Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

I was supposed to go to practice, but then I got high.

And then…

At this rate, Kirby’s gonna be a real master of the art of internal discipline by the time the season rolls around.



Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

So much for that option

Turns out that start-a-new-pro-league shit is hard, man.

Bad news for Spurdog (although he no longer has a conflict with Masters week!).  Good news for the NCAA.


Filed under It's Just Bidness

Tomorrow, in future scheduling

Just around the corner…

UPDATE:  Per Seth ($$), there may be one more big piece of news coming.

There should be another big series announced soon: Georgia is deep in talks with Oklahoma about a home-and-home series, The Athletic has learned. Georgia was seeking a Big 12 opponent and Oklahoma, which Georgia played in the memorable 2018 Rose Bowl, has an open spot in 2023.

Oh, and let me add one more thing from Seth’s piece.

This is all part of a push by Smart and Georgia’s football office, the belief being that bold scheduling will be a plus in the era of the College Football Playoff. They also believe that in an era of dwindling attendance for weaker opponents, Georgia fans will respond well to strong home-and-home agreements.  [Emphasis added.]

Amen to that.  Whenever Kirby decides he’s tired of coaching, he’s got my vote to be Georgia’s athletic director.


Filed under Georgia Football

Today, in Dawg porn

Weiszer brings it.

The right side of Georgia’s offensive line at the end of the second week of spring practices provided exhibit A of the enviable position the Bulldogs should have in the trenches this season.

Ben Cleveland, a 6-foot-6, 335-pound redshirt junior who started games each of the past two seasons, manned the right guard position. Cade Mays, a 6-6, 318-pound sophomore with seven starts last season, worked the right tackle spot.

They were with the Bulldogs second-string unit.

Yes, talent is overflowing from recruiting wins the last few years. On this day, a pair of former five-star recruits were ahead of Cleveland and Mays: 6-4, 325-pound sophomore Jamaree Salyer had nudged his way to No. 1 right guard and 6-7, 340-pound Isaiah Wilson remained as the starting right tackle…

If you are keeping track at home, the Bulldogs offensive line this spring boasts four players that were rated five-star recruits by the 247Sports Composite: Wilson, Salyer, Mays and freshman center Clay Webb.

I either need a cigarette or a cold shower now.


Filed under Georgia Football

Your latest streaming service roundup

This one’s at Awful Announcing and looks at what the author calls the major players:  DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu Live, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue.

Read through it all, as everyone has different needs, but I’ll just say as someone who never watches the NFL that she’s spot on with this:

Sports-wise, YouTube TV is the best bang for your buck for the basic sports channels, and the unlimited DVR storage, for $40 a month.

After having cycled through several of the others (thanks for the free trial periods and month to month contracts, fellas!), I’ve been very happy with YTTV.  What say you guys?


Filed under Uncategorized

The model of a modern SEC cornerback

This is what a lockdown corner looks like.

I’ve seen some chatter out there about Georgia’s secondary being even better in the wake of Baker’s departure, and while anything’s possible, those are some mighty big shoes to fill.  I like what Eric Stokes brings to the table, but two straight seasons without getting beat in the endzone?  Let’s see it.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

You don’t always get what you want.

This Red & Black piece comparing Demetris Robertson and Lawrence Cager is a good reminder of the old saying that, as the article puts it, “(p)ast performances aren’t always accurate indicators of future performance.”

Cager being a contributor this season would certainly be a boon, but after a year of getting acclimated to the program it’s time for Robertson to step up, too.  Expectations are nice, but they don’t win you any games.


Filed under Georgia Football

“The NCAA is not prepared right now.”

For some reason, Mike Krzyzewski isn’t buying all the “it’s what’s on the front of the jersey that matters” talk.  He’s a little concerned about what might be coming for college basketball in a post-one and done world.

Essentially, Krzyzewski said college basketball needs to be run more like a business in the face of increased competition, calling for a “new model” for the sport.

The current model doesn’t allow athletes to get paid beyond a scholarship, expenses and a small stipend. Athletes cannot profit off their own image and likeness, a hypocrisy that’s becoming more glaring as the television contracts have soared into the billions, coaching salaries have escalated to where Krzyzewski makes $9 million annually and recent federal investigations have shown a sophisticated black market to peddle players. “In this time, the definition of amateurism … it’s outdated,” Krzyzewski said. “We need a new model.”

Soon, elite players like Zion Williamson, the star of this NCAA tournament, will no longer be required to attend college. Krzyzewski called for more to be done to make the collegiate option more attractive or at least evolved from the current space. The G League has grown into a much more nuanced and sophisticated feeder system to the NBA. It may end up a landing spot for more top high school players once they don’t have to attend college for one season, a rule that went into place following the 2005 NBA draft.

Pffft.  What does he know?  He’s clearly not a fan.


Filed under The NCAA

An embarrassment of riches

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it almost feels like I take the level to which Kirby Smart’s has upgraded Georgia’s recruiting for granted.  Then, I get smacked in the face with a sentence or two like this:

It is his fourth straight top-six class, and third straight among the top three. This class features five five-star recruits, more than any other team…

Good Lawd.  There will almost certainly be bumps along the way, but this program has too much talent to suffer through a truly down year anymore, especially when no other program in the division is recruiting as well.  It’s a Jimmies and Joes world, and Kirby’s not just living in it.  He’s thriving in it.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

The worst AD in college athletics?


Back in Los Angeles, the struggling football program was holding a spring scrimmage. The disappointing men’s basketball team was sitting out March Madness. The athletic department was coping with the ongoing fallout from the college admissions bribery scandal that already has resulted in the indictments and subsequent firings of the school’s water polo coach and a senior administrator. And trustees and senior leaders were discussing university governance issues at a retreat in nearby Santa Barbara.

Meanwhile, USC athletic director Lynn Swann was more than 2,600 miles away, signing autographs for money.

Along with Randy Moss, Emmitt Smith and the actor who played the unmasked variation of mass murderer Jason Voorhees in the horror film “Friday the 13th Part 2,” Swann was among more than a dozen sports and entertainment celebrities who appeared Saturday at a memorabilia show held in the suburbs of the nation’s capital.

Dressed in black, Swann sat behind a folding card table inside a drab, fluorescent-lit exhibition hall for nearly two hours — laughing and smiling, shaking hands and posing for pictures, making small talk and paying extra attention to a toddler in a Pittsburgh Steelers onesie.

Mostly, Swann signed stuff, running his Sharpie across football helmets and jerseys and red seats rescued from Pittsburgh’s demolished Three Rivers Stadium, over and over again, all for fans and collectors who paid $220 and up for the privilege.

That’s like the living embodiment of a “this is fine” meme.

For former USC linebacker Riki Ellison, images of Swann’s appearance that subsequently were posted on social media raised a question: During a time of crisis for the school’s athletic department, why would the person in charge be all the way across the country just to pocket a few extra bucks?

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Ellison, a member of USC’s 1978 national co-championship team who runs the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a Virginia-based nonprofit. “Lynn’s a good guy, but isn’t his salary in the millions? Why does he need to do this? It’s just embarrassing.”

If Lynn Swann didn’t exist, Greg McGarity would have to invent him.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football