Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thoughts on 9 game SEC schedule



I’ve mostly been in favor of adding a SEC game and getting rid of one of the “garbage” games.  The usual argument is that a 9 game SEC schedule is too tough and would basically do away with big out of conference games like Clemson due to potential lost revenue.  The idea being that the more home and home series you agree to, the more home games and revenue you’re losing each year.  Also, the simple fact today is that if you’re in the SEC right now, you don’t need quality out of conference opponents to sway voters or computers at the end of the year.  This may not always be the case however, ask Auburn.  Scheduling is especially tough for teams like Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina where we all have perennial in-state out of conference rivals.  We all get tired of beating up on Tech every year and would rather see a Ohio State, Oregon, or Texas but we’d all miss our little brother if he went away. 

It wasn’t that long ago that a season only had 11 regular season games, so it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out.  1 more game in a season = 1 more conference game.  The problem is always money, now that the Universities have seen the extra cash 1 more home game brings in, they aren’t willing to do away with it just to appease the fans with a more competitive schedule.   It does seem crazy that we’ll play Clemson and Tech more often than some teams in our own conference but that’s the world we live it.  There is one benefit to keeping the 8 game schedule, I like the fact that the chances are smaller of seeing the same team in the SEC championship game that you’ve already played during the season.  Actually surprised that we’ve never had to play Auburn twice in less than month.  Doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen anytime in the near future either with what our western rivals are trying to pass off as a football program.   Done with the tough preseason trash talk, time to focus.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The summer of 2013

Using the blog to share my summer trips with family/friends.  My family went on an Alaskan Cruise in mid June.  Left from Seattle with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria (Canada) and a ride through the Tracy Arm fjord to see the Sawyer Glacier.  The best videos of the whales are too large for the blog, so I'm only posting a small sample. 


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I've also done some more 14er hiking out here in Colorado.  




Okay, let's get ready for some football.   




Thursday, February 7, 2013

Signing Day Thoughts

Just a quick note for my thoughts on Signing Day.

Overall, I am satisfied with this class.  I understand why some people are complaining, we definitely missed out on more of the top in-state talent this year than usual, but I can honestly say the only prospect I'm really bummed about losing was Tunsil (who wasn't even an in-state prospect).  I think that was a huge loss, he seems like as close to a sure-fire prospect as you can get, as long as he stays healthy, and there just aren't too many of those elite-level tackles out there. So when you have the chance to get one, it hurts to lose them. 

Don't get me wrong, I would have LOVED to land Kamara and/or Adams as well, but losing them doesn't strike me as being as big a loss as Tunsil.  Of course, if we end up with a stretch next year where both Gurley and Marshall are injured, I will be singing a different tune.  But, we still got 32 guys and like most other things in life, recruiting is largely a numbers game, so hopefully we get a fair amount of future star players out of this class.

The Grantham news will be interesting to follow.  If he really did get on the phone with Davin Bellamy and assure Bellamy that he would be staying, it would look terrible to do a 180.  My gut tells me that Grantham fully intends on staying, but may go do an interview or two to test out what his market value is for future/current negotiations.  But.............we'll see.

-Rev.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For The Other Soccer Fans Out There - Gus Johnson the Voice of US Soccer?




I know, I know, signing day is tomorrow and nobody is thinking about soccer.  But since there seems to be very little (good) news for recruits making their decisions tomorrow on the UGA front, this caught my eye.

Richard Deitsch over at Sports Illustrated has an article up today saying that Fox is grooming Gus Johnson to be the voice of soccer in the US for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.  Now I like Gus, I know some people think he's over the top but I actually find him to be pretty entertaining.  I was suspicious about his move to college football but  I think he has handled the move pretty well.  And if there is an American voice out there that could match the energy of a  "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!" call like we hear from the Latin American/South American leagues, Gus is certainly the guy.

But really, I just don't think ANY American voice should be "the" voice for coverage in the US.  It's a tried and true method............hire one guy with a British accent, another guy with a Scottish accent, and let them call the games.  Whether discussing the condition of the "pitch", the "lovely" touch on a through ball, a "magical" effort, or whatever other soccer lingo, it just sounds so right with an accent from the United Kingdom, and so wrong with an accent from the United States.  Studio analysts are a different story, I enjoy Wynalda, Lalas,etc with their halftime and pregame stuff, but the guys calling the game need to speak properly, and in this case properly wasn't born/raised in the US.

Am I right?

(Also, going back to signing day, hopefully we pick up one or two more, but I'm still excited about this signing class.  Tunsil is a huge loss, he would have been great to have the next 3 or 4 years, but other than that it's a great class that addresses our needs).

-Rev

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Clowney Hit - Mortal Kombat style






More genius from LSUFreek.  He truly is the .gif master!

I thought it was bad when Clowney tossed Murray around like a rag doll last year, but this was as powerful a hit as you'll ever see.

As LC just said, if Murray decides to go ahead and turn pro, I kinda understand.

-Rev.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Capital One Thoughts






When this matchup was announced, I felt really good about it.  I've only seen Nebraska play here and there this year, but with both sides of the ball starting to click for us in the second half of the season, it seemed like we were in good shape.  But losing Jenkins for this game has me really worried.  Even though the conditioning has clearly been better this year, there have definitely been a couple of times where it seemed like our defensive front wore down late in the game.  Obviously the SECCG jumps to mind, but even the Florida game jumps to my mind as well...........Florida had actually driven the ball down the field pretty easily on us on that last drive, we were just fortunate that Jarvis was able to get in there and make a great play to knock the ball loose at the goal line.  But we were getting no push from the line at the end.

So, for me, I'd love to see us come out and jump on them early.  If we can put 21 points on the board by the early part of the 2nd quarter without giving up much, I like us going away.  But if it is still close going into the 4th quarter, we're gonna have a mess on our hands, and it will probably be up to the offense to win the game for us (this is the scenario I think is more likely).  I think they'll be able to move the ball on our defense, but I'm banking on our defense being opportunistic and making 2 or 3 big plays to give us a couple of extra possessions in the game and hopefully close the game out at the end. 

I'm going to say we win 38-31, with Jarvis making the biggest opportunistic play of the day, a sack on the game's final play to (A) seal the victory and (B) break Pollack's record.  How fitting of an ending would that be to his UGA career? 

This game is very big for the perception of UGA nationally.  Lose to Nebraska after the way they got blown out against Wisconsin, and all the doubters in the media are going to be right back where they were after the SC game.  The UF victory and playing 'Bama to a near standstill have pushed us in the right direction, now it's time to build on that with a solid out of conference victory.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  And GO DAWGS!

-Rev.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SECCG fence riding thoughts

Looking back through the season, it's hard to get a strong feeling either way.  All phases have had ups and downs throughout the season, playing lights out some games and other times looking like the lights weren’t on (both result in being in the dark but have interestingly different meanings).

Last year’s SECCG went as expected and I walked out of the Dome thinking that if one thing doesn’t change, the championship drought will continue .  That one thing is Aaron making critically bad decisions in big games.  There were some bad drops in last year’s game but 16 for 40 with 2 picks and 163 yards usually won’t result in a W.  If you have that many attempts, you're either behind or in a shootout and if it's a shootout, you better have more completions and yards then that.  By all indications, he is one of the hardest working guys on the team, has been studying football for a long time, and been lucky enough to spend time with some NFL greats during his football life but has so far proven that he struggles in big games.  Listen, he’s solely responsible for a few wins over his 3 years but he’s also played a huge role in most of the loses by not protecting the ball. 

I left the South Carolina game in disgust of both Aaron and the defense.  It’s almost impossible for a player with his talent to have 31 attempts and only 11 completions for 109 yards.  Add in another terrible game against Florida (3 picks, 50% completion, and 150 yards) and it is cause for concern.  7 interceptions  in 3 games versus Florida (2 wins).  In recent years, the Dawgs have proven they can win some shootouts if the defense doesn’t play well but securing victories without the offense playing well is a rare occurrence. I'm not trying to kill Aaron here but simply stating that the fate in Saturday's game is literally in his hands and he must prove that all his hard work and skill can show up in a huge game. 

Winning this game comes down to 2 things: 
  1.  the offense can’t GIVE UP points (that includes turnovers starting Bama inside our 40) and
  2. special teams must be close to even, looking right at you Morgan
Bottom Line…We CAN win this game if the defense plays poorly but there’s no chance if the offense does. 

BTW - dawgs getting love on The Dan Patrick Show this week.  Tony Dungy gave high praise to Aaron on Monday, Andy Staples did the same today with Jarvis, and CMR is scheduled to be on the show tomorrow (11/29).  All interviews are on the show page. 

-Simple