It’s time to eliminate the “excessive celebration” rule

 

I understand that I run the risk of being called a “homer” for bringing this up. This blog is based in Atlanta, Ga. The issue I am about to raise is one that negatively impacted the University of Georgia. I attended the University of Georgia. My daughter has two degrees from the University of Georgia.

 

I get all that. But you have to realize that I’m talking about the big picture here and not the winner and loser of one football game. I am raising an issue that I believe strikes at the credibility of a game that we all love.

 

I have been covering college football as a professional journalist for 32 years and, without being too dramatic here, there is a good chance that the excessive celebration call on Georgia’s A.J. Green last Saturday against LSU is the single worst officiating mistake I have seen in my three decades of covering the sport.

 

First of all, the penalty did not have to be called. I was in New York working for CBS on Saturday and because I had access to the technology, I was able to watch the play about a dozen times. Based on what I saw, there is simply nothing there that even sniffs at the word “excessive.” I’ve read the rule. I know what it says. A.J. Green couldn’t raise his arms in the air towards the crowd because too many teammates were hugging him. He looked in the direction of the crowd. He had just made one of the biggest plays of his young career. I think we can understand that a sophomore in college might just be a little excited at that particular moment.

 

After the fact the officials released a statement saying that Green had made a gesture to the crowd that brought attention to himself. If that happened then a press box full of trained observers and a crowd of over 90,000 all missed it. I asked Georgia coach Mark Richt on Sunday if he was aware of anything Green did, perhaps off-camera, that would have warranted the penalty. He said no but he also said that he had not asked Green directly about it. But if nobody saw it but the official on the play, how in the world can it be excessive?

And, for the purposes of this discussion, I’m not going to get into the other two excessive celebration calls other than to say this. The one on LSU’s Charles Scott, which came after he briefly raised his arms to the sky (exactly two seconds because I counted) after the winning touchdown, probably had to be called given the bad call on A.J. Green. And I’ll give the officials the benefit of the doubt on the Orson Charles call, although I thought Charles was trying to get the crowd fired up and not bringing attention to himself.

 

Here is the problem. It is clear that the officials are given very little, if no, discretion on this call. If a player does any gesture other than celebrating directly with his teammates, the officials feel compelled to call it. And if they don’t, they risk reprimand or even suspension.

 

I just feel the rule, which was created with the best of intentions, has morphed into something that is now hurting the game. It is called so inconsistently. Earlier this year a Florida player was flagged after a quarterback sack for simply rolling his hands like a traveling call in basketball. A little while later a Tennessee player sacked the quarterback and did several chest bumps. Nothing was called. In my opinion neither should have been called. The official on the play just tells the young man to cool it and get back to his teammates. No harm, no foul.

 

One of two things has to happen for the good of the game: My suggestion is to eliminate the rule entirely because it has become clear to me that it can’t be enforced on a consistent basis. Excessive celebration is too much in the eye of the beholder. Replace it with a taunting rule. Taunting is more clearly defined than excessive celebration.

 

Until then every supervisor of officials in the country needs to tell his guys: Let’s back off. We need to adjust the sensitivity meter on this thing. Let’s save this penalty for the most egregious violations. That isn’t hard. We know what they are.

 

 When Georgia stormed the field en masse in Jacksonville in 2007, now THAT’s excessive celebration. When a player running to the end zone takes off from the five-yard line and dives in with no defenders around, that’s excessive. When a player throat slashes with his thumb, that’s excessive.

 

When, after a great game like Georgia-LSU, Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson have to admit that the biggest play of the game was a penalty that (in my opinion) didn’t have to be called, then the rules, which are supposed to work to the good of the game, have instead worked to the detriment of the game.

 

Somebody made the argument to me yesterday and we have to put up with a bad excessive celebration call from time to time because the greater good of the game is well served by the rule. I don’t accept that. I think there is a way to keep sportsmanship in the game without totally eliminating the passion of the players, which is something that we all enjoy and, quite frankly, makes the college game much better than the pro game.

You don’t think the Georgia players aren’t going to be negatively impacted by this call for the rest of the season? You don’t think they will curb their enthusiasm because they fear the next flag might be on them? Of course they will. And that’s not right.

It’s time to put some common sense back into the excessive celebration rule.  It if we can’t do that, then it needs to be eliminated.

 

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Exscuse makers-Insert whining and excuse here

October 5th, 2009
12:27 pm

Just tackle Holliday on the kickoff return or just tackle Scott on the td run. What’s the problem? I’m flat out amazed that dawg fans blame the game on a 15 yard penalty when Scott would have ran another 5 yards IF the Georgia db would have been able to tackle him. LSU would just have had a first down between the 5 and 10 yard line and either scored a td from there or just kicked a long extra point to win. You guys boggle the mind. You got dominated the whole game and you somehow blame the loss on one 15 yard penalty? Never mind Holliday’s return or Charles Scott barreling down the sideline. I guess those 2 plays had nothing to do with LSU winning. You guys are just unbelievable to think a team that only got 274 yds total offense should have won that game. Unfreakingbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vince

October 5th, 2009
12:27 pm

Hey Barnhardt and UGA fans0

Quit f____ing crying. This rule is in place because of the boneheaded crap UGA pulled against FLA a couple years ago. Plain and simple. Besides, LSU had the same penalty called on them. Difference was they stopped you. I can’t see what the crying is about to begin with….hell he would have just ran for another 15 yards. What a bunch of tards.

buzz is wiser

October 5th, 2009
12:27 pm

Tony, i think the problem is in your beloved SEC. I love the fact that your dawgs lost but the call was a bad one, although we don’t know what Green said. If you remember last year UGA-Tech game after Morgan Burnett intercepted Staffords pass and returned it for a TD he put both hands in the air and nothing was called, ACC refs. Everytime Dwyer scores he points to the crowd again no flag. I watch my share of both ACC and SEC games and that penalty seems to occur more in your SEC Tony. Another issue is, maybe he was lying, but how is it that Richt has not spoken to his start WR about what he did that cost his team the game. Even if it was nothing the conversation should have taken place.

monty

October 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

AS I was watching the game I was saying to myself “OK good job now hurry and get off the field before you get called for excessive celebration or whatever.” ANd Green’s on players were the ones who kept mugging him. Now did I see anything out of the usual that you won’t see in any college game especially given the moment late in the game when your team had been behind all day and you finally snatch away the lead? No!! Nobody in all of college football draws more attention to himself than Tim Tebow. Just watch him in a big game and it’s close and let a play go Florida’s way and watch his antics. And I say this as an admirer of how he plays the game. But he gets away with serveal of those calls every season!

Andy

October 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

It’s time to eliminate Tony B from covering UGA football. He’s too irrational and biased.

Muscledawg

October 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

Again for all of you haters of Ga, please show me what AJ did to get the penalty. ????????????
What—————- that is right, you can’t!
What Orson did, maybe and he was penalized and we overcame and scored!
But for all of you other re-tards that believe he did something, please get off of the PIPE!

Joshua

October 5th, 2009
12:31 pm

I want to challenge someone to found a time when the “Almighty” himself Timothy Tebow has been called for excessive celebration for doing his now famous “arm flap” gesture every time he carries the damn ball………………I can think of NONE. People can say that Georgia fans are whining about one penalty all they want. But anyone that is a student of the game can tell you that, yes……Football can be won on just one play or one blown call. And had Georgia not gotten screwed on the Orson Charles, and AJ Green excessive celebration calls, the Dawgs would have just beaten the #4 team in the nation and would have improved to 4-1…….and who says Referees can’t control the complexity of a game.

Mark M

October 5th, 2009
12:32 pm

The ref threw the flag as Green was running by him being mugged. I guarantee it was something Green said. You could see green’s mouth moving so he was shouting something. The ref should come out and say that’s what it was.

Muscledawg

October 5th, 2009
12:32 pm

This rule is in because of Miami celebrating years ago you retards not because of the GA-uf game 2 years ago. You people are so stupid and always twist the truth to help your cause. There should be a taunting foul not a celebration penalty!

Ross

October 5th, 2009
12:33 pm

The first time I have ever agreed with Tony B. and I am anti Bulldogs…that was a HORRIFIC call. Tony you are a homer though, BIG TIME!!!

Buzz

October 5th, 2009
12:35 pm

Go back to Athens! ATL is for the Jackets, son!

Creegah

October 5th, 2009
12:35 pm

Players are supposed to act like they have been there before and not act like idiots when something good happens. Think of how Herschel Walker or Jim Brown or Frank Gifford or Raymond Berry acted when they scored. Like circus clowns? I think not.

DirtyDawg

October 5th, 2009
12:36 pm

My how times have changed…was a time when a ref called a ‘mystery’ fumble on Jasper, we could get his butt fired. Now we have to rely on Tony B’s blog to get the fight started. Obviously this Dog was upset about the call, but this Dog also knows we’ve got the poorest kickoff coverage in existence. Doesn’t seem to matter where we kick it (unless it’s a touchback) the returner generally runs twenty-plus yards before anybody in red even comes into the picture…what’s up with that?

Hopefully, the guys will take the positives from this game and play their rear-ends off in Knoxville next Saturday – all we need is to give Kiffin something to strut about.

Paul is a Johnson

October 5th, 2009
12:37 pm

Neither call should have been made. All you UGA haters saying we should have been able to stop LSU after that must not have been closely watching the game. (”what would Scott not run another 15 yards? Would he just fall down”) If LSU doesn’t get the penalty they are starting on their side of the field. They would not have had the luxury to run the football and try to kill clock for a game winning FG. LSU would have had to go to the air which was ineffective for them in the 2nd half and would have risked getting sacked for a 7th time. Don’t tell me we lost it in the first half when LSU dominated. The D kept it close and Cox gave us a chance to win in the end. When UGA got the “make up” call we still had to drive the field for a TD not a FG which is a world of difference. One last thing to all the haters. Had this call gone against your team you would have the same complaints as everyone here. One last way you really know it was a bad call. Both May and Holtz on ESPN who never have a good thing to say about the UGA program agreed we got wronged!

gdawginkalamazoo

October 5th, 2009
12:38 pm

We didn’t have as many penalties as usual so the guys did play it close to the vest and with a lot more discipline than usual. Especially with it being a big game with a lot of emotion involved. So give them the kudos for that.

What stands out is the 45 yards rushing total. 33 of them by Ealey. Longest run of the day was 8 yards. I am more p!ssed about that than any penalties called. 45 yards rushing? WTF.

mr bodine

October 5th, 2009
12:39 pm

Vince,

Like I said, you are an idiot. The difference was MOMENTUM. As someone (with an actual brain) said earlier, the players are the ones who are supposed to create momentum, NOT OFFICIALS.
So are you saying that because of what happened in the FL – UGA game a couple of years ago that the call Saturday was legitimate? Because if so, then you are both an idiot and stupid.
Nobody knows what would have happened if the ref had not STOLEN the momentum from UGA and given it to LSU, and that is a shame. It is not a matter of excuses, it is a matter of accountability for the refs. Just being a UGA hater is no reason to show how stupid you are.

Bill Goldberg

October 5th, 2009
12:40 pm

Ramble On, one of these days I’m gonna find you and we’re gonna have a talk, sucker.

69 Dawg

October 5th, 2009
12:42 pm

I’ll bet we won’t see that official again this year in the SEC. The real flag should have been thrown on Willie Martinez and Fabris for poor quality coaching. Why in the world can’t CMR see and admit there
is a coaching problem at UGA. Unranked, second or third in team receiving votes, in the last five percent in most defensive catagories, no rushing, no passion, no fire, no intensity. Why not change the coaches.

ghost dawg

October 5th, 2009
12:44 pm

I can’t believe these idiots. Ga won the game and the refs took it away. This isn’t the first time.. I’m sick of hearing how Ga’s defense didn’t stop them and thats why they lost the game.. The refs lost it. How many times in football. college and pro, where there was a bad call that cheated a team then it was followed by a big one by the other team? I’m seen it many times even in tennis. When you make the winning play you shouldn’t have to turn around and do it again. All you morons talking about how bad Ga is, why are you on our blog? Surely if your team is so good they must have one of their own. You must know that to beat Ga you need the refs to cheat.

Bill

October 5th, 2009
12:45 pm

Enter your comments here

Call a delay of game. Assess the penalty on the PAT (where it belongs), unless it is taunting. If it’s taunting then call it.

BilJac

October 5th, 2009
12:46 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the Excessive celebration penalty is Vince Dooley’s sharp idea. Came after the Miami win in the Cotton bowl back in the early 90’s.

Vince

October 5th, 2009
12:46 pm

Paul is a Johnson and you other babies-

Well, just keep crying you little b****. It isn’t gonna change anything and it’s amusing to watch anyway.

Cry babby

October 5th, 2009
12:47 pm

Stop crying JB.Its was a good call and the best team won.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 5th, 2009
12:48 pm

Bill, damn that just sounds too easy and reasonable. What would everybody have to b!tch about then?

Robert08

October 5th, 2009
12:48 pm

I just wonder why this penalty is never called on Tebow … he’s always drawing attention to himself.

NCDawg

October 5th, 2009
12:49 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more.Although Georgia has no one to blame but themselves for subsequently screwing up the kickoff coverage to allow LSU even better fieldposition, the refs wereclearly out ofline. Something should be done for the better of all the teams (not just Georgia). And the crew that called the game should be severely reprimanded for making what I agree is one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen.

Jefferson

October 5th, 2009
12:51 pm

Too bad for the team, you UGA fans are funny, I can’t stop laughing. Get a new crew for UT, more to your liking.

Lighten’ up Francis

savannahdawg

October 5th, 2009
12:51 pm

Yes the call was total BS but remember one call does not make a game. We sucked! Period. The offensive line can’t block. The running backs go down at the first touch and have no heart! Cox is starting to force the ball into bad situations. When we need a big play, we don’t get it. Remember the missed field goal? That didn’t help! The secondary can’t stop a pass,

Time for these coaches to put a stop to this and crack down on these kids. Who is running the team here? Enough of this crap! This team does not look like or play like Florida or Alabama! Can’t be a top program if you are not going to play like it. You punks are not playing like it at all!

I can handle losing when we play tough as hell for 60 minutes. But that just isn’t happening. CMR………enough of this nice crap………step up……..man up! Your job is not to have all the kids love you………..your job is to win! They don’t need to like you to win…….

savannahdawg

October 5th, 2009
12:53 pm

Thank goodness we have AJ or this team would be 0-5!!!! Seriously!

Sobe

October 5th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tony you HOMER, getting all caught up in the kool aid hype! Shame on you.

Big Earl

October 5th, 2009
12:57 pm

The SEC officiating committee is to blame for the horendous call against Ga. Sat. I’d say 90% of the official’s come from vey tragic circumstances. Poor family life, under eduacated, out of shape, suffer from nunerous social diseases that has permanently effected their eyesight. They are already “mentally challenged “just to find the right stadium and show up on time so that by the time they grt there they are exausted. Like my Dad used to say ” don’t send a retarded blind kid to do a man’s job”.

LaMikeBellottis

October 5th, 2009
12:58 pm

That call was HORRENDOUS!!! Agreed the call at the end against LSU was a make up call, which makes the original error that much more egregious. Both were horrible, and both determined the outcome of the game.

Ed

October 5th, 2009
12:58 pm

Possibly the only thing worse than the excessive celebration penalty agaisnt Georgia was the subsequent phantom penalty called against LSU. As soon as the LSU back scored, my brother (who, like me is a lifelong Georgia fan) predicted that a similar penalty would be called against LSU as a “makeup call”, regardless of what any of the LSU players actually did. Sure enough, the flag was thrown after a celebration that was every bit as routine as Georgia’s. That makes it a total farce. Bad rule, and bad use of discretion shown by the refs.

The Orson Charles penalty was also complete nonsense, but I’ll give the ref a little bit of credit for trying to warn Charles before he threw the hanky. Charles should not have ignored the ref (if he even heard him). But hey, he’s a kid who just made a huge play in front of 90,000 cheering fans and he didn’t do anything outrageous, so that would have been a good non-call. It’s time to get some sanity back into the game (even if we remain stuck with an incoherent BCS system).

PHIL

October 5th, 2009
12:59 pm

After the game, Kevin Butler says on the post game show that he can document a tremendous spike in penalties of all kinds against Georgia in SEC games since the excessive celebration penalty against UF season before last. The head of the SEC officials is a gator and Butler questioned the integrity of the SEC officials time and time again and says he can document it. The other guy on the broadcast kept trying to drag him away from the subject but he kept coming back to it. I’d love to know if Butler was reprimanded by anyone for bashing the refs publicly. Actually he was beyond bashing them. He questioned their integrity over and over. Just found that interesting.

Also to the point of the penalty influencing the out come of the game, obviously it did for field position reasons and it also made it much easier to have a big return. The retards who keep saying that last run would have just been longer because he would have never fell down are the ones who know nothing about the sport and I wish weren’t allowed to post. If they had been in their own territory, not already in field goal range trying to run the clock out, that hand off never would have been made. They would have been passing the ball and we all know how that went for them the second half. I truly wish there was a rule that would prohibit the right to post on public forums if your IQ isn’t larger than your shoe size.

As far as penalties go, the other one that killed us was the no call of the blatant hold of the tight end in the end zone. A call would have changed the game dramatically.

HBTD

October 5th, 2009
12:59 pm

Tony – You’re right on with your plea to change/eliminate the rule as well as your observation that no one realized it had even happened. I was at the game and had no idea the penalty had been called until I saw UGA lining up on the 15.

It didn’t necessarily cost UGA the game, but kicking the ball to Trendon Holiday at the 17 yard line did.

IMO. The game should have played out with UGA kicking off from the 30 yard line to someone other that Holiday. Then let LSU try to move the ball 40/50 yards in a minute with 2 timeouts to get into position to kick a winning FG. That’s how the game should have ended.

North GA Nole

October 5th, 2009
1:03 pm

Considering the fact that I’ve seen this one way too many times this year because my team is so bad, I ABSOLUTELY HATE the overzealous 1st Down gesture that players do. I think it’s taunting and I hate taunting. I know, I know, coming from a Nole fan. And we haven’t had much to taunt about the last few years. But, get rid of excessive celebration and go back to a No Taunting rule. I believe the difference is much more stringent but goes to the heart of sportsmanship.

robodawg

October 5th, 2009
1:05 pm

I have seen this penalty called WAY too many times in the SEC, at the worst time in the game, for questionable reasons. If they keep the rule, it’s got to be consistent, and it’s got to be flagged with total restraint. It should only be called where a player absolutely makes the official call it. Diving into the endzone, taunting the other team, dunking on the goalposts, chicken dances and things like that. Who cares if a player points to their own fans?!

SEC officials are the worst at imposing themselves on a game.

Paul is a Johnson

October 5th, 2009
1:08 pm

For Vince. No crying here. Just pointing out that it took us away from what we were doing best as a defense in the second half which was wrecking havoc on the LSU quarterback. The call enabled them to run instead of throw. Now to be fair as a UGA fan that has watched this defense all year long we might not have been able to stop LSU if they started on their own 20. I would have liked our chances knowing they had to throw much like they knew we had to throw on the last drive resulting in a pick. So call people b****** and babies if you want but why don’t you save that and bring something of value to the blog. If not then go back to the Tech one.

Vince

October 5th, 2009
1:09 pm

Well Kevin Butler is a UGA product, and is well versed at crying and blaming the refs, fans, weather, etc on the outcome of a game. Same ol’ same ol with UGA. If they get a favorable call you won’t hear them say it…but if they think there is one against them they cry like a bunch of fat ladies.

Hey UGA…get over it. You’re not a good team. You’re out of the top 25. You’re IRRELEVANT!

WHAT?

October 5th, 2009
1:09 pm

Oh for the day where a player makes a play and heads back to the sideline or the huddle. This self-centered celebrate every little thing I do mentality is full of it. Georgia got what they deserved. They couldn’t move the ball for 1/2 the game.

Of for the days of Dick Butkus – totally demolish the opponent, get up and do it again. Celebrate after the game is over! What a bunch of puerile garbage – find something real to write about!

UGA ALL THE WAY

October 5th, 2009
1:10 pm

It just ABSOLUTELY PI$$es me off that UGA is working SOOOO hard with what they got and having to deal with a DC like Martinez to get screwed over like that AGAIN with bad officiating… I agree, it was till the end a GREAT game, for UGA to hold LSU like that and not let them score till like less than 2 minutes left, that call HAD to mess with them and LSU took advantage of the PI$$ POOR officiating

MagnaCarterGT

October 5th, 2009
1:11 pm

I agree that this rule needs to go. It’s frustrating seeing the zebras flag players for simply being excited after scoring a TD. It cost Washington a shot at overtime last year, it may have cost the dawgs the game against LSU, and even when it just costs a team 15 yards – like it did at the GT-UNC game, when Nesbitt saluted after scoring the last TD and was flagged for it – it’s frustrating for the fans and the players. It’s got to go.

AZ Jacket

October 5th, 2009
1:11 pm

In the words of the great Emmitt Smith, when scoring a touchdown act like you have been there before….place the ball on the ground or hand it to an official. Tony, how hard is that to coach. Maybe we should do away with the block in the back rule while we are at it. It is sometime subjective and has certainly cost many teams a victory. Learn to play within the rules or be penalized. Simple as that.

Wishful Thinking

October 5th, 2009
1:12 pm

The pups had 60 minutes to win Tony- you are the bigggest homer ever. Blog about underachieving in Athens; the dawgs had been incredibly lucky against South Carolina and Arizona State to pull out a win. Luck eventually runs out.

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeeee

October 5th, 2009
1:13 pm

Dawgs still lose without the penalty, LSU kicks field goal to win. Both those teams are piss poor anyway, LSU comes back to reality on Saturday night. They could barely score on the Dawgs defense, they sure are not going to be able to put up a lot of points against one of the best defenses in college football. A defensive unit that is averaging 7 points allowed this season and if you say they have not played anyone yet this is the same D from last year. A defense that held UGA to 10, Bama to 20 at the Dome, and 14 to Oklahoma in the National Title Game.

Chris

October 5th, 2009
1:14 pm

Tony, you mention the call against the Florida player earlier this season. I was at that game, and I think the occurrence perfectly illustrates the inconsistency in enforcing the rule. When Jaye Howard made the “traveling call” gesture, referee Penn Wagers was right next to him. I watched him push through Howard’s teammates to get to him and tell him to stop. He was not going to throw a flag. He was simply going to warn him. However, the line judge, from a lot farther away, saw the same thing Wagers did and threw a flag. Maybe in order to back up his fellow ref, Wagers called unsportsmanlike conduct.

Two refs see the exact same thing, and have completely opposite reactions. There’s the problem in a nutshell. It’s too subjective.

BAMA STAN

October 5th, 2009
1:14 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

UGA got hosed.

When the flag was thrown – I called my bulldog buddy and told him they had just lost the game. Momentum shift to LSU – all they needed was a fieldgoal – but hey, UGA special teams and defense reared their head – LSU scores a touchdown.

UGA should have covered the kick better – and played better defense. Yes – the penalty shifted momemtun to LSU – but UGA had the opportunity to stop LSU and did not.

At the end of the day – LSU won – UGA lost – the penalty is only a footnote.

For all the BAMA STAN bashers out there – my predictions and arguements I made about UGA slipping back to the pack and being a mid-level team are true.

I stated that UGA had a stiff back in Samuel – runs too upright and fumbles – Caleb King runs like he is afraid to get hurt.

I also mentioned that defensively – UGA is athletic – but is just not the same under the current defensive coaching staff.

Also – I mentioned that UGA is mediocre on special teams – specifically kickoff covereage – just horrible.

Also mentioned that UGA has too many penalties. MR says he is not concerned. WOW!!! SABAN absolutely chews butt on penalties – and so does Paul Johnson. Well – guess which two programs have passed UGA in the mirror.

In two short years – ALABAMA has blown by UGA. In his first year – Paul Johnson and GT’s program has passed UGA. It’s not about stadium size and stars by a recruits name – it’s about continuous improvement and results on the field) For several years now – UGA has been sloppy and undisciplined.

As a result – it has caught up – UGA is a mid-pack SEC team and will be fighting for a winning record this year – and probably next year as well.

Current record: 3-2
Probable wins: VANDY, TN TECH
50/50: TN / KY
Probable losses: FLORIDA, AUBURN, GA TECH

UGA no better than 7-5 this year – could be 6-6.

After this deflating loss – UGA will struggle in Knoxville. UGA really needs to pull it together to win this game. An upset in the making?
UT has won 3 of last 5 games – they win this – it will be 4 of last 6 games – and yet another team has passed UGA as a program.

Your program is in trouble – the fans know it.

UGA can still get this turned around with a win in Knoxville – and a win in Nashville.

Hope the ship get’s turned around – HOPE UGA beats TN and AUBURN!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!

zino

October 5th, 2009
1:14 pm

It was a pathetic, game changing call.

I think the ref had some money on the line. It was that bad of a call.

VAdawg

October 5th, 2009
1:16 pm

Yes, the entire loss cannot be blamed on the officials. But this whole talk of “georgia didn’t deserve to win/LSU was clearly the better team” is simply ludicrous. Yes, georgia ’s offense played awful for the first half, but the defense played lights out and gave us a chance to win. In the third quarter, the dogs dominated. In the 4th, it was pretty even. You cannot honestly argue that LSU was “clearly the better team.” They did however, cover a huge kickoff and we did not. As a georgia fan, I admit that we lost this game on our own. But you cannot argue that the call did not have a significant impact on the outcome.

Sobe

October 5th, 2009
1:16 pm

Wishful Thinking, add ARK to that list as well!