I know you shouldn’t tar an entire fan base because of the actions of a few crackpots, but between Harvey Updyke and this bitch, damn, Alabama, just damn.
Daily Archives: December 2, 2013
“She said we weren’t real Alabama fans because it didn’t bother us that they lost. And then she started shooting.”
Will Muschamp assures Gator Nation that when it comes to hiring his third offensive coordinator in four years, he can change.
UPDATE: Alligator Army runs down a list of candidates. Mike Mularkey sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t he? But I think I’d have the most fun with Junior or SOD. Do it, Boom!
I wonder which fan base haz a bigger sad right now – Georgia’s, knowing that Richt has retained Todd Grantham and his 48th ranked total defense, or Michigan’s, which just got the news that Al Borges and his 83rd ranked total offense are back, baby!
If the rumors hold true, it should make for some epic grumbling before, during and after the Gator Bowl.
Gene Sapakoff is a columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier. Check out his Twitter chain explaining why, if Jameis Winston isn’t cleared as to his off-field issues, he’s casting his Heisman vote for Aaron Murray. (h/t Rachel G. Bowers)
Again, I stopped caring about the Heisman Trophy a long time ago. But it’s gratifying to see the respect Murray’s season has garnered for him. He’s put that “big game” crap to bed for good, it seems.
In the wake of another tough loss, Stingtalk has actually been a little disappointing, as the locals there seem to be tearing into each other as much as anything else. Fortunately the Hive has stepped up and cranked out some comedy gold with a couple of threads you’ll enjoy reading.
First, if you can’t blame your own team’s failings for the loss, blame the officials. “I believe if we got any one of those calls, Tech wins.” Well, maybe three or four…
This one’s even better: “I hate to say it but it’s clear – We need to drop to Division II”. What makes this one really great isn’t just that the original poster gets his divisions mixed up, but that one of the people chastising him for his attitude actually goes there with this:
CPJ has done a great job keeping us in these games with UGA. The gap everyone refers to is regarding talent….not coaching. We have the better coaches no question about it. If CPJ had the talent of the 09 team each year, then we would win and compete for championships more often than not. Unfortunately the win against UGA and the 09 shoulda coulda woulda, CPJ had the talent from arguably the best recruiting class we have ever had and that was with a FEW academic exceptions if I am not mistaken.
Trust me (or look at most draft boards), if GT and UGA would swap coaches, then we would lose 51-7 each and every year.
Johnson’s 1-5 against Richt, with the last three games in the series including two double-digit losses and a blown 20-point lead. But it has nothing to do with coaching. At least he’s not blaming this loss on the refs.
Those of you who want to see this series come to an end should be ashamed of yourselves.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Corch elects not to suspend two of his players who were ejected for fighting in the Michigan game for the Big Ten championship match. That puts the ball squarely in the hands of Jim Delany. If enabling Jim Tressel to take his team to the Sugar Bowl in the wake of Tatgate is any example, I’m sure he’ll do the right thing.
I watched the replay last night. It was apparent almost from the get go ABC definitely didn’t bring its A-game to the broadcast – either that, or Reggie Carter played the most invisible game an ESPN impact player has ever turned in – but I found myself able to ignore most of Rod Gilmore’s chatter as the game went on.
- Horrible, horrible ruling on the Bennett “fumble”. Really nothing to chalk that up to other than a little conference home cooking.
- The defensive holding call on Floyd was weak sauce, too.
- On the other hand, the chop block call on Theus that negated a touchdown looked correct.
- You know who had a really good game? Kenarious Gates. In fact, it may have been his best of the season. If you watch the replay, check out his blocking on Gurley’s blast in the second overtime period. He literally created the hole that Gurley ran through by getting two blocks down, one to each side.
- It may have been kind of quiet, but Damian Swann turned in a very solid second half. Grantham made a key move on Tech’s last drive in regulation by flipping Swann for Dawson in coverage on a third-and-seven. Swann rewarded his coach by covering the receiver and forcing a punt. He also came up big on the last two plays in the second overtime period, stepping up to allow Floyd to swallow Godhigh on third down and batting down the deflected pass (and having the presence of mind to hit the receiver who was fair game after the tip as well) to end the game.
- I didn’t give Herrera enough credit. He had a monster game.
- The best play of the game was that 30-yard completion to Lynch on Georgia’s first drive of the second half. The offensive line picked up a six-man blitz, Mason threw a great ball and Lynch made a terrific catch to make up for his drop on the previous play.
- It looked like Ted Roof came in wanting to stop two things: Todd Gurley’s running and Georgia’s screen game. The results were mixed, to say the least.
- I will no doubt get my ass jumped for saying this, but Grantham didn’t do that bad a job. His game plan was sound. It would have worked better with Matthews and Wiggins in there, but you play with what you’ve got. With one big exception, the defense didn’t get gashed badly on perimeter runs. The defense did a good job defending the option. There were some recurring issues with gap alignment that allowed Sims to go for 100 yards rushing. And as sorry as pass coverage was for much of the game, it did tighten noticeably late in the game. You could argue that made the difference in the end.
- I joked about not seeing anyone playing right offensive tackle, but unless I’m mistaken, on Attaochu’s last sack, Georgia really did use a formation without a right tackle. Lynch was lined up next to the guard and went out for a pass, leaving Gurley to handle Attaochu all by his lonesome. They might want to rethink that alignment in the future.
Rivalry Week was crazy, but it didn’t have a huge effect on my ballot this week. Clemson be gone, though. Here’s my current top ten list (*tiebreaker):
- Arizona State
- Oklahoma State
- Ohio State
Also considered: Michigan State, South Carolina
I’m still not sold on the Spartans, but they’ve got an excellent opportunity to change my mind this week. The Gamecocks, alas, do not.
A single winner this week…
STANDINGS for WEEK 14 Rank Selection Name Standings
W-L Pts Tie Breaker Game
1 Sanders7631 Adj 9-1 9 31-21 2 Coltrain79 Adj 8-2 8 34-31** 2 NFL and/or College Football Pickem. Teams are set Adj 8-2 8 33-28 2 Silver Creek Dawg Adj 8-2 8 31-27 2 CallingtheDawgs Adj 8-2 8 36-24 2 Rhino1 Adj 8-2 8 28-17 2 docidiot Adj 8-2 8 0-0
Congrats to Sanders7631 for that.
With one week left to go, it looks like the seasonal race is going down to the wire.
SEASON STANDINGS through Week 14 Rank Selection Name W-L Pts 1 Trbodawg 88-52 88 2 ShockleyforHeisman 87-53 87 3 Sundiata 85-55 85 3 ParrishWalton 85-55 85 3 BosnianDawg 85-55 85
Please note that the Week 15 schedule is a little on the thin side, so I picked a Friday night game. You’ll need to get your picks in a day earlier than usual, as a result.