Archive for November, 2011

Dawgs Scoring Before Halftime

Note: Tried loading this yesterday but the spacing did not work . Here’s an updated chart.

One thing I have noticed this year is that the Dawgs have scored before close to halftime in several games.  After looking it up, I realized that during their 9 game win streak, they have scored in almost every game at the end of the first half.  Also, the Dawgs received the ball at the start of the second half in 6 of the 9 games.


Points Scored

Time Left in 1st Half

Off/Def at 2nd Half

Coastal Carolina




Ole Miss




Mississippi State










3:26, 00:27






NM State


2:35, 2:03, 0:09








1:53, 00:48


Momentum into the locker room sets the tone for the rest of the game, and I hope they can continue the trend for the rest of the year.





Thanks, Larry

This one’s a tough. It’s as tough of loss for the Bulldog Nation since we lost Lewis.

My first year of college, I made the mistake of living with two guys living in sin. One was a Florida fan and the other a Tennessee fan. Neither understood why I ‘just had’ to watch a game with the tv turned down and the radio up. Indeed, that’s what sets Munson apart from other announcers. How many times these days do you turn the TV down to hear the radio call of the game?

Larry Munson was not just an announcer, he was THE college football announcer. He represented a rare breed, one of which had the art of storytelling of a game down to a T, and oh did he do it well.

Like many, I heard Munson on the radio long before making it to a game – his gravely voice that was as if he was there on the couch next to you, as frustrated as you were about the game (seemed there were lots of those days during the time I became a Georgia fan). Phrases, like, “The clock! The clock! It’s Getting late, you guys! or “My God, there’s too much time in this thing.”

It felt like Larry was not some big-time polished announcer. He could have been your next door neighbor, and that’s what made him great, it was like watching the game with your average fan.

Larry would exaggerate how bad things were at times, such as in 1990 against Alabama when he said, “We’ve been behind for 17 hours!!”

If you want a true testament to Larry’s greatness, a look online in the hours after news about his death was releases is all you need to know. Fans from rival schools of the Dawgs, who often have little good to say about UGA, have chimed in with their condolences and expressions of how much of an icon to college football Larry Munson was. Heck, even Wes Durham, radio voice of Georgia Tech and friend of Larry’s, said this

Thanks, Larry. You were a Damn Good Dawg and there will never be another like you again.

May your time in heaven be greeted with quality movies and an unbroken steel chair.

Lugnut Dawg

Munson has passed away

Larry Munson passed away tonight at the age of 89.

I miss him already. We’ll all have some reflections soon – right now, it’s hard to come to grips with him not being with us.

Thanks, Larry. You were a Damn Good Dawg.

Murray > Stafford

I am a big Stafford fan, but Aaron Murray has done what Stafford couldn’t do. 

He has led the team to the SEC Championship game and a 7-1 conference record.  

Great job Bulldogs.  Great job Coach Richt. 

SEC East Champions for fourth time in Richt’s tenure. How sweet it is!!


Friday Locks

The Grit Tree had a pretty good week last week, going 9-5.  Overall for the year, we are 91-66-6 (57.96)

Granite and Corbin lost on the Hokies last night.  That is what you get for trying to bet the ACC.  The MAC is much safer.

Kensingtondawg (2-1 last week, 21-9-3 overall)

NC State +7.5

Texas -8.5

South Florida -1

Corbindawg (2-1 last week, 23-10-0 overall)

United States Naval Academy -5.5

Georgia -30.5

I lost Virginia Tech last night.

Granite (2-1 last week, 20-13 overall)

I lost VA Tech last night

Cal @ Stanford -17.5

KY @ UGA       -30.5

Ucheedawg (17-15-1 overall, 2-1 last week)

Stanford -17.5
Boston College +24.5
Arkansas  -13

Barndawg (1-2 last week, 10-19-2 overall)

Oklahoma State (-27.5) at Iowa State

Clemson (-7.5) at NC State

Nebraska (-3.5) at Michigan

Excuses, Excuses

Fellow blogger Ben Dukes commented on a post earlier in the week and shared a pet peeve he has with our fanbase.  A big pet peeve I have is that UGA fan’s don’t make excuses downplaying the Bulldogs’ failures, but rather the successes. 

I made the same point two years ago in one of the first articles I wrote.   I still think it rings true. 

I had to wake up extra early this morning and turned the radio on.  The unprofessional, ignorant, head in the sand ignoramoose (h/t Cracker Barrell golf tee puzzles)  Bill Shanks had some replays of a previous show playing.  In it, he was saying that Coach Richt didn’t neeed a contract extension or pay raise for winning 8 games and not beating anyone. 

The truth is, even if Georgia beats LSU for the SEC Championship, there are going to be a large number of detractors (even with in our “fanbase”) that are going to say things like “You didn’t beat anyone”, “You got lucky not to have LSU, Alabama and Arkansas on the schedule”, “You only got in because South Carolina sucks and lost Lattimore”, “Florida is down”.  These are the kind of excuses for success that Bill Shanks and the like are going to make.

What about in 2008?  Georiga was preseason #1 and drew LSU and Alabama out of the West and in 2009, drew LSU and Arkansas.  In the old 12 team schedule, 4 times in a 10 year stretch the Dawgs have a more difficult draw from the West.  Teams are up and down at different times, and the schedule is what it is.  You can only play the teams on your schedule. 

Let’s go back to 2008 for a moment, shall we?  That year, UGA was near consensus preseason #1.  But Phil Steele didn’ place them number one.  Why?  Well, in his 2009 preview magazine, he explains why (pg. 34):

Of the 14 sources from, 10 had GA either #1 or #2 and thier lowest rating was #5 but I had the Bulldogs #9 and 2nd in the SEC East.  Most of my analysis was due to a killer schedule including a brutal 4 game road trip. 

No UGA fan will complain about the difficult schedule playing a factor in the failures of the 2008 season.  Undisciplined play, costly turnovers, bad defense, and no leadership are the reasons I list before I get to the difficult schedule (which it was difficult with Alabama, defending champ LSU on the road and Florida).  But Phil Steele, the expert, lists the schedule as the reason for his reason why he was bearish on the Dawgs.

So to these folks who are going to make up excuses for the success of UGA becuase of the easy schedule:  make excuses for the failures of UGA due to the difficult schedule. 

I mean, the only reason the team has improved is because of the piss poor schedule.  Forget UGA played similar teams a year ago, forget that crappy teams a year ago beat Georgia.  Forget that the defense has gotten better, the running game is more consistent, forget Aaron Murray is re-writing the UGA record book.  Forget that Mark Richt did a helluva job recruiting and has infused the program with elite talent again.  Forget that Coach Richt and the assistants have done a great job this offseason and this season.  Forget the improvment of the offensive line due to Will Friend.  Nah, forget all of that.  The only reason UGA has been improved is the schedule.

If you make excuses-for success or failure-be consistent.


My Biggest Fear

Go to the homepage of CNN or the AJC and see today’s headlines.  Wars in the Middle East.  Bad weather across the Southeast.  Europe and the rest of the world on the brink of financial meltdown.  Nancy Grace on “Dancing with the Stars.” 

Michelle. Bachman.

The world is a scary, confusing place right now. 

With all the problems in the world, nothing scares me more than the Bulldogs somehow losing 5 games. 

Now, I don’t necessarily think that will happen.  It is a foregone conclusion to everyone-including Steve Spurrier-that Georgia will beat Kentucky.  What if-WHAT IF-Georgia screws around against Tech, loses to LSU and whatever Big 10 team we would play in a Bowl?

Sure, Mark Richt wouldn’t be fired, and nor should he be.  But that will mean 5-count them-5 losses.  The Dawgs would be South Carolina 2010 Part II. 

There is a big difference between a 9 win season and a 10 win season.

Now, do I think that would happen?  No.  I think we have a better shot at going 12-2 or 11-3 than going 9-5. 

But we’ve come so far now.  Anyway we slice it, 2011 will be a “good” season and a stark, drastic improvement from 2010.  Going 10-2 and beating Auburn, Tech and Florida for the first time in my lifetime would make it a great season.  Winning the SEC Championship  and playing in the 4th Sugar Bowl since 2002 would be, well, I can’t even describe how awesome it would be. 

It is my fear that we are so close to the finish line, so close to glory again, and somehow, the Dawgs stump their toe.