You fellas left Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley off the first and second teams? Wow.
You’re all dead to me now.
Hella classy move, Todd Monken and staff. And I bet your kids never forget it.
A few tidbits for you to digest…
Every once in a while, it really hits me why I enjoy this blog so much. Certainly it’s nice to have a public outlet to express myself and it’s gratifying when I get a public response to my opinions. It’s no secret that I enjoy the give-and-take of a good debate as much as anybody and I’ve had plenty of those with you guys in the comments.
But the best part of the GTP experience for me, hands down, comes every time I’m reminded what’s at the core of why you and I have a special feeling about college football, which, after all, is just a game. And that core isn’t statistics or playoff formats or whether this coach or that one is the right man for the job… and it sure as hell isn’t money.
It’s community. It’s being part of a group of people who bind together, both face to face on a few special Saturdays every fall and by sharing something of themselves in a virtual sense the rest of the year, over a common passion. You know the pain and pleasure, the highs and lows that everyone feels, even if those sometimes are expressed very differently.
I’ve been lucky in both ways. I’ve celebrated the fall with a close group of friends for more than thirty years now. We’ve watched each other get older, seen our kids grow up, had our laughs and our share of tears. And on the blogging side of things, I’ve been the recipient of a steady stream of e-mails that start with something like “I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and wanted to share this with you”… and then they do. And I honestly marvel every time I see that how this shared experience matters.
Where I’m getting to with this is that somebody e-mailed me yesterday about a video that’s posted on YouTube. It struck a chord. I’ll let the author describe it:
I made this film to profile my father’s tailgate. I’ve been going to University of Georgia football games since I was 6 years old. I wanted to share with everyone what our tailgate experience is all about. Family, love, and compassion are just a few words to describe what these people mean to me.
Watch it. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.
There’s something I try to say every time somebody reaches out to me with an e-mail like that. And I hope you understand that when I say it, it’s not offered as some automatic gesture of politeness. It’s sincere. So I’ll say it now in that spirit, Jon.
Thanks for sharing.
UPDATE: The NFL, on the other hand…
I just set it up. Those of you who played during the regular season should be getting an invite by e-mail. Those who didn’t play before, but want to sign up now should click here.
The format is unchanged from the regular season pool. That means you’re picking games against the spread. The pool spreads won’t be locked in until the 17th, so keep that in mind if you’re just dying to make your picks as early as possible.
The first bowl game will be played on the 21st. However, because of the length of the bowl season, I’ve set it up so that you have until noon on Christmas day to make all your picks final. So if you want, you can make your choices for the first few games and have a couple of extra days to set the rest of them down.
I have changed one thing with regard to the tiebreaker. Instead of winning team score being the deciding factor, it’s now total score for both teams, so think about the over/under when you set your tiebreaker.
I think that covers everything, but if I’ve missed something, just let me know in the comments.
You can find the list here. A few observations about it:
Boy, here’s a ringing endorsement from Georgia’s athletic director:
“I would be more concerned it if were the same city, same site. For our players and staff, they’ve never really spent more than one night, actually never in Jacksonville. It’s always been St. Augustine. Heck, we play teams every year regardless. We play Auburn every year, we play (Georgia) Tech every year. In that case, people have always turned out in great numbers.”
I don’t know about you, but that comment doesn’t exactly give me goosebumps.
I was prepared to go all “if you don’t want a disappointing bowl opponent, Dawgs, don’t lose to Vanderbilt” on you this morning, but there might be an actual villain to blame for not getting the Georgia-Michigan meeting many of us were hoping for in Jacksonville.
Believe it or not, it sounds like Georgia’s bowl woes can be blamed on Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. No, really.
It was an up-and-down day as we awaited the official announcement. We expected Nebraska, then we were cruelly teased with the prospect of facing off against Michigan. Then it switched back to Nebraska again, much to our dismay. But in the end, Bill Snyder avoided having to face a loose cannon who once nearly assaulted him on the sideline, and I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that this is what the negotiations ultimately revolved around.
Bill Snyder doesn’t like Bo Pelini. At all. So we get Bo instead, for the second straight year.
You know, Snyder is well-known for writing letters. Maybe he should consider writing our fan base one.