Daily Archives: February 20, 2019

Heckuva job, Greggie.

The Georgia Way, a play in three acts.

I’m farming out the snark here to Groo.

Nah, McGarity’s holding that in his back pocket for the next time Auburn and the SEC need it.

Seriously, is there any doubt that the only thing you can be held accountable for at Butts-Mehre these days is screwing up the revenue stream?  There is no other sin.

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UPDATE:  Your understatement of the evening…

“Less-than-ideal optics”.  Drollness is an underappreciated quality in sports reporting.

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Whither the Georgia Way?

Could we be looking at the next chapter in the B-M saga?

Not that I expect dramatic changes even if McGarity’s contract isn’t renewed.  After all, it’s still the same folks calling the shots.

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Amateur professionalism, or professional amateurism?

Here’s something strange.

The state of Florida’s exclusion of professional athletes from receiving workers compensation insurance coverage is forcing the Orlando Apollos to start practicing in Georgia at the beginning of March, Alliance of American Football officials told the Orlando Sentinel.

Although the situation admittedly isn’t ideal, league co-founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol said, “We really need to make sure we take the necessary steps to take care of our players. Our responsibility is always to do what we must do to make sure our players have the best available coverage.”

Starting sometime next week, the Apollos, according to team officials, will be housed in a hotel in Jacksonville for a little more than a month while busing 30 minutes over the border to practice at a high school in Kingsland, Ga. They will still play their home games in Orlando at UCF’s Spectrum Stadium.

AAF officials say the reason this is even an issue is because Florida, unlike many other states, will not cover professional athletes under its workers compensation laws. In Florida, professional athletes are not categorized as employees, which means state law prevents pro athletes from filing workers comp claims for injuries incurred while on the job.  [Emphasis added]

Hey, the NCAA business model!  Imagine that.  I guess that means if student-athletes ever leave to play for the AAF in Florida, they’ll feel right at home.

I admit the side bonus of Spurrier having to bring his team to Georgia to practice is amusing as hell, though.  Make yourself at home, Coach.

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Your 2.20.19 Playpen

If there’s one thing I hope we can all agree on…

A video showing a white woman swearing at the general manager of a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia for speaking Spanish went viral over the weekend.  [Emphasis added.]

… it’s that this country’s biggest problem is the sheer number of morons who live in it.

I got nothin’ today.  Have at it in the comments.

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UPDATE:  Moar.

Steven Ray, known as “Stingray” on “The Paul Finebaum Show” is suing Barstool Sports.

The Mississippi State fan is alleging negligence, invasion of privacy and wantonness against Barstool Sports and WorldStarHipHop.

The lawsuit is a result of an online meme featuring Ray with the caption, “how can someone look like a child and a child molester at the same time.”

We’re fucking doomed as a species, I tell ‘ya.

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“There’s a good chance potential difference-making talents will redshirt this season.”

Dawgs247 ranks each of Georgia’s position groups on the basis of this:

We’ve divided it up to three categories graded on a 1-5 scale with 1 being the lowest possible grade and 5 being the highest. The categories are Front Line (experience and talent level of starters and major contributors), Overall Talent (every person at that position’s raw ability), and depth (combining talent and experience behind the starters and major contributors).

Only one group scores a perfect 15.  It shouldn’t take much effort to figure out which one.

HINT:

I will be curious to see where Georgia’s offensive line places in Steele’s 2019 position group rankings.

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Maybe it’s early…

… but should we talk about the Notre Dame game a little now?  Here’s what Brett McMurphy has to say about it.

No. 1 – Notre Dame at Georgia, Sept. 21
Projected point spread: Georgia -10.5

The last time Notre Dame faced a team from the South, it wasn’t pretty (Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3 in last year’s Cotton Bowl). This game, pitting a pair of top 10 teams, will have huge College Football Playoff implications. While a loss won’t eliminate the loser from playoff contention, they would likely have to run the table the rest of the way since we’ve never had a two-loss team in the five-year history of the playoff.

Last year, Notre Dame’s defense surrendered its fewest yards since the 2012 team that reached the BCS title game. Six starters return off that unit, which will be tested by quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift. The Bulldogs return 15 starters, 11 of which were freshmen or sophomores last season.

Notre Dame’s offense made huge strides when Ian Book replaced Brandon Wimbush as starting quarterback four weeks into last season. The Irish averaged 37 points a contest over their final nine games until Clemson held Notre Dame to three points.

This is a rematch of the 2017 contest in South Bend, won by Georgia 20-19 (in Fromm’s second career start, while Wimbush attempted a career-high 40 passes) on its way to reaching the College Football Playoff championship game. This will be Georgia’s biggest home non-conference contest since hosting Clemson between the hedges to open the 2014 season.

The first thing that catches your eye is that double-digit point spread over a team that just played in the CFP.  The second thing is the Clemson comparison.  Yeah, I know it’s a different season and all that, but that’s an easy narrative to hatch and we all know how the national media loves itself an easy Georgia narrative.

This game will get plenty of attention as it gets closer.  The 2017 road win jump started the Dawgs’ run towards their national title game appearance.  Will a 2019 win do the same?

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Five-star bling

Via 81Dog comes this smashing bit of snark.

Photoshop for yet another win.  Although I would have squeezed a trash can in there somewhere…

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Better living through engineering

Gotta admit this is pretty clever, not to mention cost-effective for a small mid-major program:

The athletic department presented plans for an inflatable dome designed to be used by multiple varsity and club athletic teams to members of the Student Association, sparking concern among some members of the student body.

The inflatable dome would be located in the infield of the bike track behind Rice Stadium because it could not fit within the current football practice field, according to Deputy Athletics Director Rick Mello. It would cover 80,000 square feet, leaving 136 feet on either end to the inside curve of the bike track. The dome would be moved or deflated sometime before Beer Bike each year, with the time to be determined based on feedback from the student body, Dean of Undergraduates Bridget Gorman said. Bikers could still practice on the track while the dome is inflated, according to Mello.

The structure, which is still in the early development phase, will be used by teams during inclement weather such as rain or high heat, according to Mello.

The main users will be Rice football…

No, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Georgia’s fancy new $30 million IPF, but it sure looks a lot more functional than the half-assed facility B-M saddled Richt with back in the day.

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The road to recruiting domination runs through…

… Waffle House?

I eagerly await the first five-star who signs with Tech saying “he had me at Waffle House”.  Or who puts on a Waffle House hat at his signing ceremony.

Needless to say, this new culture thing leaves me baffled.  That may be an improvement from my attitude about Tech’s recruiting under the genius, though.

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#thankyousirmayihaveanother

Okay, here goes:

Auburn, Georgia and the SEC are nearing an agreement to move the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry to earlier in the 2020 season in an effort to alleviate scheduling burdens for both schools, industry sources tell Auburn Undercover.

The parties still have hurdles to overcome, but it is expected the 14 SEC schools and commissioner Greg Sankey will move forward to push the game to September or October, the sources said. The scheduling change would lift enormous weight from the Tigers’ difficult November schedule, which was set to feature away games at both Georgia and Alabama in the final three weeks of the regular season. Alabama won the SEC title in 2018 and Georgia defeated Auburn to win it in 2017.

It’s possible the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry could remain in September and October through 2024, one source said, but those details have not been finalized.

The move marks a massive change for the rivalry. The game has been played in November each time the Tigers and Bulldogs met since 1937.

Auburn is currently scheduled to face UMass on Nov. 14, 2020. The date is usually set aside for Auburn-Georgia.

That’s some cheeky scheduling there, Tigers.  But I digress, at least a little.

My first reaction, one that’s no doubt shared by any Dawg fan who’s had a pulse over the last decade, is that once again Greg McGarity has rolled over in the face of a slight breeze.  Then I remind myself that Kirby Smart isn’t in the rolling over business.  So what’s his possible agenda here?  Unleash the hounds of rank speculation!

Let’s started with this observation from intrepid reporter Seth Emerson.

 

I get why Auburn wants the game moved, but what’s Kirby’s reasoning?  Well, let’s start with something he said last summer ($$):

It wasn’t that way until 2013, when because of expansion and scheduling concerns, the SEC asked Georgia to make a second straight trip to Auburn. Georgia agreed, but now Kirby Smart, who wasn’t around when the change was made, would like to see Georgia get two straight home games against the Tigers.

“Yeah, absolutely. If we can get a chance to fix that and return the favor that we paid to them. I hear about that a lot,” Smart said. “It would make it more consistent and balance that out. It would probably be helpful in the long run. But I’ve got a feeling there’s more to it than just us and them. It always affects so many other moving parts. But it would be nice to do that.”

Getting that second straight home game to restore the schedule to its previous balance would be, of course, the mother of quids to Auburn’s quo of moving the game to an earlier point in the schedule.  Note that Marcello’s report says this whole deal in still in the negotiating stage.  I’d like to think that means there are things on the table being floated besides the calendar.  That trade makes sense and undoes a previous McGarity grovel in error.  So good for Kirby if he’s fighting for that as a condition to accommodating Auburn’s wish to move earlier.

There may also be a secondary benefit.  Obviously, Auburn finds it beneficial not to have a murderer’s row ending every season of Georgia and Alabama; from Georgia’s selfish standpoint, if such a move helps Auburn play a more competitive Iron Bowl, that’s a tactical benefit for the Dawgs.

Another consideration:  to move Auburn to the middle part of Georgia’s schedule means another SEC game has to be displaced.  The obvious candidate is Tennessee.  (Before you go there, do you really think Boom would welcome a November playing Georgia and Clemson?  Not gonna happen.)  Fulmer’s Vols made a living coasting through November.  That month hasn’t been nearly as friendly to UT as it once was (thanks, Vanderbilt!), but adding Georgia certainly wouldn’t help the Vols in that regard.

Granted, there are a lot of moving parts here.  One other consideration, which, by the way, the SEC has graciously ignored this season, is that it doesn’t necessarily behoove Georgia to overload one month in the schedule with Western division opponents.  Bringing in Notre Dame in late September may have been a factor in that, but you’d have to think in years when there isn’t a marquee non-conference opponent on the schedule, November is probably going to be a dreary home scheduling month.

Is getting the extra home game reset worth the trade off?  My guess is that Kirby thinks so, and in the end, that’s what most likely matters.  And if Georgia doesn’t get the reset and still rolls over on the schedule?  Then we can all thank McGarity for another edition of Bulldog Profiles in Courage.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity had no official comment on the matter when contacted by DawgNation on Tuesday night.

Given his PR track record, that’s the most sensible tack he can take right now.

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