August 6, 2008 · 9:15 AM
It looks like Mr. Steele is about to lay one on the Georgia program soon.
BACK ON FRIDAY
I will be back on Friday with more site updates and I am also currently working on an article called “FIVE Reasons Why Georgia Will NOT Finish #1 This Year.”
August 6, 2008 · 8:38 AM
For all of you crying out about the exploitation of college football student athletes, the Dream League Football Association may be just what you’re looking for.
… The DLFA shall hold an open market player selection draft in March of each year, as well as, a supplemental player selection draft on a date subject to future announcement. The DLFA shall have both a soft and a hard salary cap. For further salary cap related details, please see full story at: BFNN Sports.
Players in the DLFA must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or have a G.E.D. equivalent.
Its mission statement is simple.
Says Billy D. Hawkins, CEO of Citizens Capital, “six years ago we formed the outlines of the DLFA as we under took a military review of the lay of the land as it stood in both professional and collegiate football. Combined with this we have a very unique perspective. In 1973, I was present as a fan in San Antonio to personally eye witness the arrival and rise of the then ABA’s Spurs franchise. I saw George Gervin; Dr. J; Moses Malone; George McGinnis; Artis Gilmore; James Silas; David Thompson; Larry Kenon and Super John Williamson, as young professionals five years before the rest of the world ever got a glimpse. There was no national or regional television broadcast, no ESPN, no TNT and no internet at the time, today the landscape has changed. Also, I personally experienced the plight of the “athlete-student” as a scholarship, college football player. These experiences left a deep impression upon me. Today, as a businessman, the timing is appropriate to step in with a new product amongst the existing climate of greed, arrogance and comfort.” [Emphasis added.]
In other words, if the colleges can exploit these kids, why not us?
Billy D. Hawkins wants to do a little bidness with 18 year olds.
This should be fun to watch.
August 6, 2008 · 7:25 AM
On the boob tube front, I’ve got to admit that this is one pretty cool thing you get on the Big Ten Network:
The Big Ten Network and “Big Ten Tonight” kick off a month-long preview of the 2008 football season with a tour of preseason practices from around the conference. Throughout August, the Big Ten Network’s lead studio team of host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will take viewers to a practice at every Big Ten school for a special 90-minute edition of “Big Ten Tonight: Football Practice.” Each show airs at 9 p.m. ET. The show will include interviews with special guests, feature in-depth analysis of both sides of the ball and highlight important position battles. One coach or player will wear a wireless microphone during practice.
On the other hand, it’s quite possible for there to be too much of a good thing.
(h/t Coaches Hot Seat Blog)
August 6, 2008 · 7:16 AM
There’s plenty of stuff out there to read about how the first two days have gone so far – just hit many of the Dawg links on the right side of the page to find out – so here’s some other matters to check out.
- You know you’re gonna get a fair shake on perspective when two guys at The Bleacher Report, one a Florida grad, the other born in Gainesville, Florida and a current student at Clemmins, post a couple of pieces on the Georgia program. And you’d be right.
- Michael Lemon has been suspended from the University for a year, but can make it back if he meets certain conditions. Let’s hope this kid gets it together, football or no football.
- I’m sorry, but this story is just a little strange. Evidently the kids thought so, too: Henke said he accessed the computer to see if indeed Harrison was a pro player and his story checked out. (h/t Hedge Clippings)
- You had to figure Deadspin would get in on last week’s activities, and so it does. I have to admit this is a pretty funny line about an unfortunate situation: Public urination? Please. This was merely Henson’s artistic statement on the value of mortgages held by Athens’ banks.
August 6, 2008 · 6:17 AM
Throw a little fruit on these and they’ll go down good.
- I don’t know about you, but one thing I don’t want to hear about my team’s new offensive scheme when they’re breaking in a new quarterback and a new offensive coordinator is that it’s “complicated”.
- More disrespect for the coaches poll – you know it’s bad when Al Groh is cited as a role model.
- Good grief. I can’t wait to hear about the first sub-four-second forty.
- This is funny as hell. And don’t forget, they’ve already got the rings for it.
- It looks like ESPN is following the lead of the media in the rankings game: Georgia is number one in its first power poll, but at his SEC blog, Chris Low has the Dawgs behind the Gators. What I don’t get about Low’s rankings is this: “If Florida and Georgia swapped schedules, I’d probably have the Bulldogs No. 1 in the power rankings.” I thought power polls were about the teams’ relative strengths, not how they’d hold up against their schedules.
- Ah, the life of a back-up long snapper.
- “I used bad judgment in being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I’ve learned from my mistake.” Sure, Jimbo, sure.
- As college football careers go, this is a pretty short one.