Building mountains out of molehills

So, if you haven't heard by now, Sammy Watkins is pretty confident that Clemson will beat Georgia in next month's season opener.

In other news, the sun came up, the sky is blue and it's still hot outside. Oh, and we'll all eventually die and have to some pay taxes along the way.

So what's the big deal?

Watkins thinks Clemson will beat Georgia. What was he supposed to tell Bart Wright of The Greenville News?

Something like this?

"Man, I don't know. Georgia's got those two running backs. Our defense struggled some last year. That quarterback is pretty good, too. I mean, they lost a lot of guys on defense, but it's Georgia. They're always going to have some really good players.

"I hope we beat ‘em this year, because next year, when my former teammates go to Athens, it could be tough for them to win."

Instead, Watkins' words to Wright were actually:

"Behind the scenes, we like our schedule. People talk about Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina, but I'm not worried about them. I'm concentrated on what we do.

"If we come out and beat Georgia, not just beat ‘em but beat the mess out of ‘em like we should, I don't see no problems in getting started in the right direction."

Cue the circus music.

The quote has gone viral. All of the major outlets that cover college football have picked up the quote, run with it and plastered it all over The Twitter.

One former Georgia kicker fired a shot back at Watkins over the social media giant. One current Dawg linebacker could care less.

A certain recruiting reporter from a certain newspaper in Georgia's state capitol seems pretty bothered by it. So do plenty of other Georgia fans that have trash talked on message boards, talk radio and whatever other outlet that Joe the Plummer can make his voice heard.

There are even a few Clemson fans that don't like it.

Reporters certainly do. It's July. We're two full months away from anything that resembles football. After all, folks in this business need something to write and talk about during the final weeks leading up to media days, preseason camps and actual, real, live games.

In the meantime, let's just hope Aaron Murray or Todd Gurley will offer a rebuttal in their next interview. It sure would help pass the time. Top Stories