Today, in a-ha!

The AJ-C cracks the case:

Georgia lost 20-17 in a stunning upset in which Blankenship, who won the 2019 Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best place-kicker, missed two field-goal attempts, including a 42-yarder in overtime.

To Blankenship, it all went wrong for him when he couldn’t find an orange Powerade at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, an on-campus hotel in which the Bulldogs stay Friday nights before home games.

“I had a purple Powerade instead of an orange PowerAde before we played South Carolina,” Blankenship said during the Bulldogs’ preparations this week for the Sugar Bowl. I couldn’t find an orange Powerade in the hotel. So, I just thought, ‘It’s not that big of a deal; I’ll just have purple, and it’ll be fine.’ I guess it wasn’t fine.”

Blankenship is only half joking. Like most kickers, his routine before and during games is very important to him. For instance, he always dresses exactly the same way and in exactly the same order: compression shorts, left sock, right sock, pants, left cleat, right cleat, tie left shoe, tie right shoe, jersey over shoulder pads, shoulder pads and jersey on, helmet, snap chin strap, specs, left wrist band, right wrist band.

He also eats the same meals and same snacks at the same times, depending on kickoff.

Hey, I’ve heard worse explanations.


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22 responses to “Today, in a-ha!

  1. The Tick

    Orange powerade … shaken, not stirred.


  2. Dawglicious

    I can hear Munson calling that play: “Do you REALIZE we had no orange Powerade at the hotel last night? Holy smokes all we had was PURPLE…”

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    • Texas Dawg

      I wish I really could hear him call that. When he left the booth, part of what made game day so special left as well. He was not just an announcer, he was story teller who painted a picture for you and kept you engaged and on the edge of your seat. All the while you sweated out a lucky 49-7 victory while waiting for directional U to magically stage a comeback that Larry was fretting over. I will still from time to time go to YouTube to listen to some of his classic calls. Maybe I am getting old and nostalgic, but on game day, I sure do miss Larry on the radio. He is as important to the history of UGA football as Heschel and Vince

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  3. NoAxe

    Hot Rod has earned his scholarship. Everybody has a bad day.

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  4. 79Dawg

    I consciously avoid orange on gamdays….
    PS Herbie just dropped some dimes on Kirby…


  5. RangerRuss

    Having a routine or checklist is very important especially when engaging in sensitive tasks. Could be the difference in life or limb or missing a field goal. Proper planning prevents piss poor performance.


    • Gurkha Dawg

      Exactly right. The checklist is your friend. Especially when you’re under extreme stress. It can be even more important when you’re not in a stressful situation and get cavalier and sloppy. Accidents usually happen when someone has done something a thousand times and starts skipping parts of the checklist.


  6. 92 Grad

    I’m pleased for him, and his teammates, apparently aren’t tormented by the color of orange. Many of us Georgia football lifers have good reason to be vigilant avoiding that horrid color. HotRod and his team are fortunate to have beaten the rivals enough for a healthy outlook.


    • Macallanlover

      What are you talking about? I am an elderly lifer and I hate the color orange (have absolutely zero articles of clothing that color, nor any warm feelings for teams that wear that color) but fear none of them. Of all the teams we face anywhere near regularly, we lead the all time series, half of them by comfortable margins (Clemson and FU). I think the only teams we face, and have played double digit times, that lead us are Bama and LSU. I think both of them dislike orange almost as much as we do, and neither have any shade of orange in their locker room.


      • 92 Grad

        Tennessee and Florida in the 90’s really burnished the orange hate for me. Clemson in the 80’s was tough too. Sorry, I didnt mean “everyone”, I just meant that a lot of fans have suffered to opponents that wear orange.


    • Doug

      I hated the color orange too until I dated an Auburn fan in my 20s who wore orange shorts at a certain eating establishment. If memory serves, she also had an orange bikini that was…quite fetching (what little there was of it). Depends on the context I guess is what I’m saying.


  7. FlyingPeakDawg

    Wrist bands??


  8. lostdawg3

    No one else is bothered by these color/flavors are apparently all that’s available? No RED power aide? The White cherry flavor is pretty tasty. Hell even Green Flavor is alright. My mean red and black machine has to hydrate up with choices of orange and purple colored fluids!! Seriously!!


  9. WNCDawg

    Missing 2 FG’s is not the reason the Dawgs lost to USCjr. It’s the plague that follows us where ever we go Red Zone offense dictates UGA better find a consistent young kid to fill Hot Rod’s cleats.
    Senator you being a statistics man what percentages of times inside the 20 did the Dawgs score 7 vs. Hot Rod’s heroics ?
    Hot Rod should be grateful of the lack of TD’s on the Dawgs part. Instead of being a Groza Award winner he could have been known as a consistent PAT man.


    • Macallanlover

      No, it was 4 turnovers to zero that cost us that game. And one of those “missed” FGs was a block, which I don’t usually put on the kicker. The miss by Hot Rod in OT came as a shock because he had not missed a lick at that point since last year.


      • I would add that the offense did Rod no favors in that overtime by not gaining one stinking yard. Additionally, they didn’t even get the ball to the middle of the field for the field goal attempt.


  10. Doug

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, Hot Rod. I usually wear a Georgia sweater vest the Monday after a win, but after the Tennessee game I wore my argyle sweater instead. And my co-worker who usually draws a smiley face when I post the previous game’s score was on vacation that week. It takes a village to lose to the Gamecocks.