Archives for December 2015

The death of D. M. Murdock, also known as Acharya S

acharyaSooner or later, Death will come for us all.

With sadness and considerable regret, I noticed that notorious Christian mythicist D. M. Murdock (also known by the pseudonym Acharya S.) recently passed away after a battle with cancer.

Now to be completely honest, I’ve never been a big fan of her books or videos, given her very open hostility toward Christianity and Christians.

Earlier this year, I wrote a rather scathing article about her book The Christ/Horus Connection and challenged the veracity of her work. Quite frankly, she and Richard Carrier formed a small minority of “experts” who question the existence of a historical Jesus.

Carrier does hold a PhD, but he doesn’t teach at a university. He offers online courses on his work that panders to the conspiracy theorist crowd and basically does “anything for a buck.”

The credentials of Ms. Murdock may be found here.

My words practically dripped with sarcasm as I aggressively questioned her claim that she learned Egyptian hieroglyphics on the fly. Let’s just say that I remain skeptical, but now regret my harsh words, considering they were delivered while she literally fought for her life.

Now it is my custom, when I “attack” someone like Ms. Murdock for me to attempt communication with that person in order to call their attention to my criticisms. I’d rather be up front and give him or her the opportunity to respond to my criticism as a common courtesy. I can’t say for sure that I emailed her a link to that article, and sincerely hope that I forgot. and that I did not cause her any distress during her final months on earth.

We all will die sooner or later, but people should’t go out of their way to make us miserable when our time comes.

Quite ironically, she died on Christmas Day, which would obviously mean little to someone who didn’t believe Jesus ever existed. It will now be almost impossible to forget the day she died.

Her “research” formed much of the material presented about an alleged conspiracy to create a myth called Jesus Christ seen in the movie Zeitgeist.  She was obviously a very intelligent woman, but she clearly had an agenda to destroy Christianity, which she vigorously pursued.

But Christians should not celebrate her death. Instead, we should pray for her soul, and for the comfort of her loved ones.

May she rest in peace.

Empowered idiots

Harrison-Ford_Early-Years_HD_768x432-16x9I have a confession to make: I’ve enjoyed watching the movies of Harrison Ford as he pretended to be tough-as-nails archeologist Indiana Jones and rogue space smuggler Han Solo. He’s a pretty good actor.

Unfortunately, Mr. Ford has also been known to make headlines by saying words that were not scripted for him by a very talented writer. For example, he was recently quoted as saying the human race would soon become extinct unless some form of collective action wasn’t immediately taken to “combat climate change.”

Please stick to your script in the future, Harrison.

Ford's crashed plane (from USA Today)

Ford’s crashed plane
(from USA Today)

Now I am not the first writer that noticed a man who owns multiple airplanes — a man who is completely unqualified to offer an informed opinion about the potential impact of “climate change” still felt free to lecture those of us who can’t even afford to fly coach. This man is the same actor bragged to a magazine in 2010 that he would “often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger.” Because he could.

Apparently we should all pay higher taxes for energy and drive hybrid vehicles so Mr. Ford won’t feel guilty about flying to Europe on his own private jet.

But if we seriously believed his Chicken Little mentality, why shouldn’t we force people like Mr. Ford to immediately give up their private jets in favor of (gasp) commercial air travel?

This prima donna burns more gas on one flight to get a cheeseburger than I burn in my much more modest form of transportation over an entire year. Please get over yourself, Captain Solo.

150305201713-09-ford-flying--restricted-super-169Sadly, Mr. Ford is hardly alone with his holier-than-thou attitude. The climate alarmist crowd wants to raise billions, possibly even trillions of dollars in new taxes under the guise of doing something about the problem, but how does a massive transfer of wealth affect the “problem?”

What troubles me so much about the climate change alarmist crowd is their hysterical intolerance of dissent — people who merely ask questions are branded as “climate deniers” and attacked as puppets of Big Oil.

Well, I have news for Al Gore and his ilk — Big Oil has never offered me a penny. My objections to climate hysteria are purely based on observation, logic and reason.

An overwhelming majority of the same people who demand that the world’s population forego the use of fossil fuels also oppose the cleaner alternative, which is nuclear energy. We are told that we should drive electric cars, but from where does the electricity come? Power plants that burn oil or coal, or use nuclear energy.

But we aren’t supposed to think about any possible unpleasant consequences that may come from taking drastic measures to transfer wealth from the poor to the obscenely rich, which can only be done by convincing the poor they should remain poor for the good of the rest of the world.

And like a virus, this malady of muddled thinking has spread to the younger generation, inspiring them to go on hunger strikes and “occupy” everything from a public park to the president’s office at the University of Missouri as they demand utter nonsense such as “safe space” zones where free speech is prohibited.

The world is not a safe place. These people are demanding something that simply doesn’t exist.

Suck it up, buttercup.

If you’re old enough to read this article and comprehend the words, you’re probably too old to be sucking your thumb and wearing a diaper.

Piers Morgan also suffered the consequences of foot-in-mouth disease, when he attacked the credentials of Ben Carson as a medical doctor.

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Ouch. Apparently Piers failed to realize there isn’t a safe space on this planet that could protect him from the humorous wrath of Iowa Hawk. Piers Morgan shouldn’t question anyone’s intelligence, except maybe Wolf Blitzer. Maybe.

I should probably admit that I have been accused of being arrogant myself, and I think it’s probably true. Furthermore, I am honest enough to admit that I don’t know everything, and I’m quite honest about admitting the truth when I don’t know something.

I’m also truthful about the things that don’t interest me. Just because something isn’t interesting to me doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the fundamental principles of how it’s supposed to work.

Oh by the way — not only am I a climate denier, I’m an evolution denier, too.

By that I simply mean that I have publicly expressed my doubts and published my questions about the idea that some monkeys became isolated from other monkeys and had sex over a long enough period of time, spanning multiple generations, and slowly “evolved” to become human beings.

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I personally began to experience the same sort of obnoxiously aggressive critics and random attacks by rather boorish people shortly after my first book, Divine Evolution, was published.

It seemed that none of them were content with saying “You’re wrong, and here’s why you’re wrong. You forgot about X.”

After my book was published and I began writing online, people who hadn’t even graduated college yet felt compelled to question my intelligence, simply because I didn’t believe what they believe.

Nor am I afraid to ask anybody difficult questions.

Perhaps the anger of these empowered idiots stems from the fact that no one, not even Dr. Ken Miller, has been able to offer a better explanation than sex, isolation, and time to serve as the primary mechanisms that lead to the origin of new species. Eventually. Naturally, the process takes more time than any observer has to witness this secular miracle.

At first, the degree of vitriol coming from my critics shocked me. Certainly, I had expected my opinions would be vigorously challenged, but not to the degree the insults became personal. I learned to develop a thick skin rather quickly. Of course I had anticipated that my lack of credentials as biologist, chemist, or physicist would create concerns in a skeptical audience for my emerging hypothesis that I’d named iterative creation.

However, I believed that iterative creation might develop into an idea that could actually compete fairly well against Darwin’s theory of evolution simply because the most persuasive argument for believing in evolution is well, everyone else does.

That’s about the dumbest reason a person could have for believing in just about anything. The evidence that evolution causes new species to exist fails close scrutiny.

Ironically, evolution denier may have been the nicest insult hurled my way, once it became public knowledge that I dared to question the theory. Liar, narcissist, and moron were some of the favorite aspersions cast in my direction about my character.

Even so, the aggressive bad manners and hubris gleefully demonstrated in public by so many people in modern society never ceases to amaze me.

The younger generation seems to think they know everything, and that any person who doesn’t agree with them must be wrong.

Dissent simply will not be tolerated.

Berkeley Breathed has figured it out, of course. Thank goodness Bloom County has returned, just in time to preserve my sanity.

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In this foolish age of political correctness, if you don’t agree with the idea that only black lives matter — for example, if you foolishly suggest that all lives matter, you may literally get booed off the stage and forced to apologize, or have your microphone hijacked by a liberal even more radical than a self-professed Socialist.

The problem is that these very same people who pretend to have such extraordinary concern for the sanctity of select human life is that they only care about certain black lives.

What about the lives of black cops? For all cops, the protestors in Minnesota chanted “Pigs in a blanket/Fry ’em like bacon.”

While I support free speech, inflammatory (hate) speech that literally attempts to incite murder is going WAY too far. But some people have become convinced they can literally say anything anytime, to anyone. I can’t think of a more sure-fire way to shorten one’s life expectancy than by getting in the face of the wrong person and starting to make unreasonable demands.

Of course, being an asshole certainly isn’t justification or any excuse for murder, but that won’t change the fact that the asshole will still be dead.

Arrogance and stupidity make a terrible combination.

Georgia’s next defensive coordinator

Sellers_pinkpanther7First of all, let’s get something straight up front. I have no special access to insider knowledge. I don’t have a mole inside the UGA athletic department.

No little bird has been whispering in my ear. Nobody who knows anything has told me anything that no one is supposed to know.

In other words, take my analysis with a grain of salt, if not the whole shaker.

I’ve been blessed with the God-given ability to use my brain to think like a private detective, which coincidentally comes in quite handy because my day “job” is to write detective novels. I use the pseudonym Rocky Leonard to differentiate the novels from my nonfiction writing.southernprose_cover_SHS

Kirby Smart does not have my number on speed dial. Nobody has divulged any Georgia Bulldog secrets to me. I’m a writer, not a sports journalist.

Like Sergeant Schultz from the old television show Hogan’s Heroes, I hear nothing. I know NOTHING!

Sgt_SchultzBut I think I know who Kirby Smart might be planning to hire as his defensive coordinator, given only the fact that he didn’t retain former UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Coach Smart’s hires for the offensive side of the ball seem to be excellent choices, especially considering the overwhelmingly positive reaction that came from the experts in sports journalism and the fact the new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach have experience working together.

Nothing has been said about the defense, though. If we have confidence that the (soon-to-be) former defensive coordinator at Alabama has a clear plan in mind for the Georgia defense, we should assume that Coach Smart has someone in mind already.

If that’s true, then this coach must still be working toward something pretty important (like a national championship, for example) if the deal has been done, but the hire cannot yet be announced for some reason.

Furthermore, this hypothetical new coach would probably be someone with whom Coach Smart is familiar and comfortable, which would be someone he’s worked with before.

Since that person was obviously NOT Jeremy Pruitt, who could it be? Who on Alabama’s current staff might be the next defensive coordinator at Georgia? Who is an outstanding, imminently qualified candidate?

Looking at the rest of Alabama’s current staff for 2015, outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi appears to be too young and inexperienced.  Bo Davis is an excellent and experienced defensive line coach, but so is Tracy Rocker.

Jeremy Pruitt coached the secondary. At Alabama, assistant head coach Mel Tucker currently coaches the secondary.

And who is Mel Tucker, you may ask?images-7

Well, here’s what his coaching biography at Alabama says:

Mel Tucker has coached at LSU and Alabama in the SEC.

Tucker also has served as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Ohio State Buckeyes in addition to coaching for the Cleveland Browns and Miami (Ohio).

Tucker also went 2-3 as the interim coach in Jacksonville after the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio.

Let me remind you once more — I’m pulling this all out of thin air. We might not know the true identity of the new UGA defensive coordinator until mid January.

But if my “reasonable” speculation turns out to be right…Wow!

 

A quick memo to my fellow UGA fans regarding social media

11960191_1627447094203739_8671574475968344016_nThe University of Georgia Bulldogs have recently experienced the turmoil caused by the firing of a head coach with a .740 winning percentage.

Whether or not you agree with the move no longer matters. The change has been made. What’s done is done.

Now if you are a fan of Georgia Bulldog football, you should want even greater success for the team, and that is exactly what Kirby Smart promised to deliver in time during his press conference. Coach Smart doesn’t need to begin his career as the UGA head coach under a cloud of negativity and a set of unrealistic expectations.

Just because Mark Bradley pointed out that Jim McElwain won the SEC Eastern division in his first year doesn’t mean we should make that the standard for Coach Smart. Coach Richt didn’t win the SEC until his second year in Athens.

Mark Bradley knows basketball. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop him from sharing his opinions on football or baseball.

Coach Smart said that he will demand excellence in every facet of the program, and that we will continue to do things The Georgia Way — we will win with integrity, and lose (on those rare occasions) with dignity. That’s really all we can ask…the titles will come in time.

He also promised that he and his staff will bring the best athletes he can find to Athens and then make them into highly skilled players. Several top-rated potential recruits for the defense have already moved Georgia to the very top of their list because of Coach Smart.

Coach Richt had been in the process of assembling a stellar recruiting class, the best in his tenure by far, when he was fired. One of his recruits, prized running back Devwah Whaley recently decommitted, and a few purported Bulldog fans took to social media to make a few somewhat derogatory comments about the young man that questioned his future — a young man who appears to be a very talented tailback on film.

Please, just don’t go there. Let’s agree to act like adults. Just because a thought crosses your mind doesn’t mean it needs to be shared with the world. Of course, this applies equally to me. And this does need to be said.

It is a shame that UGA lost the young man’s commitment for sure, but that is no reason to disparage him for his decision. He didn’t suddenly get fickle and change his mind at the very last minute.

Things changed that were out of his control.

Remember Pat Allen? He decommitted last year, then flipped back to Georgia on signing day. He’s a Dawg. These kids from out of state…it isn’t like they grew up around a bunch of Bulldog fans. Their connections are with people, not just a place.

Another person decided to post a comment critical of Jacob Eason for expressing interest in the Florida Gators in wake of Coach Richt’s termination. It would be grotesquely unfair to question the young man’s loyalty at this stage of the game, because for months he kept telling Georgia fans that the only thing that might cause him to waver would be a head coaching change. Which is exactly what happened.

Yes, it would be devastating to lose Jacob Eason’s commitment from this class, but you can’t blame the young man after he repeatedly said that would be his only possible cause of concern

It’s a bit of a surprise and kind of unsettling to have the guy who surprised you for breakfast lose his job after winning four games in a row, you know? We need to give these young men time to get over the shock. Jacob Eason needs to make the decision that’s best for himself.

He has friends within this recruiting class that he will see this coming weekend, and Coach Smart jumped on a plane to fly across the country immediately after the press conference to meet with him and his family.

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I’m fairly confident that filling the offensive coordinator position is extremely high on Coach Smart’s agenda, and it will be important in determining the final decision when it comes to where Jacob Eason plays college football.

I feel the need to point out they call it “social media” for a reason — you might be amazed at how many people might see a comment that you posted on the internet. For example, one of my recent articles about UGA was read in all fifty states. I was surprised to learn there are people in South Dakota and Alaska who read articles I’ve written about the Dawgs.

If you’re a Georgia fan, you really don’t want to say anything negative about any recruit, regardless of their status. Don’t undermine what Coach Smart is trying to accomplish.

Fans of Coach Richt don’t need to worry about him — he landed on his feet. Have you looked at his division in the ACC? Instead of Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, and South Carolina, he only has to worry about the likes of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Duke, and Virginia Tech in the post-Frank Beemer era. It won’t be long before he’ll be leading Miami in the ACC championship game against the likes of Clemson or Florida State.

During his coaching career at Georgia, Coach Richt’s record against the ACC was 19-3. So Coach Richt landed in a pretty good place, and we should all be happy and wish him the best in the future, because it wasn’t his choice.

But it’s time for the Dawg Nation to unite in support Coach Kirby Smart.

The best way to do that is not to behave like fans of lesser schools and attack players who might waver in their commitment to the “G.”

images-7I’m quite sure that young Mr. Eason can count. I’m also sure he knows how many quarterbacks are currently on the roster at Florida and that there are two more QBs signing in their 2016 class.

But I’m also fairly certain that he’s not going to be afraid of a little competition from Feleipe Franks and Will Grier.

Young Mr. Eason doesn’t need overzealous fans like some of us trying to influence this major life decision. Let Coach Smart and his staff do their job, and we can all hope for the best.

But don’t beg a teenager to commit to play football for your school because that’s what you want. Remember that it’s his decision.

If you don’t have a positive comment, then don’t make one. Don’t beg. Don’t bother talking about how orange isn’t a part of your color wheel. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.

Don’t bash the Gators. I know it can be tempting, but it isn’t going to be helpful right now. If you can’t resist saying something, sing only praises of the Dawgs. Give Coach Smart a chance to work his recruiting magic.

Of course, it certainly can’t hurt to point out that Eason does look terrific in the red and black.

Just sayin’.

The end of a delusion

DivineEvolutionCover_eBook_finalMy career as a writer was inspired by the word delusion, more than any other word which can be found in the dictionary.

Delusions are defined as “fixed false beliefs or opinions” that are resistant to reason even when confronted by actual facts.

For this reason, the term is frequently used to describe symptoms of mental illness.

The book The God Delusion by renowned atheist and biologist Richard Dawkins was the inspiration for my first published book, Divine Evolutionafter I heard Dawkins say in an interview that cars, computers, and even his book were all intelligently designed, but human beings were not.

I still haven’t gotten over the absurdity of his comment — I began learning about computers while matriculating as a student at UGA, which was followed a long career as a software developer before becoming a professional writer.

So I am well aware that the capabilities of an “intelligent designed” computer actually pales in comparison to the human brain, that DNA is exponentially more complex than computer machine language, and that the “software” that operates the human body works independently of our conscious brain is infinitely more complex than the source code for Google’s search engine.

Richard Dawkins made it crystal clear in his book that he believes supernatural phenomena does not exist. According to him, only the “real” or material world exists — no gods, devils, ghosts, angels, or demons. No miracles, no answered prayers.

Of course, I couldn’t write Divine Evolution until I’d done quite a bit of research into the science of evolution theory and then tackled Dawkins’s objections to belief in a God, which I think can be adequately summarized in a few sentences, this way:

There are two possible explanations for the existence of a human being.

Either creation by a supernatural God as described by the Bible is true, or evolution theory, as described by Charles Darwin is true.

The evidence for evolution theory is overwhelming. There is no evidence for special creation. Therefore, evolution is true, and no gods exist. Anyone who believes in a supernatural God obviously must be suffering from a form of mental illness.

Those people are science-deniers.

A couple of significant problems are rather easily identified with the very simplistic worldview of Richard Dawkins. First of all, Dawkins is a professional zoologist and biologist, not a psychologist or psychiatrist. He simply is not qualified to evaluate mental health or diagnose mental illness.

The real argument is whether or not existence may occur by descent or design. The suggestion that our “choice” to believe in a God boils down to a choice of creation over evolution, and faith over evidence, is a false dichotomy for this simple reason:

Life cannot evolve until it exists. If we assume evolution is true, it could only become a factor in the emergence of life on earth after God (or incredible good luck) caused this universe to exist and the first living organism to form.

However, in order to challenge Dawkins’s interpretation of science with any sort of credible counterargument, first I realized that I had to better understand the arguments and evidence for evolution theory.southernprose_cover_CAFG Years of voracious reading that began with Divine Evolution continued for several years as I became the Atlanta Creationism Examiner sort of peaked after my book Counterargument for God was published in 2013.

I still read every article and post I find online promising new information about scientific discoveries related to our “existential” questions, but until a credible challenge to my counterargument for God and what I have coined “iterative creation” is published, I don’t anticipate the need to write future books on this subject.

It is the atheist who must deny science, in the growing body of evidence known as corroborated veridical NDE events. This is a phenomena in which information has reportedly been learned by an individual while the physical brain and spiritual “mind” were literally separated. That new information may then be investigated and either confirmed or refuted.

Critics of this scientific evidence complain that the “near death” aspect of this information automatically makes it highly suspect.

This much is true — extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and they should.

In the body of research work compiled by Drs. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Raymond Moody, Melvin Morse, Sam Parnia, Pims van Lommel, Bruce Greyson, and many others, extraordinary evidence of this phenomena does exist. The cases of Pam Reynolds. Michaela Roser, and Colton Burpo are only a few of the more compelling examples of people claiming to learn new information while their normal senses were incapacitated and it should not have been possible.

My work has led me to conclude that if anyone is “denying” science, it would have to be people like Richard Dawkins, and not me because I don’t deny the existence of any scientific evidence.

Currently I’m focused on writing my “Rocky Leonard” crime fiction and detective novels because logic, reason, and scientific evidence supports my counterargument to atheism very effectively. There isn’t enough left for me to say about it to merit another book on the subject.

In short, my belief that a supernatural creator probably exists is not a delusion and therefore has not ended. On the contrary, my belief in God keeps getting stronger, growing toward conviction, as new evidence comes to light.

imagesYet as the title of this article implies, I suspect the end has come for a rather silly personal delusion, inconsequential compared to the question about belief in a supernatural God — a rather pleasant delusion about what it meant to be a proud fan of Georgia Bulldog football. I was deluded to believe that something existed known as “The Georgia Way”.

The Georgia Way meant winning with integrity, not at all costs. Sadly, that seems to have been a fixed, false belief.

While most people would argue that Mark Richt was fired because Georgia lost to Florida this year, I would strongly but respectfully disagree.

I believe that the firing of Mark Richt became inevitable when Todd Gurley was suspended last year for four games, and Georgia subsequently lost an important game to Will Muschamp and a bad Florida Gators team. That one loss cost UGA the opportunity to play Alabama for the SEC championship, and probably cost Mark Richt his job.

Nick Chubb and Sony Michel played well that game, but Todd was an experienced, very talented running back now dominating the NFL as a rookie. He could have made the difference.

While it isn’t guaranteed that Gurley would have changed the outcome of the game, it certainly wouldn’t have hurt to have him on the sideline in uniform. Remember, only a few days before the game, the NCAA ruled his suspension would be upheld, which deflated the team’s attitude.

If you want to blame Mark Richt for his players acting like human beings, fine. It won’t any difference at this point. He’s already been fired. What’s done is done.

Numbskull Jeff Schultz from the AJC suggested that Greg McGarity should have replaced Mark Richt with Jimbo Fisher instead of Kirby Smart, ostensibly because Jimbo has won a national championship at FSU, which in his pea-sized brain, automatically makes Fisher a better coach than Mark Richt.

With all due respect, this is why Jeff Schultz needs to find another job. He just doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s true that under the “leadership” of a Jimbo Fisher, Todd Gurley would have probably been counseled to deny the allegations he’d been paid for his autograph, in clear violation of NCAA rules, and could have avoided the four game suspension.

But let’s be brutally honest here for a second — Jimbo Fisher and the word “integrity” have no business being mentioned in the same sentence.

He has grown accustomed to his university covering up rape allegations against his student athletes. While boosters and powers-that-be at UGA seem to have now become desperate to win championships, I don’t think they’ve gotten quite that desperate yet.

Jimbo Fisher is the antithesis of The Georgia Way.

I’d like to think that an athlete with the questionable character and unacceptable behavior of a “superstar” athlete like Jameis Winston will not be tolerated in Athens by Kirby Smart any more than Mark Richt would have put up with his antics, had he been the coach at Florida State at the time. But Mark Richt would have never accepted a player thrown out of Alabama for physically assaulting his girlfriend into his program, either.

I am a Georgia Bulldog.

It isn’t as simple for me as simply choosing to like another football team if UGA starts bending all the rules in order to win.  I graduated from UGA in either late 1983 or early 1984 — my memory is a little fuzzy because I had a little bit too good of a time as a student in Athens.

So I will always be a Georgia Bulldog.

And I’d like to believe that in the same situation as Todd Gurley’s head coach, Kirby Smart would give the same advice that I believe Mark Richt gave — to tell the truth.

Actions have consequences. Even if the lie succeeded and no playing time is lost, what message was being sent to the student athlete? Should we only view them as commodities that can entertain us on the field of play, but as young men being shaped into mature adults?

Johnny Manziel almost certainly lied to the NCAA about the same offense Todd Gurley admitted — signing autographs for money. The only difference between their two cases is that Todd Gurley admitted what he did.

And obviously, Manziel got away with it in the short run– he was only suspended for one half of football, not four full games like Todd Gurley.

However in my opinion, Coach Kevin Sumlin did Manziel a great disservice by failing to discipline his player and apparently turning a blind eye while Manziel lied to the NCAA.

But can anyone claim that Johnny Manziel learned from his mistakes in college? Apparently not. The Cleveland Browns recently demoted him to third string for lying to his coach.

Later, when he was drafted out of Texas A&M, Manziel slid to the bottom of the first round, presumably because teams had questions about his character and work ethic, not his talent.

Conversely, Todd Gurley was taken with the tenth pick in the first round by the St. Louis Rams, despite the fact Todd was still in the process of rehabilitating after surgery for a severe knee injury. In spite of missing several games at the beginning of the season, Gurley remains a strong candidate to win the 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year.

Teaching Todd Gurley to do the right thing may have cost Coach Richt his job, but it was the right thing to do for his player. Win with integrity, and lose with dignity.

Now I hate losing just as much as anybody, maybe more. Still, no one will ever convince me that it’s better to cheat (and win) than to lose a game.

I don’t care what Vince Lombardi said — winning is NOT everything, and the only thing. It does matter, how you play the game.

One thing will never change — I will always be a Georgia Bulldog alumnus.

I sincerely hope that I can also remain a fan of the football team, but that currently remains to be seen. A lot will depend on where we go from here.

I’d be lying to you as badly as Greg McGarity has been lying to every Georgia Bulldog fan since November 29th, and that has been every time his mouth has moved. It’s hard to have confidence in leadership that doesn’t even care enough to lie convincingly.

I’d like to believe that Kirby Smart can win national championships “The Georgia Way”, but I’m not quite sure what that even means anymore. Is “The Georgia Way” now going to become coaches screaming profanities at their players on national television at the top of their lungs?

I’m not sure how proud that’s going to make me to be a Georgia Bulldog. Instead, I’m afraid that I’m going to be very embarrassed by Will Muschamp on our sideline.

Mark Richt was more than just a great though under appreciated coach. He has been a terrific leader who turned overgrown boys into mature young men.

I will miss seeing him lead the Georgia Bulldogs. My delusion was that I thought “The Georgia Way” meant doing things the right way, which was the Mark Richt Way. Silly me.

It remains to be seen what “The Georgia Way” will now become, and how many corners leadership will cut to win at all costs. I guess I’m in the small minority of people who thinks maybe UGA just made a terrible, disastrous mistake.

I have nothing against Kirby Smart…well, that’s not exactly true. I still haven’t completely forgiven him for turning down the defensive coordinator job in 2010, leaving us stuck with Todd Grantham. He could have proved it really was his defense, not Nick Saban’s, winning all those national titles for Alabama.

But his loyalty was not to Georgia. He stayed at Alabama, and Georgia lost the 2012 SEC Championship game to Nick Saban, with Smart coaching the defense on the wrong sideline.

And now he’s coming to UGA with zero head coaching experience. Please forgive my pessimism (especially because it isn’t normally part of my nature) but I see more risk than reward with these decisions by those UGA fans who sit in the skyboxes and own the program.

I certainly wish the best for Kirby Smart, but my expectations must be tempered. He’s got huge shoes to fill.

I hope I’m wrong. I wish I could be more optimistic about the direction UGA football has taken, but at the moment, there’s only one thing that could make me feel better right now.

Fire Greg McGarity!