Driving a stake through the Spurrier era

Dan Mullen fanboy Mike Bianchi has some advice for Georgia.

Enjoy the 19-point victory, Georgia.

Cherish it.

Embrace it.

Appreciate it.

With Dan the Man in charge, you’re not going to be Dogging the Gators like this for very much longer.

Hoo wah!  That’s the kind of wishful thinking I read after Georgia broke through and won the 1997 Cocktail Party game.  How’d that turn out?

It’s not the bullshit that’s notable here — that’s pretty much Bianchi’s stock in trade — but the mindset.  Georgia has won back-to-back games in Jacksonville by more than 15 points for the first time since the 1940’s.  The Dawgs have won five of the last eight games in the series.  And now, even Florida cheerleaders like Bianchi have to acknowledge that Georgia has the upper hand.

Georgia has finally emerged from the post-1990 Spurrier framework, in other words.

Richt deserves credit for righting the Auburn and Georgia Tech series.  What Kirby’s done with the Gators is easily in the same class.  It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog these days, no?


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61 responses to “Driving a stake through the Spurrier era

  1. Brandon

    Truly the Georgia-Florida game hasn’t been the same since the Gator Stomp, the series is knotted 6-6 since then. Kirby has brought the return of the good guy beatdown version of the game though, and it’s a welcome sight.

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    • Muttley

      I’ll tell you what I’m done with now, perceptionwise: the CF media’s obsession with “hasn’t-since” every time Georgia wins in Jacksonville. This year it’s “hasn’t won a meeting with both teams in the top ten since 1983!” Sounds like something, but that covers maybe two, maybe three games- none of the last ten. Next year they’ll be marveling that 2019 is the first Gator team we’ve beaten that wore orange shoelaces at night since 1904.

      It’s all meant to imply that Georgia’s wins over Florida are still an anomaly. That hasn’t been true since 2013.

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    • Russ

      Yep. We evened it up after that, and Kirby has brought the “Kirb-stomp” to the gator chomp. Gators got about all they could out of their talent on Saturday and lost by 3 scores. They have a long way to go to get back to parity on talent.

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      • Muttley

        It was legit three times, in my opinion: 2011: first time we beat FU & UT in the same year since 1988 (that was a big one); 2012: first 2IAR since ’87-’89; 2013: first 3IAR since ’89.

        The Curse is long dead- this is the dawn of the Payback Era. Or as Wyatt Earp’s similar tour was called, the Vengeance Ride. Or as Al Capone said, kill ’em, burn their houses down, piss on their graves.


  2. Beer Money

    Given the personnel losses off of this Gator team for the upcoming 2019 season, coupled with the returning players and lack of departures on UGA’s side, plus the recruiting trajectories of both programs and prowesses of each respective coach, I could see another 2017-style thorough humiliation next year. It is all fluid obviously. But I don’t see where Bianchi is coming from at all here.

    Hell, Phil Steele had UF as his most improved team this year so it’s not like their improvement is that much of a surprise.

    Liked by 3 people

    • DawgByte

      Disagree. I don’t think we’ll see another 2017 game for a long time, primarily due to the fact Mullen ain’t no McElwain. To stay on top of this rivalry Georgia will have to continue to haul in Top 3 nationally ranked recruiting classes.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        Yeah, a lot of 2017 was the McElwain situation, and not so much that he was a terrible coach (okay, maybe he was) but just the whole situation: him mailing it in or the team quitting on him or a combination of the two. With a little planning and focus they could have played better last year. That said, if we can maintain ‘crootin’ and keep getting and retaining good coaches we have nothing to fear.


      • tbia

        Only thing about 2017 is that it could have been so much worse. I don’t know about Kirby and McElwain personally, but I feel Kirby TRULY dislikes Mullen.

        He may not let up in the future.


  3. Is this not the same guy who declared UCF national champions and went on Finebaum defending it? His opinion is worthless. He has zero credibility.

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  4. Uglydawg

    Bianchi must think Fromm and Fields are both seniors.
    Georgia team is going to be hell on wheels for the foreseeable future.
    This year is to clear the hiccups before the full and awesome onslaught of the Big Dawg eating.
    I’ll go ahead and predict that next year’s WLOCP will feature an epic beatdown of Florida…and Fromm will still only be a junior..

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    • 81Dog

      We are the youngest team in the SEC. Feleipe has 2 more years. You do the math. Buckle up you headgear, Jorts Nation. Winter is coming.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Gaskilldawg

      Yep. Our offensive line played 2 freshmen and 2 sophomores. A sophomore caught 2 TD passes. A sophomore ran for over 100 yards. A freshman played well at NG, and we rotated in sophomores. Our leading tackler was a sophomore. Our second leading tackler was a sophomore.

      I know UF will return a number of its starters, but we have beaten those guys by a cumulative 78-24.


  5. You know what that talk and overall mentality sounds like? UGA fans’ mentality during much of the 90’s and 00’s up till 7-8 years ago or so.

    Go ahead and file this article away for next year and the year after, as the talent gap between us is only widening from here.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Cpark58

      This. Despite the even record over the last few years this is the year when the mindset, and in turn the rivalry, shifted. They even busted out the alternate uniforms and got beat by 19.

      As I commented in a post from yesterday, I’ve seen this movie before and know exactly how it goes. I’m just glad to see the roles are reversed.


    • Dead on … also, we all really appreciated your work on Saturday.

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    • 79Dawg

      So what you’re saying is he basically copied a [insert year] Bark Madley or Sergeant Shultz article and swapped the name of the teams???


  6. RandallPinkFloyd

    Sounds like Mark Bradley on Paul Johnson.

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  7. Mike Bianchi is one of the true idiots in sports print media today. I’ll take Jeff Schultz over this dummy any day of the week.


  8. Governor Milledge

    Bianchi makes it sound like UF is still stuck on step 2 of the 12 step program (stuck on acceptance). Makes me feel even better that Florida has a few more years rehabbing in the woodshed.


  9. Biggus Rickus

    So when is he going to get this elite talent? At the moment, he’s sitting on a class of 8 four stars and 7 three stars. Even if they close as projected, they end up around 12th nationally. That’s nice, but it’s not going to close the talent gap. It will, in fact, be exactly where they have been.

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  10. Gaskilldawg

    Richt flipped the Tennessee series, too. We were 2-9 before Richt and Richt was 10-5.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Bulldog Joe

    Congrats to UF on their nineteen-point moral victory.

    On to Lexington.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Gaskilldawg

    Bianchi never called the game “The World’s Largest Outdoor Talent Disparity Party” in 1996, did he.

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  13. Al

    You can tell in his attitude and demeanor, even in the post-game press conference, that Kirby enjoys Florida wins a bit more. He takes all games seriously, but this one in particular. It’s almost like he came in saying he was gonna right the ship in Jacksonville. Plus, I think he really detests Mullen.


  14. Mick Jagger

    A couple of downers here:

    Thank goodness we aren’t in the SEC West – all 3 of Fromm’s losses from over there (none in Athens!).
    I hope Justin Fields isn’t their QB next year.

    On a positive note, beating FU sure feels good.


  15. Doug

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team/fan base flex harder after a three-TD loss than this bunch of brain surgeons.

    Funny how they’re always roasting Georgia fans for living in the past, yet it’s Gator Nation who appears to be planted squarely in 1996.


    • sniffer

      They have yet to process the fact that their most current BCS winning head coach quit in them. How could a guy ever willfully leave Gainseville? And then go coach somewhere else? Curiosity, both of their BCS winners chose to leave. I cant think of any other instance where a college coach won it all only to leave and coach elsewhere.


  16. Mayor

    Give CMR credit for righting the Tennessee series too.

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  17. W Cobb Dawg

    Enjoy the 19-point victory, Georgia. Cherish it. Embrace it. Appreciate it.

    And I’ll sleep like a baby for a year. On the other hand, gators will be waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat.

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  18. South FL Dawg

    They’re already acting like they’re better and gave us the win. Not just Bianchi.


  19. Erk's Forehead

    Florida Football: 12 Years of Tradition. 1996-2008

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  20. ChiliDawg

    I’m convinced no matter what the recent trends are, the sports media will find a way to selectively spew whatever record favors Florida. Coming into this game last week, I heard more than once “Florida has won 3 of the last 4 against Georgia.”

    That’s amazing. For years and years I had to listen to them reference the series record since 1990, as if we never played football before that, and now I guess that record doesn’t sound as one-sided, so we’re picking new start dates.

    So my question is this – which selective start point do they choose next year to make it sound like Florida isn’t on the wrong side of this one?

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    • 81Dog

      Next thing you know, Gators will start blaming the Electoral College for their woes, and we will know we have them for sure.


    • Otto

      Agreed, Gameday was looking at the series from 1990 over looking that the series has been a .500 game for the past decade. They will continue to push the home game story and the Florida belief that football started in the 90s with Spurrier.


    • Thorn Dawg

      You’re not questioning the media’s integrity, are you?


      • ChiliDawg

        Their integrity? Why? Did they claim Florida actually won or that the Gators had more fans at the game than any previous game in Georgia-Florida history?


    • j4k372

      “which selective start point do they choose next year to make it sound like Florida isn’t on the wrong side of this one?”

      They have won 3 of the last 5.


  21. 81Dog

    Mullen seems like the early leader for the 2018 Paul Johnson SPORTSMANSHIP Award, which is a golden skillet containing frying fish. However, Johnson himself is still a candidate, and can finish the drill with a subpar performance on the field and in the post-game presser in Athens. Maybe next year, Dan!


  22. Rampdawg

    Dear Mike
    This series has run in 20 yr. cycles of dominance for one team or the other since the 30s.
    30s and 40s all Dawgs.
    50s and 60s Gator time.
    70s and 80s Dawgs on top.
    90s and 00s dem Gaytahs
    10s is the start of a new 20 yr. cycle, and the Dawgs are up 5 to 3.
    To quote the late Jackie Gleason “How sweet it is.”


  23. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Mongo Ball? Mongo would have scored!!


  24. Macallanlover

    Was this guy a cheerleader in college? What happened to the UCF pom poms? What kind of credibility does a UCF faux title guy have (except in Florida with their tendency to slant the narrative and ignore the obvious. This type of nonsense is what some UGA fans have bought into for the last 28 years.

    Yes, FU will get better and the games will remain competitive, and spirited. But to ignore the changes and still continue to live in the 90s in the face of these two games, and the returning talent for next year, defies logic. Looks like UGA may find another nut to get us through the brutal winter. And, BTW, we are a younger team than FU so more returning guys with a higher ceiling for next year (you may recognize some of the names: Fromm, Swift, Holyfield, Bauta, Holliman, Thomas, LeCounte, etc.) Not saying that guarantees a UGA win, but more of a factor than Spurrier/Goff. Oh, Kirby has never lost a matchup against Mullen as a coach, and UGA has never come close to losing against a defense coached by Grantham.


  25. PTC DAWG

    Gator tears are the best tears.