Before the Ink Hits the Paper, the Rubber
Must Meet the Road
At the risk of boring you to tears, here is Bernie's NSD experience...
5:45 - alarm goes off, Jenn calls me crazy...again. Then goes back to sleep.
5:48 - Shower water finally warms up.
6:15 - Truck echos Jenn's sentiments...temperature is like, one.
7:06 - I nearly swerve off the road when word comes that Branden Smith is ink'd.
7:07 - Smith officially receives the Early Bird Award for the '09 class.
7:15 - Jessica at McDonald's gets my order correct. It's gonna be a good day.
7:23 - I see that Sons of Italy has moved to South Milledge...
7:30 - Park at Stegeman and begin to walk towards Butts-Mehre.
7:32 - My hands second the motion that I'm crazy...the temperature is like...three.
7:38 - I walk into BM right behind the paper delivery guy bringing in about 6 reams of paper on a hand truck. That should be enough right? Yeh...it's gonna be a good day!
7:42 - Successfully avoid the doughnuts.
7:57 - Officially hear the first of many Hurriance Willie rumors in the room.
8:00 - Damon Evans enters building. Bobby Knight nowhere in sight.
8:04 - Montez Robinson inks.
8:05 - Evidently CMR and UMs Shannon had handshake deal not to disrupt '09 classes with coaching moves. (Hey, just passing it along...)
8:10 - Read Magill's letter to the Augusta Bulldog Club back in '72. Reaffirms the fact that Dan Magill = DamnGoodDawg
8:16 - Jordan Love ink'd in as a Dawg. (Watchout for this sleeper)
8:20 - Shawn Williams' fax arrives. Video airs his highlights. Impressive.
8:23 - Again avoid doughnut table, but give in with the coffee. And Derrick Lott's letter arrives.
8:26 - Chris Burnette completes a calculus equation that should help him become Troup's 2009 Valedictorian. On his way to AP Physics he faxes his LOI.
8:31 - Arthur Lynch's fax comes from somewhere where it is even colder than Athens.
8:32 - Austin Long of Memphis signs on.
8:39 - Rumors in the room that Coach Willie is indeed Miami's next defensive coordinator. In other news, Bobby Knight agrees to let Dickie V be his chaffeur.
8:44 - Finish my examination of both Heismans in the building. I see no differences despite the fact that 40 years separates them. Impressive.
8:49 - Chase Vasser puts pen to paper. The kid has smarts and can play. Next Rennie..??
8:59 - Big Dawg Mike Woods brings his painted head into Butts-Mehre. No stocking cap for that beautiful bald head. GATA!
9:00 - Kevin Kopp and Kelin Johnson begin their show and analysis.
9:11 - Bobby and Dickie still looking for limo. Coach Willie still answering texts for CMR.
9:20 - Rantavious Wooten is ink'd. Highlights show him in the Wildcat...hmmm...
9:31 - Coffee and coke have kicked in. I'm juiced up! Better find the restroom..
9:34 - Pass by the doughnut table and there's still plenty. No thanks. Just some water.
9:52 - An official Coach Willie sighting. Still sunny outside and he's not wearing a poncho.
9:58 - Word spreads that for the first time in months, Reid held to his word for more than 14 hours and signed with Papa Bowden.
10:04 - Word also spreads that Stephen Hill has decided to block at Tech rather than catch at UGA. Is she putting out more doughnuts...??
10:12 - Room is really filling up. Second camera man sets up right in front of me.
10:13 - Wish I had brought a tripod...
10:21 - All-American Washaun Ealey delivers depth to backfield with a fax correctly dialed.
10:24 - Dexter Moody joins Vasser as another LB on UGA stationary.
10:25 - Not worried. But hoping Gilliard's LOI comes in soon before Reid drags him down to be another Criminole.
10:33 - Michael Gilliard's ink'd. Wahoo!
10:33:31 - Abry Jones completes the list of committed players to put pen to Dawg paper.
10:33:32 - Fans rumble about targets across the southeast skipping Senior English to spend time with a cake in their Media Center.
10:40 - Bryan McClendon joins Kelin in front of crowd and cameras. Mentions that Wooten is explosive. Hmm...
10:50 - Kevin Kopp announces that any cars parked behind Foley's left field wall are in jeopardy of being towed.
10:50:01 - Take a moment to pat myself on the back for opting to pay the $5 to park in the deck.
10:51 - Marian Mozingo grabs guy in crowd a gives him three cracks at some Dawg Trivia. Ward, Pollack and Bobo were the answers. I got two right, guy in front of mic got one. Although in his defense crowd goaded him into false Zeier answer.
11:00 - Second Evans sighting. Crowd listens for Vitale's mouth...nope, no sound of any ESPN to SEC job pandering inside these sacred walls.
11:10 - Coach Richt take the stage. Assistants and other staff file in behind him.
11:10 - 11:24 CMR will not answer questions about Toby Jackson for obvious reasons/Says he's pleased with completeness of class/Hopes to have a couple more, without mentioning names, specifically hints at Brown and Charles/Says he doesn't pressure kids to commit (those are just the highlights)
11:25 - CMR defers question about QBs to Bobo. He likes them.
11:35 - CMR defers question about new safety to Coach Willie. How fast is his 40? Fast enough. Love it!
11:40 - CMR defers question about Special Teams to Fabris. Nothing of consequence in the answer. But CJF seems grumpy.
11:45 - Coach Willie emerges from stairwell to show text to Coach Bobo. Door closes.
11:52 - Question and Answer ends.
11:55 - Bernie confirms that there are 7 doughnuts left.
12:10 - Surprised to see that Steverino's is no more...Ugh! Are you kidding me? Back to see Jessica...
12:55 - On Chuck and Chernoff, Jamie Newberg says there are rumors that Brown has eliminated KiffyBaby and that he believes Dawgs are the leader.
1:05 - Bernie makes it home in time to pick up his daughter from pre-K.
3:25 - On with Buck and Kincade, CMR is asked about WRs. He says we may feel better by the end of the day...
3:48 - Marlon Brown is a DAWG! Hellz Yeh!
3:49 - Orson Charles' phone rings....