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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Tony Jabroni is on the UGAg payroll !

November 2nd, 2009
11:23 am

HOMER ! Lets talk about some GOOD teams, not those pathetic losers over in Athens

Sanford Drive

November 2nd, 2009
11:24 am

We suck bad enough as it is, we don’t need any extra help. Thanks, Spikes.

Eric

November 2nd, 2009
11:24 am

ALLBARN WINS ALLBANR WINS! Me and Roswell Ed celebrated with a glass of wine & then played hide the candybar ;)

GoGator

November 2nd, 2009
11:25 am

How come there is no mention of the Georgia player who took the cheap shot on Tebow when he was out of the play. That should have been an unsportsmanlike conduct and the player should have been kicked out of the game. Of course I would’t expect anything less from UGA fans: Take cheap shots at others but start whining when they start to give it back. If it gets called on the field during the game then that should be the end of it. The SEC should not step in for what happens in the game and on the field. There is no telling how many suspensions there would be if thety reviewed all the pileups and scrambles for loose balls. Everyone knows that when you are covered up in a crowd, there are no rules as to what you can grab in order to get control of the football.

DeepDiver

November 2nd, 2009
11:25 am

Muttnonsens – don’t believe Cox was intending to go to Charles on that play. I think he was trying to fling it out of bounds. Problem is, he doesn’t have enough fling in that gingery arm of his. We saw it in the Tennessee game also.

Brandon Spikes = POS

November 2nd, 2009
11:25 am

Mark

November 2nd, 2009
11:25 am

Barnhart, your like a toy doll at Walmart- pull the string, and you go WAAAAAAHH!!

First the refs cheated, now the players are hurting us and poking us in the eyes. Not that eye gouging is right, but I’ve seen plenty of crap like that done by Tech, UGA Fla, Auburn, FSU, Clemson. It actually happens a lot, and you know it. But Fla pounded your Dawgs, so now you demand reprimands. All the suspensions to players and referees you can muster a demand for will not change the fact that UGA’s program is in shambles. You can’t put everyone on the sidelines.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 2nd, 2009
11:26 am

Richt can get you a discount on some good carpet. It has to be black.

Gatorzip74

November 2nd, 2009
11:26 am

ATTENTION ALL DAWG FANS! If it makes you happy I’ll admit it. I’ll take my thugs with longhair who will bust your ass if you have the ball. I’ll take my QB who isn’t afraid of your defense and just broke your most cherished player’s record. I’ll take my coach you will rub it in your face after he kick CMR’s ass. Most importantly I’ll take the championships associated with it.

If you don’t like it leave the SEC and join the ACC. Maybe you can compete for the Coastal Division title there.

Daily Digest: November 2, 2009 - UGA News

November 2nd, 2009
11:27 am

[...] Brandon Spikes’ attempt to gouge UGA’s Washaun Ealey in the eyes, which has been met by many calls to suspend Spikes.  And ESPN’s Chris Low says Georgia football is in [...]

Sanford Drive

November 2nd, 2009
11:28 am

Cheap shots happen in the heat of the moment, and should absolutely be penalized. However, what Spikes did was calculated and deliberate. He wasn’t even initially involved in the play but managed to get himself into that pile.

See the difference?

Dorsey Hill

November 2nd, 2009
11:29 am

Does someone know exactly what point in the game this was? I know that Ealey got in Spikes face when he hit him after a whistle and Josh Davis ripped his helmet off another play and another time Spikes helmet flew off and someone got him in the head with a helmet. Were these things after the eye-gouge or before? I’d just like to know if we were retaliating or he was. In any event, one of the few bright spots in this game was not being intimitated by that guy. Last year, when Knowshon got jacked up and Spikes had a few words for Moreno while he was on the ground, no one got him back.

I really could care less about what Meyer or the SEC does or does not do about this guy, I’m just glad we either got him back or gave him a reason. Its a least an improvement in the toughness department over 2008.

Having been right, and in the minority, alot about this team of late (I predicted a NT run in 2007, wasn’t feeling in 2008, and saying 6-6 was a real possibility in 2009) this team is a lot closer than I think most fans realize. Having finally gotten a running game in ‘09 we have the potential to win out and 9-4 would make everyone feel a lot better about things. The question on the table is: should we throw Aaron out there Saturday and roll with him the rest of the way? I tend to think we should and don’t be surprised if we do. I can’t imagine that if he’s healthy that he is doesn’t give us at least as good a chance to win as Joe does.

Even without that, we’ll have him in 2010. Logan will not be the starter in 2010. Aaron Murray will and I say without seeing him take a college snap that he will be one of if not the best to play QB at Georgia when he’s done. Jakar Hamilton comes in for Jones which I expect will be a step up. Rambo is clearly a step up from Evans. And if Banks stays healthy and Ogletree is ready to play as a frosh. safety will become strength rather than a liability. DT is a scary spot for 2010, but we’ll have some decent bodies in there.

I’m not ready for predictions for 2010 yet, but I think the rest of this year and next will be a lot, lot better than the last 13 games (7-6), even if, as expected, there are no staff changes.

Jud

November 2nd, 2009
11:29 am

If Murray isn’t ready for tenn tech then who would he be ready against? they are awful

Tell Like It Is

November 2nd, 2009
11:31 am

Football is a violent sport as witnessed by the many injuries.Have you ever been in a pile and felt someone punching your gonads? If you reprimand Spikes, then you should do the same to the coaches who tell their players to take out an opposing player. You might as well band football. It is a part of the game. Get a grip.

I'd be embarrassed

November 2nd, 2009
11:31 am

to be a UGA fan.

The comments on this blog are so whiny… the crying incessant. “It’s unfair!” he nearly poked his eyes out!

have any of you ever played this game? Didn’t you bleed? didn’t you hurt? creak? ache? have knee surgery? weren’t you gouged? kicked? tripped? clipped? cracked? smacked? jacked?
Scars? concussions?

If not, then you didn’t play, you were a spectator.

PappyHappy

November 2nd, 2009
11:34 am

Time for Coach Richt to get away from his GIMMICKS, and get back to serious BASICS!! (like blocking, tackling and running!)

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
11:36 am

This is what is wrong with Georgia, once proud team of Dooley and Russell, they didn’t whine about getting hurt or bad officiating, they went out and kicked ass, including the Gators, they are just like their fans now, a bunch of crying babies. Come on Tony, I have learned to expect more from you than this.

David

November 2nd, 2009
11:36 am

Tony,
Would you be so outraged about Spikes if he did it against another team? For some strange reason you get outraged everytime Ga gets whipped. I admit you do favor Uga, but don’t you care in the least about being objective? By the way, Ga is going make you cry some more.

Vince

November 2nd, 2009
11:37 am

Gator Al, what was he misunderstood about? Was he trying to help the guy put his contact lens back in or something? How about let’s as a nation stop making excuses for the deplorable actions of other people (particularly athletes) and start shoving some responsibility down some people’s throats. Legarette Blount punched out a guy after a game, and then tried to fight everyone in the stadium and was suspended for the season. Spikes went after a player’s eyes during a game–do you suggest we swat him with a rolled up newspaper, and say, “No! Don’t do that again!”

G8R GRAD

November 2nd, 2009
11:38 am

While it should be boviuos that I cannot condone Brandon Spikes’ immature actions, we also cannot forget that he’s just a kid.
He needs to understand that his conduct was inexcusable and he should be punished for his loss of control.
But who among us hasn’t commited an act that he/she wishes they had not.
That loss of control in an emotional situation is something with which we can all identify and Spikes needs to learn that lesson this week.
The GA/FL game is, and always has been, a huge rivalry and, as such is subject to very rough (read that: at times – dirty) play.
Saturday was no exception.

georgiadawg1970

November 2nd, 2009
11:38 am

This Spikes character is a hoodrat and a hoodlum. If ESPN wants to dispell the belief that they are in the tank for Meyers, this should be shown to the country till the SEC takes action.

reasonable

November 2nd, 2009
11:39 am

As a life long Dawg fan, I venture to say that Meyer will do the right thing with Spikes. Most coaches do not want to see this kind of play with a deliberate effort to hurt an opposing player. I don’t care if you play for UGA, Florida, FSC, or Bama, that sort of thing needs to be corrected or it infects your team and eventually comes around back to the player. The question of who started it is irrelevant, the act depicted stands on its own. By the way, I am well aware of what goes on in pileups, having played football at various levels for several years in my younger days. A lot of punching and twisting does go on, some of it questionable. The fact that such events have occurred in the past does not condone it. As to Georgia, the problems are really easy to see, a lack of focus on fundamentals, a really bad Defensive Coordinator who should have been fired after last season (his continued presence and a growing sense of Richt playing favorites with him has infected the program and outraged supporters and alumni to a dangerous level for Richt’s future), lack of hard nosed discipline to stop penalties and dancing on the sideline (players should be huddling with their position coaches and going over what is happening in the game and making adjustments, not dancing around wasting energy particularly when they are losing, among other issues), and yes we are young but I have heard that for the last four years (since Stafford was a freshman) with a QB who is not of SEC caliber (average arm strength and inexperienced), but that has the ring of an excuse. Bama is playing a new QB who is having problems but they are undefeated.
Florida beat our butts bad fair and square as did Tennessee, we were poorly coached and totally unprepared. The idea that we needed a gimmick to get up for Florida (the number one team in the land to boot) is laughable. Somebody please tell Rich to man up, fire his DC and hold his other coaches accountable for their players’ performance, return to hard nosed physical footbal, emphasize fundamentals (somebody really tackle, not jank a facemask), and never, ever use another uniform gimmick the rest of his life.

SSI gator

November 2nd, 2009
11:41 am

Very strange day right from the start. Not nearly as much woofin before the game from the pups. Had a very resigned, somber feel to it. Even when it looked like UGA might do something in the first half the UGA fans around me sensed it would not last. After the game I told my UGA friend that I actually felt sorry for them this year. This used to be a really great series and it just isn’t any more. UGA needs to get this turned around to make it a game again. Oh well, at least it was nice and quiet on the island again this year.

Clemson plays in A-She-She

November 2nd, 2009
11:41 am

Jorts wearing Florida fans have to be the densest people on earth.

QUOTE: “This stuff goes on all the time. Get over it.”

If your reasoning were sound, then murderers, rapists, arsonists, etc. would be overlooked because, hey, “it goes on all the time.”

gdawginkalamazoo

November 2nd, 2009
11:42 am

Go Gators, that looked like a block to me. If you wear those dreadlocks your helment has a good chance to come off. There didn’t appear to be anything intentional there other than to hit him hard. Happens to those guys a lot thats why I don’t understand how they can wear that hair. I didn’t like that hit on Tebow early in the game after he handed the ball off, now that was a cheat shot that should have been called. I think both teams went at each other pretty hard like they should have.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 2nd, 2009
11:44 am

Regardless of what was called or not called we got our a$$es handed to us again by the Gators. Congrats to the Gators and congrats to Tebow for getting the TD record. Well deserved record for him.

SouthGaDawg

November 2nd, 2009
11:45 am

Brandon Spikes is the dirtiest player I have ever seen. There are many caught on tape moments from the Georgia game both last year and this year. How he gets away with it is what I don’t understand. Last year he repeatedly speared Stafford after he had thrown the ball with the referee watching. The “head butt” was Satfford’s way of retaliating. Spikes is the definition of “thug.” If you watch the tape of the game, you will see many instances of his conduct. The “eye gouge” is plenty of reason for a suspension. Are NFL scouts watching?

Mutt Nonsense

November 2nd, 2009
11:47 am

Great point from someone about #39 blowing up Tebow well after was legal with no hint of a penalty being called. Did anyone complain about that? Nope, Tebow just went out and neutered you.

Is #39 now a “thug” who should be suspended indefinitely?

Typical Mutt Nonsense. Ignore what their own side does, call for heavy handed punishments on other teams because they can’t handle this stuff themselves, and then when all else fails, throw out the vaunted “thug” reference since it’s apparently the 2009 version of the word everyone knows they shouldn’t say in public.

robodawg

November 2nd, 2009
11:49 am

I’m okay with the black helmets … I mean look, we weren’t expected to win this one. I don’t think it was a cheap motivational ploy, I think it was just let’s have a little fun on Halloween in Jacksonville. Knowing this season is basically sunk anyways, I’m okay with that. If the Dawgs want to do that every time we play on Halloween (once every seven years?), let it be. I like the normal red helmets and silver britches, but hey, the uniforms looked good.

You might say that “having fun” is inappropriate for a team that’s performing this badly. No way … if we want to finish with at least a winning record, the players gotta keep up their morale and their enthusiasm for the game. It’s not about “getting up” for Florida, that’s not necessary; it’s about team morale and believing in themselves as a team.

Head Coach Jimmy McGinty - Washington Sentinels

November 2nd, 2009
11:49 am

HEY UGAg fans remember this:

“Thats why girls don’t play the game”

You guys are PATHETIC. Go get another tattoo, or maybe focus on duck season.

Southern Football Watch

November 2nd, 2009
11:50 am

It’s a wonder the SEC continues to include these whiney, sissy, losing puppies in their party of college men. Please do not embarrass the rest of the South by broadcasting these mutt fiascos outside of Georgia anymore. Sure, they once won when many other programs were down, but now….. It is humorous to observe these “fans” coming out of their tar-paper shacks and weeping about their “dawgs” and the bad coaching. Also, the annual demonstration of the UGA thugs jumping around on the field after one touchdown like a herd of gorillas is a scream. The rest of the SEC world looks down upon this demonstration as another example of unfounded gimmickry as well as lack of moral discipline. Well, when you were riding Hershel’s headlines, you were good, but, now, doormats you have become. Thanks for cleaning our shoes UGA.

Mutt Nonsense

November 2nd, 2009
11:51 am

No mention of Saint Chapas hitting Stamper after he dropped a pass and the play was dead? On that’s right it’s totally normal. When you get a pass thrown to you and then drop it, you need to immediately go and try and hit the guy who was covering you.

low country loser bulldog

November 2nd, 2009
11:51 am

Hey Tony,

Any word if the dawwwwgs are wearing white cleats for the Kentucky game???? Gosh I hope so ! :) Go dawgs! 2011 National Champions baby

Kenneth Morris

November 2nd, 2009
11:52 am

I’m not defending Spikes at all for what is shown on film, but I think he was just retaliating for the same actions done to Tebow by a UGA defender during FLORIDA’s offensive series before (when it was thought by the sportscasters that Tebow and the UGA defender had helmet to helmet contact, and replay showed that the UGA defender did the same thing)….should we also punish him as well.

Fleischman in Chi Town's bed

November 2nd, 2009
11:52 am

Didn’t see too many UGA car flags this morning…

gdawginkalamazoo

November 2nd, 2009
11:55 am

SSI Gator, with our defensive play calling as a dawg fan you just can’t help but feel that way. Hopefully Richt gets the changes for next year and we make it a series again. We have the talent no doubt it just needs direction. Maybe Richt can get back to ehlp call some plays on the offense.

pb

November 2nd, 2009
12:00 pm

If this were Curran:

Can’t believe you are defending this guy (Or Ty Cobb, either, one of the meanest, vicious baseball players ever.) You, unfortunately, sound like a jerk.

Tell Like It Is

November 2nd, 2009
12:06 pm

SouthGaDawg

November 2nd, 2009
11:45 am

You Jawja fans need to understand what thuggery really is. You should ask some of the black players who first integrated the SEC(Lester McClain at Tennessee and Wendel Jackson at Alabama). If any of you saw the Ernie Davis movie(first black to win the Heisman), then you may get some concept of the art of thuggery. Football is a brutal game meant for men and not whinners.

those georgia hicks are stupid people

November 2nd, 2009
12:14 pm

Don’t argue with anyone from georgia, it will lower your I.Q.

Otto

November 2nd, 2009
12:16 pm

Go Gators, Thanks for the youtube link. If the UGA player did gouge Spikes eyes he should be out for the next game too. I can not watch youtube here and will check it out later.

Ripping a helmet off is not the same as gouging another players eyes.

Even if Spikes had his eyes gouged first it is not an excuse to do the same to another player, same goes for UGA. We all learned early in life to wrongs does not make it right.

Otto

November 2nd, 2009
12:17 pm

DaboDisciple

November 2nd, 2009
12:17 pm

This is a riot. Thank you!

I just wish we could play UGA this year. They’re a joke.

Speaking of jokes, how about the ESPN conference…I mean, the SEC? We would beat everyone’s arses, except maybe UF, and will show you in a few weeks when we destroy the Coots from Columbia.

Trash.

Gagata

November 2nd, 2009
12:17 pm

Yawn….tempest in a teapot

FalconsFan

November 2nd, 2009
12:21 pm

I think it’s time to cool off this entire rivalry for a while, between the ugly and disrespectful way the UGA and UF players treated each other on the field and the 200+ underage drinking citations that were handed out this mess just needs to stop for a while. Rivalry games are great and they’re a ton of fun, but why can’t more games be like the Army/Navy game where both teams and fans all respect each other? Fans stay out of trouble and all have a good time at the game.

The game Saturday should be viewed as an embarrassment to the UGA and UF communities, there was nothing positive that came out of that game, on the field and off.

SEC Overated?

November 2nd, 2009
12:22 pm

Ole Miss #4

UGA #13

…nah

GT Fan

November 2nd, 2009
12:22 pm

Hey Tony how about giving Tech some credit for being 8-1 instead of degrading them by saying they better not take wake or duke lightly. They have won on the road at 2 sec schools, and at FSU and Virginia. I guess it is hard for you to see Tech doing well since you are a UGAG grad.

no1g8r

November 2nd, 2009
12:23 pm

Per Urban Meyer in his Monday Press Conference, Spikes will be suspended for the 1st half of the next game (against Vanderbilt). This decision was made after a consultation with the SEC league office.

Sounds about right – it’s the same penalty that fighting would have drawn if caught by the officials.

Tyler

November 2nd, 2009
12:25 pm

Has espn shown the replay of the act on it’s boradcast at all? Just curious? If not, then why?

Anonymous

November 2nd, 2009
12:27 pm

Hey, Vince:

As of this week, Blount’s back on the field.

jumbeauxtiger

November 2nd, 2009
12:29 pm

1. I’m sure Meyer will do the right thing if Spikes really did this.

2. Goergia needs to fire several position coaches including Martinez. I would be furious if I was a Dawg fan for Richt using uniform gimmicks to motivate his team against their biggest rival who happens to be ranked #1. I also have to call into question his judgment and ability to lead a major program.

3. Ponder is impressive and I enjoy watching him play.

4. LSU is in control of their destiny but they have a huge task at hand on Saturday plus there still is alot of football left to play. I will be there and it should be exciting.

5. I don’t see Tech losing to Wake or Duke but you never know in the ACC.

PS. Where are the Ole Miss fans that were talking smack on here last summer?

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC