If there’s a new sheriff in town, who is it?

Mark Richt read a book this summer.  It’s a book about a bus.  No, not this bus…

but this one.

… Richt earlier this summer provided players a copy of Jon Gordon’s book “The Energy Bus”, which offers “10 rules to fuel your life, work and team with positive energy.”

Richt heard about the book from Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith when he spoke at UGA’s spring high school coaching clinic.

It seems to have taken off.

… Receiver Marlon Brown wore a “Get On The Bus” T-shirt last week that on the back had an illustration of a bus with Richt driving it to the Georgia Dome, a place the Bulldogs hope to reach for the Southeastern Conference championship game for the first time since 2005.

Players are wearing “No Complaining” bracelets. So is Richt.

Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell even wore one in his hair when he met with reporters last week.

Those who do complain and aren’t positive are called “Energy Vampires,” and their pictures are posted in the locker room with horns and fangs added.

Maybe accentuating the positive is exactly what this team needs after the way last season ended.  On the other hand…

Cornelius Washington is out of jail – some players’ word for the injured players who have to spend practice working with strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski. Washington is coming off a hamstring injury, and for the first week of practice he and several teammates were doing bench presses, push-ups and other assorted work on a lower field away from their teammates.

“That’s the point, keeping guys out of wanting to be hurt and staying on the injured list too long,” Washington said, smiling. “We call it jail, it’s like prison. We made a joke, ‘Oh I’m out on parole, on good behavior.'”

When do we start hearing “good cop, bad cop” comparisons?

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29 responses to “If there’s a new sheriff in town, who is it?

  1. Go Dawgs!

    Can’t wait for my troll friends from other schools to read about the jail comparisons.

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  2. WFdawg

    “Energy Vampire” really has lexicon potential.

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  3. AlphaDawg

    I had an Energy Vampire once…Bitch took half of everything

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  4. HottCheesE

    I am in the USAF and I have been using the Energy Vampire thing with my subordinates for a couple weeks now. I cannot believe how effective it has been. Fighting the Taliban is hard enough on it’s own without having to ward off the EV’s too. No one wants to be the Energy Vampire that sucks all the piss out of being on a flight crew. Try it at your place of business and see how effective it really is (might want to run it through HR first).

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    • Russ

      thank you for your service. Fly safely.

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    • Bad M

      I salute you, good sir.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Please accept my thanks.

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      • HottCheesE

        Accepted, MoD. All I ask in return is that you muscle the City Council of Dawgtown into spending more money on the Dawgtown VFW.

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    • AlphaDawg

      1st thanks for your Service….BUT…if I had tried that line with my Marines, I would have been laughed out of the Corp

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      • HottCheesE

        Thank-you for your service, AD…BUT…if CMR can get 18 and 19 year old tough guys to buy into this, why couldn’t you? Oh..now I get it…Marines. I’ll try to use small words so you can copy; Airmen understand that when their Sergeant highlights them as being detrimental to mission accomplishment, they had best adjust their attitude most rikki tic. Sometimes the best way to get their attention is with a bit of humorous diversion. What CMR has taught me, is that if you can get your future leaders to buy into it, they will hold each other accountable. And it also helps to be the Ballerest Sergeant Ever. No one wants to piss off the BSE. Air Power.

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        • AlphaDawg

          HC…I find your comparison of 19/20 year old college athletes to 19/20 year old Battle Hardened 0311’s laughable. I had 21 and 22 yr olds with 2 combat tours. Sorry but no Energy Vampire mojo would’ve ever worked. Now I can see how you FlyBois machanics and Radio Tech’s may get motivated by a school boi ploy, but no way in Hell would if of worked with Fallujah vets. So you just sit back in youR hardened bunker playing your Gameboy, eating your pogey bait and let big boys deal with the REAL WORK.

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          • AlphaDawg

            I just can’t picture 1st Sgt Kasal standing before a group of Marines talking about F#@KIN Energy Vampires.

            Just Sayin

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            • AlphaDawg

              Hell of a Marine, a Hell Of Leader, proud to have served with him and he should of won the CMH for his actions that day.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Kasal

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            • HottCheesE

              You’ll have to forgive me for not telling you to turn the sarcasm monitor on for the first sentence. I was actually trying to corroborate your point. I understand that what works with tough guy football players will not work with Marines. You guys are most certainly a different breed of badass. I think that your link clearly illustrates that fact. The link below is what I have to deal with on the day to day, so you can see where EV’s might work with us FlyBois.

              P.S. The next care package I drop to the Marines will have a very special batch of what I call “furious grudge fudge” mixed in there with the ammo. Attached will be a note that simply reads, “This is AlphaDawg’s fault. Now get back to doing REAL WORK”. I should probably include “not for human consumption” as well, but they’ll figure it out own their own. Seriously, same team, AD. Let’s be friends.

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  5. X-Dawg

    Finish the Bus Ride! Get On The Drill! Whatever works for them, works for me!

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  6. Bad M

    I hate to admit it, but I fell into that trap at a job in college. The job wasn’t terrible, but we had a few complainers. I started complaining along with them and sometimes was worse. It does grow.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    A positive attitude can take a person a long way, as long as it’s backed up by real effort, not just feel good platitudes. Coaches like Vince Lombardi and Bear Bryant expected (or demanded if you prefer) high peformance – not just from the players, but from themselves and their entire staff. If this message truly has filtered up and down through the entire organization, and the effort is there, and it isn’t just another slogan, the dawgs could be looking at a terrific season.

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  8. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Maybe this will be the “finish the drill” of the future.

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  9. 69Dawg

    CAUTION OLD GUY SPEAKS – Say what you will about JT2 he and Kasey are old school and part of that is that there are no excuses. Pulled muscles, twitted hamstrings are all injuries that have always been used to avoid practice. If the consequences are not attractive then at least some of the guys will be slow to fake it. JT2 is like the Drill Sgt that some of us had, if you are truly hurt then you can get help if you are not then get your butt back out there and work through it.

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  10. Trbodawg

    Since the old guys are talking… Coach Justice (real name) emphasized the difference between being ‘hurt’ and being ‘injured’ – you can play hurt (and you damn well better), but if you were injured, then you see the doc. Of course, his treatment for a leg laceration caused by a scooter would have been to spit tobacco juice on it…

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    • Cojones

      Better than peeing on it like my brother attempted to do whenever I was hurt from our many tussles. Amazing how that gets you moving again …..and so fast!

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      • Cojones

        Of course that wasn’t nearly as bad as when he and I had fought to a standstill and we both took a mutually agreed break from cottonmouth and sweaty battle. As we lay side-by-side on our backs in a sandbed laboring for every breath, he rolled over and poured a handful of sand in my mouth. One older kid running for his life while a smaller kid with red eyes, spitting profusely while running at full vengeance speed must have been been hilarious to the hired hands who were laughing and cheering us on.

        Maybe in the 4th qtr we could have a bucket of sand placed next to the players bench and……………

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