Guilty as charged.

I’ve given Richt grief for his “in the arena” comment, so it’s only fair to admit he’s got a point here:

Richt said Tuesday “… Every year somebody’s going to ask a question…One year, I can’t remember when it was, some guy had something in his craw from like three years ago. He just had to get it out, he got it out and I think he felt better and it was good. It’s kind of like the call-in show. A lot of people have got an opinion on how things need to go.”



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20 responses to “Guilty as charged.

  1. Cojones

    Well, we certainly qualify at the “Word.” It’s just that we are a good ole bunch of opinionated Dawg assholes. Thanks for letting us be all we can be.

    • Cojones

      I confess that I knew you were sensitive to the “in the arena” quote all last year, but felt he had validity with the statement and pushed the envelope with it. Sorry for the scratchiness.

  2. HVL Dawg

    I felt you pushed the “in the arena” too far and too long. The man’s been living football 12 hours a day since he got out of high school and I’m not talking about watching ESPN 12 hours a day. During that time he was deeply involved in game prep and on the sidelines for a hundred BIG, BIG games before he ever thought about coming to Georgia. He learned his craft in some pretty successful programs and his own body of work as a head coach is worthy of some amount of respect.

    Then he has to go on the dog and pony show and get lectured by Mike in Roswell…..

    • I’ll have to disagree with you there. I thought the “arena” call out was nothing but a cheap shot. He’s never repudiated it, either.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Ok Senator, let’s argue some law….I watch Law and Order, so I know as much as any lawyer who has worked “in the courtroom”.

    • ChicagoDawg

      I agree with this whole heartedly. I never got the drama over the “arena” comment. Fans have the right to armchair quarterback, boo, make nasty comments on call-in shows, with-hold contributions, call for firings and coaches and players should have the right to say “you don’t know what the hell you are talking about” or “unless you have been in the arena….”

  3. Uh-oh. i have more than one opinion, so that must mean...

    I always love it when highly paid athletes and coaches complain about fan intensity and irrationality. That irrationality largely explains why your sport generates enough economic value to justify your salary. They are inseparable. “Buy the jerseys, come to the games, watch every minute on TV – but, really, try to have some perspective when things are going perfectly, OK?”

    • HVL Dawg

      Yes but our spiritual leader, The Senator, is not the average irrational fan. His steady leadership usually gives us better vision.

      • Uh-oh. i have more than one opinion, so that must mean...

        I thought SB’s “in the arena” perspective has been dead-on. It’s the classic “we’re the experts here, you just hush your little louth” nonsense we see often these days. i’m sick of experts of experts pretending that you have to be an expert to even join the conversation. Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld were experts – seem to remember people calling them part of a “Dream Team” for awhile. Didn’t stop them from making some really dumb mistakes. In fact, their selg-righteous “we’re the experts here” mentality probably helped cause some of those dumb mistakes.

        I like Richt. I just support SB on this one.

  4. Spike

    Senator, with all respect, I’m with HVL Dawg. Get over it and let it go.

  5. The Senator is right. The “in the arena” bullshit that coaches and players have been pulling for years (and many other professions for that manner) is meant to belittle the irrational asshole that was the fourth string QB on his high school team that feels that gives him free rein to drop criticisms on a lot of things that he’s pretty uninformed about.

    However, when we had fans noticing the tendency of Joe Cox to tip his hand on whether the play was a pass/run based on his alignment, it kinda renders the “in the arena” comment moot when trying to demean the observations of well-informed fans.

    It always irks me when athletes/coaches pull the “in the arena” card. Dude, it doesn’t take me spending 15 hours a day watching film to point out what a Cover 2 coverage is.

    You folks that are attacking the Senator are missing his point. Of course call-in shows and speaking tours are going to make Richt susceptible to stupid critiques by idiot fans. However, for those of us that have had legit critiques, the “in the arena” comment is just like a slap in the face because it’s Richt being dismissive to EVERYBODY, not just the stupid assholes.

    • HVL Dawg

      “attacking the Senator”? There really is a danger when posting on the internet that people will take an observation and assign to it an extreme.

      Let’s for the sake of reference take a look at what Coach Richt actually said and see if it was expanded to something else by a pissed off fan base.
      “If you’re a leader or a player and you are brave enough to be in the arena, there’s going to be people outside the arena that want to throw things at you and say things about you,” Richt said. “But there’s honor in being in the arena, and a lot of people don’t understand it because they’ve never been in there.”

      Did he say people are going to criticize those on the inside. And those people on the inside have a pride that people on the outside cannot fully understand. Wow. That’s some pretty strong stuff there Mark!

      • And if that statement hadn’t come in the wake of an epic ass-stomping by Tennessee, you might have a point. Instead, it came off as a lame attempt to deflect criticism of perhaps the poorest effort by a Georgia team in the Richt era. You didn’t have to be someone who played college football to understand how awful that game was.

        Context matters.

        • Instead, it came off as a lame attempt to deflect criticism of perhaps the poorest effort by a Georgia team in the Richt era. You didn’t have to be someone who played college football to understand how awful that game was.

          That’s the point I was trying to make in my original post. Football isn’t some deep riddle that only hours in film study or years of being directly involved in the game will solve. The dismissive attitude when “in the arena” gets invoked is what pisses me off. Sure, the words themselves may be innocuous as HVL Dawg states, but when “in the arena” gets thrown around the context is always dismissive and insulting,frankly.

          • CharlotteDawg

            This. No I as a fan don’t possess even .1% of the football knowledge the coaches have. That however, does not invalidate our concerns nor does it mean we can’t see problems and state that problems are indeed problems.

        • HVL Dawg

          Thanks for the blog and the opportunity to comment.

          Go you hairy Dawgs.

  6. Cojones

    Second guessing is a right for everyone, but if you don’t know all the details of personnel, conditions on the team at the time, etc., I think it just makes the person look foolish to coach after the fact. You can complain and pull your hair out, but many were taking their expertise so seriously that they were willing to cost people jobs concerning their own ignorance. That’s a pretty large ego order concerning someone else’s profession in a tough SEC. It would be like me giving the Senator courtroom advice after watching Law and Order.

  7. Always Someone Else's Fault

    I’ve been watching football for 35 years now. That doesn’t make me an expert, but I do trust my instincts, because I have a vast pool of game experience to compare individual games, plays, and players. I’ve read about the game. I’ve played the game. I know some things. I also know what I don’t know. That all means I trust my opinion and instincts, in part because I know my limits. That approach has proven pretty sound over time.

    Second-guessing comes with the job, and anyone who professes to be a coaching expert understands that. And any coach who runs out the “well, until you’ve been on that sideline, you have no right to comment” card is making a huge mistake. He gets paid that much money to coach at Georgia, at SEC schools that sort of scrutiny comes with the territory.

    Heat, kitchen, all that.

    • Cojones

      It still doesn’t give us the right to comment ignorantly and go for their jobs based on those comments.

      Personally, I like to see the Senator get his shorts in a wad because it means that he gives a shit and is just as emotional as the rest of us. When he says he “could pull my hair out” and Bobo’s playcalling in certain situations is “predictable” to him, he doesn’t call for Bobo’s head (although those who dislike Bobo immensely parse Bluto’s frustration dialogue to push that agenda).
      He’s pissed and wants change, but controls the vitriol on a respect level of which the coach is worthy. He even turns it into vitrious humor.