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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday Links (11/11)

No idle banter today. Straight to the links...

-- I have a story in today's Telegraph on the importance of a victory in the one rivalry Georgia still controls.

-- Battle Hymn Notes has a good post today saying that Georgia's season can still be defined by how it does in its final two rivalry games.

-- Marc Weiszer writes that Mark Richt has officially endorsed a name for the Branden Smith package in the playbook.

-- Bernie is ready with his always awesome locker notes for the week, this time calling on Uga VII to up his game. (Oh, and Bernie, you may be disappointed to learn, Rennie & Ben Tate were workout partners over the summer.)

-- Georgia's defense will be severely tested this week, and Mario Fannin is a big reason why.

-- Macon Dawg gives you plenty of other reasons Georgia's defense might be in for a long night in Athens on Saturday. Could we see a repeat of the 2005 game?

-- Among many other bits of news and notes, Andy Bitter talks up Darvin Adams, who appears most likely burn a member of Georgia's secondary this week.

-- The Anti-Orange Page offers its official endorsement for all Auburn graduates.

-- I mentioned the show yesterday, but didn't know that you could catch Bubba 'N Earl on Versus' "Masters of the Tailgate." Be sure to check 'em out.

-- Haven't had enough rumor mongering yet this year? Don't worry, there's always Bleacher Report. And as for my two cents, I haven't heard a single word to substantiate any of the "rumors" mentioned in this article.

-- And since Bleacher Report is speculating, I might as well pass along Dawg Bark's wishlist for coaching changes. I'm not sure why there is so much animosity directed at John Jancek. For one, he's an excellent recruiter. Secondly, between Marcus Dowtin, Christian Robinson and Nick Williams, haven't the linebackers developed more young players this year than any other position?

-- Lane Kiffin scored a major recruiting victory in the state of Georgia, landing a top offensive lineman.

-- The New York Times has a fantastic article on former Bulldog Hines Ward, who is working with biracial children to help them break through many of the same barriers he faced growing up.

-- From the Rumble Seat tries to find some silver linings on Georgia Tech's woeful defense.

-- Dr. Saturday assesses Georgia Tech's chances of potentially playing for the national title.

-- Steve Spurrier's going back to handling play-calling duties after South Carolina's recent collapse.

-- Me thinks Steve Addazio has been munching on the crazy pills.

-- Tony Barnhart brings up an interesting point that keeping coaches quiet after bad officiating calls simply turns up the pressure on the coaches from an element of their fan base that wants to see action. In the case of someone like Mark Richt, the SEC could be saving a ref's reputation while killing the rep of one of its premier coaches.

-- Get the Picture looks even deeper at the officiating problems and notes that it's probably a lot more a problem of perception than anything.

-- Of course, it is a little disturbing that I get a better look at replays from my couch than SEC officials get in the replay booth.

-- I'm largely unimpressed with corporations using social networking because they rarely know what to do with it, but I like that the Chick-fil-A Bowl is trying to take fans behind the curtain a little bit.

-- USA Today has a spreadsheet that allows you to analyze the salaries of every Division I head coach. Bottom line: Mark Richt is getting paid a bunch.

-- Georgia's assistant coaches, on the other hand, are the sixth-highest paid group in the SEC.

-- The winners of the most B.S. award in sports have been announced.

-- The Times of London has yet another 100 best films of the decade list, but I'll admit, this one has some serious shockers in the top six (particularly No. 2 and No. 6). It's not that they were bad movies... but top six? Seriously?

-- Slate's Shame Index gives low marks to the latest developments on "How I Met Your Mother." I'll admit, I don't like how the storyline was handled, but I'll be thrilled if the show gets back to its roots. This season just hasn't been as good as years past (with the exception of Moustache Marshall).

-- Zap 2 It has an update on all the new castmembers of "Scrubs" this season.

-- Evil Terminator has landed a guest gig on "Chuck."

-- And finally, Marty Funkhouser, a.k.a. Super Dave Osbourne, a.k.a. Bob Einstein has a new show coming out on Spike TV. But I love this article because it has an old clip of a Super Dave visit to the old Letterman show.


Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the junk we would get from the North Ave. gnats if we hired Dick Bumpas? "Leg Humpers" and "Butt Sniffers" would pale in comparison.

Regardless, if he can coach up the talen pool, bring him on!!

Billy D said...

Maybe I read this wrong but your story about the Auburn rivalry said if Auburn wins it would mark the first time that UGA has lost to all 4 rivals in the same season since 1999?

Did we play Tech already and I missed it?

David Hale said...

Should have read: "Lost their last meeting with each of their four main rivals...". Not sure how that got screwed up. Although in 1999, it was all in the same season.

Anonymous said...

Kimberly Nash just seems to be copying idle speculation from the Dawg Chat and writing it up as a column. Kim, try not to get your "info" from guys who spend most of the day posting pics of breasts (not that there's anything wrong with THAT).

Dawg '85 said...

The link to coaches' salaries was interesting. Richt seems to be about right, as long as things head back up. Five points jumped out at me:
1) Bob Stoops is clearly the most over-paid HC given last 4 yrs production and current state of program.
2) There are a lot of over-paid coaches in the ACC, with one exception... Dabo Swinney... I know he's basically an Asst. warming the seat... but the guy should make more just because of the exposure/scrutiny Clemson gets and the fact that he has to put up with actually being named"Dabo Swinney"!
3) TN has certainly raised the salary bar for assistants in the SEC... willing to pay well for an ex-HC and ex-NFL DC
4) There are probably a bunch of assistants who would jump ship for another $200-300k
5) Given the size of the SEC's tv contract, licensing revenue, and attendance... the salaries seem pretty reasonable