Arise, King Georgia.

If you’d have told me when I started this blog that one of my legacies here would be to become joined at the hip with Stewart Mandel on a certain topic, I’d have looked at you funny, but it’s 2022 and here we are ($$).

This whole thing started with the Georgia Bulldogs.

… The Dawgs were not among my original list of 13 Kings. “Suppose we went to, say, Montana,” I wrote at the time. “And suppose we found 100 ‘average’ college football fans … if I held up a Georgia “G” helmet, how many of them do you think would be able to identify it off the top of their head?”

A Georgia blogger known as Senator Blutarsky never forgot that line. Five years later, when Georgia remained a Baron, he found a volunteer to literally go to sports bars in Montana with a video camera and a Georgia helmet asking folks if they could identify it. (Final tally of the “Montana Project:” 73 yes, 27 no.)

Well, how’s this for serendipity? My next re-rank would always be in 2022. So, of course, Smart, who already had elevated Georgia’s profile substantially in the past five years, went and led the Dawgs to their elusive first national championship since 1980 just five months before this would run, ensuring their deserved step up to the ruling class.

Reached for comment, Senator Blutarsky — also known as Michael Brochstein of Atlanta — responded humorously (I think), “Bout damn time.”

Montana — if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.

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95 responses to “Arise, King Georgia.

  1. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    Hall of Fame

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  2. ugafidelis

    We can say we knew you before you were famous!

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  3. siskey

    I just read Mandel’s article. Senator, this is the best college football blog and I appreciate you finding items to post about on here. Go Dawgs!
    p.s. Stew is wrong about Tennessee and Georgia Tech

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

      Where did he have the Hillbillies ranked???

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      • siskey

        Baron which is 2d tier (really 3d tier) Emperor (Bama), Kings (Us, Clemson, etc), Baron (Florida, Tennessee, etc.).

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

          That is frakking ridiculous. At the time of his initial ranking, Georgia had recently won two SEC Titles and won two Sugar Bowls after going to three, and that BARELY got us in the Barons when we should have been Kings.

          What the frakking hell have the Hillbillies done in TWENTY FOUR YEARS to still have access to the second highest tier?

          And of course, that Saban-sucker would create a new category for King Nicholas the First in order to still keep Georgia in a second tier, because he’s a smug asshole.

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    • legatedawg

      Agreed. Tennessee and Nebraska too as Knights seems a real stretch. Has Scott Frost even turned up a .500 season in his quest to elevate the Huskers to UCF status? And the GnaTs along with them – that is just ridiculous.

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      • legatedawg

        Whoops…Tennessee and Nebraska as barons. The insects as knights. Sorry.

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        • Remember the Quincy

          Recent on field results aren’t really a big part of how he ranks them. But I generally agree with you.

          I also HIGHLY disagree that GT deserves to be more than peasants.

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    • Dawgfan1995

      Agreed. How Tech isn’t in the peasant category is crazy. I think he just hasn’t paid enough attention to rank them correctly in the bottom tier that they deserve.

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    • waterswv

      You’re National famous now Senator 👑

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  4. Here’s a nod to Bluto and Hoppy…and prayers to some folks in MT…the floods have been rough

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

    Still don’t like that guy. Smug SOB.

    At this point, why would we want to be in his club anyway?

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    • Down Island Way

      Next bar survey in Montana should be of two photos, one, of a horses ass, next one, is 5 foot tall bison poo pile and ask the question, which one resembles stewart mandel the most, there can not be a tie between the two…#RECOGNIZETHE”G”…

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  6. RangerRuss

    “If you wait by the river long enough the bodies of your enemies will float by.”
    -some dead Chinese guy

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  7. Russ

    He’s still a putz from Northwestern. What would he know about college football anyway?

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Exactly. I acknowledge that if 50 people make a list there will be 50 different results, but his criteria seem to me to shift so as to justify whatever he wants. And now I realize it’s not worth fretting over. Corch said it best – why does anyone want to be in his club?

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  8. Derek

    Long live King Kirby!

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  9. whb209

    Long live King Blutarsky.
    Great job Senator

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  10. This is the greatest sport in the world.

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  11. Quite honestly, I would just end the blog right now. Perfect circle.

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  12. As 3YearLetterman would say….Congratulations Governor, you finally made Steven realize that Georgia is the oldest and greatest football team in history. Go enjoy a week in Pigeon Forge.

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  13. You are doing the Lord’s work, Senator. If there’s ever a Georgia Blogger Hall of Fame, you should be the first inductee.

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  14. Biggen

    At some point, when does our Blutarsky overtake the Belushi Blutarsky? Will generations into the future only know ours?

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  15. One of the posters known as Mark

    So if you went to Montana and asked 100 random college football fans who Stewart Mandel is, I wonder if any of them would know?

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    • JoeDashDawg

      Stew always sort of gloated that he was “right” because of the folks who couldn’t ID the G logo as UGA… I wish there had been some cross reference with his other examples (song girls, Paterno etc). I have a feeling some of those “fans” wouldn’t know Joe Pa from their pastor.

      What state do you think it is from?
      “Green Bay?”

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      If you asked 100 Montanan’s with the same last name ‘Mandel’ they still wouldn’t know him.

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  16. Fech is a peasant.

    The way they rolled over and played dead in Atlanta in November was downright embarrassing. If not for all of the red and black, their crowd would have been about the same as a lower Group of 5 crowd.

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  17. gobblinglawyer

    Our fearless leader is the only man to bitch slap Mandel and make him like it! Tip of the hat to you, Senator.

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  18. Dawg19

    Some of the interviewees in that video certainly don’t come off as “average college football fans”. They come off as having no clue what college football is. I’m betting many of the ones that got it wrong wouldn’t know Michigan’s helmet, either.

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  19. godawgs1701

    Mandel really needs to show his work on Georgia Tech. Not that being a third-tier program is anything to be proud of, I defy him to explain how Tech is anything less than a fourth-tier program now. Paul Johnson kept them within shouting distance of relevance, even capturing a vacated ACC title before the rest of the conference figured out they had to practice option all year, and then the success waned. And now that they’ve scrapped the triple option and hired a clown to recreate the program? Let’s just say that Tech is lucky the soccer-philes aren’t getting their way with relegation in college football because they’d be competing next year with Furman and Chattanooga for a SoCon title.

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    • Hobnail_Boot

      What makes you think they’d be competitive?

      Let’s take this model full-scale with multiple levels of relegation.

      To the ASUN, nerds! Have fun with Lipscomb and Bellarmine.

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  20. practicaldawg

    I’m in Maine right now and I’ve been blown away at how many people recognize UGA logos on my son’s shirts. He’s always in fan gear.

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    • owensborodawg

      Just back from Scotland. They recognized the Dawgs there as well.

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      • RangerRuss

        I’m happy you got to go there and taste some good whisky before it was ruint from slagging in old sherry casks, Rev. I’m thinking you recognized that taste?
        😉

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  21. Please tell us you recorded the call…

    (Ring): Hello, Michael? It’s Stewart Mandel. I’m updating my piece on the Kings of college football and moving Georgia up in the ranking now. I wondered if I could get a reaction quote from you?

    ‘Bout damn time. (click)

    Hello? Hello? Did I lose the connection?

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  22. I have been a patron of this blog for 10-15 years or so, and granted I never went looking for it, but honest to goodness I think this may be the first time I’ve seen the good Senator’s real name.

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    • I know…not a fan of even an unintentional doxing…Bluto does us all a fine service by providing this forum and if he wanted to maintain anonymity he should have been able to.

      Btw, in case anyone was wondering about my true identity…oddly enough my real name is Rumpel Foreskin

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  23. I thought the Senator lived near Savanna

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  24. Man, that’s a really well done video for 2007, my first view of the video and I really enjoyed it. “Identify as a college football fan,” who would have thought that the phrase “identify as” would be such a loaded phrase

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  25. reipar1

    I just got back from two weeks in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. I wore uga gear pretty much everywhere. The number of people that came up to me and said go Dawgs or how glad they were we beat the tide was staggering. My girlfriend thought it was funny at first but after about the 50th person said it as a Tech grad she no longer found it cute.

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  26. I think back to my childhood and how often my father would mention something Lewis Grizzard had written, and I think about how often I mention Senator Blutarsky to my wife, and it has dawned on me….

    Senator, you are my Lewis Grizzard.

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  27. Dawg in Austin

    I have to say, this bothered me for years. But after reading Mandel’s work over time it’s easy to see he has no strong opinions and is easily swayed. So now, after the Dawgs won it all, he puts them in their rightful place? It feels hollow. But I continue to love and respect the Montana Project, and all it stands for.

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  28. MGW

    Alabama all alone at the top? OK.

    Lumping Georgia, Ohio State, and Clemson in with the likes of Texas and USC? Come on now. Resources matter, but so does knowing what to do with them.

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  29. Nil Butron is a Pud

    All this praise has me worried that the Senator might put in a price increase…

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  30. cowetadawg

    Mandel’s late to the party, but better late than never.
    Quality work you and Hoppy turned in on this. Take a well-earned victory lap!

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  31. Illini84

    OT but what the hey! “The advantages of NIL are beginning to show its benefits for the Illini. In a partnership with the WWE, tight end Luke Ford and 14 other student-athletes will be brought on to participate in the WWE once their college playing days are over through a NIL initiative.

    The program, “Next in Line” will unveil its second class Monday evening during the first-ever NIL Summit at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia. Names like Hampton’s Keshaun Moore and Michigan State’s Maliq Carr will also participate, along with other athletes across the nation.”

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  32. chicagodawgfan

    Said it before, I’ll say it again…best blogging social experiment ever! HBTD!

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