Monthly Archives: September 2012

Name that caption: Man enough.

We haven’t had one of these in a while and this looks promising (even if it’s a golden oldie):

(photo via AP)

By the way, the header isn’t really a joke. It’s more of a paraphrase:

“Saban is the best coach in the country — I’ll grant him that. But he ain’t a better man than Gene Chizik.”

Dazzle us in the comments.

(h/t Dr. Saturday)

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Mike Bobo is offensive.

Honestly, when’s the last time you heard Georgia players talking about their offense like this?

Senior receiver Marlon Brown recalled the summer practice when Bobo revealed the new wrinkles.

“When he called ‘rifle,’ I was like, ‘We’re doing rifle this year? We’re going four wide this year?’ And everybody was real happy,” Brown said, grinning. “At first, I thought he was experimenting, but when we kept doing it in practice, I was like, ‘It’s in the playbook now.’ And in the second half at Missouri, we started calling it a little more, and it started working.”

Then came the pistol formation the following week against Florida Atlantic.

“It was out of nowhere for us,” Brown said. “We were walking through the plays, and Bobo signaled some signal, and I was like, ‘What was that?’ (Bobo said) ‘It’s the pistol.’

“ ‘Like pistol, with the running back behind the quarterback? OK, it’s something different.’ ”

So, Brown is asked, what’s gotten into Bobo?

“I don’t know, but I like it, whatever it is,” he said.

And this?

“You run an offense based on what you have,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “And if we have tons of receivers, which we do, you want to spread teams out and be able to use your weapons. And if you don’t have a lot of receivers, you know you’re gonna have to be in the I. I think right now, we have so many options, so much talent, he has the ability to spread things out and try new things. And we’re trying stuff all the time — (Monday) we were trying new things.”

And this?

Even the Georgia defensive players have taken notice of the new offensive chicanery.

“Coach (Todd) Grantham is having to reel us back in because we’re tilting to the side, trying to see what’s happening,” linebacker Christian Robinson said.

Of course, it’s way too early to assert that the page has been turned for good, but I would think even the most rabid anti-Bobo partisan would have to admit the results to date are a cause for optimism.  (Along those lines, check out Brian Fremeau’s scoring margin numbers.  See a team better than Georgia’s 90.6 on offense?  Me neither.)

Okay, maybe not the most rabid partisan.

Tyler (Athens,Ga)

David What kind of discipline will Mike Bobo get for the recruiting violation he committed recently? Hopefully he will get fired.

Keep on keeping it real, Dawgnation.

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“Between resources, coaches, tradition, we’ll have our day, but it’s not right at this moment.”

Shorter Jim Delany:  Sure, maybe we’re too cheap to keep good coaches and the demographics are killing us on the recruiting front… wait, what were we talking about?

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Trend lines for Saturday

Boy, Derek Dooley hasn’t exactly been killing things against the spread lately.

2011+12 Against The Spread
Overall: 10-7-1 Overall: 5-11
Home: 5-3-1 Road: 0-4
Home Fav: 5-3 Road Dog: 0-3
vs. SEC: 7-3-1 vs. SEC: 1-8
Over/Under: 10-7 Over/Under: 9-6-1

Nothing there bodes well for SOD’s troops.  If that’s not enough to convince you, maybe this will.

Granted, a lot of that comes at the hands of Florida and Alabama, but still, if you’re like me and put a lot of weight on the power of trends, that’s not good news for Tennessee’s chances this Saturday.

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This is how you get your quarterback sacked.

One of these two Vols is wrong.

Asked to discuss the Georgia defense the Vols will face Saturday afternoon between the hedges at Sanford Stadium, junior quarterback Tyler Bray said: “They’re going to bring out a lot of exotic stuff.”

Asked the same general question, junior offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James said: “They don’t do too many exotic things.”

Not exactly on the same page there, eh?

Of course James may be trying to send his quarterback a message to worry about the exotics less and where Jarvis Jones lines up more.

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Does this mean we should like him now?

James Franklin got the number of the truck that hit his team last Saturday.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now, and I thought that was as impressive of an offense as I’ve seen in terms of a veteran quarterback, physical offensive line, physical running backs and speed on the perimeter as well as size.”

Of course, I can’t help but notice he didn’t have any compliments for Georgia’s defense.

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Mandel reviews The Montana Project.

It starts here:

Remember when I revisited my Program Pecking Order this summer? It apparently stirred up a pair of Georgia bloggers, Senator Blutarsky and Travis Fain, the Dawgbone. They took such umbrage with my 2007 premise that 100 average college football fans in Montana would not recognize a Georgia football helmet as universally as they would a Michigan one that they sought out a volunteer to literally conduct the experiment. “Hoppy” Hopkins, a 35-year-old freshmen English teacher at Great Falls (Mont.) High and a diehard Georgia fan, heeded the call to undertake what became known as “The Montana Project.”

I’m in awe of the passion and energy it took for that online community to put that thing together.

And graciously finishes with this.

Stewart: Well — in the end, was it worth it?

Hoppy: Oh, absolutely it was worth it. I had no idea people would take to it, no idea it would get so many hits on YouTube, but mainly, it made people smile. The best quote I saw on one of the blogs was, “This is reason 1,750,000 I love college football right there.” That’s why we do these things. Absolutely, unequivocally, it was worth it in so many ways I never expected. Amazing.

And it’s amazing to me that one seemingly innocuous Mailbag passage could inspire such initiative. Kudos to everybody involved.

Agreed.  I had a blast organizing this.  Hope y’all enjoyed it as much as we did.

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