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Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Links (11/9)

The refs blow an easy call at a crucial time in the game.

The quarterback chucks one bad throw after another, almost daring corners to pick them off.

The defense can't get off the field when it matters most, allowing the opposition to convert one third-and-long after another while the secondary gets burned by a wide receiver that was previously the butt of jokes.

The play calling goes from puzzling to ingnorant to absurd to the point that you wonder if the coaches put money on the other team.

No, that's not the play-by-play from a Georgia game. It was last night's Eagles-Cowboys game, and it was enough for me to swear I wouldn't watch Philly play again this year. I have better things to do with a Sunday.

I didn't grow up in the South. I didn't know a single Georgia fan until I moved to Georgia in 2005. I still have never been to an SEC football game that I wasn't in the press box for.

But I can completely understand your frustrations this season, because it's essentially what I've tolerated from the Eagles for a decade. It is utterly exasperating.

And coupled with Syracuse's loss to LeMoyne and the Phillies losing the World Series to the Yankees, and I can officially say that last week sucked about as much as possible. Lacrosse season can't get here soon enough. Ugh.

Some links...

-- I have a story in today's Telegraph on the emergence of Georgia's running game. Yes, it was a big day against a bad team, but it's also the third straight week of improvement for a group that was really struggling.

-- T Kyle King offers some "Yeah, but..." on the Tennessee Tech game.

-- Bubba N Earl share their thoughts on the Tennessee Tech game, too, with some kudos for the tight ends.

-- And while "it was just Tennessee Tech..." seems to be the popular sentiment, Patrick Garbin helps put the win in some real context, and it's a lot more impressive than most people seem to think.

-- While last week's game gave Georgia a chance to fatten up some of its statistics, Senator Blutarsky found one that is still pretty embarrassing... you know, other than the penalties and turnover ratio.

-- A Georgia defensive end hadn't won an SEC lineman of the week award since 2006, but Montez Robinson became the second to win it this season. Pressuring the QB hasn't been nearly as bad this year as we thought it might be at the start of the season. Bonus points for Jon Fabris?

-- With Auburn on the horizon, Battle Hymn Notes takes a moment to remember the once great Tommy Tuberville.

-- Rex Robinson reminds readers that the task gets a lot tougher against Ben Tate and the Tigers this week.

-- You can get ready for Auburn by reading Andy Bitter's Sunday notebook which has a heaping helping of Tigers news.

-- And if that's not enough, War Eagle Reader has plenty of thoughts after Auburn's latest victory, too.

-- ESPN's Chris Low has his SEC bowl projections and sees another trip to Nashville for the Dawgs.

-- Dr. Saturday sums up some interesting quirks in this week's top 25 voting and points out that while three SEC teams are ranked in the top eight, the only top-20 opponent any of them have beaten is LSU (which is ranked No. 8). We've been making fun of plenty of other schedules this year, but it's probably time to ask if that question should be asked about the top SEC teams, too.

Which, by the way, after reading that post and Low's bowl predictions... I think I had failed to realize just how bad the SEC is this year. After those top three -- which have some serious question marks -- there's really not another legitimately good team in the conference.

-- Got a breaking news story about Central Florida's football program? Great. Just run it by the head coach first and make sure he's OK with you writing it.

-- Another week, another bad call by the SEC refs. But I'm sure if we all just ignore it, don't say a word about it, fine coaches who give it a second thought... it'll all just go away.

-- Yet another story that demonstrates the very thin line between comedy and tragedy.

-- Nothing gets your Monday going better than a montage of great literary moustaches.

-- So there's a giant atom-smashing machine that hopes to recreate the Big Bang and could, theoretically, create a black hole that would swallow the world. But scientists have assured us it's safe, so no worries. But a bird dropped a piece of bread into the machine this weekend, which caused chaos. But really, it's cool. Don't worry.

-- And finally, you have just 45 shopping days left until Christmas, and if you're looking for the perfect gift for me and you have a few grand to spend, this would be great.


Carter said...

SAT Question:

Willie Martinez is to defense as Andy Reid is to clock management.

ClassicCityDawg said...

Don't worry David. After this football season I'm actually looking forward to lacrosse season too. Hopefully coach Pietremala help Hopkins piece together another another run to the final four. I think the semis are played in Baltimore this year, so it would essentially be a home field for them.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot... GO DAWGS! Let's make it four in a row against the War Eagles/Tigers/Plainsment!

Mickey Shamrock said...

David, I too came to UGA in 2005, only I came from the west to your northeast. So, while we can firmly agree on a rousing Go Dawgs! together, I'm sure you'll be much less pleased to hear of my absolute pleasure and eternal optimism when I say HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!