All I want for Christmas…

… is a Pacific Islander defensive lineman.  Go get him, Kirby.

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“The training wheels are off this year.”

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between a threat and preseason happy talk.

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Today, in things you’ll never hear in Athens

Can you imagine the looks on faces in Butts-Mehre if somebody suggested something similar to this?

Eyes on the prize, peeps.

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Musical palate cleanser, birthday edition

Someone emailed me with a MPC request to celebrate Elton John’s 70th birthday.  I confess I’ve never been much of a fan, but I’ve always had a warm place in my heart for this scene from Almost Famous, set to “Tiny Dancer”, so enjoy.

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Uncle Verne rides again.

We didn’t get the SEC on CBS theme song yesterday, but this was almost as good.

He stumbled on his broadcast partner’s name… I bet he was thinking Danielson when he started.

 

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Playing the ponies

You may have thought that North Carolina, being in the South and the ACC, would be a place where football and basketball were placed about all other sporting events, but according to one of its leading politicians, such is not the case.

HB2 supporters say its costs have been tiny compared with an economy estimated at more than $500 billion a year, roughly the size of Sweden’s. They say they’re willing to absorb those costs if the law prevents sexual predators posing as transgender people from entering private spaces to molest women and girls — acts the law’s detractors say are imagined.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, one of the strongest supporters, accused news organizations of creating a false picture of economic upheaval. A global equestrian competition that’s coming to North Carolina in 2018 despite HB2 is projected to have an economic impact bigger than the sporting events that have canceled, Forest said. The Swiss-based group behind the event estimated its spending poured about $250 million into the French region of Normandy the last time it was held — 2014. The organization said the figure came from a study by consulting and accounting firm Deloitte, but the Federation Equestre Internationale declined to release the report.  [Emphasis added.]

Take that, NCAA and ACC, if you dare.  No doubt an unpublished report is about as authoritative as it gets these days.

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Dream on

Man, Greg McGarity rolled into Athens almost seven years ago, acclaimed by the conference commissioner and those who knew him best in Gator Country, and let us know he set some high standards.

McGarity, who played and coached tennis at Georgia and worked in its athletic administration before leaving for Florida, said “there is nothing greater than being part of championships. That’s why we do what we do.

“At the end of the day,” he continued, “all the time you put in at the office, the fun comes when you’re competing for championships and you see what these coaches have done over a number of years to finally get to the top of the mountain and you’re able to be just a small piece of that.”

That was then.  This, after the better part of a decade upholding the Georgia Way, is now:

… Here’s how athletics director Greg McGarity, speaking on the day of what turned out to be the NIT loss to Belmont, summed things up during an interview on the Bulldog Roundtable:

“Consecutive winning seasons (in) basketball at Georgia haven’t really been in common in the past. It ebbs and flows. We’ve been up and down, like an elevator. And so what Mark has done has provide that stability in a winning program. Now Mark would be the first person to tell you it’s not the level that he wants it to be, and that everyone wants it to be. But it is a winning record, and it’s something to where it’s become commonplace now in our program. We’ve just got to take that step forward in getting to the dance.”

Inspiring, no?  Maybe it’s not the athletic director’s fault.  After all, he’s just giving his bosses what they want, just like he was accustomed to doing in Gainesville.

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