Posts Tagged ‘DGDs


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.


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?


So, I see who has won the Hartman award

Frank Ros is in great company.

1992 Billy Payne
1992 Fran Tarkenton
1993 Gov. Carl Sanders
1993 Tom Cousins
1994 Dan Magill
1995 Billy Henderson
1996 Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard
1997 Jimmy Gabrielsen
1998 Dr. Andy Roddenbery
1999 Hilton Young, Jr.
2000 Dr. Becky Birchmore Campen
2001 Dr. Tommy Lawhorne
2002 Dr. Tommy Lyons
2003 Dr. Robert E. Dicks, III
2004 William Young
2005 Judge Aaron Cohn
2006 Keith McSwain
2007 Mack Guest, III

Yeah, he deserves to be in this company.  I wonder if Dr. Dicks nickname is inscribed on the award?


I mean, who has won it for the last five years

Frank Ros is awarded the Bill Hartman award, given to a former varsity letter winner who has received their baccalaureate degree from Georgia.  The requirements are at least 20 years since graduation and excellence in their chosen field, as well as exemplary community service.  Ros, captain of the 1980 national championship team is the assistant vice president of Latin affairs for that little beverage company in Atlanta.

Yeah, I think that’s right.  Congrats, number 48, you are a DGD.


Kupets wins the Honda-Broderick Cup

Courtney Kupets, Georgia’s all everything gymnast, became the first Georgia athlete to win the award for female athlete of the year, the Honda-Broderick Cup.  Considering the award is 33 years old and the powerhouse gymnastic and basketball teams UGA has had, that is pretty surprising.  Considering who she beat out is even more surprising:

  • Renee Montgomery, UConn.  Montgomery, a four year starter in basketball at UConn, was the captain of the undefeated national champions.
  • Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech.  Kipyego is a third time nominee from cross country.  She is a 10 time All-American with 8 NCAA championships in her career.
  • Susie Rowe, Maryland.  Rowe lead the Terrapins to their sixth national championship in field hockey, the third in her four years.  She scored 28 goals and 74 points on the season, both school records.  She was named MVP of the ACC tourney and defensive player of the year in the field hockey crazy ACC.
  • Maria Hernandez, Purdue.  Hernandez won the women’s golf individual title this season and was a three year All-American.
  • Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern University.  Neilsen led the Wildcats to their fifth consecutive lacrosse title.  She led the nation with 142 points and 83 assists, breaking her own assist record of 69, set in 2007.
  • Casey Nogueira, University of North Carolina.  Nogueira led the nation in scoring with 58 points and 25 goals, seven of them game winners.  She scored both goals for the Tar Heels in the NCAA championship match, leading them to an upset over previously unbeaten Notre Dame.
  • Danielle Lawrie, University of Washington.  Yeah, we know her.  National Championship in softball, plus she led the nation in strikeouts (521) and wins (42), was third in shutouts (21) and sixth in ERA (0.97).
  • Dana Vollmer, University of California.  2009 swimmer of the year and national championships in the 100- and 200-freestyle, as well as leading the Bears to their first team championship.
  • Mallory Cecil, Duke.  She won the individual tennis title as a freshman, the first woman to do so.
  • Jennifer Barringer, Colorado.  She broke the NCAA indoor mile record by 3 seconds, recording the fastest women’s indoor time of the year in the world.
  • Nicole Fawcett, Penn State. Led the Nittany Lions to their second consecutive national championship in volleyball, winning every set they played in the regular season and only dropping two sets all season (both to Nebraska in their national semifinal 3-2 win).

She is the second gymnast to win the award.  It is selected by vote of nearly 1000 NCAA schools and the board of directors for the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program.

    Congratulations Courtney, you are a DGD.

    Go Dawgs!


From the cornfield – special headin’ south edition

Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, Saturday evening, I’ll roll big pimpin’ style into Southeast Georgia.  By big pimpin’ I don’t mean like Auburn or even Mack.  I mean, me and the three kids are packing up the Wagon Queen Family Truckster and heading South.

You think you hate it now, wait unitl you drive it.

You think you hate it now, wait unitl you drive it.

So anyway….

  • The Braves say buhbye to Tom Glavine.  I am not so sure how I feel about this.  On one hand, you’d like to think Frank Wren worked out something with Glavine first, because, you know, he kinda deserves that.  On the other, I am not so sure Frank Wren has any idea what he is doing.
  • Speaking of Glavine: Thanks for being a Brave.  You nearly single handedly made me think folks from Boston are cool.
  • Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox. Good luck, Gordo.  You are a DGD.
  • Rex Robinson explains kicking and how it has changed.  Paul Westerdawg says get off Blair Walsh’s back.  The Senator uses numbers to prove a point.  So nothing is different, but we are all smarter for it.
  • Bwahahahaha.  Funny thing, though.  The Illinois fans are pissed.  They really enjoyed kicking the season off there and thought there was nothing but good to come from playing a border rival in a border city, even if they aren’t very successful there in the recent past.  I don’t often say this, but the Illinois fans have it right.
  • Speaking of Illinois, Steele likes them.  I hope his bowl matchup prediction is wrong.  I will get so little joy from Georgia winning an Outback Bowl against them (they’ll just shrug and ask what time the basketball game is, similar to my reaction after this debacle) and will have to leave the state if the Dawgs lose it (so there is an upside of sorts).

So I am signing out for a few days.  I’ll be checking in from South Georgia here and there, but last one out of Illinois, don’t forget to turn off the lights.

A little Family Guy to keep you company:


And in better news from former Dawgs

Check out Rex Robinson’s blog.  He uses the same format as mine, however, I don’t have a cool Playboy All-American picture for my header.

Keep up the good work #5.

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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