Archive for September, 2009



Three keys to beating ASU

Play pass defense

This is something Georgia has not done a very good job of the past two games (how’s that for an understatement?). It must pressure the quarterback and blanket ASU’s receivers with coverage.

Don’t make mistakes

Last week in Arkansas, penalties and turnovers put Georgia behind early, putting it in a hole. That’s the last thing the Bulldogs need to do against an upset-mind Sun Devils team. Georgia must take control early and minimizing mistakes will go along way in carrying this out.

Keep on rolling

Georgia has had no problems scoring points recently. It needs to keep doing so early on against ASU and get the Sanford Stadium crowd on its side and put ASU at a disadvantage. We’ve seen out of conference teams get blindsided early Between the Hedges (think Boise State and Okie State). If Georgia makes big plays early, it can do the same this week.

Busy week

There has been a lot of news this week about matters that are peripheral to what happens on the gridiron.  We have had coaching fueds , garbage talk, the UGA game staying in Jacksonville, and whether or not Willie should or should not be given the boot. 

With all the extracurriculars, you wouldn’t think that we have a NIGHT game this week against another BCS opponent who has again circled the game with us on their calendar all off season.  We do.  I am not going to go indepth of what we need to do to win this game.  I think anyone who has watched this team the last three weeks has a good idea of what we can do/what we can’t do that we need to improve on.  Improvement will be the difference in 10 point win and a 20 point win. 

1.  Don’t turn the ball over, especially on our side of the field. 

2. Force turnovers.

3.  Don’t leave recievers wide open; and when you do cover them, tackle them.

4. Rush the QB.

5.  Cut the number of false start and holding penalties.

These are the seemingly simple fundamentals that, one would think, will be correctable.  We should get past AZ State, but to have any chance to compete on a high level we must correct said problems. 

Hopefully we can get out of this game with no injuries, get our back ups and younger players plenty of opportunities to play, and gear up for LSU next week between the hedges. 

Corbindawg

Go Dawgs!

Friday Locks

1. Corbindawg (5-1, .833) 0 GB T2. Kensingtondawg (4-2, .667) 1 GB T2. Granitedawg (4-2, .667) 2 GB  4. Ucheedawg (1-5, .167) 4 GB

Corbindawg (5-1)

Texas Tech as Houston (-1) Though Texas Tech is not going to make a MNC chase this year, they are still a quality team that will put up some points.  They made their match up with Texas very interesting last week.  Houston is going to score points also. .  While they beat OSU, I don’t see them repeating this feat against TbyT. The Line hasn’t swayed all week.   Staying with my lean here and I will take the Red Raiders and The Good Doctor straight up. 

Florida (-21.5) at Kentucky-  Urban Meyer is like a shark in the water.  He got a sniff of blood last week.  Tebow was going into the endzone early in the 4th Quarter and fumbled on the Tennessee 2.  What was going to be a 30-6 (at least) blood letting turned into a more respectable 23-13 win.  Urban got a taste, now he wants to devour.  Kentucky hasn’t been tested this year and are probably not as good as they have been in the last couple of years.  Urban can say how he doesn’t care about style points and I can say how I have washboard abs.  Especially after the Ole Miss loss, the team is going to make sure not to get embarrassed.  Again with the leans, I believe the spread could be 40 and Florida would cover with ease. 

North Carolina at Georgia Tech (-2.5) The nerds had very high preseason expectations.  With a blown lead and near loss against Clempson, followed up by a blowout loss to Miami, the Ramblin Wreck need this game to not only stay in the hunt but to correct the problems they have been having on both side of the ball.  Much like we saw with South Carolina, a battle tested team is a better prepared team.  UNC has had close wins against sub par teams.  You can learn more in defeat than victory, so I will take the Yellow Jackets to cover the two and a hook.

Kensingtondawg (4-2)

Three dogs this week for all my people who have become rich off of these picks.

Missouri at Nevada (+7.5) -Why wait til Saturday when you can make money on Friday!  It’s been a tough start for the Wolfpack but this is a good football team.  Colin Kaepernick is very good at making throws the ball down the field.  Plus, I’m not sold on Missouri just yet.  The beat a pitiful coached team in Illinois (coached by the Zooker) to start this season and barely escaped Bowling Green.  In what should be a tough environment for Missouri, I like Nevada and the 7.5.

Southern Miss (+13.5) at Kansas- The Jayhawks are on a roll in 2009 but they’d better be ready Saturday.  They are facing a dangerous team in Southern Miss who are led by one of the better running backs in the Southeast in Damon Fletcher.  Plus it doesn’t appear that Kansas has their head in the right place considering the Kansas football team was involved in a brawl with the Jayhawk basketball team earlier in the week.  Don’t be surprised if Southern Miss walks into Lawrence and wins the game outright.  But, since Vegas will give them to me I’ll take Southern Miss and the 13.5.   

Miami at Virginia Tech (+3)-  Talk about disrespect!  Virginia Tech, the rightful owner of the ACC, the last few years is a underdog at home to the sexy team on the street in the Miami Hurricanes.  There is no question that the Canes are improved.  They made one of the best hires in the offseason by bringing on OC Mark Whipple.  And Jacory Harris, while good, is prone to making mistakes.  He nearly cost them the game against FSU when his misguided INT was returned for a TD in the second half.  Miami has not faced a defense as close to as good as the one Bud Foster will bring Saturday afternoon.  Va Tech will cover and win.  They may even do it in convincing fashion.  Take the Hokies and the 3.

Granitedawg (4-2)

Colorado State at BYU  (-17)   BYU got upset by FSU and I think that is what is keeping this line low.  Colorado St may be undefeated but this is the same BYU team we were talking about a week ago running the table.  If they don’t turn it over as much this week BYU covers easily.
 
Arizona State at  UGA (-12)-   Corbindawg will try and tell you why our defense will play better.  I just think Samuel and committee will run all over a rain soaked field.  UGA covers.
 
Cal at Oregon  (+5.5)  Cal has the heisman frontrunner in Javhid Best, that is if he didn’t play for Cal.  Cal is superior on both lines and runs the score up hoping for national attention.  Cal by two touchdowns.

Ucheedawg (1-5)

Arizona St at UGA (-12) Georgia rolls this week, putting up huge numbers against a weak Arizona St. defense. Our offense is much too rounded for them. Conversely, I think our D is too athletic to allow them to do to us what Arkansas did last week. I’ll give the points and take the Dawgs.

UF (-21.5) at UK- Urban Meyer will take out all frustrations against the Cats this week and roll up massive amounts of td’s. After an un-impressive win against the Vols, look for lots of style points here. Give the points and take the Gators.

Notre Dame (-7) at Purdue- ND’s star WR is out for the year, and QB Claussen has been slowed by a toe injury. Poor on the road anyway, look for ND to struggle to put away the Boilermakers. ND wins, but it’s closer than the experts think. I’ll take the 7 and go with Purdue.

Mediation in Lane vs. Urban

Mike Slive has finally put his foot down and told these two jokers to quit the verbal insults. I wondered what it would look like if Commissioner Slive had brought these two, urm, gentlemen together for a pow wow.

I would hope that it would look something like this:

(WARNING: Video is from one of the funniest movies of the last several years.  It does include some coarse language, so watch at your own risk)

You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!

thegritree

Go Dawgs!

Most Important Reason Why The World’s Largest Outdoor Cockatil Pary is Staying Put

Other factors cited by Evans: The economic impact the game has on southeastern Georgia, where many Bulldogs fans stay for the weekend, and the chance to boost Georgia’s recruiting efforts in the state of Florida, one of the country’s most fertile recruiting areas.

I know TGT agrees with most other bloggers, fans and administrators (practically everyone except the Atlanta Sports Council and Coach Richt) that leaving “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville is the right decision. 

All of the reasons leaving the game in JAX are very valid.  The tradition, being closer to south Georgia, keeping a  recruiting presence, not wanting those nasty jean short wearers coming to Athens, etc… are all valid reasons to keeping the game where it is.

One reason, though, that Damon Evans points out that I think is THE most important reason to leave the game in Jax is the impact to the economy of Southeast Georgia; namely St. Simons Island. 

Many of the condos, rental houses and restaurants on the island are dependent on Georgia-Florida week.  I was eating at a restaurant on the north end of the island last year, and I heard someone say that 50% of their revenues for the year come from Georgia-Florida Week. 

St. Simons is truly a beautiful place, and we don’t want the corporate greed from the Atlanta area coming in and taking away a major source of business for that area.  More over, it and its neighboring Islands like Jekyll and Cumberland are quaint and have charm.  I would hate to see these turn into something like Tybee.  As a Dawg fan, and a fan of the Golden Isles, I am glad that the Bulldog Nation will be going  to JAX on the last week of October for the foreseeable future. 

It’s still the Cocktail Party

The Georgia-Florida game won’t be moving anytime soon following yesterday’s decision by the UGA Athletic Board to approve Athletics Director Damon Evans’ recommendation to keep the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville through 2016.

It doesn’t matter what university presidents perched up in their ivory towers think, the game will and always will be the Cocktail Party in the minds of us here at The Grit Tree.

This game won’t be moving, and keeping it in Jacksonville is the right call. The whole homestate advantage of Florida has been beaten into the ground time and again. Georgia can remove this business of having a disadvantage against the swamp lizards by doing one thing each year- beat Florida. That’s obviously easier said than done right now, and we’ll just leave it at that right now.

Given Florida’s current domination of the series against Georgia, moving the game from Jacksonville would have been a PR nightmare for the Bulldogs. Moving the game when times weren’t good for the Bulldogs in this rivalry would have cast the Bulldogs in some views as running away from the challenge of Florida.

So here’s to many more good times by many within the Bulldog Nation in South Georgia and North Florida in the near future and nights of destroying property after a win over Florida.

Bobby Cox to Retire After 2010 Season

Not football related, but the Braves are THE TEAM for the South.

The AJC has reported that Braves Manager Bobby Cox is retiring at the end of NEXT season.  After a reported spat with General Manager Frank Wren and then having an up and down season before seeing the team’s contention for post season play slip a couple of weeks ago, reports speculated over the last week that Cox would not be back next season.

I am glad that Bobby Cox is going out on his own terms.  I am also glad that he is coming back for one more go around.  The pitching staff should be the best in the National League, if not all of baseball.  Of course I would like to see the Braves win it all next season, but I hope they can at least give Bobby one more division title.  It would be a fitting end.

Go Dawgs!  Go Braves!

Corbindawg

Evans Recommends Jacksonville

Damon Evans will recommend to the Athletic Board that the UGA-Florida game remain in Jacksonville for another 6 years according to the AJC.

Cocktail Party Decision Expected Today

The UGA Athletic Board along with President Adams and Athletic Director Damon Evans are expected to make a decision today on whether or to renew the contract that would keep the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville.  I predict that the board will make the right decision and keep the game in Jax.  But, it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out, and we will be monitoring developments throughout the day.

Lewis Grizzard Wednesday 9-23-09

A lot has been made the last two weeks of the travesty that took on North Campus with all the garbage left behind.

Lewis Grizzard even has an opinion of trash vs. garbage. Speaking of Lewis, Kyle King pays tribute to him and his most famous article that was published here two weeks ago by writing a letter to his son.

Difference Between Garbage And Trash

http://www.lewisgrizzard.com
Did you know there was a difference between trash and garbage?

I’m nearly 40 years old, and I didn’t know that. I always figured trash and garbage were the same thing, a bunch of stuff you wanted to throw away.

You live, you learn.

The other morning, I walked outside my house and I noticed the can in which I dump my refuse (a highbrow word for a bunch of stuff you want to throw away), was still full from the previous day.

There was a little note stuck to the can. It said, in essence, that my refuse hadn’t been picked up because – and I quote – “trash and garbage had been mixed.” What’s the difference

I hate making mistakes like that. Once I didn’t close the cover on a book of matches before striking. It was weeks before I got over the guilt.

I called Georgia Waste Systems, where I have my trash/garbage account, to apologize. They were very nice and said a lot of people make the same mistake I did and they were not planning a lawsuit.

As long as I had somebody on the phone who could explain, I asked, “What is the difference between trash and garbage?”

“Garbage,” said a spokesindividual, “are things that come from the bathroom or kitchen.” A quick education in trash

“You mean like bread you leave out for a couple of months and green things start growing on it?” I asked.

“Precisely,” she said.

“Trash,” she continued, “is basically anything else. We do not pick up leaves, for instance, or old furniture, or boxes of materials that were collected when somebody cleaned out their attic.”

The lady said it was up to the individual garbage collectors to decide if there is, in fact, trash and garbage mixed on their appointed rounds.

Somehow, I can’t visualize two guys on a garbage truck really spending that much time trying to figure out which is which.

“What is it you have there, Leonard? Is it trash or garbage?” one guy says to the other.

“I can’t be absolutely certain, Elvin, but it has green things growing on it.” Isn’t life complex enough?

I will, of course, comply with the waste company’s dictum against mixing my trash and my garbage, but don’t we have enough complexities in our lives as it is?

Don’t we have to deal with international terrorism and the women’s movement? Don’t we have to battle traffic, computer involvement in our lives, and airplanes that never take off on time?

Isn’t it enough of a burden that we have to decide what to do about Central America, which long-distance telephone company we want to serve us and which cereal has the most fiber?

Oh, for a simpler time, when the good guys always won, a girl could still cook and still would, and trash and garbage were the same, both delicacies as far as a goat was concerned.

It is a wonder that more of us don’t tie a Glad Bag around our heads and tell modern living to go stick its head in the nearest dumpster.


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