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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Sports Fan

November 2nd, 2009
1:54 pm

I guess thats all they have in Fla. is football and amusement parks .The state might not survive with out football so it wouldnt be fair to give any calls against Fla.

philo beddoe

November 2nd, 2009
1:56 pm

Here is Easley throwing an elbow into Spike’s neck – see at 53 seconds and again at 1:16

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U5EJ4Hc-4Q&feature=player_embedded

Will Richt suspend him for “dirty play”????

North FLA Falcon

November 2nd, 2009
1:59 pm

Why is Florida ranked #1 when they play such a creampuff schedule. The myth was, “no one wants to come to the Swamp” … gee, Ohio State said the same thing about the “horseshoe” until USC visited this year … Bama and Georgia played tough non-conference teams to start the year. Florida will leave the state 4 times this year. Going back to Spurrier they have padded their schedule with softies then played out a rapidly declining SEC schedule. After their FIU win no matter how much of a blowout it is, they should drop 5 spots in the BSC due to ease of schedule. It’s a complete joke!

SoGaSeminole

November 2nd, 2009
2:04 pm

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tchance

November 2nd, 2009
2:06 pm

Spikes is a punk!!! pure and simple, makes me wish I was playing again, I’d make sure my suspension against that punk would be worth every minute and he sure as hell wouldn’t pull that hood move again….

CG

November 2nd, 2009
2:14 pm

Ah, the ? about why we (UGA) has such great recruiting classes and such mediocre football teams. Certainly our players have strength and speed and questionable coaching. But here’s the rub: our players have no balls. If your team-mate was subject to an eye-gouging, and if you do not walk over and punch out said eye-gouger, then you have no male genitalia. Its just that simple.
The Dawgs recruit neutered players with great stats on various athletic measurements, but one: agressiveness.
I’ve seen more testosterone on a female roller-derby team. Dawgs, don’t take your ball and go home. Go home and find your balls.

TS

November 2nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Philo- thanks for posting that. We’ll see if this video leads to the suspension of St. Easley the poor hapless victim. I won’t hold my breath…

gdawginkalamazoo

November 2nd, 2009
2:22 pm

I guess the other thing to do is to remove Spikes name from any awards this season, e.g., the Butkus award and whatever else he may be up for. If he wins one of those that would not be good. Big mistake sit for half a game and remove his name from the awards board. Oooops!

War Eagle

November 2nd, 2009
2:23 pm

SEC was Tuberville, Fulmer and Richt for the last decade, but new people moved into the athletic dept.,Myers(2NC), Miles1(NC) and Saban(1NC). They turn recruiting programs into nightmares except for UGA. Auburn, UGA and Tenn 2009,(14-10 combine) the LSU, bamaand Fla (23-1).

Biff Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

Spikes helmet came off because he doesn’t buckle it…Look at the replay and the lineman’s hands were on the player below Spikes and he jerked his head away and the helmet flew off. Spikes helmet came off again later becuase of too much hair and doesn’t buckle both snaps. Spikes likes to be seen. On the kickoff where Brandon Boykin was tackled the Florida player clearly wrapped his arm around the entire facemask and helmet and ripped his helmet off with no call. You say Georgia is whinning but we didn’t bring this up or our coaches it was brought to your coaches attention by the press. As far as losing we got beat!!! You can’t win turning the ball over 4 times was interesting to see as bad as Cox is he threw 2 touchdowns when Florida had only given up 2 all year. Problem is he comes right back and makes huge mistakes. Hearing from all of you I would think we have had losing seasons year after year but looking back since 2000 to current Georgia’s recod is 94-30 Florida’s is 95-29 and Georgia Tech’s is 77-46. Does there need to be something done yes. But I would say the recod speaks for itslef.

philo beddoe

November 2nd, 2009
2:41 pm

“the recod speaks for itslef” – Biff Dawg

I guess it does.

So, has Richt suspended Ealey?

Georgia stole Gramblings helmet design

November 2nd, 2009
2:41 pm

It’s racism people!

Someone call Jessie Jackson or Rev. Al

betweenthehedges

November 2nd, 2009
2:44 pm

Who has more class? Chip Kelly suspended LeGarrette Blount for the whole season after a sucker punch. Urban Meyer suspends Brandon Spikes for a half. In my mind, a sucker punch and an eye gouge are in the same family of pain intended retaliation. While a sucker punch is horrible, an eye gouge can cause more long term damage. As seen, both coaches took action to their players’ incidents but who’s judgment is more appropriate for suspensions? I tip my cap to Chip Kelly.

Biff Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Sorry philo typing wasn’t my major as I’m sure it was yours. I haven’t seen anything about Ealey so I guess ESPN and th SEC must not have thought it was as important as my typing abilities are to you.

Gatorzone

November 2nd, 2009
2:49 pm

Save your sanctimony, it was going both ways:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cERuyek02wA

Biff Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
2:51 pm

Again no official from Georgia has brought the Spikes incident up. It was brought to Meyer’s attention from somewhere else.

philo beddoe

November 2nd, 2009
2:55 pm

Again …. Ealey throws an elbow to the neck – see the video – and we aren’t calling for his suspension? Seems that would be appropriate if Spikes is suspended. Or maybe Georgia doesn’t think their guys should be suspended for dirty play?

ckgator

November 2nd, 2009
2:55 pm

Where are the suspensions of Ealey and Davis for their shenanigans? The dirty play was unfortunate and the punishment fits the crime.

Now time to catch the other perps.

NorthGaDawg

November 2nd, 2009
2:56 pm

Went looking for ole St. Simon this weekend while I was there, turns out he can be easily for on the registered sex offender site, tried to reason with him about douching up the AJC, his mom wouldn’t let him come to the door.

philo beddoe

November 2nd, 2009
3:00 pm

Inetersting link zone … another cheap shot by a UGa player and no dawg fans calliong for his suspension.

BTW … did UGa’s right OT ever not hold in Saturday’s game? He was overmatched vs UF’s d-line.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 2nd, 2009
3:01 pm

Gatorzone, couldn’t agree with you more. I thought that was a stupid thing to do and should have been called. #39 should have been sat down the rest of the game. Another example of poor SEC officiating.

Courtney

November 2nd, 2009
3:04 pm

The people on here saying it is OK for Spikes to do this prove that college football is a joke. Whatever your team does is fine. If Spikes shot a UGA player the UF fans would be saying that was OK. All team’s fans are guilty of this behavior. Swallow your team pride and show some common civility.

Grandad

November 2nd, 2009
3:12 pm

Gator Al – If you are still listening; there are a lot of good kids who are just misunderstood and are serving life sentences either in their own skin or behind bars. “Spare the rod spoil the child.” By the way, the rod was used to support/brace(by attaching)a young tree/sapling until it could stand on it’s own. Just so you understand an often
misunderstood quotation.

SuperB

November 2nd, 2009
3:24 pm

Brandon Spikes 1/2 game suspension is a joke. Which half is he sitting out? The half of the game when Florida has the ball?

G8R GRAD

November 2nd, 2009
3:28 pm

mightyKC

November 2nd, 2009
3:31 pm

“Spikes should be charged with simple battery.”

don’t you have to actually injure/touch someone to be charged w/ battery?

we got some real turds on this here board!

Anonymous

November 2nd, 2009
3:31 pm

Hey, Sports fan:

What part about UGA being the most penalized team in the entire conference don’t you get?

Tony is a homer

November 2nd, 2009
3:36 pm

Hey Tony did you watch the rest of the game? Or did you just focus on that one play. Should SPikes get some disciplinary action, yeah he should, but then again so should about 8 players on UGA’s team. I have never seen a team have so many players literally trying to start fights. From late hits, to spitting in players faces, to grabbing face masks, to shoving after the plays are over. The list goes on and on. Should Richt suspend Williams for this late hit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cERuyek02wA ?? What if that hit had caused Tim to suffer another concussion when his head hit the ground. Would you be calling for WIlliams’ head then? Get over it and get over yourself. It’s football, this crap goes on all the time. He got caught he will pay for his act of stupidity, but it in no way is a capital punishment type crime.

Anonymous

November 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

Hey, Dawggy Style:

“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.”

REALLY? ! ! !
He inflicted SO much damage to UF the rest of the game?

“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.”

A family can’t sue anyone for assault, you moron. It’s a criminal offense – the DA’s office has to (after arrest, arraignment and grand jury indictment).

Topp Dogg

November 2nd, 2009
3:38 pm

When Spikes goes to the NFL one can only hope he will stick his fingers inside the helmet of Harvey Dahl he will be fingerless for sure.

GT

November 2nd, 2009
3:39 pm

TB to Georgia’s rescue again, now the refs didn’t do enough? If the Godfather had had TB as his lawyer he might have run and won public office. There is more disciple on a street corner in Harlem on a Saturday night than can be found with this bunch of Bulldogs, and we are watching one clip of a peasant uprising against the king of thug and TB has em acting like it was a shot from a grassy knoll. A little less help from grads like TB and Georgia might be as good as advertised instead of the mess they are.

Casual Observer

November 2nd, 2009
3:40 pm

As a Die Hard Gator Fan I have a few observations;

1. Spikes- Dirty dirty dirty play. No place for that in Football or at UF.
2. As a former player I can attest to you that things like this and much worse happens at the bottom of pile-ups. I’m not condoning this behavior but get over it.
3. If the UGA players had 1/2 the nutz of some of you tuff guys on this blog then it would have been handled on the field where 99.9% of all dirty plays get settled.
4. Tell your Administration, Coaching staff, Team and fan base to Man-up. Bunch of whiny azz folks.
5. Serious ? time. Are you even going to be bowl eligible?

Bulldawgy

November 2nd, 2009
3:41 pm

I think Williams should have been suspended for the late hit on Tebow. That video is on YouTube as well and is down right terrible. It could have caused another concussion.

Jim

November 2nd, 2009
3:47 pm

Dear Tony and other Dawgs, how do you justify this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDvFbD7wIAg&feature=player_embedded

Is Richt a scum bag for not suspending this guy? What about the SEC? You can’t have it both ways.

Joe's Sack-shack

November 2nd, 2009
3:49 pm

41-17, that has a nice ring to it. Oh but the Dawgs have the overall series lead so you can feel good about that one. You know whats funny, 90% or more of the people on this blog since they have been alive Florida has the advantage. You would have to have been born in about 1933 and then since you were born the Dawgs have the advantage, so if you are 76 + congrats.

Got 12?

November 2nd, 2009
3:51 pm

Spikes looked like the heel in the wrestling match who, unbeknownst to the referee, pulled a foreign object from his waistline.

GEORGIABOY

November 2nd, 2009
3:53 pm

‘Football is not a contact sport – it is a collision
sport.. Dancing is a contact sport.’
- Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State

Got 12?

November 2nd, 2009
3:55 pm

Did he throw the foreign object to Meyer to hide?

king gator

November 2nd, 2009
3:59 pm

Maybe the pups could wear pink and teal for the Tenn Tech game.. everyone knows the team with coolest uniforms always wins!

king gator

November 2nd, 2009
4:04 pm

and really …. Spikes suspended, Dawgs flagged all day, Williams cheapshots Tebow, blah blah blah.. the Gators whooped them Dawgs again!! I don’t care if Georgia’s guys are dirty or got caught or should get a suspension.. I care that we won … SCOREBOARD!! SCOREBOARD!! Enjoy the Motor City Bowl in Detroit Dawg fans .. you think Spikes is scary/thug… wait til you’re enjoying bowl football in the dead of winter in the very fan friendly Detroit during a bad economy!

bamayellowjacket

November 2nd, 2009
4:12 pm

Not a fan of UGA or UF. While there was all sort of stuff happening on the field that wasn’t exactly following the rules of football-THERE IS NO EXCUSE for Brandon Spikes’ actions! The UF fans who are making excuses are an embarrassment to “their” university.

As for Urban Meyer’s 1/2 game suspension-WHAT A JOKE! If the AD and/or the university president don’t step in to give a stiffer penalty, then the entire University of Florida has lost a lot of credibility.

king gator

November 2nd, 2009
4:17 pm

Nice you managed to use the word “credibility” in a blog about college football. Not sure if Bama or Ga Tech is to blame, but both are whistling and trying to walk away from you as if they don’t know you.. nice.

king gator

November 2nd, 2009
4:18 pm

Didn’t Tech let a crack dealer play qb? How many times has Bama been on probation? credibility left in that old clunker that drives around before the Jackets games… geez!

gator dawgpounding

November 2nd, 2009
4:20 pm

Nice clips on the Christian led bulldawgs cheap shot of Tebow. What a bunch of whining self righteous hypocrits!

philo beddoe

November 2nd, 2009
4:24 pm

Well, if Spikes should be charged with simple battery …. UGa should be charged with impersonating a football team.

Again, where are the dawgs calling for Ealey’s suspension?

;^)

Anonymous

November 2nd, 2009
4:36 pm

What if willams’ hit had aggravated Tebow’s concussion?
Wouldn’t the whole football world being calling his act “chicken $hit” and calling for his suspension?
No, what happened was, Tim just got up and kicked Georgia’s A$$es.
It’s FOOTBALL, people.
And a heated rivalry game to boot.

UGA FANS SUX Georgia always over rated

November 2nd, 2009
4:54 pm

I recall there were many post from georgia fans glad to see tebow ko and now THOSE SAME POSTERS ARE CRYING FOUL ABOUT SPIKES.

GrineDog

November 2nd, 2009
4:58 pm

Totally agree on the wearing of the black. If you feel the need to ever change things up on the road, break out the red pants. At least we’ve worn those in the past. Great programs don’t mess with their uniforms.

UGA FANS SUX

November 2nd, 2009
4:58 pm

TEBOW GETS KO AGAINST KY AND UGA FANS HERE CHEER AND MAKE POST ABOUT HIS INJURY. NOW THEY CRY AND BITCH MOAN ABOUT SPIKES.

Starring Peter Graves as Capt. Over

November 2nd, 2009
4:59 pm

This just in: The SPCA has charged Urban Meyer & the U of F with cruelty to animals: Excessive Bulldog beatings.