Monthly Archives: November 2009

Score one for the intertubes.

David Hale asks Mike Bobo the question that’s been on the minds of many this week.

Will writes: David, is there any way you could bring up the point the Senator pointed out on his blog recently about Cox’s footwork tipping off opponents to the coaches? I just don’t know how else to get that to them. If we, as fans, can see this (and confirm it in numerous game film examples from this season) it can’t have slipped past other defensive coordinators.

David: We all owe a big tip ‘o the cap to The Dawgfather, who noticed this well before most people… including Mike Bobo apparently. But even Bobo now admits… it’s true!

“We did go back and look at it and it was more so in the Kentucky game,” Bobo said. “It was not every play of pass-run, but there was definitely more of a stagger this past week, and that’s something we’ve got to work to correct.”

My follow up: So you hand’t seen this before the Kentucky game?

“No,” Bobo said. “We usually have a stagger, and he had gotten a little more square on certain plays.”

Should we be happy that at least they’re going to work on it this week, or PO’d that it took a poster on a message board to bring it to their attention in the first place?  A little of both, I suppose.

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UPDATE: From Hale’s live blog today -

… I’ll say this, when I posed the question about Cox’s tells to Bobo, he didn’t even let me finish the question before he answered. He obviously was aware of what I was talking about without me needing to explain it to him. That tells me that either a.) they noticed it before or b.) he’s been reading Senator Blutarsky and the Dawg Run message board.

You tell me – which do you think?

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In the end, it’s always about the money.

More tales from a weak economy:

At the University of Maryland, Ralph Friedgen may keep his job after a 2-9 record in 2009 that will mark his fourth losing season in the last six years because the school simply may not be able to afford to pay his buyout if he’s fired.  That’s a novel way to ensure job security for a head coach.

And in the big picture, the Wiz speculates that money pressure ultimately may cause the American secondary school structure to go the way of the buggy whip and newspaper.

Enjoy betting on college sports while you can because within 10 to 20 years, entities such as the Florida State Seminoles, Penn State Nittany Lions and Washington Huskies will have gone the way of newspapers.

Higher education as we know it is poised to undergo a transformation that will render the brick-and-mortar university a thing of the past. With it will go sports teams.

The force behind this change, of course, is the Internet.

10 to 20 years?  That’s bad news for playoff proponents, if true.  By the time they’ll have gotten rid of the BCS, the whole shootin’ match will have faded into the sunset.

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Because a “circumcision-out” would be too awkward.

At Florida, they’re planning a very special black-out for the GPOOE™’s last home game.

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It’s gallows humor week!, part the third.

A lot is being made of the fact that Tech is at home this week, coming off a bye week during which the Jackets have had time to get rested and ready for the big rivalry game.  Yeah, well, how did that work out last year?

Just sayin’.

On the other hand, I admit that the idea of Josh Nesbitt finding Demaryius Thomas in single coverage with Bryan Evans leaves me a trifle glum, going by this.  Although you’d have to say that, based on the UK game, at least Evans knows the value of a timely pass interference penalty.

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Mumme Poll, Week 12

Rank Team Votes (top five)
1 Alabama 257     (256)
2 TCU 257     (249)
3 Texas 256     (252)
4 Florida 256     (251)
5 Cincinnati 256     (205)
6 Georgia Tech 253
7 Boise State 252
8 Oregon 250
9 Pittsburgh 231
10 Ohio State 231
11 Oklahoma State 142
12 Iowa 137
13 Penn State 75
14 Clemson 63
15 Virginia Tech 55
16 LSU 28
17 Oregon State 25
18 Mississippi 21
19 BYU 9
20 Utah 8
21 Miami 6
22 Houston 5
23 Stanford 4
24 North Carolina 3
24 Temple 3

COMMENTS

  • Wow, we lost one-sixth of our voters from the previous week.  About 70% of those are Georgia followers.  Gee, I wonder what caused that?
  • No team appeared on all 258 ballots cast.
  • The farther we get along this season, the more consolidation there is for the top ten teams.
  • That being said, we still have 34 schools that received votes this week.
  • Only one team outside of the top ten received a top five nod:  Penn State.
  • Check out the love for 9-2 Temple.  I know it’s a MAC team, but considering the program only had ten wins in its three prior seasons combined, that’s one helluva job Al Golden’s doing this year.

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Detached from reality

Is there anything that has an angle that PETA can’t grandstand?

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Tech Week: first random “key to the game” thought

Georgia is going to have to play a perfect game Saturday night.

Not because Georgia Tech is so superior in every phase of the game (which is not the same thing as saying Tech isn’t a good team) that the Dawgs don’t stand a chance otherwise, but because the Georgia team psyche is so fragile that I expect it to crumble to bits at the first sign of adversity.   Take the Kentucky second half and substitute the nation’s twelfth best offense (UK’s at #87) and you’ve got the potential for some very ugly football if you’re a Georgia fan.

I keep talking about a crisis of confidence – that the coaches lack faith in the players’ ability to execute and the players lack faith in what they’re being asked to do by the coaches.  Here’s a quote from Mike Bobo about Joe Cox that’s a perfect illustration of that:

“Going into this season, he was a very accurate passer, knows his progressions,” Bobo said. “But a lot has to do with not trusting it, worrying about making the mistake, and then we’re making mistakes…” [Emphasis added.]

There are a lot more people in the program than Joe who are guilty of that exact mindset.  And that, more than anything else, is what’s going to make Saturday night’s task so tough.

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Tuesday morning buffet

The sun will rise, Georgia is only a seven point underdog against Tech (huh?) and breakfast is served.

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SEC Power Poll Ballot – Week Twelve

Aw, mom, do I really have to clean my room now?

In case you can’t guess, this isn’t a very fun exercise this week for a Georgia fan.

  1. Alabama. Whipped up on a cupcake.  Yawn.
  2. Florida. See Alabama.
  3. Ole Miss. Getting hot at season’s end again.  Think the Nuttster would like a mulligan on Dexter McCluster’s season?
  4. LSU. Les, Les, Les.  We used to think you were crazy like a fox.  Now we’re beginning to suspect that you’re dumb as a rock.
  5. Tennessee. It was a good week for Lane Kiffin:  his team becomes bowl eligible and his best freshman avoids criminal prosecution.  Sadly, that’s all it takes to make number five in the Power Poll.
  6. Auburn. Enjoy that bye week bounce while you can, fellas.
  7. Arkansas. Another home win.  Let’s see how they do in the finale on the road in Baton Rouge.
  8. South Carolina. Another bye week bounce, with the season wrap up against an energized Clemson looming.
  9. Kentucky. If the ‘Cats can get off the schneid against Tennessee, I’ll move ‘em up a bunch.  Anyway you look at it, kudos to Rich Brooks for milking this team for everything it’s got.
  10. Georgia. So, how bad is it?  Bad enough that Mark Richt said he’d be grateful for an invite to Shreveport.  Ouch.
  11. Mississippi State. Can these guys stop Dexter McCluster?  Nah, I didn’t think so.
  12. Vanderbilt. At least the ‘Dores won’t lose this week.

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What is the antonym for “synergy”?

This is awesome:

The only thing better for Blair Walsh and Drew Butler than wrapping up their seasons with national awards would be doing it together.

They’ll get a chance to do just that next month, as Butler was named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation’s top punter, and Walsh earned a nod as a finalist for the Lou Groza Award for the country’s best place-kicker.

I wonder how often that’s happened before.  Kudos to both gentlemen for their great seasons.

And the best part is how much each has meant to Georgia’s special teams on kickoffs and punts, where the Dawgs have enjoyed spectacular… wait a minute…

Georgia is 88th in the nation in punt return yardage defense.

Georgia is 119th in the nation in kick return yardage defense.

That’s not easy to do.  As I said the other night, you’ve almost got to work your coverage teams at being that bad with kicking talent that stellar.

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