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New dawn, new day

For the past two months, I have been playing with the formatting and other parts of Blogger to get a sense of how it works and what I can do with it.  While I have no formal .html training (something obvious to anyone that has and is looking at this) or even more than rudimentary experience with layout, I am happy with what Blogger can do and excited to start using thisfull time tomorrow.

That being said, I am sad to leave WordPress.  I started blogging nearly four years ago on Typepad, then Journalspace and wasn’t diligent enough to keep it up.  Plus, those blogs were more random musings and really less about any thing.  Think Seinfeld, with less humor, worse writing, in Athens and exclusively from Newman’s perspective.

Fortunately, I have grown just a little.

So now we are here in August 2009.  I’ll start tomorrow with my College Football Bucket list as my first exclusive post here.

Thanks for reading (at least to the 14 of you that do so).  This is definitely for my mental health, but I am glad you enjoy it.

Please remember to ease on over to and check it out.


Moving day is coming

I plan to transition to Blogger in the coming days.  I love WordPress and think it is far simpler than Blogger, but that also means it is much less useful for other things I want to do with the blog.

For now, I am double posting, just to get a sense what Blogger looks like and tweaking the format of the new blog.  I have enjoyed my short run on WordPress and would recommend it to anyone looking for simple out of the box blogging.

Please take the time to check out the new blogsite

I would appreciate your thoughts and comments, as well.


Big Ten media day

The coaches and some players gathered at the O’Hare Howard Johnsons today for Big Ten Media Days Day.  All eleven (?) coaches, the chair of the Big Ten Network and Jim Delaney, Big Ten comish had their time to speak.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald had the line of the day

I want to make my vote clear. I did vote for Tim Tebow, so there should be no questions about that.

No one asked about the virginal status of Juice Williams, although Ron Zook did twitter someone for a booty call.  I think it was that dreamy RichRod.  Joe Pa didn’t manage to piss of Jim Delaney, although his interview was cut short because the clam strip buffet opened at 4pm.

Seriously, just one day.  Big Ten fever…get inoculated for it.


Ah, the weekend – media days and more edition

With SEC media days in full swing, I am starting to get excited about the upcoming season.  Joe Cox seems to have acquitted himself nicely with the media.  I have to say, having TGCPE (Tim Tebow) at the festivities really brings out the best in the media.  I’m just glad Tom Brenneman wasn’t there.

  • I’m sorry, do what?!? On one hand, I applause the will power and courage of conviction.  Truly, I do.  On the other hand, that has to be the greatest waste of opportunity meats talent since Todd Marinovich. Oh, and a special thanks to Clay Travis for bringing it up.
  • Speaking of, doesn’t this make TGCPE the anti-Jim McMahon in many, many ways?
  • I’ve got to be honest.  Voting for Ole Miss to win the SEC is crazier than not voting for TGCPE as first team All-SEC.
  • Although, Spurrier might have made a ‘mistake‘ (and I have no reason to believe it wasn’t), it was funny none the less.
  • Bernie sent his boy over.  Hilarity ensues.
  • Streit, you’re MY Boy!  I didn’t get past the first category before I was refilling.
  • PWD has our back with SEC on the TV.
  • Looks like the Fulmer Cup standings are about to get interesting.  Top 1% of top 1%, my eye.
  • White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle was perfect yesterday.  He owes former Brave Dwayne Wise a car or something.  Wise, coincidentally was a Brave in 04 when Randy Johnson had the last perfect game, against the Braves at Turner Field.  Gordon Beckham had several outs and assists, including a snag on a line drive by Pat Burrell to end the 8th.   My friend the Mayor was there, courtesy of Jim Beam.  Seriously, some guys just live right.
  • I honestly don’t know what to say.  Phil Mickelson is buying into Waffle House.  Come to think of it, that is about right.  There are a surprising number of WH’s in Arizona.  I have often used them as a refuge for sweet tea in a pinch.
  • Speaking of Arizona, I wonder why we aren’t hearing ‘Yeah, but it is a wet heat’ coming from Tempe?
  • In answering Josh’s question:  Only if you send said message to your boss, the preacher, your SO, your mom, the FBI or that weird guy with his hands in his pants that watches you jog by every morning.

Finally, with a huge h/t to Doug at Hey Jenny Slater, this is the best example of why pop music sucks, regardless of the genre of pop it is. Nivana=Rick Astley. There, I said it.

Plus, this is freaking awesome, to boot.


SEC media days levity break

I saw the headline “Wild Turkey terrorizes” and though, I’ve got to look at that.

Honestly, who doesn’t have a problem with Wild Turkey?  Although I don’t try to jump on top of dog houses with Wild Turkey and am less subtle in my approach than this guy:


Ah, the weekend

Here we are, another weekend:

  • Start with David Hale. Always.  He breaks down the 9 Dawgs that make the pre-season All-SEC team, including first teamers Rennie Curran and AJ Green.
  • Interesting thoughts about Mark Sanchez.  What will happen if Pete Carroll was right?
  • As much as I love Lewis Grizzard,the “that Dawg will bite you” story AND hot chicks, I just cannot watch what Spencer Hall did to get Tim Tebow Worshipers to actually listen.  It is sickening, so I would turn the contrast down on your monitor until it is over.
  • Blutarski + The Kiffer= A good blog post, this time on the QB situation in Knoxvegas.
  • Speaking of The Senator, he posits that BYU might be this year’s Utah.  That would make The Holy War a nationally interesting and relevant game this season.
  • Maize n Brew Dave is thinking about how to annoy SEC fans.  They left out losing to App State, since, you know, we had to hear about how tough the SoCon is constantly from all 10 of their fans.  New Wolverine zeitgeist or just jealousy over the hot women and warm weather?
  • T. Kyle eloquently and perfectly responds.
  • Bubba and Earl are counting it down.
  • The Alligator Army has a thoughtful and reasoned approach to the St. Urban to Notre Dame story.  Of course, they already pay to sit in seat 37F.
  • While I might agree with the sentiment Erik at The Deep South Sports Report expresses, I do like me some off season Finebaum.
  • Glenn Beck vs. Mike Gundy.  They are both men, right?  I think Doug Gillett needs these two in a cage match.
  • Bernie might need to see my quick turnaround specialist after a week at the beach and a wedding reception with an open bar, which in my house we like to call ‘the recipe for disaster.’

Finally, SEC media days are happening next week.  What is your over under time and date on The Kiffer and St. Urban getting into a verbal altercation in the media?


Ah, the weekend – special July 4th edition

So the Dawgs aren’t playing in Michigan.  Michigan isn’t playing anywhere near Athens (and to think, a big deal was made about Georgia never leaving the South).  Norte Dame still will start the season in the top 25.

July 4th is the start of the very extended college football season, as the pre-media days speculation starts.  Before long, we’ll have The Kiffer horning in on ‘champions’ breakfast, Spurrier making comments about how much less Orange is in B’ham without Fulmer there, and Meyer pointing/staring.  Then teams report for camp, footballs will fly and we’ll be in Stillwater.

Then it will snow here.

Here’s hoping you have a very happy July 4th!

Happy Birthday, USA.  Football season starts Monday.

From my 2nd grad pagent days.

From my 2nd grade "Spirit of Liberty" days.

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

BBQ, Ball and Bets

There's nothing like a sunny fall afternoon, pork BBQ (with mustard sauce, of course!), a pregame tailgate, and...betting online. You heard me right. With a laptop and an internet connection you can check the odds of any game from the 50 yard line. Now that's convenience and will make your tailgate all the more interesting when some dude mentions just how much of a good bet a certain game is.
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