Daily Archives: October 22, 2012

They can’t blame this on Dragon*Con.

Maybe Schultz and Bradley can interrupt this week’s concern-fest over Georgia’s short-term future to take note of a pathetic development.

Per Georgia’s ticket office,

Dear William C. Hartman Fund members,

Georgia Tech recently returned a limited quantity of tickets priced at $75 each. Contractual agreements stipulate that, for home events, schools may charge visiting teams the ticket price our patrons pay at the visiting team’s stadium. The visiting school may return unsold tickets to the home school. Those tickets are to be sold at the face value that is charged to the visiting team.

The returned tickets that are available will be located in the 600 level of Sanford Stadium.

As a benefit of your membership in The Georgia Bulldog Club, you are offered an opportunity at these tickets before the general public sales begin. Please click on the following link  http://ev11.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/EVExecMacro?linkID=uga&evm=prmo&RSRC=&RDAT=&caller=PR and enter the promo code TGBC to order before the pre-sale deadline of October 23 at 11:59p.m.. Tickets will be assigned based on your cumulative score.

Thank you.

Here’s what the link looks like, in case you don’t believe it.

TGBC

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GEORGIA TECH @ HOME

GEORGIA TECH @ HOME

Event Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at time TBA

Shameful.  As bad as the 2009 game looked to be shaping up, I still got my ass down to BDS.  I guess the genius has finally convinced the Tech faithful that this really is just another game.

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Deservedly so.

Aaron Murray is your SEC offensive player of the week.

And this wasn’t a case of stat padding – he was clutch and his team needed every bit of his effort.

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It’s about time.

In the vast scheme of things, it ultimately may not mean much, but this is the best thing I’ve ever heard Mark Richt utter in advance of the Florida game.

“We all know what’s ahead, I don’t even need to say anything about it,” Georgia coach Mark Richt told his players in the locker room after Saturday’s game in footage aired on his weekly coach’s show. “I want you all to get as much rest as you can get, get your minds right, get your hearts right. It’s going to be a war in Jacksonville. … Just get ready. Coaches will be getting ready. I want y’all to get ready. You leaders, I want you to think about what this game means. You’ve been talking about it all offseason since January. ‘Our team, our time, no regrets.’ Well, here we are. We’re at the moment of truth.”

Amen, brother.  Skip the fake juice.  This is a team that needs to have its collective manhood challenged.

And he said that for public consumption!  I only hope he’s even more forceful in practice this week.  This whole bunch needs to be moved out of their comfort zone if they’re going to play a competitive game in Jacksonville on Saturday.

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A fork in the road, or a cul-de-sac?

Did a smiling Mark Richt at the end of the first half bother you as much as it seems to have bothered plenty of Georgia fans?  It bothers Groo.

That’s Coach Richt leaving the field at halftime and sharing a brief moment of levity with his GSP detail. For all I know, it was exasperated bewilderment at the dumb luck of a field goal banked in off the upright. I just know that there wasn’t much worth smiling about going on. I can’t imagine being anything but spitting mad about a such a first half just hours after the team was given new life in the SEC East. I couldn’t crack much of a grin over a kicking game that had already cost the team an important point and nearly saw a short field goal pulled left. I just couldn’t believe that a friendly upright was all that separated Georgia from a halftime deficit to a 28-point underdog.

Maybe you’d prefer a different approach to a disappointing half of football.  Earlier in the day in Gainesville, Steve Spurrier pulled out all the stops in response to a large halftime deficit, including benching his starting quarterback.  And after the game, the OBC didn’t mince words:

The only thing you can hope is that your guys give it their best shot and not just lay the ball down and basically say `Here Florida, we don’t want to win. You guys take this fumble and this fumble and this fumble.’ So it was sad, and on the other side, their defense stuffed us. They stopped our running game and passing game. We didn’t make much, had a few chances here and there. Dylan (Thompson) didn’t have a lot of opportunities there at the end. I thought we had some early in the first quarter. We just over threw, we under threw, it just didn’t work, so we thought we would give Dylan and opportunity, but what we do next week – I’m not sure yet. One thing we must do is find the guys that really want to play for South Carolina. If we have to cover on kickoff (using) D.J. Swearinger, (Jadeveon) Clowney, Chaz Sutton, (we will because) we can’t watch the guys that are playing right now. We can’t watch these guys that are laying on the ground. It could have been a heck of a game for everybody. It was embarrassing for us, very embarrassing the way we played.

Yeah, red meat, for the win!  Except where is that getting South Carolina exactly?  Here’s something Team Speed Killscocknfire observed in passing in his post-game summary:

For Spurrier and the Gamecocks, it’s the end of a two-week stretch that eliminates them from the national championship conversation and leaves their SEC East hopes hanging by such a thin thread that it’s not even worth talking about. The goal now should be the second 11-win season in school history (counting the bowl game) and turning the largest two-year win total in the program’s 120 years into the largest three-year total. None of that is anything to scoff at, particularly since Spurrier has made doing things that have never been done before the animating force behind his tenure in Columbia.

It still raises questions, though, about whether Spurrier has hit something of a ceiling at South Carolina. Granted, nine or more wins a season and an SEC East title every now and then is clearly better than where the Gamecocks were when Spurrier climbed on board. But there was the promise this year of so much more, and every bit of it was destroyed Saturday in the Swamp. And South Carolina was too busy helping the demolition move forward to stop it.

“Hit something of a ceiling”, eh?  Correct me if I’m wrong, but that sure sounds like a familiar refrain to this Georgia fan.  Don’t misunderstand me – cocknfire’s right about the remarkable job Spurrier has done raising the performance level of the South Carolina program.  He’s done nothing to diminish his standing as the second greatest coach in SEC history, behind Bear Bryant.  But a limit’s a limit, nevertheless.  And right now, it looks like both Georgia and South Carolina may be meeting in the middle as far as that goes.

Unless it’s a schedule thing.

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Derek Dooley’s biggest problem

Optics.

Hart may not be talking, but he surely saw the 35,000 to 40,000 Alabama fans in the stands on Saturday night and that the UT portion of the crowd exited by the close of the third quarter.

When your athletic department is already swimming in red ink the last thing you want a national television audience to see is your stadium filled with Bama crimson rather than Clorox Orange.

At that point you begin to wonder if replacing your coach is more a matter of “can you afford not to” than the other way around.

I’m not sure November is going to be good enough to turn that around.  Ending Kentucky’s one-game winning streak isn’t very sexy.

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Fabris Invitational Week 8 results and standings

Another thrilling tie breaking finish marked this week’s results.

Standings for Week 8
Rank Selection Adj
Scores
Picks
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W-L Pts Tie
Breaker
SC – UF
11 – 44
Tie
Breaker
Winner
1 wedflatrock’s picks 9-1 9 27-33 (*)
1 GranthamsGATA 9-1 9 17-24
3 The Van Man 8-2 8 34-44
3 sanforddawg’s picks 8-2 8 13-28
3 rmj4uga’s picks 8-2 8 21-28
3 ImOpen!’s picks 8-2 8 17-27
3 Deadpool 8-2 8 20-27
3 4boysbrew’s picks 8-2 8 17-24
3 carpie’s picks 8-2 8 17-21
3 joyridingdawg 8-2 8

And the overall race has tightened slightly.

Overall Standings Through Week 8
Rank Selection W-L Pts Tie
Breaker
Winner
1 UGA-DAWG-in-TN’s picks 50-30 50
2 4boysbrew’s picks 49-31 49
3 rmj4uga’s picks 47-33 47
3 ImOpen!’s picks 47-33 47
3 tl’s picks 47-33 47
6 DawgRocker hates the spread 46-34 46
6 wonderdawg’s picks 46-34 46
6 weasom’s picks 46-34 46
6 Gadgetdawg’s picks 46-34 46
6 Sanders7631′s picks 46-34 46
6 EdWarren’s picks 46-34 46
6 pcfrailey’s picks 46-34 46
6 Igotnothintosay’s picks 46-34 46

Me? I killed again with another 6-4 week.  At 53rd overall, I’m poised to run away with this thing.

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My SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 8

This was a week that enforced ongoing trends and not one that upset the general wisdom coming in.  At least that’s what I got out of it.  The gap between the top and bottom of the league gets bigger as we go along.

  1. Alabama.  Tell me something, Tide fans:  does week after week excellence get boring?
  2. Florida.  Living proof that you don’t need a passing game to be a national title contender.
  3. LSU.  Living proof that you don’t need a quarterback to be a national title contender.
  4. South Carolina.  When’s the last time a team fell so far so fast?
  5. Georgia.  When’s the last time a team did so little to earn a fresh start at all its goals?
  6. Mississippi State.  That 7-0 start was fun while it lasted.
  7. Texas A&M.  Live by the hot-shot rookie quarterback, die by the hot-shot rookie quarterback.
  8. Arkansas.  That I wanted to rank them lower but couldn’t should tell you all you need to know about the bottom half of the conference.
  9. Vanderbilt.  Still has a bowl pulse, but it’s going to be a close call.
  10. Ole Miss.  Sure, why not here?
  11. Missouri.  You keep thinking the Tigers aren’t as bad as they look, but maybe they are.
  12. Tennessee.  One more week, and then comes the Vols’ favorite month.
  13. Auburn.  Trooper Taylor hasn’t had much to chest bump about this season.
  14. Kentucky.  The ‘Cats bring their A game playing at home against a Georgia team that brings its C-minus game and still lose.

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