Jay, I have followed the Dawgs long enough that they have surprised me more times than I can remember. Saturday night was one of those pleasant surprises. I thought we had a shot at the win, but I did not foresee a 34-7 runaway game. If we can get some depth behind Nick Chubb with the return of Sony and/or Keith our offense should not miss a beat even with the unfortunate saga of Todd Gurley's season. Defensively, I hope to see future appearances by that unit that played Auburn. And hopefully we can take that unit that played Florida out behind the barn and put it down mercifully.
As for the playoffs...all we can do is take care of our business as we need the Vols or the Hogs to beat Mizzou just to make a return trip to the SECCG. A lot of stuff needs to happen in our favor to get a foot in that door, so we hunker down and hope for the best.
If you're looking for a sampling of extinct names, you need look no further than the GratefulDawg family tree. There was my grandmother Ophelia. She had two brothers, Weyman and Noble. And did I mention that her father, my great grandfather was named Zollie.
I also have a cousin known to most as Bullfrog, but that's just a nickname he picked up along the way.
The aforementioned "giving 110%" cliche always reminds me of Spinal Tap, "these go to eleven." While not as overused as other cliches, that "his motor never quits" line is one I could do without. I suppose having followed David Pollack throughout his college career turned me off to that one. Every time Pollack was mentioned in any context, some astute observer shoehorned in a reference to how "his motor never quits."
And of course there's that old chestnut about playing them "one game at a time." Coach Whistlebritches should really rethink his policy of trying to play three games at a time...perhaps, just taking them one at a time would be a more sound policy.
The College Football Playoff is not a very snappy name. I suspect if it gets a new handle at this point it will be something along the lines of: The San Diego County Credit Union Journey to Jerry's World presented by Chevy Trucks Still Built Like A Rock and Now Featuring Technology and Stuff.
It just rolls right off the tongue.
Stewwie, there clearly was "no equalization intended." That was the whole point of my previous post. If you want to play some silly semantics game and use your highly advanced skills of perception to tell people what others really meant to say, have fun with that. As for my "plantation" reference, I stand by everything I said. No one convinced me otherwise with a relevant argument, but I did catch some emotional outbursts and people telling me that I shouldn't say such things.
Now, it's your turn.
Stewwie, you are either being dishonest or you did not read what I wrote. I did not say "Gurley = bin Laden." My statement regarding lumping Todd Gurley in with a couple of the true miscreants of history were easily understood by anyone with basic reading comprehension skills. However, in your zeal for a gotcha moment, you distorted what I wrote. "That's on you, buddy."
And still no answer from the NCAA defenders regarding its willful continuation of unconstitutional rules despite the court ruling against them...
Yes Jomo, the rules are the rules. Todd Gurley accepted money for signing his name and profited from his own likeness. If you want to try to lump him in with Pol Pot and Osama Bin Laden for his crimes against humanity(signing mini-helmets and little footballs), knock yourself out. Just curious though, this steadfast adherence to a "the rules are the rules" philosophy does it make you at all uneasy that the NCAA's rules were deemed unconstitutional and in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act by a Federal Court and yet the NCAA is dragging its feet in changing said rules to be in compliance with the actual law of the land? Or are the rules just the rules for certain types of people?
So now we know...Todd Gurley has been suspended for two more games and because apparently the NCAA in its drunken haze believes it is an actual court of law, Todd has been ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Yesterday, Mark Emmert called UGA's handling of this situation "commendable." Todd Gurley manned up and took responsibility for his mistakes, offering up an admission and apology. Had Todd Gurley lied and demanded that the NCAA prove its case and if UGA told the NCAA to go &@$! themselves, this would all be water under the bridge by now. The blueprint for dealing with the NCAA is now clear: lie, cheat, and cover your ass at any cost and you should be good-to-go. When dealing with vultures and con men, the truth will not set you free it will only make you vulnerable.
There will be no death penalty or nuclear option in the UNC academic case. Heck, the NCAA has stated that there will be no investigation on their end. The facade of the "student-athlete" and the NCAA giving a half-a-damn about academics and integrity makes for good bumper sticker sound bites for the Kool-Aid drinkers in the cheap seats, but no one with a couple of synapses still firing was ever expected to take this bull@$&! as holy writ.
I would be lying if I said it wasn't fun to watch the NCAA and its supporters shucking and jiving as years of hypocrisy and corruption have mounted in such a way that the backlash has now become inevitable.
9er asked: Start him or sit him? Gurley and Chubb.
If Todd is able to suit up for the Florida game, which I suspect he will, Gurley gets the start. It's a 1a and 1b scenario with Gurley and Chubb. The best running back in college football averaging 8.2 yards-per-carry backed up by a freshman who has averaged 172.5 yards-per-game since becoming the primary back. As dilemmas go, it's not a bad one by any means.