Saturday, November 29, 2008
The worse parts of the loss?
1. The kind of day Mo Mass had we couldn't reward his last game between the hedges with a "W".
2. Terence Moore called it, so either we'll get a column with him gloating, or complaining about the lack of black coaches in the SEC (since Sylvester Croomed himself).
3. We obviously didn't field a very good scout team with our week off to prepare for the triple option.
4. I gotta hear about it at church tomorrow.
5. I can't joke about the triple option anymore this year...because it beat us.
The good news?
1. Tech didn't win their Division.
2. Having Tech score 45 points against us might speed up the departure of Willie Martinez.
3. We still don't play in the ACC.
4. I just saw a clip of the weather in Tallahassee, at least I'm not sitting in that quagmire.Pneumonia for Tebow? Alllll riiiiight!
Aside from all that garbage, does anyone know why we wouldn't try for an on-side kick with 4 minutes left? Given the fact our defense stopped Tech a whopping one time in the second half I figured we would at least try to keep our offense on the field.
It was a sloppy game, on a sloppy field, and we couldn't get the job done. But we only lost by 3 and that's within a pick 6's margin of error. Best of luck to the seniors, Knowshon, and Matthew next year wherever their career choice lands them. I just hate we're going to see Matthew Stafford in a Lions jersey next year (perhaps that will be enough to get him to stick around for another season???).
OOOO, I almost forgot, that was a HORSESH@# intentional grounding call...okay, now I'm done.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Does anyone else think posting a trash-talk motivational poster which includes the black-stripe UGA helmet might be the bigger mistake? Maybe the pre-Dooley square-G logo helmet might be a better time-frame for bragging rights.
Unless you're wanting to talk trash to Ray Goff perhaps a more recent photo would be more appropro. But be warned, if you insult Ray Goff, you're insulting the good name of Zaxby's chicken fingers and I'll have NONE of that!*
...but I will have some of this, nyaughughgugh** (drooling)
*However feel free to go after the whole Aaron's Rent-to-own franchise.
**This is how I imagine the sound Homer Simpson makes when he's thinking about food is written...spellcheck couldn't verify.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Their big deal about winning this game is preserving the only facet of Tech's record in this rivalry still Nerd positive. The Drought.
We've got more wins, more points, and SEC women on our side. Yet in a "what have you done for me lately" world, they still hold the streak...8 years. Our boys suffered 8 years of Hell from 1949-1956 (and they didn't have the luxery of a Second Life to escape to like Tech does today with their drought).
Breaking the drought? It was kind of a big deal around here.
I'm not really into the politics of what should or shouldn't constitute a jersey being retired, but I can imagine having 5 straight freshman>senior classes of recruits never knowing what it's like to beat your most hated rival is pretty frustrating. More power to you Theron!
The good news is since breaking The Drought, there hasn't been a single football player at Georgia who hasn't beaten Tech at least once in 4 years of eligibility. NOR has there been a single player who has inspired poetry from his fanbase without incorrectly stating the athlete being from "Nantucket". Per Harold M. Walker circa 1958...
*You can rave about your Sinkwich
And Trippi's praises sing,
While talk about the "Bowl Days"
Still makes the welkin ring.
But to all Bulldog supporters
In every precinct in the South,
I propose a hearty toast
To the man who broke the drought!
Rise up you loyal Georgians
From Tybee Light to Rabun Gap,
Here's to the Macon Mauler,
The mighty Theron Sapp.
I have seen some lovely paintings
In galleries of art,
Gorgeous sunsets on the water
Which stirred the inner heart.
But of all the wondrous visions
Ever seen by eyes of mine,
I'll take old number forty
Crashing through that Jacket line.
And so down through the ages
Whenever Bulldogs meet,
Whether in the peaceful countryside
Or on a crowded street,
The word will still be carried
By every loyal mouth-
Let's stand and drink another toast
To the man who broke the drought!
So after you successfully digest and pass your Thanksgiving Day fill. Make sure you've thanked your God, your Country, and your Momma...then thank Coach Richt for 7 straight years of kicking Tech's collective hind-ends. We as a spoiled-rotten fan base might think this year is disappointing, but looking back it could be a whole lot worse. Yeah, I'd like to beat Florida more than 2 times every 5 years...but much like the dark days of the 50's, these things too shall change.
I did some thinking about it and the last time the North Avenue Nerds beat us I couldn't purchase cigarettes or the REALLY REALLY REALLY dirty porno. Not that I have ever bought either, I'm just putting things into context, I'm a happily married, non-smoking 25 year old man who thinks a really good fried apple pie is waaaaay more exciting than anything Larry Flynt ever put out.
*h/t the Savannah Morning News...I give no credit to GT Sports Blog for linking...NERDS!
Dr. Lou likesth the kind of butt he can sthet his sthoda on.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
It's amazing how those same fans talking trash last year have been banking on NC State, Virginia Tech, and Virginia biting the dust in order for them to win their division.
Hit your marks, make your tackles, and run your routes. If you don't Virginia Polytechnic will win! And don't forget, call them Virginia Polytechnic because it's supposed to be an insult!
Friday, November 21, 2008
It started back in highschool when Comedy Central cancelled The Upright Citizens Brigade which was a sketch comedy show featuring a pre-SNL Amy Poeler. More recently, last year they cancelled Notes from the Underbelly which I thought was hilarious. This year's casualty is ABC's Dirty, Sexy, Money. Of course DSM isn't a comedy but as far as entertainment goes it was a pretty dang good show.
Now my life is supposed to go on without knowing what that snake Simon Elder is trying to do to the Darling family business. But it's all good because I can take the edge off a long day at work watching that fat, whore Rosie O'Donnell host a variety show...GREAT IDEA!
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!
WHAT THE FRICK, WORLD?!?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yeah the loss sucked balls, but you have to admit a Blackout game gets the Dawg fans barkin'. The atmosphere is electric even if the team comes out and poo's on the field. So that being said I think we should bring the Blackout game back into rotation...in 2010. Take a year off and get our priorities straight so the media can stop with the "Georgia needs to stop caring about fashion" stories.
I went to 2 of the 3 Blackouts (Hawaii and Bama) and thought it was awesome, that's why I have such a hard time understanding this story.
I ate lunch with my wife today, and she brought up a very good point (and not the one telling me I need to ask for dress clothes for Christmas because "Professionals don't wear Georgia sweats and Pink Floyd t-shirts").
So the Nerds are having a tough time getting their fanbase on the Whiteout bandwagon. Mrs. Mackalicious brought up the fact, if they have any recruits coming to watch Tech play a big conference rivalry game...what will that kid think when he looks up into the stands and sees not only A SHART-LOAD of ugly chicks and nerdy looking dudes, but a fan-base divided on an idea meant to support the athletic program. Yeah, it's a long running joke that Tech fans wear 13 different shades of mustard, gold, and yellow and can't decide if they want to match it with blue or black, but if the football program they "support" wants them to wear white and give that GAWD AWFUL stadium some atmosphere for Pete's sake what is the problem?!?
Neither of us could put into words how pathetic and elitist this comes across.
Common complaints against wearing white were:
- “just a silly thing to do.” (sillier than World of Warcraft?)
- "Those who don’t own white Tech gear don’t want to buy something just to wear to one game." (the WORST excuse from a football fan ever!)
- " It will be too cold to wear just a sweatshirt, a problem for those who don’t own white jackets. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s by the end of the game." (Boo Hoo, did you see the Central Michigan fans sitting in the SNOW last night?!?)
- "They say it’s gimmicky and, if Tech loses, the school will look foolish." (not as foolish as a failed Whiteout)
- "They don’t want to appear as if they’re copying Georgia, which has had three blackouts since last year." (or copying FSU, or Penn State, or Texas Tech, Arizona State, etc... who all do (insert color)-outs)
Anyway, there was one single awesome part of the article, which reads as follows...
“I was telling one of my friends that if we wanted to do something original, we should have a geekout and have a football game at the library,” Pritchett said, “because that’s where everyone is, anyway. It’d be a guaranteed sellout.”
PREACH IT, PRITCHETT!
But hearing that people were complaining about having to purchase a white article of clothing to wear once was the gayest thing I've ever heard. Fan Commandment #14 reads "Thou shalt purchase a minimum of 3 t-shirts yearly for your favorite team, and it shall be totally rad!" (Please note, the 20 Fan Commandments were written in the mid-80's so the language is a little dated). Anyway, if you can't find a way to purchase something that is white over the course of a lifetime of football seasons, you should be hanging out with Mr. Pritchett in the library and give me your ticket so I can go boo Tech in person wearing all black, which I'm prepared to do.
(Also, let it be know I'd boo Tech in person, but deep down inside I want them to win every game of the year...except one.)
Great game though, I was really hoping C. Michigan would pull the upset. I always cheer for anyone the Bulldogs play with a few exceptions (said team must be outside of our conference division during regular season play OR our division rivals during bowl season). LeFevour did what LeFevour does and passed for 345 yards and for a while the Chippewas were essentially going tit for tat with the Cards.
If you watched the last touchdown drive by Ball State, you may have been asking yourself, "Who is that really short running back making the Chippewas defense look like Willie Martinez is still coaching there?"
That player and undoubtedly their most powerful weapon was Ball State running back, Emmanuel Lewis.
At 5'6" and 184 (wet) lbs, Webster put up 177 yds on 28 carries but if you saw the last TD drive by Ball State you would have seen Mr. Popadopalous average 10.5 yards per carry on 6 downs. It was quite frustrating to watch because I wanted the Chippewas to win, but you had to be in awe of this kid. What he would do is run directly at the big mass of linemen at the line of scrimmage, then shoot out to the side after the defense lost sight of him (and at 5'6" it wasn't hard to do).
Capping the drive off with a touchdown pass put Central Michigan on the spot to score or lose, and their return drive fell short after not converting a 4th and 18 in Cardinal territory.
But I just wanted everyone who missed the game to know, that Emmanuel Lewis is doing great at Ball St. Every now and then his teammates bring up the whole dancing with Michael Jackson thing, but for the most part they're just kidding...
(Even in pads and gear, Lewis looks just as short on the gridiron)
However, I do recall an on-campus incident where Lewis went to sleep with his model rocket kit in the dorm room closet which caught fire and burned his dorm down. But Emmanuel came clean to his parents and the Ball State Dean of Students and was forgiven because he was honest about it. Tears were shed, and people were disappointed, but I think we all learned an important lesson about storing flammable materials and being honest.
(Alright, that's the end of my schpele. If you haven't caught on yet, the joke involved the Cardinals really short RB Miquale Lewis and I was using my vast knowledge of corny 80's sitcoms to connect a short black guy with the last name "Lewis" to the show Webster. Oh well, screw you, I thought it was funny.)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sign the petition here if you haven't yet.
Lately as my sister and I have grown up, Dad has slowly moved more to the center because I've made it a life goal to take him to at least one Georgia game for every Georgia game I made him take me to as a kid (back when you could get a ticket for <$25 each). My Mom only wants me to be happy so she'll cheer for Georgia in the off chance she's watching football (she was adorable with concern during the Auburn game this year). My sister has merged her love of Tech with a love of Bama because she went to school at Samford where she picked up a light appreciation for the Red Elephants. So pretty much against all odds I survived my family's influence and saw the light.
But as I said earlier my first NCAA football game was at Bobby Dodd Stadium when I was REAL little. Up until 2006, that had been the only time I saw Tech play in person. This story really begins there, my first trip to see Georgia play our in-state rivals, Georgia Tech.
The year is 2006. The season has been quite disappointing, and to date the worst under Coach Mark Richt. Earlier that year we had dropped 4 games respectively to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Kentucky. Not many gave us a chance to beat Tech for obvious reasons. We were too young; Tech had Calvin Johnson and people almost began having faith in Reggie Ball as he was leading the Nerds to the ACC Championship game following the UGA game win or lose.
So I scored some tickets to the game, and I'll admit, I was excited. Yeah, UGA was the underdog, and if Tech ever had a chance to beat Georgia it was that year. But we had a highly touted freshman QB in Matthew Stafford who had shown flashes of brilliance even in losing efforts. I figured since it was in Athens, Tech would occupy the small corner of the endzone with a few splashes of mustard across various sections. My guess was surely my fellow Georgia fans would be snatching up the seats for sections 601-611 where I was to be sitting. After all, the tickets would be relatively easy to get, why wouldn't they buy them?
I'll tell you why...
Because every single nerd from inside the perimeter and their nerdy old grandmothers bought the damn tickets.
I assumed since the fans didn't even go to their own home games, they wouldn't travel well.
Regular Season Thursday turnout at historic Mark Richt Field
So my wife and I get settled in and slowly the nerdy masses ooze into their seats. Before I knew it we were surrounded with fair-skinned, pock-marked, Tech fans with their multiple shades of yellow fan-gear. I was a little disappointed, but I was bound and determined to have a good time, win or lose...but mostly win.
It was not a great first half for Georgia, or anyone wearing red from where I was seated. The older nerd in front of us decided not to discipline his little 6 year old nerdlet when he began to throw peanut shells at me, and I kept my mouth shut. I kept quiet when we were shut out a half-time and the trash talking began. I kept my mouth shut when Georgia intercepted at the Tech 20 in the third, and I kept my mouth shut when we missed the field goal to follow...and the heckling got louder.
Then something happened, Ball had the Ball (...heh) and fumbled it into a mass of red and yellow jerseys, but the play was not whistled dead because no one had possession. Corey Taylor (CORRECTION Tony Taylor, thanks Dean) dug the ball out and ran it toward the endzone before diving and landing with a belly-flop. Suddenly everyone got quiet, and if they weren't quiet they were bitching about the play not being whistled dead...they couldn't believe it. So I stood up and hollard out "TAKE IT UP THE REFS, YA'LL BROUGHT EM WITH YOU!" because after all it was an ACC officiating crew. You would have thought I brought a pre-op tranny to a church Christmas party judging by the looks I received after that.
Later on, Tech got another field goal and a TD (failing on the 2pt conv.) making it 12-7, Nerds.
It looked like we had plenty of time to score, but there was 7-8 minutes so if we did Tech would still have a good bit of clock to work with. Stafford and company slowly ate up all but a couple of minutes slowly driving downfield, and then this happened...
If you were there, you know the feeling. We had potentially won a game we weren't supposed to win. Now all that stood between us and victory was counting on Reggie Ball to screw up, and as Larry Munson said we had to hang on for 105 seconds.
A sack and an interception later we had sealed the deal, and I unleashed the fury on everyone sitting around me. I let them have it, strength in numbers my a-hole! I was shouting at old women, making little children cry, and doing everything short of what the good Lord wouldn't forgive me for the following morning. The minute Tech's fans are on the losing end of a football game they immediately tuck their tail and tell me how I'll be working for them someday. Just so they know I work for a Kappa Sig from UGA, not a Lambda Lambda Lambda from GT.
That has been my only experience to see the Dawgs whip the Nerds in person. This year, I'm perfectly happy watching the game from my living room where my wife won't tell me I'm making a scene. I'm okay with a 12:00pm kickoff, mainly because I love pancakes and whiskey. But we'll also have Trev Alberts doing to color for CBS and like Paul Westerdawg notes the Mark May jokes and Chick-Fil-A references shall be aplenty!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Congratulations Commies, break out the ascots because you're going bowling! (and not lawn bowling like you're used to or the wretched alley bowling us common folk masquerade)
That being said, we all know I'm one of Willie Martinez' smallest fans. I don't think he's getting the job done motivationally or schematically and I think Georgia is due a change of defensive personel. Also, I'm one of the rare people who wants Willie gone and DOESN'T want Brian Van Gorder back. I'll admit BVG is more like the person I want coaching out defense, but if anyone watched the second half of the Falcons game yesterday you'd know BVG's boys weren't getting the job done against a team we could and should have beaten. We need someone with the exact same blood pressure reading and a solid understanding of adjusting sets with our defense packages.
The Dave Trifecta on Raycom last Saturday could talk about what a great defensive battle it was...but I ain't buyin' it. Georgia's defense made Kodi Burns look competent, that is unacceptable. Somebody, ANYBODY needs to step in over the bye week and figure out what is going on. Special teams, Defense, and red zone Offense are all teh suxorz. I'm not paid to be a coach (and if I was you'd finally get Coach Richt to admit firing someone is the right thing to do) but I'm a concerned fan who bleeds red & black and doesn't really know what to make of this year. We just as easily could be 6-5 right now but regardless of the unlucky breaks we've received, we got the lucky ones right when we needed them.
Tough schedule or not, we've got to finish the friggin' drill. Yeah we've been on the road for the last month, but we get one more shot at impressing a home crowd November 29th. If it was next weekend I don't think we'd win, fortunately the thugs from Miami get to rough up the North Avenue Nerds before the last regular season game.
Go Dawgs, and for cryin' out loud GATA!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Then it struck me, we need to play balls-out football tomorrow. If nothing else go out of SEC play with only 2 losses. We've got a well timed bye-week after Abuurn with enough time to get guys rested and healed before the Nerds swarm Athens. So play a little more loose, make the tackles hurt, and win the friggin' game by a blow-out margin.
Anyway, the whole balls out inspiration came to me from a video post over at Catfish & Cornbread. It's from the 1986 UGA/ABUURN game many refer to as "Between the Hoses". I could be wrong about this, and if it was in HD I'm sure I'd be able to tell...but watch this video and tell me if anything sticks out to you.
Specifically around the 1:02-1:05 mark. There is a guy in grey pants with a black sweatshirt walking toward the camera. Does he have his nutsack hanging out?!?
Now I completely understand where the guy's coming from, I was in a fraternity in college and there were plenty of times I've seen guys waving their junk at people. But if that guy really is out on the middle of Abuurn's football field not only tearing up the grass on the 50 yard line, but showing his jewels for the world-wide leader of sports to broadcast nation-wide, then he is nominated for Georgia Fan of the Year 1986.
But that's really all I've been able to come up with, perhaps if we win I can edit together a video for the bye-week and be ready to Nerd bash the following week with new material. Otherwise, have a great weekend and as usual...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tennessee-Martin players reported nearly $2,000 worth of electronics and cash missing from their locker room at Jordan-Hare Stadium after Saturday's game, the Opelika-Auburn News reported Tuesday. Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said there was no forced entry to the locker room, which was locked.
Vince Vance isn't going to be playing. Lets allow him to hang out in the locker room and beat the hell out of anyone who enters wearing orange. At 6-8, 320 lbs I'd be willing to go out on a limb and say our boy's stuff will remain in place during all 4 quarters of the South's Oldest Rivalry.
I'll admit I'm as fairweather a UGA basketball fan as there is, but I jumped into the pool neck-deep during the SEC Championship earlier this year. Coach Felton hasn't really impressed many up until that incredible run, but I'm hoping if we land this kid the program can get over the hump to becoming a consistent contender in the NCAA and perhaps develop a solid following.
The comments section of AJC.com's story about Derrick Favors is loaded with Tech nerds trying to persuade Derrick their way, which I'm sure he is taking into consideration when making his decision. For those who don't know, he's between UGA, Tech, NC State, and Memphis. I'm not banking on this kid becoming a Dawg, but as I've said before, Athens being Athens could be a huge part of the decision. Favors is from South Atlanta so Tech might be a little too close to home (I know when I was picking schools I didn't want to be within earshot of my parent's). Memphis is a dump and Raleigh is too close to Mount Pilot where Barney and Gomer went to try and sell Miracle Salve to cure the mange on dogs. Athens is a great college town where there is just enough to do when you want to party, just without all the prostitutes and crack wandering around Tech's campus.
Finally lets look at our coaches.
Coach Felton looks like a cool guy who might throw back a 40oz with you while playing Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. I also assume he likes to play Halo, Madden, and NCAA on X-Box. Probably likes Family Guy, has a Playboy subscription, and wears Busted Tee's when he's off the court. Take notice Derrick, this guy is THE MAN!
Derrick come here, let me show you this video of a dramatic chipmunk! It's the funniest 4 seconds on the internet I swear, I swear! Richt, cue it up again...AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!1
On the Tech side of life, you've got Coach Paul Hewitt.
He's most likely into Warcraft and Second Life. Probably drives around in a mid-90's Honda Civic with cloth interior. I assume he would rather watch Battlestar Galactica and listen to Nickleback than go out and grab a beer. Also, I imagine he's into Asian women because that's all he's exposed to.
It's only appropriate this file photo reminds me of a freeze frame from...
Who knows, if you're lucky I'll get my act together and post something about the Abuurn game sooner or later!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"Up next, Steve Spurrier might have the Gators on upset alert. On Sportscenter, next!"
...yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt!
...OJ might be innocent.
...John Gruden might coach at Tennessee next year.
...popsicles might just mean popsicles.
...I might (be a vegetarian) and/or (start growing hair again). I couldn't decide which ball to run with so I went with both.
...these guys might ____________________ . (please feel free to come up with your own in the comment section. I'll get you started!)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I very well may be the only one making this correlation, and let me say for the record I DO NOT think the two are comparable on the level of importance to Bulldog history, but...
When I saw the first play of the TD drive where Stafford connected with MoMass for 77yds, a little piece of me was screaming "RUN LINDSAY!". Of course Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott will forever be one of the best moments in UGA football, but other than MoMass not making the most of his blocker, this would have been a similar situation. We would be on the verge of losing a game we should have won and in the final minutes we get a huge play for huge yardage.
I know they are completely different situations (so don't give me that crap about the Dawgs playing for an undefeated season during the Run Lindsay! call), but if I was over the fact we haven't lived up to our potential and was able to appreciate the Kentucky win for what it truly was (a pretty damn entertaining game), then I might be willing to underscore the silliness of the whole thing. I just know this would have been one of the moments a healthy Larry Munson would have been worth his weight in Munson's Greatest Calls DVDs had he been in Lexington last weekend.
FOLLOW UP: Does anyone have the Scott Howard audio to this drive?
Also, I love the Kentucky fan in the bottom right hand corner at minute 2:15-2:16 who appears to try and reach into the sky to grab the sun and then slam it to the ground once it becomes clear AJ Bryant...I mean AJ Green caught the pass. LOVE IT!
Anyway, he's got real potential and by no means is this a post about stereotyping the GT student body.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is a cut & paste job from AL.com.
An Escambia County couple died Saturday after an argument over the Alabama/LSU football game ended in shotgun blasts, according to Conecuh County authorities.
District Attorney Tommy Chapman identified the people killed as Dennis and Donna Smith of Appleton Road near Brewton.
The shooting allegedly occurred about 7 p.m. at the home of Michael Williams near the Owassa community in Conecuh County, Chapman said.
Williams was arrested, Chapman said, and charged with two counts of murder.
Dispatchers at the Conecuh County Sheriff's Office declined to comment about the case.
Investigators said witnesses told them that Dennis Smith, an LSU fan, called Williams, a fan of the Crimson Tide, after the game Saturday evening and an argument ensued.
Officers said Donna Smith was a relative of Michael Williams' girlfriend.
Soon, the Smiths arrived at Williams' home and the men wound up in a physical altercation, officers said.
Smith retrieved a pistol from his vehicle, and threatened Williams, who armed himself with a shotgun and fired two blasts, striking and killing Dennis Smith, officers said.
Donna Smith then threatened Williams, who shot and killed the woman, they said.
AND NO STORY IS COMPLETE WITHOUT THE GRANDE FINALE...
Investigators said alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the killings.
I completely understand, after all I received threats from my wife before the Georgia/Alabama game. I just fear what could have happened if UGA won.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
You got busy thinking about the Capital One Bowl you almost wrote your ticket to the Chick-Fil-A and/or Music City Bowl. HOORAY!
Ask me last Friday if I think 37 points gets us a victory in Lexington and I say "You're darn tootin'!"...it takes a strong man to admit when he's wrong.
In the league where "Defense Wins Championships" we decide to play football like a bunch of fat-bloated-dead-on-the-toilet Elvisees shooting the bird at the rest of our conference screaming the following...
I know this season hasn't been what we all thought it would be, but we should still be able to whoop the dawg-squeeze out of Kentucky for Pete's sake! I know a win is a win is a win, but I shouldn't have to make my neice cry when I wake her up cheering from a last second interceptiong against KENTUCKY. Demarcus Dobbs proved me wrong in thinking we didn't have any defense last Saturday.
Perhaps he heard someone say "Raise your hand if you think DC Willie Martinez is doing a great job" and it just so happened to coincide with Kentucky's quarterback throwing the game saver right at him. It really wouldn't suprise me if that was the case because I think the defensive players are the only ones standing up for the guy right now.
Forgive me if I'm repeating what I've said before but I stake claim to being the bus driver of the Fire Willie bandwagon and we're blaring AC/DC's Highway to Hell on the roadtrip down to Auburn next week.
Lets see who shows up!
Friday, November 7, 2008
-I played rec league hockey when I was in highschool.
-I loved seeing the Atlanta Knights play when I was a kid even though the Omni was a TERRIBLE venue.
-I was a junior or senior when Atlanta got their pro franchise, the Thrashers.
-It's been a love/hate relationship ever since. Especially the last few years when we weren't competing up to our level of talent.
-I loved Bob Hartley and Don Waddell ranks right up there with Michael Adams in my book for firing him.
-I own the original style "throw-back" jersey the Thrashers stopped wearing...and I still like it best.
But on to last night, I received a few tickets most hockey fans only dream of getting. Thanks to a little business dealings we had VIP access to the arena from a guarded door in a parking deck, a luxury suite with all you can drink beer and all I could eat BBQ pork (it was Aramark grade BBQ, but I'll take it), and center ice seats right behind the penatly box.
This was my view for the initial puck-drop.
This was my view when Garnet Exelby beat the crap out of someone and got thrown into the penalty box.
And I got to meet Thrash.
I'm slated to receive a few more games with my contact and if you're a Thrashers fan with 2 extra GOOD UGA/Tech tickets I might consider the pioneer style barter system if you're feelin' foxy.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The question: Which 7-2 team is having the better season?
The posed arguments:
-Tech has gone up, UGA has gone down (ranking-wise).
-Tech is in position to win their conference championship, UGA isn't.
-Tech hasn't been embarrassed in any of their losses.
-Tech is ranked 33rd of 119 in least penalized D-1 teams, UGA is 119th.
There are other points but when I try to read them they all turn into written out versions of the "Charlie Brown teacher" speaking noise.
Tech is having the better season because it's been a pleasant surprise for it's fans.
AND NOW THE OFFICIAL BLOGGING PANTSLESS REASON WHY MARK BRADLEY IS WRONG!
-Tech has raised in rankings because when you are ranked at the bottom you tend to go up if you win. UGA went down 3 spots before we even lost a game. We lost to 2 of the current top 5 teams, Tech gets taco-popped whenever they play a team from the state of Virginia and takes 2 losses from unranked opponents (one of which opened up it's season with a sweet 45 point loss margin).
-Tech is in position to win it's conference championship...also, I'm in position to win the hurtles portion of the wheel-chair olympics. Lets try to compare apples to apples if possible, Mark.
-Tech hasn't been embarrassed in any of their losses because if you aren't expected to compete and you play a close game it is to be admired. Georgia kept the Bama game close but I'll be the first to admit we got our fudge packed by the Gaytors. However, I'll take a loss to an SEC opponent over a loss to an ACC opponent anyday...what's embarrassing now?!
-Tech may rank 33rd in least penalized teams, but UGA ranks #1 in most penalized teams BEEEEYOTCH!!! Eat it or we'll make you eat it!
Mark Bradley can build this up as much as he wants to, but I guarantee you as gay as it seems to complain about the posibility of a 10-2 season before bowl season starts we are pretty dang lucky. Pretty much anyone who looked at our opponents before the season started thought "Dang, that's a tough schedule." and assumed we'd take a loss here and there anyway. Yeah, we had some high hopes, but now since Kentucky should be a great whipping boy and Auburn is going to be like wrasslin' with your mentally challenged cousin; the Dawg Nation has it's eyes set on taking Tech's lunch money for the 8th straight year. Ask Donnan, Goff, or hell even Vince Dooley himself how a 10 win regular season here and there would have faired and you'll get the same positive response.
The season ain't over Dawgs, it's time to put a hurtin' on our last two SEC match-ups and hope Paul "Bobby Hill" Johnson takes notice. All we're playing for now is "Eight Straight In-State" (copywrite 2008, Pantsless Enterprises) and we've got our eyes set on the What's in your wallet? Bowl.
So Mark, saying Tech is having the better 7-2 season is like saying the poor kid down the street had a better Christmas than us because the Salvation Army brought him a slightly used Bob the Builder doll. Meanwhile we're partyin' with our new iPod, Nintendo Wii, and a whole mess of Lego's uncle Knowshon got us.
BETTER SEASON MY ASS!
See you on the 29th, NERDS!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Maybe I'll have something later.
Yep...still busy. If you gotta have something to read go down the blogroll on the right, I've got a ton of projects to move out the door before I leave tonight. If nothing else I get to do a business meeting in a luxury suite at the Thrashers/Islanders game tonight (photos avail tomorrow). It's all you can eat, all you can drink so I'm either going to be the most charming guy around or the most obnoxious drunk heckler ever...to be honest I'd bank on the latter.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
What do you hear/scream during UGA football kickoffs?
"GoooOOoOooooOoooooo DAWGS, Sic 'em! _____,_____,_____!!"
Would you say it's a "woof"? Gator fans seem to think it's more of an "ARP". I personally holler something to the effect of "AURRGHE!" during the barking segment of the kickoff tradition.
What do you say? (and please spell it out to the best of your ability)
Monday, November 3, 2008
If I ever decide to run for public office, after I spend 60% of my campaign money buying off lude and indecent pictures of myself, I'd spend the remaining 40% on the single most important thing a campaign needs...a jingle.
In honor of tomorrow's election day I present you with a memory most Georgian's like myself could still sing along with regardless of party affiliation.
The year is 1992. There is a little old lady sitting on a front porch swing who proceeds to sing...
"Put Paul Coverdell in the Senate and kick Wyche Fowler out."
...then she follows it up with something to the effect of...
"That Wyche Fowler, he's just like Teddy Kennedy!"
I was 9 years old at the time, yet I would parade around my grandparent's house singing that jingle at the top of my lungs only to get chastised by my granddad about publicly announcing your politics (even though I didn't have a clue who Paul Coverdell was).
If anyone can find a video of this political ad, you might be the hero of election day (link it in comments if you find it).
Other options include Krispy Kreme franchisee
You can't win 'em all, and sometimes when you do the BCS still doesn't have it in the cards for you (ask AUUBURN). The pain goes away as long as you're willing to let it go. I was lucky. Saturday after I changed the channel to Animal Planet to watch the OTHER World's Ugliest Dogs Competition, I deleted the proof from the DVR (you can tell a game is going poorly if it gets cleared before the 3rd Quarter), then I went to drown my sorrows at Pappadeaux's with fried seafood and drinks as we celebrated my Dad's birthday. Nothing helps heal a broken spirit like fried foods. Yeah it sucks to get asked the same annoying questions from your extended family's non-sports fans...
Aunt-"What happened to Georgia?"
Me-"We lost." (and I hope you get the hint from my short answer that I don't want to talk about it)
...but if you can bite your tongue and not be a smart ass to your family it'll pay off when the Last Will and Testament gets written. But you live to fight another day, and like I said before, you just hope and pray it'll be different next time.
Here is my list of 8 mediocre ideas...
1. Win out, for God's sake don't lose to Kentucky, Auburn, Tech, or whomever we're paired with in the Capital One Bowl. If you recall Florida had high hopes last year coming off their Championship winning season only to drop to Auburn, LSU, and eventually us. A four loss Michigan team handed them their final loss of the season and I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Gator Nation was none too happy. We've lost to two really good teams (currently #1 and #5), there's no shame in that considering the problems we're facing this year...it just sucks we couldn't make a game out of the most recent one. Turn it on for these last 4 and end on a high note.
2. Assume Matthew Stafford will be gone next year. He'd be a fool not to enter the draft after this season because you don't go any higher than #1. He's the best pro-style QB on the upcoming market and don't fool yourself into thinking he's going to stick around to get the fire beat out of him by SEC defenses just because he can. Just be glad he's a Dawg and will add to the stock of UGA creating professional grade athletes, it'll make us look good in the long run if he succeeds. As great as Tim Tebow is at Florida he's nothing but a glorified running back at the NFL level, just ask Alex Smith how well that Spread Offense worked out for him.
3. Hope Knowshon sticks around to up his stats and possibly his draft stock. Whomever we have at QB next year will need some senior leadership at the running position because he's not going to play at Stafford's level immediately. AJ Green will only be able to do so much to pull in passes, but we've got to have someone step up at running back (Caleb King might be that person, but I haven't seen it yet).
4. Be glad we're dropping LSU and Alabama from the schedule next year. Hallelujah! (CORRECTION: WE DON'T DROP LSU NEXT YEAR THEY PLAY US AT HOME...h/t J.Leonardjr) 2009 Schedule available here.
5. We've got a good group of young kids at the O-Line level, they've held their own this year being as green as they are. Hopefully they learned a valuable lesson this year and with a little health (please God let someone stay healthy) and a little luck, we'll be able to keep a new QB upright more than Matthew last Saturday.
6. Even though I am still hearing the soul-rattling *BONG* sound from Blair Walsh's second missed field goal, I still think he's one of the best kickers in the NCAA. Eventually we'll win a close one, and having Blair sticking his foot up a ball's @$$ to send it between two uprights will be huge. The kid is talented, he (just like the rest of us) couldn't catch a lucky break Saturday.
7. Be thankful Mark Richt is still your head coach. Call it a "hard learned lesson about showboating" or just another fluke loss to a talented Florida team, either way had the onside kick worked and jump started our offense we'd all be hailing him as a genius. He put his nuts on the chopping block for that call and took it like a man when it was time to place the blame. Yeah, I didn't like it, but I'm just some dummy with a laptop who thinks people care what he thinks.
8. Enjoy the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Don't be one of those whiney fans who complains that it's not a neutral site. Yeah, we've had a tough time over the last 18 years, but before that stretch Florida went through the same thing (1971-1989 UGA won 15 of 19). We still lead the series (46-38-2) and even though we got our fudge packed last weekend we still hold the title of biggest @$$whippin' dished out(1942, UGA wins 75-0). Playing Florida in the Georgia Dome isn't going to change the fact Florida is a well coached, talented team. It isn't going to change the fact the fan numbers are split 50/50 from goalpost to goalpost. It isn't going to change the fact Jeanco's are the top selling pant in Gainesville. So stop whining about the last 18 years and save me me a fifth of Jack Daniels for the party next October. I'll see you in Jacksonville, I'll be the same drunk obnoxious Georgia fan parading around in red pants acting like I own the place that I always am. Only next time I'll be with my best friend who happens to wear jean shorts, drive a Camaro, wears hair gel, and owns several gold necklaces. I hate him.