Monday, October 23, 2017

It's just another work week in Athens. Shhhh.

But down yonder...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kirby said it's a work week, so...get to it!

It's not a bye week. And it's most definitely not an off week. Since this is a new mentality, luckily we have Ron Swanson to provide visual image explanations.

Yesterday. It was a good day to catch up on some
Georgia football podcasts.

Today. Hey, no one said we had to
please everybody.

Tomorrow. Take dead aim. Stay focused.
Thursday. Nutrition is important, but don't
let lunch get in the way of those reports. Multitask!

Friday. Help your coworkers keep their
morale up! Be a TEAM player!

As a bonus, Swanson also gives us a glimpse of those savages...

Keep Choppin'!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Is Lock the best quarterback we'll see the rest of the season?

Statistically he is just ahead of both Bentley and Stidham in yards per game. But Lock trails both in completion percentage.

It's worth noting that Saturday night was Lock's best game since Missouri opened against SW Missouri St. They knew their best shots were going to be deep against a young secondary. They missed a couple but made a few. It didn't help that we couldn't generate much of a pass rush.

Still, the end result was never in doubt because with an open playbook, Fromm tossing darts, and a steady bevy of running backs that could barrel over defenders or hurdle them, Missouri wasn't going to be able to stop the offense from scoring.

Florida (6th)
South Carolina (8th)
Auburn (4th)
Kentucky (11th)

That's the rest of our SEC schedule with the respective total defense conference rank. Somewhere in there is a game or two where the offense probably looks closer to what we saw in South Bend. In those kind of games it often comes down to quarterback play in the fourth quarter. And we all remember that Wimbush couldn't answer the call.

I like Fromm's chances to shine in that kind of moment. He showed how dangerous he can be Saturday with the whole play book opened up and receivers making catches instead of dropping them. As a result he leads the conference in yards per attempt.

Can Franks, Stidham, Bentley, or Johnson answer the call? Franks didn't really scare me until he also racked up 82 yards rushing in Saturday's loss to A&M. Glad Tucker has that film on his desk this week. Bentley and Johnson both take good care of the football, but they don't have a strong rushing game to open up those intermediate and deep routes consistently.

Stidham has a nice deep ball and is completing 65% of his passes. He trails only Fromm in YPA. He'll also be at home. I hope our defensive line can torment him the way Clemson did.

Although we've run through the first half of this schedule like a chain saw, these next few games are going to be a bigger test overall. Historically, Florida has been good at coming up with new wrinkles to generate offense in Jacksonville. I'm always thankful for this week off, but I'm already looking forward to seeing this Georgia team play football again!

Go Dawgs!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Misery - pranky and cranky

Is your refrigerator running?

On this episode of "Irascible Midwesterners"...
"Hello, this is Coach Odom returning your call."

"Oh, thanks Barry. My name is Bernie and I just have a few questions."

"It's Coach Odom, or just Coach. Shoot."

"Cool, I was wondering if you'd like to contribute a post to my blog here. Maybe something more in your wheelhouse than college football head coaching. More along the lines of fishing, or word puzzles, or..."

"What? What the hell are you talking about?"

"Well, head coaching didn't turn out well for you. I just thought a fresh start into something new could potentially benefit both of us." 

"But I'm still the head co..."

"What are some of your non-football related hobbies? Because I definitely don't need you to write about football related things. Like, at all!"

"Is this some kind of joke?"

"Oh, comedy. That'd be great Barry! I'm thinking Monday morning for that one. People need a pick me up on Mondays. What else?"

"Seriously, I'm trying to prepare for Geor..."

"What about resume building or interviewing skills. I mean, you really pulled the wool over former Missouri AD Mack Rhoades' eyes! That's something both useful and comical for my Reader."

"What'd you say your name is again?"

"Bernie. You once recruited me as a linebacker. Even though I'm closer to my next colonoscopy than I am a sub 7.0 forty time. Oh! That's an idea, readers love recruiting tales. You got any stories of Pinkel sharing a box of chardonnay with Chase Daniel's mom?"

"This is bullshit! I'm hanging up. The team's out there stretching and I've got a practice to run!"

"Wait, you're still the Missouri head coach?!!?"

--CLICK --

Bye week appetizer
I can kinda relate to how Barry feels. What a week. Monday kicked me in the <clown noises>, and then Tuesday held me up so both Wednesday and Thursday could take turns poking me in the <more clown noises>. If Kirby's taking orders I'll have another divisional opponent blow out and a gator loss chaser please!

To make matters more confusing, nothing about these tigers scare me...and that scares me. I think I've listened to too many people that have us rolling through the rest of the schedule like a 24lb bowling ball, slipping some Rat-X into Saban's Dasani, and then dancing into the second week of January.

That just sets us up to get punk slapped.

But not this week. I think they take some deep shots early. And Lock may even connect for a cheap score before Tucker's Savages expose them for the one-dimensional-deadbeat-offense that they are. Plus, their defense is not just trash, it's a landfill of Harvey Weinstein "pick up" lines. It's a trailer park casserole filled with possum parts and topped with two month old government cheddar. Chaney can name his number and I hope his goes higher than his waistline.

Georgia ensured one coach of a pink slip on Rocky Top a couple weeks ago. Tomorrow night in Sanford they ensure Odom's as well. The only thing left to bet on is if Barry mentions me in the post-game presser.

Now, remove your hats and please bow your head...Dear God in Heaven, please help our most naive fans steer clear of click bait and realize that the season is played in actual games and not in digital print. And help Tucker make Drew Lock a lock to sit on the bench during a fourth quarter blow out. Go Dawgs and Amen!

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Since I came within two meaningless Vandy touchdowns last week of nailing the final score, it only seems fitting that I take a stab at this one:

missouri - 7

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday thoughts on the word Trust

Another business like road performance moves the Dawgs to 6-0, 3-0 for the first time since DJ Shockley’s final season. Unlike previous weeks when the defense has garnered the headlines, yesterday saw the offensive line leading the way as both Chubb and Michel eclipse the century mark and the team racked up 423 yards on 54 carries. Hell, Fromm himself averaged nine yards a carry.

And the opening drive for Georgia set the tone. Chaney asked his offensive line to open up the middle and they did just that, to the tune of seven plays for 83 yards ending with Chubb powering his way into the end zone on a 33 yard jaunt. It was an old football theory put to good use - run a play until they stop it.

The next thing that impressed me the most was the second string defense. Granted by the time they entered the game the outcome had long been decided and the Commodores were just a sad, tired bunch, but they played with the same attitude and desire that you see in the starters. So there was never an ebb in intensity from start to finish.

And that’s a characteristic of this team that should propel it into the heart of the schedule going forward. Fromm casually steps out of bounds short of the first down marker, gets an absolute earful from the head guy, goes back in and uses his feet to make a big gain even bigger by breaking a tackle for another five yards.

I hear the media already pointing to a showdown on November 11th with Auburn. That’s the kind of thing that worries you as a fan, hoping and praying the team can block that out. Today, I worry less though. I worry less because I trust the team and its coaches. How could you not after these first six games? 

These next three weeks are huge. Missouri showed signs of life in Lexington last night. Drew Lock is going to challenge this defense down the field. The off week will recharge the batteries before the WLOCP, a place that’s been begging for a culture change for decades.

I don’t know that we’ll enter November undefeated. But I do know that I trust this team will do everything to prepare, each day, each week, each game, and each down. 

And I know I like that feeling a lot. Go Dawgs!

Friday, October 6, 2017

the Friday Misery is now playing Comeuppance, the Sequel

First things first, here’s a conversation I had with Mr. Larry Munson earlier in the week. I think it should set the tone nicely for today.

Forget it Donny...
We’re fans for a team that is 5-0. We’ve seen some days like that. But being fans of a team that has achieved 5-0 in the fashion that these Dawgs have...well, I have doubts that any of us can remember how to act. Hell, many of us weren’t even singing Glory, Glory back then.

To quote the great Walter Sobchak, “YOU’RE OUTTA YOUR ELEMENT!!”

Goff never sat in these kind of players’ living rooms their senior year of high school. Donnan’s era was largely a bend but don’t break method of defending our end zone.[insert yawn emoji for the millennial readers] In Richt’s early years, Van Gorder had a defense that got us excited and even up on our feet some! But what we’ve seen through five games in 2017 is a defense that plays with the fervor and relentless pursuit of doing bodily harm to the ball carrier like none other in recent memory.

WilMart was just a clean cut dude with a half empty can of mace. On his best days. Grantham was the guy that carried an actual glock but often forgot to load it. Even Pruitt, he was at best a novice ninja with a counterfeit conceal carry permit.

But this defense’s like a menstruating, bazooka totin’, wild eyed bitch with a third degree black belt, strutting through the streets and leaving a trail of dead bodies strewn amidst empty bottles of whiskey and cans of Red Bull.

Slowly the book on Tucker’s crew is becoming a consistent read - steer clear and avoid eye contact. Forfeit the game at halftime if you must, just please don’t put those fresh outta high school reserve offensive linemen in during the fourth quarter. Because they will die. And I’m not calling their mama afterwards to explain your ineptitude and overly glib approach to your job.

But in the stands, and across the television waves where it’s just you and I, we’re not ready for this. We don’t know how to act. Like that dream when you’re suddenly on stage at your old high school and are supposed to be wearing a wig and reciting a Shakespearean soliloquy. We’re unprepared. We’re running a 5k for the first time since birth and after a six taco lunch and by the way we didn’t even stretch. We’re making mistakes. I left the Missouri game out of a sentence in a post where it belonged a couple weeks back. Hell, just in the last week I typed the wrong year in reference to The Hobnail Boot.

AND NOBODY CALLED ME ON IT!! Not even my wife...although she’s so sly she probably just left me hanging until I come back around and say, “Wow, can’t believe I said P-44 Haynes was in 2002 and not 2001. What’s wrong with me?”

“Glad you finally caught that Hon. Now, about that ketchup stain on those shorts…”

Vandy is gonna Vandy y’all
That is to say you never know what you’re going to get outta the ‘Dores - the team that lies down by the end of the 1st quarter, or the one that scraps its way into the thick of things and makes you doubt your own manhood.

When Mel Tucker's defense was a baby and was first told
it would grow up to tackle ball carriers.
Leading off this post with that Munson-esque conversation is an acknowledgement of our past. We tend to lose to Vanderbilt at our own Homecoming every so often (and that can lead to some poor life choices btw), and we tend to have some struggles in doing football type things in Nashville more often than not.

Altogether, it has the aftertaste of playing down to a lesser opponent.

I don’t want to see that tomorrow. I don’t need to see that tomorrow. I don’t think we will see that tomorrow.

This team has been built upon a foundation that is structurally sound. They tackle well. They block well. They’re fast. They know their assignments each and every down. Plus, you can tell they just love to play the game. To paraphrase Dan Rubenstein of The Solid Verbal when describing this defense, “They look like a bunch of excited seven year olds that were just told they can play outside another fifteen minutes.”

Now, it is our first noon kick (11am central). Which begs the question, “Will Kirby’s Dawgs have trouble cranking the motor tomorrow?” If so, I hope there’s another very large contingent of Road Dawgs there to help turn that ignition turn over. It’s been a long week since tasting all those Vol tears. Dawg fans are hungry for more!

Vandy beat Kansas State. Vandy seemed legit. Then conference play happened. The 'Dores slide continues tomorrow. Dawgs give Kylie Shurfur a four hour long headache, 45-0.

Now, please bow your heads...dear Lord Baby Jesus, please don’t let Ramik and Ray get flagged for playing football again. And save us from all the other weird things that happen up yonder. In the name of Terry Hoage and Pulpwood Smith, Amen!

And Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Coaching Hotseats sees Butch fall to the bottom

A couple weeks ago we looked at what could be the hottest collective seat for SEC coaches we've seen in some time. Now that we've had two more weeks of games there are some coaches who have only made things worse while others have righted the ship somewhat. Here's where I see them today in order from safest to most likely to get (trash) canned soon (the +/- indicates a move up or down from previous list).

Bama - Saban sounds upset about beating other teams so badly. Does it ever rain in Tuscaloosa anymore?

Vandy - Two consecutive losses, but Mason is still in a very safe spot. Even with a difficult stretch coming up (Georgia, @Ole Miss, @South Carolina), all Mason needs to do is show they are competing to keep his office in order.

Georgia (+1) - Kirby is on quite a roll. Nothing makes the Georgia faithful happy like passing on a chance to compare his defense to Bama in order to give Erk's Junkyard Dawgs a nod.
Miss State (-1) - I would say that two blowout losses really takes the shine off that dominating win over LSU, but Orgeron's Tigers are doing a good job of taking the shine off of anything football related in Baton Rouge. Still, Mullen has a chance to get well on BYU and Kentucky before a big trip to College Station.

Kentucky (+1) - Stoops's Cats are two uncovered Gators receivers away from being 5-0 on the season. That plus a solid road win over the Gamecocks moves him up a notch.

South Carolina (-1) - Muschamp's task of undoing the mess Spurrier left behind may be harder than originally thought. But the Gamecock brass will give him enough leash to do it, or hang himself trying.

Texas A&M (+7) - Lot of football left, but Sumlin is making a case that we were off base thinking the train was going to go off the rails so soon. It hasn't been pretty, but wins are wins and the Aggies look a little better each week.

LSU - Coach O's Tigers are a mess. But hard to believe he'll get run out of town before AD Joe Alleva does.

Auburn - Malzahn's offense has started to click. That and what looks like another good defense may keep the Gus bus from catching fire.

Florida (-2) - McIlwain got lucky against Tennessee and even luckier in Lexington the next week. Losing Del Rio adds another starter in street clothes along with the future felons Callaway and Scarlett. I don't think the Gators want to make a change, but our favorite shark lover is going to have find an offensive groove these next couple weeks at home (LSU, A&M, BYE) before another WLOCP showdown.

Arkansas - Things will get worse before they can get better for Bert. Trips to South Carolina and Alabama in the next two weeks could have Bielema coaching for his job against Auburn and Ole Miss to close out the month.

Missouri - Hard to see a single SEC win on the Tigers' schedule. When your defense is giving up 40 points/game even teams struggling to score consistently (like Kentucky, Tenn, Vandy) could find the endzone early and often. Odom won two conference games last year. If he goes winless in 2017 it may force Missouri to find a third coach in as many years.
Smoky gray bUTt fumble will get Butch trash canned. Sad.

Ole Miss (-3) - Each week it gets harder to envision a scenario where the Rebel Black Bears don't bring in a fresh face to lead them out of purgatory.

Tennessee (-1) - Surprised the Vols aren't already (officially) looking for Jones' replacement. They're out of the SEC East race (again) by October and in a bye week. There's zero chance Butch is around next season. And that's unfortunate, because I really liked what that cat was (not) building up there.

A little clearer picture than a couple weeks ago, but still quite a mess. LSU at Florida this weekend and Arkansas at Ole Miss to close out the month could bring some sweeping changes. Like I said a couple weeks ago, it's fun to watch when it's not your team in turmoil.


Update on Jones -if watching that train wreck of a Tennessee team Saturday wasn't enough to satisfy you, then reading about Jones' trip to the Memphis Touchdown(??) Club last night will do you well.
Then, it was dinner, and time for the Liberty Bowl’s high school player of the week, who just happened to be Cordova’s four-star offensive lineman Jerome Carvin, who just happened to have spent last Saturday visiting Tennessee.
“What impressed you?” asked Liberty Bowl’s Harold Graeter.
“Georgia,” someone quietly cracked.
Woo boy! Guess they're not even letting him use any sick days to get out of stuff like that. That's rough.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday Thoughts on 72-3

That's our current SEC score differential. Seventy-two to three.

Holy mother of Herschel, we've given up one, ONE!!!, field goal in two conference games.

I'll be honest. I was indoctrinated way back in the early season of the Goff era. I don't know how to handle this. Do you strut around the neighborhood casually? Do you run naked through the downtown streets? Do you just allow the finebaum, espn, SECN personalities to shape your opinions?

I mean what do you do?

Ok, let's start with the recap.

- Tennessee sucked.
- So there's that. They have a great tailback but they couldn't use him effectively. Because their QB situation is trash, their wide receivers are trash, their OL was only somewhat serviceable, and their defense couldn't keep pace.
- Tennessee sucks.
- But more importantly we forced them to stand in the spotlight exposed as what they are - trash.
- They were trash last year. Not quite as rancid because Josh Dobbs use his non-eyebrows to keep opponents on edge. But they weren't SEC East champion material, obviously. We just couldn't expose them.
- Yesterday, they were exposed for what they are - a shitty football team with a dumbass coach.
- And that is the reality - Georgia is trending up, hard. While Tennessee is trending down, real, real hard.
- Seriously, if Tennessee hasn't fired that fake coach by the time this posts, their whole program is soft.
- What a joke. Our true freshman quarterback had a mediocre day and finished with two rushing TDs. Chubb only had 109 yards and no TDs, still they lost 41-0.
- In short, this is a dichotomy of tackle football teams. And there's no Hail Mary to bail their ass out this year.

I think Fromm made the most of what he could. I think the defense dominated an offense that was searching for answers. And I think the special teams proved that Tennessee prefers cheap boxed wine up the butthole.

It was a true road game team victory. One more business trip and a week off before the biggest game of the season. Beat Vandy!


Friday, September 29, 2017

the Friday Misery is a Champion at Comeuppance

About last night...
Bank on it.

Butch’s temperature, a week to week examination
Week 1, visit to Athletic Director’s office
Butch - “Wahoo! You like that goal line stand in OT BABY!!”
AD Currie - “Wonderful. Now put that damn trash can back in the locker room. Coach football, not future internet memes you sonofabitch.”

Week 2, luncheon with boosters

Butch - “Put that whoopin’ on Indiana State boy! Offense starting to come together. I like this kid Dormady. Think I might make a poster of him...Stormin’ the Beaches of Dormady. Nice!”
Booster Cleetus - “No you’re not.”
Booster Bobby Jo - “Boy, you gotta purty mouth. Reminds me of ma best goat”

Week 3, family dinner table
Butch - “That was one heckuva throw. Can’t believe we lost that one like that. Hate it for my guys.”
Wife - “Yeh, into single coverage, on the last play of the game, 60 yards from the endzone. Duh!” (tops glass off with the boxed wine and storms down hallway)
Son 1 - “And that was a BAD gator team Dad, real bad.”
Son 2 - “Can we live in Florida next year and not Michigan or Ohio again?”
Son 3 - “Pass the tater tots please.”

Week 4, getting that wannabe high and tight
Butch - “I tell ya, that’s about the best 0-4 team I’ve ever coached against. Wow!”
Barber - “What about those smokey gray uniforms again? And a pregame speech about flashlights making the dark spots shine bright!”
Butch - “Oh, yeh. I like that! And the batteries are like the energy that makes it all happen!”

(Mystery solved. It’s been the barber all along, from the bricks through the trashcan. He’s got clippers in one hand and a copy of “Coaching Motivationals for Dummies” in the other.)

Week 5, back in Currie’s office
Butch - “KnockKnock! Hey there John, I brought the trashcan like you asked. I was wonderin…”
Currie - “Good, close the door.”

The buzz cut from La Mancha
Don Quixote was a fictional dreamer; a romantic Spanish gentleman, in pasteboard armor and saddled on a horse well past its prime, driven to insanity by his relentless pursuit of Chivalry.

Butch Jones is an actual professional cheerleader; paid handsomely as a college football coach to drum up motivational slogans and tactics in a continuous failing pursuit of an SEC East crown.

For both, the beginning is whimsical and delightful. Knoxville, much like the Spanish countryside of the 1600s, was a blank canvas in 2013 and in much need of a new spark and direction. Enter Jones who quickly proclaims himself a master mason proficient in the use of words and catchphrases as bonding agents.

The results are mixed. I’m sure Spanish prostitutes didn’t mind being referred to as high class ladies and the innkeepers enjoyed being “lords of the castle”, but when windmills are envisioned as monstrous,murderous giants things take a dark turn.

Besting Georgia two seasons in a row and ending Florida’s 11 year win streak really put Tennessee’s future in a rosy hue. But the epic tumble the Vols experienced the rest of the 2016 season was a dramatic, painful adventure on Rocky Top, as if Rocinante itself had thrown Butch from the saddle into his own pile of bricks.

But here’s where the romantic cheerleader takes a different path from Cervantes’ star gazing Hidalgo. Quixote never parts ways with his “squire”, Sancho Panza. They’re relationship is as loyal as it is symbiotic. Jones on the other hand fires assistants, thereby uprooting their families, in order to continue his ponzi scheme of slogans. After the 2015 season it was defensive coordinator John Jancek, and after last season it was newly hired offensive coordinator Mike DeBord. What started out as a whimsical play with words has devolved into a bloody battle of stab the scapegoat in the back.

Perhaps Cervantes himself said it best: “The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.” Butch, you’ve run out of heads to lop off and your trashcan is full of broken bricks. Perhaps your barber can provide some sound investment advice for that buyout.

Down to the business of kicking ass
Ladies and gentlemen, though we have more than one enemy tomorrow, only one of them is truly formidable. And no, it doesn’t wear orange and it doesn’t play football.

Hear me out now.

Understand, Tennessee can’t beat us. They just can’t. They are one thread away from becoming completely unraveled. They’re the trash at the bottom of the bin. They’re soon to be has beens being cheered on by low lifes in checkerboard overalls and fancy pants frat boys with a funnel protruding from their nether regions. That’s all they are. They just aren’t able to beat us.

UMass exposed them for what they are, they just lacked the talent and ability to finish the job. Georgia comes out tomorrow and smacks them in the mouth and they’ll crumble into a pile of rubble at their false prophet’s feet.

However, if not taken seriously, our true enemy can absolutely be formidable. She can turn the most prepared and talented team into an on field three ring circus. Her name is Adversity and she planted the Neyland sod that claimed three ACLs in 2013 and Chubb’s entire knee in 2015.

She connives for missed blocking assignments. Next thing you know your quarterback just got blind-sided and the ball is scooped up and headed the other damn direction.

Adversity gives birth to setbacks. And setbacks don’t treat Georgia well. They tend to make a better Georgia team fall flat at a lesser opponent’s feet. They get into our heads and scramble things up until the next thing you know that squib kick turned into a game tying field goal and oops they just intercepted and somehow we just lost to georgia tech.

So tomorrow, when JimBob Cooter drops a stack of cash in a referee’s pocket and Chubb gets flagged for roughing the passer because he ran out of bounds and tripped over Dormady’s out-stretched cleat, we have to stare back at Adversity with a steely gaze.

You messing with the wrong mothereffer today bitch.

Kirby has filled us with hope. We believe we’re past the days of wetting the proverbial bed and making up excuses for our own inadequacies. Maybe so. But we’re right where Missy State fans were this time last week. And those doggies got walloped from the get-go and never bothered to get back up into the fray.

So when She swings and connects, don’t reach up to wipe the blood from your mouth. Smile at Her and tell her what Damien and Greenie and McMichael and Verron told her before that last drive in ‘02 - “Nice shot, but you’re gonna need more than that today.

It’s a long road through a college football season. Knoxville is just the next stop. Let’s treat it like a business trip. And like it says right there on our business card,

Georgia Football
We’re here to make your life even more of a living hell.”
Four dissatisfied customers from Starkville to South Bend.
You’re next!

Through our own faults, we’ve fallen victim to this Hillbilly regime’s magic and sheer dumb luck before. Still today, two years removed, they mock our best player’s injury, like some dipshit point of pride that they can’t use fertilizer for anything other than their own goat farming. For that and many other reasons they need their comeuppance. They’re overdue for a good ass whoopin’. Set your jaw and turn your motor all the way to HIGH.

Now, please bow your heads...dear Lord, Herschel’s angels, Mr. Grizzard and the late, great Munson, please keep their Franzia Frat boys away from our Dawg brethren tomorrow. Let Chubb run free and Roquan run amok! Thank you please, Amen.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rewatch notes, plus a retraction

Rewatched the Miss State game last night with the family. It made for a nice evening, so I highly recommend it if you are able. What follows are just a few notes I wanted to add to my original thoughts on the game.

The main reason I wanted to rewatch it is because that goal line stand was at the opposite end zone from where we were seated standing. And man was it even nicer to see up close on the tv screen. It was equal parts pathetic desperation on MSU's part, and sheer effort and domination for the real Dawgs. Best thing about it, those kids making plays are freshmen!

I mentioned Sunday how impressed I was with the secondary. The snaps Parrish played really showed how versatile this group can be. I think Blackledge even mentioned at one point that Aaron Davis is like a safety playing at corner. True enough as those guys hit and tackle as well as they cover.  And it's a beautiful mix of experienced older players and a lot of youth. McGhee's break up was just as awesome as JR Reed's. Very nice to see.

On Sunday I remarked on our "trouble running in between the tackles". Friend of the blog Scott suggested that I reconsider the play of the line, especially those inside offensive linemen. And true enough, Chubb had a nice gain on an inside trap. And that Sony run up the middle featured MSU's all world woman beater Simmons getting double teamed into the turf. Seriously, I think that cat is still buried there five and half feet below the surface.

Seriously, that dude is everywhere. He could put the UGA Orbit buses out of business just jetting around campus during the week!

Lastly, at one point while the cameras were focused on Mullen, in the background you could see an assistant coach's hands holding a cell phone. Pan across to the other side and Scott Sinclair is pulling on Kirby's belt while everyone else is coaching. What a telling visual that could explain a lot about what we witnessed Saturday night.

Now, onto Tennessee. Because I guarantee you they'll be a LOT more focused on the game on the field. Go Dawgs!