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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.



Follow Senator Blutarsky and read his posts here:
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blutarsky.wordpress.com

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.


February 13, 2018

Interesting

Just because I'm don't run my mouth don't mean I have nothing to say....

Three thoughts about this interview of Tech AD Todd Stansbury.

  1. He sounds far more Canadian than I gave him credit for.
  2. His take on beating Georgia is the most sound take I've ever heard from someone associated with Tech.
  3. Paul Johnson either has him completely snowed or Stansbury is very, very good at playing his cards close to the vest.
Forgive me for suggesting you listen to Schultz, but the interview, though boring, is pretty good.

TW

January 12, 2018

Johnson Signs Extension to Stay at Georgia Tech

A little good news for the week.  Insert your own 'best agent in the business/top Georgia fan' comments here.

January 9, 2018

I Ain't Even Mad

My initial response when I got home last night was to just post kittens and rainbows and move on with my life.  Maybe that will be the response I eventually get to, but riding home last night, I realized that as gut wrenching as last night was, there is a very important take away for Georgia fans:  We belonged on that stage and it took the greatest coach in the history of the game to beat our young team and young coach.

This is a beginning.  Give Nick Saban and Alabama credit, they belonged on the field with Georgia.  Yes, I mean it exactly that way.  Alabama is a deeper team, with more experience.  Until tonight last night, they didn't show they could change their game plan to win a game. Until last night.

One thing I kept tossing over in my head is the perfect feeling I had after the missed FG at the end of regulation.  That is was our time; The Dream Season was real. 

Alas, it wasn't.  Georgia beat Alabama at their game. Alabama had to play a different game to win. They did.

We have many months to diagnose why Georgia loss in over time in the national championship game to the team in the midst of the greatest run in the history of college football, but for today, and maybe for the rest of my life, we'll always have the 2017 Georgia football team.

This season was a proof of concept for Kirby Smart. It is the beginning. I believe we'll look back in a few years and realize that the game we witnessed last night was prologue to something greater, not an epilogue to a great season.

TW

See also:

- Better Times (Blutarsky)
- Nightmare Doesn't End Georgia Dreams (Will Leitch, Sports on Earth)

January 8, 2018

Well, Here We Are - The National Championship Game

We've played a tougher schedule. We played a worse match up in the Semi-final. We had to face Auburn again after getting housed by them immediately prior. We have had to adjust during games to win games.

Georgia possesses the best offense Alabama has faced. We have the third best defense they've faced, behind Clemson and Auburn.  They only gained 341 yards in the loss at Auburn and 261 yards in the win against Clemson.  With the Clemson game, they had a pick six and a 7 play, 27 yard drive that came off a turnover. 

None of their scoring came on drives that started in their own territory.

All of what they want to do on offense starts with Hurts using his legs to make stuff happen with his arm. Take away one of those, Ridley would be my choice, and they are a much less dangerous offensively. Still, Alabama is super efficient when they have the ball, so keeping them behind the chains in a way we didn't against Oklahoma is the key.

Because they won't give up multiple 50 yard runs.

Their defense is exploitable. Ask Auburn and Mississippi State. Still, they've only given up 24+ points twice this season. I believe we  can score some more, but not in the 40s.  To beat them, we cannot give up pick sixes and whatnot.  We can survive a turnover or two, but under no circumstances can we give them two gift TDs. 

They can't afford to do that either.

In the end, we match up with the Tide well. I don't dread today's outcome. In fact, I think they should be the concerned team. They didn't win the SEC. The two things they have going for them is they have the best player on either team in Fitzpatrick and the experience of being in this game plenty. Georgia has the next five top players, at least.  Georgia has met every challenge presented this season save the Auburn game, including being down by 17 to the most explosive offensive team in football this season.

Overall, I believe we will win because we've shown we can make adjustments and play multiple styles of offense. And it is our time.

TW

January 6, 2018

Ticket Prices for National Championship Game

Patience has paid off, some. There are still plenty of tickets available, and they seem to have leveled off at around $1450 or so, with lowers available below $2000.

PrimeSport has a few club seats listed around $2100, too.
 
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