Daily Archives: November 3, 2020

Today, in sportsmanship

Jesus, what a dick move.

Sadly, I bet there are several coaches out there who wish they’d thought of it first.


Filed under Mike Gundy Is A Man

Khan, I’m laughing at the superior recruiter.

A curious observation from Andy Staples ($$):

But in the case of Florida and Georgia, the Mullen staff seems to be superior in terms of development and the Smart staff seems to have the edge in recruiting.

I know everything these days filters through the quarterback position, and, yeah, Trask has developed more than Bennett has.  But can somebody list all the other position groups where Mullen’s staff has done a better job developing talent than has Smart’s?  ‘Cause I’d like to know.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Fighting a learning curve

Interesting note from Seth Emerson ($$) about Stetson Bennett’s path to enlightenment:

But the first interception was more egregious. Bennett locked on receiver Jermaine Burton in the left flat, not seeing Jackson springing open across the middle, and Bennett clumsily tried to throw through a defensive end.

When I asked him after the game about it being a batted ball or not seeing Jackson, Bennett just said the problem was the batted ball: “Just trying to move and find the holes. I just should have either lofted it a little more or slid up and found a window.”

The takeaway there is Bennett is working more on the batted ball problem, but there’s less emphasis on not checking down, even though that seems as much of a problem. Or do the coaches not believe that?

Avoiding the batted balls was clearly an emphasis last week, as evidenced by Bennett’s first pass of the game: He missed an open receiver (Burton) but it looked like Bennett may have been trying to avoid a batted ball, as he sees an edge rusher directly in the passing lane, whose arms go up right as he’s passing, so Bennett tried to get it around him — successfully — but the result was being a little too ahead of Burton.

Bottom line — he knows what he’s supposed to do, so clearly the coaches have been emphasizing it.  He just hasn’t reached the stage where the training comes naturally enough to overcome his lack of situational awareness.  The question from here is will it ever?


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“It’s all about the football game, and very little else.”

Just a reminder that this year’s Cocktail Party is more in the nature of a business trip for fans.

The game-day experience on Saturday will mirror the policies that have been in effect for Jaguars games. Masks must be worn from the time fans walk through the gates until they leave, and may be removed only when “actively eating or drinking.” Seating will be socially distant and the parking lot will have a space between each car.

The city said no fans will be allowed in the stadium lots without a game ticket.

There is one key difference from Jaguars games: no tailgating will be permitted at all, a policy the city of Jacksonville said is in line with the policy at Florida and Georgia home games. The Jaguars “discourage” tailgating but fans are allowed to eat at their vehicles.

The tradeoff for fans is that beer and wine will be sold inside the stadium. That and all concessions are being sold on a cashless basis.

Of course, the two schools and the city have no control over private lots and there may be a party atmosphere there, for fans who decide to chance the coronavirus spike in the area.

This was interesting to learn, though.

The maximum number of fans that will be allowed at TIAA Bank Field on Saturday will be 25 percent of stadium capacity, or 17,962. Georgia get 8,962 tickets, Florida received 8,700 (the home team usually gets about 200-to-300 more) and season ticket-holders and top-end boosters will get first dibs.

Since TIAA Bank Field was renovated in 1995 for the Jaguars’ first season, the Georgia-Florida game has packed in 80,000 or more fans each time. If all available seats are filled on Saturday, it will be the lowest attendance since an estimated 17,000 fans watched the Dawgs win 19-6 in 1938.

That may make it harder to tell when Gator fans leave in the fourth quarter.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football

Havoc, of a sort

With four sacks against a Kentucky offense that seemed allergic to throwing the ball, Georgia now sits atop the SEC in sacks, averaging almost three-and-a-half per game.  That’s a significant improvement from last year’s rate of 2.21 spg, which was seventh in the conference.  So, Lanning’s goal of getting more pressure behind the line of scrimmage in passing situations has come to fruition.

Except, funny thing — the defense’s tackles for loss rate (4.80 per game) has actually declined from last season’s 5.40.  If you net out sacks from tackles for loss, the drop is even steeper.

I don’t really know how to explain that.  A guess — and it’s only that — is that the pass pressure is largely being generated from the outside and the d-line isn’t expected to get much penetration in running situations, preferring instead to jam things at the line of scrimmage so the linebackers can clean things up.

Oh, one other thing worth mentioning with regard to this week’s game:  both Florida and Georgia are very good at not allowing sacks, ranking second and third in the conference, respectively.  It’s a good example of Mullen’s play design for Trask to get the ball out quickly to avoid losses behind the line of scrimmage.  It will be worth watching to see what Lanning comes up with to counter that.


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

Your Fernandina Beach PSA

[Ed. note:  those of you who include financial support of Athens businesses as a reason to end the Cocktail Party on Georgia’s schedule can skip this post.  Everyone else, carry on.]

Hamp Tanner is a longtime reader of the blog and a DGD.  He sent me an email that may be of interest to any of you heading down to Amelia Island this week or any other.

I am writing to let you know about some new offerings in Fernandina Beach this year. First, after almost two years of renovation effort, Mocama Beer Company will open its doors this Tuesday, 11/3/20 at 629 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach. The building is at the intersection of 8th St and Gum St in an 18,000 square foot former Ford Dealership building built in 1953. We have a 3500 square foot taproom with 24 taps on the wall. We will have 10-12 distinct beers on tap this weekend. Beer list attached.

Of note, my co-founder, Derek Imes, is a long time Athens resident and UGA grad who was involved with Terrapin Beer and then helped launch Creature Comforts. Several of our investors are also UGA folks. In other words, this is a UGA grad Brewery. Our brewer learned in Boston and then interned at Lagunitas. Then he became the head brewer at Burial Beer Company in Asheville for almost 4 years before we lured him to the beach.

… If you enjoy Tropicalia, I believe you will also enjoy our flagship IPA, Cosmico…

We will be trying hard to attract as many UGA fans as possible for Thursday and Friday. However, we are not a sports bar and even if we set up a temporary tv for the game Saturday, our taproom won’t be the best place for people to watch the game. So we are making Friday afternoon and evening our WLOCP party.

He had me at “a UGA grad Brewery”.

Here’s the beer list:



Beer                                            Style                                           Abv

Pan American                          – American Light Lager         – 4.1% abv

Light, refreshing, and easy drinking “high school” lager made with American 2-row, Flaked Rice, and Czech Saaz hops.


Infinite Harmonies               – Berliner Weisse                    – 4.5% abv

Superlight, dry bodied, sour wheat ale with a quenching finish. German Pilsner, Wheat Malt and Loral Hops


Infinite Harmonies Passion Fruit                                          – 4.8% abv

Our traditional Berliner Weisse refermented with a healthy dose of natural passion fruit.


Prosim                                        – Pilsner                                      -5.0% abv

Medium Bodied, with a crisp, dry finish. Hopped with Zuper Saazer and Grungeist, imparting a big floral and slightly herbal aroma.


Autumn Lager                          – Marzen                                  – 5.3% abv

Lagered for six weeks and boasts complex notes of caramel and toffee with a hint of buscuit, pretzel and raisin. Medium malt sweetness, balanced with a clean, crisp bitterness from German Magnum, and Czech Saaz.


Cosmico                                     – IPA                                            – 7.0% abv

Our Flagship IPA starts with a slightly toasty malt back bone, complimented with bright citrus, and tropical fruit aromas of Citra, El Dorado, and Sultana hops.


Rare Cargo                               – Hazy Double IPA                      – 8.3% abv

Double Dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Taiheke bringing a big hit of fresh squeezed pineapple and orange juice, white grapes, and tangelos with a hint of passionfruit and lime.


Night Rush                               – Imperial Espresso Stout        – 9.3% abv

Dosed heavily with Brazilian Dark Roast Coffee, Milk Sugar, Chocolate Malt and Oats.


Robust Porter                           – Robust Porter                           – 5.5% abv


Evocateur                                  – Robust Coconut Porter           – 5.5% abv

Not seeing anything bad there.

I don’t know what the hours of operation are, considering today is opening day.  Maybe Hamp will hop into the comments and let us know.  Anyway, I plan on dropping in.  You should, too.


Filed under Georgia Football, I'll Drink To That

Your Daily Gator’s misty water-colored memories of the way we were

This is rich, coming from the fan base that still insists Florida would have won the 2007 Cocktail Party if Tebow’s shoulder had been 100%.

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Man, it used to be that Gator fans believe history didn’t start until 1990.  Now, it’s starting to blur before 2008.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

“There will be a bunch of people who don’t know anything about this.”

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Congressional action on NIL regulation for college athletes is being sidetracked by partisanship.

On Capitol Hill, the question is being asked. Should we be involved and if so, how much?

Most lawmakers are answering ‘yes’ to the first question. The second question, meanwhile, has created a deep divide between Republicans and Democrats over both the scope of the legislation and the bill’s concepts.

Democrats are caucusing around a more expansive bill that completely reforms the NCAA, does not include antitrust and may not even include preemption of state laws, handing an open market of endorsements to athletes with little to no restrictions. Republicans are behind a bill limited, at least for now, to NIL and offering protections to the NCAA, such as preemption and potentially antitrust.

Obviously, if the Democrats obtain control of the Senate and Biden wins, then they’ll be the party calling the shots on this.  That being said, the more they seek to regulate, the longer it will take to get a bill passed.  And the clock in Florida is still ticking.

… Many in college athletics disagree, predicting that a bevy of differing state laws will clash with the NCAA’s own NIL legislation (expected to pass in January) and create a chaotic scene across the college sports landscape.

But maybe that’s not such a bad thing?

“[NCAA president] Mark Emmert and I talked about this recently,” says McMillen. “Sometimes chaos is a fertile legislating ground. Sometimes you need that to get people focused in Washington. If Florida can use NIL to recruit, you’re going to have a huge outcry.”

LMAO.  No, man.  What you’re going to have is a mad legislative scramble in every state with an SEC team to match the Florida law before the next recruiting class is signed.

Oh, yeah.  This, too.

“There’s also the possibility that none of that happens,” Feldman says, “and Florida’s law goes into effect and the NCAA sues it.”

Hey, with the NCAA’s track record in litigation, what could go wrong?


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

TFW you need to stick to sports

I’m Senator Blutarsky, and I approve this message.


Filed under Georgia Football, Political Wankery

The triumphant return of Mudcat’s car

I’m very glad that’s the case, but, shit, if this doesn’t sound familiar.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police, LeCounte was unresponsive when first responders arrived at the scene. He was traveling west on Macon Highway at an unknown rate of speed on an unregistered off-road motorcycle that was not equipped with lights or turn signals. Police estimate the accident occurred at 6:49 p.m., which would have been after sunset.  [Emphasis added.]

A 2019 Mazda 3 sedan driven by a 76-year-old man was traveling west on the same road and attempting to turn left into a convenience store. He did not see LeCounte coming.

That’s so Georgia.  All he needed to complete the trifecta was to have done that emerging from an alley.


Filed under General Idiocy, Georgia Football