Today, in victory formations

Georgia fans:  Man, those dumb plays last year when our players casually dropped the ball before crossing the goal line…

Patrick Garbin:  You want dumb?  Hold my beer.

I was at that game and still remember that all my friend could say for the next minute was “we just lost this game… we just lost this game… we just lost this game…”.

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41 responses to “Today, in victory formations

  1. Dawgflan

    Reggie Ball approves.

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  2. Uglydawg.

    It was unintentional and maybe stupid, but it was a still a great troll of Sackliner.
    All’s well that ends well!

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    • JCDawg83

      It was quite intentional, Jackson saw the clock at zero and dropped the ball. Luckily, back then you could not advance a fumble in college if the ball had touched the ground. I remember Dooley saying in an interview after the game, with Loran I think, “yeah, we’re going to have to do some coaching on that”. I’m fairly certain James Jackson didn’t enjoy the “coaching” he was given after that.

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      • Uglydawg

        Agree that dropping the ball was intentional. I was saying that the trolling was unintentional but from this far away, is hilarious…esp. the reaction of SC Coach Morrison.

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  3. 3rdandGrantham

    I remember that game as a little kid and have watched that replay at least 25 times. Dooley handled himself absolutely perfectly while Joe Morrison made an ass out of himself. The clock was at 0 for at around 3 seconds before Jackson put the ball on the turf, yet the entire time you saw Joe over there holding one finger up, as he delusionally thought there still should be one second put back on the clock.

    He then refused to come over and shake Dooley’s hand at first, before finally coming over to give Vince a piece of his mind about the horrid officiating in anger, which produced a mere chuckle from VD. They next day the talk was that UGA was lucky to win, which even as a 10 year old at the time I thought was laughable. Dumb mistake? Sure. Lucky to win? Not at all.

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  4. Go Dawgs!

    That’s so Georgia.

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  5. Derek

    I was at home watching but I’ve never been sicker than when he just dropped the damn ball.

    Never seen Vince madder either. He was incensed that USC’s coach Jim Morrison wouldn’t concede and shake his hand.

    “The ball game was OVAH!!

    (Yes ATLDawg we’re talking about what we did in the 1980’s. You may now shake your head. How’s the ointment working out?)

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    • Greg

      Can remember Danny Ford (Clemson) refusing to shake his hand also one game. Looked like Ford started to go after him….people intervened. There were some highly emotional battles with Clemson back in the 80’s. Some of the best games I’ve ever seen.

      Can’t wait until we play them again.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        I think that was the ’84 game after Butler’s 60 yard (plus a foot and a half) kick. On the ensuing kickoff return, Clemson returned it all the way inside our 40, and when he went out of bounds there easily was 1-2 seconds left. Yet, fortunately for us the clock kept ticking anyway, and that was it.

        Clemson really did have every right to be mad, as they got totally hosed at the end. And remember they had a great kicker of their own, so they would have had a great chance to tie it with roughly a 50 yard kick or so.

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        • Greg

          That tobacco chewing redneck should have been angry at the officials, not Dooley.

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        • Derek

          Especially had they called the late hit out of bounds….

          I guess the refs thought we were Alabama for a day.

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        • WHB209

          Regarding the return and the clock screw up: Coach D. made one of the great calls ever. He ran the team off of the field without the meeting and shaking hands after the clock showed zero seconds. Coach Haffner told me that Coach D.’s theory was that he did not think the refs had guts enough to call GA back on the field when there were 80,000 GA fans sitting in the stadium. Don’t know what would have happen if he had been wrong about the refs, but it was a quick, great decision.

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      • AlphaDawg

        I got curious and just googled Danny Ford, he’s now a farmer growing hemp for the CBD oil.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      VD didn’t seem mad to me in the slightest – he was calm, cool and collected throughout. Heck he basically just laughed in Joe’s face while he went on his tirade.

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      • Derek

        Just after that clip ends he was interviewed.

        Dude was steaming.

        Trust me. I remember it like it was yesterday.

        Ck that. Given my age, I remember that like it was over 30 years ago.

        Yesterday can be problematic,

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  6. Uglydawg

    About the 25 second mark and a few seconds after, you can see what the face of a man who thinks he’s as good as dead looks like.
    Aside from that, JJ was a DGD.

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  7. Uglydawg

    Look at that perfectly aligned O line and the I formation. I loved the 80s.
    Run it, Kirby! Put Zamir as the up-back and impose your will!

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    • Greg

      Yeah, would have liked to seen him in the ND game as well. He will bring it, would have been tough on a tired ND defense in the 4th.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Those days are long, long gone. Today’s offenses (and defenses for that matter) are far more sophisticated. Looking back at those days, it’s amazing just how simple the game was compared to today.

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      • JCDawg83

        Linebackers are too good and too fast now for the I to be really effective. You also have to have at least 8 players inside the tackle box if you are in the I and that makes it much easier on the defense since they don’t have to worry about being spread out across the field.

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      • Greg

        What’s different IYO??? If you comparing the 80’s to now, I can see it being different. But RPO’s, read options, pro style offenses and etc have been around forever. Same can be said for most defenses, it all recycles with some minor variations.

        Would not be surprised to even see I formations, veer offenses and maybe a wishbone offense to make a comeback at some point. Even the defense with the star position used to be identified as a rover (rover defense).

        The more things change, they remain the same.

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        • Tony Barnfart

          Went to the Memphis v. Navy game last night. Of course, everyone knows about the triple option………BUT… last night, Memphis, a team that has adopted all of the trendy spread concepts like the G5 team they are…well, their QB was shitting the bed and the coach got so frustrated he switched them to an I-formation with a fullback….22/21 personal and pounded navy for a while with some good success for a few series. Never thought I’d see them run an I-formation again in my life. It was wild.

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          • Greg

            It works, especially if the D’ is not prepared and has never seen it. Then the defenses change to eventually catch up with the offenses…..and the offenses change, so on and so forth.

            Nothing new in football if you go back and look at the history of it, they just add some sorta twist to it….It all recycles.

            Would be fun to see the wishbone again or veer offense. Maybe even a Split-60 or Split 6 defense, or maybe a “Monster” defense.

            Football is not a hard game, just a matter of blocking, tackling, adjusting & strategy….you just need the better players to win more than you lose.

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  8. Cojones

    He could have run back into the end zone and kneeled. Don’t know the line on that game, but changing the score at the end hurts someone, depending upon who they bet on.

    Similar to Joe Theisman fading back for the last play in the SB and kneeling just as the manager of the place that 50 + of us rented had finished counting out my $2000 + in front of me and snatched it away as Joe knelt.

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  9. siskey

    You couldn’t run fumbles back in 1986?

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    • Greg

      Yep….don’t think the “fumblerooski” is even legal anymore. They are taking the fun out of CF.

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    • Derek

      Nope. Fumbles couldn’t be advanced by the defense throughout the 1980’s in college ball. Who knows why? They changed the rule a few years later.

      Had Jackson dropped it in the EZ that was an L.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Yes and no. If the ball hit the ground behind the line of scrimmage before being recovered the defense could not return it. If the defense recovered it in the air, such as the ball popping out, the defense could return it. If it hit the ground beyond the line of scrimmage the defense could return it.

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  10. chopdawg

    Never understood what all that fuss was about. The game was clearly over, clock read 0:00 before Jackson dropped the ball. Even if fumbles could’ve been advanced, it wouldn’t have mattered.

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      Play is not over until the whistle blows, regardless of no time left on the clock. If that fumble could be advanced under the rules, it’s a TD for them.

      Look at how many game winning field goals go through after the clock is at 0:00.

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    • Olddawg55

      Even then, once a play commences the clock doesn’t matter…if time ran out and the play was still in being then it was officially live.

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  11. Coweta Dawg

    Back then, fans still were able to get bottled beer into the stadium. Pissed fans. I was one of the Redcoats trying to get out of Dodge ASAP, dodging most of the empties being hurled our way. And a few weeks later they pulled out the hoses at Jordan Hare. We lost notable games that year like Florida and Boston College, but the season never lacked for excitement.

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  12. Brandon

    Note Mike Patrick actually defusing the situation by explaining the rule properly, today the announcers would be fanning the flames, hoping to get interview requests for themselves on hot take shows.

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  13. Granthams replacement

    I recall my dad saying something that would get you barred from this blog forever repeatedly

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  14. so was the guy stuck in the “we just lost the game” loop suffering from heat stroke or just drunk?…inquiring minds want to know.

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  15. SWGADAWG

    s listening to the game on a station out of Camilla that night. The station apparently wasn’t being run by anyone. When the break came after that play, the station stayed on and Munson could be heard during the break. He was quite upset and said some things that would get him fired if it were today. Hard to imagine why James decided to just drop the ball.

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  16. Runlindsey

    I remember my Dad losing his god dang mind when he dropped the ball. All I heard was “THATS A LIVE BALL” loud enough to dislodge some of the asbestos from our ceiling. The dawning of my realization that football isn’t life or death.

    It’s way more important.

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  17. Erskine

    I casualty remember this one too, a certain state patrolman from McCormick county SC decide my asking the man in from of me to step back while trying to make my way into WB was an act of disorderly conduct, I got served justice in the stadium magistrates’s court and spent the evening in the Richland county jail with about 10 other Dawg fans and several other usc fans.

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