Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Military Could Learn From Football Coaches

I read an interesting article in the AJC last week about how the United States military is changing the way they approach the physical aspect of basic training. I have never really thought about it before, but hind sight makes this sort of a "duh" moment. The article, "Army drops bayonets, busts abs in training revamp", eludes to the fact that running long distances, a staple of army boot camps, is not very relevant when it comes to fighting a war.

These guys need to become warriors, not marathoners! I say the military could take it a step farther and take a few lessons from football strength and conditioning coaches. While coaching high school football, I went through my fair share of training in this matter. By no means do I claim to be an expert, but I have seen several experts in action. If we had a military made up of men and women that were in half the shape of the typical Division I or NFL football player, it would be even more of a superpower.

Don't get me wrong, I love our military, and I thank each and every one of you that serve our country! I just want us to maximize our ability to mold strong men and women! The military is maybe the only thing the Federal Government can proudly say they are in charge of!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3-4 Domination Here We Come

I have been a huge fan of football video games since I was about 8 years old and I became obsessed with 10 Yard Fight. 20 years later, I have furthered the obsession and am eager to purchase my 14th straight version of NCAA Football (I have switched from XBox to PS3).

Not until I started coaching high school football did I actually see how much one can learn about the X's & O's of football if you really get serious with modern video football games. They have come a long way, and computer simulations are now surprisingly accurate when mimicking game situations.

Now, I am no fool, and I DO REALIZE that video games are NOT THE REAL THING. That being said, I found some cool 3-4 defensive simulations on Youtube today that get me fired up when I think about the athletes we have learning this system!


Monday, March 29, 2010

Can UGA Mimic Alabama in 2010?

As I have studied this 2010 Bulldawg team, I have often found myself comparing them to Alabama's team from last year. Ok, it's easy to want to compare your team to the reigning national champions, I know. Forgetting that for a few minutes, let me lay out my argument.

No one really thought Alabama had a 15-0 caliber team to start the season last year. Most college football savvy fans did anticipate the Tide to be a strong SEC team with a great coach, a bunch of great of athletes, and a big question mark at QB. Hey, this sounds like the 2010 Dawgs to me.

I could probably type a 2000 word essay on some other similarities I see, and why we are ultimately better than them just because WE ARE GEORGIA, but I will leave you with one final thought. UGA has probably overall better athletes on defense than Bama did. We also have more/better options at QB. Let's see if another 15-0 underdog can come out of the SEC this season!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Take On Saturday

Well, after talking to one of the officials from Saturday, I found out that you find out very little from an official! Ha! It makes sense that a football referee wouldn't have much to say about the overall performance of a team during a game due to the fact that refs are taught to focus primarily on the area of the field in which they have been assigned.

Ref buddy did say however, that the speed of the defense was just simply ridiculous. There were very few times when a receiver had much room at all to make a catch. Damn! That's quite a change from almost every game I watched last season. Last year's Arkansas game looked like a flag football game with guys running open all over the place each time ARK had the ball.

The other big highlights came from the running backs, according to ref. Both 3 and 4 were running the ball extremely well. This is nothing surprising, as we knew King and Ealey were going to be exceptional next season. But, it does give me a lot of hope for the potential of this offense, especially when I see how good our passing numbers looked yesterday.

Hopefully I can come back later with a more in depth outtake on the spring thus far, and as always...thanks for reading!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Info For Tomorrow's Scrimmage

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Can We Get Our Dawgs To Be This Relentless!?!

I hope that our very own Bulldawgs can play defense as relentlessly as this bulldog in this video! WOW!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The 3-4, and Why I Hated It...till now!

I often expressed my hatred for the 3-4 defense to fellow coaches when I was a high school football coach. The more I learned about it, the more I hated it. The problem was mainly in the fact that it is so difficult to run a true 3-4 with high school players because of their physical limitations. The other big factor was that most teams in high school rely heavily on the run, and without 3-4 personnel, you will struggle to stop the run unless you abandon the 3-4 for pretty much a 5-2 type defense.

At UGA next season, I feel we do have the right players to make Grantham's style work! The athleticism, size, and strength are all there. The only question that remains is if we can put it all together, and from what I am hearing and seeing this spring...YES WE CAN!

All this being said, I found a pretty interesting and informative article online today that breaks down most aspects of the 3-4 and even converting from a 4-3.

Click here to read the article:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Would You Rather

How about a current event would you rather for today...

Would you rather...

1) Have Nancy Pelosi or Michael Adams as University president?

2) Have a nationalized health care system, or downsize the government?
Big business, big government..they all lose reality!

3) Have Mark Richt or Barack Obama babysit your child?
Richt, any day!

4) Have Todd Grantham or Joe Biden give your pregame speech?
Biden might get the team pumped up with all the F bombs!

5) Run the White House, or the UGA football program?
This is a major dilemma for about UGA football, then run for president after I win a National Championship

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Favorite Spring Topics So Far

I am starting to get a quite a bit anxious about April 10th! I haven't even watched any replays of football since the Superbowl, and it is past time for some football! Today I just want to take a few minutes to look at some of the topics that have really caught my attention during the first third of spring football practice in Athens.

5). The atmosphere that has been set up by the new coaches seems electric. Granted, I haven't been to any practices, but Hale and the likes are keeping me very well informed!

4). Is Jakar Hamilton going to be the real deal? I have been on the Hamilton bandwagon for some time now, and I was surprised to see that he is still working in with the second and third team at practice. This may be just for the shear fact that he is new to the program, but who knows. I even wondered if there had been any consideration of giving him some reps at corner since we are THIN!

3). How much confusion will there be for the guys that have no experience in the 3-4? At the end of the day, the goal is still the same, right? Stop the offense from advancing the ball by being in position and tackling with good form. How quickly can we have our guys in position most of the time? That is what I worry about!

2). We all want to know who the starting QB will be, but along those same lines...will Aaron Murray do as well as Tom Brady wearing that pretty glove?

1). And, the number one thing that has me all in a tizzy this spring in Athens....where in the hell am I going to tailgate next season?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Flag At Half Staff Today

I am so wrapped up in what happened in Washington yesterday that I may not even bring myself to post a UGA blog today. The sun rose on a different America today. One that is now, as defined by experts, a socialist country. At least we will be once all of the parts of this bill take place.

Health Care Bill (click here)

Socialism Definition (click here)

I guess I could relate this to UGA in that I took several economics classes while I was at the great University. I remember a professor once showing our class statistics on how a country can be defined as socialist based on the amount of the economy that is controlled by government. We are soon going to be well over that amount. Sad, sad day.

On a brighter note, Go Dawgs! At least we still have our football!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Possible End To UGA's Trash Crisis

Although we all know that the issue of trash is pretty much a scape goat for the University to end all of the drunken fun that is had on campus in Athens, I'd like to throw another suggestion out there as to how we can "Keep North Campus Clean" without ending everyone's game day fun!

I have no raw data, but I am willing to bet that hundreds (if not thousands) of tickets are given in downtown Athens each semester for underage drinking, disorderly conduct, urinating in public, etc. How about taking those that get caught and assigning them to a specific community service program that involves cleaning up North Campus after each home game in the fall? We could save money, clean up the trash, and most likely curve a small amount of mischief that occurs downtown due to unruly students!

Hey, it's just an idea, but a damn good one if I might add! I just don't want to see the University ruin one of the things that differentiates college football in the South from anywhere else on earth. Please don't do this to the fans UGA!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tailgate Station Is Gonna Make Bank!

I guess with all of the new "we hate tailgaters that drink and have fun" rules, many will opt to take part in some of these new Tailgate Station type facilities that have popped up all over Athens.

So, do any of you out there in blog land want to go in with me and invest in a lot? I'm thinking that if these regulations really stick, the value of a lot in one of these parks may sky rocket.

I'd almost be willing to pay the $16,999 they are currently asking just to snag one of these lots before they are all gone. Wait, Michael Adams might target these type settings next. Then we would all be stuck with a 17k piece of land that is worthless. Kind of like you poor guys that bought your $10,000 Dawg tailgating trailers are now!

WOW Adams! Just WOW!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hope You Don't Tailgate On North Campus

Come on Michael Adams! I know some people don't clean up their trash, but does that mean you should punish all of us? WOW! Tailgating as we know it may be coming to an end at UGA in the Fall.

By Lee Shearer - Athens Banner-Herald
Published Thursday, March 18, 2010
Buzz up!

University of Georgia officials unveiled new rules today designed to tone down tailgating parties on the university’s north campus next football season.

The regulations set new limits on what fans can bring and do on the oldest part of the UGA campus, but stop far short of an outright ban on tailgating — an option the UGA committee that drew up the plan did discuss, said UGA President Michael Adams.
“I think they hit a sensible, happy medium for now,” Adams said. Officials will review how well the plan works at the end of the season, he said.
Adams last year said he was dismayed at the amount of trash tailgaters generated on North Campus, where pregame revelers trampled and killed wide expanses of grass.
Adams’ cabinet of high-ranking administrators adopted the tailgating rules with little discussion at a meeting this morning.
Among the items to be banned from North Campus are tents, kegs, generators, televisions, amplified music, grills and cookers, tables longer than 4 feet and household furniture (folding chairs are OK).
In addition, tailgaters won’t be allowed to set up until four hours before kickoff, according to the new gameday regulations.
Georgia’s first home football game is Saturday, Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette. The first conference game is scheduled for Sept. 18 against Arkansas.
Those changes apply only to North Campus. But a few more new rules will be enforced in all campus parking areas this fall, said Tim Burgess, UGA’s senior vice president for business and finance.
Fans are now prohibited from bringing pull-behind items such as trailers and cookers. Golf carts and ATVs are also banned, and a sidewalk parking ban now has been expanded to include the entire campus, including Carlton Street.
The parking changes are mainly to increase the amount of available parking for football fans, Burgess said.
Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Thursday, March 18, 2010

Aaron Murray Trying The Michael Jackson Look?

Michael Jackson became the most recognizable person in the world wearing a glove on one hand, so why not embrace Aaron Murray in his endeavor to do the same?

In no way am I comparing the future UGA star to the deceased pop star, except for the fact that Aaron Murray is testing out this whole one glove thing.

I used to be a big opponent of wearing gloves when I was a player in high school. Then, after coaching for a few years, the advancement in glove technology became so amazing that it was hard for me to argue the fact that players could hold on to the ball much better.

My take on the whole situation these days has obviously changed. I say, let the kid wear the gloves if he produces with them on. I'm pretty sure Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, and other super star NFLers know what they're doing when they put a glove on their throwing hand.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Would You Rather, Spring Practice Edition

Since spring practice is in full bloom right now, I thought I would take one of my "Would You Rather" posts and try to relate it to spring practice. So...

Would you rather...

1) Have Mett split reps at QB this spring, or go ahead and face the fact that the whole arrest thing has eliminated him from the race?
Let's go ahead and let the best QB get his reps!

2) Have Logan Gray go ahead and start learning the WR position full time, or continue to fight it out at QB?
Something tells me that Gray might make one heck of a receiver if he can catch.

3) Run the 3-4 on defense, or the 4-3?
I'm excited as all get out to see what this kill the QB 3-4 is going to do!

4) Have Kirby Smart at DC, or Grantham?
I was a big advocate of Smart, but I think we made a smart choice with Grantham!

5) Have Mark Richt take over the special teams, or keep it as it is?
Why not bring our on version of Beamerball to the Dawgs?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mark Richt's Testimony

For those of us that frequent the blogosphere on a daily basis, this post comes as nothing new. For those of you that haven't read Mark Richt's testimony, I think you will truly enjoy his story. I have probably read this one hundred times, and each time I read it over it still makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

I am probably as big of a critic as anyone when it comes to the Xs & Os of coaching on the football field. I may never forgive Richt for letting time expire that one time, for letting 4th & 15 turn into an 62 yard play of misery, or for blowing that huge halftime lead against the nerds, but I will always love the man to death. And, I hope he is the coach of the Dawgs for years to come! GO DAWGS!


Monday, March 15, 2010

How Bout Them Gym Dawgs!

I got to visit Athens yesterday and watch the Gym Dawgs take care of business against the N.C. State Wolfpack. It's been almost 10 years since I visited the Steg to watch gymnastics, but these girls still know how to put on one heck of a show. The quote of the day came from my almost 4 year old little girl when I asked her if she could turn flips like those girls: "no way dad" she said, "I would break my face or something"!

Seriously, the things that those girls do just absolutely amazes me, especially on the balance beam! Georgia continued it's domination in Athens posting a 196.800-193.900 win over NC State! Now, hopefully the girls can pull it all together here at the seasons end and bring home and unbelievable 6th straight national championship!

By the way...the Gym Dawgs Are Hawt!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thank You Mark Fox!

I have been quoted as saying that I am not a huge basketball fan. Although, I do tend to watch a little college basketball from time to time, and any chance I get to see the Dawgs play on the hardwoods I take advantage of it. The NBA, not so much! I despise everything it has become!

This year, the round-ball Dawgs seem to have ignited a new enthusiasm in the Bulldawg Nation! And for that, I say thank you Mark Fox! This man deserves all the credit in the world that could possibly be given to a head coach of a team that went 14-17. Fox may have put together one of the best sub .500 seasons I have ever witnessed!

I can't wait to see what next season has in store for this team!

Friday, March 12, 2010

UGA Baseball Should Be Better

Just a quick thought for today. Why is the UGA baseball team struggling so much this season? I have often wondered why the UGA baseball program is not a perennial powerhouse. Most of us probably have to face the fact that those ugly yellow bugs have out performed us in baseball for the past several years. The state of Georgia produces just as much (if not more) baseball talent than it does football, so why can't we funnel some of that into Athens? Is it because so many of the studs out of this state just skip college? That is probably one of the main reasons. Anyways, I will stop my rant, I just feel really disappointed that we aren't in contention for national titles more often. None-the-less, go Dawgs! Let's right this ship on the diamond and start a winning streak!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A.J. Green For Heisman! Why Not?

The last time a wide receiver won the Heisman trophy was 1991, when Desmond Howard took home the honor. According to, only one other receiver has won the award in the 75 year history. These facts lead me to believe that no matter how good of a year A.J. has this season, he is a long shot to even make the top 5 list.

That being said, most Dawg fans would say that Green should at least get a mention during pre-season talks about the Heisman trophy. Sure, his numbers saw a slight decline in 2009, but it was only because of a few nagging injuries that he is now fully recovered from. If Green can stay healthy for the entire regular season in 2010, he should put up some numbers easily comparable to Desmond Howard or Tim Brown (the other WR Heisman winner). A big factor that could come into play for Green to get looked at by the Heisman voters would be all-purpose yards. This might be the big negative because the UGA coaching staff will probably be hesitant to let AJ return very many kickoffs when we have others speedsters that can do the job. They are probably scared to death of him getting injured.

So, I say to you, A.J. Green, put up 1200 plus yards receiving next season, catch 15 touchdowns, and then you only have to block 3 or 4 field goals for us to see you sitting in New York on that glorious day.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Would You Rather Wednesday

I'm thinking that the whole WYRW kind of rolls off of your tongue, so let's give it a go for today!

Would you rather...

1)...have a QB that throws for 3000 yards this season, or two 1000 yard rushers?
Give me those yards on the ground, and we will win championships!

2)...have a defense that racks up over 50 sacks, or 20 turnovers?
Turnovers decide the outcome in so many games!

3)...have the Dawgs trot out in black pants and black jerseys, or red pants and red jerseys?
I really don't care as long as we win! Black on black might be cool though!

4)...have a swimsuit edition calendar of the Gym Dawgs, or the UGA football cheerleaders?, this is tough! Those Gym Dawgs sure are cute...and I love cheerleaders!

5) a million dollars today, or 10 million 5 years from now?
Give me my million today, and I will turn it into 10!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Aaron Murray, Behave Yourself!

Did Zack Mettenberger screw up this past weekend? (story here) Yes. Does he deserve a second chance? Most definitely. Should he be bumped to an automatic 3rd spot on the QB depth chart? Probably.

All that being said, I think this unfortunate event puts a nail in the coffin for this quarterback race--at least for the start of the 2010 season. Not only is Mett going to be suspended for at least the first game of the season, but he's now shown that he may not have the poise to run the show in Athens next season. I mean, why would you ever give a cop your fake ID, much less a second fake ID after the first one didn't work! I know, I know, I don't know all of the circumstances surrounding this incident. I do know that I have been in similar situations about a hundred times in my life. Dude, fess up and take your underage consumption ticket! Instead, you are now facing five counts!

OK, my whole point of today's post is to mention something my co-worker and I were discussing this morning over a cup of coffee. "You can't have your quarterback, the leader of your team, getting into these types of situations"! You sort of expect stuff like this from a D-lineman, or defensive back, right? LOL...Those guys are head-hunter type, pure athletes that have a sole purpose in life to stop the other team from moving down the field in a positive direction. I'm not saying that all defensive guys are dumb, because they are NOT, but they don't exactly have to act strategically as would say...a QUARTERBACK!

I know Mettenberger just got caught for something that 99% of us have done at some point in our life, but the kid is on a different stage than 99% of us were at the time. So, Mr. Mett, I say to you, "Good luck making the #2 spot on the depth chart, and if you really are the better player, overtake Murray at some point in your career.


Monday, March 8, 2010

I'm Getting that Team Feeling For UGA

When I sit back and objectively think about all of the stories I have read this off season, and the hundreds of quotes I have read from players, the future looks bright! I say this because so many players are talking like a true team this year. For example, in one interview, Washaun Ealey said, "If both of us get 1,000 yards, that would be great, but really we just want to win a national championship."

I know that is just one example, but if I wanted to spend the time, I could dig up at least 30 other similar quotes expressing this teams' desire to simply win. I'm not saying that so many other UGA teams didn't have that same desire to win, it just seems much more apparent this season that the team has one purpose in mind. Last year probably humbled many of the Dawgs. Just showing up on Saturdays doesn't really work. You better bust your ass from January - August so that you bring something extra to the table come game time!

Friday, March 5, 2010

QBs Split Snaps Evenly...MISTAKE

So, after reading every piece of news made available about UGA's first day of spring practice yesterday, it has been made pretty apparent that the 3 quarterbacks are going to split practice snaps evenly throughout the spring. I will give Richt and Bobo the benefit of the doubt for at least 3-4 practices, but after that, they need to lean towards a starter.

I know that this post is a reiteration of the one from yesterday, but hopefully Mark Richt will read this. PICK A MAN FOR THE JOB ASAP. None of the guys have ever started a college football game! The starter needs as many reps as humanly possible, and that AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN if three guys are splitting time evenly!

UGA Should Decide QB ASAP

Thursday, March 4, 2010

UGA Should Decide QB ASAP

The fact that there is a quarterback battle of any kind could be seen as a good sign, especially from optimistic Dawg fans. I, for one, am glad that we seem to have some formidable options this year unlike last. Without the arm injury, I firmly believe Murray would have been our guy after the third or fourth game of the season in 2009.

That last comment is one of the main reasons I believe this quarterback battle may be getting a little over hyped by the media and blogosphere. I tried to ride the fence for most of the off season, but I have come to the conclusion that I am a blogger, and not a reporter; therefore, I am obligated to spout at the mouth about who I feel should get the nod. From reading thousands of articles, blogs, reports, and watching hundreds of videos and live action, this whole "battle" seems like a no-brainer. Aaron Murray is our man.

I could go on and on like many have, but I am going to give my top 5 reasons that UGA should go ahead and let the world know that Aaron Murray is the next coming:

1.) He's flat out better at the position than the other two. I saw Mettenberger play every game from his high school senior year, and I saw nothing special other than a BIG arm. He may develop into an SEC caliber QB one day, so don't get me wrong. Gray, while not given much of a chance, did NOTHING to show he should be the man last year.

2.) Aaron Murray did things in high school that only pure winners do on the football field. The miraculous recovery from a broken leg, ridiculous stats, poise beyond his years...need I say more? Heck, just watching him warm up with the other guys during the Tennessee Tech game last year showed me he is much better than his competition.

3.) It's time to make Logan Gray face the fact that he can help this team in other areas. I think Gray has the potential to be a great possession type receiver. Wouldn't it be sweet to have our very own shorter version of an Ed McCaffrey type play-maker?

4.) The whole "this guy has paid his dues thing" hasn't really panned out for Georgia as far as QBs are concerned, now has it? Joe T and Joe C may have been great guys and all, but...

5.) And, the most important reason that I think the UGA coaching staff should go ahead and end the drama as soon as possible is so that Aaron Murray can go ahead and become the leader of this team.

Now, I very well could be wrong, Murray may not be the best option. If that's the case, then let's make whoever the man is, THE MAN ASAP!

Go Dawgs, I can't wait to see who starts as the leader of The Decade Of The Dawg!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Props To Spike and Hairy Dawg

It's another snow day today here in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. I'm not complaining! It's just one of the perks of being a teacher I guess. Meanwhile, I was searching Youtube to show my little girl a video of Spike, the mascot that was just cracking me up at the Georgia v. Florida game this past Saturday. Yesterday, I told my story of the Gaytor Douchebag that sat in front of me. So, today I'll make it a little more friendly of a post.

I'm not sure who is inside the Spike costume running around Stegeman Coliseum, but that guy/girl was cracking me up every time I watched. My fiance probably watched more of Spike and Hairy Dawg than she did the actual game. As a tribute to these two fine mascots who get over shadowed by our beloved Uga, I give you two great Youtube videos.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Gator Hator Confirmation

This past Saturday, I made the trek over to Athens for my first basketball game in the past several years. Not only did I get to see a great game, I renewed my hatred for the Florida Gators (not that I needed to, since it was already plenty strong).

From a basketball standpoint, it seemed to me that the Dawgs were a bit outmatched, mainly due to the depth that the Gators had and we lacked. Our starting 5 easily could have been called equal talent wise, but Florida did have much more as far as a bench is concerned. Something I would like to mention before I give my Gatorhater story is what stood out the most in my mind from an X's and O's standpoint. It seemed really obvious to me that we were much better coached than the Gators. I know they have back-to-back national champ coach Billy Donovan, but I am convinced that Georgia had a much better game plan, and we executed on a higher level. Give the Dawgs two years, and they will be contenders!

Now, on to my story of Gator hatred. Sitting in Stegosaurus about 3 minutes after tip off, 4 Florida fans rudely walked into the row in front of me during the middle of live play. No bid deal, right? Then, UF scores a basket, and the leader of this group immediately turns around and starts screaming "Go Gators" into all of the Bulldawg fans around him, while displaying a "chomp" with his hands as widely spread as he possibly could. No biggie, right? Well, 5 seconds into his rudeness, he had already hit like 5 people with his chomps. Amazingly I withstood the urge to punch this guy in the face. I simply laughed to myself, and re-enforced the fact that I am 30, and can't punch annoying guys in the stands at college sporting events anymore. I just laughed at his sagging pants, flat-billed Gaytor hat with store bought stickers still in place, and his skanky girlfriend. I could go on and on about the hour and a half of rudeness this guy put us through, but I won't. The most funny part was when UGA took a 15 point half time lead, and the guy went on a rant about how "let's talk about football Georgia, how does the scoreboard look in football".

WOW, I am a Gaytor Hater for life, and now, so is my fiance!

Go Dawgs....I simply say to this douchebag Gaytor, SCOREBOARD! is not affiliated in any way with the University of Georgia.