Mission accomplished.

A funny thing happened on the way to jacked up prices, cupcake games, pace and stretched out game times:  attendance at college football games has stabilized.

Personally, I think it’s the improved WiFi experience.


Filed under College Football

“Yeah. But we’re mad, too.”

Booch, when you’re getting criticism from Mr. Conventional Wisdom, it’s a sign things aren’t going swimmingly on Rocky Top.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

“For people it’s like a living, breathing reminder of the best days of their life.”

There’s a nice piece in SI.com from a West Coaster who made his first trip to an SEC game this past weekend in Athens (talk about making lemonade out of lemons).  You’ll want to read it all, but this part is my favorite:

Oh, gawd, the hedges. Really? As soon as I told folks I was heading to a Georgia game they started nattering on about the shrubbery. My first night in Athens I lucked into a dinner with Verne Lundquist, who would be calling the game for CBS, and hearing my tale he said, “Ah, your first time between the hedges. How delightful.”

Even with his voice-of-god delivery I found the whole thing a bit off-putting. Who ever cared about the plants at a football game? I pressed Vince Dooley for answers. He’s the coach who resuscitated Georgia football, leading Dawgs to the 1980 national championship and six SEC titles, and he now lives on as the program’s patriarch. “They are our sentinels,” Dooley said. “The hedges give the setting an air of elegance and formality. It tells everyone in the stadium, and those watching at home, this is a little more than just the usual football game.”

I still wasn’t sold, so the day before the Bama game I decided to investigate the hedges up-close, meeting at Sanford Stadium with Kellie Baxter, the grounds forewoman. She was a font of information. The hedges actually have pedestrian origins, a mix of English and Chinese privet. They were planted in 1929 only after a failed experiment with roses. (Bruin pride, baby! One thing we can do is grow roses.) Baxter trims the hedges two or three times a week and her toil is well known to the players; whenever one of them goes careening into the plants during a game they invariably apologize later.

“I tell ’em it’s okay as long as the make the play,” Baxter said.

Don’t be messin’ with those hedges, man.


Filed under Georgia Football


Everybody is special at Second Chance U.  And they know it.

Williams, whom each employee said appeared intoxicated, verbally harassed security guards and attempted to get the friend back into the bar by using his local celebrity status, only to be thrown out himself.

Why play the “don’t you know who I am?” card?  ‘Cause it works, bitches.

The bar’s owners allowed Williams to return, but he later threw a drink at a female patron, according to one witness.

Get a second chance from your head coach to start, get a second chance to go back into the bar to make an ass of yourself.  You have to admit there’s a certain amount of consistency at work there.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands

Well, the game this week won’t end the same way the one in 2013 did.

Booch has shown Pig Howard the door for the dreaded violations of unspecified team rules.

Before you ask, Howard’s a senior, so Auburn isn’t in his future.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Sad Steve Spurrier is sad.

If this season really is the beginning of the end for the OBC, all I can say is, man, what a way to go out.


Filed under The Evil Genius

Run the damn ball, Schotty.

Nick Chubb for offensive coordinator!

“I know I wanted to run the ball more ‘cause our passing game just wasn’t in rhythm,” said Chubb, who ran for 146 yards to tie Herschel Walker’s streak of 13 consecutive 100-yard game. “It would’ve been great to run the ball because things were actually starting to open up. If we could have threw the ball off running the ball we could’ve had a better passing game.”

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did not disagree. He said the game plan was to test Bama’s beefy defense on the edges rather than run straight into its four-man front of 300-pound defensive linemen. But Georgia’s backs could never get turned up field as linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive back Geno Smith racked up tackles on the perimeter.

“We wanted to test the edges,” Schottenheimer said after the Bulldogs practiced Tuesday. “They’re big, strong physical guys. But we probably did it a few times too often, to tell you the truth. A couple of times they ran through from the back side. I think we probably could’ve got to it a little bit earlier. That’s obviously on me. … They did a good job defending it.”

I guess we shouldn’t expect them to make the same mistake twice.  And judging from the stats, that makes complete sense.  Tennessee is eleventh in the conference in rushing defense.  Establishing the run to set up the pass, Georgia’s modus operandi, should be the rule of the day, as the Vols are an even worse thirteenth in passing defense.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics