My work here really *is* done.

In explaining why Todd Monken is the best new offensive coordinator hire of the offseason in today’s Mailbag ($$), Stewart Mandel used the term “man ball”.

As a college football blogger, all I can say is if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.

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19 responses to “My work here really *is* done.

  1. Should’ve copy-righted it.

    Speaking of which, has Kirby ever reached out to you? I know how coaches love to denigrate bloggers and all, but we all know he reads the blog. He is way too detail-oriented and cerebral not to read it. One of the things I love about this space is that you – we – are never hard on the players. I would think Kirby would appreciate that.

    I would say the Public Enemy List of GTP reads like this:

    “Not running the damn ball.”
    Mudcat’s Scooter.
    3rd and Grantham (not our problem anymore);
    Turf at Neyland.
    Fake Juice.
    The sports media generally.
    Stewart Mandel in particular. Hon. Mention: T Barnhart
    Whoever is the offensive coordinator at the University of Georgia. Especially if it’s Mike Bobo.
    Whatever Mark Richt has lost control of, and whatever Nick Saban doesn’t have time for.
    2nd and 26.

    Obviously, all things Florida could take up this whole list, so I didn’t mention anything from there. It’s assumed. Like RSTLNE in Wheel of Fortune.

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    • The only Georgia coach I’ve ever felt fairly certain read the blog was Bobo.

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      • Got Cowdog

        And that’s probably why he took the shitty job in Colorado. I don’t blame him, really.

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        • Down Island Way

          So, you are saying the Senator ran Bobo out of Athens town….very interesting…

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

            I think we all could’ve been more charitable to Bobo, especially considering the next three guys we would have to run the offense.

            He’s a good OC. Was he maddening at times because he would abandon the run at weird times and always run an inside draw on 3rd and 15 or more instead of trying to throw for a first down? Yes.

            Were his offenses much less successful versus top-10 teams we would play while dominating other teams, helping to keep us on that plateau we couldn’t escape in Richt’s last 10 years? Yes.

            Did he only recruit sCam Newton as a TE and didn’t recognize Deshaun Watson’s talent as quickly as Chad Morris did? Yes.

            But he also didn’t have a boss like Kirby Smart pushing him to be better. His boss was Mark Richt, and I think given that, Mike Bobo did some pretty great work in his time here. I wanted him back, because I think Kirby would’ve pushed him to be much better than before. However, given that we got Todd Monken, I’m far happier with that result.

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          • Got Cowdog

            No, I don’t recall The Senator ever being any harder on Mike than any other coach. I’m saying the lack of appreciation for Mike’s considerable talent here in the comment section led to a “Nobody likes me” sort of “I’ll take my ball and go home” departure.
            And since we (Well, some of us anyway) blame Bobo for everything this may be the first thing I didn’t really blame him for….

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            • Y’all have missed the point. I think Bobo read the blog at one point not because of nastiness, but because of how he reacted to a David Hale question once.

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            • I remember the Senator – other than his occasional frustration with balance purely for the sake of balance – was much more in the camp of Bobo apologist. I think his “I blame Bobo” meme was a gentle mockery of his readers. Even before Bobo, Georgia fans have always been suspicious of any play other than the toss sweep. “RUN THE DAMN BALL, RICHT!! This ain’t Sega!!” Was something you heard all the time during Richt’s first few years.

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      • I guarantee there are more. And some on the current staff. More and smarter content than any mainstream source, plus a lot of reasonably intelligent people – even Derek* – who keep the lights on. It would be coaching malpractice not to keep an eye on it.

        Maybe not the Playpen so much.

        *just kidding Derek; you’re wicked smaht

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    • Got Cowdog

      Oh honey, you are just scratching the surface. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the Lexicon, it’s well worth it.

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      • That was just off the top of my head man!! To be honest with you, I don’t really even remember Mudcat. But I remember his scooter. Or was it his car? Is he the guy who “emerged from an alley?”

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    • Lol, I’m sure someone on staff reads the blog, but not CKS himself. He doesn’t have time to cull the interwebs for interesting tidbits.

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    That’s hilarious.

    Also looks like, given Stew’s “self-reflective” preamble, that the returns are coming in on just how much money The Athletic stands to lose from cancellations due to Stew deciding to copy for his site’s editorial direction from ESPN’s 2016-2018 playbook on how to piss off your paying customers.

    I thought he was crazy when he said it (given my proclivities at the time), but Michael Jordan is the undefeated oracle of business. Why piss off half the people when you can have all the people want to buy your shoes by keeping your mouth shut?

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Aww shit… sorry, Senator… I read my email exchange wrong and thought this was posted as an update to the playpen. I’ll see if I can take it down.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Okay, I can’t take it down. Why doesn’t WP let you do that? I don’t know if you can delete the comment, but please do if you can. I do not want this spin off and get this shut down for an honest mistake of well, not paying attention.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Y’all… I thought I was replying to a playpen comment about Stew Mandel… so just let this one slide and let me have it over in there if you want. Thanks.

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    • He was more succinct: “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

      Although I don’t think they do anymore. It’s all wing-tips, all the time. I vaguely remember that from our board meeting earlier this year. I can’t be too sure, I was busy clubbing my complementary baby seal with my complimentary copy of Wealth of Nations and saying “BULLY!”

      The hard part about clubbing a baby seal with a hardback is keeping your monocle balanced on your nose.

      I’ll see myself out.

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  3. Jack Klompus

    Wake me when they use it in Montana. 😉

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