Daily Archives: October 1, 2013

Spurrier’s Schadenfreude

This makes me so sad.

Maybe next year, Steve-o.


Filed under The Evil Genius

Don’t think twice, it’s alright.

Maybe the reason the officials weren’t calling pass interference in Saturday’s game was because they were too preoccupied with targeting.

“Me and Quincy Mauger, we definitely had maybe two or three chances – I know I had maybe had one shot – of knocking (the receiver’s) helmet off,” Matthews said. “But I let up because the referee had already told me about the rule in the game. He was telling me to watch where I aim my head. He said on a couple of plays I was leading head first. And he was like, ‘we will kick you out for that.’ So one of those plays I actually did let up when I could have just knocked the receiver out and knocked the play out probably.”

Mauger thinks the mindset under the new rule is having an impact.

Mauger said he also let up when he had a play on a receiver catching the ball over the middle. And he thinks it’s part of the reason offenses are putting up such big numbers early on this season.

“It’s definitely had an effect over the whole NCAA,” said Mauger, a freshman from Marietta. “It’s kind of hard for a safety to go from being able to make big impact plays to having to second-guess a play. But we’ve still got to be aggressive towards the ball. That’s it, really.”

Do you think the rule is a big a reason for the defense’s performance as Mauger does?  Is the experience factor a bigger deal?


Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA

That would be fun.

USA Today currently projects a Georgia vs. Ohio State national title game match up.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

As you factor in the early season statistics…

… just keep this in mind.


Filed under Georgia Football

Casualty of war

According to Air Force’s associate athletic director, there is a chance this Saturday’s Air Force-Navy game may not be played because of the federal government shutdown.

Garnhart explained that upper-class cadets at the Air Force Academy are considered military personnel, which means they could be subject to travel restrictions under the shutdown.

You gotta love this country.




Filed under Political Wankery

Upon further review, Georgia-LSU edition

Yeah, I think I’ll watch this one a few more times.  While the replay wasn’t as thrilling as being there, it sure was satisfying to watch.  Here are a few things that caught my eye from the broadcast:

  • If anything, the offensive line was even more impressive than I thought, especially in pass protection.  I don’t know if the keeping bodies fresh approach paid off, or if the line benefited from LSU not having any speed rushers, but those guys looked comfortable keeping Murray off the ground.  Andrews, in particular, had a great day.  I saw several plays where he blocked his lineman and then got a second block on a linebacker.  The line also did a good job blocking the perimeter on running plays and Gurley made the Tigers pay with some runs he bounced outside.
  • That Leonard Floyd sack was fast.
  • So was that tackle Josh Harvey-Clemons flashed in and made on Hill near the goal line.
  • One other big thing about giving Murray a comfortable pocket to throw from, besides his mechanics, is that it gives him time to look the safeties off on some of the deeper throws that take more time to develop.
  • Gurley was killing it before he got hurt.
  • On that ridiculous completion to Landry, can anybody explain what Floyd was doing?  He just stood up at the line of scrimmage… and watched.  There’s no way he was spying on Mett, so why didn’t he rush?
  • Pass coverage is frustrating, to be sure.  A few brilliant plays – like the one Langley had breaking up a throw to Landry – sprinkled in among a lot of confusion.  And it’s not all about youth, as Swann looked lost a couple of times, too.
  • LSU did a good job isolating Georgia’s linebackers in pass coverage.
  • The interception was a freak play, as opposed to a deliberate strategy like what we saw in the Clemson game.  But Murray was lucky he didn’t get that pass he tried to force in to Conley in the end zone picked.
  • Speaking of picks, Jordan Jenkins, you gotta make that grab, man.  With sacks coming around along with a semblance of a defense against the run, what Georgia’s still missing on defense is forcing turnovers.
  • I’m still amazed at how much the officiating crew ignored pass interference.  But at least it was even-handed.


Filed under Georgia Football

Nice September, GTP.

I’d like to chalk it up to my stylish prose, or maybe tip my cap to some well-timed trolling, but the reality is that when Georgia plays a bunch of high-profile games in a month and wins most of them, you guys get excited.  And that’s how GTP got over half a million hits in September.  Awesome.

Thanks to all for dropping in.


Filed under GTP Stuff