Saturday, July 21, 2012

Flashback: Rex "kicked the whatchamacallit out of it!"

1978 against Kentucky. Behind the feet of Willie and the foot of Rex, the Dawgs escape Lexington with a last second win. I've heard Rex say before that he really didn't have to boot the ball hard from that distance. But that's not the way Larry Munson saw it.

"The clock just will not stop!....the clock's against us!"

h/t Dawg19

Duron Carter doesn't have time...

...for this shit. Or studying.
Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter has left the program, a source confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad.
Carter, who never played a down for the Crimson Tide after transferring to the school in 2011, is seeking another program to play for, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
The junior wideout, who is the son of former NFL receiver and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter, began his career at Ohio State and was a boon for an Alabama coaching staff looking for a deep threat after Julio Jones left the program early for the NFL draft. But Carter couldn't stay academically eligible last season, and coach Nick Saban suspended him in March.
Carter was not reinstated, and his profile did not appear in the Crimson Tide media guide that was released earlier this week.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Committee of tailbacks, from the horse's mouth

Ok, I gave y'all my two cents. Yesterday Coach Richt himself addressed the make up of the tailback position going into the season.
“We’ve got some really good backs on this football team. It certainly will change Richard Samuel’s role I would think. He was transitioning to at least the hybrid tailback/fullback for us, but I don’t think he’ll be getting an awful lot of time at fullback now. He may still be ready to go if needed over there. He’ll still most of his time at tailback. Of course, Ken Malcome was actually the No. 1 tailback at the end of spring ball. And our two young backs (Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley) will get an opportunity to show what they can do and that’s why they came here to play and play early. Historically freshmen backs can come in and do well. Plus we’ve got (Brandon) Harton and (Kyle) Karempelis, a couple of walk-ons that have played for us and know the system and function well and will only get better as well. So we’ve got some guys that can come in and play.”
Richt doesn't read my blog, but if he did I think he would've voted Karempelis.

SEC Media Days Recap - Richt and his Dawgs

First, Coach Richt talks about a variety of topics including Crowell, the schedule, Mizzou opener and replacing some key players from last year's SEC East Division Champions.

Abry Jones loosens his tie to talk about the upcoming season and specifically the defense that returns so many starters. 

Next Jarvis Jones talks about the move from ILB to outside, the team's potential and basically what it's like carrying Jules Winnfield's wallet.

Last, Tavarres King talks about his quarterback and his role in the offense as well as the prospects this season.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SEC Media Days 2012 - Thursday Livefeed

SEC Media Days concludes today in Hoover. Below you'll find the schedule for the day and a link for the livefeed. They save the best for last! GATA Jarvis!


Thursday, July 198:30 a.m. – Derek Dooley, Tennessee
8:40 a.m. – Ja'wuan James, Tennessee 
8:50 a.m. – Damion Square, Alabama 
9:10 a.m. – Herman Lathers, Tennessee
9:40 a.m. – Barrett Jones, Alabama 
9:50 a.m. – Michael Williams, Alabama 
10:00 a.m. – Nick Saban, Alabama
10:50 a.m. – Mark Richt, Georgia
11:00 a.m. – Tyler Bray, Tennessee 
11:30 a.m. – Tavarres King, Georgia 
11:50 a.m. – Abry Jones, Georgia 
12:00 p.m. – Mike Marry, Ole Miss 
12:10 p.m. – Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss 
12:20 p.m. – Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
1:10 p.m. – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss 
1:20 p.m. – Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SEC Media Days 2012 - Wednesday Livefeed

SEC Media Days kicks off today in Hoover. Below you'll find the schedule for the day and a link for the livefeed.

Wednesday, July 188:30 a.m. – Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
8:40 a.m. – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State 
8:50 a.m. – Mike Gillislee, Florida
9:10 a.m. – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State
9:40 a.m. – John Bostic, Florida
9:50 a.m. – Lerentee McCray, Florida
10:00 a.m. – Will Muschamp, Florida
10:50 a.m. – Joker Phillips, Kentucky
11:00 a.m. – Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State 
11:30 a.m. – Larry Warford, Kentucky 
11:50 a.m. – Matt Smith, Kentucky 
12:00 p.m. – Knile Davis, Arkansas 
12:10 p.m. – Tenarius Wright, Arkansas 
12:20 p.m. – John L. Smith, Arkansas
1:10 p.m. – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
1:20 p.m. – Collins Ukwu, Kentucky
2:20 p.m. – Les Miles, LSU
2:30 p.m. – Zach Mettenberger, LSU 
2:40 p.m. – Corey Lemonier, Auburn 
3:00 p.m. – Eric Reid, LSU 
3:30 p.m. – Emory Blake, Auburn 
3:40 p.m. – Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn 
3:50 p.m. – Gene Chizik, Auburn
4:00 p.m. – Odell Beckham, LSU

Humpday Hilarity - Exhaustipated

SEC Media Days Recap, day one

Some Mizzou quotes and quips from yesterday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SEC Media Days 2012 - Tuesday Livefeed

SEC Media Days kicks off today in Hoover. Tyler has your prop bets right here. Below you'll find the schedule for the day, a link for the livefeed and the SEC Digital Network's opening video to get you ready. Have fun!

2012 SEC Football Media Days Live Stream Schedule

(All Times Central and Subject To Change)

Tuesday, July 17
1:00 p.m. – Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
1:10 p.m. – Ace Sanders, South Carolina
1:20 p.m. – Sean Porter, Texas A&M
1:40 p.m. – D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2:10 p.m. – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2:20 p.m. – Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
2:30 p.m. – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
3:00 p.m. – Commissioner Mike Slive
3:20 p.m. – James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3:30 p.m. – Connor Shaw, South Carolina 
4:00 p.m. – Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
4:20 p.m. – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
4:30 p.m. – Elvis Fisher, Missouri
4:40 p.m. – T.J. Moe, Missouri 
4:50 p.m. – Gary Pinkel, Missouri
5:40 p.m. – E.J. Gaines, Missouri
5:50 p.m. – Zac Stacey, Vanderbilt 

GATArchives: Bill Bates meets the kid from Johnson Co.

First game. First play. All it took for a legend to be born.

Here Larry Munson walks all over the 1980 season opener, much as Herschel walked all over Bates. You've seen the play a million times, but this is a chance to hear Munson help you get the picture for a game that helped set the stage for a spectacular season.

It's an instant classic.

h/t Dawg19

Brookwood's Shaun McGee commits

After coming to Dawg Night and then visiting Alabama on Sunday, Brookwood's Shaun McGee took his mom over to Athens Monday and called Coach Richt to commit.

Although he plays a lot of defensive end for the Broncos, he'll likely end up at one of Grantham's LB spots as a Bulldog. And it was clearly a chance to play close to home that helped make McGee's decision.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday's Meatloaf - closing in on wedded bliss

True story. I swear.

My bride and I met in college. But she didn't really speak to me much at all. It wasn't that she was stuck up or snooty. It had more to do with the fact that, in baseball terms, she's a star slugger and I'm more of a double A journeyman farm system closing pitcher. So I wasn't swayed or turned off all those times when I said "Hey Jennifer! How are you today?" and she said, "Oh. Hey."

Nope. I was determined. I would need something the cool kids referred to as an "A game". That and a clean shirt perhaps. Yep, I was the closer and it was just the third inning.

Hodgson's...where love is born
one scoop at a time.
Graduation came for me, but if you've been to Athens GA you already know that you can't always just up and leave. It's the greatest city on Earth. My roots were deep. Plus, she was still in town. So I hung around and kept the local beer stores in business. On Sunday nights we'd gather for trivia. Being a recent graduate with a next to nothing job and living in low rent housing, I had an abundance of knowledge to show off. Of all the pitchers of beer we almost won I contributed my share, which is to say I stayed out of the way and simply offered my two cents when the topic came to music...or how to stretch a 4 year degree into 5+ years.

This obviously impressed the future Mrs. Bernie. I mean, what young woman isn't attracted to a man that stays out of the way and lends a helping hand only when called upon?

Story short, I closed the deal. Once I finally got her attention with my limited trivial knowledge all it really took was an offer of a trip to Hodgson's Pharmacy to land the first date. That's why now, as we're on the verge of our 15th year in matrimony, I offer this as advice for you younger readers. If she outmaneuvers you, acts like you're not even there...well, hold steady. Sexy starting pitchers with the fat stacks can't always go the distance. And that's when a closer steps up to the counter, a couple quarters in hand.* 

Today's Ingredients
- Then again, perhaps former President Reagan said it best: You'll never get in trouble if you say "I love you" at least once a day.
- SEC officials, coaches and players are descending upon Hoover. We'll have some live video feed and replays as well. Georgia helps conclude the event on Thursday.
- Speaking of Media Days, Blutarsky has an idea for a ol' Ball Coach question, in terms of competitive balance in the SEC.
- Game times and channels will start to fall into place today. Tyler and Jim from Duluth consulted and came up with a pretty good sketch. (Update: here's the tv sked through first three weeks)
- DavetheDawg has a collection of thoughts on the upcoming season based on a WLOCP rewatch.
- Fletcher recaps Dawg Night, including an evaluation of the commitments.
- Chris Low looks at some of the recent transfers in the SEC.
- Didn't take long, but ecdawg found a Bammer throwing yellow hammers at glass houses as it relates to Reuben Foster getting ca$h from Auburn...allegedly.
- Be sure and vote in the poll up there to the right, which tailback will have the best season.
- John Isner beat Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets to defend his Hall of Fame Tennis Championship.
- I've stayed out of the PSU fray. It just makes my stomach turn. This piece by Rick Reilly makes as much sense as you possibly can.
- For my fellow Breaking Bad aficionados, here is Sepinwall's review of last night's premiere. Yo! Magnets bitches!
- Lastly, remember when I used to do the occasional beer review on here? Well, if you liked that kind of thing Joe, Kyle and I now have a Blog on Draft. Cheers!

Normally when the wife goes to the mall I have at least one kid that doesn't want to go so I can easily and innocently just offer to stay home. This gives me a terrific opportunity to hold onto my man card without having to follow behind through countless stores, holding shopping bags and (GASP!) standing there in the middle of a department store while the little lady holds up shirts to your chest to see how the color matches your skin tone.
Much better than Macy's brand.

Kill. Me. Now.

No, I'd much rather stay at home. I don't piss her off by "subtly" trying to rush her. And if I need a shirt, she just brings several home for me to try. I pick the one I like and then one day I come home from work and the rest that didn't make the cut are gone. 

Easy. Perfect. Wedded bliss!

But yesterday a key component of the Bernie evades shopping infrastructure was gone. The kids are up in the mountains with the grandparents rock stars. When she asked me to go to the mall I looked for my youngest first. She always would rather stay and climb a tree, or play Madden, or help me eat a bag of Lay's Tangy Carolina BBQ chips. I was stuck. So I put 14.998 years of holy matrimony on the line and said...."No."

I closed my eyes and prepared for the worst but I quickly realized that a negotiation was commencing. Instead of getting smacked upside the cranium I was being asked to reconsider. You're probably thinking that I quickly played the Lawn needs mowing card and then hoped for a late afternoon rainstorm. But no, I artfully kept the Mall of Georgia off the table and eventually settled on driving her to Kohl's. After a half hour of listening to Bieber and Nickelback's "greatest hits" over the intercom we were on our way to Pepe's for a late afternoon margarita.

Winner winner chicken dinner! Happy anniversary honey! For the rest of you, keep closing. Maybe one day you can drink the coffee. Here's your fork. Have a great Monday!

*Yes, I'm aware that it is now a buck a scoop. I'm old. I can even remember when it was a dime and was located across from where 5 Points Bottle is now. So don't burn me in the comments and make me look bad. Even after 14.998 years I still skate on thin ice.

Welcome to Hoover Wyatt Earp

Nice little preview here by Paschall for this week's SEC Media Days. I couldn't help but chuckle a little at the response Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has given previously to the "what's it like to be the new kid on the field" question.
"Transition is tough for everybody," Sumlin said in late April. "For me, this is all new, and the experiences that we are going to have are new to everybody — to our administration, to our fans and to me.
"In a way, it is kind of an advantage, because the other [SEC] schools don't know what's coming, either. There is a lot of excitement."
Who does this guy think he is? Wyatt Earp.