Time to upgrade Richt’s TV show

The news that ISP Sports gets control of the UGA coaches’ TV shows as part of its $92.8 media rights deal has me hopeful that Mark Richt’s weekly program during the football season finally will get a much needed upgrade.

I don’t know if ISP can do anything about improving the time slot when the show is shown locally in Atlanta (midnight), but certainly they can revamp the content and improve the program’s currently second-rate production values.

If you watched “The Mark Richt Show” last season on cable/satellite channel SportSouth (seen in six Southeastern states), the comparison with some other SEC coaches’ shows wasn’t flattering. First of all there was the amateurish sound. I don’t know whether they taped the Richt show in a lobby at Butts-Mehre, but it had the echoey sound of a gymnasium. What, none of the TV studios at UGA are available on Sunday mornings? 

Then there’s the content. OK, I know the co-host of a coach’s show is traditionally a shill for the school, but WSB’s Chuck Dowdle takes softball to slow-pitch senior league extremes. Dowdle is, after all, the sports director of WSB. A bit more journalism and bit less puffery would make his conversations with Richt a lot more palatable. 

And because the Richt show was also just a half-hour long and they wanted to include warm and fuzzy features about student athletes and UGA programs, very little time actually was devoted to the coach showing and discussing plays from the previous day’s game. That’s what fans really tune in for. 

Other coaches, including Phil Fulmer, had a full hour for their shows. There was a time when UGA’s coach’s show ran an hour (back in the Dooley days) and if ISP could work that kind of deal for Richt, it’d make the program more worthwhile.

As for Katharine Richt’s “Water Girl Wants to Know” feature, I thought it served a purpose early on when she actually asked things fans might want to know about some of her husband’s decisions, but last season the queries were pretty much a waste of time and the two of them calling each other “Honey” was just too cutesy.

Richt is an engaging, intelligent and articulate guy and he has a fan base eager to hear what he has to say about his team’s play. His TV show should give us more of that in a high-quality presentation that matches the rest of the school’s football program.

117 comments Add your comment

slimpickens

June 18th, 2009
12:06 pm

Fire Mark Bradley!

Once a Dawg, always a Dawg

June 18th, 2009
12:06 pm

The coach’s show is a great recruiting tool. Being in a time slot that is so late at night is not good. Growing up I watch the Dooley show just so I could see what Larry was describing the day before. I also watched the Clemson show during that period. Great way of selling you school to all young kids.

Once a Dawg, always a Dawg

June 18th, 2009
12:09 pm

Mark Bradley was fired in my mind weeks ago when he suggested that the termites were a better football team than the Dawgs! What a nut! Georgia will always be better than the termites, even they know that deep down. Tech’s program is second rate at best.

Alabama Jack

June 18th, 2009
12:10 pm

Maybe a topless choir to give it some oomph.

m

June 18th, 2009
12:17 pm

Maybe Richt could get Paul Johnson on his show and get some tips on how to stop the option…since he didn’t have a clue how to stop it last year.

45-42…just the beginning.

RxDawg

June 18th, 2009
12:20 pm

Agreed, I’d like to see that show get a huge upgrade.

jdawg

June 18th, 2009
12:21 pm

Year ago, I left church early to watch Dooley, yes, many things can be done to improve…let;s just talk and look at football, yesterday’s game and the next week breakdown…simple…jdawg

DR

June 18th, 2009
12:28 pm

The AJC never ceases to amaze me.

OZZFEST

June 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

What do you expect?…home boy has to be in Sunday School by 8AM.

Nick Mancini

June 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

The gold standard for coaching shows was set by The Pepper Rodgers Show” years ago. The show opened each week with Pepper riding his motorcycle to Tech, and featured Rodgers wearing a wireless mic on the sidlines during the game. You could hear him call plays and discuss strategy. He allowed cameras in the locker at halftime too. Great segment with Pepper telling us what the first play of the game was before kickoff. He also had a “Hey Pepper” feature where fans in the stands would ask him questions. Wonderful show and years ahead of its time.

NCDawg

June 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

I totally agree!!! I got more highlights from Sports Center. I didn’t mind the “Water Girl” spots…but there definately needs to be more highlights. The show just doesn’t flow. Let’s hope they fix it this year.

Yo Geeks:

31-17
51 – 7 (great effort Jackets!)
34 – 17
19 – 13
14 – 7
15 – 12
31 – 17

7 in a row!!

The2Davids

June 18th, 2009
12:42 pm

Speaking of softballs and slowpitch…….

Robert

June 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

YES YES YES!
I have thought for years that the CMR show needed an upgrade. MORE HIGHLIGHTS and less yellawood commercials. Everything about it is second rate besides CMR. He needs a top-flight show. Chuck Dowdle could be alright if he didn’t talk about stupid stuff and got down to the nitty-gritty. He is WAY TO POSITIVE about everything. He should ask difficult questions and maybe be a little critical when he needs to be; I would have liked to seen him ask Richt about Martinez this past year.

JaxDawg

June 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

Nick – I agree with you on the Pepper Rodgers show. If they made CMR’s show more like that it would definitely be a good thing.

Robert

June 18th, 2009
12:51 pm

Do the show in HD too.

Great coaches shows of the past

June 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

As a kid, I used to watch the Bear Bryant show…what a hoot! Even as a 10 year old, I enjoyed watching Bear sit there with a big old glass of Coca Cola, half filled with Jack Daniels, I imagine as he slurred his way through the show while cramming his face full of Golden Flake potato chips. Absolutely hilarious!!! Oh, and stinging insects: You ran up and down the field on us completely at random, and still only won by three. Don’t get too excited about it. A new streak begins this year…7 more in a row. GO DAWGS!!!

Lenny in Ludowici

June 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

Hey, Nick, too bad that didn’t equate to wins or a recruiting edge.

However, I do have some ideas for Mark Richt.

Show opens with Mr Richt walking across Lake Oconee.

Have him Mic’d up & on the sidelines. Only problem with that is he’s not animated enough according to some fans so you’d just hear the crowd noise and referee’s whistles.

You could hear him discuss strategy with Bobo & Martinez. Now THAT would be hilarious.

At halftime, you could show him, Bobo, and Martinez talking strategy. I would have loved to have seen them during the Florida game scratching their heads and saying “What happened? Anybody got any ideas?”

He wouldn’t have had to tell the first play of the game as it apparently much of a well kept secret against Bama, UF, & Tech.

You could have real fans on the “Hey Mark” segment. They could actually pick people who submit comments to these AJC pages. Especially the vocal ones. I can see some yahoo standing there all red faced, matching his shirt, and hollering “FIRE MARTINEZ”. That would be television at it’s finest.

Great coaches shows of the past

June 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

Let Chuck ‘the King’ Oliver host it! With a segment from Mike Bell and Perry Laurentino which could be called ‘Dumb and Dumber’…or ‘Drunk and Stupid’.

jimmy

June 18th, 2009
12:57 pm

we know that the coach’s was really second rate at best.let’s hire a pro and do it right

Great coaches shows of the past

June 18th, 2009
12:58 pm

Hey Lenny in Ludowici…I’m a lifelong Dog fan and live in God’s county in Athens…but that was the funniest post I’ve ever read.

Loran Smith

June 18th, 2009
1:00 pm

mark, Don’t screw with my gravy train.

Cuz

June 18th, 2009
1:02 pm

The walking across water thing has already been done. Some dude in Israel did it first. Let’s do something original. How about parting Lake Oconee? I was just told some old guy did that also.

Loranwhaddayagot?

Robert

June 18th, 2009
1:06 pm

CMR has a house on Lake Hartwell, which would make it more appropriate than Oconee. Maybe Lake Herrick at the intramural fields? Haha.

Saint Simon's boyfriend

June 18th, 2009
1:18 pm

Saint, are you cumming over tonight?

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June 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

>~=!% :\? & U2 *() @,.*-}||$ K! Dsb.

Angry Black Man

June 18th, 2009
1:22 pm

UGAY needs more coaches of color. It is a racist school who tries to keep the black man down!!

BRING BACK TERRENCE MOOORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blaclout_dawg

June 18th, 2009
1:23 pm

Lots of good comments. I watched several of the SEC & ACC shows last season and did not really think any of them were that great with CONTENT. Please, just let the coach review the game at a high level then discuss some of the more important games. Give props to the players that did well and talk about areas that need improvement.

BTW, I really miss Van Gorder……

FIRE MARTINEZ!!!!

blackout_dawg

June 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

Fire Mexican Willie!!!!!

Angry Black Man

June 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

Shockley was so much better than the bowl cutted David Greene. The only reason Greene started was because he is a cracker!!!

BRING BACK TERRENCE MOORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reservoirDAWG

June 18th, 2009
1:28 pm

Angry, I hope you are kidding.

The show could definetly be improved and please get rid of the water girl segments.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 18th, 2009
1:35 pm

Lenny, funny post dude.

LizDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

Agreed, wish it could move out of the midnight SLOT. Yellawood commercials are annoying, the show basically comes down to 5 minutes of highlights by the time it’s over. My favorite parts are the locker room scenes, especially when Corch Rix jumps around with the players.

J Smurf

June 18th, 2009
1:38 pm

Angry Black Man, have you seen our Athletic Director?

AltamahaDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

Would be a lot easier on the Coach’s schedule to just sit a lifesize poster of him on the set and let us all just make up what he thinks and meant to say. Would be the same results by midweek.

mobetta

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

AWESOME ANGRY BLACK MAN, KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!

mobetta

June 18th, 2009
1:40 pm

J Smurf, your just mad because your blue.

Saint Simon

June 18th, 2009
1:41 pm

Is that you wtf?

Justin

June 18th, 2009
1:42 pm

How about cutting out the HORRIFYINGLY bad local commercials? I’m the biggest Dawg fan you’ll ever meet, but I just can’t stand those things — they’re the reason the Mute button was invented.

To wit:

“I’ve been up, and I’ve been down, but what I love’s in Athens-town. I love the red, I love the black. It’s what I’m wearin’ on my back.” And so forth.

I can’t even keep TYPING that terrible crap. Thinking about it makes me nauseous.

Angry Black Man

June 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Why don’t we have Rodney Gardner more on the show??

I’ll tell you why…because he is a colored! I have heard from my sources that Richt calls him a Schwartez behind his back!

BRING BACK TERRENCE MOORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick S

June 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

I agree that the Mark Richt Show is boring and not creative and is in desperate need of an upgrade. Richt is an articulate person and probably does not need another person asking questions and attempting to lead. Dooley went solo during his final years as Head Coach and did a wonderful job as I’m confident Mark Richt would.

AltamahaDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:49 pm

Why behind his back? He wouldn’t have a clue what that meant.

Cuz

June 18th, 2009
1:54 pm

I’m impressed. Mark Richt knows yiddish.

Cuz

June 18th, 2009
1:54 pm

Never say something about someone behind their back. Say it in front of their back.

Kelly Johnson

June 18th, 2009
1:56 pm

Wait….what am I doing on this blog???

I should be getting ready to go 0-4 today in Cincy!

My bad.

AltamahaDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:57 pm

Justin, at the very least, “i’ve been up, and i’ve been down,….. (and here are some smoking hot co-eds wearing this stuff).

Jeff Francoeur

June 18th, 2009
2:01 pm

Hey guys…

Anyone want a signed ” The Natural” SI cover for $1.00?

Get em while they are hot!

Angry Black Man

June 18th, 2009
2:02 pm

Why are all these cracker Braves players on here?
Shouldnt they be getting ready for the Klan meeting tonight??

Garrett Anderson for MVP!!!!!!!!!!

Andrew Miller

June 18th, 2009
2:03 pm

Well put, Bill.

AltamahaDawg

June 18th, 2009
2:08 pm

Cuz, if by “some old guy” you mean Georgia Power, then yes, its been done.

Lenny in Ludowici

June 18th, 2009
2:09 pm

Rick,
I’d have to disagree with you on that one. Richt by himself would be akin to watching paint dry. The technical issues would be almost insurmountable. As has been said many, many times on these pages by countless astute observers, he’s just not loud enough. Most of the home viewers would spend most of the time that the show is on adjusting the volume knob(button if you’re lucky enough to have one of those new fangled flat panel dealies with a remote control).

Now if you really want to liven things up, you could use that infomercial guy with the beard, Billy Mays, as the host. Kind of a “Laurel & Hardee-esque” approach.

“Tell me Mark, how do you get an oblong brown ball with strips on it into the end zone in the cheapest way possible?”

“Ahhhhh, well, hmmm…..”

I’ll tell you how, Mark, with the amazing, new Touchdown on the Ground by Ronco. This neat, easy invention was designed by Swiss Scientists who found that passing against Florida was expensive and futile. Just take the ball, put it in this running backs hands, and watch him fly!!! Quick! Easy! Economical and without an ugly mess to clean up.”

Talk about excitement. This might catch own country-wide.