Three and out: Dissed Dogs, key Falcon and the wrong M.J.

Hairy Dawg wants it known that he has canceled his subscription to The Sporting News.

Hairy Dawg canceled his subscription to The Sporting News after hearing the publication ranked the Bulldogs only 27th.

Welcome back to another edition of, “Three and Out,” three items stuffed into one blog. Now that’s value! Because this is a holiday weekend, we’ll even throw in a bundt cake.

1. Georgia ranked No. 27?

I’m sure Georgia Tech fans will enjoy this (Georgia fans, not so much). The Sporting News just came out with its preseason top 100 rankings — which of course mean nothing, but they’re fun to look at — and the Yellow Jackets are slotted at No. 18, a whopping nine spots ahead of the No. 27 Bulldogs. So I guess Tech losing four top players in the NFL draft doesn’t outweigh Georgia started a freshman quarterback.

Not surprisingly, defending national champion Alabama is ranked No. 1.

You can go to the link for the complete list, but I’m positing the top 10, as well as all SEC and ACC teams in the top 100.

For easy reference for debates, I’m putting the SEC teams in red and ACC teams in blue.

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
4. Miami
5. Florida
6. TCU
7. Nebraska
8. Wisconsin
9. Texas
10. Oklahoma

12. Virginia Tech
14. Florida State

17. Auburn
18. Georgia Tech
20. LSU
21. Arkansas

23. North Carolina
27. Georgia
34. Boston College
38. South Carolina
48. Mississippi

54. North Carolina State
56. Tennessee
58. Kentucky
59. Mississippi State
61. Clemson
68. Virginia
70. Duke

83. Vanderbilt
86. Wake Forest
89. Maryland

2. Mark Jackson for the Hawks? Why?

Mark Jackson was a great player but he would be a huge risk as Hawks' head coach.

Mark Jackson was a great player but he would be a huge risk as Hawks' head coach.

Notwithstanding my policy of not prejudging coaches, here goes: Of all the potential candidates I’ve heard to coach the Hawks, Mark Jackson makes the least sense. Jackson is expected to get interviewed after the Eastern Conference finals. The former NBA guard was a great player. He’s also an excellent commentator. He’s bright and tough and certainly has the traits to be a solid coach one day. But the Hawks are a relatively veteran team now. They parted with Mike Woodson because they want to take the next step in the playoffs. So why would general manager Rick Sund and ownership risk turning over the team to somebody who has zero coaching experience? I think the last time Sund tried this, he hired Quinn Buckner in Dallas, and as I noted the other day on this list of past Sund hires that didn’t turn out so well. If Jackson gets the job and proves me wrong, it will be so noted. In large bold letters. But I  just don’t think it’s the direction the Hawks should be going in.

3. Could Harry Douglas be the key to the Falcons’ season?

Harry Douglas's knee injury was a crusher for the Falcons in 2009.

Harry Douglas's knee injury was a crusher for the Falcons in 2009.

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com’s NFC South blogger, has posted an excellent blog titled, “Five NFC South players ready to pounce.” The context: five players in the division, some coming back from injuries, who may be the keys to their respective team’s success next season. Among the five: Harry Douglas, who was projected to be the Falcons’ third receiver and punt returner last season until suffering a torn knee ligament in training camp. The other four players are Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Tampa Bay linebacker Barrett Ruud and New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

The summary on Douglas:

I still don’t think a lot of people realize how significant this injury was to the Falcons. They had huge plans for Douglas in his second season. He was going to be the third receiver in this offense. The Falcons were planning on using him in the slot and bringing a whole new dynamic to their offense.  The injury prevented that and really kept Atlanta’s offense from ever hitting its stride last season. But Douglas should be back at full strength and that alone could change the complexion of an offense that’s loaded just about everywhere else. Tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Roddy White already are very good and wide receiver Michael Jenkins is dependable. Throw Douglas’ speed into the slot and Gonzalez, White and Jenkins immediately become even better. Quarterback Matt Ryan might even become great.

Enjoy the rest of your day, folks. I’ll be back tomorrow from the Braves’ game.

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Hawks’ Sund lacks string of great coaching hires in past

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83 comments Add your comment

Heath

May 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

No one is looking at UGA’s schedule. #27 is idiotic. #17, maybe.

Bradley G

May 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

New defensive philosophy for coaches and players, a freshman quarterback, and a terrible last season (by UGA standards). #27 is about right until UGA proves otherwise.

TONE

May 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

hey hey my sources are looking better all the time the marc jackson deal is just a smoke screen , Marc jackson was a college teammate of the new hawks coach to be Julian King of TC williams .
never doubt a huddle house waitress

old gold engineer

May 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

Looks like both GT and UGA play 4 teams shown in the SN top 27. So, each team should have good opportunities to prove they deserve their ranking.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

So losing tebow didn’t hurt florida to bad in the pollsters eyes i see and i see Duke is moving up in the football world

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

“Big Walks” keeps on walkin’ . . . Proud Chipper keeps on uh, talkin’,

Walkin, Walkin, Walkin on the ball field,
Walkin, Walkin, Walkin on the ball field.

(Not sure we could dance to it, Clusters gives it a five.)

What was the most exciting walk Jeff can remember? We was thinking it might be the moon walk. Michael Jackson or Neil Armstrong? If Chipper is going to continue as our “Big Walk” threat Chino should teach him to moon walk to first base. Would probably pull a hammy, though.

Jeff, please give Chipper our best regards.

Big Dawg Fan

May 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Well, there goes another year without any hankering for S-E-X. If Richt don’t get that bunch straightened out soon, pretty soon there won’t be any little Dawgs. And we’ll all be wearing bags over our heads.

old gold engineer

May 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Any Clemson fans around? What’s with the 61?

ChippersLoveChild

May 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

Four Big Ten teams in the Top Ten with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Texas…. impressive…. oh wait… I’m getting a year ahead of myself here, aren’t I. Oops.

Leon "Pooch-Kick" Trotsky

May 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

Comrade Schultz, a little off topic but please help settle a watercooler debate. Of all current MLB records, which one do you think is least likely to ever be broken. I say it has to be Cy Young’s all time win record. That idiot Stalin says Vander Meer’s back-to-back no hitters (his logic being 3 to break it). What thinks ye?

JB

May 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

Bet the ranch Dawgs “end up” after bowl season ranked higher than Jackets.
Dawgs 10-3 18th
Tech 8-5 23rd

An Adult

May 28th, 2010
4:05 pm

FIRST!!???!!

Fried chicken skin is greasy and delicious

May 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

The Sporting News is a shadow of itself for good reason. Miami at No. 4? Please, they’ll be lucky to finish at No. 24. Sund needs to get his bald head out of his hairy … and interview Ty Corbin and then start making a decision already. Finally, last season let people (some Falcons fans) forget what a really good player Harry Douglas was as a rookie. I hope he comes back at full strength.

Howard

May 28th, 2010
4:42 pm

Jeff…Ohio State at #2?? Why does the media always kiss up to this school?? They play in the Big 10 and play a bunch of non-conference cream puffs…big deal. Then they get in a BCS bowl, usually versus a SEC school and get waxed. And Wisconsin?? Spare me. I’m surprised USC wasn’t #3. They love that school and conference too.

Plain Jane

May 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

UGA will be lucky to finish in the top 25 ranked teams. None of the quarterbacks being touted are as good as Dawg fans seem to think they are. The SEC is a long way from high school, and this will be obvious as soon as Murray or Mason get into action. Mettenburger was the best hope, and he’s home tugging on his mama’s apron now. Perhaps Richt should be on the phone telling Zach that all is forgiven and please come back to Athens. Offer him some free tattoos and a get-out-of-jail-fee card, and he might do it.

Even if none of UGA’s players are arrested and suspened (whoa, what a long shot that is!), Forida will win big again this year, and the Dawgs will be hard pressed to finish 8-4.

Things are not going to improve with UGA until Richt is gone. He’s a nice fellow, but he’s not a championship coach. His best years are behind him now, and he’s on the downhill slide to total mediocrity.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

Heath — You are right about the schedule. It’s a lot easier this year.

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Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

Tone — Are Huddle House waitresses better than Waffle House waitresses as sources, or are they just cheap knockoffs. (By the way, my once told me that Huddle House gives you more hashbrowns. Is that true? Anybody? Let me hear ya!”)

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

South Ga Dawg Fan — As you probably know, John Brantley, Tebow’s replacement, is pretty highly regarded.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

Sonny Clusters — I will pass along your best wishes to Chipper and be there to present him with his Top Walker award.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

ChippersLoveChild — Had me going there for a minute.

atlvol55

May 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

Ouch…at least your team isn’t ranked 56?? Unfortunately that might be about right….how the mighty have fallen…

Is it basketball season yet?

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
5:01 pm

Leon “Pooch-Kick Trotsky” — I gotta go with Cy Young’s 511 wins between those two, but I also think 56-game hitting streak never will be broken. Too much media attention and distractions now.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
5:04 pm

Fried Chicken — Actually, while it’s OK to disagree with the poll, I think The Sporting News magazine now is far better than it has been in years. You should check it out next time you’re at a newsstand. I’m a big fan of the editor, Jeff D’Alessio, who used to work at the AJC and also happens to be a very good friend of mine.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

Howard — A lot of people like Terrelle Pryor.

Do they not know?

May 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

Did someone not tell the Sporting News that Tim Tebow graduated and that means UGA will win every game from now on?

Guess they should’ve asked Bulldog fans.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

May 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

WAFFLE HOUSE OR BUST! AND WHO CARES IF THEM DAWGS ARE #1 OR #100, JUST WHOOP THEM GAYTORS!

Bo

May 28th, 2010
5:30 pm

Schultz – SEC in red and ACC in blue for easy reference? Now that’s what I call service!

So, I wonder if it will be seen as a huge upset when UGA beats Tech again next year? Also, it’s a well known fact that Huddle House waitresses a little more wild if you know what I mean.

The Grinch

May 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

Steve Smith is going to be good? Who knew? Now that’s some brilliant inside information from Mr. Yasinkas; wonder if he thinks Drew Brees is ready to “pounce” too?

Mark me down for Huddle House.

The Grinch

May 28th, 2010
5:52 pm

Also add me to the list of people who are sick of seeing Ohio State in BCS bowls every year when they usually only have two difficult games and essentially all season to prepare for them. Even if they added a championship game (which should be mandatory for all BCS conferences), they’d still have a weak schedule.

dex

May 28th, 2010
6:14 pm

so if the UCONN men’s basketball program is placed on probation and stripped of their national title, guess who would be national champs of 04? G E O R G I A T E C H hahaha, guess all you dogpoops who were adamant with your comments in Barnhart’s blog about USC being stripped of their’s and Auburn should be national champs. Well how bout that?

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
6:19 pm

Losing Dave Kindred hurt the Sporting News. We was always a big fan of Dave Kindred. We was reading him back when we was babies. We remember once when he wrote a paragraph that had no vowels and that has not been done at the AJC since, at least not intentionally. He had some big paragraphs when he was writing a lot like Chipper has had some big walks lately.

GT3O

May 28th, 2010
6:26 pm

That’s a pretty correct poll. Do not like Miami at number 4. I don’t know what people see in that team right now. Miami had two of its best wins against FSU and GT at the very beginning of the season. At first glance they were impressive wins, but then in hindsight, they put up points on two of the worst defenses they played that year, thus Wommack and Andrews quit or were fired. After those two games, Jaccory Harris went right back to his 3 INT’s per game and Miami lost to some not so great teams.

I also like Clemson at 61. I am glad one poll see’s that shell of a team for what they are. They were only OK last year because of Spiller and Ford, now they are gone and Dabo is alone. No more coattails for Dabo.

I think they are right on UGA. UGA should be at 27. 7-5 season, yet another new starting QB that couldn’t beat out Joe Cox, new unproved DC fired from his only coordinator job and sent right back down to a line coach, and loss of one of their biggest leaders on defense. Yep, I’d say they are in no better shape than last year. They’ll need to prove it. Yes, they should be ranked lower than GT. GT will have little to no drop off on offense, may even be better with Josh coming back for his Senior year.

heeldawg

May 28th, 2010
6:29 pm

Preseason polls mean as much as tea leaves or frog entrails when it comes to predicting the outcome of a season. Most of ‘em are based largely on the performance of last year’s teams, which does not factor in team chemistry, etc. at all. Case in point: Tech will be worse this year. The talent pool on the Flats is not high enough to weather the loss of its best receiver, its two best defenders and its best running back to the NFL without taking a step backwards. Alabama, likewise, will not be as dominant–the offense of last year’s team was serviceable, but hardly spectacular; the national title was won by the defense, as most national titles are. And that defense lost nine starters (but ‘Bama’s talent level is higher than Tech’s, so they’ll still be a top 10 team). Florida also lost a ton of talent–and their emotional leader. You can’t underestimate that. This will be a down year for them (though they will still be a top10 team–see the Alabama comment above). Boise State plays for all the marbles in the season opener–lose that game, and its dream season is over before it starts (but Va Tech is a notoriously slow-starting team). Remember, Boise choked badly in Athens the last time it played a big-time out-of-conference opener. South Carolina will have its best team of the Spurrier era (they finally have a running game), and Texas will come into this year with an even bigger chip on its shoulder. And Georgia will be better than anyone expects, barring injuries. So these rankings mean zilch.

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
6:34 pm

Clusters don’t walk all that much. We was born to run. We would much rather hit the ball and fly around the bases than stand up there and get a big walk and then shuffle down there to first base and scratch and adjust and spit and pick and wait for somebody to move us over. When we was playing ball we was always reluctant to work for a walk because if the umpire didn’t think we was trying to get a hit sometimes he would just call us out and send us back to the bench. Big walks was not something we was trying to get and was nothing we would brag about. But we was never hitting .219.

WEATHER BULLETIN! From the Clusters Severe Weather Center . . . it is raining outside and it is getting close to game time and we was wondering if the game will be played?

GT3O

May 28th, 2010
6:34 pm

heeldawg,

Every single year the Dawgs will be better than anyone thinks….

NavySealDawg

May 28th, 2010
6:47 pm

Fla St. should have lost to Jacsonville St last yr., how did they get as high as #14

Paul in RDU

May 28th, 2010
7:04 pm

Miami at #4??? Auburn 10 places ahead of UGA???

Worm

May 28th, 2010
7:09 pm

Miami #4-Now there’s a loss of credibility..Way too many ACC teams ranked.Clemson-61_that’s interesting..

L'ville Dawg

May 28th, 2010
7:12 pm

GT30,
Get your facts straight when talking about other teams. They did not want to play Murray last year. He was a redshirt last year. I am not one to run my mouth, so I will wait until November and the final polls in January to find out who is the better team.

puppydawg

May 28th, 2010
7:31 pm

It ain’t how you drive, it’s how
arrive. We have the potential to be ranked in the top 10 while GT is going down hard. Tech fans, please wave as we pass each other in the polls.

bardawg

May 28th, 2010
8:41 pm

Ya just gotta luv those nutty guys @ the sporting news . Like so many of the rating services for college sports , these guys are so predictible, they don’t like UGA. They’re not gonna cut us any slack (which is Okay), Cause when we cruise through our schedule with 11 wins, maybe we’ll get the recognition we deserve. GO DAWGS !

Ron SoftJax

May 28th, 2010
8:43 pm

Pre-season polls and stars don’t pan out like players with true grit. These players should look for the help of their parents and a solid look at the Head Coach that will influence their lives for the next 4 years. They should look at their major and if this is the right school for them. It takes a combination of all of this….just like a college has just enough of the right players on both sides to make the winning difference.

bardawg

May 28th, 2010
8:44 pm

The sporting news is a not veryfunny joke,all they accomplish is getting our collective hackles up.

thunderbull56

May 28th, 2010
8:56 pm

Jiffy,I respectfully disagree about your Sporting News The Magazine comment.A lot of things in life are bittersweet.Once there was a Sporting News.Now there’s this Homer rag, much like AJC’s.Ask the coach,former GM,owner,ballboy. The Sporting News was once and in the beginning a BASEBALL (PRO BASEBALL) update.Now it’s just a People Magazine of sports.My grits, my money. I canceled my over thirty year subscribtion to this waste of natural resources when it became apparent that it wasn’t about Sporting News anymore.

poopdawg

May 28th, 2010
9:06 pm

Congratulation Jeff , you found a friend.

anotherdawg

May 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Wouldn’t it be neat if all of the rankings stayed the same, except for UGA, who goes undefeated in the East, beats Alabama for the SEC, and then plays Ohio State for the NC. I know that’s not realistic, but it’s in line with some of the other crazy posts you read on here.

anotherdawg

May 28th, 2010
9:29 pm

Good to see Boise St. getting a little respect, but I bet even if they go undefeated again, someone would leapfrog them. They may not play in a strong conference, but they are exciting. The B.S./ Oklahoma game a few years ago was the best college game I’ve ever seen.

Bill Campbell

May 28th, 2010
10:10 pm

Georgia Tech! What a joke!! This years team couldn’t beat Agnes Scott!!!

college football

May 28th, 2010
10:50 pm

UGA will go 10 and 2 and finish in the top 10, gt will lose 6 and barely get to a bowl!