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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Bubba

November 2nd, 2009
10:34 am

Spikes WILL be suspended for the year. How ironic that UGA will wind up ruining the Gators’ national championship dreams after all.

Jury

November 2nd, 2009
10:35 am

At 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter Spikes loses his helmet for the second time in the game. As he leaves the field, he reaches up with his left hand (gloved), pulls something from his hair and quickly reinserts it into his ear (at 12 seconds). My son saw the same. To me, it looks like an uh-oh moment.

We don’t believe it was an earring. He put it back into his ear.

It could have been noise reduction, which would be perfectly acceptable.

It could have been an earpiece. Direct, electronic communications devices with players on the field are illegal, right?

Spikes must be banned. I don’t care about the NCAA or the SEC. The first line is the University of Florida. If Spikes is allowed to continue one more practice and one more game, we are left to assume that the University of Florida as an institution values and honors the feats we deplore. The University will prove itself to be the same if not a stronger hue of scum as Mr. Spikes.

Should UF fail in the next two days to publicly and sternly address the situation, then the SEC must.

Should both fail, I am left to assume that Coach Kiffin’s remarks regarding the SEC may well be valid.

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
10:35 am

Has anyone forgot about punk Ealey doing the same as him. Spikes came off the field complaining and that is why they put a shield on his helmet. Ask anyone who played against the punk at Emanuel Institute. He was a punk then and still is. That’s what happens when you %$#@ with the big boys.

re: black

November 2nd, 2009
10:35 am

Was it hot in Jax?

Does black absorb heat?

What was he thinking?

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
10:37 am

Spikes WILL be 1st Team AA…UGA will be in Shreveport on December 28.

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
10:38 am

or maybe not…

FSU NORTH or part 2

November 2nd, 2009
10:40 am

Willie is the new Jeff Bowden….Hey where is Jeff coaching these days? You knw its bad when you read the other teams sports pages and listen to NON boased announcers and they say Ga ia no t even mediocre anymore. Ray goff days are here again…..Lots of young good coaches out there oh well I guess 7 and 6 years are good at uga now.

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
10:40 am

And now you guys are claiming that Spikes had communication system in his ear? Oh my God, you guys have lost the grip on reality!!

You just can’t make this stuff up!!

Tony, you need to answer the question about why you pick and choose which plays to be outraged about. I have been a loyal reader for years and have always put you at the top of college football writers but brother, you’re WAY over the line with this one. Equal is equal – we all know you went to UG but this is the first time I believe that I’ve seen it in your writing.

And to top it off, you lead Monday with a Georgia loss instead of a Georgia Tech? They have a really good shot at a monster years and yet you choose this route?

Wow!

Sportscenter

November 2nd, 2009
10:42 am

Man these guys are jsut laughing at Willie. He plays cover 2 and blitzes on 3rd and 18?!! FSU please hire Mark Richt. For the record we sucked in 06-08-09 and 07 we were pathetic until we made some lucky palys against a poor gator d. We bought a 8-4 Fla team and not bvery good auburn team…We played crappy hawaii. We havent dont jack since Van Gorder left. Richt needs to go!!!!!

Atlanta Sports Fan

November 2nd, 2009
10:42 am

Hey Mr Football, your friends Mike Slive and Rogers redding do not have the balls to suspend Florida’s Spikes and Urban Meyer does not have the sense of morality to do it.

My money says he will get a pass, just like the entire Florida team gets a pass by the SEC refs each week.

DamnGoodDawg

November 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

Spikes is “misunderstood”? So was Ted Bundy!

North FLA Falcon

November 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

Urban Meyer tolerated thuggish behavior from Percy Harvin so why should he punish Spikes. Percy was hitting the bong last year but no one did anything. Both sides were trash talking all day long.

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
10:44 am

LEAD STORY – Puppies Lose, Fan’s Cry

It must be Monday.

Fal rules

November 2nd, 2009
10:45 am

Face it Dawgs..You guys arent even a rival anyomore. We really dont have any more rivals since the coacing staffs that bowden created are all terrible….Wake up this is 2009 not 1995! Get an offense or better yet get a defense!. We need soeme competition!

God its sad when all the gators arent even excited about beating you guys anymore. You guys are a laughing stock. UF would never have JOE COX running the show!

RxDawg

November 2nd, 2009
10:46 am

1. Yeh…that was pretty rotten. It’s probably worse than the Blount punch on the Boise St. kid. It will be interesting to see what happens from this.

2. Oh come on Tony. Those black helmets have nothing to do with how bad we are as a football team. It’s whats inside that helmet that has to do with how aweful we are.

3. Probably. I haven’t seen enough of him to really comment.

4. Good point. LSU is completely still in the driver’s seat and in control of their destiny.

5. Your right. Tech looks to be a pretty solid team. But knowing their history and knowing how the ACC is it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they lost to one of them.

georgia alumni

November 2nd, 2009
10:48 am

Bulldog Nation of this simple truth:

Georgia and Clemson need to play one another regularly.

One of my great fears as a ‘Dawg fan is that many Red and Black boosters, particularly that increasingly large contingent of them who are younger than I am, fail adequately to appreciate the significance of Georgia’s rivalry with the Tigers. As I wrote in the October 16, 1995, edition of The Red and Black:

We shouldn’t lightly sacrifice such a storied series as the Georgia-Clemson border war. We’ve been playing Clemson seven years longer than we’ve been playing Florida. Georgia and Clemson have met on the gridiron 60 times, exactly as many times as Alabama and Auburn will have faced one another after this year’s Iron Bowl. The Bulldogs have taken the field against over 100 opponents; Georgia has been playing Clemson longer than all but a dozen of them, and of those twelve, we continue to play just five.

The Bulldogs and the Tigers have been perpetual thorns in one another’s sides; Clemson’s only regular-season losses of the 1978, 1982, and 1991 campaigns all came between the hedges, whereas Georgia’s only regular-season setback during the three years of the Herschel Walker era came in Death Valley during Danny Ford’s 1981 national championship run.

Porty

November 2nd, 2009
10:49 am

Jeez Tony, you are getting taken to the proverbial woodshed over this whining column. Any comments about Ealy spitting in Spikes face or Dog players clawing at Tebow? We’re waiting……..

longtimesecfan

November 2nd, 2009
10:49 am

Steve–
You hit the nail right on the head-what Spikes did was wrong
but he was just respondidng to what had been done to him exactly
a few minutes before-the sideline camera showed him with his eye
being examined and cleaned but ol’ Homer Tony nor other butt
sniffers bother mentioning this. Same thing as to TT.

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
10:50 am

i think a losing record to the Zooker should be enough to get anyone fired…

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
10:50 am

Are you sure your mascot is a Dawg or a P$##& in disguise!

Jud

November 2nd, 2009
10:52 am

Ealey told spikes he had an itch and asked if he could scratch it. that’s it. no biggie.

dredsoutfumdehelmet

November 2nd, 2009
10:53 am

Hey Mon….don chu no, pull de locs, man, pull de locks…..annd don U no they mus smell goood!!!!

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
10:56 am

We’re waiting, Tony . . .

Answers please.

HeHateMe

November 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

Spikes is a thug pure and simple…he’s been doing this kind of stuff his entire football career…he needs to be suspended for the rest of the season…but Meyer is a baby and he’ll come up with a lame excuse to make sure he doesn’t lose his thug for the SEC Championship game. The SEC commisioner needs to step in and suspend Spikes…let’s see if Slive is man enough……… As far as the Georgia football team is concerned..they are a train wreck….This team is worse than any team Ray Goff ever put on the field. CMR should be embarassed for sending his team out wearing black helmets and black pants….clearly this is a desperation move by a coaching staff that has completely lost control of their team. Good coaches don’t need to resort to desperation moves..they make adjustments..instill disciple and coach fundemental football. I personally like CMR…but he needs to make major coaching changes throughout his staff at the end of this season or he won’t be around to collect his $2.9M yearly salary much longer…the Georgia Nation deserves more than what’s being served up right now…and soon the big money supporters will voice their displeasure and force Damon Evans to step in and make changes if CMR won’t…sad…very sad!

Yellow Fuzz

November 2nd, 2009
10:58 am

I had a great weekend. UGA loses, GT wins and there was a fantastic tickle pile at the Gay Pride festival. Yummers:)

Go Gators

November 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

OK, DAWGS you asked for it… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnPj3aeAzZU&feature=player_embedded
Spikes getting his eye poked by GA Fullback.

Denver Dog

November 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

Ramble ON, was that Eddie Lee deal before or after he was in the slammer for the most common Tech athletic problem buying and selling drugs? Or was it the time Ted Davis kicked a man in the head. Or was it when your assistant coaches under curry went down and beat up the UGA male cheerleaders. Get a life and tune into the real issues. Spikes is a thug he didn’t make the grades to get into UNC, and his transcripts were tampered with. So quit talking about something which you have no knowledge. Who knows, maybe your “new sherriff \” can lend some credence when he puts some of those DeVry students off of the team.

Tom

November 2nd, 2009
11:06 am

Steve Learn to make complete statement (”when Spikes was took his helment off”) but that is expected if you went to UF.

Spikes lost his helment as most of the NFL and college players do with long hair. The helment does not fit tight enough to the skull to keep the helment on and it slips off due to the excess hair.

By the way UF never won anything until the 1990 so learn to win with class as 18 years does not make a dent in SEC history.

dawg85

November 2nd, 2009
11:07 am

Love all the excuse making for Spikes. Spikes is a thug. It was dirty, plain and simple. I think Spikes was frustrated after getting hammered by Chapas a couple of times. In a game with few highlights those were alright! I guess Spikes can dish it out better than he can take it. If Ealey did spit on him that needs to be handled too.

Dawgs need some major staff changes. Giving up 37+ in eight out of fourteen games is inexcusable for a team with this kind of talent. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

mindless dribble

November 2nd, 2009
11:09 am

oh by the way, it is not our fault UGA is now considered a weak team. From pre ranked number 1 in the nation to a weak team in 2 seasons. And last season, you had two 1st round draft choices play QB and RB, and our QB and RB, Nesbitt and Jones compiled better yardage. What does that tell you? Out coached, outschemed and out foxed. You want to blame Tech for playing weak SEC teams, well hell we thought you were suppose to be ranked in the top 5..afterall you have a top 5 recruting class in the country every year that we have to hear about

Steve

November 2nd, 2009
11:09 am

Mr. College Football? LOL

How about Judge Tony? You should televise this because you have used your blog to become a soap opera.

Admit it! You’re a homer with clouded judgment.

Good night Drama Queen Tony!

JT

November 2nd, 2009
11:10 am

You sound just like thos Ga Bulldog Biotches!! That’s why they won’t/can’t win, they don’t have ANY toughness!!!! They have a coach who’s more concerned with them attending bible study and praying/going to church than he is football! Spikes was dirty yes, but that’s FOOTBALL!! Ain’t no f–kn crying in football!!! How much gouging could Spikes actually do with GLOVES ON?????? Hell, you just poke his eyes next time or give him one of those quick, Rick Flair quick shots to the cahoonas!! That’s how you handle that!! Geeeeeeeeeeezzz!!! And in case you’re wondering, I grew up in TUSCALOOSA(13 National Championships)!!*smile*

North FLA Falcon

November 2nd, 2009
11:11 am

I liked how UGA moved the ball. Their receivers played their hearts out. Unfortunately Joe Cox is too short to see over the line, that is why so many passes were batted away. The first few UF picks were flukes but UF is good enough to capitalize. The Gators are a team that surges, and when you give them momentum with dumb plays, penalties or turnovers they are going to kill you. I do think that if UGA had come out in the 2nd half and at least gotten a FG, if not a TD, we would have had a ballgame. Instead it became a laugher. Big changes coming at UGA.

Mutt Nonsense

November 2nd, 2009
11:13 am

No mention of LT #78 for UGA pulling the helmet and the hair at the end of a play?

Or Prince Miller and his weekly Napoleon syndrome nonsense?

You Dawg fans are priceless. According to Tone, only things that are caught on tape should be talked about. No UGA player has ever done anything dirty, and now Brandon Spikes and the entire Gator defense are wearing headset communicators tuned into the UGA play calls.

You’re not even worth laughing at anymore.

dawg85

November 2nd, 2009
11:13 am

Go Gators– that video doesn’t show much except that Spikes helmet won’t stay on because of his hair. Comparing that to a play where he’s in a pile reaching though another player’s facemask is a big stretch. I was looking for the intentional eye gouge. If Spikes gets a haircut and learns how to adjust his chinstrap he come out fine during that play.

mindless dribble

November 2nd, 2009
11:15 am

could a UGA fan please answer me this…why is it ok for Bama and Florida to play: FIU (both) North Texas, Chattanooga, Troy and Baptist College who poses as Charleston Southern? But you point your fingers at GT playing FSU, Clemson and Wake? You play these teams @ssholes. Good luck with that top 5 recruiting class you sign every year too

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
11:15 am

I am pretty sure I heard the one lone puppy fan left in the stadium in the 4th qtr chanting..

it’s alright it’s ok, we beat you in 1985.

Aloha Gator

November 2nd, 2009
11:16 am

Where is the complaining about the player who gouged Tebow’s eyes? #15 took it like a man and didn’t complain. That’s football. Stuff happens.

ratherBgambling

November 2nd, 2009
11:17 am

Spikes is “misunderstood”? So was Ted Bundy!

Typical classless UGA fan.

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
11:18 am

Hey Tom, go back to 1959, the last 50 years and tell me what the record is. How ignorant you crybabies are. Quit whining and hire a coach who isn’t soft. On second thought keep him forever since most of you have already drowned in the coolaid that he has given you……..

Mutt Nonsense

November 2nd, 2009
11:18 am

“The first few UF picks were flukes but UF is good enough to capitalize.”

You’re kidding right?

Cox not able to throw over an un-blocked linebacker who tips the ball and makes a great play…yeah total luck/fluke.

Cox’s first option (Chapas) being covered and then deciding to fling one up off his back foot to Charles get’s picked. Yep sounds like a fluke.

Cox leaving Green out to dry with a bad pass that gets AJ crushed and the ball tipped. Uh huh, sounds like pure chance/luck.

Gray telegraphing a pass and Spikes switching off his man who stayed to block to go over and cleanly pick one for 6.

Do you guys even watch the game?

Gatorzip74

November 2nd, 2009
11:19 am

TommyP- You’re a numbnuts for not reading all of my post. I didn’t condone it, but where does the SEC draw the line for reviewing conduct on the field? Suggestion to all the UGA fans who are crying about getting their arses handed to them by not only the Gators but the Vols as well, STOP TRYING TO MASK YOUR TEAM’S HORRIBLE PERFORMANCE BY FOCUSING ON OTHER THINGS. Spikes’ actions had no bearing on the outcome of the game.

GreatBigGator

November 2nd, 2009
11:19 am

Tom was that you chanting in the stands…

Bear1974

November 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

Let me get this straight Tony.

You had Uga players throughout the game 1) grab facemasks of UF players like on Tebow/James. 2) you had a Uga player rip the helmet off Spikes. 3) you had various helmet to helmet hits on Tebow’s head by Uga players. 4) You actually had a Uga player spit on Spikes before this alleged purposeful hand in facemask area.

Unless you were there Tony – game was extremely chippy between both teams.

And if suspend Spikes, you damn well better suspend a ton of Uga players for what they did during the game as well. I’m sure the UF coaching staff would love to put a video tape together for you to go over.

Just because this is on video does not mean there are not other things on video as well.

The player in question did not get hurt at all and even after the game he was not complaining about it at all.

I call this whining by the Uga media because your team got their butts handed to them for 17 out of the last 20 games.

It’s called loser talk.

DeepDiver

November 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

learn how to embed a video Tony. Schultzie does it all the time.

Nate

November 2nd, 2009
11:21 am

Why throw the baby out with the bathwater? Helmets and pants need to go…but what’s wrong with the black jersey. Those jerseys make a good looking uniform…an intimidating uniform. I think they should wear them a couple of times a year even…not just on special games.

But black helmets and pants look like a highschool team.

GatorGuy

November 2nd, 2009
11:21 am

Derelick – Please provide us some evidence of Spikes’ long rap sheet.

how2fish

November 2nd, 2009
11:22 am

I SAY ITS GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG! SAY ITS GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!

Bama Bandit

November 2nd, 2009
11:22 am

MISUNDERSTOOD?? Are you kidding? I understand it perfectly..Spikes is a thug, always has been. I am all for the adage of “Football is Football” I believe there is too much protection for the quarterback and that WR’s & DB’s should be able to fight for the ball a little bit more. But when you intentially do something that could end a player’s career, you’ve gone too far. I can’t wait for Brandon Spikes to go to the NFL and get his lesson. Who am I kidding? He’ll be in jail by then..in the meantime, GA’s running backs should wear visors…surely that wouldn’t hamper what little bit of field vision they have.