Daily Archives: April 7, 2021

Soooo…., Montana’s saying there’s a chance?

From today’s Mandel Mailbag ($$):

Hi, Stew. Other than Alabama, Ohio State or Clemson, can you please rank the five teams most likely to win a national title in the near future? — Jungman M, Rio Medina, Texas

No. 1: Definitely Georgia. Kirby Smart is going to get one at some point, possibly as soon as this season. He’s had the overall talent for several years but has had some bad luck and bad misses at quarterback. However, I found it interesting that in Max Olson’s recent story ranking the most efficient returning QBs, none other than JT Daniels checked in at the top of the list, higher than even Sam Howell and Spencer Rattler.

If the Dawgs can make it there, they’ll make it anywhere.

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Your 4.7.21 Playpen

You may have heard about this exchange ($$) at Smart’s weekend presser:

Smart avoided weighing in on Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game being pulled from Atlanta in the wake of the state’s recently signed election legislation. The coach was asked Saturday if there was any concern about the SEC championship or future national championship games. being pulled from Atlanta.

“Yeah, I try my best to keep my head down and continue to work on our team, and what we have to deal with with our players, and I certainly worry about the mental state with our players, and I talk about what we’ve talked about before, the ability to have safe space and open conversations,” Smart said. “But I don’t get into the political side of it.”

Discretion being the better part of valor, I don’t blame him a bit for deflecting.  But you know who doesn’t have that luxury?

That would be Mr. Greg Sankey.  If he’s not hearing anything yet, give it time.

Before you scoff, the NCAA, the SEC and the UGA football program have been public about making sure college athletes are empowered in positive ways.  Here’s an example from last fall:

Ahead of arguably the biggest game of Georgia’s season, the Bulldogs will not be practicing on Tuesday. The Florida Gators, who have lost three straight to Georgia and missed practice time in October due to a COVID-19 outbreak, will also not be practicing.

The entire sport will not be practicing on Tuesday due to an NCAA mandated off day to allow student-athletes the opportunity to go vote…

“I think it’s very important for them to give us a chance to do that,” offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer said. “Us being allowed to go have our voice heard is probably one of the most game-changing things I’ve seen in a while. Our age group is one of the most influential age groups across the country. For us as football players to go out and voice our opinions to get to say who we want to be in office I think is really important.”

The day off does cause a disruption for teams, as Tuesday is usually a key day in preparing for the coming Saturday. And for Georgia, not that many players will actually be voting on Tuesday.

But that’s because over 90 percent of the Georgia football team has already voted according to Kirby Smart’s estimate.

“It’s unique now that it was such a point of emphasis on our athletic department and our athletic administration did a great job of getting 100 percent of our student-athletes to vote,” Smart said.

And let’s not forget the impetus behind Mississippi changing its state flag last year.

And on June 22, in the sleepy town of Starkville, Kylin Hill called for the state of Mississippi to remove from its flag poles a chilling reminder of the Old South. Mississippi was the last remaining U.S. state to feature the Confederate battle flag cross on such a celebrated symbol, all the while holding a larger proportion of Black residents (38%) than any other state.

“Either change the flag,” Hill’s tweet read, “or I won’t be representing this State anymore 💯 & I mean that .. I’m tired.”

They opened a door.  It won’t be possible to close that door.  If the cries to move start coming hard over the summer — it should make for some interesting questions at SEC Media Days, for one thing — and players start chiming in, Sankey won’t be able to, as Smart put it, stay out of “the political side of things”.  Either way, he won’t have an easy choice to make.

Your thoughts on this and anything else are welcomed in the comments, as always.

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Envy and jealousy, love edition

Sally Jenkins is still spitting fire.

A fundamental fact has been vividly on display for the past month of tournament play: The NCAA sells kids commercially without their consent for more than $1 billion per year. Athletes, in challenging this peonage debt-servitude system like never before in lawsuits and campaigns such as #NotNCAAProperty, have raised the question of whether the NCAA should continue to exist in its current power configuration. The answer is no, for the simple reason that the governing body has utterly perverted the definition of “amateur.”

The term amateur doesn’t mean “for free.” It never did. It comes from the French “amateur,” which in turn comes from the Latin word “amator.” Lover.

For the love of. That’s what it means.

Where is it written that to play a game for love, collegians must be strip-mined by universities of their worth and economic rights, and forced to fulfill commercial agreements that they aren’t even entitled to read — for free? Suggs and McDonald have never signed a deal with AT&T, yet they just spent a month of their ephemeral and perhaps fleeting athletic lives peddling 5G cellphone plans for which they will not see a cent. Why? Because “amateurism.”

Ain’t it grand?

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Players’ talk

Three interviews from yesterday —

JT Daniels:

Christopher Smith:

Kearis Jackson:

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Moar spring buzz

I’m seeing more and more chatter about one early enrollee, Adonai Mitchell, a wideout who’s evidently turning a few heads in practice.  JT Daniels was asked about Mitchell yesterday and had this to say:

“I’m definitely a fan of AD. One thing I can say that jumped out to me initially when he first got here, and I had my throwing sessions with the receivers, he was a consistent show. He was there every time and liked to run. He’d get his conditioning in. Talking about how he plays, he’s got great twitch and is going to develop to become a great young player. We’ve just got to let him take his time and learn the system and do his thing, and I think he’ll be a good football player.”

Mitchell signed as a three-star recruit, but he brings one very attractive attribute to the table in the wake of the Pickens injury, in that he’s 6-4.  He’s somebody to put an eye on at G-Day.

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Musical palate cleanser, glam battle edition

Friends, let me take you back to a simpler time, the early ’70s, when dudes could wear weird looking shoes, do, um… interesting things with hair and mix pop and hard rock together to come up with glam.  For a few years there, it was big, trust me.

Here are a couple of catchy numbers for you to wallow in.

Sweet’s “Fox on the Run” was a world wide hit, charting at #5 in the US.

Meanwhile, Slade scored a number one hit in Britain (only reached #98 in America, though) with “Cum On Feel The Noize”.

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