Yesterday was marked by sloppy play (maybe even disinterested at times), but it’s the kind of thing I expect the coaches to get worked out with the players. That being said, this bugs me a little.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s victory, Georgia inside linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson — who was one of the team’s leading tacklers with 6 — chalked some of the Bulldogs’ issues up to needing better communication and improving their conditioning going forward. [Emphasis added.]
It wasn’t a blisteringly hot day. They were the home team, so no roster issues. But Kent State exposed a conditioning matter? Man, I hope I’m reading that wrong.
This has to be some kind of record.
Man, Mark Richt’s really lost control of this team.
Then, again, if it were a nooner, the line might only be…
Could be ominous.
Then again, maybe they’re just getting together to give Geoff a vote of confidence.
UPDATE: Er… maybe not.
Coming soon, perhaps, to a Cocktail Party near your television.
ESPN, the network and self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, is on this Earth for one reason and one reason only: to provide a telecast and entertainment in whatever sport they are paying millions and often billions of dollars to broadcast. ESPN also wants to be in the assumption business, meaning those at the network think they know what viewers want.
On Saturday, a day made specifically for college football, ESPN thought it would be wise to split screen games with Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and his quest to tie the American League record for home runs in a season. Does anyone else see the issue here? The reason you didn’t see that on Friday night is because the game against the Boston Red Sox was nationally televised and the network isn’t allowed to break into coverage.
College football fans, especially the teams whose games were split screen, don’t care about Judge or baseball, at least not while their team is playing. If a consumer wanted to watch the Yankees, there are plenty of other ways to do that, but the network must think people don’t own smartphones, can’t stream, or go to a bar to watch if they really wanted to see history.
ESPN had the same issue with the its Monday Night Football telecast, assuming that fans wanted to be updated on the other game with that dreaded split screen. Only when Clemson and Wake Forest went to overtime Saturday did they use some common sense and update Judge’s chase instead of breaking into live action.
It’s a matter of when, not if. Mickey don’t care. And the saddest thing will be watching Greg Sankey ignore it.
Can you throw the ball, he was asked.
“Not very well,” Bowers said. “I can throw it a long ways but not very accurately.”
Perhaps he’s just being modest there.
As Mencken famously said once, “No one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
This never ceases to amaze me every time I see it.
And before you try to blow that off, keep in mind something Weiszer pointed out.
The Golden Flashes entered the day as the third highest rated opponent that is on Georgia’s home schedule, according to the Sagarin Ratings.
Kent State was No. 86. That’s ahead of No. 88 Vanderbilt, No. 113 Georgia Tech and No. 150 Samford.
On a related note, can I say that I find the meltdown about the game prevailing on message boards and the comments section here to be a little funny? I mean, some of the same folks who have been assuring one and all that when it comes to where to play the Cocktail Party game we should defer to Kirby’s infallible judgment in all matters are out there beating various drums today about his misguided faith in some of his assistant coaches and players.
As much fun as we have mocking other fan bases, maybe we should take a look at ourselves sometimes.