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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the_whistle

November 2nd, 2009
5:04 pm

One thing is for sure after reading most of the comments on here. UGa fans are as big a bunch of wusses as their football team.

Bulldogs Supporter

November 2nd, 2009
5:22 pm

It amazes me how quickly people are to forget mediocrity or subpar play (i.e. Alabama & Georgia Tech Bandwagoners,) or recent prosperity. How many of you in what is called “The Bulldog Nation” called yourselves Bulldogs fans the end of the Dooley and during both Goff & Donnan eras? The Goff era, if you will all be honest, was akin to gunslinging in the wild west! I remember an exciting brand of football, but what I do not remember was defense of ANY kind!! The Donnan Era (or as some would call them, the Quincy Carter years) began with promise, and fizzled out under the stench of the terms “lack of institutional control”.

Certainly, am I the only one who realizes that the program is better now than it was prior to Coach Richt? The worst thing Coach Richt has done is get us to the cusp of the national championship game, because of the precident it set afterward. Keep in mind people that this year’s schedule is significantly more ambitious than any faced under the Richt era. However, yeah the defense is awful as a whole. BUT, this is the same defense that sacked Jordan Jefferson 6 times and essentially had the game won (we know what happened after that).

As far as the uniforms…this is where my opinion differs greatly from that of your typical narrow-minded “Dirt Road Redneck” Bulldogs Fan, who has yet to realize that both Buck Belue and Herschel Walker (along with colored tube socks and “Hee Haw”) are LONG GONE!! Coach Richt earns my respect for at least attempting to challenge the conservatism associated with coaching in “Jaw-juh”. I was at the “Black Out” against Auburn in ‘07, and I will state definitively that it was the best game BY FAR I saw UGA play in person! The Energy??? The Vibe???? Nobody was complaining about that ass kicking going on that night?!! I doubt that any of you would be complaining about last Saturday had Georgia found a way to come out on top. By the way, those uniforms were BAD ASS….yeah, I said it! The problem wasn’t the uniforms, it was those 14 points UGA gave up within the first few minutes of the first quarter!

We do need change, but do not be so ignorant as to casually discard our coach. I’d venture to say that 90% of DI (or FBS as they call it now)programs would snatch him up before his feet meet the street!! Who would you propose they replace him with?! Huh?!!! Keep in mind that we are only 2 years removed from #2 BCS, and by rights should have played for the championship that year.

Bottom Lines: Give Richt a break and give him a year to rejuvinate the defense. Yeah, Willie Mo probably needs to go. Then, if we do not see “Significant Improvement”, then shake his hand and send him to work with Ray Goff at Zaxby’s.

James

November 2nd, 2009
5:25 pm

I spoke with my boy Spikes and he wasn’t even touching Ealey’s eyes. He was rubbing spit in the little punk’s face because he has spit right in Brandon’s mouth on the previous play. Someone should ask Ealey about that. I also thought it was interesting that Ealey never mentioned having his eyes gouged in his post game interview. There is a reason for that: IT DID NOT HAPPEN! Coach Meyer suspended Brandon to save face. Nothing more. Truth is, UGA’s players were the punks out there all day but this is what was caught on tape. Forget the spitting, the ripping off helmets, the racial slurs that were thrown all day by UGA. That is just SOP for Georgia. Now they are just mad that they got beat down like children and this is what they are trying to hang there hat on. Pitiful! Somebody get Ealey to accuse Brandon Spikes of gouging his eyes, please! He won’t do it because he knows exactly what happened and it sure wasn’t getting poked in the eyes. Someone ought to ask Ealey how it tasted. He will get awful embarrassed I bet because he will no exactly what you are talking about.

The K

November 2nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Can Grambling State University sue UGA for trademark infringement?

mash a bug

November 2nd, 2009
5:30 pm

Florida has confirmed today, they are in the business of promoting THUG’s. 1/2 game suspension, what a joke! I guess when they start stabbing players the SEC will step in. Right now, they are too busy making sure coaches dont speak their mind about the crappy officiating…

Not Disappointed!

November 2nd, 2009
5:32 pm

Tech Fan/Alumn first, college football fan second. I know this stuff happens in football. Believe me it was worse when I played in the late 70’s early 80’s, but that doesn’t make it right!

Not only should the young man be suppended, but required to make a public apology. Spikes should learn from these events.

I hope Ealey is alright.
Pups, burn the pants and repaint the helmet.

Ponders is a pro-quarterback in the making.

My beloved Jackets, finish strong! Make the Jacket nation strong. As always. “Ramblin Wreck!”

Bulldogs Supporter

November 2nd, 2009
5:36 pm

James,

You are the epitome of ignorance. Racial slurs?? Correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t both teams predominantly african-american??! Unless you’re talking about something that was said directly to “Touchdown Jesus”, I don’t see how race could have played a part in any of the extracurriculars.

ProudGator

November 2nd, 2009
6:14 pm

Long time Florida fan (and former player), and am frankly surprised that Coach Meyer did not impose a REAL punishment on Brandon Spikes. It was an embarrassment to our great University, and I honestly thought Coach Meyer had more character than that.
(It does NOT surprise me that Mike Slive is so gutless.)

Tampa Gator

November 2nd, 2009
6:22 pm

Tony, if the SEC suspends Spikes then the SEC should suspend about half of the Georgia team for continous acts of thuggery during the game. Cheap shot after cheap shot all game long. And Ealey was in Spikes face all game long saying crap to him. How about suspending Ealey and the Georgia OL that ripped Spikes helment off in the first quarter, scratch his face and eye, causing Spikes to leave the game for a while. You aren’t saying anything about that. What a bunch of losers the Georgia players are and the more I read about this crap, the more I wish Spikes had walked over to Richt and punched him out for allowing his players to play like thugs all game long. Preach Jesus, Richt, and then teach your players to play like thugs on the field. SEE WHAT THAT GO YOU…another drubbing by the Gators. So go off on Spikes all you like. He is still a fine person who made a mistake. He is also a great leader. Georgia players were taunting and thugging him all day long and he could not retaliate openly because he would have been thrown out of the game…and I am sure that is what the Georgia players and coaches wanted to start with. “We can’t beat em legally, so let’s try to beat them by being thugs and get them thrown out of the game.” Spikes got his back the only way he could. Unfortuantely, for him, it was caught on tape. A log of the thuggery from Georgia was also caught on tape. Just show it and shut the _ _ _ _ up, you losers. Today, I am not longer a fan of Georgia. They were my second favorite team. No longer. My new second favorite team is anyone who plays the UGA thugs.

Urban Meyer

November 2nd, 2009
6:23 pm

Hey dogs, I sure am sorry about spikes behavior. Hope you harbor and ill feelings towards your fellow SEC football players from Florida. He told me he’s sorry and that he won’t do it again. Oh, and by the way, we are going to whip you again next year.

drbasic1

November 2nd, 2009
6:24 pm

is there any way the AJC can make you register and list a DOB to blog here?……..some of the things said are so childish.

Tampa Gator

November 2nd, 2009
6:25 pm

ProudGator is more like ProudUGATHUG.!!!!!! You are no Gator.

Tampa Gator

November 2nd, 2009
6:26 pm

P.S. You can’t beat the Gator team so you want to beat up on one of the players in the press. Losers.

Jondeal

November 2nd, 2009
6:26 pm

Gator Al,
What the F are you talking about. Trying to poke someones eyes out and make them blind! Misunderstood my A. This is the closest to me cussing in 2-3 years!

Support Coach Johnson

November 2nd, 2009
6:40 pm

Show your support for Coach Johnson and the Yellow Jackets!!!

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Lash La Rue

November 2nd, 2009
6:40 pm

He who is without sin cast the first stone. He will pay for his wrong, bet on it.

UGA has enough problems to worry about without looking for Fla’s.
Pray for the man and get on with your life.
Go Dawgs! Go GT, Go Falcons, and GO Phillys.

Lord of The Lizards

November 2nd, 2009
6:43 pm

Tony, back to your very opening line…”So what did we learnover the weekend??” Well, we learned that Florida is still the 1 and that UGA is the 4th best team in the SEC East. We also learned that nobody can whine like a UGA fan, who are so worried about what Brandon Spikes did on one play, that they can’t see their program going down in flames. Nobody is better at making excuses but maybe perhaps the Georgia coaching staff.

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
6:44 pm

Please will one of you crying little sissies please tell us where Ealey even said that Spikes tried to poke his eyes out? And the other pu… , I mean sissy that tried to lay out Tebow with an UNPENALIZED late cheap shot was seen most of the second half trying to work out some kind of kink on the sideline. It was probably trying to find his nuggets so he would have the courage to go back in. Whining, crying, loosers. Look where you have fell to, mediocre at best!

bamayellowjacket

November 2nd, 2009
6:53 pm

Hey, King Gator, if you’re going to make accusations,let’s see some proof. Talk about crediblity-I think you prove my point.

Ga boy

November 2nd, 2009
7:04 pm

It amazes me that all the Gator faithful jump on here defending their hero Spikes. Please don’t tell me about the chippy game before this happened. What Spikes did was uncalled for and indefensible. What he did was classless and he acted like a street thug- make that a THUG!!!
And all of you Gator fans are classless for defending this type of DIRTY play. NO CLASS AT ALL!!!
I would suspend him for the rest of the year if it were my call. And how telling that Meyer and the SEC have no guts to punish this dirty play properly. I am fed up with the gutless SEC. You are every bit as bad as the NCAA. Surprise us for once- do the right thing here!!!

John

November 2nd, 2009
7:05 pm

Fellow UGA fans.  Let’s get over it.  Coach Urban (with the apparent blessings of the muckymucks in the SEC home office) has meted out the punishment for Spikes eye-gouge.

Whether we think the punishment fits the crime or not, it’s done. 
 
Why let all these Florida grads up here get under our skin? By the way, why ARE all you Florida grads up here, anyway – isn’t Disney World hiring?
 
We’re gonna keep taking it up the wazoo from these UF characters until UGA gets it’s football program back on the right track. 
 
Selective outrage aimed at UF’s bad boy du jour is wasted energy my brothers and sisters.  And all this whining casts UGA’s fans in a most unflattering light.  It makes us look like…Florida fans. 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the last damned thing I want to resemble in even the slightest form or fashion is one of the legion of Tebow-worshipping lemmings clad in orange and royal blue.

Heck, if we’re gonna be angry about a silly game played by a bunch of geeked up mesomorphs clad in plastic armor – and we most definitley are – then let’s direct our anger where our anger will do us some good.  At the powers who run UGA football.

Ask yourself: if on this Saturday past, UGA had humbled the Gators (use your imagination – try real hard), would our tizzy over Brandon Spikes’ heinous and wanton act against one of our own be so intense?  Heck-to-the-no, it wouldn’t. 
 
Seems to me we’re transferring our sports-rage from the movers-and-shakers of UGA football (where it rightfully belongs in continuous, industrial strength doses), to some future second-round NFL draft choice.

And do you think Brandon’s gonna lose any sleep over this? He’s got better things to do that worry about than our collective offense taken to his violation of fair play – OK felonious assault – but why quibble over semantics? 

How much longer will UGA fans delude themselves into thinking a 9-3 or 10-2 record and a bowl appearance is good enough when that “2” or “3” on the right side of that season record includes yet another beat-down administered by Florida?  
 
Is anybody else in Bulldog Nation tired of the giant dump Florida takes on our late-Autumn joy year in and year out? I anybody else ready to do something besides bitch and complain about how the world is against us?

Mercifully, we get a respite every now and again – thanks to and Coach Ron Zook’s undistinguished tenure at UF and the End Zone dance of 2007.

Hell, we’ve been sucking on this bitter pacifier for so long,  I expect we’ve gotten used to it. How else do you explain a proud program settling for the unsatisfying position of butt-boy to the Florida Gators?

Ah what the hell.  It’s only college football.  Did I just say that?

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

down on dawgs

November 2nd, 2009
7:09 pm

when you’re a sorry team like the dawgs, you’re now the whipping boys of the SEC. Poked eyes or busted noses, what will uga do? nothing – the other team will point to the scoreboard, and there will be another 40 hanging on Georgia.

Tampa Gator

November 2nd, 2009
7:18 pm

With or without Spikes, Florida beats your sorry a$$es every 17 out of 20 years running. Same time, same place, next year…same story to be repeated. What never changes is Georgia crying about why they lose every year. This year, it is not just the extra week, the refs, the place…but also those dirty Florida players. Yep, same old excuses in the old place. Fact is, Florida 41, Georgia 17. Some stories never change. Including the crying from the loser Georgia fans.

Tampa Gator

November 2nd, 2009
7:23 pm

John…all the Florida grads are in Atlanta because all of the top firms in Atlanta come all the way to Gainesville, instead of the short trip to Athens, to hire us. Simple question. Simple answer. Gators are not just the best on the football field. They are the best in business arena as well.

Whatever

November 2nd, 2009
7:23 pm

Tony – I think there are more pressing needs to be addressed than whether Spike’s did or did not intentionally poke Waushan’s eye or not. Seems you, and many others, are looking for any excuse you can come up with. Fact remains that UGA is a very badly coached team and lack discipline and character. BTW – I saw plenty of cheap shots coming from GA. Talk about dirty play – I have seen GA do this for many years. So quit crying about Spikes.

CatsFly

November 2nd, 2009
7:26 pm

Tony, you are displaying your own poor judgement. That animal should never be allowed to play college football again. His actions were as egregious as M. Vick’s. Pls respond man!

Chuck Uga

November 2nd, 2009
7:28 pm

The first half against Vanderbilt?!! Are you friggin’ kdding me?!! Spikes through his actions is just another Thug that will likely get shot when he is loaded with cash and hits the offseason NFL circuit. Urban Meyer on the other hand does not give a damn about what happens to Georgia or any other hated rival (he is also a thug in my book…classless SOB as well). If Meyer AND Spikes do not contact Mark Richt and Washaun Ealey with a sincere apology, then they are an embarrassment to college football. Regardless of what transpires, Spikes is officially labeled a thug. Hopefully Bama’s D is going to kick the crap out of Meyer and the Gators in the SECCG anyway. Believe me, Georgia is not a “dead” program. They will regroup and come back with a vengeance. Ealey will run wild on Florida before his career is over and lead his team to a victory. Bank on it.

Chuck Uga

November 2nd, 2009
7:31 pm

Tampa Gator, you are a crackhead. Guess you know all about who is in Atlanta working while you live in Tampa?!!! LMAO….you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Most of these UF grads in Atlanta are working for UGA grad bosses!!!!

Chuck Uga

November 2nd, 2009
7:35 pm

Hey Tampa Gator Punk, link us to the so-called videos of the UGA players playing dirty. Prove it or get lost. We all know that is a fabrication of your very small mind.

longDawg

November 2nd, 2009
7:40 pm

I understand Urban gave spikes a half game suspension and 4 watermelons

DawgBite

November 2nd, 2009
7:47 pm

Racial slurs James? That is the dumbest, most ignorant, stupidest, most moronic statement that has ever been posted. You are an absolute idiot. You must be the only person in America that could that on his television. What a dumbazz!

John

November 2nd, 2009
7:47 pm

Tampa Gator, your humility is underwhelming. Can’t argue with your graceless post that precedes your chest thumping though. With or without Brandon, with or without Tebow- hell, seven men against eleven, the game was over before it was played.

Not sure why UF has UGA’s number on a permanent basis, but it does.

The worm turned once. It’ll happen again. But I ain’t holding my breath.

And just think, when you guys suck once more, you’ll still be wearing those ugly-assed uniforms.

longDawg

November 2nd, 2009
7:57 pm

Chinese man skip rock across water to hear his families names ping,pang,wong. Spikes skips rock and hears his families names. Chim,pan,zee

gladenole

November 2nd, 2009
8:14 pm

Tony

Spikes does deserve a suspension but what about the cheap shot #39 took on Tebow.I don’t see you asking for your POODLE to get a suspension. I guess Tebow is tough enough to take it and your little POODLES are as wimpy as they played Sat. Check out the cheap shot on Tebow on you tube and then show you have a set and ask for a suspension for #39. Talking about a thug.

jumbeauxtiger

November 2nd, 2009
8:16 pm

There has been a complete lack of class by some posters on both sides today. No wonder none of the usual posters are here :(

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Florida Dawg

November 2nd, 2009
8:23 pm

Tony, why should there be a problem with “black”? BLACK is one of UGA’s primary colors??? Is it not??
Silver is NOT one of our primary colors.
This is sooo funny…Florida wears Blue, Orange and White jersey’s…no one says a word and they have been doing that for at least 40 years that I know.

Ga boy

November 2nd, 2009
8:25 pm

Gators show their classlessness as usual. Defend their hero thug to the hilt. You just can’t teach class- you either have it or you don’t. To the Gator nation it is a completely foreign term. Really sad.

Booger

November 2nd, 2009
8:27 pm

this sounds like spurrier whining about darnell dockett twisting earnest grahams leg in the pile. so this is the first time someone poked someone in the eye? gmab.

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
8:30 pm

Chuck UGA, whine some more like your nutless players and coach. Here is your link and the gutless puppy ended up on the sideline most of the 2nd half trying to find the nads to go back in, but pretended he was hurt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDvFbD7wIAg

Ga boy

November 2nd, 2009
8:34 pm

Don’t even try and compare that shot with the cowardly act that Spikes committed. Poor Timmy landed on his keister.

FrozenGator

November 2nd, 2009
8:38 pm

Maybe the Dawgs should start drinking Gatoraid

Bud

November 2nd, 2009
8:39 pm

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Chomp Chomp

November 2nd, 2009
8:39 pm

Maybe Ealey would play better after getting his eyes gouged. His field of vision sucks. Spikes was doing him a favor.

Go Gators!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

November 2nd, 2009
8:41 pm

Actually if you look at the stats we beat Florida. I knew we could do it. GO DAWGS!!

Tony, are you serious?

November 2nd, 2009
8:43 pm

You “aren’t going to quibble” over the fact that Spikes only got suspended for a half game rather than the full game you suggested? Unbeleivable. He tried to gouge out a player’s EYES! And Urban’s defense of Spikes and Florida even as he suspended Spikes is laughable. One half against Vandy?! He would have sat out that much anyway.

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
8:44 pm

At least I will give you something, the fans haven’t quit trying to win the game. Too bad the team packs it in every week. What does finish the drill mean anyway; keep playing for saint Mark?

Booger

November 2nd, 2009
8:44 pm

actually, doggs were looking past the gators thinking about nov 28

John

November 2nd, 2009
8:45 pm

By all means Jumbeaux, elevate the level of our sorry discourse. Calling all
usual posters! Emergency! Emergency! Now is the time to come to the aid of your fellow classy poster.

I mean come on, with the exception of cretins like longDawg, we’re just talking smack. Nothing wrong with that.

What is this, a sports blog or the Algonquin Round Table?

Nothing personal dude. Best regards and all that.

gator dawgpounder

November 2nd, 2009
8:49 pm

Hurry girls, if you turn it to CBS college sports at 9pm, you won’t have to wait for another year to see your butts handed to you again.

longDawg

November 2nd, 2009
8:50 pm

I bet Spikes dad would be real proud of him if he only knew who he is.