Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tech makes an offer to Gregory

Dayton's Brian Gregory is contemplating nerdom.

My guess is he'll test the rest of the market before buying in or leaving the table.

Gregory seems to be a trendy name, but has never left Dayton where he's 172-94 in 8 seasons. However, his conference record in the Atlantic-10 is a pedestrian 70-58. In fact, he hasn't won the conference since his first season. He's made two NCAA appearances, one 1st round exit and one second round exit.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Practice Notes, 3/25

Yesterday was the first day of pads, but no tackling until tomorrow. You may recall that the NCAA allows only 8 days of tackling in the Spring. Thursday was also the first day defensive players have been available to the media.

- Weiszer has some more quotes from Christian Robinson about the team's new attitude.
- In many ways it's the same message we get every off season, we're focused on being a team...coming together...working hard. This off season there's just the extra flavor of coming off a 6-7 season. So you want to believe it's genuine.
- I've made it clear I'm focused on waiting until the Fall to see the results and not buying in to the New Attitude repeated regurgitation. In the past it's evidently been players trying to convince other players through the media to buy in. Hopefully this season it's less talk and more action.
- Page has some additional practice nuggets as well. Most notably, he points out that tomorrow should be the first we hear of Jarvis Jones going full speed.
- According to Jones he's a definite go. Will the coaches let him loose?
- If Figgins is the intriguing player on the offensive side this Spring, Jones is his defensive counterpart.
- Well, him and Ogletree...

“I’m starting to learn where I need to fit in and what hole I need to fill.” Ogletree said the switch hasn’t overwhelmed him, stating, “I still have some things I need to work on, but it’s going pretty good.”

If you're around Athens tomorrow and you hear a loud CLAP!!... it might be thunder. Or it might be Figgins and Ogletree colliding at the line of scrimmage.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Diversifying Bobo's Playbook

More on Figgins' switch to fullback. Weiszer has a story up where Coach Richt explains how this move could help the offense out-scheme opposing forces.
“When you have a fullback that can play that position legitimately and tight end legitimately, it gives you some diversity when he’s in the game.” Richt said. “What it does is defenses, they like to know who’s in the game. By personnel, they want to know what’s going on, and if you have guys who can be more than one thing then when that personnel group is in the game, they’re not sure exactly how you’re going to line up, what it’s going to entail. It gives them less of a clue.”
Statistically, Bobo had a good season despite the 6-7 record in 2010. But that did little to quell the critics. Regardless of how you feel about the Dawgs' OC, the fact is he isn't a candidate for head coaching gigs. And that is the measuring stick to which all high profile assistants are to be measured.

Bobo has a lot of tools at his disposal next season. Bruce Figgins being utilized as a fullback, H-back...moving TE could be one of his most valuable.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

You learn something new everyday...

Pro Day is not supposed to be this exciting folks. It's designed to have all the drama and intrigue of toasting a piece of bread.

But yesterday a strange NFL rule put two former UGA players's draft chances at risk. Georgia did not have a draft eligible departing QB. And the one who had been working out with AJ and Kris fell outside of some dubious metro area radius rule. In fact, the rule could've hurt Justin Roper (a Buford GA native but a former Montana QB) the most as he planned to participate in all drills as well as throw to the Dawg receivers in hopes of impressing scouts himself.

Luckily the calm, cool and collected Coach Richt eventually came up with the solution of having the scouts and other NFL personnel indoors watching via closed circuit while the players had the field to themselves.

For all the hustle and bustle, arguably the most active man during Tuesday morning’s controversy was UGA head coach Mark Richt.
He was all over the practice field, talking with Whitfield, Green, Durham and NFL officials, trying to figure out a resolution acceptable to everyone.
And Richt eventually found one.
“He said, ‘If the technical rule is the scouts can’t be on the field, then I will open up my facility for the scouts to watch indoors,’” Whitfield said.
So believe it or not, that’s how it went.
Once the NFL agreed, dozens of scouts left the practice field before Pro Day ended and walked back into UGA’s newly renovated Butts-Mehre building. They then watched through cameras as Green and Durham took turns catching passes thrown by Roper.
Come to think of it, let's hope next year is just as exciting. I hate for the QB question to be simply answered with a Where's Aaron Murray? White and Figgins are ready.

Unhappy Endings in the Hills

Let's all start with the mantra - Another day that Mike Hamilton has a job as the AD on Rocky Flop is another day that proves God also hates orange.

Climer's summation of the Bruce Pearl firing is a pretty honest and hard look in the mirror for Vol fans.
UT's administration would have us all believe that victories and March Madness momentum would not be factors in their decision. Nice try. Based on the waffling, which-way-is-the-wind-blowing approach that passes for leadership at UT, Pearl's biggest mistake was failing to win his way deep into the NCAA Tournament this year. It is telling that on Monday evening UT's higher-ups felt the need to cite an additional minor violation and hint at other misconduct by Pearl to justify doing what they should have done six months ago. Once they finally decided to do the right thing, they couldn't pile on quickly enough.

It's true this decision should've been made months ago. But things don't move that swiftly or logically for many athletic administrations, especially in Hamilton's office. It took this long to feel the full weight of what's coming down the NCAA pipes. It took this long to realize what everyone around the country has been saying since the Fall...Pearl's a helluva coach, but keeping him just doesn't add up. Would it have been a popular decision to fire him in September? No. But it would've saved a season of chaos.

So the Tennessee brass have made the bed, but it's going to be a tumultuous slumber.

And perhaps things would've been different if Bruce had been a man about it when he was caught and not lied to the NCAA...and then again after crying to his own fans. Ego can be a valuable commodity, a man admitting a mistake however is priceless. Would it have saved Pearl's job? Again, perhaps.

In the end, most HillBillies aren't satisfied with how things played out and only Hamilton is left with that burden. The next question becomes how satisfied will they be when the new coach is selected. With the side plots of the NCAA investigation...current players opting for NBA chances...recruits's going to be interesting to see who voluntarily puts their name in the hat to succeed UTs beloved coach.

Whoever it is will need to have stones that are bigger than pearls Pearl's.

Spring Practice Notes, 3/23

Some news and notes from spring drills yesterday.
  • Aaron Murray, more dangerous than AquaMan.
  • In our 10 Questions yesterday, Fletcher Page emphasized the offensive line's importance this Spring. Weiszer has the story of Brent Benedict's long road back to the practice field. I'll admit I had forgotten just how bad his injury was.

Benedict tore his ACL, PCL, meniscus and hamstring in the non-contact injury sustained while running down the field to celebrate a touchdown.
“It was a pretty serious injury, especially with nerve involvement,” said Benedict, who practices now wearing an ankle brace.
“You never know how a guy is going to recover from some kind of nerve issue,” coach Mark Richt said. “The good thing on him is there was always something going on good that made you feel like he was going to recover. There’ was always some kind of flicker at the beginning or more movement. As time went on it just got better. …He’s now able to compete.”

Chomp THIS, gayturd!
  • In other injury news, our starting QB is now 100% and he's not planning on doing anymore Michael Jackson impressions. He's giving up the glove and said the main thing he's working on this Spring is his footwork ($$).
  • Coach Richt didn't sound too pleased with yesterday's sluggish practice or the overall shape his team was in coming off last week's Spring Break.

“Spring break — for spring football, it really does stink,” coach Mark Richt said. “You get ‘em working; you get ‘em up to a certain point of readiness, mentally, physically. And then boom, they’re gone. . . . And we [coaches] are, too. Our minds — we’re out of here, too.
“It’s hard to just come back off spring break and just expect everybody to look great. But hopefully we’ll be locked in and ready to go from here on.”
  • As for his run-in with the reptiles in Jamaica, I could've done without the visual image of CMR doing the chomp. I wish instead he would've gone over to their spot on the beach and given them his best Trinton Sturdivant impression. 
  • One thing I didn't take the opportunity to ask Page about yesterday was Bruce Figgins' new role. But he's definitely one to watch the next few weeks. I think his size and ball catching ability at FB will be a nice contrast to Ogletree.
The media could only talk to offensive players yesterday. After Thursday's practice they will have the chance to talk to defensive players.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

10 Questions: Spring Football with Fletcher Page

Welcome to my little corner of the Dawgosphere Fletcher Page, senior minion at the DawgPost. I understand that you are the infamous Irwin Fletcher's step grand nephew's cousin. So really the question on everyone's mind is has your car ever hit a water buffalo?
High flyin'...
Funny. Did you know the director/producers of Fletch settled on Chevy Chase to play the leading role without actually seeing any of his previous “work.” Lucky for him. Coincidentally, Dean Legge had never read anything I’d ever done until after he hired me. Thankfully. Like Chase, a few props and aliases have helped make this Dawg Post gig work out for me. In turn, I think this means I have nothing but flops and failure to look forward to in the next 20 years!

With that little bit of business out of the way...I'm truly sorry there's no sofa to sit on. We haven't replaced it since the time Coach Fabris flipped out, turned it upside down and threw it down the stairwell insisting it was too modern and sleek. So pull up a milk crate, there's beer in the cooler.
...straight shootin'
I’ll take a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout if you have one. If not, Budweiser works fine—better actually.

Okay, on to the Ten Questions!! which is a new feature here. You've dropped by to discuss Spring Drills, which are set to begin in full this week. The format for this is simple, I ask a question in Georgia bold print give an answer in Courier plain text. (Yep, just like you've been doing. You catch on faster than Hale did.) This both helps combat my inferiority complex and helps the reader to follow along. Of course, we prefer that the answers be insightful, but we'll just see how that goes. Bonus points for humorous references and at the end we see how you fared against a super computer named Hal.
I think so…

Good. Off we go...

This off season has brought some coaching changes. I know you haven't seen them all work together yet, but what are your initial impressions of Friend and Olivadotti?

Well, coach Friend is definitely an offensive line coach…and he’s definitely from the South. That much I can tell for sure. I haven’t been able to read too much into his hire (I struggle with the books that don’t have large, colorful pictures). I’ve yet to hear him talk specifics, but I anticipate he’ll be fine.

As for Olivadotti (we’ll call him Coach O to help cut down on pronunciation hesitation), he doesn’t really have the look or sound that most coaches possess, which I find to be awesome. He’s a good storyteller, talks at length and has a good sense a humor. He gets my “I’m in the media” stamp of approval because over the years I’ve dealt with coaches who were the complete opposite.

Anyway, I think Coach O would fit in nicely as a new character on The Office. He’d be cast as an insightful guy who has a decade of experience at a higher sales level and pops a sly witty punch or tells a detailed narrative every now and then. It could work.

Trust me, you wouldn’t know Coach O was a football guru if you passed him in the grocery store. But I bet as you were deciding on paper or plastic, he’d be scheming. I’d classify him as a schemer. For whatever that’s worth. 

Every winter we hear a lot about team morale and a new attitude. This offseason there's some pretty direct comments coming from certain players regarding the negativity that left town. Is this something you've picked up on covering the team? And how much of a difference do you think we can expect this year and going forward?
Yes. Getting rid of Marcus Dowtin was overdue. Dude was a locker room 7-10 split. A few others that needed to go are out of the program, too. And some of the players who didn’t leave, had their “Get in or get out” moment too (See, Ealey, W).

Speaking of Ealey, early indications are that he and Caleb King are working really hard both around Butts-Mehre and in the classroom. What have you heard on this front and what expectations do you have for them in the Fall?
I’m still not completely sure both will be here in the fall…I have nothing to base that on. I just don’t want to extend my hand for fear of getting slapped on the wrist again.

I have heard both are on board. But the past is hard to run from. They’re doing what they can to pile up enough positive plays to make everybody rest at ease. I think I’ve made enough running back references in this paragraph.

I have always preferred King in this discussion, so I won’t flip now. I think he’s set to have a better year than Ealey because he’s the better all-around back. He can block better and catch the football.

Of course, this is assuming they’re still in school…and if Isaiah Crowell needs any rest next year. Relax, that was meant to be funny. Sort of. The last part at least. 

AJ left a lot of catches behind for Coach Ball's squad when he declared for the draft. Do you see several receivers picking those up or one player filling his role?
A.J. is leaving a lot of catches…but he’s also leaving essentially all the opportunities, too. I like Tavarres King to lead the unit. He’s gained (more) weight, is plenty fast enough to stretch the field and now has a wide-open road in front of him to work with.

From there, it looks like there will be a committee of players to make up the rest of the unit. Marlon Brown is the “I’ll prove my worth this time around” guy. Rantavious Wooten is the niche speedster. Israel Troupe is the senior guy. Michael Bennett is the “I swear I’m not Kris Durham—please stop comparing us” dude. And there are plenty of true freshmen coming in to provide new blood.

I’m not sure who will be able to get separation (wide receiver liner).

On the defensive side of the ball there's a lot of changes too with the departure of Houston and Olivadotti coming in to replace Belin. One thing I think we've lacked in the past few seasons is a true leader on defense. Is Christian Robinson filling that role? Is someone else ready?
Christian Robinson and Jarvis Jones are exactly what you need as leaders on your football team. Jarvis has more talent than just about anybody on the team. He’ll talk about what needs to happen, too. That’s important. And Christian has become that guy that makes other players feel bad if they leave early or don’t show up for something “voluntary.” Both of those guys form a scary good leadership combination that I think Georgia lacked on the defensive side last year.

You need your starters and producers to also be vocal and command respect in the meeting rooms. That cannot be overstated. Just because you’re good and on you’re way to the NFL doesn’t mean you’re also a leader. I’m afraid some people get this confused at times.

Regarding Coach Richt's "letter of admonishment" (for the missing man formation in recruiting Isaiah Crowell), do you think this is a new leaf he's turned over?
Do you mean, “Is Georgia finally getting out and cheating to get the best kids available?...Take that Saban…”

Much has been made about these violations committed during the recruitment of Ray Drew and Isaiah Crowell. The funny thing is—a competitive advantage was not gained because both of those guys were going to pick Georgia. Drew was a done deal way before he ever thought to invite former Bulldog greats to his announcement. And Crowell was set on Georgia for a good while, too.

The Drew thing was out of the coaches’ control. But Richt should have known better than to pull the “game simulator” out of his back pocket for Crowell. It was obviously a violation—and it wasn’t even needed to seal the deal. And if Crowell’s mother hadn’t let the cat out of the bag to the media, nobody would have ever known a thing. Wait…am I furthering the case for why people should be guarded against people like me?

We have a few 2011 freshmen already on campus and many more 2010 signees taking off their redshirts. Are there any that you think we should look for at G-Day?
Forget G-Day. Go to or the watch The Masters. Oh wait…Georgia fans can’t use Augusta this year as a legit excuse for missing the spring game this year, can they?

I guess we’ll actually have to take it a little more seriously.

This crop of redshirt freshmen is fairly bleak—the Slim Pickens of comedy as I’ve referred to the 2010 recruiting class. Of those redshirted, I find the offensive linemen to be the most pertinent. Brent Benedict, Austin Long and Kolten Houston (a darkhouse I’ve been touting for some time) will all be competing for playing time. With Benedict and Long, serious injuries have held them both back, but they’re both extremely talented. Seeing how these players progress (though some may find offensive line battles to be far less exciting than watching for skill players on the verge) intrigues me the most. 

One concern a lot of fans have is the position changes that seem to strike a couple players each year. Kiante Tripp played every position but QB and never settled anywhere. A similar problem seems to have driven Nick Williams from the team altogether. And now Bean is returning to the offensive line, again. Some shifting seems natural as athletes grow and develop. But how concerned should fans be about this difficulty in finding spots for certain players? 
Maybe Kiante should have played quarterback. Maybe run a little Note Dame box. That could have been the answer. Or he at least should have logged a few minutes for the basketball team. He had skills on the hardwood in high school.

Anyway, I don’t think there is much concern here. When a player changes positions, the stories inevitable leak from the media about how the player feels “more comfortable” or “is excited for a fresh start.” Most of the time that’s spin.

Usually, a switch means that a player wasn’t/isn’t going to get on the field at his previous position and depth, or lack thereof, at another spot encouraged a move (this theory is valid, excluding the Alec Ogletree move. That doesn’t count). Don’t be fooled—it’s not like the coaches “can’t figure out what to do with so-and-so…” The truth is, they’re trying to milk as much out of player as they can, wherever that position may need to be. 

Georgia's ineffectiveness late in the game has gone from bad to worse the last couple seasons. Can a new Strength & Conditioning program have any instant impact? What do you think are some realistic indicators of improvement this Spring, then later in the Fall? 
Hey, I think you guys should be happy as long as there are no shoulder injuries this offseason. Seriously, those weights are heavy!

I really think a new strength and conditioning program can make for some serious change over the course of an offseason. The players have had over two months leading into spring, and they’ll have right at eight months by the time fall camp begins. When it comes to working out, that’s plenty of time to make a difference.

I think the biggest change involved the increased nutrition awareness. Cutting out fried foods and carbonated drinks (even if it for “just” five days out of the week) will make a difference.

As for indicators of this change, I’m not sure what the media and fans will be able to glean from spring, summer or fall. The players will still look impressive (they always have). They’ll still be in shape and running around and all that…the chief indicator will be the scoreboard after 12-plus games next fall. 

At the risk of jinxing the "sedated headlines" so far, a constant topic in the off season around Athens is discipline. In my eyes, Georgia (and more specifically, Mark Richt) gets unfairly labeled as out of control when in large part the issues are non-violent in nature and seem to be things that happen on campuses across the nation. Is this just an Athens thing, or are we simply more sensitive to each arrest due to the fact that the AJC has to sell more clicks?
I’ve probably taken an unpopular stance on this topic. I don’t think the ACC police or the media treat the football players unfairly. (Ducking…checking my peripheral…ducking again).

Everybody in Athens has to watch out for the police. I’ve never been arrested in Athens. But my best friend was (on a ridiculously bad deal). And I’ve had numerous other acquaintances (students and/or visitors for a weekend) get arrested for petty, petty, petty things. It’s just the way it is in Athens. The police have to control a large college-aged demographic and they run a tight ship. If you slip up, you walk the plank, so to speak. That’s just the way it is, the way it was and the way it always will be.

And when it comes to the media, if a college football player gets arrested it is news. Simple as that. Maybe the media in Gainesville or Tuscaloosa or Knoxville aren’t as vigilant. I can’t speak for that. But, college football players are getting a free education, they are public figures and many people depend on what those players provide the University of Georgia community. A great deal of responsibility comes with that. I can promise you this…I have never seen anyone covering Georgia get excited about running with an arrest story. But we still have to do it.

Anyway, getting that tangent (which most of you probably hate me for) out of the way, I don’t think the program is “out of control.” Counting walk-ons, there are over 120 kids Richt is responsible for. That means there are 120 chances for a mistake each and every day. Things happen—and so far this offseason, none of those “things” have happened. I think the team—coaches and players—should be commended for that. If they’re going to be raked over the coals when negative actions go down, they should get a pat on the back when no arrests occur. But I guess most people don’t hand out complements for doing something the way you’re supposed to do them in the first place.
Bernie, I think we got way too serious on that topic. Weren’t we talking about Chevy Chase?


Well, Tierra del Fuego Fletcher. Appreciate your input. Your answers have put you in a position to surpass Hal with a correct answer to this one bonus question. Take your time, choose wisely. No googling. What was your cousin's step grand uncle's favorite NBA team?

The 1991 Denver Broncos. Hands down.

Ok, let's go to the tape...

Looks like a Broncos jersey to me. Congrats Fletcher. Don't forget to use some SPF while at Woodruff Fields this week. It's been good talking about football again.

Go Dawgs!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday's Meatloaf - Tuning my second-hand fiddle

Your bracket's done been busted. The lady made you work in the yard all weekend. Your Dawgs got bounced from the tourney. Might as well sink into some slow cooked comfort food.

You know, I'm real thankful to have a wife that I see eye to eye with on most things that don't involve televised reality shows. That's especially important when it comes to raising a couple of younguns. We're pretty much a united front and complement each other well on the battle field that is parenthood.

All that being said, I am now officially chopped liver. A few weeks ago Mrs. Bernie set out to meet up with some friends, and left me and the girls with a frozen lasagna. As the three of us picked through it with all the enthusiasm of a trip to the dentist's office, I realized I had to do something quick. Or else forever be entrenched as the lame parent that gets left behind to remind them to do their homework, brush their teeth...and wash behind your ears this time!!!.

So we left the dishes in the sink and piled in the car and I drove them to Sonic for dessert. It's a lot further away from our house than the local McD's, but I needed something exciting and I built it up as such for a good 15 minutes. Under the glow of the menu sign they struggled with all the options as their eyes danced from one delicious frozen item to the next (none of which was lasagna), but I insisted the voice on the drive-thru speaker be patient. 

The whole thing paid off big time. By the time we got back home I could've sold them on eating frozen lasagna every night for the rest of their lives. It was a good era in my fatherhood. But it all came crashing down yesterday about noon. The wife had swung a private viewing of some up and coming boy band at the mall. She had VIP passes for my little pre-teen princess and her budding pre-pre-teen littler sister that allowed them full access to what can only be described as pubescent Brad Pitts with microphones and a handful of guitar lessons. I'm doomed. No way a milkshake can stand up to an autographed t-shirt. A slushy doesn't have a shot in hell against a personalized CD. 

Yep, it was a good run. But I am now Gerry Cooney and my wife is Muhammed Ali. I'm that kicker for the Buffalo Bills back in the 90s and she's Joe Montana. I'll be lucky if the kids even make my trips to the beer fridge for me anymore. Sigh.

Today's Ingredients
  • In case you missed it, yesterday we barked at some chili dawgs.
  • The HoopDawgs barked a full 40 minutes Friday night but came up short.
  • Exile dissects the loss rather precisely and Dawgola Tesla recaps their trip to Charlotte.
  • While we wait for Trey and Travis to officially pull an AJ, PWD is helping us move forward.
  • And Coach Fox has already started adding to his next class; Nemanja Djurisic has committed.
  • There's no better place to watch tennis than at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Thom gets us ready for the season, have your calendars open please.
  • Tomorrow spring practice begins in earnest. Come on by tomorrow when Fletcher Page sits down for 10 Questions to get us ready. With any luck, we'll also find out if his car has ever hit a water buffalo.
  • In his recruiting update, ecdawg has news about Geno Smith visiting Athens among other things.
  • Brandon Boykin is part of a leadership group that's helping teammates make better choices and prevent off the field issues.
  • The group is similar to one set up by Saban in Tuscaloosa, which is who Mark Barron may have to answer to as he was arrested in Mobile on hindering prosecution (and yes, I did get a chuckle out of the sheriff's website addy).
  • The Senator finds Spurrier and Garcia entering a new phase of their relationship. Guess we'll have to wait til Fall to see if they're rounding third headin for home...or if Garcia just strikes out.
  • The HillBillies seem to be running the asylum up in Knutsville. Gonna be interesting to see this power struggle evolve into a real seed spitting contest. Pearl evidently has the early advantage.
  • The Diamond Dawgs lost yesterday's rubber game to the chickens. Next up is #21 ranked Tech at Foley Field tomorrow night.
  • Lastly, I read this and could only think that Jerry Jones is somehow behind it all.
Perhaps ol' Grizzard was still on my mind when I read this bit of news about Stone Mountain. It seems the park's age old laser show is getting an upgrade that will make the monolith spew lava and then get really psychedelic with pretty birds and flowers. Maybe even a rabbit that we'll all follow down a hole.

You older visitors will remember that Grizzard was the step-brother of humorist Ludlow Porch who passed away just last monthLudlow could be heard for years on his radio show where he enjoyed pulling off pranks on listeners whose IQs were somewhere south of of the GA-Fla border. I remember Dad telling me of one years ago where he convinced listeners that Montana didn't exist (even the ones who had been to the state), that it was a government plot.

There was also the time he got everyone riled up about some yankee multi-million dollar conglomerate that had just purchased Stone Mountain Park; they were planning on taking away all of the Confederate flags and redecorating with pink flamingos. By the time he mentioned that Jackson, Davis and Lee's faces would be sand blasted off the mountain altogether we were about three steps from our second secession from the union in just over a hundred years.

Nope, down here in the great state of Georgia we're second fiddle to no one. Not any politically correct millionaires, not Hanoi Jane, not the devil and definitely not any yankees. Now if I could just out rock these boy bands and their unkempt hair I might just trump the wife again. Then again, air-fiddlin' Charlie Daniels on top of the dinner table probably isn't helping matters. 

But there are some things you just can't help. Here's your fork Reader, go shoot fire from your finger tips have a great Monday.


Hoops...where from here?

Good wrapup segment from the floor in Charlotte by the guys at DawgPost. I'll have some more links a little later in the meatloaf. But Dean and Fletcher spell out where we are are, and where we could be heading.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Resting under the Grit Tree, in peace

With a big h/t to AthensHomerDawg, today we remember the passing of Lewis Grizzard. I can't really type any more than I already have about how much Grizzard's words meant to me both growing up and growing old. He blended humor, realism and southern charm to perfection.

I simply give thanks that he is up there, sittin' a spell with Catfish at his side.

"The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity."

“The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life's most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it.”

“She [mama] had an appreciation of the language. She taught me a love of words, of how they should be used and how they can fill a creative soul with a passion and lead to a life's work.”

“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

“I finally figured it out, I finally figured out how to find some peace and happiness. I sure would hate for the man upstairs to take me now. But at least I did figure it out.”  

Lewis Grizzard 1946-1994