LIVE from Georgia: Can Dogs stop Piggies (and Mallett)?

Mark Richt needs a physical effort from his offense and Todd Grantham's defense.

Mark Richt needs a physical effort from his offensive line and Todd Grantham's defense today.

ATHENS –If some perspective is needed after Georgia started the SEC season 0-1 and then learned Friday night that wide receiver A.J. Green won’t  be around for the next two games, here it is:  Ultimately, a football team’s season is not defined by one player. Green will not be a cure-all when he returns, any more than his absence was the reason the Bulldogs lost in Columbia last week.

As you no doubt learned by now from my comrade, Tim Tucker, Georgia’s appeal to have Green’s four-game suspension reduced was rejected by the NCAA. Maybe you believe four games is too harsh of a penalty, or maybe you believe Chris Hawkins is no more of an agent than you are, or maybe you just think the NCAA is out to get Georgia (because we love conspiracy theories, don’t we?).

But here’s the thing: While Green is an amazing player, the Dogs lost to South Carolina last week because their offensive line got pushed around and their defense got punched by the run and at times looked timid (Mark Richt’s words).

A.J. Green doesn’t play those positions.

Beating Arkansas will not be easy. The Razorbacks are led by possibly the nation’s best quarterback, Ryan Mallett, who already has thrown for 701 yards and six touchdowns in two games (albeit, the games coming against Tennessee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe). But Arkansas’s defense is not among the nation’s best. Remember, even the maligned Joe Cox threw for five touchdowns and 375 yards in last year’s 52-41 win in Fayetteville.

Georgia probably doesn’t want to get into another shootout without Green but it certainly can win the game by controlling the clock and the tempo with the running game and by giving a far more physical effort than it did at South Carolina.

We leave you with this: The image of Bobby Petrino (with wife Becky) at the infamous midnight press conference.

We leave you with this: The image of Bobby Petrino (with wife Becky) at the infamous midnight press conference.

For what it’s worth, the Dogs haven’t started the season 0-2 in the SEC since 1993 in Ray Goff’s fifth season, when when they actually lost their first four conference games to South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. (That team finished 2-6 in conference, 5-6 overall.)

Finally, let’s all give a warm round of applause today to Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. He hasn’t been seen in this state since a Monday night Falcons loss three years ago. Petrino left after that game, apparently thinking the NFL season was 13 games long. The next time we saw him was on television at a midnight press conference in Fayetteville, doing the woo-pig-sooie cheer. So if the Dogs need any extra motivation, all they need to do is channel Arthur Blank.

OK, that’s it for now. We go live with this blog at kickoff . Ah heck, let’s go live now. Weigh in on anything you like — the game, the NCAA, Green, Petrino’s next job. I’ll be back after coffee. Enjoy your Saturday.

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WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
8:43 am

Jeff what do you think of the AJ thing?

You know, AJ should have just pled guilty to: 1)second degree burglary and, 2) marijuana possession like QB Jeremiah Masoli. The NCAA has no problem with those crimes . . .

Threeandoh

September 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Why is no one talking about this Hawkins guy? If he is an agent, as a former ncaa athlete, isn’t he responsible for violating some rules, laws, etc? Sure AJ is guilty but some one (NCAA, NFL, NC attorney general) needs to look at this dirtbag and find some way to punish him as well.

Kramer

September 18th, 2010
8:56 am

Todays menu…

Roasted pig and Jim Beam and Coke.

Loong day for REDnecks in athens

September 18th, 2010
8:59 am

Poor little puppies are whining they don’t have little AJ. Ahhh. Did he commit a infraction. Yep. And he’s been punished. This is part of the culture problem in athens under what was d evans and cmr.
It will get worse today and you’ll be blaming the loss on the ncaa like typical excuse making losers.
0-2 sec!!
Welcome to athens…er i mean losersville.

Nick

September 18th, 2010
8:59 am

We We We All the way home

September 18th, 2010
9:01 am

Fifth! I rock!

Dirty Dawg

September 18th, 2010
9:01 am

I think UGA should go ahead and release the information about this. They’re blocking it based on protecting the ‘privacy’ of an individual. Sure I’m all for that but this thing has gone way beyond one person, except to say that that ‘one’ person has perhaps cost Georgia and his teammates an entire season should we lose these next two, which is entirely possible. You say we wouldn’t have won even with him last week..I say while we were pushed around we only lost by 11 and the last three were scored late. His play very well could have made the difference. Vince Dooley’s teams made it’s reputation ‘winning ugly’. If we’d won last week it woulda been ugly, but it would still be a win.

No, I think we all have a right to know what the NCAA knows. I’d rather have the truth and take it out on AJ, if it’s called for, than to cuss the NCAA just because we don’t know any better and are willing to think the worst of them.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

September 18th, 2010
9:03 am

Well, breakfast was lousy, and then they did a touch-up job on my posterior. I feel hungry and all wet back there. I hope they at least crush the ice in my cushion. It’s miserable when the stuff is lumpy. Some of these guys are starting to arrive in the locker room. It’s 6 to 1 that a couple of them will put their jerseys on backwards.

Dream on, losers. You’ll be calling for the heads of Bobo and Richt in about 7 hours. Can’t figure out why Grantham is getting a pass. It wasn’t the offense that was getting plowed like a corn field last week. But root for Russ. I hope the cameras show my good side.

Bronx Cheer

September 18th, 2010
9:06 am

Do we think that the boo birds will be out in force for Traitor Bobby?

hogfan

September 18th, 2010
9:07 am

Arkansas will destroy Georgia, 31-13.

Larry

September 18th, 2010
9:09 am

Stop blaming the NCAA, Hawkins, or anyone else!

One person, and only one person, knew exactly what he was doing, why he was doing it, and lost gamble that no one would find out and ultimately embarrassing himself, his parents, the University and allowing his greed and selfishness hurt his fans and his teammates–that person is one A. J. Green!

Those that believe otherwise should cease reproducing because people like me who hold their children accountable and responsible for their own behavior, never to blame other, are tired of having your spoiled, non parented brats contaminate the classroom and other venues.

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
9:10 am

I noticed another coach not exactly getting his butt kissed (as Techies usually do) this week, after being unable to do what North Dakota State did.

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
9:12 am

Dang, Russ ……., quit licking those players! You’re only supposed tolick your own!

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SOGADOG

September 18th, 2010
9:14 am

Good assessment on the USC game. On the bright side, I am thrilled we made it from game day last week to game day this week without an arrest or another NCAA investigation or suspension.

Grantham’s defense looked OK last week and is a major improvement over last year’s defense. If the defense is holding opponents to 17 pts the Dawgs should win every game. Often, the Dawg’s defense suffers because the offense goes three and out time and again. Too much blame has been heaped on the defense for last week’s loss. There is no excuse for an offense with so much veteran talent (10 returning starters) not scoring a touchdown in a critical SEC east game. The defensive problems are being worked out by Grantham and company. It is time now to focus on fixing the offense and if Bobo doesnt get it together today, his position needs to be re-evaluated. Enough griping GO DAWGS!

Destin Dawg

September 18th, 2010
9:16 am

Techies are like a disease .. ..an illness ( mental )…. when they infect your blog… all neagative…. severe depression caused from living in metro…. crime, drugs, muggings, sirens all night….. scared in come out…. watching the business execs. leave for the suburbs… every day 5 or 6 PM…. they are SICK !!!!

Yellow Fuzz

September 18th, 2010
9:18 am

YYYYYYYYYYYYawn

Old time Dog

September 18th, 2010
9:18 am

When it all comes down the game will be decided on these 3 things, Blocking, Tackling and Turnovers. I will read on here tomorrow about 1 missed call somewhere or not having AJ or some other excuse if we lose. The bottom line is there is always adversity in a ball game. You never get all the calls to go your way and people do fumble or throw interceptions. The good teams are the ones who overcome these things.

FJR

September 18th, 2010
9:19 am

WonderDawg,

You know the NCAA is in charge of NCAA matters, not criminal activities? The NCAA views criminal, non-sport related activities as outside its jurisdiction. AJ’s activities were sport related, as they involved directly profiting from his status as an amateur athlete. I’m not saying that I think 4 games was an appropriate penalty, but comparing it to the Masoli case makes no sense. That’s like complaining to the tax auditor when you’re audited that your neighbor cheats on his wife. Sure, cheating on your wife might be worse than incorrectly calculating a deduction, but what’s that have to do with the tax auditor?

AJ knew the rules (or at least should have, as they were made because of UGA) and broke them. Simple as that. He had a “I’m not gonna get caught mentality” and got caught. I have little sympathy for people like that.

And since you’re bringing up drug stuff, AJ is associating with guys who are being charged with distributing cocaine. It’s actually probably good for AJ to have his “oh yeah, who I associate with matters, who’da thunk that?” moment at this point versus later in his career.

Dawg House

September 18th, 2010
9:21 am

REMINDER TECH FANS…….

Your teamplays at Noon at UNC. But we all know you’ll be watching us instead.

Old time Dog

September 18th, 2010
9:22 am

Oh, by the way Jeff booing Patrino or channeling Aurthur Blank will be about as effective as screaming at the striped shirts.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

September 18th, 2010
9:25 am

The fake Russ, the Temporary Mascot was here at 9:03 AM before I was ready to blog. I will probably sleep in today and let fake Russ take over. Of course, he better be prepared for an a$$ painting. In fact, the whole campus should expect an a$$ painting today. On another subject, who painted Brian McCann’s a$$? That “swimming pool” looks to have pounded him on top of his head and on the side and in the face. When I fall down I usually land on one place and it is a painted place, if you know what I mean. Go Dawgs!

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
9:26 am

“Bobo get it together”?

SOGADOG, you can’t get together what you ain’t got. And Bobo ain’t it. With him calling plays, we are only equals to nearly every SEC team we play, except Vandy and UF.

I do agree with you that Richt made great progress turning things around with Grantham. But he needs to demote Bobo back to QB coach and get new blood at OC as well as O-line coach (quite obvious), then UGA will return to challenging for the SEC again.

Beast from the East

September 18th, 2010
9:27 am

FJR,
Great post.

Joe Dawg,
What’s a cantidate? I have to give you partial credit for at least spelling Heisman correctly. I’ve seen numerous Techies spell it wrong and he was one of their own!

Yellow Fuzz

September 18th, 2010
9:28 am

“Dawg House
September 18th, 2010
9:21 am
REMINDER TECH FANS…….Your teamplays at Noon at UNC. But we all know you’ll be watching us instead”.

I will be watching both. I enjoy seeing the dogs lose as much as I do watching the Yellow Jackets win. I like to hear the silence of the dogs and the banter of about a dozen dog bloggers here. Which coach’s head will you be calling for after today’s game. Hahahahahaha.

45-42 rematch is just two months away (and we WON’T be spotting you two touch downs at the half this time).

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crybaby dawg fans

September 18th, 2010
9:30 am

WAH-WAH-WAH-WAH-WAH!!!!
IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!

Suck it up dawgs and quit crying about how unfair the AJ ruling is. You sound like a bunch of little crybabies. Hopefully they can win one against the piggies.

Cuz

September 18th, 2010
9:31 am

I just finished frying up some bacon. I love the smell of pig frying in the morning. It smells like victory!

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
9:31 am

Don’t mind Yeller, Joe Dawg, he’s still miffed at Paul Johnson’s inability to duplicate what North Dakota State did a week earlier.

Or it could be PJ’s inability to win a bowl game – any bowl game!

Jeff Schultz

September 18th, 2010
9:31 am

WonderDawg — Mixed feelings: 1) I think 4 games is a little harsh, but … 2) I’m not surprised. NCAA doesn’t like any scenario in which a player takes cold hard cash, let alone from someone they perceive as an agent (or with ties to agent). Here’s the other thing: We may not know all of the details of this, nor do we know if A.J. was up front about it when confronted. I think one reason Marcell Dareus got 2 games was because he was up front. Not saying A.J. initially lied, just saying we don’t know.

Jeff Schultz

September 18th, 2010
9:32 am

Threeandoh — Not sure a “runner” for an agent has to be licensed. They’re just unofficial pondscum.

Cuz

September 18th, 2010
9:32 am

I think Coach Richt should sit out AJ for the first half of the Colorado game. I am not whining.

steve

September 18th, 2010
9:33 am

Fair?? Thats where you take a pig to get a ribbon.Lifes not fair.Suck it up and play some football!!!GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff Schultz

September 18th, 2010
9:33 am

Joe Dawg — clean it up and you can re-post. Thanks.

Beast from the East

September 18th, 2010
9:34 am

Jeff,
What’s for breakfast? I’m leaning toward gimlets and omelettes?

Our O-Line will Mow the grass and not block

September 18th, 2010
9:34 am

Yes our OLINE has to get better.
-They have to push a mediocre Arkansas defense around
-They have the potential as Phil Steele’s #1 offensive line in america but have to get mean and play hard.

Jorge

September 18th, 2010
9:34 am

Jeff:

I am surprised that you are working today. Hm,,,,,,,,

Are you not going to eat at the game??

Oh well….

Lefty LaRue

September 18th, 2010
9:35 am

All you Dawgs like UnderDawg or whatever his name is . . . try not to leave your pork rinds, chicken bones, and wrappers on the ground today. You need to keep the campus tidy. One thing that works in some communities – prisoners pick up the trash. Some of those student-athlete-inmates should be able to help with that. HAHAHAHAAHAHA!

suwaneedawg

September 18th, 2010
9:35 am

Hey yellow fuzz, did you enjoy us laughing at you losing to Kansas last week? I know it made feel a little better with our loss. I mean, we lost to a ranked team and your butts got kicked by a Big 12 bottom feeder. Oh yeah, and then they truned around and lost big to Southern Miss who got their butt kicked the week before by South Carolina. The bugs are in serious trouble and you know it. Your laughing at us is going to turn into crying for the fuzz.

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
9:36 am

I’m thinking he lied to them too. The comparison to Masoli is kinda ironic though, huh?

Joe Dawg

September 18th, 2010
9:38 am

Yes sir but you really need to ban that Yellow Fuzz character like all the other Dawg sportswriters have here (Tim Tucker, Bill King, etc).

Our O-Line will Mow the grass and not block you

September 18th, 2010
9:39 am

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!
GATA and Release the Aaron.

Jeff Schultz

September 18th, 2010
9:40 am

Beast from the East: sounds like a fine culinary pairing.

Dawgs2010

September 18th, 2010
9:40 am

“{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ 45-42 }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Hahahahaha”

Please. Is that all you have? A three point win 2 years ago? WOW! What a major accomplishment. Beating a Georgia team by three points.

BTW: Kansas lost to Southern Miss last night.

Shame..Shame.

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
9:40 am

I caught that, Cuz. Nice analogy to Duvall (one of my favorites).

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Beast from the East

September 18th, 2010
9:40 am

Joe Dawg,
Jeff is not a “Dawg” writer. He writes for the AJC and covers more than just college footbal in Athens. Fuzz may be annoying (much like SSI Gator), but he generally keeps it clean.

Jeff Schultz

September 18th, 2010
9:41 am

Jorge — Yes, gotta work on a college football Saturday. Go figure, huh? Enjoy.

bigblackafricandawg

September 18th, 2010
9:41 am

Can they please throw it to Marlon Brown?!?!!?….let him prove that he doesn’t deserve A.J’s touches on the field….he sure has looked good so far

Yellow Fuzz

September 18th, 2010
9:42 am

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Glad it still STINGS!

suwaneedawg

September 18th, 2010
9:42 am

Jeff, how come the Georgia game was not on of your Beat Jeff pickes this week?