Odds & Ends

2014 Schedule Opponent Location Time
Sat, Aug 30 Clemson Athens, Ga. 5:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 13 South Carolina at Columbia, S.C. 3:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 20 Troy Athens, Ga. 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 27 Tennessee Athens, Ga. TBD
Sat, Oct 04 Vanderbilt Athens, Ga. TBD
Sat, Oct 11 Missouri at Columbia, Mo.
TBD
Sat, Oct 18 Arkansas at Little Rock, Ar.
TBD
Sat, Nov 01 Florida at Jacksonville, Fla. 3:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 08 Kentucky at Lexington, Ky. TBD
Sat, Nov 15 Auburn Athens, Ga. TBD
Sat, Nov 22 Charleston So. Athens, Ga. TBD
Sat, Nov 29 Georgia Tech Athens, Ga. TBD

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Lewis Grizzard on Georgia-Florida 1980 (from Don’t Sit Under The Grits Tree With Anyone Else But Me)

God Is a Bulldog

Jacksonville, Fla. – Dorsey Hill, the world’s biggest Bulldog fan, left here Sunday afternoon, bound for Auburn, Alabama, where Georgia’s undefeated football team next appears.

“I don’t think you can get from Jacksonville to Auburn,” I had said to him.

“You can change buses in Waycross and Columbus,” Dorsey answered.

“You aren’t going home first?”

“Home?” He screamed back. “I haven’t worked since Texas A&M, and I haven’t slept since Clemson. You expect me to go back home when we play Auburn in only six more days?”

I lost my head, I suppose.

A lot of people lost their heads here Saturday afternoon. Georgia played Florida. Georgia won the game, 26-21. It’s a lot more complicated than that, however.

Georgia came into the game ranked second in the nation. To continue to compete for its first Big Banana ever, the national championship, Georgia had to continue its winning streak. Florida ( “bunch of swamp lizards and beach bums,” according to Dorsey Hill), wanted to step on Georgia’s dream.

Dorsey arrived here Thursday afternoon with thousands of others who made the early departure south from various points in Georgia. Many of those individuals were as drunk as five eyed owls by the time they reached the Florida line.

As local wit Rex Edmondson says, the Georgia-Florida game is the “annual celebration of the repeal of prohibition.”

Dorsey waited until Friday to get into his serious pre-game drinking, however.

“I stopped at the New Perry Hotel Thursday for lunch and filled up on collards,” he said. “It’s hard to drink on a belly full of collards.”

Agreed.

Now that I have had time to digest all that did eventually happen in college football Saturday, I think I can say without fear of charges of blasphemy that the whole thing was a religious experience. “Deacon Dan” Magill, the “Baptist Bulldog,” read a prayer to the Georgia faithful in which he beseeched the Almighty to help the Bulldogs “smite the Florida Philistines.”

Then there was the game itself. Georgia behind 21-20, ninety-three yards away, time running out.

“We need a miracle!” screamed Dorsey Hill, now fortified with more than collards.

Georgia got its miracle. Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott, for ninety-three yards and the winning touchdown with only seconds remaining. If that wasn’t enough, there was the astounding news from Atlanta. Georgia Tech had tied No.1 Notre Dame. Surely, Georgia will be ranked first in America when the ratings are released.

“A tie was a gift from Heaven,” said Dorsey. “Notre Dame gets knocked out of number one but Tech doesn’t get a win. God is a Bulldog.”

Verily.

I must make one confession here. I did it, and I must suffer the consequences.

I gave up at Jacksonville Saturday afternoon. Florida had the ball. Florida had the lead. There was only three minutes to play. I left the stadium. I was in the street when the miracle came.

“You are a gutless disgrace,” Dorsey Hill said to me later.

He detailed my punishment: “We’re going to a tattoo parlor in this very town tonight,” he began. “And you’re going to have ’26′ tattooed on one of your cheeks in red. And you’re going to have ’21′ tattooed in black on the other cheek. I don’t want you to forget what you did.”

I won’t, but which cheeks is between me and the tattooist.

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Munson’s Classic Calls

Kentucky, 1978 (per Grizzard, Munson’s call was “better than being there”)

Tennesee, 1980 (“Oh, you Herschel Walker!”)

Florida, 1980

Clemson, 1984 (Kevin Butler’s 60 yarder)

Tennessee, 2001 (the “Hobnail Boot” call)

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6 responses to “Odds & Ends

  1. kckd

    Senator

    Munson sounds like a chipmunk on that UF 1980 call.

  2. Thanks for telling me. For some reason, something’s wrong with that link.

    I’ve taken it down and replaced it with three others.

    There are a bunch more at Munson’s site, if you like ‘em (including Florida ’80 at normal speed ;) ). It’s linked from my site.

  3. Chrisfrmatl

    LOL… He’s running over people…

  4. Hello Senator,

    For the upcoming football season we thought we’d try something to promote our blog and those of our rivals and have fun. The idea is called “Blog Swap”. During the week leading up to the game between the Gators and UGA we’d pick a day and do a cross-posting. It would essentially be an open-ended guest post where you basically have the eyes of our audience and we have the eyes of yours.

    It would not be necessary to give actual posting access to each other; you would simply post what we submit and say that it comes from Saurian Sagacity and vice versa. The post would be put up on the morning of the appointed day and remain at the top for the rest of that day.

    Of course, there would be ground rules like no use of curse words and we’d do it with the understanding that we respect each other as rivals and in the spirit of sportsmanship. Some topics that could be most heart-breaking loss to the opponent. Most exhilarating win vs. the opponent, best encounter with opponent’s fans (or worst).

    Mergz and I are big college football fans and we both really enjoy community that is quickly growing among our fellow college football bloggers. This idea can help strengthen this community further and besides it will be really fun.

    We would be honored if you’d join us in this Blog Swap. Please advise us of your interest or lack of interest as soon as possible so that we can act accordingly.

    Best,

    Henry Louis Gomez
    Editor: http://SaurianSagacity.com

  5. Henry-

    I’m honored to be asked. I’d love to be a part of it.

    My only caveat is that it would need to occur prior to the Thursday before the WLOCP, because if things go according to plan, I should be on the beach on Amelia that afternoon sipping a cold one with a few football-minded friends.

    If that’s not a problem, count me in.

    SB

  6. No problem with the date at all. By the way if you’re going to Amelia you should stop by and say hi to the BCS Guru (http://BCSguru.com) who owns the Ash Street inn and a sports bar called fins (on the beach).

    my email address is fishfan@sauriansagacity.com