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Lose weight – fast!

I missed this little note from Weiszer yesterday, but it’s interesting:

It’s not just the big guys. Pruitt mentioned senior cornerback Damian Swann as one of those guys who needs to get in better shape.

Ain’t nobody escaping the man’s public disapproval.

Well, except for the S&C coach: “Fatigue makes a coward out of everybody. We’ve got to get in shape as a football team. We’re nowhere where we need to be. We’ve got to improve on that. Coach T (strength coach Joe Tereshinski) will do that this summer.”  (Cue the doubters.)

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Time will tell.

I know I’m whaling away on a certain deceased thoroughbred again, but damn if they don’t keep pulling me back in.

I doubt Fox was shy in letting B-M know that his recruiting was tied to his contract situation, so what was the point of McGarity’s Hamlet act, exactly?  Maybe recruiting isn’t that important to him?  Yeah, that must be it.  Oh, wait.

“We need to recruit at a very high level, because you have to continually kind of restock every year,” McGarity said. “That’s a very important point, and we did talk about that as well as other things. But needless to say sometimes that is the elephant in the room. We realize what needs to be done.”

Riiiight.  I have no idea what’s going on there.  I doubt I will if the time ever comes when something needs to be done about the head football coach, either.

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Next time you’re in Athens…

Andy Staples speculates on what schools could bring to the training table now that the NCAA isn’t holding anyone back on what they can fill the feeding troughs with.

He’s sure got Athens nailed.

Georgia: While Latin food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind in Athens, the crew at Cali N Tito’s could walk ample quantities of skirt steak and fried plantains to the nearby Butts-Mehre football complex. Also, with service inside the building, Mark Richt wouldn’t have to worry about his players getting tempted by the beer from the gas station next door, or distracted by the sundresses on the premises of Cali N Titos…

Sounds like a man who’s been to the Classic City more than a few times.

I’ll know who to blame if the line at Cali’s is longer the next time I’m there.

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Is it something he said?

I have no idea what Tray Matthews is complaining about here…

… but I sure hope it isn’t about this.

“There’s something going on. He’s probably got to take some more ownership too. … He might need to spend a little more time with flexibility stuff in the offseason than maybe another guy might have to.”

Accountability can be a bitch sometimes.

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“There’s nothing to make us think they won’t be full speed by June.”

Well, this is good news.

Coach Mark Richt said on the G-Day TV broadcast on CSS that he expects Rome, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (leg) and tailback Keith Marshall (knee) to be ready well before August practices.

The more weapons for Bobo and Mason to use, the better.

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When Pruitt ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.

Holy crap… when’s the last time you heard any Georgia coach talk like this?

“We had 50 guys out there on defense that were all trying to do the same stuff,” Pruitt said. “I didn’t see anybody particularly that just stuck out and deserved an award. It’s kind of like, nowadays everybody’s playing t-ball and everybody gets a trophy. But that’s part of the tradition here and there’s nothing wrong with it. … It’s not a big deal really.”

In case you think something was lost in tone as it went to print, nah.

This isn’t shaping up as the usual summer offseason for the defense.  It’ll be interesting to see who doesn’t get the message.  And I doubt we’ll have much trouble figuring out who that turns out to be.

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UPDATE:  This, too.

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Tuesday morning buffet

Go get a plate and dig in.

  • Keith Marshall makes a funny about Bubba Watson.
  • It’s springtime, and you know what that means:  this year, the Florida offense is going to be good.
  • The SEC’s appeal of the NCAA’s interpretation of the rule permitting recruits to sign early multiple financial aid offers is being heard today.
  • A student task force at the University of Michigan found that Brady Hoke likely lied about a player who was alleged to have been involved in a sexual assault?  Whoa.  We’ll see if the rule about the coverup being a bigger problem than the original incident plays out in Ann Arbor.
  • Brice Ramsey, on his G-Day performance:  “I was picking up blitzes, making the right reads. I just need to put the ball on. I had a bad day throwing.”
  • ”In theory, it could give the private universities a recruiting advantage.”
  • John Pennington argues for a rule that would prevent SEC teams from signing kids who had been kicked out of other SEC programs for violations.  One rationale for that: “The fact that a booted player could come back to haunt a coach down the road might lead some to hang onto players a bit longer even if they’ve proven to be bad news.”  That’s never been a concern at Georgia, obviously.
  • And Seth Emerson says the NCAA can’t find a middle ground.  Wouldn’t it have to be looking for one first?

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Always go to eleven.

An idle thought I had:  Do those of you who advocate more piped-in music at Sanford Stadium keep a boom box near the TV set when you’re home watching a Georgia game so you can crank up some proper tuneage before a big play and during commercial breaks?

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Gurley, in the zone

This is such a cool quote about how he felt in the LSU game last season before he was injured:

“That game, I felt perfect,” Gurley said with a hint of bitterness in his tone. “I felt perfect running and I was the right size and [had the right] speed. I felt like I was going to have one of the best games of my life…”

To have his kind of physical gifts and to feel that confident – man, what a combination.

Hope he feels like that again this season.

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A tale of two fan-friendly experiences

I’m sure I’m opening myself up for a fair amount of grief for what I’m about to post, but I hope you’ll bear with me as I make my point.

You see, I’m about to compare my two days as a sports fan this weekend, one spent at G-Day and the other at the Masters.  I’m not going to make a statement about which is a better spectator sport, to compare what’s expected in the way of fan behavior, or anything similar.  What I am going to discuss is which venue provides a more enjoyable setting to be a fan.

Maybe you don’t think that’s a fair comparison for some reason, but I do.  Both are sources for my attention and for my entertainment dollars.  Both face similar issues in balancing fan attendance and the broadcast audience (although The Masters is less frantic about that concern than Georgia, the SEC and big time college football are).  And both are commercial enterprises seeking to separate me from the contents of my wallet.  But for all the similarities, the treatment I receive in each arena is quite different.

Start with what I got out of G-Day.  Now, that’s a spring game, so the economics are different from what I’m subjected to once Labor Day rolls around.  There’s no parking charge (no game charge, for that matter), the stadium isn’t full and you don’t pull your hair over the traffic snarls.  The in-season experience, as we all know, is quite different.  The only place you can stop your vehicle without an assessment is at a red light.  Entry into Sanford Stadium is a fairly clogged routine.  Tailgating has been pushed and prodded into a diminished state.  Inside the stadium, you’re constantly reminded that many areas aren’t suited for a capacity of 96,000 souls.  Concessions can be a fight to get served and the prices can make you blanch.  Bathrooms are less than pleasant experiences at peak times.  Traffic after the game has been a sadly mismanaged affair for some time now.

Compare that to arriving at The Masters.  Traffic is carefully directed, all the way to your parking space, which is free.  Entering the club is smooth, too, even with similar concerns about security.  Once inside, getting around is a breeze.  Everything is clearly marked and accessible.  The efficiency at which you can maneuver through the restrooms and concessions areas is startling, despite the crowds.  (I managed to pick up three sandwiches, chips and beer and pay for them, all in less than two minutes.)  Even the gift store’s legendary crowds don’t get in the way of an efficient shopping experience – and, believe me, that is one crazed place.  The grounds are as immaculate as the course.

Trust me, it’s a jarring comparison to take in on back-to-back days.

Now, I’ll admit it’s not a totally fair comparison to make in certain ways.  For one, Augusta is a bigger town than Athens and the event it hosts draws a smaller crowd, so no doubt the logistics are easier.  For another, there are differences in what’s expected from the crowds (although it should be pointed out that I saw a lot of Georgia fans yesterday).

Here’s the thing, though.  It’s not that unfair.  No one has forced the university administration to expand the stadium capacity to a point where it’s stretched the resources of both the school and the town to handle in comfort.  And, again, these are both sporting events that are commercial operations.  With that comes a responsibility to treat the people they attract in a way that makes them appreciate the experience.

If anything, that should matter more in Athens than it does in Augusta.  The Masters is an exclusive brand and event that has proven to be remarkably immune from outside pressure.  College football, however, is in the throes of dealing with a public that finds watching a television broadcast of the event in comfort a more attractive option to attending the game live than ever.  And yet it’s the golf event that serves itself up to its visitors better.

There’s a pretty basic trick behind the magic.  The Masters simply floods the place with personnel.  It hires an army of local kids, trains them well and deploys them everywhere from the parking lots to the gift store to the restrooms.  The grounds are constantly maintained (everywhere I turned you could see people discreetly removing garbage).  Sure, that costs money, but it’s spent in a way that you can’t help but appreciate and admire.  It also has the benefit of making sales more efficient, which means opportunity to make more sales.

It’s not like money is a problem in Athens.  It’s just that there seems to be little thought to spending it in a way that makes the fan base content.  I think back to the shameful way North Campus was treated before Michael Adams had his hissy fit and essentially shut down the tailgate experience; much of that could have been resolved with better security, more restroom facilities and a reasonable amount of attention paid to trash removal.  None of that is exactly back-breaking from a financial standpoint for a school with Georgia’s resources.  It’s just that no one in a position to improve things could be bothered with it.  And that’s a story you could repeat in many other ways.

Instead, we’re offered enhanced wi-fi, ever more intrusive piped in music and goofy sideshows like yesterday’s mascot abomination as a solution.  But I don’t weigh the prospect of live attendance on the basis of my short-term attention span.  The home experience is about greater comfort and convenience.  I don’t wait to go to the kitchen for a drink, my bathroom smells nice and I can always find a place to park.  This is the lesson I’m afraid McGarity and his AD peers are missing.  I want what I got yesterday – a feeling that the money I’m shelling out is somehow being spent to benefit my experience in a way that gives me what I have at home, while making me feel glad I came.  Athens and Augusta may be different in some ways, but my wish to be appreciated is exactly the same.

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