Picked Six

And there it is…

… aka “Kirby Smart’s chance at redemption”.

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UPDATE:  Prime time.

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71 responses to “Picked Six

  1. PatinDC

    I don’t think I can watch another round of Saban vs Smart. It is just pitiful.

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  2. RangerRuss

    Gotdam yankees.

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  3. D.N. Nation

    Team rightly earned a mulligan. Now, y’know, do something with it.

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  4. “Thank You Sir…May I have another?”

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  5. We’re really gonna do this again, huh? Give me a few weeks to get some positivity back before telling me we might play Bama again! It ain’t easy being a Dawg.

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  6. mg4life0331

    Prepare for a months worth of stats that we are awesome in except the scoreboard during Bama games.

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  7. legatedawg

    First things first, Patin. Senator, you used to beat the drums for a Georgia vs Michigan post-season matchup 8 or 10 years ago. It is finally here, but what a hell of a way to get it. First time since I was in HS, Ann Arbor 1965, and they never did repay with a visit to Athens. So it seems that the Dawgs must beat their mirror image (or the closest that the Big 10 has to it) in order to set the table for “redemption”. I’m glad our guys are in but after yesterday I have NO idea what to expect.

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    • moe pritchett

      Agreed.
      Glad we are in but damn…I don’t know what to think.
      Is this a Saban hangover?

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      • legatedawg

        Well, let us call it a rat poison hangover, at any rate. Saban’s reference to “yummy” rat poison yesterday was obviously aimed at their enjoyment of its consumption by our side. Of course, one man’s rat poison is another man’s…baked Alaska, caviar, Kobe beef, whatever. But I’m going to ditch the food metaphors as the past 24 hours have not been appetizing ones. I will only register my strong hope that our coaches and staff reflect on what they did wrong in prepping for this game, in order to get the next time(s) right.

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    • thenewandimprovedtronan

      The matchup will feel novel to most fans, that’s for sure.

      https://georgiadogs.com/sports/football/opponent-history/university-of-michigan/109

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    • Illini84

      I was a sportswriter for a local Champaign-Urbana paper for one year, our 84 Rose Bowl and had a nice Schembechler quote in my pre-season where he said “Michigan is the Harvard of the Midwest and Illinois is the Oakland Raiders of the Big Ten”! Fuck Michigan!!!!

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  8. NotMyCrossToBear

    “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne, ‘Shawshank Redemption’. Damn you Dawgs. You’re killing me.

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  9. Saban begins his machinations for his next Dawg game right now. Wouldn’t doubt if he lost to Cincy figuring out how to beat us.

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  10. I hear ya, I’m still pouting…might get there in a few days , but fuck

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  11. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Anyone think Stetson Bennett is going to beat a good Michigan defense?

    We all know Kirby is sticking with his guy, right?

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  12. mddawg

    I say we get Daniels ready over the next few weeks and let him play against Michigan. I don’t think Stetson lost the game for us last night all on his own, but I’m almost at a “what have we got to lose” mentality with the QB situation.

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  13. Gaskilldawg

    Not only will it be our first game against Michigan since 1965, it will be our first trip to the Orange Bowl since January 1, 1960.

    Going off on a tangent, Coach Wally Butts was on the hot seat in the late 1950s. Part of the reason for the hot seat was his record in the 1950s. Another reason was his drinking and alleged womanizing. He won the 1959 SEC Championship, which would have released some of that pressure, until supposedly he took his girlfriend to Miami for the Orange Bowl on the team plane instead of his wife. He had a winning record in 1960 and beat Tech. He was the AD, so you would think a recent SEC and Orange Bowl championship followed by a winning season and beating Tech, and himself being the AD, would save him. However, there was so much pressure for a change he resigned rather than letting the Athletic Board decide his fate. I have been told that flaunting the girlfriend on a team trip at the team’s expense was what did him in. Georgia in 1960 was more blue-nosed than it is now.

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    • legatedawg

      Fascinating history. In the 1940s Georgia football was good enough to be mentioned by the best-known journalist of that era, John Gunther, in his Inside U.S.A., in the same sentence as Alabama and (hard to belief unless you’re past a certain age) Georgia Tech, then an SEC member. Dawgs’ reputation of that decade was well-earned and I’ve never read an explanation as to why our program dropped off so badly in the 1950s, for which the 1959 SEC Championship really seems an outlier.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Thanks for asking. There are various causes to the dropoff from great success in the 1940s to mediocrity in the 1950s. This is a long answer.
        First, the economics of recruiting changed in the late 1940s. Before the late 1940s the NCAA did not have rules regarding benefits to players as it does today. We had an alumnus and former football letterman named Harold Ketron. Ketron owned some Coca-Cola bottling companies up in the coal country of Pennsylvania and Ohio. He would find star high school players and offer them jobs in his bottling companies to do such stuff as ride along on delivery trucks. Charlie Trippi has often talked about how Ketron hired him as a high school kid and paid him an amount that exceeded Trippi’s father’s yearly wages mining coal. Trippi recognized it as a great gig; his father would come home after work bent over from being in the mine and covered in coal dust, while Charlie road in a truck . Ketron paid for Trippi to go to prep school in New York, and paid him during summers. Georgia football benefited Trippi with more than just a free education. It was perfectly within the rules in effect at the time. Ketron sent a lot of coal country talent to Athens to play for Butts in the 1940s.
        In the late 1940s two events affected that. Ketron died. The NCAA also faced an internal crisis. A lot of its member schools chafed at the idea of football factories. In the late 1940s the reformers got the membership to pass the “Sanity Code,” rules changes that prohibited all financial assistance that was not need based and available to all students. That and Ketron’s death reduced the coal country pipeline of star players to UGA.
        In the 1950s O.C. Aderhold became UGA president. Aderhold did not care for athletics so Butts didn’t get the same support from the administration as, say, Alabama’s coaches did.
        Meanwhile, Bobby Dodd took over at Tech in 1945. There were not as many high schools in Georgia that produced high level talent back then. Dodd, for some reason, was able to build a pipeline to Valdosta High. Tech dominated recruiting from Valdosta. Once the NCAA replaced the Sanity Code with , for the first time, a system of athletic scholarships, Tech could take advantage of being in Atlanta. Tech would offer Boys High kids and tech High kids and Joe Brown High kids and Decatur High kids (those were powerhouses in the day) what they called “city scholarships, ” which meant that freshmen would live at home but get tuition and books paid. That allowed Tech to bring in more players than UGA.
        Georgia’s budget got stretched in the 1950s. In order to make money Georgia had to do what the directional schools do now; that is, play out of conference games on the road for money. In Butts’s UGA career he coached more games away from Athens than he did in Athens. Being a visiting team so often hurt our record in the 1950s.
        Jason Hasty, UGA libraries Georgia football history expert, told me that the culture shift from the 1940s to 1950s made a big difference in our success. Butts was a notorious for running long and brutal practices and being demeaning to his players. Hasty told me that the players Butts had from 1939 through the late 1940s were depression kids from mining families or dirt farming families. Being a UGA football player guaranteed three meals a day and an opportunity for a college degree to escape poverty. Those young men were willing to take abuse to avoid returning home.
        After world War Two the American economy brought unprecedented prosperity to white families whose sons went play college football. For those post war players they did not need a football scholarship to ensure a better standard of living than their parents had, so they were not willing put up with Butts’s abuse. Unlike Bear Bryant, who adapted his approach with the times, Butts was late in understanding the need to change his approach to motivating a new breed of players.
        Indeed, the core players on the 1959 SEC champions quit the team during the summer of 1959. Assistant coach J. B. “Ears” Whentworth was sort of the Erk Russell of the day and was a players favorite. Whentworth went to each of the players that summer to get them to return and promised that things would change.
        All of those things hit the Georgia program at the same time. It is a shame.

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        • legatedawg

          Thank you so much, Gaskilldawg, for your direct and extraordinarily detailed response. Now I see various throw-away items from long ago that make sense. Dodd’s business about how football ought to be fun for the players sounds almost as much like a dig at Butts as anything else. And our first game at Michigan in 1957 which I was too young to remember, when we lost 26-0 – we were functioning as their equivalent of a directional school . So glad that I do remember when we re-visited 56 years ago and righted the series. Now we have the tiebreaker coming in four weeks. Thanks again for the history lesson.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            The need for “travel for pay” games is the reason we went to Philadelphia to play Villanova without a return game and to San Francisco to play St. Mary’s without a return game. We played Miami of Florida 11 times in Miami and never in Georgia.

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        • RangerRuss

          Yes indeed. Thank you, Gaskilldawg.

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        • James A Mercer Jr

          I wish I’d read your comments before putting in my comment below. I was a 21 year old veteran walkon in ’58 and having come out of a lowly rural Georgia school could on aspire to play for Georgia, but now bigger,older, and tempered by service ball, I walked on. I recall the prophetic words of Dawg halfback Don Soberdash who asked me: “Do you love football?” and I replied in the affirmative. He then said: “Then don’t come out here or you’ll never love it again”. He was right. Frosh only served as scout team or “meat squad” and played a schedule of our own. Butts and his assistants, with the exception of Trippi and Whentworth were abusive asshole and I had to work at not punching them out..especially one I remember as “George”…last name. Fortunately, Coach Quintin Lumpkin saw a spark in me and arranged for me to go to GMC along with theree others the next year. We still had a lot of out of state players who tolerated the asshole coaches but Coach Dodd with his character alone would scoff up the Georgia and Mississippi players. Good riddance to Wally Butts!

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          • Gaskilldawg

            So you got to play for the legendary Lew Cordell. I don’t know how he treated his players but I know the GMC community loved him.

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    • dawg100

      BTW, Exact same reason Coach O ended up out. Brought girlfriend and allowed her kids to participate in practices. Lost focus and seemed distracted.

      In history, maybe Only General Grant could drink and focus on a major task!

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    • James A Mercer Jr

      What is was was Georgia finally figured out what an asshole Butts was. I know he is deified by some Georgians but he was a humiliating brute on the practice field. His replacements brought Georgia back to a team one could play for and be proud. UGA’s whole coaching philosophy changed for the better and has remained so. I don’t know about the girlfriend but he f**ked up a lot of good football players and kept a lot of Georgia talent off the team.

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  14. uga97

    Just 2 power 5s represented. Only 2 out of 5. Now that is the definition of Playoff Expansion

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  15. On September 1 playing Bama twice on the way to the NC was the expectation anyway. Not having the SECCG trophy sucks. Getting embarrassed was worse. New expectations begin January 1.

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    • dawg100

      Could have put them out of our misery, but at same time, plan was to
      have to beat them twice.

      Looking from 10,000 feet, even Herbsreit seemed to dismiss some of the game as Saban and co. fighting for their lives vs. a UGA team that knew it was in.

      Human nature is tough to overcome. We played so passive. They didn’t.

      Sentell made point that the entirety of defeating the Saban juggernaut seems to be on UGA, on the biggest stages, when the greatest coach ever is at his best.

      Would we rather be us now or TAMU having beaten them in what, 2012 and 2021?

      I like our position.

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  16. Doggoned

    Pollock was right in the preseason when he said that beating Clemson would give Georgia a mulligan in their pocket. I just never thought we’d have to use it in the SEC championship game. I think we can beat Michigan. Damn Bama.

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  17. setzer613

    If Daniels can and does play and we play aggressively on defensive we have a shot. Otherwise it is wash and repeat.

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  18. californiadawg

    Saban’s presser last night: “The rat poison that you usually give us is usually fatal. But the rat poison that you put out there this week … was yummy.”

    I sure hope we’re served the same brand of rat poison in the coming weeks. Maybe being an underdog and getting humbled on a national stage will focus this team for Michigan and beyond. Bama gets a pass for losing to a mediocre Texas A&M team and playing like shit to inferior teams all season, nevermind almost losing to an injury-plagued Auburn squad. We’ve more than earned a mulligan. I just hope Kirby and staff put together a better game plan, and Lanning isn’t too distracted interviewing.

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  19. 86bone

    I’m tired of reading all the mealy mouth bullshit…..we are the Fucking Georgia Bulldogs….dust your britches off, get better, grow some stones and come out swinging for the fence💪🏼
    Don’t sing it….BRING IT
    Go DAWGS🐶🐾

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  20. pantslesspatdye

    I’ll take it. Got hurt fee fees from last night, but I still like weeks of kirbs prepping and everyone getting healthy. Win or lose and I’m not pessimistic, I would love to play Michigan!

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  21. Derek

    Michigan must die!!!

    And then get Theron Sapp on the mutha for Indy!

    PLAYOFFS!!!!!

    HBTMFD!!!!!

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  22. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Remember when you were a teenager and grew up to be bigger and stronger than your dad, and how he would always want to arm wrestle you or something and how you would let him win because…he was your dad?

    Nick is Kirby’s dad. Kirby needs some sports psychologist to fix him between now and the next meeting with Alabama, whenever it comes.

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    • Kirby needs to study last night’s film video and realize how he fed up. Then he needs to tell Stetson and JT the starters job is wide open for bowl practice. Then he needs to tell Matt Luke to get the OL ready because we are going to assertive ourselves in the running game again and protect the fing QB. Then he needs to go to George Pickens and convince him not to just play, but make himself a 1st round draft pick.

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  23. Illini84

    Where’s all the whiners who didn’t think we were in???

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    • sundiatagaines

      If Ok State converted on their last play, we very well may have been out. Would have been sweating for sure.

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      • We would have been out, and it would have been the right call. We’re very fortunate.

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      • D.N. Nation

        This is likely the only way Bama gets into the ’15 playoffs.

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        • legatedawg

          It definitely was what put them into the 2015 SECCG. Ole Miss owned the tie-breaker and would have gone had it not been for this very zany play. How in hell does the Hawg receiver know that when he hurls the ball over his head, it will just happen to land next to his team’s star RB Alex Collins, who snatches it on the bounce and runs it for the first down from 4th and 25? Followed by a TD AND a successful 2-pointer. No Hawg win, no Bama-in-Atlanta for 2015.

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  24. PTC DAWG

    Gonna be a fun NYE.

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  25. whb209

    OK, maybe I will feel better in a week, but as of today I think GA should be about 19 on that list of top 6.
    The way GA played last nigh we could have Jonny Unitas playing QB and
    the game would have turned out the same.

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  26. PatinDC

    Jan 31? That is the latest date ever.

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  27. 69Dawg

    Michigan has a great run game. We are suppose to have a great run defense This match up will be one for the ages. I firmly believe that Saban was right a whole year of hearing how great you are can make a team think all they have to do is show up. If we can just keep SB4 from throwing to the wrong team we will be ok.

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  28. biggusrickus

    I’d like a repeat of the Auburn game from 2017, but I can’t say I’m anywhere near as confident as I was then that Georgia will do that this time. It’s one thing to have the dam break in a road game when you hadn’t really had the kind of season Georgia was having in 2017. These guys should have been more than ready for Alabama, and they weren’t. Or maybe they were overprepared and played tight? Whatever it was, I’m not getting my hopes up.

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  29. I’m deeply saddened. Not as much about last night loss but about how many bitch ass fans we have.

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  30. bigjohnson1992

    Well, it was a fun regular season anyway………..

    Kirby was asked if there was any discussion on the headset between him and offensive coordinator Todd Monken about possibly turning to backup and former starter JT Daniels during the game for starter Stetson Bennett. The Bulldogs trailed by 14 early in the third quarter and by 21 three minutes into the fourth quarter after Bennett threw a pick six.

    “No, we never discussed that on the headphones,” Smart said. “Obviously, we have to play better in a lot of areas, but to put any part of that blame or all that blame on Stetson, there’s a lot more to it then that. We’ve got to play better around him. We’ve got to play better on special teams, defense, really all facets of the game. There were some really, really, really good throws last night by Stetson. Some throws that only his guy could catch the ball. He made some good plays. We’ve got to continue to work on the poor decisions on a couple of throws there that were picked off.”

    Bennett was 29 of 48 for 340 yards with 3 touchdowns and the 2 interceptions. Bennett had not thrown more than 29 passes in any game this season previously.

    Later, Smart was asked if he will consider making a change at quarterback or if Bennett is his starter, Smart said simply: “I’ve addressed that already.”

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  31. originaluglydawg

    There are five hundred million Michigan yankees living in south Florida. There are sixty million more snowbirds that show up to spend the winter. This may be one game where Georgia fans can’t take over the stadium.

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