Game day thoughts on Clean Old-Fashioned Hate

I’ll be heading out soon, so I just wanted to get a few things in before I go.

This game matters.  A lot.  Not because it has any bearing on the SEC or the playoff picture.  But because this team needs to show itself and us that it’s heading in the right direction.

That all starts by being ready to play.  Taking Georgia Tech seriously.  We all mock the Jackets’ fan base, as well as Paul Johnson’s personality (or, perhaps more accurately, lack of one), but as tempting as it is to dismiss the triple option as a high school offense, the reality is that it’s effective.  And if Georgia’s defense doesn’t come in ready to play sixty minutes of assignment football, it’s going to get run on.

I expect to see the same base defense we’ve seen since Auburn, and why not?  It’s been largely successful with containment.  That, plus limiting what Tech’s B-back does on the dive play, should keep things under control.

I don’t think Tech’s defense is going to have any better success stopping Georgia’s offense than any other team outside of Florida has this year.  The front seven is small and the secondary is the weakest area of the team.  That’s not a good combination.  Let’s not forget, though, that Ted Roof has one solution for any problem, and that’s more blitzing.

Again, Georgia is all about controlling field position and winning turnover margin.  If that happens today, Georgia covers easily.  If not, it’ll be a fight.

It’s Senior Day and there are some kids who deserve our support.  I’ll be there to give it.

Feel free to add your observations, praise and/or grousing in the comments.

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180 responses to “Game day thoughts on Clean Old-Fashioned Hate

  1. Mayor

    I’m worried about a letdown caused by Missouri’s win over Arkansas yesterday taking the Dawgs out of the SECCG. This Dawgs team is clearly the best team in the SEC East and IMHO the only East team that would stand a chance to beat the West representative (likely Bama) in the championship game. It will be up to the Georgia coaches to manage the players’ anger/disappointment so that the team is focused on destroying Tech. Let’s all hope the coaches can do that and the Dawgs come out playing like their hair is on fire.

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  2. Jim

    we’re either going to be totally disinterested and get run out of the stadium or we are going to be relaxed and loose and beat them like a drum. here is hoping for the latter.

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    • Sooooooo… we’re either gonna win this game or? We’re gonna lose this game.
      😉

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      • Jim

        Pretty insightful huh? Nah, my point is that i don’t expect a close game – one way or the other.

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        • Tronan

          I doubt Tech’s D is going to slow down even a disinterested Georgia team. However, if our defense plays half-heartedly, hoo boy, look out. I think we win 45-17 if the Dawgs duplicate the focus they had against Auburn. I think we lose 42-31 if they put in another showing like they did in Jacksonville.

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  3. Rocket Dawg

    I think that if it were a situation where Mizzou played at noon and won and we played later in the day I would worry about a let down. They have had a day to be disappointed and now it’s time to move on to the task at hand.

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  4. mwo

    I think the Dawgs will honor their seniors by giving the trade school a biblical ass whipping to take with them to Charlotte next weekend.

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  5. timphd

    The Dawgs can still get a conference championship. They win the ACC if they take care of business today and Tech sneaks up on FSU next week. Wins over Clempson and the gnats, who would be “official” champs, would qualify in my book.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    The university seems somewhat upset that “someone” hacked the UGA website and had the temerity to post pro-Tech information.

    I think that hack is kinda funny. What concerns me is Paul TheJohnson hacking the defense.

    To that I say: “If we are not victorious, let no man come back alive.”

    I think it is good that many of us here realize that Tech is a challenge, even the Right Rev. Blutarsky.

    It seems to me we have to keep the Kharmic Bitches from having an impact on the game by kicking the living shit out of Tech, early, late and in between.

    Its been a goofy fucking season, to end it with anything less than a win today would be bad on a level I do not want to contemplate.

    Sharpen yer bayonets, boys and girls…this one is no quarter.

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  7. Lot of DGDs walking out between the hedges for the last time. Let’s send ’em off in a big way!

    Woof, dammit!!!

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  8. AusDawg85

    Here’s to hoping Hutson Mason gets a nice round of applause when announced before his last game at Sanford and has another great day. Sometimes with our fan base, I wonder…

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    • Macallanlover

      Boy, that is a scary thought….hope the jerks that would boo a DGD on his last time at Sanford stay home.

      As for the game, we should all know by now, predicting the focus and motivation of 18-22 year olds is damned near impossible, but I think we win solidly. This isn’t to underestimate GT’s intensity because they are desperate for respect but their defense will not throttle Bobo’s offense. No one ever does, and we have some offensive receivers that are just getting their chance to shine and two freshmen backs who don’t know anything but full speed ahead, it is still a huge thrill to them. As for the defense, nothing about Pruitt says he will allow his guys to slack off in practice or games. After learning the lesson about assignment football and staying disciplined, they should be OK. Key is stopping the A dive, after that our perimeter speed should hold them in check enough to get us a cushion.

       UGA    45       Nerds     27
      

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    • stuckinred

      Don’t judge the Georgia fans by the people here.

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  9. PatinDC

    I have been kind of Meh today. I feel like we played yesterday and lost. Trying to get my mojo back.

    After some thought I am rooting for UGA to kick the bees and then beat OSU in some bowl. (Marshall lost so we dodged that bullet)

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  10. Nice post, Bluto, and I agree with your thoughts. The game IS important, for a number of reasons – who it is, etc., and especially for the reasons you say.

    I’d be lying if I didn’t say a good deal of edge was lost off the game yesterday. But it’s important, nevertheless. Our emotions go up and down for a while after things happen. But the realities of the substance of your post doesn’t change.

    Regardless of how any of us feel today, this thing is very important.
    ~~~

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  11. Yesterday should have 0 impact on today. If this team is as good as we think it has become, we should come ready to destroy anything from tech in its way. We have better athletes, better coaching and a better program. We have a lot to play for.

    Wreck tech! GATA, Dawgs!

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  12. I think we’ll be fine but it’s tech who may be playing a little tight, concerned about possible injuries going into next week’s game against half ass u.

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  13. stuckinred

    It’s beautiful here at the beach but I must forego surf fishing to watch the game. As the dude on the commercial says “I love the Dawgs and I love Georgia Football”. I’m not sure there is a difference but it sounds good!

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  14. stuckinred

    Desmond picks Tech.

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  15. Uglydawg

    Chubb scored on the play before his fumble…and the roughing the passer call was about as weak as it gets. Don’t look for a fair game from these ACC refs…it’s already obvious.

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  16. Uglydawg

    and..they just gave Tech an extra yard on a spot after a reverse.

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  17. Uglydawg

    where is everyone? I need some help hating the Tech officials!

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  18. Scorpio Jones, III

    Chubb hurt his hand…looks like they are wrapping it.

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  19. Uglydawg

    Good grief. we’re not winning the turnover battle. Two fumbles on the one yard line while going in to score.
    Now we know where Gus’s golden horshoe went. Fish Fry stole it.

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  20. Uglydawg

    The announcers are going down to the fieldhouse at halftime to swap spit with PJ.

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  21. Dawgfan Will

    So are these fumbles Richt’s fault or not?

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  22. AthensHomerDawg

    We have a quarterback that is hitting 90% of his passes..known for his short passing game and we are not throwing the ball at the goal line?
    Throw the damn ball!
    😉

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  23. W Cobb Dawg

    Is it senior day or senior citizens day? Halftime & I’m having trouble staying awake. We gonna throw to the endzone today? Cmon Dawgs! Make those safeties pay for moving up in the box.

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  24. Uglydawg

    Does anyone else think Chubb broke the plane of the goaline on the play just before his fumble? They won’t show it and apparently ie wasn’t reviewed.
    But Georgia has fumbled away a chance to bury Tech early and that’s that.

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  25. Payback is hell, Tech.

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  26. Scorpio Jones, III

    That damn Swann…why is he on the field?

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  27. Scorpio Jones, III

    Somewhere Jim Donnan is giggling, wondering where Jasper is these days.

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  28. Uglydawg

    OH Yeah…They need to say “You’re watching the GT Football Network”.
    Stupid assed AW saying…”We” need a stop here….

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  29. The Lone Stranger

    But then Bobo goes back into his comfortable shell. Will UGa run the ball outside near the tackles at all?

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  30. Uglydawg

    Watching muted TV.

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    • The Lone Stranger

      Bobo gonna have to trust the 5th year senior QB sometime. And stop the A-Gap runs on 1st and 2nd down. Can the Dawgs be the bigger team in the final quarter?

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  31. Scorpio Jones, III

    Offense has to drive the ball…defense got to have a break….Tech has had the ball all but three plays in the third quarter.

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    • Truth. Time of possession is getting brutal. Our defense has done pretty well, but the 4th quarter will be a disaster if our offense can’t pick things up.

      These guys gave up 40+ against UNC. Come on dawgs!

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      • The Lone Stranger

        As you requested, here comes HM! I have a real weird feeling a Bennett TD catch could occur soon. No catches today.

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  32. Uglydawg

    You think Tech might be looking for Chubb to get the ball?

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  33. Scorpio Jones, III

    I’ll take the three points, but more than five minutes with the defense on the sidelines is probably more important.

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  34. Chubb has sucked since his 2nd fumble. We might br better off benching him.

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  35. Dominic

    Not sure a team that has gone 1 out of 13 will go for the tie. Hope that field goal is enough.

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  36. Scorpio Jones, III

    D line really getting knocked around.

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  37. Time for Pruitt’s D to get a stop.

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  38. Ghost of Crowell

    I am having so much fun watching this game. Seriously, watching tech’s offense for three hours is fucking fantastic

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  39. Dominic

    A reminder that UGA scheduled two triple options next year. Gerogia Southerns is just as potent as this offense.

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  40. Sick of seeing those chop blocks.

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  41. Chuck

    Has there ever been a special teams player just seem to lose it like Quayvon Hicks has the last several games?

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  42. That’s the game. WE SUCK. What a crappy season.

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  43. Uglydawg

    Didn’t the tech player step out bounds before he recovered the KO?
    I thought he couldn’t do that and come back in and make a play. Can someone explain what happened?

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  44. nashvegasdawg

    Why was Hicks on the kick off return team?

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  45. Uglydawg

    The Genius just called the stupidest play in the history of football. All he had to do was keep running the ball and the dumb ass had to go and try to throw it.
    We’re still alive..just barely…we can’t make a single mistake.
    Andre Ware was campaigning to call it an incomplete pass. Re-mute/

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  46. The Lone Stranger

    QB draw up the gut?

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  47. Americus Dawg

    Andre Ware again campaigning to call it an incomplete pass.

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  48. Uglydawg

    Admit it. You gave up. So did I.

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  49. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?!?!?!?!?!

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  50. Uglydawg

    All Hail to the Genius for that play call that gave us the ball back!!!!

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  51. Scorpio Jones, III

    Oh you Hutson Mason…..where’s the bitching now!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. Stomped on their faces ….!!!! Yeah, I’d given up, but these seniors deserved better — THIS!

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  53. Uglydawg

    Genius!Genius!Genius!Genius!Genius!Genius!Genius!Genius! GOOOOOOOOOO Genius!

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  54. OT. Are you believing this?

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  55. Uglydawg

    CRAP….We should have kicked it off deep…

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  56. Uglydawg

    I hate this shit.

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  57. Scorpio Jones, III

    Dear Kharmic Bitches,

    Are you happy now, are ya?

    Enough already Ladies.

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  58. Rival

    Why not send the kickoff deep? I do not understand that strategy.

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  59. AthensHomerDawg

    4th and 4 at the goal line…Pass forTD.
    Well then.

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  60. Americus Dawg

    Ray Drew … again! Might have saved us!

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  61. A friggin shame. But way to fight, boys.

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  62. Paul

    When are we going to quit with the short kicks. They suck. They always suck. Nothing good has ever happened on a short kick for Georgia. Ever. Stop that $h!t.

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  63. PI on that last pick. But that would never be called.

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  64. Chuck

    That may have been the craziest football game I’ve seen in a while.

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  65. Pooch kicking to the 43. Mark Richt lost us this game.

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  66. Ghost of Crowell

    Nice timeout with 20 seconds Richt. I would say that was the dumbest thing I saw today, but this entire game was an unmotivated pile of dog shit. Bye Mason, next

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  67. Paul

    Snatching defeat from the the jaws of victory. Love that short kickoff. It’s so awesome.

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  68. OMG…… why the short kickoff? 😦

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  69. Freakin Bobo sucks. I know all you folks on this board are blind to his weaknesses but you cannot deny that his playcalling did us in today. The turnovers were costly but his playcalling kept the defense on the field the entire second half and that overtime playcalling was simply piss poor to say the least.

    And whoever called for a pooch kick needs to be fired today.

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  70. Turd Ferguson

    So … let’s take stock.

    1. Typical shit-stain loss to South Carolina.
    2. Lose best player to suspension.
    3. Absolutely humiliated in Jacksonville.
    4. Then lose best player to injury.
    5. Need help in order to back into the SEC Championship, but don’t get it.
    6. Predictably, respond by coming out flat against Tech and getting embarrassed at home.
    7. Completely meaningless bowl game, which we’ll probably be favored in … only to lose.

    Most Georgia season ever?

    But … but … but … next year will be different, everyone. Promise.

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  71. mant

    UGA Defense – Regression to the Mean in the last game. Some of the worst play calling I have seen. D couldn’t stop anything that resembled a running play. But, the stupidest call of the day goes to the Coach that called for a squib kick with :22 left in the game @ home. Thank God Mizzou won so we don’t get embarrassed in the SECCG.

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    • Perhaps if our o coordinator could make adjustments and call plays that could sustain a drive the d would not have to be on the field the entire game.

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    • Chuck

      If you’re going to rant, get the facts right. It was :18 left. The maddening thing about this team is that the team that smoked AU, Mizzou and Ark might have shown up next week. Or we might have been embarrassed. We just don’t know what we’re going to get from week to week.

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  72. ASEF

    SC, Fla, Tech. Trifecta of a season.

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  73. Chuck

    I can understand kicking the ball on the ground, there’s a better chance you’ll run some clock and the long return is far less likely. But you still have to drive the ball on the ground, not just give it a lazy roll.

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  74. That is such classic Georgia football life.

    Players played their guts out. Coaches made a critical error, despite coaching pretty well most of the game. We lose.

    What Voodoo Sorceress hates us this much? 😦

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    • Mayor

      The voodoo sorceress is a sorcerer and his name is Richt.

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    • What coach coached well most of the game? Bobo left Athens after the first series, Pruitt had no answer to a fullback dive, and you just know it was Richt that called for that pooch kick and gave them 20 yards. That was probably the worst coaching all year long, including Florida.

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      • I can’t argue with you.

        After that final regulation drive, we had it. How the hell?????? 😦

        I still cannot believe this.

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      • BWD

        Yeah it was totally Bobo’s fault that we fumbled twice on the goal line and the O-line decided not to run block in the second half. Call plays where players don’t have to execute, Bobo. and ignore that last drive in regulation. Bobo had nothing to do with that.

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  75. Turd Ferguson

    “But because this team needs to show itself and us that it’s heading in the right direction.”

    How’d that work out?

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    • The Lone Stranger

      Say, Turd, can the Dawgs outlast Minnesota in the Weedeater game?

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      • Turd Ferguson

        We’ll be a 3-TD favorite … and lose by a FG.

        You know, naively, I’ve spent the past several years with a chip on my shoulder because of how little respect we get from the national media. But I totally get it now. This is who we are.

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        • The Lone Stranger

          I am starting to understand it too. But then again, when the “National Media” is composed of middle America flaks a Southern team has to clear numerous hurdles just to maintain a sense of reality.

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  76. How could I be so wrong? Mason = awesome!

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  77. jimdawg

    We should have Richt explain what in the hell he was doing pooching the kick. I said before we kicked off we should kick the hell out of the ball and make them go at least 30 yards for a long field goal try but we gave them an opportunity to win. Our coaching can be good but at times it can be the most dead headed in the SEC. How many games have we lost on kicks either mishandled or pooched. All you Richt supporters say what you will but again, we go 9 – 3 and are, again, not even in the mix for a conference, much less national championship.
    If you are happy with “pretty good” year after year, then let’s keep the status quo, let’s set the moral standard for the SEC, and say our coach is a really good man. The fact is he needs to do a better job of winning the big games. Richt gave them a chance to win with 13 seconds because he was afraid they would have a big return. The odds were better for Tech with a pooch kick and a field goal chance than a long kick return. We are an undercoached, overhyped team. I know there will be no change but we should demand better results.

    How excited are you for the bowl game?

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    • The Lone Stranger

      +1…+1…+1

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    • Dawgfan Will

      Nah. I’m one of the biggest Richt supporters here, but that pooch was dumb as hell. We’d been dropping them behind the 20 all day.

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      • Russ

        Should’ve had the hard line drive kick that goes pretty deep and bounces. But hindsight and all that.

        Congrats to Tech, they whipped our D in the second half, and controlled both lines. Thought we had several times, but not to be.

        Something tells me I should avoid this place for the next, week? Month? Quarter?

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        • Dawgfan Will

          Me too, and yet I can’t. I’m a gluton for negativity, apparently.

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        • Uglydawg

          Not really ‘hindsight” Russ. It was a dumb call. It was a “no brainer”..and CMR made a bad choice. They hadn’t had a decent return all day, and one of UGA’s strengths has been kick coverage. CMR decided to run a few more seconds with pooch…but he gave them twenty or twenty five more yards than they would have had with a touchback or a runback. It was a bad decision. I’m not part of the lynchmob, but CMR needs to take the blame for this one. It was dumb..he out-dumbed PJ, who, with the game in hand had his qb attempt the pass that turned into a fumble and gave us the ball back. Both coaches were goobers today, but PJ’s team pulled his butt out of the fire.

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    • AusDawg85

      He owned the poor decision in his post game interview. Go ahead and show me your post at the beginning of the season when you predicted we’d do better than 9 – 3. I’ll hang up and listen.

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  78. Gotta get some bosses on both lines.

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  79. Chubb was terriblei n the second half. I thought he would makeup up for those fumbles but he just got tentative and became even more of a detriment. Never thought he would be such a head case. It makes me wonder if Chubb will ever be the same running back. We had the balk so few plays in the second half and we wasted them giving him the ball.

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  80. MinnesotaDawg

    Good god, our end of game coaching strategy is just awful in these close games. Every year it is the same damn thing. Even Richt admitted the pooch kick was a terrible decision in the post-game. Indefensible. Such coaching decisions put our players in the difficult predicament of having to win the game three or four separate times in order to ultimately win one goddamn game. Occasionally they’re able to do it, but more often than not, it ends up being another head-scratchin L.

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  81. Mayor

    How many big games are we going to lose because of a stupid coaching decision at the end of the game before we wise up? Let’s review: This season we lost the South Carolina game because we had 1st and goal from the 4 and….a naked boot pass play was called, the QB grounds it and we end up getting 0 points–lose the game by 3. Now we lose the GT game because the HC calls a pooch kick-off that allows GT to start at the 43, they gain enogh yardage to try a 53 yard kick and we lose in OT. In 2012 Georgia loses the SECCG when CMR fails to call for the spike with 30 seconds left and after a pass complete in the field of play but which didn’t score time runs out. 2011, our kicker is accurate from inside 40 yards but can’t make them from outside 40–the HC calls for our QB to run BACKWARDS toward the middle of the field setting up a FG attempt from outside the 40–the kicker misses and we lose the bowl game to Michigan State in OT. I could go on–I’ve got plenty of others. But, get the point? This guy’s decision-making is HURTING our team.

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    • Mayor

      P.S. Go back and look at Georgia’s record the last 4-5 years or so in games decided by 3 points or less. It’s all right there in the w-l record for you to see yourself. I’ll let you make your own conclusions.

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    • Dawgfan Will

      I’ll give you today and the bowl game. Agree to disagree on the other two.

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    • The Lone Stranger

      I am at a loss to try to even analyze this situation. And now we have Herbstreet pimping for aOSU as UF skunks FSU in the playoff football.

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  82. I will say this only once…..Chris Fowler and My Herbie are the bestest🐷

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  83. Bulldog Joe

    The one takeaway from this weekend is it removed forever the thought that we were tbe best team in the SEC East.

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  84. DawginExile

    Bama’s starting to look desperate.

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