Daily Archives: October 3, 2019

Sam Pittman is still a golden god.

I don’t care what the schedule’s looked like so far, I never thought I’d see the day for something like this:

Remember, that’s with the o-line juggling injuries against a top ten opponent.


UPDATE:  If it’s easier for you to follow this from a raw numbers standpoint, here you go.

The tackles for loss allowed number is almost as good.



Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

TFW you’re used to blaming Bobo

It wouldn’t be a real Georgia fan base if portions weren’t grousing about style points.  Seth Emerson ($$) points out what’s really funny about that:

If it seems Georgia is winning more games via blowout than ever before, that’s because it is.

Since 2017, Georgia has won 20 games by 20 points or more, already the most — only four games into this season — the program has ever had over a three-season span. (There were 18 wins of at least 20 points from 2012-14.)

Those 20 blowout wins (and yes, we’re going with 20 points as the benchmark) are the third-most in FBS sine 2017, tied with Ohio State. Only Alabama (23) and Clemson (22) have more during that span.

Further context for how unusual this bludgeoning of opponents is for Georgia football: When Mark Richt’s teams won two SEC titles and three SEC East titles from 2002-05, they combined for 18 blowout wins (again, with 20 points as the definition) over that four-year span. That’s two less than Georgia has had in 33 games since routing Appalachian State, 31-10, in the 2017 season opener.

The next time that grumpy asshole in Section 104 raises his hands and complains that Georgia isn’t scoring a touchdown every time it touches the ball, hit him with that.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Emmert?

Matt Gaetz is one of the more conservative members of Congress, a full-throated supporter of the POTUS.

Matt Gaetz also posted this.

When you’ve got polar opposites like Gaetz and Sherman on the same side of an issue like player compensation, you ignore current politics at your peril.  Which, come to think of it, is exactly what I expect the NCAA to do.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

Some early UGA-UT thoughts

You know the old expression “if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have a quarterback“?

There’s a lot of chatter about a QB change. What percentage would you put on Pruitt giving a QB his first career start against this UGA defense?

20%. Pruitt has said consistently he thinks Jarrett Guarantano is the best quarterback on Tennessee’s roster. The problem is, Guarantano is not playing like he practices. That’s frustrating for Pruitt, but I’m not sure most rational people think turning to a freshman against Georgia is the answer to jumpstarting this offense. Neither Brian Maurer nor J.T. Shrout has been effective in his limited relief duty.

Tennessee’s put a new twist on that:  if you don’t have any quarterbacks, you don’t really have a quarterback.

Josh has posted a couple of fun advanced stats charts.  Here’s one, looking at success rate:


And here’s another, filtered through the Vols’ debacle against Florida.


Advanced stats do not appear to be working in Tennessee’s favor, especially in the ground game.  Waiter, bring me an order of manball!

Jim Chaney may not be Lincoln Riley, but he’s a decent, experienced offensive coordinator who’s being well payed to relive his 2016 season with, unfortunately, even less talent.  He’s got a quarterback who’s regressed, which is generally not a good thing.  And while the strength of the Vols’ offense is at wide receiver, that’s hardly comforting when your quarterback is having a rough year… or when you turn to a freshman as your second choice.

In a team to team comparison, the Dawgs are clearly superior at almost every unit group, but the gap at quarterback is broad enough to make it extremely difficult for me to envision a path to victory for Pruitt’s team, outside of the intervention of our old friend, Mr. Turnover.  The problem with that is, against D-1 opponents, Tennessee’s last in the SEC in turnover margin.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Dawg people

This comes from a New York Times article about baseball, but bear with me for a sec.  As you may or may not know, the upcoming Braves-Cardinals playoff series is a rematch of a playoff series that was marred by a horrendous officiating call.

The Times decided to do a living history review of that night and spoke with several of the key actors, one of whom was former Georgia pitcher Mitchell Boggs, from Dalton and on the mound for that play.  Here’s what he had to say about the fans littering the field in protest:

Boggs: They were upset. If you think I’m going to say a bad word about them, you’re crazy because I probably know a lot of the people who were throwing stuff. If something like that happened at a Georgia Bulldogs football game, heck, I’d probably throw something, too.

Don’t give some of us any ideas, son.


Filed under Georgia Football

They only have your best interests in mind, kids.

These two Tom Izzo quotes are a perfect encapsulation of why we can’t have nice things when it comes to the NCAA.

This shit’s been brewing for a decade and the NCAA has done nothing but delay the inevitable, because that’s how they roll.  Just think what a little proactive thinking five years ago might have saved everyone.

And it’s not like things are likely to change any time soon.  Here’s Gene Smith, giving a hint as to the not-so-new direction coming from the powers-that-be on player NLI rights:

“My concern with the California bill, which is all the way wide open, monetizing your name, image and likeness, is it moves slightly towards pay for play,” Smith told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s very difficult for us who are practitioners in this space to figure out, how do you regulate that? How do you ensure that the unscrupulous bad actor does not enter that space and ultimately create an un-level playing field?”

Ah, yes, Gene, please save them from that “unscrupulous bad actor”.  There’s nothing more NCAA than running something from the do it for the kids playbook.

And lucky for Gene — he knows somebody in Congress who shares his concern.

“I actually think that we need to do something quickly, within the next year,” Gonzalez told ESPN. “I don’t think you have three years to figure this out. I think decisions will start happening immediately.”

He said he wants to create legislation that gives athletes the chance to make money while also setting up some way to protect athletes from what Gonzalez described as “bad actors.”

“There are a lot of people who are trying to get a piece of the athlete who do not have their best interest in mind and are out for nefarious means,” said Gonzalez, who was an All-Big Ten receiver at Ohio State before playing in the NFL for five years. “You can imagine a world where, if there were no guardrails in place, that it could get out of hand pretty quickly. That’s the lane you’re trying to carve. How do you do this to provide necessary and deserved benefits while not inviting a bigger problem alongside it?”

Gonzalez said he has had informal conversations on the subject with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, the co-leader of a working group assembled by the NCAA to evaluate ways in which the association could change its rules on name, image and likeness rights.

That’s a relief.  Who better to protect college athletes from being exploited than the very people who have specialized in doing so for years?


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

Thursday morning buffet

No Vegan on today’s buffet.  It’s all meat.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, The NCAA

A video Name that Caption

I can’t even put into words a description of Dan Mullen’s expression here:

But don’t let me stop you from trying.


Filed under Name That Caption

An Urnge vote of confidence

Paul Myerberg places Jeremy Pruitt on a hot seat.

The wreck that is Tennessee might find its latest scapegoat in Pruitt, who is floundering in his second season while former coach and current athletics director Phil Fulmer looms over the program. The issues are too numerous to list in full. A short list: Tennessee is losing by huge margins to rivals, most recently Florida; is losing to teams the program has no business losing to, such as Georgia State; can’t find an offensive identity and has been unable to develop talent from well-regarded recruiting classes; and is constantly tripped up by the sort of errors that reflect poorly on the coaching staff.

It hasn’t been a good week, or a good month or a good season, for that matter.  But the big man claims to have Pruitt’s back.

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer, who led the Vols to a national championship in 1998 as head coach, said Wednesday he has no desire to return to the sideline and that the “coaching chapter of my life is closed.”

Fulmer, 69, made an appearance on the syndicated Vol Calls radio program and also spoke with ESPN.

“We’ve got a good football coach, and I believe in Jeremy Pruitt totally,” Fulmer said. “I have no interest in coaching again and would rather spend that time being a grandfather and doing whatever I can as athletic director in helping Jeremy get this program where we all want it to be. Any talk of me coaching again is just a bunch of rumors.”

That’s cool, but I wonder if the tune will sound different after UT gets through Georgia and Alabama in the next three weeks.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

On the up and up

I don’t follow Facebook, but someone at a message board posted this image from D’Andre Swift’s page and I had to share:


Cool, no?


Filed under Georgia Football