Some days you finish the drill and others the drill finishes you.

Of all the things to ponder about the last four times Georgia’s played Alabama, this is the one that bugs me the most.

I mean, you’d just figure simply on a purely random basis that at least once the ball would bounce the right way.  But it never does.

And that’s about as existential as I intend to get about Monday night.

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32 responses to “Some days you finish the drill and others the drill finishes you.

  1. I mean, the easy knee-jerk reaction to that seems to be “Kirby let’s his foot off the gas…”

    Do you buy into that idea? Serious question….

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  2. olddawg22

    What bothers me more is our personnel has gotten steadily better vs Bama from 4 years ago (most of those guys were Richt recruits in2017) results have gone in the opposite direction! Hope this is the game we reset and GATA!
    There is that Damn Hope again! She is gonna give it up Monday!!
    Go DAWGS!

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    • rigger92

      Yeah, what’s driving that stat is that the first two were something ridiculous like 117.5 minutes with the lead. Hopefully CKS has learned to not allow them to get within 1 score in the second half, whether by scoring more or stopping them, doesn’t matter.

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      • David K

        Exactly, we could trail from the opening kickoff of this coming game until the finish and we’ll still have led more minutes overall over 5 games. Who cares?

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    • 1smartdude

      True. But there are glaring misses too, only when compared to Alabama. WR would be the biggest IMO. Not dissing on the kid at all, he’s played above his talent level, but we start a freshman in Ladd whom would never see the field had we hit on the right recruits. On the other side, Alabama has 4 freshmen that haven’t really seen the field because of the talent in front of them. Those 4 were all in the top 10 WR’s in the country. We’ll get to see them this go round with Metchie out. We haven’t really missed at QB, but somehow still have managed to F that up. Then, the misses in the secondary. Getting behind with a mass exodus last year meant that group and WR was priority 1. So yes, the overall talent level is way up, and it gets you a 12-0 season pretty easily when you can outclass folks and hide your flaws. This one team, on the same level, can take advantage of those misses.

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      • Russ

        Jackson, Burton, Pickens, Blaylock, Washington were all recruited by Alabama. Brock Bowers was NOT recruited by Bama. Think that was a miss on their part?

        Our WR room is fine. We’ve had some injuries and we can’t get the QB in there that Heisman worthy.

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        • 1smartdude

          Waddle,Smith,Jeudy,Cooper, Ridley,Ruggs, Williams, Metchie and on and on. It’s not hard to see the disadvantage but OK. Jackson,Burton, Blatlock, all DGD’s but the misses, when this other team has just been stacked, not with serviceable WR’s but elite WR’s and numbers is glaring to me. Injuries played a part, but even without those, the WR room isn’t comparable.

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          • Russ

            Oh, I thought we were talking current roster. I’ll grant that our WRs in the past didn’t measure up to Bama’s. I don’t necessarily agree with that take about our current room.

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  3. ugafidelis

    🤮

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

    It’s almost like constantly shutting down your offense in the second half of games so your QB never throws more than 20 passes and your offense never knows what it’s like to have to keep their foot on the gas for four full quarters is a bad thing?

    When those of us say Kirby is stubborn and Kirby will never learn, THIS is what we mean, because he keeps making this same mistake over and over again. He did it in every regular season game this year. He did it against Michigan.

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    • Derek

      Why can’t CKS be like Saban and shut it down in the first quarter of a semifinal?

      CKS will never lose in Memphis to the 9th (of 10) ranked Big 12 team by 27. He’s too stubborn for that. Makes me sad.

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      • George Costas

        I am a long time lurker. I have watched the two of you for what it seems like years go back and forth and it is tiresome. It is obvious that Corch is ignoring you and has for a few months so why do you persist? You continue this now one-sided grudge match and you more that him bring everything down by continuing. I have also noticed that your arguments with everyone are almost always in bad faith. What are you even saying here? I understand your frustration. Corch can beat a dead horse unlike anyone else. But your constant antagonizing of him makes you worse. Corch is your dead horse, Derek. For the rest of us reading who are tired of watching you beat it could you please stop, my friend?

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        • Derek

          Tell me about “bad faith.” What do you mean by that? Sarcasm? Irony? You don’t get the joke? What is it that offends thee in that regard?

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

            When you are the only person laughing it is not a particular good joke. No one else is laughing, Derek. I have told you it is tiresome. Others have told you it is tiresome. Corch is not engaging with you. Perhaps you should take the hint. I would guess that it does not seem as if you will take my advice and you will continue to beat your dead horse, and in doing so you do not make the point about Corch that you think you are making. I know you will respond to this because you are a last word person, but I have made my point. I hope you listen.

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

              Damn, well, that’s what you get when you try to make a point using a fake account, you make the same mistake Kevin Durant did.

              Look, Derek… I have tried to reason with you. I have tried to ignore you. Nothing is working.

              You don’t like me. I get it. I understand it. I am not an easy person to take sometimes. I do beat a dead horse. I know it. I’ve spoken with the Senator about it. I try not to, but it’s more about my own personal issues that makes it difficult to let things go and repeat myself. And often times, after I’ve posted something, I instantly regret it. Because I know it’s me beating a dead horse.

              So I’m asking you, once again: I’m not talking to you. I’m ignoring the things you say that I disagree with. Can you just do the same for me? Enough has to be enough. There is no reason for a grudge to continue when both people don’t want it to continue. Other people used to reach out to me on twitter when I was still on twitter and told me they hate reading comments where all we do is argue or snipe at each other. The Senator has told me the same.

              I’m not going to stop posting, but I thought asking you nicely to stop with a fake account could maybe knock some sense through the dislike you feel for me.

              So please… I ignore you. Please just stop. No one likes us sniping. Can we have a detente?

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              • Derek

                It really has zero to do with not liking you.

                In fact, I sometimes fear that a younger me may have been possessed with similar blind spots that you display here. That probably annoys me more than anything. The idea that one day in the past I was that certain and that lacking in humility.

                Allow me to make 3 observations about your posts that I think lead to “sniping” as you characterize it:

                1) the constant failure to admit that you really don’t know what you don’t know. At least frame your edicts as assumptions or as opinions rather than facts. Mind reading ain’t a thing. You should understand that we know not even a small fraction of the considerations that go into Todd and Kirby’s thinking. Admit that and then say what your opinion is and that it is based upon what little info you do know. An opinion is not a fact. In this context it will always be an opinion based upon far, far less than complete info. So the issue is your degree of certainty in an area where there is no way to be certain of anything. On that I’d hope we can agree.

                2) why come on the blog after a terribly frustrating soul crushing defeat with a tone of “i told you I was smarter than kirby and he’ll never change and that’s why we lost?” That one really ought need no further explanation. There will be residual hostilities over such failures to consider time and place restrictions on your speech. Would you tell you buddy who is divorcing his wife because he just found out she was cheating: “well I tried to tell you she was a whore and you married her any way.” You can think it. Never, ever say it. At a minimum, give some time for passions to cool.

                3) if you’re going to boastfully use MSU’s victory over LSU two years ago as cudgel to try to beat us into believing that Mike Leach, is, as you’ve been saying, a football genius whose path, if followed by CKS, would lead us to the promised land, while he himself just hasn’t found his championship footing after over 20 seasons as a HC, be prepared for push back when it turns out that you’re just wrong. And there is no shame in being wrong. I didn’t think we should fire Donnan: wrong! I didn’t think we should hire CMR: wrong! I didn’t think we should fire CMR: wrong! I didn’t think we should hire CKS: wrong!! Its quite a streak of wrong ain’t it?

                Its ok to be wrong. Its an every day thing for me. I’ve adjusted to that reality.

                Also, its ok to be challenged. Its ok to not take ourselves so seriously that criticism or contradictory ideas are seen as a personal affront.

                If you think you can see any wisdom or reason in those observations, then lets just move on. If you think that what you’ve been doing and that the tone and tenor of how you’re doing it is not only perfectly fine but that you are also entitled to some sort of cloak of immunity, you may occasionally find yourself disappointed.

                I will try to avoid the personal as the host insists. If you find that Ive crossed a line, please just say so and set it out just as I have above. Trust me, I will listen. I’m not here to gratuitously take swipes at anyone. I’m also willing to engage in a mature adult conversation about what a complete and total asshole I can be. I’m not unaware.

                Fair?

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

                  It’s not the criticism. It’s not the disagreement. It’s that half of what you post seems to involve me or is about me. It’s weird and off-putting and uncomfortable.

                  Like how I mentioned liking Mike Leach and that he’s a good football coach. I believe that, and I’m not the only person on earth who believes that. Many CFB experts both like Mike Leach and think he’s a good coach. How you took my liking of The Pirate, twisted it, and now use that as some kind of constant jab that I think he’s better than Kirby or anytime Kirby’s mistakes are talked about is just weird, man. Yes, Mike Leach lost to Memphis. What does that have to do with Kirby?

                  That’s what I mean about arguing in bad faith. It has nothing to do with anything. That’s frequently how you argue with me and others.

                  It’s obvious we push each other’s buttons, which is why I tried not to respond or post to your comments the last few months. Other people here criticize their arguments and I can criticize their arguments, and it never rises to the level of sniping between us.

                  I appreciate the response. I’m going to continue keeping my distance because I respect the hell out of the Senator and I don’t want to make this a place people don’t want to come because we can’t handle our shit with enmity. Enjoy the game in Indy. I mean it. I hope Stetson throws 5 TDs and I’m here Tuesday morning issuing mea culpas.

                  Go Dawgs!

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                • Odontodawg

                  FFS, would you two get a room or just STFU. Very few here care about your pedantic, rambling pissing matches and would prefer to not have to scroll through them.

                  #theworldisbiggerthanyou

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            • Derek

              Let me talk to Derek and I’ll get back with you.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

                Man, I’ve tried reasoning with you in the past and nothing has worked. I know this was stupid and lame, but it’s all I could think of in the moment. The constant sniping does bring down the discussion and people are sick of it. There’s no reason for it continue. There really isn’t.

                I’ve spent the last few months ignoring you, but you don’t stop. I do beat my dead horses, that’s true, but I am your dead horse. So I’m asking, again, for a cessation to the hostilities. If I can ignore the things you say that I disagree with, and there is a lot that I have the last few months, then surely you can do the same?

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    • George Costas

      Corch, the horse is now paste. You can stop. Thank you.

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  5. In Bama’ last 3 games they have 10 or fewer points with about 2 minutes or so to go in the first half. Only Auburn kept them there until the end. “Foot on the gas” may apply more to defensive pressure than offense prowess.

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    • Russ

      Both of our last two losses came down to spurts in basically the 3rd quarter last year, and the 2nd quarter this year. Maintain focus and don’t give up wide open receivers and we should have a much better shot.

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    • californiadawg

      Agree. Saban’s mastery is with in-game adjustments. It’s less about Kirby shutting down the offense after a lead and more about Saban’s ability to diagnose your scheme and quickly course-correct. What some interpret as taking the foot off the gas is us not adjusting shit quick enough.

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      • Down Island Way

        What the scribe is prescribing, is that UGA football should only play the bammers for 42.75 minutes, in your face ross, those are 100%, 60 minutes DAWGS on the field of play…GO DAWGS!

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  6. Previously Paul

    This is the stat that bothers me the most. I know this is a different group of guys but in their heads Georgia’s coaches and players alike know that Alabama always seems to find a way to win. The mental aspect of this game worries me more than personnel, matchups or scheme. Does Georgia actually believe they will win? Is there confidence or is there simply hope?

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  7. Derek

    I know one thing:

    You don’t fake punt at midfield in a tie game with 3:30 to play and they’ve got their back up qb in the game.

    You find some dumber shit than that in a championship game. I don’t think you can get close.

    But I suppose you could argue that the fake punt call was a conservative, shut it down, stubborn move on CKS’s part. Because that’s what he does….

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  8. Scotty King

    The middle 8 has killed us – last 4 minutes of the first half, first 4 minutes of the second half. Then Tua……….

    It really helped us against the Gators.

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  9. dawgphan34

    I know finish the drill was the last guys thing, but man I can’t think of any other way to put it.

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  10. Illini84

    “It never does”
    no

    “it never has”!
    it will

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