Daily Archives: August 30, 2017

They’re gonna need a bigger courtroom.

What can you say?

Well, this.

24 Comments

Filed under Gators, Gators...

A beer and a fashion statement

Courtesy of reader Bourbon Dawgwalker, I’ve been alerted to what sounds like a stylishly refreshing malty beverage.

jorts

If that doesn’t sell you, see if this doesn’t set your mouth watering.

Jorts Munchen Lager

Randy exhaled a shallow sigh of temporary relief. His Gators just made first down with a minute and a half to go. All they need is a few more yards to go to be within kicking range. Three points to win the game. Dagnumit, they really need this win after their loss last week. Adjusting his favorite shorts that he had fashioned from his favorite pair of Wranglers, Randy remembered those ribs smoking on the grill need to be flipped. His lawnchair creaks as he gets up. Ambling over to his Weber, he grabs another pale lager from the cooler.

Randy sounds like fun.

Finally, there’s this.

Jorts and boots… yeah.

Sadly, it doesn’t appear that Jorts is distributed outside of the Northwest.  Sure would make for a great addition to any Dawg’s Cocktail Party cooler.

7 Comments

Filed under Gators, Gators..., I'll Drink To That

Make point spreads great again.

Once upon a time, Georgia would occasionally blow out an opponent.

I realize that Oregon State isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but it is a P5 program.  Mike Bobo’s team managed to put up more points against the Beavers than the Dawgs did last season against Nicholls and Louisiana combined.

33 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Son of Montana Project

I received an email today from Mike Browning, who’s started the official UGA alumni chapter in Great Falls, MT, and asked if I might spread the word about the shindig being planned out there to watch the Appalachian State game.

That is a no-brainer on my part.

If you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you drop in.  My hope is that they get more than 100 folks to show up, if only to let Stewart Mandel know we’re everywhere.  GATA!

13 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

“I can just no longer be in that cheerleader’s spot.”

Ed Cunningham has been a college football analyst for Mickey for the better part of two decades.  He just resigned his job because he’s grown uneasy with the risk of brain trauma associated with the sport.

Football has seen high-profile N.F.L. players retire early, even pre-emptively, out of concern about their long-term health, with particular worry for the brain. But Cunningham may be the first leading broadcaster to step away from football for a related reason — because it felt wrong to be such a close witness to the carnage, profiting from a sport that he knows is killing some of its participants.

“In its current state, there are some real dangers — broken limbs, wear and tear,” Cunningham said. “But the real crux of this is that I just don’t think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it’s unacceptable.”

… He made it plain that he was not becoming an antifootball evangelist. The sport’s long-term success hinges on moving more urgently toward safety, especially at the youth and college levels, he said. He has pointed suggestions on ways to make the game safer.

But he grew weary of watching players be removed from the field on carts with little ceremony. (“We come back from the break and that guy with the broken leg is gone, and it’s just third-and-8,” he said.) He increasingly heard about former players, including former teammates and peers, experiencing the long-term effects of their injuries, especially brain trauma.

“I know a lot of people who say: ‘I just can’t cheer for the big hits anymore. I used to go nuts, and now I’m like, I hope he gets up,’ ” Cunningham said. His eyes welled with tears. “It’s changing for all of us. I don’t currently think the game is safe for the brain. And oh, by the way, I’ve had teammates who have killed themselves. Dave Duerson put a shotgun to his chest so we could study his brain.”

Makes you pause and think, if nothing else.

23 Comments

Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

The fine line between competition and a short leash

Rex Robinson makes a good point here:

“Once they choose a guy, he needs to be the guy,” Robinson told me. “You don’t want to go back and forth. You don’t want to do that at any position, particularly at quarterback and kicker. You don’t want that in the back of his mind: ‘Hey, if I miss a kick I might get pulled, or if I throw an interception I might get pulled.’ They need to have confidence that they’re going to be the guy. However that plays out, whoever wins the job, I hope they stick with them for a while.”

The trick is finding the sweet spot of keeping a player properly motivated to perform his best while not promoting the mind set of having someone constantly looking over his shoulder.  An even bigger trick is having to recognize that every player has a different sweet spot.

Chip Towers goes on to doubt that Robinson’s advice will be heeded by the coaching staff.

That’s good in theory for sure, but it’s doubtful that’s the way Smart and company will handle it. That certainly hasn’t been this staff’s M.O. so far. I’m sure Blankenship’s job is going to be only as secure as his last game performance.

Now, if it turns out that’s the best way to motivate Rodrigo, all well and good.  (It certainly is similar to the way the place kicking job was managed early last season.)  Nobody would argue that honest competition shouldn’t bring out the best in competitors. It just seems to me that if you want your players playing fast and not overthinking their roles, you have to know how far you can push them.

21 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

Name that caption, Gator fashionista edition

If you can’t do something in the comments with this…

… you ain’t tryin’.

22 Comments

Filed under Name That Caption

“Why am I up there?”

Finally, the story can be told.

9 Comments

Filed under Nick Saban Rules

Attention to detail

So, I’m reading Seth Emerson’s report on yesterday’s practice and came across this comment from Smart:

“Y’all are incredible. I’m getting reports during practice and everybody is telling me that Kendall Baker is the starting right guard,” Smart said. “It amazes me where some of this come from. Kendall Baker is in competition with Dyshon Sims, he’s in competition with Solomon Kindley, he’s in competition with Pat Allen, and to be honest with you, those four at guard are really about dead even.

“That’s just where it is. I know you all want to know who the starters are but there’s not a starter right now.”

Is it just me, or does that sound like Kirby actually has staffers monitoring what the beat writers post during practice and have them report that to him in real time?  Good Lord, no wonder they had to beef up support.  Talk about leaving no stone unturned…

********************************************************************

UPDATE:  I guess it’s not just me.

49 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

Woke

I can only begin to imagine the shitstorm that would entail from this:

What would happen if a star college football player, particularly at a high-profile school in the deep South, wore a Black Lives Matter shirt during warmups or used a postgame media session to talk about police brutality and racial profiling rather than the game?

What would the consequences be for the school? What kind of pressure would conservative white fans put on the coach to denounce it publicly? And in turn, what would the recruiting consequences be for the coach if he tried to silence or stifle a player bringing light to an issue?

If a coach tried to silence free speech by, say, revoking a scholarship, I think there would be more consequences than just on the recruiting front.

I guess we’re lucky college football players are still in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem.

59 Comments

Filed under College Football, Political Wankery