We’re live from SEC championship — pick a side, Dog fans

Welcome to the homme of the SEC (and likely BCS) championship.

Welcome to the Georgia Dome, home of the SEC (and likely BCS) championship(.

(IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW)

Thirteen weeks after the start of the college football season, Florida and Alabama are meeting for the SEC championship — which is exactly what we thought would happen back in September.

Now, I can understand why fans at LSU and Tennessee and Ole Miss and certainly Georgia weren’t conceding anything back then. But considering both the Gators and Crimson Tide are 12-0, there’s no reason to play the woulda-coulda-shoulda game. These are the two best teams, not just in the conference but in the nation. It’s the best possible scenario for the SEC.

Take comfort, Bulldogs fans. The "G" is represented at the title game.

Take comfort, Bulldogs fans. The "G" is represented at the title game.

In this week’s flawless financial forecast, I predicted a Florida win. Honestly, I was leaning toward Alabama most of the season. But a few of weeks ago, I started to get the feeling the Gators were just bored most of the season and were only playing as well as they had to. No, the Florida offense is not as explosive as a year ago. The loss of Percy Harvin hurt more than most expected. But the Gators can still run the ball and make plays to win games.

The teams are mirror images of each other in many ways. Both have great defenses. Both have great running games. Both have coaches who have won big games. The one significant difference is pretty obvious: Tim Tebow.

I know. Tim Tebow — those are two words many of you just don’t want to read any more. But in a relatively even game, I’ll take the team with the most difference makers. Alabama does not have an answer for Tebow. I’m still not convinced he’ll be successful as an NFL quarterback, but he’s as good as anybody has ever seen at that position in college.

The good news, Georgia fans, is he has only two games left in his college career.

OK, one last thought and then I’ll turn this over to you. I know devout Bulldogs fans will have a difficult time rooting for either side. (One exception: my daughter, Sierra, who never would consider pulling for the Gators  in anything, and is considering attending Alabama.) But if you had to choose sides, who are you pulling for today: Tebow and the Gators or Nick Saban or Alabama?

Let me know what you think about today’s game and I’ll check back shortly. But first, I need coffee.

(ALL IMPORTANT UPDATE! I couldn’t resist posting this. Reader Andy Rosenberg emailed me the “Tim Tebow SEC Championship Drinking Game.” This disclaimer: I am NOT promoting anybody getting drunk. There. I’m covered. But here it is.)

Rules for Tebow drinking game:
♦ Drink every time Tebow is called “a warrior.”
♦ Drink every time Tebow’s called “a leader,” then salute.
♦ Drink every time Tebow’s called a special athlete”
♦ Finish your drink if the announcers suggest Tebow should win the Heisman again this year.
♦ Drink every time Tebow points to the sky. Then realize the only reason the sky hasn’t fallen is the strength of his pointing.
♦ Drink every time he’s shown on the sidelines flapping his arms like a bird (or an idiot) to pump up the crowd.
♦ Drink every time Tebow’s on camera for no reason when the Florida defense is on the field.
♦ Drink every time Tebow is seen screaming with his helmet off.
♦ Drink every time they show a “I Heart Tebow” sign in the stands.
♦ Drink every time you see a Florida fan in “jorts” [jean shorts]. (Small sips on this one. Otherwise it could kill you).
♦ Shot every time they mention his experience as missionary.
♦ If they mention him performing circumcisions in the Philippines while he was a missionary: Chug your beer, do a shot of Patron.

677 comments Add your comment

Lilburn Dawg

December 5th, 2009
2:49 pm

First. And, I hate to say it, the HATED GATORS!

Bob

December 5th, 2009
2:49 pm

Easiest question ever asked. Roll Tide Roll. And if that doesn’t work, Hookem Horns.

MartyDawg

December 5th, 2009
2:50 pm

Bama!Tebow is all class but I’m tired of hearing about him. Roll Tide

Bob

December 5th, 2009
2:50 pm

Lilburn Dawg,

What is wrong with you. ;)

saddlecreek

December 5th, 2009
2:50 pm

Both teams are so much better than all others, who really cares????

Kevin

December 5th, 2009
2:52 pm

Can’t cheer for poeple that wear Jorts. Roll Tide!

MacGruber

December 5th, 2009
2:53 pm

Roll Tide, I hate Tebow

On another not fellow UGA fans, this season hasn’t been that big of a disappointment…Willie and Tebow are both gone…just saying…

hobnail68

December 5th, 2009
3:00 pm

No self respecting Dawg Fan would ever root for the Gay-turds. Sick of Tebow, Meyer, and the entire Gay-turd nation. Bama, please teabag Tebow. Roll Tide Roll.

Dawg '85

December 5th, 2009
3:04 pm

Although I would usually pull for SEC East, I can’t bring myself to root for Teblow and the jorts. I also don’t want a fairy tale ending performance to win the Heisman for Teblow when his stats are simply pedestrian this year. So… toilet paper and detergent for me.

Talk SEC football with Schultz

December 5th, 2009
3:05 pm

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Hairy Dawg

December 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

Jeff,

Anyone who takes that drinking game seriously will be dead long before halftime.

Merck1

December 5th, 2009
3:09 pm

ROLL TIDE, ROLL. No true Dawg fan could ever pull for Florida!

Bat Masterson

December 5th, 2009
3:11 pm

The only time I am ever likely to say this, ROLL TIDE.

SouthTXDawg

December 5th, 2009
3:14 pm

Rammer jammer, yella hammer.

Beeeeg Boy

December 5th, 2009
3:14 pm

God, I miss Lewis Grizzard!!!! Nobody talks like me anymore. Roll Tide.

Mr Creepy

December 5th, 2009
3:15 pm

Drink every time the pre game crew touches the person next to them’s arm. (Warning: You could pass out before the game.)

Buckhead Bulldog

December 5th, 2009
3:19 pm

Mark-

Speaking of drinking. Can you see Vern tipping a few back right now? If not, send a few rounds of bourbon/ginger over to him would you?

CHOMP

December 5th, 2009
3:22 pm

Doesn’t matter, UGAG’ers have nothing to thump their chests about. They’re second tier and falling. What have they done LATELY? NOTHING!!!

TIDER

December 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

Take a “sip” every time a UGAY fans writes something stupid in the blog. You’ll sloppy drunk before page 2.

To Hell with Bama

December 5th, 2009
3:25 pm

REAL DAWG FANS WOULD NEVER EVER PULL FOR BAMA !
I WISHED GEORGIA HAD A QUARTERBACK AS CLASSY AND TALENT AS TIM TEBOW, IF WE HAD ONE, GEORGIA WOULD BE PLAYING FOR THE SEC TITLE RIGHT NOW.

Gator Hater

December 5th, 2009
3:26 pm

I would rather have a sister working in a brothel than a brother who is a UGAY student.

ADVANCED HOME SECURITY

December 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

I wish they could just tie!

Sierra

December 5th, 2009
3:28 pm

After playing that game, someone’s going to end up in the hospital because of alcohol poisoning.

BAMMER

December 5th, 2009
3:28 pm

Dogs run and hide,,,the two most dominant teams in America will remain that way. UGA playing for third place trying to survive the Gamecocks, Tigers & Wildcats.

BAMMER

December 5th, 2009
3:30 pm

UGA always playing for 3rd place trying to survive the VOLS, Tigers, Gamecocks & Wildcats.

Sierra

December 5th, 2009
3:31 pm

Roll Tide…. So long Tim Tebow. I speak for a lot of others when I say that I’m glad his college football career has finally come to an end.

anotherdawg

December 5th, 2009
3:31 pm

Who cares? Only reason I read this blogs is in hope of 1eyeJack giving us another AP report.

anotherdawg

December 5th, 2009
3:33 pm

Woops! “These” blogs

VOL Dog Hater

December 5th, 2009
3:33 pm

UGager fans can’t get over the fact that even with Tebow gone they will never, ever beat UF as long as Sheriff Meyer is around. Dream on gagers Marty Rich will never beat the Sheriff.

Go DOGS

December 5th, 2009
3:34 pm

CHOMP and TIDER….I told you to stay in your room and off the computer until the tech/clemson game starts. Now get on outta here. This is SEC big boy football, not the ACCne Conf. pubescent fool!

Bawney Fwank

December 5th, 2009
3:34 pm

Sorry haters….Go Gators!

Georgia been sucking for 29 years and still counting

December 5th, 2009
3:35 pm

Never knew UGAY fans needed a reason to get drunk on a Saturday, it’s natural, in their blood. UGAY fans cuss, shout, throw things at the tv …face turns blood red…eyes about to pop out of their friggin skulls….while the kids are in the room. Stay classy UGAY.

cantondawg

December 5th, 2009
3:36 pm

Don’t ever bet against Superman..Florida in a squeaker

Go DOGS

December 5th, 2009
3:36 pm

Yo CHOMP. “What have they done LATELY? NOTHING!!!” We sure beat your crap team down on the flats last weekend. 30-24 BEAT DOWN!

Sonny Clusters

December 5th, 2009
3:37 pm

We heard that Elin hit Tiger with a 3-iron 12 times. She told the police to write down a 5. Jeff, is they any mascots there besides the gator and the elephant? Do you see Arthur Blank anywhere? How about game snacks in the press box?

Paul in RDU

December 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

Jeff,
Love the rules for the Tim Tebow drinking game. However, it seems to me that anyone trying to play it would need their own beer distributorship.
I’d put the over/under on drinks at around 60 – and that’s assuming that you only play the game “on the clock”. If you include half time the over/under is around 100. Anyone who started playing when College Game Day came on this morning is drunk already.

Kim Z's Package

December 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

A dawg pulling for a Gator too funny. The gators don’t even think UGA plays Football or Basketball just Gymnastics.

NO MORE SAINT SIMMONS!!

December 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

I do believe Matt Stafford beat T.Blow so i dont see what all the fuss is about. I would LOVE to see T.Blow in the NFL. I bet Tampa would get em and lets see how he fairs with a crappy O-line. Comin from a dawg fan, ROLL TIDE!!!!!!

Jeff Schultz

December 5th, 2009
3:43 pm

Hairy Dawg — pretty funny.

Jeff Schultz

December 5th, 2009
3:44 pm

Tebow drinking game update: Got a text message from my daughter. “You better chug your first beer — there’s an entire “born to lead” biography on Tebow.”

The Other St. Simons

December 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

Can we get a tie?

Monroe Dawg

December 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

No true Dawg could pull for the Gay-turds… ROLL TIDE!!!

Jeff Schultz

December 5th, 2009
3:46 pm

Paul in RDU — Agreed. There needs to be some “limits” in this game.

Kirk

December 5th, 2009
3:46 pm

Bama will win. UF has never, ever finished a season undefeated and I don’t see it happening in this game. Roll, Tide!!!!!!

Jeff Schultz

December 5th, 2009
3:47 pm

The Other St. Simons — No, they would go to a shootout, I think. Or is it goal kicks?

Georgia been sucking for 29 years and still counting

December 5th, 2009
3:48 pm

Bet Tebow will not be as bad as David Green in the NFL.

ecdawg

December 5th, 2009
3:48 pm

Ala – freekin’ – Bama (no love for Baja Georgia)

Kirk

December 5th, 2009
3:50 pm

Great article, Jeff! What will you be drinking? Ha!!

Kim Z's Package

December 5th, 2009
3:50 pm

Was that a shot of Joe Cox after beating Tenn. Tech running with his fingers in the air?

brewdawg

December 5th, 2009
3:51 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that UGA was playing in this game fairly consistently. It’s tough to watch now, but it reminds me how much I want them to get back.