Michael Carvell’s head is spinning.

You’ve got to like how the AJ-C‘s recruiting page can go in one day from breathlessly reporting that Alabama stole Tyren Jones right out from under Mark Richt’s nose to the sad story that another in state recruit was told that Georgia isn’t taking any more running backs in its 2013 class because the Dawgs were only taking one (Derrick Henry).

It’s a tough job, keeping those page hits at the AJ-C coming, but somebody’s got to do it.

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74 responses to “Michael Carvell’s head is spinning.

  1. Ralph

    Do you still read that fish wrap?

    • Cojones

      Their stories are posted on The Dawgbone. I suggest that they not be posted.

    • Macallanlover

      Exactly, in this day with instant access to many sources of information (local, national, and international) why in the world would anyone depend on sources hired by the AJC? There was a time where folks had to have the daily paper to keep pace with everything happening in their community, now they can know instantly what is going on under a street light three blocks away and never leave their recliner or read a word printed on paper. Yet many need someone, willing to hitch their wagon to a dying industry and probably has an agenda, to interpret what is happening in a sport they know more about. Haven’t bought an AJC in 17 years, and never bought a NY Times…even when traveling there.

      • Bevo

        Some people depend on it as their only source of free recruiting news. Most of the steady recruiting coverage comes from paysites, though there are a few blogs around that cover recruiting now.

        Either way, the AJC is a joke w/r/t its coverage of Georgia. There’s no getting around that.

        • Dan

          I actually begrudgingly read Carvell sometimes. The most off-putting thing about his work to me are his headlines, and I’m not sure who actually writes those.

          Like you say, it’s a way to get recruiting news when most other sites charge for it. I don’t love it, but he does come through with stories every now and then. Getting all those coaches to make James Franklin look like an ass about the Josh Dawson situation comes to mind. Somehow, he gets a lot of people to talk to him, so I don’t mind reading his stories for that and just ignoring most of his commentary.

      • Bevo

        Never bought a NY Times…? Geez. Um, I guess that’s something to be proud of.

        • Spence

          I don’t know how to read. Proud of it.

        • Macallanlover

          For those of us who do not wish to financially fund a group with an agenda counter to our well being, or support distorted journalism, it does reflect well on me. Doesn’t mean I don’t read excerpts from articles from either the NYT, or the AJC on occasion, but unlike the sheep who rely on them exclusively for their news, believe they offer an enlightened view,and formulate opinions based on questionable reports, I read/listen to a variety of other sources.

          Not going to debate this with you on this forum, just commenting to another poster about the number of times I read complaints about the AJC when it is self-imposed. If you are of the mindset that the Leftist NYT is a good source for news, there is no discussing this topic with you.

          • BCDawg97

            I know how this will devolve, but if you switch Leftist NYT with Rightist Fox, then…

            I’m sure you are openminded enough to listen to all outlets of the spectrum, but rather than give away your position, perhaps replace leftist NYT with “there is only 1 source of news”.

            • BCDawg97

              Unless I just missed the point, in which case I apologize ahead of time.

              • Cojones

                Hell, I thought The Times was bought by folks with a politically right lean. I may be getting confuseed with the Wall St J, but could have sworn that rightest leaning press moguls were gobbling (not goblin) up all printed matter so they could run (not ruin) the minds and hearts of everyone (if yall don’t tell’em about the Internet, I won’t).

                Think I’ll opt for a subscription to Ebony Magazine.

                • The NYT remains in the same hands it’s been in for decades. The WSJ was bought by Murdoch. Its news coverage has declined in the aftermath, unfortunately.

                  • ChicagoDawg

                    “It’s news coverage has declined in the aftermath” — The NYT’s has declined due it’s being in same hands (Sulzberger family) for decades or the WSJ being acquired by News Corp? I assume you mean the latter, but based on what? I read both and haven’t seen marked decline in either. The WSJ and NYT have gotten better if anything — OpEd difference notwithstanding.

                    • I don’t read the opinion pages of either paper.

                      And I don’t see where either paper has gotten better of late in its news coverage.

                    • Krautdawg

                      WSJ perusing belongs to the trade for years now, and its news coverage hasn´t changed remarkably since the News Corp takeover. One term of the deal, of course, was that Murdoch would leave reporting as he found it.

                      The opinion section, on the other hand, changed noticeably. Take the same talking points that are on Fox, throw in a little econ/finance trade slang, and present it all in the “these-people-are-clearly-subhuman” tone of the Daily Caller or NY Post. I get more usable material talking to my grandmother, although at least the WSJ now offers a heads-up on the new arguments my Wall St friends will be wearing.

                      But I have to hand it to Murdoch, the man´s an opinion-generating machine. If you don´t agree, go hang out with your Leftist comrades!

                  • Scorpio Jones, III

                    The NYT is in the same family hands that it has been in since right after the civil war.

                • Dog in Fla

                  The WSJ then

                  http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ltt070718gif.gif

                  and now

                  http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/02/crapification-of-wsj/

                  The NYT now

                  “SO it turns out that Charles Murray is to the “conservatives” at the Times what Halley’s Comet is to a superstitious medieval peasantry.”

                  http://doghouseriley.blogspot.com/2012/02/chaotic-markets-and-ordered-lives.html

          • Bevo

            “Not going to debate this with you on this forum…” Funny. You wrote that right after you concluded your paragraph … debating that very topic … on this very forum.

            Look, I don’t even read the NYT regularly. And — unlike you — I really don’t care to debate who’s left and who’s right in the American media.

            But I do find amusing the proud claim that you have never purchased an issue of one of the most prominent newspapers in the New World. Hey, congrats!!

            I guess I’d have the same confused reaction if I heard a leftist bragging that he’d never purchased an issue of the Economost or the WSJ. Quite an accomplishment, indeed.

            • AthensHomerDawg

              There are an awful lot of newspapers. Don’t know that I have bought a NYT….. borrowed a few. The Economist isn’t in the top 100….but I have purchased several.
              AJC at 17. Who would have thought.

              Top 100 Newspapers in the United States
              Rank Newspaper Circulation
              1. USA Today (Arlington, Va.) 2,528,437
              2. Wall Street Journal (New York, N.Y.) 2,058,342
              3. Times (New York, N.Y.) 1,683,855
              4. Times (Los Angeles) 1,231,318
              5. Post (Washington, DC) 960,684
              6. Tribune (Chicago) 957,212
              7. Daily News (New York, N.Y.) 795,153
              8. Inquirer (Philadelphia) 705,965
              9. Post/Rocky Mountain News (Denver) 704,806
              10. Chronicle (Houston) 692,557
              11. Post (New York, N.Y.) 691,420
              12. News/Free Press (Detroit) 669,315
              13. Morning News (Dallas) 649,709
              14. Star Tribune (Minneapolis) 606,698
              15. Globe (Boston) 604,068
              16. Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) 599,628
              17. Journal-Constitution (Atlanta) 561,405
              18. Arizona Republic (Phoenix) 556,465
              19. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) 488,825
              20. Chronicle (San Francisco) 451,504

              • Bevo

                Interesting figures. USA Today at #1. Now that’s a bad newspaper – basically a daily collection of clip-art and pie charts with minimal substance.

                • Cojones

                  Yeah, but it’s quick readin’ between hops.

                  • NRBQ

                    USA Today is a case study in dumbed-down news.

                    Bullet points, big colorful pictures, and soft-news teasers on the front page.

                    From the get-go, they designed their vending machines to look like TV sets, with the top fold as the screen image. Slickly successful at drawing in the television generation.

                    • pantslesspatdye

                      Hate it all you like – and I do. But it’s a wonderful overseas summary of what’s going on. And Braves scores.

              • Russ

                Isn’t this like a list of the tallest midgets?

        • Jayson Blair

          The NY Times is above reproach. Right?

  2. piper

    funny how he still manages to describe green as picking ucla “over uga…” huh?

    • The ATH

      +1 – I hope that’s an error. No way to justify it otherwise.

      Agree with Richt that we’re pretty well set at RB, and I don’t mind us passing on this guy. I will say that after undersigning so drastically this year, Richt HAS to fill all 28 slots for this next class. Playing 10 schollies down isn’t exactly a recipe for success.

      • Irwin R. Fletcher

        Saban would have let him commit and told him next year that they couldn’t take him. It never ceases to amaze me the kind of integrity Mark Richt has and runs his program with…

      • Bevo

        “Playing 10 schollies down isn’t exactly a recipe for success.”

        Agreed. Especially when opponents are playing several schollies up.

  3. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    Carvell is a tool … that is all.

  4. BCDawg97

    I like the bit about how Henry will backcount to 12 implying that that “somehow” we could still take a 13 RB. We could but of course the implication is that UGA might go back on its word.

    • Gravidy

      I noticed that comment about how Henry might backcount as well. Not only was it a slap at Richt’s character, it was also just plain idiotic from a numbers standpoint. The only reason UGA would be trying to squeeze Henry into this year’s class would be if they didn’t have any open scholarships available. Unfortunately, that isn’t a “problem”. The fact is that UGA has PLENTY of running backs now, but they are very short in other areas. It doesn’t really matter what class Harvey counts in. The sad fact is that even if UGA maximizes signees next February in every way possible, they will quite likely still be short of 85 legitimate scholarships.

  5. X-Dawg

    AJC / R&B……..who can tell the difference? They never let the facts get in the way of the slant.

  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    “Best player at the school since Tray Blackmon”….why does this make me itch?

  7. Dawginwashington

    No longer a reader of ANY AJC articles as long as Carvell and his editors writing the headlines are still there.

  8. goalinestalker

    I watched Henry go for 300yds against defending state champs TCA here in Duval. Kid is a man playing with boys. Reminds me of Arian Foster with his stride but with more power. Guy will shatter every record here in Florida when he is done.

  9. Comin' Down The Track

    Don’t eat the yellow journalism.

  10. charlottedawg

    you know what would solve everything? Winning. If we have a breakout 2012 season we’ll have our pick of the litter among recreuits AND you will notice a new positive slant coming from the media. Notice nobody writes crap like this about Bama and LSU and they sure as hell won’t write crap like this about an SEC champ Georgia that beats an LSU or Bama. In fact, if Georgia wins big in 2012 the AJC will be the first to glorify us as the “good guy” program that does it right, followed by ESPN.

  11. “It’s a tough job, keeping those page hits at the AJ-C coming, but somebody’s got to do it.”

    And by linking to it, you are helping getting the AJ-C get more page hits, a lot more based on your readers. Why not just say say the AJ-C has an article disparaging X about the Dawgs, look for it here (with a link to AJ-C homepage). Fuck’em, quit helping ‘em.

    • Because sometimes, as Dan pointed out, they put out some useful stuff. I just think it’s worthwhile to highlight the times when they do something less than that.

      If you don’t want to support the AJ-C, don’t click. That’s pretty simple, I think.

      • I don’t think it’s that simple anymore, senator. Stop the links for the negative stuff. You are just adding page viewers, this reinforces the particular meme of the post, which equals more negative posts because of the readership. With that in mind, it is pretty simple senator. Include the links for the “useful stuff”.

        • The point of the post isn’t about negativity. It’s about the AJ-C‘s inconsistency in peddling stories to get attention. Sorry to disagree, but I find that useful to point out.

          • Don’t be sorry, this is an interesting conversation. My question is still: why give them the attention they are seeking if you are cognizant of the game they are playing? There are many ways to point inconsistencies with out supporting those inconsistencies that you are harping about.

            • Because I don’t really care whether people support the AJ-C or not. It’s not part of my agenda.

              Look, it’s not like UGA has cut the paper off, or Richt has refused to communicate with the AJ-C. Whatever sins the paper has committed against the program, they’re evidently not that horrendous.

              Besides, the AJ-C remains one of the best sources out there for Georgia Tech snark. ;)

      • AthensHomerDawg

        “if it doesn’t fit….don’t click!”

        • Cojones

          You’ve been watching too many glove commercials.

        • The Lone Stranger

          Ahhh….Johnny, he’d be great theatre to have back now for the impending Sandusky circus though possibly a monkey wrench toward the service of justice.

          • Cojones

            Yeah, but you probably could get a limo driver to teastify that he saw Sandusky hopping over the fence at night to go and smell the seats of the playground equipment in the schoolyard next door.

  12. DawgPhan

    There really is a vital role for newspapers and journalism and I for one hope that I am never left to rely on the internet and blogs for my news.

    The AJC has done some fine reporting with regards to the state of child care in the state and that isnt reporting that any blog would ever be able to do. The amount of work and money that went into that series was beyond the scope of anything but traditional print media.

    Most blogs can’t afford to do actual reporting, but rather rely on other reporting to create their content.

    • Cojones

      True, sir, and your words are well taken. Good reporting can be found printed in the NYT as well. Only this has to do with the “sports reporting” headlines that drag us in as if UGA has committed themselves to not recruiting in state. And before anyone takes off on that meme, please investigate closely between the sensationalized and UGA-pointed headlines they use to get you to read and also spread false negative information as to how we recruit. They are incorrect factually and plant ideas that are spurrious for those who don’t get info elsewhere.

      • Cojones

        Further, I think that the ajc is trying to use a red herring issue born of last year’s slow-starting recruiting which we already have attributed to the negative Richt articles. They are trying to create another issue based on supposition and accumulated half-truths.

        The NYT they ain’t.

      • DawgPhan

        Headline writing is a different matter entirely.

        While we may not agree with the editorized version of Carvell’s reporting it remains a source of information that would not exist, for free and for snark on this board, without the AJC cutting him a check every couple of weeks.

          • Uglydawg

            I quit the AJC when they tried to start a “Quarteback controversy” when Shockley was playing behind DG. That was purely and simply contrived bullshit designed to sell papers, hurt UGA and cause a stir.
            We get enough bad new in life without “journalists” inventing more.
            All of this is my opinion to which I am entitled.

  13. Greg

    Did anyone see his article from a few days ago when the RB committed to Bama? He said Bama’s number one recruiting class just signed was largely made up of Georgia recruits. Between that statement and the one about the kid choosing UCLA over Georgia (after we refused to accept his offer) I just don’t understand. Is he stupid or just a dick? I think it may be a bit of both.

    • Silver Creek Dawg

      Largely made up of GA recruits? They signed FOUR out of 20+.

      Granted, it’s more the the number of AL kids they signed, but still…

  14. Cojones

    Speaking of negativity, nothing could be as bad as the Mardi Gras float lampooning LSU and Miles. Funny.

  15. I think the North campus boys have taken over this blog–as a South Campus boy I want to know whats going on with our OL–LOL

    • Russ

      I only ventured onto North Campus to check out the view.

      • Cojones

        It’s a great one from the roof of the Biosciences bldg. It’s like flying in the Goodyear Blimp and you can make out every detail on the field using binoculars. Night games can be a trip!

    • Normaltown Mike

      I don’t know which player they are talking about, but enough with the racial epithets!

      Calling someone an “oreo” is out of bounds!

    • AusDawg85

      You do know that an American Bulldog is quite different from an English Bulldog…like our Uga. Our’s also prefers tea and crumpets, or so I’ve been told.

  16. Cojones

    While obtaining a cat for my wife at Partners for Pets, an attendant opened the floor cage of a cat that was playing with my trouser leg. As I protested, the cat wound “figure-8s” through my legs and “Oreo” , showing his quickly-learned institutionalized savvy soon accompanied “Peaches” home with us. When entering the house, Oreo encountered our alpha female dog long enough to carve a “Z” on her nose. Instantly he became “Zorro” (black mask and all) which was sonorously like Oreo given at PFP.

    The point? He now is comfortably ensconced as “Zorro, the Gay Blade” having undergone a similar operation to the Bulldog’s. Ay-yi-MEOW!! But Priscilla, the alpha female, still smiles at him in passing. She is one vengeful bitch.