Ray Guy is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is deservedly the first and only punter inducted into the Hall and wearing the "Gold Jacket". A product of McDuffie County, Georgia and Southern Miss University, Guy could have been a professional in either one of two other sports had he taken a different athletic choice. He was that good in baseball and basketball, as well as football. Congratulations tonight Ray Guy! I'm proud to know you, and proud for having the opportunity to compete in the same Georgia high school region as you when you were at Thomson High School. You put the "special" in special teams play at every level you competed in. As you said in your induction speech, the road was often difficult, but now your journey is indeed complete. And what a special journey it was! Thanks, Ray.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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?