Daily Archives: November 19, 2018

“That tradition will cease.”

Man, there’s not gonna be some property destroyed Saturday afternoon.

If it’s up to the respective schools, there won’t be any hedges harmed this year even if Georgia Tech pulls off another upset of Georgia in this year’s renewal of the rivalry at Sanford Stadium.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Monday he has had conversations with Todd Stansbury, the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director, and they’ve agreed that no more property will be destroyed on either team’s field in the event that the visiting wins.

Of course, agreeing is one thing.  Preventing is an entirely different matter.  The only reason to wish for a Tech upset would be to watch McGarity race on to the field and physically confront Jacket players ripping up the hedges.

As much as I might enjoy that spectacle, this would be my preferred outcome:

“I’m excited to win this one and make sure those hedges don’t get touched,” junior tight end Isaac Nauta said. “It’s been the history of (the rivalry), but we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen this year by handling business when they’re on the field.”

Win one for the Gregster, boys.

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Not good

I didn’t want to hear this, Kirby.

He’s gonna need some ILBs to step up this week, that’s for sure.

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Someone’s mama should have raised him better.

Bless your heart, Brad.

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UPDATE:

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“I think that we realize we’ll have to play close to perfect.”

This would not be good.

Tech won at Sanford Stadium in 2014 and 2016. In 46 visits to Athens, the Jackets have put together a win streak just three times – 1950-52-54-56, 1998-2000 and 2014-16. The chance to join Boddy Dodd’s (sic.) greatest teams as the only Jackets teams to win three in a row at Sanford is an immense opportunity.

Let’s nip that one in the bud, boys.

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Thought of the day

That’s how you begin to spoil a fan base.

We’ve had bigger problems, though.

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Your handy Hate Week resource guide

Just a heads up for you peeps.  Don’t forget you have access to an invaluable research tool this week in Stingtalk.

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Observations from the 35, UMass edition

Well, Saturday was a landmark day.  No, not because of the 66 points scored or cracking 700 yards of total offense.

They played “Dooley’s Junkyard Dawgs” on the PA system.  It had been so long since I’d heard it in the friendly confines of Sanford Stadium that it took a couple of seconds to register.  Gracias!  (Also, Jimi Hendrix!?!?!  Didn’t see that one coming.)

Georgia didn’t cover, but not because the Dawgs went into a shell offensively in the second half, as I anticipated.  Instead, they played gracious hosts on defense and let UMass rack up plenty of second half points.

No reason to get too deep into the weeds, but let’s do some bullet points.

  • I think the points and yardage speak for themselves.  Georgia made it clear from its very first possession of the day that it could name the score.  You knew it was going to be a special day when the Dawgs converted on first and goal from the five.  (Yay, sarcasm.)
  • Really, any discussion of the offensive explosion has to start with Justin Fields, who had a remarkable day both throwing and running the ball.  It’s not every day the same player leads the team in rushing and passing yardage.  His first touchdown throw came under pressure and he threaded the needle beautifully.  He showed a nifty spin move to score on the ground and tossed in a couple of longer runs.  He also should have had another deep touchdown toss, had Robertson held on to another perfectly thrown ball.
  • That being said, it was Massachusetts.  He basically out-athleted the Minutemen defense all day long.  I didn’t see a lot of checking down from Fields on his pass attempts (and he got sacked one time when it appeared he was trying to go through progressions), so he’s still not ready to take Fromm’s starting job away.  That being said, he’s showing lots of improvement.  There should be little doubt of his value as a contributor now and when he really learns the offense, look out world.
  • By the way, that Fromm kid was perfect throwing the ball.  (344.08 passer rating.  I had to look it up.)
  • Tyler Simmons was onsides all day long and had himself a career game.  Man, that receiving corps is deep.
  • Over 400 yards of rushing and Holyfield and Swift had maybe 15 carries, combined.  They’ll be fresh for Tech, or at least as fresh as running backs can be in the twelfth game of the season.
  • James Cook in space is fun to watch.  More of that, please.
  • I sure thought Nauta was going to score on that catch.  In any event, it was a beautifully designed play that left him wide open in the middle of the field.
  • Defensively, things certainly could have been better, but when you realize your offense can score when it wants, it’s got to be a little harder to maintain an edge.  I imagine Kirby and Mel are more than a little miffed at the three big yardage plays the D gave up.
  • Stokes wasn’t perfect, but you saw on his pass breakup why he’s earned the start over Tyson Campbell.  Unlike Campbell, he turned to face the ball when he made the play.
  • Rice was missed on run defense.  That wasn’t too much of a worry Saturday, but…
  • Mixed bag on special teams.  I don’t know if Rodrigo was channeling his inner Jon Fabris or if his mechanics were off early, but those were some ugly directional kicks.  He did settle down.  James Cook turned in a nice kickoff return.  (Any idea why he wore Godwin’s jersey number on that play?)  Godwin inexplicably botched fielding a punt, which led to UMass’ first score of the day.  Overall, not the kind of results that you’d want to see against Tech or Alabama (duh).
  • Coaching?  Well, it’s hard to fault Chaney for much (not that some won’t try, of course).  As far as the defensive play goes, it certainly wasn’t Georgia’s A-game, but I have the feeling that the defense spent more time working on the triple option than it has in recent weeks — and reportedly, the defense practices against the TO every week.
  • I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the warm welcomes for Sony and Nick.  They looked happy being back.

It was fun to watch the offensive fireworks and good for Fields to experience a confidence booster like that.  But if one of your primary keys to the game was coming out of it injury-free, Rice’s situation has to be a major concern.

In any event, it’s Hate Time now.

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