How big of a deal should off-field issues be?

It’s with a great sense of pride that in my office at my real job hangs a nicely framed diploma trumpeting the fact that I’m a proud alumnus of the University of Georgia. 

So any time you see headlines, such as Saturday morning, that two players from the football program have been arrested within a two-week span, it is initially unsettling. 

But in the big picture, as far as competing for a national championship, how much of an issue should off-field issues be? Sure, if you have friends of other SEC teams or worry about drivel being pushed forward by the likes of a Corbin Dawg’s favorite radio sports talk host, bearing criticism of the program can be unsettling.

I want to be very direct. I’m not defending what Jonathan Taylor did. You NEVER have an excuse for assaulting your wife/ girlfriend (we’re looking at you as well, Ray Rice). 

But 18-22-year olds will be idiots, and they do so all over the country. Why they tend to do so in Athens? Who knows? 

But if this team wins the MNC or wins the SEC title, what do you think will be remembered more? Off-field issues or the season results?

Jake Scott is one of the most iconic players in UGA history and had a spotted off-field record. Some 30 years ago, some of the team leaders faced team discipline prior to the season. Half a year or so later, that same team won a National Title. What do you think is remembered more?

Once the season starts, off-field issues will hopefully fade.

Pre-season camp cannot begin soon enough.

Lugnut Dawg



A New Bulldog

A shout out to our friend Lugnut Dawg and his wife on the arrival of their new baby girl last week.  They are the newest members in the parenthood fraternity.

I think all these babies missed the memo on no hazing…



The Grit Tree

It Is You

Dear Shaq Wiggins,

When folks continually fail drug tests, steal from their teammates, ride around town with stolen guns under the front seat, double dip checks, are disruptive and disrespectful in class, and have problems with their new position coach, it is most certainly YOU not them.



It’s Coming…

Preview magazines are starting to hit the shelves.  I bought one just to buy it, but I am anxiously awaiting the Phil Steele.

As we look ahead to the new 2014 season, let’s look back to 2013.  And this has to do with looking back.

Georgia finished 8-5.  Not good.

But ask yourself this:  If the team that had started the LSU game played the rest of the season, would Georgia had gone 8-5?  Or, if the team that even started Tennessee played the rest of the season, would Georgia had gone 8-5?

The answer to these questions is both no, and probably Georgia would have played Auburn again in the SEC title game.  I say all that to possible reinforce myself.  As the magainzes come out, and we start to wish away the dog days of summer, let us all be excited.  Between the way the 2012 SEC Championship game ended and the highs and lows of 2013, it has been hard for me to get excited about the 2014 campaign.

But guys, it is coming.  And last year wasn’t as bad as we want to think. So, Go Dawgs!



Josh Murray memory Not Involving Trashy TV

I don’t watch The Bachelor, I never intend to.  My wife LOVES trashy reality TV.  If it involves a housewife, and it comes on Bravo, she is hooked.  I try my best to find anything else to do, but sometimes I am in the room when these programs come on our TV.  I tell her, “You give me 12 Saturdays a year to watch whatever I want, you can watch all the trashy TV the other 353 days a year.”  I think that is a fair deal.

I saw on Twitter and Facebook  that Josh Murray, brother of some QB named Aaron, is on The Bachelor.  I do remember the 2010 Auburn game, when Nick Fairly tried his damndest to cripple Aaron Murray, and when the straw that broke the camel’s back, or the leg as it were, happened, Josh was ready to have a death match with Fairly in the middle of Jordan-Hare.  I don’t think that Josh Murray could take Fairly in fight, but seeing the way he was running out on the field and had to be contained by his teammates, I think he would have made a lasting impression on Fairly’s ugly face.

Eh, maybe it was trashy TV afterall…


BBQ Thursday: Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

The very infrequent series BBQ Thursday takes a different approach than usual. (h/t Atlanta Business Chronicle) has named Georgia the best state for BBQ.




A Need For Cupcakes

Continuing on with the discussion of schedules, there is one final point I’d like to bring up.

I think there is a place for cupcakes, and I absolutely don’t have a problem with them.

I mean that both ways.  In the literal sense that I enjoy cupcakes and the little cupcake shops that seem to be popping up all over the place.

I also mean in the way of scheduling.  Sure, you want some good home games.  As a general rule, I find the atmosphere in Sanford Stadium lacking compared to other venues I’ve visited, but when it is rockin’, cousin it is a-rockin’ with the best of them. See: LSU, South Carolina from last year.

Not all SEC schools play beefy out of conference schedules consistently, and it does suck having to pay all that money for season tickets for games that you A) don’t care about seeing and will leave early B) have to sit in the 90 degree sun at 12 noon in September watching Georgia beat up on a FCS school C)simply won’t go to, or D) give the tickets away to someone else.

There is a lot of scorn from fans and outside pundits alike about the powder puffs.  Now what some other schools in the conference do in regards to their scheduling is embarrassing; likewise, you could debate the wisdom of a program like Georgia traveling to Arizona then coming back and playing Alabama the next week.

But what should not be dismissed is the importance these games play.  For one, it gives the team a glorified scrimmage.  Playing Georgia Southern the week before Tech is brilliant.  Or playing a crappy team in November before your big rivalry game is smart because it is like having a bye week late in the season before a big game.  No coach or player will say that publically, but it is truth.

It gives a nice payday to these small schools.  I want to say Georgia is paying Troy $1M to come to Athens.  Think of the boon that is for a smaller athletic department.

Finally, these small games give an opportunity for folks who either may not get season tickets or can afford to pay big bucks for a marquee game an opportunity to come to a game in Sanford Stadium, or it is a chance for families to bring their kids to a lower key game.  When it comes time to bring the little girl to football games (fortunately she is able to stay with Grandma those weekends we come up), I don’t want to take her to LSU or Auburn until she is old enough to enjoy it or sit through it.  I wouldn’t mind bringing her up for the Troy or Georgia Southern games, though.  I have a lot of friends who use these crappy games as an opportunity to bring their kids, nieces or nephews.

I think Georgia has a nice balance with marquee non-conference games periodically and the cupcakes.  It is easy for folks to snicker at the idea of these games, but don’t forget, they do serve a purpose.




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