Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

“There’s no doubt that safety is maybe the issue of the day.”

Before you get all misty-eyed at the thought that the NCAA might finally be on its way to making sure that its amateur student-athletes have health-care coverage after they have finished their college careers, let’s remember that schools have to be prudent.  Or at least give lip service to being prudent.

Ohio State president Michael Drake joined Pastides in this view, saying: “It’s a complicated issue … but it’s certainly something that I’d like for us to be able to discuss and would think upon very favorably.”

Complicated = “before we do this, we’ve got to make sure we can still afford to keep spending money on shitty coaching contracts, bloated administrative staffs and unnecessary facilities”.

Maybe they’ll be able to pay for it with the next round of playoff expansion.  Sounds like the perfect opportunity to create a study group that’ll get back with recommendations in a few years…


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

Another reason to head to Senior Night

I figured this was coming.

Can’t say I blame him one bit.  Careerwise, there’s nothing he can get out of another season of college play that he couldn’t accomplish by going ahead and getting ready for the NFL draft as soon as this season’s over.

He’s been a damned good Dawg.  And that Tennessee game will always suck for robbing him of what should have been a much more productive college career.

Whatever may come for you, Keith, best of luck with it.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

Another targeting call success story

I’m not saying the decision to overrule the targeting call on Texas A&M’s Ricky Seals-Jones during Auburn’s 26-10 win last weekend was incorrect, but when Steve Shaw has to explain the decision by saying,

“The players’ safety trumps everything, and we want guys — just like it happened in that game — to put the marker on the ground and then replay has to look at the forcible versus incidental component on that…”

on a hit that resulted in the defender suffering three torn ligaments in his right knee and a severe dislocation of that knee, I’d say you’ve done a pretty good job of sending a mixed message.  Which was supposed to be the opposite purpose of coming up with the targeting penalty in the first place.

Well played, all.


Filed under SEC Football, The Body Is A Temple

Meanwhile, at Illinois

Is Tim Beckman a sociopath, or just a coach who wanted to win?  Or is the line between the two that fine?


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Caveat emptor.

An Illinois judge just tossed a class-action lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association that asserted its concussion policies were negligent and did not do enough to protect the state’s football players.  His reasoning:

The judge, LeRoy K. Martin Jr., sided with the association, a nonprofit organization that oversees high school sports in Illinois, ruling that football players assume the risk of playing contact sports and that increased liability could harm high school football, potentially even causing it to be abandoned.

No worries, mon.

“It is clear to this court that I.H.S.A. has acted to protect student-athletes in this state,” Martin wrote.

That’s a relief.  The plaintiff alleged that he sustained a concussion before his junior season in 2012 and was not removed from practice, later needing an airlift to a nearby hospital.  One can only imagine how much worse things might be if the association hadn’t acted… uh…

Last week, Andre Smith, a football player at Bogan High School in Chicago, died from blows to the head he had sustained during a game. He was the seventh high school football player in the United States to die from injuries this season, the association said.

I don’t know about you, but I were the parent of a kid playing high school football in Illinois, I would have a hard time agreeing to let my kid’s career continue.


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The best thing about the bye week

Gettin’ healthy.

Coach Mark Richt said on his radio show Monday night that he thinks Jenkins, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (hamstring) and defensive lineman Chris Mayes (knee) and John Atkins (foot) “will be able to come back and play for us,” Saturday against Florida.

“That’s a good sign,” Richt said.

Jenkins leads the team with seven and a half tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with three sacks.

The off week for Georgia also allowed starting center Brandon Kublanow time to get better after playing through a sprained ankle.

“I think I’m 100 percent,” Kublanow said. “I got a chance to get some rest, which helped a lot. Feeling good.”

Shoring up the defensive and offensive lines?  Couldn’t hurt.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

Thursday morning buffet

Random off-week tidbits for your dining pleasure:

  • Nick Chubb’s surgery is scheduled for next week.  “Optimistic” seems to be the word of the day about that.
  • Anybody wanna bet that Carl Lawson is back in time for Auburn’s game with Georgia?
  • Both teams will be wearing the home jerseys in Jacksonville again.  Me likee.
  • Texas has reached a 15-year agreement with Nike expected to pay upwards of $200 million.  The Patterson rebranding pays off!
  • Any blog sporting the mantra “life’s too short to eat bad BBQ.” is going to get a nod from me.  Here’s a nice post that ought to be of interest to any Georgia fan planning on going to the Cocktail Party via St. Simons.
  • And here’s another young Georgia blogger getting started.
  • Brady Hoke second-guessing Jim Harbaugh is about as rich as it gets.
  • Florida has 216 people show up to try out for the walk-on kicker cast call.  “As long as they can flip it up there through the uprights, I’m good with it,” McElwain said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.
  • Here’s an update on some of Georgia’s walking wounded.
  • ESPN announces cuts of about 4% of its workforce; CEO says its “part of a broad strategy to ensure we’re in position to make the most of opportunities to build the future of ESPN.”   Uh huh.
  • Malcolm Mitchell loves him some Batman.  No, really.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, ESPN Is The Devil, Gators Gators, General Idiocy, Georgia Football, Stylin', The Body Is A Temple