Archive for December, 2012

Dawgs in the Pro Bowl

I know most of us don’t follow the NFL as closely as college football. However, it’s still fun to keep up with former Dawgs. For years, UGA has produced tremendous NFL talent. This year is no different. If somebody would like to take the time, I think it would be interesting to see which university produced the most starters in the NFL Pro Bowl. It would be tough to top the number of Dawgs. Congrats to all 5 of these DGD’s. Playing (and also starting) in this year’s Pro Bowl are:

– A.J. Greene

– Geno Atkins

– Champ Bailey

– Tim Jennings

– Blair Walsh

*Note, Blair Walsh is 1 of 2 rookies selected, the other being RGIII. Even though he was less than desirable in his final season at UGA, it’s awesome to see Walsh getting things right and performing so well for the Vikings this year. I really can’t think of a reason to watch the Pro Bowl, but since there are 5 former Dawgs starting, maybe I’ll flip over whenver it is. Go Dawgs!


Merry Christmas, From Our Family to Yours

Sadly, many in my family can relate to this song.  Not my immediate family, but I feel like Robert Earl Keen is a part of my extended family with this song. 

Some people go to a Christmas Eve service.  Others eat a particular food at Christmas.  We all have our Christmas Traditions that we hold sacred.  The Grit Tree shares Merry Christmas from the Family. 

Of course remember the true reason for the season, and the sacrafice that was made to provide all the horrible sinners like me eternal grace.  But, also remember that this is a time for family and love.  Even if you family is as screwed up as REK’s, it is important to spend time with them with good food, fun and fellowship.

Tomorrow starts a good bit of traveling around, so posting will be sporadic for the next several days. 

Merry Christmas!

The Grit Tree

Because We Have To

Serious Problems In Basketball

Tyler Dawgden has broken down the men’s hoops team and their recent struggles.  I spoke with resident downer Kensingtondawg early in the season, and we both agreed wati and see what this team does once we reach SEC play.  That was following close losses against UCLA and Indiana.  Well, the team hasn’t showed much sign of life since then. 

Living in Macon and being aware of the Mercer basketball team, I really though Mercer would beat Georgia.  That is how bad it is.

I won’t or can’t go into as much detail as Tyler did at GSB.  I agree with everything he wrote.  I do want to make a few more observations. 

I like Georgia basketball and went to as many games as I could when I was a student.  Even games other than big opponents like Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky.  And I was in school during the entire Felton reign of terror regime.  I know what bad basketall looks like. 

I think Mark Fox is a very good coach and his personality fits in well here at Georgia.  But he has got to recruit better.  Even when he had Thompkins and Leslie, the team woefully under achieved.  The lack of a legitmate big man is something that has plauged this team for a long time. 

Folks say that with the talent in the state (Atlanta), UGA men’s hoops should always be good and could be at the level as Florida or Tennessee  both were at (Football schools committed to basketball).  I don’t think it is that easy.  I contend that Georgia is a difficult place to win at, for a laundry list of reasons.  Fan empathy, lack of administrative support, poor facilities, other good teams, etc. are all factors.  I think the failure of the men’s basketball program at Georgia is a complicated issue.

I was willing to give Mark Richt time to fix his program, mainly becuse he showed us he could be successful and had earned the right to fix the ship.  Fox hasn’t proven anything.  Again, I like Fox.  I hope he does well here.  I want Mark Fox to be the guy that makes Georgia a team that makes the Tournament consistently and every few years threatens to make a run.  I just don’t think he is going to do it.  I am not sure I am willing to wait on him to figure it out, either.   


Our Great State is Getting Greater

As Georgians, we have a lot to be proud of. 

Georgia leads the nation in many agricultural products.  Georgia is #1 in the country (and 5th in the world) in poultry production.  Georgia is #1 in peanuts, producing 50% of our nation’s peanut crop.   Georgia is also #1 in forestry products, and is in the top 5 in producing Cotton, Peaches, Blueberries, and leads the country or is in the top 5 of producing  many different vegetables. 

Atlanta is a hub for transportation with Delta being headquartered here and Hartsfield being the busiest airport in the world. Once the port in Savannah gets deepened in a few years, the state of Georgia will be the most vital transportation hub in the entire Western Hemisphere. 

Now the news coming out today that an Atlanta-based firm is going to buy the NYSE.  Atlanta will now become a major player in the financial world.  I don’t follow finance stuff as close as most, but I can recognize this is pretty signifigant. 

You can do it all in our great state.   In just a few hours, you can be from the beaches to the mountains, and see just about everything you want in betweeen.  Jekyll Island, Georgia’s jewel, is as unique a place as anywhere in the country. 

Sure , as a state we have our fair share of problems and obstacles.  However, our state’s diversity is something that should be envied from every other state in the country, and something all of us Georgians should be proud of. 


Lewis Grizzard Wednesday

Christmas Moose Smooch

I was driving along and listening to Christmas carols on the radio, and I started thinking back to those wonderful days when I was a kid and we used to draw names for the annual class Christmas party.

What a blast that was. What fun to share Christmas gifts with your classmates.

A bunch of cheap, ungrateful toads, all of them.

In the third grade Alvin Bates got my name. Alvin Bates was the kind of kid who would bring a candy bar for afternoon recess and then lick it all over before taking a bite so nobody would ask him to share it.

In the third grade Alvin Bates gave me one of those stupid wooden paddles with the balls and the rubber strings attached. You hit the stupid ball with the stupid paddle and the stupid ball, attached to the rubber string, comes back and you hit it again.

Terrific. Fun for any awkward child under six. For fifty-nine cents, which is exactly what Alvin Bates shelled out for the paddle and the ball, he could have brought me something useful and educational, like a copy of Stag magazine they kept on the back shelf at the drugstore.

Stag was nothing compared to the magazines they have today, but in 1954, seeing a picture of a lady in a girdle could make your month.

Later I reaped revenge. I drew Alvin’s name in the fourth grade, and I gave him a subscription to Boy’s Life. Anybody caught reading Boy’s Life was obviously a complete a) mama’s boy, b) nerd, c) sissy, d) wimp, e) fruit, f) several other things I can’t mention here.

“Hey, Four-Eyes,” we used to taunt Alvin on the playground, “what’s the centerfold this month in Boy’s Life? Picture of a pup tent?”

Alvin spent most of his fourth-grade year crying.

In the fifth grade, Frankie Garfield, the school bully, drew my name.

Having your name drawn by Frankie Garfield was both good and bad. The bad part was Frankie’s usual gift wouldn’t exactly fit under the class tree.

The good part was Frankie’s gift was a promise he wouldn’t beat you up for at least a week.

“I let you live, Duck-Face,” Frankie would say.

The worst thing that ever happened to me, though, was in the sixth grade when Cordie Mae Poovey, the ugliest and meanest girl in my school, drew my name.

Cordie Mae was from a poor family, and she never had much money to spend on a gift. A pair of socks, I figured. Or a box of peanut brittle.

Worse. I opened my gift from Cordie Mae, and all I found was an envelope with a note inside that read, “Merry Christmas. I give you the gift of love. One (1) kiss and (1) hug. Meet me after school. Cordie Mae.”

I’d kiss a pig first. And Cordie Mae was as strong as she smelled. She could break a couple of ribs.

After school I ran as fast as I could, but she finally chased me down, hammerlocked me, and then planted one right on my mouth. Smmmmmmmack!

“How’d you like that, big boy,” asked Cordie Mae.

“Ever smooched with a moose?” I answered.

“Ever been run over by a herd of reindeer?” replied Cordie Mae, who had no sense of humor whatsoever.

The swelling in my nose went down in a couple of days, but it was a week before my eyes opened again.

Honestly, I Wouldn’t Blame Aaron Murray for leaving early…

The SEC has made it clear that it’s very concerned about player safety…depending upon who you are.

The decision by the SEC office to not suspend Quinton Dial for his hit on Aaron Murray in the SEC championship once again emphasizes that the conference office is all about sending a message and concern for player safety….as long as said player is not on a team playing for a national title.

It was bad enough two years ago when Auburn’s straight up thug defensive end was allowed to, multiple times throughout the season, deliberately try to injure QBs and the league office did NOTHING.

So it should come as absolutely no surprise that it once again chooses to protect teams playing for a national title instead of being advocates for player safety.

Personally, I would not blame Aaron Murray for wanting to play in the NFL, where the safety of quarterbacks on all team is taken seriously.


Lugnut Dawg


Can We Please Just Let It Go?

This may be sour grapes over the SEC Championship game loss. It may be me being a curmudgeon. It could be I haven’t gotten in the Christmas spirit because of the near 80 degree temps we’ve been having. But I have a complaint.

No, it isn’t one of my usual rants about that ass clown Bill Shanks.

Why are Georgia fans stuck in 1980? I mean at this point it is embarrassing. Go look on your bookshelf at your home or office and count how many UGA football books you have relating to Herschel Walker, Vince Dooley or the 1980 season. I mean in the last few years books like Belue to Scott, Vince Dooley’s Tales From the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs, and Then Vince Said to Herschel have come out. There are many others. Now a DVD is coming out for the holidays called 1980 Dawgs.

I know it’s been a while since Georgia has won a National Championship. We all are hungry for one. But why are fans constantly living in the past? Haven’t there been enough good memories in the last 12 years where we don’t have to keep looking to the past? I don’t blame the folks who put this material out. It’s basic capitalism. UGA fans have proven if they put this stuff out, it will be purchased and celebrated.

Let’s stop celebrating something that happened 30 years ago. Instead of constantly bitching about the current team and coaches, let’s rally around the present and the prepare for the glorious future.

Jimmy Buffett said it best: Oh, yesterdays over my shoulder, So I can’t look back for too long
There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me, and I know that I can’t go wrong.

And from F. Scott Fitzgerald : So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.


The photoshop training budget is slashed at UTK, apparently…

Almost as great as Jesse Palmer’s clip-on

Us too, Aaron

It wasn’t surprising what we heard out of Athens earlier this week, that Aaron Murray is still replaying the end of the SEC title game in his head.

All of us can certainly relate. The mere thought of it all still makes me sick to my stomach and likely will for a very long time. Yours truly wasn’t in a very talkative mood the Monday after the game at work, lets put it that way.

If it’s that hard for us to get out of our collective heads as the Bulldog Nation, I can’t imagine what it’s like for DGDs like Murray, Chris Conley and Tavarres King.

Which leads me to why I’m worried about the Capital One Bowl. Many times, the winner of a bowl game isn’t about who’s the better team, but rather who is more motivated.

Look, I’d much rather be in Miami in January. We all would. But this team isn’t. Hopefully, this Georgia team doesn’t tarnish its season by letting Alabama beat it again on New Years Day.

Personally, I can’t wait to be in Orlando Jan. 1 to give this team’s seniors…and a few others…one final sendoff of thanks for one of the funnest seasons in Athens in quite some time.

Go Dawgs!

Lugnut Dawg