Monthly Archives: May 2008

Cry me a river.

We’ve got the Celebration… they’ve got the Excuse.

… Meyer said Tebow never was the same after bruising his right (non-throwing) shoulder prior to the Georgia game this past season. He also played with a broken right hand against Michigan in the Capital One Bowl.

For the record, both were Florida losses.

“He was beat up, more so than anybody will ever know because he won’t tell you,” Meyer said. “If you watch that [Georgia] game, he didn’t play like Tim.”

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Georgia’s ten most memorable plays of 2007, #4

Georgia vs. Vanderbilt, October 13:

Vanderbilt at 5:55 GA VAN
1st and 10 at VAN 25 Mackenzi Adams pass complete to George Smith for 39 yards to the Geo 36 for a 1ST down. 17 17
1st and 10 at GA 36 Jeff Jennings rush for 3 yards to the Geo 33.
2nd and 7 at GA 33 Mackenzi Adams rush for 9 yards to the Geo 24 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GA 24 Mackenzi Adams rush for a loss of 3 yards to the Geo 27.
2nd and 13 at GA 27 Georgia penalty 5 yard substitution infraction accepted.
2nd and 8 at GA 22 Alex Washington rush for 4 yards to the Geo 18.
3rd and 4 at GA 18 Jackson Garrison rush for 11 yards, fumbled at the Geo 7, forced by Roderick Battle, recovered by Dannell Ellerbe at the Geo 7.

First off, yes, the ESPN play-by-play is not accurate. As you watch the replay (start at the 5:55 mark),

… you’ll see that the back first gets popped by Rashad Jones on the arm carrying the ball, Darryl Gamble sticks his hand in, knocks the ball free and Battle brings the back down as he loses the ball.

That being aside, what I remember most is letting a huge breath escape from my chest when the defense made this play. The thought of experiencing back to back losses to Vandy is not something I wanted to contemplate.

And you wonder what we in the Dawgnation would be thinking of Richt and the program today if this play had never happened and the Commodores had gone on to score. On that level, you could say this was the biggest play of the season.

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Envy and jealousy, Evil Genius edition

Sure, it’s just another rank the SEC coaches piece (by the way, Richt comes out #1), but there’s a gem lurking in there.

Spurrier ranks third. Why not higher? Glad you asked.

… His biggest problem is that the this USC program can only go so far. I took away points for him staying there even after realizing that.

Bam!

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Georgia’s ten most memorable plays of 2007, #5

Georgia vs. Florida, October 27:

Florida at 14:48 GA FLA
1st and 10 at FLA 31 Percy Harvin rush for 5 yards to the Fla 36. 28 24
2nd and 5 at FLA 36 Percy Harvin rush for 21 yards to the Geo 43 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GA 43 Brandon James rush for 10 yards to the Geo 33 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GA 33 Tim Tebow pass incomplete to Percy Harvin.
2nd and 10 at GA 33 Andre Caldwell rush for a loss of 2 yards to the Geo 35.
3rd and 12 at GA 35 Tim Tebow pass complete to Andre Caldwell for 10 yards to the Geo 25.
4th and 2 at GA 25 Andre Caldwell rush for a loss of 3 yards to the Geo 28.

While there were a lot of plays by the defense that I enjoyed watching last year, this one’s my favorite.

(Start at the :30 mark)

When’s the last time you saw panicky play calling by Florida in a WLOCP game? The Gators were down by four, the ball’s on the Georgia 25 and it’s early in the fourth quarter. What would have been wrong with a field goal in that spot?

Then, to add to it, instead of leaving the ball in Superman’s hands – oh, I forgot, he was hurt – Meyer chooses that precise moment to try a little trickeration. Georgia’s defense proceeded to give a primer on how to defend the spread option: penetrate, block the pitch lanes, screw with the option (the play was designed to be a reverse to Harvin). End result? A three yard loss, the ball turned over on downs and a headset tossed away in disgust. It may not have been quite Spurrier-esque, but I’ll take it.

As my somewhat drunken friend said after the Georgia crowd quieted down in the glorious aftermath, “they sure blowed that play up”.

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SEC TV: Why?

Maybe it’s just the contrarian in me, but I’m not sure what the point of the SEC starting its own TV network is. Sure, the Mountain West and the Big Ten have their shiny new toys, but there’s a big difference between those two conferences and the SEC: only the latter has a national TV contract. Why give that up to migrate to pay TV? Especially when you consider that…

The league had 48 conference football games last season. All but nine were broadcast live by their current TV partners. [Emphasis added.] The SEC made $43 million from televised football last season.

Keep in mind that’s coming off of contracts that expire after this year. What do you figure the odds are that the new contracts blow past the $7 million per year each team in the Big Ten gets under their contracts?  Particularly considering that the you-know-what wants to get in the hen house, so to speak.

A number of suitors have indicated that they would be more than willing to help the SEC with its distribution issues. Atlanta-based FSN South, which also owns SportSouth, already has the infrastructure in place as it reaches 21 million homes in SEC territory.

“I will simply say that we are interested in discussing whatever TV model the SEC decides to pursue,” said Jeff Genthner, the senior vice-president of FSN South.

Slive is certainly in an enviable position – “stay tuned”, indeed.

On the other hand, the Orlando Sentinel’s Tim Stephens urges Slive to think bigReally big.

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Who refers to Vanderbilt as “the Commies”?

The New York Times’ college sports blog, The Quad, has been running down the list of D-1 schools in order of their projected rankings for 2008. The first one up involving an opponent of Georgia’s is #93 Vanderbilt.

The write up’s OK, and if you’re looking for a dash of snobby East Coast elitism, they’re more than happy to supply it:

… And unlike its fellow SEC brethren, Vanderbilt has never sacrificed its strong academic stature for athletic success –- perhaps that’s why the Commies have not had a winning season since 1982. Well, for those who may say that Vanderbilt has it all wrong, the Countdown says, Way to Go Vandy! Keep up the good work: You are a beacon of academic fortitude in an institution that seems to have forgotten the true meaning of amateur competition.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped Vandy from cashing the checks the conference sends it.

Anyway, I’m not sure you need to know more than this – Returning starters: 10 (3 offense, 7 defense). Yikes.

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Conference of quarterbacks?

Take a look at this post over at RazorBloggers Network about the crop of SEC quarterbacks expected to start in 2008.

If Walking on Sunshine is right when he posts that “(h)istory has typically shown that your final record in the SEC is directly proportional to the level of experience you have at the quarterback position…” (and I think he is), it’s got the potential be a long year for every school outside of Georgia and Florida. That is not a particularly inspiring bunch, although it’s likely somebody will surprise.

I did like the homer touch, though – Casey Dick vaults to the rank of the #4 QB in the conference based on a good spring game, while Jevan Snead, who also had a stellar spring game, is relegated to #7 due to his unfortunate association with the Nuttster. It’s gonna be a fun year in the West, methinks.

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