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October 1, 2018

So, the SEC East is...Good?

There is a running narrative about the SEC East: It is trash. Honestly, the crossover record versus the SEC West is embarrassing. In the past nine seasons, the SEC West has a 103-44 record vs the SEC East and won all but one SEC Championship Game. The 2017 Bowl Season didn't do anything to change the perception either. Narrative dictates that an SEC East team lost to an SEC West team, so that is reason [FILL IN THE BLANK] why the East Is Trash.

There are plenty of reasons for the long term narrative. Tennessee's rotating cast of Coaches with Great Slogans. Florida's inability to find a coach that can find talent on more than one side of the ball. Missouri deciding they miss the Big Twelve's defensive style. Steve Spurrier retiring a full season before he bothered to tell anyone. James Franklin leaving Vandy. Georgia's offensive coordinator hiring practices. Kentucky.

Frankly, The Narrative is in the periphery of why a coaching change was made at Georgia in 2015. It was not hard to see that the SEC East landscape had changed, that Georgia had not taken advantage of their two biggest rivals for the top tier of the SEC East being in various states of dumpster firedom, and in failing to do so, shrugged at the open door leading to the top of the SEC East. The chicken and egg part of that argument is the SEC East was considered down because Georgia did not walk through that door (See 2013 and 2014 SEC East Division Champion Missouri Tigers for a deeper treatment).

Now, we are facing a crazy start to 2018. Mississippi State has already gone 0-2 vs the SEC East. In Bill Connelly’s S&P+ and ESPN’s FPI, the SEC has ten teams ranked in the top 30, evenly split between the SEC’s two divisions. Also, Kentucky getting significantly better on defense while having a star playing is paying off for the division.

What does all this mean? In the next two weeks, we will have a much bigger sample size, as LSU faces Florida and Georgia, Texas A&M faces Kentucky and South Carolina, and Missouri faces Alabama. The SEC East can flip The Narrative on it’s head, probably.

The bigger picture is how much fun it is to see Kentucky doing well and the corollary pop the SEC East is getting due to that improvement. Missouri and Kentucky are both solid teams, albeit for different reasons. Florida looks better than predicted. South Carolina still has the pieces to be a bowl team.

Then there is Georgia. Getting back to the 2017 season, the same game that works against the SEC East also has saddled Georgia with being the mantle bearer of the SEC East. A slip up against LSU on CBS as a second ranked team, we get a new lease on the SEC East is trash story. That is how narratives work.

Narrative is what drives this conversation in the first place. There are at least one and a half cable networks, with dozens of hours of time to fill each, devoted to the SEC Football Machine. You cannot do that without stuff to talk about. For that matter, you cannot very well do a podcast twice a week without it either.

LSU is CBS Game at 3:30 Eastern

Whew. Although how do you not pick that as your national game considering the rankings?

September 10, 2018

Missouri Kickoff Announced

The good news is that it is 11am local time.  The bad news is that some of you will barely be up.

SEC Television Schedule for Saturday, September 22, 2018:
  • Georgia at Missouri, 12 pm ET/11 am CT on ESPN
  • Kent State at Ole Miss, 12 pm ET/11 am CT on SEC Network
  • Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT on CBS
  • South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 4 pm ET/3 pm CT on SEC Network
  • Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT on ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU*
  • Louisiana Tech at LSU, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT on ESPN2 or ESPNU*
  • Arkansas at Auburn, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT on ESPN or ESPN2 OR 7:30 pm/6:30 pm CT on SEC Network#
  • Florida at Tennessee, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT on ESPN or ESPN2 OR 7:30 pm/6:30 pm CT on SEC Network#

August 9, 2018

WSLS Ep. 138: Season 4 Premier

We are all together again for an hour plus of fun, SEC talk, and jokes about Jeremy Pruitt's hair.

Scott also released his pre-season hype video:

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July 17, 2018

2018 Projected Football Kickoff Times

This is my best guess for kickoff times this season. 

Times and networks in bold are confirmed.
DateOpponentTimeTV
9/1/17Austin Peay3:30 pmESPN Tickets
9/8/17at South Carolina3:30 pmCBS Tickets
9/15/17MTSU7:15pmESPN2 Tickets
9/22/17at Missouri7:00 pm ESPN  Tickets
9/29/17Tennessee7:00 pm ESPN Tickets
10/6/17VandyNoon ESPN Tickets
10/13/17at LSU3:30 pmCBS Tickets
10/27/17Florida3:30 pmCBS Tickets
11/3/17at KentuckyNoonESPN Tickets
11/10/17Auburn3:30 pmCBS Tickets
11/17/17UMass3:30 pmSECN  Tickets
11/24/17Tech7:30SECN  Tickets

A couple of interesting things...
  • CBS is going back to two doubleheader weekends, after doing three last year: 
    • Nov 3 - 3:30/8pm
    • Nov 10 - Noon/3:30pm
  • The doubleheader weekends don't make me think things change much for our schedule:
    • Nov 3 -  It takes a possible night match up off the table, as the only other SEC game that evening will be an SECNetwork stinker (I'm liking LaTech vs Mississippi State for that) to go against the 8pm game. We could end up as a 3pm SEC Network game if Kentucky (or both Kentucky and UGA) are bad.
    • Nov 10 - Looking at that weekend, I still think Georgia at Auburn will be the top match-up. Unless something goes way off the rails, this is the closest thing to a lock I can predict for that late in the season.
  • UMass could be played in the noon, 3:30 or late slot. I have no idea. 
  • The thing about putting Tech at night is dependent on them either being pretty good or Johnson fighting for his job. If he's done or looking done, I'd lean that game earlier.  There are only four SEC games for inventory that weekend, so after Auburn at Bama is off the table for the CBS game, those other three games are SEC Network games. 
Your mileage may vary, though.
TW

June 14, 2018

You Like Me, You Really Like Me

Well, at least you like UGA football.  Westerdawg used to (obsessively) post about Hartman Points, and for good reason: it matters.

This year is a banner year: 23,900 points was the base points for season tickets.  Man, those LSU tickets are going to be nuts, right?

Nothing like success.
TW

WSLS Ep. 133: June Stuff

Forgot to post this. We got together and had a couple of drinks to talk about softball, baseball, and other stuff (note, this was recorded before those sports' seasons concluded; just play along, ok).




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May 15, 2018

WSLS Ep. 132: Senator Blutarsky

The first time I emailed with Michael Brochstien, I was in awe as a baby blogger. His approach to fandom and the filter through which he viewed Georgia athletics was unique to the blogosphere. It remains so nearly ten years later. His thoughtful analysis and ability to distill complicated conclusions to one or two sentences is impressive.

I've had the occasion to chat with him occasionally, though never on the podcast. When I broached doing so with him earlier in the Spring, he was enthusiastic. As usual, his ability to cut to the heart of a matter and deliver a quick and insightful conclusion was evident here.

We talk Twitter, the joy of the 2017 football season, the NCAA, and why we blog.  I hope you enjoy.



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May 8, 2018

Kicking It

Looks like Kirby is on to something:
Georgia appears to be trying out that route once again. Russellville, Kentucky native Landon Stratton announced via his personal Facebook page on Sunday that he intends on joining the Bulldogs' team.
“After a long past few months, I’ve never been more excited to announce that I will be continuing my football and academic career at the University of Georgia,” Stratton said.
"Thank you to everyone who stuck with me during this process, and a bigger thank you to those that left. I'm so thankful for all the love from my family, friends, and coaches during this time. I'm excited for the opportunity and can't wait to get to work!"
Starting the past three seasons for Murray State, Stratton has averaged 41.2 yards per punt, earning third-team Ohio Valley Conference honors last season. Nizialek averaged 45 yards per punt last season for Georgia, ninth best among FBS punters. Stratton has 212 career punts, none of which were blocked,  41 of which traveled 50 yards or more, 18 of which went for touchbacks, and 51 of which were fair caught. 
First, if you are getting depth for no ding on your scholarship numbers, great. The competition, especially from someone who has punted 212 times in live game action, is good. If he pays off as an improvement over the punters currently on the roster, that is a bonus.

Second, fostering a model where very good, but unheralded, special teams players can come to Georgia as graduate transfers and get a year playing on the high visibility stage that UGA football promises is brilliant. There are currently over 300 non-FBS football programs, many that aren't in markets that the NFL scouts. Being in a position to encourage top special teams players with proven game tape to spend a year in Athens, with the payoff of having the kind of media attention that comes with it, is a win-win.

TW

April 12, 2018

Your Weekly Reminder

That Seth and Cy are just about the only thing the AJC have going for it. It comes as no surprise that Bradley both praises Tech and takes a swipe at Kirby.

Provocative is as provocative does and all that.
T

March 30, 2018

Who better to play Les Miles than Les Miles?

When I saw Blutarski had something on this, my first thought was 'how cute.' Then I read the story.

If you think about it, hasn't Les Miles really been acting this whole time? Or has he?

March 23, 2018

A Whole New World

I know I'm in for Tom Crean for many reasons, but one of them is his vision for what Georgia Basketball should and can be.

Go listen to his interview this morning on 960 The Ref.  No hedging. No qualifiers. No excuses. The way it should be. It is a whole different world in terms of tone, vision, and approach.

GDay Seating

Working to create a less hectic GDay environment, you'll get a pass for a section, and you'll like it.

Honestly, this isn't terrible, unless I end up with a Tech deck section.

March 16, 2018

So You Knew This Was Coming

This is meme gold for a Georgia blogger. I told Westerdawg that we are getting a coach that is expressive as Kirby, with the on court temperament of Tom Izzo.

Running to Athens
Suffice it to say, we, at the Georgia Sports Blog are pretty fired up about this hire.

WSLS Ep. 130: Hoops and Spring Sports

We recorded this Wednesday night in the nadir of having been spurred by Thad Matta and inking Tom Crean, so forgive the tone.


 
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