Category Archives: GTP Stuff

Your 3.25.20 Playpen

You know, I had several topics in mind for today — and then I came across this.

I have no words.  But if you do, the comments beckon.


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A GTP follow up

I’m linking to this post from a few days ago, because there’s a great story behind the picture, and Mark relayed it in the comments.  I thought it was worth a separate post to share here.

Hi, Dawg fans and GTP readers.

Over 10 years ago, the church I attended oversaw a boarding school/orphanage for street kids in Kenya in desperate straits. Similar to Worldvision and Compassion International, you could “sponsor” a child in need for around $30/month. There were two children left when I inquired about the program and sponsored them both, which included writing letters and mailing pictures back and forth.

Over the years, as they grew older, they exited the program and that was the end of contact with them. Needless to say, the “I love you and will see you in heaven one day” last letters were sad but also celebratory in terms of the misery they had avoided and the educations they had gained.

Then, a couple of years after those last farewells, they found me on Facebook and sent the same message, “Dad, when are you coming to see me?” I have no biological children and I’m the closest to a father that they have–even though we had never met in person.

So, I went for the first time to see them last year. And just went on my second trip to see them this month.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would be swimming in the Indian Ocean–let alone with a Kenyan daughter God blessed me with.


We’ve got some good folks out there.


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Your 3.18.20 Playpen

Pretty obvious topic for today:  no sports to distract us from life, so how are you coping/staying sane/surviving?  Any tricks you can share?  Distractions that work best?

Have at it in the comments.


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Dawg Nation, representing, a continuing series

Reader Mark checks in from… wait for it… Diani Beach, Kenya.


First G hat at the Indian Ocean, at least at GTP.

I hope Mark sees this and checks in, because the story behind his trip is cool and worth sharing with y’all.


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Your 3.11.20 Playpen

It’s spring, when an older man’s heart turns to pondering the coronavirus.  (If you were married to someone as obsessed with it as my spouse is, you’d be pondering, too.)  I thought I’d throw a couple of topics related to the illness out for discussion today.

First, the scariest thing right now is that we simply don’t know enough about it.  We also probably won’t have a vaccine available for the general population until 2021.  In the meantime, that leaves us with mitigation as the best defense.  We’re already seeing a number of sporting events around the world being affected, with, I suspect, plenty more to come.

Along those lines, I wonder if G-Day is going to be open to the public next month, or cancelled outright.  That, at least, is a decision that doesn’t cost the athletic department money.  But what happens come September if the best advice from experts is to stay away from big crowds, especially in a closed setting, like Georgia’s opener at MBS?  Where does Butts-Mehre take things?  Or the SEC, for that matter?  I really don’t know right now, but that has the potential to be an expensive proposition.

On a somewhat lighter note, I was sitting around with several friends last night, Georgia fans all, and one suggested a marketing idea that… well, I wanted to mock, but started to think in this day and age wasn’t as crazy as it first sounded.  The idea?  Medical masks with school logos on them.

Yeah, me, too.

Have at it in the comments.


UPDATE:  Saying it out loud

A top federal health official told lawmakers on Wednesday that the coronavirus would continue to spread in the United States, issuing a stark warning: “The bottom line: It is going to get worse,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He indicated that the National Basketball Association should bar audiences from its games. “We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience as the N.B.A. plays, so be it,” he said.

He really means more than just the NBA, right?




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Your 3.4.20 Playpen

Today’s Playpen is a twofer.

On the Georgia front, congrats go to Georgia’s men’s tennis coach for a remarkable achievement.

He’s had a helluva career, both playing and coaching, for the red and black.

And on the political front, this one had me chuckling after last night’s results.

I guess Trump was right.  A lot of people are tired of all the winning.

Have at it in the comments.


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Your 2.26.20 Playpen

I really have nothing in particular for y’all today, so how ’bout I share this amazing clip of a javelina racing through Tucson, Arizona?

Now I understand how a hunter can be killed by a feral pig.

And with that, the comments are yours.


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