Saturday, July 30, 2016

Karma, kiss my ass.

Look, I've been doing this blog here since September 2008. And we have nothing to show for it except some misguided clicks, poor spelling, swear words galore, and a couple of "gator" bowls.

So...if a little change brings unprecedented prosperity, then...well, I deserve some measure of credit.

(Not really. I know I'm just some asshole with a keyboard...)

Anyway, let's try something completely different. And see what happens!

Monday, July 18, 2016

"Lemme explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up..."

Sometimes a tweak is necessary. Sometimes a minor renovation. At other times you just blow everything to bits and start anew.

This is my first post in nearly two months. Life has steadily become busier and busier. Kids are getting older. And even when work is on the backburner it's just nice to not have another obligation step towards the front of the range top.

But this little corner of the Dawgosphere isn't going anywhere. No, I know most of you are gathered here hoping I'd just toss a lit match after lighting a cigar, torch the login ID/password, and watch the mutha burn.

"Finally this guy is doing something worthwhile!"

But no, I'm like the Dread Pirate Roberts. Hard to get rid of, even with ROUS's.

So in contemplating this site and the upcoming season, some measure of change seemed in order. If we're not at the beginning with Peter Falk and the kid from Wonder Years, and we're not at the end when Fezzik brings the white horses, where in the name of Florin are we?

Well, stay tuned. News is coming and I hope y'all will bring your mouse and your bookmark folder back when it lands here soon. Inigo needs to kill the six fingered man. Kirby needs to name a quarterback. Westley has been mostly dead all day. And Coach Chaney has promised to pass to the tight ends!

Grab the wheel burrow and let me try on this Holocaust Cloak...there will be blood this season!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jacob Eason will start the season

Hey, it's the big question everyone is asking. So it's only natural to weigh in with a few thoughts.

Some think Ramsey will take the reins until Eason's feet are sufficiently wet. I just don't see that happening. Let's face it, Ramsey is a junior. He couldn't unseat Hutson Mason after a redshirt year, which made some sense given that Richt/Bobo were so inclined to go with the veteran game manager after Mason had stayed and waited for the Aaron Murray Era to close. So that made 2015 Ramsey's make or break year. Maybe Schotty didn't give him a fair shot. Maybe Ramsey just didn't step up and want it enough. 

Probably a mixture of both, but I tend to think it's heavier on the latter.

Others think Lambert will continue on as the starter since he has the most game experience as well as a coordinator that knows how to call plays that use tight ends. And this would be a safe choice to make. Hell. we won ten games last season with Lambert as quarterback. Why not let the veteran guy run things while the kid learns the speed of the game?

Nope. Lambert will back Eason up and just maybe spell him a series here and there. But the freshman will start, and here's why:

UNC has trouble stopping the run. And that's putting it lightly for a defense that finished 122nd nationally in run defense. Chaney can run-run-run and use passing plays Eason is comfortable with to balance things out just enough.

Yes, it's way, way early. But 100 plus days out this feels like a conservative offensive gameplan type of game where we only need Lambert to hold a clipboard. And if Chubb miraculously is able to play September 3rd...we won't even need a quarterback.

“It’s a little easier sell.”

I get everything Kirby is getting at in this Weiszer piece on how opening a season against a big opponent is better for the off season workouts and preparation than putting on a bib before eating a cupcake. Playing a North Carolina is better for everyone, as compared to, say, a bunch of Ragin’ Cajuns from a directional bayou.

It’s better for the fans, even if a trip down to the GA Dome makes Dawg fans wince a little from memories of our last trip down MARTA. It’s better for the conferences that get a national showcase for their teams. It’s even better for euro 2016 fixtures!

But as Smart points out, the main thing is the players have something to legitimately look forward to. The preparation is more intense and allows the coaches and staff to instill a competitive drive for the long months of the off season.

“When you walk in the weight room and you know you’ve got to play UNC the first game, there’s a commitment level I think is greater than other years. That’s one of the advantages of playing in that game.”

Of course, UNC is facing the same prospect of opening up against a Power 5 team. Last year their only regular season blemish was a season opening loss to South Carolina in which Tarhell quarterback Marquise Williams completed three passes to Gamecock defenders. And two of those were to Skai Moore in the endzone.

Georgia will not face Williams as he graduated and moved on. But after losing the 2015 opener and their two post-season games you can bet the Dawgs will face a team ready to start a new winning streak.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kirby throws McGarity under Luda's bus

It's up for interpretation as to exactly what Coach Smart is referring to here...

Managing the information that gets out for public consumption? Or managing the control that entertainers have over the program when you're four days from an empty GDay promise and they've got you over a barrel?

Regardless, didn't take long for the administration's honeymoon after the Kirby's Home!! presser to end.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Three takeaways from #93KDay

It was a great day. Beautiful weather. And enough red to give Athens a true Fall Saturday feel in April. I love it!

A couple days to digest everything and read up on others' reactions, I wanted to add a couple thoughts.

First, the greatest thing to hear was that the former Lettermen were coming to Athens in droves as well. Mark Richt did amazing things to reach out to former players and the community as a whole. As a former player Smart has a deeper attachment though. Sounds like his colleagues are responding as well as anyone to him being back home.

Next, I think a tight end just caught another pass!!

And last, the bar has been set. As Fletcher Page wrote, it's on the suits to keep up with Kirby's vision.

Friday, April 15, 2016

GDay: Questions. Answers?

Stating the obvious, this spring game has a different feel. A buzz is in the air and I expect a record crowd tomorrow in Athens. Most everyone will try to crowd into Sanford for a glimpse at the rapper that bailed McG out, the pigskin slinger that should be at his prom in the northwest territories, and the coach that Mama called to come home.

Other than those new, shiny things, this will eventually be like any other spring game that provides more questions than actual answers. Unless Lambert takes a shotgun snap on first down and punts it into the Hedges while Ramsey wrestles Hairy in the northeast corner of the endzone, and Eason goes 10/12 for 250+ and a bomb to Godwin to win the game, we're not going to know who the starting quarterback against UNC will be until we hit Atlanta. (Pssstt, it'll be Eason...)

But, that doesn't mean there isn't much to glean from what we see tomorrow. Here's some things I'll be looking forward to observing on the field...
  • Quarterbacks. Specifically how much of Chaney's playbook each one seems to carry into the huddle.
  • Tight Ends. Do we have any on the roster this year?
  • Defensive Ends. Barnett was making moves before a sprained knee slowed his rise in the depth chart. Rochester looked to be a worthy beneficiary until WalMart sold him a BB gun. Considering Rivers is suspended for the first three games, who steps up? 
  • Running Back. Chubb is making inhuman strides, but we won't see him play tomorrow. We know what we have in Michel, so it will be interesting to see how Douglas and the younger ones pick up yards...and blitzes. (Pssstt, Crowder's number is 30.)
  • The coaches. Past GDays have been a relatively laid back affair. I'm expecting more intensity to trickle down from the top tomorrow. You don't urge the fans to fill the stadium for a glorified scrimmage without wanting to give them reason to stand up and get loud.
And most importantly (to me at least), offensive line play. Catalina gets here this summer to add some depth. Is Ben Cleveland game ready? Have last years starters bulked up? Do we at least look like we can develop some quality depth heading into the Fall?

If you're heading into town, have a great day in Athens. It's always nice to see the campus in the spring time, especially when you can also hear the crack of the pads 'tween the hedges!

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We're gonna need some more dumpsters PAWWWLL!!

Wait, there's talk of SEC realignment? How long have I been hibernating?

That's just Gus being drunj Gus after $5 pitcher night on Toomers, right? 

I'm not ready for our property value to plummet that much. I mean, Muschamp ain't even finished unpacking (again) yet.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Fancy that, the Marching Band playing at halftime. We can argue about the pros and cons I guess. I'm not sure what the excitement was about for someone playing a couple songs at halftime in a stadium. It's not like my daughters would be able to even see that it was actually the Spice Girls (or insert whatever musical act gets your kids' toes a tappin') on stage. I'm fine listening to the Redcoats or whatever Beastie Boys songs ol' McGarity wants to play over the PA.

And that leads me to the truly sad part. Why did Greg allow this to get so out of control? Why mention the possibility if you don't have Chris Stapleton or Sturgill Simpson in your pocket already?

Because now:
  1. you look like an idiot, again.
  2. the fanbase is at least a little less excited about attending.
  3. the University's own band members will work hard to entertain whoever does show up and will just be looked at as second helpings.
And perhaps most importantly, there's at least an appearance that the administration is not as engaged in the idea of going in at all costs. In other words, #93KDay has lost some pizzazz. And that lies at the feet of the dudes in the suits, not the ones with the whistles.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"You'll shoot your eye out kid!"

So news broke of Julian Rochester and Chad Clay getting arrested on felony counts of having a weapon in a school zone and criminal damage to property, and we immediately wonder how Smart's Law Enforcement Jimmy Williamson Appreciation Day went so wrong.

But UGA emailed the press shortly after mentioning that it was a BB gun the two freshmen were toying with that lead to the trouble.

My first thought, did I ever have a BB gun while matriculating in Athens? Too long ago to remember. But connecting the dots in this story I'm sure if I did have one I never used it to shoot at something in between study sessions for Poli Sci 101.

My second thought leads to punishment. Smart said that details are still emerging. But you can expect Tracy Rocker is more than fed up about his defensive linemen getting into trouble. Hell, he may go so far as to make Rochester wear Aunt Clara's bunny suit on the sidelines against North Carolina.

Julian reflects on his Red Ryder
carbine-action, 200 shot, range model air
rifle with the compass in the stock.