Monthly Archives: September 2015

Georgia vs. Alabama: Munson Mondays and a Classic 2002 Win over the Crimson Tide


Our pals over at The UGA Vault have launched the Munson Mondays Podcast. You can download/subscribe over at iTunes or listen on Spreaker.

Full disclosure, I’m helping them get this sucker going, so pardon the sacrilege of me being the voice of a podcast honoring the Voice of the Bulldogs. That being said, I love the concept. We all remember the classic calls but this brings entire drives/game segments of Munson to your ears.

This week, the podcast looks back at a classic road win over Alabama. More importantly still, it answers the question: Are the Dawgs man enough?

Here’s footage from that game as a teaser.

 

And of course, be sure to download The UGA Vault for all your Georgia football needs. They’ve got some really awesome stuff coming up for the big game this Saturday.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Southern University Edition


My earliest football memories are covered in red and black, but not because of UGA. Before I ever stepped foot in Sanford Stadium, before Steve Spurrier ruined my childhood, before I even knew who Herschel Walker was, my football memories are of the Mighty Panthers of Clark Atlanta University. CAU is a Historically Black College and University just outside of downtown Atlanta, and my Saturdays growing up were punctuated with family trips to the game of the week. Even as I got older, there were two Saturdays that remain sacred: Homecoming Weekend, and the Morehouse game. So, the fact that Southern was the first HBCU to play in Sanford resonated with me on a level deeper than what some considered a throw away game in September.

The game was what it was; one team got a check, the other team got a tune up. But, we break down the game at hand here on Mondays, and break down the game we shall. Tomorrow starts the business of thinking about that team from out west, but enjoy a 4-0 Georgia team today.

The Good:

– The last two weeks have resulted in just two incompletions by Lambert, and this is the level of confidence you want your quarterback to be displaying headed into the meat of the schedule. Saturday did not require much out of the quarterback position, but the starter delivered at every turn. Decisions were made crisply, the ball was delivered with pace and on time, and it bodes well for the coming weeks.

– I love the anecdote about Chubb wanting to get Herschel’s record because it mattered so much to his linemen. While I don’t value humility as much as the average American, I can appreciate a running back caring about his offensive line. Three touchdowns later, and opportunity lies in front of him.

– This tweet WAS a joke. But I rewatched the game, and Chubb, Sony Michel and Jeb Blaze make this a legitimate question.

– Defense defensed all over the place. Actually looked very strong against the run this week, but it will be interesting to see what happens when a true duel threat rears its head later this season. Make no mistake, Southern has real football players on that team, and the tight end was among the most sure handed we’ll see all year. But Pruitt’s group did a great job bottling up the run, identifying what Southern wanted to do, and forcibly taking it away from them.

The Bad:

– One decent punt. One missed field goal by the back up. Spotty kick coverage at best. Same song, different day. All in all, I still feel horribly uneasy when the special teams unit is on the field. Can’t let this be the phase of the game that hurts us against the team from out west next week.

The Ugly:

– Get well soon Devon Gales.

Here’s where I usually put a bow on the game, and start talking about the next week. But, there isn’t much of a postmortem here, and we’ll be talking about next week all week. So, I’m going to cap this here blog with a video of Southern University’s Human Jukebox doing WORK at halftime in Athens. You’re welcome. Be sure to drop a Dusty Rhodes Bionic Elbow on that subscribe button on the not-yet-award-winning Dude You Podcast so you don’t miss an episode of our audio idiocy.

Go Dawgs.

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Week 4 National Recap: WTF Happened Yesterday?


Queue the whiny Rascal Flatts song they play on those SportsCenter “My Wish” segment.

My wish for you is that you were as uninhibited as I and got to see the absurd day of college football unravel.

Man, if that song gets stuck in your head, your day is ruined. Now I don’t have to suffer alone! (maniacal laughter) Thanks, 9am SportsCenter.

I really can’t blame you if you skipped out on college football after Georgia’s polite beatdown of Southern. There were a few compelling games, including two major SEC East shakedowns, but no appointment watches anywhere. Just good old-fashioned “well, this could be weird” games. OOOH THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT. The highlights: there were three Southwest games further Southwest than the poorly-named “Southwest Classic” in Dallas, and the Big XII and Pac-12 stole the show into the wee hours.

Tennessee does it again: At this point, I’m just convinced they’re going to exorcise their big-game demons in two weeks. But seeing them find new ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is joyous.

You can see that I didn’t really believe the initial tweet in this sequence.

Listen. I hate Florida with as much passion as the next Georgia fan. But I could watch this replay all damn day and never not get chills.

Texas A&M goes all morning commute on us. Stop, go. Fast start. Stall for the entire third quarter. Accelerate to the finish line. Miss the game-winning field goal. Score on the first play and beat an average Arkansas team in OT for the second straight year. Kevin Sumlin is living dangerously with this QB rotation, as Kyler Murray’s cameos just knock Kyle Allen (the far superior QB) out of rhythm. Let him sit back and chuck it to Christian Kirk. Or Josh Reynolds. Or Ricky Seals-Jones. Or Speedy Noil. Or (crap I can name more Texas A&M receivers than Georgia receivers).

LSU wins at Syracuse: Leonard Fournette had 200 more yards, but the Vine at the top of this post is what really matters.

TCU Finds Jesus in Lubbock: Gary Patterson’s teams have long had the reputation of having excellent defenses. Texas Tech D-coordinator David Gibbs was quoted on yesterday’s telecast stating “my job is to make sure our team has the ball with a chance to win late,” because the somber reality of living in West Texas probably crushes your spirit into a stasis in which mediocrity is success because there is no more positive reality in the vast expanses of the desert.

If that game and that finish weren’t peak Big XII enough for you, I offer this: apparently they throw tortillas onto the field at games in Lubbock. What a world.

Pour one out for Oregon. And Arizona State, while you’re at it. 

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Watching the second half of Oregon/Utah was the scene in a war movie where the protagonist goes down in battle, but does so in slow motion getting stabbed gratuitously by six or seven assailants. You just want the director to let him die, but he still has to utter blood-choking last words to his protege (who somehow escapes the menagerie of enemies, which is not the point).

When did it get gratuitous, you ask? About here:

No, that wasn’t it? The guy with the mace is going to cut his leg off? Okay then:

Utah bullied the bully. Now we get to hear how good Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team is for only losing to the Utes by seven on the road. Damnit, Utah.

And I picked Arizona State to win the Pac-12 South AND their home date with USC on the Pick-Em. Damnit.

And finally…Texas may need Georgia’s special teams coach

I’ve lived through enough college football to see some absolute atrocities. Moments where you can go from joyous to catatonic to “what the f*** just happened” and back to catatonic based on the actions, decisions, and nerves of 18-to-22 year-olds. Well, take that moment, and remove the joy, because there is no joy in Texas football (and if there were, Steve Patterson would’ve found a way to monetize it). Situation: tie game, punt the ball away, go to overtime. Easy, right? Nope.

Georgia vs. Alabama: Coming Up Short is NOT an Option for the Bulldogs


If yesterday’s games taught us anything, it was probably that we don’t really know anything.

Ole Miss struggled more than anyone could have anticipated against Vanderbilt. Tennessee blew its second 13+ point fourth quarter of the season (outside of those two losses, the rest of the country has lost just once in such situations). LSU was unimpressive and a previously impressive Texas A&M team needed overtime to beat a previously disastrous Arkansas team. Mississippi State was better than Auburn and Kentucky was better than Missouri, but who knows what that really means?

Outside of the SEC, Georgia Tech lost to Duke because why not? Meanwhile Michigan mollywopped BYU, In more relevant action, No. 3 TCU barely advanced past Texas Tech and No. 13 Oregon got embarrassed.

This college football seems as wide open and prone to parity as any in recent memory and it’s not just because the season is so young. Don’t tell anyone, but most teams are now a full third into their schedule, which means teams are moving squarely into the middle third of the season. This is the heart of it, folks.

If you’re a Georgia fan, I’m not sure how you could feel much better about how the Bulldogs have started. 4-0 is a start that I joked about on Twitter but it’s also not something that happens every year (this is Georgia first 4-0 start since 2012).

The offense is pretty darn explosive (averaging 45.5 points per game) thanks to a balanced passing attack (Greyson Lambert’s season-long QB rating is over 200 and ranks third in the nation) and a stout ground attack that’s every bit as good as advertised. Nick Chubb is rightfully the star in the backfield. but he has combined with Sony Michel and Keith Marshall to account for 947 rushing yards and 13 TDs. Chubb is averaging an insane 8.4 yards per carry, Michel comes in at an even 7.0 and Marshall is over 5.3.

The defense is as fun to watch as any Georgia unit in recent memory and the new Junkyard Dawgs are not merely anecdotal in prowess or entertaining. They’re good. Allowing just 166 passing yards and 107.3 rushing yards per contest is about all you need to know collectively. But this defense is packed with playmakers. Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and Lorenzo Carter are downright disruptive. Period. Only two players in the country have more interception return yards than Dominick Sanders. We’ve seen interceptions from linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties and the defensive line continues to be the unheralded star.

Special teams. Well…it’s still special. But for the second time in years (last year being the first), Georgia has a legitimate threat in the return game and that yields tremendous field position more often than not.

But most of this doesn’t matter without a strong (read: victorious) showing against Alabama. We don’t know a lot about the national landscape, but Georgia has the opportunity to put a strangle hold on its own destiny and to begin pounding it into submission. The last time Georgia really had that opportunity was in 2013 when the wheels came off along with everyone’s ACLs. Before that, the 2012 SEC Championship Game was the last choose-your-own-adventure story with the ultimate potential outcome.

So as the video says (shout out to The UGA Vault on that)…coming up short is not an option.

Big week ahead. This should be fun.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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NFL Football: Changes + Week 3 Picks


I like to think I’m the type of person who welcomes a degree of change in his life. I went about as far from home as possible for college, I changed majors three times at Columbia, I’ve changed careers twice before 30, and I moved to Philadelphia with my girlfriend two years ago after being together only 10 months. This week’s blog, I find myself continuing that pattern of embracing one change, while taking a deeply principled stance against another. Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NFL picks on Sunday morning instead of Friday afternoon. Both of you who read this weekly (hey mom and dad!), I apologize for the disruption, but it’s a needed move to lighten my work load during the work week and so that the #freemoney doesn’t get lost in the wave of game day posts Friday and Saturday.

This would be me embracing change.What follows is an example of me staunchly resisting change.

Moving the extra point back this season is the picture of needless tampering and I’m tired of it. I’ve heard all the reasoning and all of it is 1000% unadulterated crap. Things you may have heard: “It needed changing.” “The game is more exciting now.” “The kicks were too easy.”

It’s important you recognize that these are lies. They changed this for the sake for change, and there is NO legitimate reason. Look at those specious reasons. LOOK AT THEM. What’s the old axiom? If it ain’t broke, make sure you tinker so that casual passerby thinks that you fixed something.

As always, home teams in bold.

Giants (-4) over Washington Professional Football Team

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FUN WITH STATS: Kirk Cousins has thrown as many interceptions as RG3 (23) in 45.5% as many attempts. Yet Griffin is described as washed, while Cousins is said to have potential. I wonder what the real reason for the difference in perception of these two is. Huh.

Falcons (-2) over Cowboys

Julio and company versus the walking wounded in Jerryworld? To coin a phrase, “GETCHA POPCORN READY!”
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Can’t be 16-0 without being 3-0.

Colts (-3.5) over Titans

The Colts have made their bones as a franchise by feasting on the assorted carcasses of the rest of this putrid division. Now, the Colts have a quarterback with a great propensity for turning the ball over,  a lame-duck coach who hates the GM and a GM that is sick of the coach. And they’re STILL gonna win this garbage collection of teams.

Raiders (+3.5) over Browns

Thumbing your nose at young Jonathan Football Cleveland coaching staff? Well, that’s what you get for putting John Defilippo on the payroll. Prepare to get rolled over by the Derek Carr machine (this is not likely, please don’t gamble on this game).

Bengals (+3) over Ravens

Losing Suggs has hurt this defense a lot more than they’re letting on. Something has to give and it will be the Ravens defense, over and over and over again.

Patriots (-14) over Jaguars

Welcome to the largest line of the 2015 season. *whispers* And it’s not high enough.

Panthers (-10) over Saints

Damn impressed with how Cam and company have acquitted themselves with the football equivalent of the French Army as their receiving corps. No Brees equals HUGE problems for a Saints team looking for win number one.

FUN WITH STATS PART DEUX: This is the first time both McCown boys have started on an NFL Sunday since 2007. This stat provided by momma McCown.

Jets (-2.5) over Eagles

Hahahahahahahahaha. SHIT WAS ALL GOOD JUST A YEAR AGO CHIP.

Hashtag the way we were.

Texans (-7) over Buccaneers

DON’T CARE.

Chargers (+1) over Vikings

Wait, so maybe sitting a year for beating the hell out of your kid ISN’T conducive to still being a top tier back? GO ON… Also, I’m not sure how great AD is running out of the gun, as he’s spent his ENTIRE life running behind a fullback, and this whole experiment might be a bad idea.

Rams (+2) over Steelers

Gurley’s potential first NFL action and a fired up Rams defense means I’m taking the home team. Bell’s return and Antonio Brown being Antonio Brown means I’m probably wrong.

Cardinals (-6.5) over 49ers

I cannot believe I’m buying into the Carson Palmer nonsense. They should just bench him now, and wrap him in bubble wrap until the playoffs. Basically, his knee is a pinata, and someone is getting that sweet, sweet knee candy sooner or later.

Bills (+3) over Dolphins

Rex may not have the offense he wants quite yet, but I bet that his team keeps it close in Miami this week.

Seahawks (-15) over Bears

NEW HIGHEST LINE! Wait, wait, wait, wait. So not only is it Seattle’s home opener, but they’re hosting the Bears. Not only are they hosting the Bears, but Jimmy Clausen is starting. Not only is Jimmy Clausen starting, but Kam Chancellor is back to feast on some horrific quarterbacking.

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Broncos (-3) over Lions

Lego neck and noodle arm notwithstading, I’m not ready to keep picking against Peyton at night. Not yet.

Packers (EVEN) over Chiefs

I think Bovada has this even due to the Eddie Lacy uncertainty. Never one to look #freemoney in the mouth, I’ll take the home team.

I survived Baton Rouge and New Orleans  last week. I’ll survive a horrific week 2 of picks.

Last Week: 4-12-0

This Week: 1-0

Season: 12-19-1

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