Daily Archives: October 13, 2016

I came for the hurricane, but all I got was this lousy road game.

By now, you’ve heard the Florida-LSU impasse has been broken, with the schools agreeing to swap home games this season and next.  It seems like a sensible solution, but the road getting there was anything but, based on some of the quotes and observations I’ve seen tonight.

So, in the end, Foley and Alleva were engaged in an epic pissing match that Foley’s mismanagement created that ended when Sankey made a threat that could have been put out there for public consumption before last weekend, which might have gone a long way towards getting Foley’s head out of his ass proactively.  Well played, Commish.

And Foley backed down, not for the good of the conference, but because the SECCG threat carries more weight against Florida this season than LSU, given the relative strength of the two divisions.  How he didn’t see that coming in the first place escapes me.

It’s not like Alleva’s done himself a lot of favors, though, when you look at how LSU’s 2017 schedule now shapes up.

There’s actually a fifth road game, at Mississippi State, plus a neutral site game against BYU to add to the mix.  That’s some gauntlet.

By the way, do Gator season ticket holders get a refund?

The SEC really covered itself in glory on this one.

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“I have faith in our kickers.”

This really is an amazing stat.

Blankenship is 1 of 2 since taking over before the Ole Miss game on Sept. 24, but the Bulldogs are still looking for the their first field goal of 30 or more yards this season[Emphasis added.]

There are only five other D-1 programs in the same boat.  Wowzer.

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Understatement of the day

Dan Wolken, on the SEC’s impasse over the unscheduled Florida-LSU game:

It’s quite apparent now that in circumstances where arms need to be twisted in the SEC, commissioner Greg Sankey does not command the same level of deference as Slive.

‘Ya think?

How likely is it he’ll reach that level before November 19th?

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Mama, I’ve still got ‘dem third-down conversion blues.

Bill Connelly doesn’t paint a pretty picture here.  The big problem seems to be that, on average, the defense is leaving offenses with a shorter distance to convert than most teams.

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Chantastic news!

Feel the Georgia Tech fan base’s enthusiasm.

There are about 1,500 tickets remaining for the Nov. 26 home game against Georgia Tech, according to Tim Cearley, who heads up Georgia’s ticket operations. The Georgia Tech tickets go for $95 each.

They are available because Georgia Tech returned some 2,000 tickets from its allotment for the game.

Nice effort, rivals.  They oughta make a new rule for this series by requiring the home team in the next game to surrender an equal number of seats from every returned ticket as the visitor.  We could use those extra seats at BDS.

And before I get some smug comeback from a Tech fan, there’s no excuse for not selling out a conference game in Sanford Stadium, even if it’s due to the visitor’s returned tickets. So get on that, Dawg fans. That being said, even a few seats short, there will still be well more than twice as many fans watching Vandy in Athens as there were in Atlanta a few short weeks ago (41,916).

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About that whole dysfunctional staff thing…

Mike Ekeler doesn’t exactly look back on last season in Athens fondly. (h/t)

Despite a powerhouse pedigree featuring some of the most renowned football programs in the nation, one thing mattered above all else to Ekeler.

“I’ve worked at some of the greatest schools history-wise in the game,” Ekeler said. “But what it boils down to is people. You can be at the University of Georgia and be miserable if you’re working with shitty people. I really enjoy my work environment and the players here.”  [Emphasis added.]

I’ve said it before — when they write the book about Mark Richt’s last year at Georgia, it’s gonna be something else to read.

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UPDATE:  A carefully worded retraction…

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Musical palate cleanser, Nobel Prize edition

Well, this.

Hells, yeah.

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