Musical palate cleanser, these are artists that are gone edition

Man, another great musician younger than I am passed.

New wave / power-pop musician Tommy Keene has passed away, aged 59.

A post on the cult singer-songwriter’s official website confirmed Keene had “passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday (November 22).”

Over his 40-year career, Keene released 12 full-length albums and signed deals with labels Geffen and Matador Records. In this time, he collaborated with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. His career began as a guitarist in Washington D.C. bands, including the Rage and the Razz, and after launching as a solo artist in 1982, he broke through with 1984 hit ‘Places That Are Gone’.

“Unexpected” is right.  Keene was touring as recently as August.  Sad to hear.  He was a terrific guitarist and a good songwriter.  This is probably his best known song.

Keene also collaborated with Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard on an album they put out under the name Keene Brothers.  I’ve always loved this song.

RIP, Tommy.

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For such a poorly played game…

… the Egg Bowl was not without its entertaining moments.  This one was my favorite.

He managed to follow that up later by getting tossed after he committed his second personal foul of the night.  This was his exit.

It’s got to be the nastiest rivalry in the country at this point, doesn’t it?  And just wait until the NCAA lays down the last word in the Ole Miss investigation…

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If they’re gonna throw an unsportsmanlike penalty on your ass…

… at least get your money’s worth.

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Roquan

You may not have noticed that he’s having a good year.

Okay, okay, I’m kidding… not about the good year.

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“I think Mecole is getting more and more aggressive.”

One guy on this team has been acting like a hunter lately.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder from Bowman, Ga., has been dynamic in back-to-back games for the Bulldogs, following up his 203 all-purpose yards in the 40-17 loss at Auburn on Nov. 11 with 105 against the Wildcats, including 81 on just three special-teams touches.

In addition to his 26-yard return on the opening kickoff, Hardman had a 20-yard punt return in the second quarter and a 35-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Hardman’s punt return and his 35-yard kickoff return ignited touchdown drives for the Bulldogs, who pulled away for their 10th victory in 11 tries entering this week’s game at Georgia Tech…

Hardman’s performances the past two weekends — he had 142 yards on kickoff returns and 43 yards on punt returns at Auburn — have vaulted him into the conversation about the Southeastern Conference’s premier returners. Hardman leads the SEC in kickoff returns with an average of 27.2 yards, and he ranks second in punt returns with a 10.8-yard clip.

Hardman’s been that close to breaking one off for a touchdown on a couple of occasions.  If he decides to take one to the house at BDS Saturday, you won’t hear me complaining about it.

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Today, in fun with numbers, Phil Steele edition

Steele charts what he calls Strength of Wins, which tracks the number of wins a team’s losing FBS opponents have compiled themselves.  Georgia currently stands third, behind Alabama and Wisconsin, neither the latter of which hasn’t played an FCS team this season.

He’s got a Strength of Losses list, as well.  Georgia is seventh.

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Past their bedtime

Here in Georgia, we celebrate every September game that’s not played under a noonday sun.  Meanwhile, across the country, folks in Washington are unhappy their Huskies are playing so many night games now.  Go figure.

There is one thing in common we both share.  You only get one guess about that.

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