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@HOVG You can play semantic games all you want, but in the context of this discussion, bigot means racial bigot. Deny it all you want, but that's what you meant.
I'm done with this. It's going nowhere, because you can't seem to admit what you implied.
Have a great day!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/
@HOVG Not every reply is trolling. You're just shooting for the lowest bar. You must hate intelligent responses. Newsflash for you - that's not trolling. Your skin is way too thin to maintain a blog. I'll not respond to anything else you have to say. I DO enjoy intelligent debate, and you don't offer it.
@HOVG You don't have to say the word. You inferred it - more than once. How about, "Then again, when you’re stuck in the time warp he seemingly is..." and "Here’s my favorite/least favorite part, dude ends his blatherings by quoting, of all people, wait for it…Martin Luther King Jr." And so what I he didn't call it the "I have a Dream " speech? Apparently, only you seem bothered by that. People knew what he was referring to, just like they know what you were referring to.
Oh, BTW, wee don't hear about Puig in Redneckville. Unless he's making an ass of himself. So I guess we do hear about him - just not about baseball.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/2014-articles/yasiel-puig-launches-his-own-website.html
Now, if he could only learn English...and how to drive.
@HOVG And referring to John Rocker s my 'beloved' is clear proof that you have an agenda that includes Rocker (and, by association, myself) as racists.
Grow the fuck up.
@HOVG You implied it. Why don't you let people have an opinion without inferring that racism is behind any comment? If anything, Aaron made the racist statement. Ever heard of black conservatives? I'm guessing not.
@HOVG Same shit, different day. Free speech applies to EVERONE. Besides, Rocker didn't say anything that was controversial. He called out someone for their hypocrisy. It's a shame you have a double standard. You might see that.
BTW, I like Hank Aaron. I've been a Braves fan since they came to Atlanta. I hated that he was treated the way he was when he was chasing Ruth's record. But that doesn't give him carte blanche to demonize all conservatives. And that's exactly what he's doing. Did it ever dawn on Aaron that Obama sucks as president, regardless of color? Of course not. He's black, and all blacks are perfect in his short-sighted opinion. Obama is a poor leader, no matter what color he is.
When that idiot VP Biden said that JFK airport resembled a third world country where were you? Pick on Rocker all you want, but liberals are just as guilty. In fact, they aren't guilty. There's nothing wrong with telling the truth. Only the 'politically correct' see something wrong with honesty.
You would see anything John Rocker said as racist. All he did was turn the words of one person back on them. Rocker isn't racist. He's a realist.
Aaron Murray's arm strength is a question? Surely you jest. Look at the game films again - he has arm strength AND passing touch. He didn't break all of Peyton Manning's records short-arming the ball. UGA didn't even have a screen pass play for the first 3 years he started.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/qb-rankings-of-the-2014-nfl-draft.html
You put Evan Gattis in with this group? He was a fill-in player all year long in 2013. To claim the Braves expect him to replace McCann is ludicrous. They just want what they got last year - nothing more, nothing less. They even have a veteran catcher to bail him out.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/
Great piece. Enjoyable read.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/runthefloor/2014-articles/the-10-biggest-stories-of-the-ncaa-tournament.html
@bharvey67 - Sure sounds like you're condoning his behavior. If concussions made people rapists, the country would be replete with sexual predators using that as their defense. As for substance abuse, that's a possibility but it has nothing to do with his football talent or his career in the NFL. He's just another monster - pure and simple.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Darren Sharper reportedly bragged about raping women
The 'controversy' over the Braves' cap was overblown. The media made a lot of hay over something that fans really had no concerns with. PC sensitivity has gotten out of hand. Regardless, this new 'old' cap works well.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Era releases new alternate caps for Braves, White Sox, Blue Jays
@Ronk25 The fix has been in for a while now. I know who's going to the Super Bowl already - SF and Denver. Mark my words.
6 months, 1 week ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
The officials are making the replacement refs from last year look like their equals.
7 months ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
The facemask mauling of Matt Ryan was an egregious non-call. How could the officials miss that.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
This guy is engaging in some serious denial. I don't believe Selig has been good for the game overall, but he's spot-on about the PED problem.
8 months ago on Alex Rodriguez took part in a surreal interview with Mike Francesa on Wednesday
The QB COULD have done things differently, but that doesn't excuse the officials doing the WRONG thing. Fact is, the refs blew it, and confounded the situation by allowing the clock to tick away. They should err on the side of caution when in doubt.
10 months ago on Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30: Curious Set of Circumstances Cost Badgers Shot at a Win
@Jack from Dallas - If they're really concerned about correct grammar, they could use "RsBI", since that's what it means when spoken aloud. I agree that they sound ridiculous when they do the "RBI" thing, but I've gotten so sick of SC that I don't even know who the anchors are any longer.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
Some people really give a shit?
11 months ago on Brian Wilson Offered Money to Shave Beard
There is no benefit to the U.S. to remain in the Middle East, and the situation is too complicated to be navigated without compromising our principles. Already we've fought on the same side with al Qaeda (in Libya) at the same time we were fighting against their agents in Afghanistan. That's just a fundamentally flawed situation.
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What exactly is offensive about this? Who got hurt? People who shouldn't be in this country to begin with? So what if you disagree with him? He has a right to his opinion, and the PC crowd should back off. Chipper represents Chipper, and no one else. If the Braves organization has a problem with his comment, then maybe Chipper needs to disassociate himself from them. I've been a season ticket holder, but I'll rethink my position if they make a stink over this.
1 year, 1 month ago on Chipper Should Leave Comedy to the Professionals
It was a baseball fight. They happen. I don't think it reflects a lack of class on either organization. Individually, a couple of people showed their asses, though. Most notable was Matt Kemp. If he had shut up and gone back to his position there wouldn't have been a part II of the fracas. And Jerry Hairston, Jr. had no business coming out of the dugout to help instigate the second act.
1 year, 3 months ago on Greinke, Kemp, Quentin ejected after brawl in San Diego | April | 2013 Articles
Non-story. He cussed - big freaking deal.
1 year, 4 months ago on Presumably Warren Sapp Swears At Belichick Overkill On NFL Network | March | 2013
Like you, I think Richt is learning, and adapting. Recruiting came easy when he first came to the school because he was new and popular. He doesn't have those built-in advantages any longer. But he's shown he CAN adapt. What other SEC school has been to the last two conference championship games? Granted, we didn't win, but the point is that we made it there. Oh, people will point to UGA's schedule, but the fact is that Bama didn't have to play UF, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, or Georgia in the regular season last year. The same argument could apply to them, too. Had they played just two of those teams, it's possible that they wouldn't have been in the championship game. And what about the years when UGA DID play in the SECCG and had a tougher schedule? Do we ignore those times?
Bottom line - no matter who is on your squad, it's up to the staff to coach them up. If nothing else, Dooley taught us that UGA can win with lesser talent, and do it consistently. He fielded competitive teams long before the Glory Years. Matter of fact, he became a victim of his success after that, to my mind.
We'll be fine. The talent already at the school is enough to offset one average recruiting class. It can't become the norm, though.
1 year, 5 months ago on Downer Dawg Pans Richt Raise | February | 2013 Articles
I don't doubt that UGA would love to land a class of 5-star recruits every year, but it's tough to sell a kid on instant playing time when it's just not there, or when it might threaten team chemistry. Losing out on some recruits is to be expected when you don't have the built-in advantage of tradition. Very few schools are able to re-load every year like that. Some kids will be more patient for their chance at Bama, ND, USC, etc., just because they get to be part of that team's legacy. Realistically, UGA doesn't have that kind of tradition to sell. To be sure, we're not the Sisters of the Poor, either. We have a lot of good things available for kids to take advantage of. We need to make a better effort to reach them with what we have.
There are definitely ways that Richt can re-vamp his recruiting tactics. Losing Rodney Garner may be the jump-start he needed to do that. He had been at UGA a long time, and it's easy to become stagnant when your recruiting coordinator becomes too entrenched. I like Garner, but I believe the change will be best for him and the University. We'll have to see about that.
Whatever we do, I don't want us to be seen as taking advantage of the recruits. That has a way of biting schools in the ass. Over-signing a recruiting class, a Saban staple, is one of those things I'd just as soon the Dawgs avoid. I want UGA to maintain their integrity AND win. If we do both, a NC can wait, as far as far I'm concerned. It WILL happen, just not as quickly as others seem to want. We just may be that one play, or player, short for a little longer than they would like.
That's better parts 'of the team'...
Sorry about the typo.
I agree with you, too, about what the payoff should be. As an example, while the 2007 edition of the Dawgs was good, nearly great, and came within a whisker of playing for the NC, they were characterized, to me, by a mentality and behavior that were not indicative of Richt's earlier teams. Just my opinion, but that behavior almost brought the Richt era to an end, It carried over to the next couple of seasons, when their talent wasn't able to hold up their swagger. The team, and Richt, were humbled by the experience.
Also, even if UGA were to dismiss Richt, who will the University bring in to replace him. Even IF Meyer, Saban, Spurrier, etc. expressed an interest (they wouldn't, of course) I would not want any of them leading our program because they aren't indicative of how I want my alma mater to be represented. I disagree with their attitudes now - why would I possibly want them to lead our football team?
The recruiting wasn't up to the standards that Richt has previously achieved this past year, but I believe it's because he's learned that if you recruit blue chip talent year-in, year-out, you have to make room for them to play. Sometimes, when the blueprint for success is already there and the better part of the parts are in place it's not wise to disturb the chemistry. Richt addressed the team's weaknesses, and I think he'll continue to do so on as-needed basis.
We're definitely on the right track to get what everyone ultimately wants, and to maintain the University's integrity while getting it.
I agree with you about Donnan. He also had a problem beating our traditional rivals. Going 9-3, 8-4 or 10-2 but losing to Tech, UF, and Auburn almost every year wore the faithful down. His legal problems were unforeseen, but his problems with the alumni were well-known. I was more patient than most because of the unfortunate Ray Goff years (BTW, I like the guy, too - heand Matt Robinson were great for us in the mid '70s as players, and he was an amiable man as coach), but I saw the tension. With UGA beind a top 10 program, we're better off than most in the instant gratification era. Imagine if we were in Washington's or Colorado's shoes lately. Even Nebraska, a perennial top 5 team under Osborne, has stumbled since he left as coach, although him coming back as AD helped a little. We're both old fashioned, if a belief in patience and loyalty puts us in that category. Like I said, I believe in our program's direction under Mark Richt, and I think we'll get the payoff we're all wanting if we stay the course.
I didn't read the other comments before posting my own. Perhaps I should have, because it looks like I plagiarized. At least my opinion is shared by others. And, as far as the comment about the late '80s and 'the '90s being a period of mediocrity, I agree with that, too. I graduated in 1987, and was unfortunate to have been right behind the glory years of Herschel Walker and the rest of the outstanding players that made them so great. The cupboard was just beginning to refill before Richt ratcheted up the program drastically. Immediately prior to Richt's arrival at UGA, Jim Donnan went 49-19, winning all four of his bowl games, and he was fired. Most programs are satisfied winning 72% of their football games (62.5% in the SEC), but UGA apparently isn't most programs. The expectations at Georgia are ridiculously high. I'm not saying they shouldn't be, but expectations should be tempered by reality just a little bit. Richt has won almost 75% of his games, among the nation's best in that regard. And he runs a fairly tight ship - few programs suspend or dismiss their players for identical rules violations. I believe that Richt deserves a some slack.
At the end of the season only one HC gets to say that he coached the National Championship team. And at the end of a career only a few more will be able to make that claim. The rest get to point at their overall records. I think that Richt is doing fine. Yes, the Dawgs could have had a better season but, again, every team but one has that same albatross around their necks. Richt's season average is about 10-3 and he's 8-4 in bowl games, both better than the numbers that Vince Dooley put up. He has just one less NC than Dooley, and I'm sure that he'll pick up one or more of those before he's done at UGA. Tom Osborne didn't win a national title until his 22nd season at Nebraska, Joe Paterno got his first in his 17th season, and Bobby Bowden didn't win one until his 18th season at FSU (25th at a major university). Bo Schembechler NEVER won one while at Michigan, and he's not the only coaching legend with that distinction by any stretch of the imagination I'll take Richt's body of accomplishments with the Dawgs over someone like Gene Chizik's resume at Auburn any day, despite the latter having won a national title in his short tenure there. Richt and UGA are a good fit, and they both will be continue to be fine together over the long haul. Maybe even the near future will bring that national title that the alumni and fans are so hungry for. It certainly looks bright enough.
Manti grew a beard and no one saw it.
1 year, 6 months ago on Manti Te'o talked about his girlfriend's passing at the Heisman Trophy presentation after finding out it was a hoax
@kdun461 Well, if Tom Jackson was extremely upset they should have just strung Rush up right then and there. Tom Jackson is a horse's ass. Who gives a shit how he feels? And as far as Rush's "history" of divisive comments, that's really up to the person listening. Many people think his comments were true, though not particularly popular. He never said anything that could be construed as racist; people just didn't want to hear it.
1 year, 6 months ago on Rob Parker suspended 30 days, "enhanced editorial oversight" for First Take
@hookedonsports I couldn't have said it better. Kudos...
@gavinwca I agree that when everything is referred to as racist the word loses its meaning. I was unaware that Limbaugh left on his own, but I have no doubt that, had he not voluntarily quit, the Worldwide Leader would have fired him. When the AG of the U.S. maintains that blacks can't be racist and whites can't be the victim of discrimination something is seriously wrong with where our society is headed. Jimmy the Greek was fired for pointing out genetic differences between the races. A decade later a black athlete said essentially the same thing and people nodded in agreement. All I'm saying is if people, black and white, want a colorblind society then they should punish people equally for what they deem offensive. Excusing one person for saying the same thing someone else said just because they have a different skin color IS racism.
@23rd_December @TonyStanley It's not what he actually said. It's the context. Black commentators should be held to the same standard as white commentators. Racially inappropriate speech is wrong for blacks just as it is wrong for white commentators. Or not. The point is to be consistent across the board. If you let it slide because a black person said it, then you should let it slide when a white person says it. Isn't that what a coloblind society is all about? Equal treatment?
1 year, 7 months ago on Rob Parker suspended 30 days, "enhanced editorial oversight" for First Take
@kdun461 @Cobbler Limbaugh WAS fired by ESPN. He has his own show now. He can't, and won't, fire himself. Terrible example.
@Cobbler I still maintain if a white person said what Parker said he would never be on the network again. The double standard is obvious.
For the record, Robert Griffin III is no more African-American than I am European-American. He was born in America, thus he is an American. The same goes for me. This hyphenated American status is divisive and unnecessary. If people want to make a positive change in race relations they'll stop separating themselves with these ridiculous hyphens.
@Texas-Writer Stephen A. Smith is a hypocrite who knows next to nothing about sports and uses his air time to stir the racial pot. He talks over everyone on the show, and they sit there like blithering idiots taking his verbal abuse. I can't speak for the last few months because he made me so nauseated I stopped watching. But I'm willing to bet he hasn't changed a bit.
@Chuck Schick Just like I didn't miss Cold Pizza. ESPN needs a new Programming Director. Their filler shows are deplorable.
@gavinwca It makes ESPN a hypocritical network. Any white reporter/commentator that said what he did (Skip Bayless included) would no longer be employed by ESPN.
If he were white, this would be a no-brainer - he'd be unemployed. You can't convince me that there isn't a double standard.
I don't ca@goducks58 claim omniscience, just an understanding of how the NCAA works. If it helps, I didn't make the rules - I only understand how they work. Shoot the messenger, but Oregon will not win a NC until they beat someone in the SEC with a dominate defense.
1 year, 7 months ago on Dope Walker snub points to larger issue with Oregon Ducks
@goducks58 @nyduck I didn't say YOU would be hurt, only that the truth hurts. Colin Kapaernick is not an Oregon player, and has played less than half a season in the NFL. You want to induct him in the HOF? Have at it. Somewhat premature. But hey, to each his own. Your argument is all over the place. W
When Oregon beats real competition instead of the Pacific 12 and West Coast offenses that ignore defense then you can get back to me. Defenses win titles, not point-a minute offenses.
Hate me if you want, but history bears me out.
@goducks58 @nyduck If Kelly goes pro he'll be back in college football in two seasons. His offense doesn't translate to the NFl. Believe what you want to believe, but the offense he runs will not work at a higher level. Truth hurts.
@goducks58 I don't mean to rag on Oregon, but there are plenty of teams that don't get the recognition they deserve. Moaning about it does no good. Some schools will never get the press that Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, etc. get. ESPN only plays favorites for a very few teams. The rest get table scraps. Fortunately, the NFL is the great equalizer. THEY know talent, and they pay accordingly. And they don't care where you played.
Would you like some cheese with that whine?
If the allegations are true, I hope he's denied eligibility for the season. By the time this season is over, he'll have repaid UCLA's efforts to have him declared eligible by jumping to the NBA. You see, this kid has no loyalty to UCLA and no desire to receive a degree from the school despite them going to the mat for him. It's just a stop-off to the next level for him. College athletics is losing its appeal because of situations like this.
1 year, 8 months ago on Hey NCAA: Suck My Kiss
@sport That has a ring of truth to it.
2 years, 5 months ago on What Would the Houston Astros Change Their Name To? | January
@sec_fan 7-8 wins is out of the question @ Vandy. Pure and simple. They played UGA tough at home. They always do. But the fact is that they were 2 TDs down with a minute to play. That game got close because of poor UGA coaching, not because Vandy has developed into a SEC mid-power. And I remember Vanderbilt playing UF tough a few years ago in Gainesville. The next year they got their rear-ends handed to them.
They had a decent season in Nashville. Don't make more of it than that.
2 years, 5 months ago on Maryland Tries To Block 3 Players From Transferring To Vandy
1650 yards, 7TDs and 10 INTs? I would have stipulated that Vandy was the ONLY school this guy could transfer to.
First, renaming them the Colt .45's WOULD be PC, as the 2nd Amendment allows for the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. It would be the Politically INcorrect who would have the conniptions.
Having said that, I miss the Expos and would like to see a team with that silly appellation again.