In a tizzy

I grok the circumstances, believe me, but I’m still having a hard time deciding which is funnier – the press having a hissy fit because Richt is tired of hearing the same lame question repeated ad nauseam, or the fans’ freakout over what sounds to me like little more than a tongue-in-cheek response by Bobo to a question that has to rank so far down on the list of real issues which need to be addressed as to be almost trivial.

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  1. Jim

    I hope the tongue in cheek response was just that and agree it is extremely far down on our list of issues. The fact that some people have to wonder is evidence of how far we have fallen and what we have come to expect though

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  2. TennesseeDawg

    If Richt wants to quit hearing the same ad nauseam questions, then he needs to fix the same old problems we seem to have every year. In regards to Bobo, he should know you can’t joke with some of the fanbase when things are going poorly (which I’m sure he’s tired of the # question as well)

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  3. ChicagoDawg

    People who get pissed and bunched up over interview responses from players and coaches get what they deserve. There is nothing they can say that will be satisfying if the on field result isn’t what you want. Every word they say will be interpreted so as to align with your self fulfilling prophecy and serves only to fuel your frustration.
    I especially liked the mature and well reasoned comment by “The 31st Floor”

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    • stoopnagle

      This.

      With the addendum that one really shouldn’t expect coaches to openly answer questions to the media on issues that really matter.

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  4. Turd Ferguson

    The thing about the Bobo comment, though, is that I really have no idea whether or not it was tongue-in-cheek. I sure hope it was. But would it really surprise anyone if he was being dead serious?

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    • Spence

      No it would not, and both of them were wearing #1 against Boise in a game where our offense struggled.

      The quote is concerning because it illustrates a severe lack of common sense.

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      • ScooBoo

        If I’m not mistaken, they said that they held Smith out of the offense, because his foot had not fully healed and they didn’t want to give him the extra touches out of fear of a set back in recovery.

        If they have intentions of Smith being in the offense this week, one of the two will have on a different number.

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  5. SCDawg

    Senator, please don’t ever link to the dawgrant again. I’d like to think that kind of commentary and hyperbole doesn’t actually exist.

    As to Bobo’s comments, I think we’re seeing a snowball effect here. There is probably not much Bobo can do or say right the rest of the season, barring a miracle turnaround.

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  6. gastr1

    I don’t get THIS:

    Why in the F**K do you let two players have the same number anyway???? I can’t say I have ever heard or or seen that before.

    Children, children…

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    • When there are more than 100 players on the roster, what do you suggest they do?

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      • aristoggle

        Didn’t see the game – thankfully – but judging by the radio broadcast, it didn’t matter if they wore the same number. They couldn’t be read anyway.

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      • David

        Well, obviously there aren’t 100 different guys that will see the field, so duplicating numbers shouldn’t be a problem. The fact that this is an issue is insulting. You tell Crowell to wear a different number, end of story unless B. Smith wants to give it up. If not, tough. You can switch to #1 when Smith is gone. How hard is this?

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        • Hackerdog

          We promised Crowell he could have #1 when we recruited him. If we go back on that promise, then future recruits won’t believe us when we promise them something.

          If we had told Crowell when we recruited him that he couldn’t have #1, he may not have come to UGA. Then we would be choosing between a converted linebacker and a little person as our starting tailback.

          I would much rather have the problem of having two #1s than either of the above issues.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            What’s pitiful about what you just said is that it is true. Can you see Bama under Saban ever having a problem like this? This just demonstrates what a decline we have experienced under CMR and is emblematic of the bigger problem–the HC is really not in charge of the program.

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            • Hackerdog

              I don’t know if Saban promises jersey numbers or not. I know that a lot of programs do. I don’t see it as indicative of a poor program to tell a kid that he can have a certain number.

              FSU unretired #34 for Ernie Simms in 2003. They were national champions in 1999 and played for the national championship in 2000. They were an elite program that made a promise to an elite recruit. It happens.

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              • AusDawg85

                Saban has a recent MNC to recruit to. We don’t. Gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes, no matter how hard to swallow. At least we don’t shop the #34 jersey around.

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          • David

            So what happens if the top WR in the nation next year is interested in UGA and he wears #1. Do we promise it to someone else? Where do you draw the line? Only 2 players can have a number but not 3?

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            • Puffdawg

              You guys are blowing this way out of proportion. If they want the two on the field at the same time they’ll make it happen. I share the frustration in our poor performance against Boise, but find somehting else to complain about. This blog and its followers are too good to be worrying about something this stupid.

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      • Chuck

        1A, 1.5, -1, or go to Roman numerals.:)

        Fwiw, I will never wish for a Georgia loss in order to get rid of a coach, least of all CMR. If he isn’t going to figure it out, we will have to do something. Too much talent is going to waste.

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      • Scott

        Use letters or punctuation. Our defensive line could actually look like
        ” $*!&” from the stands. The offensive backfield could be “WTF?”

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      • Texas Baller

        With all due respect Senator, this is another great Richt idea – load up a roster full of walk-on’s, 4th stringers and JV guys and duplicate numbers. I would presume there is an implied intimidation factor when 100+ come thru the tunnel and onto the field? Why are there so many rostered that will NEVER see PT? Of the 100+ rostered, ther are 50 or so that MIGHT see the field. The others roam the sidelines with no chance of seeing action. In the old days, 4th stringers, JV’ers and scout team kids never even wore a Varisty jersey. Doesn’t bother me….but made me look at our roster and compare to previous in years gone by.

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  7. Let’s set about finding five competent offensive linemen who can all take the field at the same time, yes? THEN we can hash out the issue of Isaiah Crowell’s and Branden Smith’s numbers.

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  8. William

    Really?? Who gives a flip?? You know what I care about? Seeing our O-Line play like men and not 1st graders! I’d love to see a run game, or something resembling it! I’d love to see that Murray has learned to tuck and run or throw it away after 4 or 5 seconds of nothing being open! You think Richt isn’t pissed about this??? He ripped his linemen after their performance yesterday at practice! Know what they were working on??? 3rd down conversions! Sound like a man who doesn’t care to you?? That’s why these questions irritate him! He wants to win and knows what people are whispering! I’d be pissed off too. But if you snap, you show your players it’s ok to act that way. Would it make everyone happy to know he was channeling that anger into his gameplan? That he was telling his players to do the same on the field? Screw last weekend! Beat USCe! Pluck them and frie them! Shut the haters up and get back to the grind!

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    • Ginny

      I concur.

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    • JBJ

      It is frustrating as a fan when our HC does not seem to care one way or the other about games. You want to call it his mild mannered, humble nature. That is probably 100% accurate, but it comes off as the former. Combine that with the fact we continue to underachieve and just got our ass kicked by a tiny school from Idaho.

      I think everyone should get off Bobo. Look at the stats. We are averaging more points now than in previous periods. The difference is that our defense can’t stop anybody.

      THIS is a great break down.

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        JBJ, the Coaches By The Numbers post you linked t was great. The problem is his numbers were wrong. UGA won 6SEC Championships under Vince Dooley not four and he cooked the books on winning percentage calculations for all the coaches. Dooley’s winning percentage actually is about the same as Richt’s and the other coaches’ are all actually higher. The all-time winning percentage for UGA is higher too (about 66%). The appearance is (intentional or unintentional) that he is puffing Richt’s record and minimizing everything else. If the guy can’t get the numbers right it’s hard for me to take him seriously about anything. I agree with him that the problem generally has been on defense for the last 5 years or so in the aggregate. Who’s responsibility is that exactly? The players? God?

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          The other coaches winning percentages are actually higher than those stated in the Coaches By The Numbers post.

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        • JBJ

          As you point out, the main issue is that the defense is not getting it done. I agree he has some math problems, but in general the current problems on defense are obvious from the number of points given up in recent years.

          Obviously I think CMR is responsible. Maybe CTG will get the defense on track this week. All signs point against that from what I saw on Saturday.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            Let’s hope CTG does get things on track and the Dawgs kick the Cocks’ dicks in the dirt–or is it kick the Dicks’ cocks in the dirt? Whatever. GO DAWGS!

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          • d

            it’s not the defense per se. As an offense, you need to consistenrly move the chains and score. Our offense is throwing the d under the proverbial bus.

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    • SlobberKnocker

      Absolutely. The solution to our ills lies in having these two guys on the field at the same time? Really?

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    • Cojones

      William-Good post. It seems to my vague memory that Murray was not going to be given the green light to tuck and run in the Boise game. I think that was designed to prevent his injury and to make sure that he was available for the SC game. My view was that if he was getting sacked all that time, didn’t that constitute his endangerment? I feel that they(Richt and staff) had SC as the top target and think Murray will probably be given the green light this weekend.

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  9. BulldogBen

    I’m not worked up over his comments but the fact remains that there exists a situation where two playmakers can’t be on the field at the same time.

    I’m assuming they’ll get it worked out but that fact that this happened is pretty indicative of how things have been going.

    BLECH.

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    • Puffdawg

      You do realize players can change jersey numbers at any point during the game, right…?

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    • Cojones

      Where have all you”numbers” people been for the summer? Not on this blog, because postings to the reasons have been mentioned over and over including quotes from the players that it will never constitute a problem. If they needed to change, they would if the staff told them to. The players also mentioned that the important thing was to play on the field and having to change numbers if the circumstances came up would be no problem. End of manufactured controversy (for the second time).

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  10. Go Dawgs!

    Count me among the people who were in a tizzy about the number issue from day one. However, it’s been solved. Branden Smith is on record as saying that he’s willing to change his number if needed, so it’s a non-issue. Bobo’s quote was clearly tongue-in-cheek, because… again… Branden Smith is on record saying that if it’s necessary to help the team, he’s willing to change shirts. This is laudable and shows me a guy that wants to win. We can debate the wisdom of Bobo trying to make jokes at another time. Actually, we can’t, it’s not wise and there’s really no debate. Branden Smith’s foot was still bothering him on Saturday, and there wasn’t much point in using him in a third phase of the game (he played extensively on defense and also return teams) and further exposing the foot to aggravation. Later in the year, we’ll see what happens with his deployment on offense. However, again, he’s on record saying that he’s willing to change numbers. Bobo probably hopes that future UGA opponents don’t realize that and don’t gameplan for that.

    We should probably be sweating the other, very real problems facing this team.

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  11. I don’t think it’s tongue in cheek. That’s why I’m pissed about it.

    If we play them together. Great. If not….it’s just part of the broader issue of player utilization and a lack of sense of urgency.

    That’s what happens when you’ve made almost $40 million and you have an $8+ million buyout if you get whacked. You’re in no hurry to get your best on the field.

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    • ScooBoo

      If you think he is that much of a money grubber, wouldn’t stand to reason that he WOULD want to put is his best on the field so that he could get a new contract and bamboozle them for even more?

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Nah. GSB is right. This phenomenon has been documented countless times with players in professional sports. As soon as some (not all) get a big long term contract they turn to shit. Human nature at its worst. I hope the powers that be at UGA take note of this and do not repeat this mistake. We are essentially in the same position with CMR as Tech was with its basketball Coach Paul Hewitt who for financial reasons was allowed to hang around for years after it became apparent that he couldn’t do the job. Remember how much fun we all had at Tech’s expense pointing to that situation? Karma’s a bitch ain’t it?

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        • ScooBoo

          Wow. In one post you have equated CMR with “the worst of human nature”, and equated UGA with Tech. smh

          When is the election Mayor?

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        • Go Dawgs!

          Funny, every Fire Richt guy’s favorite point of comparison, Nick Saban, has a bigger contract and a bigger buyout. Seems like he hasn’t given up. Whether he’s right or wrong, Richt is trying his hardest to win ball games. To say he’s trying to get fired in order to collect his buyout is a joke, and colors my opinion of everything else you say. Saying that Richt’s merely lazy because he’s got money either way shows me that you’re not really taking an honest look at the situation.

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          • SCDawg

            If you believe you have a good coach, that means someone else might believe you have a good coach, and come along and poach him. So, you give him a buyout clause that makes it less likely/harder for another program to hire him away. Also, having at least a 4 year deal makes recruits comfortable about committing.

            You can argue you shouldn’t have made that kind of deal with a specific coach, i.e. Paul Hewitt, but the structure is, in my mind, not the issue.

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        • stoopnagle

          With the rather important difference that we can actually pay the buyout as opposed to Tech who couldn’t.

          Which is really pointless anyway because just like every buyout, it will be negotiated down.

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          • BMan

            Also Paul Hewitt’s contract rolled over every year so that he was continually on a 7 year deal (or 4, or whatever it was). It was an amazing piece of Ass-hattery by the GT athletic director at the time, ironically named Braine.

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    • Rick

      Good point! The coaches are obviously trying to fail intentionally so they can get their buyouts. Why didn’t we all see it sooner?!

      When you cast an objective eye towards this thinking in the future, I don’t think you are going to be impressed.

      Since you need reminding – you geniuses neither know more nor care more than the coaching staff. If they need to be replaced, it’s because they weren’t good enough, and that’s that.

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    • stoopnagle

      Your last line is pure bullshit.

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    • fuelk2

      Come on, man. You can’t really think that Richt & Co. just don’t give a damn. I can agree that the level of competition in college football, particularly the SEC, has passed the staff by, but I don’t think it’s because they’re “in no hurry to get their best on the field.”

      Stubborn, yes. Inept, maybe. Completely careless, I doubt it.

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    • Russ

      Wow, I really thought GSB was immune from Dawgvent conspiracy theories.

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    • Wrong

      I couldn’t disagree more. Not saying the DEF is not a problem, but putting all the blame for our struggles on the DEF is ridiculous. Did you watch either of the Liberty Bowl or the Boise St game?

      Yes, in some of our losses the defense actually was the problem (eg, Auburn). In our worst losses, an inept offense that put the defense in a position to fail repeatedly and early in the game was actually the problem. What you end up with is a score that shows the DEF giving up all these points, which does not tell the true story of the game.

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      • Wrong

        Was the DEF also to blame when we lost to South Carolina 6-17 last year?

        I wonder whether we’ll be able to score A TOUCHDOWN on the Gamecocks this year.

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          The D actually held USCe to substantially fewer points than the cocks’ season average in that game but let them possess the ball for the whole game it seemed.

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        • AlphaDawg

          Wrong you are correct. Our tackling wasn’t the best that game, but I attribute that more to Lattimore than bad D play. The killer that game was the 5 or 6 three and outs in the second half. If we don’t have any sustained drives Saturday, the OBC will slowly walk all over a worn out D.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            “Wrong you are correct.” That’s an instant classic

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          • Cojones

            Alpha Dawg- Wouldn’t the inability to stop Lattimore be bad D play?

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            • Wrong

              Lattimore is gonna get his yards. Good D play is holding him enough in check to get off the field and keep the offense in the game. They did that.

              Even if you can frame the DEF as the weak link. We FAILED to score a single TOUCHDOWN against the Gamecocks. Same thing in the Liberty bowl.

              Myopic/short-memory fans have directed disporportionate blame towards our DEF in my opinion.

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        • Puffdawg

          Two “wrongs” don’t make a right? I keed I keed.

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  12. Dog in Fla

    Global War on Marks (GWOM), “Good Will Hunting”

    Underground Bunker Command and Contol Center
    Butt-Mehre 3-4 Defense Complex

    Over in the Offensive Staff corner of the bunker Head Ball Coach Mark counsels Shotgun Mark that it would be a blessing if he stopped jiving around at pressers by talking about the 1 is the loneliest number problem that can’t be solved because that turned into a boom goes the dynamite thing

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kyOQLbGzFbg/TYgT_jmrF8I/AAAAAAAACEM/kzD3c8zNFFQ/s640/bp1.

    and instead use the coachspeak that HBC Mark uses to keep from snapping and throwing things like tables, cameras, chairs, reporters, Russ the Temporary Bulldog, etc.

    The Marks see Todd walking by their section of the bunker and say hello to Todd who tells them, “No” and gives them the choke sign. The Marks look at each other and take that as an affirmation to run even more three and outs faster so Todd’s crew gets to be on the field longer against the Lattimores.

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    • AusDawg85

      “The Marks look at each other and take that as an affirmation to run even more three and outs faster so Todd’s crew gets to be on the field longer against the Lattimores.”

      +1

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  13. Cousin Eddie

    I remember seeing where Smith said the number thing is no big deal to him that if the coaches ask him to change he will and gave the “what ever is better for the team” statement. I could not find the link but remember seeing it. I don’t think that the number Smith wears is that important because he can not save this team by himself but the number issue is an indication on how things are done currently. The only number that matters is the final score and that number, I am afraid, will also be a concern when all is said and done. Looking forward to Coastal Carolina, Go Dawgs.

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  14. H-Town Dawg

    Bobo doesn’t have the luxury of displaying his “sense of humor” if that what it was. It’s hard to know for sure what his intent was by making that statement. If he was serious than it’s ridiculous. If he was attempting to make a joke out of it then he needs to recognize the seriousness of the EPIC FAIL and react accordingly. This isn’t just “happening to him.” This is a problem for which he is largely responsible. He’s not paid to crack jokes. If has a problem dealing with the questions that are posed to him then he needs to stop giving interviews.

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  15. 2011-dante22000

    Uniforms, jokes, smiles all silly bs. The GTP quote of day , should be driving All UGA fans nuts. Boise knew UGA was gassed , s&c coaches my a**. Someone ask why UGA athletes are not in football shape

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  16. Fire Chip Kelly! Oregon’s lost 4 of its last 5 games against ranked teams outside the Pac-12 and CCK’s offense has only averaged 18 points per game in those contests – 27 points less than the other 23 games the Ducks played in that span. CCK has clearly lost the fire required to coach major college football. He can’t stack up to the great football minds, like Les Miles and Gene Chizik. Rumor has it, he’s more interested in starting a nike sweatshop in Honduras.

    Oh, wait, I think I was confused by the uniforms… sorry, wrong blog.

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    • H-Town Dawg

      Really?

      Chip Kelly’s record over the past two seasons was 22-4 with consecutive conference titles and a spot in the BCS championship.

      Mark Richt’s record over the same period was 14-12, including a loss to Central Florida in which the Dawgs couldn’t even score a TD.

      And I’m a fan of CMR…but let’s keep it real.

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  17. Bobo sucks and needs to be fired for far more substantive reasons than two people sharing #1.

    The problem is the UGA Bulldogs never ending the season #1. 😛

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  18. JaxDawg

    Blah, Blah, Blah……….same sh*t from 2008 on. Time for a change and it’s a comin’.

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  19. Reggie Ball

    “We’re just coaching ball, OK?”

    Like I told y’all, it’s just a game, dawg.

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