You can kick the coach out of Athens…

… but you can’t kick Athens out of the coach.

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78 responses to “You can kick the coach out of Athens…

  1. Q

    I like that guy

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  2. Russ

    Get ’em, Coach!

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  3. Otto

    It is Florida Georgia, the visiting team gets mentioned 1st.

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    • RandallPinkFloyd

      No, it’s not. It’s Georgia-Florida. Go elsewhere if you believe otherwise.

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      • This. I been workin’ on my FU grad wife for 28 years now and she still can’t get it right. Them people are sloooooow learners. But then again, she’s 20-8 on me during the course of our marriage so there is that.

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        • BMan

          My best friend attended Florida…for 7 years (no, not a doctor or lawyer) and we would go to the game together every year. We got into an arguement about GA/FL or FL/GA and his reasoning for me insisting on GA/FL was, and I quote “you only say that because G comes before F in the alphabet.”…..sloooooow learners indeed.

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      • Otto

        I grew up with this game being a South Ga home game, I view it this way as a reminder to the portion of the fan base that wants to move the game to a home and home destroying a great tradition.

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        • Mayor

          See Reservoir Dawg’s post above. 20-8 in favor of Florida the last 28 years. Helluva “great tradition.”

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          • Sh3rl0ck

            We were 42-22-2 before that 28 year stretch. The location of the game has nothing to do with the outcome.

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            • Ben

              And everything to do with Spurrier rising to power there while we were dealing with Goff and Donnan. Richt then couldn’t get us over the hump down there, even after facing 4 different head coaches. Maybe, just maybe, we’ve found our guy to beat UF consistently again. It won’t matter, though, if he can’t get over the Vandy hump…

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              • Sh3rl0ck

                Don’t forget the Meyer years either. If Terrence Edwards catches that pass, we could have been 2-1 against Zook (with only a 3 point loss) and 3-1 against Boom. I could be wrong, but I don’t think McElwain is going to be a Spurrier / Meyer quality coach. We are still 50-42-2 against those bastards.

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                • Mayor

                  Really? McElwain isn’t that quality of a HC? He won the SEC East his first season. Let’s talk about how good he is 10 years from now. He’s looking a whole lot better right now than what UGA got from the Saban coaching tree. I hope I am wrong but fear that I am right about that.

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      • down island way

        the coach at the u will never mention fl before any team, he has to mention fl second in any conversation

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    • St. Johns Dawg

      That B.S. may have been accurate before someone decided BOTH teams had to wear home jerseys now … But it’s always GA-FL in my heart no matter what.

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      • Otto

        Most of Richt’s tenure one team did wear a visiting jersey, maybe it is part of a mind set that kept him from having a winning record in the game.

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    • Florida should never be first regardless of who they are playing.

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  4. Hardcoredawg 93

    I hope Richt wins a National Championship the year after Georgia does.

    God bless that guy.

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  5. PTC DAWG

    Good stuff.

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  6. 81Dog

    who cares which school they want to mention first? Back in the 80s, when we were busy owning the Gators, we would always rush back to Atlanta on Sunday so we could get home in time to watch the Charley Pell Show. We were endlessly entertained by Charley after a Gator loss. Charley was also famous for snottily correcting reporters, etc. that it was the “FLORIDA-Georgia game.”

    Me, I could give a rat’s ass which school anyone mentions first. Ain’t got a thing to do with who wins. I just care about winning the game, which at the moment, is a matter of great discomfort to me. But I was there in 85 when number 1 ranked Florida got hammered in the FLORIDA-Georgia game by huge underdog UGA with a handful of “rinky dinky backs” like Tim Worley, Keith Henderson, et al.

    Just win, baby.

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    • MGW

      Thats like saying, “Who cares if you spell it color or colour?” We’re Americans and its color, damn it. Its Georgia-Florida and it matters.

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      • 81Dog

        I always call it Georgia Florida, or just “the Florida game,” if that matters to you. I could give a damn what Florida people call it, or anyone else calls it, as long as they have to call it a Georgia win.

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        • Just Chuck (The Other One)

          You can’t go wrong if you just call it the “Cocktail Party”. Everyone knows automatically what game you’re talking about.

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    • Honestly, why do we even mention Florida at all?

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  7. Debby Balcer

    A DGD indeed. Once a DAWG always a DAWG!!!

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    • It’s things like this that remind me of how disappointing it was that they axed this guy. I hope more than anyone that it works, but I thought then and think now that we’d be in good shape (6-1) going into tomorrow had we stayed the course. It’s done and I’m hoping we replicate “the process” in Athens without the unseemly baggage, but it’s still sad.

      I wanted to see CMR carried off in Pasadena or Glendale etc.. having gotten there doing things the way they are supposed to be done. Oh well. Beat them damn gators!

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      • Biggus Rickus

        They’d likely be 5-2 or 4-3, regardless. There would still be a lack of offensive line talent, receivers and pass rushers. They’d still be playing a bunch of underclassmen. On top of that, the biggest bright spot among the assistants, Pruitt, was going to be gone.

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        • This. It was going to be a damn near complete rebuild no matter what. Schotty and Pruitt were none. Sale too.

          So we were looking at new DC, OC, and OL coach no matter what, with the same flawed roster with no OTs, an 18 year old QB, and only one upperclassman DL.

          It was going to be a mess no matter what.

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        • Lots of unfounded assumptions here. But hell if you make up enough facts up in your head, you can be right about anything.

          That offensive line did ok last year until the first play vs. UT. I really don’t think that Nick (or Sony) had any issues running the ball save the Alabama game, but who doesn’t? This year we struggle against Nicholls and Vandy to run the ball with the same linemen. Different scheme, different results.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            They lost two starters off that line. And what was made up? What were the assumptions. Everyone knew Pruitt was gone.

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            • “Everyone” was making assumptions. I say if CMR stayed, CJP would have stayed. Will would be at Bama and Smart and Tucker at USCe.

              Our issues aren’t at the tackle positions. They are on the interior. Those are pretty much the same guys as last year. They are trying to power block with players better suited for zone blocking.

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  8. Macallanlover

    Who can be surprised that CMR would remain classy and loyal? In fifteen plus years, he never missed a step, don’t expect him to now. Despite the shoddy treatment for the past several years, he remains a man of integrity and character, He loved UGA and Athens and will always be a DGD regardless of the haters’ comments and character assassination. And, anyone who says Florida/Georgia should be corrected…on the spot.

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    • Hardcoredawg 93

      Mark Richt is a class guy and that is all that needs to be said about that .

      I don’t think too many here are attacking the guy’s character as you say- with the exception being one guy saying he purposely threw last year’s UF game. Are there other instances of attacking the man’s integrity I am missing? Maybe there are as I don’t read every single comment but my take is that few are attacking Richt the man.

      Now, Richt the coach is a different story. The nature of this blog and this season there are going to be continual comparisons of Richt versus Kirby and rehashing Richts tenure like the Bauta post today.

      It is not “character assassination” to point out Richt had some coaching blind spots and did some dumb crap during his tenure. Not everyone is a “hater” if you are not in the mindset that Richt was a great coach.

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      • Cojones

        And that’s happened to Kirby already with the blind spots and the dumb crap, but I don’t want him characterized that way any more than I want Richt characterized that way. You can take your description and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

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        • Hardcoredawg 93

          Maybe consider changing your name from Cojones to Mr. Sensitive?

          Again, the nature of this blog is going to bring out continual discussion of Richts tenure- which was not all sunshine and rainbows or he would be in Jax right now with the Dawgs.

          Lighten up.

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          • Cojones

            You might consider doing the same with the idiotic opinionated view of the coaching ability that won us 10 games/season.

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            • Hardcoredawg 93

              Was not quite 10 games a season. But, go ahead and round up to inflate what really happened.

              Also, we play a twelve game schedule and everyone goes to a bowl so really it is a 13 game season. So, if some other coach had a 9.7-3.3 record would you consider that a “great” accomplishment?

              Also, I made the comment Richt did some dumb stuff- hey, did you happen to catch the Senators post today about Bauta starting the Cocktail party last year? That is an example of a dumb move or are you going to argue that was a great coaching ?

              Take your red and black goggles off and accept that we have averaged 4 losses a season this decade and we have only had 2 good seasons since 2005. Not exactly “greatness”.

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          • AthensHomerDawg

            Hey …don’t harsh my mellow. LOl.
            Seriously, that constant critical analysis of CMR tenure does grow tiresome. Not shaking my keyboard at you in particular…just sharing.😉

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            • Hardcoredawg 93

              Got it. I thought I was doing okay until Cojones told me to stick my comments up my keister. Probably should’ve let it go.

              I like Richt. I typed earlier I hope he wins a national title the year after Ga does.

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            • Hardcoredawg 93

              By the way, is that your dog? I have an Olde English that looks just like that.

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      • Macallanlover

        Actually, there was a continual stream of attacks last year specifically that you must have missed. The new one is certainly a weird one, but the others went well beyond on the field complaints. Look, I get the school of thought that 10-12 years can generate a “we need fresh thinking, more energy” type comments, happens in business management, coaching, etc., but our group of fanatics went far beyond, to the point it split the fan base (much like what has happened in our over all society) where there can be no civil dialogue or remembrance of what he accomplished.

        Just like your position that he didn’t coach the bowl game so he didn’t win 10 games last year, why would anyone deny that wasn’t his team against PSU? This program won 40 games the last 4 years. Period. And it was Mark Richt’s program, good or bad. And it was damned good for almost all of this century, much better than our “norm”. Yet some would throw him off a cliff if they could and never allow us to be united over their zealous feelings, regardless of hoe irrational they might be. Yep, I resent that. Change could occur without the animosity, and we could all look at the good position we have been in…except for some small minds who want to stomp on a good man, and a solid coach who left us better than he found us. I just hope it hasn’t been squandered by shallow, myopic thinkers. I support KS and hope he does great, but there is no need for the continued drivel thaty keeps the flames of last fall burning. Some need to grow up, but I am not sure it is an age thing that prevents it, just small minds.

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    • Billy Mumphrey

      I’d allow myself to be treated shoddily for $4mil/yr

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  9. Mayor

    This is exactly what is wrong. We argue about which team’s name comes first but ignore that the game is played as an away game for Georgia every year leading to an insanely one-sided result for comparable programs. See Reservoir Dawg’s post above about how he is married to an FU grad and the Dawgs are 8-20 during his 28 years of marriage.

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  10. I like to call it “The Jacksonville Game.”

    I once read – here, I think – a Gator comment that he hated Georgia fans because they called it “The Jacksonville Game” which made him feel like we didn’t even consider the fact that there was another team involved. It demeaned him and his team, he felt. I’m sure this was an old, pre-Spurrier Gator fan who dealt with a lot of what we’ve had to deal with over the last 25 years. You know? Showing up with the better team and losing by 15-20 points kind of crap.

    So, in honor of that one Florida fan and of those happier times of long ago when we knew we were going to win, I call it “The Jacksonville Game.”

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  11. Clearly more evidence that he purposely threw the Florida game last year for a golden parachute exit while secretly negotiating the Miami job.

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  12. AusDawg85

    Grizzard and Munson are rolling in their graves…

    By God Dammit….let’s get this clear and straight RIGHT NOW!!

    It’s GEORGIA / florida.

    It’s DAWG, not dog.

    It’s RED & BLACK, not black and red.

    The BRITCHES (not pants) are SILVER, not gray or grey.

    The “G” is ours and we let Green Bay and the others use it with our blessing. (spoils of trademark war).

    Only we play BETWEEN THE HEDGES.

    It’s the WLOCP.

    It’s UGA (uhhhh guhhhh) not (ooooohhhh guhhhh).

    I could easily go on, but you Get The Picture. This are permanent, irrefutable, God given traditions. If you can’t abide and think it’s ok to alter any of these, please turn in your DAWG tags on your way out and don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

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    • Cojones

      Wouldn’t mind seeing “Junkyard Dawgs” resurrected as well.

      It’s “Sic’um”, not “psyche’um”. Sometimes the players and coaches get that mixed up.

      It’s “Step on their Dicks”, not “Step on their Johnnys”.

      It’s “The Georgia Game/FU” without any other clear choice.

      God, I hope we ream their butts this year. My annual tailgate with Ga/FU fans starts tomorrow afternoon. Lotta beer drankin’, BBQ eatin’ and some adults treating glaucoma out in the middle of the country near Quincy, Fl.

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      • I too keep hoping to see a Dawg Defense that reminds me of:
        The Junkyard Dawgs. Those were the days my friend.
        I am also a Richt Supporter & a Lifelong “Gator Hater”.
        However, I am still an Avid Dawg Fan & I support them completely.

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  13. Back In The Day, I went to 39 out of 40 GEORGIA / Florida Games.
    I have never been to a Florida / GEORGIA Game; Whatever That Is.
    Florida never comes first whoever they are playing.
    It IS always the (Opponent) / Florida Game.
    Go Dawgs And Go You Silver Britches.

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  14. Rampdawg

    It is, and shall always be “The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” ,of which us Georgia folks throw the best of the aforementioned.

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    • Cojones

      Yeah, “Bottoms Up” takes on a sexual connotation for that game. The gal of the itinerant lawyer in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” had it right when she opined that no self-respecting gal wears panty hose to that game.

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