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Bill Belichick is here at Georgia, a day after watching Alabama’s pro day while wearing an Alabama pullover. Today Belichick is wearing a Patriots pullover.
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) March 20, 2019
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Okay, here’s a good one: what’s the most memorable concert going experience of your life, and why?
For me, there are two. The first time I saw Bruce Springsteen was winter of my first year at Virginia. I had a buddy from New Jersey who kept insisting I had to go see him, so night of the show, I walked down the street to a gym on campus, paid my three bucks and, along with a few hundred other folks, was blown away. (That this was before Born to Run made it even more impressive.)
The other show that made a lasting impression on me was Richard Thompson’s first concert in Atlanta. I was a huge fan, so I didn’t need any encouragement. Show was at the old Moonshadow Saloon near Emory and as we waited in line, a taxi pulled up in front of the joint and Thompson emerged with a guitar case, no entourage, no roadies, no nothing, and proceeded to walk past us into the club. His show actually exceeded my expectations. At one point — and this is something I’ve never, ever experienced with any other performer — the crowd was so wrapped up in his performance that I could hear the ventilation system blowing.
He was so good that I went back a couple of weeks later to see another musical hero of mine, Randy Newman, perform, and while Newman was great, it still felt like a little bit of a let down compared to the Thompson show.
Anyway, enough about me. Tell us about yours in the comments.
Let me just say there have been few more enjoyable developments in college football over the past year or so than watching the world’s take on post-“just win, baby” Bobby Petrino. Reality finally became perception.
Which probably means he’s a lock for an analyst job in Tuscaloosa any day now.
James Coley ($$) isn’t going to be that guy.
One of the great curiosities about this Georgia team is how the change in offensive coordinator will manifest itself. James Coley’s play-calling tendencies, relative to Jim Chaney, won’t be apparent until the fall, with perhaps some hints on G-Day. But Coley is starting to put his imprint on the offense.
In a pre-spring meeting with the offense, Coley pinpointed three areas of needed improvement:
– Goal-line/short yardage.
Yeah, that’s probably a wise move.
Via BetOnLine.ag, here are a few lines of note:
Yeah, some of those lines are a little bigger than expected, but I’m still surprised Florida is getting that much traction after losing two straight games against the Dawgs by the widest margins in the series since the 1940s.
Some non-Dawg SEC lines of interest:
Again, the Florida respect is surprising.
Finally, some national games involving SEC teams spreads:
Don’t know about that Auburn line and I have a feeling LSU might cover that Texas spread easily.
Oh, and one bonus note: Michigan is a 4.5 favorite over Ohio State. I can’t believe the Corch magic is gone.
What do you guys think?
As for exactly what the offense will look like under Coley’s unfettered guidance, beyond “balanced” nobody seems to be certain at this point.
If someone ever invented a drinking game around Georgia football, surely every offensive coordinator’s favorite word would have to be an integral part.
According to NCAA reporting documents obtained by the Missourian through an open-records request, the average number of tickets scanned for the football team’s seven home contests in 2018 was 24,377 per game, or roughly 47 percent of what the school reported in its game box scores.
Athletic department officials, however, say the numbers they reported to the NCAA aren’t a full picture of the actual ticketed attendance in the 2018 season because faulty scanners, which were sensitive to the elements, and poor Wi-Fi connectivity forced event staffers to move large swaths of fans through the gates without recording their tickets into the system. No estimate was available for how many unscanned tickets were allowed into the stadium.
No offense, guys, but “the dog ate my homework” defense didn’t work in the fifth grade, so why you would expect it to work now?
Mizzou says it tracks on the basis of tickets sold, and from a bottom line standpoint, I suppose that’s what matters, but there’s this, too:
“You lose concessions and merchandise, but I also think you lose the home-field advantage that you want,” said Jay Luksis, Missouri’s executive associate athletic director for marketing and revenue generation.
And here’s the super yikes moment:
“We’ve seen it a lot here lately where we’re either up big or we’re behind, and there hasn’t been a ton of close games in the three years I’ve been here. … And we need to do everything we can to entertain them while they are here because obviously we want them to stay. But sometimes it’s tough to compete with parties and restaurants and bars downtown, and also with TV.”
The school is doing what it can to combat the problem, most visibly by holding the line or cutting ticket prices, but we all know what the real problem is.
Missouri’s athletic department, like many of its peers, faces an uphill climb in getting people back into the stadium. Over the past four years, college football attendance has declined by more than 7 percent nationwide, and that’s simply using the announced attendance numbers. In 2017, the SEC, which led college football in attendance for the 20th consecutive season, saw its average attendance decline by 2,433 fans per game — the league’s biggest drop-off since 1992.
Through its media rights contracts with CBS and ESPN, which owns the SEC Network, the conference has more football games nationally televised — and more revenue from those televised games — than ever before. But it also must reckon with the options those broadcasts provide to its fans. They no longer have to come to the game to see their team play, and depending on cost, weather, traffic and ultimately their physical place in the stadium, watching from home is often more convenient and cost-effective.
If you can’t or won’t figure out a way to counter that, it’s not going to improve. The reality for schools is that as broadcast contracts grow ever more lucrative, there’s less incentive to find ways to offset declining home attendance. Missouri’s gonna get the same SEC Network check no matter how many cupcakes it schedules. Not exactly a recipe for success, in other words.
Dawgnation may have roundly condemned Kirby Smart’s ill-fated decision to try a fake punt late in last year’s SECCG, but his team has his back on it.
“We’d been practicing that play for two years; it was designed for Alabama’s punt safe,” former UGA long snapper Nick Moore said. “Nobody had ever seen that formation, we hadn’t remotely lined up in positions like that, ever.
“Our coaches are smart people, they do countless hours of film watching and game prep,” Moore continued. “Once we decided we were going to run the fake, and Justin ran on the field, we were just hoping they wouldn’t realize who was eligible (receivers) vs. who wasn’t eligible.”
… It was the same tone from Jayson Stanley, another departing senior with the license to say whatever he truly felt about the failed play.
“We could have made that play, we had a lot of preparation, but it didn’t go as planned,” Stanley said. “I was split out, my job was to run a slant, but by the time I looked over, the Alabama defense was in the backfield.
“We’d gone through that play (with Fields) in our special teams practice every day. We worked on it.”
If the call was good, that leaves only one explanation for why the play flopped.
“Thought it was there, and it was there today,” Smart said. “We were going to snap the ball quick. We took too long to snap the ball. They didn’t have a guy covered. We had a guy wide open. We took so long to snap it, that they recognized it and got the guy covered late… [Emphasis added.]
“Justin did the best he could — there’s a lot of responsibility for a young guy,” Moore said. “I went back and watched it 1,000 times, Alabama played it perfectly.
“We know Kirby is a competitor, like all of us, he’s not going to shy away from the moment.”