Today, in Kirby gets it

Geez, this is good.

Kirby Smart stood before his Georgia football team, as he usually does at team meetings, and took a poll: Everyone in here who has beaten Florida, Smart asked them, please stand up.

There were a few awkward moments.

Nobody stood.

“It was sobering,” senior tight end Jeb Blazevich said. “With so much praise going on, on the outside, it’s like, Guys this is where we’re at. Nobody has beaten these guys.”

Take the field with the heat of a thousand suns, boys.  No prisoners.

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80 responses to “Today, in Kirby gets it

  1. Russ

    Brutal, but a good part of the process. Kirby damned sure gets it.

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  2. Jared S.

    I find that I really like Kirby Smart.

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  3. Granthams replacement

    Now punish the gayterds until they never want to play football again.

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  4. Spike

    GATA boys!!

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  5. Sportsdawg

    Great way to start the week of practice and make sure the Dawgs are in the right frame of mind!

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  6. Chi-town Dawg

    I love it! Sounds like something right out of the movie Hoosiers!

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  7. 81Dog

    Kirby ought to show them the 4th quarter of Spurrier’s one trip to Athens, especially the bullshit pass for a TD at the very end. Then show them the last 2 minutes of the 2008 game with the bullshit TOs. Then show them the last 2 minutes of the last 3 years (which all the seniors should remember, anyway)

    I hope we go in there cold hearted and just do what we have done all year: GATA and punish the opposition every single play, start to finish.

    and if we can throw a double reverse pass for a TD in the last minute to go over 50 and win by 40 plus, I am good with it.

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    • Granthams replacement

      And after the first 3 TDs, go for 2 every time

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    • Got Cowdog

      I remember the GPOOE throwing that little POS jump pass, or faking it then ducking in for the score. I remember their inexorable drives for scores late in games that seemed to take entire quarters when we desperately needed possesions. I remember missed blocks and third down sacks, fumbles and interceptions’
      I want the hated gators to feel futility and helplessness. I want them to stomp away from their big screens, unable or unwilling to watch. I want them posting on their message boards post game questioning the ancestry of their AD and Coaching Staff. I want alcohol sales to double in Gainesville next week. I want UF fans to boycott McElwaine’s BBQ Sauce.
      If “Run Lindsey run” tore out a heart, I want Saturdays drubbing to be the soul crushing kind, slowly, drive by drive, squashing the will from them until, sometime in the late third quarter, the little red light in their eye goes out, just like in when the machine crushes the Terminator at the end of the movie.
      No mercy.

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  8. RandallPinkFloyd

    Back in 2010, I was really convinced we were about to turn the tide on this series. I was convinced that Aaron Murray would have the moxie it took to take control of this series. He was a freshmen, he wasn’t there for all of the times we froze up in Jacksonville, and he wouldn’t feed into the collective choke job that we’d seen so many times. While we lost the 2010 game, Aaron did end up with a 3-1 record against Florida (he owes a lot of that to Todd Gurley and Jarvis Jones).

    Unfortunately, the Gators have taken the last 3 and here we are in 2017 still talking about why UGA is such a head case in Jacksonville. Let’s hope Fromm is that freshmen QB who can start a winning streak against the Gators and Kirby is the coach that will help us to sustain that success against the Gators for years to come.

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    • James Stephenson

      Murray kept us in that game though, as a Freshman. Now granted the INT to end the game sucked. The freshman giveth and the freshmen taketh.

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  9. And Smart only beat them once as a player while the rest were lopsided losses. He understands like only a tiny handful of coaches could because he’s experienced it…as a fan, player and coach of UGA. This is personal and I’m sure we’ll get a little taste of that after we win Saturday. This is gonna be the culmination of a couple decades of bullshit for this program.

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  10. Remember the Quincy

    I’m guessing Kirby was the only one standing, since he was on the 1997 team that beat Florida.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      I know you meant as a Bulldog. But I will gleefully add that DC Kirby contributed to Timmy sobbing uncontrollably after that a$$whuppin bama gave fu in the secc.

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  11. Dawg151

    You know, I’m of a different mind, here: For the past 2 1/2 decades, Florida teams have played mind games with Georgia with great success. It has led to a literal sh*t ton of unforced Bulldog errors in the game that has seen plenty a talented-enough Georgia team on the losing end of the scoreboard when the clock hits 0:00. Florida players verbally and physically (remember the eye-gouge incident?) taunt Georgia players into mistakes…and it’s like Groundhog Day every Halloween. We take the bait and find ourselves hooked.

    This year, the Gators are starting the tricks from the get-go…and (if you’ll allow me to play Devil’s advocate here) we’re falling for it. Instead of treating Florida like another business trip in much the same way we did with Tennessee and Vandy, we’re posting pictures of previous games in the locker room and will no doubt have Gator player comments repeated throughout the week. We’re reminding ourselves of the mental hex the Gators have over us…and there is just as much of a chance of that carrying over onto the field of play as there is of us coming out spitting nails.

    I wish everyone…from Kirby on down to the graduate assistants…would just take it all in stride and remain focused on what it is they need to do. Florida is simply another obstacle…just like Miss State…just like Tennessee…and Vandy…and Missouri. They’re not worth any extra juice as long as every opponent brings out our maximum effort and focus. Let Florida talk and treat this as another business trip. Energy and passion? Yes..of course…but don’t fall for Florida’s games. Don’t be so distracted by and focused on the trash talk that you forget to pay attention to the details and what brought you to this point: the hard work, focus, and determination to play sound, high-intensity, fundamental football for 60 minutes or however long it takes for the opponent to buckle under that weight.

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    • I can see this both ways. Either embrace the reality or ignore it. Truth be told I’m not sure it’ll matter much come 3:39 this Saturday. But you make some good points on perhaps falling victim to making this game more than it should be.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Smart used the running game failures of a year ago to motivate the offensive line before Vandy. That seemed to go okay. For some of you people, there is literally nothing that would keep you from thinking the team’s going to shit the bed.

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      • 2013 (should have been a blowout) and 2014 literally broke me on this game. It’s not a Kirby thing, it’s a Georgia needs to get out of its own damn way thing for me to truly feel like something bad isn’t about to happen in this game. Really enjoying this season, but it’s hard not to be cautiously optimistic given all the weird shit that seems to happen down in Jacksonville to Georgia teams over the last 30 years.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I understand it on some level. I’m just not of the opinion that past experience matters much. Georgia dominated the series until it didn’t. The same will be true of Florida.

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    • ChiliDawg

      Richt treated Florida like just another business trip.

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      • Otto

        “I don’t know what’s going to happen. But when people ask me the question, ‘Do you really think [Jacksonville] is a neutral site?’ I say, ‘No, it’s not neutral.’ When you play in the state of Florida every year –- we fly, they drive; it’s hotter for us, it’s cooler for them. It’s played in a stadium that [used to be called] the Gator Bowl. But what the heck? If nothing else, we’ll make Jacksonville pay more to keep it there. . . . I wouldn’t feel bad having a ‘neutral site’ game in Georgia – in the Georgia Dome.”

        Read more: http://sadovin.proboards.com/thread/21874/richt-problem-wlocp-jax?page=2#ixzz4wMSWkH6f

        He never seemed to embrace the game.

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        • Athens Townie

          Hard to embrace something when you’re gripping your ankles, clenching your teeth, and trying oh so hard to forget everything that just happened…

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          • Otto

            He is the coach, it is his job to win if the game is played in Wimbley Stadium, or Gainesville High School and maybe if he embraced it in the 1st place he wouldn’t be grabbing his ankles.

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        • Dawg in Lutz

          Both teams play on that field once per year. the time it takes both teams to get from campus to the game is about the same since the Dawgs fly and Gaytors drive. who cares if the fans have to drive or fly as they aren’t playing? the fans are 50/50 so no advantage there. the game comes down to who owns the LOS. we have to dominate there and we will.

          GO DAWGS!!

          UGA 35 FU 3

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      • diving duck

        …yeeaaaaa

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    • PTC DAWG

      Don’t be questioning Kirby…..

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      • BMan

        That’s sort of where I’m at, PTC. I respect Dawg151’s comments above, but in the end, I have to trust that Kirby has his finger on the pulse of this program. He knows when and how to push them, and he’s doing a great job of it.

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      • MLB2

        PTC, not sure if you remember some of our back and forth since the coaching change, but you are right. CKS is on it. BM is on it and everyone who matters to the football program is on it. Had a conversation with a major booster in Dallas who was shit faced and shares an affinity for Detroit collectible antiques as I do at an auction, told me how the interview went down. Kirby has complete control of the program. Pissed BM let us fans languish for 5 years because CMR ain’t a “Ga boy” but happy shit’s getting fixed.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      I see your point. Kirby has a tricky task of making sure we take this game seriously and also not take it so seriously that we psych ourselves out. i hope we come out loose and ready to attack rather than tightening up and making mistakes.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        For what it’s worth, I don’t think the team was at all tight last year. They just couldn’t block Florida’s front and got killed on field position.

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        • Russ

          Exactly, BR. For my money, the “mind game” stuff went away around 2010. We won three in a row from 2011-2013 because we had a better team. 2014, we did a face plant, 2015 and 2016 Florida had the better team.

          We’re 3-3 in this decade and 4-6 over the last 10 years. By and large, the better team has won over that period. This year, we overwhelmingly have the better team and it will show this Saturday.

          Kirby had the team as ready as they could be last year, but Florida’s defensive line just owned us, and nearly killed Eason. That’s not going to happen this year.

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  12. Argondawg

    So Bluto are you as depressed about the Wahoo choice of AD as I am? Surprised you haven’t at least given a blurb to the Georgia way moving to UVA

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    • I wrote something about it before and don’t have the heart to revisit it again.

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    • J Scott

      I hate to sound like an asshole, but I’m going to. This is why they hired her:

      “Williams becomes the first female African-American athletic director at a Power Five conference school and is the fifth active woman in the role at that Power Five level.”

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      • ChiliDawg

        Right, I’m sure it couldn’t be because she’s extremely well qualified for the job. A black woman couldn’t possibly be hired on merit, only out of political reasons that stole the job from a more deserving white man.

        You know, sometimes, just sometimes, the reason you people are labeled racists is because you actually are.

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      • Argondawg

        Kirby was thrilled today that she is getting this opportunity. I am sure he is. There is some truth to that J Scott. It is the main point in every headline about her hiring. I don’t mind that being the lead but wouldn’t it be nice if she also had the other accolades that come with being a part of an elite overall athletic program. UGA under McGarity is not that nor is it headed in that direction. UVA is in my humble estimation an elite university. This has train wreck written all over it.

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      • ChiliDawg

        *At Georgia, Williams had a hand in virtually all aspects of managing the athletic department, including as a top administrator for both football and women’s basketball. Williams was an all-Southeastern Conference guard for the Bulldogs, playing from 1985 through 1989.

        She has been at Georgia since 2004. Before coming back to work for her alma mater, Williams was associate director of athletics at Vanderbilt, where she oversaw 11 men’s and women’s sports.*

        But sure, she only got the job because she’s a black woman.

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        • Argondawg

          You need to calm down. I would have rather had Boo Corrigan the Army AD. I think he has a stronger resume with better ties to the University. Even with your blurb above she was not the most accomplished candidate. You screaming racist doesn’t change that.

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          • ChiliDawg

            And you googling for white men with more impressive resumes doesn’t change the fact that Carla is an extremely well qualified candidate, contrary to the narrative that you and the other toothless rednecks want to push.

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            • Argondawg

              You are totally screaming racist at the wrong person. I followed the hiring of the AD their because of my own academic ties to the University. You paint a ridiculous narrative about me and that’s fine. I did not need to google Boo Corrigan because I actually know him you dipshit.

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              • Argondawg

                Also I have met Carla on several occasions and she is a very nice lady. I just think Boo is a better fit. It’s kind of a catch 22. I’d rather not have Carla at UGA based on how she views our programs but if she was going to leave UVA would be my last choice for her just based on “The Georgia Way.”

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            • Tim in Sav

              Wow……..aren’t you the cunning linguist…..”toothless redneck”……. you sir are a fucking idiot

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            • PTC DAWG

              Wow, what a HIGH horse you have.

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            • Uglydawg

              So anyone that disagrees with you on this is a “toothless redneck”?
              “Racist”?
              You should practice what you preach, Chili.
              People can have a different opinion than you and still be decent folks.

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        • MLB2

          Hey Chili, you fake fuck, please shut the hell up!

          Derek! Where are you?!

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  13. ASEF

    Great way to start a week of practice. I am really not worried about excessive emotion for this team. It executes too well for some extra juice to throw things out of kilter.

    Jacksonville is going to be a war for 30 minutes. Then it is going to be a bloodbath.

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  14. jhorne2000

    If remember right, Spurrier did not treat it like a normal business trip. I’d have to think the mind trick Kirby is choosing has been tried a time or two or 20 in the last 27 years. I’d prefer to breed an attitude of disgust and superiority towards that team in Florida.

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    • Otto

      I can see the point and many have similar lines of thought and I will not say you are right or wrong. I can also see this as a line from the Saban school of keeping the team focused.

      Kirby has seemingly been able to get this team to play. Is anyone still questioning if UGA can score 40+? I will trust that Kirby has the pulse of this team.

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  15. Go Dawgs!

    When those Gators take the field on Saturday, we need to lock the damn gates behind them and not let them back out until every single one of them has had their will broken and they know in their souls that they’ve been beaten by the Bulldogs.

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  16. Stoopnagle

    He’s more concerned that we’re getting our heads full of being #3 than he is with any kind of ju-ju the Gators have on us.

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  17. Scott

    Recently I read that Brett Bielema mentioned one thing he likes about his job is that he only has to look at the day in front of him. Maybe that is the reason he risks losing his job. Conversely, I recently read Kirby praising the job Richt is doing at Miami…he said he noticed this when viewing Ga Tech film. Kirby doesn’t appear to be looking only at the day in front of him.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      We could all just ‘look at the day in front ‘ of us, and that is what the grasshopper did, and then the ant survived the winter while the grasshopper starved.

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  18. Macallanlover

    I think the “getting in the heads” meme is all about the fans, not the players. Most weren’t alive in the nineties when this all began in the Spurrier/Goff era. Our guys are fine, it is the fans who need to grow a pair.

    But I am curious about no one being at UGA in 2013, we don’t have any players in their 5th year? Never would have thought that. Win Saturday, which I fully expect, and it will be 4-4 over the last eight years, and begin to start our own streak.

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    • Boz

      Dude, 2013 is the forgotten class, except for Tray Matthews.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      We have a few redshirt seniors who were on the team in 2013 but, of course, did not play in the UF game or any 2013 games. Reggie Carter played in 2013 but he did not play in the 2013 UF game.

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    • hailtogeorgia

      Yeah…technically Brice Ramsey, Reggie Carter, Aulden Bynum, Davin Bellamy, Jordan Davis, and John Atkins were all on the 2013 team that beat UF, but none of them played.

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  19. Mg4life0331

    We ain’t won since Gurley. He was pretty good though.

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  20. Scorpio Jones, III

    The jury has only just left the room, but there is some evidence Kirby Smart may be a pretty good football coach. Jurors will get to view film Saturday night.

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  21. MLB2

    UGA being a half asses football program is over. PTC has been right all along. Kirby met with McGarity and the board for his interview and told them that he had the blueprint for winning from Alabama. It is very expensive and he must have total control of the program. Any objections and he would gladly go back to Tuscaloosa. The decision was theirs. UGA bought in and championships will follow.

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  22. Bulldog Joe

    Play under control and let Florida commit the stupid penalties.

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  23. Gaskilldawg

    I would love to get a defensive score or a special teams TD for a change. Our last special teams TD against Florida was Bobby Etter in 1964, for Pete’s sake! By contrast, UF has 3 special teams TDs in the past 6 games. Our last defensive TD in Jacksonville was in 1971 (we had a fumble return for a TD in Athens in 1995.) UF has had 8 defensive TDs from 1994 through now.

    It is about damn time we start getting defensive and special teams TDs, too.

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    • Minnesota Dawg

      Geez…sure seems like a while, but didn’t know it had been THAT long. I completely agree, though. ST and defensive scores go a long way in providing momentum and breaking the spirit of the other team. Time to even the scales.

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  24. Uglydawg

    Was Kevin Butler in the room? Maybe he was attending a class. And what happens when he graduates? Maybe he’ll be hired.

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