Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Cox starts, Gray plays and the defense finishes. Dawgs roll 24 - 7 over the lamecocks. As Mackie would say, take that to the bank!
- Marcus Lattimore, arguably the nation's top RB prospect, visits Athens this weekend....and decides the Dawgs are worth another looksee ($). And that USC (the fake one) ain't even a half a bag of chips. (For a free look at which prospects are spending an official on us this weekend, click here.)
- At least a half dozen nerds oversleep their first class this morning after a pretty serious bender last night. Too much Halo, Mountain Dew and DingDongs.
- Terrelle Pryor may be a raving idiot, but on national tv he begins a Heisman campaign in earnest by beating the Trojans. Say what?!?
- Auburn is favored by two TDs against Missy State?? Did Vegas not see last year's game? I say the teams combine for a whopping 10 points Saturday.
- Slurban breaks a sweat...running onto the field. Then, not so much.
- TCU proves an even more formmidable opponent for the Wahoos than...William and Mary. Really?
- On Monday Al Groh goes luggage shopping.
- And the under is looking good to me on the number of visor throws tomorrow night. The OBC just ain't so animated any more.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Part one in a two part series
"As I look at this game I'm seeing two defenses that played pretty darn good andtwo offenses that are trying to find their way. More than likely special teams will be the deciding factor in this one."
That seems pretty evident, especially if you add in turnovers. But despite what the fans want (and what makes the most sense), Richt also sees directional kicking as the preferred method of operation when the ball is teed on the Dawgs' 30 yard line.
"The fans want the long kick but the longest kick (Saturday) had the longest return. The kicks that were a little shorter had better hang time and ball placement and we covered those better. I wouldn't say because we kicked deeper that was the cause, necessarily. We should have contained it, surrounded him and forced him inside to where our coverage teams were, and we didn't do a good job of that."
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
- Reshad Jones - We've been pretty critical. But that hit in the fourth Saturday was textbook football. Those horse(bleep!) flags that littered the field should be forgotten. That's the type of highlight that makes Dawg fans (and NFL scouts) sit up and take notice.
- Bryan Evans - Thanks for giving the best receiver in the nation whose last name isn't Green a taste of what SEC football is like.
- Joe Cox - The number 107 tells me everything I need to know. That's the number of votes you received out of 110 from your teammates as this year's captain. I just hope you got the bottle of GermX I sent you.
- Richard Samuel - The ground is not our friend. Avoid it at all costs.
- Tony Ball - We just can't use three receivers all season. Take a look behind you at 28, 17 and 15. You know, the ones twiddling their thumbs...?
- Justin Houston - You are missed. I'm glad Coach suspended you. There's some lessons that are more important than football. But we're desperately looking forward to your return. Keep preparing for it.
- Trinton - Damn. Just damn.
- Bobo - Remember the One and Done? Be aggressive. It becomes you.
- Fabris - I'll give you a free smiling lesson for each touchback this season. How 'bout it?
- Branden Smith - We understand your excitement. And we know you don't have to run out of the endzone in practice (see note Fabris). But here's an example of college level math: putting knee down in endzone = 20 - - - > CORRECT!
- Caleb King - We've been pretty critical. But the door's still open. That seat at the head of the committee board room table is yours if you really want it.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- Mad props to Ann, the holder of the Sky Club card.
- At the risk of throwing a proud sponsor of UGA Athletics under the plane, some Delta stewardesses (...or whatever) don't understand AIRPLANE MODE.
- Kids in Wichita Wal-Marts act remarkably similar to kids in GA Wal-Marts.
- If ever in Wichita, steer clear of the Mexican restaurant (name escapes me...) adjacent to the Wal-Mart. Some people (hillbillys namely) miss the deep end of the gene pool. I think the waitress there had a family gene pool that had been cemented over....about a century ago.
- Crossing to the other side of the tracks, Old Town Wichita was an oasis full of cheap beer, decent music and good food.
- When David drives I can clearly see the green light to drink.
- Driving into Stillwater is eerily reminiscent of my one and only trip to Starkville. There's a water tower...and a stadium.
- Funny how small gas n sips had about 238 cars parked in each of their parking lots, while the vast stadium parking lot resembled a ghost town. (...tumbleweed blows by...)
- Something just short of a suitcase of canned beverages is almost enough to overtax a regular sized styrofoam cooler (available at your local Wal-Mart) during a trek across campus.
- If you found Chris Bryan Saturday and were able to wrangle him in, please return him to Milledgeville's mental hospital.
- In lieu of tailgating, most Cowboy fans prefer to walk casually into stadium with finger pistols haphazardly aimed at the clouds and "shooting" non-stop.
- Tanner was right, OSU has a very good splitendhalftackleback. I didn't believe the media guide when it said he weighed 215 lbs.
- Even as hospitable as the 'poke fans were, Dawg fans are still the greatest in the world.
- T. Boone Pickens Stadium is kinda like putting an elegant evening gown on a very wealthy, yet ridiculously old wrinkly man.
- The Orange Power chant while Sturdivant was tended to added up to classless. At the end of the game before I exited, I made sure I found the one orange fan near me who hadn't made an ass of themselves and wished her a good season.
- Congrats to Cody the Parking Lot Attendant for coming the closest in MY STRAW POLL as to the eventual outcome of the contest. Enjoy the cowpies Cody!!
- Nama is better at video blogging than he is at flip cup.
- Lastly, a 24oz Fat Tire for $3.50 - - - > yup! I signed up for that at Emerson Biggins.
- Jim_from_Duluth gives us the first Bulldog Hotline transcript of the season.
- Lots of good analysis in the blogosphere for the Dawgs' coaching staff to pore over yesterday (j/k): MaconDawg revisits the loss, Mackie is on the Road to Recovery, Stuff of Legend gives us everything from the Great to the Ugly, Exhile wishes everyone a Happy Labor Day and PWD offers a movie selection for Bobo.
- Speaking of the OC, he's got some 'splaining to do. Until Hale gets the answers, he was able to sit down with our starting QB and senior captain, Joe Cox.
- Spurrier plans to bring a different gameplan from the one used against NC State to Athens Saturday.
- Keep thine enemies closer...Gamecock Man previews the matchup 'tween the hedges Saturday night.
- Caleb King should return Saturday night.
- Former Dawg netter John Isner couldn't advance into the quarterfinals of the US Open, but he's an obvious rising star and he is definitely on the tennis world's radar now. Here's a pretty good piece on how he has taken his collegiate game and tweeked it into the big time.
Monday, September 7, 2009
- In Tempe, pretty much everyone came from one direction. Playing the Cowboys meant having Dawg fans coming from different directions - Ok City, Tulsa, Wichita or from right there in Stillwater. While there weren't as many fans as last year's big OOC game, the Dawg turnout was impressive.
- Wichita was nice. Old Town had a decent nightlife and the beer served there reminded me of Athens back in the early 90's - cold, plentiful and cheap.
- Sturdivant is gone for the season. Kinda like a nightmare that repeats for this kid this time every year. In semi-related news, Makiri Pugh tested positive for the swine flu.
- Penalties. Okla State lost the battle there garnering over a hundred yards in yellow flags, but it hardly feels that way does it? And someone please explain to me how RJ making a devastating yet legal hit is unsportsmanlike but their Burt Reynolds lookalike mascot can shoot his cannon sized gun off during an effin' play with no flag? Enjoy your T-Bone sized paycheck zebras...
- Defense played well, real well. BUI gives em a B, sounds about right. I might go a little higher since they were continually put in bad positions, yet held a potent offense to 24 and a stud receiver to three catches. Two complaints: first...no turnovers. Second...as much as Robinson was keying on Dez Bryant, would've been nice to blitz that nickelback. As much as Bryant is the type of talent that makes his QB look a lot better than he actually is, our defense could've made him look a lot worse.
- Of course there are others that think Robinson is worthy of higher aims. A bigger question though may be...is Bill Young really that good?
- Is there another team on God's green Earth that doesn't have a kicker who can boot the ball into the endzone? Something tells me Dan Bailey didn't grow up in Poland either.
- I thought punting was a bright spot. Drew Butler is gonna prove to be quite the commodity and helped back me up in taking him as an impact player. In Hale's fleeting thoughts, he picked a nit that Butler's numbers were inflated by a couple of lucky bounces. While that is true, I'll disagree in that I think the hangtime was pretty good. Regardless, whether it takes a lucky bounce or some improved hangtime Butler may be our team's MVP until the offense comes around.
- Kit tells some Dawgs to get over themselves. Reminds me of the last opening game loss. As we were exiting the stadium I actually saw a kid burn his new t-shirt commemorating the Donnan regime. That's not hyperbole Reader. Walking down the ramp, next to a bare-chested kid who's t-shirt is on fire. Smoke, flames...Dawg angst at it's most combustible.
- Dawgcast episode #200, the bicentennial. Whether it covers a happy event or not, reason for congratulations guys.
- Another feat came from Flushing Meadows Saturday where John Isner beat 5 seed Roddick in 5 sets of US Open play.