Sunday, September 30, 2012
The week has finally arrived. The game that everyone has circled on their schedules. The two best teams in the SEC East, the second and third best teams in the Southeastern Conference. Head-to-head under the lights. Big time, smash-mouth southern football. The Georgia Bulldogs -vs- the South Carolina Gamecocks. The time is here and the time is now. Just a few early perspectives:
- Can Connor Shaw exploit Georgia's secondary
- Will Aaron Murray play really well in a really big game
- Can the Bulldogs keep Marcus Lattimore in check
- Will "Gurshall" be successful against the Gamecock defensive front
- Will a special teams blunder, by either team, decide the outcome
- Has Georgia's offensive line matured enough to handle South Carolina's pressure
- Will the Bulldog defense step up and be all they are supposed to be
- Which coaching staff will do the better job in game preparation
The infamous extra point. The point after. The smallest decimal in football that can sometimes "loom so large". It is supposed to be a 'given', automatic if you will. Snap, hold, kick, good. Get ready for the kickoff. Six points become 7, 13 becomes 14, 20 becomes 21, etc. It's one of those things that you really only notice when you don't have it; when you miss it. Marshall Morgan (above) is the very talented, freshman kicker that Georgia has entrusted with handling their extra points this season. Thus far, he is 27 of 30 on extra points. That is not a good ratio. Collegiate kickers go seasons without a miss and careers with only one miss. Not three in the course of five games. I think Morgan has this thing about crossbars. He likes to hit them. Perhaps it is a pinball fetish or something. But hitting is not good, splitting is good. Stop flirting with the uprights and split them. There will be a game soon for the Bulldogs when the win will depend on it.
Flats" right now to say the least. But wait, that new basketball arena on the Tech campus is opening this season. Yea, now that puts everything back in perspective.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday night and it cost his team a win. A nine pitch battle with the Mets' Lucas Duda in the top of the seventh ended with Duda belting a three-run homer off of the Braves veteran righthander. The result was a 3-1 New York win to spoil "Chipper Jones Night" in front of 50,000+ jacked up Braves fans. Just getting 50,000 fans to a regular season game in Turner Field once football season has started is a tall order in Atlanta. It's a big deal. The whole might was a big deal. The tribute to Chipper was a big deal. The pennant race IS a big deal. The crowed being pumped up was a big deal. A victory last night would have been a really big deal (division leading Washington lost to St. Louis). Come on Hudson, win the dang ballgame.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Georgia Southern Eagles will be decked out in camo uniforms for their game on Military Appreciation Day in October. Their opponent will be Wofford on the 13th. The camo is dark blue digital and will feature the words "Always Ready, Always There" on the backs. More than 100 different military patches will be worn on different players jerseys. Southern will wear their traditional navy blue helmets, but will have a red stripe which represents the sacrifices for freedom. There will be gold stripes on either side of the red one, and gray numbers outlined with red and yellow on each side. This will be the first time that the Eagles have not worn their traditional blue and white uniforms.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
freshman Herschel Walker running over Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville in 1980 several times lately, I couldn't help but think about how much fun he would be having with our freshmen running backs this year. I mean no disrespect to Georgia's current play-by-play voice Scott Howard at all, but it would be great hearing Munson going bonkers with some of Todd Gurley's explosive runs. On the other hand, perhaps it's a great time for Howard to make a name for himself with the help of these two up and coming stars.
Since it is Georgia-Tennessee week, I thought a flashback of the series would be kind of cool here. On September 14, 1968 Georgia played Tennessee in Knoxville. It was the first game ever played on synthetic turf in the South. The epic battle ended in a 17-17 tie that actually felt like a loss to the Bulldogs and a win to the Volunteers. Tennessee scored a touchdown as time ran out in the fourth quarter to make the score 17-15. They then converted their two-point conversion with no time on the clock, thus the resulting tie. Sports Illustrated called the game "A Rouser On A Rug". As a lifetime UGA fan, I will for a lifetime maintain that the Tennessee touchdown was actually an incomplete pass. The football bounced off the turf directly back into the receivers hip as he was falling to the turf. The officials failed to follow the bouncing ball. (check out the SI link to see a photo of this touchdown). For me, the game has always been Tennessee's "Robbery On A Rug".
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida has decided to one-up the Oregon Ducks in terms of wacky uniforms. I think they have succeeded. One half of the Eagles uniforms are dark green, with the other half being neon-lime green. They have "Oregon Style" wings on the shoulders. A bright orange chin strap is worn on a dark green helmet. A group of Delray Beach business owners donated the uniforms, which were designed by a company known as Futuristic Woo. Woo is right! Heck I thought Stevie Wonder designed the things.
Touchdown Club that he still believes his team can make it to a bowl game. The 'Hogs must win five of their remaining games to become eligible.
state newspaper to critique Gamecock football. Steve Spurrier gets paid to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina. It is also my understanding that the head coach has a responsibility to take/answer questions brought forth by the media.. Heck Coach, just say 'no comment ' if you don't like the questions. Why not put out the fire instead of throwing fuel to it? You own that dilapidated state anyway. You don't need to call any more attention to yourself. Sometimes you have to play the game off the field as well as on it. Just play the game, Steve. Geez...
Monday, September 24, 2012
Allen, Texas has a new high school stadium. It seats 18,000, has 42 concession stands and 192 bathrooms. The playing surface is NaturalGrass Matrix turf. There is also a 75' x 45' HD video scoreboard which sponsors coughed up $1.3 million for. The total price of the stadium was a cool $60 million, which was funded by a $119 million bond package. The package was approved by 63 percent of voters. It's not just large, it's Texas large. By the way, how are things at your high school stadium?
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
On Thursday night the New York Giants defeated the Carolina Panthers in blowout fashion 36-7. Panthers' starting quarterback Cam Newton was benched late in the fourth quarter due to his less than stellar performance. Newton then covered his head with a towel and sulked on the bench. Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith called Newton out about his actions, saying he should mentally stay in the game and try to learn from back-up QB Derek Anderson. He felt the quarterback needed to learn from his mistakes to become a better player. Smith said the 23 year old Newton should become a man and learn how to handle adversity. The only adversities Newton has had to handle were laptop theft allegations at Florida, and trying to keep secret the fact that he and his Dad were paid for him to play for Auburn. After those situations, handling a few losses in the NFL should be no problem for the spoiled quarterback.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|I have to beat Georgia!|
|I've just got to beat Georgia!|
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Fred Couples was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame today. The former Masters champion has 15 wins on the PGA Tour, including two at The Players Championship and the 1992 Masters. He has played on five Ryder Cups, five Presidents Cups and was ranked number one in the world for a period during the 1992 season. The tremendously popular Couples was elected with a record low qualifying score of 51 percent. Although the minimum score for election is 65 percent, there is a clause that states that when no golfer gets the minimum, the leading vote getter is elected as long as he has at least 50 percent of the vote. Some may think that Couples "snuck in" the Hall because of the special clause, but I believe Freddie to be deserving of this honor. He has turned in some amazing performances on Tour with that easy, relaxed, almost effortless-looking swing. He describes himself as a good player, but not a great player. I describe him as good enough to belong in the Hall of Fame.
both expect to have their starting quarterbacks back on the field when they meet Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks' Connor Shaw and the Tigers' James Franklin will return after being sidelined for the last couple of weeks. Shaw has been at less than full speed since Carolina's game with Vanderbilt, and Franklin has been on the mend since Georgia and Jarvis Jones rocked his world a little more than a week ago. When the two East division teams square off in Columbia (S.C. that is), it will be Missouri's first SEC road game ever. South Carolina hosts the game as a 10 point favorite.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A new tribute for the farewell party that is Chipper Jones'. Braves fans Misty and Lamar Duren of Walnut Grove, Ga. have turned a seven acre corn field into their own personal honor of the popular third baseman. The maze includes the shape of Chipper's head, his cap, his name and number. The design was cut in by a tractor with the use of a GPS device. The process took about four hours to complete. Quite a 'large' tribute indeed!
bumped the huge lineman as he passed by. It probably isn't a stretch to say Webb outweighs Cutler by 150+ pounds, and I wish he had put that overwhelming advantage to work on Cutler. It would have been great to see Webb grab the quarterback by his facemask and put a good, severe twisting on that prima donna neck. If you need to get in the face of a player on your own team, save it for the locker room. Next time Webb, wring his spoiled head off.
Georgia plans to increase the gameday workload of cornerback Malcolm Mitchell by working him more into the offense, and special teams as well. Since he started at wide receiver last year, and was a standout by anyone's standards, the Bulldog Nation is more than excited about him being used as a two-way player. After all, the coaching staff has hinted at this since summer camp. He will be Georgia's most prolific two-way player since Champ Bailey. However, having stated all that, I hope we leave Mitchell off of special teams. I understand wanting to get your best skill players every opportunity possible to make plays, but lets not push the envelope too far with this guy. He'll need the breather, and none us wants to risk losing him to a special teams injury.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Heads Up Football is the new standard in youth player safety. It is now a pilot program that hopes to become the standard in teaching safer techniques with the ultimate goal of preventing concussions and head and neck injuries in football. If you are a parent or a coach of a young football player, keep your eye on this program and learn all you can about it. It is safety oriented with education and awareness as the keys to its success. Encourage your recreation departments, youth leagues, elementary schools and travel teams to research the possibility of becoming involved with this innovative program. Coaches learn to teach the proper techniques for a safer game, players learn the correct way to play a safer game, and everyone goes home safely after the game. That's what I call a win-win-win situation.
routine patrols and "smell out" that marijuana. Three UK football players were arrested for possession when "the distinct odor of marijuana" permeated from their apartment. That distinct odor will get you caught every time! Not to worry though Wildcat fans, all three have already been reinstated to the team, even though one was already academically ineligible. Go figure. Head coach Joker Phillips says they are going to continue to "give guys chances". At least Joker is living up to his name. Maybe Mark Richt really is to strict with his punishment. Just sayin...
Trae Elston, will rattle your teeth just watching them.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Houston is the victim of a long running saga that involves his testing positive for a banned substance back in April 2010. The substance, norandrolone, was prescribed to him by a less than honorable physician while he was still in high school in Buford, Georgia. Houston was trying to heal from a high school shoulder injury. Now, two and a half years later, traces of the substance can still be found in his system, even though Georgia can scientifically prove Houston has not used the substance since high school. The NCAA steadfastly maintains that until his tests reach an acceptable level, he will continue to be ineligible to play college football. I understand the 'letter of the law'. I further understand that college athletics must continue their fight against illegal substances and performance enhancing drugs. The integrity of sports must not be compromised. However, when there is a young athlete who is caught up in an inexplicable situation (why won't his system flush out the drug?) where it can be absolutely proven he has not reused norandrolene in more than two years, the 'spirit of the law' has to come into consideration. The NCAA does not need to give Kolton Houston a break, they just need to admit it has been proven by scientific testing that he has not reused the substance (his level has never increased), and therefore should be allowed to compete in his sport. He has paid far too heavy a price for the incompetence of a second rate physician, and not for any conscious wrongdoing of his own volition. The Georgia sophomore needs to be reinstated with four full years of eligibility. Period.
Arnold Palmer won The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yesterday, Mr. Palmer was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, just one day after turning 83 years old. The awards are especially significant in that they speak more of the man as a humanitarian than as a golfer. He remarked yesterday in the capital rotunda, in a way only he could, that he was "particularly proud of anything the House and Senate could agree on", as they were both represented for his presentation. Palmer is only the sixth athlete in more than 200 recipients to ever receive this award. It is a very big deal. His receiving the Presidential Medal was a big deal. They are the highest individual honors a citizen of this country can receive. His turning 83 is a big deal. Live on Arnie, continue to 'live large', and "Arnie's Army" will always live on with you. Thank you for your contributions to your sport and your country.
joining the ACC as a participant in all sports except for football and hockey. However, the conference has said the Irish must play five ACC teams in football each year. Five? Why not require them to be a full-fledged member and play a full football schedule, or require them to play no games at all? What's with this arrangement? I think the reason is what I have maintained all along about the ACC, and that is the fact that they are NOT a football conference. They want to be, and perhaps claim to be, but in reality they are not. I just cannot imagine the SEC ever adding a member who was not going to participate in football. Heck, we could have had that with Vanderbilt years ago if we had dangled it in front of them. They were barely playing football, as we know it, most of the time anyway. But I digress...I don't know who has come out on top in this arrangement, which by the way probably won't even happen until 2015. I suppose Notre Dame did, since it seems they got what they wanted for the most part. Go figure...
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
suspension for the vicious hit he laid on UTEP receiver Jordan Leslie. The blow came late in the fourth quarter of the Rebels 28-10 victory last Saturday. There was no flag on the play (why not?) , but an SEC review found the hit to be a "flagrant and dangerous act". The hit was definitely a 'helmet-to-helmet' shot. Check out the video below and see if you believe the suspension is warranted. Elston will be forced to sit out the Ole Miss-Texas game.