Monthly Archives: May 2009

Depressing stat of the day

Leave it up to Mr. Diet Mountain Dew to come up with this one:  leading D-1 with the highest percentage of returning tackles on defense is Florida, with a ridiculous 98.9% mark.  ‘Bama looks pretty stout there, too.

Georgia checks in with a respectable 70% figure.  No word on whether that percentage includes Reshad Jones’ shoulder bumps.

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Percy envies the GPOOE.

Maybe not in the way you think, though.

If I could trade places for a day with anyone, it would be my old (Florida) teammate, Tim Tebow. Some of the stuff and some of the girls and things that were thrown at him. We saw all kind of actors and news reporters just kind of blatantly say, “Tebow, I want you.” And he turned them down. I’m looking at him, like, “Man, you are crazy.”

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Tuesday morning buffet

Grab a plate and fill up.

  • Junior continues to impress.  He’s yet to coach his first SEC game, but he’s going to get a rule named after him.
  • Speaking of Junior, this is a timely question.  I don’t think Auburn fans are going to be too thrilled with the last answer.
  • On a list of dumb things to do, grossly exaggerating facts to a showboating member of Congress would be right up there near the top.
  • Jacksonville is all about the money, son.  And, yes, I did hear a number of Florida fans argue for moving the game out of Jax when Dooley had the Gators’ number.
  • Spurrier – still “got game”, or “a bitter old man”?

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UPDATE: Jerry is miffed.

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Must see SEC

The LA Times‘ Chris Dufresne has a piece up laying out the ten college football games he can’t wait to see this season.  It’s a fun list with a lot of compelling games – at least they look compelling in May.  I’m going to steal the idea, but get more parochial with it by just listing games involving Southeastern Conference schools.

So here’s my group of the ten regular season games involving SEC teams that I want to see most right now.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the ten best conference matchups, or that they’ll be the ten most memorable games of the year.  They’re simply the ones that I have the most interest in watching today.

10. Mississippi State at Auburn (9/12). The first newbie coach vs. newbie coach game of the season.  Early prediction:  the final score will not be 3-2.

9. South Carolina at Tennessee (10/31). A home stop on Junior’s “Can You Feel The Love?” tour, this is a game that Spurrier needs to win if he wants his program to be considered relevant in the SEC East.  Or at least more relevant than UT’s.

8. UCLA at Tennessee (9/12). I think this is going to be a fascinating game, and not just because last year’s debacle turned out to be the beginning of the end for Fulmer.  A Tennessee win means that Vol Nation starts crowing about how it proves that the Laner’s the right guy.  You’ve also got the Norm Chow-Junior face off, and you know the pupil would love to school the master here.

7.  LSU at Georgia (10/3). It’s a measurement game for both schools, right?

6.  Florida at LSU (10/10). We should know who the national contender is after this game.

5.  Virginia Tech-Alabama (9/5). Big non-conference season opener for both teams.  After last year’s big win against Clemmins, you’d have to think that ‘Bama has at least a psychological advantage coming in.

4.  Florida-Georgia (10/31). With a bye week, you gotta believe.

3. Alabama at Mississippi (10/10). It’s Ole Miss’ first big test of the year.  How does the Nuttster handle the spotlight?

2. Georgia at Oklahoma State (9/5). It’s weird to be putting an OOC game this high.  But aside from it being the season opener, it’s Big XII vs. SEC and it’s also an opportunity to see if Mark Richt has figured out how to survive losing two stars in the first twelve picks of the NFL draft.

1. Tennessee at Florida (9/19). The thing about this game is that you’ll watch even if it gets out of hand.  My prediction is that UT gets soundly beaten, but not as badly as last year, and Junior loudly proclaims the result  to be a moral victory proving that the Vols are on the right track and that the Gators have something to fear.  That’ll irritate the hell out of Meyer and the Gator Nation.  If you’re Kiffin, you take your victories where you can this season.

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Memorial Day buffet

Dig in, folks.

  • Dan Magill pays tribute to the Georgia athletes who lost their lives in service to this country.
  • There really aren’t any SEC football coaches on the hot seat right now, according to the Knoxville News’ John Adams, who then tries to stretch reality to see if a case can be made for putting Mark Richt on one, “to fill the void”.  Whatever.
  • Maybe Junior’s not on a hot seat, but he’s likely to receive a cool reception at this week’s SEC spring meetings.
  • Matt Hayes jumps back on the Notre Dame bandwagon.  It’s the schedule, stupid.
  • This isn’t a football story, but I love screwups like this.  Dumbasses.
  • He doesn’t provide any specifics, but CFN’s Pete Fiutak alleges that Tebow’s family pushed Urban Meyer to mold the GPOOE™ into more of an NFL-style quarterback.  I don’t know what surprises me more about that – that someone can push Urban Meyer or that Tebow’s family doesn’t think the GPOOE™ is perfect as he is.
  • You may remember this debate last year in the Alabama Legislature.  Well, the good news is that this year “the hops are free”.  No word on what Rep. Holmes had to say about the bill’s passage, unfortunately.

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Phil Steele is getting warmed up.

Phil Steele is laying out his top 40 teams at his site as sort of a preview to the release of the 2009 Magazine (on June 9th!).  He’s up to #32 and he’s already listed two teams on Georgia’s schedule for the season.

If you click on the link to the team when it’s active, you are rewarded with a PDF of that team’s summary as it will appear in the magazine.

I didn’t see much of interest in his UT preview, other than that he’s got the Vols on his “Most Improved” list and has them bowl eligible (because the “offense can only improve”).  Well, and that Steele notes that Tennessee has averaged 41 rushing ypg in its last three games against Florida.  Ouch.

Steele also has Arkansas on his “Most Improved” list.  And he’s got some noteworthy trends listed regarding the Georgia game:

Arkansas is 3-8 all-time vs. UGA and has lost 8 of the last 9.  The Hogs are just 2-6 in SEC home openers and just 3-10 following a scheduled bye since 2002.

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Resorting to gimmickry in Columbia

There’s some lawsuit that’s been filed against the University of South Carolina involving “Cocky Cloth”.

The creators of the “Cocky Cloth” — those white towels USC students waved at the Gamecocks’ final three home football games last season — have sued the university for breach of contract, claiming officials reneged on the agreed-upon split on sales of the rally towels.

The details about the money are predictably boring, but I did find this comment interesting:

In an interview with The State in October, Wilder said he hoped to recoup his investment but did not view the “Cocky Cloths” as a money-making venture.

“It’s all about giving that stadium some kind of identity,” he said at the time. “People just sit on their hands in there.”

The bloom has definitely worn off the rose at Willie Brice.

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Say anything.

So, once the GPOOE™ goes on to that fabulous NFL career that Urban Meyer is preparing him for, the Gators are planning to go to “a more drop back style offense” according to QB recruit Jesse Scroggins.

OK, fine.  We all know what a straight shooter Meyer is on the recruiting trail.  Just ask Jevan Snead.

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You must be so proud.

If this doesn’t distill all of the suckitude of the World Wide Leader into one sentence, I’m not sure what does:

At its upfront presentation, sports network ESPN emphasized its considerably growing reach more so than its programming punch.

“Less good in more places”.  How’s that for a catchy marketing slogan?

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You must remember this.

The AJ-C interviewed three quarterbacks who started Georgia-Florida games in the 80′s and 90′s to get their perspectives on whether the game should remain in Jacksonville.  The surprising part to me wasn’t that all three favored leaving the game where it is – I figure the paper could find three ex-players who feel differently – but what former Gator QB Danny Weurffel had to say:

… Many of the details of the alternating home games have gotten lost in my mind with the dozens of other home and away games in which I had participated. The games that stand out, for lots of different reasons, were in Jacksonville.

I mean, really?  I would have thought 52-17 in Athens would have been the one to stick out.

It was for me, that’s for sure.

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