Nightmare on Sanford Drive

Okay, I’m laughing about this now.

The nightmare (for Georgia): Nick Chubb is found to have signed some piece of memorabilia in exchange for money, and it turns out that Sony Michel was the bagman. The new quarterback is unable to get into a rhythm, and the defense allows opponents to run all over it. Vanderbilt or (more likely) South Carolina spring an early upset, and the Alabama game is a beatdown. Georgia’s ceiling drops to somewhere around 6-6, and we all have another summer season of ‘MARK RICHT IS ON THE HOT SEAT’ think pieces.

But honestly, Dawgs, don’t make me go there.

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  1. Good lord Senator, you are going to give skimmers of this post a heart attack. I need a cup of coffee before I start reading the words one by one…

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  2. Ben

    If UGA goes 6-6, I think we’ll be spared a summer of “Mark Richt is on the Hot Seat” think pieces.

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    • JCDAWG83

      If we go 6-6 and then have a win in Shreveport or some other crap bowl, Richt wouldn’t have a thing to worry about. In fact, he might get another raise.

      If he lost the crap bowl and we ended up 6-7 he wouldn’t get a raise but he would get a lot of excuses from his adoring fans as to why it really wasn’t his fault. Some of those would be; schedule, new qb, new OC, refs, heat and humidity in Jacksonville (whether we won or lost the game), ESPN hates us, CBS hates us, AJC hates us, SEC hates us, NCAA hates us, Michael Adams, Jan Kemp, no IPF and lack of support from McGarity.

      The man is either teflon coated or has pictures of all of the BM crowd doing unnatural things with a goat or children. I don’t believe there could be any season bad enough for him to really be on the hot seat.

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      • Brandon

        Do you even get to enjoy the football season? Or does your eternally pessimistic view of Mark Richt and the Dawgs overshadow everything?

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        • DawgPhan

          He doesnt have time for enjoyment. He has dedicated his life to #wellactually and #richttruther

          without his tireless efforts people might spend more than 2-3 consecutive seconds enjoying a UGA blog.

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        • JCDAWG83

          I love the football season, but I have a 14 year sample size to gauge what to expect. I don’t have a pessimistic view of Richt, I have a realistic view of him.

          Our seasons are probably easier on me than on the crowd who really believe we are going to win a national championship every year. I used to get crushed when we blew our championship shot every year in a loss to a team we should have beaten. Now, I know there is a great probability of it happening so it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad.

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          • DawgPhan

            the gift that keeps on giving…

            now you are a good time truther. You have a better time than the happy people having a good time…

            sure….

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          • PTC DAWG

            Well, around a third of the time or so, he has won the east at a minimum, seems to me we are due. How’s that for a sample size?

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          • dawgtired

            So JC, your ONLY happy UGA season was in 1980 (If you were living then). Since CMR is arguably our most successful coach, you have obviously been disappointed with all of our coaches to date. What a miserable outlook. I feel for you brother.

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            • NGDawg

              Speaking of the 1980 season, I did a little research at the College Football Data Warehouse just to see the quality of the competition that season. Before the Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame only three or four of the teams Ga played had winning records that season. For the season, including Notre Dame the overall winning percentage was only 46%.

              If you take out the three Herschel years and the three conference titles during that time, CVD would only have three SEC titles in over twenty years as coach. CMR has five
              division titles and two SEC titles in 14 years.

              Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a huge Dawg fan since the mid-60’s and think CVD is one of the greatest ever. I just get tired of people disrespecting CMR.

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              • S

                But the thing is, you can’t take out the Herschel years because, you know, THEY HAPPENED. I don’t know why people do that. It’s like saying “you know, if you take out three wheels, a Lamborghini isn’t really a fast car.” Hell, if there’d been such a thing as division titles back then, Dooley would have won the SEC East in 1964, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1988. So that would have been 15 SEC East titles in 24 years. Which is a lot more impressive than 5 in 15. Don’t get me wrong I started grad school the same year Richt got to Georgia and think CMR is one of the greatest ever. I just get tired of people disrespecting CVD.

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              • PTC DAWG

                IF a frog had pockets, he’d carry pistols and shoot snakes.

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            • Dawgfan Will

              No kidding. I don’t know if I could take being that kind of fan. I mean, why put yourself through that?

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      • Charles

        No more bulk purchases of fertilizer from Lowe’s for you, broseph.

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      • Whiskeydawg

        I think his Teflon comes from 15 Years, 136-48, .739 Pct – just guessing.

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      • No AxeToGrind

        Either way, he would get a contract extension. Who else could they get?

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  3. Uglydawg

    I woke up this morning with the unnatural desire to be kicked in the nuts, so I read this piece.
    Wife says my voice sounds a little high.

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  4. BCDawg97

    Good piece but as always, just copy, paste and change the years. Rinse, lather, repeat. As you’ve said Senator, it’d be nice to change the conversation. It’ll happen one year. Hope springs eternal, so perhaps this is the year.

    Either way, best time of the year is here! Go Dawgs!

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  5. georgiajeepn

    Oh you mean just like the year of Matt and Knowshon and the preseason number one ranking and the SI cover? That kind of letdown?

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  6. simpl_matter

    That’s not a nightmare, that’s bizarro world.

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  7. Cojones

    Picking Auburn to win blew the prog’ out of his ‘nosticator. Not reviewing what has happened to that series for the last 5 years seems to be the starting point for the pundits. It’s like having Murray and Mason at QB makes no difference how this team hate… uh…outplays them for the last 5 years, but is ignored when predicting them to win each year. And Bama is a tossup – like playing your mirror image this year. I expect the Dawgs to abide out of sheer competitiveness.

    Guess I should be impressed he didn’t pick Tenn to beat us like the rest of the lemmings have.

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  8. Skeptic Dawg

    Anything is possible I guess. Is 6-6 more likely than 11-1? Probably, but I don’t see either one actually happening. If 6-6 were to happen, I believe that Richt would be coaching for his job in 2016 and anything less than an East title would be the end for him.

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    • JCDAWG83

      I think we’re going to be 9-3 or 8-4 this season and everyone will be satisfied. I think Richt has three seasons to win the SEC championship or his contract, which expires in 2019, will not be renewed. I don’t see any scenario outside of a major criminal conspiracy within the football program that Richt knew or should have known about happening, or the wheels coming completely off the program (3-9/4-8 type season where the team looks like it has given up on Richt) that would get Richt fired before 2019.

      McGarity and the university admin have thrown their support and money behind Richt. I feel certain there was some sort of conversation about expectations before the checkbook was opened up like it was.

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      • DawgPhan

        lulz….No way CMR gets to the “end” of any contract. He will always get reupped with years left on his contract.

        He probably gets a raise and extension after this season.

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        • JCDAWG83

          If he wins 10 games, he probably gets a raise, but I doubt he gets an extension unless he wins the East, at a minimum.

          I still say if he hasn’t won an SEC championship by the end of the 2017 season, his contract won’t be renewed and he will announce his retirement. That would be 12 years between SEC championships. Even a great man like Richt has to produce at some point.

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          • DawgPhan

            Its like you dont even follow the program.

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            • JCDAWG83

              I guess you think he has a job for life as long as he wins 8 or so games a season? I think McGarity and the BM crowd have about had a belly full of face plants and bed crapping and excuse making. They know there are a growing number of fans who are starting to grumble and the slowdown in the check writing could be around the corner.

              Richt has won a lot of games; unfortunately, he isn’t winning the ones that really matter.

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              • AthensHomerDawg

                There use to be a blog that made their bones with this kinda rhetoric. They are in kind of a flux. Why don’t you take this talent of yours and revitalize that blog? It would be interesting and I may even post there again.
                Godspeed.

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      • Skeptic Dawg

        3 years with zero titles of any sort is a long time. 8-4 or 9-3, while very possible and highly likely, would be an epic fail with this squad. How many years will B-M stand by and watch Richt squander talent? Failing to reach the SECCG this season should equate to Richt coaching for his job next season. 3 years is far too many seasons to throw away and watch Mizzou, Tennessee or anyone else win the East. Now that I think about it, Richt should be coaching for his job now!

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        • JCDAWG83

          He should have been fired after 2010 season. New coach would have had good talent and a very easy schedule for two seasons to get some wins and the recruiting boost a new coach gets.

          When he wasn’t fired then, I knew he was never going to be fired for having disappointing seasons. There are enough people who are bigger fans of Richt than they are of the team that he will not be fired for on field results. We’re talking about a coach who had Stafford, Moreno and Green on the same team and could not win the East or beat tech at home. There is no way he is going to be fired for the on field results. It will take a major embarrassment to the university, like call girls paid by the coaches, a cover up of a gang rape by football players or some sort of academic fraud to get Richt fired.

          I agree with what you say, but the reality is; he’s not going anywhere for at least three more seasons.

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          • BCDawg97

            I’m a Disney but generally agree with most of your sentiments about Teflon Richt, realistic expectations, etc. But you lost me at getting fired in 10. Sure a downward trend from 08-10, but to fire him would have been insanely knee jerk given his success from 01-07. It wasn’t like he had no proven track record prior to 08-10.

            All that said, I do think he’s now been given all he wants and if he doesn’t win the East once or twice with an SEC too in the next 3 years, I think he should be fired.

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            • JCDAWG83

              I think he peaked in ’07 and it’s been pretty well downhill since then. If Florida and Tennessee, especially Tennessee, don’t completely implode over the last 5 years, I really think he would already be gone. He’s been the coach for 1/3rd of the losses Georgia has ever had to SC, a program with one conference championship in it’s history. He lost to Kentucky and Vandy in the same season. 2010 would have been the best year to let him go. The ’11 and ’12 schedules were very easy and there was good talent for a new coach to work with.

              I realize he had a track record up until ’08, but his results with the ’08 team should have been a warning sign for what was coming. Since ’08, his results aren’t really that great, especially considering how down the East has been since then. I know he won two East titles, but the East has been so weak that’s really no big deal. I hope he turns it around and gets a championship but I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t.

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          • D.N. Nation

            “It will take a major embarrassment to the university, like call girls paid by the coaches, a cover up of a gang rape by football players or some sort of academic fraud to get Richt fired.”

            I’m sorry you’re actively wishing for this, you putz.

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        • D.N. Nation

          Now that I think about it, no one gives a rat’s ass!

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      • dawgtired

        “…9-3 or 8-4 this season and everyone will be satisfied…”

        Making false blanket statements will not help your cause. Very few will be “satisfied” but few will think giving CMR the axe is the way to go either.

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      • “Everyone will be satisfied.” You’re speaking for yourself and on record.

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  9. CannonDawg

    I’m tamping down my expectations this year, and each year thereafter. No longer will I tread into that stroke zone when we lose a heartbreaker or a confounder. Nope, it’s just not worth it. It’s just a game, that’s my new mantra.

    Anybody know of a good hotel in Glendale?

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    • Cojones

      Serious? The Lion’s Inn used to be, but this early you could get a good rate at The Huntington. Both used to negotiate the weekly rate . Lion’s Inn is near the freeway and near downtown plus entertainment can be found easily. The Huntington is laid back, out in an upbeat posh area with a great Museum next door and has an extensive arboretum grounds. If the better half likes plants, you can lose her there for hours, just give her a big canteen. Last time there a local brewed, fine tasting red beer was served in the main piano bar. Don’t let the tuxedos fool you, they are down to earth friendly and have wonderful personal service. Try the Mexican breakfast(s) by the pool where flowers abound inside and outside.

      If you were serious about being there, a good sports bar (Charlie’s Trio) is found in So Pasadena that has great beer variety, the most delicious pizzas I’ve ever tasted (Sausage, hot oil and capers, house pizza with sundried tomatoes, etc) plus the best Italian restaurant in those parts that adjoins. Sometimes I’ve taken my wife (we lived about 45 miles away in T.O.) there when the owners’ family came in with grandma (who taught them how to cook long ago). Try the sausage and peppers or the Chicken Pasqually.

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  10. Mayor

    6-6 ain’t gonna happen. I didn’t even read the piece because it is just a bunch of BS meant to get people foaming at the mouth saying bad sh!t about CMR and another group foaming at the mouth defending CMR. See all the posts above.

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  11. Athens Dog

    We are undefeated as of today………….

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  12. I hope today and tomorrow are the last days of having this conversation this season. I know we’re likely not going to be unbeaten. I’m also confident we’re not going to be 6-6. The question is what is a reasonable expectation for this season. I think 10 regular season wins is reasonable but wouldn’t be surprised with 9. With some good luck, we could be in Atlanta and take a shot at the playoff. If the ball doesn’t bounce our way or we get some key guys injured, we may only win 7 or 8.

    If this team only wins 7 or 8 with no extenuating circumstances, there will be hard questions asked this offseason. If we win 12+, I think everyone will be very happy where we are.

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    • JCDAWG83

      I think that’s a good take on the season. I’ve said all along 9-3 is the baseline for this season for me. Any better and it’s a great season, any worse and we’ve underachieved, again. If we win 10 regular season, go to Atlanta, win or lose it will be a great season.

      If we beat SC, I’ll feel much better about our chances of going to Atlanta. Our schedule isn’t going to allow much of a chance of backing into the championship game if we lose to a team we should beat.

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  13. Russ

    I’m pretty sure the 6-6 scenario was pure comedy. I certainly didn’t get wound up about it. I actually thought it was a good/balanced article.

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  14. Only Georgia fans tell how bad it’s gonna be, and relish the thought, before game 1. Cough JCDAWG

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  15. Patrick

    JC,
    If you had to put money on it, which current coaches would you give significantly better odds to win another NC ahead of Richt?

    I would say Meyer and Saban, definitely.

    After that, I think it’s a toss-up.
    Patterson, Briles, Stoops, Dantonio, Helfrich, Shaw, Malzahn, Miles, Swinney, Spurrier, Strong, Fisher. I wouldn’t feel good betting on ANY of them over Richt.

    Fact of matter is vast majority of those guys will never win another title.

    The way I look at it….until the list extends to more than the 2 names of Saban and Meyer, I’m happy to keep rolling with Richt.

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  16. UGA85

    We have two SEC championships in 14 years under CMR, the last one being in 2005, with no undefeated seasons and no title game appearances. I don’t think CMR would be happy if the next 14 years look like the past 14, and I for one would not be happy, either. We are way overdue, there needs to be urgency and change, and (thankfully) there was change this offseason. Our time is now. This season. No excuses. An SEC title is a reasonable goal for 2015.

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