Ronald Acuna, Jr. was hit by the first pitch of Wednesday night's Braves-Marlins game. The pitch was thrown by Miami's Jose Urena, and it was thrown intentionally at Acuna. The 20 year old Brave has been the hottest and most electrifying player in the Major Leagues for the past two weeks. He has led off the past three games with a home run, has homered in five straight games, and has hit eight home runs in the past eight games. Evidently, Urena's way of pitching Acuna differently meant throwing at him with the very first pitch in the bottom half of the first inning. The pitch, which resulted in both benches clearing twice, was the fastest first-pitch of Urena's career. The act of throwing at Acuna with the first pitch was gutless, cheap, bush league, and unprofessional, even in a sport where brushing a hitter back off the plate has always been a part of the game. Going after a player with intent simply because he has been wearing your team's pitching out is not a part of baseball. Here's hoping Major League Baseball comes down heavy and hard on Jose Urena, both in fines and suspended starts.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Georgia is already in the 2017 SEC Championship Game. Their opposition for the title is yet to be determined. It will be, of course, either Alabama or Auburn. The Tide or the Tigers. If you are a UGA fan, who do you want to face on December 2nd? The Dawgs are just coming off of that devastating domination by Auburn last Saturday, and they have Kentucky and Georgia Tech remaining on the 2017 schedule. The two Alabama schools don't meet until November 25th, both having out-of-conference and easy opposition this Saturday. The pros and cons regarding the two possible match-ups are endless. Would Georgia want to face the same team that decimated them only two weeks earlier, or take on a 'Bama squad battling some key injuries and not playing up to Alabama standards at the present time? Some fans believe that Auburn could not play that good twice against the Dawgs, and conversely that Georgia couldn't play that bad again. Not to mention the fact that Auburn would be without that tremendous home field advantage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. There is also the opinion that Alabama's Nick Saban knows Georgia's Kirby Smart far too well after working with him all of those years, which would make it tough on the Dawgs to overcome the Tide. Thus, would Saban always be one step ahead of Smart? However, there is also the feeling that Alabama is the King of the SEC and a team needs to defeat them, not Auburn, to be truly considered the champion (Like Rick Flair said: "To be the man, you gotta beat the man"). After all, Alabama is still Alabama. The prevailing opinion of many Dawg fans is that there is an extreme hatred of Auburn, where there is only a strong dislike of Alabama. Therefore, it would be much more satisfying, not to mention redemptive, to defeat the Tigers when all the marbles are on the table. I, for what it's worth, want to see Georgia play Auburn on a neutral site field. I think the artificial turf at Mercedes Benz Stadium plays into Georgia's strength of team speed. It's really going to be fun seeing Mecole Hardman loose on that surface! If the offensive and defensive lines of the Dawgs can play at least a little better against Auburn a second time around, the result could be different. Also, Auburn coming off a victory in the Iron Bowl, and having already handled us easily, could enter the SEC Championship a little too sure of themselves. Not to mention UGA would have to go into that game as the underdog, and I like the way that would play into the psych of the game. Regardless of which team the Dawgs end up facing, it sure is good to see Georgia back in Atlanta in the Championship game again. It has been far too long since we were there, and here's hoping we become a fixture in this game for years to come.
Friday, October 27, 2017
In spite of an effort from "the powers that be" to have both Georgia and Florida wear their respective home jerseys, Georgia has elected to wear their white jerseys this year in Jacksonville. 2017 is in fact Florida's year to be the home team.The last year Georgia wore white jerseys was 2013. They were the visiting team that year and defeated Florida 23-20, just as they were in 2011 when a Dawg's win in white tops jump-started a three-year win streak for UGA.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
|Florida victories||Georgia victories||Tie games|
A The University of Georgia athletic association includes the 1904 game in the series win-loss record; the University of Florida's athletic association does not. Please see the Series history section above for further explanation.
Georgia pretty much owned the series in the 70s and 80s, while Florida has been the dominant team since 1990. However, Georgia still leads Florida in the long standing rivalry by 7 games. Both teams own 7-game winning streaks against the other.
In 2009, the student governments of the University of Georgia and the University of Florida created the Oar which is presented to the winning university's student body president. No formal post-game presentation is made on the field after the game.
The Oar was carved from a 1,000 year old cypress tree that once grew in the Okefenokee Swamp, which straddles the Georgia-Florida border. The Oar is 10 feet in length, and has the logos of each college on opposite sides.
It goes without saying that the Oar has resided below the Georgia border for the past 3 years. You know, "to the victor belong the spoils", and all that stuff. Now the cypress trophy has a good chance to come back to the University of Georgia campus...and stay there for many consecutive years. Just where it belongs, and then "the universe will be unfolding as it should" (Desiderata).
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
After attending the GSU/Troy State game this past Saturday, I came away with the following observations: State has done a great job with Turner Field, thus far. There is still much to be done to completely transform this venue into a really top tier football facility. The concourse where everyone enters is a bit drab. It needs GSU football murals and more GSU blue throughout that area. Adding those, as well as a few more touches, would liven up that area and give fans a better "first impression". The end zone seating at the old home plate end of the field should be closed until GSU needs those seats for capacity. The sight lines there are terrible, and bringing the home crowd all behind the home team would increase the noise level for the Panthers, giving them more of a home field advantage and the appearance of a larger crowd. Once you leave the concourse area, the concessions are few and far between, and putting more behind the home crowd would be a big plus. The concourses are big and open which is nice and should afford sufficient space for those additional concessions. The people in charge of game day should visit more venues and adapt other ways to enhance the game day experience at Georgia State Stadium. The scoreboard/video screen is really nice, but one does grow weary of seeing the same spirit videos all game long. I realize this was only the second home game, so I am sure there is much trial and error going on. The future plans for the football and baseball facilities on site sound exciting. I would say GSU is on the right track with still much work to be done. Good luck and go Panthers!
Only in America could a guy like Paul Finebaum make millions of dollars by merely giving his opinion regarding college athletics. He's vain, he's arrogant, he's opinionated, he's pompous, he's haughty, and he's condescending. Did I miss anything? However, because of all of these outstanding traits, he's also very rich. But take a look at those ears! Ears that some elephants only dream of. But I guess if you get stuck in life with those monstrosities, you should at least get to make some big bucks! Talk on Paul, we hear your incurable case of diarrhea of the mouth.
I guess it really is time for Butch Jones to be ousted at Tennessee. Not only has his team failed miserably on the field, but as depicted above, he has apparently lost all control of his players as well. What an image for the University of Tennessee Rashaan Gaulden depicts. Although Gaulden later apologized for his actions, the damage was already done. Stay classy UT!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Augusta National has recently purchased land from neighboring Augusta Country Club that will apparently allow the famous par 5 13th to be lengthened by backing up the tee box. The once daunting spectacle hole has been conquered by new golfing technology in the form of metal drivers and new golf balls. So much so that this year's Masters saw the iconic 13th play as the easiest hole on the course during the four day tournament. It will be interesting to see how many yards will be added by the new design, and how differently the hole will play. Perhaps the new changes will add more of the risk/reward virtues the 13th was always noted for in the past.