Thursday morning buffet

Back in the saddle, bringing you some choice nuggets for your enjoyment:

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33 responses to “Thursday morning buffet

  1. Bob

    I can’t decide which game I am more excited about…LA Monroe or Southern University. I probably should wait until the 3d OOC powerhouse is named. Should be a great home schedule in 2015. 😉

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Has it gotten to the point now that we are paying our cupcakes more than the City of Jacksonville pays us to come to Jacksonville for the WLOCP and get drilled down there every year? If so, we need to hold out for more money. We should at least get more than what Florida pays its cupcakes to come to Gainesville, I would hope.

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      • Bevo

        Funny. I never thought about it that way. Do we count as one of the “cupcakes” that Florida schedules every year?

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          We go to their second home, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium f/k/a the Gator Bowl, on an annual basis, get beat almost every year and are paid a lot of money to go there. How is that any different from say, Bama, paying Southern Miss to come to Birmingham and play at Legion Field, which they did for years? Once in a while Southern Miss would even beat Bama, although usually they would lose, but either way Southern Miss got their big check for showing up there. Bama never had to go to Jackson or to Hattiesburg, did they? How is that any different from the situation UGA finds itself in with the WLOCP?

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            BTW, Southern Miss’ record against Bama is 5-35-2 which computes to just about the same winning percentage that UGA has against Florida for the last 21 years, 3-18.

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  2. starbreaker

    When I first read Mandel’s mailbag and saw that comment I was sort of pissed, but when I stepped back I get it. Seriously, I know we are buried in the details of the Dream Team, new S&C and a few guys suddenly realizing they are passionate about football…but looking at the facts it’s hard to argue. 6-7, after NOT finishing strong (obviously), losing our best offensive and defensively player (arguably) to the pros…from a purely subjective standard point, I see his point. Having said that, I am 100% pounding the kool-aide in a big way this offseason, and know we have some great talent that just didn’t perform last year. Here’s hoping the S&C changes were the right ones and we don’t commit a personal foul after making Boise go 3-and-out on their first possesion…or blow 3 timeouts in the first 5:00…or routinely give up 1st downs on 3rd and long.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      Yeah, but all of the details that have Georgia fans excited are details that Mandel should, you know… know about. He’s a hack. I’m not saying that because he’s down on Georgia. I’ve said that about him for years. If Georgia ends up making a huge run this year, just watch. He’ll never mention being wrong about the Bulldogs in the preseason.

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      • starbreaker

        Oh no, I totally agree…Mandel is inexplicitly arrogant. I was just saying that I hope we are not deluding ourselves with hoping a lot of unknowns will be the fix we need. I am encouraged when I think about how close we were in a lot of losses last year, and I just hope the S&C changes address some of those shortcomings. Needless to say, I will feel a hell of a lot better about our chances if, at halftime of BSU, we have consistently been winning in the trenches.

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        • Go Dawgs!

          I hear ya. I just think he’s the kind of writer who looks at the standings from last year and just goes off what they say. He’s the reason Auburn is ranked despite losing pretty much everything (I mean, I think they’ve still got uniforms, but that’s about it) from last year. The fact is, Georgia was in every game last year. They were never blown out, despite breaking in a brand new defensive scheme that we couldn’t staff. And I’m supposed to be outraged that they’re ranked #22? How about Notre Dame at #18, Stew, shouldn’t that piss you off, too?

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    • Mandell polled his 100 Montana ranchers and here’s what they said:

      * Only 17 thought Georgia would win the SEC East.

      * 23 thought they’d finish second behind South Carolina; another 39 thought they’d finish third behind USC and Florida.

      * Eleven asked “That’s the team that’s playing Boise State in the opener, right?” Another four wanted to talk about the Broncos (the ones from Denver).

      * Five didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.

      * One brandished a shotgun and told him to get off his property.

      Based on responses like those, you can see where his skepticism is coming from.

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  3. Stoopnagle

    As bad as it has seemed for us Georgia people the last few years… Good Lord, it must be horrible to be an Ole Miss fan right now.

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  4. TennesseeDawg

    For sports talk radio about the Dawgs, The Home Team on the Athens AM station is a much better choice if you can pick it up. Atlanta radio is dominated by morons.

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  5. ChicagoDawg

    The Egg Bowl/Ole Miss answer is “Ole Miss fans dislike spending a day in Starkville” that ends in yet another FAIL for the Nuttster who is currently 1-3 in that match-up.

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  6. DawgPhan

    I thought that the name of the position was going to be “Drunk white girl” or “free clothes”…since those are the things that get Rainey excited.

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  7. Macallanlover

    The only thing dumber than pre-season polls are people who argue about pre-season polls. Mandel does know we are talking about the 2011 team, and not the 2010 team….right? And I suppose he has some outstanding choices to replace UGA, and Florida…..GT or TN perhaps? He doesn’t seem to have any problem with Texas or ND being ranked. If anyone should be offended it is UGA fans. Being ranked behind ND, Miss State, or Texas isn’t ver exciting to me, Stewie.

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  8. Dawgfan Will

    He just says that stuff because we have a history with him. When UGA fans inevitably flood his inbox, he can print it off, take it to his boss and say, “See! See! People do read me!”

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  9. Cojones

    Looks like TA&M is between The Rock and a hard place to play.

    Stewie, the absurdity is preseason polls. What do you know about any team’s ranking if they haven’t played yet. That goes for any team regardless of last year’s record. Starbreaker’s post is spot on. Macallanlover’s point is more so.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    Despite last year’s 6-7 disaster I believe the Dawgs are justified at #22 ranking. We don’t have 2 known stars like Green and Houston returning, but the roster is pretty deep. Good coaches would win a lot of games with our schedule and this team – particluarly the D line. I expect CMR to win at least 9, and that would put us around #22 at the end of the year, maybe a bit higher.

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    • Cojones

      Rather to believe in the Easter Bunny than assess any realism to hyped picks that let you know they aren’t worth the keystrokes to defend them. You see teams further up the list that you feel your team can clean their plow, but still don’t connect that all of it is fantasy until they strap it on and get with it. Preseason ranking? How in hell can we know what they can do until they play? Last year was just that , last year. If teams couldn’t change drastically from one year to the next, why would we even want to watch the insanity of doing the same thing over and over?

      Do you believe that Stewart knows the Dawgs’s capabilities better than we do? Hell no! Do you think he knows the other teams any better than we evaluate them in comparison to the Dawgs? Double “Hell No!!”.

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  11. Go Dawgs!

    And now, the things I don’t understand about Texas A&M wanting to join the SEC because the Longhorns are getting a network.

    1) While joining the SEC would benefit A&M financially, there’s no recruiting benefit. In fact, it hurts them in recruiting. Hey, Texan, I’m here to give you an opportunity to not play against the teams you’ve watched all your life, and to play half of the games in your college career a plane-ride away from your parents.

    2) Can you recruit better in SEC country? Probably. But if you’re in Texas, and your strategy involves hurting your ability to recruit Texas, I think you need to fire everyone in the building, including whoever makes the coffee and whoever empties the waste baskets. They are stupid by virtue of being in contact with stupid.

    3) How does this hurt Texas? They get rid of what could be a tough game on their schedule, they still get to have their network, and they still get to play most of their classic rivalries. They also get an additional leg up in recruiting the state of Texas. A&M will tell you that they’re thinking primarily of their own interests, but they clearly think this is going to be sticking it to Texas, too, and it’s not.

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    • Puffdawg

      Maybe Texas A&M leaving starts the dissolution of the Big 12 and forces Texas to go independent, which might limit their scheduling opportunities and or national appeal. Not saying any of those would occur, but maybe that’s what A&M is thinking.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        One thing seems to be certain – the Big 12 is changing. Of course that’s an understatement when one considers Nebraska and Colorado have already left. A&M had best check out all their options. Better to land in the SEC, than in the charred remnants of what was once the SW conference (without Texas). Make no mistake, one of the Big 12 (-2) teams is going to act sooner or later, and then all the others will be running for parachutes.

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    • Cojones

      If kids from the SEC recruiting areas see A&M play, they may decide that they could find a place on that team. The same in reverse when Texas kids see us, maybe they don’t run straight to Austin, but rather look around and want some of that Championship smack. Right now, most kids don’t give the time of day to schools outof their area unless they see or hear something in the press.

      It would open up more kids to choose between areas instead of the same ol, same ol. It benefits A&M and the SEC for recruiting and mo’ money.

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    • Cojones

      Go Dawgs!- you are not comparing the whole, but instead defeating your own argument when picking at the pieces. Without looking at the forest, we can pick reasons not to do anything. The point is that this would benefit both parties for reasons I’ve posted elsewhere.

      #2 -Why would recruiting in another part of the country hurt you in Texas? It wouldn’t. Where did Stafford come from.? Didn’t hear of anyone in the SEC gettin’ chafed because he was recruited from elsewhere. Every school recruits out of state and conference. Texas fills up by June of each year because the Texas kids are brainwashed with the “Texas, it’s a whole other country” bullshit and prefer not to see the rest of the world. This way they will see it.

      #3- It hurts Texas because it exposes kids to other teams week in and week out. They learn more about SEC teams and will want to be a part of such a Championship conference by witnessing the teams that are in the thick of a NC every game that is played in this conference. If they only watch SW/Big12 games every week, they get only one whiff of that exciting world each year and that’s in the NC Game. This way they can experience it each week as we do.

      OK?

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      • Go Dawgs!

        Cojones, leaving the Big 12 to play all of your games back east hurts your ability to recruit Texas because you won’t be playing in Texas. You won’t be playing the teams like Oklahoma or Texas Tech or Baylor or OK State that move the meter in Texas. Unless you grew up as a fan of A&M, I don’t think you’d be as likely to want to play there anymore once they’re playing Georgia, South Carolina, etc. that are a plane ride way from home.

        I don’t see how it helps Texas A&M, and other than picking up the Dallas TV market, I don’t see how it helps the SEC that much, either.

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  12. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I said last year when all the “Big 12 is coming apart” talk occurred that the best way for Texas A&M to join the SEC is as part of a group of four which would include at least two other Texas schools. That would give the SEC a pretty good hold of the Texas TV market and open up that state big time to all the SEC schools for recruiting. BTW, the other Texas schools would not necessarily only have to come from the Big 12.

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