Daily Archives: November 13, 2016

Deandre Baker has a message for you.

You’ll have to stay ’til the end to hear it.

Now, just keep it up, Dawgs.

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Musical palate cleanser, 2016 keeps getting suckier edition

I really hate this year.

Leon Russell, the longhaired, scratchy-voiced pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who moved from playing countless recording sessions to making hits on his own, died on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 74.

His death was announced on his website, which said that he had died in his sleep but gave no specific cause.

If you don’t know much about Russell except for a couple of hits, his career was remarkable.

With a top hat on his head, hair well past his shoulders, a long beard, an Oklahoma drawl in his voice and his fingers splashing two-fisted barrelhouse piano chords, Mr. Russell cut a flamboyant figure in the early 1970s. He led Joe Cocker’s band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, appeared at George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh and had hits of his own, including “Tight Rope.” His songs also became hits for others, among them “Superstar” (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, “Delta Lady” for Joe Cocker and “This Masquerade” for George Benson. More than 100 acts have recorded “A Song for You,” a song Mr. Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes.

By the time Mr. Russell released his first solo album in 1970, he had already played on hundreds of songs as one of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles. Mr. Russell was in Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound Orchestra, and he played sessions for Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, the Ventures and the Monkees, among many others. He is heard on “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds, “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert, “Live With Me” by the Rolling Stones and all of the Beach Boys’ early albums, including “Pet Sounds.”

My favorite performance of his was from the aforementioned Concert for Bangladesh, where he delivered a rollicking version of “Jumping Jack Flash/Youngblood”.

Vaya con Dios, my man.

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“The way we played tonight, they could have had anybody back there.”

As you’re well aware, I am loathe to make any major pronouncements about where the program is headed under Smart based on what we’ve seen so far this season.

However, I can’t deny what I saw last night was what Smart saw, too.

“It was a great job by Mel Tucker and the defensive staff,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “Those guys work really hard. … Those players believed they were going to stop them. They believed every time they went back out on the field they were going to stop them. And they did. I’m really proud of that and those players, who have bought in.”

Really, outside of Auburn’s one scoring drive, the defense played well in the first half.  But things really seemed to kick up a notch after Maurice Smith scored Georgia’s only touchdown of the game.

Davin Bellamy’s very much right about one thing: I don’t care who was banged up on that Auburn offense; you don’t shut a team out on first downs for an entire half without playing lights out football.  I watched confident players who knew their roles in the scheme and I watched confident coaches deploy their personnel to maximum effect, particularly on blitzes.

In short, last night made me feel the exact opposite of this.  It’s a nice place to be.  I should say, though, I felt was there once before, after Georgia’s defense played a great game against Mississippi State in 2011.  Two seasons later, that turned out to be a false dawn.

So I think I’ll leave things for now by thinking that last night was a terrific effort by all from which to build.  If it leads to great things, I’ll look back at that pick-six as the start of something big.  In the meantime, I’ll savor last night on its own merits.

Way to play, guys.

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Meanwhile, from an alternate universe

This Auburn football highlight clip from yesterday’s game is almost as short as the proverbial Jewish Sports Legends book pamphlet article.

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Rest easy.

Before you dismiss this suggestion entirely out of hand (rivalry game!), remember that Nick Saban’s coached in the NFL before.

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This week, in greatness

This is pretty amazing:  outside of Florida, the entire rest of the SEC East is underwater in scoring in conference play.

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When karma comes a-callin’

Harbaugh had his staff redecorate the visitor’s locker room before the game.  Maybe they should have used that time for game prep.

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