The last, best “run the damned ball, Bobo!” story ever

Evidently this is going to make ESPN’s “Draft Academy” show, which starts tonight.

One somewhat funny scene in the show is when ESPN’s cameras follow Gurley and some friends to a sports bar in Florida to watch the Super Bowl. Of course, the game is won by the New England Patriots when the Seattle Seahawks throw an interception on the 1-yard line and failed to hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch.

Gurley jumps up from the table incredulous that they didn’t give the ball to arguably the NFL’s best back. “Run the ball!” he yells.

The Bulldogs lost in similar fashion early in the 2014 season when they did run the ball with Gurley on first-and-goal at South Carolina’s 4 trailing late in the game. But realizing ESPN’s were trained closely on him, Gurley held back.

“I’m just going to be quiet on this one,” he said with a grin.

“I’m just going to be quiet on this one”?  What kind of Dawg fan are you anyway, Todd?

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49 responses to “The last, best “run the damned ball, Bobo!” story ever

  1. 202dawg

    I bet Bobo wishes he could take that one back pretty bad…

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  2. The Seahawks call made the top ten worst calls in NFL history list

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    • Bobo’s call vs. usc was infinitely dumber than seattle’s call vs. NE. Calling a PA (fake pitch left) roll out right putting hutson vs. an unblocked usc olb or de was a losing proposition. If you’ve got a QB with enough wheels to get outside then fine but we had a guy who couldn’t beat anyone outside unless the guy bites on the fake much harder then you could have ever anticipated. That play had no chance. At least in the super bowl ne’s dbs made excellenct plays. It took not only the guy who jumped the route but the inside guy had to press the wr in order to give the other guy a chance to get in position to make the play. It didn’t take great defense to defeat Bobo’s call.

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      • RocketDawg

        Yeah that play had “no chance” except we scored on virtually the same play last time down there. The play call was sound, the execution not so much.

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        • And Gurley scored a touchdown running the ball close to the goal. I know which option at that point in the game depended less on execution and more on pure skill and will power.

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          • Macallanlover

            But that analysis is exactly why doing something different made it a pretty damned good call, before the fact, not in hindsight, and was an area UGA had decided to exploit coming into the game, hence the previous success. We can now all surmise that SC adjusted and we shouldn’t have gone back to the well again.

            As discussed near the end of the comments below, some things went disastrously wrong in that play’s execution, and the officials threw a flag that is contrary to the rule when a pass is deflected (and I agree he was throwing it away but it did hit a defender in the air.) As with so many play calling discussions, we debate the result, not the strategic decision itself; they were both viable options that could have worked just fine. In Richt’s tenure, the only decidedly, non-debatable, play call gaffe was the decision against Auburn on the goal line in Sanford when the clock ran out because we ran the ball when you had to throw it to give yourself two chances to win.

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        • Derek

          I can only assume that you mean the PA pass to Rome. That play was not designed to get Hutson one on one with a free (and athletic/fast) rusher. On the play to Rome they faked the hand off to Gurley and then Gurley blocked the end rusher. A straight I formation, power PA pass where the QB stays in the pocket and the back the ball is faked to blocks the end is not the same as leaving a free rusher for Hutson to deal with on a boot leg. Unless you could show me film of #44 for USC routinely crashing down hard on all running plays run to the left, there is no justification for that call in that circumstance. Was it the worst call ever? No. The pass play that Kiffin drew up vs. OSU on first down with under 10 to play in the 4th with a short field (OSU’s 22) needing a TD to tie was far, far worse. In any event the play Bobo called was at a minimum ill-advised and then got worse b/c of a grounding call. The Seattle call gets a bad rap IMHO. Throwing meant they got 4 plays. Running meant they’d lose a down b/c there wasn’t enough time. More bad luck than dumb, I think. The play Kiffin called might be one of the worst ever in a big game though. Just inexcusable.

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      • CannonDawg

        Both calls were bad, as were both outcomes. But we lost an SEC game to an important rival, yet still lived to fight another day. The Seahawks lost the freakin’ Super Bowl, the biggest game on the biggest stage in the cosmos. Bobo’s call resulted in losing a battle; Carroll’s call lost the entire war. Great defensive play? Well, sure. It’s the best two teams in pro ball. Should that have been a consideration for Pete? Instead, it’s game over; season over; try again next year.

        I can’t see how Bobo’s call is “infinitely dumber.”

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        • Derek

          One of them at least has some logic strategically. Passing vs. NE gets you all 4 downs if you throw on second down there. Truth be told if the inside WR executed properly that’s six and a shiny Lombardi trophy. He should have pushed the safety into the corner that made the play instead of just getting handled there. He looked like he was watching the play and not handling his job. Great play by the defense. Not a great play by the slot receiver. He should have never allowed that guy to come over the top to make that play.

          But I’ll be damned if I can think of any good reason to boot Hutson out with a free rusher on him down three with 6 to play 1st and goal at the 4. One is just dumb without any justification that I can think of. Time? No. Match up advantage? No.
          One has been made to look bad because it didn’t work in the most horrific way. The other was just a bad football call. And I don’t get too caught up in who the backs were. That we had Todd and they had Lynch are factors sure but I think giving Wilson a shot makes more sense than seeing if Hutson can beat Gerald Dixon to the edge.

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          • Dawgwalker07

            “One has been made to look bad because it didn’t work in the most horrific way. The other was just a bad football call.”

            If Mason throws it out the back of the end zone instead of grounding it we probably score 6 and this discussion never happens and everyone forgets about the call. The world of football is fickle thing.

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  3. JCDAWG83

    And the coach lovers put that loss on the defense.

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    • 35 points should never lose. Ever. You post 30 you are supposed to win, period.

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      • Otto

        Viewing stats in a vacuum is always a bad idea…

        If you lose the turnover battle by 2, it gets increasingly harder to win the game.

        Yes the defense could have been better but the offense shares the blame.

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        • Otto

          Sorry got my games mixed up, this was the kicking game with missed FGs and the running call.

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        • Macallanlover

          Everyone shares the blame, or takes the credit, in every football game. But some actually think no one player or coach’s, actions are to blame/credit in football (excepting the HC if you are a hater). But there isn’t enough time to get them up to speed on analyzing football.

          Win together, lose together, football is the ultimate team game. And stay off the webs with either outcome…the interwebs are bad for your sanity if you do anything at all in public

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          • Don’t disagree. I was commenting on the suggestion that it was somehow absurd to blame the defense on that loss. It’s a team sport. Hell, you could blame Morgan for missing the tying field goal. But he should have been kicking an extra point there instead. Moreover but for a great “robber” call and execution by the defense we don’t even get a chance to crap all over ourselves in the red zone. Then you’ve got the officials and that terrible spot that ended the game and the phantom holding call that stopped our momentum early on. You can point a lot of fingers for that loss. A really, really bad day at the office.

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      • Russ

        Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Even Pruitt said so himself. 35 points should beat anyone, especially on the road.

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    • pete

      That’s right 83! CMR allowed the 38 points scored by SCAR. The coach lovers will probably blame it on the hip surgery but I’m sick of it! Let’s fire’m now!

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      • JCDAWG83

        I guess I’m old school and not up to date on the new rules and goals in a football game, but I always figure it’s best to score more points than the opponent regardless of how many that needs to be. Giving up38 points is nothing for the D to be excited about, but the offense had the golden opportunity to score more than 38 and the coaches blew that opportunity. I remember a few games where we gave up more than 38 and still managed to win, so it is possible.

        Richt will never be fired. You can write that down. There are too many people who are more in love with the coach than the team, even if he doesn’t win anything of consequence.

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        • pete

          OK. I get you. Honestly there has been times when I was so frustrated I felt like it was time to move on to another coach too. You say your old school so you have to know that CMR has held his own with some of the ‘greats’ and has arguably the best record in UGA history with this longevity. And I KNOW that’s really not enough for most fans. We’ve been so close and have the potential but haven’t gotten that Natty…and it is painful. But on the other-side of the coin…we have a guy that does everything right ethically even to a fault. And with just a couple of breaks would have had two NC’s (most likely). I don’t want to be one of those that is so loyal to a coach that the program as a whole suffers but I’m not sure there is a coach out there that’s available and would do better under the administration that CMR has been under. It looks like things are changing so CMR may get it done. Some of the tactics used by the coaches that do get it done, would not have been tolerated at UGA. So whoever comes in will have to play by UGA rules, with UGA spending etc. It may be a mute point but for the sake of the discussion…there is a chance that CMR’s replacement may not do any better or even worse for a while…and how long to we give them? How many coaches do we go through to find the winner? And even then, how many NC’s does he have to win every decade or what ever do be retained? I think we are close on how we feel about the program in general but I’m not ready to hang it all on CMR…just yet.

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          • JCDAWG83

            I guess I’m of the opinion that when you pay a man millions of dollars to coach football, he should not make bonehead mistakes year after year. If Richt was making a couple hundred thousand a year, I’d love him. He’s a great man and a decent coach, but he’s not a great coach by any means. He’s too stubborn, see his holding onto asst coaches way too long. Loyal to a fault, see Martinez and some of his qb moves. I also think he’s a little bit lazy. He knows he is in no danger of being fired, so I don’t think he works as hard as coaches at schools where there is not a large contingent of coach worshipers. At most SEC programs, coaches are expected to win or they can expect to get fired, Richt doesn’t have that to worry about.

            I don’t buy the argument about “who would you get?”. Georgia is a job that would create plenty of good prospects if it became available. It’s not my job to know who to go after, McGarity get’s paid a ton to keep up with that. When people ask me that; I ask them, “what happens if Richt quits or is killed in a car accident, do we shut down the football program?”. He has a good record, but playing 13 games a season with a couple more cupcakes thrown in helps the numbers. The coaches Georgia fans make fun of the most are actually the really great coaches. Spurrier, Saban, Meyer, Miles etc are all light years ahead of Richt. I think Patterson at Baylor is better and so is the guy at TCU.

            I know he has to play by different rules than many of the top programs, but most of his losses are not to teams that have more talent because they have looser rules. He is fairly famous for losing to teams he should beat easily. Two of this years losses came to teams that would not have been bowl eligible if they hadn’t beaten Georgia. Lack of talent due to admin rules has never been a problem for Richt.

            I know he’s not going anywhere until he decides to leave and I’m fine with that. That 2005 SEC Championship is getting smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror. It won’t be long before we are bemoaning that we haven’t won a championship in “X” years. The Richt lovers will continue the “if only” and “the refs screwed us”, “the polls screwed us”, “the committee screwed us”, etc. They will never acknowledge the one constant over the years is Richt. I want the coach lovers to admit he isn’t great, because he’s not.

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            • I Wanna Red Cup

              Patterson is at TCU; Art Briles is at Baylor

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            • I think Patterson at Baylor is better and so is the guy at TCU.

              Gary Patterson is the coach at TCU. He’s good, but he’s not leaving. (Plus, he’s making more than Richt at TCU.)

              I have to laugh at your elevation of Miles while opining that $4+ million a year coaches shouldn’t be making bonehead mistakes.

              How many of McGarity’s hires so far give you confidence that Georgia could find a replacement for Richt who’s an improvement?

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              • Mayor

                ^^This. If CMR were to retire or die, we’d be in a world of hurt because the boneheads at B-M would be in charge of hiring a replacement.

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              • JCDAWG83

                I think everyone got my point. I obviously don’t follow Big 12 football that closely and I agree the BM crowd would screw up any hire, they always do. My whole point is that Richt is not some great, once a generation, coach the coach lovers think he is.

                Miles is easy to laugh at, but he has the hardware Richt doesn’t and a pretty impressive record at LSU. If he could find a decent qb ( I really don’t understand why it’s so hard for LSU to find a good qb ) LSU would be a serious force in the national picture.

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  4. The way that is worded, it makes it seem like we lost the game at the last second BECAUSE we ran the ball with Gurley. If that is just a typo, it is a big one, because it completely changes the meaning for those who are unfamiliar with that series of playcalling.

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Yep, that’s what it says. Do they know what happened in that game?

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      • Nate Dawg

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who read that like 12 times going…”wait..wah…”

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        • SCDawg

          Yep, started thinking I was mad for totally reasons than I remembered being made about that night.

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          • Cousin Eddie

            I thought it was a typo and was afraid to correct it in case I was wrong, but didn’t want to look it up because I didn’t want to see the out come I knew was going to happen.

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  5. Uglydawg

    Reminds me of “4th and dumb”….remember that one?

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  6. hassan

    I am certainly in the minority, but I don’t totally disagree with the call. USCe expected us to hand it off to Gurley. But remember, Gurley got stuffed earlier in the game in an obvious run situation. Why not try and throw it? Here is where the situation went south…when the play broke down, Mason committed the intentional grounding and pushed us back. If he would have thrown it out of the end zone, then we live another down in the same spot to then pound it in on the ground. So, I still blame Bobo…but not for the play call. I blame Bobo for not coaching up his QB’s situational awareness enough not to commit the intentional grounding. If memory serves, Mason had a bit of an issue with those last year?

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    • gatorhater27

      I still don’t understand how it can be grounding when it hits the defender. That happened to Mason a couple of times last season.

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      • Jeff Sanchez

        Amen.
        Questionable play call + panic move by QB + terrible
        grounding call = disaster

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        • Jeff, this is a perfect summary of what happened on that play. The call wasn’t good, the execution was terrible, and then we allowed the SEC officials to get involved. At the end of the day, we still should have made what was a chip shot FG to tie the game with momentum on our side.

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    • Derek

      I don’t have a problem with throwing there so much as the choice to PA bootleg leaving the edge rusher free. PA is fine, but don’t put Mason up against a free USC edge rusher. Its just not a favorable match up. Given that we could kick it and tie, taking a shot wasn’t the worst thing we could do, but just choose a better pass play.

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      • Cojones

        You have written with clarity and I thought, fairly. Your football acumen along with a couple others here is why I blog here. When I read hatin’ written in as a substitute for knowledge and when someone doesn’t give credit to other thoughts; that’s when I stop reading. It’s quite different when you know football plays well and comment on them rather than “Monday Morning QBing”. Calling a correct play after the fact is very different from dissecting a bad play and giving good credit where it is deserved in such a play. It all makes for good reading..

        Kudos.

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        • I too enjoyed Derek’s knowledgeable and mature discussion of the two plays. Derek, you are obviously very intelligent and have good communication skills, but I almost skipped your comments because of your childish name-calling rants the other day on a more political thread. I realize the subject must be very emotionally charged for you, but more people will listen to you if you make your points in the manner you did today. Hope you’re not offended, again I really enjoyed your breakdown of the plays.

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          • Appreciate it. I’m more let’s say rational when it comes to football. Certainly more patient. I think it helps that in that arena we are all truly on the same team. That’s a shame but it’s true. In politics things breakdown immediately because you can’t even agree on what the damn facts are much less what to do about them. Also, is it really important that others know football? Not really. It’s almost an indictment that an middle aged man gives a damn about kids playing a game, but I do. A lot. On the other hand for someone to not have a clue about your own country and being just flat stupid on political/constitutional issues sends me in an admitted rage. This isn’t to suggest that ill do any better next time we turn away from football but perhaps I’ll try to be a little less shrill. Maybe.

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            • I know what you’re saying, which is why I try to stay out of the political discussions. I’m afraid I will say something in the heat of the moment that I can’t take back. Anyway we’re cool.

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            • Cojones

              I’m not against any political points you have made, in fact, we are in full agreement. But the fact that you can communicate your football thoughts well here overrides our political feelings. With the patience of Bluto, we can still do both in an appreciative manner and am looking forward to your comments in the future with relish especially for those of us who can’t form expressive thoughts about our team as regularly as you can.

              Go Dawgs!

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  7. Gurkha Dawg

    Earlier, Otto made the statement “Viewing stats in a vacuum is always a bad idea”. That is one of the wisest things I’ve ever read regarding football. All the stats are combined to determine the final score, which is the only stat that really matters. Crazy things happen in CFB,that’s why I like it so much. We’ll get’um next time.

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