Posted on: February 14, 2013 12:11 pm

The Stupid Season

Is it just me, or does the quality and intelligence of football conversation drop significantly between signing day and spring practice?

"my conference can beat up your conference."
"our 18 year old half wit signees are better than your 18 year half wit signees."
"your conference is full of thugs."
"our FBS bottom dweller opponents are better than your FCS opponents."

I hate this time of year.  Bring on the blind optimism of spring break when every team is a National Champion in their own eyes.  Cause that's so much better! 
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 21, 2009 5:43 pm

Stafford's NFL prospects

Coming out of high school, Matt Stafford was annointed by Mel Kipper as a future #1 draft pick in the NFL.  We'll find out in a few months whether or not that prediction is accurate, but it won't be far off. 

But what has Stafford done in his college career to earn that lofty draft status?

I am pretty good buddies with a guy who is a scout for an NFL team.  Here are his knocks on Stafford:

  1. Overthrows the deep ball too much.
  2. When pressured, sometimes makes some really bad decisions.
  3. Sometimes struggles with short touch passes.
  4. Stafford's stats have been pretty average for 3 straight years.

But here's what I think Stafford has going for him:

  1. He played in a pro-style offense that will translate really well to most NFL offenses.
  2. His stats (especially his TD to TO ratio) improved significantly every year - (not coincidentally, so did his offensive line).
  3. His arm strength everyone is aware of.  But its versatile arm strength.  He can make every throw necessary.  There were dozens of 3rd and longs this year where he made really tough passes and made em look easy.
  4. His composure.  You'll never see this kid get rattled.  Very steady.
  5. His size.  Good height.  While he gets accused of being a bit pudgy, he is really solid.  Can take a hard hit. 
  6. His mobility.  This is something that folks who didn't watch UGA games don't know.  He can run the ball when he needs to.  Called his own number many times this year while running the sprint draw.
  7. His leadership.  Started as a true freshmen and even then, the seniors said he was a guy people would follow.

If I were to add a one more item in the "con" list above, I'd say that it's pretty telling that you don't see a single starting QB in the NFL this year who came out early.  (I don't actually even know if that's true, but I read it in many places.) I just think Stafford's actual play would have benefited from another year in college.

UGA has not produced an NFL starting QB since Quincy Carter (and he was a gem, huh?).  I would love to see Stafford suceed.  But its gonna take awhile.  He's still got some learning to do.

Category: NFL
Tags: Draft, NFL, Stafford
Posted on: January 20, 2009 10:50 pm

3 weeks till the long wait...

I'm a college football junkie.
In my book, there's just nothing else that comes close.

We've got just over 3 weeks till National Signing Day, which is the real news in post January football.  3 weeks and then the long wait begins. 

Its the worst time of the year. 

Well, here's to all the 18 year old high school kids who will give us one last frenzy of football fascination before its hybernation time.


Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 9, 2009 11:37 am

Conference allegiance is crap

You don't play for a conference.  You play for a team. 
It kills me watching all the "SEC fans" rooting for UF.  You really think this helps your team somehow?  Yep, those 5 star recruits are really gonna start lining up for the chance to play against florida in jacksonville.  Give me a break. 

OK, that said, I do have to admit that I think the Bowl Season did give some insight into the conference dominance argument.

Let's look at the statistics:

Big 12 goes 4 and 3 in bowl games.  Only ONE of those wins came against a team who finished ranked.  The top big 12 offenses are held well under their season averages.  Texas has the only big12 win against a ranked team, but they have to come from behind to win and they have their lowest scoring game of the year.

Contrast that with the Pac 10.  Undefeated in the bowl season, including 3 wins against teams that finished ranked.

Contrast that with the SEC.  6 and 2 in the bowl season including FOUR wins against teams that finished ranked. (and 2 wins against Big12 powerhouses).

From where I'm sitting (and I'm pretty much an expert: I played 4 seasons of flag football in college and 4 more years of coed flag football in grad school) it appears that the bowl games proved that, while the Big 12 is certainly a strong conference - the critics were right in suggesting that the Big 12 offenses wouldn't look nearly as dominant when playing against big time defenses.

All of that is to say, Gators eat boogers.

Go Dawgs

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 30, 2008 10:45 pm

Speaking of Lee Corso

Erk Russell was Georgia's defensive coordinator during the 1980 national championship season. 
He was one of the great motivators of all time.  A thousand articles could be written about the amazing ways he inspired his players to play better than they would have thought capable.

One my favorite quotes, which may have been coined by someone else, but was often used by Coach Russell:

"You know what a Consultant is don't you?  It's someone who knows a 100 different sex positions but doesn't know any women."

Some of Coach Russell's other attributed quotes include coming up with the T-shirt that says TEAM in big letters and "me" in little letters; Coach Russell reportedly once saw a Georgia Tech trainer with a shirt on that had the initials GTAA (georgia tech athletic association).  Coach Russell rearranged the letters and coined the decades old acronym: GATA (get after their asses).

And if you've ever seen it you'll never forget the pictures of Coach Russell with a forehead covered in blood from headbutting his players after big plays.

Erk Russell:  A damn good dawg.


Category: NCAAF
Tags: Dawgs, Erk, GATA, UGA
Posted on: March 29, 2008 9:06 pm

The Corso Crapper

I know full well that just about every sports fan in the world thinks that the "media" doesn't give their team enough respect.  Well, count me in with that crowd, but with one major difference:  I'M ACTUALLY RIGHT.  If I didn't think I was right, wouldn't be much point in blogging now would there.

My long researched, thoroughly documented, and totally unbiased opinion is that Georgia rarely gets much love from the media.  (Though this off-season is definitely an exception).  That other sports station / website that shall remain nameless but who's initials are ESPN seems to be the worst culprit.  Lou "Spittin" Holtz picks UGA to loose just about every week.  Mark May also finds a way to make a completely ridiculous upset prediction about the Dawgs every year - while never actually being right.

But the absolute worst of the worst is the guy who gets my vote for most annoying sports broadcasting figure in the universe:  Lee Corso.  Having watched Corso pick against the Dawgs on numerous occasions, and then never have the, uh, testicular aptitude to man up and admit his mistakes, I decided to investigate.

The result:

Dedicated to demonstrating the prognosticating incompetence of a guy who, while being mildly entertaining, nonetheless proves the old axiom: if you aren't good enough to play or smart enough to coach: try announcing.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, Corso, Georgia, Wrong
Posted on: March 29, 2008 8:52 pm

In honor of UGA (the dog)

So these 2 rednecks are tailgating before a Georgia game and they see a crowd of folks nearby. They walk over to see what's going on and there in the middle of the crowd is the Georgia mascot, UGA VI.  UGA is sitting on the ground with one leg hiked up in the air and he's licking his testicular region.

One of the fella's says, "Doggone wish i could do that."

The other fella says, "Hell no you don't.  He'd bite your nose off."



Category: NCAAF
Tags: Dawgs, Georgia, Mascot, UGA, Uga
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