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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
If you would have told me we'd be 9-4 or 10-3 after the bowl game this year, I would have taken it in a heartbeat. I think most of us would have. Truthfully, the Kentucky collapse soured a lot of fans on what has essentially been a scratch and claw (no pun intended) 2009 campaign for the Dawgs this year. Every win was earned and fought hard for as our team struggled through repeated shots in its own foot.

Who can you credit for those things? Well, you have to start at the top and credit CMR and most of the staff for doing what we've all known him (and them) to do so well. He kept the fabric of the season from unraveling when everything (and subsequently everyone) was falling apart around him. You're eight games into a season, the roars of firings are coming down hard, another loss to a hated rival, and overall mediocre play could have permeated the locker room walls. However, the man at the top did his best to maintain focus.

Then you have to credit the true leaders of this team. You can hate on Cox for his talent as much as you want, but when you have a guy in the huddle who has the DESIRE to give it his all, those around him play harder. Guys like Owens, Atkins, Curran, Jones (both Ben and Reshad), and Green all refused to go quietly into the night. Refusing to leave a legacy of disappointment in what some of them would come to know as their final season in the red & black.

Offseason arrests were down. The talents such as B. Smith, Charles, and Ealey burst onto the scene. All of this in the face of a population that repeatedly called for heads of nearly every person on the sideline wearing a headset.

Gentlemen (and ladies), there's an opportunity here that I believe is within our grasp. Right now it appears that our leader has taken steps to improve the team with an "any means necessary" attitude. He wants to step up the discipline, step up the desire, and stoke the fire.

IF, and it's a big "IF," we can carry what we did right this year and improve our focus to eliminate the instances where things went horribly wrong, we have the chance to reclaim our spot at the top of the SEC in 2010. I don't believe there will be a "QB controversy." I don't believe there will be any "me first" attitudes going into camp. The best thing about coming off of 2009 instead of 2007 is that we haven't earned a damned thing yet. There will be no #1 (or hell, maybe even a #15) ranking going into this year.

The work begins now when it comes to earning our stripes, taking our respect, and having recruits say once again that "UGA is building something special and I want to be a part of it." We've never been a team of "Over Dawgs." We're a team of "Under Dawgs" and that's the way I like it.

Why? Because when it comes to football in the SEC, nothing is a given. We have the unique opportunity to do things the "Georgia Way."

Here's to 2010.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's U-R-B-A-N. The liar has a second name it's M-E-Y-E-R.

I can't believe I let that snake in Gainesville make me feel bad about his health and now, ironically, he's had a "change of heart" and is coming back.

I'll bet his family, who he essentially listed as his reason for leaving, is thrilled to realize they're again taking a back seat to his desire to be the best corch evah.

Well, until then, we'll just be stealing your recruits, watching Addazio fumble through life like a blind man at a laser show, and waiting on your return so we can swiftly punt you in the gonads.

I still hope Cincy thoroughly rolls your ass. Go Bearcats.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

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I, like many folks, have been utterly blown away by the events that took place today regarding Urban Meyer and the now vacant head coaching position at Florida. I mean not only are you looking at Florida losing what is statistically the best coach they've ever had, but they are in what could only be classified as a "cluster f*ck of epic proportions."

Florida proved today that it is the standard in college football right now. Its losing Urban sent shockwaves throughout CFB in a manner that Notre Dame could only dream of nowadays.

Speaking of which, how dumb does Brian Kelly feel right now?

Moving on to what this does to Florida:

In separate instances, you lose Tebow, OK. You lose a great DC, OK. Urban leaves for whatever reason, sucks, but OK. You lose a whole host of other talented players due to graduation and early entry into the draft, OK. Your staff begins to slowly leave, including your recruiting coordinator, OK.

All of those things in separate instances are manageable. Together, it's a shit show.

Make no mistake, Florida is Florida. They will get a good head coach. They will still win 8-10 games or more a year based on talent alone. However, you can't replace "the best" with better. Why? Because he's the best. ANYONE is a step down at this point.

Oh and don't be surprised if Stoops, who is quite comfortable in Norman, doesn't take the 7-days-week, fickle fanbase, ridiculous expectations job at Florida. Any head coach with any sense of self-preservation, & making over $2 million a year, won't be taking that job.

Florida would be mindful to go after an offensive guy. A defensive mind sets the offense back at least two years learning a new system. That's why I think Kyle Whittingham from Utah will be the new HC there.

Oh and if you think it's gonna be a cake walk in the SEC, think again. It's more wide open than it was, but our chances overall haven't improved THAT exponentially.

However, ones got to think the person who's flat out orgasmic about this is Lane Kiffin. He's so excited, he probably has already committed a handful of secondary violations by now.

Best wishes to Urban on a speedy recovery. I never wished him ill, but I'm damn glad not to be facing his teams anymore.

What are your thoughts?

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Got stuff I gotta run and do, so hope you enjoy the Vlog.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Look, I'm as exhausted of the DC search as anyone else, so I'm offering a break to you guys. Honestly, I'm sick and tired of hearing "Kirby Smart," "Vic Koenning," "Bud Foster," "Brian Van Gorder," and all the rest. Seriously, there's just no point in stressing about it.

So instead, I'm writing about the holidays. The holidays are essentially three things for me: 1) Best time of the year, 2) When I watch heart-warming and funny movies, and 3) When I listen to the most depressing music available. I don't know why #3 is that way, but it is. Something about it's cold, crisp, and depressing music just fits.

So, here's my list of #2 and #3 from me to you:

Best Movies to Watch:

1. Notting Hill -- Boy meets Girl. Girl is super famous and lies to Boy. Boy takes her in anyway. Girl tells Boy she's just a Girl, standing in front of a Boy, asking him to love her.

2. Christmas Vacation -- Honestly, this is the best of all the Vacation movies in my opinion. From killer squirrels & shitters being full, to super-sleds & "pass the Tylenol."

3. Love Actually -- This is the greatest date movie ever made. However, it's not a first date movie. This movie will fill your world with puppies, rainbows and confetti. Use at your own risk.

4. Scrooged -- Bill Murray, mice with antlers stapled to their heads, and Solid Gold Dancers. EPIC WIN.

Best Music to Listen To:

1. Imogen Heap -- Hide and Seek
2. Counting Crows -- Long December
3. Coldplay -- Sparks
4. Coldplay -- What If
5. Alvin & The Chipmunks -- Christmas Don't Be Late
6. Aimee Mann -- Build That Wall
7. Aimee Mann -- Wise Up
8. Aqualung -- Strange & Beautiful
9. Band of Horses -- The Funeral (mainly for the slower parts, which are super haunting)
10. The Beatles -- Yesterday
11. The Beatles -- Eleanor Rigby
12. Ben Folds -- Landed
13. Big & Rich -- Drinkin' 'bout You
14. Bill Withers -- Ain't No Sunshine
15. Counting Crows -- Colorblind
16. Damien Rice -- The Professor
17. Dave Matthews -- Some Devil
18. Dave Matthes & Tim Reynolds (Live at Luther College) -- Christmas Song
19. Fleet Foxes -- Blue Ridge Mountains
20. Hem -- Half Acre
21. Gary Jules -- Mad World
22. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
23. James Taylor -- Fire & Rain
24. Jeff Buckley -- Hallelujah
25. Jim Sturgess -- Across the Universe
26. John Legend/Stephens Family -- It Don't Have to Change
27. John Mayer -- 3x5
28. Joseph Arthur -- Honey & The Moon
29. Keane -- Somewhere Only We Know
30. Kostia -- Winter Ride
31. London Symphony Orchestra -- Carol of the Bells
32. Louis Armstrong -- What a Wonderful World (the original's always the best)
33. Matchbox 20 -- Time After Time (acoustic version)
34. Modern Skirts -- Sugarpile
35. Otis Redding -- Try a Little Tenderness
36. Petra Haden & Bill Frisell -- Satellite (not a DMB cover)
37. Petra Haden & Bill Frisell -- Yellow (yes, this is a Coldplay cover)
38. The Postal Service -- Against All Odds
39. The Postal Service -- The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
40. Robert Earl Keen -- Feeling Good Again
41. Robin Thicke -- Dreamworld
42. Slow Club -- Christmas TV (this is an EXCELLENT song)
43. Tally Hall -- Haiku
44. Tally Hall -- Just Apathy
45. Tipitinas Foundation -- O Holy Night (you've heard this before on Studio 60)
46. Your Vegas -- Christmas & Me Are Through

Ok, there you have it. If you guys don't hear from me sooner, please have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and please also be very safe out there.

Until next time kids.

Be safe.


Monday, December 07, 2009

Ohhhh NO! This post is all late 'n' junk. Here, let me get in my way-back machine and post this before the SECC game. Oh shoot. I can't. Because I can't time travel. Soooooooooooooo.....

K, bye!!!

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