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05
Aug
09

David Hale: the man, the myth, the legend

I’ll give you a few seconds to re-read his post on what Kyle

rat(ed) somewhere between “Urban Meyer is going to Notre Dame” and “Lane Kiffin has a plan” on the preposterosity-o-meter.

When someone starts with me on the “Richt BETTER get it done this year” or “Richt BETTER fire Willie” or “That Ishtar WAS a good movie,” I usually just shake my head and think that person needs to get some perspective.  The only time I have actively engaged in the debate, the only real argument I could come up with was “You ARE an idiot.”

Thank goodness, David Hale laid out what I wanted to say, but couldn’t figure out how to say it.

Hale points out the obvious, rational part of the argument, that Mark Richt has a tremendous record as football coach, wining almost 80% of his games.  He points out that Mark Richt also led Georgia to a tie with LSU for the best record of all SEC teams during his tenure.  The part I couldn’t get right was what Hale nailed:  Who would you trade Mark Richt for?

Think about that, who?

I will grant that just because you like someone isn’t a good reason to hang on to them as coach.  But as Paul Westerdawg pointed out during the Auburn coaching change debacle, if you are going to fire someone who has brought you great success, you at least should improve.  Otherwise, you are just…Auburn. Or Nebraska. Or UCLA. Or Tennessee.

Hale lists the active coaches that have proven they can win a championship, by virtue of having won one.  The list is a who’s who: Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Mack Brown, Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops, Nick Saban, Jim Tressel, Butch Davis, Phil Fulmer (potentially active), Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier, Joe Paterno and Dennis Erickson.

Hale saved his money shot for last:

But here’s the question I want to ask that vocal minority (and anyone else who wants to answer it): Look at that list again and tell me, which of those coaches would drop what they’re doing now to come to Georgia? And of those, is there even one that you’d spend more than two seconds considering swapping Mark Richt for?

I have read that paragraph five times and am struck by the simplicity and power of it.  The answers are no one and no one, forever and ever.  Amen.

I’m just sayin’….

I love y'all this much.

I love y'all this much.

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04
Aug
09

So, football season starts today?

Last week, I thought a little about the season opener in Stillwater.  I felt then, as I feel now, that I like where Georgia is at mentally.  I have to say, I am very happy the team has made it to now with very few distractions and other nonsense, unlike the past few seasons.  Of course, there are plenty of reasons for that, but one that cannot be disavowed is the true sense of leadership coming from multiple places on the team.

I don’t say that as a way to call out anyone from last season, but it was evident at key points in the season the team lacked leadership in key areas.  We all heard (or at least read into) the comments about the team needing to step up.  This off season has been about accountability, carrying the load, and everyone stepping up. I like it.

The Dawgs are picked to finish as a ten length runner up to Florida in the SEC East.  Here’s hoping the prognostications are wrong.  The next few days may have a lot to say about that, as training camp injuries ended up playing a big role in the way Georgia lost last season, particularly the Alabama game.  I don’t know why, and I cannot say with any certainty it isn’t just hopeful bravado, but I’ve got a feeling about this team.

Does Joe Cox=Matt Stafford? Of course not.  Does King+Samuel+Thomas=Moreno? I don’t see how.  Then again, Georgia’s greatest teams have rarely been about superstar talent at two positions.  Usually, it is about one great player and several other pretty special players or special players on both sides of the ball.

So, who will the special players be.  If Joe Cox gets longer than 4 seconds to find AJ Green on less than three on one, as long as AJ isn’t 65 yards down field, I like his chances.  IF AJ is covered like my daughters will be on their first date, Cox should find Moore, Troupe, White or King plenty open.  Plus, King and Samuel are no slouches and can bring game.  As a bonus, the D should be pretty close to 2003 2002 levels and certainly will be better than last season.  If they get there, we could be in for an awful lot of nailbiting wins.

I’ve got to be honest, I’ll take 3 point wins all season and see you in New Orleans come New Years, thank you very much.

I realize this is a bit of a rambling piece.  I realize I might have just predicted a season many think impossible this year.  I am just saying my gut, which is substantial, is telling me something.  The next few weeks will have a bit to say about my gut, as well.  Joe Cox looks like another part of the anatomy, I can easily feel different before we go to Stillwater.  Right now, in the basking glow of my living room and a cool beverage in my hand, the possibilities are endless.

Football season starts today.  Go Damn Dawgs!

29
Jul
09

Something is afoot at the Circle K

I know Hale broke it and Kyle talked about the Okie State beat writer’s bold prediction.

I’ll save you some time:

Sept. 5 vs. Georgia

Despite growing doubt nationally about the Cowboys, they announce their presence with authority, handing Georgia a 21-point defeat to open the season.

Now, the interesting thing is that with the rest of his predictions about big wins, he specifically mentions what player or players will step up (or in the case of the Texas game, predicting that Colt McCoy throws four picks).  The Georgia game, he just predicts a three touchdown win.

Hey, I will grant Georgia has plenty of questions.  I will also grant Oklahoma State has some serious play makers.  But as Paul Westerdawg pointed out, the match-up to watch is rush end vs. OT.  Georgia doesn’t have to stop all the passes, just enough to kill drives, since Oklahoma State thrives off the quick read, down-field passing game.  If they cannot run the ball, which I think is a real probability, they have to pass.  In order to pass, they have to have time to pass.  In order to complete passes, receivers have to be open.  For receivers to be open, the Cowboys need some one on one match-ups, with vertical separation.

Also, as PWD pointed out, Martinez’s defenses are solid against supper star receivers.  So for this prediction to come close to holding, somethings got to give.  Either the writer has supreme confidence in the O-line’s ability to give Cowboy QB Zac Robinson time to pass or he thinks very little about Georgia’s Dbacks and linebackers. Or he just thinks Georgia’s offense is so emaciated that there will be a plethora of 3 and outs. As I granted, there are questions, but I don’t see a 21 points worth of questions.

My guess is this guy will have a thing or two to say about that, as well.  So, is he seeing something we aren’t?

21
Jul
09

Look, there’s Glenn Beck!

Not really.  I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.  Apparently Columbus Carver head coach Dell McGee has seen enough of Georgia’s coaches around.

“They won’t be recruiting our school right now…”

McGee was miffed over the Dawg’s decision to withdraw a scholarship offer from Devin Burns, his presumptive starting QB, during his visit to Athens recently.  Georgia’s coaches tried to communicate to the Carver coaches that the offer would be withdrawn, but was told they would have to talk with Burns directly.

Richt called McGee, apologized and mentioned that UGA had handled it poorly.  So McGee has to “protect” his kids and keep Georgia off campus.

Yeah, ok.  If you have an offer pulled seven months before signing day, I don’t know how in the world he is going to make it.  Yeah, Georgia shouldn’t have made an offer they weren’t going to honor.  However, someone needs to explain how restricting the coaches from the largest in-state school is protecting them?  This isn’t The Kiffer making jokes about pumping gas or turning off fax machines.   Mark Richt is probably pretty upset over how this went down.

In the end, you have to wonder, what else is at work there?

19
Jun
09

Scott Howard to be permanent voice of the Dawgs

Ok, so they are adding the ‘talent’ to the tailgate show, which will go to four hours.  Beyond that, it is about what I expected.

11
May
09

If you like this sort of thing

The AJC has a cool (albeit brief) photo essay of the bourbon trail in Kentucky.  As a Makers Mark Ambassador, I felt it was a must add.  Hey, what would college football be without bourbon?

Pro football.

Hello gorgeous.

Hello gorgeous.

02
May
09

If communism is wrong, I don’t want to be right

Ok, calm down.  I don’t *really* mean that.   I was making a point, but my sarcasm font was turned off.

Teh stoopid hit the fan in Washington this week.  Regarding college football.  Yep, Rep. Joe Barton is at it again and he got a sub-committee of some other committee to spend a couple of hours to beating down John Swofford and the BCS.  Let me be clear, I don’t particularly like the BCS.  If I had my way, we’d go back to the old system and let the media, computers and even *gasp* the unwashed masses that are bloggers decide who the ‘national’ champion is.  However, now that Congress is involved, I feel I must comment, lest they ‘fix’ it like they have air pollution, Iraq, monetary policy, racial inequality, gays in the military, political graft, corporate governance and Amtrak.

The number of times I want to hear about this 'quality of competition' crap.

The number of times I want to hear about this 'quality of competition' crap.

In other words, no thanks.

My favorite is Joe Barton’s pontification

“It’s like communism,” he said. “You can’t fix it.”

Really? Really!??

Of course, Congress brought in a number of others to testify, like Boise State’s AD, who noted the Broncs have had a number of undefeated season and didn’t play for the National Championship.  Much was made of Utah’s undefeated season this year.  I didn’t hear anyone mention the Hawaii Juggernaut from ’07.  Strange.

I don’t recognize BYU’s championship from 84.  Sorry, you don’t play the season they played and the team they played in the Bowl they played and win the national championship.  Perhaps I am not the only one and there is now a BYU bias at work.  I don’t know.

This has been cast as a David vs. Goliath battle the whole time.  Even Rep. Bobby Rush left his AWOL long enough to put this gem out

“How is this fair?” asked the subcommittee chairman, Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, who has co-sponsored Barton’s bill. “How can we justify this system … are the big guys getting together and shutting out the little guys?”

Well, besides representing the market place (as Swofford noted).  WAIT, I thought the BCS was communism! It is fair because without the big guys, the little guys would still be playing in 8000 seat stadiums without ESPN2 and FoxSports (fill in your favorite direction).  You want a playoff?  Play in a real conference.  Perhaps the real solution is a conference rating system that assesses conference eligibility for the BCS.  Now that might make some sense.  I am talking to you, Big East.

In the end, the Senator made the point that is best: it is about the money.  Interesting that the Mountain West proposal is only good for the little guys that are in the Mountain West.  In the end, that is the MWC’s issue.  My guess is that if the MWC gets an automatic bid, they’d feel much less like the system is unfair.  Perhaps my conference rating system would fix that.

A playoff won’t.




A Georgia Dawg in the Mid-West alone with his thoughts.

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