Two-minute drill: Green a bigger star, night games, SEC, Jacksonville

ESPN.com’s Chris Low reports that Georgia receiver A.J. Green, a freshman sensation last season and a consensus preseason All-SEC first-team pick, is bulking up, but the increased weight apparently isn’t affecting his speed. Green has put on 20 pounds, according to Georgia coach Mark Richt, and now weighs 207. The 6-4 sophomore was listed last year at 190 pounds. Low quotes Richt as saying Green is “faster and more explosive,” but he notes that the Dogs still need someone to step up and replace Mohamed Massaquoi on the other side at receiver. …

Bulldawg Illustrated’s Ryan Scates thinks Sanford Stadium is respected as a beautiful place to play but isn’t as intimidating as some other stadiums. Scates makes the case for playing more home games at night in Athens, arguing that while afternoon kickoffs might provide a more family-friendly game experience, “night games are louder, they are more electric, and they are the culmination of hours of anticipation of waiting to see the Dawgs.” Not to mention a lot more time to down copious amounts of alcohol. … 

The Sporting News’ Matt Hayes, noting that the SEC West looks stronger than the SEC East for a change this year, examines which has been the dominant division historically since the conference split into East and West in 1992. Overall won-loss record goes to the West, while the East has taken more SEC titles. …

Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Tim Tucker’s story about how a Georgia legislator this week called on the University of Georgia to move the annual Georgia-Florida football game out of Jacksonville every other year as a response to a federal judge’s ruling last week that Georgia is illegally withdrawing water from Lake Lanier. This is nothing more than political grandstanding. Linking the issue of where a college football game is held to a water war between the states is one of the worst ideas I’ve heard in a long time. There are valid arguments for and against moving the game in alternating years to Atlanta, and we’ve pretty much done that subject to death here already. But doing it just to get back at the state of Florida for disputing Atlanta’s right to take water out of Lake Lanier isn’t something that should even be considered.

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gomdawg

July 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

I remember when Dooley was coaching Stanford Stadium was intimidating ( Between The Hedges )
we need to get that back starting this year I’m asking our Seniors to step up and get The Hedges Back.

hummm

July 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

Politics exists in both cases because money is involved. Although it’s a far stretch to draw a correlation between water and a football game, the fact remains that a lack of water, a valuable resource that is critical for the growth of our state, may be necessary to get dirty when it comes dealing with Florida.

FL Dawg

July 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

The Dawgs need to take of business at home. There road record under Richt(except Jax) is awesome, but the team seems to lose focus and some games they shouldn’t at home. I agree that more night games would help.

Water ration

July 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Wouldn’t playing the game in Georgia use more of Georgia’s water?

BruffDawg

July 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

Intimidation starts with the student section. I challenge all UGA students to help our team this year and get loud. LSU 2004 loud. That stadium can get quiet sometimes.

stoopid

July 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

We need all the old farts that still have their season tickets from 1912 to stand up and cheer and to quit telling me to sit down casue im blocking their view!!! We need to be on LSU’s level when it comes to our fans/stadium. I want our opponents leaving saying, “what in the hell was that!!”

stoopid

July 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

We need all the old farts that still have their season tickets to stand up and cheer or somethin!! Just quit telli me to sit down cause you cant see!! If we maintanined the atmosphere we had in both Blackouts (despite getting our asses handed to us in one)then we would be scary intimidating! we need to be on LSU’s type!! I want our opponents leavin sayin, “what the hell was that!!!”

stoopid

July 24th, 2009
4:48 pm

oops, didnt mean to do it twice!

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
4:53 pm

I would rather leave politics to the political blogs.

Now if Florida starts pulling water out of the Savannah, I may get riled.

Many thanks for the show of support for my daughter Baylie’s upcoming trip to the Mayo Clinic from the other blog topics. She is the reason I rarely attend games at Sanford anymore. She loves the Dawgs and I would rather watch the games with her. Sanford is not very handicapped friendly. The bloggers here are very handicapped friendly. Thanks for your support, prayers and well wishes.

Go Gator

July 24th, 2009
5:20 pm

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
5:44 pm

Go Gator, looks like Urban is doing the right thing with Dustin, my hat is off to the Legend.

Ozzfest

July 24th, 2009
5:46 pm

(I am a season ticket holder…and I am white.) I could not agree more. The problem really is…of course…money. You have to pay SO much for tickets, that half of our attendees are over 55 and white. When I say white, I mean the snooty-money-Doublegate-Country-Club kind of white. TOTALLY BORING!!!
The away games are alweays more fun.

Yes Sir!

July 24th, 2009
6:11 pm

Cuz- I don’t agree, this is like his third run in with the law. Most coaches would kick the kid off the team but not Meyer. He is just going to suspend him for a couple weeks.

doggit

July 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

One whole side of the stadium is filled /w old 55+’s that just sit and listen to the radio broadcasts. Boring….

Kendawg

July 24th, 2009
6:26 pm

It will be interesting to see how well AJ plays this year without an injured groin.

45-42

July 24th, 2009
6:35 pm

<—enough said

Smarty

July 24th, 2009
6:36 pm

Yeah, well without those snooty 55+ folks, you guys wouldn’t have a team to cheer for.

Ryan Scates

July 24th, 2009
6:55 pm

Thanks for the link, Bill!

NewnanDawg

July 24th, 2009
7:30 pm

I have to agree with the quiet factor sometimes. We sit on that side right behind the bench – the players will be pleading for the fans to get up and we’re getting asked to sit down. The good news is I never listen to the sitters – as a matter of fact we announce to them before kickoff that we will be standing continuously except half time, so don’t bother to complain.

The driving infractions with Doe don’t concern me nearly as much as the “dropped charges resulting from a fight.” Can’t comment any more than that without knowing the details, but it stinks a little.

Cuz – good luck, I saw the info. on another blog and hope to help out a little. Your family will certainly be in our prayers.

Go Dawgs!

william cranman

July 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

Hey Gomdawg….its Sanford Stadium not Stanford Stadium.

Dawg'94

July 24th, 2009
8:26 pm

As far as the “intimidating” factor of a stadium…it has more to do with the players than the fans. The fans get louder & louder when the home players are making big plays & kicking butt. Sanford Stadium will be loud & intimidating when the fans see more touchdowns & more 3-and-outs. Good special teams also gets the crowd going. Just my thoughts. GO DAWGS!!

junkyardog76

July 24th, 2009
8:33 pm

I disagree. Football is not outside real life in Georgia. Besides everyone still feels a little bit like an away game in Jacksonville. But, the truth is we need to learn how to fight better. Everything is in the game and I am sick of Florida. Let’s play at least at the dome on our year. Enough already. thx ab

murfdawg

July 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

A defense that doesn’t give up 41 points to Bama and 45 to GT will make Sanford Stadium a more intimidating place. As an official old fart, season tix since 1973, watching “young farts” come to the game drunk and stupid does not intimidate an opponent. Get a real Junkyard Dawg Defense and the stadium will be loud.

p.s. the loudest crown noise ever recorded by ABC Sports was in Jax in 1980. 40,000 old farts are responsible for that record!!!

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2009
10:37 pm

You know what makes the home field more intimidating? The home team winning.

GTDog

July 25th, 2009
12:20 am

Has there been a Ga. Governor since 1970 who, at some point during his term, DIDN’T call the Ga. Legislature an embarassment? Moving the UGA-UF game because of a federal judge’s ruling on water rights?

LMAO

Saint Simons

July 25th, 2009
12:46 am

45-42 hahahaha Where are you Brucie? I am ready for you. How about 38 more times? OUCH

meansonny

July 25th, 2009
2:31 am

Murfdawg. The team gave up 41 points to Bama and 45 points to NATS (2 TD’s given up off of turnovers each game. One of Tech’s was a pick 6 INT, even). Spotting the ball to Florida at the 1 yard line, 10 yard line, and 25 yard line doesn’t give any defense much room for error.

Every one wants the Baltimore Ravens defense. We had a bad year last season. Especially by Georgia standards. But it wasn’t as bad as most fans on this board believe.

meansonny

July 25th, 2009
2:35 am

Back to the thread at hand… AJ Green should have a great season. I expect a star at TE to emerge this year (Orson Charles). If we can spread the ball in the air to Green, Charles, and our RB’s effectively, then that should be enough balance to keep safeties off of the double teams.

Besides that… I think Tavarres King & Michael Moore will both be more than able to contribute amazing/gamechanging plays (maybe the stats won’t show huge numbers, but these guys are playmakers, too).

Cuz

July 25th, 2009
2:48 am

Mack Brown is dazzled by Friday night lights and commits to UF. I would have liked to have him in Athens but he needs to do what he thinks is in his best interest. Good luck Mack except for our Halloween game.

Tim

July 25th, 2009
8:24 am

I have been arguing for a long time that the flagship university in GA should not annually subsidize the state of FL. Regardless of who has the advantage on the football field. That game brings a lot of revenue to Jacksonville every year and GA is completely missing out on it.

mrjed

July 25th, 2009
11:05 am

As a North FL Bulldog, I think if GA doesn’t want to let the water go, FL should stop shipping oysters and other seafood into GA.
Also, buyers of seafood and visitors to seafood restaurants in No FL should have show a driver’s license from a state other than GA.

Cuz

July 25th, 2009
12:21 pm

Can we just put up a toll booth and tax the Snowbirds when they come down I-95?

regist7

July 25th, 2009
1:29 pm

So, does this mean that the SEC championship game is should be rotated among all SEC venues since being in ATL gives the bulldogs an advantage and a lot of revenue. What about the SEC media days? Let’s just rotate everything.

AltamahaDawg

July 25th, 2009
2:30 pm

Tim, clearly you have never bothered to unfold the entire map of Georgia.

one of the old guys

July 25th, 2009
2:36 pm

that stands and cheers at the appropriate time….not the entire game…like some whippersnappers!

Bob

July 25th, 2009
2:47 pm

No matter what, you’re not going to get Sanford louder than some of the other places. Look at how it is constructed compared to the Swamp and Neyland. It is far more gradually sloping away from the field than those two stadiums. They are going to hold in the noise much better whether the game is a day game or night game.

Much like Michigan’s Big House is huge, but not very intimidating compared to Ohio State’s Shoe. The advantage of size is more than offset by the stadiums gradual slope vice OSUs steeper sidelines and enclosed endzone.

knoxdawg

July 25th, 2009
3:08 pm

I don’t attend the games like I use to but the Saturday night game against Bama was electric. You could sense it on the radio and on the TV as well. Beating top teams consistently at home will make Sanford Stadium the tough place to play like it was under Dooley. It is all in ATTITUDE, on the field and in the stands. Today the game seems more like a social event. When I was in school, mid 70’s, the opposing team was thought of as a thief trying to break in to our home and we weren’t going to let that happen. No comes in our house and takes a WIN. Get that attitude back and everything will be ok.

gatorsam

July 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

I have been going to Florida games for more than 50 years, and no one has ever asked me sit down…wouldn’t do any good. Had a close friend, (Dawg fan, by the way) go to the game when Georgia went to the Swamp during Gator Bowl renovation. Said, “He would never go there again.” It had nothing to do with the score. He said, “I couldn’t hear myself talk, and I had to stand up to see!” He might be the kind of fan that quiets down the “stadium around the hedges!”

gator

July 25th, 2009
5:45 pm

Georgia is Florida’s bitch and Georgia fans are the Joe Dirt’s of college football

Jake

July 25th, 2009
6:26 pm

Some of you act like it doesnt happen…I had some guy want to fight me because I wouldnt sit down and was “too loud”…and for the record, I dont drink. You want to blame it on drunks…no, blame it on yourself for letting the team down.

AltamahaDawg

July 25th, 2009
7:30 pm

Sam, I’d say comparing the once in a lifetime UGA game at The Swamp and whatever Directional U game at Sanford these folks are complaining about is not exactly apples for apples.

m

July 25th, 2009
7:30 pm

william cranman…it is sanford and son stadium….aka THE cesspool of the south.

alabamadawg

July 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

The other side of fans standing for most of the game…I can’t…If I stand I need to be walking, I can’t stand in one place for too long a period, it really hurts me. Sure I jump up and cheer when something good happens but the rest of the time I sit…so think about us when your standing for the entire game blocking other peoples views…other people who paid for their tickets just like you…

Ringleader

July 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

I’m going to tell you, go back in time, between the hedges with Dooley and Russell. The games started at 2PM, there were lights in the stadium, but they were located down where the hedges are. They were only used for Athens High games back then. When you went into Sanford, you took your liquor with you, a fifth or so each time. There were no gestapo thugs checking you when you entered. The railroad tracks at the east end zone was filled at 8AM, for the bigger games, filled the night before. That is where the original “walk” to the stadium began, long before Ole Miss or Auburn had the idea. If the team was not ready for the game, they got ready when they saw that crowd on the tracks. And that old score board with the bulldog and the ax he held was great.

And, the greatest opener, was the 18-17 Alabama game the opener? The greatest of all time, and again, the flicka did not win the game, the 2 point conversion, rather than the tie did the trick. There was no overtime.

And, the blackout Alabama game, the crowd was ready, and did not leave at the half, a total lack of preparation by the staff, like Dye said, not man enough, just the wrong year.

Go Dogs…….

Mike T.

July 25th, 2009
9:36 pm

42-45 a fluke! Let Tech and Atlanta worry about the water war, Athens and Sanford Stadium
doesn’t get water from Lake Lanier.

Mike T.

July 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

Florida is Baja Georgia and the Dawgs still lead the series 47-39-2.

Cuz

July 25th, 2009
11:04 pm

Baja Georgia, now that is funny. The Suwanee, the Colorado, why did I not see the correlation?

PTC DAWG

July 26th, 2009
8:04 am

Folks are spoiled, we still hear about the “Dooley Days”, for goodness sake, he averaged 8 wins a year. We have a Coach winning over 10 a year and folks still bitch and moan.

UGASlobberknocker

July 26th, 2009
8:13 am

I agree totally with Chris Low on the Georgia crowd and Sanford. When it comes to home stadiums (not including neutral), I have attended almost 200 Georgia games in Sanford, and at every SEC stadium except for Miss St, Arkansas, and the Swamp. Also have attended Ga games at Clemson and Ga Tech and have been to Fla State games in Tallahassee when I lived in the panhandle. Georgia fans love their team as much as anyone, but the loudness ranks well below LSU and Tenn. When their teams are decent, both Clemson and SC are louder. Auburn, Alabama, and FSU are no worse than even with the Ga fans in the loudness, in fact, I’d put Auburn ahead of us in the loud dept as well.

Why is that? I have no clue and have often wondered about it. I had an Auburn fan tell me one time we had the reputation of a being a “wine and cheese” crowd, whatever that means. Does anyone have a theory on the lack of loudness in Sanford?

By far, the loudest games I have attended ever at Sanford have been at night . Two that stick in my mind are the Auburn game in 07 and the Clemson game in 91. There have been others. However, these days, it does no good to schedule night games because TV can move the good ones to whenever they want..leaving only the crappy games..and no one wants to wait til night to see Tenn Tech, Ga Southern or New Mex. St.

When it comes to beauty and setting; there is no contest; UGA is #1 in the SEC. Tennessee is the only one even close. their setting is great, but their stadium is a dog. For tailgating; Ga has the best setting, but LSU overall is king. Those dudes can cook; and everyone does..in Athens, most people cater. Auburn resembles a NASCAR crowd. SC fans just try not to explode in the 110 degree heat. Tech fans just hope the game gets over in a hurry so they can get back to the library.

Whose fans are the most obnoxious in the SEC? it’s a 10 way tie. Vandy and Ky get a pass since they have nothing to be obnoxious about during football season. However, KY gets special mention for obnoxiousness in basketball. …speaking from a Cat-lanta standpoint). The only thing that ever shut those KY fans up at the SEC tourney was a tornado.

Mike T.

July 26th, 2009
8:21 am

Yeah, Dooly averaged eight wins a year, but the wins he had usually included Florida, and Tech, he led in wins against Auburn but let Pat Dye catch up.