Editor’s note: Meet my friend Josh Thompson. Josh mentioned to me his idea to publish a weekly Georgia drinking game on our site. I thought Andrew had retweeted the South Carolina game edition, but I couldn’t find it on a quick search of his timeline. It’s altogether possible I made that up. Last weekend was hazy. He can be found on twitter at @j_thompson89
Anyway, this is freaking fantastic, and will prompt equal or greater haziness THIS Saturday.
Take it away, Josh!
Good morning, DudeYouCrazy readers. After meeting Chad at a tailgate last weekend, I offered my talents to bring you the weekly Georgia football drinking game. There are two sets of rules here: weekly rules that differ for each game, and two rules that will repeat every gameday.
To those who choose to partake: I salute you. Getting up and ready to drink for a noon kickoff against an FCS foe is quite a feat. Considering the Friday night that (Editor edit) alcoholics like you/us assuredly had, I’m sure you’ll be able to use this game as an excuse to day drink. That said I’ve tried to keep in mind that we will be nursing hangovers while sipping on Bloody Marys, and not throwing back light beer as if this were an SEC game.
Southern @ Georgia drinking rules:
- Drink when the announcers mention that this is Southern’s first game against an SEC school.
- Drink every time the announcers discuss the Alabama game next week, since everybody has already mentally moved past this one.
- 5 drinks when they discuss Lambert’s NCAA record game last week
- BONUS SHOT if they mention that performance “ending the QB competition”
- Finish your drink if it’s mentioned that Lambert is now dating Miss Georgia
- 3 drinks when the “Southern’s band will win halftime” joke is made
- Shot when Malcolm Mitchell’s children’s book is brought up
- Drink when it’s mentioned that there’s a new Uga this season
- Drink again if this ends in a shot of ‘Cue sitting in his doghouse
Weekly Georgia Bulldog drinking rules:
- Finish your drink on Georgia’s first Special Teams error of the day
- Shot for each additional Special Teams mistake
- Keep drinking every time Chubb carries the ball. Henceforth known as the #ChugForChubb
Since his transfer was announced in June, I have been in the silent, but grumbling majority that questioned whether or not Greyson Lambert was equipped to handle the quarterback position on a team that should compete for a national championship. Recall, I watched more Lambert than I care to admit in his time at UVA.
While grading on a curve for an uber-conservative offense against opponents where the job description is simply, “don’t shit the bed”, I am even further from being convinced, two weeks in, that Lambert should be the guy.
And I’m not the only one that sees it. From Bill Connolly at SBNation:
That Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert won the starting quarterback job didn’t fill me with confidence since he was a bit error-prone in Charlottesville. He was fine against ULM, but this was his first real test. He went 11-for-21 for 116 yards and a sack. Average yards per attempt: a meager 5.0.
Granted, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined to rush 31 times for 245 yards and catch four passes for 43 yards. When you’ve got that running game in your back pocket, you don’t need much from the passing game. But you probably need better than 5 yards per attempt. This wasn’t a failed test, but it wasn’t really a pass, either.
And Spencer Hall, on when it’s appropriate to panic:
Alabama still hasn’t totally decided on a quarterback. Neither has UGA, and what it’s showed doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the Bulldogs being anything but a thump-and-punt team. (Which might be good enough to win the SEC East, if that means anything.)
It is wonderful to have Chubb and Michel, the latter of whom I hold would be considered a top-1o running back in the country if he played literally ANYWHERE ELSE (conservative O + Nick Chubb = inadequate touches to earn that distinction, but I digress). But if you’re going to be one-dimensional on offense, that dimension being between the tackles with the front sevens of Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, and Florida on the schedule will become an issue at some point.
Taking Lambert’s season as a whole thus far, 19/33 for 257 yards and 2 TD looks like one pretty decent game. At 7.8 yards per attempt, he’s running with what any objective observer would call a ‘competent’ efficiency. As a matter of fact, it’s the exact same YPA Aaron Murray had in his 10-2 sophomore campaign. But with teams loading the box and DARING the Dawgs to throw the ball, 57.7% completions (on, from what I can come up with, two passes 15+ yards down field thus far) is pedestrian, at best.
One of those two passes 15+ yards downfield was the sure interception dropped by the Vanderbilt safety on Saturday, because…you know, Vanderbilt. (For levity’s sake, the other was the check to Malcolm Mitchell in the opener, one which induced a Daniel Palmer orgasm on last Tuesday’s podcast. It was a brilliant play, but a throw any competent QB should be able to make against single coverage.)
So, Mr. Offensive Guru, what are you suggesting as a solution?
Glad you asked.
We have two more (knock on wood) easily winnable games before Alabama comes to town on October 3rd. Give my man Brice Ramsey a chance, in extended work, to see what he can do. The beef with him coming out of camp was that he made some risky throws. Well?
- So does Lambert, as evidenced by a duck right into a Cover 2 safety’s lap.
- He has the arm strength to, you know, take the top off of defenses.
I’m not saying start him in Athens on Saturday night and create a full-blown “when you have two quarterbacks, you have none” situation, I’m saying let the man give it a go while there’s still time to save a season that will otherwise be derailed by a one-dimensional offense.
The eye test is a powerful thing. Is Ramsey prone to mistakes? Probably. Has he made some great plays in his limited action? Absolutely. The touch on the 3rd & 9 screen in the 2nd quarter of the opener, in the face of heavy pressure, was the best throw of the season. He has the strength to thread the needle outside the hashes between corner and safety, as he did on one throw on Saturday. And he has shown the moxie to be able to recover from mistakes and go into ‘next play’ mode.
In an apocalypse scenario, the floor is higher for Lambert. I can see that. But the ceiling? It is much, much higher for Ramsey. Georgia the pieces in place to have an unforgettable season– stellar defense with at least four All-SEC first teamers, a Heisman contender at RB behind a veteran OL, hell, even great special teams (on paper). I would hate to see that potential go out the window like so many previous seasons turned to farts in the wind because of one major shortcoming.
Scared money don’t make money, as a wise man once said.
Scared money sticks with Greyson Lambert.