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The facemask mauling of Matt Ryan was an egregious non-call. How could the officials miss that.
1 week, 4 days 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.
2 weeks, 2 days 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
Some people really give a shit?
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months 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.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Greinke, Kemp, Quentin ejected after brawl in San Diego | April | 2013 Articles
Non-story. He cussed - big freaking deal.
8 months, 4 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rob Parker suspended 30 days, "enhanced editorial oversight" for First Take
@hookedonsports I couldn't have said it better. Kudos...