Daily Archives: July 5, 2011

We’ll behave. Promise.

You think there’s any way to sneak this by Michael Adams?  The Chick-fil-A College Kickoff contract contains this provision:

Pending agreement of both schools, beer will be available for sale, but sales will be cut off at the end of halftime.

Nah, I didn’t think so, either.

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Mumme Pollin’

Tidefan has been doing some offseason technical tweaking to the site.  I thought now would be a good time to discuss what needs to be done this year to make participation more successful.

I have to tell you that the drop in the number of voters last season was disheartening, to say the least, even if some of it could be explained (if not excused) by the Dawgs going in the tank.  Disheartening enough that I briefly considered discontinuing the poll.  I’ve decided to stick with it for another season because I enjoy doing it and because I think there’s some value in using approval voting as the basis for a college football poll.

But that’s another reason for concern I have.  One of the underlying purposes of the Mumme Poll is to create an alternative approach which could be adopted to make the Coaches Poll better balanced.  Part of that is making it easier for coaches to vote, instead of passing the ballot work off (as we suspect happens with some) to an assistant or SID.  But if most of us aren’t interested in casting a MP ballot, who’s to say the coaches won’t display a similar lack of attention?

So I’d really like to hear from you about what you think we may be doing wrong – or at least could have done better – to keep you involved.  Please let me know in the comments.

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Letting a little sunshine into the discussion

Let’s be positive today.  Here are a couple of things every Dawg fan can point to as legitimate grounds for optimism over the coming season:

  • Bill Connelly ranks the top 100 quarterbacks by interception rate, and Aaron Murray comes in at a sparkling #28.  It’s sparkling because no freshman quarterback ranks lower.  That’s the result of a combination of good coaching and a sharp kid who absorbs that coaching.  Murray’s interception rate of 2.34% is also the best posted by a Georgia quarterback in the last five seasons:  Cox’ i/r was 4.52% in 2009 and Stafford’s numbers during his three years going back from ’08 were 2.61%, 2.87% and 5.08%.  (Stafford’s impressive improvement from his first year to his second is another reason to feel good about Murray’s play in 2011.)
  • Chip Towers takes a look at the tight end position for this season and damn if it’s not impressive.  In fact, he might be understating things a little by treating Figgins as a loss if Figgins winds up being deployed as an H-back in some sets.  Given the question marks at wide receiver and the apparent lack of depth on the offensive line, if there’s ever a time for Georgia to be loaded with quality tight ends, 2011 would be it.

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UPDATE:  Per kleph’s chart here, Murray is the top returning starter in the conference in interception rate.

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