My friend, Steve Ellis

 

I know this my day to give predictions, and we’ll get to those. But I’ll let you know now that they’ll be brief.

From time to time I ask for permission to use this space to share something personal with you. This is another one of those times.

Yesterday we lost a damn good man and a damn good sportswriter. Steve Ellis of the Tallahassee Democrat covered Florida State for nearly 30 years and did it with great distinction. Nobody knew what was going on at Florida State better than Steve and he did it with a work ethic that was legendary.

Did he clash with the folks at Florida State from time to time? You bet. But everybody from President T.K. Wetherell to Bobby Bowden respected Steve Ellis as a pro. In fact, he was a pro that other pros looked up to and relied on as a great resource.

When I really needed to know what was going on at Florida State, I would talk to Steve late at night when I knew he had finally stopped working. Yeah, I was a competitor but our friendship was strong enough that he felt comfortable discussing his work with me and giving me special insights that were incredibly helpful.

The story about Steve in today’s Tallahassee Democrat says that hewas working on a story at home when he suffered a massive heart attack on Nov. 10. He wouldn’t let his wife, Karen, call 911 until she emailed the story into the paper first. That’s Steve.

http://nolesports.tallahassee.com/article/20091120/FSU03/911200321

I talked to Karen Ellis on Monday night and she was optimistic that Steve had survived the worst of it. His life was going to have to change, to be sure. They were going to embrace that change together.

I was on my way to Athens Thursday afternoon when the word came. We had lost one of the good guys.

If you have an extra prayer in your pocket this weekend, send it along for Karen Ellis and the folks who loved Steve. This is going to be a tough Thanksgiving.

 

Now on to the picks. I was 7-3 last week. The record is 80-30 on the season.

 

1. Kentucky at Georgia: Georgia just needs to keep running the ball. Kentucky has the No. 11 rush defense in the SEC. Georgia 28, Kentucky 17.

 

2. LSU at Ole Miss: Dexter McCluster touched the ball 29 times last week and Ole Miss pounded Tennessee. The Rebels will do it again. Ole Miss 21, LSU 20.

 

3. Vanderbilt at Tennessee: Vanderbilt just can’t score enough points to hang with the Volunteers. Tennessee 28, Vanderbilt 13.

 

4. Mississippi State at Arkansas: How good is QB Ryan Mallett? Arkansas leads the nation in red zone scoring with 38 scores in 39 trips (29 touchdowns).  Arkansas 31, Miss. State 17.

 

5. Virginia at Clemson: The Tigers and C.J. Spiller are just too much for the Cavaliers. Clemson advances to the ACC championship game and a date with Georgia Tech. Clemson 41, Virginia 13.

 

6. Maryland at Florida State: Florida State (5-5) needs this one to become bowl eligible with a trip to Florida coming up next week. Florida State 31, Maryland 14.

 

7. Ohio State at Michigan: Rich Rod really needs this one to take some of the heat off. Ohio State has already clinched the Rose Bowl. A loss means Michigan (1-6 Big Ten) will finish last in the league for the first time since 1962. Ohio State 17, Michigan 14.

 

8. Kansas State at Nebraska: Nebraska clinches the Big 12 North and a showdown with Texas for the conference championship. Nebraska 28, Kansas State 13.

 

9. Oregon at Arizona: These two teams control their own destiny in the Pac-10 race. The winner has the inside track to the Rose Bowl. Oregon 28, Arizona 27.

 

10. Kansas at Texas: Texas clinches the Big 12 South and Colt McCoy wins his 43rd game as the Longhorn’s starting quarterback. That breaks the record formerly held by Georgia’s David Greene. Texas 35, Kansas 10.

 

 

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115 comments Add your comment

Nachos

November 20th, 2009
9:05 am

jacketbacker

November 20th, 2009
9:13 am

collegeballfan

November 20th, 2009
9:14 am

“We had lost one of the good guys.”

This says a lot more than just the eight words.
I understand your loss. In my prayers.

MGS - FSU

November 20th, 2009
9:14 am

The Seminole Nation will miss you Steve.

Jake

November 20th, 2009
9:15 am

Thanks Tony for the sharing the story with us. I do have a prayer in my pocket for Karen.

Dink

November 20th, 2009
9:16 am

Methinks Arizona upsets Oregon in the desert, LSU will rally to beat the Rebs and Northwestern beats the Badgers.

Cal-Stanford this weekend, 112th meeting and this game always seems to produce something wacky. Another great Saturday to look forward to.

Go Dawgs!

UT96

November 20th, 2009
9:21 am

Tony, great call on Ole Miss. We didn’t have an answer last week for Mccluster. LSU will fare better but when it’s all said and done. Ole Miss wins 24-20.

atlnole

November 20th, 2009
9:23 am

RIP, Steve! GO NOLES!

vance

November 20th, 2009
9:23 am

I did not know your friend from Tallahasee. I have loved the newspaper sportspage and all other sections all of my life. I applaud intelligent, informed and well crafted articles. The early Sunday morning ritual of coffee, newspaper headline skimming, breakfast and then settling in for a full read was learned from my Father and enjoyed for many years by my brothers, sister and Mom. I now delight in the ritual with my wife and children. I will pray for your friend and collegue for being a part of a wonderful institution.

Atlanta Gator

November 20th, 2009
9:27 am

The words written by Tony Barnhart say a great deal about the character and professionalism of Steve Ellis and Tony Barnhart. This world could use more genuine respect among competitors—-something that we fans of rival sports programs should remember.

My prayers are with Mrs. Ellis.

EW

November 20th, 2009
9:28 am

TB, sorry to hear the passing of one of your colleagues. Thoughts and prayers go out to Steve’s family during the upcoming holidays.

AlwaysAVol

November 20th, 2009
9:28 am

Tony, my condolences to you on the loss of your friend, FSU on the loss of a comrade, and his family on the loss of their loved one. UGA, sorry about your mascot (sincerely). Good luck this week and next.

Atlanta Gator

November 20th, 2009
9:39 am

This week’s picks—-

1. Georgia over Kentucky, 28-17. This one’s easy. The Dawgs are in disorder; the Wildcats don’t understand the difference. Talent carries the day.

2. LSU over Ole Miss, 24-17. Sorry, but Houston Nutt’s history is fast starts and slow death. Ole Miss should be a better team than they are, but they’re not. Talent carries the day again.

3. Vanderbilt over Tennessee, 31-10. What a difference a year makes.

4. Arkansas over Mississippi State, 34-14. Talent prevails again. Dan Mullen will recruit his way to respectability, but not this year.

5. Clemson over Virginia, 31-10. Two teams headed in two different directions.

6. Florida State over Maryland, 27-13. The Seminoles are mediocre; the Terps are miserable.

7. Ohio State over Michigan, 21-13. Big Ten classic: three yards and a cloud of dust.

8. Nebraska over Kansas State, 27-17. Man, oh, man, is the Big XII North mediocre or what?

9. Oregon over Arizona, 34-17. One thing is certain: Southern Cal will not be in this year’s Rose Bowl.

10. Texas over Kansas, 42-14. Game over. Mail this one in.

Good luck to all the teams for whom you cheer, and may the best teams win (they usually do).

jumbeauxtiger

November 20th, 2009
9:39 am

I will say a prayer for the Ellis family.

UGA 27 UK 20 Dawgs are the better team.
LSU 30 Ole Miss 24 See above.
UT 34 Vandy 13 Vols bounce back and have the inside track to the Outback.
Ark 38 State 21 Bulldogs can’t stop Mallet & Co.
Clemson 28 UVa 24 Cavs make this closer than expected.
FSU 27 Terps 21 ‘Noles become bowl eligible.
Ohio St 31 Michigan 13 Rich Rod is having a slow start in Ann Arbor.
Nebraska 30 K State 14 The penthouse to the outhouse: K State wins the Big 12 North with a win but is not eligible for a bowl if they lose.
AZ 27 Oregon 24 Wildcats get a huge win for their program.
Texas 42 Kansas 10 Not a good week for Mangino: catching flack from former players and having to face the Longhorns.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Starring Peter Graves as Capt. Clarence Over

November 20th, 2009
9:45 am

Tony: I missed your show yesterday on 790, due to it being pre-empted for basketball. You have had a tough go recently between your mother-in-law, your friend Steve Ellis, & the symbol of your alma mater, UGA VII all passing on. Condolences to you as well.

Tide Rising

November 20th, 2009
9:45 am

Nice story on Mr. Ellis. As for the games the weekend slate doesn’t look real exciting. LSU-Ole Miss will probably be the best game of the day. I would like to see Clemson win and set up a rematch with Tech since that turned out to be a great game.

SadDawg

November 20th, 2009
9:45 am

Yeah, but Tony, that 11th spot in the SEC is held by our Martinez-led defense. No way we hold Kentucky to only 17. Their coach is one of a ever-growing list of those who can easily handle Willie’s defensive schemes. We’ll have to score 40 to win.

hang in there

November 20th, 2009
9:47 am

don’t worry about the weekend, go to Tallahassee. See your friends’ family.

SadDawg

November 20th, 2009
9:56 am

Actually AG, Ole Miss finished pretty good last year, beating both LSU in Baton Rouge and Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl handily. A big reason for the high ranking at the start of this season.

SLP

November 20th, 2009
10:04 am

Sorry for your loss, Tony. I’m sure he was a good man and a fine sportswriter.

Chris

November 20th, 2009
10:07 am

Wow, Tony, this is a shock. As a long-time Seminole alum, I went on nolesports.com daily to read Steve’s updates. He was smart, objective, perceptive and not afraid to challenge decisions made by Bowden and the team (i.e. “Time to bench Chris Rix”, “How can this NOT end badly for Bowden”, etc.). I assume the close knit fraternity of ‘true’ journalists like yourself and Ellis are saddened when you lose one of your own. Thanks for the update. Go dawgs, go noles.

Trade School Junkie

November 20th, 2009
10:08 am

1. KY wins. Maybe a late score/FG for the win.
2. Ole Miss
3. Vols
4. Hawgs
5. Tigers
6. Noles, in a rout
7. Buckeyes
8. Big Red
9. O
10. Horns

FSU will SHOCK THE WORLD with an upset
of Florida at The Swamp on November 28th.

And, if Florida beats Bama in SEC-CG,
then no SEC team will appear in BCS-NC game.

Mikey

November 20th, 2009
10:11 am

Dont forget to say a prayer for a damn good dawg- UGA VII
This season has been a complete train wreck. What will be next?

Gen Neyland

November 20th, 2009
10:12 am

Atlanta Gator : Back away from the keyboard, slowly, put your fingers over your head where I can see ‘em…Vandy over Tennessee..? UT has been decimated at MLB and short in the DBF (thanks Jackson). The UT offense rebounds nicely this week as seniors bid farewell to Neyland Stadium. 31-17 Tennessee

Ole MS-LSU. Chavis has had some of his best days coaching against highly touted RB’s. Ole MS will do more air time against LSU than they did against UT. I’ll take LSU in this one. Agree with the rest of the winners-losers but I gotta PONDER, FSU could play flatter than a pancake against the Tremblin’ Terps.

TommyJack

November 20th, 2009
10:17 am

R.I.P. Mr. Ellis

ratherBgambling

November 20th, 2009
10:19 am

This ’shock the world’ nonsense from the crimiNOLE fans is funny. You could take a FSU allstar team from the last 10 years and not beat the Gators on Nov. 28.

Trade School Junkie

November 20th, 2009
10:21 am

Florida will not make it to the BCS-NC game.

So, “the powers that be” will “MAKE SURE” that the Orange Bowl committee selects U of Florida so that Tebow’s LAST COLLEGE GAME
is played…IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

And, GT will beat Florida in the Orange Bowl.

You heard it here first.

Got 12?

November 20th, 2009
10:22 am

No mention of the big game in Tuscaloosa this weekend?! Well, the kids and I will be there anyway.

Gatorzip74

November 20th, 2009
10:26 am

As a lifelong Gator I tip my hat to Mr Ellis and say a special prayer for his family. I traditionally read our opponents newspapers throughout the game week and I must say that Steve Ellis’ articles are among the best, along with Mike Bianchi. He was fair, yet opinionated on what he thought was right. He will be missed.

Trade School Junkie: FIU has a better chance of beating the Gators than does Bobby’s dysfunctional group of boys.

Gatorzip74

November 20th, 2009
10:30 am

Trade School Junkie: I’ll raise you one better and say not only will the Gators will the NC, GTech won’t even win the ACC, that belongs to Clemson. Please take a cue from your brothers in Athens and stop talking trash about us.

ratherBgambling

November 20th, 2009
10:30 am

Trade School Junkie
“And, GT will beat Florida in the Orange Bowl.”

It is a huge assumption putting the bees in the OB. That is not the Clemson team from September. Dabo has the Tigers ballin!

Bob Gabordi

November 20th, 2009
10:45 am

Tony,

Thanks for your kind words about Steve. It is comforting to hear such high praise from our journalism colleagues. He will miss him very much. Bob Gabordi, executive editor, Tallahassee Democrat

Kerry Capps

November 20th, 2009
10:48 am

Tony – Thanks for your fitting tribute to Steve. He was special.

PDawg

November 20th, 2009
10:50 am

28-17 if we can hold them to 17. I have my doubts.

Spike

November 20th, 2009
10:52 am

Nice thoughts, Tony. There are no friends like old friends. I’m sorry for his passing.

MR

November 20th, 2009
10:55 am

ratherBgambling, and this is not the GT team from September. CPJ has the Jackets playin hard. There are always two sides to each story.

MR

November 20th, 2009
10:59 am

Gatorzip74, The SECCG will go into 5 overtimes since both defenses are very strong and nither offense has been over whelming. I think this year the rolls are reversed. Bama goes west for MNC and Fla plays TCU in the Sugar.

Atlanta Nole

November 20th, 2009
11:02 am

Very sad news. As an FSU alum I started reading Ellis while I was in Tallahassee and continued doing so online when I moved. He was a darn good writer and as you said, was not afraid of writing what he thought had to be printed. (Ex. his recent story calling for BB to go). Seminole coverage is not going to be the same without Ellis and my prayers are with his family. Go Noles!

reservoirDAWG

November 20th, 2009
11:03 am

Tony, sorry you lost a buddy. It is never easy. That being said, 80-20 straight up is nothing to talk about.

reservoirDAWG

November 20th, 2009
11:08 am

Trade School Junkie knows nothing about football.

Colin

November 20th, 2009
11:32 am

I’m sorry for your loss.

GT4EVER

November 20th, 2009
11:39 am

Great article on Mr. Ellis … he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Ellis family this Thanksgiving.

One more weekend prediction: GT 222, ‘bye week’ 0

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
11:50 am

“Texas 35, Kansas 10.”

And I hope the police take Kansas coach Mark Mangino away in handcuffs and leg irons.

Rodster

November 20th, 2009
11:51 am

K-State will upset Nebraska. Write it down.

Rodster

November 20th, 2009
11:59 am

Trade School Junkie wrote:

November 20th, 2009
10:21 am
Florida will not make it to the BCS-NC game.
_______________________________________________
That’s hilarious dude. I wish it were true but I don’t think the Buc’s or the Dolphins could beat UF this year, much less schizo FSU.

Spike

November 20th, 2009
12:30 pm

Whatever happened to Roswell Ed?

Hey Rodster

November 20th, 2009
12:35 pm

Hate to admit it but Trade School Junkie MIGHT be on to something. I mean the gators needed help from the refs to beat Miss St and Arkansas. So to say the Bucs or Dolphins couldn’t beat UF is laughable. First the Worst NFL team could easily beat the best college team the talent gaps are too far apart. Get your head out of the clouds, you guys won’t even beat Bama so he’s at least half right in saying you won’t make it to the BS-BCS Champ game.

Tony sorry for your loss- prayers sent!

Not Disappointed

November 20th, 2009
12:42 pm

Rip Mr. Ellis and God Bless your family. The McLendon Family will be praying for you.

Rambln Wreck all!

Gatorzip74

November 20th, 2009
12:44 pm

Afternoon Nuggets | MrSEC.com

November 20th, 2009
12:52 pm

[...] Geoff Calkins of The MCA has posted his picks for the weekend.4.  Tony Barnhart of The AJC has made his prognostications as well.5.  Finally, there is a chance that UGA VII will be laid to rest at Sanford Stadium in a private [...]

Thunderbolt Patterson

November 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

Rodster- nevermind.

Eric

November 20th, 2009
1:01 pm

Roswell Ed is in bed with me! ;)

Call it Like It Is

November 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

Hey Trade School Junkie,

You are a Moron as FL walts again to the SEC and the NC, and oh btw, maybe another Heisman to boot!

Dumb Ass!

Enough Said!

how2fish

November 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

Sad new Tony..prayers sent…

Buzzfan®

November 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

Sorry to hear about your friend, TB. Sounds like he truly was a good guy.

Brenda R.

November 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

When Steve first need a home in Tallahassee, I was able to find him and his wife a lovely 3 bedroom that was convenient to campus and downtown. Not only, that but I was able to get the price down to something that a journalist just starting out could afford on their salaries. I will miss him and always thought he was a class act as well as a great reference for my real estate business. To not commercialize this post, I will not mention my real estate firm by name. God Bless the Ellis family and I am sure Steve and Uga7 are in heaven looking down on us with fondness as Bowden and Richt lead their teams in his memory this weekend.

Thunderbolt Patterson

November 20th, 2009
1:37 pm

Call it Like It Is- FL “walts” to the SEC??? And you call someone else a DA?

Will

November 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

Sweet Willie is pounding his chest and his bald head is as big as Sanford Stadium. When that happens usually we give up about 500 yards. That scenario is what most are expecting Sat night then hopefully he will brought back to earth before the GT game. That’s the only game that matters now!

F-105 Thunderchief

November 20th, 2009
2:04 pm

I predict Alabama will defeat Chattanooga. You heard it here last.

CLO

November 20th, 2009
2:19 pm

I relied on him on daily basis, he will be missed and our House Divided FSU/UF) will keep his family in our prayers this weekend and over the Holiday Season….

Chief Nock-A-Homa

November 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

FIRE WATER! FIRE WATER!

JR

November 20th, 2009
2:26 pm

Go dawgs! We will dominate kentucky. They are weak. Then gt is next. Another winning streak will start against the overrated nerds.

UGA 31 uk 10
UGA 37 GT 17

JSS

November 20th, 2009
3:02 pm

To Mr. Karen Ellis, An extension of appropriate well wishes at your time of immense loss…

MOOOOOOOOO

November 20th, 2009
3:17 pm

HEY eric MY littlebarnner bud!!! 9 MORE DAY’S BEFORE THE BEATDOWN IN MOO TOWN!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HIGH TIDE COMIN’ IN !!!

steve

November 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

Saturday will be an emotion filled day in Tallahassee. Senior day means this will be the last time these kids play at home in their careers. Tommie Wright, the man who wrote the Florida State fight song will lead the band in playing it at halftime- for the first time ever. Nick Menacof, the stadiums public address announcer for hte last 25 years will be calling his last game. Mickey Andrews, a man among men, a coach who revolutionized defense turning it into an a full out onslaught will coach his last game before the fans who love and respect him so deeply. And now it will be without Steve Ellis in the press box. His loss will be felt for a long time in that as a source for trustworthy and fair reporting that probed deeply into this program, Steve Ellis was the man. His longtine reporting gained him access that few will ever know. Yet he kept enough distance to retain objectivity while never forgetting there were real people involved. Godspeed.

Tim Tebow

November 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

This is for you Steve…4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, and 4 cokes

Not Disappointed

November 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

CPJ got an extention………….. “Hmmmmmmm. What’s this I hear about him leaving?”

Ramblin Wreck!

Not Disappointed

November 20th, 2009
3:57 pm

It will be a sad day tomorrow at Doak Stadium. I hope FSU plays well.

Ramblin Wreck!

Born2Buzz

November 20th, 2009
4:14 pm

Well said AtlantaGator. My sentiments exactly.

GT

November 20th, 2009
4:20 pm

Writers are about the only source of straight scoop any more, sorry we lost this one. Sunday mornings with coffee and the sports page use to be somewhere in the top five events of a week. Nothing including FSU stays the same.

Too bad Dogs

November 20th, 2009
4:24 pm

yep Dogs need to wear black againin lieu of CPJ signing another contract extension., Unlike Saban, Petrino and the cast of other snakes of coaches in the SEC, Johnson is hanging around GT and complete the job, bring a NC to GT. Now gee, let me think if I were Dwyer, Nesbitt or Morgan, that would give me the incentive to hang around and go for national championship in 2010.

BobinBuford

November 20th, 2009
4:24 pm

Not Disappointed:

That won’t stop them from hoping that CPJ will leave – the poll on the Tech page has 26% thinking he still will leave.

Must be all the UGA fans voting on that one.

Johnny Test

November 20th, 2009
4:26 pm

Trade Scdhool Flunkie…. wishful thinking on your part. Uga beats KY and Florida kills FSU. You best be worried about UGA and Clemson.

Got 12?

November 20th, 2009
4:29 pm

Too bad,

Oh yeah, a one-year contract extension! You guys really locked Johnson up, air tight!

You heard it hear first: The first Tech sell out of the new millennium will be the Bama game in 2014.

Headed to Tuscaloosa.

Johnny Test

November 20th, 2009
4:29 pm

Who cares if CPJ stays.As a Dawg fan I hope he does. The series got real boring before he showed up. He has won one game. Let’s see what happens this year.

Johnny Test

November 20th, 2009
4:36 pm

TOO Bad Dawgs… You canb’t win national championships with a defense and special teams as bad as TEKs. The offense is good. That’s it.

gotech

November 20th, 2009
5:43 pm

Just said a prayer for Mr. Ellis.

Kelvin

November 20th, 2009
6:05 pm

Yes, Steve was one of the good ones. I remember going down to the Democrat in the mid-90s and was offered the job covering FAMU football and FSU basketball (Steve’s football beat at FSU was all-consuming). That’s sad to hear. He offered good advice and seemed like a good colleague to work alongside. (Alas, I turned down the job to stay in Montgomery! What in the world was I thinking?!)

matt

November 20th, 2009
7:23 pm

Mark Sublette at Clemson

November 20th, 2009
7:24 pm

I was fortunate enough to work with Steve at The Tiger, the Clemson student newspaper, in the the mid-1970s, and he was already the man you speak so highly of. He was already writing his straight-forward, incisive, inquiring stories about Clemson sports, and, yes – he cheesed off the athletic department there, too! He even wrote about his own roommates’ secret basketball ticket connection, and came back to the quad to find the frat brothers had moved all his room’s furnishings out onto the porch, arranging them just as they had been in the room. He just laughed.

Great guy. We will miss him. His kind doesn’t come down the pike often. Bless you, Steve.

James Armstrong

November 20th, 2009
9:04 pm

Nice sentiments indeed… we did lose a great one. The age of internet makes us appreciate those print writers who have crafted their art and connections for so long. Steve Ellis was a great FSU writer, and he was also a cherished Clemson grad. We still grieve and miss Jim Phillips at Clemson, and now we grieve and miss Steve Ellis. Thank you for the kind words and remembrance, Mr. Barnhart.

Tide Rising

November 20th, 2009
10:23 pm

F-105 Thunderchief

November 20th, 2009
2:04 pm

I predict Alabama will defeat Chattanooga. You heard it here last.

Thunderchief,

Thanks for the rousing vote of confidence. I feels betters already. Go coarch Saban.

Alabama Jack

November 20th, 2009
10:38 pm

With a coach named Dabo, Clemson has to be good.

SC Rules!!!

November 20th, 2009
11:44 pm

Atlanta Gator,

Kuddos! I too send prayers for the family and friends of Steve.

Tony, I am sorry for your loss.

Fight On!!

Slim Pickens

November 21st, 2009
7:36 am

………………………Josh Nesbitt for Heisman……………………….

In Sympathy

November 21st, 2009
8:09 am

Only 54 years old, God Bless the Seminole Nation.

Mike

November 21st, 2009
8:54 am

We’ll miss Steve, no doubt. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Go ‘Noles!!!

Ramblin Rick

November 21st, 2009
11:08 am

I see an upset tonight at Sanford & Son stadium.. Kentucky 35 UGAY 31.

You heard it here first Mutt Nation!

Paul Johnson owns Athens

Its CJ Spiller Time

November 21st, 2009
11:17 am

Clemson football team and our Basketball team are AWESOME!!!!!! Clemson knows how to do Beatdowns. YES we know STYLE points count! Sorry UGA You just SUCK ! Wofford ?????

Finger N Cider

November 21st, 2009
11:21 am

No mascot ? WTF UGA is so Lax nowadays!

Da dawg pound

November 21st, 2009
11:24 am

Its CJ Spiller Time,

Clemson knows how to do beatdowns? Just like you beat down the bammers in your opener last year? You and your conference got humiliated.

Ramblin Rick

November 21st, 2009
11:48 am

Did Big Willy Martinez kill UGA 7?

Its CJ Spiller Time

November 21st, 2009
11:50 am

hey da dawgpounded….. UGA sure had suffered a lot more beat downs lately than Clemson had in the last 20 years. BTW when was the last time UGA really has put beatdown on a good team that was ranked? Been a while huh?

SC Rules!!!

November 21st, 2009
1:31 pm

Shane#1,

Dude so sorry about how your season has played out. NOT that ours has faired much better. Are you gettin’ hunkered down at the bunker yet? My respects to the Seiler family & UG nation for the sudden passing of UGA VII.

Here’s to much better results next season for both our programs!

Fight On!!

True_Crimson

November 21st, 2009
3:15 pm

It's Jonathan Dwyer/Josh Nesbitt Time

November 21st, 2009
3:32 pm

GT knows how to BEAT DOWN a 10-1 season
and be ranked # 7.
GT will CRUSH Clemson!

Coach O

November 21st, 2009
7:32 pm

The LSU players made a great effort, but their coach lost the game with poor clock management. FSU found a way to win one for Steve — good for them…

Who will coach Notre Dame?

Jeff George

November 21st, 2009
10:31 pm

Les Miles is an IDIOT! How can you not have your kicking team ready to take the field? “The Hat” is a moron.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

November 21st, 2009
11:22 pm

BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH suck on that bulldawg nation!

Jacob

November 21st, 2009
11:44 pm

Can’t wait to see the prediction for GT GA next week.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

November 21st, 2009
11:58 pm

Joe Cox for Heisman… the mutts must be out drowning their sorrows or beating their kids

Coach O

November 22nd, 2009
12:40 am

Both Clemson and Georgia have developed new team attitudes during the course of this season …

It’s been good for Clemson.

bob

November 22nd, 2009
1:59 am

I lost my father at age 44 in much the same way. Please, if your loved one is showing symptoms of heart attack, MAKE THEM GO IMMEDIATELY TO THE BEST HOSPITAL POSSIBLE. They can finish up their unfinished business later, IF THEY LIVE! If they don’t, then who cares?

It's Jonathan Dwyer/Josh Nesbitt Time

November 22nd, 2009
5:57 am

KFC
……….Kentucky Fried COX

Athens Nightmare

November 22nd, 2009
6:19 am

Georgia needs to just keep running the ball,
because they have NO decent
QUARTERBACKS.

Athens Nightmare

November 22nd, 2009
6:48 am

The Weedwhacker Shreveport Bowl
is deserving for the Willie Bobo Fiasco.

Mook6666

November 22nd, 2009
7:22 am

As Tony predicted Earlier, to the Disdain of several “Wrecked Ramblers”
IT is CLEMSON’S TIGERS that will face the GT Juggernaut in the ACC Championship Game in (we all hope for the very last time) TAMPA, FLA.

Since it is CLEMSON (I know Tech beat them early on by 3) That will Add about 20,000 extra fans in the bleachers. with techs, 5,000 that game may see 25,0000 paid. Hang on Charlotte, The Games a coming your way for a sellout.

The ACC “thought” with so many floridians playing in the ACC, that Florida fans would come out to see the ACC. WRONG ! So now it goes back to the “old” ACC territory. (after all the SEC already has the favored site in Atlanta)

Congratualations to both Clemson and Geortia TEch. Two schools with up and coming programs. Pity The Wrecked Ramblers will end up in the GATOR after such a shinning record. Paul Johnson is not a good coach, He alread was a Great Coach before he left Georgia in the first Place.

A Large contingent of Clemson alums and fans, actually WAnted Mr. Johnson and NOT MR TWO-LANE Bowden. YIKES it was RICH ROD, NOT BOWDEN after all! now almost 10 yers later it has come full circle. Coach Swinney Turned 40 Friday, and got a new $1.8 million contract, thanks to the Atlantic Division Championship. (the other Coach Clemson Intervied before selecting Dabo Swinney and his Alabama boyz, was HORRORS Ex Oakland Raiders Coach, LANE KIFFEN…. As Things turned out, It was that other WEAKER orange color that lost so far on that deal. Sorry TEnnessee. Jest build a faded orange jailhouse down on the River.

Clemson Fans will Go to TAMPA in droves. TAmpa will be a HOME Game for this ORange hungry crowd . Once upon a time Clemson won a National Championship game IN the ORANGE BOWL….and an Ohio State Coach Lost his job, because of what he did in that same game(sad).

Glad to see That one writer in this whole wide World called it right, Thank you Tony.
Clemson still FAces its ARCH in state rival as does TECH. Two ACC teams, going to the Championship Game a long way from home and facing Arch Rival SEC teams as usual to end good seasons in their Home States.

Coach O

November 22nd, 2009
11:42 am

Mook,

Is there supposed to be an encrypted message hidden in your random capitalizations, or are you merely in need of a new keyboard?

Hank

November 22nd, 2009
2:01 pm

Gators and Noles all agree that Steve Ellis was a great guy and an excellent writer. I am sorry to hear about his passing and will say a prayer for his family in their time of loss.

Jeff George

November 22nd, 2009
2:10 pm

Can UGA handle a little praise???

Joe Not Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

Wow! Football team loses. Basketball team loses. And then you dog dies. Bad weekend to be a Georgia fan. But hey, look at the bright side. At least there is a good football and basketball team in Georgia. Assuming you’re a Tech fan.

“I say its bad, to be, a Georgia Bulldog.” Hehehehehehe!

Gooooooooo VOLS!

Observor

November 22nd, 2009
9:04 pm

Georgia is just a genuinely bad football team. They are going to get absolutely steamrolled by Tech.

Coach O

November 22nd, 2009
9:40 pm

It will certainly be embarrassing for the Tech fans if they aren’t. I expect a good game, regardless of the ineptitude shown by Georgia in the Kentucky game. Tech is clearly favored, but you know what ‘they’ say… “that’s why they play the games”.

how2fish

November 22nd, 2009
11:26 pm

We gonna win the national champ next year! you just wait and see tech fans. i hate smoking and cheap beer.

bookwik

November 29th, 2009
6:23 pm

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