Archive for May, 2010

Phil Steele Summary For Dawgs Due Today

The Senator linked to Pat Forde’s twitter feed earlier this week, where Pat Forde released Phil Steele’s pre-season Top 25 (Poor form, Mr. Forde). 

Well, Steele has us listed at #20.  He is scheduled to release #20 on his website sometime today.  Click on the link, and see why he has us there. 

Have  a good Memorial Day weekend everyone.  See you Tuesday.

UPDATE:  I apparently can’t tell my left from right today.  He has UGA at 19, not 20.  So we will be tomorrow. 

Things are already getting better…Go Dawgs!


Lewis Grizzard Wednesday: Truck Stops

We’ve all accidently-or purposefully-dined at an establishment like this.

Somewhere In Kentucky

Somewhere in Kentucky – It was a truck stop. The sign in front didn’t say it was a truck stop, but it was a truck stop. 

The fact there were a lot of trucks parked outside was my first clue. My second was that inside the restaurant there sat a lot of men wearing caps, smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee. 

Truck drivers will, in fact, wear caps, smoke cigarettes and drink coffee. 

It was raining. I was trying to get from Lexington to Memphis. 

To travel by air between those two cities you have to connect through Cincinnati. Or maybe it was Salt Lake City. 

It was lunch time. Eat right, say the lifestyle police, or you die. 

OK, I’ll have the steamed vegetable plate, bottled water and yogurt for dessert so I can live to be a 112-year-old Russian. 

The waitress’s name was Irene. She was pleasant. 

“What’s it going to be, Hon?” she asked me. 

To be honest, there weren’t many choices. There was no steamed vegetable plate or bottled water or yogurt on the menu. 

About the only thing that wasn’t fried was the iced tea. I suppose liver and onions was the healthiest choice, but I ordered the chopped sirloin. I don’t eat raw fish, steamed vegetables or liver. 

A chopped sirloin steak once was known as a hamburger steak. I saw a huge neon sign in Nashville recently advertising, “pre-owned vehicles.” They were once known as used cars. 

Irene brought my chopped sirloin. It had a fried onion ring on top. I also had french fried potatoes and two white bread rolls, like you used to get all the time before it was decided white bread would send you to an early grave. 

“Hope you enjoy it, Hon,” said Irene. 

I did. The last time I had a hamburger steak this greasy and good was at Steve Smith’s Truck Stop back home in Moreland. It cost $1.25. This was only $4.95 over 30 years later. 

As I ate I looked around. Randy Travis was playing on the jukebox. There were several families wearing the colors of a high school football team they were on their way to see play in the state finals in Louisville. 

Some of the families were black. Others were white. The waitresses had pushed several tables together so they could eat as a group. 

The mothers, I noticed, actually were allowing their children to eat those white rolls. 

The truck driver sitting nearest to me was smoking an unfiltered Camel cigarette between bites of liver and onions. 

I left Irene a little extra for her pleasantness and then went to the register. A rather stout young woman stood behind it . 

“Evuh thang aw-rite?” she asked me. Peterbilt’s don’t rumble that low when they are cranked on cold mornings. 

“It was fine,” I said to her, realizing I wouldn’t have dared told her otherwise if it hadn’t been. She took my money and then she gave me my change. 

“Now you keep the rough side off the pavement and let the smooth side slide,” is what she said to me as I walked out. 

Later, after I had time to think about it, I decided that is truck for, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” 

Fearing for my life, I only ate one of those two white rolls. If I had it to do over again, I would have eaten them both.


The Flawed Morality of ESPN, Pt. II

I have chronicaled the flawed morality compass of the World Wide Leader before. 

Here they go again, and it really grinds my gears… 

Last night, I turned ESPN over to the end of the Celtics-Magic game.  I don’t typically follow the NBA, but its the playoffs and the Braves had the day off. 

I hear Jeff Van Gundy, brother of Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, providing color commentary.

So, how come Herbie can’t do his picks with Corso on the games he is calling later that evening, but Jeff Van Gundy is expected to provide objective commentary and anaylsis for a team his brother is coaching?


PS: This is not a knock on Jeff Van Gundy.  I am not saying he isn’t objective, and the few times I’ve heard him I think he does a good job.  But it’s the principle. 

What’s Your Selling Point?

Heard an entertaining story this morning at breakfast about Coach Kirby Smart. It appears that last week he was driving through south GA headed to Rochelle to visit with Nick Marshall when a trooper pulled him over for doing 85 in a 55 outside of Cordele.

The trooper, being a big Bulldog fan and a fan of college football in general, recognized Kirby immediately. The Bama gear probably helped, but what really sealed the deal was the fact that he recognized Kirby from his playing days in the SW corner of the state. Apparently they had played high school ball against one another.

Long story short, Smart asked if the guy could help him out. The trooper told him he wasn’t sure, since 85 in a 55 would qualify him as a super speeder. He asked if Kirby was headed to visit Nick Marshall, to which Smart said he was. Thinking fast, the trooper said he’d help CKS out if he’d do one thing. He asked Kirby to get out of the vehicle, so he did. Kirby was led to the patrol car and was ordered to look into the camera and say “Go Dawgs!” The story I was told was that Smart even gave a few barks.

I wish we could find this on video, but that will probably never surface. However, it is troopers like this guy who make me proud to be a Dawg. If it were me in Florida, I’d pay the ticket before ever giving the Gator chomp. Thanks for selling out Kirby, you made my day. I hope CTG wouldn’t do the same.

Go Dawgs!


Gators win SEC All Sports Trophy

According to Gator homer Pat Dooley, Florida has won the SEC All Sports Trophy.  UGA finished 2nd.  Thankfully a successful run by UGA’s women’s sports, the Dawgs were able to finish that high. 

Disappointing seasons by UGA’s football, baseball, and gymnastics teams (typically leading athletic programs at UGA) kept UGA from making the final score more competitive against the Gators. 



The most accurate preseason prognosticator has the LSU Tigers predicted to finish #26 in the nation in 2010.    

If this were to hold true, rumblings about Les Miles would reach a roaring level.  One would then have to believe LSU would be looking for a new football coach in 2011.


Braves Review and Preview

Where are the Braves and what have you done with them?

After having a two week hiatus due to work responsibilities from reporting on the Braves, and the tone this week is much more happier than it was then. 

After nine consecutive defeats, the Braves came home and swept the lowly Astros. 

The Braves then hit the road and lost consecutive series against the Nationals and Phillies the first week of May.  Any shred of hope fizzled away. 

A resounding sweep of the Brewers turned just another terrible road trip into a winning one (5-4), and at that point that was something to hang onto.  Then, like a switch, the Braves won 7 out of their last 10.  Only the Dodgers and Tampa Bay have been better of the last 10 games 

There was some fight in these Braves after all.  Suddenly, the offense woke up.  Backups Eric Hinske and Brooks Conrad have made the most of their opportunities.  Jason Heyward came back from injury, and Brain McCain decided to wear glasses again.  Troy Glaus has been one of the best bats in baseball since in May. 

Great moment, and second Grand Slam in just a week and a half

Even with the gross lack of production from Chipper, Yunel and McLouth, the Braves have been the best team in the National Leauge offensively the month of May.  This is a stark improvement from how the Braves fared in April, only doing better than Houston and Pittsburgh offensively.  Like we all thought, the only place they could go was up. 

Bobby Cox finally has his lineup where he wants it.  I have said for a month that Prado should be batting leadoff.  He has been the only one on the team other than Heyward who has consistently hit from Opening Day.  After weeks of being on a tear, Bobby finally moved Heyward up in the order. I don’t understand why Chipper is still batting in the 3 hole and not the J-Hey kid, but this line up is producing either way.  Yunel is going to get it turned around also. 

 The Braves have a key divisional series against the Marlins this week, and then hopefully another easy series against the Pirates this weekend.  That is key, because on Memorial Day the Phillies roll into the Ted.  After that, the month of June gets tough.  There is a West Coast swing and then two and half weeks of Interleague play.  The Braves have a tough draw against the A.L., so the Braves need to take care of business now while the gettin’s good. 

T he football magazines are starting to come out, and the cool mornings of Autumn will be here before we know it.  But the boys in Blue and Red are starting to give us fans some hope.