It’s official — Don Leebern Jr. is no longer a member of the Board of Regents.
Leebern, a Columbus liquor magnate and wealthy benefactor, was the board’s second-longest-serving member in state history, and he’s been involved in every major decision involving the college system — particularly those involving his alma mater, the University of Georgia. He was first appointed to the board in 1991.
He also played a central part in the legendary feuds in the early 2000s over finances at UGA, siding with then-UGA president Michael Adams over Vince Dooley, who at the time was the school’s long-serving athletics director.
I’m guessing he won’t be in attendance at the season opener when the field is dedicated to Coach Dooley. Funny how things play out sometimes.
I dare you to read this article without thinking “oh, bullshit” at least once.
Hear the man’s plea, Dawgnation.
A statue at least, for cryin’ out loud. Git ‘er done, Butts-Mehre.
Last week’s sad news:
Jim Bouton, a once-promising pitcher with the New York Yankees who found greater fame as the author of “Ball Four,” an irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball’s hierarchy and changed the way journalists and fans viewed the sports world, died July 10 at his home in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 80.
He had a stroke in 2012 and five years later disclosed he had been diagnosed with cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a condition that causes vessels in the brain to burst under pressure. The death was confirmed by his wife, Paula Kurman.
Quite simply, Ball Four is the best sports book I’ve ever read. If I have the time, I pull it out and re-read it every spring. It’s funny, it’s observant and, most of all (not to mention what the people who were offended when it was released missed) it’s an ode to baseball.
The last line of the book says it all. “… you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”
David Hale, speaking truth to lack of power:
There ain’t enough lipstick in the world to pretty up that pig. That’s probably one reason why StingTalk has gone back to being a password-protected message board.
It’s possible that the toughest part of Kirby Smart’s coaching job this season is keeping the team from obsessing about facing Alabama again. It’s a damned long road to the SECCG and plenty can happen along the way if the Dawgs can’t maintain their focus as they slug their way through the first twelve games of the season.
Then again, a certain fixation on the Tide is understandable.
… In 443 minutes of Alabama-verses-Georgia football the last two years, the Bulldogs trailed for less than 90 seconds of them. They’ve out-gained Alabama in yards (819-774) and first downs (45-41), too, and have two Ls to show for it.
As Smart said, “What we’ve shown is we can match their physicality. We’ve got to finish.”
As the header notes, “Do More” is this season’s motto du jour. Too bad “Finish the Drill” was already taken.
Plenty of fodder from yesterday’s edition of SEC Media Days…