Archive for September, 2009

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!


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
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.

Getting Hard to Defend Willie

One stat says it all.  According to the AJC’s Mark Bradley , over the last nine games Georgia has given up an average of 33 points a game.  Georgia just gave up 30 points one time in Brian Van Gorder’s tenure.  That was to the 2003 BCS Champion LSU Tigers in the SEC title game.  UGA also ranks 97th in the nation in total defense.

While many were killing Martinez last year, I defended him.   Any team that suffers eighteen season ending injuries is going to struggle without fresh bodies to run in and out of games.  Anyone who ripped Coach Martinez last year and didn’t consider the injury situation just aren’t being intellectually honest.

But, with a healthy tandem of players on defense this season, so far 2009 has been disappointing.  Georgia still doesn’t create pressure and plays too passive.  They also appeared lost and confused.  You don’t believe me just ask senior safety Bryan Evans “That was poor execution by us. Some people were playing a certain coverage and another player was playing another coverage. That accounted for some of the big passing yards that they did get”.   If Martinez can’t get this fixed in the next nine games it will be time to move in another directon.