Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

As frustrating as this season has been, we at TGT have much to be thankful for.

We’re fortunate to live in a great nation and to have been born and raised in the South.

Most of all, all of us have the good fortune of being a Bulldog.

And that, is something to be thankful for.


Every Dawg Fan Should See This!

People questioned Matthew Stafford’s leadership ability at UGA.   I admit I did as well.  Well I couldn’t have been more wrong!  In a miked up video for NFL Films, Stafford led the Lions to an unprobable comeback victory Sunday afternoon, and showed he is indeed a true leader.  He has a bright future in the NFL and for the city of Detroit.

Kudos to Stafford!  You’re a damn good dawg!


Wednesday Locks

Hate to disappoint, but TGT will be on leave for the rest of the week. Thus, we will lock in our weekly winners today. Have a happy Thanksgiving and be safe out there!

granitedawg (20-13)

Short reasons again since it worked last week.

Clemson  @ South Carolina (+3)– Better team, on a roll since early losses, could slip since SC had off week last week and might be looking ahead to Tech, but still covers. Lay the points and take Clemson.

Tennessee @ Kentucky (+3)– Much better team, line would be lower if UGA hadn’t wet the bed. Take the Vols.

Utah State @ Idaho (-3) – Off the wall pick of the week and was off last week. Idaho covers the 3.

corbindawg (18-14-1)

Arizona at Arizona State (+3)- Arizona Wildcats cover. 

Arkansas at LSU (-3.5)–  Les Miles has fallen bass ackward in all kinds of lucky games the last few years.  Last week at Ole Miss, playing with fire finally burned him.   Arkansas has gotten better as the season has progressed.   I like Arkansas in this one, and LSU will fall to .500 in conference play the last two season.  Maybe LSU and Georgia could do a coach swap? 

Miami at South Florida (+5.5)-  Miami. 

kensingtondawg (17-15-1)

Alabama (-10.5) at Auburn-The most important game for Alabama is next week against Florida.  The most important game for Auburn is this week against Alabama and the Iron Bowl.  This game is dangerous for Bama and will be in doubt in the 4th quarter.  Take Auburn and the 10.5

Georgia at Georgia Tech (-7.5)-Just a horrific loss by the Dawgs last week at Kentucky.  Don’t be surprised if the Dawgs pack it in and get ready for the changes to the coaching staff.  Paul Johnson has made it a mission to prove that his team is the dominant one in the state.  This one could get ugly.  Tech covers!

Arkansas at LSU (-3.5)- No one coach in America is a bigger goat right now than Les Miles.  He’s facing and up and coming Arkansas team that will be preseason top 15 team next season.  Plus, Bobby Petrino is one of the great offensive minds in America with a future top ten draft pick running the show.  Arkansas will win this one straight up, but take the points just in case.

ucheedawg (15-18)

Clemson (-3) @ South Carolina– Clemson’s playing good ball right now and will overmatch SC in all aspects. The biggest difference will be the D, as SC won’t be able to score many against a very stingy Clemson defense. Clemson may ease up in the second half, but will still cover the 3.

UNC (-6) @ NC State– Staying in the Carolina’s with this one and going with another road team. NC State has been on a major slide and has only one win (Maryland) in their past 7 games. Look for that trend to continue as a pretty good UNC team comes to visit.

Arizona (-3) @ Arizona State– This is a sandwich game for Arizona, in between Oregon and USC, but they are a much better team and will beat their in-state rivals handily. Arizona State has been all but terrible and can not match up with the Wildcats. Lay the 3.

We Failed

We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.

            -Robert E. Lee

I am going to have to be the lone, dissenting voice on The Grit Tree.  I never would have thought in the nine years of Coach Richt’s era there would be such a negative backlash towards him. 

I personally feel like the thought of Mark Richt being on the hotseat for one bad year is complete hogwash.  It is shortsighted.  Fans like to point to the failures of last year as the unraveling of Coach Richt.  While 2008 was very disappointing and maddening, any time you have a 10 win season it is not a down year. 

Richt’s biggest mistake is he didn’t take the mistakes of a year ago serious enough.  He has said when he was a Florida State, they were always one of the most penalized teams.  (Florida and Oklahoma were last year also).  The problem this year is that we don’t have the overall talent (raw talent, we have, but not groomed talent) to overcome the penalties, turnovers and lack of turnovers. 

To think that Mark Richt is unable to make the necessary changes or be “tough enough” to make tough decisions is ignorant.  You don’t interview with Vince Dooley and not coach at UGA for 9 seasons, winning 2 SEC titles, 2 Sugar Bowls and have an impeccable road record and not be “tough enough”.

In an AJC article, Damon Evans came out in support of Coach Richt.  Most of the time, when coaches are feeling the heat, the AD does not come out with public praise.  See Charlie Wiess and Notre Dame.  Usually phrases like “we will evaluate the direction of the program at the end of the season” will be made by the AD if a coach is feeling the heat.

“Mark Richt is our football coach, and I’m glad that Mark Richt is our football coach,” Evans said Monday night. “I have confidence in Mark Richt to get the job done and do the things he’s done over the past years to keep us competing for championships. And I know that what Mark will do are the things he thinks are appropriate for the program.”

Later, Evans added: “I’m glad that our fans . . . know we have a good football coach, a coach that has been through the thick and thin, and somebody who has led us to great heights with SEC championships, BCS bowl appearances. Any program faces adversity, and when you face adversity, it’s what you learn from it and how you come out of it. And I have confidence that Coach Richt will come through this.”

As General Lee said, you can learn more in failure than success.  A 10-3 season did not properly teach us of our failures; a 6-6 season will.  Now we will see if Richt can earn his paycheck; unlike most out there, I think he can. 


Go Dawgs!

Turnovers and Turnovers Created

In David Hale’s mailbag this morning, he addresses the amount of turnovers created vs. the turnovers committed ( he provided the numbers and I did the graph).

Turnovers and creating turnovers is a relatively new problem, over the course of Richt’s career.  If you look at this decade, the worse years with turnovers was 2000, 2006, 2009; when we had subpar quarterback play (you could even take 2000 off but we’ll leave it up there for some context). 

Also, there is a difference between a down year and a disappointing year.  2008 and 2004 were very similar years as far as our talent level, preseason expectations and end of the season results.  The turnover margin those years were very similar.  If people say the defensive scheme we play, the one we have run nearly a decade, is no good at creating turnovers, look at 2002-2003, 2005-2007.  I submit it is not a coaching problem as much as player problem.  Players are not making the plays.   Ucheedawg reads that and says: “It is up to the coaches to get the most out of the players to make the plays.”  I want to make something clear:  I am not giving the coaches a pass, and it is up to them to put the correct players out there (ie Rambo over Evans), but it is the responsibility of the players to make plays.

The problems we are facing now are problems that when seen them in the past, it has been corrected.  Having a new QB next year will make the # of turnovers committed shrink tremendously.  Even in 2001, with first time starter RS Freshman David Greene was QB, the amount went down.  I think we can all agree that a new DC will be coming in, so our turnover numbers should increase also; as they did in 2005 and 2002 (I’ll give BVG a pass in 2001 as that was transition year across the board) whenever a new DC has come in. 


Go Dawgs!

Lewis Grizzard Wednesday: Rivalry Edition

Lewis talks about some of the south’s best rivalry games, including this weekend’s Iron Bowl and UGA-GT.


Truly a sign of the times