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.



Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

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.


Filed under Georgia Football

Someone’s mama should have raised him better.

Bless your heart, Brad.




Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

“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.


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

Thought of the day

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

We’ve had bigger problems, though.


Filed under Georgia Football

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.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

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.


Filed under Georgia Football

Today, in everything old is new again

I saw this picture and had to chuckle a little.

That is, until I thought… hmmm, there’s a team out there I follow having problems in short yardage goal line situations that has a loaded backfield, a quarterback who can run and throw and a beefy offensive line in front of them…

I’ve had stranger thoughts.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Out of their control

Meet the Georgia Way’s latest crisis:

The tax treatment of college football donations has turned into a bewildering tangle thanks to last year’s tax overhaul, the most far-reaching rewrite of the U.S. tax code since 1986. Buried in the bill was the repeal of a write-off for so-called seat donations. Internal Revenue Service guidance on lingering questions about the change isn’t expected for months.

Seat donations are a longtime practice of many athletic departments. Under this policy, fans of prominent college sports programs across the country typically donate $50 to $4,000 or more per seat to a school’s athletic foundation. In return, fans get the right to buy season tickets in stadiums’ premium locations. Under prior law, fans could take an 80% tax deduction for the seat donation.

These seat donations became integral to college athletic fundraising. Often the donation far exceeds the cost of the tickets.

At many schools, donations and other tax-deductible donations also yield “priority points,” loyalty rewards that accumulate over years. Donors with the most points get first crack at choice seats when available, plus other benefits…

… Seat donations can make up half or more of the funds raised by athletic foundations. At the University of Georgia’s athletic foundation, seat donations provided $40 million of $80 million raised for fiscal 2018…

… A looming question is how the repeal affects priority points — the loyalty rewards that determine a donor’s place in the fan pecking order. Points accumulate over years, and the more points a donor has, the closer he can move toward the coveted 50-yard line or the more extra tickets he can secure for a rivalry game.

A key phrase of the law says contributions aren’t deductible if they could lead “directly or indirectly” to a right to purchase seats.

This phrase raises the possibility that fans who make other athletic donations, such as a large gift to a capital campaign, can’t take a tax deduction if they also get priority points that provide prized home-stadium seating benefits. But the law isn’t clear.

This lack of clarity is leading to difficult conversations with potential major donors to Georgia giving $100,000 or more, said athletics official Matt Borman.

“They want to have a major impact, and we’re having to tell them we don’t know if the gift is going to be deductible if they get priority points,” he said.

Guidance from the IRS, the referee on this issue, is likely to arrive after many schools have required fans to sign up for next season’s tickets. It also will arrive after athletic foundations have issued letters to many donors detailing 2018 deductions early next year.

Tax specialists say it’s hard to predict how the IRS will rule. The agency has sometimes been lenient on popular issues where valuation is difficult, such as the taxability of frequent-flier miles.

Michael Graetz, a tax scholar at Columbia University and Georgia fan, said, “It will be hard for the IRS to ignore donations that improve a giver’s seat — but it’s not out of the question, especially if the priority points have little value.”

Tell that to the folks who used their Magill Society contributions last year to obtain Notre Dame tickets they resold on the secondary market for a profit.

No doubt Matt, Greg and Jere are sending up silent prayers for the IRS to take pity on the poor ol’ reserve fund.



Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Another nail in Jim Chaney’s coffin

Speaking of Bill Connelly, Georgia is now third in his offensive S&P+ ratings, behind only Oklahoma and Alabama.

Just imagine what the Dawgs could do with a real offensive coordinator.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!