Daily Archives: September 25, 2017

Moar peak Kentucky

I had to read this twice to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

Thank Gawd for extended support staffs, I suppose.

When someone says the SEC overall is down because of coaching, this is what they’re talking about.



Filed under SEC Football

There it is.

Georgia under Smart finally cracks the coveted 90% mark in Bill Connelly’s S&P+ performance percentage.

If you’re impressed by that, this will impress you even more.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Wedge issue

Sounds like Kirby Smart’s bought a ticket or two.

That’s what happens when you design your stadium seating for midgets.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

THERE’S your nooner.

Game time’s been set in Nashville.


Filed under Georgia Football

Calling Huntley Johnson

Shit just got realer in Gainesville.

Florida star receiver Antonio Callaway and starting tailback Jordan Scarlett were among the players charged with felonies on Monday by the state attorney’s office in Gainesville, Florida. Callaway, one of nine suspended players during the investigation, was charged with first-degree felony fraud/swindle obtaining property under $20,000 and felony fraud/impersonation for using or possessing another person’s ID without consent.

First degree felony fraud?  How far can the man get that knocked down?  And how fast?


UPDATE:  Wait — this only gets better.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators...

Returning to the Field of (Broken) Dreams

After Georgia’s last two trips to Neyland, and the carnage left in their wake, I’m apprehensive about the team’s health after this Saturday’s game.

Nick Chubb’s excited.  Somehow, I’m not surprised.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

It’s not true unless Mr. Conventional Wisdom says so.

The least hot take you’ll read today:


Filed under Georgia Football

Observations from the 45, crushing Mississippi State edition

The first and last plays of the game were the perfect bookends to a dominating night.  The defense came out to play, and play it did to the final whistle.  While Lorenzo Carter’s six-yard tackle for loss was a textbook example of talent, preparation and execution, Monty Rice’s stoning of the MSU tailback on the goal line as time expired on a 28-point victory was the perfect distillation of pride.

I am of a mind that Georgia’s only great when it fields a defense that is good enough to welcome it being on the field.  I can remember those moments during a game when it suddenly dawned on me the D was there:  the 2002 game against Florida, the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii (okay, that didn’t last long), the 2011 game against Mississippi State.

And Saturday night.

There was some junk yardage gained in garbage time, but, bottom line, Georgia’s defense took on a team that was averaging almost fifty points a game and held it to three.  More than that, you realized from the very first series it was on its game.  Players looked confident, did a superb job with contain (I can only remember a couple of plays when they were fooled) and were sure-handed with their tackling.

Damn, they looked good.

  • The reason Georgia was so dominant was that Saturday night was the time the offensive line and secondary turned in their best efforts of the season.  With regard to the former, that was the best pass protection I’ve seen through the first four games.  Fromm completed almost everything he threw out there.  A lot of that came because he had time to maintain his composure.  Run blocking wasn’t quite as consistent, but it was again the best of 2017.
  • Did Jeffrey Simmons play?  I kept listening for his name.
  • Run blocking may not have been totally consistent, but it was literally perfect on Nick Chubb’s touchdown jaunt out of the Wild Dawg.  (It was a jaunt because nobody laid a finger on him.)
  • Yes, Virginia, Georgia does have tight ends who can catch passes.
  • My only regret about Nauta’s touchdown catch was wasting Christian Payne’s wide open wheel route, but such is life.
  • I’ll miss Chubb and Michel next year, but I have a feeling D’Andre Swift is going to ease my regret.
  • Hardman made a nice catch on that slant throw.  I’m glad to see the slant making a comeback this year.  With the talent Georgia has in the slot, it should be deadly.
  • If there’s one stat that should make it easy to grasp how the game went, it’s Jake Fromm only attempting 12 passes.  It is remarkable watching his progress from week to week.  The completions were the big story, but the one time he elected to throw the ball away told me more in that regard.  A week or two before, he might have tried to make something out of that and paid a price for it.
  • I will admit that Mississippi State’s receivers were no great shakes, but that doesn’t take away from the secondary’s dominance.  Very few passes weren’t contested.  How much of that was the result of Malkom Parrish being back on the field in obvious passing situations I can’t say, but I have to think that helped. Even Tyrique McGhee had a terrific pass breakup on the goal line.
  • Deandre Baker played out of his mind all night; indeed, after a while, I began to wonder why they kept throwing in his direction.
  • Whoever told Kirby to take a chance on J.R. Reed deserves a bonus.
  • If you ever doubted Dominick Sanders’ ball hawking abilities, the move he made on his pick should convince you.
  • Roquan Smith.
  • The defensive line showed up, rotated and stayed fresh all game.  I might have liked a little more pass rush now and then, but they more than met the physicality of the MSU offensive line.
  • I will say this for Nick Fitzgerald.  He’s a tough kid.  He got smacked around pretty good by Georgia’s front seven when he ran, and, while he looked a little shaken a couple of times, kept going.  He didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers when he needed it, though.
  • Raise your hand if you thought both flags would get picked up on the play when Bellamy was initially called for targeting.
  • Special teams were just silly.  Zero return yardage, a 45.5 punting average and a 49-yard field goal from Blankenship that would have been good from at least another five yards out.  I could get used to that.
  • You don’t watch a dominating performance like that and quibble about the coaching.  Well, at least I didn’t.  However, that didn’t stop one dude a couple of rows in front of me from steadily bitching about how Chaney wouldn’t call any play action passes when Georgia was up by 28.  Or the guy after the game who patiently explained how disappointing it was that the offense didn’t score on every series in the first half.  Where’s Mike Bobo when you need him?  Never change, Georgia fans.
  • Seriously, I think we really got a taste of Chaney opening up the playbook.  Lots and lots of movement, everything from formation shifts to decoy jet sweeps, in an attempt to create mismatches and some space to offset teams loading the box to stop the run.  Much of it worked, too.  It’s nice to see what can be done when you have a little more confidence in your offensive line and quarterback, but bottom line, Chaney’s done a good job letting the running game set the pace.  With that defense and those special teams, why not?
  • Mel Tucker seems to be having fun and I can’t say I blame him.
  • As far as Kirby Smart goes, he’s got a team that’s playing confidently and that starts with him.  The quote I posted yesterday about the election to go with the flea flicker to start the game matched the vibe I felt all night, the feeling that Georgia’s staff had thoroughly absorbed what Mullen’s team brought to the table and felt it had the right stuff to handle them.  It was as good a prep job as I’ve seen come to fruition in Sanford Stadium.

Now, they just need to do it again.


Filed under Georgia Football

Monday morning buffet

Plenty to put on your plate.

  • Somehow, Notre Dame is in ESPN’s FPI top ten, but Georgia isn’t.
  • But Georgia is numero uno in special teams S&P+ this week.
  • And this advanced stats blog rates Georgia’s defensive effort from Saturday night the nation’s best of last week… yeah, I know… better than ‘Bama.  Somehow.
  • How many five-stars play for teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll?
  • Awesome story on Hal Mumme and the Air Raid offense here.
  • Alabama has won eighteen straight conference games.  Average margin of victory:  23.1 points.
  • “Is it possible the SEC might be just pedestrian enough, and Texas A&M just good enough, to save Sumlin’s job?”
  • These are not fun times to be a Missouri fan.
  • “By moving up four spots to No. 7 in the latest AP poll, Georgia has now been ranked in the Top 10 at some point during each of the last six seasons.”


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

Random Monday thought

Hey, how’s that whole “don’t mix politics and football” thing working out for some of you?

I guess Trump didn’t get the memo.


Filed under Political Wankery