Saturday morning buffet

Start your weekend off with a little something.

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26 responses to “Saturday morning buffet

  1. On the 247 list of top 15, I don’t get the love for Robert Nkemdiche. It sounds a lot like a recruiting service making sure they rationalize his ranking. Has he been a good player? Yes. Has he been the dominant force everyone thought he would be? No way.

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  2. While I’m enjoying the schadenfreude of UF’s signing class, I suspect this time next year everyone will be raving about the huge signing class they are bringing in, with a bunch of early enrollees to replenish the ranks.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Richt’s transitional class was terrific compared to just about all the coaches listed in the article. Pollack, Thomas Davis, Shockley, Blue, Thurman, and more. McElwain, um not so good. Let’s hope its a sign of things to come for fu.

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  3. Kalamazoodawg

    I don’t have a problem leaving Mitchell off. He is 0 for 3 in playing a full season. I sure hope he doesn’t go for the golden sombrero. Otherwise we will be counting on a lot of folks who have not shown enough to crack the rotation and/or true freshmen.

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    • PatinDC

      Agreed. I was just going to post that.

      I don’t count on Mitchell being able to play a full season at all. I am waiting, sadly, for the obligatory G-day “tweak” or preseason “twinge”

      Nothing against his talent or desire, he just has glass knees.

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  4. gastr1

    If Ed Aschoff had written that article about receivers, we’d have three on there. I don’t understand how JSW doesn’t make it on a list like that either (given who is on it). Also, Bovada link not working, btw.

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  5. gastr1

    Wondering out loud: Will Nick Chubb be one of those guys who amasses big numbers but never really gets serious consideration because he doesn’t pass the eye test of making an amazing viral GIF play or three? In other words, why else would anyone have Leonard Fournette in the same breath as Chubb?

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    • Well said, gastr1. Chubb will have big yards and yards per carry but won’t have the type of play that we grew accustomed to with TG3II. The reason Fournette is in the conversation is that the WWL hyped him all season last year from the beginning of the year, and if LSU is good next year, the hype will be insufferable.

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      • merk

        I would say he had a few good runs. The one where his helmet was ripped off vs Clemson. The one where he went to the house but got called back after he trucked a guy a barely stepped out of bounds. And he’ll he was 10 yards from the longest run from scrimmage in uga history when he broke for 82 vs grantham

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        • I agree. I love Chubb, his skills, and the way he carries himself. He’s flashy in an understated sort of way. 🙂

          The real issue is that he’s not going to get the hype of the WWL throughout the process. He didn’t say on the day he signed that he was going win the Heisman. All he says after winning the MVP in the bowl game was “Go Dawgs!” He’s very similar to Gurley and Marshall in his approach to handling the hype around him. He’s going to deflect all of it to his teammates. He also isn’t going to have a PR machine behind him pushing him for awards.

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        • Cojones

          I’m just anxious for him to get to the first game uninjured.

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    • Cojones

      In answer to your last question, gastri : HYPE. Plain old ESPN hype – and we know how wrong they were about the SEC West last year. Now I’m happy UGA was left out Their toads aren’t worth listening to, much less viewing them.

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  6. AntiJorts

    Don’t forget the one where he scored with only one shoe on

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  7. Macallanlover

    I wouldn’t bet Chubb at 12/1, odds against any RB are just too long with today’s voters but man, Fournette at 7/1? I realize we share a lot of carries and don’t us a feature back but did anyone watch the season for those two guys? Shows the shallowness of the evaluators if all they study is 2-3 tape measure homeruns per season. And Henry being close to Chubb at 14/1? All goes to shows why the Heisman is a distraction to what happens in CFB and no longer important to me. Funny to think the “flavor the day”, ohio, is going to split the vote at some point…..don’t think Crier will let that happen.

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  8. Scorpio Jones, III

    Who is Todd Grantham?

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  9. Cojones

    Boy, look at those Grantham stats: % completions allowed (55%/game); 3rd down allowed (over 35%/game); red zone success ( nearly 66%/game). Good God Almighty! Our worst year, his D gave up 71% in the red zone. And idiots were nailing Richt and Bobo for all that time while their memories go forward with the incorrect culprits forever fixed. Sheesh, I thought I was the only obtuse individual blogging.

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  10. Cojones

    Speaking of buffets: The Amnesian’s chickens have been disappearing to the woodland creatures hereabouts, including to the raptor candidates of hawks, owls, and eagle as well as observed foxes, plus suspicioned coyote, bobcat, raccoon, stray domestic canines and maybe panther (one was observed by trail camera with an 8-point buck in tow last month just southwest of us in northwest Fl and in my pre-teen years were observed in southern Ga). Yesterday, after opening their pen for free-ranging, the roosters became excited, hid among flowers and bushes and chirped low-level alarms. Sitting in a lakeside cypress was the largest raptor seen since the 1-4yr old eagle chicks had been seen a couple of years ago. Couldn’t quite make out markings, but at first flush it seemed to be an immature bald eagle. After getting closer my binoculars could pick up breast feather straw color that meant it wasn’t an eagle, but rather, a red-shouldered hawk that was as big as a Barred Owl (we’ve had one of those to come in for predation at sunset before). When it flew, I could see about 15 of the missing chickens going with it. It looked like a Dumbo hawk that had fed on a lot of dumb-o chickens.

    The predators have gotten all the free-ranging hens that had escaped from past tree-roosting predation to the carport attic. Each morning they came down to eat and free range into local jaws. Only three roosters remain from that lot with the remaining flock hens residing in the pen with one older rooster. All of this sturm and drang began right after the SC loss this year. Instead of running towards me to get in front to look over their shoulders warily, they began to dawdle and eat insects out of foot-kicking range. Those fat old hens still would look ax-spectantly towards me, not understanding that health reasons and Doc’s orders were preventing my aggressive pursuit of the tattered-tail-feather crowd. They finally became lackadaisical and depressed from lack of attention and I suspicion they had become suicidal enough to walk near predators and offer themselves up.

    Not so concerning their attention to the raptors. They now have a Pruitt-like appreciation of air coverage. The air-raid detector roosters seem effective only because they want to be the ones to kill each other. Much like the SEC conference members SC and, even worse, FU, this class is dwindling on a daily basis by becoming predator-fodder.

    I’ve convinced their benefactor, my wife , that the sadness of their disappearance is offset by considering how much wildlife they have called in for us to appreciate, plus the zinger excuse; they were old and not laying eggs anymore. She reminded me that a few pullets were missing as well to which my nuanced reply was that they were probably eaten by immature predators. I reminded her that they had been missing tail feathers for years and that it was due to close predator calls (didn’t tell her that my foot was the close-caller). She has now accepted their fate (the Red-Shouldered Hawk was the clincher to my story).

    Satisfied with my duplicitous cover up of tail feather loss to her now-vanished chickens, I had a large brownie.

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    • Cosmic Dawg

      Great post. Makes the mid-winter football blues a little better… 🙂

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      • Cojones

        That was the intent, but “thanks” go to the patience of Bluto for not making those posts disappear when written off-point. Think most times the Senator has a leg up on Job.

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  11. Uglydawg

    Cojo, if you’ve never read “For a Fist Full of Feathers” by Guy de LA Valdene, you might enjoy it. Guy is a wealthy Frenchman that bought a large parcel of land in NW Florida…not very far from you, I suspect, and turned it into nature preserve, mostly dedicated to raising quail. Amazingly enough, it is also very much a philosophy book….written in a diary format and describing his observations about nature in the area. It’s very, very well written..There are a lot of interactions between De LA Valdene, his quail and predators of all sorts. It’s not a real long book.

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