Mark Richt was actually a bit feisty today. When he was talking about how the notorious touchdown celebration after the first touchdown against Florida affected the season, he went on to discuss what that win meant in the rivalry. He made a crack about what heated up the rivalry was not the TD celebration, but that Georgia actually won.
He's heard so much about how poorly UGA has fared against the Gators that he kind of bristled while talking about the subject and said you can't just look at what happened in the last 15 years (which is a ridiculous thing to say, really, considering Florida dominated the series for so long and it's pretty clear the Gators were in the Bulldogs' heads for a long time), but that UGA's 2-2 against Florida in the last four and has dominated the series overall. It was interesting to see him be like that because he's usually Mr. Cool.
Here's his quote:
"I don't think there's any doubt it's intensified the rivalry. But what intensified the rivalry is that we won, okay? I mean, that's the reality.
"But, you know, people want to talk about streaks in that game. The way I see it, we won last year. We won two out of the last four. And if you want to start going back in history, you might as well go back to the beginning of the history of the series and see where Georgia is there.
"You know, I don't know why everybody wants to go just 15 games back. I mean, if you want to go back, go back to the beginning. If you want to talk about recent history, let's talk about last year, the last few games, you know."