Archive for April, 2011

Bulldog Tour Notes: Evil Richt Came To Macon

I  attended the Macon Bulldog Club meeting yesterday evening and got to hear the Marks talk about their respective programs.  

It was at the beautiful Walnut Creek Shooting Preserve in Jones County.  Great weather, plenty of folks decked out in their Red and Black, a couple of cold beers and some BBQ made it feel like the fall and the Dawgs were about to tee it up Between the Hedges!

Good crowd...but not as full as last year.

Last year when I went, highlights from the 2008 season were playing, because as Coach Richt said, “There weren’t too many highlights to show from this previous season (2009).”  Funny guy.  So, since 2010 was worse than 2009, I wondered what would be playing.  Well, we were treated to watching some of Munson’s greatest calls, and one game’s highlights that came up was the 2004 LSU game.  Ah, those were the days. 

It was a fun time.   If you read the blog yesterday, I said how boring Coach Richt is.  He doesn’t offer too many zingers.  Well I was wrong.

First, Coach Fox spoke for just a few minutes.  He didn’t offer up anything really insightful, but when someone asked him if we were still recruiting someone whose name escapes me, he said that if you were 6’11” and weren’t signed, odds are UGA was going to recruit you.   He told a funny joke and went back to his Fincher’s BBQ. 

Coach Richt was next, and received a surprising standing ovation.  He spoke about the Dream Team and how excited he was about the competition in the spring.  He specifically praised Kwame Geathers. 

All black...Evil Richt in da house!

Then it got interesting.

Coach Richt took questions from the crowd, and the first one was the only hostile question.  I couldn’t hear it well, but the guy was talking about the poor offensive play calling in the redzone, asked why couldn’t we run the ball better, and something to the effect of why isn’t Robert Edwards coaching the running backs.

Now, Coach Richt took all this in stride and tried to respond.  But they guy kept interrupting and ranting.  We got it.  He had some valid points, but was being a jerk about it.   He kept going on, and on and on and on (just like that!).  Finally, Coach Richt snapped.  I am paraphrasing, but he said something like this: 

I have been coaching football for 25 years and I know what the hell I am doing.  I haven’t forgotten how to coach…When we had Knowshon, we were pretty successful running the ball then, right?  Bryan McClendon is a hell of a coach and a hell of a recruiter and I am  glad we have him.”

The crowd erupted in applause. 

Wow.  Not only did he snap, but he said the “h” word 3 times.  He wasn’t done.  He kind of rambled when addressing another question and went back to this topic:

“When we were at Florida State, we ran out of the shotgun and ran no huddle.  Opposing defenses said we were soft as hell, but we scored some points.  There are lots of different ways to score.”

Dern, coach.  Now, I wrestled with some journalism integrity.  Coach Richt later apologized to the guy and thanked him for his passion.  He said he didn’t mean to say “h-e-double hockey sticks” (yes, he really spelled it out).  He asked the media members not to report that, to do him a favor and report that he said “heck”.  He said he didn’t want to catch grief from his Sunday School class.  He then said that he probably doesn’t know what the heck he is doing sometimes.

But I am not a journalist, just some anonymous internet hack blogger, and I thought it was funny as h-e-double hockey sticks.  I wanted to share.

A couple of other notes:

*He was asked who he thought was UGA’s biggest Rival:  He said in terms of historical significance, and in state implications, he would say Georgia Tech.  But he doesn’t much care for Florida, Auburn or South Carolina.  In fact, he said he doesn’t like any of them.  But I gathered he thinks Tech is the biggest rival.  Interesting. 

* A kid asked him what position gave him the most concern.  After some thought, he said running backs.   I was surprised, but he later said that he was frustrated with the running backs because they have been here a while and have not yet to separate themselves.  Interesting comments. 

 All in all, a GREAT night that just made me wish September 3rd would get here sooner.  Go Dawgs!


Coach Richt Channeling His Inner Ole Ball Coach

One thing  you have to love about Coach Spurrier, he always lets you know what is on his mind. 

 He is an ass, knows it, and enjoys it. 

Some of the best comments that Spurrier has had recently are aimed to his often maligned quarterback, Stephen Garcia.  My favorite, and I can’t find the exact quote, had to do with some quarterbacks work hard in the summer and some drink beer.  Great stuff. 

Normally, Mark Richt is very stoic.  I went to the Bulldog Club meeting last year in Macon, and am going tonight, to hear Coaches Richt and Fox speak.  Coach Richt was boring.  I love him, want him to be the coach here forever, but he was boring.  He doesn’t give zingers or one liners like Spurrier.  In a lot of ways, that is a good thing.  But in some ways, you get tired of the “dadgum, gee golly willickers” all the time.

But for a coach who could probably write for Lassie to get out of character and send candid, brutally honest barbs to himself and Washaun Ealey tell me a few things:

1.  Washaun Ealey is really pissing Coach Richt off.

2.  The last few seasons have pissed Coach Richt off.

3.  Coach Richt knows the fans are pissed off,  is no longer giving them “coachspeak”, but rather telling it like it is.   

4.  I am more and more convinced Ealey has played his last (signifigant) down at the University of Georgia.

5.  If this public shame doesn’t motivate Ealey (and the rest of the team), there is nothing else that can.  


Sending our thoughts

It’s easy to get caught up in stuff like defensive schemes and offensive playcalling at times.

But right now, we at TGT would like to offer our most sincere thoughts and prayers for those who sustained damage or lost loved ones in yesterday/last night’s tornadoes.

We may disagree on college football here in the south, but if there is a good to come out of this, it’s that all of us, whether we’re a Bulldog, Yellow Jacket, Crimson Tide or Tiger, pull together to help one another in times of damage and adversity.

At Least They Have The Bulls

I noticed something right off the bat when I read this story in anticipation for the NFL Draft.  No, it isn’t how dumb the Panters are if they draft Cam Newton. 

The top 4 contenders to be picked #1 overall are all from the SEC.  In your face Jim Tressell and all you holier than thou Big 10 people. 


The Ginja Ninja Strikes At Night-Part II

During the 2009 football season, Joe Cox seemed to always play better in the night games rather than the day games.   4/5 of Georgia’s losses were Day Games-Oklahoma State, Tennessee, LSU and Florida.  The only night game that UGA lost was the Kentucky game.   Joe Cox was erratic, at times making beautiful throws, while at other times being a turnover machine-and having a -11 turnover margin in 2009 was a major reason why the team went 8-5.  But something about playing at night seemed to make Joe play better.

It must be a Ginger thing, beause there is another red head that does better at night.  Tommy Hanson.

In Hanson’s 5 appearnces this season, he is 2-3.  In his 3 afternoon starts, Hanson is 0-3 with a 5.78 ERA and 12 Ks.  In his 2 night starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.688 ERA and 12 Ks.  During the day, opponents are batting .315 compared to .149 at night. 

Hanson is the Braves’ starting pitcher this afternoon in San Deigo.  Hang on, it could be a bumpy ride for the Ginger.  We’ll see if he can reverse his trend today.


Lewis Grizzard Wednesday: Airplane Safety

Just like we’ve fallen asleep here on the blog, many air traffic controllers across the country have been getting in trouble for taking naps.  Lewis hated flying and all this talk about napping controllers probably would not have sat too well with him.

Excuse Me, I Have A Plane To Catch

As soon as I finish writing this, I have to catch an evening flight to the West Coast. It’s a Delta flight. 

I probably wouldn’t go if I didn’t have to. The chances of another accident involving Delta two days after that awful crash at Dallas-Fort Worth are slim, indeed, but if you read the gory details of Friday’s mishap you can understand why I’m nervous about the flight. 

We’ve all been there before. The plane is landing in rain and thunder and lightning and it is bouncing all over the skies, but we remind ourselves if flying wasn’t safe, the people in the cockpit wouldn’t do it as a full-time job. But something can go wrong and something does go wrong occasionally and when an airplane crashes, when there are explosions and fire, when there are charred bodies and dismembered bodies, the horror is magnified a thousandfold. 

I will always remember a picture I saw on a private pilot’s wall once. It was a picture of an airplane in a tree. The airplane had crashed headlong into the tree. 

FAA needs new rule 

Under the picture were these words: 

“Aviation itself is inherently safe, but in many ways it can be less forgiving of human error than the sea.” 

Human error did cause the crash in Dallas-Fort Worth. It was human error that somebody hasn’t determined how to detect wind shear around an airport. 

My God, we can put a man on the moon, but we can’t find a way to detect wind shear, which has caused countless air tragedies? 

It was human error that the plane was landing in the violent thunderstorms in the first place. I know we have all that sophisticated radar and that computers do most of the flying these days anyway, but why doesn’t the FAA make a rule that says, thou shalt not try to land or take off in weather that has the potential to cause a plane to crash. 

So my plane takes off late. So my plane is diverted to another airport to land. I can handle it. I can handle it. The usual reference to the “charred bodies” after an air disaster allows me to accept the aforementioned inconveniences. 

Not safe enough 

I don’t believe in that “if it’s your time to go, there’s nothing you can do about it” nonsense. 

You can buckle your seat belt when you ride in a car. That’s controlling your destiny. You can refrain from driving when you are drunk or riding with a drunk who is driving. 

You can put fire alarms in your house. You can get checkups for cancer. You can go to the hospital and doctors will insert a catheter into your heart to find out whether or not you are a likely candidate for a heart attack. 

And you can say to the government and to the airlines you are well aware of the brilliant safety record of American passenger carriers, but that won’t comfort the friends and relatives of those who died in the Air Florida plunge into the icy Potomac because of snow on the wings, who died in the Pan Am crash in New Orleans because of wind shear, and those who perished in Friday’s Delta crash again because of wind shear. 

Air travel is safe, but I want it safer. 

Now if you will excuse me, I have a plane to catch.

Congratulations to Mrs. Corbindawg

I would like use this space to give a shout out to my wife.  She found out yesterday that the was voted as “Teacher of the Year” at her school.  I am VERY proud of her and this honor.  Teachers are under paid and have to put up with a lot of crap from all different directions.  I know it is great vindication to get such an honor that shows that other people recognized your hard work.

Way to go!


Good Friday

We seldom get religious or political at The Grit Tree, not that we are afraid to, we simply fill this space with other material. Maybe we should take more time to celebrate Jesus Christ, since that should be of greater focus to us all rather than UGA football, bbq, or Lewis Grizzard. That said, I hope that you will take a few moments to reflect upon the significance of this day and this weekend. A little over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ died on the cross so that sinners like you and I could share eternal life with him in Heaven. I hope that you have a very enjoyable Easter weekend. Take the time to thank God for his blessings, the greatest being the gift of his Son.

Luke 23

 1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”

 3So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

   “You have said so,” Jesus replied.

 4Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”

 5But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

 13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” [17] [a]

 18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” 19(Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

 20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

 22For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”

 23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

 26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then

   “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
   and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[b]

   31For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

 32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c]And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

 35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

 38There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]

 43Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

 44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[e]When he had said this, he breathed his last.

 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus

 50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Luke 24

Jesus Has Risen

 1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8Then they remembered his words.

 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him.

 17He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

   They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

   19“What things?” he asked.

   “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

 33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 36While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate it in their presence.

 44He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Charlie Sheen and Georgia Tech Fraternities

Charlie Sheen wasn’t winning with some Georgia fans last night while at the Fox.  Anyone who wears bowling shirts, long cargo shorts, socks with loafers and can only seem to get strippers and porn stars to like them would fit in perfectly with Georgia Tech fraternity brothers. 

A quick story about a Georgia Tech fraternity. Prior to the 2007 Tech game, my wife and I met up with famous commentor Buypropertyucheedawg and his older brother.  His brother bucked the family tradition and went to Tech; he wanted to be an architect so I couldn’t blame him.  He falls into the 1% of “normal” Tech people.  Anyway, he wanted to stop by his fraternity house.  I can’t remember which frat it was, but it doesn’t matter.  BPUD said his brother was the president of the fraternity and the one of the few normal ones. 

We hung out outside for a few minutes while elder BPUD was inside saying hey.  One Techie came out and started talking crap to me about how we never beat Florida, and how we were going to get whipped.  Now, keep in mind this was 2007 and Georgia was  rolling.  We had just beat the crap out of Florida and Auburn.  No one in the country was going to beat us at that point.  But this Techie was delusional. 

After a few minutes of crap talk, BPUD’s brother came out and heard the banter.  He told the guy flat out he was wrong, that there was no way Tech would beat Georgia that day, and that Florida is terrible and “we should always pull for Georgia against Florida.”

The only sensible one.


UGA Golf

Just this morning I was having a conversation about UGA golfer Russell Henley, then I stumbled upon this article reading the R&B. Henley, English and Swafford continue to prove themselves as great representatives of UGA. And they make me want to hit the links. May just have to do that this afternoon.

Go Dawgs!