[Photo: As crazy as it sounds, we still have a very real shot to win this thing. Auburn is the best team we'll play this year.]
-- Congrats to Auburn. They played a great game. They deserved to win.
-- Pre-season if you had offered me a 9-2 regular season and a birth in the SEC Championship Game, I would have taken that offer in minute. When you look at what we lost last year, there's no question that I would've taken that offer. I even predicted that we wouldn't win the East. We still have 2 more big games to get to that point, but it's very doable.
-- We had some of the best blue chip athletes in the country on hand Saturday night. The early reports from Scout.com and Rivals.com are glowing.
-- The Turducken was a smashing success. I was excited about it, but I was skeptical. Some pictures will be posted later this week. Wow.
-- No matter how blue you are, just remember we've got a better shot at winning the SEC than Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Alabama. If you're looking to take the edge off your misery via the misfortune of others, consider these tidbits:
- -- Ron Zook never lost to South Carolina. The Gators are livid. The Gators are likely headed to Shreveport for a matchup with a wretched Big 12 team like Nebraska (The Tommy Frazier is Still Running Bowl) or the Music City for a battle with Northwestern (The Spread Offense Tickle Pile Bowl).
-- The ACC is going to have anywhere from one to three teams bowl eligible more than they have bowl tie-ins. If Central Florida wins their next two games (Rice and UTEP), they'll be in the Liberty Bowl. Interestingly, the Liberty has room for an At-Large Spot. GT vs. UCF in the "You Still Owe us $1.5 million Bowl." The mere thought makes some GT fans edgy.
[Photo: When I look at that pic, I know how Robert Morris felt in Red Dawn. All that hate keeps me warm.]
-- The Vols barely beat Memphis who was playing without their all-american running back. I like Vandy's chances next week. If Fulmer had a sense of humor, we could call this game, the "Planes, Trains and Automobiles Bowl" because its Steve Martin vs. John Candy. But Fulmer's not funny. Just fat.
-- Offensive Play Calling (except for the 1st and 25 sequence). I was really pleased. I like the attacking nature of the no huddle. I like that we took shots down field. I like that the Toss Sweep appears to be back for good. I like that we mixed it up. It was Richt's best called game (except for the 1st and 25 sequence) since Boise.
-- The Fumbles.
-- Sean Bailey's hands. Some guy near me compared him to Terrence Edwards. That's not fair. That's insulting to Edwards. TE had a great career at UGA. Sure, he made some key drops, but overall he was a major offensive weapon for us for 4 years. Bailey so far is about two catches ahead of having a LaBrone Mitchell type season.
-- Eternity. That's how long that ESPN Classic will keep showing that game. Every year for the rest of our lives.
[Photo: We should spring for a VCR for his office.]
-- Lastly, and most importantly, the cluster on the 2 point conversion. Look, I'm pretty forgiving. People make mistakes. Players drop passes. Coaches call plays that don't work. But not being organized is unacceptable. That means your fundamental approach to executing in that scenario was busted. To get a delay of game there is just not acceptable. It was the biggest game management blunder since the Boston College punt fiasco. It really pissed me off.
Separately, I know a bunch of people are saying that Richt should have let Auburn score on the last possession. I understand the logic and in hindsight I agree with it. But it's awfully hard to tell players to lay down. If we had done it, and it had worked. Great. But I'll never criticize a coach for telling his players to stop someone. I just can't get overly mad about that.
BTW -- I know everyone's pissed. Just watch the F Bombs and the GDs. I'll nuke all of that.
We can still finish 11-2. There's no need for jumping off cliffs.