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December 18, 2014

Fun Free Office Pools: Get your picks in

We have several games Saturday. Get those picks in or join the fun. I'm on the road from now until Christmas Eve, so this will likely be your last reminder.
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December 16, 2014

Level II penalties for Bauerle

Great news for Georgia swim coach Jack Bauerle. I'd heard it was touch and go, so I'm excited he'll get to come back in April 2015. Good news for UGA's swim program, too.
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December 15, 2014

C&C Open - Georgia Sports Blog Bowl Pool is open

Thanks to Chan for the quick response on the name. He picked C&C Open, so here we are. If you were in the season pool, you will get an email with the link to join.

If not, go here.
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December 14, 2014

NFL experimenting with narrower goal post

SI is reporting that the NFL will experiment with narrower goal post in the Pro Bowl, which is funny because Pro Bowl offenses score touchdowns on approximately 99% of all drives. None the less, they are going from 18 feet 6 inches to 15 feet, in an effort to make 4th down more interesting.

Someone in the NFL should hire Les Miles.

I support this change, even for NCAA games, because I am against always kicking field goals on 4th and one. Mark Richt disagrees.
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Good news from the Football Gala

I'm with Radi. Jenkins, Floyd, and Houston coming back might be the best recruiting job Richt has done this off season.
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Auburn football player shot and killed

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jakell Mitchell and Auburn football. While details are developing, it is known he was shot at the same appartment complex that two former Auburn football players were shot and killed at in 2012, called Tiger Lodge. Mitchell was from Opelika.

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December 13, 2014

Nice little Saturday, actually

Just a couple of things before I get after it...
Have nice little Saturday.

December 12, 2014

Coaching at Wisconsin be like...

The camera guy is Gary Andersen. The guy looking around the corner is Paul Chryst.

Audio is NSFW
 

The raccoon is Barry Alvarez.

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December 11, 2014

A Tommy Gaines Story

I have a great deal of respect for Grantland; in fact, I believe they do some of the best long form writing in sports. The name of this post isn't a slight towards Jordan Ritter Conn or the editors of Grantland. It is a nod to the difficulty to nail down history when it is the history of someone who's story is hard to grasp.

When I was a student at UGA, we had a decent basketball team. We were a few years removed from the Final Four appearance and regularly made NCAA or NIT appearances. Hugh Durham was among the game's characters and loved hamming it up for the students and press. UGA basketball was relevant.

I'd heard stories about a phenom from Bainbridge who was a game changer. His shooting and scoring abilities were compared to Michael Jordan's, legit to score from anywhere on the floor. I'd heard UGA was a lock to get him. This was not far fetched homerism in the late 80's.

Then he didn't qualify. Or he did, but decided not to come to Athens. Or he did qualify and come to Athens, took one look at all the people, then turned around and drove straight back to Bainbridge. Or he came, hung out at McWhorter and partied for a week, but never signed in or went to class, so he was kicked off the team.

I heard all of those stories about Tommy Gaines. Go read "The Sad Saga of Tommy Gaines" and remember we are all dealing with demons. Also, remember being a 19 year old star might not be as awesome as we think it is before you decide to tweet at, disparage, boo, post on message boards about, or call a student athlete's cell phone.

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December 10, 2014

The Force is strong with this one

Congrats to one of best of the DGDs!
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The College Football Playoffs didn't ruin bowl season

Nice gnashing of teeth, but really?
It's time for the NCAA to quit listening to television's plea for sports programming and eliminate at least half of these post-season games. Make it an honor once again for teams to be invited, and make it exciting for fans to be in the stands cheering for them.
A couple of things to note...

  1. Cool story, bro. But as long as it involves money, the NCAA and their membership (the schools) aren't going to walk away.
  2. If you ask the players, I bet all of them would rather play in a bowl than not. Yes, even if that bowl is in Detroit.
  3. If you ask coaches, they'd universally take a whole extra month of practices rather than sit at home with no player contact while their colleagues are working with their players.
I guess the writer is trying to channel his inner AJC by making it seem like we, the fans, are getting fleeced by bowl games at noon on December 20th. But honestly, I think he is wrong. As a College Football Fan, I'd rather watch Western Michigan vs. Air Force play football than do pretty much anything else I might be voluntarily doing on the Saturday before Christmas. 
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December 9, 2014

Tech having a change of heart on transfer policies

Sure, until the next time a basketball player wants to consider transferring to UGA. Call me a skeptic, but I have to think there will be a caveat of some sort next time one of Brian Gregory's players decides he is interested in UGA or UGA wants to talk with a transferring Tech player.

To give credit where it is due, if Greg McGarity has really gotten Tech's AD to come around on this, he deserves the credit for that. If it were up to me, there wouldn't be any way a school could restrict a player's options if he or she wishes to leave.

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Chubb First Team Coaches' All-SEC

Only Dawg named to the first team. Ramik, Herrera, and Swann all make second team.

Boss Andrews was shockingly snubbed.
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College Pick'em Winner!

Congrats to "C&C loves the dawgs." Special mention to "DawgRocker," who was second in points, but had the most correct picks at 122.

C&C, get in touch with me at my gmail. The winner of the season pool traditionally gets to name the bowl pool.

Standings:

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 15
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1C&C loves the dawgs118-47858
2DawgRocker122-43855
3DawgGoneDawg119-46854
4joeb_1120-45852
5RobDawg01119-46849
5JawjaBlue121-44849
7Bulldogkrk119-46848
8BustedTrojan117-48847
8Hunker#1119-46847
10scgamecock121-44846

Thank you to everyone who played, especially the very few of you that are worse at this than me.

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Belk Bowl Tickets

Tickets? We've got your tickets. Looks like there will be plenty of inventory. I'd expect prices to start falling around the 26th, after folks make up their mind about if they are going.

According to the Belk Bowl's official Twitter account, we'll have the South Side (h/t to Brandon Zimmerman for that).
 
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