It’s funny, but I met Kyle King in a professional context within a day or two of reading his blog for the first time. At some point while we were working on a transaction, the subject of Georgia football came up (that’s not nearly as unusual as you might think in my work) and Kyle let on that he was a blogger. I told him that I’d read his work and enjoyed it; he seemed pleased by that and in fact mentioned it on his blog a couple of days later.
It turned out that he was one of the inspirations I had in starting a blog of my own. I figured that if one married, practicing lawyer could start a fan blog centered on Georgia athletics, so could I. I was right, luckily.
It’s a lot of fun getting a blog like this, or one that’s turned into Dawg Sports, going. It’s also a lot of hard work. That’s not what makes fan blogging tough, though. It’s when what you’re doing feels like hard work that you’ve got a problem. So even though I’m not there, I certainly understand where Kyle is coming from with his announcement that he intends to withdraw from blogging in the next few weeks.
I just want to take a moment to thank him for what he’s done and wish him the best on where he’s going.
A little later than usual, but still plenty to nosh on:
College football nourishment to start your week.
- Reading between the lines, it seems that CBS is less enthused about the SEC’s new TV deals than Mike Slive is.
- Never give up, Mark Bradley. Never.
- Good on ‘ya, Troy Calhoun. Every coach voting should be doing that.
- No, this isn’t the header for a Bleacher Report post. But it feels like one.
- Some Georgia fans are worried that Missouri fans may be too nice for the SEC.
- The Big Ten’s bad week is summarized here.
- Arkansas fans know whom to blame for the disastrous loss to UL-M.
- A study suggests that any school that sees a jump of five wins or more in a season from its football program reaps big gains in donations and the quality of incoming students.
- Noted truth teller Chuck Oliver suggests that the Auburn coaches have settled on a strategy of letting Kiehl Frazier take his lumps in hopes of getting better. Occam’s Razor suggests that Clint Moseley’s shoulder problems are very, very severe.
- More touchback percentage data.
- Erk Russell to the big screen. I wonder how they tell the part about Georgia screwing up his hire after Dooley resigned.
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After Bill Connelly was so gracious to spend time over here answering your questions about Missouri, I could hardly turn down his request for a few answers, could I?
And if Bill is still having trouble getting used to his new conference digs…
(By the way, it still feels really weird being an official conference rival of UGa. A lot of my favorite bloggers either went to the school or talk about it a lot, and I have read/enjoyed their work for years without ever thinking about how it connected to Mizzou. Every time the Senator talks about Mizzou, my first response is “Why is he talking about us? Oh, right.” I’ll get used to this eventually. Anyway.)
… maybe you should pay Rock M Nation a visit and welcome everyone there to the neighborhood.
It’s no secret how much regard I have for Chris Brown and his blog Smart Football. I read a lot of folks who blog, but there are few of whom I’d describe their work as essential. Chris is that good.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that he’s publishing a book that I expect will be terrific.
You can get all the info about it here; for ten bucks (less if you use the coupon code he’s furnished), it’ll be a steal. I’m getting my copy in a week or so and will offer a review, if you need further convincing.
Travis fisks Bill King’s latest
AJ-C effort at trolling the gullible masses post so I don’t have to.
Do programs get the fan base they deserve? I hope not.
You’re about to survive another working week, so dig in.
I don’t even have to say take these with a grain (actually, more like a small stone) of salt, do I?
- Georgia Tech blog reports that the Big Ten is prepared to throw “$25-30 million” at a school that can’t fill a 50,000-seat football stadium consistently to get it to jump conferences.
- There’s a reason I avoid Bleacher Report like the plague, but this excerpt pulled me back in, damn it. This post is so lame they should pay you to read it.
There’s always something to nosh on.
- Roy Kramer proposes a plus-one format that’s built to last: “Using Kramer’s model in a 2011 plus-one, No. 1 LSU would have played No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 2 Oklahoma State would have faced No. 3 Oregon in the semifinals. No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Boise State, No. 8 Kansas State and No. 9 South Carolina all failed to win their conference. “ I didn’t say it would last long.
- The Texas Supreme Court shoots down Mike Leach’s appeal of his suit against Texas Tech on grounds of sovereign immunity. Remind me again why a head coach would want to sign a contract with a state school that evidently isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.
- The NCAA narrowly – and I mean narrowly – avoids having its new rule on multi-year scholarships overturned by its membership. There’s a fault line opening up here worth keeping an eye on. (And note the comment about the Department of Justice.)
- Mark Richt admits he’s checked out at least one football website.
- Kevin Sumlin kept one eye on the new SEC oversigning rule as he put together his first recruiting class at Texas A&M.
- Tennessee gets short shrift at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Not that the Vols haven’t necessarily earned it: “The schools gave up home games in the hopes of getting primetime, big boy coverage on a major network. Instead, the Vols and Wolfpack will serve as the hors d’oeuvre to the Tigers versus Tigers main course the following day. It makes sense for the Chick-fil-A group and for the networks, but it’s a kick in the teeth for UT…”
- This seems a little over the top, Nick.
Fill up as we approach national signing day.