The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round , all through the town. Yea, the bus keeps rolling and players who can't get their act together keep getting off the bus. Jonathan Taylor is just the latest casualty in a seemingly growing list of Georgia players who continue to get themselves in multiple offenses that go against player behavior standards. Taylor is now free to take his football talents and behavior imperfections to any school in the country he so desires. Even to a rival school in the Southeastern Conference. I wish those guys were never given that option. But Mark Richt puts absolutely no stipulations on where a dismissed player can and cannot transfer to. "You're free to go", means you're free to go. Anywhere. To me, players like Jonathan Taylor are just the same as verbally committed high school recruits who "flip" their commitment to another school. Taylor has just de-committed from Georgia. He is no longer a Dawg. He's another casualty, another deflection, another former player who very well might line up against Georgia one Saturday in the future. But Taylor will never again be a Dawg. Maybe just a low down dog, but not a Dawg, and certainly not a "Damn Good Dawg"!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Yesterday, Cox Communications joined Dish Network as carriers of the new SEC Network. With those two in the fold, that still leaves DirecTV as the major abstaining provider. We are now looking down the barrel at one month before the new network airs, and I'm expecting DirecTV to take us to the very end before completing their deal with the new network. I have no insight as to the politics of such dealings, so I have no explanation as to why the satellite giant and the SEC Network would drag this out and make no assuring announcement regarding a partnership. However, there is one thing to which I am sure: the good-ole-boys of the South who live and die for college football will drop DirecTV in a heartbeat if it's the difference between missing an SEC game or seeing it. Come on DTV, the stakes are high and kickoff is looming large.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Independence Bowl has a new name and a new six year sponsor. It was announced on Wednesday that The "Boys with the Beards" from Duck Commander will be the face of the Louisiana post-season game. Should be interesting, right Uncle Si?
Barry Switzer says he would never recruit a white quarterback. When I read that I immediately thought of the comments made by Jimmy The Greek that got him fired from CBS years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Welcome to Cameron Indoor Stadium Jim Boeheim. (Or is that Cameron Hatbox, or Cameron High School Gym, or Cameron Coach K Crycourt?). Now that you and your Orangemen are in the ACC, you better get used to getting the shaft there. Your good buddy Coach K has all the officials in that conference so intimidated that you probably couldn't find a single one with the guts to call that a blocking foul on the Blue Devils, as opposed to the charge that was called against Syracuse. Duke didn't win those 30 straight games at home because they were better than all their opponents, they won a few of them because their opponents were playing 5 against 8. You don't always have to be the better team when all the major calls go your way. Isn't that right Coach Cryzyzewski?
Monday, September 2, 2013
Now that we've had time for the dust to settle and the nerves to calm down a bit, not to mention the frustrations, I've been thinking about a few observations regarding Georgia and their opening game loss to Clemson. These revelations come after reading a lot of Dawg blog comments, as well as talking to members of the Bulldawg Nation:
- Georgia continues to be one of the worst tackling major college football teams on the planet. This isn't just a one-game hiccup, this has been going on for several years now. I'm certainly not a football coach, so I don't know if the problem is fundamentals, strength & conditioning or whatever. Nevertheless, this problem is real and needs to be remedied quickly. What's the deal here, and will it ever improve? Why do we fail to wrap guys up and tackle well?
- I have spent many years wanting Mike Bobo to commit to the running game, only to be frustrated to the point of giving up. Saturday night he commits fully to the running game, but between the tackles with a tailback built to run outside the tackle box. Not to mention against a defense that stacked the interior defensive line to the max. We go super conservative when we had a realistic chance of putting some point margin between us and the Tigers. I know we were concerned about burning up some clock, but our play calling really left a lot to be desired. What am I missing here? Keith Marshall only needs a crease with his speed, so why not bounce him outside? Then it's third and long and Clemson sends the whole house after Aaron Murray.
- I'm not saying we are right or wrong in the way we discipline/punish our players. However, if we continue to schedule formidable opponents such as Clemson on opening day with key Dawg players serving suspensions, we will always place ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We hamper ourselves EVERY single year in this regard. The name I have heard mentioned the most since Saturday night is Josh Harvey-Clemons, a player who never saw the field due to being suspended. I'm not commenting on the validity of the suspension, only on the way it severely handicapped the Georgia defense. Harvey-Clemons would definitely have been a difference maker. I would go so far as to say his presence in the defensive backfield would have been enough to swing victory over to Georgia's side. I realize that is speculative, but what is your opinion?
- Finally, a fifth year starting quarterback must play like a fifth year starter. Murray did not do that. The loss isn't on him, but he has to know where the play clock is located. And he has to read the thing! Right or wrong?
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The Johnny Manziel case continues to be all over the sports news universe. I suppose it will be until the final verdict is rendered. Did he get paid for signing his autograph on hundreds of items? If he did, he is violation of NCAA regulations, and his college football career could be all but over. But today we aren't talking about the player Manziel in particular, but the system itself overall. Colleges make millions of dollars from the names of their athletes, as well as the individual numbers these amateur athletes wear on their uniforms. Yet, in spite of that fact, the athlete himself is not allowed to benefit from his fame at all, at least not monetarily. Is this right? No. Could it be challenged, and perhaps changed? Yes. Will it be? Not anytime soon. In the meantime, college athletes better be aware of the perils that await them. Their sea is full of money hungry sharks ready to lure them in. With the rules as they are, the athlete can't make a dime, so he/she just better play the game on the field. Anything beyond that has to be charity.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Bryce Harper made a diving, run saving catch in the third inning Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. Then the Washington Nationals' slugger homered in the bottom of that inning to post the first run of the night. In the bottom of the fifth, Harper was plunked in the leg by a Julio Teheran 94 MPH heater. After a few expletives directed at Teheran, and an umpire assisted escape from Braves catcher Brian McCann, Harper fumed his way to first base. He homered, showcased his free trot around the bases, and then paid the price with a shot to the thigh. Just the way baseball used to be played. The over-rated Nationals went on to lose the game 2-1 and fall 14 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League Eastern Division. The desperate situation the Nats find themselves in was perhaps more the cause of Harper's frustration than the shot to the
leg. Just sayin'...
leg. Just sayin'...
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Riley Cooper made a huge mistake. He knows it, we know it , the entire nation knows it. He regrets it, we regret it, the entire nation regrets it. But he did it. He uttered a racial slur. He spoke the infamous and unspeakable "N" word. That just can't be done in today's society. As a country, we're supposed to have progressed beyond such things racially, whether in actuality we have or not. Nevertheless Cooper said that word, and as we all know, once something is out of the mouth, it can't be crammed back in. Now that we have established the guilt of Riley Cooper, let's talk about the punishment. He didn't sell any drugs, nor take any banned substances. He committed no crime, nor physical harm to anyone. Thus, no one is dealing with a crime scene or murder investigation. No pornography and no sexual abuse or misconduct is Cooper guilty of. There are no robbery, nor any other felony or even misdemeanor charges. So why is Riley Cooper being treated like the lowest form of human life on the planet? He opened his mouth and said the wrong thing, but this week he opened his mouth and tried to say all the right things. He apologized. He is genuinely sorry. He is sick to his stomach at himself. Why can't we forgive the guy? Why can't we accept his apology? Why can't society let him get on with his life as a professional football player? He made a mistake and he is in the midst of suffering the consequences of that mistake. I'm not condoning his slur, but neither am I condoning the relentless punishment. His punishment is bordering on exceeding the crime. I don't believe Riley Cooper is such a bad person, and his own teammates have said as much. Let's forgive the guy and allow him to show us what a good guy he really is.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Johnny Manziel has been in the sports news headlines practically the entire "off season", or so it seems. We learned of his displeasure over a parking ticket at Texas A&M, read about his dismissal from the Manning Camp, and heard about his being tossed from a frat party at the University of Texas. In some circles he has been perceived as one not contributing positively to the image of a Heisman Trophy recipient. Contrary to the title of this post, I perceive Manziel as a young college student/athlete who has had an extraordinarily huge dose of fame and recognition dumped on him in the course of one football season, and I believe it has simply overwhelmed him. The accolades, the spotlight, the never ending attention, etc. has perhaps been more than "Johnny Football" could cope with. His support group, whoever that might be, could have possibly done a better job of preparing him for all of the off-field uproar that awaited him. But honestly, it's a good bet that most of the circulating information surrounding his actions has been blown way out of proportion. What he needs now more than anything is football. He needs the discipline and control of his Aggie coaches, the pre-season and then the week-to-week focus of nothing but football, and the camaraderie of his teammates. Being a successful student/athlete at Texas A&M will be the medicine for anything that might be considered a pitfall with Johnny Manziel. Come to think of it, I think we're all ready for a good dose of "Pigskin Therapy". Hang in there Johnny, football is just days away.