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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500 comments Add your comment

Lowndes

November 2nd, 2009
9:54 am

I can’t wait to see the attendance at the ga tenn tech game. It’ll probably be around 67k.

RealDawg

November 2nd, 2009
9:55 am

@ Jake..wtf dude. TB clearly says if Georgia is caught on film then send that in also.

Kicking, pushing, and shoving is not the same as trying to poke someone’s eyes out. Get a reality check.

BG

November 2nd, 2009
9:56 am

Spikes is a dirty SOB! The SEC needs to suspend him.

help, I live in Ga

November 2nd, 2009
9:56 am

Tony please change your name to Mr. Georgia College Football. How much research did you have to do to find something to whine about for Georgia. This is your second reprimand from me. Now write something that doesn’t say somebody was mean to Georgia or I’m suspending you from my reading list. Go Vols.

hey Mr. Georgia football

November 2nd, 2009
9:56 am

yeah you played Clemson in 1981, way to go

Tebow

November 2nd, 2009
9:57 am

Please forgive Spikes for the finger in the eye incident. He thought the GA player had a bee in his helmet and was trying to kill it, before he was stung. So, you should actually be “Thanking” him the GA kid did not get stung. Coach Meyer and I are on his side and we will not let a suspension happen over this misunderstanding.

Go Gators!

Shane

November 2nd, 2009
9:57 am

Thanks for the explanation!

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 2nd, 2009
9:57 am

GatorZip74, that was my Grambling bulldawg imposter once again, please disregard.

Back to remain me how pathetic and sad some fleabags can be.

hey Mr. Georgia football

November 2nd, 2009
9:57 am

not GT’s fault UGA is considered along the same lines at MS St and Vandy…still be playing you guys if you were ranked number 1…good luck with that

MVP

November 2nd, 2009
9:59 am

It wasn’t spikes fault, it was those ugly black football helmets fault.

Darius

November 2nd, 2009
9:59 am

I imagine that Meyer will suspend Spikes for 1/2 a game or a game.

just thinking...

November 2nd, 2009
10:00 am

So NOBODY saw Tebow get the same treatment? Nobody?

Gator Mike

November 2nd, 2009
10:01 am

What Spikes did was wrong, and Coach Meyer should deal with it. Additionally, the UGA players were also guilty of some cheap shots.
I will give the Dogs credit in that they sure can dance their stupid cha cha cha. Too bad they cannot play football.
It was a great day in Jax once again. This year, the Dog Fans refrained from all of thier idiotic barking before the game because they sensed the Gators were on a mission. I certaininly loved watching the folks dressed in red in the East Stands leaving once again at the beginning of the 4th quarter leaving a background of blue seats which must have described thir mood.
I do not care what happens when UGA plays Georgia Tech this year, but the Dogs will have a difficult time with the Yellow Jackets.
Als the H##l with the ohio state clown who chimes in on Fl and UGA issues. Go back up North where you belong.
Go Gators!

broken_knuckle

November 2nd, 2009
10:04 am

I wonder why the georgia bulldawgs are the most penalized team in the sec?

dgroy

November 2nd, 2009
10:04 am

Has anybody checked his (Spikes) Birth Certificate?……he looks to be about thirty years old. The NFL wants/needs mean players and he’s just trying to project that image……if he’s caught again, suspend his sorry butt forever.

Larry

November 2nd, 2009
10:05 am

For all the Florida fans who “claim” it happened to Tebow and Spikes as well, post video. Spikes got caught, and I am sure UGA fans will be clamoring for suspensions of their own players if they were caught INTENTIONALLY trying to blind another player. So before you start leveling unsupported accusations, post evidence.

Mike Slive

November 2nd, 2009
10:05 am

I have spoken to Urban Meyer and he promised me that this would not happen again, so this is a dead issue. Alabama and Florida will represent our conference well when they both are undefeated in the SEC Championship game. I am also working on a scenario that both teams could have a rematch in the National Championship game as well!

To all AD’s in the SEC: you know how important it is for us as a conference to keep both Alabama and Florida undefeated in the SEC, so please refrain from questioning calls or pointing out players and things they may have done during a game… Remember, we are the SEC and need both teams undefeated. When you rise to their level, we will protect you as we are protecting Alabama and Florida right now. Any school that defies my wishes, will be dealt with harshly. Your head coach will be suspended for one game and fined $20,000.00 (Kiffin will be fined $40,000.00).

Mike Slive

SC Rules!!!

November 2nd, 2009
10:07 am

Tony,

Full on agree with that Spikes comments AND the burning of the black uni’s by UGA!

Well, the run has been a nice one but alas all good things come to an end some time. We’ll finish strong, probably get an invite to a bowl in Orlando and reap the prize of another top 5 recruiting class. The SEC is strong no doubts or arguments, but the “experts” are evening startign to give the PAC 10 its due, we are listed right behind y’all. I look forward to a trip to the beaches of sunny FLA for new years. Maybe we’ll get an invite to play the SEC runner-up as the winner will be in the NC game. ‘Nola sounds nice too!

Fight On!!

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
10:07 am

I guess no one is going to mention #82 trying to cut Spikes at the knees, or ripping Spikes helmut off earlier but sitting with UGA fans I am used to their one sided whining. Man up!, Are you Dawgs or whining pups?

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 2nd, 2009
10:08 am

LMAO, looks like I’ve push my Grambling Bulldawg imposter over the edge. My point has been made, so, I’ll leave for the day.

…Any further post, is from the very sad excuse of a human being whose world is coming apart because Duke is currently a much better team than UGAg.

D.Craig 16

November 2nd, 2009
10:09 am

Spikes should sit out the regular season. How is this different than Blount from Oregon? Spikes went into Ealy’s facemask twice! Thats bull @#@!# But I have a feeling, even after the administration sees the tape, that they’ll slap him on the arm and give him a wink.

I know this stuff happens in the games, but Spike was caught red handed. Florida has to do something, and one game will not be acceptable. If ESPN covered this story like they did with the Oregon-Bosie State cheepshot, Spikes would be gone

BG

November 2nd, 2009
10:10 am

Spikes is a thug. Meyer will not punish him for this incident. I hope he tears his ACl the next game he plays!!!!!

Ramblin Wrecker

November 2nd, 2009
10:10 am

I’m not sure why Jeff Schultz and Tony are worried for GT about the results against Vanderbilt. For one thing, we know our defense is not that good. But our offense is one of the best in the country and will cut thru people like a hot knife thru butter. GT scored more points on an SEC defense this season, than any SEC team has (56). They also scored 42 on Miss State which is the 6th highest score on an SEC defense this season. They’re 2-0 agains the SEC this year and will be 3-0 by season’s end. Wake Forest and Duke are not going to stop this offense, and regardless of how bad our defense plays, it won’t be bad enough for Wake Forest or Duke to outscore this offense.

I have no worries that Paul Johnson will get enough effort out of this defense to win the final three games. I mean, he’s not Mark Richt (who talks about all the penalties they get, but doesn’t punish anyone for it). Paul Johnson has his team’s attention and they know there is accountability on this team (unlike UGA).

To Hell With Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!!

JaxDawg

November 2nd, 2009
10:10 am

Hey Gator Al. Did you think the Darnell Dockett was misunderstood when he was twisting Ernest Graham’s knee?

Reality Check

November 2nd, 2009
10:12 am

Spikes is just what the Dr ordered for a UGA coaching staff and ignorant fan base that wants to focus on anything other than the housecleaning that needs to occur in Athens.

Gatorsownyou

November 2nd, 2009
10:12 am

The video shows Brandon Spikes fingers entering inside the facemask, but does not show any contact with the eyes. That is assumed. Also, the player did not complain of any eye injury. I’m sure Ealey will now all of a sudden come forward with a severe eye injury that he “forgot to mention.” This is no worse than the blatant late hits on Tebow, ripping off of Spikes’ helmet, and cheap shots UGA players were giving to Gators all game.

Gen Neyland

November 2nd, 2009
10:13 am

The alleged Finger Poke didn’t alter the outcome. How about some X’s and O’s on the game instead of a weak kneed Kangaroo Court on one Gator..?

The Thin Guy

November 2nd, 2009
10:14 am

Do you have a UGay Tube of No 78 of UGay trying to rip Brandon Spikes’ helmet off? Spikes should win SEC player of the week and be selected an All American. But I certainly hope Brandon has had his rabies and tetanus shots. Have you ever noticed how UGay quarterback Joe Cox looks like the kid from the movie Deliverance sitting on the bridge playing the banjo. The black helmets were fantastic. Only thing missing is the Mickey Mouse ears and a little propeller on top. Is Saturday’s big game against Tennis Shoe Tech touch or tackle?

Gatorsownyou

November 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

“Suspend Spikes” – Tony Barnhardt, noted UGA graduate and unabashed homer

UGA's Buddy

November 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

Tony Barnhart, like all the other dawg lovers at the AJC is now reviewing films of florida games to see if a player should be suspended? Absolutely funny! Tony—have you carefully reviewed films of georgia games to see all the low class things these players do—hitting after the whistle, grabbing in the pile, twisting knees….Glad to see that UGA has all these friends in the media as investigators!!!

UGA fans wear Blinders

November 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

ugay plays dirty and takes cheap shots all the time, thats why they are the most penalized team in college football.

Old Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
10:16 am

I know I played football millions of years ago and kids were different then, but our coaches made everyone on the team pay for penalties and turnovers. The inability of the Georgia coaching staff to correct the problems of penalties and turnovers is proof positive they are not doing their jobs. I know the UGA coaches have focused on the issues more this year than in the past and for what ever reason the message isn’t being delivered.

If you take away the penalties and turnovers, who knows how this season turns out? It’s just like TOs, rebounds and hitting free throws in hoops, the team that has the best margin in those categories usually win.

How simple can it be?

Gator Rob

November 2nd, 2009
10:17 am

Spikes was retaliating for Ealey spitting in his face earlier in the game. If you don’t think that kind of stuff goes on at the bottom of piles in every game you’re kidding yourself, especially a rivalry game. Spikes is an emotional player and you want your MLB to be mean and a little nuts. UGA could probably use more of that attitude on their defense.
That being said, it happened to be caught on camera and I wouldn’t be opposed to a one game suspension. And we happen to play Vandy on Sat.

Reality Check

November 2nd, 2009
10:17 am

UGA had several personal fouls called on them in the first half- including ripping Spikes helmet off.
-Mess with the bull and you get the horns!

Yellow=Piss

November 2nd, 2009
10:18 am

Spikes is probably out on the street selling crack at the moment.

DWALK

November 2nd, 2009
10:18 am

THUGS!!!! What more can you say….. THUGS on both sidelines!!!!!! Would really love to see the GPA of all parties involved…..NO CLASS will not even come close…. How far Georgia Football has fallen!!!!!!

LET SPIKES FINISH THE JOB

November 2nd, 2009
10:19 am

to hell with ugay!

mash a bug

November 2nd, 2009
10:20 am

SEC is becoming a joke. Bad calls by refs, coaches letting thugs poke eyes out… what’s happened to the SEC? There needs to be some quick actions by the leadership…. The best conference in the nation has a black eye at the moment….

A Crip

November 2nd, 2009
10:20 am

I can tell you from years of banging it with the Bloods that nobody wants to mess wit dem gangsta Gators. And Spikes? Hell to the no! My cousin was in prison with him and Spikes was known as “Pokey” for all the eyes he gouged out. Suspend him? He’s gonna get an “A” in Phys Ed this week when the coaches see this video.

Jim

November 2nd, 2009
10:22 am

I agree that this behavior has no place in college football. If you think that this doesn’t happen in every game, and worse, by every team, you are kidding yourself. This just happens to be caught on tape. However, while we’re having the SEC review behavior, let’s also look at the tape of nearly the entire Georgia team leaving the bench apparently to fight the Gator players after there was some pushing and shoving on the field. If I’m not mistaken, the penalty for that is automatic ejection from the game and suspension from the next game played. This type behavior absolutely cannot continue and needs to be addressed by the SEC.

McDawg

November 2nd, 2009
10:23 am

the guy who needs to get suspended is Taylor Mays from USC-the dirtiest cheap shot in football-every single chance he has he goes for the head

once again UGA took itself out of the game-why can’t these guys play a complete game??

ratherBgambling

November 2nd, 2009
10:28 am

Ignorant mutts.

How about suspending the db who threw a cheep shot at Tebow and tried to knock him out of the game in the first quarter.

Ealey didn’t even come out of the game.

It was a dirty game on both sides, its the losers who cry about it.

UGA is not a good team, its not a conspiracy or Spikes…………its bad coaching and no talent on the field. Go get some coaches and players and bring them to Jacksonville next year, until you do, the Gators will continue to stomp your a$$.

UGAFan

November 2nd, 2009
10:28 am

Gator Al, you can’t be serious. No “good kid” goes after a guy’s eyes like that. That’s a thug. Period. Spikes is a big overgrown THUG.

Gen Neyland

November 2nd, 2009
10:30 am

The comments regarding Spikes contained herein are a testament to the UGA fanbase direction as a whole. We can’t get a conversation started on football substance because today, there is none. Good luck bashing on the Gators. Hope it eases the pain…

Iron Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
10:31 am

UGA got beat, we lost, we were poorly coached and no where close to being ready to play – the gators were just the opposite. Having said that, there is no way you can justify trying to blind someone!! If it happens get a grip and address it in some way but you can not justify trying to blind someone. Football is rough, violent sport but you can not justify someone doing this! Coach UM should do something, but, ahem, he probably will not. Slive needs to step in and make a statement to all players on all teams that this type of criminal behavior is not part of the natural violence that is football.

DWALK

November 2nd, 2009
10:31 am

One more thing……. Could someone please take the time to explain the concept to WM that if the other team scores more points,,,,,,,, they win the game?????????

CT

November 2nd, 2009
10:31 am

Tony’s right, don’t sleep on LSU. The Tide’s offense is terrible outside of Mark Ingram and if LSU can slow him down and force McElroy to beat them, he can’t do that with the talent LSU has in the defensive backfield. Don’t cry Tide fans but LSU wins this game.

LSU – 16 Bama – 13

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
10:33 am

Keep crying puppies…they played to rough…it was too hot…pay backs are hell…maybe cmr should have given out black pacifiers instead…

Gator 4 Life

November 2nd, 2009
10:34 am

Spikes did it because Ealey laid down and didn’t sit up on a tee like Knowsho Moran-o did last year for him. He was wiping the tears from Ealey’s eyes for not being recruited by the Gators.

ratherBgambling

November 2nd, 2009
10:34 am

Tony

Should Ealey be suspended also for spitting in Spikes face?