Mark Richt’s Class

I just got finished watching Georgia play LSU. 

TV showed the play of the game. It was the final touchdown that Georgia scored to set the score at 44-41 with less than 2 minutes to play. 

While that play sealed the victory, what Mark Richt did after the game grabbed my attention. On national television, without regard for what anyone thought or might say later, Richt ran toward Zach Mettenberger, hugged him, and told him he was proud of him.

To me, that was the play of the game. 

I have no doubt that the loss was extremely hard for Mettenberger to bear, given his stellar performance. 

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in sports rivalries, especially the ones that can define our team’s whole season. It’s easy to forget that there are people on the other side who are a lot like us. They want their team to win too. 

But for some of us the game can get so serious that we go into depression if our team doesn’t perform as we expect. Then we start hating our rivals like they are enemies who are bent on ruining our lives. 

But honestly, aren’t the only folks who really have to worry about that the coaches? It’s their job security that depends on the team’s performance. 

Well, if you have money on the game, you might worry more. 

It takes class to recognize good work, especially if it’s your opponent’s. That is real objectivity. Of course, it’s natural to want to win. And of course, we should aim for that, knowing our competitors will too. When everyone works hard, everyone gets better than if they perform in isolation. 

Way to go, Coach Richt. You’re a man of character worth imitating.