Proper perspective

My colleague Keithen Tucker attended the Macon Touchdown Club on Monday night to hear Mark Richt, head football coach at the University of Georgia (the alma mater of another colleague, Tony Cartledge).

Keithen shared with me that Coach Richt began his address by noting that he was in Macon, Ga., earlier to help raise money to drill wells in Africa. He explained that without the fresh water from the wells, residents were required to walk eight miles to collect unsanitary water that has to be boiled before consumed.

“Now that we have things in perspective,” Richt added, “we can talk about our team’s 9-2 season.”

Those who enjoy the competitiveness of college football and other sports can be guilty of taking such recreational experiences too seriously. We need the coach’s timely and important reminder.

Now here’s wishing Coach Richt and the Bulldogs a good 9-3 season.


  1. Amen to your entire column except for the last sentence!

  2. What did you expect from the former campus minister at the Georgia Institute of Technology?

  3. My brother is an avid UGA fan. After their second loss, he summed it up like this. “Well, it’s only football. If we were still in the hunt for the national championship, though, it would be much more important than that.”

    …at least he was honest.

  4. Coach Richt is a class act and a godly example in the world of sports.


  5. I agree. A fine example.

  6. come on john, you don’t really believe 9-3 do you?

  7. In a similar vein, Bill Self’s great friend Frank Harrington told the story when he was preaching his best in the 80’s–I heard him on TV up in Rome–That in 1900 Teddy Roosevelt was talking to some American icons about how great America was gonna be in the American Century upcoming; gettin pretty full of themselves.
    Teddy, said: Gentlemen, let’s take a break out on the balcony.
    They went out and looked up at the stars in silence for a moment and Teddy Said: “Now that we have things in better perspective….”

  8. Michael-
    I grant the UGA advantage. While Tech was whopping up on Miami last night, the dawgs were soaking their toes during a two-week break.
    Sounds like cheating to me.

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