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Monday, November 27, 2006
Well, Saturday was fun. If you haven't already guessed, the Bulldog Nation and myself are still very happy over the win over Georgia Tech. I'll take 8-4. It's a lot better than where we could've been, but 10-2 (my original prediction for the year) would've been a lot more fun.

A couple of quick things to review before I move on to bowl possibilities:

1. Paul Oliver pwned CJ.
2. Why didn't Tech stick to the running game?
3. Bobo called the plays on Saturday. Hypothetically, if we lose the game, do we EVER get an OC?
4. EVERY recruit that came to the game had a blast and said UGA felt like "home." Hell, we even got a committment today because of it. An OL commit at that.

Now, here are the bowl possibilities:

1. Chick-Fil-A: I see this now as being the most likely choice, but I would still say root for Tech this Saturday in order to make that happen for sure. The bowl reps have been quite impressed with us lately and I think they see UGA filling a large portion of the Georgia Dome. In fact, I think they believe we will sell more tickets than Tech and/or Tennessee, since those are the only two teams that they would replace us with.

2. Music City: I saw this as a lock a few weeks ago, but since LSU has beaten Arkansas and therefore put themselves in a BCS bowl, it has made this less of a possibility. I see South Carolina going here.

3. Liberty: Alabama isn't going to travel so traveling far is out of the question. Memphis is the closest and would make the most sense for the bowl reps.

4. Independence: I would assume that UK goes here based on the fact that their fan base is jazzed over being able to actually go to a bowl.

5. Outback: UT to face Penn State (secretly, I REALLY want to play Penn State)

6. Capital One: Auburn to face Wisconsin (poop on this)

7. Cotton: Arkansas will go here and I believe they will face a Texas team that just lost their defensive coordinator today to Iowa State. I think this should be a helluva game.

8. Sugar: I'm going with Florida on this one. Arkansas showed a bit of a dent in their armor and I think it might mentally carry over into this Saturday's contest for the Championship.

For the record, I have no idea about LSU. I think they're a lock for the BCS, but only if Florida wins the SEC. Now let's say Florida loses. Then Arkansas goes to the BCS, but when UF clearly beat LSU earlier in the year, do you snub Florida and put LSU in one of the games? Or do you pay homage to Florida and let LSU go to another bowl?

Anyway, the whole thing is all up in the air and I really like it. It's exactly the way college football should be.

There may or may not be a lot of posting the rest of this week. I think all the bloggers in the Dawgosphere are tired. Give me a December to get my bearings and then bring on basketball season.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Sunday, November 26, 2006
From Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie:

"C'mon dog, it's a game," Ball said. "Georgia is Georgia. They're a good football team, but they ain't no speed bump or anything like that. It's just a game. Unfortunately for us, they've come out the last couple of years and won the game."

I have to absolutely agree with that if by "last couple of years" he meant "the last six games we've played against Georgia."

I'll be honest, I never thought for a second that we would lose this game, but for fear of a jinx I didn't say anything. It was one of those games like when we played Tennessee in 2000. You just knew the Dawgs were going to walk away victorious.

Damn today felt good.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Thursday, November 23, 2006
There is no preview to be found here.

No talk of X's and O's.

No idea of what it's going to take to win the game on Saturday.

Only what it means to win the game on Saturday.

Being a to-the-core fan of the Dawgs requires only a few key values. You must recogize that every team we play in the SEC is some sort of rival. You must pay homage to those Dawgs that came before you, both students and athletes, and honor their traditions. You must respect Dooley and Butts. You must know what #34 means. And you must hate Tech with every ounce of your being.

Granted, the Florida game is the one game we look forward to every year. The main reason behind that is because of the most unimpressive streak I've seen a football team compile given the even match ups between the teams throughout the last 17 years. We hate Florida for one reason and one reason only and it's because we can't beat them.

The truth hurts.

We hate Tech for entirely different reasons. The Nerd Herd down the street represents everything that we don't. They represent social ineptibility, where we represent drinks with friends. They represent "studying" while we represent "getting laid." Look, I'm never one to say that learning isn't important, but Tech basically represents academics only while we represent that there's life after your classes are over for the day.

Are we less intelligent than the school down the street? According to the statistics we are. Are we cooler? Ask the Tech students that travel to Athens for fun.

It's two varying schools of thought (excuse the pun) at play here. Tech lives on paper and we live in handshakes. Tech believes that a 4.0 GPA should get you everywhere in life and we say "I'd rather have the kid with a 3.6 that understands how to work with other people."

Not only that, but Tech fucking blows. It's just the facts, people. How do they blow? Look around. Even when we we're mediocre, we were still kicking their nerdy asses all over the state. It just is what it is.

What happens on Saturday will greatly determine the mood for the Dawg Nation for the next 364 days. I've got every belief that we will walk out of Sanford with another win under our belt, but understand that in no way do I believe that Tech is a bad team this year. Do they have a bad quarterback? YES. However, they have ran the ball effectively and have played good defense. Basically, they've taken our gameplan from the previous 4 years. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The Law of Averages says that eventually we will lose to Georgia Tech again. It's fact. That's why they call it a "law." However, for the state of Georgia, the state of our program, and the true Dawg fans that have stuck with this team through the tough times this year, I'm hoping that Saturday isn't the day we decide to enforce the "law."

Here's to a helluva game on Saturday, good times with good friends, and bragging rights for the next 364.

Until next time kids.

Be safe (and Go Dawgs!).

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Before I begin, the previous post about my hatred for Georgia Tech was the 250th of The Dawg-gone Blog. Interesting? Not really, but neither are the Yellow Jackets.

Ok, so let's begin.

I'm writing from the Metropolis of Perry, Georgia to bring you one of the last two posts regarding rivalry week here at D-gB headquarters. One reason is because of the holiday and the second is because of a more personal matter that requires my attention here for a little longer than I had expected. I've already received a few phone calls regarding the matter, so for those that are thinking good thoughts, I do appreciate it.

Now, you all know how much I hate Georgia Tech. Hell, I hate them much more than Florida, Tennessee, and Auburn COMBINED. I've never had a good experience when I've went to Tech and the only truely good experience I've had when Tech came to UGA was when we hung 51 on their asses. Me and Tech just flat out don't like each other and I'm OK with that.

I'll agree there's enough hatred in this world already and hell, it's only football (which is just a GAME, Focker), but I'm never giving in to the calls for a more level head regarding the rival merely 70 miles down the road from my Alma Mater. A hatred for Tech is one that includes hatred for ugly women (when you can find a woman at Tech), terrorists, and nerds. That's called a "win-win," people.

I always tend to rant a little bit when I blog about Tech. It happens. It's like I get all "Michael Richards" when I'm a little perturbed by the Yellow Jackets. I can't help it. Hell, I'm only human and that's the way I feel and I'm not ashamed of it.

So, if you want a very well thought of analysis of what we need to do to win the game against Tech on Saturday, go here. PWD has laid it all out in stunning fashion and has been quite level headed about it.

However, my thoughts on Saturday include kicking ass and hanging as many points on them as possible. We have to pick up the blitz and not be afraid to play to win instead of playing not to lose. Tech has more to play for and more to lose. We all saw how well that worked for Auburn. Let's hope the same goes for Tech.

Understand that this game is most likely the decision maker in regards to us playing in Nashville or us playing in Atlanta. If we destroy them and the Chick-fil-A bowl reps see how the crowd is jazzed up for it, then I think we go to Atlanta. If we lose or win a close one, then I think Tech goes and we're in Music City, USA.

However, until then just remember:

Please have your Tech students spayed or neutered.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

P.S. -- Tuck Fech

Monday, November 20, 2006
Here at The Dawg-gone Blog, we hate Georgia Tech.

And I mean REALLY hate.

So, with that in mind, every post this week will have an Anti-Georgia Tech bias about it that promises to be blatantly against political correctness and moderately crude. It just is what it is.

Here is a repost of the "Why I hate Georgia Tech" series I wrote some time ago. Read below for Part 2, which I feel is the better of the two parts. If you would like to read part one, click here.


Why I Hate Georgia Tech, Part 2

Two things before I begin...

1) Big thanks to Dawg Sports and Kyle King for linking me up and creating controversy with the "Who would replace Richt" question. I first shot it to PWD and apparently it's making rounds and it's spawned a bit of debate and a poll question (go vote now!!)...which makes me as a shit-stirrer happy. It really should make my friend's girlfriend happy since she's the one that posed the question to me. All I did was create a list guess (HINT: I didn't like my list).

2) Vegas in two weeks...oh I love The Vegas even though I've never been.

If Part One was any good, I was going to leave it up for a few days and let the stories sink in. However, I read the post again and it blows. I mean it was bad. So I had to put something up just to make it the NEXT thing to read...I guess that's what happens when you watch a friend play damn good poker while drinking Sweetwater 420.

So here's the heart of why I hate Georgia Tech so much (now mentioned just as Tech). All the stories are good feeders to the flame, but are lacking the "it" factor to create a truly hated rival. The good news is I've found that "it" factor and I'm proud to say that it's the people.

Individually, they might be ok. As one, they're shit.

Awwww. Don't like what I say? Prove me wrong. My entire life I've met only a handful of Tech fans that were worth keeping. I work with one, I'm related to the other one....past that, I'm just overestimating in case I'm forgetting anyone.

Tech fans whine. Jesus Cristo they whine and whine and whine. While they whine, they're not doing anything else. They talk about how great they are, but yet they can't prove anything other than they're a bunch of geeks who spread terrorism so rapidly, it gives new meaning to the term "long division."

Photo: Engineers don't kick ass.

They should at least win something. Cure something. DO SOMETHING. Tech is never in the news for being at the forefront of anything. Anyone else ever notice that?

Sure, UGA could field felons and go 7-4, but we don't want to. We'd rather our criminal talent do something that justifies their troubled history. Something like...WINNING...or getting into the NFL.

Photo: "Oh-Hell" Odell in full GATA mode after he hears Brady call him a "Goody-goody Tech Grad."

I mean lets all face it. Terrance Moore's column didn't put a single Tech fan down. All it did was bring to light the ugly truth that is Tech football and that truth is YOU GUYS SUCK ALL AROUND.

And to quote a good friend, "Nobody likes you."

Every year that we play Tech I get this "bile in the back of my throat" feeling that won't go away. I guess it could be worse, though. When I was in Redcoats, I had to stand on the sideline while that joke of a band ran around with a flag boy, marched without sunglasses, and then "walked the 'T' off the field."

By the way, the whole obsession with the "T" is beyond me. It's on a building and people try to steal it. OK. It's on the field and the bandies walk it off on a whim. OK. It's fucking pointless but, OK...not impressive. You know what is impressive to do? March off the field with Notre Dame's band in 1980 after a patriotic show and turning USA into UGA. THAT takes balls and talent. A "T" is a fucking "T." Ask Tennessee...they know all about it.

Photo: In 2003, Phil Fulmer proves there's no "T" in Krispy Kreme, but there is in "doughnuts."

I could go on and on for hours, but that wouldn't make for a very readable blog. Just understand that when it comes to all schools in all states all across this great nation, there is no other thing I'd personally rather see than Tech be no more. It's not even fun beating them anyway.

In closing, here are the pros and cons of Tech in America...

1) Thursday night football -- Where else can a complete meltdown hit so close to home, but not affect your team?
2) The Varsity in Atlanta -- Sure it's all GT all the time, but it kind of has that "it's like The Varsity in Athens, but not" feel to it.
3) A win on the schedule -- 'Nuff said.

1) Fans are idiots -- I have video proof. Apparently "cutting" has no mathematical equation.

2) Fans are ugly -- I'd say Tech girls love it Doggy Style, but since they are without any, it's pointless.
3) Everything else -- There's too much to list.

Oh well, we can always hope for a better tomorrow...or we could just elect this guy as President.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

P.S. -- Tuck Fech.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Thanks Weezer. I needed a title for this post that didn't involve "King."

It turns out that most time you ask people to "Say It Ain't So," something bad has happened. This time, there's really only one crappy nugget of UGA news and the rest is pretty uplifting.

So, here are your Say It Ain't So quick hits:

The bad: UGA gives up a first half of good basketball to fall to Western Kentucky in the second half. Honestly, it was a UGA vs. UT/UK/Vandy type of implosion and all it did was give me the shakes. It was like a bad dream that wouldn't stop. However....

The good....
  • Turns out that Caleb King has committed to UGA. I sent out a massive text message to EVERYONE saying how huge that was and was met with a lot of "who?" responses from Aunts and Uncles. Oops. Anyway, this is a very big deal for the Red and Black. This kid has huge upside and if he can qualify (I don't really see it being a huge problem), he is a Reggie Bush/Ted Ginn type player and has the ability to really open up the UGA offense. Also, he's got a lot of pull within the recruiting community, so he might just help us shore up the number 1 recruiting class in the nation, IF he can convince some other folks to join up.
  • Takais Brown rejoined the UGA Hoop Dawgs and successfully dropped 23 points on Valdosta State. Nothing much to say here other than 23 points, 3 dunks, and I believe he grabbed a few rebounds, but I'm unsure as to how many. Either way, he gives us a much needed addition to what I believe is an already strong UGA program. Are we NCAA tourney material? I don't think so quite yet, but we will make a splash in the SEC this year. Bank on it.
  • The UGA Women's Basketball Team keeps beating the brakes off of anyone they play. Andy Landers might have himself a fine squad on his hands this year, but I believe our season depends on how we handle LSU and Tennessee (just like every other year).

In other news, OSU beat Michigan today in a very good game. I don't care what anyone says, I really hope to have a rematch for the national championship. After watching USC almost fall apart (until the 4th quarter) against Cal, I'm not convinced they are the best team in the nation to meet up with OSU for the title. I think the media plays too strong of a role in the BCS as it is, and I just don't see an OSU/USC title game being the game that should decide the champion, regardless of how much the writers would love it. Would OSU/Florida make more sense? Maybe, but I think the best game out there is a rematch. It is what it is.

Also in other news, my Scarlett Knights got the ever-loving shit beat out of them against Cincy. I hate that for the pure fact that I love a Cinderella.

But in semi-related-because-no-one-expected-this-news, I must admit that there is no way Boise State should even be considered for a BCS Bowl. If they played anyone I would disagree, but I haven't seen them take on a top quality opponent since 2005 against UGA and we all know how that worked out. To put it bluntly, I'm tired of the BCS giving second-tier teams a shot at a good bowl when we all know that it's hype and not much else. Hell, I'll bet Georgia Tech would take Boise State to the woodshed. Anyone want to disagree with me?

So, that's all I have for right now. There should be much blogging over the next week since it's the last home/regular season game of the year and I'll have to deal without UGA football for another 8 months after the bowl. However, I must say that it's been really great having a week off and not worrying about UGA football. My liver has greatly appreciated it.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

"Which once again proves my theory: Germans love David Hasselhoff!"

Well, we kicked some major ass on Saturday didn't we?

I mean from start to finish the Dawgs played a very impressive game against a sluggish Auburn team that treated us like a lowly 1-AA team that they whoop up on so badly ALL THE TIME. You know, the same kind of team that they schedule at least twice every single year and then they bitch when they run the table and get left out of the National Championship game?

Anyway, so we won. Convincingly.

Some quick photos from the game will prove that it was decidedly in our favor (below):

Trust me, he's more pissed that the girl behind him turned him down.

Proof that Auburn is the red-headed step-sister of Alabama.

"I can't believe I shaved my legs for this."

From Cox's collection called "The Dumbest Thing I've Ever Done"

No INTs is probably the biggest change I noticed that kept our team focused. The fumbles I can deal with to an extent because those are physical errors in not securing the ball; not mental errors of forcing the ball in tight coverages.

Anothing glaring omission was blown coverages in the secondary. Auburn never really got anything started because Brandon Cox didn't have time to throw and we never gave up on route runners. Overall, the secondary played its best game this year and it was very reminiscent of the UGA/Boise State game to open the 2005 season. The King has a better statistical breakdown of the game than I do over at his site.

The bad news is because we beat Auburn, it makes a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl just a little tougher since only one SEC team looks to be able to go to the BCS. I fully expect that team to be Arkansas. That is one good squad that Nutt (HA!) has put together.

Anyway, so you have Florida going to the Capital One, Auburn/LSU to the Cotton, Tennessee to the Outback, USC to the whoever-will-take-them-bowl, Alabama to the Independence, Kentucky to the Liberty, Arkansas to the Sugar, LSU/Auburn to the Chick-fil-A to take on the loser of the ACC title game (Georgia Tech), and UGA to the Music Shitty Bowl. That's one helluva bowl scenario.

So let's take a week off to let the recruits salivate over our facilities and the direction of the program. Let's let the players sleep in on Saturday and go to church on Sunday. Hell, let's just take a week off in general. I'll still be here, but unless something earth-shattering happens, I'm just going to do what I do best, which is relax.

I love UGA football more than anything on this planet, but it's going to be nice to take a weekend off.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Saturday, November 11, 2006
Just a few minutes ago I learned some shocking news about a certain faculty member at the UGA School of Music that has been treated in the most poor fashion that I can remember in a long time.

To give you some history, the UGA SOM has a pretty long standing tradition of taking care of their own. All the way from Roger D. until today, there has been tradition after tradition of people "being their brother's keeper" and being a good friend and neighbor to those around them.

However, tonight, this great man was left off of a short list of candidates for the head position at the SOM. A position in which he has been in interim for a period of 3 years.

To put it's bullshit.

Before I go into my tirade about why he should've been at least granted the "honor" (ironic term now) of being published on this list, let me give you some background as to the situation he came into.

He stepped into his current interim role when this walking, talking pile of dogshit had just been discovered "misappropriating funds" as well as cheating on his wife with the world's ugliest graduate student. When the walking, talking pile of dogshit was booted out of his role, the man I speak of (whose name I cannot publish for "google" reasons) stepped in and did his best to hold a frustrated group of kids together who demanded change or they would all leave (and this is just the RCB). The walking, talking pile of dogshit was so bad that out of 400 kids, at least 250 stayed for an hour and a half after practice one night so they could write how bad he was in faculty reviews. Even I spent some quality time with the Dean of the SOM to express my concerns.

So, the WTPofDS is kicked out and you insert a man with fine character, a good heart, and someone who gives a damn about where the program has been and where it's going. Every organization, every band, every kid appreciated his candor, honesty, and pure craftmanship in regards to music and humanity.

Now, he's the victim of a group of people who have their heads so far up their own asses that if you pushed them, they would roll instead of fall. There is no reason worth mentioning as to why he was left off this list. Even if they found him to not be qualified for the job, as a courtesy they could have at least included him just to say thanks for all he has done to put some integrity back into a shamed program.

I have nothing to lose in writing this letter. The music business in any form can be highly political and your fall from grace can be quicker than you could ever imagined, so I doubt you will hear much about this from anyone in the know...especially in print. However, something like this that is done to someone who has meant so much to so many people (both in and out of the SOM) is disheartening to say the least.

To put it in terms that a football fan would understand, this is like what Michael Adams did to Vince Dooley.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. But good people have friends that will fight back.

This winter just got a lot colder.

Friday, November 10, 2006
I really don't know who's going to win on Saturday. I really see the game going in our favor, but it all depends on how much we don't turn the ball over and how much we stick to the ground game.

I do, however, know one thing definitively...

Uga hates Auburn as much as I do.

Until next time kids.

Be safe (and Go Dawgs!)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Usually I don't respond to the comments I get on any one particular post. I just don't deem it necessary because I like to think of my blogs as my opportunity to bloviate and then opening up the discussion for those to carry on amongst themselves.

However, in the last post there were some really good points brought up. Let's break them down one by one shall we?

1. Paige said...
Amen!!GOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!

Very well done Paige. I agree.

2. JOJO said...
I voted but i gotta admit the bama twins are gonna be tough to beat.

Again, I have to agree. I always like to see a Dawg in the "win" column, but this time, I just don't see it happening. I crafted an e-mail to the other bloggers about Big Dawg's contest and in that e-mail I basically said "I don't know if anyone can beat the Bama twins. I mean the reason is obvious...AND they're TWINS." Twins ring a special chord with men that like sex with good looking women. Good looking twins are the fundamental basis for math...two is greater than one. This is science, people. Granted, do I think the twins deserve the spotlight? No. Do I think they really try to make it to every game? Hell no. However, I want to believe they do. Hey, at least they're not the FSU Cowgirls who know jack shit about football (I think Jenn Sterger does, but seriously, what the fuck is a Fabiola?).

Either way, they'll win just because men want to sleep with them. It's the the fabric of what makes up this great nation. You should still vote anyway, though.

3. Anonymous said...
I think something that a lot of people are over looking is the fact that if Andy Bailey can make 3 field goals this team is 8-2 and probably ranked in the top 25. But he missed them all and we're 6-4. Looking back the past few seasons we were the one's making the field goals and pulling out wins and now we're on the other end of those games. Now I'm not blaming the loses on Bailey but its just something I've thought about. This is Danny Haynor, by the way and I enjoy reading your blog.

Thanks for swinging by, Danny. The real shit kicker (no pun intended) about Andy Bailey is that scholarships are awarded on a year by year basis. If I'm CMR, I'm making this kid earn his back. He's obviously not contributing towards the betterment of the team, I have the feeling he has no respect in the locker room, and he's a waste of a perfectly good free ride. Hell, I'm sure the HOPE scholarship has room for him. Yank the $$$$. Ely-Kelso for Heisman.

4. Anonymous said...
Do you have any bowl predictions for us? Do you even think we'll go to a bowl??

Again, Anonymous comments, but this time I don't think it was Danny Haynor. Yes, I do believe we'll go to a bowl and this comment was probably what inspired me to write this particular post in the first place. Here's how the bowl scenarios shake out TO ME AND JUST TO ME.

In an earlier post, PWD set out the bowl scenarios for us. Basically, we win two of the next three and we're a good shot for the Chick-fil-A (***cough-Peach-cough***) Bowl. However, one of the scenarios listed us going to the Liberty Bowl if we lose to UK (that happened) and GT (undetermined).

Here's how the "experts" have it set out:

CBS Sportsline -- Music City Bowl vs. Miami
ESPN -- Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Maryland or Virginia Tech
College Football News -- Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Boston College

It should be worth noting that all of these pages are current as of Nov. 5, which is after the UK loss.

The way I see it, there's no way we go to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. They have been putting up some really good matchups in the past few years and are really fighting to be a 5th BCS Bowl location. If you think I'm crazy, take a look back to January where Atlanta was the home of the Sugar Bowl. Trust me, the bowl committee wants a huge game. UGA will not fit into that category.

Of course, this is all dependant on how we finish. If we finish 8-4, then we've got a good shot, but only if we win convincingly and appear to have it put together towards the end. However, if we finish 6-6 or 7-5, I think we go to the Music City Bowl to face Miami. TV would have the Richt vs. his alma mater storyline in full effect and Dawg fans wouldn't have to travel that far.

If the Independence or Liberty choose us, then they run the risk of not selling that many Red and Black tickets to a worn out fan base. Remember, bowls are about making money. Expect the Independence and Liberty to take 'Bama and UK because of the way the teams will travel. 'Bama is closer to both and UK fans will be so excited about a bowl that they'll go any damn where.

I think the only reason the experts pick the Chick-fil-A Bowl is because they expect Florida and Auburn to both be in the BCS, with UT going to the Outback and Arkansas to the Capital One (it should be worth noting that ESPN thinks Arkansas is your next SEC Champion).

The way I see it, you have:

BCS -- UF and AU
Capital One -- Arkansas
Cotton -- LSU
Outback -- South Carolina
Chick-fil-A -- UT
Liberty -- UK
Independence -- 'Bama
Music Shitty -- UGA

I could be wrong, but that's what I see. I tell you, if our team was better, this would be a very exciting time. Everything's up in the air. This is college football.

5. Stacy said...
I agree with Danny Haynor. The reason Billy Bennett was so good was because he took advantage of opportunities to score even though we shouldn't have given him so many opportunities. But we still had winning records, so with Andy Bailey being on scholarship and BB being merely a walk-on, I see no reason for our record to be as poor as it is.

Additionally, the Bama twins blow (not literally Jojo) - they mention that they try to make it to every game. Screw that! I see Mike everywhere!

I can't disagree with you Stacy on any of those points. However, be sure to check out We Are Marshall to see former UGA hero Billy Bennett in his acting debut. The link is to his shit!

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Sunday, November 05, 2006
First, the good.

On Nov. 2nd (yes, I'm a little late), "Big Dawg" Woods started his campaign to kick other fans' asses by being voted Super Fan of the Year. You know this guy. Trust me, you do.

See? I told you so.

Anyway, he swung by the tailgate at Georgia/Florida and passed out business cards with the Web site address on it so all could go and vote. Well, the staff over here at The Dawg-gone Blog took a vote and we decided to put a link to vote up above. You can vote as many times as you like and I definitely suggest you do so.

I'll be passing this along to the other bloggers as well, but I hope not to be as annoying as the "Cheerleader of the Year" crap that I've seen across the other blogs. Sorry, but it's true.

Anyway, on to the bad news...

After the Kentucky debacle I wore orange pants and a shirt with orange writing over to Blog Beer Pong This' house. The meaning behind it was because obviously something is wrong with the universe and I'm trying to offset the destruction by doing something I swore I'd never do. It's kind of like starting a controlled burn to stop a wildfire. I doubt it'll work, but desperate times...

Anyway, this team is just not good. I'm tired of kidding myself that we are. I'm not saying we suck because the talent is there, but I'm starting to truly believe this team is being out coached in all aspects of the game, especially defensively. This team is regressing instead of progressing and every other team in the SEC can smell blood in the water.

Defensively, I'm not calling for WM's head, but I'm getting there. Something has got to change. Granted, our talent is not on par with years' past, but seriously, Kentucky's offense is no where near as talented as our defense. What happened on Saturday shouldn't have happened. Plain and simple.

Speaking of which, I got Kentucky's score right.

But I didn't get UGA's and that leads me to the offense. I'm not one of those people that thinks Richt needs an OC. I'm just not that guy. I do think, however, that we've got some changes to make. Stafford is an undeniable talent, but he has got to stop making the mistakes he's making. Some of the things going wrong are mental mistakes and some are physical mistakes. They SHOULD work themselves out in time, but he's not really progressing either as I see it.

Basically, we're not finding something that works and sticking with it. When Kregg is running like a monster, why not hand him the rock after halftime? I know our O-line is banged up, but damn it, he's GOOD. Hand the ball to the guy who's GOOD.

I'm frustrated, but I refuse to give up on this team. We played a very good Florida team closely, we put it together against a good UT team, and...well, shit we haven't done much else. But I'm still of the school of thought that you never give up and you keep fighting until the bell rings.

We've still got two more rounds to go.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Saturday, November 04, 2006
I'm sure this is breaking news, but...

We are not as good as we have been in previous years.

You can blame talent, INTs, QBs, whoever you want, but we just aren't a good football team. We would have to win the next two games to finish in the running for the Peach Bowl and with the way this team has played and is currently playing, I don't see it happening.

Here's to being done with Dawg football before Dec. 30. I guess I'll just spend more time with friends and family this year.

I want to puke.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Friday, November 03, 2006
By the time most of you read this the game will already be over, but it wouldn't be Gameday without a preview.

Keys to victory:

1. Run the damn ball -- There's no "D" in Lexington at all. With Kentucky being just about last in every defensive category, and being absolutely atrocious in running defense, we just need to pound the rock as much as possible.

2. Stop the turnovers -- We don't turn the ball over, we win. I said the same for Florida and look what happened...

3. Pressure the QB -- Kentucky's O-line sucks as much as ours will next year (I'm kidding...kind of) and we have two kickass DEs ready to pad the stats before the draft season begins. It's time to live up to the hype. Also, Richt said on 750 AM this morning that a part of the defensive gameplan is to get after the QB a lot on Saturday. To that I say "About damn time."

4. Stop their special teams -- Sure, they'll be without Rafael Little, who is great, but he also had 10 blockers helping him out on every return. We've got to cover well on special teams or this could be a big concern.

****Broken Record Alert****

5. Keep your composure -- The 'Cats don't have a shitty offense this year and that means they will most likely score against us at some point. If we can respond well and stick to the gameplan (BUT MAKE ADJUSTMENTS), we'll be fine.

Predicted Score:
UGA -- 31
'Cats -- 24

Until next time kids.

Be safe (and Go Dawgs!)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I've got about 25 minutes to blog since it's trivia night at this fine establishment and our team name is....

"Shag the Cheerleader. Save the world."

I'm PUMPED about that name.

Anyway, here's a couple of things happening in the Dawgosphere:

1. PWD has a couple of noteworthy articles on the state of the OL. It's worth a read if you want to be totally freaked out about the future.

2. David Ching continues to impress me with how much stuff he gets but never puts in the paper. Reading his site is like stealing from It's beautiful.

3. No real big news on the recruiting front. I don't see the Florida loss hurting us, but it definitely didn't help our cause. It's pretty much like I said when I placed UGA in a no-lose situation if we kept the game close.

4. My thoughts on Florida have pretty much been covered already by everyone else. The mistakes continue to kill us slowly, but we're not dead yet. Hell, I still believe we're a 10-win team if we can get past a hungry Cats team and then catch Auburn sleeping before 'Bama (I would love the Peach Bowl vs. Clemson, but I don't see it happening unless Clemson REALLY screws up). What I would like to address AGAIN is the constant booing of our players. Martrez realizes he screwed up. STOP BOOING. It does nothing to help our kids and help our recruiting so don't do it. As a friend put it, "You can say 'What the f*ck' really loudly, 'Come on Martrez' really loudly, or 'You suck' really loudly, but when our fans collectively's shit." Well put.

I'll be blogging again before the week is out with my thoughts on the Kentucky game, and I'm sorry for being crappy this week, but my boss is out and work is hell.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.