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Remembering the Georgia Southern Game: One Picture Summary


Yeah…this was pretty much it.  Although, to Southern’s credit the Eagles proved to be a tougher opponent than Georgia Tech the following week.

 

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That’s all I got/

Andrew

What the Experts Said Before the Season


In August I had a few studs come onto the site to predict the SEC.

By in large they nailed it picking Bama to win the West and Georgia to win the East.

But they had a little trouble on the Player of the Year topics.

Go here and recap the experts’ thoughts.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Auburn Football in One Picture: Remembering the Auburn / Georgia Game


This is the tenth of fourteen Post-Season Game Reviews focusing on the Dawgs’ performance.

Be sure to check out the other games in the series here:

 

Here is all you need to know about the 2012 and 2011 Georgia/Auburn games:

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Click to enlarge.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Manti Te’o – The Figurehead of a Fraudulent Institution


There’s a documentary called Catfish that follows the plot of a filmmaker who is infatuated with a young woman he has met on Facebook (admittedly, I’m sure I’m butchering a few details here, but you’ll get the point).  The film follows the young man and his crew as they make the trip to eventually meet the woman on the other side of the internet only to find out that a vast, entangled web of lies awaits.  The woman is not real.  Her family and friends are a hoax.  There is no truth to the foundation of the relationship.  As I watched the movie with WifeYouCrazy and one of her pals it built with the type of suspense that is typically reserved for slasher flicks.  And then it all breaks down in an anti-climactic, but still disturbing, descent.

If you haven’t seen the movie, MTV now has a spinoff teen-ified version bouncing around as a TV show.  Or you could just read up on the hoax that is Manti Te’o.  He is the plot of Catfish.

Stop right here, go read this, then return.

On many levels this is a sadly appropriate representation of Notre Dame football.  The team proved to be a fraudulent National Championship contender on January 7th after a season of hushed disgrace in the form of allegations of cover-ups of sexual assaults.  Manti Te’o, the figurehead of Notre Dame’s “Official Return to Prominence Campaign: Version 2.0” is a fraud, a snake and from what I glean from this tale total scum.

If you read this story and can find a way that Manti Te’o was not in on it, please let me know.  Because I’ve read it twice and listened to various commentaries on the subject in the last half hour, and nobody can find that loophole that would seem to render him spotless.  Except, of course, for Notre Dame.  The University issued this statement:

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

I might buy that press release if Manti hadn’t paraded around the whole country looking like a buffoon and speaking of his own woe.

Believe it or not, this photo is not photoshopped.  He wore that.  In public.

Believe it or not, this photo is not photoshopped. He wore that. In public. h/t

I might buy the press release if I believed anything that Notre Dame said.  But, I guess it is a step in the right direction for the administration to start recognizing “victims.”

I might buy this statement if it wasn’t so blatantly obvious that Manti got caught in a “one lie leads to another” situation and continued to ride (or surf) the wave of popularity it brought.

Someone asked me earlier if I believed the Deadspin write-up.  Absolutely.  Why would I believe Manti?  I wouldn’t even draft him.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Talkin’ Tide: Alabama’s Championship Season


This is the ninth article reviewing the ten topics I deemed most important to the SEC before the season began.

The previous articles in this series can be found here:

 

Talkin’ Tide

I can’t go anywhere without hearing about or talking about Alabama football.  This week I went down to West Palm Beach for a conference.  Alabama National Championship T-shirts were for sale at Hartsfield-Jackson and Palm Beach International airports.  Half the people who identified me as a Georgian asked me what I thought about the Falcons near-collapse against the Seahawks before moving on to the more pressing question, “OH! And how about that SEC Championship Game?!?! Georgia was so close!”

I might sound like I’m leading into a bitter tirade, but for once I’m not.  Alabama was the best team in the country this year.  I knew this in August (and frankly every one should have known this) when I pegged the team as the second most important stand-alone SEC topic (being edged out only by conference-wide predictions).  At the time I anticipated a year of hearing about Alabama football, so I refused to talk about Alabama football and instead focused my time discussing Nick Saban and his daughter’s alleged antics, A.J. McCarron’s disaster of a tattoo and a few other trivial observations about the Tide.  As it turns out, I didn’t hear enough about Bama this year.

Even back in August I found it odd that fans were more interested in the Honey Badger, Bobby Petrino’s side piece and Tyler Bray than the defending National Champions with a lot of returning talent.  Even through the season it seemed like Alabama got most of its press when the Tide lost to A&M but otherwise they kind of plodded along quietly.  Leading up to the National Championship the media was so busy polishing the golden dome on Manti Te’o’s head and picking flowers for his next lei that they failed to recognize that Alabama was not only a good team, but the best team.  And, as I exhausted here, many failed to realize that Alabama was about to end Notre Dame.  Period.

So, in a weird way, I can’t be too upset when Alabama is all I hear about now.  As good as this Bama team was (and to be fair, I’m not even sure it was the best of the current dynasty), I don’t think the Crimson Tide got enough talk-time before and during the 2012 season.  So in the name of fairness, I’ll withstand the long conversations about a team that outplayed my team by five yards.  Because the topic of conversation – at least for the last week and a half – has been the best team in the country, and that’s a welcomed change.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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