Jay, If Grantham did take a swing at the mother of Scott Lakatos he would probably miss and hit Kirk Olivadotti in the ear. It's just the way things go on the defensive side of the ball at Georgia. At this point, I would be more than happy to give Todd a diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper and send him on his way.
9er, all my exes live in Sandy Springs. And in keeping with the George Strait theme, I'd say she's about as gone as a girl can get.
These sources that Pete Thamel quoted as having the Gus Bus fired up and bound for Austin, were any of them dating Manti Te'o? Thamel is the same guy that wrote the fluff piece about the passing of Manti's imaginary girlfriend and allegedly offered a bribe to a Louisiana club owner to offer up scandalous information about Tyrann Mathieu. It may sound like I am shooting the messenger, but Pete Thamel is to sports journalism what Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is to prudent moderation. My sources, I know a guy that knows a guy, say that Todd Grantham is leaving Athens to play the role of Sheriff Buford T. Justice in an off-Broadway stage production of "Smokey and the Bandit."
For the time being, Mack Brown is still the top steer in Austin. Sweet Eileen is in Abilene. Dimples still lives in Temple. And Gus Malzahn hangs his visor in Auburn. Speaking of...If Auburn loses in the SECCG, does that kid who stole Malzhan's "lucky visor" in the field rush that took place after the Iron Bowl become the South Alabama equivalent of Steve Bartman?
Allison in Galveston, what have you heard about the coaching situation at Texas?
The question of the week in Auburn is: "Hey Saban, you got a second?" Over the span of fifteen days Auburn has delivered two Run Lindsay moments, moments that will be remembered for decades to come by the War Eagle crowd. Good days on The Plains. And somewhere in Alabama, Harvey Updyke just launched a one-man blitzkrieg against his neighbor's azalea bushes.
In Atlanta another chapter of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate played out. UGA did what UGA does in this series. Tech did what Tech does in this series. I loved the offensive play calling in the overtime periods. Hand the ball to Gurley four times and get a couple of touchdowns out of it. I'm sure this is a matter of perception trumping reality and the laws of physics, but that ball tipped by our defense on the final play of the game hung in the air for 72 seconds. Eventually it fell to the turf, but given our recent history with tipped passes...It took its own sweet time to do so.
I've always thought being a quarterback in the NFL would be a sweet gig. I've loosened up the arm and sent my resume in and if all goes well, I might be the next quarterback for the New York Jets. They're open to offers from all interested parties.
For the Rushmore of best that never was due to injury, I nominate former Georgia Bulldogs running back Robert Edwards. Edwards broke out in the season opener against South Carolina in 1995 and scored five touchdowns and, if I remember correctly, finished with over 200 all-purpose yards. Then he was injured in the second game against Tennessee. The trend of great when healthy but often out with injury continued throughout his career at UGA. Edwards rushed for over 1,000 yards during his rookie season with the Patriots only to blow out his knee during a beach volleyball game that was part of the Pro Bowl festivities in Hawaii. A stud running back blowing out his knee playing beach volleyball is just wrong on many levels.
If you like Auburn's chances of pitching a shutout against Alabama, you need to get yourself down to the plains and put yourself behind the wheel of a new Toyota. A Toyota dealer in Auburn is offering to pay off any new car bought before Saturday's tilt if Alabama finishes with a goose egg on the scoreboard. I just like the fact that somewhere in an insurance office building an actuary had to crunch the numbers and assess the risk of Auburn shutting out Bama.
Jay wrote: "As usual, media total idiots? OK." Aw, c'mon Jay...The totality of idiocy is hard to quantify. You're good enough. You're smart enough. And, doggone it, people like you.
Happy Turkey Day to all. I received an e-mail from my dad last night. He has three turkeys and is going to "flash fry" one of them. So if on Thursday you see a mushroom cloud in the sky over Blue Ridge, we are not under attack from terrorists. It's just my family's Thanksgiving get-together gone terribly wrong.
Well, Georgia put together a four-quarter game that with the exception of a couple of defensive breakdowns and a muffed punt was almost perfect. Of course that was overshadowed by seeing Aaron Murray, who received as a big a reception on "Senior Day" as I can remember, leaving the field injured. Aaron will be remembered as a all-time DGD. The 2013 season will be remembered as a forgettable one. Even when things go right, they go wrong.
My biggest takeaway from this weekend in SEC football not involving the Georgia game was John Chavis and his LSU defense shutting down the travelling carnival show that is Johnny Football. The Chief managed to do something that even Saint Saban was unable to do. My guess is that Gary Pinkel and his defensive staff will spend some time reviewing the film from Baton Rouge.
I feel like I'm forgetting something, but I don't remember. I could ramble incoherently for a while or just wrap it up...Adios amigos.
Jay, your man-crush on Cam Newton is one of the worst kept secrets in the 5-at-10. This will only exacerbate your fondness for all things Cam. Following the Panthers' Monday night win over the Patriots, Cam celebrated at the Waffle House. "Poppin' bottles at the club" may do it for most high-profile athletes, but Cam appreciates the finer things in life like smothered-and-covered hash browns.
In other NFL news, Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud took to Twitter to denounce critics of the dirty birds. His theme was that fans don't have a playbook, don't understand football, and could not possibly "fathom" what is going on out there. Perhaps he has a point, but I feel confident you could show replays of the last couple of Atlanta games to an elderly Bolivian immigrant that has never seen an American football game before and they could surmise that the Falcons stink.
The name that sticks out to me in the list of semifinalist for the HOF is Don Coryell. Some say Coryell will never be inducted as his teams never won a championship and he had a losing record in the postseason. However, in the modern era of football I would say that Bill Walsh is the only coach that would qualify as more influential in the way offensive football is executed today. Coryell was pass-happy at a time when some of the old guard still considered the forward pass a gimmick that would eventually run its course.
Is A-Rod getting jobbed by the system? Would anyone care if he was? For some folks it's a fine line between getting screwed and having karma kick you in the sack.
Marion's Mac McCurry pulled a Nixon. You can't fire me, I quit! What kind of hiring process took place at Marion County High School that led to the formation of that brain trust. I'm guessing it involved a multiple choice test and the guys who tried to eat their no.2 pencil were hired on the spot. Good riddance to a coaching staff afflicted with a terminal case of stupidity. That said, I sincerely hope the TSSAA does not push for the death penalty. In a community like Jasper, the local high school football team is a major rallying point. There is no need to punish kids for the misdeeds of adults and Astropig made a good point about all those on the periphery (band members, cheerleaders, managers, trainers, etc.) that would be punished by a cease and desist of the football program.
I caught a little bit of an interesting conversation on Mike and Mike this morning concerning the direction of the NFL. The basic takeaway was that the move away from the blood-and-guts football of years gone by to the more glitz-and-glamour gridiron action of today is obviously by design and has actually been a very good business decision by the league. Casual fans like the high-scoring, tackle-optional football games. Hardcore fans hate it, but we keep watching anyway. The NFL is the alpha-and-omega of the professional sports scene in America and the numbers of people watching continues to grow. There will be no more Chuck Bednarik or Jack Lambert types in the NFL and the front office is content with that...So long as the money keeps rolling in.
Jay, you could call Grantham the great equalizer. He has been called many things by my Bulldog brethren, but most of those descriptive terms would not fit the family friendly format of the 5-at-10.
I believe Grantham needs to be fired at the end of the season. That puts me in the same boat with ninety-eight percent of the rest of the fan base. There are several potential replacements being discussed hypothetically amongst Dawgs fans everywhere. One name that keeps popping up that we need to scratch from the list entirely is Brian Van Gorder. That ship has sailed. If BVG took the job and the defense started to show improvement, he would likely quit in the middle of his first season back to take a job with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I don't claim to know who the ideal hire would be, but I know Van Gorder is not the answer.
9er wrote: "UK has no shot at Gawga..." Against a Grantham coached defense, everybody has a shot. Since the 2010 season, Grantham's debut at Georgia, Georgia and Kentucky have surrendered thirty or more points in the same number of games. Good times. If the Kentucky coaching staff has observed our defense this season, the scout team should have at least one defensive back wandering aimlessly like a lost child at Six Flags on every play.
Lost in all the talk of "miracles", "luck", and "fluke" plays is the fact that Auburn dominated the majority of Saturday's game. The first half went decisively in AU's favor. Particularly a first quarter that was the worst since the first quarter of last year's South Carolina game. Georgia played better for about nine-minutes in the fourth quarter. That's 15% of the game we won leaving 85% that we lost. We should have lost by more than five-points.
As for the miracle, the fluke, or the immaculate deflection depending on preference...I'm not ready to chalk that play up to bad luck or any kind of astrological doom and hocus-pocus. When we lined up I said aloud, "Oh (expletive deleted), we're only rushing three." SEC quarterbacks raise your hand if you've made hay against Georgia when we rushed only three down linemen. Nick Marshall, welcome to the club. Zach Mettenberger, good to see you again. Austyn Carta-Samuels, you're the guy from Vanderbilt right? Only this time, we only rushed two and dropped a lineman (Bailey or Smith, not sure which one) out to spy Marshall. Todd Grantham apparently liked the odds of a 300 pound lineman chasing down Nick Marshall in the open field if he decided to tuck it and run. Grantham also likes the Washington Generals chances against the Globetrotters. Then the defensive backs displayed no situational awareness as Tray tried to intercept the ball and Josh, for reasons that will never be understood, broke up the interception attempt by his teammate and tipped the ball up like a volleyball player setting it up for a spike. It's amazing how "unlucky" you get when you do the same stupid stuff over and over again.
If you want an idea of how low the bar has been set for our defensive unit consider this, following Saturday's game on the Plains I have heard several people comment that the Bulldog Defense "looked better" against Auburn. We gave up 43 points and 566 yards, but hey...we got a few stops and held 'em under 50. Participation badges for everyone.
I don't typically discuss officiating and questionable calls after a game. There has been much discussion about Murray's knee on that final UGA touchdown, many of you state with some degree of certainty that he was down. I will admit that I don't know if he was or wasn't. I didn't have access to any angles not presented. Since I do not possess the instinct of seeing what is not shown, I must ask if Georgia actually should have been awarded possession on that stripped ball and apparent fumble recovery that was ruled in Auburn's favor earlier in the game. This is why I don't typically mention close calls by the refs. Everybody focuses on one call that goes against them and conveniently forgets those close calls that favored them. Typically, these things balance out in the end.
"It came out of the sky landed just a little south of Moline..."