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BBQ Thursday: Speedi Pig, Fayetteville

A few weeks ago now, life took me over to Fayetteville, and having a little bit of time during the lunch hour, I found Speedi Pig.


Speedi Pig was nothing fancy.  Just a typical little barbecue joint that had your standard fares.  I did notice that if you were someone with a rap sheet, you might want to stay away.  There were more cops in there than at a Baylor football practice.

Speedi Pig can’t be sued for false advertising, the food came out quite speedi.  I ordered the basic plate.  I thought the school lunchroom trays was a nice touch.


I don’t really eat slaw, so I can’t give a report there.  The pulled pork was just “so-so”.  Not disgusting, not great.  Nothing special there.

What saved the lunch, though, was the stew.  This was some of the best Brunswick Stew I’ve ever had.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I suggest you try another meat option but definitely get the stew.  Or just skip the meat and stick to the stew all together.  But no matter what, get the stew.




Cognitive Dissonance At Ole Miss

The Senator had a post yesterday about Hugh Freeze not wanting to be disposed in Laremy Tunsil’s domestic violence civil case (note:  allegedly for an issue with his stepfather), for fear of any testimony being used against him in the NCAA.

For those of you needing a refresher, and I know I did, this case stemmed from an altercation with his stepfather last summer, where the stepfather said it started with a disagreement over Tunsil “riding around with agents.”

I know this is not the same sort of case as the disgusting Ray Rice video that surfaced, but the buzzword is “domestic violence.”  A prominent SEC coach does not want to participate in a lawsuit for fear of repercussions to his program.

At best, this looks like Hugh Freeze is wanting to hide something.

At worst, it appears he is being complicit in not helping the justice system take action.

What is so disingenuous about this whole thing is the entire sports world has now taken a stance against domestic violence.  You can argue if it is strong enough or if the various sports leagues are doing enough, but whatever.  From Ray Rice to Jose Reyes, sports leagues of all levels are stepping up to punish players for these sort of issues.

When the entire sports industry is now all about doing something about domestic violence, Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss have chosen to do nothing.


For fear of wrongdoings being exposed to the NCAA.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…




Mark Fox is a Smart Man

I follow Georgia basketball pretty close, and this past season was even a season ticket holder.  Admittedly, I probably won’t be this upcoming season.  No, its not a statement on the state of the team or anything like that.  With a three year old and my wife and I having jobs that are demanding on nights and weekends during January and February, it was hard to get to as many games as I would have liked.  Easier (and cheaper) to just get single games.

I do think that Mark Fox is a pretty good coach, though I think we have grossly underachieved the past couple of seasons.  We can brag all we want to about winning 20 games three consecutive seasons, but this team should have been a 25 win team and a no-brainer for the tournament.  Easily.   There are moments in games when I just want to scream.

Georgia should be a better at basketball.  I do think there are some disadvantages and I think you can’t underestimate the hole the Harrick scandal put the program in, but that is neither here nor there.  Simply put, Georgia should be better.  Georgia should recruit better, and Fox should consistently coach better in the games.

For schools in the SEC (with one obvious exception), especially a place like Georgia, basketball is widely regarded just something to get you through signing day and then a distraction before the spring practice.  Right or wrong, that is just how it is.

Mark Fox knows where his bread is buttered, and it is buttered by football.  I went to the alumni gathering last week in Macon.  It was the the third or fourth time I’ve been.  The first time I went was in 2010 and was after either Fox’s in his first or second season. Everyone had a long line to get autographs and pictures with Coach  Richt.  Mark Fox just stood over there by himself drinking a beer.  Kennsingtondawg and I talked to him about coaching in Kansas and rural life out there.

Every other time I’ve gone and heard him speak, he is very brief and says something like “Well, I know you guys are here to hear from Coach Richt so I’m just going to say thank you and sit down.”  Not quite that brief, but it’s pretty close.

Fox and Richt’s close relationship was well documented.  So when his buddy Mark Richt was fired last fall, he was understandably emotional addressing it the first chance he could.  When asked about Kirby Smart addressing the crowd at halftime of the Arkansas game, Coach Fox was short and terse.  I honestly think that was blown up by some of the beat writers looking for something to talk about and not a big deal.  At all.  But the perception was Mark Fox was not giving a warm welcome to the new Head Football Coach.

When at the alumni event last week,  Coach Fox and Coach Smart were effusive in their praise of one another.  That was the focus of an article by Jason Butt on Sunday.

Fox was a Richt guy.  Now he is a Smart guy.  And it’s the smart thing to do.



Kirby Has It Figured Out

If you don’t think Kirby understands the recruiting game, just check this out.

Guy gets it!


Kudos to Dean Legge

Just want to commend Dean Legge for exposing Hugh Freeze for what he is…a liar and scumbag.



BBQ Thursday: JB’s Smokin Pig

I like to play golf.  I am not very good at golf, but I enjoy playing the game.  Moreover, I enjoy being outside on a beautiful day (where it doesn’t involve yard work), drinking a few cold beers, and shooting the bull with the guys.

With work and family responsibilities (and limited funds), I don’t get to play as often as I would like.  Playing on a Saturday is especially tough.  So, a group of us figured out it would be easier (and cheaper) if we all just took a random weekday off work and hit the links.  It would be cheaper, and we wouldn’t take any time away from our wives.

So that is what I did earlier this week.  The golf game left much to be desired.  Like I said, I am not good.  At all.  I hit a few good shots, but I have the consistency of UGA Special Teams.  The golf swing earlier this week when we ventured out to Lane Creek was especially erratic.  Nevertheless, it was a great time by all, and thanks to my partner who was striking the ball very well, I came away with a few dollars.

We finished up around 2:00, so we decided that we would hit up the newest restaurant in Watkinsville, JB’s Smokin Pig BBQ.  I didn’t go in with the mindset of doing a review; I was just going to get a sandwich to hold me over to suppertime and get in and get out quickly.

But after one look at the sandwich, I felt this place was definitely review worthy.


I didn’t take a picture of the place, but for those familiar with the area will know where it is.  It’s located at the corner Main Street and Experiment Station Road, right next to Chicken Express.  This is in the former Floyd’s Restaurant building, and Google Street View hasn’t even been updated yet.


Like I said, we went at an odd time, and I just wanted to try it out more than anything else.  So I just ordered the regular sandwich, a bag of chips, and a sweet tea, so this will be an abbreviated view.

As soon as I got my sandwich, I could just tell it was going to be good.

And boy was it ever.

Great tasting meat, and what we should appreciate, the sauce wasn’t mixed in.  My only quibble with the meat was it was not warm.  I wouldn’t call it cold, just room temperature.  I will give it the benefit of the doubt since we weren’t eating at a peak time.   Regardless, it was very good.

Speaking of the sauce, there were many combinations to choose from.  There were hot and mild choices of red (tomato based), mustard, and vinegar sauces.

Many of my tee shots may not have gone past the ladies’ tee box, but that doesn’t mean I wore a skirt.  So I manned up and got a a sample of the hot varieties of the sauces.

I didn’t care for the red sauce.  It was OK, but a little too much tomato.  The mustard sauce was good, but I’m not a big mustard sauce person and just sampled it.

But y’all, the hot vinegar sauce was outstanding!

My sandwich was so good, I ordered another one.  Eating two sandwiches for a late lunch and skipping supper was the best decision I made that day.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of the sides.  One of the guys in our group got an order of the baked beans, and they looked good.  He was kind enough to let me try them.  They weren’t traditional baked beans, but still very good.  Many different types of beans, and the beans were full of meat mixed in.

The party that ordered in front of us got the stew, and it looked suspicious, appearing eerily similar to hash.  Hash isn’t good, and it certainly isn’t stew.  But, I’ll withhold judgement until I can go back again, which I fully intend to do.

If you are in Watkinsville, do yourself a favor and stop by.  Be forewarned, they are closed on Sundays and Mondays but open for lunch and dinner the rest of the week.  Apparently Wednesdays are rib nights.







When Kirby Smart Meets The Georgia Way

This is going to be a combination of two posts, one I wanted to do last week.  But I was on the road traveling a lot, and never got a chance to sit down and hammer it out.

Last week at G-Day, it was an awesome day.  A beautiful day to tailgate, eat fried chicken, drink some beer, play some tailgate games.  It was fun to connect with the tailgate crowd and, for a few hours, get a taste for the Fall before we descend into the long, hot days of summer.

I took my three year old daughter to the game.  We’ve been to a few basketball games and a gymnastics meet, but this was her first trip Between the Hedges.  We lasted until halftime.

Change, so far, has been a good thing for UGA.  Not only can you feel it,  you can see it.

It was time for a change at the head coaching position, and if anyone still had any doubts, then Saturday, April 16 should have been all the confirmation you needed.  At least 93,000-probably several thousand more-joined me Between the Hedges.  There were more people there than for the kickoff for the Kentucky game.

And what you saw was Kirby Smart coaching.  I never bought into the “Mark Richt didn’t care about winning”  mantra that was so prevalent, but it’s hard not to think that when you see Kirby out on the field, running around and actively coaching.   Combined with this story on that was up on ESPN this weekend, and it is easy to see that the winds of change have provided a breath of fresh air to the program.

Being around him last year, he wasn’t a very happy person,” offensive coordinator Thomas Brown said. “He didn’t have a lot of fun. He was still himself, but he didn’t seem like the same old coach. Being down in South Florida and being back at his alma mater and having the chance to call plays again and coach the quarterbacks gave him new life. He’s taken 20 years off his life. He shows more energy, more passion. He’s re-energized.

There is excitement, enthusiasm, and unity in the program and the fan base.  This is all positive.

But it won’t matter unless other things change.

Over the weekend, we all heard the news that cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was arrested for misdemeanor traffic charges for-gasp-not wearing a seat belt and not having a driver license.  

Nick Saban wants to ask why Georgia has been good but not great, and why the program hasn’t won big?

The biggest reason is the lack of attention to detail in recruiting and game preparation.  All that fell squarely on Mark Richt.

Another reason probably was, as the ESPN article alluded to, was Mark Richt took the hands-off CEO approach he learned from Bobby Bowden.  He said in his farewell press conference that was something he regretted.  When you do that, you are only as good as your assistants.  When you have Willie Martinez and Brain Schottenhiemer, things can turn south.  Not being able to realize that, and not doing anything to fix it, also falls squarely on Mark Richt.

Mark Richt was held accountable for his role in the team not winning at a high enough level.

But there are deeper, institutional issues that affect the team’s success, both ways you can see and ways you can’t.  Challenges at UGA that Mark Richt couldn’t overcome, and I wonder if Kirby can too.

We know all about Butts-Mehre being tight with dollar.  Hopefully that is changing.

A drug policy that is burdensome and stricter than all others in the SEC.

Having football players constantly arrested for petty offenses hurts your reputation, and it also keeps the players off the field.

Especially for ticky-tack driver license issues.  Look, I don’t think football players (or any other athlete) should be held to a different standard in terms of law enforcement.  You break the law, you should be punished.  A lot of college kids get arrested.  I never was.  I was lucky.  I probably should have been at some point.  I had several good friends that got arrested for typical “boys will be boys” situations.   It happens on college campuses.

I got pulled over once for not wearing my seat belt.  I was not taken to jail.

I left my wallet at home yesterday.  I didn’t realize it until I went to put some cash in the collection plate at church.  If I had gotten pulled over, would I have been taken to jail for not having my license?

I have three questions.  Three, hard questions that Kirby Smart needs to be asking Greg McGarity, and ones that Jere Morehead need to be asking also.

  1.  How come the Athens-Clarke County Police Department is never the arresting agency on all these driver license issues?
  2. How come football players at other institutions are  not arrested for driver license issues at the same rate they are in Athens?
  3. Do football players at other schools not have driver license issues and are somehow simply just better than what we have at Georgia?


I would like to answer the three questions I posed above.

  1. The ACCPD arrests their fair share of football players, and students as a whole.  But you only hear of UGA Pd making the driver license arrests.  I worked for Campus Tranist while in college at UGA.  I drove the buses.  We were told to be extra careful on River Road.  For some reason, I was always told,  the UGA PD could only set up for speed traps on River Road.  River Road is where the East Campus Village Dorms are.  The East Campus Village Dorms are where the athletes live.  You don’t hear of driver licenses arrests occurring on Prince Avenue, Barnett Shoals, Lexington Road, Lumpkin Street, Milledge Avenue, etc.  You hear of it occurring where the UGA PD can set up check points.  That is also where a high concentration of football players live.  I would bet you the arrest took place somewhere around River Road.
  2. This has been a problem that has plagued Georgia for quite sometime.  Check out this article from 2010: On the other hand, four of the arrests in the last calendar year and six of them over the three-year time frame have involved license violations of some kind.

    That was in 2010.  There have been more.  I am not a real journalist.  I am only speaking anecdotally.  I’m not paid to dig deep in the issue.  I do this as a hobby.   But I have a feeling that if a real journalist dug deeper in the research, they would find my suspicions to be true.

    Just scratching the surface, I think it bears out.  Last year, seven University of Alabama football players were arrested.  None for issues relating to driver licenses.    Since 2007, LSU has not had a single football player arrested for a driver license related issue.   Urban Meyer, who infamously had a lot of players get arrested when he was at Florida, only had two get arrested for diver licenses issues.

  3.  Let’s talk real for a second.  I came across this article from the L.A. Times:Black drivers were found to be arrested at higher rates than whites for driving with licenses suspended because of unpaid tickets, the report said. The highest suspension rates in 2014 were found in poor neighborhoods with large percentages of black and Latino residents.

    The majority of football players here and at our peer institutions are African-American.  If you read this article by L.A. Times, which takes it from a different slant, this is not just a problem here in Athens.  I would assume many African-American players across college football are in a similar situation.  Again, unscientific, but I would wager that our issues with driver licenses are not unique to Athens.   But the arrests for these violations make it appear so.

I don’t think any 19 year old-football player or not-should be arrested for a ticky-tack offense such as this.  Having that stain on your record can follow you around forever.

If you think that the law is the law and that is it, fine.  You can feel that way.

But you can’t honestly admit that this issue isn’t made more an issue here than at other places.


Someone needs to ask the hard questions.