Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Welcome To The SEC-- Challenges Uncontemplated Part 1

I am taking a couple of posts to talk about the things that make the SEC tougher. The unmentioned things. The things we all know about, but across the country these things may not ring true or seem as real as they really are.

Part 1 of these posts take a look at something that all teams face. Injuries.  Why post about them in the SEC being different? Because they are. UGA defensive lineman Jordan Jenkins mentioned in an interview that during an on field conversation that Mizzou QB James Franklin actually said to Jarvis Jones, "Stop hitting me so hard".  I refuse to comment on that other than.. really?

In an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it was stated today that Mizzou only has 5 of its top 10 projected offensive lineman available right now.  They were put into a very bad situation when their left tackle (the blind side lineman) Elvis Fisher was injured on Saturday Night.  (Think Trinton Sturdivant for GA and how that worked out).

Turns out, they are a little beaten up and sore headed for this weeks game against Arizona State.  Now I know that bumps and bruises are part of the game, and injuries happen.  I just find it strange that after 1 game in the SEC, we are hearing about how the QB was complaining of the level of physicality, the coach was blaming someone for "taking off the QB helmet", and that the Offensive line is a little depleted.

I am not making fun.  I HATE when a player is hurt, and has to miss practice or playing time.  I dont wish an imjury on ANYONE.  I am just saying, its been one game. One week. 41-20.  Our players are hurt too.  Jarvis had a hurt groin. He CAME TO MIZZOU with a hurt groin.  He started. He played. He tackled. He rushed. He intercepted. He returned his interception. He hit, and he caused fumbles. All with a pulled groin.
And he will be out there next week doing the same thing, until he isnt physically able to walk. Not just beat up and bruised, he will play with those.

I know you are hurt. I know you are sore. I know its tough. Every team in this conference is feeling the same thing. Thats how it is here.  Welcome to the SEC.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Things A Dawg Won't Say

I hear a lot of fans who will root for this team or that team just cause its "good for the conference".  I have been known to do this a time or two, but I find it very very difficult.  I found it hard to root for Urban Meyer to win a BCS, but they were playing OHIO STATE... lets see, do i vote for the devil or Satan?  Pretty sure it dont matter...but i rooted for the SEC anyway.  When they played Oklahoma, well I have to admit I was quite the Boomer Sooner fan..... alas, The Almighty won despite me.

That got me thinking.  What are some things a true, die hard, red & black wearing, God fearing, Dooley loving, Munson listening, Richt supporting, Herschel days, dawg fan would NEVER say??  Here are my top 10, and you can of course add your own.  From the home office somewhere in Tunnel Hill, GA, here it is.

#10- "This orange is beautiful under the lights dont you think honey?"

#9-- "I sure hope Penn Wagers is calling the game today"

#8-- " Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer and Brandon Spikes, three of my favorite people"

#7-- " I think the Athens Police should be tougher"

#6-- " Tech people really aint that bad"

#5-- "We should be nicer to those gator people when we see them"

#4- " I need a pair of jean shorts"

#3- "I sure am glad there is another team called the Tigers in the SEC"

#2- "We need more Rap Music at the games"

And the number one thing you should never hear a dawg fan say.... " Dont blame me, I voted for Michael Adams"

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

South Carolina Has No Backup --Or They Are Overrated

Look, I will give all the credit in the world to Connor Shaw for gutting out a game at Vandy.  Hey, I wouldnt want to give James Franklin the satisfaction either.  However, does SC East really need their #1 QB to beat East Carolina at home this week?

Cant they just give it to Lattimore 40 times, run the other kid about 10-15 and throw basic passes about 15 times?  Wouldnt that be an easy task for a backup QB to handle?  Do you think that Georgia at home wouldnt just let Aaron Murray get well and have Hutson Mason handle this one?

Why risk it?  Connor Shaw could get hurt against East Carolina just as easy as he did the  other night.  Georgia lost Jeff Owens in 2008 during the GA Southern game.  Why even let him take the field against a smaller school? Dont they need him for the SEC schedule more than just this one?  I think they DO need him out there..... and for  2 reasons.

1. They dont have a backup capable of handling the game, and getting by the smaller school.

2. They arent that good anyway, and are worried about losing this game to East Carolina.

If its the 2nd one, They have more problems than a deep bone bruise to the shoulder.

Go Dawgs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Perfect Season

While most think a perfect season is merely winning all your games including the SEC and the National Championship, that is not the case.  That would be a GREAT season. It would even be a GLORIOUS season.  However there are other hidden nuggets along  the way to achieving those goals which would make the season PERFECT.  Things that would not only make rivals mad, but rub salt in the wound. Things like retribution, revenge, and some things that could happen just for spite, that would make this dawg rejoice, and yes even point and laugh.  Things besides a 14-0 record that would make the season PERFECT for Dawg Stephen.

1- Penn Wagers doesn't become a factor.   You know what I'm talking about.  Every year it seems that somehow the old native of the state of South Carolina finds a way to get into the dawgs game and do something to maybe not change the outcome, but something to make it strange on how things wound up.  Part of a perfect season for me would be not even seeing him, much less seeing him mess up a game for my beloved dawgs.

2- Shut Out Vandy.  Now within the perfect season schedule wise would be a win in every game.  To sweeten the deal a little?  Hold Vanderbilt scoreless.  What a day we live in when the coach from Vandy has made this one of the most anticpated games of the season.  What would be better as the 4th quarter winds down to be holding these guys SCORELESS and have about 28-31 points on the board, as Coach Grantham just smiles. (and I smile with him)

3- A Win Streak Over The Gators-  Last years win was awesome.  The year before it took overtime for us to be defeated.  How PERFECT would it be to win again and have not just a years worth of win over the gators but a winning STREAK??  Something that hasnt happened since ol Vince himself was walking the sidelines.  And a GA Graduate who turned on us has to answer those questions... perfect!!!

How about you? got any to add? I just wanted to list 3.  The comment section is now open.  Besides winning every game, what else would sweeten the season for you???

Thursday, August 2, 2012

So about those Running Backs

Count me in the crowd that is very sorry to see Isaiah Crowell go.  Is it possible that we put a little too MUCH pressure on him?  I think it is fair that we asked him to man up and play in the SEC. Thats what we asked ALL of our players to do.  I think its fair that we asked him to live up to the hype that comes with being the #1 RB recruit in the nation.  He came to Georgia to be the man.  He came to play early. He came to do all the things that a feature running back should do.  That pressure was fair.

What I dont think was fair was for us to ask him to do it all alone.  He SHOULD have had Washaun Ealey to learn from.  He SHOULD have had senior Caleb King showing him the ropes.  That wasnt the case.  He was asked to come in mid-summer, learn the playbook, learn the schemes, and lead the dawgs to a SEC Championship.  He did all this after not really playing the entire game in High School because his team was up by so many points so often.  This didnt help his conditioning, and as a freshman, the SEC grind is hard on even the #1 recruit.    For all the things that happened in the year, whether it be lack of toughness at times, or bad decision making, or whatever.. he still wound up being SEC freshman of the year and he darn near got the dawgs a conference championship.  Alas, he is gone now.

So where does that leave us at this point?  Have you really compared it to last year?  Call me the eternal optomist, but I think we are BETTER off at this point in 2012 than we were before the 2011 season.  Here's my thoughts and view, and as usual, feel free to jump in and gimme your side of it.

In 2011, Georgia had Brandon Harton, Ken Malcome, Carlton Thomas, Richard Samuel, Kyle Karempelis and an unproven freshman who was highly recruited and expected to be a Savior.

In 2012, Georgia has Brandon Harton, Ken Malcome, Kyle Karempelis, Richard Samuel, and TWO unproven freshmen running backs expected to be Saviors.  One of these freshmen held his own in a impromptu footrace on the practice fields with Malcom Mitchell.  Brandon Harton is all heart.... Ken Malcome grew up last year and is gonna FIGHT for his spot in the rotation.. look for big things from this guy in 2012.  You could see his heart and determination in the bowl game.  Im glad to have a guy like this on our team.  Richard Samuel..well what can you say other than WE LOVE YOU!!  Ultimate team player and Darn good dawg.  Count me in the crowd that is VERY VERY excited to see what Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley can do.  These are two  HUGE recruits for the university of Georgia.  These guys are gonna make us proud both on AND off the field.  I like Keith and his work ethic, and from what we have heard about Todd, he is a stud and plays through adversity (pain)... OOOOH YEAH!!!

Comparing 2011 to 2012, The dawgs are a little deeper at the RB position.  Will any of them gain over 800 yards and lead the dawgs to another division title and more?  We will see.  I think we are better off at running back, now to see them prove me right.  That being said, I still wish we had Isaiah on the team.

Go Dawgs!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We dont make em, we just play em

I am about SICK AND TIRED of hearing people bemoan and criticize the schedule Georgia has in football for 2012.  They dont play Alabama, they dont play LSU, and they dont play Arkansas!! (again).  Guess what, that aint the dawgs fault!!  We dont make the schedule.  We were all ready to go to T-Town (where CMR has never lost), and play the Tide.  Its not Georgia's fault that Mizzou came in.  That will be tough in itself, but I have something else to add.

Remember 2008??  Remember when Georgia had to play AT LSU before the game with Florida?   Remember when Georgia played Alabama after a trip to the other side of the world to play Az-State?  Remember 2009 when we played BOTH LSU and Arkansas?  No one felt sorry for the dawgs then.  No one gave us credit for such a tough task.  No. Instead they said, ooooh theres no way the dawgs can manage that!! Its too tough.

So here's a thought.  If you are gonna down us for the years when the schedule might fall a little more favorable, dont have such a short memory, give a little credit for the years when it didnt ok??

Go Dawgs.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

It dont get any sweeter

Folks, its a short post. I will be back in full force soon.  Very soon, but I just had to speak up and say it is SWWWEEEEETTTTT to beat Florida in football AND basketball in the same year.  The hoop dawgs have won their last 3 of 4 against the reptiles in Athens.... I loved the win yesterday, and I am still not over the win in October...

Go Dawgs

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dont Ever Forget

The motto of 2012.

Go Dawgs

Thursday, September 15, 2011

SEC Predictions for Week 3- Sept 15th & 17th

This week the SEC gets featured on thursday night as well as Saturday afternoon and to be honest I am kinda glad. I am not back with the NFL yet, and probably wont be for sometime. I have been waiting for football all week long and cant wait to see the dawgs get a win under their belt this week. Until I can step into Sanford again, I will be glad to see SEC football. So here are my thoughts on this weeks matchups...Feel free to call me out and tell me how wrong or awesome I am when its over. Let's start with Thursday.

Thursday Night Lights with Lester Miles & Daniel Mullet


The man who played Obi Wan to Tim Tebow has his guys rolling in directions they havent been since they were beaten in the GA Dome by Peyton Manning and the Great Pumpkin. Mullen is a good coach, but he hasnt beaten ANYONE in the west other than Ole Miss. Sure he beat UGA and Florida last year, but neither team was at their best at any time last year. Say what you want about him being great, but until he does more than that I am NOT impressed nor asking for his hire anywhere near here. The verdict is still out on him in my court. That loss to Auburn last week didnt help any. Les Miles team Destroyed Oregon in a game that I thought would be closer than it was. of course that many turnovers will make things look much worse than they are.. right Georgia? I like what Mullen is doing over there in Starkville, but lets face it. Over there its coach or ..or...or... well you get the idea. I think Miss State will hang around, but LSU is still pretty good. 28-19 LSU wins it.

Awbarn @ Clem & Son- Well, last year, Clemson went down to the plains and gave the tiger-eagle-showmedamoney-all in-plainsmen all the wanted. Turns out Auburn got their moneys worth and Cam was able to lead his team to a close hard fought win. Auburn lost all those players but found a way under the salary cap to have another good recruiting class. They used the rest of their money to have a lucky horseshoe surgically implanted into their head coach. This game is at Clemson, and while they dont really impress me yet, they got a VERY good recruiting class themselves. Auburn holds the nations longest winning streak, but this week the luck runs out. 27-17 Clemson

Ole Miss @ Vandy- Vandy is headed in the right direction and under new coach Franklin they are gonna knock people off that they shouldnt, and hang tough with those who needed a easy game. Ole Miss lost a ugly game to BYU, and this game is basically a pick-em. I think Ole Miss will win, but Vandy is gonna do what they always do.. 24-20 Rebels

Coastal Carolina @ UGA- After the toughest schedule based on rankings in GA history, the dawgs should get a win under their belts this week. Just be dawgs!! not meeeooowww cats ok?Dawgs win big. 42-3

Tennessee @ Florida- Well, how do you pick this? This game comes down to the QB's. According to the guys in Chattanooga, Tyler Bray is better than Peyton at this point in his career. (smokin something i say) The gators are under new Coach Will Muschamp, and neither team has played anyone yet. Conference openers can be tough to pick. Bray has been terrific, but really hasnt played any competition to speak of. I am also anxious to see what the lizards can bring at the QB spot in Brantley. Its a home game for Florida, and therefore I give them the edge. Lucky for UGA, both these teams play LSU AND BAMA and both should lose to the bayou bengals and the tide, so if GA can beat them both, then we would finish ahead of each of these teams in the east, barring a horrible collapse in effort. I will take those odds. Therefore, it dont really matter who wins to me since I hate them both, and UGA doesnt benefit either way at this point really. So I will take the swamp things by 4. Florida wins 30-26

Navy @ South Cackalacky-- Carolina Covers whatever the line is. NEXXTT!!!

Louisville @ Kentucky- I think the cats win this. Even without Randall Cobb, who left them for the NFL and 108 yard kickoff returns. Cant think of a score. Kentucky wins I say.

North Texas @ Alabama- Saban and his guys have yet to play anyone that much stronger than a state championship High School team, and this week is no different. We wont know how good Bama is until they get into conference schedule. Bama kills these guys 51-7

Troy @ Arkansas- While Troy slips up and plays people tough from time to time, they are no match for the hogs. Petrino and his boys throw it all over the yard. Hogs 34- Troy 10.

See yall @ the dawg walk in Athens!!

Go Dawgs

Monday, September 12, 2011

So What Now?

You have heard it said, and read it on the T-shirt "It's not the size of the dawg in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dawg". Never has that been more true than now. Everyone questioned how Georgia can replace its top 2 receivers from 2010. Then the 2 leading rushers were gone. What about the top Offensive Tackle suffering a 3rd injury?

Then the first 2 games do not go according to plan. The offseason went pretty well actually. The team worked harder than ever within the new S&C conditioning program. They got stronger, faster, more conditioned for the 4th quarter. Then Georgia faced its toughest 2 game opening schedule in its history. The first game we lost our starting inside linebacker and got beaten by a worthy yet puzzling opponent. The 2nd game the gameplan was better, the practices had been effective and both sides of the ball seemed to click. Turnovers and special teams cost the team 28 points and yet again regardless of only allowing 17 true points on offense, the team loses a heartbreaking loss. When Sunday rolls around, the OTHER starting inside linebacker has been lost for a few weeks.

So what now? How do you handle the first 0-2 start in 15 years? How do you respond to the adversity of being thin at important positions? I tell you how. You show up THIS week. You cheer as if undefeated Alabama were coming in to face our dawgs. (face it, we want them in the dome and you know it)

Look, I saw a difference in the team last week. I SAW IT!! We shot ourselves in the foot, and we lost. I saw the intensity that hasnt been there in a long time. Im mad that it left. I think things are on the right track. Im not saying, keep this guy, or fire that guy, im just saying, we have 10 games left. TEN GAMES!! and whether or not you want changes, or you support the entire staff, you have a job. GET BEHIND THIS TEAM!!! Let the season play out, and let the results, or lack thereof speak for themselves. We aint helping nothing by griping in public. If you wanna diss or criticize, just do it in the right way. More on that later.