Daily Archives: January 30, 2019

Come here, he said, I’ll give you shelter from the storm.

I feel like there’s a good “Honk, if you’ve been hired by Nick Saban” joke somewhere.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

Your 1.30.19 Playpen

Chomping at the bit to get at it, eh?

Well, before you do, let’s chuckle together.  From the “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” division comes this:

Should you need further context,

You don’t want to mess with Wilford Brimley when he’s pretty damned serious about something.

Oh, and one other thing:  2019, you’re killing me.  This sounds like an appropriate time to ask you where you get your favorite fried chicken from… and maybe how often.

Okay, now you can bitch about Trump.  Sorry for the delay.


Filed under GTP Stuff

I got your “storied” right here.

It’s a Mike Griffith post, so I know the clickbait odds are high, but it’s kind of amusing to sense the faux outrage here:

Georgia football fans might not think the Wallethub.com formula adds up when it comes to ranking the “Best Football Cities for Fans” in 2018.

Athens, home of the Bulldogs and storied Sanford Stadium, was ranked as the No. 4 football city in the Peach State, the No. 5 city in the SEC and No. 81 overall of the 244 cities and towns listed.

Damn it, how can somebody dis the Classic City and Sanford Stadium like that!

Welp, click on the link and you’ll come across a couple of factors in the methodology that might give you a clue.

  • Minimum Season-Ticket Price for College Football (FBS & FCS) Game: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • College Football Fan Engagement: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)

There’s also something in there about stadium accessibility.

Look, I’ve been a season ticket holder for almost forty years.  I love Georgia football and going to Athens is part and parcel of that feeling.  But I don’t kid myself.  It’s expensive.  The stadium design isn’t conducive to handling the game day needs of 92,000 people.  It’s a bitch getting out of town after games.  Michael Adams was hostile about tailgating and that shows today.

I go despite all that, mainly because for me at least, this part of Georgia football outweighs all the crap I have to put up with when I get there.  I honestly dread the day when it no longer does.


Filed under Georgia Football

“It wasn’t like we had a team meeting or anything.”

While I’m not surprised there was some reluctance on the part of Clemson players to attend the White House celebration, this side note did catch my eye.

Another defensive standout noted that coaches didn’t pressure players to accompany the team to Washington, D.C., but said that almost every black player he knew didn’t want to take the trip. However, he noted that he knew that some players only attended because they worried that refusing to attend the traditional White House visit might affect their scholarships or playing time.

“Not saying anything against the players who went,” the junior explained, “but if you look at who went—freshman and people fighting for playing time—you’ll see what I’m talking about.”  [Emphasis added.]

That’s a little strange.  As the article goes on to note, “Clemson’s coaches, staff or administration did not pressure them to attend”.  So from where did that perception come?

The whole thing comes off as very bi-polar.  One the one hand, there’s this “This team is a family” vibe, but on the other, you’ve got some family members worried about retaliation for not wanting to attend.  Weird.

[Ed. note:  If you want to go off on a lunch with Trump rant, save it for today’s Playpen.  This post is solely about life at Clemson.  Thanks.]


Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake

When “might” does the heavy lifting

I suppose this “How Georgia’s offense might change under James Coley” piece might be of some limited interest, but the problem with taking it too seriously is that it’s next to impossible to compare the context of Georgia and Miami.  Coley was working under a different head coach with very different personnel.

The other problem with taking it too seriously is the conclusion.

If the past is any indication, the tight ends will be more involved under Coley and they’ll get more opportunities in space and down the field.

Gosh, where have we heard that before?


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Life after the genius

Here’s a real surprise.

The renewed interest in Georgia Tech spurred by the hire of coach Geoff Collins translated into financial commitment Monday, the day that season tickets went on sale.

Season-ticket sales were 81 percent higher than last year’s first day of sales. Further, 20 percent of the sales were from purchasers who had not held season tickets in the 2018 season. In one day, the number of new season-ticket purchases was 37 percent of all new season-ticket sales for all of 2018.

Some of that was fueled by a reduction in ticket pricing, but, hey, do what you gotta do to get asses in the seats.

The ultimate measure of renewed interest in Georgia Tech football will come in how easy it is for Georgia fans to get tickets for the season finale, though.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

A funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl.

Todd Gurley showed up in Atlanta and his interviews have been non-stop fascinating for this Georgia fan.

I guess this is my weekly plug for The Athletic, because otherwise you’ll miss this piece ($$) from Jason Butt about Gurley and Michel.  And you don’t want to do that.

“I haven’t had a chance to talk to him,” Gurley said. “I’m super, super excited for Sony, though. Congratulations to him. He’s one lucky guy. It’s a good feeling to play here in the state of Georgia and then come back here and play here and then play Sony, who was under me (at Georgia). It’s pretty cool.”


Filed under Georgia Football

“The overtime process is really not broken.”

The current overtime format, implemented in 1996, gives each team possession at the opponent’s 25-yard line, and repeats the process until one team has outscored the other. After two possessions by each team, the offense must try a 2-point conversion instead of kicking an extra point after a touchdown.

On average, 37 Bowl Subdivision games have gone to overtime over the past four seasons. Most end after one round of possessions. Only six games per season have gone past two overtimes. LSU and Texas A&M tied a record by playing seven overtime periods in November. The Aggies won 74-72 and the teams ran 207 offensive plays; an average regulation game features 140.

Why do I have this nagging feeling the cure is going to be worse than the symptoms?


Filed under College Football

If only Deandre Baker projected as a third-round pick…

Kirbs lays the BS on a little thick with this:

“I wasn’t surprised as high as he went. I thought it would be interesting to see (Michel) went versus (Nick Chubb) because their styles are so different. But in the case where so many kids don’t want to play their last game because they are worried about injury, I really think Sony jumped 20 or 30 picks in his last two games.

“You can say ‘I might get hurt’ or ‘I might go back in the draft’ … well, here’s a guy who was probably going into the playoffs a second-round or maybe third-round pick. And he jumped all the way to the first, which we all know is a large margin.”

Get back to me when one of your kids skips a playoff game, man.


Filed under Georgia Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.

I’ll take “Because he’s weird sometimes” for $200, Alex.

Andy Staples asks a fair question here.

I realize a lot of ADs don’t do quirky, but it is a little strange to see somebody with as large a coaching tree as Leach claims not in the mix for more job openings.


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!