Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thoughts on Crowell a Day Later

I didn't want to post anything about Crowell yesterday, because the knee-jerk reaction that I felt yesterday morning would have come across much more negatively than I probably would have liked.  I felt anger, I felt disappointment, and even embarrassment.  It was easy to sit there and think "How could he blow such a great opportunity?"  Then, as the day wore on, I began to realize that I was being pretty hypocritical.  I've blown more than one great opportunity in my life, especially when  I was younger, due to immature decision making.  And it was pretty hard dealing with those sorts of things within the limited exposure I had to family and friends, so I can't imagine what Crowell is going through right now with thousands and thousands of people judging and critiquing him.  So, long story short, I'm not going to kick the man while he's down.

I still believe that at his core, Isaiah is a good person.  Carrying a weapon (even if illegally obtained) does not automatically make you a bad person, especially if there is no intent to use the firearm for anything wrong (there's nothing to suggest he had the weapon with the intent to do anything).  Smoking marijuana does not make you a bad person.  Not being perceived as "tough enough" by your fan base does not make you a bad person.  What these things speak to, though, is really his greatest crime......which is just being extremely immature and not maximizing his talents.  However, maturity and the desire to excel are things that can still come over time, and I hope those things do come to Crowell.

I'm not trying to defend Crowell's actions or say he shouldn't have been dismissed........he left Richt no choice whatsoever but to dismiss him.  You may not be a bad person, but you still have to be held accountable for your actions and deal with the consequences.  I'm just saying that we shouldn't write him off as being a total waste or assume that he is destined for failure in life.  I hope he gets through the legal situation, is able to maybe catch on with a JUCO for a year, then go on to achieve his goals - whatever or wherever they may be.

On the positive side for us as fans, I feel more comfortable with the trio of Boo, Marshall, and Gurley right now than I did about the trio of Samuel, Crowell, and Thomas this time last year.  Whereas I only thought one of those guys last year had any upside as a tailback at all (Crowell), I feel that all 3 of the current guys have great upsides.  It sucks that all 3 will be on a pretty good learning curve (Boo still has a lot to learn too), but all reports indicate that the work ethic of those 3 is extremely high, so hopefully they'll pick up the nuances quickly.

We sure are cutting away any margin for error we had this year though.  Anymore major disciplinary issues or major injuries to one or two key players could derail us.  Let's hope the worst is behind us.

-Rev.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hiking - Blanca/Ellingwood

Link to latest hike, this one hurt.  Thoughts to anyone dealing with the wildfires out here or the flooding in my last home down in Tampa.  This hike was southwest of Denver about 4 hours away and right by the Great Sand Dunes.  It's a long way from anything but if you happen to have some time and want to see something cool, you should plan a trip to see them, it's pretty amazing.






-Simple

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pass me a beer

Beer video

Can you imagine how many beers (sodas) they went through testing these out.

Have a good weekend everyone, I'm heading up to the mountains for a week of hiking.

-Simple

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Biggest Game of Our Season?

Bernie over at BDB has a good post up today about what the biggest game of the season is for us and has 6 bloggers/fans/friends of his give their responses.
Not surprisingly, Mizzou, Florida & South Carolina are the 3 answers.

Obviously, Mizzou is huge because it's the first conference game.
Florida is obvious whether they're winless or undefeated entering the game.
South Carolina gets my vote, but it will become even more critical should we drop that first one on 9/8 (I don't think we will, depleted backfield be damned).

What about you, readers?
Who is it for you, Reeder?
Simple?
Rev?
Mulva?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tuck Fech

Those bastards.

10 of 11 & counting and I feel sure this will be bulletin board material when we host the virgins this season.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CMR era review - stats

*Disclaimer - these are my stats, so don't be shocked if something is off*

11 Years under CMR

Overall - win % of .736  and 7 of 11 seasons with at least 10 wins
106 wins  - 57 home, 37 away, 12 neutral
38 losses -  13 home, 10 away, 15 neutral


Conference - win % of .674 and 8 of 11 seasons over .500
62 wins   - 28 home, 29 away, 5 neutral
30 losses - 12 home, 8 away, 10 neutral

SEC Records  - 4 SEC Championship games, 2 titles


Record
Team W L
Alabama 3 1
Arkansas 5 1
Auburn 7 4
Florida 3 8
Kentucky 9 2
LSU 3 4
Mississippi St 3 1
Ole Miss 5 0
South Carolina 7 4
Tennessee 7 4
Vanderbilt 10 1

I must say outside of the Florida number, I'd take another 11 years of this, especially if 1 of them resulted in a National Title.  So fun fact from above, Ole Miss is the only SEC team that CMR is still perfect against.  We're also 10-1 against Georgia Tech, which is a very important number that can't be ignored. 

-Simple

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Merritt Hall?

Dawg fans, meet our starting FB.

Calm down, calm down.  This might not be the case in September or even 2 weeks from now, but this kid is either lighting folks up or Richt is trying to light a fire under someone else.

UGA favored

The vegas lines are out and we are one of four teams in the country currently favored in every game we play this fall.  The others are Oklahoma, LSU, and USC (the real one)

One of these is not like the other.  Yes, I think we'll be a good team but this has more to do with our schedule than how good the other 3 are predicted to be.  I am very happy to be favored though.......math will tell you that the favorite wins more times than not.  

I can understand how we are favored but won't be surprised if those numbers change in a few of the games as we get closer to the season, mainly thinking of Missouri and South Carolina early on.  **This is a gambling/betting statement and in no way is my personal opinion for those that want to lose their minds** 

Anytime you get mentioned with those 3 teams, it's probably a good thing.  And if we happen to play one of them this year (or early 2013), it also probably means we had a really good year.

-Simple


Monday, June 11, 2012

Early Summer Dawg Porn

This is a neat little read here about how we're favorites in our first 5 games (h/t sicemdawgs.com).

As you can imagine, we'll be going over those first few games in greater detail and excitement (or dread, depending on the volume of liquid in your glass) as the season approaches, especially the HUGE SEC opener @ Mizzou.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Thoughts on McGarity and the New Contracts

So we finally got all the details on the new contracts for Richt and Grantham, and then got the surprise news of a new contract for McGarity as well.  The details of the contracts have been pretty well hashed out by everyone, so I won't take the time to list out the details.  But with these contracts for Richt and Grantham, I continue to be impressed with McGarity and his handling of the athletic department.

Richt's contract couldn't possibly have been done any better.  Though last year was a huge improvement, the overall performance of the team the last 4 years did not merit a raise on his base salary, but building in additional incentives was a nice gesture to both the coach and the fan base.  Dropping the buyout requirement on Richt's side was brilliant, because that then gave McGarity the leverage to significantly lower the buyout on the University's side, and the risk of Richt deciding to walk away for another job is pretty low anyway:
"I think the bottom line for me, gosh, I think I’ve been here long enough for everybody to understand … that Georgia’s my home. Georgia’s where I want to be. Georgia’s the only job I want."
The buyout on the University's side under Richt's previous contract though was just not something that could be repeated.  At the time that contract was signed, we all probably thought it was a great idea to have such a mutually large buyout in place, but once the program got off course, it was clear that having such a large buyout was a mistake.  I do believe that Richt has us back on the right course now, and I do want him to perform well enough to stay at UGA as long as he wants to be a coach, but even with last year's improvement, there is still a bit of lingering doubt in much of the fanbase right now, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't still have some doubts way in the back of my head too.  McGarity was right to address this by finding a way to lower the buyout.  He has said that he always wants his coaches to feel a sense of urgency, and while Richt is not a materialistic man, making a lot of money has to be something valuable to him because it will allow him to do the things he wants to do with supporting missionary work and other areas of ministry.  Having the additional incentives and the extra urgency from a lower buyout will help Richt to not let the program lose focus like it did in the 2006 - 2009 era.  Again, well done all the way around by McGarity.

As for Grantham's contract, I think it is pretty straightforward and right in line with what many of us expected.  I thought we might see something more like $850,000 - $900,000 annually based on the contracts signed by VanGorder, Chavis, and Smart, so at first I was a little surprised to see the figure of $825,000 until I saw the additional incentives that were built in.  It's hard to argue with McGarity's logic:
“With Todd’s new bonus structure, we feel like he’s right behind the two guys who have won national championships here in the last two or three years,” McGarity said. “We feel like it’s a fair deal.”
Agreed.  There are some protections built in to prevent Grantham from making a lateral move, though I don't see a potential lateral move (DC at another college) as a threat whether there is a buyout or not. Grantham has his eyes set on bigger things (NFL DC or college head coach), and he will get his opportunity.  I hope we can get at least 2 more years out of him, though his star is likely to be at its highest after the 2012 season considering how much talent we have coming back now and how much we lose for 2013.  Just look at Gus Malzahn....after their big season in 2010, he was arguably the hottest candidate in the country, and even had an SEC head coaching offer in hand that he rejected.  But after coaching another year without a stud like Newton running the show, Malzahn could barely get a sniff from any decent size schools, and ended up in a Sun Belt head coaching position instead - quite a change in scenery.  So it wouldn't surprise me if we lose Grantham after this year if the defense ends up being as good as we think it will, but it won't be because McGarity did anything wrong with his contract.  McGarity is making sure Grantham knows he is valued in Athens.

There's been a couple of other things that have stood out to me about McGarity as well.  I really liked how he was willing to shake things up by trying things like relocating the marching band.  But what impresses me even more is that he is willing to undo one of his own ideas like that when it doesn't work out, instead of being bullheaded about the decision.  He has for the most part been firm and assured in dealing with the various coaches and handling hiring of replacements.  There has been a bit of grumbling in his handling of the baseball coaching staff, but with everything else he has done, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.  He's taking a bit of a gamble by keeping Perno and allowing Perno to just reshuffle the existing assistant coaches, but he must see something there that is worth giving a shot.  In no way does McGarity strike me as being indecisive, so I trust that he has good reasons for retaining the Diamond Dawgs staff.

What do you guys think?  I've focused on the positives of McGarity in this post, but are there any things you would like to see him do differently?  Hope everyone has a great Sunday.

-Rev.



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Climbing Back In The Saddle

Whew, it's been a while.  I've had a lot going on in my life these past few months that has kept me from having the time and energy needed to write, but I'm ready to get going again and see if we can crank this blog back up.  "Thank you" goes out to LC and SimpleMan, who have still been putting up some material in my absence.  And thanks to DawgFaithful for recently making sure our commenting system still works.  :)

I've hated sitting out recently, because this has been yet another active offseason.  Clearly we are going to see some changes in the postseason format, though the extent of those changes is yet to be determined.  Conference expansion still seems to be on a lot of people's minds.  McGarity, Richt, and Grantham all have new contracts.  Steve Spurrier apparently wants SEC exhibition games.  Adams has announced when his Imperial Reign time as the President will end.  Although my opinions will be a little late to the game, I plan on touching on all of these issues soon, then staying current going forward.

Kickoff will be here before we know it!



-Rev

Friday, June 8, 2012

Belmont

** BREAKING**  Per Trainer on Dan Patrick Show, I'll have another out for race.  Practice injury. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

UGA/UF Time Set (Well, duh!)

CBS has announced some kickoff times for the upcoming season, but none are really groundbreaking or surprising.
We should be set in stone @ 3:30 p.m. EST from now until the end of time for the WLOCP.

The other highlight on the sched is Bama @ LSU in primetime (8 p.m.) on 11/3.

It's just around the corner, folks.

GATA.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Week 16 PRR Training

Week 16 (3 days)
Final week of my plan.  I know the race isn't for another month but all you have to do is maintain from here, you already have the distance.  You can work on speed for a month.  
  1. jog 4 miles, only short walks when needed
  2. jog 4 miles, only short walks when needed
  3. jog 6.5 miles, only short walks when needed
Bonus Day
  • find a bar, grab some very unhealthy food, and have a beer
My Update: 

My race is this coming Sunday (6/10).  Garden of the Gods 10 miler.  Here's the situation again, I'm running this to qualify for an August race up Pikes Peak.  The 2 cutoffs are wave 1 < 1:30:00 and wave 2 < 2:30:00.  Normally, doing 10 miles under 90 minutes would be fairly easy for me, but in my current shape, I'll more than likely be looking at qualifying for wave 2, which is just fine with me. 

Mon - hiked La Plata Peak
Wed - 4 miles
Thurs - 6 miles
Sat - hiked Mt Sherman

-Simple

Hiking - Mt Sherman

Knocked out another 14er this weekend.  This time I brought 3 other people with me.  Here's the link.
That's 6 down and too many more to count to go.

-Simple