Daily Archives: August 19, 2019

Finally, another long national nightmare is over.

You might want to sit down before proceeding.

I’m so shocked, I can’t even conjure up a Casablanca reference.

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Who’s on the bus?

I mentioned this before, but with Georgia opening at Vanderbilt, Kirby Smart has to wrestle with an issue he hasn’t faced before at Georgia:  who on the roster won’t be asked to make the trip?

… after the team’s second preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Kirby Smart was asked about the challenge of deciding on a 70-man travel roster. It’s a task that only three Power Five teams in the country have to deal with prior to their opener (Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Virginia Tech), and something that Smart said is always difficult regardless of the final number that make the bus.

“It’s tough 70, it’s tough 85. It’s tough when you travel 100 because whoever the 101st, 71st, 86th, it’s tough,” Smart said. “It’s going to be even tougher, but we know what we decide there’s not final. It changes week to week. There’s not a week that I think our roster was exactly the same last year, No. 1, because of injuries, No. 2 because of effort in practice … It can come full circle. We’re going to have some tough decisions to make. We’re not going to make them right now. We’ve got two weeks to finalize those choices and decisions.”

Last season with the Bulldogs opening at home against a non-conference opponent, Austin Peay, Georgia was able to dress up to 125 players. For conference home games, the host team is able to dress 95 players, but only 80 of those are eligible to participate. The number shrinks even more to 70 for a conference road game like Georgia is faced with to open the season.

The linked article goes on to attempt a breakdown of the seventy who will travel to Nashville; it’s probably easier to look at the list of those players who aren’t expected to go:

SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS PROJECTED TO MISS THE CUT (For Now) — (18):
D’Wan Mathis, Tommy Bush, Makiya Tongue, Ryland Goede, Clay Webb, Xavier Truss, Warren McClendon, Owen Condon, Netori Johnson, Michail Carter, Bill Norton, Zion Logue, Tymon Mitchell, Rian Davis, Trezman Marshall, Tramel Walthour, Latavious Brini, and Ameer Speed

The cynic in me wonders how many of those eighteen who aren’t true freshmen will be on Georgia’s 2020 roster.  Just like everyone else at Georgia, the Process is grinding.

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Goin’ natty

I’m not sure I agree entirely with this premise as phrased, but there’s no denying it’s thought provoking.

On the business side, college football has become a national enterprise, with comprehensive, multibillion-dollar media deals increasing exposure and a collaborative postseason system designed to crown a true national champion.

At its foundation, however, college football is still very much a regional sport across the United States. And because regions tend to go about their football differently, as they do with things like food, lifestyle and dialect, there is a simple explanation for why teams from the South have won national championships in 13 out of the last 14 years.

College teams from different parts of the country ostensibly compete for the same top players, but players tend to stay close to home. Those pipelines in the South, spanning from the Carolinas west to Texas, are pumping out rocket fuel.

“It just means more” is not just a slogan in the Southeastern Conference. It helps explain the current state of college football.

I think there’s a lot more tension going on between the two than is reflected merely in recruiting.  But, I do think it’s fair to say that despite the money interests aligned on the national side, it has yet to overcome the sport’s regional appeal.  Old habits die hard, and all that.

The question is, assuming the likes of ESPN need a little help to remake the sport’s approach, what could help them with the reshaping?  Here are a couple of thoughts that popped up in response to Russo’s piece.

From a purely commercial perspective, the NFL is the most successful sports franchise in this country’s history.  If the commercial perspective is all that matters to the folks running college sports, then emulating the NFL to grow college football beyond its current financial standing isn’t bad advice.  For the rest of us, it sucks, of course, but since when did that matter?

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Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness, The NFL Is Your Friend.

Today, in reppin’ the “G”

You can listen to all of Kirby’s presser after Georgia’s scrimmage, if you’d like to…

… but how ’bout that Coke bottle?  On brand, for the win, baby.

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“It is situational ethics at an epic level.”

This is perhaps the best thing I’ve seen written about the transfer portal.  It absolutely nails the train wreck bound to occur from the combination of a poorly written, unevenly enforced NCAA rule with the, um… fluid approach coaches have taken looking for loopholes when it suits them.  Which is half the time, of course.

Finish reading it, and it’s hard to come away not thinking a one-time transfer-without-penalty rule is an inevitability.

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Westgate regular season win totals

Per Phil Steele, you can find them all here.

And this is how the SEC looks, less than a week before the season starts:

  • Alabama:  11.5
  • Georgia:  11
  • Florida:  9
  • LSU:  9
  • Missouri:  8.5
  • Auburn:  8
  • Mississippi State:  7.5
  • Texas A&M:  7.5
  • Kentucky:  6.5
  • Tennessee:  6.5
  • Arkansas:  5.5
  • South Carolina:  5.5
  • Ole Miss:  5
  • Vanderbilt:  4.5

Potentially, that’s a major looking ouch looming for Boom.

I’d probably take the over for LSU and Mizzou and maybe Mississippi State.  Ole Miss looks like an under to me.  Auburn’s the mystery here — if Gus finds his rabbit’s foot in time and gets lucky with his quarterback choice, the Tigers are good enough on defense to wind up with ten wins, but if not, eight’s gonna take some hard work.

Your thoughts?

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Musical palate cleanser, who is this guy, anyway? edition

Meet Ollie Halsall, the best guitar player you’ve never heard of before now.

That’s some pretty insane stuff for any era, but considering that came out in 1972, it’s beyond wild.  If you’ve got some time to spare, do a little digging on YouTube.  His body of work is ridiculous.  As his former mate in Patto once said of him, “Ollie may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he was certainly among the top two.”

Eh, here’s one more cut, from Patto’s second album, the title cut, “Hold Your Fire”, with its jaw dropping start from Halsall.

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