Preseason practice: How hard is too hard?

 

It is one of the oldest questions in college football: Coaches know that at this time of year it is important to push their teams, mentally and physically, in order to get them ready for the season. At the same time, the coach also wants to get to the first game with a reasonably healthy team.

Push them too hard and the injuries start to mount up. Here are just a few injuries that have already impacted the upcoming season:

**–Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech: Evans, who set the school record for rushing by a freshman in 2008, tore an ACL and is out for the season. Virginia Tech opens against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff on Sept. 5 at the Georgia Dome.

**–Isaac Madison, CB, Arkansas: Was projected to be a starter on a defense that desperately needs improvement. Torn ACL. Out for the season.

**–Jaybo Shaw, QB, Georgia Tech: The backup to starter Josh Nesbitt broke a collarbone and will be out for six weeks. He may decide to redshirt.

**–Aaron Corp, QB, Southern Cal: Corp won the job of replacing Mark Sanchez in the spring but cracked a bone in his leg last week. If he doesn’t return to practice soon, it is likely that the Trojans will start a true freshman, Matt Barkley, in their opener against San Jose State on Sept. 5 and their big trip to Ohio State on Sept. 12.

**–Oklahoma State opens with Georgia on Sept. 5 but quarterback Zac Robinson has missed a bunch of practice with a bad hamstring. Robinson is expected to be ready for Georgia but how sharp will he be?

But if coaches don’t push their players hard enough, they don’t have the physical edge necessary to play at the highest level of college football. Georgia’s Mark Richt admitted that he started to back off a little last season when the injuries started to pile up. There is no question that it impacted the team, especially on defense.

“The head coach has to make that call and it is not always an easy one,” said former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer. “Your staff wants to get after it pretty good because they want to see their guys get better. The head coach has to look at how injuries are affecting the entire team and tell his coaches what to do.”

For most of Vince Dooley’s 25 years at Georgia (1964-88) he believed in tough, physical practices in the preseason to set the tone for what was to come. Once the season started, however, Georgia would hit on Tuesdays and then have no contact the rest of the week. Later in his career Dooley would limit contact in practice, especially in the second half of the season.

“The natural reaction when you start getting injuries is to back off,” said Dooley, who won 201 games and six SEC championships at Georgia. “But injuries are part of the game and you can’t back off too much or your team won’t be ready to play. At the same time, you’ve got to get your best players on the field on Saturday. If you don’t, you’re not giving your team the best chance to win.”

So what’s the answer? If you’re a fan, do you have to live with a certain number of injuries, knowing that it is necessary to get your team ready to play? Or should coaches be less demanding in order to limit injuries, especially to key players?

The floor is yours.

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m

August 18th, 2009
8:15 am

There is a reason that you put red jersies on the players you don’t want injured. That way the defense knows to hit them like ugag would hit them….powderpuff.

45-42….just the beginning.

Loyal Dawg

August 18th, 2009
8:16 am

Maybe Zac Robinson can manage to stay hurt until after Sept. 5th!!

Spike

August 18th, 2009
8:20 am

M = Poindexter.

UGASlobberknocker

August 18th, 2009
8:23 am

Other than the QB, I believe there should be full speed heavy hitting in August. You have to see who can do it, and to go less than 100% is to invite injury. Once the season starts, I believe in a hard hitting Tuesday and Wednesday. Ease off the rest of the week. Injuries are part of the game, and if you think about it..most injuries during the regular season happen in the games, not practices. In the preseason, a lot of the injuries are in the first week when their bodies are not used to the hitting. By keeping the hitting going, the bodies adjust.

Paddy

August 18th, 2009
8:29 am

If you are really a tough team and your tough players are not in uniform, you only have bragging rights not victories. CMR is going to be better prepared this season. I really like our team! We want to see them play on Sat. not read about them on Wed.

Dr. Bombay

August 18th, 2009
8:30 am

Depth may be the determining factor for a lot of coaches. And it always seems like Murphy’s law. If you’re thin at a particular position, that’s where injuries occur.

Gen Neyland

August 18th, 2009
8:44 am

Off season conditioning is vital to minimizing injury. Early camp non-contact drills will still see stress fractures, seperated shoulders, torn ligaments and broken bones occur from coast to coast. Once the pads are on and guys are fighting for jobs, toss in a head injury or two. It’s a fine line for coaches to get their horses to the starting line healthy…May the strong survive.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 18th, 2009
8:44 am

It seems that one victory in a decade is all a Technerd needs to pump up his or hers or its confidence to an all time high. 45-42 the beginning and the end of this period of equality. Hope you all enjoy it. Practice those chop blocks boys….cause Hell’s coming, and he’s wearing Red and Black

lakerat...

August 18th, 2009
8:51 am

This is an age old question – we had the same questions, and injuries, back when I played in the 60’s – 70’s, and even before. The bottom line is that injuries are a freakin’ big part of the game, especially the season ending knee injuries. They are unavoidable, and unless you want to field a wussified team, try to practice like UGA did last due to the injuries, and the results are less than stellar. You deal with it and move on – and have great year (9-4 a la Tech), or a mediocre year (10 – 3 a la UGA). You just keep pluggin’ and doing the best you can!

Sunshine

August 18th, 2009
8:53 am

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho, hell may be coming, but it wont be in the form of red and black. Maybe maroon or baby blue.

skydawg

August 18th, 2009
8:57 am

@lakerat…love the backhanded slap at the North Avenue trade school. Classic!!!

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
8:58 am

I ain’t sure why the Gawja Tech Jackettes practice at all. No body can stop the triple option cept Gardner Webb and they don’t play them this year. They have such rich football tradition… they win at least 7 games a year and once in a decade they win 9 and give themselves a ring.

Maybe some day, if they were to start practicing real hard they’d win an ACC Championship and a bowl game. They might even be able to sell some tickets to the games too. I’m gonna buy me a ticket and get those free hotdogs and cokes, weeee doggie….

PMC

August 18th, 2009
9:02 am

Just something you have to deal with in the preseason. It is the reason recruiting is so vital. They have to be ready to play and you can’t do that without contact.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 18th, 2009
9:03 am

We’ll see little Sunshine, we’ll see

mitch

August 18th, 2009
9:03 am

Dear Mr. CB–sometimes I think you ought, sometimes I think you ought not. Who knows, not me. Your pal, Mitch

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee

August 18th, 2009
9:03 am

Tech is used to heavy contact in their tickle piles.

Bama Aaron

August 18th, 2009
9:04 am

You have to hit but you be smart about the way you hit. I like the way Saban does it. Bama will hit plenty in spring practice and get used to the contact, but they don’t tackle to the ground. His theory is most of the injuries occur on the ground or going down to the ground. The last couple of years they’ve been a pretty healthy team and still one of the toughest out there.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:05 am

m,

Rennie Curran called. He wants to discuss the term powderpuff with you. now be a good little nerd, go blow up your doll for your date and go to the Varsity for some chili dogs.

Are you the guy that always said “what’ll you have, what’ll you have? at the counter??

Tech education pays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Utah

August 18th, 2009
9:06 am

Bama Aaron….bama did not look to tough in the Sugar Bowl…..what is your excuse here?? Hit the bars in New Orleans too much?

IM4BAMA

August 18th, 2009
9:22 am

I think you always have to protect the QB unless you’ve got a another good one one the bench and you protect your best player or “cornerstone” (most talented or best leadership) player, other than the QB.

GA Tech Insider

August 18th, 2009
9:23 am

Injuries happen during football practice, regardless of whether its during full scrimmage or by freak accidents. Look at what happened to Roddy Jones, just lifting weights this off-season.

Jaybo Shaw hurt his shoulder when someone fell on him; not from a viscous hit. Last season, Josh Nesbitt’s injuries could be attributed to things other than hard hits on the playing field during games but getting his ankles rolled up on by linemen, etc. These things can happen whether these kids are wearing a red shirt during practice or not.

I guess my point is that having these kids going at full speed before the season starts, including in full pads, will at least give them an opportunity to get a good feel for what the conditions will be like once the season begins so that they’ll have a better chance of protecting themselves once the opponents are coming at them at full speed.

GT Que

August 18th, 2009
9:24 am

DawginLex

Talk about m all you want, but do yourself a favor and don’t make any comparisons between a GT education and the salary it commands versus a UGA education and the salary it commands. You’re no where in the same league.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
9:26 am

There’s a fine line between “playing through an injury” and aggravating an existing condition. Young players don’t always know the difference. Players want to play, and will sometimes try to hide the true extent of an injury, fearing the loss of playing time. Good coaches and trainers must know the difference and recognize the problem. Some injuries are unavoidable (that’s why they’re called accidents); others result from the player or coach doing something foolish. It’s better to bench an injured Percy Harvin for a game or two than lose him for the season. When a player is obviously limping or favoring an injury, it’s time for the trainer and possibly the team doctor to have a look-see.

Injuries typically occur in full-contact practice, not conditioning. Coaches must know when and for how long to allow their players to hit at 100%, and its not 100% of full-contact practices. Few skill players can take 10-15 hours of 100% hits in weekly practices (that’s 10 to 15 times what a starter will take in a game), and no smart coach structures his practices that way.

Jimmy McGinty

August 18th, 2009
9:32 am

“That’s why girls dont play the game”

SimpleDawg

August 18th, 2009
9:37 am

Proper practice precautions should include not hitting a teammate while he’s in a vulnerable position. Play hard, hit hard, but don’t take kill shots against your own team.

Sometimes injuries occur even while taking adequate precautions….it happens. Team depth usually determines who survives to play for the title at the end of the season.

NYJacket

August 18th, 2009
9:38 am

The game is played fast. If a team does not go full speed, it is impossible to develop the timing that is required to execute. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game. A team that plays with the QB deep or is predominately a passing team, can do some things to protect the QB. But, if the plan is to run a quick hitting, option style offense, it is vital that full speed practice be used to develop the split second decision making that is required to win.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:44 am

GT que,

would love to engage in civil conversation/debate with a Techster. Hasn’t happened in my 50 years on the planet.

All I get is the same stereotypical garbage about how you are better than me just because you went to Tech. When you want to discuss college football in a civilized manner, let me know. Until then, all I have to go on are idiots like “m” who spew his nonsense about UGA football despite the fact UGA has won 70% of the time vs GT in the last 3 decades and holds an overall 20 + game advantage in the head-to-head series.

We also have the best coach at UGA we have ever had(including Dooley) and we have actually won our conference and made BCS bowl games and finished rated higher in the polls as compared to the preseason prediction 6 out of 8 years under Richt.

Coach Johnson is a fine coach. He tutored under Erk. Here’s hoping there are 22 wins between the 2 teams when we meet in ATL.

m

August 18th, 2009
9:45 am

dawginlex,

Is Rennie Curran new? Or is he one of the little powderpuff dawgies that got left in the diesel fumes of Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones.

Paul Johnson is like a train…he will run over you…back up…..and run over you again…of course you dawgies have already experienced that first hand.

45-42…glad is still hurts so bad.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:46 am

GT que,

See above post.

I rest my case.

Joey

August 18th, 2009
9:48 am

I think it’s mostly luck. UGA had terrible luck with injuries last year, Bama and GA Tech to name a couple, had great luck with nearly no injuries. This year UGA is having pretty good luck (knock on wood) to date and the injury bug has hit Tech. Just luck…

GA Tech Insider

August 18th, 2009
9:48 am

DawginLex;

“would love to engage in civil conversation/debate with a Techster. Hasn’t happened in my 50 years on the planet.”

That’s a bit harsh now, isn’t it?

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:49 am

POWDERPUFF

The only football “m” ever played

GA Tech Insider

August 18th, 2009
9:51 am

DawginLex, I don’t recall ever slamming the GA Bulldogs even once during any of my posts. I may have come down hard on a few posters, but I think I’ve been pretty even-handed between the UGA and GA tech juveniles…

Bamafan

August 18th, 2009
9:51 am

Today’s football players come across as being soft than the players from the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s who would put some dirt on a liitle problem and take a asprin for pain relief!! ROLL TIDE FOLKS!!

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:52 am

How is it harsh?

Read “m”’s posts. You think he wants to engage in anything civil or for that matter discuss anything in an adult manner?

He is so delusional it is absurd.

ACC was 6-4 vs the SEC last year according to m. I guess that bowl beatdown doesn’t fit his agenda so he doesn’t count it.

Just an example. There are countless others.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:53 am

GTI,

Maybe you are the exception to the rule. I would like to think so.

m

August 18th, 2009
9:54 am

dawginlex,

You didn’t answer the question…where was Rennie Curran last year??? Oh, that’s what I thought.

If I played powderpuff, I would be over there in Athens with your fluff puppies.

45-42….glad it hurts so bad!!!

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
9:55 am

The ACL tears usually have nothing to do with contact. They often occur when a player is just trying to make a cut. Not a whole lot you can do about that.

Bama has been lucky in regard to avoiding injuries but Bama Aaron was right about the way we avoid injuries. Since most injuries occur on the ground because obviously the ground doesn’t give Saban has his players try to avoid tackling to the ground.

Utah, nice little dig there about us not tackling so well against Utah. That’s okay. We still tackled well enough to win about 12 other games. Not to many programs that could say that last year. I imagine you’re a fan of one of those programs that can’t say that and hence you live vicariously through Utah.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
9:57 am

and the evidence continues to flow……………………..

shah rukh khan

August 18th, 2009
9:59 am

A federal judge found former Georgia Tech student Syed Haris Ahmed guilty of conspiring to provide material support to terrorism in the United States and abroad. When asked for comment his only response was “45-42″.

m

August 18th, 2009
10:01 am

dawginlex,

Here is all the evidence you need;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuLwz-I2QOE

45-42….glad it hurts so bad!!

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
10:01 am

DawginLex,

I kinda noticed that too. Never did understand how m or some of the other ACC fans conveniently ignore the 2 bowl beatdowns. Or the fact that 5 of the 6 SEC wins were by blowout proportions of 23 or more points or that overall we outscored the ACC by a whopping 119 points in those 12 games.

I guess some folks just don’t let the facts get in the way of their argument.

Frozen_Gator

August 18th, 2009
10:02 am

It’s a man’s game,hate the injuries but that’s why we have 85 and that’s why we love it so. Choose your depth wisely, you may need it more than you think.

Joey

August 18th, 2009
10:03 am

DawginLex,

I’ve got to disagree with you about Dooley. He won a lot of SEC titles (7?), won a national title, played for another a couple of years later. Even after Hershel left he beat a #2, unbeaten Texas team in the Cotton Bowl. Played for yet another title in ‘76 against a Dorsett led, unbeaten Pitt team. He owned the Gators and Jackets, and held his own with Auburn and Alabama, and never lost to underdogs. Went to Ann Arbor and beat defending nat champ Michigan… I could go on but won’t. Mark Richt may become the best ever at UGA, but he’s not yet…

m

August 18th, 2009
10:07 am

dawginlex,

Maybe you need more evidence on your fluff puppies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHzxEKEQle0

45-42…glad it still hurts so bad!!

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
10:08 am

Dooley was a great coach but the SEC was watered down compared to today. UT was horrible most of the time and Florida went through coaches like Tech does.

Dooley had too many 6-5 and 7-4 seasons. Richt’s worse year was his first at 8-4. I just believe richt works in a much tougher environment today than Dooley did.

They are both quality coaches.

David

August 18th, 2009
10:10 am

If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen but make me a sandwich before you do.

m

August 18th, 2009
10:14 am

David,

Those fluff dawgs majoring in Home Ec can’t play football worth a damne…but I bet they could make you a mean sandwich…or deliver you a tasty pizza.

45-42…glad it hurts so bad!!

Coach

August 18th, 2009
10:17 am

I think it’s less about how hard a team practices but how “smart” they pratice. As a coach, you want to prepare your team for any kind of situation, and you want your team to play with great technique. You instill this during the summer. But at the same time, it’s counterproductive for a team to beat themselves to death. Injuries happen, but to me technique is key. You teach the players basic techinques in drills( foot work, hand placement, pursuit angles), then you have the test their skills in live contact drills. Technique is what players will default to in adverse situations, and if you get away from the fundamentals too much it will cost you in games. I think this is what happened with UGA last year. Sometimes coaches, when they know they have more talent, will get away from fundamentals and allow their team to cost on their athletic abilities. UGA was a little too finesse last season and not enough smash mouth. In 2007 they had both, which is why they finished the way they did.

murfdawg

August 18th, 2009
10:23 am

When you get down to 11 players, stop the contact!!!I would rather play with walk-ons who will wrap up and drive on a tackle than a five star shoulder bumping scholarship player. I always thought coaching cliche #1 was you play like you practice. But I guess the Dawgs did last year.

Matt

August 18th, 2009
10:24 am

Tony: There is a fine line drawn when practicing. Practice too hard and players get hurt during practice or workouts. Practice too soft and players get hurt during games or the team gets smashed. It all comes down to year-round conditioning. If players would keep their bodies in shape all year we would not see some of these injuries. Other than that though, injuries will happen. My brother broke his foot warming up for track pratice one day. Most injuries are freak accidents but some can be avoided with good year-round conditioning programs.

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
10:25 am

Dooley is an sec legend with 6 sec titles, a national title, and some pretty big wins, the Michigan win, beating the Bear in only his 2nd year at UGA and again in 76 for an sec title. The Texas 10-9 game was a defensive classic. On top of all that he was just a classy guy.

But was the SEC watered down as dawginlex thinks? Yeah. I would have to say so. In the 20 years of the 60s and 70s it was mostly the Bear Bryant show and Dooley also. Auburn and UT spent a lot of time kind of down, Florida was non-existent, LSU was okay but not great.

But looking over the past 20 years if you look at the big 3 in each division you have 4 of them winning national titles and the other 2 having runner up finishes. And you also have teams like Ark and Ole Miss that in some years are extremely competitive. Even the lesser teams nowadays like Carolina, UK, Vandy, MSU, they can all jump up and beat you.

One thing is for sure. With the parity SEC football is a lot more interesting nowadays then it was in the Bear Bryant Vince Dooley era.

PT

August 18th, 2009
10:25 am

Hey M, beating your chest after 1 win in 8 yrs is insane. Tech is and always will be an 7-9 win program. You arent going to get better than that. You will beat UGA every once in a while. Look at UCLA over USC, they poked their chest out and lost the next 3. Face it and quit being so jealous og Georgia

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
10:25 am

M you shore are a strange dude. You are living off of one win in 8 years and sucking on it like you aint had a teet with any milk in it in a long time. It don’t hurt to lose occassionally. That is an annoyance. What hurts is to never win anything of significance, like a conference championship or a bowl game.. or maybe get in a BCS bowl. What hurts is having to give away tickets to fill up the stadium. What hurts is finishing lower in the polls even when you beat your biggest rival. Shows how much respect your program has and that pollester knew it was a fluke.

You gotta get a grip man. There is more to life than beating UGA especially considering how seldom it happens. This year by the time teck get to the UGA game they will be so beat up it is gonna be ugly and the stadium wil be empty of teck fans by the end of the third quarter. You better stay close to the hole you crawled out of because Miami and NC are gonna start the beatings and UGA will finidh them.

CharlotteGator

August 18th, 2009
10:27 am

Joey,

“I think it’s mostly luck. UGA had terrible luck with injuries last year, Bama and GA Tech to name a couple, had great luck with nearly no injuries. This year UGA is having pretty good luck (knock on wood) to date and the injury bug has hit Tech. Just luck…”

I agree that it sucks and definitely alters seasons, but to put it all on injury bugs and not factor in the depth that teams respond with doesn’t convey the full picture. It’s solely my opinion, but it’s not all just blind luck. Depth definitely plays a role and should kick in at some point. UF had just as many, if not more, season-ending injuries to key positions last year as UGA and responded fairly well to the adversity. Just my 2 cents…

ExecutiveStinger

August 18th, 2009
10:28 am

DawginLex,,,,

If you’re such the respectable dawg that you claim to be, you would know that in this rivalry, it always goes back to the last game. The overall series record means nothing when your time won the year before, which is why Tech fans have had to take the heat many years. Not because of the overall series record, who cares??? That started before we were born! It all goes back to the last game and the last game between the two was won by Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech, as much as that may turn your stomach. Who cares how “delusional” “m” seems to be? You ought to know how it works. I’m sure you’ve been a little delusional about Tech in your day, especially when UGA won the last game against GT. If you are everything you claim to be, then you know this and shouldn’t be so put off by goofy comments from “m” or any other poster.

Instead, you fit the stereotype of what we love about you dawgies. Ya’ll fight, you wine, you cry, you talk trash, you always fire back with something, unwilling to let Tech fans revel in their 364-day bragging rights like you did the years before this. If you’re such an honorable dawg fan with some much respect for CPJ and Tech, then shut up and let the talk from goofs like “m” commence. You know how it works, and UGA is one win away against GT from starting up the dawg bragging all over again. As a Tech guy, I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, I’ll prepare myself to live with it for 364 days.

Grow up.

m

August 18th, 2009
10:31 am

You may have noticed that dawginlex ran like the little fluff dawg he is when he was confronted with evidence contrary to his little whining.

A note to all you whiney fluff dawgs:

Thanks to God and Greyhound…chan gomer gailey is gone forever. There is a new sheriff in town…his name is Paul Johnson….and he is the REAL deal. He is going to eat you fluff dawgs for lunch.

45-42…just the BEGINNING.

Hairofthedawg

August 18th, 2009
10:37 am

Good Piece of writting. It really is a catch 22 situation and a balnce between injuries and preparation I believe.

PT

August 18th, 2009
10:38 am

Charlottegator, come on. Did you lose your starting All SEC left tackle, a first round D Tackle, and 9 in the 2 deep on defense. Then lose your starting right tackle. Not even close.

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
10:38 am

Mr.Exec Stinger… So insulting the other teams coaches, players, school and fans is ok when you win? Well thanks for the lesson in how this works. Nice try in defending the likes of M, aka, god and greyhound. It is pathetic to see teck fans so desperate to build their self esteem by insulting Dawg fans. Shows a lot of class. But then nerds don’t care about class do they?

m

August 18th, 2009
10:38 am

the 10:31 post is NOT from me.

flogging the bishop, it never gets old!

Doggie Style

August 18th, 2009
10:40 am

OK Dawg Fans. It’s time to let “m” continuously populate this board with his ” 45-42…glad it hurts so bad!!” let him talk all he wants. We need to just let this season take care of itself – at least until the last game. Believe me, if the gnats don’t win that game, all hell should reign down from us on “m” and NEVER let him forget it! Don’t respond to his posts (as much as I know we all would love dosing so).

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
10:42 am

I haven’t gone anywhere. The only evidence I need is the history of GT football. If the trend continues, GT will lose to UGA 7 out of the next 10 years, will not win the ACC, will not go to the BCS and will continue to be a middle of the road football team playing in a basketball league.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
10:44 am

Exec stinger,

Maybe you should scroll up the page and read my 9:44 post to GT que.

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
10:45 am

M, can’t you find anything interesting to discuss on the teck blog? I didn’t think so. Why are you so desperate for attention from the Dawg fans? My guess is you did not go to tech.. probably any college… don’t have any friends except D&D buddies and your biggest pleasure of the day is switching between Dawg blogs and porn sites. So have your fun. You represent the insect world well.

m

August 18th, 2009
10:45 am

dawginlex,

If you think beating Paul Johnson is the same as beating chan gomer gailey…the you are the stupidest fluff dawg of all time. (By the way, did you like the videos?)

45-42….glad it still hurts so bad.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
10:47 am

further evidence:

Obsession with your opponent who you know you will never be able to consistently beat so you appear on their blogs daily because no one cares about the blogs of your own team.

How pitiful it must be.

m

August 18th, 2009
10:48 am

dawginlex,

I’ve learned you need to beat it like it owes you money, it never gets old.

ExecutiveStinger

August 18th, 2009
10:48 am

Jethro…

Hate to say it, but your interest in having class is evident in your name. Jethro Boudine. Bout as classy as it gets.

m

August 18th, 2009
10:59 am

You fluff dawgs are funny….you cry and you cry and your cry….you become imposters and use other folks handles…and then you cry and cry and cry.

It never gets old.

Tech is going to stomp you dawgs this year….mark it down now.

The ACC is going to beat the sec AGAIN this year…mark it down now.

And you dawgs are going to cry and to cry and to cry…some things never change.

45-42…glad it hurts so bad.

macrotech

August 18th, 2009
11:10 am

DawginLex, “now be a good little nerd, go blow up your doll for your date” isn’t this a great example of stereotypical garbage?

wheby

August 18th, 2009
11:11 am

can always tell those who don’t understand contact condition, never was, can’t be……You are better than this Barnhardt

HH

August 18th, 2009
11:11 am

If Richt had a couple of Dooley’s defensive coordinators—Russel being one—for example, maybe he could back off hitting a little, particularly as the season goes on, but with Wonderful Willie, he had better “go for broke” all season. Getting beat by a physically superior team is no disgrace; getting beat by pure incompetence is.

Tech Fan

August 18th, 2009
11:16 am

I am a true Tech fan. But m, Saint Simons, and you other idiots who quote “45-42″ about 50 times every single day needs to give it a break. You make ALL Tech fans look like a bunch of idiots. Give credit where credit is due – we are 1-7 against them. I didn’t see UGA fans talking this same level of trash to UF fans when they won a couple of years ago. Let’s just beat ‘em on the field – when we get a better record against them, THEN run your mouth.

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
11:19 am

Uga fans give us tech fans every year when we lose. Ohh well. i’m sorry your team sucked it up bad in the 3rd quarter and let us score 28 points to your 0. By the way, There is a new coach at Tech. Get used to Tech winning 8-10 games every year. It’s going to happen. By the way I’m 100% sure with the team we have this year that we are going to beat UGA again, not to mention you guys lost 88% of your offense in Stafford, Moreno, and Massaquioa. Sorry guys but I’m enjoying the win over you pups. sucks to lose doesn’t it? THWG 45-42

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
11:21 am

So what they have the overall record but we have the consecutive record against them. To bad they didn’t win last year, because they could have taken that away.

This broken record is gettin' old

August 18th, 2009
11:28 am

m,

Rennie Curran would demolish you for starters. He was the one player on the georgia defense in that woeful second half that still made tackles and lead the team during the game. I’d take one of him in my defensive backfield over three of our sorry linebackers who still couldn’t stop the uga offense pretty much the entire game. For the majority of this past decade (when uga’s best player in the series was Reggie Ball) all you guys have done is whine and whine after every time uga beat tech and now that you guys won for a change, you act more obnoxiously than a seven year old. If there’s any team plus fans that has any room to boast when they finally win. it’s Kentucky vs Tennessee. They haven’t won in 24 seasons! And you guys were whining about 6. Give me a break.

Dooley's Cardiologist

August 18th, 2009
11:29 am

18 Days left….I love every minute of it….

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2009
11:30 am

Tide rising:

Good post (10:25).
Except for the “Florida was non-existent” part.
Ouch!
;)

CharlotteGator

August 18th, 2009
11:32 am

PT,

I think if you take a look, the losses were pretty significant and comparable..

1. Starting All American TE (Ingram) out for the season: Replaced him w/ an unproven back-up who turned out to be an All-SEC type TE…depth

2. Starting SS out for the season (Munroe)….2nd string SS out for the season (Curtis): Went with the 3rd string SS (Black) who was described as a “recruiting mistake”. Turned out to be All-SEC SS…depth

3. 2nd string MLB (Beal) out for the season. Plugged young guys in at different LB spots throughout the season and now it’s a position of strength on the team.

4. Projected starting OG (Barrie) out for the season.

Then we lost a pretty good WR/RB for some fairly big games in the season.

It’s the past, and I’m not saying it was identical in both cases. My only argument is teams lose key guys all the time and the difference in outcomes a lot of times has to do w/ the replacements behind them and how they perform. The UF secondary was the biggest question mark heading into the season so going to your 3rd string SS and then plugging in a true freshman at corner were huge question marks at the time that ended up working out pretty well. Losing CI on the offense was a gigantic blow in the preseason, losing a starting OL is never good, and like you mentioned, when the 2-deep starts falling, trouble is a huge possibility. I guess this is now my 4 cents…

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
11:33 am

Yep 18 days till Georgia loses to Oklahoma State……

Nachos

August 18th, 2009
11:34 am

Hey bama haters… Enough with the dang Utah-Alabama references. It was a meaningless bowl game and no one cares. Carry on dork chops.

Cuz

August 18th, 2009
11:38 am

Injuries may be part of the game, but I sure hate to see them. Not for how it affects me as a fan, but how it affects the kid injured. First the injury itself, second the feeling of letting down the team. They all want to play. If they did not, they would not be out there in the first place. Here is hoping no more injuries in pre-season for our favorite teams and this Dawg wishes Jaybo a speedy recovery.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 18th, 2009
11:39 am

Hey people Tech won last year and currently hold the smack talk rights until we take them back this year. Unfortunately we can’t dictate how they use them and what they say. I hate the 45-42 mantra they have going but it is their right.

I agree with murfdawg, you play like you practice. Old sayings like that remind me of when I was growing up playing sports. Coaches usually yelled “walk it off” when you got hurt. No matter what the injury may be. I will never forget the day a kid had his leg snapped during a soccer match. Ref came over and told the kid to “get up and walk it off”. “#^%^$%^$%$ you ref I think my f%$#%leg is broken.” Tough to walk those off. Ambulance and a stretcher worked though.

Its a gator world

August 18th, 2009
11:44 am

I have to say that this guy m has psychiatric problems. I’m a dawg hater myself but I don’t obsess over the dawgs. Somebody get this fruitcake some counseling. Either he’s just a young, immature 14 to 17 year old or he is an adult with mental problems.

Its a gator world

August 18th, 2009
11:46 am

Uh oh! Nachos is back! Nachos, has Auburn hired a head coach yet?

Cuz

August 18th, 2009
11:48 am

Funny story zoo. I don’t want it thought that I condone limited contact practices. We saw how that worked last year. But the Coach did have a point in that if anymore linemen went down he would have to suit up the watergirl. You need contact practices, I just hate to see the injuries.

zoo it took me the whole weekend to get acclimated to being back home in the land of heat and humidity. Minnesota is a definate break in weather in the Summer, I just aint going there in the Winter, heck the Fall was worse than our Winter.

Buck Strickland

August 18th, 2009
11:49 am

After the way last season ended for Tech I’m surprised at all of the confidence spewing from North Ave. You beat your biggest rival once in eight tries by three points. You traveled 2 miles to play your bowl game and got embarrassed by LSU.

Meanwhile, UGA went to Orlando and played in a New Years Day bowl. The loss to Tech changed NOTHING about the end of season travel plans for the Dawgs. We were playing in the Cap 1 win or lose. The Dawgs ended a disappointing 10-3 season with a win over Mich. St. The Jackets ended a glorious season at 9-4 with a stomping by LSU.

After the loss this year I was just glad that it didn’t have anything to do with the outcome of our season. At least it’s kept a few nerds occupied with posting the final score on every message board in the southeast. Pretty pathetic.

Kiffin's A Bozo

August 18th, 2009
11:54 am

What do I do to try to minimize injuries during training camp??? I take them to a bowling alley ’cause I know thats as close to “going bowling” as they’re gonna get this year!

MoDawg

August 18th, 2009
12:00 pm

m….proof that all it takes is 3 little points to awaken the idiots. How did your vaunted ACC team do against our middle of the road (last year) SEC team in the Chick-fil-a bowl?

Please see the 7 years prior to 2008 for our version of powderpuff.

Enjoy it while it lasts. 45-42 is not painful, it’s hilarious at this point. I wouldn’t expect you nerds to act like you’ve “been there” before, kind of like being on a date with someone of the opposite sex. It’s kind of hard to expect you to control yourself when you have no point of reference.

GA Tech Insider

August 18th, 2009
12:00 pm

It’s nice to see that some of you are actually deciding to talk about the topic of this blog instead of hurling insults at one another.

It’s no wonder as it almost seems like the Hatfields versus the McCoys at times with the way many of you speak to each other like you’re the ones playing against each other come Saturday afternoons.

Believe it or not, you’re only fans – you aren’t playing a lick of football, boys, so don’t go around acting macho like you’re doing anything special. All you’re doing is sitting behind a keyboard like little boys who aren’t big enough, old enough, or good enough, to get out there and do it yourselves.

Heck, most of you never were big enough, old enough, or good enough, to get out there and do it yourselves in the first place, so here many of you are, trying to use this forum as a poor substitute for your own inadequacies growing up as a child and personal insecurities.

Hurl the insults at me all you want, children, but at the end of the day, all it proves is that I’m a grown man and you’re still spoiled brats who can’t hold logical discussions about sports.

m

August 18th, 2009
12:02 pm

Everyone of you fluff dawgs were talking big about your #1 preseason fluff dawgs last year. All of you and others were talking about how much you were going to stomp TECH.

Well, guess what? You found out the hard way that playing Paul Johnson is not the same as playing chan gomer gailey.

You found out that playing Josh Nesbitt is not the same as playing Reggie Ball.

But you are such a bunch of idiots that you just can’t admit it publicly.

So let me explain to you fluff dawgs.

There is a new sheriff in town…his name is Paul Johnson…his mission is to stomp you sorry fluff dawgs year after year. He WILL accomplish this mission.

And you dawgs will whine and cry and whine and cry and whine and cry….and I will be here to laugh at you.

Thank God and Greyhound that he worst coach in the history of the world is gone forever….even if you fluff dawgs are too stupid to realize it…yet.

45-42….glad it hurts so bad…and it is only the BEGINNING.

ReptilesRule

August 18th, 2009
12:03 pm

You are never going to be able to “avoid” all injuries during camp and it IS a very fine line sometimes on how hard to go. This is where having a great Strength and Conditioning coach to prepare them for the rigors of camp and an alert training staff really comes into play. Obviously, even devoid of serious injury, you don’t want your team beat up and worn out before the season even starts but you don’t want them “soft” and unprepared either. Constant communication between players and trainers and coaches is a must and then it’s “cross your fingers”.

WOW!!!

August 18th, 2009
12:04 pm

M is getting his AZZ handed to him by DawginLex!! Well done DawginLex. Nice beatdown!! UGA owns Tech and that’s why M is such a cry baby because he has a hard time accepting it! Its okay little baby M, Mommy is making you your favorite dinner tonight. Chicken tenders and french fries. YEA!!! You’re a SISSY M!! hahahhahaha!!!

BGloyd

August 18th, 2009
12:06 pm

I do not believe there is a right and wrong way. Just look at the D3 coach at Mount Union. He has 1.5 hrs of practice with no hitting at all and he is in the championship just about every year. Then you can look at Paul Johnson who has his quarterbacks hit in practice yet he has shown he is successful. Injuries happen whether you get hit or not its a part of the game.

AltamahaDawg

August 18th, 2009
12:16 pm

The arguments are getting all mixed up here. UGA practice was a 2 part story last year. Apples and Oranges.

Richt related how he backed off of hitting during the scrimmage in camp last year, and he felt so uneasy he scheduled a new scrimmage, in which they did hit. So in camp, yes, you need to get after it. He backed off, then reconsidered and corrected.

THEN, After the LSU game is when they backed off of live tackling during the week. Different situation. You have 3 LB that can play at SEC level…..you can’t go with 2. Its a no brainer at that part. So was the live tackling the issue by the end of the season OR was was it the aformentioned only 3 LB playing the entire game? Both. And what choice was there? Nobody in this room would have gambled getting your last guy injured during the week.

Hard to believe we will ever see that type of freakish attrition ever again, so hopefully it’s lessons learned that are never needed. And honestly I’m not sure what they ever learned from that. I think sometimes you just recognize where you are and do the best you can. The last time I can remember anything like that was Ray Goff’s next to last year, and he was into his entire 3rd string DL by mid season. They held up till about mid-3rd quarter, and then the opponents just ran at will.

Gen Neyland

August 18th, 2009
12:18 pm

Cuz : I saw snow falling from the sky in late summer in MSP. As a suth’ner, I thought we were seeing fallout from a Ruskie nuke attack on Fargo…

Zoo : We had a coach in high school that told a teammate to tape up a broken leg and get back in.

m : If you want, change your tag to M. That’ll confuse her.

All in all, if you practice soft, you play soft. Yeah, gotta go full bore when coaches call for full bore. Somebody want to remind me how Coutu go hurt before the UT game 2007, or was it 2006..?

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
12:21 pm

G8R GRAD,

Sorry man, I didn’t mean to diss the gators. I was just trying to make the point that back in the 60s and 70s the SEC really wasn’t very deep and that several programs Florida in particular really just weren’t very good back then. Different story nowadays of course.

I think in the 80s the conference really started to develop a lot of good teams. Florida started to really develop a decent program in the 80s, Auburn was dominant under Pat Dye, LSU was good in the 80s. Bama and Georgia were both good.

And then when we went to the 2 division format in the early 90s we went to usually having 6 really good teams almost every year. Auburn and UT are in transition right now of course but I suspect that when they get back up again we’ll be right back to having 6 very prominent programs that can all put together a national title run in any given year. And even then there will be programs like Ole Miss and Ark that can still have 9 win seasons on a regular basis and teams like UK and South Carolina that can put together 7-8 game winning seasons.

BIGBOY

August 18th, 2009
12:23 pm

CharlotteGator you Gator fans like to keep sprouting that non sense about depth and Fla had worse injuries than UGA etc.Well prove it…what all conference,all american caliber players you had that missed the entire season?None..you love to talk about depth as if that is some new concept just discovered by Urban Meyer or something…let you in on a little secret…that spiel has been around since the days of Red Grange!Okay?Nobody needs to keep hearing the 3rd grade logic about depth..Fla has had injuries true..none to players considered the very best on the team…UGA lost 5 of their top 10 last year for the ENTIRE season,19 players all together missed the bulk of the season and we still won 10 games.FLA didn’t lose ANYBODY the caliber of Owens or Sturdivant and nowhere near 19 players in total..so UNTILL FLA goes thru the same situation and produce 10 wins shut up!!IN 07 the Gators cry about how they played all these freshman blah,blah,blah that’s why they won 8 games…. whatever… I say what UGA went thru in 08 to be a much worse situation.You will find out this year just how much those players meant to the team while they are kicking your ASS on the field OCT 31.

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
12:25 pm

General,

Agreed. Everybody’s got to raise their game through practice. Take me for example. I’ve been getting pumped up and ready for football everyday by either stiffarming the mail lady or tackling the ups guy when they come round. They must be awfully sore by now but at least I’m now primed and ready for September 5th.

m

August 18th, 2009
12:27 pm

wow…would that be like the way the your fluff dawgs got their azzes handed to them by Tech in their own Sanford and son stadium?!?!?!

45-42…..STILL laughing at you fluff dawgs.

BIGBOY

August 18th, 2009
12:32 pm

On a similar vein if you look at the roster we are more talented by a wide margin this year as a team then we were in 08.Stafford and Moreno are the ONLY players that left positions where the returning talent is not Better than the guys who left.Most of you guys are smoking something if you think 2nd or 3rd stringers are supposed to just step it up and the team continues on like nothing happened.There is a frigging reason they were not the starter to begin with!!

Dale Gribble

August 18th, 2009
12:38 pm

Who won the Ga vs. Ga Tech game last year?
Oh, and what was the score?

m

August 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

The problem with you fluff dawgs…and with most sec fans in general…..you talk the talk….but you can’t walk the walk. You like to give it…but you can’t take it. Tsk Tsk.

45-42….glad it hurts so bad.

BIGBOY

August 18th, 2009
12:41 pm

M a 3 point win is not a beatdown by any stretch of the imagination!!38-3 is getting your ass handed to u buddy..can u explain why the hell GT can’t beat VA?1-5 in the last 6?VA?are you frigging serious?VA?GT won a 3 pt game and now they are a serious threat?Ask UNC,LSU,VT,VA and GW how scary that triple option really is…you guys had two games where you scored points UGA and MIA the rest of the games were average at best on the offensive side of the ball…get real GT will be lucky to go 8-4.

WOW!!!

August 18th, 2009
12:41 pm

No M, that was a 3 point win you barely pulled off. Getting your Azz handed to you is what the Dawgs have done to Tech the last 7 years or what LSU did to Tech. That’s a beat down. The only beat down Tech gives is to Garder Webb or Duke….. UGA OWNS TECH!!

Not Disappointed

August 18th, 2009
12:43 pm

Football is all most here Gents! Ramblin Wreck!

m

August 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

wow…i never realized that 45-42 would hurt so bad for so long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will never stop laughing at you whiney, crybaby, fluff dawgs.

45-42….only the beginning.

AltamahaDawg

August 18th, 2009
12:51 pm

UF had as many or more season ending injuries to key players last year? Uh, no they didnt, not even close. Now 2007 might be a better comparison.

Paddy

August 18th, 2009
12:53 pm

M…. I will give you an ‘A’ for effort. Would like to see some new material from you. Fish and house guest, you know….

59bulldawg

August 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

All of you North Avenue trade schoolers are good about sticking to us Dawgs until you get the crap thrown back your way. Then you want to get mad and cry “grow up” ! There’s way too much stupid talk on these blogs. It’s easy to run your mouth anonymously where accountability is nowhere to be found. And yes I know some Dawg fans do the same thing. I’m just waiting for the day somebody figures out a way to trace these posts to their source and we hear a news story about an assault on some obnoxious blogger. I tell you now . . . it’s going to happen one day . . . and some loud mouth is either going to have to put or shut up and run. To be honest the AJC should look into some sort of registration system and block all loud mouth offenders. Yes I know they’d just register again, login and post under a fake name, but really something needs to be done about these juvenile posts taking over the blog. Courtesy and respect towards an opponent shouldn’t be such a rare commodity. Folks if you want to talk football, have at it! Just respect the thoughts and allegiances of others. If not please find some other amusement.

WOW!!!

August 18th, 2009
12:57 pm

m,

You’re a waste of my time. Tech isn’t even in the same conversation as UGA. Tech is a joke!! We own you! 8 out of 9 after this year. Nothing else to discuss. You’re a wannabee. Total loser!

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
1:01 pm

Uga will not beat tech this year sorry…. It’s not going to happen

Meaningless drivel

August 18th, 2009
1:01 pm

m,

Are you trying to compete with me? You’re worse than me.

Gatorzone

August 18th, 2009
1:01 pm

59Bulldawg, Well Said my man!
We got the BEST Football in the country in the South and do not need to delve into the juvenile insults in order to have a debate.

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
1:02 pm

Uga will be lucky to win 8 games with there schedule. Automatic wins are Florida, LSU, GT, and Oklahoma State.

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
1:04 pm

I guarantee Mark Richt won’t be the UGA head coach in two years. Teams are improving with new coaches while UGA doesn’t get any better.. I guess there is a reason why Uga only has two national Championships lol.

Gatorzone

August 18th, 2009
1:04 pm

GT4LIFE, there is no such thing as an automatic win

BILLY JACK

August 18th, 2009
1:10 pm

M knows that this is the only format he could do any talking to a Georgia man.He hides behind his computer like a coward and would never confront anyone to thier face.I bet you will not see M-Ramble-On or any other tech geeks saying anything at this years Ga-Ga Tech game.The beating they take on the field will be nothing compared to the one in the parking lot.1 win in 8 yrs-how pathetic-12 wins since 1974-now that is embarrasing.

Gen Neyland

August 18th, 2009
1:11 pm

Tide Rising : I gotta assume the post office lady is use to taking a licking, but the UPS guy should be a bit more of a bundle to bring down. Now, the Fed-Ex guys can really air it out so beware them going long…

Silent Majority

August 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

The issue with Georgia’s injuries last year were that they were almost wiped in two key positions, O line and linebacker. Florida did lose some key players, but they were spread out by positions. Richt has made mistakes, however he learns from them. In the long run, the program will be better for this. I hope Tech is competetive each year because it makes Ga’s strength of schedule better and when bowl selection comes around, this will be in the Dogs favor. I tend to ignore the juvenile rantings of these college boys that get their jollies by trying to get a rise out of the other side. And they need to lay off calling Chan Gailey names and disrespecting him. He was not a great head coach, but is an outstanding Christian man and is a fine assistant coach in his own right. I don’t know if Tech appreciates a good coach when they have him. (See Bud Carson) We will see how long PJ hangs around.

dawgfan

August 18th, 2009
1:14 pm

Jimmy McGinty – HILARITY!! I thought I was the only one who had seen that movie! HA

Hey, Gen Neyland...

August 18th, 2009
1:22 pm

…we had a coach after I left that did the “tape up the broken leg and go back in” thing, too – wonder if it is the same guy. Did you go to HS in Dekalb County, a loooonnnggg time ago?

m

August 18th, 2009
1:24 pm

Everyone knows, except for you stupid fluff dawgies, that Florida, Lsu, Oklahomo St, and Tech are all going to stomp a mudhole in you dawgies. But the funny thing is going to be when lil kiffy at tennersee whoops you dawgies…now that is going to be funny.

45-42….I will never stop laughing at you whiney crybaby dawgies.

Who is gt??

August 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

m…..the thing is , is that 45 to 42 doesnt hurt that bad.. like you keep making it out to be…yeah it sucked that day but uga had so much expectations that were destroyed earlier that I was like …WHATEVER WHEN WE LOST TO TECH… seriously…it hasnt hurt since that day to tell the truth and last but not least….GT IS IRRLEVANT!!!

m

August 18th, 2009
1:26 pm

Why is it that most dawg fans have names like billy jack or ricky bobby?

Everyone knows, except for you stupid fluff dawgies, that Florida, Lsu, Oklahomo St, and Tech are all going to stomp a mudhole in you dawgies. But the funny thing is going to be when lil kiffy at tennersee whoops you dawgies…now that is going to be funny.

45-42….I will never stop laughing at you whiney crybaby dawgies.

GT

August 18th, 2009
1:28 pm

Great coaches know how to coach around injuries. One of the things I like about that Tech offense is it runs a lot of guys through it, even a couple see action at quarterback. Everybody on the team is ready if called on, the players on the field are ready and usually take or give a hit every play. In the pro set offenses the second string comes in with a clean jersey usually cold, Tech comes in dirty, looking to hit somebody.

to girl in lex

August 18th, 2009
1:40 pm

If you dogies from georgiana did not want to hear an “insult”, you should have played the third quarter last fall.
If you dogs get lucky this year, you just know that you will be barking all year…you even do it now while still suffering from azz burn and have to resort to lsu as big brother to try to insult Tech.
If Tech wins again as expected, you can bet the insults will continue.

ps…VD did not play a 14 (12+1+1)game schedule every year.

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
1:41 pm

M, I am rich so I can play on the computer all day. You must be unemployed because been on your computer spewing at Dawg fans all morning. You didn’t even stop for lunch. Collecting that unemployment check?

I know it feels good not to be sucking hind teet for 364 days so keep spewing while you can. Watch out for Jax State now. I know you tech guys are not fluffy so that should be no contest. On the other hand that trip to Miami is gonna bring the insect world back to reality. You know you probably look like a bug. Some kind of smelly little dung beetle or something.

JaxDawg

August 18th, 2009
1:42 pm

I had a little league coach once say very simply:

“You will only play the game as good as you practice, and if you don’t give a 100% in practice, there’s no ‘magic button’ that will all of sudden cause you to play any better on game day.”

That being said I do understand the delimma CMR was in last season. It was a no win situation, because if he had continued to have them practice hard and the team suffered more injuries then everyone would have said “why didn’t he dial it down in practice?”

I think we have enough depth and experience that it shouldn’t be a factor this year.

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
1:49 pm

GT4Life…. You must be about 10 or 12 years old. Does your mommy know you are on the computer? How come you are so worried about the Dawgs and who they will beat or lose to? Why don’t you go on the Tech blog to discuss the beatdowns teck is going to get. I promise, before this season is half over you won’t be on any blog and if you are you will have changed your name.

AMG

August 18th, 2009
1:55 pm

Tech will win big this year. The next 5 years are looking very strong for GT. I would say Georgia is stacking up well, but not this year. Look for UGA to lose 5 games this tima around and call it a rebuilding year. I do think UGA will be back and strong next year though. Alabama has the best defense in the country, just no offense. If they can score 20 points a game they wiill be great. Florida is awesome and on paper should roll to 13-0 and another national championship, but here is some news, I am betting they lose 2 games including the SEC championship game. Thats what I think, any thoughts . . .

shankit

August 18th, 2009
1:58 pm

Bamafan
You are right about practices being softer today than they were back in the earlier years.
Having grown up in a town with a succesful high school football program, Valdosta, our
old coach, Wright Bazemore put our players through such a rigorous practice all week, the
players looked forward to the game to be able to take their frustration out on someone else.
I know several of Bazemore’s players went to Tech back in the 60’s and they couldn’t believe
the easy practices they had at the college level.
Bazemore would practice for hours inside the twenty yard line before he moved to other parts of the field. Our stadium, Cleveland Field, and also our practice field, would literally be barren of grass by
the first game due to the tough practice sessions. And as I recall, there were fewer injuries on our team but quite a few on the opposing team. He made his players smart and mean.

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
1:58 pm

General,

They’re all getting tougher. The mail lady now carries mace and a club, the ups guy must be getting pumped up for football season also as he was tough to tackle. The fedex guy I clothes lined him. He tried to whistle me for personal foul. As a true Bama fan I told him my motto “If ya aint cheatin ya aint trying” and that he couldn’t call a personal foul. Just like that broken leg that you’re coach told you to shake off I told him to suck it up and shake off being paralyzed from the neck down. That aint no excuse for not maning up for some football.

polskidawg

August 18th, 2009
2:00 pm

Practice the way you want to play.

GT4LIFE

August 18th, 2009
2:12 pm

I know for a fact gt will have more wins then Uga.

how2fish

August 18th, 2009
2:24 pm

GT4life….you KNOW GT will have more wins than UGA this year??WTF you nerds invent a better crystal ball…cause DUDE I don’t see it. Of course your the gang that think a great year is 9-4..I don’t think you can top that this year…but see ya in Nov..you can run but you can’t hide..Hell’s coming and its wearing RED and Black.

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 18th, 2009
2:25 pm

All fans, coaches, and athletes know that injuries are a part of the game of football. After all, it’s a violent full contact sport played at full speed. The only thing a coaching staff can do is to properly prepare their team both mentally and physically for all the rigorous aspects that the sport entails. To limit injuries, coaches teach their players sound blocking and tackling techniques on the practice fields. They have their guys hit the weight room to build the proper strength levels they’ll need for their particular position and to build the type of muscle they’ll need to support their ligaments and joints. Before any type of competition, coaches ensure their players complete a short warm-up followed by a stretching routine to increase flexibility and range of motion in the hopes of preventing unnecessary injuries such as quad or hamstring pulls. And even with all that, injuries are going to occur. It’s just the nature of the sport.

In my opinion, there really is no right answer for dealing with a team’s injury situation. Vince Dooley, former coach and former Athletic Director of the University of Georgia, said it best; “Injuries are part of the game and you can’t back off too much or your team won’t be ready to play. At the same time, you’ve got to get your best players on the field on Saturday. If you don’t, you’re not giving your team the best chance to win.”

shankit

August 18th, 2009
2:31 pm

Presason practice – How hard is too hard?
When you walk out on that field your first game, and you look across at your opponent, and there is no doubt in your mind that you are going to kick his arse, because you know you are tougher and meaner. And in the fourth quarter, you look over at his tired soul and you know you have kicked his arse, and he would like to figure out some way to get off this field as soon as he can, and you oblige him.

AltamahaDawg

August 18th, 2009
2:32 pm

GT, I dont know if we really can to put Coach Richt in the ranks of all the “great” coaches in the history of the game yet, but he certainly did coach around those injuries as well as any I have ever seen. Nice of you to acknowledge him for that.

Gen Neyland

August 18th, 2009
2:45 pm

Hey, Gen Neyland : Go Warhawks…

m

August 18th, 2009
2:47 pm

A story for y’all:

Not long ago, I got assigned as Roddy Jones’ Spanish tutor, as he was apparently struggling with the translation for “carne asada”.

He entered my room, and immediately turned the lights off. I looked at him quizzically, to which he responded “there’s a new sheriff in town”.

He then unzipped his pants. As I stood there with my mouth agape, he smiled and said “only the beginning”.

It’s a little hazy from there, but I do remember his hot breath on my ear, as he grunted “glad it hurts so bad!”.

Just thought y’all might want some perspective on why I keep posting the same drivel over and over again. My court-appointed psychiatrist said something about “post-traumatic stress disorder”. Hopefully he will figure out a cure before my mom cuts off my allowance, I can’t afford the sessions much longer.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

I’m glad I could get “m”‘ s blood pressure to rise today and get under his skin. Hey, m. It is only going to get worse. Tech will lose 3 or 4 games and not win the ACC and not go to a BCS bowl game again.

What mode of transportation will you choose to send this coach on?
Also, if he does have a little success, which school will he go to next? He won’t stay at Tech and coach football in a basketball league. Maybe this time when your coach goes to ND, he won’t mess up his resume.

GT football=Irrelevant since 1952

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
2:51 pm

GT4Life.. Know I know you are either stupid or you are the football nostradamas. I’ll go with stupid. You know for a fact Ga Teck will win how many games? And what games would those be? You don’t your azz from a hole in the ground. But that is a pretty common trait amongst teck fans.

1eyedJack

August 18th, 2009
3:04 pm

shankit

I played against you guys from ‘74-76 (the old region 1-AAA) just after Bazemore. I think Nick Hyder was the coach then (Belue was QB)and you are right there was hardly any grass inside the twenties. I know because you guys ran like 180 players out on the field and that was all the room we had to warm up in.

m

What are you guys going to do when God….I mean Paul Johnson fails to win 9 games this year? Going to run him out of town on a greyhound bus too?

For you imbeciles gauranteeing victories this year.. just shows how little you actually know about the game of football (the ball is not round and it bounces kinda funny). And just because you were fortunate to win last year does not mean you will win this year.

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2009
3:10 pm

Whoever posted as m describing m’s encounter with Roddy Jones. Man that was just cold. Still pretty funny though and quite possibly even true.

shane#1

August 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

Most coaches want to get the hardest hitting out of the way during fall camp, a twelve game season is punishing enough on player’s bodies without adding insult to injury in practice. A lot depends on how much experence a team has at various posistions. A team loaded with jrs and srs does not need as much contact as a young team. Bear Bryant once heard pads really popping on his practice field and discovered one of his coaches pitting the #1 D against the #1 O in a full contact scrimmage the week before opening day. Bear handed the offending coach a copy of Bama’s schedule and said,”Son, show me on here where we play the University of Alabama!”. My theory is that you work the hell out of them in fall camp, then use practice during the season to work on technique and timing and your game plan for the up coming opponent. However, if your team doesn’t put forth the effort you want, or starts to lose focus, put the pads on’em and work the hell out of them again!

m - What a joke!

August 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

“m” sounds like an Auburn fan on a Bama forum….all mouth but no facts.

m

August 18th, 2009
3:22 pm

You dawgies might as well be imposters on here…because you damne sure are imposters on the football field.

45-42….it never gets old; and I will not ever quit laughing at your #1 rated dawgs getting their sorry arses kicked in their very own sanford and son cesspool/stadium.

And it is only the beginning.

m

August 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

I think you dawg imposters have it wrong….it was ugag that Roddy Jones that molested you dawgs at rate of 14.7 yards a carry against that vaunted sec defense.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Old Dawg

August 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

This is one of the toughest questions every coach faces, especially once the injuries start to mount during the season. Overall you create the competitive edge during spring, summer workouts and in fall camp. But if the guys start screwing up in games, then it’s time for a good day of Oklahoma or bull in the ring to remind them that football game is a game of physical violence usually won by the team that creates the most fear in the trenches!

to girl in lex

August 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

Were the dogs stung by an “irreverent” and irrelevant team last year?

GT4LIFE = Nostradamus

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

“automatic wins”
“I know for a fact gt will have more wins then Uga.”
“I guarantee Mark Richt won’t be the UGA head coach in two years.”

GT4LIFE – while you’re at it, can you tell us the winning numbers for the lotto this weekend, when the world will end, or any other future events that you feel would be of interest?

LOL!!!

Warren Peace

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

How hard is hard enough? When a LB lays a hit on a ball carrier so hard that the sound of the hit is noticed by everyone on the practice field. Players and coaches alike all say “Damn” at the same time.

Warren Peace

August 18th, 2009
3:56 pm

I saw it on the History Channel. The world will end on December 21, 2012. I wonder if they could play the BCS bowls the second week of December that year. I sure would hate to miss them.

YE Yank

August 18th, 2009
4:33 pm

DawginLex – always talking about something to do with a weiner.

Instant Classic1

August 18th, 2009
4:34 pm

32 days till bozo takes his beating….Fear 9.19.9 UT

PresidentKing

August 18th, 2009
4:36 pm

Modawg – took two out of three against the SEC last year. That includes you mangy fleabags on your own former landfill.

SanfordSucks

August 18th, 2009
4:39 pm

Boudine – granny says you left her hanging and to git back upstairs afore Jed gets home and finish up.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
4:41 pm

YE Yank=always typing something stupid.

Teacher

August 18th, 2009
4:44 pm

Who is gt – what is IRRLEVANT?

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
5:21 pm

M M M, give it a freakin rest. Please tell me what you have to say to this you loser.

Boston College 14 Vanderbilt 16 winner SEC
Clemson 10 Alabama 34 winner SEC
Clemson 31 South Carolina 14 whiner ACC
Duke 10 Vanderbilt 7 whiner ACC
Florida St. 15 Florida 45 winner SEC
GA Tech 38 Miss. St. 7 whiner ACC
GA Tech 45 Georgia 42 whiner ACC
GA Tech 3 LSU 38 winner SEC
Miami 3 Florida 26 winner SEC
NC State 0 So. Carolina 34 winner SEC
Wake Forest 30 Ole Miss 28 whiner ACC
Wake Forest 23 Vanderbilt 10 whiner ACC

Looks to me that it’s 6-6 ACC vs. SEC

Total scores SEC 304 vs ACC 219

ACC loses by 85 pts.

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
5:30 pm

M here is another fun exercise.

Subtract the Florida and Alabama games and the SEC is still ahead 199 to 191.

You are a loser and your comments never have any fact to them and you are jealous of every SEC teams success. Ga Tech will never dominate GA and NO I am NOT a UGA fan.

You are the most idiotic fan I have ever seen in my entire life!

The Lemmer

August 18th, 2009
5:43 pm

Wasn’t m the flag boy in the nerd band a few years back????

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
6:09 pm

M M M, Here are facts.

Boston College 14 Vanderbilt 16 winner SEC
Clemson 10 Alabama 34 winner SEC
Clemson 31 So.Carolina 14 winner ACC
Duke 10 Vanderbilt 7 winner ACC
Florida St 15 Florida 45 winner SEC
GA Tech 38 Miss State 7 winner ACC
GA Tech 45 Georgia 42 winner ACC
GA Tech 3 LSU 38 winner SEC
Miami 3 Florida 26 winner SEC
NC State 0 So Carolina 34 winner SEC
W Forest 30 Ole Miss 28 winner ACC
W Forest 23 Vanderbilt 10 winner ACC

ACC vs. SEC 6-6

Total scores SEC 304 vs. ACC 219

Take away Alabama and Florida Games and the SEC still outscores the ACC 199-191.

For some reason my other post was deleted. So i posted this one a little nicer.

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
6:10 pm

OK now my earlier posts are back. LOL It took 45 minutes but they are back.

m loves dudes

August 18th, 2009
6:16 pm

wouldn’t it be funny if GT scheduled FLA, bama, or Lsu instead of vandy and miss st. They wouldn’t cause they know there is a good chance that would lose the game. Lemmer, no M has the dude that was rubbing roddy jones’ legs before and after tech games.

atlantadave

August 18th, 2009
6:24 pm

m….your momma called and wants you to go to bed.She told me to tell you that you can wear your GT PJ’S……when the Dawgs beat tech this year will you be man enough to keep showing up on this blog with your childish posts? How about when Tech also loses to Va Tech, Clemson,N.Carolina, Florida State and Miami? What will be your excuse then? Will you blame the new sheriff in town? How come even though you got a new coach you still get out-recruited in your own state by Georgia, Tennessee, S. Carolina, Clemson and Alabama?If he’s so good a coach how come he can’t land the four and five star athletes? Come talk to us when you start putting your money where your mouths are by fillig up your stadium for home games and consistantly going to bowls that mean something…..not some bowl in Idaho played on a blue field.You tech fans are all alike…..big hat ….no cattle…..nerds!

m

August 18th, 2009
6:26 pm

Guys I really have no life. I first posted at 830 this morning and I’ve continued to post until 620. I dont have a job because I got fired at my software company, i guess I shouldn’t of been looking nude pics of little boys. I forgot that companies look at what websites their employees look at. anyways i got a new job at flaming richards, its been great so far. everyone is so friendly, in fact the boss gave me a nice rub down before work in the parking lot. I love GT football but not as much as I love A BIG MOUTHFUL OF DUDE SAUCE. I LOVE DUDES!!!

The Lemmer

August 18th, 2009
6:27 pm

I would have put my money on him being the flaggot….

45ACP

August 18th, 2009
6:40 pm

Again, you can not swap kicks with a jackass and expect to win.
m is an idiot.

superDawg

August 18th, 2009
6:44 pm

m mouth is full right now he can’t talk.mmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!mmmmmmmm!!!!.

superDawg

August 18th, 2009
6:45 pm

dawgin lex don’t fool around with m nov.28,2009 will shut his pie hole.

The Lemmer

August 18th, 2009
6:46 pm

Please tell me someone remembers the flag boy….

PJ

August 18th, 2009
6:49 pm

m is all pork and no pig.obama is proud of you boy.

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
7:04 pm

M come on don’t cry! Throw what you got! Facts Please!

m

August 18th, 2009
7:08 pm

I was the first little boy MJ molested. I liked it! Now I molest little black children in my spare time.

m

August 18th, 2009
7:11 pm

The ACC and GA Tech will dominate SEC every year now that Chan Gailey is gone.

Thank God and Greyhound!

45-42….I will never stop laughing at you whiney crybaby dawgies.

47straight

August 18th, 2009
7:54 pm

When did it become logical to take credit for the accomplishments of your rival… 5-loss LSU fan bragging about Florida winning national championship…. AMAZING

47straight

August 18th, 2009
7:57 pm

ATTN: SEC mouth-breathers … How is it logical to take credit for the accomplishments of your rival? Under that logic, each year one could simply choose whichever team wins the championship and brag as if he was an alum.

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
8:18 pm

M, the ACC and tech have never dominated anything. Cpj is a very ordinary coach and you will see that very clearly this year starting in Miami. You are obsessed with the Dawgs. Did you get humped by a dog when your were young or did you hump a dog?
59/39/5, 7 out of 8, 19 out of 24…. now that is domination. Tech will have at least 3 losses before the beatdown bu UGA in Nov. Stay close to your hole.

Atlanta Truth

August 18th, 2009
8:24 pm

I can’t believe that this close to the start of the season tech still has to advertize to sell tickets to thier games on the AJC. What a pathetic football program…not to meantion fan base.Who are they kidding…tech will lose five games this year and Georgia will beat them in their own stadium more than half full of Dawg fans…..ever notice how m always uses the term thank god and greyhound? thats because m lives at the downtown bus station near the tech campus….he can relate to all the bus lingo.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
8:30 pm

Tide Rising—-Actually, my Crimson friend, the 1960s were relatively kind to the Gators under ray Graves. The Gators had three 9-win seasons (1960, 1966 & 1969) when only 10 games were played, split a home-and-away with Alabama in 1962 and 1963 (upsetting the Tide in Tuscaloosa), had a 6-3-1 record against UGA, and were an SEC contender about every other year. As a Tide fan, I know it’s hard to remember since your boys were national contenders most years during the 1960s, but those were the best years for the Gators since 1927-1928, and remained the best decade for the Gators until the Evil Genius returned to Gainesville in 1990.

And, yes, in the 1970s, the Gators peaked at 9-3 in 1975 and pretty much sucked wind the rest of the decade. They were never a legitimate SEC contender in the ’70s.

The SEC history lesson through orange & blue glasses now concludes.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
8:35 pm

47straight—-Respect your rival. You don’t have to glory in their victories, but give credit where credit is due. For no other reason that it’s good sportsmanship and the right thing to do. Otherwise, you look like a sore loser and a bad sport, and it really does nothing but provide bulletin board material.

Besides, I suspect your mother raised you with better manners than that. Why don’t you try to apply what she tried to teach you?

As for the vicarious victories of one rival over another . . . well, I’ll leave those arguments to you LSU, Tech and UGA fans. Sorry, boys, but I don’t have a dog in that hunt.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

BTW, it’s true that I sometimes breath through my mouth . . . usually when I’m running. I try not to drag my knuckles, though.

rubber check

August 18th, 2009
8:41 pm

Tech dominated the third quarter last year!

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
8:54 pm

rubber check, yes they did. one quarter out of the last 32. Tech scrounges for signs of victory anywhere they can find it. That is what you do when you are so accustomed to losing.

Big time?? Not

August 18th, 2009
9:19 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Camden Mark

August 18th, 2009
9:19 pm

BCS all time winning per by conference;
1)Mountain West 1.000
2)SEC .706

8)ACC (last) .182

HAWGS

August 18th, 2009
9:23 pm

The Razorbacks will win the SEC West.

BS Patrol

August 18th, 2009
9:25 pm

1) I think I had the same coach as some of you guys. For a broken neck he would say ” tape an aspirin on it”. He also claimed he would be doing running & calesthetics with us but he ” had a bad back”. Biggest SOB lard butt to walk the planet. To him drinking water during practice was for sissies. It’s a wonder he didn’t kill somebody.

2) Soft practices make soft teams.

Nachos

August 18th, 2009
10:09 pm

This aint table tennis!

Crue Fest 2: Party or die

Toot of the Whistle

August 18th, 2009
10:37 pm

Actually, Tech should schedule UF in the near future. They have a better chance of beating the Gators than any SEC team.

Warren Peace

August 18th, 2009
10:43 pm

What kind of hot dogs do you get with a ticket, I might be interested if they are Nathan’s. Do I have to stay for the whole game? Or can I just get my hot dog and Coke and leave?

Miles

August 18th, 2009
11:13 pm

Hit like hell until the season starts…then back off!

shankit

August 19th, 2009
9:07 am

I heard Curry wanted some of the Jacket’s arse.
I understand their season ticket sales are going
very well. Playing Alabama the last game of the
season, $400,000 bonus.

J Dub

August 19th, 2009
9:21 am

Did Jaybo Shaw trip carrying his beaker from one lab station to the other?