Lately, my part of the conversation consists primarily of two words: I'm ready.
I'm ready to put the window flags up.
I'm ready to wear the same shirt to work every Friday for the next three months.
I'm ready to get little to no work done on Fridays and Mondays, as office conversation invariably centers on what's gonna happen this weekend, or what just happened over the weekend.
I'm ready for the tailgate.
I'm ready to be at the Dawgwalk a week from Saturday, letting these young men know how much we love, appreciate, and support them.
I'm ready to take my daughter to see Russ during the pregame festivities.
I'm ready to hear the Redcoats live, not just on the CD that I've started listening to every day.
I'm ready to hear the opening solo of "Glory, Glory" from the South end zone, with my Georgia hat upraised and tears in my eyes...every single time.
I'm ready to see if Coach Grantham can coach football as well as he can talk it.
I'm ready to appreciate the last season Between the Hedges of the best wide receiver in the country, and the best one the Dawgs have ever had.
I'm ready for Justin Houston to become a household name.
I'm ready to watch the quarterback that all of Dawg Nation was beside ourselves with excitement over when he committed to the Dawgs over his hometown gators.
I'm ready to stop reading message board posts about how Aaron Murray is apparently a dwarf who can't throw the ball more than five yards downfield.
I'm ready to hear Scott Howard, and I'm ready to imagine I can still hear Munson telling me to "Get the picture".
I'm ready, believe it or not, to get irrationally angry at ESPN and their idiot "analysts".
I'm ready, believe it or not, to have weekly heated discussions over whether SEC refs are crooked or too stupid to be crooked.
I'm ready to tell Paul Finebaum where he can stick his hot seat.
I'm ready to watch an offense with more weapons than I can ever remember the Dawgs having at one time.
I'm ready to watch Marlon Brown blossom into the player we all know he can be.
I'm ready for Brown to join AJ, King, Durham, Wootentheballcarrier, Charles, and White to form the best group of receivers and tight ends in the SEC.
I'm ready for Caleb King and Washaun Ealy to RUN THE SEC the way we RUN THIS STATE.
I'm ready to watch a big and nasty offensive line be big and nasty.
I'm ready to watch the Dawgs go to Columbia and put the "sleeper team in the SEC East" to sleep.
I'm ready to send Bobby Petrino scurrying out of the state of Georgia with his little rat tail stuck between his legs...again.
I'm ready for the Dawgs to avenge their embarassing loss to the Evil Hillbillies from Knoxville, and I'm ready for the staff to show no mercy while doing so.
I'm ready to go through a season without having to use fancy uniform tricks to fire the team up for a rivalry game (fingers crossed for this one).
I'm ready to hear the Chapel Bell ringing.
I'm ready to watch the deepest and most athletic group of safeties ever compiled on one team unleash their collective fury. Rambo. Williams. Ogletree. Hamilton. I'm ready to hear those names a LOT.
I'm ready to celebrate a win in Jacksonville (Please, Lord, make it so).
I'm ready to get one for the thumb against the War Tiger Eagle Plainsmen.
I'm ready to show the gnats from North Avenue that they are still the little sister, and always will be.
I'm ready for an epic showdown in the Dome between the Dawgs and the Sabanites.
I. AM. READY.