If Florida doesn’t suspend Spikes, SEC office should

 

So what did we learn over the weekend?

 

1. If Florida doesn’t suspend Brandon Spikes, then the SEC office should. Unless the video below has been doctored, this is simply unacceptable from a college football player. Spikes is a great player. He is also an emotional player. And he clearly let his emotions get the best of him when he stuck his hand inside Waushan Ealey’s facemask. My hope is that Florida coach Urban Meyer looks at the video, is horrified, and suspends Spikes for at least one game. Spikes needs a reality check. Look, I know enough former players who have told me that a lot of bad things happen in pileups. But this is right out in the open and everything was caught on camera. This is a player intentionally trying to hurt another player. It’s simple: If coaches are going to be held accountable for their actions and officials are going to be held accountable for their mistakes, then players must be held accountable for what they do. There is no place in the game for something like this.

We just learned a little while ago that Spikes will be suspended for the first half of the game against Vanderbilt on Saturday. I would have done it for an entire game, but I’m not going to quibble with the decision. It sends the message needs to be sent.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDOy-RMIpF0

 

 

 

2. Georgia should never, EVER, EVER wear black helmets, black jerseys, or black pants again. Look, I understand. Georgia coach Mark Richt was trying to do something to give his guys a little extra “umph” as they went to Jacksonville to play No. 1 Florida. But it didn’t work. It never had a chance to work because, like we said last week, Georgia is such a fundamentally unsound football team. Georgia is now 119th out of 120 Division I-A teams in turnover margin (minus-15). That means Georgia has committed 21 turnovers and gained only six. Only one team in college football (Texas Tech) has committed more than Georgia’s 74 penalties.

 

The fact of the matter is that Georgia is not a well-coached football team. The head coach has proven he knows how to win in the SEC so he should be given every opportunity to fix what is wrong. But there is definitely something missing at Georgia.

 

By the way: You can repaint the helmets. But burn the black pants. And do it now.

 

 

 

 

3. Christian Ponder is a gamer. The Florida State quarterback took a serious shot to the ribs early in Saturday’s game with N.C. State. But Ponder played through the pain and led Florida State on the winning touchdown drive late to beat the Wolfpack 45-42. Ponder completed 26 of 40 passes for 266 yards. The week before he completed 33 of 40 and rallied Florida State from a 24-6 deficit for a victory at North Carolina. This guy is going to be on a bunch of Heisman lists next season. Just an aside here: Ponder’s heroics came before a crowd of only 67,712 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. That’s the smallest home crowd in 16 years.

 

 

4. LSU is still in the hunt for the national championship: People forget about the Tigers after they lost 13-3 to No. 1 Florida on Oct. 10. But LSU (7-1) plays No. 3 Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Win that one and the Tigers will probably get a shot at No. 1 Florida on Dec. 5 at the SEC championship game. A win there should put them in Pasadena. Now I think Alabama is going to win the game on Saturday. But LSU is starting to figure out some things on offense and is flying very confidently under the radar.

 

5. Georgia Tech had better not sleep on Wake Forest or Duke. Wake Forest (4-5) had Miami beat in Winston-Salem and let it slip away (28-27) after QB Riley Skinner got hurt. Three of its losses are by three points and another is by one point. The only blowout loss it has had was to Clemson (38-3). Duke (5-3), which hosts Georgia Tech next week, is really starting to figure some things out in the second year under David Cutcliffe. If Duke wins at North Carolina this week and Tech beats Wake Forest, first place in the Coastal Division will be on the line when Tech goes to Wallace Wade Stadium on Nov. 14.

 

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Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:36 am

RE: Blackout

It’s hard to know how badly they might have lost this one in their Silver Britches…

That said, it IS getting old. I only hope that Tennessee refrains from wearing their costumes except on Halloween.

Gator Al

November 2nd, 2009
8:36 am

Spikes is a good kid that is just misunderstood. Don’t get your panties in a wad just because you came out in new uni’s and got your butt spanked.

TS

November 2nd, 2009
8:38 am

No doubt that was a dirty play by Spikes and he should receive some punishment. Wether that be a vrebal reprimand by Meyer or a one game suspension I’m not certain. Let’s no turn a blind eye though to the dirty play on both sides of the ball. Tebow took a couple cheap shots from the UGA defense and the facemask on Brandon James five yards out of bounds was unacceptable.

Grantland Rice

November 2nd, 2009
8:39 am

Kicked off permanently. One of the cheapest shots I’ve ever seen.

TS

November 2nd, 2009
8:39 am

No doubt that was a dirty play by Spikes and he should receive some punishment. Wether that be a verbal reprimand by Meyer or a one game suspension I’m not certain. Let’s not turn a blind eye though to the dirty play on both sides of the ball. Tebow took a couple cheap shots from the UGA defense and the facemask on Brandon James five yards out of bounds was unacceptable. If you just see the video of Spikes it screams dirty play but if you sat through this whole game you would have seen that there was a lot of emotion coming from both sides.

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:39 am

Spikes is merely on a mission to prove that the SEC officials are on the take.

Yeah… THAT’s the ticket!!!

matanzas gator

November 2nd, 2009
8:42 am

Ladies and gentlemen, Lindsey Scott has left the building and Herschel sells chicken wings. Two decades of Georgia pounding. Go Gators!!!

Another Ed

November 2nd, 2009
8:43 am

Hey there Gator Al. “Just misunderstood?” That is what you call a player that intentionally tries to gouge the eye of an opponent? Well maybe he can understand a suspension and then they can all get on the same page.

I am not a GA fan by the way. That said, Spikes’ actions were reprehensible.

In my opinion, good teams/programs simply do not need to change uniforms to pump up the players. That is a gimmick, which clearly did not work for GA.

tampadawg

November 2nd, 2009
8:43 am

FIRE MARTINEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim Teblow

November 2nd, 2009
8:44 am

Gator Al, Did you see him trying to rip Ealey’s eyes out? Misunderstood, huh?? Spikes is a thug that was intentionally trying to harm someone. If you did that to someone, then you’d be arrested! That’s probably what should happen to him, but it won’t. He should be suspended for the remaining of the season.

Michael Stipe

November 2nd, 2009
8:44 am

Brandon Spikes, open your mouth. I’m sending a tofu/seaweed/black bean monster fart to you for that brutal move.

GMan

November 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

I love how fans now have instant replay and video evidence/analysis of the things that have been happening on the field since football was created. I don’t like it that it happened but there were things going on in those piles and on that field that didn’t get magnified on tv. C’mon people, next thing you know we’ll have the government officiating and creating a zero tolerance of any hit on the field or action by a player that is not within what THEY believe to be TRUE football spirit of play! Whatever that is! Sometimes I hate TV for picking up every little nuance of the game and dissecting it. These things (and some much much worse) happen in piles all the time.

GBO

November 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

Gator Al, you’re an irrational, ignorant fool. I do not understand the bubble that you gators live in…

DP

November 2nd, 2009
8:47 am

Agree on suspending Spikes, but couldn’t believe that item was the lead. Nice effort to water down the embarrassing beatdown Georgia took on Saturday.

We regularly see partisan homers who are willing to defend anything. Is there a Florida fan out there who wants to defend Spikes and explain why his action shouldn’t warrant at least a one game suspension? My guess is it will be coming down from the SEC office by the end of the day.

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:47 am

A lesser player might be kicked off the team, but this is Brandon Spikes, people. Get a grip. He’s an ESPN superstar. He ain’t goin’ nowhere.

m

November 2nd, 2009
8:48 am

ugag looked like the Bears….but they played like the Cubs.

Stinger

November 2nd, 2009
8:48 am

Action by Spikes was TOTALLY unacceptable in all aspects.
Suppose the player had an eye injury?

NOTHING LESS…than a season-ending suspension would be appropriate.

Does the SEC…EVEN DARE…to check into Spikes academics?
Afterall, what does a THUG study…Criminology??

Will GA fans refer to the game as: “Funeral II” ??

Mikey

November 2nd, 2009
8:48 am

What the hell was Spikes looking for rummaging around in Ealey’s helmet ? If I was Ealey I would have bitten his freaking fingers off.

Saint Simons

November 2nd, 2009
8:49 am

41 -17 !!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Paul H

November 2nd, 2009
8:49 am

Quit making excuses, people. What Spikes did could have ended someone’s career. He should know MUCH better and should be punished.

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:50 am

I can understand Florida fans bragging about putting a beat-down on Georgia, but I can’t wait to hear the Jacket fans bragging about their come-from-behind victory over the Mighty Dores.

Ha!

Dawg Fud

November 2nd, 2009
8:50 am

Tony,

1. We sound like the school kid that got beat up on the playground.

2. What does that say about our coaching staff? Needing to get up for the Florida game? Wow…

3. Zzzzzzz….

4. HA!

5. You see, Tech has a coach who is earning his check. That will not happen.

Apparently this year “hunker down” means bend over and take it in the rear.

By the way, Mark Slabaugh (sp?) is freaking P.O.’ed about Georgia. It was readily apparent on your “talking football” show. Wow.

Mikey

November 2nd, 2009
8:51 am

By the way, how old is Spikes?
He looks like he is in his 40’s…not a college kid.

Matthew

November 2nd, 2009
8:52 am

A joke of an OOC schedule, SEC officials on the payroll, and Spikes eye gouging attempts. Yeah, ladies and gentlemen, there’s your number one team in the nation.

neb dooh

November 2nd, 2009
8:53 am

is coach richt a burned out coach

Gatorzip74

November 2nd, 2009
8:53 am

TB- You’ve gotta be joking right? I usually agree with 95% of your takes on issues dealing with CFB. That said, openly advocating the suspension of a player because of a call or no-call is irresponsible journalism on your part. What Spikes did was without a doubt unsportsmanlike and should be dealt with, by the FLORIDA STAFF. There was no penalty called on the play and I assure you he was not the only player on the field displaying this type of conduct. Using your logic, the SEC should review every play from every angle on every player and look for “dirty” plays or penalties not called and assess penalties accordingly.
Wake up UGA fans and journalists supporting the Dawgs and realize your program has a problem, not ours.

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:53 am

In high-school, our best player on the football team was 25 years old. But he was born at home and didn’t have a birth certificate, so…

Randy Marsh

November 2nd, 2009
8:53 am

Suspend him for the remainder of the season, but we all know that won’t happen. To pull that crap while Ealey is lying on the bottom of the pile defenseless is weak. What a thug!!! Don’t compare late out of bounds hits (which are boneheaded too) to trying to gouge out a player’s eyes that’s lying on the bottom of the pile that can’t protect himself. And get rid of Martinez…

Trade School Junkie

November 2nd, 2009
8:55 am

Florida: 41
Grambling: 17

Looks like the hounds didnt even bother to show up.

Lewis Buzzard

November 2nd, 2009
8:55 am

Tony I know you are a homer but dirty is dirty and I wholeheartedy agree with you. Spikes should get a suspesion for his dirty play. No if, and or buts……

Mikey

November 2nd, 2009
8:55 am

Now- F_ _ _ Spikes and lets move on to more pressing things, like how the GA coaching staff took 2 weeks off and went on little mini-vacations and met the team in Jax Saturday with gifts….the Grambling gear.
This is obviously tongue in cheek, but seriously- did anyone notice any new plays on Offense? How about new defensive schemes?
SAD…2 weeks to prepare and we roll out with the same ol same ol..

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:55 am

Is Georgia in the same boat that Tech was in in the 1960’s?

Will they leave the SEC in protest?

PMC

November 2nd, 2009
8:56 am

Texas should be #1 at the moment. They are better on offense and good enough on defense.

TommyP

November 2nd, 2009
8:56 am

I’ll preface by saying I’m a Dawg fan….

1) Lot of people are starting to “figure things out”, Tony.
2) Spikes is an AWESOME player but a suspension is warranted here.
3) Georgia is horrible. Just a very bad football team. There’s a reason Tennessee coaches were making fun of the Georgia coaches after that game. Richt needs to get a few new faces on staff.

Stinger

November 2nd, 2009
8:57 am

GT uses a “Gimmick Offense.”

Dawgs use “Gimmick Uniforms.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Don

November 2nd, 2009
8:57 am

Tech is a 16 point fav against Wake. They have covered the spread every game since the Miami loss. They will cover this too.

Eric

November 2nd, 2009
8:58 am

Don’t knock the black helmets. Without them it surely would’ve been a shutout. Fire Spikes! I kow how painful it is for UGA fans to watch good things happening at Tech while their team bites the green weeny. But cheer up ladies. It won’t last forever. These things run in cycles. You’ll be back.

Spurrier was a Jacket

November 2nd, 2009
8:58 am

WAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
8:58 am

Mikey,

It appears as if the Georgia DC studied the game film and had his defense ready to stop the dive play. Too bad Florida didn’t run that offense.

Bride of ChuckyKnapp

November 2nd, 2009
8:59 am

Jesus is angry with Mark Richt for some reason and this can only be solved with prayer.

TommyP

November 2nd, 2009
8:59 am

Gatorzip: You’re a moron if you condone that crap.

We’re not saying anything about the quality of your team. Hey, you win every week. But that was an act that must be dealt with by the SEC.

kcvol

November 2nd, 2009
9:00 am

come on Tony, do you really think Slive will do anything without Foley/Meyer’s approval. Nothing happens from SEC.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 2nd, 2009
9:00 am

haha. Homer Barnyard thinks LSU has a shot at a NC game. Problem is, the will be waxed by Bama this weekend only to prove that the SEC is a 2 team league and vastly over-rated. Grambling almost beat them for crying out loud.

Remember, Grambling was ranked #13 at he beginning of the year. What a joke that was.

Spikes reminds me of when Eddie Lee Ivery was running wild on the Grambling dawgs so they had to break his leg in a pile up.

Derelick

November 2nd, 2009
9:01 am

Spikes is a good kid? Is that a joke? He’s got a rap sheet longer than the Great Wall of China. For you to defend him is as classless as he is.

Steve

November 2nd, 2009
9:01 am

Tony,

You must not have watched the whole game. I know you notice earlier in the game when Spikes was took his helmet off after a Georgia player preformed the same act on him. Spikes had to sit out a series because he was poked in the eye by a Georgia player. Tebow had a similar moment in the game where he had been poked in the eye to and had to go over to the sideline and have it looked at. I know you are upset that your beloved dawgs got beat, but please do some research before saying a player needs to be suspended. If Spikes needs to be suspended then so do the Georgia players who did the same exact thing.

Hal Bennett

November 2nd, 2009
9:02 am

Concerning Brandon Spikes, I will go you one better: There is no place in football for hair sticking out the bottom of your helmet like he and many others now are wearing it.

Alabama Jack

November 2nd, 2009
9:02 am

As a Techstar, I agree some action should be taken against Spikes, but that was only the most blatant personal foul of the game. The out of bounds hit and helmet rip offs weren’t much better. Hell would be UGA playing FSU – the penalty yardage would exceed the total offensive output of both teams. Don’t forget when Chuckie Amato left the fold and went to Raleigh, NC State became one of the dirtiest teams in the ACC. Something about that Tallahassee Kool-aid.

#2 BAMA FAN

November 2nd, 2009
9:02 am

Getting beat my 90-27 the last two years in Jacksonville things need to change in a heartbeat. The vols got rid of Fulmer after the crimson tide and gators beat the crap out of the vols in 07 and 08.
Keep Mark Richt, but the coaching staff has got to change and fire willie ASAP!! The penalties and
turnovers are killing any chance the dawgs have to win a game against a good team or bottom feeder of the SEC. I think that Bama will get beat by LSU saturday because Bama’s qb is scared to
throw the ball down the field and LSU has the best db’s in the SEC!! RTR

Low

November 2nd, 2009
9:03 am

Spikes should be charged with simple battery. It’s a joke you do an act on a football field and nothing happens but if this happened outside the staidum he’s arrested. This warrants at least a 2 game suspension. Can’t wait to see how urban and the sec handles this. We’ll really know how much in the tank they are for fla if this thug is allowed to play without susp.

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
9:03 am

Take your red and silver glasses off Tony, the Spikes play was dirty, but so was a half dozen plays by other players on both teams . . .