family than to yours but you might find it an interesting trivia discussion among your family as you debate the results of these two games, one of which hasn’t even been played yet.
The striking thing to me as I’ve considered these comparisons is how much life has happened over these years. It’s been especially poignant to us this past weekend as we’re in the process of cleaning out a local storage unit which is the last vestige of our move from the beach to the farm. My wife just showed me the dress she wore away from our wedding reception on our way to our honeymoon. The incredible thing is she can still wear it! Hats off to her!!!
Well, needless to say, life goes by in a big hurry when you’re busy raising a family. So, while you’re in animated discussion about Monday’s game, whoever is the winner, remember that you’re the real winner if you have good health and your family to watch the game with.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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