December 21, 2014

Hoop Dawgs take out Seton Hall; Pick Up 6th Win of the Season

UGA 65 - Seton Hall 47
Box Score

After scoring the season's first signature win vs. Colorado two weeks ago, the Hoop Dawgs score another one against the Pirates of the Big East who came into this game with nine wins.

Per usual, Kenny Gaines and Marcus Thorton had big nights with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Even Nema Djurisic, who was dealing with the flu, picked up 8 points on some very quality time. Perhaps the unsung hero of the game would be JJ Frazier who picked up six points, 11 rebounds (!!!), and 7 assists in 28 minutes. I love that kid! He's great.

A big, big win for our Hoop Dawgs. We've got three more games, all winnable, before we start the SEC schedule. As I've felt since the preseason, I think this team has the potential to do something special this year. I just really like our team. We'll see...


December 1, 2014

Some Thoughts on Saturday and the Regular Season

Well, damn. My initial reaction was to remember my Grizzard - "frankly, I don't want to talk about it." And honestly, I don't. But...what the hell. Actually, I had promised myself midway through the third quarter when I was positive that we were gonna lose - because dive play, and inability to stop it - that I would give myself at least a 24 hour break from the internet, and specifically Facebook, because copious amounts of bourbon and extreme emotions and all that. Having let things stew in the mental back-burners for about 48 hours, I really don't have much to offer, but here it goes:

I'd like to say that I totally can't believe we lost that game, but I can believe we lost it. For starters, we did lose it. So there's that. But like I mentioned, things weren't looking good in the 2nd half. Hell, things weren't looking good already. Two fumbles within the Golden Tornado five yard line. Just Damn! And there was something else. You could tell them techies wanted it. Wanted it real bad. They were hungry for it. And they got it. You can't win them all against that crowd, unfortunately, and they will win from time to time and this definitely seemed like their year. Squib kick? Already been covered. A lot. Whatever. It happened, and that Tech kicker made a clutch kick. Mason made a mistake in OT. And that was that.

Major portions of the Bulldog Nation have been in full-on meltdown mode, and I can kind of get that. Because as I've said on this blog on more than one occasion, the Flagboy team is our biggest rival. Never. Forget. That. As Saban once said - you've got to hate losing more than you enjoy winning. And as I've said many times - your biggest rival is based on who you hate losing to the most. After five in a row, 12 of 13, 18 out of 22, and 22 out of 28, it's easy to forget that. So in the grand scheme of things, this is, unfortunately, a needed thing from time to time.

As for the 2014 campaign (regular season, at least), it was, in some ways, reminiscent of last year in that unexpected things occurred and things happened. I think a big thing to remember is this: in August, most folks were expecting 10-2 as best-case scenario with a repeat of 8-4 as very plausible. In that respect, we split the difference to finish with a solid 9-3 campaign. Of course, that was before we knew Chubb was going to be the second coming of Todd Gurley, but...we all know what happened with that. Really, I think 9 wins is about right for this team. I'll remember it as a Damn Good group of Dawgs. Tough guys, who were proud to put on that oval G, who always fought hard and always Got After Their Asses! Seniors like Mason, Conley, Bennett, Andrews, Moore, Swann, Wilson, and the rest of 'em: very proud of y'all for leading this team this year. You did great!

To me, there's a lot to play for with our bowl game. 10 wins would be nice, and it's always nice to get the extra practices. Unless somehow we get paired with Nebraska again, and then I'd just say F*ck It! We'll skip it (Three in a row? Surely not...right?). 

As is the case every night, it's a damn fine night to be a Georgia Bulldog!

November 16, 2014

UGA vs. Auburn: The Sunday Treatment and a Trip Around the Dawgosphere

(#15) UGA 34 - (#9) Auburn 7

Box Score

I still say Tech is UGA's biggest rival. Even though it hasn't been much a rivalry lately, I believe that because I feel that Tech is the team I hate to lose to the most, and I think that is the ultimate deciding factor. But, as I discussed yesterday with my buddy that went with me to the game who believes Auburn is our biggest rival, I could probably honestly say that I enjoy defeating Auburn the most. So...perhaps they are our biggest rival. Really, who cares...

I just know that I love beating that crowd. Especially big. It never gets old. The 2011 and 2012 beat-downs helped make up for the 2010 game and I think last night went a long way towards getting the bad taste of last year's game out of my mouth. And since the 2005 heart breaker that was also a late night game in Sanford Stadium against the wareagletigerplainsmen, we are 7-2 in this series. That's pretty great.

Where to start? Man...just such a great team performance. Chubb and Gurley. The special teams. Man - the defense! Pruitt is obviously a great DC and he obviously has a knack for stopping the Gus Bus. To me, that's as good a defensive performance we've seen from the Silver Britches in the last decade. And let's not forget about the crowd. Several players and coaches made a point to thank the crowd. I've been going to UGA games over 30 years and I can honestly say that was as good and fired up a crowd as I've ever seen. I think it was even louder and more intense than last year's games vs. SCAR and LSU.

Not all is good, however, as #3 Toddy Gurley suffered a knee injury towards the end of the night. No official word as of yet, but I don't think it looks good. Seems like he might have some ligament damage. If that's the case, I sure do hate it. Doesn't seem right. But, if that is the case, I think Gurley is the type of guy that can come back better and stronger than ever and will have the opportunity to achieve everything he deserves at the next level. Regardless, he will always be considered one of the greatest of Damn Good Dogs and will always hold a status as one of the greatest to ever put on the Silver Britches.

Anything to complain about? The officiating, for sure. Calling back that beautiful fake punt was as bad a call as we've seen all year. We still seem to have some issues with punting the ball, but all in all did okay in that respect. Our kickoff coverage was excellent although I'm still not sure why we're not putting it in the end zone every time.

Truly a great game for our Dawgs. What a night!

Let's get the pulse of the Dawg Nation and take...

A Trip Around the Dawgosphere:

As I type this, it seems as if reports are surfacing that Gurley's knee injury is a season-ending one. That's terrible. I hate to hear that so damn much. Man...Also, it is now official that Muschamp will be stepping down from Florida after this season. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted although not so much for this year's edition of the WLOCP. I'll be curious to see who UF goes after. Mullen? Possibly Stoops from Kentucky? An NFL guy? We'll see...


November 3, 2014

Run Left, Pull the Right Guard: Lather, Rinse, and Repeat

Even though I think both Verne and Gary are about damn senile and the time has come to take 'em to the back forty and put 'em out of their misery like a lame old horse, they Gary will throw out some nuggets from time to time. Early in the 4th quarter, after Florida did what I titled this post for about the hundredth twentieth time, Gary mentioned it. And he was right on.

Our front 7 is pretty darn good vs. a spread offense or a regular pro-set, but if you put them up against a big, strong, and effective O-line with some good running backs, and we don't really match up good. Could you imagine what LSU or 'Bama could do to us at this point. It would be ugly. I don't know if I necessarily want MIZZOU to lose again. And I'm sorry, I know that Leonard Floyd is an excellent pass rusher, but he looked like a schoolyard chump yesterday. They were picking on him. Very sad...

I think Pruitt got outmatched on Saturday. Never really did any run blitzes; never seemed to adjust. That's bothersome.

It's a Catch 22. If you have the big D-line guys we used to have, then you probably do better in a game like this, but then you have trouble against spread or finesse teams. When you're smaller and lighter, specially on the ends, 418 yards against Florida happens.

I'm not smart enough and don't understand the game enough, especially defensively, to know what the answer is. Thoughts?

November 2, 2014

Fear & Loathing: UF edition; A Trip Around the Dawgosphere

I think folks were getting tired of talking to me the past week. I'd have folks come by the store wanting to talk UGA football and make predictions of how big we'd win, but then I'd mess it up by being in full-on Munson mode - they've got one of the best defenses in America, despite what we've done the last two games without Gurley our offense had major question marks, Hutson Mason, etc...

Also, somewhere in the back of my mind, and like a lot of other folks too, I'm sure, that nagging thought that UGA was due for their crap game. Florida was like a wild beast backed into a corner. Sure, some had theorized that the team had probably already quit on Muschamp, but I read a few articles during the week from people in the know saying that had not happened. This was their last stand. They wanted to win it for their coach and themselves.

And you've got to tip your hat to the dreaded Gators. I hate Florida. They just flat-out whipped us. In all three phases. Florida sux. Controlled both lines of scrimmage. Looked to be the better coached and prepared team. Did I mention my hatred for Florida. They kicked our asses...

I'll never forget my first trip to Jacksonville. 1985. UF had just been ranked #1 for the first time in their history and Kerwin Bell and Co. were just gonna beat the tar out of us. We won. 24-3. That's Georgia/Florida. Throw the records out. Every time. 2002. Who should have won that game? And who didn't? UGA. Ditto for 2005. Who should have won that 2012 game? Florida should have, but they didn't. That's Jax, baby.

This game was tough. Just damn terrible...

Jacksonville makes Jack a dull boy

And now! To get a pulse of the Dawg Nation...


  • Damn, Bill Shanks, tell us how you really feel. *Warning: this might be too much for some of you*
  • DawgSports' 15 Thoughts. Always right on the money. Today is no exception. Very important point - we can't let Florida beat us two weeks in a row. We've got to rally and get ready for a very solid UK team.
  • Tyler's Sunday Morning Comes over at Georgia Sports Blog. He raises a very good point: "Is it back to the drawing board for Pruitt?" We get the secondary worked out but is our D-line able to handle a strong O-line and a couple of good TBs. Based on yesterday's performance. I'd say not... 
  • The Grit Tree discusses "Jacksonvilling."
  • Would love to hear the Senator's thoughts but I figure he's on the road. I'll update once he does. 


Well...we can't feel sorry for ourselves too long. We got UK in six days. In Lexington. That crowd always brings it. Still a lot to play for. It's always a great day to be a Dawg!

October 19, 2014

The Sunday Treatment: Arkansas Edition

Yesterday, I posted the following:

These are the keys to the game as I see it:

  • Win the turnover battle. 
  • Control both lines of scrimmage. 
  • Rush for over 200 yards
  • Throw for over 150 yards
  • Control the Hogs' ground game
And by the way, one of my nicknames happens to be Captain Obvious.

Last week, against Mizzou, we did all five of those things. Usually against a solid SEC opponent, that isn't going to happen. But, if we can do 4 of those things, then I think we win this game maybe by as much as 10-14 points.

Good ole Captain Obvious! Well, I said if we did four of those things, we'd win by 10-14 points. We won by 13. We hit 200 yards on the ground, Mason finished with 179 yards in the air, we definitely won the turnover battle, and we controlled the Hogs' ground game as they finished with just 126 yards on the ground. Controlling both lines of scrimmage? For a time, yes, but that kind of became a push in the 2nd half.

In the first half, we did all five of those things and we saw the Dawgs up 38-6 at the break. Obviously, we got more conservative in the 2nd half with our play calling and, honestly, I think we let off the gas a bit. The big difference for Arkansas was that they got that passing game cranked up (and again, I think we got more conservative on the defensive side of the ball as well), but it just seemed like we had total control of this game for the entire duration.

If someone were to just glance at the stats with out knowing the final outcome, they would probably figure that Arkansas won - they out-gained us, had 11 more first downs, and enjoyed a 10 minute advantage in T.O.P. over us - but if they looked at the all-too-important turnover line in that stat comparison, they would know how that score happened. 21 points off of those turnovers including a defensive score. Obviously, that was the ball game.

So many positives in this game:

  • Nick Chubb, man! Good Gosh Almighty! 30 carries, 202 yards. Became the first UGA freshman TB to hit 200 since Rodney Hampton in 1987.
  • Hutson Mason. Another very solid and efficient performance from the 5th year senior. And that boy can throw downfield! Two TDs in the air and he got another one on the ground. This guy is gutsy and he's tough. Can't say enough good things about his performance. 
  • Chris Conley. What a game for one of the best DGDs out there! 5 catches for 128 yards and a TD. And it's no secret that he is Mason's go-to-guy. 
  • The entire Defense and DC Jeremy Pruitt. Big kudos to Leonard Floyd and Damiann Swann, specifically. And of course Dominick Sanders for that 54 yard scoop and score. The first half - GATA all the way! A very good performance that would have looked better if we hadn't let up in the 2nd.
Pretty much all of the pundits and talking heads once again didn't give the Dawgs a chance, and once again, we made them all look foolish. This is a very good football team right now. The way the defense has solidified along with our record-breaking offense and very solid special teams, I think UGA is a very, very hard team to beat right now. And what if we get Gurley back?'s exciting times.

It's a great day to be a Dawg! GATA! GO DAWGS!!!

October 18, 2014

UGA vs. ARKY: Some Pregame Thoughts

Honestly, I'm a little tired of all the naysayers. If we had barely scraped by or lost last week, I could kind of get it, but to me, this just reeks of disrespect. Maybe some of these folks know something we don't, but I doubt it.

So now we get Arkansas. I watched a good bit of their game Saturday, and I pretty much watched all of the 2nd half. They're a good team. Lots of talent. Lots of big offensive lineman. Some very strong running backs and a very capable QB. You got to respect their D pretty good, too. Some very good players and they seem to be coaching 'em up really good out there.

But in terms of what we do well, I think we match up pretty good.

These are the keys to the game as I see it:

  • Win the turnover battle. 
  • Control both lines of scrimmage. 
  • Rush for over 200 yards
  • Throw for over 150 yards
  • Control the Hogs' ground game
And by the way, one of my nicknames happens to be Captain Obvious.

Last week, against Mizzou, we did all five of those things. Usually against a solid SEC opponent, that isn't going to happen. But, if we can do 4 of those things, then I think we win this game maybe by as much as 10-14 points. Chances are, we do three of the aforementioned things, and we'd look at hopefully winning a close game. If I could pick three, I'd choose: rushing the ball for over 200 yards, winning the turnover battle, and controlling the Hogs' ground game.

A couple of things make nervous:

  1. The ability for ARKY to put up huge numbers in the air
  2. Their impressive O-line 

Random SEC thoughts: I have a feeling 'Bama is about to take out some frustrations today...I think Florida beats MIZZOU today and sets up Jacksonville as the battle for the East...Call me crazy but I think UT is gonna play Ole Miss pretty close.


October 14, 2014

Week 7 Mumme Poll: Results and my Ballot

It's that time of year again. The greatest and most democratic of college football polls is out - The Mumme Poll! Sponsored by The Senator and the guy that does Third Saturday of Blogtober and The Helmet Project, you can learn more about this very cool poll here.

I believe this is my 4th or 5th year participating, and I always really enjoy it. There were a few tweaks this year to reflect the changed college landscape as it relates to the 4-team playoff we now have. Now, pollsters just pick their top 8 teams, no # 1,
and whoever gets the most votes is tops.

The Week 7 Mumme Poll results:
Rank Team Votes
1 Mississippi 81
1 Mississippi State 81
2 Florida State 79
3 Baylor 77
4 Auburn 67
5 Oregon 52
6 Georgia 48
7 Notre Dame 45
8 Alabama 34
9 Michigan State 30
10 Oklahoma 29
11 TCU 26
12 Oklahoma State 2
13 Kentucky 1
13 Missouri 1
13 ECU 1
13 Clemson 1
13 Marshall 1

And my ballot for this week:

Miss. State
Ole Miss

*Ballot explanation: it's hard for me to give much respect to the Pac-12, B1G, or Notre Dame right now. Sorry. I really didn't want to put in a team that gave up 58 points (Baylor) but couldn't pull the trigger on anyone else so they stay by default. Was really toying with the idea of putting Marshall in there, but being one of the few undefeated teams left in FBS does not automatically qualify as being a top-8 team.

October 13, 2014

The (Monday) Treatment and a Trip Around the Dawgosphere

Greetings and Salutations! Been a minute. Had some life and work stuff the last week or so and have been
pretty scarce. Apparently missed a pretty big story a few days ago? Oh well...

34-0, baby! 

Box Score ~ Recap

So, where are we at this Monday? All in all, one would have to say that things are looking pretty darn good for our Georgia Bulldogs right now. With all the noise and drama from a few days ago, it would be have been very easy for this team to have faltered in Columbia West a couple days ago. But as we all now know, that didn't happen. In fact, the opposite happened. This team rallied and galvanized themselves and by about 3:30 PM EST, this team looked like a pretty hard team to beat.

Seriously, I can't say enough good things about this win...a lot of guts and grit. Just Outstanding! And what game for #27 Nick Chubb. Wow! 38 carries? Over 140 yards. Big, big performance for the true freshman. Hutson Mason had a great game as well. Very efficient, very smart. Threw for a TD and ran for one as well. But how 'bout that D? Man, what a performance. As many have spoken about the past year or so, we really needed for our defense to get much more opportunistic and create more turnovers. Well, they forced five and they pitched the shut-out. You're not going to see that against a solid SEC opponent very often. A big, big day for DC Pruitt and his troops. And a big-time shout-out to Head Coach Mark Richt. Several folks have said that this may be one of the finer moments in his coaching career. I wouldn't be inclined to disagree with that sentiment.

Let us now get a pulse of the Dawg Nation and take...

A Trip Around the Dawgosphere: 

Like I said, there’s very little with which to find fault.  It was a workmanlike job, not flashy, but thorough. I wasn’t sure which team would show up; fortunately, we got the angry and focused one.

And a few random SEC thoughts: State is for real. Ditto for Ole Miss...Auburn is still a great football team...You almost have to admire how Florida can lose a football game never count out the Mad Hatter! Speaking of hats, hats off to Vandy - that was a pretty good (by FCS standards) Charleston Southern team - they continue to fight. UK at 5-1? Rich Brooks would be proud...'Bama looked very UGA-esque at times Saturday night, but hey - they won. Until further notice, 'Bama is still 'Bama...starting to think aTm isn't really much of anything.

Helluva game. Now let's see what we can do with Arkansas.


September 30, 2014

Some More Thoughts on Mason

I didn't really mince any words in the Sunday Treatment a couple of days ago when it came to our starting QB, Hutson Mason. In fact, I was pretty down on him:

 I have major, major doubts about Mason getting it done. If it's over 15-20 yds, he has no accuracy. None, whatsoever. Also, the total lack of arm strength is disturbing. On one of those longer throws, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. It just took so long to get there. And he's not going through his progressions; he's telegraphing his passes. And on a fair number of occasions, he simply panics (see South Carolina a couple of weeks ago)... Unless we do something with the QB situation and our secondary, then we're just plain pissin' in the wind. A 5-3 conference mark would be a minor miracle at this point.

And I'm not the only one. Most of the thoughts I put up on the ole blog here I also put up on the Book of Faces and pretty much everybody seemed to be in agreement. In terms of my fellow Dawg bloggers, CorbinDawg over at The Grit Tree, seems to feel the same way. Ultimately, I'm still pretty much in the same place with that but I have had a few more thoughts and have read with interest a few other folks' opinions on this and I think my position has...evolved just a bit.

First off, I did my usual DVR review. It's crazy how different things are when you're watching it on TV for the second time than when you saw it live at Sanford for the first. As the Senator points out in one his posts from today, Mason was pretty darn solid in that first half, especially when we were racking up 21 unanswered points. Also, Mason had some nice runs! Kind of reminds me of Stafford...not really a runner by any stretch, but the guy can pick up some yards on his feet. And you can tell just by looking at him and his mannerisms that he's a gamer. He's a competitor and he's tough. You always gotta like that. And Mason has his fans in the Dawgsosphere. One of my personal favs and a guy that knows UGA football as good as anybody - Bernie - says "In Hutson We Trust." Regardless, you do know what Mason's QBR was this past Saturday? How 'bout a 27.7. Yikes!

Lot of noise in the system with this situation - it's all in his head; "Dead Arm"; receivers not getting it done;  trust issues with the O-Line; coaching and play-calling, etc. etc - however, I think there are two things we can all pretty much agree on:

  1. Having Mitchell, Scott-Wesley, and Rumph will obviously make a difference.
  2. We'll know a whole lot more and will have a much better feel for our future around 7:30 - 8PM on Saturday night.

September 28, 2014

The Silver Lining: #3

This was actually at the end of my most recent post, but I felt like it needed to have its own: 

And Gurley is just amazing. He is the greatest in college football right now and depending on what happens the rest of the way, might start being mentioned as one of the best of all time. His combination of size, strength, speed, and quickness combined with his love for his team, mental toughness, and his ability to take the whole team and put 'em up on his shoulders while he just gashes and slices...well, he's something special, for sure. I hope he stays healthy and is able to achieve everything he deserves. He's just such a DGD. And you don't get an opportunity to hear or see him in interviews that much, but when you do, you realize more and more that this young man is just on a different level in every way. He's the best! 

From The Augusta Chronicle. Jon-Michael Sullivan

The Sunday Treatment and a Trip Around the Dawgosphere: UT Edition

A win is a win, but some wins are better than others. That was as stressful a game to watch in the stands that I can remember in a pretty long time.

UT is not a bad ball club. They've got some real players and they're coaching 'em up pretty good in Knoxville, but it should have never been that close. Major issues in all three phases. Our secondary is borderline horrid and at this point, Mason is more Joe Cox  Joe T III  than he is DJ Shockley. I had originally said Joe Cox, but my one of my buddies pointed this out:

I think you're being too kind to Mason. I think he's closer to Joe Tereshinski than Joe Cox. Cox floated some balls, but was at least capable of throwing the deep ball once in a while. Mason offers nothing in the way of keeping defenses honest.

My buddy, Heath H., also threw this nugget out:

 What's most disconcerting is that at worst, what we expected of him was to be a game manager, and not be a liability... the inability to "make the throws" notwithstanding. But producing a QBR of 27 today, when all we were trying to do is make the D a little more honest, is not comforting. I can't see how Bauta or Ramsey could be more of a liability... and I think that not shaking things up is akin to doubling down with a pair of eights (emphasis added is mine).

I have major, major doubts about Mason getting it done. If it's over 15-20 yds, he has no accuracy. None, whatsoever. Also, the total lack of arm strength is disturbing. On one of those longer throws, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. It just took so long to get there. And he's not going through his progressions; he's telegraphing his passes. And on a fair number of occasions, he simply panics (see South Carolina a couple of weeks ago).

Speaking of that crowd, yes, it's great that SCAR and Spurrier had their hearts ripped out like they did ours, but to the point of controlling our own destiny once again, I've just got to put this out there:

Unless we do something with the QB situation and our secondary, then we're just plain pissin' in the wind. A 5-3 conference mark would be a minor miracle at this point. This is the kicker though - that conference record may still win the SEC East! Folks, that's how weak, inconsistent, and let's just say it - BAD - the East is. Even back in the mid to late 90's when UF and UT dominated and the West was always an afterthought, I can't remember a year when that entire division was just so...average, mediocre, weak etc. etc. 

It was great to survive in Sanford Stadium yesterday, and I always love it when any Spurrier-coached team gets their hearts broken, but let's not kid ourselves. Without that greatest player in college football, we would be an absolute mess. But! This team totally has the talent and potential to go 11-1! But for that to happen, I feel like you probably gotta kick Hutson Mason to the curb, or at the minimum, start a QB platoon ala Greene and Shockley with Mason and Ramsey while possibly putting in Faton in some situational, change-of-pace situations . And can Richt do that? I wouldn't think so. I think he'd be too loyal to the guy that put in all this time as a back-up. I could be wrong, but I doubt it...

But as I said at the top - a win is a win - we'll take it and get ready for Vandy.

And now, to get a feel for the pulse of the Dawg Nation, let's take a trip around the Dawgosphere (hint: everyone has major concerns about the QB and secondary play):

September 21, 2014

The Sunday Treatment

As many have said, this was a great opportunity for a "get right" or "get well" game, and that's exactly what we saw against the Troy Trojans. 66-0. Total domination. We got a lot of guys in there and it was a really good win for the Dawg Nation.

I said in my post yesterday, "I need more Isaiah McKenzie in my life," and for the most part, we saw that. Two rushes for 54 yards and two punt returns for 53 yards and a TD. It would have been nice to see him get a few receptions, but breaking 100 yards of all-purpose yardage was pretty nice.

Ditto for Sony Michel. It seemed obvious that the UGA coaches were not going to risk Gurley any more than they had to. #3 left very early in the game and left the heavy lifting to #1. Michel had a helluva game with 155 yards and 3 TDs.

Many had mentioned that seeing Mason getting some quality reps and working on his down field passing and timing with receivers was an integral part of the game plan. That didn't really happen as Mason only attempted 11 passes, but man, he had a few nice ones. We did witness Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta get some quality time in the 2nd half.

Speaking of Bauta, I can't remember who it was either Bernie or Tyler, I think, who last year tweeted about wishing Larry Munson was still alive and calling games to be able to hear him butcher Bauta's name. My brother and I really entertained ourselves with potential Muson calls - "And Fadden Buttah leans in for the score," "That Baton Florida kid...he's a real gamer...reminds me of that Tevo kid out of Florida A & I a few years back."  And there were several others. What can I say? I'm easily entertained and amused...

Defense? GATA! All day long, baby. It was nice.

But let's not kid ourselves. That was absolutely a horrid Troy team. Man, they've really gone downhill from the team that used to have a reputation of playing top-tier teams tough. They were just awful. But, that's what we needed, and we got it. Now it's time to get ready for a UT team whose first-string is probably about as good as anyone's. They're gonna be gunnin' for us. It won't be easy.


September 20, 2014

Some Quick Gameday Thoughts

Ah...the dreaded non-conference nooner. Well, it could be worse. Being September 20th, we could be looking at temps in the 90's with crazy high humidity. The weather couldn't be nicer. And at least the game is televised on the SEC Network. In years past, this one would have seemed a lock as a Comcast game, and I, along with a lot of other folks, aren't on cable. So, there's that...

I've tried to move tickets before in soft markets and could always get at least a bite. For this game? Nothing. Literally couldn't give them away. Man. I hope there's at least 80K in attendance for this thing, but I'm starting to wonder. Make sense, though. A week after an agonizing heartbreaker, 12-noon kick, and a terrible opponent, and the game is televised. That's a recipe for a very weak crowd. We shall see.

In terms of what I'd like to see in the game? I would like to see an offensive clinic put on by our Silver Britches in the first half complete with a lot of down field passing, power running game, and efficient scoring. What I'd really like to see is a half-time score in the neighborhood of 38-3, so we can get Ramsey and Bouta some quality time in the 2nd half. I want to see a LOT of Isaiah McKenzie. I mean, a lot! Punt returns, catching the ball, jet sweeps, etc. I need more Isaiah McKenzie in my life. Interested to see if we can Keith Marshall some good opportunities to utilize his talents, and let's definitely get Gurley his buck-fifty and a TD or two.

Defense? GATA, baby! All day long, and fast and furious.

A few games of note in the SEC today. Anybody really think Florida has a shot against 'Bama? Didn't think so. State over LSU? That's more likely, but in the Red Stick? I don't think so.

How 'bout that Auburn/K-State game? Is Auburn that bad? I don't really think so. I think Kansas State is a pretty darn good team. Did anyone else waste a few hours of their lives last night watching South Florida and UConn? Well, I watched a good bit of it. Hell, it's college football!

And then there's the Winston situation at FSU. Full game suspension instead of the first half against Clemson today. As a friend of mine mentioned on FB last night, I wonder if FSU would just be better of by kicking him off the team? There's still that civil suit looming, and Winston, by his continued actions, makes it clear that he's a trouble maker at best, and a sociopath at worst. FSU's got the trophy. They're "back." They can cherry pick recruits now. Cut him loose and it makes FSU look like good guys who "get it." They'd get a lot of goodwill out it, especially in this climate in wake of the stuff going on in the NFL. As my friend said, "disgusting, isn't it?" That's college football, baby. If FSU wins today and looks pretty good on O with the back-up, I wouldn't be too surprised to see it happen. Damage control and all that.

I'll touch base tomorrow with the Sunday Treatment and A Trip Around the Dawgosphere.


September 14, 2014

A Late and Brief Sunday Treatment and a Quick Trip Around the Dawgosphere

Well...that sucked. It's "Thursday" once again:

Games like this makes Jack a dull boy

And to get a pulse of the Dawg Nation, let's take an trip around the Dawgosphere:

  • Naturally, we should start with the Senator. As always, he has some very keen insights. I agree that the issues with our O line may have played a role with Bobo's head-scratching 1st down call after the Swann interception.  As he said - ups and downs - they did great at times and looked almost awful at others. Consistency. A very important thing, but Bluto really summed it up with this last night: 

I can’t say for sure that the Gamecocks deserved the win, but Georgia sure as hell deserved to lose.
  • I don't quite get over to Dawgsports like I used to, but I always enjoy reading the work of DavetheDawg and his reoccurring "15 Thoughts" segment. Good write-up and analysis, as always, and right on it with the "talent gap" we're seeing with our secondary. Help is on the way, but we've got to figure something out this year. Thought our D-line would have gotten more pressure, but as Dave and others have said, this will likely be the best O-line we see all year. 
  • Tyler's Sunday Morning Comes
  • As some of you may know, I think Seth Emerson down at the Macon paper is by far the best UGA beat writer out there. He always can sum it right up. A sobering read but right on the money. Line of the article: 

Instead, this is where we are now with this Georgia football team: Right back where we started. Big questions about the defense and the passing game.
Two games. One spectacular win, one discouraging loss, and no big questions answered yet.

Read more here:

That was a tough one. No doubt about it. Seems like SC always loses at least one or two down the stretch. If we can shore up our secondary and maybe throw the ball a little better, this team can win out. We can also repeat last year's mark of 8-4 very easily, though.

As always, it's a great day to be a Dawg!

September 13, 2014

A Few Thoughts on UGA vs. SC

Well, the big day is here. Can the Dawgs get two in a row over Spurrier and Co.? I sure hope so. And I think we will. On paper, we look to be the better team, but that doesn't always matter. Two years ago we saw another Georgia squad head to Columbia that looked to be the superior team, and we got waxed. Not showing up for big games. Some would say it has been an attribute of UGA over the years to always have that one game where we just don't have it together. But I don't think that will happen today.

Two years ago, I wrote about my first trip to Columbia as a young boy back in 1984 on another blog I operate. That one didn't go too well. And I was there for the 2000 debacle as well. Hey, I've seen 'em win a few times over there, too. But...I'm not going this year and maybe that's a good thing. You gotta give credit where it's due - those SC fans are passionate and loyal and are always LOUD. I remember going over there in the late 90's when those guys were just awful. 0-11 or 1-10, year in and out, but they always had that stadium packed. And they always brought it and played tough. Always. It's never easy over there.

What are the keys of the game? Hell, showing up would be a great start. Beyond that, I think just playing our game. Keeping guys fresh and winning with our depth. Let's feed the beast but let's also run some smart plays w/ Keith Marshall and let's let Chubb knock some heads between the tackles now and then as well. Of course, the Cocks will be crowding the box so we'll need Mason to make some passes and play smart. I think he is totally up for that challenge.

Defense? I like what I've seen, and I think we're good to go in that department. Concerned about the secondary? Shit, who isn't. But those guys are coming along quite nicely, and with that front 7 of ours, I feel pretty good. As I thought would be the case against Clemson (and it was), I think we're going to see a repeat against USCe. Pretty much a tight game for 2 1/2 quarters or so, and then we just wear 'em down and win it.

As I mentioned the day after the Clemson game, I would love to see Isaiah McKenzie returning more punts! If it's deep in our territory, I get having Davis out there, otherwise, we need to try gain some field position with this dynamic young man.

Can't wait 'til 3:30. GO DAWGS! GATA!!!

P.S. Wouldn't it be something special to see GA Southern take it to the techies and win? I think they have an outside shot. GO EAGLES! GATA!!!

September 6, 2014

Bye Week Thoughts, Games to Watch, and A Prediction or Two

Normally not a big fan of early byes, but really don't mind this year for obvious reasons. Pretty sure I read where the last time UGA had an off week in the 2nd week of the season was 2002 after playing Clemson at home and before heading to Columbia to take on the Cocks. Worked out that time, for sure. I'll never forget being in the corner of the end zone right where I had a great vantage point for David Pollack's infamous sack/fumble recovery. That was so awesome! UGA football, and that's a bummer, but there's some games I'm pretty interested in and not all of them are prime matchups:

  • Obviously the Mich. State vs. Oregon and USC vs. Stanford are the weekend's highest profile games. MSU/Oregon w/ a 6:30 and USC/Stanford with a 3:30 kick. I'll definitely be checking in on those. 
  • The Ohio St vs. Virginia Tech game is up there but not as high as it would have been a few years ago as VaTech seems to be slipping more and more into mediocrity and obscurity. 8PM kick on that one
  • And at 7:30, the game that I guess at least a few people think is really important, Michigan goes against Notre Dame. As ESPN has on the their main college football page, it's the Big 10's "chance to shine." Lolz! 
  • Tech vs. Tulane at 4PM. That would be something if Tulane wins. They are playing New Orleans. I think the Green Wave has a good shot. 
  • The only SEC match-up? Vandy vs. Ole Miss. Shouldn't be much of a game as I expect Ole Miss to win by at least a couple of touchdowns. 
  • A game I'm really interested in is a Sun Belt match-up featuring one of the great state of Georgia's newest FBS teams, Georgia St., going against former wilderness-inhabiting, independent-by-necessity, New Mexico St. Panthers vs. Aggies. Neither team all that good, but a win by either team would put them at 2-0 on the season with a chance to build some momentum. What can I say, I've got a thing about the Sun Belt. Love Hudspeth down at Louisiana-Lafayette. I think UL-Monroe's got a strong program. Ditto for Arky St and Troy. I know it's not at the level of SEC, ACC, or maybe even C-USA, but I think it's compelling stuff and I always keep an eye on those programs. And w/ GSU as kind of my secondary team, all I can say is - GO PANTHERS! 
  • Kind of interested in Texas vs. BYU. Playing in Utah, the oddsmakers say go w/ BYU. I like Texas. 
  • And maybe the best game that no one is talking about. Some late night Mountain West action, baby! Boise St. vs. Colorado St. The line favors the Broncos, but I think the Rams are gonna go to 2 and 0! 
 Did that Thursday night game surprise you? Shouldn't have. Those Roadrunners out of UT- San Antonio are a pretty good team. They beat the everlivn' crap out of Houston last week and played Arizona pretty tough. Last night's games were duds. Pitt beat BC. Who gives a shit! What was really surprising was how poor and unexciting Washington St. looked in a bad, bad loss to Nevada. I think Pirate Leach has lost his mojo and might be on his way to a "Mumme Slow Fade." Lose this job and end up at a place like maybe...New Mexico St. Then drop to FCS, then Div. II and so on...

I kind of made a few predictions when covering the games, but here's my big one - Michigan State over the Ducks.

Hope everyone is well and GO DAWGS!!!

September 2, 2014

Looking Back: Four Things that Changed the Game

DVR is such a wonderful thing, although I think my wife might disagree. It really is great! I like it a lot. I won't lie - I've watched the 4th quarter four times already. I'm twice through the 3rd quarter and only once through the1st half after seeing it live in Sanford Saturday night.

Vince Dooley used to always talk about how in a big game with dozens and dozens of plays, it usually came down to about three or four things that decided it. Here's my take:

  1. In the 3rd quarter, with 11:04 remaining, Clemson had the ball at their own 29 with a 2nd and four. They lined up with a bunch formation on the left side. A few seconds before the snap and we see that Quincy Mauger is out of position, but Aaron Davis, a RS Frosh, gets him into position right before the play starts. Mauger makes a great play and stops Clemson for a half-yard loss. The kicker, though, is if Davis doesn't get him into position then I really think that Clemson might have had a shot for a  touchdown or a long gain on that play. With the Dawgs up 24-21 at the time, that would have completely changed the dynamics of the game. It just really jumped out at me. As many in the Dawgosphere have said for quite some time, it seemed as if the core attribute of our D for the last few years has been players flailing their arms into total confusion and frustration - basically not knowing what the hell was going on. To see that happen just put a big smile on my face and was an encapsulation of how much things have changed. Pruitt has simplified the scheme and that will pay large dividends with our superior talent moving forward, I believe. 
  2. Gurley's kickoff return was a game changer. As someone else pointed out, just look at the stats of the game before and after that play. It was huge. What you might not have noticed was this: we could have possibly been flagged for an illegal wedge. In 2010 the NCAA changed the rules to where when the team receiving a kickoff has more than two players standing within two yards of one another, shoulder to shoulder, it will be assessed a 15-yard penalty — even if there is no contact between the teams. Apparently, at least a few folks on the interwebs have mentioned that UGA employed an illegal wedge on that return, but they would be wrong. Upon multiple slow-motion reviews, the Dawgs were within the rules. While we had three guys within those confines for at least a split second, they were not "shoulder to shoulder." Fortunately, they didn't call it. And that was the right call.
  3. Gurley's third touchdown early in the 4th quarter, while we might not have known it at the time, pretty much sealed the deal. The Clemson D was already suckin' wind. And after that, they were just toast. 
  4. If the game was won by us wearing them down with our running game in the 4th quarter, then the table was set by our D and especially our special teams' play in the 3rd quarter. That quarter was a throwback to the olden days where you would see teams play a chess match of field position for large swaths of the game. That's exactly what happened in the third, and compliments of Messrs. Barber and Erickson, we won that match. They really helped us out and should be commended.
There was a ton of other things that shaped this game, obviously, but I feel that those four were vital.

August 31, 2014

The Sunday Treatment and a Trip Around the Dawgosphere

What a game! Man, that was something else. In terms of electricity and atmosphere, it was right up there with last year's wins over SC and LSU. The crowd was top-notch. After a back and forth first half and a defensive struggle and field position battle during the 3rd quarter, the Dawgs turned it up "to 11" in the 4th  and took over the game on the ground. Final score: UGA 45, Clemson 21.

The star of the game? Without a doubt, Todd Gurley. #3 made a resounding statement and is now at the top of everyone's Heisman list. The numbers speak for themselves. He was just lights out last night. And that kick return! Man. This guy is something special, for sure. And how 'bout Chubb and Michel?! Wow! Even Quayvon got in on the action. I did feel kind of bad for Keith Marshall. I think it was pretty apparent by the end of the game last night that he's probably our number 4 TB now. But...that's football. That's life. And it was nice to see Michel get the ball thrown to him a few times as well. Ditto for Isaiah.

Yesterday I said the following about Hutson Mason:  "I think he's going to be quite capable and pretty darn solid. And that's all he needs to be." Well, that's pretty much exactly what he was and that's all we need. Great job by our QB.

After some issues in the first half, Pruitt made some great adjustments and our defense was just absolutely out of sight in the second half. The 2011 Dawgs had a really good defense, but I'd go as far to say that this is the best UGA defense we've seen since the 2002-2004 years. Seriously. And this is just the first game. With our depth and talent, I feel like we'll get a lot better. Still some issues in the secondary, but with that front 7, I think we're going to be a great defensive ball club this year.

Probably about my only gripe would be the fact that we didn't see Isaiah McKenzie in to return a punt until the end of the game. Naturally, he takes it 24 yards in spectacular fashion. Reggie Davis? 37 yards...on 7 returns! Look, I get it if they're not 100% about Isaiah's ball control skills. Deep in our own territory or in a punt-safe situation, throw him in. Otherwise, the job needs to be McKenzie's. 

Great day. Great game!

Let's check the pulse of the Dawg Nation and take...

A Trip Around the Dawgosphere:


August 30, 2014

A few quick gameday thoughts

About to head to the Classic City here in just a bit. A few quick thoughts:
  • It's finally here! And that makes me a very happy man! 
  • Getting revenge for last year's game has been one of my key points for this season. I was there in Clemson last year, and I really, really want us to return the favor. 
  • Looking forward to seeing the 2014 version of Todd Gurley. And the 2014 version of several other guys as well. Very interested to see what Isiah can do.
  • Obviously a lot of how we do this year will hinge on the performance of Hutson Mason. Some are more nervous than others with him. I feel pretty good. I think he's going to be quite capable and pretty darn solid. And that's all he needs to be. 
  • Definitely question marks with the secondary, but man, I think our front 7 might be good enough to carry things the first couple of games. With that said, I think our secondary is going to be a pleasant surprise. 
  • As everyone else has mentioned - special teams. Gotta be better this year, right?
  • Ditto on forcing turnovers. 
  • And how about that SC/A&M game? Wow! 
Can't wait to get up there and hang out with some good friends, enjoy the atmosphere, and see another great game "between the hedges." Go Dawgs! 

July 1, 2014

UGA Football Next Month!

And I'm feelin' good! Of course, today is July 1st and we're playing Clemson on August 30th, so it's really about two months away. But...we are getting pretty close and that makes me very happy.

It's the time of year where you start seeing all the college football mags hit the shelves, and while I've flipped through Steele's and Athlon, I have always been a Lindy's guy. I've been getting one every Summer for years and years. I'm familiar with it and have always enjoyed the writing and insights. Plus, they do the thing with the Cheerleaders, but maybe the other ones do that too...?

According to Lindy's, UGA is probably going to be good enough to compete in the East but they're thinking that we'll slip up to SCAR and end up as a strong 2nd with a possible 10-2 record. To me, that's sounds about right, although I think we'll have a very good shot at winning in Columbia.

A few surprises, though, as they've got Alabama winning the West! What's up w/ dat?! All kidding aside, it looks about like you'd expect. 'Bama with Auburn and LSU close behind in the West; our Dawgs and the Cocks fighting for the East. Lindy's does seem to think that Florida might surprise some folks and finish a strong 3rd in our division. I just don't know about that...

What would I like to see this season? In order of importance: beating Florida to give us 4 in a row in that series, getting payback vs. Clemson, finishing with 10 wins. That's about it. Last Summer I kind of jumped the shark (although who could have foreseen all of those injuries!), and I'm a little gun shy about replicating that. Beating Auburn would be really, really nice, but I'm just not sure. And as I properly predicted last year and will do again this year - watch out for the Vols. I think they are once again going to give us everything we can handle.

It's been awhile since I've posted, I know, but it's good to be back. I'll probably start posting about once or twice a week from now until the season starts and will then kick it back into regular season mode. And look for the return of The Sunday Treatment & A Trip Around the Dawgosphere" this weekend.


March 10, 2014

Will We Be Dancing Dawgs After All?

If someone had come up to you on January 3rd after our Hoop Dawgs had just finished a very disappointing 6-6 non-conference schedule and said the following - we're going to end up winning 2/3 of our SEC games and will have at least an outside shot at an NCAA bid - you would have thought they were crazy, right?

Well, that's exactly what has happened. Hell, even on Feb. 1st, after hitting a 3-game skid, most folks would have still thought you were crazy to think that UGA would finish the season on a tear with an 8-2 record. But that is exactly what has happened. I'll have to agree with Tyler Dawgden, Mark Fox should at least have some consideration for SEC coach of the year. And with this impressive turnaround, he is assured at least one more year in the Classic City. And that, I think, is a good thing.

But how likely is it that Georgia will make the Big Dance? Honestly, it's still a bit of a stretch. Our RPI and SOS numbers just aren't where they need to be; however, you couldn't have scripted our spot in the SEC tourney any better, in my opinion.

First off, since we did finish in the top-4 (3rd seed), we will be getting a double bye. Who might we play in our first game? Either Vandy, Miss. St., or Ole Miss. I'd prefer State, but it'll probably end up being Ole Miss, a team we did beat during the regular season.

So, let's say we get past that first game. Then, we'd be most likely looking at having to take on Kentucky without an outside chance of maybe LSU. But probably Kentucky. That would be a tough one, but I'd rather deal with that crowd than Florida. So, for the sake of argument, let's say we find a way to get past the Wildcats. We would then be 20-12 and our RPI and SOS numbers would be much improved. Chance are, we would lose to Florida in the championship game the next day and that would put us at 20-13. Would that be enough? It's hard to say since there will be so many moving parts (what other teams do that are on the bubble, what teams that we've lost to end up doing, teams we've beaten for that matter, etc. etc.)

My gut tells me that two SEC tourney wins barely gets us what may end up being the final spot in the field. But, we've got to win two. There's no doubt about that. So I guess we'll just see what we see. At worst, we would be a lock for the NIT and the Dawgs would enjoy their first post-season tournament appearance and first winning season since 2011. And it looks as if Williams will be the only guy we're losing after this year, so the future does seem fairly bright for the Hoop Dawgs. Can't wait til Friday night. GO DAWGS!

February 15, 2014

Another Big Win for the Hoop Dawgs

*via Sic'em Dawgs
Our Hoop Dawgs have been somewhat of a mystery this year. After a disappointing and unimpressive opening non-conference start, the Dawgs proceeded to win 4 of their first 5 SEC games only to then go on an underwhelming three game losing stretch. But now, with today's exciting 61-60 win over Ole Miss, UGA finds itself the owner of a 4 game winning streak and have now improved to 14-10 on the season (8-4 in SEC play).

The big question is this: have the Dawgs truly turned the corner. Is this team, like some of us thought they might be by this point in the season, a team that could finish with 18 or so regular season wins and have the ability to make a run in the SEC tourney? I think the short answer on that is...quite possibly.

Obviously our guard play is some of the best in the league: Gaines and Mann are just flat out ballin!" And while not having a true big man is hurts a bit, we are seeing really good forward play out of Thorton, Williams, and Djurisic. I still think this is a team that can accomplish some things as long as they can put the ball in the hoop. They seem to be doing better with that.

Sorry for the layoff here lately, but I'm back! Here's some recaps from the last few games by the ultimate UGA Hoops Dawg blog, Hoop Dawgs:

January 13, 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For... just might get it.

By now we all have heard the news that Todd Grantham has taken the DC position up at Louisville for motorcycle boy Bobby Petrino. This is what gives me pause: we have just witnessed an unprecedented deal for a coordinator in college football. Five years? Million per? Obviously, Petrino and company really wanted to make this happen. 

Naturally, part of that was being able to simply lure him away from what is generally considered a top-notch job, not to mention the fact that Grantham's contract was up for renewal next year. But again - five years?

Some of you may know that I was somewhat in the minority in the Dawgosphere for thinking that UGA had made the right decision to stick with Grantham for one more year. We had some young guys and we saw some growing pains. I felt like the D had made some improvements over the year, and had not, as many have said, shown no improvement from game 1 to game 13. But I get where folks are coming from...

I don't know...What I do know is that we've got to get it together and hire a really good coordinator (not to mention secondary and possibly D-line coaches) and we've got to do it quick. Signing day is barrelin' down on us.

January 12, 2014

The Sunday Treatment: 1/12/14

It's a beautiful day in Georgia! Hope all is well out there. I was hoping by this point in January to be back up to a least 2 or 3 posts a week but that has not yet happened. Hopefully soon. A few things to cover for the week that was...

How 'Bout Them Hoop Dawgs! 

Big, big win for our Hoop Dawgs last night: 66-58 over the Tide; huge games by Mann and Gaines. Perhaps not as big an actual game as our surprising and thrilling victory over MIZZOU earlier in the week, but because it now has us at 2-0 in SEC play, this one really means a lot. Gaines and Mann are both such ballers! Throw in guys like Thorton, Williams, and Djurisic and you've got the key components for a very good basketball team. We knew going in that it would take awhile before it all came together. I think it is coming together! But as a friend of mine who really knows his basketball said last night, there are some consistency issues with some of these guys. And let's not even get started on the foul shots (although that seems to be improving), but man, what a way to start league play! The Dawgs are now 8-6 overall. 

It's the End of Lakatos, and I Feel Fine

I'm inclined to agree with Tyler over at GA Sports Blog. But I'll take it a step further. I think it is a good thing he is gone. There were deficiencies that needed to be addressed. And while I don't think he was forced out, I think the "personal reasons" thing is not entirely accurate. And he himself has said that he expects to be coaching somewhere next year. I think there's more to this story that we probably won't know, but that's cool - as long as we get someone in that can coach up these DBs and safeties, that's all I care about. 

A Final Goodbye to the 2013 UGA Football Season

National Championship Game 

That was one hell of a game. My hat's off to FSU. Great team, great game. I tip my hat to Auburn as well. They really brought it. I was honestly surprised with how well they played.

A few thoughts:

  • After "Miracle on the Plains" versions I & II, many thought Auburn was a team of destiny. Monday night was a good reminder that things don't usually work out that way. College football, and life, has a way of reminding you of that.
  • Winston is one amazing player. He might be bat-shit crazy, but he's incredible.
  •   I still say that Jimbo Fisher is one weird dude. He's such a freak! 
  It's kind of a Catch-22 for us Dawg fans, I think. Sure as hell didn't want Auburn to win, but in terms of recruiting, a victory by a FSU team that runs a similar offense could be just as tough to overcome. There really was no good scenario. I was just glad that it was a good game. 

I'll definitely have some more thoughts later in the week. Hope everyone is having a good Sunday. 

January 2, 2014

A Fitting End to the Season

Well, dang. That sucked. As a friend of mine said yesterday, losing always sucks. End of story.

He had said that in response to what I had said, which was basically this: In the grand scheme of things, losing this game really doesn't mean much. We got the 15 extra practices, Mason got the extra reps with the starting O, the players got their swag bags, etc. But my friend was right - losing sucks. End of story.

But, in a way, this game was an encapsulation of the season and really was a fitting end to the 2013 UGA football campaign: major highs and lows; terrific individual plays and some that weren't so much; great coaching decisions and the obligatory head-scratchers; moments of sheer joy, and moments of absolute disgust, etc.

I was proud, however, that our boys fought hard to the very end. They never showed any quit at any time this season. It would have been easy for them to have mailed it in on this one, but they didn't. On a final note, I hate it for Artie Lynch. His superb UGA career should not have ended that way. But then again, Aaron Murray's shouldn't have either. Nobody said life was fair, I guess. Arthur Lynch and Aaron Murray are both DGDs. They have both forever endeared themselves to the hearts of the Bulldog Nation.

So...goodbye 2013 and to hell with ya! I'm glad we've gotten that one out of the way. Such a weird and crazy season. On top of the mountain after the month of September, going through that awful stretch in October with all of the injuries, the heartbreaker against Auburn, and now this. But, I remember that feeling walking out of Sanford Stadium after we dispatched USCe and especially after the LSU game. I remember the pride we all felt after beating the dreaded Gators for the third year in a row. And hey - we beat Tech. Again.

Highs and lows. And my mind turns to the one and only Jerry Jeff Walker:

Pickin' up the pieces wherever they fall
Just letting it roll, letting the high times carry the low
I'm just living my life easy come, easy go

I'm pumped about 2014. I think we're gonna be real good. This just might be the year we've been waiting for, right? I think A. Pope had it right. "Hope Springs Eternal."

Today, as is the case everyday, is a damn fine day to be a Georgia Bulldog.