Daily Archives: November 20, 2019

Today, in it just means more

I’m sensing a pattern here.

Draw your own conclusions about what that entails if Georgia upsets LSU to win the conference.



Filed under BCS/Playoffs, SEC Football

For the NCAA, another day, another meaningless phrase

Drum roll, please

The NCAA is committed to allow name, image and likeness opportunities for student-athletes consistent with the college athlete model.

And what, pray tell, is this newfangled “college athlete model”, exactly?

The college athlete model is not the professional model, meaning students will compete against other students, not professionals or employees.

What are we supposed to call students who aren’t college athletes and have jobs?

… modernization should occur within the following principles and guidelines:

Assure student-athletes are treated similarly to non-athlete students unless a compelling reason exists to differentiate.

I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

Last question:  how do we keep the amateurs pure?

The NCAA is best positioned to provide a uniform and fair name, image and likeness approach for all student-athletes on a national scale.

Bless your heart, NCAA.


Filed under The NCAA

Trick or treat, MFer!

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the soap opera in Columbia.  This is kind of like comic relief:

Aubrey C. Walker, a USC student manager on Muschamp’s staff, was let go from his position after being arrested on Halloween night. Columbia police records show he was charged with public disorderly conduct and taken to jail after physically fighting with another man in Columbia’s Five Points district.

Walker apparently took offense to the man’s Halloween costume, which depicted Muschamp holding a sizable check.


You will be shocked, shocked to learn the next part of the saga.

The costumed man’s name was not listed on the police report. But with the incident happening at a crosswalk in the middle of Harden Street on Halloween night, several people witnessed it.

Walker “appeared to be intoxicated” at the time, the police report says, and continued to be “loud and boisterous” when an officer attempted to stop the fight. He was taken to jail and released the next day on a $257.50 personal recognizance bond.

“I heard one of the cops say, ‘He said he works for USC football,’” one person who witnessed the incident said. “I thought, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’ He never said a word the entire time but he didn’t like that check.”



UPDATE:  Oh, Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Agent Muschamp Goes Boom, Crime and Punishment

“He’s going to move back to Georgia to be close to his family.”

Looks like the Dawgs have a quarterback walking on for next season.

A three-star member of the Wolf Pack’s 2019 recruiting class, Kirksey was rated as the No. 59 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 170 player at any position in the state of Georgia.

Roster management, for the win.


Filed under Georgia Football

Your 11.20.19 Playpen

Some of you have likely seen this idiocy already.  It’s a real winner.

I kinda wish they’d substituted “the mother” for “it” there.  But, sadly, I digress.

Aside from the money, it’s a government campaign, so you know there were committees, endless meetings, constant tweaking, consultations, etc. all involved in hatching this half-assed concept — okay, full-assed concept.  And yet nobody had enough common sense to strangle this in its cradle.

The topper is entirely predictable.  If you’re the politician with your fingerprints all over the body, there’s only one way to go from there.

I see the governor is from the school of any publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell your name right.  She’ll go far, no doubt.

Perhaps they can roll out a new license plate motto:  South Dakota — The Meth State.  It’s gotta ring to it, no?


Filed under GTP Stuff

Check out the big brain on Kanell.

Man, it’s almost painful watching the light bulb go on here.

Dude, it was about the money from the moment the idea of a CFP was hatched.  You really thought this was about some grand search for truth and greatness?

I got news for you, Danny.  It won’t be any different when they turn up the dial to eight.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Media Punditry/Foibles

Montana respect

Someone asked Stewart Mandel in today’s Mailbag ($$) why all the CFP love for Georgia.  Here, in part, is his response:

Georgia is No. 4 because it’s beaten a 9-2 Florida team, an 8-2 Notre Dame team and a 7-3 Auburn team, all of them currently ranked in the Top 16. It also shut out three likely bowl-bound teams (Arkansas State, Kentucky and Missouri); and crushed another (Tennessee) 43-14. There simply aren’t four other teams out there with better résumés, and there certainly won’t be if the Dawgs beat 7-3 Texas A&M this week and potentially 12-0 LSU in the SEC title game. Georgia is not without its warts; it currently ranks 80th nationally in passing yards per game (220.3). But the Dawgs boast the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense (10.5), No. 6 rushing defense (2.7 YPC), No. 7 pass efficiency defense (107.9) and No. 12 rushing offense (5.4 YPC).

All of which tells me a lot more about their aptitude as a football game than the final score of that South Carolina game.

Manball may not be pretty at times, but you can’t say it hasn’t been effective.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

What seems to be the problem here?

If you’ll recall, I posted this yesterday.

Now, after seeing that, maybe you said to yourself, “what if Fromm’s not that good running play action?”.

On to the next theory…


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

Today, in awesome

That would be your ACC, ladies and gentlemen, which is on the verge of helping to make an Orange Bowl for the ages.

By contract, some ACC team has to play in the Orange Bowl. Also by contract, that berth would go to the next highest-ranked ACC team after Clemson, assuming the Tigers once again make it to the playoff.

With Clemson as the ACC’s only currently ranked team, that decision would kick back to the Orange Bowl board of directors. It is believed that would be the first time in the CFP’s six-year history that a New Year’s Six bowl could be picking an unranked team.

Never mind the rarity of the situation, what would the Orange Bowl and ACC do about some school’s (or schools’) feelings perhaps getting hurt?

“It’s a great question,” said Eric Poms, Orange Bowl CEO. “We are hopeful, obviously, with [three] weekends of football still to go there is a path for some team from the ACC to get back in there.”

“Please, Gawd!” is a helluva plan of action, Eric.


Filed under ACC Football

Stop the damned run, Dawgs.

Admittedly, I haven’t paid particularly close attention to Texas A&M this season, so I found this of interest:

The Aggies’ base offense operates out of a split-back pro set. In other words, Texas A&M will often use two running backs in the backfield at once.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said the formation Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher employs hearkens to a different era of football, making it an alignment modern defenders have rarely seen.

“It’s like the triple option of today, when you have two backs in the backfield, because nobody knows really how to defend it anymore,” Smart said during Monday’s press conference. “(Vince) Coach Dooley is back there; he could probably tell you how to defend it, because you toss the ball and you run a sweep, and nobody knows how to handle a lead blocker.”

It’s funny Smart mentions Coach Dooley there, because he’s got an available coaching source to consult who’s even more familiar with the ins and outs of a two-back set.  It’s the guy he played for, Jim Donnan.

While it may not be the typical offensive formation of the day, that isn’t to say it’s been consistently effective this season.  As Pete Fiutak notes, lack of rushing production has been a common theme in TAMU’s losses.

… Texas A&M has rushed for 125 yards or fewer four times this season. Once was in the inexplicably close win against Arkansas, and the other three times were against Clemson, Alabama and Auburn – the three losses.

That would appear to be right up the alley of Georgia’s defense.

Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Those are the only three teams to run for 100 yards or more against the nation’s third-best defense. The line isn’t doing a ton to get into the backfield, but eats up everything.

How good has this underappreciated group been? It hasn’t allowed more than five yards per carry in any game, only gave up more than four to Kentucky in a 21-0 win, and over the last three games when it’s been time to step it up, it held Florida, Missouri and Auburn to a combined 155 rushing yards and just over two yards per carry.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!