Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
As Rev Posted today, the SEC is going through one of the greatest periods of athletics of any conference in history. Without question, the shift of power has moved southeast. Granted we don’t have the 250 sports that each PAC
10, 11, or 12 school has but the SEC is becoming a powerhouse in almost everything we try.
I’m using “we” very generously. Which brings me to the point of the post, how do you feel when a fierce rival from our conference wins a national title. Part of me feels pride in the fact that we are playing the best every year and if we win, it means we earned it. The other part HATES every ounce of it. The whole mentality of take my ball and go home comes to mind. If we can’t win, I sure don’t want someone I dislike to win.
The ultimate lesser of two evils debate played itself out over the last two nights. UF and USC played in the finals of the CWS. Yes, the same CWS that we should have won for the 2nd time just 3 years ago. This was a HUGE no-win situation for me. I mean how can I cheer for UF in anything. Not to mention that if they win a baseball title, they would become one of only a very select few schools to have won national titles in all three major sports and the only SEC school (this is from self research from years ago, so I might not be 100% on this, but pretty sure it still holds true). On the other hand, USC had never won anything until last year’s baseball title. While I really liked the idea of us and LSU being the only SEC schools with baseball titles, I was okay with USC winning last year because it only meant they tied us. Which of course means that this year’s title gives them 2 to our 1. Although it is hard for me to accept that the Chickens are better than us in anything, this was the lesser evil that I choose last night. [side bar: we really need an upgraded baseball stadium, the better SEC teams have really stepped it up]
This is of course way more prevalent in recent football title games where we have to choose between SEC and someone else. I don’t really have issues with Bama or LSU, so I’m all in for SEC in those games. BUT when it’s Florida, Auburn, or even Tennessee years back, I have a very difficult time cheering for them. I usually start out against them and turn right around kick-off and end up mildly cheering for the SEC.
So please college sports gods, stop putting me in this position. Is it really asking too much to just not have the 10ish schools that I loathe not playing for titles to start with.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The NCAA has been so hit-and-miss with their enforcement recently that there's no telling what direction they'll take. They've come under a lot of scrutiny for not being tough enough recently, so they may try to make an example out of this situation. In the meantime, I'll be sitting here with my fingers crossed, because if we lose Jones' athletic and playmaking ability for the first 4 games like we lost AJ last year, it's really going to hurt what Grantham is wanting to do with the defense. With the first 2 games that we've got, we need all the playmakers on the field that we can get.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
“[Richt] is a wonderful guy,” Tarkenton told Atlanta’s 680 The Fan. “He is a good Christian guy. He wants to be a missionary. He goes on missions. That is a wonderful thing. But do you know the religion of [Alabama’s] Nick Saban? Or [Auburn assistant] Gus Malzahn? Or [Oregon’s] Chip Kelly? I don’t think we care what their religion [is]. We hire them to be football coaches. If we are hiring religious instructors, let’s go to the Candler School of Theology over here in Decatur and get some of their people to come and coach our football team.”However, Richt counters with a list of coaches who have proven that you can have interests (specifically religious interests) outside of football and still be successful:
Richt rejects any notion that his heightened interest in serving a humanity outside the school’s athletic association mailing list conflicts with the demands of college football’s toughest conference. Success does not require its servants to wear blinders, he argues.Maybe it's just the homer in me, but I think that Richt's desire to be able to make an impact in the missions field may be his biggest motivator to turning the Dawgs back around, not his biggest obstacle. As evidenced by putting his lakehouse on the market, Richt has a strong desire to be able to make more financial contributions to mission work. You know what the biggest obstacle to being able to give money away is? Unemployment. Not that Richt hasn't already made a lot of money, but if he coaches another 10 years or so at UGA like he has said he wants to, that will be at least another $30 million that he'll make (less taxes, of course). If he gets fired at UGA, I don't doubt that he would end up with another coaching job, but I do doubt that it would be at another school with the financial resources that UGA has, and he would likely take a significant hit in future earnings. So in my opinion, his renewed desire to make an impact in missions work actually dovetails nicely with the desire of the fan base to see a renewed desire for success throughout the football program.
“Ask Tony Dungy if he was that way,” said Richt, beginning to list former big-time professional or college coaches who shared an active spiritual side. “Ask Bobby Bowden. Ask Tom Landry. Ask Tom Osborne. Those guys had success. We’ve had success, tremendous success. Lately, though, it hasn’t been much to write about.
“I think [the idea that winning requires complete tunnel vision] has been proven untrue and it’s still untrue.”
We've stated this many times here, but I don't think there's anybody in our fan base that doesn't want Richt to be the guy who turns us back around. You simply can't find a better human being to be your head coach. As a fan, it's one thing to feel connected to your team, but it takes it to another level when you also feel connected with your head coach. In the first half of Richt's tenure, being a Dawg fan was so great not only because of the success, but because of who the coach was that brought the success. I have taken a large measure of pride in having a man with Richt's character at the helm, and I think that sentiment is shared by most Dawg fans. Goff & Donnan were never able to reach that connection that with the fans, but even with our lack of success the past few years, I still feel that connection with the idea of Richt as my head coach.
Please prove all the doubters wrong, Coach, we're rooting for you. And so are all those people you'll be able to help in the future.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
- Derek Dooley gives a nice surprise to a couple of kids who have worked hard. This is something coaches do on a pretty regular basis, but I still like reading these kinds of stories, even if it is with the Vols.
- A guy with disciplinary issues looking to transfer to Miami. If you saw the "30 for 30" ESPN special on Miami, that will seem entirely appropriate.
- George O'Leary experiences a different type of hotseat. Really sad story, with a fair amount of "he said, she said".
- If you thought "emerging from an alley" was offensive, don't read this article about the parking habits of UNC football players. Seriously, Greg Little........93 parking tickets under 9 different license plates?
- For a program claiming they did nothing wrong, I find it interesting that Oregon has gone and hired the guy who is always hired when a program has done something wrong.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Gilbert becomes the sixth full-time member of the ever-expanding strength staff. He joins director Joe Tereshinski, John Kasay Sr., Keith Gray, Thomas Brown and Rex Bradberry. Also assisting in the weight room as they attend classes at UGA are NFL veterans Kendrell Bell and Verron Haynes. All but Gray and Bradberry are Georgia football lettermen.
T. Kyle King makes the point that maybe so many in-house hires isn't a good thing, which is an understandable viewpoint. Sometimes you need some fresh blood to shake things up. But I loved Gilbert as a player. He was not the most physically gifted linebacker we've had, but nobody outworked him, and that's the mentality that we need now.
PWD also touches on the need for an outsider's perspective, and neatly summarizes the recent deficiencies in the program.
What I am definitely excited about is the commitment that the program is making to the Strength & Conditioning program. It does, however, beg the question....yeah, but what took so long? There's been way too much drag-assing the last few years, for lack of a better term. But as LC said a couple of weeks ago, at least Richt has made the needed changes now, even if it took him forever to get there. I'm not quite as optimistic as LC is about the upcoming season, but I do share the sentiment that we are at least back on the right track. And I like bringing in guys like Gilbert, he will earn the respect of the players quickly and be able to assist Coach T. in teaching the guys what it takes in the offseason to be successful during the season.
- The Deranged/Delusional Fan that, no matter the previous record or current talent level or schedule, thinks this is the year: Also known as the This Is The Year Fan. Most South Carolina Gamecock fans fall into this category and good God if the sportswriters in Columbia aren't following suit. This is the fan that gets laughed at while at work as he spews this madness, but you don't wait until he leaves to laugh. You do it in his face...IN HIS FACE!
- The "I Can Dish It Out, But I Can't Take It" Fan: See: Tech, Georgia.
- The Damn The Past, We're Good This Year Fan: This was Auburn last year. Good God, I've never been so appalled at such tacky behavior. A little background for you: my family is 75% AU. I have 2 uncles and both are AU alums. Their kids went to AU. One of their kids married a former AU O-lineman. The family is awash in ernge and blue. This never bothered me nor did I ever root against them (except when they were playing us, obviously) until last year. I quacked my ass off during the BCS title game. Anyway, the whole Scam Newton fiasco got louder and louder the better he played and the more they won. After they played us last year and watching Fairley's antics along with his handler, Trooper "Beat Cop" Taylor, I wanted a bench-clearing brawl that would have left the bastards strewn about and result in massive suspensions on our part due to the carnage. My days of rooting for AU are over. I will join Simple Man on the hate train. Toot x 2, Weagles.
- The Loves the Camaraderie Fan: This is me. I can co-mingle with other fan bases as long as everyone understands the barbs are for fun. I've tailgated with Cocks at a SC game in Athens before. I've encountered 1 or 2 friendly Gators at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party before that invited me into their RV to use their latrine (I didn't flush out of pure spite). I've even been invited the last few years to tailgate at a Bama game (and damn sure will just because of the host's reputation and generosity). I cannot, tho, handle being around obnoxious asshats that take every dig personally and are ready to throw down when everyone else is enjoying themselves.
- The Sh*t Talker No Matter The Record Fan: I saw one of these at the UK game in Lexington last year. It was beyond comical. I don't give a damn how good your basketball team is or was, you need to shut the hell up about football. OMG.
There are already murmurs out of Tuscaloosa that the Tide are back on track. There are whispers of a potent offense out of Columbia. The loudest vibes I hear are that the Dawgs of Athens are ready to put the nation on notice and Boise State is in the cross hairs.
Why yes, I will take some more Kool-Aid. Thank you very little.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
- The great Paul Westerdawg, of whom the 3 of us contributors here are huge fans, says that the NCAA needs its own version of Frank Abagnale, Jr.
- Ivan Maisel says things aren't as bad as they were in the SMU days, but acknowledges that the reputation of the game is suffering.
- Even Mark Emmert says things are at a "crossroads".
Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
It got me thinking about our QB’s and maybe what to expect this coming season. It’s hard to see some of the numbers these other schools are putting up on offense and the QB position and not be a little disappointed that we haven’t had that one year of just sick stats.
Here are some interesting numbers of the bigger named QB’s CMR has coached over the years. I’m mainly looking at how they progress from year 1 to year 2.
For comparison sake, AM’s first year
If he improves on those numbers, it could be a huge year for him (prediction). Of course, he doesn’t have AJ for half a season and the running game is unknown. And I still think our play calling has a lot of room for improvement……..and no, I’m not smarter than CMR or Bobo but I understand football.
I would just like to see our red zone offense improve (Field Goal U) and see a few new plays added each year and even between games. I’m pretty sure if I know what play is coming next, so does the defense. I mean we have our QB do one pump fake a year and it works, maybe we try it a couple more times. And why does everyone else seem to run a successful wheel route. A really good team always seems to have that “go to” call on short yardage and I don’t think the FB dive is the best option for us.
(Quick play side note: I’ve never understood why a team doesn’t prepare for a late game short yardage quick snap. So if it’s 3rd and 7 and you get 6, the ball gets set and the QB yells something like fire and everyone runs up for a quick QB sneak. No way a defense would be set for that. It just seems like a common situation that I never see anyone try. Maybe at least get the D to burn a TO)
Saturday, June 11, 2011
- Receiving team tries to block the punt, and ends up roughing the kicker (which sometimes is a TERRIBLE call by the refs, due to the acting job by the punters)
- Kicking team decides not to punt, but to go for it. Defender gets too aggressive and roughs the QB
- Kicking team decides to go for it, and one of the guys in the secondary gets called for defensive holding
- Kicking team decides to go for it, and a defensive facemask occurs
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
"Clarett said that players from the inner city aren’t prepared for college. They’ve never seen anyone succeed in an academics so it doesn’t mean anything to them. “Guys in inner cities only believe what they see,” Clarett said. He said it’s a culture problem."
- I believe in Mark Richt's values and the fact he's going to do the right thing for his team. We won't be going thru anything remotely similar to OSUCKS & USCUM (sorry, couldn't resist) as long as he's at the helm. It took him waaaay too long to shake up his staff, but at least he did it. I know it can't be easy to fire people, especially your best man in your wedding, but he's paid handsomly to do the right thing concerning the staff and the roster, so I don't feel too much sympathy in that regard. It goes with the job. From what I'm gathering from speaking engagements (his edge and how he verbally bitch slapped the immortal Ealey at every stop), he knows what the hell he's doing, OK?
- It's been said numerous times that the CEO that gets a company in the ditch normally won't be the one driving it out, but will he be the exception to the rule given the wholesale changes he's made?
- The fact that 3 of the greatest (some would just call them the most talented) players in Bulldog history (Stafford, Moreno, & Green) came thru here without ever playing for the SEC championship is unnerving. The staff changes have been made, so maybe the next wave of studs (Murray, Crowell?, Jenkins?, & Drew?) will get us there.
- Doing things the right way won't always get you the glory and the accolades, but how in the name of Allah can a guy like Mark Richt NOT finish first? How can he NOT lead a team to the BCS championship? We're delving dangerously close to religion here and I can hear the "choir boy" chants already, so I'll stop.
- We're seeing Spurrier stick with the 2nd coming of Kenny Stabler because he gives them the best chance to win (we've REALLY got to beat that ass now). We saw AU go all in with Scam Newton (USC 2.0) and win the whole shebang. The point I'm getting at is Richt cut a gun-slinging QB (Mettenberger) due to his indescretions, regardless of the fact that the boys mama worked in the AD office and our leading rusher because he's a selfish bonehead. There aren't too many coaches that would do that. I damn sure know Urban Meyer wouldn't. You're a bad guy, Urban, and it is a big deal.
In closing, I want Mark Richt to be the guy that gets us back to glory. I want to believe that he will be the guy. If he's not, we went all in on a great guy that just couldn't get it done. No shame in that.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
While the quality of our starting 22 has taken a dip the past couple of years, the real area where we have been deficient is in our depth. Go back and look at some of the YouTube videos from the middle of the last decade. Here's one timely one to get you started, and you can find plenty more from there. When you watch some of those clips, we had playmakers backing up playmakers, especially on defense. It seemed like it didn't matter who the coaches put out there, as a fan you knew they would get the job done. I didn't even appreciate it at the time, but after watching us the past couple of years, then going back and watching some of these clips, it's like two different programs.
I think we have the opportunity to have a very good season. I'm more excited about our defense than I've been in years - on paper, our front seven looks like it has the potential to be scary. And while the secondary is still suspect, it's amazing how much better any secondary will look when the boys up front are wreaking havoc on the quarterback. But the SEC schedule is a grind. Players get banged up every week and wear down if they're not being rested properly. That's where our Dream Teamers come in. If the coaches can put them on the field without being concerned about a big dropoff in performance, then this team goes from good to REALLY good (I don't think we have the potential to be "great", but do think we can be "really good" this year).
Here's hoping that all the kids buy into the remainder of the Strength & Conditioning offseason schedule (give 'em hell, Coach T!). Here's hoping that the veterans welcome the youngsters, take them under their wings, and do everything they can to build them up. Here's hoping the youngsters come in with swagger, but also respect for what the older players are trying to teach them. And here's hoping that all the players will be pushing in the same direction at the same time this year --- it seems like it's been a while since we've seen that.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
"According to the rules, if a coach has 18 scholarship openings he can still sign 25 kids, then massage the numbers over a certain period, coerce kids into quitting or taking a “grayshirt” — postponing going on scholarship — or working some medical hardship magic (albeit, the SEC will have some oversight now). In the end, the coach gets the 18 players on the roster he wants and other seven are dropped into a black hole."You can't just look at numbers in a 4 year window, because most players take a redshirt year. So if they play out their full eligibility, then they are occupying a scholarship for 5 years. According to these new rules, a coach can still sign 125 players in a rolling 5 year period. In order to be under the cap of 85 scholarships, he will have to have lost 40 players from the previous 5 years. Is it realistic to expect that to occur completely with natural attrition? I have to think not. In any given year, you're probably going to have 15-20 graduates, and another 2-3 transfers. It's also fair to think that you'll have 1 or 2 of your signees per year who will not qualify academically, and depending on the quality of your program, another 2-3 players on average leaving early for the NFL. So we're still talking about 10-15 extra players that have to be accounted for through "roster management". THAT is where the gray area comes into play, and the SEC chose not to address that gray area.