Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I don't want to repeat too much of what's been flying around the blogroll, so I'll keep my observations to a minimum.
I don't agree with the combo that produced the fumble in the first quarter. If you're going to put Cox in the game, make it after Matt has finished his day. The kid was in a rythym and getting cute and switching QB's served no purpose at the time. Of course I was prone to bitchin' about the Greene / Shockley rotation for the same reason. The point is, when your 3rd year starting QB is having a good day, leave him in until the game's in hand, then let him bask in the afterglow for the rest of the day.
Contrary to the opinions that I've been reading, Georgia Southern didn't put up their points on our "3rd String D". Throughout the 2nd half, we kept enough veterans in the game on defense to keep the young guys in check. So, while the points weren't scored on our "1st Team", they weren't put up against a bunch of walk-on's. It is to be noted that if we keep our 1st team offense on the field during this time, Ga Southern never gets the reps to put up the points........if that makes you feel better.
The offense looks good. I'd like to see AJ and MoMass get at least 4 balls a game to keep them involved. AJ's TD catch wasn't your "run-of-the-mill-variety" and he seems to be the real deal. The running backs did a very good job overall. Matt had the overthrow with 2 wide open in the endzone and followed that with 2 underthrows. If he gets his timing with AJ, the future is bright.
Injuries suck. Marcus Washington, Trinton Sturdivant, and now, Jeff Owens.....gone for the season. Quentin Banks, Brannen Southerland....out until the UT game. After a relatively quiet 2007 on the injury front, we seem to be making up for it now. Each was a starter, and the effect is not minimal. Needless to say, we can't afford many more of these and expect to contend in the conference.
Welcome to Athens, Mr. Blair Walsh.
@ 7:50 remaining in the game, Ga Southern punted out of bounds. Did anyone other than me notice who our return man was? ........Logan Gray.
Overall, I didn't see much that would alarm me, or much that would afford high praise. The team looked solid and we got some reps for our young players. This week's game should resemble the Troy game from last year, a mid-major who actually believes that they can come to our house and pull an upset. The results should be similar too.
This has been quite a hectic summer. 60+ hour workweeks don't allow much time for the blog, but now that we've kicked off, maybe I'll be able to squeeze in a few posts each week.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
When the clock reached 0:00 at the Sugar Bowl, it was an agonizing 241 days till opening day 2008. That’s been whittled down to 95 as of today and in that perspective, it doesn’t sound as bad. There has been some recruiting news lately, you can pick that up here. True freshmen start hitting campus this week to start their strength & conditioning program.
2008 SEC TOURNAMENT CHAMPS !! Practice cranks back up in October. The 2008 recruiting class is full. Recruiting news here.
2008 SEC CHAMPS !! By now, everyone knows that our regular season success didn’t carry over to the SEC Tournament. 2 games played, 2 losses, & we’re out. UGA did however land the #8 seed in the NCAA tourney and will host a regional featuring UGA 35-21-1, Georgia Tech 39-19 (not a good draw for the Dawgs), Louisville 41-19, and Lipscomb 32-28. The regional is double elimination and the Dawgs open play vs Lipscomb on Friday. As the eighth seed, UGA would also be in line to host a super regional should they advance.
The Braves have played 10 games since I last checked in going 7-3 in the process, including a 4 game sweep of the METS. They split 4 games with NL West Leading Arizona over the holiday weekend. The Braves hit the road for 3 games in Milwaukee and 3 in Cincy. Currently the Braves are 28-23, 2 games behind NL East leading Florida.
Eliminated in 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs. 15th overall pick in the ’08 draft.
Matt Ryan gets 6 years, $72 million…..that’s a joke. Enuf said.
Have the 3rd overall pick in the draft coming in June.
Friday, May 16, 2008
The week that was...................
106 days till kickoff. True freshmen start hitting campus in 2 weeks to start their strength & conditioning program.
Practice cranks back up in October. The 2008 recruiting class is full. Recruiting news here. 2008 SEC CHAMPS !!
UGA has clinched the #1 seed for the SEC Tourney beginning May 21st. The Dawgs lost last Friday to Vandy, but rallied to take the next 2. Throw in a win at Turner Field over Georgia Tech, and we finished the week 3-1. Yesterday’s game vs. Bama was rained out, so we’ll play 2 today beginning @ 3:00 pm. We wrap up the regular season tomorrow @ 2. As of this minute, UGA is 34-17-1 overall with a 19-7-1 conference mark. We have a 4.5 game lead in the SEC East over 2nd place Vandy with 3 games remaining. UGA’s first game in the SEC Tourney will be on Wednesday @ 3 pm at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama.
Two weeks ago…..6-0. Last week 2-5. Hot & cold. It’s hard to be consistent with all of the injuries and young guys that the Braves are plugging into the lineup on a daily basis. Chipper keeps bangin’ out hits to the tune of a .418 average and Smoltz is almost ready to return from the DL. The Braves are currently at .500 with a record of 20-20, 3 games behind NL East leader Florida.Atlanta HawksEliminated in 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs. 15th overall pick in the ’08 draft.
The Falcons had their first practices for the new coach last weekend. Among those getting back into the action was DJ Shockley. The news is that he’s understandably rusty, but at least the knee held up ok.
Have the 3rd overall pick in the draft coming in June.
Friday, May 9, 2008
If no news is good news, it's been a great week. 2008 true freshmen start filtering in about 3 weeks from now for summer workouts. Fall practice begins in August, exact date TBA. 114 days until opening day.
Practice cranks back up in October. The 2008 recruiting class is full. Recruiting news here.
UGA won another SEC series taking 2 of 3 from Ole Miss over the weekend. Georgia lost to Tech on Tuesday finishing the week with a 2-2 mark. We're heading to Vandy to take on the 21st ranked Commodores this weekend for 3 games and finishing the Tech series on Tuesday @ Turner Field. Right now, UGA appears to have a lock on the #1 seed heading into the SEC tourney that begins on May 21. UGA currently has a 3 game lead in the SEC East over 2nd place Vandy with a conference record of 17-16-1. LSU leads the West with a 12-11-1 record.
Kickin' ass & taking names. 6 games in 7 days.......all W's. I dunno how with 8 players on the DL, but whatever you're doin, keep it up. A 4 game set with Pittsburgh starts tonite followed by 3 in Philly. The Braves are currently 1 1/2 games behind NL East leader Florida with a record of 18-15.
Mandatory mini-camp opens tomorrow and finishes on Monday. Practice times are 10:30 am and 4:15 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited and it's free if you want to get on up to Flowery Branch & catch it.
The fairy tale didn't have a happy ending, with the Hawks absolutely not showing up to any of the 4 games played in Boston. On the brite side, we did take the team with the best record in the NBA to 7 games. Currently looking for another GM since Billy Knight resigned earlier in the week. Since Atlanta made the playoffs, they're not included in the draft lottery and will have the 15th overall pick in the draft.
Have the 3rd overall pick in the draft coming in June.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
If a program's APR score is under 925 can lead to scholarship reductions. UGA checks in at 965.
Here are how some notables finished overall
1. PENN 993
5. STANFORD 986
18. DUKE 977
29. MIAMI 969
29. NOTRE DAME 969
34. UGA 965
41. FLORIDA 962
47. VANDY 959
50. SOUTHERN MISS 958
54. FSU 954
60. AUBURN 953
64. GA TECH 951
64. MICHIGAN 951
74. USC 948
80. LSU 946
89. ALABAMA 944
98. OKLAHOMA 942
98. TEXAS 942
98. OHIO ST 942
139. VIRGINIA TECH 929
163. OREGON 921
You can get the full list here. (h/t to EDSBS)
Monday, May 5, 2008
I started this series of posts a little over a week ago, with an attempt to gain a little better knowledge of the history of the most successful programs in college football history. I’ve taken some statistical categories that I think are extremely important and currently using them to rank the top 17 programs overall. All of the stats used are for the modern-era (1970 – current). The original series of ranking the teams on all-time records is here.
It never ceases to amaze me as to the amount of sheer b.s. that gets printed on message boards and even in articles attributed to many of our mainstream journalists. Too many times we’re fed information and statistics regarding the history of a program that paint rosy pictures, often glossing over the bad. Wow, I can get off-topic in a hurry when traveling down that line of thought. I'll save this for a later post.
Back to the subject at hand. Today, I’m going to rate these teams by conference championships and conference winning percentages. Once again, this is very hard to get a historical perspective on due to the fact that Notre Dame is an independent and Penn St, FSU, and Miami joined conferences in the early 90’s. It brings up an interesting dilemma, especially with Notre Dame when placing them on the list of conference champions. They have 0. Should they be put at the bottom? I don’t think so. In fantasyland, if they were a member of a conference, they would probably have several on their resume. But, which conference? If it’s the Big 10, they would more than likely have thrown their hat into the 2 horse race and brought down Michigan and Ohio State’s large totals in this category. On the other hand, if it’s the Big East, the likely would have silly high totals too. There’s absolutely no fair way to handle the situation, but hey, life isn’t fair. I’ve decided to give them 10th place points.
Here’s a list of the rules.
- 12 points for a 12 team conference championship (SEC 1992 - ), (Big Twelve 1996 - )
- 11 points for 11 teams (Big Ten 1993 - )
- 10 points for 10 teams (Pac Ten 1978 - ), (Big Ten thru 1992), (SEC thru 1991)
- 9 points for 9 teams (ACC 1992-2003)
- 8 points for 8 teams ( Big 8 thru 1995), (SWC thru 1995), (Pac 8 thru 1977), (ACC thru 1991), (Big East)
- 6 points for a 6 team division (Big Twelve 1996 - ), (SEC 1992 - ), (ACC 2005 - )
- Split titles mean split points ( # of teams sharing title divided by teams eligible)
And the results are in
- OKLAHOMA 170
- ALABAMA 152.33
- NEBRASKA 152
- MICHIGAN 142.33
- USC 140.33
- FLORIDA 129
- OHIO STATE 122.67
- TEXAS 112
- FSU 108
- LSU 86
- TENNESSEE 76.33
- GEORGIA 74
- UCLA 57.33
- MIAMI 48
- AUBURN 43
- PENN STATE 16.5
- NOTRE DAME 87 (10TH PLACE)
Again, my personal belief is that an SEC title should count for far more than a Big Ten, Big 8, SWC, or ACC due to the level of competition. However, the numbers are what they are, and there’s your list. When ranking from 1 – 17 in this category, I’ve given double points for conference championships because of the importance.
Some will argue that the following list will show just how powerful a team is. I’ll argue that it shows the level of competition. Here’s the conference winning percentages of these teams.
- MICHIGAN 82
- NEBRASKA 80
- OHIO ST 77
- OKLAHOMA 76
- FSU 75
- USC 72
- ALABAMA 70
- FLORIDA 68
- TENNESSEE 66
- GEORGIA 66
- TEXAS 65
- UCLA 63
- AUBURN 62
- PENN ST 61
- MIAMI 61
- LSU 58
- NOTRE DAME 66 (10TH PLACE)
I’d like to mention again that due to a recent job change, I’m not able to post as often as I’d like. I leave the house around 5:30 am and usually have to stop at the ball field for the kid’s practices or games, making it 9 pm or so when I finally get home. Since it’s the off season, and most of the junk that I write about isn’t time sensitive, or hot-off-the-wire, it’s not that big of a deal. It just may take 2 or 3 days to put together what I used to do in one.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I knew you had it in ya