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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CMR Wins the 2009 George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open

November 2nd, 2009
9:03 am

Good thing Eddie Robinson was already dead.

GatorGrad83

November 2nd, 2009
9:04 am

While I certainly don’t condone what Brandon Spikes did, it’s humorous how Tony and all the dog fans conveniently fail to mention anything about the Georgia offensive lineman who ripped Spikes’ helmet off after a play was over early in the first quarter. And that on top of the Georgia player who nearly ripped Brandon James’ head off several yards out of bounds. Talk about the pot (UGA) calling the kettle black! Grow up and quit whining.

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
9:05 am

Hal Bennett,

I’m all for individual freedom of expression, but the big hair IS a safety issue. Helmets just don’t fit properly over such a huge mass of hair.

Josh Fowler

November 2nd, 2009
9:06 am

As a lifelong UGA fan….Regardless of what Spikes did to Ealey, we didn’t even belong on the field with the Gators on Saturday. We are clearly headed in the wrong direction. I agree that CMR should be allowed to right the ship. With that being said, the blame for this season falls squarely on the head coach. Fix It!!!!

G8RB8

November 2nd, 2009
9:06 am

Here’s your next serving of humble pie. Hum along Dog fans:

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an engineer–
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer.
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.

Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in White and Gold,
And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell you what he’d do–
He would yell, ‘To hell with Georgia!’ like his daddy used to do.

Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it round.
I’d drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near.
I’m a ramblin’, gamblin’, hell of an engineer!

SPIKES is and always has beed a THUG

November 2nd, 2009
9:06 am

Spikes a emotional kid? Really? Have any of you ever seen a picture of him or seen him on TV wo his helmet? I am 100% UGA fan, but Fla has a outstanding team. That being said, SPIKES is a classless, useless, thug POS. Urban Cryer whinned for a year about an endzone celebration and even put it in his “book” and all you blind ass UF fans want to act as if what Spikes did was ok and unitentional? good football team aside you guys truly are stupid.

RedKneckerson

November 2nd, 2009
9:07 am

Tony didn’t really even mention the Tenn/Bama game last week ( it was a very entertaining game) nor did he even give Tenn a mention today for their win vs Carolina. Could it be he isn’t going to give them any due for their improvement? The other local hacks in the AJC and even the idiots on Atl sports radio can’t get enough of UT and Kiffin.

travy

November 2nd, 2009
9:07 am

every week the dawgs surprise me by becoming even more pathetic. it’s not enough to just lose–badly–they must also whine and complain about ‘rough’ play.

this is why you lose. think vince dooley would be crying about spikes on a message board?

Joe

November 2nd, 2009
9:07 am

Gator Al- you are a complete and utter idiot to condone that from ANY player. I only wish it were your eyes that were being gouged!

Derelick

November 2nd, 2009
9:08 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, the world’s worst and tireless blogger is back, RAMBLE ON!!! Hey Ramble, don’t you do anything during the day besides getting ready for your dress up parties at night?

TommyP

November 2nd, 2009
9:08 am

Now I know why EVERYONE in the SEC hates Gator fans. To condone and defend what Spikes did? Wow….

Knocking a player’s helmet off is football. When the guy is a midget, it becomes much easier.

Tackling a guy and then shoving fingers in his eyes while he lays there immobile is a suspension waiting to happen.

Mikey

November 2nd, 2009
9:09 am

Coach O- you are correct sir.
No dive plays…

but we were ready in case….

Darius

November 2nd, 2009
9:11 am

Tony – You really have let your Dawg blood affect your writing more and more recently and it is not very pretty. You use to be one of the best at writing objectively and not letting your personal bias come out in your writing. Not so much anymore.

Coach O

November 2nd, 2009
9:11 am

RedKneckerson,

I considered the TN win over SC an upset. They obviously are improving. Even the black jerseys didn’t do them in.

Water Girl

November 2nd, 2009
9:12 am

Hey, Coach Richt, Water Girl wants to know……

Black helmets? WTF?

Ginger

November 2nd, 2009
9:13 am

agree with you Tony….Putting your hand intentionally inside a facemask on someone who is at the bottom of the pile and can’t move is cowardly…Most likely he is trying to gouge the eyes of the running back…why else would Spikes put his hands in there…Why else ?????…….Now I know the Fla folks are saying well—Ga ripped Spikes helmet off…..and nearly ripped B. James head off…..and true no place for that…but I can attribute that to aggressive blocking and agressive tackles…….but again gouging someone in the eyes who can’t defend themselves is just a lot worse and it should not be done period and it is cowardly period……..Come on…the play was over and the man was on the ground. Wrong is wrong.

Dawg Man

November 2nd, 2009
9:14 am

Spikes helmet was NOT ripped off his head. You freakin’ morons who think that are ignorant. He doesn’t even strap it on. There was a penalty called on that play anyway. And a penalty called on the play with James. What about the no call on the FU DB who grabbed a hold of Wootens facemask? What about the cheap cut back blocks by the FU WR’s?

Tony Barnhart

November 2nd, 2009
9:14 am

Guys,

It doesn’t matter who beat who in this game. This kind of stuff is more important than one game. And if Spikes got his eye poked earlier in the game and there is video evidence to support that, then Florida should get it and submit it to the conference office. If Georgia players engaged in this kind of behavior then they should be suspended as well.

I’ve met Spikes. He is a good kid who made a mistake. The players have to understand that you can’t let your emotions get the better of you. And if you do, then you have to be held accountable just like coaches and officials are held accountable.

It is a tough call to sit a player down. But the game is bigger than the people who play it. When stuff like this happens and it is caught on camera, you have to address it.

lmno

November 2nd, 2009
9:14 am

At what point does an action on a football field go from “un-necessary roughness” to full on assault????

If Spikes had successfully binded the UGA RB permanently, would that be enough to get him arrested?

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bank walker

November 2nd, 2009
9:15 am

Why is a Ohio State fan chiming in on here. Take your braut eating butt back up North and leave the football talk to the big boys.

Spikes should be suspended, and four of the Dawg’s coaches should try to get a job with Colgate or Delaware.

gator gator

November 2nd, 2009
9:16 am

Tony,

You are a joke – your lead is about the eye incident???? Stop being a homer – UGA got stomped Saturday – YOU need to worry about how UGA can improve instead of Spikes. You always lead the charge with some sort of angle about UGA being mistreated instead of dealing with the real issues. UGA is simply NOT an elite team and YOU just can’t accept that fact. YOU need to provide some insight into improvement in YOUR team and stop with the “homer hack journalism”.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 2nd, 2009
9:16 am

I have been posting on here for years and would like to apologize. I have said some pretty stupid things about UGA. Truth is, all I really do is sit in my parents basement and play with my Star trek figures. Sometimes I will even day dream about it would be like to actually know what the hell I was talking about. Again, I apologize for being a bumbling idiot and hope GA fans will forgive me. Well, Back to battling the Klingons.

Short and Sweet

November 2nd, 2009
9:17 am

1. If you’re going to suspend a player for punching another after something was DEFINITELY

Saint Simons

November 2nd, 2009
9:17 am

Dawgs will need to improve if they want to make Carpets of Dalton Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!

the real Old Gold

November 2nd, 2009
9:19 am

I’d rather have a “gimmicky” offense than be a gimmicky team. THWG!

ReefCup

November 2nd, 2009
9:19 am

No doubt that what Spikes did was wrong and he should be suspended, but I am pretty sure that if Washaun doesn’t spit in Spikes’s face the eye gouge never happens.

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
9:19 am

Then Tony why aren’t you calling for the Georgia players to be suspended after they ripped the helmet off of Spikes on TWO occasions?

These comments make me wonder whether or not you’re acting as a fan as opposed to a non-biased observer, which I believe is hat your job description is. No?

KingGator

November 2nd, 2009
9:19 am

you might want to ask Spikes if when he lost his helmet before that play you are referencing, if there was any eye-gouging on him that led to a little retaliation. Somewhere I read about the solution to that one in the Old Testament.
Besides, who knows if he really knew where he was putting his hand/fingers. For all we know, he might have been trying to strip the ball out

Bulldawgy

November 2nd, 2009
9:20 am

I’m looking for silver helmets and red pants next year, then maybe we’ll have a shot. Maybe we can use some other emotional thing to get us up for the game since we can’t even get up for playing Florida. Lets now focus all of our attention on dirty plays instead of facing the reality. There was unsportsmanlike actions happening all over the field so lets not whine about what was caught on tv. I don’t condone it, but there are a lot of things that go on in which tv doesn’t catch. So I guess if your caught it matters? This discussion is wasting time on what really matters…what is going on in Athens? How did our players get to where we are jumping around on the sidelines when there is a lot of football left to be played. Where is the coaching?

Dawgs are cry babies

November 2nd, 2009
9:20 am

Spikes is over 250 lbs and had all the leverage in the world. He must be the world’s worst eye gouger since Ealey went straight back to the huddle without even a hint of a scratch or injury.

71 Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
9:20 am

I can’t believe anyone would pay any of you for writing the drivel you throw at us. The color of the pants or jersey or helmet doesn’t make one iota of difference in how a bunch of kids play a game! The team UGA is putting on the field is young and inexperienced and has to grow up as individuals and as a team. There are one or two seniors there but not enough to overcome all the youth. Face it, when Moreno and Stafford left, and I think they did the right thing, our offense was done! Period! I’m not blaming JC for the offensive woes, but right now he is about equal to where Stafford was as a freshman, without the rifle arm. In time these guys will be good but it’s hard to be patient when you’ve tasted a little of the big time – as in 2007. Season before last we finished #2 – now everyone wants to throw all the coaches out – I’m sure there are a lot of coaching staffs better than UGA’s but really how much better do you think they would do with the players we have now? Kids at almost all offensive positions – playing a lot of kids on the defense as well. We were over due for a season that doesn’t meet our expectations – I’m sure there is nobody out there any more disappointed than CMR!

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

Then Tony why aren’t you calling for the Georgia players to be suspended after they ripped the helmet off of Spikes on TWO occasions?

These comments make me wonder whether or not you’re acting as a fan as opposed to a non-biased observer, which I believe is hat your job description is.

Darius

November 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

I fully expect Tony to write a blog about how bad the SEC officiating is after the no call on the blantant late hit on Tebow, the no call on the helmet to helmet hit by Curran on Tebow, and the no call on the blantant facemask/eye poke by the UGA DL.

http://multimedia.onlineathens.com/photo/2009/103109_vsFLA/slides/103109_fb_Tebow6_kl.jpg

Bunch of whiners on the AJC website these days and I am not even talking about the posters.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

GatorZip74…..do you really think UF staff will do a dam thing to Spikes? He has been doin it for years because it has been allowed by the coaching staff. You guys have guys using stolen credit cards for deceased girls, automatic firearms being fired, and ONLY GOD knows what else. I said GOD, not TEBLOW, dont confuse the two.

Brad M

November 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

Tony who has LSU beaten this year??? Not one ranked team. Lsu could beat bama but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them lose to miss or ark at the end of the season. They beat Tulane. Woo hoo. What a power! Hey BYU beat Tulane 54-3. Tulane is 2-6. Again, who has lsu beaten? They barely beat a crap Ga team.

Are you serious?

November 2nd, 2009
9:22 am

A one game suspension seems appropriate. What Spikes did was wrong. Just like the late hits by UGA , and the hardcore facemask on Brandon James. Ealey also kicked Spikes the next series after his pick 6. That tape will be shown as well Mr. Barnhart.

BobinBuford

November 2nd, 2009
9:22 am

Tony:

We all know you are a homer for UGA and the SEC. This was shown even more by your column today.

Let’s see – UGA is 4-4, GT is 8-1. GT has beat 2 of your wonderful SEC teams this year. So where does that leave Tony? UGA is the first two stories, and GT is fifth, AFTER FSU, which GT has already beaten. And the mention of GT? Totally about how GT should be concerned about WFU and Duke. Nothing about the success of the team this year.

So Tony – will Mr. College Football even MENTION GT on your little College Football show this week? Or will you be too busy discussing Brandon Spikes??

Tom

November 2nd, 2009
9:23 am

I’m sure that if Tebow had his eye gouged by Curan the Florida fans would all say that he was misunderstood and shouldn’t get a penalty, right?

Learned?

November 2nd, 2009
9:23 am

1. If you’re going to suspend a player for punching another after something was DEFINITELY said to provoke it (see Oregon), then Spikes should at least get suspended for the remainder of this season. Total trash.

2. Agreed. When has the black gimick EVER worked for Georgia??? If anything, they should have worn Georgia Tech colors so 20 years down the road when the game is replayed on ESPN Classic the players could tell their kids it was Tech that got manhandled that day.

3. Let’s see how Ponder does against Florida….then you can use the “H” word.

4. LSU? Yeah, and so is Cincinnati, Boise State, Iowa, TCU, and probably even USC despite getting kicked around by Oregon on Saturday. Oh, and don’t forget Notre Dame. Please. Even if LSU got by Bama, they won’t beat Florida in the SECCG.

5. I wouldn’t worry about Tech. Miami opened their eyes for them.

Blinders On SEC

November 2nd, 2009
9:24 am

Wake is an excellent team with 4th yr starter Riley Skinner still at quarterback, with GT losing to them in the ACC title game with Skinner back in 2006. Had he not had a concussion, chances are Wake may have pulled out the win over Miami. Every week is a battle for GT..these teams in the ACC are good ones and they beat up on each other to keep themselves out of the rankings. UGA could not fare any better, in fact much worse, against FSU in Tallahasse and Wake, Clemson, VT. I mean, please be our guest and set up games with these teams instead of running your mouth how inferior they are to your precious conference. Clemson is 90 miles away, knock yourselves out. That is one thing you will never hear a UGA fan say, “Let’s play Clemson” but cowardly would rather point the finger at GT and say they do not play anybody.

Darius

November 2nd, 2009
9:24 am

Tony – PLEASE STOP DYING YOUR HAIR! I have loved your writing for 20+ years and enjoy seeing you on TV, but you make yourself look like an 80 year old retiree when you dye your hair like that.

redeployed dawg

November 2nd, 2009
9:24 am

Speaking of helmet popping off, why can’t players buckler their helmets anymore. Two plays after Spikes helmet was ‘ripped off’, it fell off on a play where he was making a tackle. How hard is it to buckle all four snaps; they are there to, wait for it, keep the helmet from popping off. I know it looks cool to run around with one or more corners unanchored, but that is a good way to end up with a concussion.

Bulldawgy

November 2nd, 2009
9:24 am

Some of you people need to play some real football rather than XBOX360 or PS3 for once. BTW, the Dawgs lost the game and not because of poor officiating, instant replay, black pants, black helmets, or anything else you want to dream up. Why do we constantly keep creating noise when the reality is Georgia has some serious issues.

cleetis

November 2nd, 2009
9:25 am

if the kid from oregon got suspended for the season, spikes should get at least the same punishment. he tried to maim the guy.

Blinders On SEC

November 2nd, 2009
9:25 am

one more thing, you have a face for radio not tv

If this were Curran...

November 2nd, 2009
9:26 am

you dawg lovers would be talking about Dick Butkis, toughness, Ty Cobb, brushback pitches, and the fact that he’d gotten his helmet ripped off earlier.

but instead, you conveniently get holier than thou and cry because you got your butts kicked for the 17th time out of 20. Put on the face shield and get back into the game. If you want Spikes to pay for this dirty act, then run his butt over about 15 times in a row. What happened to smash mouth football? you complainers should stick with tennis or golf or soccer… something low contact

DawgHater

November 2nd, 2009
9:26 am

Just suspend him for the FIU game. That will be enough!

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 2nd, 2009
9:26 am

Hey Darius arent you supposed to be meeting the rest of the BLOWFISH? Your thug SPIKES got caught on tape and it sheds much needed light on the BS florida gets away will all along. Tebow always hets away will excessive bs on the field. It is obvious that all you need to do is bible thump and you can do whatever you want in the SEC. It is ok, you will get thumped before the season is over and you will be just like ALA last year.

Floridan

November 2nd, 2009
9:26 am

No one enjoys the Gators pounding on UGA more than I do, but Urban Meyer ought to have Spikes sit out of the next game (which, luckily, is against Vanderbilt).