Archive for September, 2010

When it pours, it storms

It’s pretty simple. If you are looking to contend for the top of the SEC, you cannot and should not lose to Mississippi State. It was sobering enough going into the game for Georgia to be an underdog. Not only did they lose, but they were, when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter, were physically manhandled…by Mississippi State. For a program with the resources and drawing power of UGA, it is inexcusable to be physically beaten by MSU….just as was the case two games ago against South Carolina.

Since 2006, UGA has now lost to each team in the conference at least once except for Auburn and Ole Miss.

The list of problems at UGA continue to grow between off-field arrests and on-field failures. Are all of the problems the fault of head coach Mark Richt? No. But as head coach, it’s his job to fix them, and do so in a hurry. If not, matters will continue to worsen.

Lugnut Dawg

“Frankly, I don’t want to talk about it.”

We’ll just let Lewis’ famous words after the 1984 Tech game sum up everyone’s feelings.

Friday Locks

kensingtondawg (6-2-1)

West Virginia (+10.5) at LSU

NC State at Georgia Tech (-8)

Kentucky at Florida (-14)

ucheedawg (4-3-1)

Oklahoma @ Cincy (+13.5) Even though the Red River Shootout is next week, I think Oklahoma comes in focused here and takes care of business. Cincy is not a very good team, and I think Oklahoma passes all over them in preparations for next week’s showdown. Lay the points and feel good about the Sooners covering.

USC @ Washington State (+22) Everything about this game stinks to me. Washington State is terrible. They’re the only team in the Pac 10 who really just stinks. But……they’re better than they were last year, and they’re getting better week by week. Plus, they have one major thing in their corner: they host the dumbest coach in America this Saturday. I’m taking the points for two simple words- Lane Kiffin. He led his team to a 3 point victory over Virginia. He only beat a Minnesota team that lost the week before to a FCS school by 11. He blew the spread against Hawaii. He’s hated from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between! In the upset of the year, I’m calling for Washington State to send USC HC Lane “I’m a Terrible Coach, but I have a Hot Wife and A Respected Daddy” Kiffin home crying, but just to be safe, I’ll take the points.  Go Cougars! Go Cougars!

UGA @ Mississippi State (pk) UGA can’t lose this one, right? There’s no possible way we go 0-3 in SEC play, right? Please tell me it can’t be so. This is where Vegas makes money though, and while that may be the case, I’ve got to go with my heart this one time and pick our Dawgs to win. It’s all you have to do Dawgs! Just score one more point! In my shakiest pick of the season, I’m calling for the Dawgs to win in the straight up pick. Go Dawgs!

granitedawg (3-6-0)

Oregon @ Arizona State (+11.5) Oregon is like a Colt Brennan-led Hawaii team, but good. They run it well, they throw it well, and they look good doing it in their awesome jerseys! I really with Nike and UGA would team up and do something like that. Instead of that crap with the black helmets or the black jerseys, if they could just come up with something that looks good, maybe UGA could start playing like Oregon. Just like in putt-putt golf, part of playing good is looking good, and nobody looks better than Oregon (except the Arizona State fans, but they’re not on the field). Lay the points and take the Quack Attack!

Alabama @ Arkansas (+7) This NFL team is only giving Arkansas 7 points? Let’s be realistic here….Arkansas is not that great. They beat a mediocre-at-best UGA team last week and didn’t look good while doing it. Alabama will get to that tall QB of theirs early and often and he will resemble the chipped bbq I ate on Wednesday more than the mean Hawg he looked like against Georgia. I’ll be carrying my box of tide on a stick with a roll of tp on Saturday. Roll Tide Roll!

UGA @ Mississippi State (pk) I’m leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to drive to Mississippi. If the Dawgs don’t win here, I’m going down on the field and hitting Todd Grantham in the face for letting Mississippi State score more points than us. Maybe that will light a fire under his hind end. I think the Dawgs beat the puppies, so I’ll go with UGA to win straight up in this pick.

barndawg (4-5-0)

Oregon (-11.5) at Arizona State Oregon has rolled through the past 3 games with a combined score of 189-13. Insane. And now the fun begins through the Pac 10. Arizona State gave Wisconsin a good game last week, but this game won’t be close. Ducks cover.

Nevada (-4.5) at BYU 
Nevada and the Pistol formation has been potent so far.  Right now, they rank 5th in rushing yards per game (302.0) and 4th in points per game (50.7). BYU has already lost to Air Force and Florida State, and just doesn’t seem like the BCS-buster teams of the past. Nevada covers.

Stanford (-4.5) at Notre Dame Had a hard time trying to decide a 3rd lock, but I really like Stanford and Andrew Luck. The Cardinal cover.

corbindawg (1-7-1)

UGA at Mississippi State (Pk) I am staying with my lean here, though I must question the wisdom of Uchee and Granite following the loser in the group.  The Bulldogs win on Saturday…HA HA, how many times have you heard that lame joke this week?  Mike Bob gets his head out of his arse and Georgia plays a complete game .  I guess Zeke Rozier from Bleckley County would have done just as good, but the Dawgs are going to realize how much Caleb King was missed.

North Carolina(-2) at Rutgers  Staying with my lean here, it is a small line without a lot of chalk. I think UNC wins, and it should win by more than 2 points.  UNC is the best 0-2 team in the country…and they get in the win column.  Tyler Yates has a big day as UNC wins and covers. 

North Carolina State at Georgia Tech (-8) I have been scared of this game.  Tech’s 12:00 noon kickoff will make a usually rowdy, full to capacity Tech crowd more subdued…Russell Wilson will help State put some points on the board, and look for Jon Tenuta’s defensive unit to slow down the Heisman Candidate Joshua Nesbitt…(Kensingtondawg, note the sarcasm). While the Wolfpack may not win, they will cover the 8.

Five Keys For the Dawgs against State

1. Establish control early. This is something that Georgia has not done a good job of in the past two games, giving up early scores to both South Carolina and Arkansas. As a result, early momentum was handed over, and the Bulldogs found themselves in an uphill battle from the start. They cannot afford to do that against Mississippi State, especially given a certain noise in Stark Vegas…the Cowbell

2. Be consistent on offense. As good as the Bulldogs executed in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, they were that lethargic for the first three quarters from an offensive standpoint.

3. Force MSU into mistakes. State’s offense is still trying to find its footing. Georgia must take advantage of this by forcing the Bizzaro Bulldogs into turnovers and mistakes.

4. Establish the run. One of the more disappointing aspects of the Bulldogs’ offense so far this year is its run game that has not been able to get on track. Having Caleb King back in the lineup should help this week, but a strong running game is a must. It eats up clock and keeps State’s offense off the field. More importantly, a time-consuming drive puts the control of the game squarely in UGA’s hands.

5. Negate the big play. If you were at Sanford Stadium a week ago, you no doubt so way too many instances of a big play by Arkansas leading to or being a touchdown. UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham noted after the game that the defense’s progress is stunted with each busted play. To shut down State, the Bulldogs need to minimize defensive mistakes and not give up the big play. If they can do that, it’ll be a good day for the Georgia defense.

Lugnut Dawg

“I’m Gonna Put You In The Auburn Store!”

Was Something Wrong with the Cheese Biscuits?

Well people don’t just walk out of Red Lobster because the food is bad.  Kentucky WR Randall Cobb apparantly didn’t like something that was said about his football team at the restaurant recently.

Here’s the story from Mr.SEC’s John Pennington.


Lost In A Sea Of Disappointment-An Interesting Observation About the Braves

Well, the Phillies swept the Braves.  The Braves are now struggling to hold on to a half game lead in the Wild Card. 

But lost in the sea of disappointment was something interesting I saw in Tuesday night’s game.

The two most touted Rookies the Braves’ organization has seen in quite sometime-Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman-have both had special circumstances in their first major league home runs.

The Jason Heyward legend boiled over in his FIRST major league at bat, hitting one deep of Carlos Zambrano.

Heyward’s roommate, Freddie Freeman, hit his first major league homer Tuesday night off probable Cy Young winner Roy Halladay.

Very special moments for the two best friends, roommates and future Braves greats!


What Is More Of A Disappointment?

The Braves, who at one time held a 7 game lead against the struggling Phillies, basically lost 12 games in the standings to thePhillies.  The Braves now sit 5 games behind in the NL East, and just lost a series in Philadelphia.  To make matters worse, the Braves are grasping to a 1 game lead in the Wild Card Race over the Padres, with the Rockies only 3 back. 

Most reasonable Georgia fans thought the Bulldogs would be an improved team and have a shot at contending against Florida for the SEC East, with the game in Jacksonville probably going a long way in determining UGA’s shot to play in Atlanta the first weekend in December.  Alas, the Bulldogs have limped out to a 1-2 start for the first time since 1993 and are, for all intents and purposes, out of the SEC East race before the leaves start changing colors.

Now, the Braves could go on a tear these last two weeks, and UGA could win its last 9 games and watch Florida and South Carolina slip up.  Never say never.

But right now, September 22, what is the biggest disappointment?  Let us know in the comments.

Oh, and don’t get me started on the Atlanta Dream choking in the WNBA finals against Seattle…


Lewis Grizzard Wednesday: Lewis on the NCAA

No doubt Lewis would have some interesting comments on the A.J. Green situation if he were around today.

Georgia On Probation

My alma mater, the University of Georgia, has been placed on probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for recruiting violations within its basketball program. 

Georgia gave a prospect a T-shirt. It is against the NCAA rules to give a prospect anything, even a T-shirt. 

Georgia gave a friend of another prospect a ride to a restaurant and then to his hotel. 

It is also against NCAA rules to give a friend of a prospect anything, even a four-mile ride. 

A T-shirt here, a pair of shoes there, a ride for a prospect’s friend and Georgia’s Athletic Department and the enitre school suffers the embarrassment of probation. 

“I know the charges were minor,” a member of the Athletic Department told me. “But nobody outside the inner circle really pays attention to the details and so people think we are buying and selling kids like we were slave holders.” 

What was the Georgia coach supposed to do when the prospect’s friend asked for a ride? Tell him to walk and probably lose the prospect because he turned his friend out on the street? 

We’re talking big-time college basketball here, where millions of dollars and extended contracts are on the line. If a tall kid who can dunk with both hands asks for a T-shirt, you give him a T-shirt. 

I’m not defending my school, here. Georgia knows the rules, yet Georgia broke the rules, as silly as they might be, and they got caught and they got punished and that’s the name of that tune. 

But the NCAA is like the IRS. They go after you, they get you, with even some help from college coaches who turn each other in, some standing on their pedestals claiming piously “We will bring these cheaters to their knees.” 

Horse dung. They turn each other in for strictly selfish reasons. You get you r rival in trouble with the NCAA and the NCAA takes away a few of its scholarships, and all of a sudden you’re beating his brains out and you become a genius with a fat raise. 

College basketball players are shaving points for gamblers and are going to jail for it. Millions are being handed out for television contracts, big-time coaches are getting rich and the NCAA is worrying about a high school kid getting a free T-shirt? 

I don’t have a solution for all this idiocy, but I know how I wish college basketball and footall worked. 

Whack Hyder, who coached basketball at Georgia Tech before he got sick of recruiting and quit, had the idea years ago. 

“What I would like to be able to do,” said Whack, “is to put a sign on the bulletin board in the PE department that said, `Any student desiring to try out for the men’s basketball team, report to the gym at 4 o’clock.’ 

“I play with the kids who happen to come to my school. You play with the kids who happen to come to yours.” 

Thus, recruiting becomes a thing of the past. The sport purifies itself and all the athletes get are a pair of shoes, socks, a jock, and an opportunity to have a little good clean fun.

Richt Weekly Press Conference Highlights

Mark Richt held his weekly press conference as usual on the Tuesday before a game.  Richt addressed injuries and as well as some fan unrest.  Here are the highlights:

CB and return man Branden Smith is still not practicing due to a concussion, but Richts expects him to be back later in the week.  Right now his status appears questionable for Saturday.

Shawn Chapas is still questionable for Saturday.  We really need Chapas back, some of the problems with sacks and concerns about our running back would be addressed big time if Chapas returns.

Richt said he expects Caleb King to be ready to play Saturday and OG Chris Davis is probable.

Richt said he expected Starkville to have a “loud crowd and to be hostile” despite the disappointing start for the “other” Dawgs.

When Richt was asked about fan unrest due to the 0-2 SEC start, Richt replied ”  They’re not?  Neither am I, neither is my mom.”



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