Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Live from Columbia: Will Georgia reign in the rain?


David Pollack gets six on a rainy day. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Columbia, S.C. -- It's not raining yet -- the sun's out now and it's unbelievably humid -- but, according to the Weather Channel, it's coming. There's a 60 percent chance of storms at 4 p.m., an 80 percent chance at 5 and a 50 percent chance at 6. Conventional wisdom holds that rain favors a running team, which both Georgia and South Carolina have been, at least to date, but rain also slows fast teams, and the Bulldogs are the faster side.

The famous David Pollack game here in 2002 featured a first-half thunderstorm so wicked that play was stopped for 52 minutes. Through three quarters, the score was 3-0. (Georgia had the three.) Pollack's snatch-and-score made it 10-0 early in the fourth, and the Bulldogs held on, if just. Andrew Pinnock fumbled a pitch on fourth-and-1 from the Georgia 2 with 12 seconds remaining. Georgia won 13-7, a victory that would propel them to the first SEC title in 20 years.

It has been nine years since last Georgia won the conference, and winning today would send them flying into their SEC schedule. As we know, the past two weeks have been awash with prognostications of greatness for the Bulldogs, but here we ask: Did Georgia get too much credit for beating a Clemson team it was supposed to beat?

We'll find out more about Georgia -- and about South Carolina, which collapsed in its opener against Texas A&M -- soon. But weather could intervene. Just sayin'.

And with that, the figurative floor is again open for comments. I'll be here throughout, and I welcome your company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.


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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.