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Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Georgia Tech Edition


I was dreading writing this edition of the Knee Jerk Reactions, I’m not going to lie. Mustering the appropriate vitriol to combat the “Fire Mark Richt” trolls on the internet was going to prove tough, especially since I’m still legally drunk on turkey. Imagine my excitement when I logged on, and saw Andrew and Chad had already done the heavy lifting, so tip of the cap to those guys. As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read their blogs yet, go do that, and come on back.

Done? Good.

Back to the matter of the day, the loss to Georgia Tech. It happened, none of us can avoid it, but let it be known that I expected it to hurt more. Maybe it was the Arkansas loss to Mizzou, maybe it was the ebb and flow of the crazy game, or maybe it was the copious amount of whiskey flowing through me, we may never know. The bottom line is, the nerds won a weird, wild game in Athens, and it’s my job to write about it.

The Good:

- Hutson Mason has caught a lot of hell from the UGA faithful this season, and through it all, he remained a steady hand for an offense that saw it’s fair share of ups and downs all year. He went above and beyond the decided upon narrative of ‘game manager’ and emerged as the leader of an offense that saw more adversity than any other I can remember. Saturday was no different as he spearheaded a balanced attack, finding a seemingly game-winning touchdown to Malcolm Mitchell in crunch time.

- Chubb and Michel performing alongside each other showed just what good hands this Georgia rushing attack will be in for the next few years. Along with the offensive line, they set the pace for the game early, running at, over and through Tech defenders. Slowed late, their tenacity never gave way to exhaustion, rushing as determined in OT as they did in the first quarter.

- Damien Swann over everything.

- Faking field goals! Blocking field goals! Blocking extra points! YOU DID IT @UGASpecialTeams!

The Bad:

- The injuries had to catch up at some time, right? Sure, we didn’t run out of running backs (came close though!), but leaning on freshmen in the marquee positions, can have major, but foreseeable, drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is fumbles, and after avoiding that bug for so ling, it finally bit on a big stage. Micro, this is a bad, real bad. Macro? It might have been unavoidable.

- One of my go to clichés has been “The other guys get paid too”, meaning that other coaches get paid to scheme for UGA as well, as evidenced by the on the field changes that Tech made on Saturday. Going to the faster B back in the second half paid dividends for the Jackets, and his ability to hit the hole at speed altered the entire game.

The Ugly:

- Getting field goals blocked. Deciding collectively not to return a kick-off. The decision to squib after the Mitchell touchdown with 18 seconds left. 18. Seconds. You did it, @UGASpecialTeams.

- Mason’s final pick was a marriage of a late throw, a well scouted UGA route, and a GT defender playing the ball perfectly. Bad? Eh. Ugly? YOU BETCHA.

Senior day will always carry special memories for me, as it is one of my fondest memories from playing college football. Running out on the field to meet my parents was great, but winning the last time on my home field was even better. While these UGA seniors didn’t get to end their time between the hedges winners one more time, I look forward to Bowl season, when they get the opportunity to cap their careers right.

Doing something twice in a row makes it a tradition right? Well, allow me to indulge myself with my annual tip of the cap to the Columbia Football Class of 2007. We got the chance to end our careers at home with a win, and the next week, we all hung up the pads after beating Brown on a last second field goal. I know that no one else cares, but as long as Andrew lets me write for this site, I’m gonna care loudly at least once a year.

Go Dawgs, and Roar Lion Roar.

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FREE WAFFLES IF GEORGIA WINS, Mark Richt Will Make You Cry, And More


WAHO

Waffle House is offering free waffles for whichever team’s town wins this Saturday between Georgia and Auburn. Who needs an inspirational speech, when you have WAFFLES on the line!! If you are indifferent on who you want to win, do it for the waffles. Don’t wear black for Georgia, wear it for the waffles! Here is Waffle House’s full statement on the wager.

 

Get Hyped

You either love or hate Nick Saban. There is no middle ground when talking about the Head Coach of the Crimson Tide, but one thing is for sure, he is the best coach in football. This weekend Nick Saban wants all fans to know exactly what hosting the Number One team in the land means to him, and on his weekly radio show Saban got the fans hyped for Saturday. No matter who you root for, I would want my coach to do something like this to get the fans ready for Saturday. Here is the video.

 

Get A Tissue 

If you were to ask a handful of Georgia fans what their opinion of Mark Richt is, they would all have a different answer regarding him as the football coach of the Bulldogs. I guarantee if you were to ask the same Georgia fans about Mark Richt as a person, every single one of them would say he is a class act. A story from 2011 surfaced on NBC Sports this week about Mark Richt, and how he went above and beyond to show that their are still decent men in college football. If you haven’t seen this story, get a tissue, because Mark Richt proved once again just how classy he is. Here is the story.

 

 

-Alex

 

NFL Football: #FreeGurley + Week 6 Picks


So…any big UGA news these days?

Look, I’ve we’ve long crowed on this site about how much we hate the NCAA, and how it’s a corrupt institution and needs to be razed off of the landscape of sports. Hell, I’ll even save you the trouble of linking each blog, but rest assured they’re out there. Bottom line, this is ANOTHER symptom of the vileness of the most corrupt institution in sport (non-FIFA and IOC division), and if this is what it takes for you to care about the injustice carried under the pretense of amateurism, then you are a self-absorbed insular fan, and I will openly mock your old line of thinking.

That said, welcome aboard!

We all get here different ways, but I’m glad we’re all united under #DeathToTheNCAA. Not just for this RIDICULOUS Gurley suspension, but for every kid whose name we don’t know who should have guaranteed scholarships, better protection against brain trauma, access to funds to cover living expenses, the ability transfer without penalty, and sports related medical expenses NOT come from their own pocket. Pretty crazy stuff, right? I’m sad it took Todd getting in trouble for more people to get on board, but if that’s what it takes to get change, well, it’s not worth it because dammit I want to see him holding the Heisman above his head this year.

We went through most of this on the podcast last night, but some final thoughts:

1. There is no way that he should sit for more than a half if what we’re hearing is true.

2. Todd, I KNOW I can get you more than 5 bucks an autograph. Holla at your boy.

3. I want Evil Mark Richt to play him without asking anyone and giving the middle finger to the camera if asked about his decision. TELL THE PEOPLE CAM.

Now, PICKS. Home teams, as always, in bold.

Colts (-2.5) over Texans

Handing out Thursday night winners, while maintaining an unimpressive overall win/loss record. IT’S WHAT I DO.

Falcons (-3) over Bears

I’m petitioning to have the Falcons change the team name to the vampires, since this squad seems to die in direct sunlight.

Titans (-1) over Jaguars

Welcome to the official “if you’re betting this game, seek help” line of the week!

Ravens (-3) over Buccaneers

Tampa Bays friskiness against the Saints ain’t fooling me!

Lions (+2) over Vikings

Is it possible this Detroit team’s unpredictability without Calvin Johnson is a good thing? Yeah, I didn’t think so, but I like betting against rookie quarterbacks.

Patriots (-2.5) over Bills

The Neckbeard is dead. Long live the Neckbeard.

Bengals (-6.5) over Panthers

Is the AFC North sneaky the best division this year? I was blown away by how bad Cincy looked against New England, but I think that was an outlier for both sides. Either way, this Carolina team is no angry Tom Brady.

Browns (-1.5) over Pittsburgh

Have the Browns covered every game this year? It feels like they have.

Packers (-3) over Dolphins

If I watch 1 second of this game, something has gone horribly awry.

Chargers (-7) over Raiders

The “Who’s moving to LA in the next 18 months” Bowl!

Seahawks (-8) over Cowboys

Chill in the air. Dominant defensive backfield. Pundits telling us that Romo is back. IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME FOLKS.

Cardinals (-3) over Washington Professional Football Team

My favorite analogy for the NFL season is the sandwich one. We all love a good sandwich, and building one is a pure joy we can all empathize with. Once you take a few bites, you’re so enamored with everything, you barely realize you’re devoring a masterpiece, and maybe not enjoying it as much as you should. We’re at week 6 folks, and a quarter of our NFL season sandwich is gone. Let’s enjoy the rest of it. Maybe I shouldn’t write these around lunch.

Eagles (-2.5) over Giants

After how Odell Beckham looked last week, and the fact that the Philly offense has been misfiring, the logical pick is the Giants. BUT, Boyz II Men are performing at halftime, so Philly wins by 40. Fact.

Niners (-3) over Rams

What’s an Austin Davis?

Last Week: 8-7

Season: 36-37-3

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Football Season Should Be Year-Round: The Week 7 TV Viewing Guide


There was a rumor floating around in the spring that non-power 5 conferences (Or was it non-FBS? Who remembers?) were discussing moving their seasons to the spring. This rumor had me positively giddy for a few days, as we’re not even getting Tuesday/Wednesday night #MACtion yet. Imagine instead having #MarchMACtion. It would be glorious, you’d get to see potential NFL stars without them being overshadowed by the A.J. McCarrons of the world while getting beat 48-7 in a season opener, AND the product for the football we care about in the fall would be improved by more standardized competition.

Win, win, WIN!

This notion really hit home again when realizing that most teams were playing their sixth game of the season this week, meaning football is about to reach its halfway point. As a guy who only has a cursory interest in the NFL (go Ravens and my unmentionable fantasy team name), the promise of not having eight cold football-less months per year would vastly improve my life.

Thursday Night- Meh.

BYU at UCF, 7:30, ESPN: No Taysom Hill for BYU, UCF’s two losses to mediocre teams…there’s no real College Football Bowl Playoff Rotation Bowl (do they call those BCS bowls still?) interest in this game. I may actually recommend whatever NFL game hits Thursday night for once.

Friday Night- Maybe? 

Washington State at #25 Stanford (9, ESPN) is a game I wouldn’t expect to take place on a Friday night (not on Stanford’s campus, anyway), but this COULD be compelling if Connor Halliday throws for another 734 yards. In case you missed it, Connor Halliday threw for 734 yards in a LOSS to California last Saturday. That ain’t right. He’s got a future dashing some poor fanbase’s hopes for a few years on the next level.

Worth a mention because they exist: San Diego State at New Mexico (9, ESPNU), and Fresno at UNLV (10, CBSSN).

Saturdays in October- Where Even Noon is a Good Time to Drink

1) #13 Georgia at #23 Missouri (CBS, noon): Wait, I didn’t realize there was a CBS doubleheader already this week? I got one shot at previewing this one in here. This should be a great game.
2) Texas vs. #11 Oklahoma (ABC, noon): Not terribly compelling, which is usually when it becomes compelling. Can Charlie Strong and his no-name bunch of misfits take down the Sooners, who are reeling from a loss at TCU last week? Nah.
3) Duke at #22 Georgia Tech (ESPN3, 12:30): This’ll be on one of the local networks here in Atlanta. The Nerds are ranked, but can eliminate Duke from the ACC Coastal race. I’m torn here.
4) Indiana at Iowa (ESPNU, noon): See the team that beat Missouri here in case it looks like we don’t. Switch to bourbon if that’s the case.
5) #1 Florida State at Syracuse (ESPN, noon): Obligatory ‘FSU-is-still-kinda-on-upset-watch’ mention, but I don’t even want them  to lose to Syracuse.

A 3:30 Slate Where I’m Not Trapped in a Church for a Wedding

1) #2 Auburn at #3 Mississippi State (CBS, 3:30): I’m not sold on MSU yet, as I mentioned here. So watch them roll over Auburn.
2) #12 Oregon at #18 UCLA (FOX, 3:30): Loser fades into East Coast bias-laden obscurity, winner maintains an outside shot of getting back into the playoff picture (because they’ll probably both lose again).
3) #9 TCU at #5 Baylor (ABC, 3:30): This is sick. TCU probably shouldn’t have jumped all the way to 9, but oh well. A win and they’re the MAJOR favorites in the XII, which is nuts considering they went 4-8 last year. Baylor? Well, you know:

4) Louisville at Clemson (ESPNU, 3:30): Bobby Petrino said he expected Syracuse’s crowd in the Carrier Dome was louder than what the Cards would face in Death Valley. Hokay.
5) UNC at #5 Notre Dame (NBC, 3:30): I’m not doing this to myself again.

F*** It. You’re Drunk Anyway. 

1) Evening Doubleheader of SEC West Matchups on ESPN (6 and 9): #7 Alabama at Arkansas is moderately compelling even though Bama has won 7 straight, the last two by a combined 104-0. Following that, #3 Ole Miss travels to #14 Texas A&M in what is sure to be a Rebel Black Bear letdown game, right?
2) LSU at Florida (SECN, 7:30): SEC DOMINATIN’ THE NIGHT GAMES, Y’ALL!
3) USC at #10 Arizona (ESPN2, 10:30): This is your solid weekly nightcapper. Calling the USC ‘upset’, because how does an unranked, hardly-voted-for team all of a sudden vault (Download the UGA Vault!) into the top 10?
4) Penn State at Michigan: LOLYOUFINDTHENETWORKIDONTCARE
5) Not subjecting you to any of the other games on the tube. Here’s the link if you want something miserable and boring.

ENJOY THE GAMES, Y’ALL!

Georgia Football: The #DawgNationCBC, presented by DudeYouCrazy.net*


* we can not stress enough that we are not taking ALS lightly, just thought we could have a little fun with it. Donate to stop ALS here: http://www.alsa.org/donate/

We here at DudeYouCrazy.net have spent the last 8 months raising awareness about Georgia football’s 2014 season, but it occurred to me as I enjoyed the last football-free Saturday afternoon of the year that we perhaps hadn’t done enough.

Today, that changed.

As first started by a brave man named David Roberts, I was challenged by my buddy Grant to chug a beer to raise awareness that Georgia was set to curbstomp Clemson a week from today. Curious, I had to check the replay for proof:

Sure enough, my awareness of the serious task at hand for the Dawgs was raised, and I felt obligated to step up to the plate. I’m not in pads at training camp in the 100-degree Georgia heat, so I had to ask myself: have I done my part? The answer was no. Until now.


Pardon my weak chug, the beer was quite foamy at the start. Among the people I challenged, DudeYouCrazy.net EIC Andrew Hall. Let’s see if he steps it up.

In the meantime, if you feel as if you need to do more to raise awareness of next week’s whoopin’, get your favorite frosty beverage and post it with the hashtag #DawgNationCBC. I’ll find the best and post them.

Go Dawgs.

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