Monthly Archives: October 2010

On the road to Jacksonville…

I’m heading out this morning – but, never fear, gentle reader, I’ve got a few things stashed away for your reading pleasure while I’m down in coastal Georgia/Jax.

Our group is staying in a different place this time than where we’ve been for many years.  Maybe that will help shake things up and get the Dawgs off the 3-17 schneid.

We’ve added one other new wrinkle this year – our own rented Porta-Pottie where we park.  Lap of luxury, baby!  It even comes equipped with a Bulldog logo.  If I can figure out how, I’ll post a pic here.

Those of you going, drive safe and enjoy yourselves.  The rest of you can just settle for the latter.

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Filed under Georgia Football

Regression to the mean, big time

Patrick Garbin has some interesting stats about Georgia’s recent run of positive turnover margin.  Like this, for example:

… For the third consecutive game, the Bulldogs did not commit a single turnover.  Do you know how rare that is? For Georgia, like any other team, extremely rare.

I found that since 1980 – the first Georgia football season where turnover totals for individual games are readily available – or a span of 373 games, only one other time have the Bulldogs gone three consecutive games during a season without losing a turnover (1997 vs. Tennessee-Vanderbilt-Kentucky).  There has been just one other three-game, no-turnover occurrence if merging seasons are considered (Georgia Tech-Michigan State in the final two games of 1988, Baylor in 1989 season opener).

Considering that Georgia went minus-4 in turnover margin in each of the last two Florida games, it would seem that a little more regression would be due this Saturday.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Jeff Sagarin’s computer really needs to get out more.

Michael Elkon catches a head scratcher in Sagarin’s current ratings.

… Despite the fact that Georgia has had a season that had Mark Richt on the firing line at one point and Auburn has had a season that has led to Gene Chizik getting coach of the year mentions, Sagarin would have Georgia as only a three-point dog on a neutral field against Auburn.  If Jordan-Hare is really homefield for Georgia (the Dawgs are 6-2-1 in their last nine trips to the Plains), isn’t that game a pick ‘em?

Not unless somebody makes Cam Newton disappear.


Filed under Georgia Football

It’s OK for Georgia fans to do it, though.

Anthony Allen has Stingtalk all a-flutter after this tweet:

Dear GaTech fans, don’t talk bad about my team. We see every word you say. I have enough trouble trying to keep their heads up now. thanksTue Oct 26 22:31:34 via Twitter for iPhone

No problem, Anthony. We can take up the slack here.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

“This should close the door on that subject.”

It looks like the Red and Black’s Zach Dillard will have to wait on that Pulitzer he was hoping for with his Caleb King exposé.

Easily my favorite part:

… The response from the SEC compliance office came at an opportune time for the Bulldogs.

If the Athletic Association had not heard a ruling by Saturday’s game in Jacksonville, Fla., coaches would have had to make a decision whether to play or sit King — much like the Bulldogs were forced to do with A.J. Green earlier this season.

No doubt Richt was losing a lot of sleep over that.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

“We’re throwing it, I can tell you that.”

Les Miles can’t figure out what’s wrong with LSU’s passing game because, after all, in practice every day he can see what’s going on:  “And we’re throwing. We’re throwing balls.”

With keen coaching insight like that, it’s hard to believe his team is last in the conference in passing yardage.


Filed under Wit And Wisdom From The Hat

“We need him.”

Free Chris Rainey!

Corch Meyers, the suspense is killing me.  Killing me, I tells ‘ya.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators...

So how good is Cam Newton?

This good.

… LSU led the SEC in rushing defense last week, but that was before the Tigers allowed 440 rushing yards in their 24-17 loss at Auburn. Newton had a season-high 217 yards, and Auburn’s punishing performance resulted in LSU plummeting from first (83.6) to seventh (128.1) in the league. [Emphasis added.]


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, SEC Football

Strong legacy

Let me again commend the University of Louisville for its wisdom in hiring Charlie Strong.  My only question is, what took you guys so long?

2009 28.9 362.2 17 286
2008 31.5 426 10 398
2007 32.6 375.6 42 413
2006 25.2 311.8 14 215
2005 29.5 391.2 10 286
2004 27.9 404.5 31 405
2003 26.5 380.3 13 390
2002 32.1 384.9 13 294
AVG 29.275 379.5625 18.75 335.875

During his eight-year stint as Florida’s defensive coordinator, Strong’s defenses held Georgia on average to 10.5 points and almost 45 yards less per game than Georgia’s seasonal numbers.  That’s a solid body of work.  Even in the two years when Florida came up on the short end, it’s not as if his defense gave up embarrassing numbers.

I won’t miss seeing him on Saturday.  I suspect Mike Bobo shares my sentiment.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football

How can you not love Todd Grantham?

… Most of Grantham’s background is in the NFL but he was aware enough about Georgia-Florida history to bring it up to players when he arrived in Athens.

“He brought up Florida even before we had played our first game,” Commings said. “He brought up Florida at our first meeting back in the summer.”

What did he say?

“It was, ‘If you want to kick Florida’s [rear], you better start working now.’”

You wonder when Martinez expressed the same sentiment.


Filed under Georgia Football