Monthly Archives: November 2016

I have seen the future.

If you’re looking for one legitimate reason to be excited about Georgia football right now, Bud Elliott hangs one out there for you.

Speaking of the SEC East, Georgia had a bad opening season under Kirby Smart, but the Bulldogs have 13 blue chip commitments, and the rest of the SEC East has 18 combined.

If there’s one unequivocal area of success in Smart’s first year on the job, it’s what he’s done on the recruiting trail.  And given the mess that is the current SEC East, if he can create the kind of talent gap Elliott suggests with that information*, that would go a long way towards getting Georgia back on the road to Atlanta on a consistent basis, learning curves and buying in notwithstanding.

*the standard it’s not February yet caveat applying, of course.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Look on the bright side

Georgia doesn’t make the list of this ESPN roundtable discussion of the SEC’s biggest disappointments.  Things are already looking up!

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Today, in up is down

Loran Smith, playing the “stay the course” card for Kirby Smart’s benefit, totally loses me with this nugget:

It is an old story, a latent trend which has plagued the Georgia program in recent years.  There often has been no killer instinct. Putting teams away has been an issue for some time.  The Nichols State game was not exactly an anomaly.   The Colonels were simply better than Georgia in many areas with regard to personnel.

If that’s not the result of poor editing, that is the most delusional thing I’ve seen all season.  Nicholls didn’t finish its season with a winning record and we’re supposed to believe a 5-6 FCS squad was competitive from a talent standpoint with Georgia?  Oh, puh-leeze.

If that’s the case, Kirby Smart is the SEC coach of the year, hands down.

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Subjectivity is the drug.

This is a lovely ode to why the college football playoff should remain capped at a four-team field.  For all its good intent, there is one hugely ironic paragraph in the middle.

… Take Saturday’s edition of The Game. If both teams knew that, win or lose, they were probably getting into the postseason field, would they have tried any less hard? Of course not. But would there have been less energy in the Horseshoe once that game got rolling, less intensity during the overtime period? Of course. Ask any NFL player or coach who has been involved in a late December game with a division title on the line … and two teams with records good enough that one is going to get a wild-card invite anyway. That’s how the conference championship games used to feel, even during the latter half of the BCS era. Perhaps two would matter. This weekend, they will all be in play, just as they have been during the previous two editions of the playoff.

The irony lies in that Michigan sits at number five in this week’s selection committee rankings, on the cusp of getting in to the playoffs in the event something goes south with Clemson and/or Washington.  I guess it’s a good thing that it wasn’t a lock before The Game was played last weekend, but what’s the message being sent if, in the end, two teams from the Big Ten make the postseason without winning their division, let alone the conference?

The message will inevitably be that the postseason wasn’t inclusive enough.  That’s what you get when you allow the selection process to be an opaque, touchy-feely affair. So, while I don’t disagree in the slightest with this sentiment…

This is supposed to be hard, isn’t it? After all, it is the postseason of America’s second-biggest sport. And what makes this sport so unique, what separates it from the NFL, is a level of passion and a degree of difficulty that exist nowhere else.

As such, is expanding the College Football Playoff field, a move that would inarguably pave an easier road to a postseason berth, going to stoke those fires? Not a chance. It would sprinkle water on them.

… I think it doesn’t matter.  As long as there’s more money and as long as there’s sentiment to make the playoffs more inclusive, there will be incentive to grow them.  As for the excitement, Bill Hancock will still be there selling that; it’s just that the focus will shift more and more to what happens in the postseason.  The passion will slide from four vs. five to eight vs. nine to whatever comes.

Subjectivity in selecting a national champion is both college football’s unique blessing and curse.  It’s to the sport’s credit that, at least for now, it does make a real effort to construct a postseason field driven by regular season excellence.  (Not to mention that a significant part of the fun of being a college football fan is arguing about which teams are most deserving.)  The down side is that it leaves itself open to the irresistible urge to fix any problems of random unfairness in a given year by expanding the opportunity to participate.

And when you take that down side and add to it the likelihood of greater financial rewards to the system for creating new product, along with giving coaches new standards for job security, you’re really greasing the skids.  That’s how you get to a 68-team field (almost expanded to 96, remember) for March Madness before you know it.

Needless to say, I don’t see this stopping any time soon, no matter how much energy is felt in the Horseshoe.

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Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Oregon fired its head coach yesterday.  Given that Mark Helfrich was just two years removed from coaching in a national championship game, the move had a real SEC flavor to it.

But Oregon managed to elevate the situation with some first-class dickishness. Check out what the school sent out yesterday.

Nice.  I’d throw out some “stay classy, Oregon” advice, but that train appears to have already left the station.  If there were any justice, that would chill the bidding for Helfrich’s replacement, but let’s face it — the Ducks can throw enough money around to make anybody swallow their qualms about that.

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Filed under It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football

A decade of bloviation

I forgot to mention yesterday that the blog turned ten.  As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having a good time.

Anyway, it’s been a blast.  And thanks to everyone who visits, whether you comment or are content to sit back and read.  You’ve all helped grow this place from the tiny drop of water it was at the start to the small pond it is today.  GTP is a great place and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Oh, and thanks again, Reggie Ball.  I couldn’t have done this without you, dog.

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Why I hate SEC conference scheduling, in two tweets

Pathetic, Greg Sankey.  Just pathetic.

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