Bartender, I’ll take a rat poison on the rocks. Make it a double.

Marc Weiszer ($$) wants to know if this Georgia football team is better than last season’s national champion team.

David Ubben ($$) asks if Georgia has replaced Alabama as college football’s best program.

As a fan, it’s fun to hear those questions asked without a hint of mockery.  I doubt Kirby Smart shares my sense of enjoyment, though.  Fortunately, it sounds like his players continue to buy into his approach.

So is this team better than the national championship team?

“I don’t really think it matters,” center Sedrick Van-Pran Granger said. “I think the biggest thing is making sure that we go ahead and execute and focus on the little things that we’re messing up so we can focus on getting better week to week.”


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33 responses to “Bartender, I’ll take a rat poison on the rocks. Make it a double.

  1. gastr1

    Ain’t proved much until the end of the season, Paul.

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  2. I think it’s a fair thing to point out that Kirby Smart and his seeming boundless energy, charisma, ability to connect with players and football knowledge (especially on the defensive side of the ball), were a part of Alabama’s program during its best years. Saban is not known for keeping and developing assistants for long periods of time. But Kirby was with him for a long time – partly bc of Kirby’s patience and recognition that he was getting irreplaceable experience on how to run a program. But the attraction was mutual. Georgia’s gain was also Alabama’s loss with Kirby. Don’t try to get a Bammer to admit it, but the torch passing hurt them as much as it helped us.

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    • HirsuteDawg

      And, as a bonus, we/he got a photo of Alabama’s recruiting board before he left! 😉

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    • 100% on all of it. I also believe Kirby hanging around longer than most of Bama’s assistants better prepared him for a top HC gig. Kirby really seems to have his finger on the pulse of every aspect of CFB and can almost see the future changes in recruiting and NIL. It’s also rather impressive how he almost seems two-faced in how he handles fans and media much differently that his players and coaches. What ties it all together, though, is he seems 100% genuine.

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  3. fisheriesdawg

    I’m not worried about complacency from the 2022 team. I’ve already seen enough to know they’re not going to let up, and when you’ve got a toil-worn craftsman like Nolan Smith and an inspired thinker like Stetson Bennett serving as plus-plus leaders on both sides of the ball, they will continue to work while it is called for today.

    2023 is when I might be more worried about some sort of complacency slipping in.

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    • californiadawg

      2023 will be tricky if we can’t keep Monken. His name is already circulating for HC openings next season. One thing at a time though.

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      • Russ

        Heck, what are we going to do in 2024 and 2025? Much less 2030?

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      • practicaldawg

        If we win back to back natty’s I can live with an OC search. I think Kirby knows what kind of offense he wants now.


        • fisheriesdawg

          I think the kind of offense that Kirby wants is the kind of offense that a defensive coordinator should hate to see: one that exploits the weaknesses of whatever defenses have done to counter the popular offensive schemes of the time. If he felt the wishbone was all of a sudden the best way to attack defenses because other coordinators had changed their personnel and alignments to stop multiple tight end sets, he’d probably have no problem going that route.

          He’s a DC at heart so it’s less about what he wants to do on offense and more about what DCs don’t want him to do.

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        • dawginsga

          I hope Bobo is learning everything he can from Monken because he’s probably our next OC.


      • Bulldawg Bill

        Caldawg, based on what I’ve read/heard of/from him, it doesn’t really sound like he’s in a hurry to take a lateral move, much less a head coaching job. Famous Last Words, of course!


      • stoopnagle

        I’ve been a Georgia fan too long to worry about anything except Kent State and the tailgate on Saturday. One Beer At A Time.


  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Based upon career comparisons to other successful HCs, you could make the argument Kirby’s still getting the hang of the job.


  5. munsonlarryfkajim

    I’ll believe the torch has been passed when we beat Alabama twice this year to win our second natty in a row. And then we’d need to make the playoff the following season and probably best Alabama again for everyone to acknowledge the rightful king of college football. Clemson was saying similar things a few years ago and they’ve regressed while Alabama is still playing for championships

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  6. chopdawg

    Good thing I don’t subscribe to the $$ sites. I can stay away from the poison.

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  7. Bulldawg Bill

    Bartender, just leave the bottle!!!

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  8. charlottedawg

    I’ve gone from “there’s no way this team can be as good as last years (because that was one of the greatest of all time) and that’s ok” in the preseason to “shit there is no way we can keep this up because we look straight flawless, have we peaked too early in the season????”

    That’s as Munson as I can manage, i can’t recall a Georgia team that has looked this dominant, ever.

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  9. RangerRuss

    After the Sugar Bowl in ‘82 I took a hard look at all the praise heaped on the Junkyard Dogs prior and considered it as rat poison way back then. Went to the closet and picked out one of them d-Con pellets off the floor and ate it. Got a buzz similar to that cheap blotter acid you could get from the bartender at the Oydessey. Been eating that shit in increasing doses for forty years now. On game day I eat a bowl of them d-Con pellets with milk like a farting fat girl eats Cap’n Crunch.
    Rat Poison? Bring it on. Yum yum gimme some.

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    • Down Island Way

      Welcome back to Micro dot Monday’s…the B.S. narrative of replacing the bammers is pure shit, you don’t replace the bammers, you out process those mothers, you trade paint with ’em for a few years, then let them suck your exhaust or who is better than last year FIIK, let’s get together, have a few 34 degree brew’s and discuss, after 3-5 trophies are on display at BM building..GO DAWGS!

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  10. Russ

    Never seen a Georgia offense this dominant. But still a lot of football to be played. At Kentucky and at Mississippi State will both worry me until we’re passed them.

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  11. Dawg19

    I’ve written it before and I’ll write again:

    Van Pran is the most underrated player on the team.

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  12. Non- college football fans annoy me. My friends in that category asking about Georgia is equally annoying, but at least now the response feels so good with, “Yeah, we’re still #1”.

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    • RangerRuss

      I feel you, FPD. I understand how little I know compared to quite a few posters here and really feel my ignorance when reading or watching former College players and coaches discussing X’s and O’s.
      Alternatively I have great difficulty conversing with the average fan, especially about Georgia Bulldogs stuff. That’s okay. I smile and say, “Go Dawgs!”.

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  13. They are neck and neck with Bama. I don’t think UGA is yet getting the benefit of the doubt that Bama gets after 15 years when it comes to how the media and general fandom views them. (i.e. “We know Saban will fix everything and make the playoffs”)

    But based on the trajectory of this season, I imagine they will be there by the end of this year.

    You can’t deny that Kirby’s ability to build a program, recruit, coach, hire good coaches etc. is on par with what Saban has done at Bama.