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SEC Got It Right With Schedule

I haven’t posted a lot lately. Between work, traveling for work and feebly attempting to keep up with a very active 15 month old, it has been hard to find the time. And, I mean, there hasn’t been anything that has perked my curiosity enough to blog about. Recruiting and G-Day are all good story lines, but I don’t think I can add anything on these topics that others haven’t already touched on. I’ll worry about all this window dressing when it matters in September, October and November.

But the news of the SEC finally making a decision on future scheduling has gotten my attention, and all the complaining of the perceived unfairness of schedules has struck a nerve with me.

Of all the guys on ESPN, Chris Low is right up at the top to me. He has covered the SEC for a very long time, and gets it. He can see above the fray and see the big picture.

However, he couldn’t be more wrong with in this column. Basically, the SEC’s new scheduling decision to keep it 6-1-1 and mandate an additional BCS level (I know this technically doesn’t exist anymore but you know what I mean) game in 2016 is bad. Why? Basically tradition is good, but times change, and schools need to play more often, completive imbalance, blah, blah, blah.

I don’t know about you, but I think the SEC has 100% made the right call here. It has preserved the tradition-rich rivalries which have made the league what it is. It has also said that schools must branch out and play more compelling out of conference match ups.

SEC pride and tradition has made it what is today-the premier conference for college football. Sure, I’d love to play at Ole Miss, Alabama and Texas A&M more frequently. The opportunity to travel to different destinations is very appealing. I love going on road trips to different venues. But not to forsake the important rivalry games.

As I said in a post last year, the rivalry games of college football is what makes this sport so great. There is a passion in these games that, to use the cliché, the records don’t matter. It is a blood war.

Games like Georiga-Auburn and the Third Saturday in October are part of what makes this conference so great. Likewise, the Big 12 abandoning its marquee rivalry games is a big reason that league doesn’t exist in the same way it used to. Oklahoma-Nebraska and Texas-Texas A&M are casualties of conference expansion. The SEC is wise in preserving these great games, because they are in effect preserving itself.

I’ll also like to point out that inherently, these match ups are fair and comparable.   Sure, some teams go through down cycles. Tennessee sucks now, but Alabama sucked 10 years ago. It is all cyclical and works out fair.

When the SEC started the 6-1-1 model, there were fair matchups and incredible balance. The Big 6 played each other, Arkansas and South Carolina squared off, Kentucky played Mississippi and Ole Miss drew Vanderbilt. It worked out because there was balance.   Arkansas and South Carolina might have years of success here and there, but by and large are equal. The other 4 also rans might be good periodically, but overall they are all about the same.

Also, the big boys are already playing “BCS” out of conference games. Georgia plays Tech, Florida with FSU, South Carolina with Clemson. LSU does a great job of playing marquee out of conference games-TCU, Oregon, Wisconsin this year. Alabama has played Penn State, Michigan, Clemson, and Virginia Tech in recent years.

The SEC absolutely got it right. If anything, they made it more fair by making teams like Ole Miss and Texas A&M who play embarrassing OOC schedules play at least one legitimate team.

These naysayers need to just shut up.

Corbindawg

Ribeye or Filet?

I am not a defensive coach or an expert on strenght and conditioning.

Especially strength and conditioning.

But the news the past few days about Coach Pruitt’s hope to get the defense to slim down to be better conditioned for games is interesting.  I get you want the guys to be well-conditioned and all, gotta Finish the Drill.

Despite what happened on the Plains this past season, the road through to the SEC Championship still runs through Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa.

Again, though I’ve shed a few of the winter pounds recently, you can take one look at me and know I am not an expert in this field.  But I have to wonder-will getting too lean and mean hurt us against the few teams that run the power offenses like Alabama and LSU?

Nick Saban himself has recnetly said part of their success is they are one of the few teams that still run a traditional power, pro-style offense.  Defenses build themselves to compete against the spread, HUNH attacks, then play a power team and can’t be stopped.  Now, Nick Saban has the talent to run the Wishbone and be great at it, but I think that is a fair point.

On the flipside, that is just a couple of games, and I think we need to worry about getting through the months of September, October and November before we need to start worrying about December and January.

Ultimately, I don’t know if it will make much of a difference.  I don’t know if having the perfectly conditioned defense last year would have helped the secondary get in the right spot.

Corbindawg

 

About Time

This is a good move.  The Peach Bowl, as Georgia fans know, used to be a mediocre bowl game.  The last few years, it has provided some of the best match ups in the bowl season and usually provides a thrilling and entertaining match up on New Year’s Eve.

I’m glad to see the Peach Bowl is making its return.

Corbindawg

Jeff Francoeur Pranked

My general disdain for former Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur is well documented, so when I saw this video, I just laughed out loud.

Seriously, if you haven’t seen this video yet, it is must watch.

Corbindawg

A few spring practice observations

1. As far as the most impressive spring so far, it’s J.J. Green is making a strong case. It’s too early, without question to pencil in anything as far as time on the field in the fall, but when a guy has pretty much been on offense since coming to Athens and leads the team in tackles during a scrimmage? That speaks volumes.

2. Brandon Kubanlow and Greg Pyke know that it’s ‘moving season,’ and it’s shown based on the info coming out of practice. The way things look now, I’d look for both to play extensively come August. This is their shot to make their move and show that they can contribute. If they can’t take full advantage, they could get bypassed.

3. To redshirt Keith Marshall or not? If he won’t be 100 percent it is a no-brainer. That said, I wouldn’t mind him being a ‘soft redshirt’ similar to Hutson Mason two years ago…redshirt him, but have him on emergency duty just in case Gurley gets banged up pretty good. There’s something to be said about experience, regardless of how talented these two studs at tailback coming in are.

4.  Speaking of Mason, we’re seeing why Mason is a very solid No. 1 based on how Brice Ramsey, Jacob Park and Fauton Bauta have fared this spring. The fact is that there’s a level that Mason is at, and the other three QBs won’t get to that point. It’s easy to hit the panic button based on the Gator Bowl. But Mason also had to contend with a massively depleted offense around him, and pretty much no one on the Georgia sidelines was excited to be there, and it showed.

5. Jonathan Rumph is having a nice spring. But then again, we heard how great he looked in practice last year and it never translated to the field. Seeing how far along he is progressing is one of many reasons to look forward to G-Day.

Go Dawgs!

Lugnut Dawg

 

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Remembering Lewis Grizzard

A little late here, but Thursday of last weeek marked the 20th anniversary of the passing of Lewis Grizzard.

I wasn’t even 10 years old then, but have found a love and appreciation of Lewis Grizzard thanks to the internet and websites like Amazon and Ebay to order his books at a cheap price.

Here are two good links that reflect back on Grizzard’s contributions:

Gwinnett Daily Post: Twenty Years Later, fond memories of Lewis Grizzard Remain, by Darrell Huckaby

Rome News-Tribune:  Lewis Grizzard May Have Forgiven Me By Now, by Loran Smith

Lewis, may your legacy continue to live on.

Corbindawg

 

 

 

Them Gatas Still Don’t Take No Jive

Them Gatas Still Don't Take No Jive



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