“Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend…”

Amidst this Dennis Dodd work of praise for Missouri – certainly deserved, although “dominance of the SEC East” might be a bit of a stretch – we learn that Maty Mauk’s poor play last season may have been a result of injury.

Maty Mauk took the needle — several times — last season. Toward the end of 2014, his separated right shoulder ached so much, “Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend,” Mauk said.

The junior quarterback has plenty of excuses for last season, but he won’t use them. It looked like he wasn’t reading defenses properly or bolted from the pocket too quickly. He completed less than half his passes in SEC play.

But let’s be historically accurate. There was that shoulder dinged late against Georgia.

“Sitting in class and just having it dangling,” Mauk said, “It was just something that bothered you … It would be hard to get up for workouts on Sunday morning.”

At least Dodd’s not putting the blame for Mauk’s flame out against the Dawgs on his banged-up shoulder.  At least not totally.  So I guess compared to the excuses we heard after the Celebration, we’re making progress.  Of a sorts, anyway.


Filed under SEC Football, The Body Is A Temple

10 responses to ““Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend…”

  1. No excuses, yet, plenty of excuses. It’s football- most are banged up. I’ll stick with being erratic and bad decision making as the reasons he struggled.



    Missouri in the SEC still does nothing for me.


    • Macallanlover

      While dominance is a silly characterization for what Mizzou has accomplished, they have had a knack of slipping through small cracks and winning the exact games they needed. Doesn’t make them fearful but they deserve some respect. Compare that to all the ink we see about teams who have gotten respect and won nothing (TN and SC). Media folks have to have their darlings and I can live with praise for Mizzou but draw a blank when I still see folks afraid of Florida, SC, and TN. I can recognize them as a potentially dangerous opponent under certain circumstances but shake my head when seeing them picked as going through a season and grabbing the title. Mizzou looks to be the team that would benefit from a UGA stumble in 2015, just as they did in 2013 and 2014.

      And it is those over hyped. teams who helped them do so. Live in the past FU, listen to your cheerleader HC TN, and ignore that your over the hill HC is on a steep, downward slide SC fans. Pinkel will continue to pick your pocket, and this year the schedule us his friend. The East will continue to belong to wither UGA or Mizzou for another year.


      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Shorter Mac…if I may, sir… could it be we just have not had time to learn to hate Mizzou…yet.?


      • Bulldog Joe

        Mizzou did the same thing we did in 2011 and 2012.

        Good enough to get to the SECC but not much more.

        They have a new DC, a lot of new faces on defense, and we play them at home.

        That game will be bigger for us than the hyped-up Alabama game.


        • D.N. Nation

          Give us some credit. 2012 Georgia beat #2 Florida and were a play away from beating the national champions. They played excellent ball down the stretch.

          2013-2014 Mizzou has exactly one win over a team that finished with a winning conference record. Which was ’13 Georgia when half the team was out with injuries. They’re exactly 2011 UGA, just double-dosed. Shoot, I’d put ’11 Georgia’s win over the Nerds against any actual victory Mizzou has during the run of “dominance.”


          • Macallanlover

            Not to disrespect Mizzou, but that is a fair summation. Their top hasn’t been as high as ours but they have scrapped and fought their way to Atlanta twice but they were never a legit contender for the title.


  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    Ibuprofen and Aleve…. When Matty gets to be an old man and his doc tells him about his liver and kidney damage, I hope he thinks it was all worth it.


  4. AusDawg85

    I thought the header was from Jeopardy! , and the answer was “What do men say after turning 50?”