First off, I should wish a happy birthday to former Bulldog Mike Moore. Hopefully his gift will come in a few weeks with a selection in the upcoming NFL draft.
Secondly, I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who chimed in on the discussion of both the Montez Robinson story and the taxi cab story yesterday. Not everyone sees eye to eye on this, but I'm consistently pleased at the overall level of decorum you guys manage to carry yourselves with. In the age of anonymous postings on any blog post or news story, I can't tell you how much I appreciate that we can still have honest, mature discussions here without people feeling the need to behave like petulant third graders.
In any case, if you haven't read the comments from those stories, I'd encourage you to do so. You guys brought a lot of perspective to two stories that sorely lacked it in most other forums. So thanks.
Third, congrats to Dave Van Halanger, whose much-beloved Duke Blue Devils won the NCAA championship last night. As much as I don't like Duke, Coach Van is a good guy, so I'll let it slide. Heck of a game though, and Butler made it a lot more competitive than I was expecting.
And last, it's been a while since I posted any links, so let's get to it...
-- The GeorgiaBullblawg wonders what the ideal outcome would be for a G-Day in which the fans really want to see both the new QBs and the new defense succeed.
-- Dawgs Opinion has a great post up looking at where most of Georgia's recruits are coming from -- both in and out of state.
-- Boston.com has an interesting piece on how team's identify No. 1 quarterbacks in the draft, with lots of exceptional background on Matthew Stafford.
-- Loran Smith is awfully impressed with Georgia linebackers coach Warren Belin -- both on and off the field.
-- Battle Hymn Notes takes a deeper look at how the two off-field controversies of the weekend played out in very different ways.
-- The Red & Black's Nick Parker has some info on both Richard Samuel and Tavarres King.
-- Buck Belue offers some thoughts on the QB competition after two scrimmages.
-- The AJC has a photo gallery breaking down the Bulldogs' schedule in 2010.
-- If your Tuesday is off to a rocky start, fear not. Get the Picture has a post that will cheer you up.
-- I don't want to live in a world where Les Miles' job is significantly more secure than Mark Richt, Bobby Johnson or Urban Meyer.
-- I'm still not ready to talk about the Donovan McNabb trade. This little rumor isn't helping my mood any.
-- Aside from reputation, I'm still confused as to why Florida should be considered to be anywhere close to the favorite in the SEC East this year. This just adds to the list of concerns I'd have about that team.
-- Maybe Alabama needs to get this built before Nick Saban bolts for another job?
-- Cam Newton is making some progress in his first spring with Auburn.
-- Tony Barnhart wonders what would happen if the Big Ten expanded to 16 teams.
-- Name of the year voting is currently in progress (h/t Leather Helmet Blog) and I don't know how any self-respecting "Wayne's World" fan can't vote for Gregor Schwinghammer Jr.
-- The Grit Tree notes a crime story in Macon that reminded me of one of my favorite episodes of "The Wire." I can only hope the cop in question here earns the same type of cult hero status around the department as McNaulty.
-- And speaking of "The Wire," New York Magazine has a tremendous profile of creator David Simon.
-- Whatever you do, don't show this link to Brandon Spoon.
-- TV Land is honoring one of the great underrated shows of all time this year. I'd rank it up there with "Greatest American Hero" as one of my favorite '80s TV shows that was, in truth, fairly terrible, yet undeniably entertaining nonetheless. (And both had exceptional theme songs -- HERE and HERE.)
-- Great episode of "Chuck" last night that likely no one watched due to the NCAA title game. (And, I've often said, "Chuck" is simply an updated version of "Greatest American Hero," which is probably why I like it so much.)
-- If anyone is still watching "24," The New York Times has an interesting behind the scenes look at how the writers script the show.
-- I'm not likely to purchase the new solo album from Slash, but I did enjoy this (albeit brief) interview with the former GNR guitarist.
-- Ever wonder what Sinead O'Connor looks like now? Well, wonder no more.
-- And finally, I'm astonished to learn that they are making a porn parody of "The Big Lebowski" and Tara Reid isn't in it.