Wednesday afternoon buffet

I know there hasn’t been much snacking here this week, so here goes.

  • A good look at BCS economics, through the prism of Boise State, Oregon and Alabama.
  • This is a darn shame:  “Notre Dame’s 40-14 rout of Washington State on Saturday night wasn’t exactly a win for NBC. In drawing 1.4% of U.S. TV households, NBC’s coverage had the lowest rating of any show on the four major broadcast networks last week.”
  • If Mark Richt does go shopping for a new defensive coordinator this offseason, he’ll have some familiar competition.
  • The GPOOE™ isn’t bothered by opponents’ dirty play?  So why do an interview about it?
  • This is harsh.
  • I think there’s an echo on the Internet.
  • Charles Woodson’s not happy with Michigan’s play, either.

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27 responses to “Wednesday afternoon buffet

  1. David

    “Well, to this spectator that means it’s time to take a look at who you’re bringing in here to take hold of our legacy. And I’ll trade a three-star David Greene over five-star Matt Stafford any day. ”

    Bravo

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  2. dean

    I know there hasn’t been much snacking here this week, so here goes.
    It’s OK Senator, I haven’t had much of an appetite anyway.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    “This is harsh”

    Well what did you expect from a college student. Do any of them think adults matter at all?

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    • Ben Rockwell

      Did you even read the article, Hogbody? Clearly not. He’s taking the players to task here. I don’t think I agree with his argument, but I can see where he’s coming from.

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      • Brandon

        I thought it was a pretty good article, not out of line at all

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        • Brandon

          sorry Ben, I meant to reply to the ”harsh” topic generally, not your comment in particular. I think we are in agreement.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        I read the article Ben. The theme is that the wrong players are being recruited and/or that the current players are unmotivated. Most of my stuff is tongue in cheek, but I do take college students to task for thinking they don’t need counsel of anyone older or more experienced to direct them.

        I admit stretched things, but it’s implicit in the column that the coaching staff is immaterial to the players’ conduct.

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        • Ben Rockwell

          Fair enough; I don’t think he was doing that, though. It seemed like he was challenging his fellow students to take seriously what it is they are called upon to do (win football games).

          HOWEVER, I don’t think it’s fair at all for us as fans to expect the players to sit at home and flagellate themselves for not winning football games. If a student does poorly on a test, he doesn’t normally stay at home and sulk. He goes out, commiserates, and hits the ground running the next day.

          I should note, too, that some of the UGA players are on Twitter asking for this guy, so it’ll be interesting to see if this peters out or if it blows up into something bigger. Emotions run really hot in times of trial, and this is one of the most trying times the team has had since I’ve been in school.

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          • Hogbody Spradlin

            I know I’m being hard on youth, but I’m raising a 16 year old right now. I keep telling him to leave home and get a job while he still knows everything.

            So you think the guy who wrote the column needs to stay outta sight? Uh oh!

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            • Ben Rockwell

              I see! Sixteen was less than half a lifetime ago for me, so maybe I’m too much of an apologist for the “youth.” I’ve only got a two yr old and an infant; I’ll get back in touch with you in about 14 yrs…

              As for the columnist, I hope he used an assumed name; he may not want to be seen around East Campus or football facilities…

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  4. ScooBoo

    What’s so harsh about it? Did you mean to use “probably true” instead of “harsh”?

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  5. Richt-Flair

    Love the R&B column. Probably shouldn’t, but I do

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  6. drunk dawg

    That R&B article is an IQ test.

    “Did you see that player smile while we were losing? Did you see that guy hug an opponent at the end of the game? He doesn’t care! He doesn’t deserve to be here!”

    Right. Idiot.

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  7. 69Dawg

    In the immortal words of the greatest UGA playa never to wear the Red & Black “Ain’t no big deal Dog.”

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  8. Dog in Fla

    R&B guy: “the stone-faced expression of their coach [our coach Mark], who belongs to the Keanu Reeves school of emotion, where you look the same whether we’re up by 40 points or down by 40 points,”

    which perhaps may be best demonstrated by the stone-faced expression of Christopher Walken, who not only belongs to the Keanu Reeves school of emotion but is emeritus faculty, harshing his mellow as he reads Lady(?)GaGa’s Poker Face with a tip of the hat David Hale…

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    • Ray

      I thought Lady Gaga was rumored to have a dong? I didn’t see one unless (s)he was tucking like Silence of the lambs.

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      • Dog in Fla

        Don’t know. Don’t even know that it’s her in the Walken video or in this video. Some say she/he/it is packing like at 1:11 of this video where he’s supposed to be freeballing but who knows, that could just be her Madonna-like schtick rather than his stick. What I do know is that if in a fantasy world I was celebrity enough to ever get close to the GaGa, whatever he/she/it is, I’d rub my promise ring for good luck and run away from it…

        http://theblemish.com/2009/08/lady-gaga-has-a-penis/

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  9. Ausdawg85

    Thought you all would like to see how Texas goes about special team play & focus (from today’s Austin American Statesman Sports section):
    http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/2009/11/04/1104texfoot.html

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    • MT

      GREAT link. Little things like this go a long way for a college kid; it’s taking the ‘dawg bones’ on the back of the helmet up a notch and getting people excited about the seemingly boring and mundane part of football.

      This is a small example of why we need a solely dedicated special teams coach (and probably a solely dedicated QB coach too). We do have the money in the program, after all.

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  10. Daniel

    That R&B guy needs to get a clue. Like someone else already stated, most students don’t wallow in sorrow at home after they do badly on a test, they go try to have a good time and forget about it.

    Furthermore, look at people in general. If you have a bad day, most people don’t sit at home and cry about it, turning one bad day into a bad week. I think that’s called emotionally unstable. Most people go and try to make the best of whatever they have left. I don’t see why college football players should be any different. They’re only in college once, just like a normal student, and they should have fun with it.

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    • Dog in Fla

      Amen. Otherwise you run the risk of ending up like this one with chronic feelings of emptiness. Bet she would have been better off partying hardy with others rather than sitting around feeling abandoned and empty.

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  11. Turd Ferguson

    [Something condescending about how young people just need a little perspective. Something that makes older guys like myself feel wise.]

    Here’s the thing. Suppose we were to read some story about how Aaron Murray never parties, never hits the streets of Athens, etc., and instead spends that time studying film, working on his mechanics, etc. And when asked why he doesn’t live the life of a “normal” college student, imagine he responds by saying something like, “I’m NOT a normal college student. I’m a part of something special here at Georgia, and I want my performance to be a reflection of how much I appreciate this opportunity. My standard for myself is nothing short of excellence, and if I were to live the life of a ‘normal’ college student, I’d likely not be as excellent as I hope to be.”

    Upon reading such a story, we’d praise him for his dedication to this football program. In fact, I’d bet my life that more than one commenter would say something to the effect of “DGD.” And I seriously doubt that anyone would say something like, “Gosh, that kid needs to get out more. It’s just football. This is college! Get out there and live it up!”

    But if that’s the case, then frankly, I find it odd that anyone would really disagree with the R&B article. (Unless, of course, they read too much into it to begin with.)

    Am I suggesting that football players NEVER be caught in downtown Athens having a good time? No. But there’s a fine line between (a) having the occasional good time and (b) making it seem as if Georgia football means less to you than it probably ought to. To echo the sentiment of others, I’d rather a team full of mediocre athletes to whom Georgia football really MATTERS than a team full of blue-chippers just counting the days until they’re makin’ millions.

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  12. I realize I may only be making the same kind of sweeping judgment that the holier-than-thou columnist is making, but does any fanbase turn faster on its own players than Georgia’s?

    The R&B columnist is making pulled-out-of-his-ass assumptions about our players’ heart and dedication based on stuff he heard — not even stuff he witnessed firsthand — about players partying at Flanagan’s. Tell me how that’s not a colossal dick move. As a former R&B editor, I’m embarrassed that that got published.

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  13. Hogbody Spradlin

    You guys picked up the real flaw in the R&B article. In my usual oddball way I missed the big flaw: football players are just as entitled as anyone else to party off a bad day. The columnist takes his Bulldogs a little too seriously.

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  14. Richt-Flair

    Ok, well, now I feel stupid for enjoying the column… maybe I’m just jealous of the tail these guys could get even after being blown out by a rival.

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