Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just saying

One of the conversations on 960-AM's 'The Home Team centered around absurdly too early talk about who was going to play for the national championship. Focusing on Chris Braime's belief that we're heading for a 2007-like, end-of-the-world scenario with several one-loss teams vying for the top two spots, Jeff Dantzler double-downed on homerism.

Braime asked if Texas was undefeated and assured a spot in the title game, who would go between a one-loss Alabama/Florida team and an undefeated Penn State/California team. Dantzler backed the SEC teams both times, though he was more hesitant when it came to California.

Listen, I'm a big believer the SEC is the toughest conference out there, but if there's a BCS conference team unbeaten, it's ridiculous to think they wouldn't get a shot at the title. If it's Penn State, they'll have beaten Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. If it's California, they'll have beaten two other BCS conference opponents (Wisconsin and Maryland), as well Southern California, Washington and Oregon.

I can concede that Alabama or Florida might be better, but being the better team doesn't always translate into automatic title game berths.

This is fun

Arguably, I'm pretty much down on Lane Kiffin given that, well, he's Lane Kiffin.

That said, Urban Meyer's kinda whining isn't he, and Kiffin's right to call him out.

When asked if he was worried about Tennessee players coming down with swine flu, Kiffin offered this barb ...

I don't know. I guess we'll wait and after we're not excited about a performance, we'll tell you everybody was sick.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tarkenton slams Favre

Athens native and University of Georgia great Fran Tarkenton on Brett Favre ...

"I really have no interest in what Brett Favre does. He kind of lost me a few years ago by retiring and un-retiring and here and there," Tarkenton said on "The Opening Drive" on Sirius NFL Radio.

"I asked a few friends here, maybe 10 or 12 people we were out with last night. I said, 'What do you think about Brett Favre going back to the Vikings?' You know who cared? Nobody. It's good news for you guys. It's good news for television and so forth but the last time I heard ... football was a team sport, isn't it? It's not just about the quarterback."

Monday, August 17, 2009

In the huddle

- David Hale talks with Geno Atkins following Saturday's scrimmage. Atkins said not to be concerned by Richard Samuel's lower offensive output during the most recent scrimmage by saying the sophomore ran the hardest out of anyone.

- PWD looks at night games and projects Georgia's schedule.

- Arkansas Expats ranks the SEC coaches ... and by that I mean it ranks them according to who would be the most enjoyable on a road trip. Arguably, it's odd, so there's that. But I'd flip-flop their top two. You put Houston Nutt in your R.V., give him control of the iPod with a cooler in the back, and you've got yourself a good time.

- Cognitive Dissonance ... thy name is Lane Kiffin.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Scrimmage recap

Check out a pair of recaps from last night's scrimmage.

David Hale and Marc Weizer offer some tidbits.

A few things stand out ...

- Carlton Thomas drew his first Warrick Dunn comparison, which, to be fair, might be kinda much. Thomas was easily the most impressive back in the G-Day Game, and he'll get plenty of touches for sure, but let's not read too much into this.

- Rod Battle, without a doubt, is clearly benefitting from the return of Jeff Owens and the resulting depth at defensive tackle.

- Hamstring injuries are ravaging the safeties as now Bryan Evans is taking it easy. Obviously, I'll take hamstring tweaks rather than, say, ACL tears, but it's never good to have those injuries consolidated in one position.

- Orson Charles continues to be the player I'm most excited about seeing this day with another strong showing.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Where bad is better

In case you missed it, Auburn named Chris Todd its starting quarterback last night, which would be utterly shocking except for, you know, it's Auburn and the decisions this program has made in recent months resemble nothing close to sensible.

So, after a year in which the Tigers went through long stretches of the season without scoring an offensive touchdown and finished 10th in the SEC in total offense, it seems the answer to their many questions lies in the same guy who, you know, guided them through long stretches of the season without scoring an offensive touchdown and helped them finish 10th in the SEC in total offense.

Oh, and his shoulder could implode any minute.

It's that type of coaching genius which helped Gene Chizak win five games in two years at Iowa State.

Feels like home

You gotta love Maine football news ... or, if you're someone like me who actually has legitimate connections to Maine athletics, then you gotta love Maine football news.

I concur with Orson, and I'd like to go a step further by suggesting that if Dewie The Bear possessed those powers, then his match wouldn't have lasted as long as it did.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A brief reintroduction

About four or five years ago, when I first stumbled onto the growing Georgia blogosphere, I became a fan of a blogger then known as 'The Realist' who provided ridiculous volumes of post-game analysis of Georgia football and marginally witty commentary on various other happenings in college athletics. Now, there were, obviously, numerous other Georgia blogs that I enjoyed reading, but let's leave them out of this for just a minute.

'The Realist' - in all his mystery - was gracious enough to pop by my old place and offer a comment from time to time whether it was on politics, sports or the alluring, yet mind-numbing draw of the Jesse Stone franchise made popular by uber-mustached actor Tom Selleck. Anyway, after writing about both sports and politics and, again, Tom Selleck, at my old blog for some time, the sports writer in my had enough and opted to venture out on my own.

And the first one to offer a hand was 'The Realist' ... and, given my appreciation of his site, I was flattered. So, in the process of sorting out where to go, what to call it and who would do what, 'The Realist' finally decided to pony up the truth and reveal his identity to me. To say it was shocking would be as grand of an understatement as suggesting that the whole Jenny Craig worked out for Valerie Bertinelli.

Eddie Van Halen's kicking himself now, ain't he?

'The Realist' it seems, was a guy in my Sunday School class who I considered a friend - and, at one point, even kicked out of my house in a now comedic, though then painfully awkward, moment when he was visibily infuriated at Georgia's inability to play anything resembling defense in the first quarter against West Virginia in the 2005 Sugar Bowl - and it made the marriage that much easier. So, with that, the first version of The Cover Two was born.

Well, kind of. He got really busy with work and a pursuit of higher education, which was great for him, and I got busy with work and, well, something else I'm sure. So we sort of unofficially folded it, and 'The Realist' ultimately had to leave the intertubes to focus on professional (i.e. money-making) ventures.

Of course, the next year ... I wanted to try again. So, with the help of Tim (aka 'Our Boy Tim Kelly' from The Cover Two podcast), we gave it another go. And, of course, it didn't go anywhere for the exact same reasons.

Now, as you read this on what is the third incarnation of The Cover Two you might ask yourself 'Jmac, what incentive do we have to think that you won't do this for, like, 17 minutes and then call it quits?' Fair questions, but I've been writing this particular post for 19 minutes, so I'm already beating the spread.

It takes Tim 17 seconds to throw down a Natural Light.

I'm currently talking with a few folks about writing here, so that's good. And we're going to bring back The Cover Two podcast, starting next week (though we haven't officially picked a day yet), so that's good too. Safe to say, I'm sensing a better level of committment from Team Cover Two this time around, so let's see what happens.