I chatted with Cinesport’s Noah Coslov on the Hawks’ hiring of Danny Ferry as their new general manager and the contract situations of Joe Johnson and Josh Smith.
Just one question: Does this video make me look bald?
AUGUSTA – The Georgia feel to it all was slow in coming. There might have been a couple of audible, “Go Bubbas” at the first tee, but certainly no barking, no “Go Dogs,” not even a single Bobby Petrino joke.
But as Sunday at the Masters unfolded, it was easy to wonder, “Wait, are those azaleas or hedges?” Which way to Broad Street? Where’s the Varsity? Augusta National seemed to morph into Sanford Stadium. The galleries were covered in Callaway and FootJoy, not Bulldogs football jerseys, but there were two guys who gave an Athens feel to things when one turned to his friend shortly after Bubba Watson teed off and said: “OK, now. We’ve got five hours. I figure it’s about two to three beers an hour.”
Think Uga in a green jacket.
A Bulldog named Bubba just won the Masters. Who knew Georgia-South Africa could stir the emotions like Georgia-Auburn?
VIDEO: Bubba Watson
(Updated with SEC statement on coaches.)
Georgia’s attempt to achieve a rare exacta — 1) beat Florida; 2) win the SEC East — just got a little more difficult.
The SEC, in an expected move, has suspended two Bulldogs defensive starters — safety Shawn Williams and nose tackle Kwame Geathers — for their actions in last week’s victory over Vanderbilt. Each must sit out the first half of the Florida game. Also suspended for a half was Vandy center Logan Stewart.
Meanwhile, the conference chose not to act on the actions of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham or Vandy head coach James Franklin. That’s odd. It sends mixed messages.
This is not to suggest either Grantham or Franklin should have suspended, and a conference spokesman wasn’t even aware if there is precedent for a coach being fined for an on-field action. But the minimum of a public reprimand certainly seemed in order.
I sent an email
While one college basketball program (Georgia) begins to establish a footprint and another (Georgia Tech) merely resembles the gum under the ACC’s shoe, Georgia State is probably somewhere in the middle: Not great obviously but not embarrassing either, because embarrassment requires a certain level of visibility.
How much of this actually is the fault of coach Rod Barnes remains uncertain. He wasn’t handed Valhalla. It’s sort of like asking someone to build a luxury resort on the site of a former nuclear waste facility and then wonder why nobody is booking rooms right away. Bad memories and a green glow dissipate slowly.
Understand, given the high school basketball talent this state produces, there’s no reason why Georgia State shouldn’t compete for conference titles on a regular basis and go to a postseason tournament periodically. If GSU is not going to be Marquette, it
Somebody must think the Braves are going to be pretty good, because Sports Illustrated just slapped them on the magazine cover.
Wait, is this good news?
Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward can be seen smiling on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The headline reads: “The Boys of Spring. Only 21, Freddie Freeman And Jason Heyward Are The Cornerstones Of Atlanta’s Brave New World.”
Let us hope this turns out better than the S.I. cover in August of 2005, when Jeff Francoeur was pictured holding a bat, with the headline reading: “The Natural. Atlanta Rookie Jeff Francoeur Is Off To An Impossibly Hot Start. Can Anyone Be This Good?”
And then we found out. Also, the Sports llustrated “cover jinx” has become rather infamous through the years.
But I’ll take the Freeman-Heyward cover as good news for the Braves.
Here’s an excerpt from Ben Reiter’s story, “Brave New World,” which focuses on their age (21) and their
Now that Carmelo Anthony is in Manhattan, what will the Hawks do? And are they on the verge of sinking in the Eastern Conference standings?
We’ll soon find out about the first question, as general manager Rick Sund has spoken to Cleveland about Ramon Sessions and New Jersey about Devin Harris, according to our Michael Cunningham. But the fact is, Sund was pursuing a deal, anyway. The trade of Anthony to the New York Knicks doesn’t necessarily increase the sense of urgency for this season, even if it dramatically changes the big picture for future seasons.
Consider: The Hawks entered Tuesday at 34-21 and fifth overall in the East, 5½ games ahead of the Knicks (28-26). If they go 16-11 in their final 27 games, which seems reasonable, the Knicks would need to go 22-6 just to pull even. That’s not likely to happen — not with this New York team.
There’s a little too much early
I write this knowing that the last thing anybody wants — least of all me — is to rehash Michael Vick’s history of dog fighting. But this seems worth mentioning: A commentator for Fox News (”fair and balanced”) just declared that Vick should be executed.
Tucker Carlson, filling in for Sean Hannity on Fox News, was addressing reports that President Obama phoned Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance in the NFL. Carlson went off on a rant and punctuated his remarks by declaring, “I think personally he should’ve been executed for that.”
Wow. And he said this even BEFORE the Eagles were upset by Minnesota Tuesday night. What would Carlson do to Vick now?
Here’s the video:
Once more, this time with feeling: Vick served his time for his crimes and has the right to earn a living. Anybody who chooses to boo or criticize him as a result of his past is completely within their rights. But I’m certain
(2 p.m.: OK. this has officially mutated. The first update below includes Roddy White’s latest Tweets. The second update includes a selection of sanitized-for-your-protection Tweets from readers to @RoddyWhiteTV. I can’t reprint many but you’re free to do a search from your Twitter account, if you have one.)
(7 p.m. I’ve accumulated most of what’s below and put it together for a print column, which I’ve pasted below. The only real new bit of information is a statement from the Falcons. I also chuckled when I just read Roddy’s most recent Tweet: “Can the AJC gave[sic] me a great Christmas present this year and stop posting my tweets I would luv that.” I believe we need to have a discussion.)
In the old days, this was called bulletin board material: a player or coach saying something that ended up in a newspaper story and, literally, was pinned to a bulletin board in the other team’s locker room. (And
Welcome to this week’s titanic showdown between 5-6 Georgia and 6-5 Georgia Tech, who battle for coveted The Governor’s Cup in a year where the Governor-elect is fresh off a Congressional investigation for ethics violations. Of course.
I think Georgia coach Mark Richt put it best when he stated: “It’s great to have a game like this at the end of the season, and in particular at the end of this season, when we haven’t reached some of the goals, or hardly any of our goals.”
And then he threw a pie at Todd Grantham.
But first, this raspberry in the direction of Ohio State president Gordon Gee. He’s a big fan of the BCS. People hear this and they assume Gee reached his position because he’s related to somebody important, sort of like Gummo Marx. Gee states that even if Boise State and TCU go
undefeated, neither deserve to go to the national title game, no way, no how, not even if all other schools lose or
The Falcons have filled one significant hole on their defense with the drafting of Sean Weatherspoon. Today, they can fill another. They don’t have a second-round pick, so to get a real impact player might require general manager Thomas Dimitroff to trade up.
Dimitroff suggested Thursday that trying to move into the second round “might be too expensive” in trade. Indeed, this whole three-day draft thing creates a new dynamic for general managers. They have a day to think about who’s still left on the board after the first round and what moves they might want to make to go after a specific player. That can drive up the market.
That said, here are five players who would help the Falcons (but may or may not be available by their scheduled turn in the third round). You’ll notice a theme. I think the Falcons still need help on both lines.
Then, enjoy a Sean Weatherspoon Video Feast.
♦ 1. Indiana tackle Rodger