Daily Archives: December 19, 2020

Your 12.19 game day post

The “non-Dawg” part goes without saying, sadly.

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Sigh.

Ah, well, at least there are a decent number of games today and some pretty good matchups.

I have to admit it wouldn’t bother me much if the widest margin of victory today came in the SECCG.  Right behind that would probably be TAMU ending the Vols’ epic one-game winning streak.

Also, if the pundits have it right, it’s probably worth checking in on the Tulsa-Cincinnati game to get what is for most of us likely to be the first look at Georgia’s bowl opponent.

What’s today got in it for you?

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Filed under College Football

Mr. Conventional Wisdom takes a victory lap so Greg Sankey doesn’t have to.

Since I’m not heading up to Athens today, Tony, you’ll have to forgive me if I feel a little empty right now.  But kudos to the SEC for not letting anything stand in the way of getting that sweet broadcast money.

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Filed under Mr. Conventional Wisdom, SEC Football

The many faces of Kirk Herbstreit

The same guy who just said, “… we have got to figure out a [postseason] system that opens up opportunities” also said this ($$), apparently with a straight face:

In an interview with 97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit, Herbstreit — known perhaps as the face and voice of college football for this generation — brought up this year’s Iowa team as an example of what’s both great and wrong with the sport. The Hawkeyes (6-2) had a tumultuous offseason and dropped their first two games by a combined five points. They have since won six straight by an average of 21.8 points per game.

“To me, that’s one of the great stories of college football (this year) and we live in this era of, ‘Does it have anything to do with the playoff? Nope, OK, who cares?’ And if that’s the world we’re going to live in in college football, that’s like March Madness,” Herbstreit. “If you’re in March Madness, fill out the bracket and we’re gonna get excited. But do you care about the NIT? No, unless it’s maybe your school.

“That’s what college football’s turning into with this playoff. If you’re in the playoff, it’s March Madness. And if you’re not in the playoff — even if you’re 9-2 — good riddance. Kids are opting out of Rose Bowls; kids are opting out of Sugar Bowls. It’s like, what in the hell is happening to our sport?”

Maybe you should talk to your employer about that, Kirk.  Assuming you really care, that is.  Otherwise, this is jaw-dropping hypocrisy.  Or in your case, business as usual.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil

“… there’s a lot there left to play for.”

From Chip Towers, this is a pretty good summary of how COVID has affected the Georgia program.  The starting point is the number of kids expected to opt-out of the postseason.

All five players who opted out Friday have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl, which is a showcase game for seniors who are expected to be drafted. Rice is a finalist for the 2020 Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s top linebacker. Cleveland and LeCounte are All-SEC players. McKitty is a graduate transfer from FSU who started five games this season. Daniel is a part-time starter who battled injuries this season.

It’s hard to blame some of Georgia’s veterans for wanting to move on. Dating to this summer, four times they saw their game schedule changed, including once the day before they were supposed to play Vanderbilt the first time Dec 5. In the meantime, they have been subjected to nasal-swab COVID-19 tests three times a week for 13 consecutive weeks now. That’s not including the personal sacrifices each players was asked to make.

We tend not to think about those personal sacrifices, but they were significant.

Georgia is one of only four SEC teams that did not encounter significant personnel losses because of COVID-19 in its football program (Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina were the others). The Bulldogs were able to do that because of strict adherence to institutionally installed health-and-safety protocols an almost militant social-distancing. Position groups that had too many players to sit six feet apart in UGA’s designated meeting rooms would instead meet in the Payne Indoor Center or spread out in the weight room, outside or other expansive areas around the football complex. The Bulldogs were encouraged to remain in campus quarters as much as possible. All team-personnel movements were traced via Kinnexon technology and cleaning crews were also close behind with a rigorous disinfectant regimen.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s internal player leadership group – which included many of these same seniors and underclassmen — reportedly was fierce about enforcing safe behaviors outside of team activities. Hanging out at parties and in bars was strictly forbidden.

To say it fell short of a typical college experience would be a gross understatement.

A lot was asked of these seniors and in the end they didn’t even get the modest recognition a senior day would have provided.  If some of them decide they’d like the holidays for themselves, I can’t fault them for that.  They’ve already given plenty at the office.

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Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

JT ain’t played ‘Bama.

This is some list.

Siri, how many of those teams managed that with their fourth-string quarterback?

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Filed under Alabama, Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

The return of karma

He’s back, baby.

That’s a lot of money to pay for mediocrity.  What’s that you said about college athletics finances during a pandemic?

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Filed under Bert... uh... Bret Bielema, Big Ten Football