The “suspended for Missouri” meme

I’m not picking on Andy Staples for writing this

Which of the SEC’s new members will find success sooner?  In the short run, the answer is Missouri, but in the long run, it may be Texas A&M. This season, Missouri will get Georgia at home in a suspension-weakened state on Sept. 8. Should Missouri win that game, the SEC East race will get much more interesting.

… because (1) he’s not actually predicting a Georgia loss and (2) he’s far from being the only pundit raising that issue.

But I am wondering how much credit Georgia is going to get if it wins in Missouri and whether the punditocracy will then start talking about how formidable the Dawgs look when they get the suspended players back.

Nah… who am I kidding?  About that time, Spurrier’s schedule bitching will be revving into high gear.  Ooh, look, shiny toy!

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67 responses to “The “suspended for Missouri” meme

  1. JAX

    This Missouri bullsh*t is getting old. Could we lose to them?, yes. Will we?, no.

  2. 69Dawg

    Remember we are the only preseason #1 in my memory who won their games and dropped in the polls after every win. We are the Rodney Dangerfield of College football.

    • DawgPhan

      +1 *loosens imaginary tie*

    • Joe

      Yep, top ten in wins, top 5 bowl win %, best record of any team against winning program foes in history, but NO respect!

    • Allen

      Shezactly. Three weeks In a row. Win each game handily and lose ground in the polls. Saw weeks two and three unfold right after polls after week one. Dooley must have sold his soul to the devil in 1980 or January 1981.

      • Actually, there was a cadre of assholes, even then, who constantly suggested and put forth the meme that Georgia didn’t deserve it….that Georgia was lucky in the win over N.D. in New Orleans. I always thought N.D. was lucky because Lindsey Scott dropped a perfectly thrown pass on a long one down the left sidline…that, with UGA’s defense, would have made it very hard for ND to stay in the game. The assholes are always with us, living in the fear that UGA will someday rise to the dominant position that the Flagship U. of a State so laden in football talent can obtain. This is an especially horrifiying nightmare of SOS. We’re getting there, so the anti-uga hype will get louder and cresendo if we actually get on the cusp. Georgia needs to start by hobnailing Missouri’s face and humiliating the hell out of USC.
        Has it ever occured to anyone else.?..Steve Spurrier would make a hell of a Yellow Jacket. He’s just like them with the exception that …like it or not…he’s a winner on the gridiron. But his demeanor is SO North Ave.
        He’d look very natural in a rat hat.

  3. Gravidy

    What? The media might go from a boilerplate meme (UGA weakened by suspensions) to the logical next step after a win over MO (UGA weathered storm and is even more formidable now). Yeah. That’s a real knee-slapper, Senator.

    • Wrong Gravity. Media will go from boilerplate ‘UGA weakened by suspensions’ to the next step, ‘What storm? They have an easy schedule’.
      And if we keep winning, I will want to punch the talking heads in the face at ESPN just as much as the ‘UGA didn’t even win their conference’ year.

    • Cojones

      “….Spurrier’s schedule bitching will be revving into high gear.” Darlington comes to mind.

      And don’t you know the pundits won’t give any ink to Steve between the Mizzou and SC games. Yep. I’m pretty sure they will not continue this meme because it would show them up as being as creative-minded as a rock when looking for something to write.

  4. Biggus Rickus

    Haven’t we had suspensions at the beginning of the season pretty much every year that Richt has been here? How many times have those suspensions really been a factor in the outcome of early games? Once, maybe twice?

  5. NateG

    If Georgia beats Mizzou, the media will effortlessly transfer over to the “Missouri just isn’t ready for the SEC” meme.

  6. Ginny

    Mark Schalbach released his “Hot and Not” list. Guess what made the cut for “not hot”? If you guessed “Georgia’s schedule” go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. Sigh. This is getting really old.

    • Ginny

      That should be “Schlabach”.

    • HobnailedBoots

      I saw that, and was confused how a schedule could be “hot” or “cold” for that matter. The adjective doesn’t seem to work in that context.

      • Gravidy

        What sports writer is going to let grammar get in the way of a good UGA-bashing meme?

      • Biggus Rickus

        This is an entity that once tried to determine who was more “now”. I don’t think they worry about what words mean in context.

    • UGA70

      He was on Finebaum’s show this afternoon and he said something to the effect that “Georgia’s schedule was the easiest in the history of football”. Interestingly enough, that comment was on the heels of him discussing FSU’s schedule which he didn’t denigrated. Are we the Rodney Dangerfield of College Football?

    • Allen

      The schedule will be the reason we don’t play for more than the SEC championship.

  7. Other than SEC teams, what team would you be less than willing to trade schedules with? The toughest schedule outside of the SEC is a cakewalk compared to the weakest schedule inside the SEC. Hyperbole? I don’t know, but it’s worth asking. I think the jerkoffs advancing this meme should be asked for specific, non-SEC teams with a tougher schedule.

  8. charlottedawg

    I predict Mizzou promtly gets dawgpolled after a dominant Georgia victory. Call me a homer in my predictions..

  9. HobnailedBoots

    I just love how the “suspended for Missouri” meme keeps getting repeated despite that none of the ones repeating it know if we’ll have more than two guys suspended for that game.

    • gatorhater27

      This. A thousand times over. And we won’t know until they get off the plane in Columbia.

      • Cojones

        How about the Buffalo game?

        • gatorhater27

          It could just as well be a one game suspension for Rambo, considering this is his first failed drug test. I dunno about Ogletree. I do know the new “leak any info about a player failing a drug test, and you will be fired” policy McGarity put in place means we won’t hear anything at any point.

    • at which point, Mark Richt becomes a hypocrite, “plays thugs that should be suspended”

    • paulwesterdawg

      You guys are missing the point. They are hammering the suspensions for all the obvious reasons PLUS…if Tree plays they get to add “Richt cares more about winning than doing the right thing” to the meme.

      Enjoy the layers.

  10. AthensHomerDawg

    “Missouri will get Georgia at home in a suspension-weakened state on Sept. 8. ”

    …it’s a small matter.

  11. The rule to suspended players 10% of the season does not have to be done against SEC teams but only against Cup Cakes, you can include GT on the latter list though, LOL.

  12. paul

    Should we consider “punditocracy” for the lexicon?

  13. The 2 or 3 game suspensions can be done during games against Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, and GA Southern. Richt should know better. It would not be against his church or religion. I do not think there anything in the UGA rule book that mandates when to suspend athletes. Only NCAA does when their rules are violated. Probably those talking heads at ESPN will complain and criticize, but why should UGA care if even with just the schedule they are already in that mode.

  14. Gamecock4ever

    Just like a dogpound nothing but a bunch of barking. LMAO @ UGAly

    • Joe Schmoe

      Kind of like the bullshit that is constantly streaming from your coaches mouth? Shouldn’t Spurrier be more focused on who the Cocks are playing than who UGA plays?

    • Cojones

      Where is a 150lb leg humper when you really need one for an SC Cock?

    • Too early in the year for Nerd trolls, so we’ll take what we can get. Yeah, we’re all barking…getting antsy…going on and on about things we have no control over as if our opinions are going to change anything. But it’s fun. How’re things over on the Cock blogs?

  15. Slaw Dawg

    Fantasy: CMR shows up in Columbia MO with full goatee, died jet black, and head shaved except for “G” logo (also died jet black). Starts all “might be suspended” players. Early on, Jenkins falls on Franklin, flattening him while ball pops in air into hands of J Jones, who trots it into end zone. Despite comfortable lead, Richt orders Aaron to air it out deep to King and Mitchell in 4th quarter. Entire team celebrates in end zone after 8th TD is scored. When Coach Pinkel complains, Bobo has to pull CMR off him. When reporter accuses CMR of dirty play, CTG has to pull CMR off the reporter. Old memes obliterated as “Evil Richt” is toast of CFB. Good times are had by all!

  16. Will (the other one)

    I prefer to to think about the reaction to TAMU (who’s apparently holding walk-on auditions for kicker and punter) upset Florida in their first home game.
    (And UGA wins in week 2 as well, obviously.)

  17. Franklin Tenny Dawg

    First of all, Commings is the only suspension thus far. Rambo will likely be suspended, but I’m starting to think Ogletree is going to play. Thoughts?

  18. Franklin Tenny Dawg

    And, no, I don’t count Chase Vasser.