Monthly Archives: December 2013

“I think we’re blessed to be here.”

Bad luck aside, what’s the worst thing you worry about coming out of the Gator Bowl?

Me, I think it will make for a tough offseason if Mason comes out and plays poorly.  Mind you, I’m not expecting him to, but having a real question mark at the quarterback position going into next season isn’t something Georgia needs.

Your thoughts?

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How quaint.

I don’t think you’ll ever hear anybody bitch about this again.

“When they added Miami, Florida State, Boston College and Virginia Tech, it became a conference that rivals the SEC,” Tuberville said in November 2005 while complaining about the lack of SEC exposure on ESPN[Emphasis added.]

Tubs probably believes the WWL listened to him.

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First thought on Gator Bowl

Okay, it’s my second.  My first was wondering how long it’s been since we could accurately refer to the venue as the Gator Bowl.  But I digress.

I’d like to think that this will be a game where everybody manages to stay the hell out of Todd Gurley’s way and let him tote Georgia to a win, but seeing as 2013 can be characterized as the Year of Living Generously, it should be no surprise that this Georgia fan’s mind worries about turnovers, among other things.

The pleasant surprise is, for once this season, that the Dawgs are actually playing a team worse in the turnover margin department than they are.

The Bulldogs are minus-six in turnover margin, 13th in the SEC and tied for 97th in the nation. Nebraska is even worse — the Huskers are minus-12, tied for 119th in the nation.

The problem isn’t so much giving the ball away a lot as it is forcing turnovers. Nebraska has come up with only three fumble recoveries this season in the run-oriented Big Ten, and has 16 turnovers.

Georgia has only six interceptions in the pass-happy SEC and has 14 turnovers gained.

In games against D-1 opponents, Georgia is 2-4 in games in which it had a negative turnover margin.  (I assume you can do the math on what that means when the Dawgs didn’t lose the turnover battle.)

Nebraska’s story is more interesting.  The Cornhuskers are 4-3 in similar games, but those games were their last seven straight of the season.  Nebraska is a whopping minus-17 in turnover margin over that stretch.  Wowzer.

Those are two trends that give me some hope, but we’ll see.

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“I hate overtime. I just wanted that game to be over with as soon as possible.”

Seeing how well he took care of the end of the Tech game, I think we should compile a list of other things Todd Gurley needs to hate.

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New, improved commenting (maybe)

In response to some reader requests, I’ve dug around at WordPress and activated something new for commenting.  It’s called Markdown and you can read about how to use it here.  The short version is that it should enable you to italicize, bold, quote, etc. in comments fairly easily (at least that’s what I’m hoping).

Play around with it and let me know if it’s worth leaving it in place for you guys.

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“Mike Slive worked very hard to get the Outback to take LSU.”

I have the feeling that one of Mike Slive’s favorite things about the new postseason arrangement starting next year is that the conference won’t cater to the whims of the Outback Bowl anymore.

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“I believe in these guys.”

With Ramik Wilson’s announcement that he won’t skip his senior year for the NFL draft, there’s one thing you can say about next year’s Georgia team – inexperience won’t be an excuse.

… And Wilson’s big talk is supported by the 2014 schedule, which is very manageable, and this fact: Georgia is due to return 17 of the 22 players who will start in next week’s bowl game, including quarterback Hutson Mason, whose long apprenticeship to Aaron Murray ended two games early. Throw in place-kicker Marshall Morgan, a first-team All-SEC pick, and the punting combination of Collin Barber and Adam Erickson, and that number grows to 19 starters.

That number doesn’t include Malcolm Mitchell, perhaps the team’s best receiver, who tore his ACL on the second series of the season. It also doesn’t include receiver Justin Scott-Wesley or tailback Keith Marshall, key contributors who tore their ACLs in the fifth game of the season. Those three are expected to be healthy for next season, with Mitchell a particularly huge lift.

That’s almost a mirror image of how 2013 looked before the season started. Next year, the defense loses only one starter, Garrison Smith.  Meanwhile on offense, Aaron Murray is gone and the offensive line has to replace three starters.  And Seth’s right about the schedule.  September starts out tough, with two straight top 25 opponents, but from there, LSU gets swapped for Arkansas and Auburn comes to Athens.

The good thing about that is that the coaching staff, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, won’t be consumed with personnel decisions all the way until the season opener, which should give them the opportunity to focus on other things, such as making sure special teams aren’t such a sore spot.  Mark Richt wanted continuity going into 2014.  Let’s see what he can do with it.

Oh, and staying healthy would be nice.

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No hard feelings

What’s a little speed between friends?

Jimmy Williamson disapproves of this message.

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“He’s got strong family support and we haven’t given up on him.”

Those of you who are pessimistic enough about the state of the program that it feels good to spread a negative rumor – okay, a rumor with a question mark, as if that makes it more credible – about a Georgia player shouldn’t be surprised if I’m occasionally in the mood to call you out.  So take it away, Woodrow Clemons.

Harvey-Clemons is having to miss the Gator Bowl due to “a violation of team regulations,” according to UGA. It’s the second suspension for the 6-foot-5, 215-pound sophomore from Valdosta. He also had to sit out Georgia’s season-opening game against Clemson after violating the athletic program’s marijuana-use policy.

According to Woodrow Clemons, this time an academic issue has sidelined his grandson. Harvey-Clemons is not expected to miss any other games after this season, he said.

“Yes, but I really don’t want to say anything else about it,” said Mr. Clemons, who is the legal guardian of Harvey-Clemons and his siblings. “I’d rather you get that from Coach Richt. But he’ll be all right after this game.”

I’m not defending JH-C here.  But there’s no reason to make things look worse than they already are, either.  So don’t, unless you’ve got real evidence.

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Mark Richt hasn’t lost control of one thing.

Sarcasm, for the win:

The winner of the day was the local television cameraman who inexplicably showed up at Georgia’s practice wearing Alabama gear. It’s one thing to throw on the hat of an SEC rival as you’re leaving the house. It’s another thing to be wearing the hat and a shirt that says ALABAMA.

Mark Richt noticed it as interviews started.

“I’m glad you wore that Atlanta Falcon hat today,” Richt cracked sarcastically.

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