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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G8R GRAD

November 2nd, 2009
12:29 pm

BTW:

Thanks to Lane & Monte for yet another trip to Atlanta for UF!

Dawgcryer

November 2nd, 2009
12:33 pm

I would be embarrassed to be a UGA football fan. Not because of the poor play, but because of the way they handle defeat. You lost to the #1 team in the nation. They are very good. You are very bad. Quit whining and accept the fact that you will probably not go to a bowl this year. Mark Richt is the best coach you can hope for. Go ahead and fire him, who are you going to hire? get over it. Unfortunately, GT is playing 3 weak SEC teams this year.

CLTDawg

November 2nd, 2009
12:36 pm

Just breaking that Meyer suspended him for the first HALF against Vandy! Yes, only a half!!! What a piece of garbage, both the coach and the player. Meyer said he got caught up in the emotions, but that he and the team stand behind Spikes.

Hopefully, the SEC will step in and make the suspension more damaging. I doubt it, but one can hope.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 2nd, 2009
12:40 pm

Dawgcryer, this fan isn’t whining. UGA had a winning program. We have the kids on the field and sidelines that are more than capable of hanging with any team in the country athletic wise. Mark Richt can coach, he knows how to win. He has lost focus the past two years as the most important part of the team has been a complete and utter failure due to lack of direction.

Embarrassed as a fan, not for the program overall, Richt has done very well. For the performance this year, yes, as any reasonable fan should be. Will I hang our coach out to dry. NO! He has done a fantastic job since his arrival and I see continued success once he makes the corrections. There is nothing wrong with having a down year (okay very bad year), it is how you react to it that will be the difference. As I mention we have the talent, the kids need the direction.

DaboDisciple

November 2nd, 2009
12:40 pm

Urban Meyer is a scumbag.

The SEC is a classless, money-grab, shamelessly promoted by ESPN. The truth is, their thugs aren’t even all that good.

I wish we could play an SEC team every week.

Driver 8

November 2nd, 2009
12:40 pm

Dawgcrier and all other DisneyDawgs:

The game Saturday was not an anomaly. The program has been slipping for years (yes, I realize we finished #2 in ‘07-too bad we got whipped by a bad UT team and lost AT HOME to mediocre SC).

Richt looks and sounds like a beaten man. He refused to address last year’s problems and predictably they’ve snowballed. UGA is a program in free-fall. The only surprise now is when we hold an opponent to under 38 points.

Last year we heard a bout a million injuries (as if injuries were new to football). Funny, but that didn’t seem to really be the difference.

It all comes down to coaching. Looks like Richt was pretty fortunate to have Green, Pollack and BVG. He looks pretty hopeless without them.

TJ

November 2nd, 2009
12:41 pm

As a Gator Fan, Im embarrassed by the actions of Brandon Spikes. If Spikes is going to play that dirty, he may as well just go play for Raiders or Ravens!!

GEORGIA SUX

November 2nd, 2009
12:43 pm

Ok Toni and all u leghumpers(not tony)Spikes out for the first half against Vandy. But that will not be not enough for those whinny crying UGA fans.

GatorFan

November 2nd, 2009
12:44 pm

I am a Gator fan. Have been forever. And I’m a Brandon Spikes fan. I realize that type of play goes on a lot more than is realized. And who knows what all goes on underneath a pile. Never-the-less, I expect more form Florida players. I’m glad to see disciplinary action taken by Coach Meyer. Wouldn’t have bothered me if the suspension would have been a full game. There’s no place for that.

Gatorbait

November 2nd, 2009
12:44 pm

Meyer suspended him for first half from Vandy. Now Tony you can talk about something else. Go Gators

GEORGIA SUX

November 2nd, 2009
12:47 pm

cltmutt, sec slive backed up meyer. 1/2 a game is enough. keep crying like a bitch.

Tampa Wreck

November 2nd, 2009
12:47 pm

Spikes should be suspended for remainder of the season — minimum. I’m not naive enough to think this doesn’t happen often in football and other sports today, but it shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone. Not suspending him sends the wrong message to everyone. I’m amazed that there are so many that would defend this, regardless of what may have happened on a previous play or plays.

As for GT, you’re absolutely right. With the Exception of Jack State, every team we have played this year has given us a tough game. Our D sttinks, and we can’t take anyone for granted. I think CPJ gets tem ready for both games, but you never know how 18-20 tear old kids are going to react. Let’s hope they listen to the coaches and not all the fans that think they are top 10 national championship contenders.

If GT runs the table the rest of the way, and they may, it will be because they worked hard and prepared better than the other teams, not because they are necessarily better players.

Dawgcryer

November 2nd, 2009
12:47 pm

gDawginkalamazoo,
I agree with you. All teams have down years. Mark Richt is a good coach…he just needs to make changes.

Driver 8, Richt can solve the problem by getting rid of Matinez.

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
12:50 pm

Unbelievable! Tony, you have to answer there very realistic looking charges.

We’re waiting!!!

Claude Felton

November 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm

Memo to Coach Richt and Damon Evans:

I have spent all day trying to unload the black helmets but no takers. Grambling said they do not want helmets that have been used in a dance that looked less coordinated than Al Gore at the national convention. As far as the two dozen posters of Urban Meyer calling time out during 2008, I think we should put them on Ebay or just recycle the posters using the reverse for hyping the gymnastics team.

It is so bleak on the Internet that I believe we should push the Brandon Spikes story. I hope we can avoid the footage of Ealey spitting on Spikes and the footage of the late hit on Tebow or the helmet to helmet by the freshman linebacker.

Claude

PS: I think next year we should not waste valuable moments before kick off by changing uniforms. We probably should have spent that time talking about how to get Green the ball on some passes. But if you want I will continue to look for the pink uniforms we discussed.

Lord of The Lizards

November 2nd, 2009
12:56 pm

Tony, the second I saw the headline, I KNEW this would get a huge response from the Georgia “faithful”. If there IS one thing this UGA staff and fanbase are good at, it’s making excuses!!! Do I think Brandon Spikes should be suspended this week??? Absolutely!! Do I think that the UGA players that “came after HIM” from the first whistle, ripping off HIS helmet and going for HIS face, recieve the same punishment??? Absolutely!! And they didn’t just do it one time. Spikes used very poor judgement and retaliated against UGA players that obviously had an agenda from last years game. He should pay the price, but this is a two way street!! AND IT’S NOT THE REASON THAT YOU GOT BLOWN OUT! But off course, that’s not the point, is Dawg fans??? But if it makes you feel better……..

PMC

November 2nd, 2009
12:57 pm

Isn’t Ponder about ready to finish grad school? I’m not sure he wouldn’t go pro.

Ohio State fan

November 2nd, 2009
12:57 pm

Spikes suspended the first half of next game:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4616581

AZ Jacket

November 2nd, 2009
1:02 pm

TB, you are just hoping that Tech slips at least one of the next two games. You can’t stand their success. Mr. CFB, what a joke.

Black helmet are INTIMIDATING !

November 2nd, 2009
1:04 pm

Will Georgia get an invite to the Independence Bowel this year?

I miss Red!

November 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

Sure hope the “powers that be” at UGA take the black pants and helmets and donate them to some Georgia high school somewhere that can use them, i NEVER want to see them again. It’s sad that they would even pull some gimmick like that. This staff is turning us into the laughing stock of the SEC. Come on Damon, pull the plug here! It’s obvious Richt is not going to address the issues.

Ramblin Rick

November 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

Where is GEORGIA ranked in the BCS standings? In the top 100 ?

Nachos

November 2nd, 2009
1:07 pm

GO DAWWWWWWWWWWWGS!

Git R Done

Savannah J

November 2nd, 2009
1:08 pm

What about when Spikes had his helmet ripped clearly off of his head? Is UGA’s player going to get suspended for that?

Lord of The Lizards

November 2nd, 2009
1:09 pm

BTW, just saw that Urban did suspend Spikes for the first half of the Vandy game. I think the reason that is was NOT a full game suspension is that Meyer probably looked at the ENTIRE tape and decided that it was not an unsolicited act on Spikes part, that he was responding to dirty play by UGA that started from the very first play and carried on thru much of that game. (Of course, Dawg fans will never be able to accept that anymore than they accepted the pre-season predictions by many that this was going to be a mediocre Georgia team without Stafford and Moreno.) Anyway, it’s always the second guy that gets caught and that what happened here. Under those circumstances, I thing it is an appropriate action by Meyer and won’t happen again. END OF STORY.

Sufficient...

November 2nd, 2009
1:10 pm

First off, being a Gator fan, I feel Spikes needed to be suspended and there is no justification of his actions. He’s been punished by Meyer and I believe the SEC is still reviewing the matter. Either way he’s dealing with the consequences. Time to move on. Good luck with the rest of the season and see you next year in JAX. Go Gators!

CG

November 2nd, 2009
1:10 pm

Why mix 2 issues? Spikes is a thug, that is one issue. The Dogs are more into fashion than football, that’s another issue. Leave Florida alone and face it, they are good and we suck. They did not look like they were even trying when they stomped us.
We need all new coaches and many new players and especially a new QB.
Why is it that UGA annually gets top 5 or top 10 recruiting classes and then turns out such banal football teams?
Could it be………. coaching? The plays are not crisp, and the players act like pansies. Maybe the fans should poke the coaches in the eyes, and quit bragging about what great recruiting classes we get each year!

Paul's Johson

November 2nd, 2009
1:12 pm

DaboDisciple:

“I wish we could play an SEC team every week.”

Why? So your Clemson Pu..ies can get beaten down every week.

buzzboy

November 2nd, 2009
1:12 pm

Tech fan here who never pulls for Georgia, but what Spikes did was wrong and he should be punished. There is no excuse for that type of play regardless of what colors you wear.

Freehawk

November 2nd, 2009
1:14 pm

Pope Urban’s one half suspension against Vandy is short by a half. Should be a whole game (you really think you NEED him against Vandy?) as if he threw a punch. Half a game is like a speeding ticket during the week, or late for class, or farted in the film meeting.

Paul's Johson

November 2nd, 2009
1:22 pm

Savannah J:

“What about when Spikes had his helmet ripped clearly off of his head? Is UGA’s player going to get suspended for that?”

Savannah, I just have to say that you are one of my all time favorite dwarf ponstars, I loved you in “The Adventures of Harry Pooter”.

Spikes would’nt have to worry about his helmet being ripped off if he would cut those disgusting, nasty dreadlocks and fasten all of the snaps on his chinstrap.

besides, this scumbag was clearly caught commiting an act in an attempt to potentially harm someone for life. An apprpriate suspension would be for two games….the SEC championship game and if the Gaytors make it…the BCS championship game.

TS

November 2nd, 2009
1:24 pm

Typical UGA crying out over something to distract their fanbase from their internal issues. If you ask the UGA faithful they are undefeated this year. Their losses have been to the refs, the coaches, the game location, the weather, the uniforms, and their schedule. Did LSU beat you? Refs. Did FLA beat you? Brandon Spikes. Did OK State beat you? Schedule. UGA needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and not look outside their program fo fixes to all their problems. #3 team in the EAST!

Independance Bowl Commisioner

November 2nd, 2009
1:24 pm

Dawg fans, please beat Tennessee Tech and Kentucky. We know how your fan base loves Shrevport for New Years Eve. If you guys can make it to 6-6, we will distribute naked pictures of our hometown hero, Tim Brando. Plus, we will be giving out some of the cheap hair color products that Tim and Tony wear every week on CBS.

We promise that we will have life-like images of Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow, and Brandon Spikes available. This way, you can spit, beat, or ridicule the real reasons for the downfall of the UGA program. Also, we would love to have a 1980 reunion party. This way, everyone of the UGA fans attending the game can look back to 1980, when the new decade arrives, you can continue to make excuses for another decade of Gator dominance.

Tell Like It Is

November 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

Okay Spikes got a 1/2 game suspension. If you want to clean up the game, why not suspend every team that blocks or tackles an opponent in a harsh and violent way that causes an injury. Oh, that would be the end of football as we know it. This whole discussion is a joke. If you hate thuggery, I suggest that that you do not watch ultimate fighting or the Falcons and the Saints tonight . Football is thuggery by design just like Ruby .

DC Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
1:30 pm

All true about the whinning. UGA and CMR need to take a serious look at the program. Three years ago Mcfadden threw up like 700 yards on us and it has not stopped since. Take it all dawg fans, we dished it out for years, we WILL have to fight tooth and nail to finish the season 6-6. Dawg fan for life, hating all the MFs on this site but we got an a$$ whipping on Saturday.

EBAY JUST CALLED

November 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

SAID THE BLACK GEORGIA WERE WAY TO UGLY.

Dawggy Style

November 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

Here’s the reality regarding the Brandon Spikes episode on Saturday:

Early in the game, UGA had a false start penalty so Spikes used it as a chance to step into the hole and lead with his helmet into the side of Washaun Ealey’s head – NO PENALTY CALLED AGAINST SPIKES. Ealey had clearly stopped playing and got caught by surprise, so he fought back (kudos to him!). A few plays later, UGA offensive lineman Josh Davis took matters into his own hands (literally) and threw Spikes to the ground by his hair (kudos to Davis for standing up for a teammate!) – PERSONAL FOUL PENALTY ON UGA (OK, fair enough!). Later on, being the punk intiminator that he always tries to be, Spikes dove into the tackle pile late and began cramming his hand through Ealey’s facemask and gouging his eyes.

There is no doctored video and there is no misunderstanding his intentions – He/Florida wanted Ealey out of the game because Washaun was a viable offensive threat for UGA.

Spikes should be suspended by Florida (not likely) and penalized by the SEC (maybe now since they don’t have to pave Florida’s path to the SEC Championship Game – mission already accomplished with the bogus calls in the Arkansas and Miss. State games). What might really get his attention, however, would be for Ealey’s family to find an aggressive attorney and sue Spikes’ stupid ass for assault.

Tampa Wreck

November 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

He blatantly tried to gouge a player’s eyes after the play was over. This wasn’t a late or overly violent. These are handled via penalty. This was an example of a player deliberately trying to injure (potentially permanently) another player. I can’t believe you people condone this.. no wonder our prisons are filled and you can’t walk alone in Atlanta or any city at night anymore.

This man is lucky he isn’t facing criminal charges. Better to teach this young man a lesson now than wait for him to shoot someone who “disrespected” him in the future.

Tell Like It Is

November 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

One final statement. Spikes is not a thug. He is a black guy with dreadlocks who plays football. Mike Ditka was not a thug. He was a white guy with a crew cut who played football.

Sports Fan

November 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

Spikes is a thug bully scared to face grown men his age inthe Nfl.The whole game Spikes was instigating action after the play. His helmet is barely strapped on his head so when ever he gets any kind of push under the shoulder pads its going to come off.He also head butted Ealy after one play in front of the officials and they didnt do any thing. Georgia made some bad mistakes of their own but moved the ball after Fla scored first touchdown a penalty comes from somewhere to stop drive .WhenFla. went up 17 to 10 Georgia moved the ball with first down then here comes another penalty to stop the drive.People are going to have to really look at games and not snap shots to see that Fla never gets calls against them when it counts.Officiating affects the way a game plays out bad calls turn the momentum of game around and thats how u get blow outs. Idont know wether they are on tebows jock so much that they will do any thing for Fla. to win, when every body is saying Fla is getting calls from officials its the truth. They played first two games against high school competition before playing Division one school basiclly those were two bye weeks preparing for Tennesee.The other schools were playing Div 1 schools getting banged up with out getting all the kinks worked out and yet still Fla remained at the #1 spot with out a strength of schedule.

Afternoon Grab Bag | MrSEC.com

November 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

[...] guessing his mailbox is already full from folks in Knoxville.)4.  Tony Barnhart of The AJC covers a number of points in his daily blog:* Florida (or the league) should have suspended Spikes for at least one game.* Georgia should never, [...]

D.Craig 16

November 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

refer to my earlier post

“slap on the hand and a wink”

suspended for the first half of the vandy game? im going to love it when florida loses, even if it’s to oregon or texas in the BCS

Hey mutts fans

November 2nd, 2009
1:38 pm

now you all can sniff spikes ass! move on.

Mark Richt:

November 2nd, 2009
1:39 pm

Memo to Mike Bobo:

Lane Kiffin is out telling recruits that Gator linebackers caught more passes Saturday than A.J. Green, the best wide receiver in the nation. Right now it looks like we are about to lose all our receiver recruits to other schools, and it does not look good for many of our defensive prospects.

What is the best way to explain this anomaly. You can borrow my dictionary if you do not know the meaning of the word.

CMR

archangeladidas

November 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

If my football team was hot garbage, i would be complaining about this too. GO GATORS!!! 41-17! 17 out of 20. Will uga win another game this season. If they don’t will it be all Spikes fought.

GEORGIA FLAT OUT SUCKS

November 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

GEORGIA IS THE MOST PENALIZED TEAMS IN THE SEC!! GEORGIA HILLBILLIES ALWAYS CRYING ABOUT SOMETHING.

Ziggy

November 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

You know mon, me daddee was gonna be a big NFL star but hees helmunt kept poppin’ off cauz of hees dread locks mon. Natty dread rulz but in football dey tha fools. Long live rasta!

GEORGIA FANS ARE WHINNERS

November 2nd, 2009
1:44 pm

THEY DON’T WIN, THEY WHINE CRY LIKE SISSYS.

Bill Statham

November 2nd, 2009
1:46 pm

Fire Richt now. Hire Kirby Smart now, before somebody else gets him.

PINK HELMETS FOR GEORGIA

November 2nd, 2009
1:47 pm

AND PINK SWEATERS FOR ALL THE CRYING THE MUTTS.