Two-minute drill: Hope this Dog isn’t muzzled

I’m glad to see that one of my favorite Dog legends, Kevin Butler, is joining ISP’s revamped Bulldogs radio coverage, alternating with former QB David Greene in co-hosting the first hour of the pre-game show and post-game call-in show with longtime UGA broadcast personality Jeff Dantzler, and joining Dantzler in hosting the Sunday morning “Bulldog Brunch” radio show. But I have to wonder if ISP will allow Butler to be the same freewheeling, shoot-from-the-lip kind of personality he’s been the past few seasons on WNGC’s “Fifth Quarter Show.” It’ll be a shame — and their broadcast’s loss — if they try to tame Butler.

Gordo flying high in the bigs 

Georgiadogs.com reports former Diamond Dog and current Chicago White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham has been voted the American League Rookie of the Month for July. In 27 games, Beckham led all AL rookies with a .330 (32-97) batting average, 32 hits, three home runs, 18 RBIs, 10 doubles and a .526 slugging percentage. Beckham, who led Georgia to a second place finish in the College World Series last year, collected at least one RBI in 17 of his 27 games played during the month. In six games against the rival Minnesota Twins, Beckham hit .500 (12-24) with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Contrasting views of 2009 Dogs

Pete Fiutak of College Football News (which has the Dogs No. 5 in its preseason ranking) continues sharing the love for Mark Richt’s team in his SEC preview, picking Georgia as the league’s surprise team. He advises, “Don’t go to sleep on the loaded Dawgs and don’t just assume they’ll take any sort of a step back just because it lost Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to the NFL a year early. Of course, Georgia would likely be everyone’s preseason No. 2 team had Stafford and Moreno returned, but it’s not far off as is. The offensive line might be the best in America, the defense will be swarming, and the bevy of strong backs are good enough to carry the offense when the passing game isn’t working. There will be tests, the season opener at Oklahoma State should be the SEC’s best non-conference challenge, but no matter how that turns out, don’t be shocked if it’s Georgia, and not Florida, winning the SEC title.”

On the other hand, Dave Curtis of Sporting News takes a more downbeat view of the 2009 Dogs. He picks them as the BCS team that needs to have the most go right in August. “A star needs to emerge from the Dawgs’ bushel of ‘maybe-they’re-great, maybe-they’re-not’ tailbacks,” he says. “The defense needs more confidence after giving up 38 or more points four times a year ago. Joe Cox needs to develop chemistry with receivers not named A.J. Green. And Georgia can’t waltz into 2009 — road games with Oklahoma State and Arkansas and home games with South Carolina and Arizona State, come before October. There’s not a layup on the list until Tennessee Tech comes calling Nov. 7. If Georgia and its fans are thinking double-digit wins and a BCS bowl, the team, with unproven players all along the perimeter, can’t afford an awful start.”

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August 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

Saint Simons

August 5th, 2009
4:01 pm

just a reminder 45- 42 !!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaha

Chapel Bell

August 5th, 2009
4:01 pm

Daddy, are we there yet???????

L-Dawg

August 5th, 2009
4:05 pm

31 days til the preseason “theres nothing to talk about except exactly what we talked about yesterday” is done!! BRING ON SEPTEMBER 5TH!!!!

dawgfan

August 5th, 2009
4:06 pm

saint simons, you desperately need a woman!

dawgfanatic24-7

August 5th, 2009
4:10 pm

Why does everyone think Arkansas will beat us??? They didn’t win enough games last year for us to worry much about them.

dawgfanatic24-7

August 5th, 2009
4:12 pm

Saint Simons I think you ARE a woman.

unemployed

August 5th, 2009
4:28 pm

I am fan of Mark Richt. But I think every game Georgia will play this year will be a real dog fight. This might help them in the end and against the gators.

Saint Simons Lover

August 5th, 2009
4:32 pm

No, I think Saint Simons is a man who left his small twig and berries at his boyfriend’s house last week.

Dorsey Hill

August 5th, 2009
4:39 pm

dawgfanatic24-7,

Other than Tennesee Tech, there is not a team on our schedule that is incapable of beating us this year. We have 11 very tough games and Arky is one of them. The days of a 3 to 4 game schedule and the rest are just gimmies is gone.

45ACP

August 5th, 2009
4:48 pm

I will miss Ray Goff on the Sunday morning Bulldog Brunch radio show. I enjoyed his insight and analysis.

Dawg Dude

August 5th, 2009
5:06 pm

Lets just not play the season, give UGA a 7-5 record and crown Florida the national champions. Might as well do that if we are going to care this much about pre-season talk etc. You have to look no further than all the pre-season hype associated with the Dawgs’ 08 season. In other words everyone needs to take a wait and see approach.

Jekyll Island

August 5th, 2009
5:07 pm

Saint Simons squats to pp

Mikey

August 5th, 2009
5:09 pm

You heard it here first- UGA will win a game they aren’t supposed to( UF ?) and lose one they are supposed to win( Arky or LSU ).
Still it will be one hell of a ride this year and even more special when we bust the little techies bubble.
GO Dawgs !

Oledawg

August 5th, 2009
5:28 pm

CFN just outed the surprise we all were chuckling about. Ranked us #5 and Okie St #8. Rats!! Now we can’t sneak up on anyone. Looks like some writers have been looking for themselves instead of borrowing other’s thinking. Looks like we start in the top 10 again. Pete Fiutak rated the O and D lines as possibly best in the country. Finally someone connects on what makes a great team…not the QB or the stars, but the entire team. Will wonders never cease?

Gen Neyland

August 5th, 2009
5:36 pm

Dorsey Hill : I was born unto parents that were Golden Eagles and I hail from Cookeville TN. It breaks my heart to see you already chalk that one up. Beware the magic of Watson Brown…Right.

Oledawg

August 5th, 2009
5:36 pm

Dave Curtis should know that stats sounds like shats. You can take’um and leave’um. He has no clue about this year’s team when he uses last year’s stats.

Saint Simons

August 5th, 2009
6:07 pm

Hey guys. I’m really sorry for always putting up (45-42) on this blog. You see, I’m deeply insecure and unsure of my sexuality. I use this blog as an outlet. Please forgive me.

2dawgs

August 5th, 2009
6:09 pm

Hey Saint Simons:

Get off the computer and return to your ‘housekeeping’ duties at the Day’s Inn.

Rabun Dawg

August 5th, 2009
6:17 pm

Arkansas in week three could very well be a “trap” game for the Dawgs. After having to endure a supposedly tough road opener, then coming home to the always tough Gamechickens( at least they usually play us tough), going to Arkansas will be a severe test for us. They could be somewhat of a “sleeper” or a “spoiler” to a lot of teams this fall. Should we navigate those three with wins, me thinks we could set sail for a great ride going to Jax. JMHO!

Cuz in Minnessotta

August 5th, 2009
6:55 pm

You heard it here first, the Gamehens give us more of a fit than the Hokie Pokies.

Billy Bennett's Right Leg

August 5th, 2009
6:58 pm

Saint Simons was very close friends with the late Michael Jackson. He got to spend many of his pre-teen days at Neverland Ranch and his nights eeping over in Michael’s room.

AltamahaDawg

August 5th, 2009
7:00 pm

Wow, Dave. You really did the research.

harleydawg

August 5th, 2009
7:07 pm

hey rabun and 24-7 fanatic i tell you sc and arky are gonna be tougher and meaner than ever before, the dawgs have a huge talent edge over them but we can not take them lightly, they both are gaming for their chance at our dawgs, i spoke to coach richt and he agreed coming back from ok we are in for a smash mouth game.

bamadawg

August 5th, 2009
7:49 pm

Hey Harley Dawg, Off the record, what are you riding.

BS Patrol

August 5th, 2009
7:53 pm

harley,
I wouldn’t take anyone too lightly except for maybe Tech. The past eight games have pretty much proved them to be a cakewalk.

maddawg

August 5th, 2009
8:05 pm

saint simons only has a few more days to blog; middle school starts back next week.

matt

August 5th, 2009
8:12 pm

tech fan 1 win in 8 years.great for you.LOSER

Mr. A

August 5th, 2009
8:29 pm

2 Dawgs…… when did Saint Simons get a promotion to “Days Inn”? Saint Simons…. do you know any other numbers? I can’t wait till you have to crawl back in your hole for another 7 or 8 years. Now that is some numbers to remember.
I have very few tech friends but the ones that I do have might be the most insecure people in the world. I typically hang with the smarter people (DAWG FANS) and they are very secure and have a lot of self confidence.

TK

August 5th, 2009
8:29 pm

forget football – its Beckham time! Your AL ROY!!

gdawg

August 5th, 2009
9:26 pm

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gdawg

August 5th, 2009
9:29 pm

Kevin Butler is without a doubt the WORST. He continually talks about himself and his achievements which were unquestionably GREAT but…he was a kicker NOT a regular player. You NEVER hear Eric Zeier talking about how great he was as a QB at UGA but not so with Kevin. He is the worst and I will not listen when he’s on the air…as much as I recognize and appreciate what a great job he did at Georgia and in the NFL. I was there for the kick against Clemson and will always treasure the memory of his kick and Munson’s call but DO NOT want to listen to Butler on the radio

Ken

August 5th, 2009
9:42 pm

You know what cracks me up ? The bugs creme puff schedule. Oh my Gawd what a piece of cake.

dawgfanatic24-7

August 5th, 2009
9:53 pm

I’ll agree that Tenn. Tech is our only gimmee game. Anyone know who the standouts are for Arky? SC always plays us tough and it will be a dawgfight. Lucky for us SC graduated a great linebacker and McKinley always made something happen.

ugggh!

August 5th, 2009
9:55 pm

saint simmons (as in richard simmons) … you seriously need a life bro.. All Tech people here should despise you.. you are proving every dork, nerd , sim playing computer Tech stereotype to be correct..

No doubt Johnson is a good coach and caught Martinez sleeping in the second half… so thats one bad half in 8 years..

Further more, Your defense gave up 42! Hardly anything to be proud of!

This November all will be corrected and you can return to your live action role playing fantasy league.

Fyi.. girls boobs don’t feel like bags of sand.

Chuck Uga

August 5th, 2009
10:05 pm

Arkansas and LSU are going to be much better teams in 2009. There is NO WAY UGA wins both those games. I am a realist. However, this could be the year, the first since 1988, that we could very well beat UT and UF. UF is going to be very special, but it is not out of the realm of possibility they could lose a big game (like Ole Miss last year, UT in Gainesville at the end of 2001, etc.) UGA is going to be good enough to win a minimum of nine games before bowls. I suspect a 10-2 record…or better. Football games are won along the LOS, and UGA will have arguably (along with UF) the best LOS in the SEC, either offense or defense.

By the way, Ga Tech goes 8-4 again. About the average record they will have under CPJ. He will net them one extra win per year. Tech loses to UGA and three of Miami, FSU, Va Tech and UNC.

Toot of the Whistle

August 5th, 2009
11:44 pm

Doggies lose to UF,UT,LSU,Tech & at least 2 more. Richt on the hot seat.
Tech wins ACC w/ only loss upset by FSU. Orange Bowl victory for 13-1 season.

Decline of ga football to Dooly/Goff era continues.

god and greyhound

August 6th, 2009
5:29 am

I think that’s a little optimistic for the pups toot. 6-6 and a loss to tulsa in the independence bowl.

DawginLex

August 6th, 2009
9:25 am

toot and g&g,

The nerd blog is to your left. Exit now.

JaxDawg

August 6th, 2009
10:19 am

While the Arkansas game could be a trap game at this point I doubt it because it’s talked about so much. Also, When we play them we will be more battle tested after playing OkSt and SC, while they play a cupcake to open and then have an early bye before playing us. A bye week that early is not a good thing, as they really won’t know what kind of team they have before facing the Dawgs.

Tenn worries me more in that regard than Arkansas. I think everyone has been so focused on Kiffin’s antics that many don’t know much about this team. They will have a very good defense led by M.Kiffin and E.Berry, and should be able to run the ball well.

The OkSt game will tell us right off the bat what kind of defense we will have. The good news is that if we can handle them, the cowboy offense will be the best offense the Dawgs face outside of the Gators. Sorry techies- I think last year was more of aberration rather than a sign of things to come in that series.

As for the analysis by CFN I agree with OleDawg, sounds like this guy actually did his homework rather than just following the same ol “Without Stafford & Moreno the Dawgs will struggle” tagline.

Go Dawgs!

MattDawg

August 6th, 2009
1:25 pm

Undefeated… write that down. The attitudes are so different from last year. This team has the “IT” factor that the team last year didn’t have. They are working as a TEAM and will be least penalized in the NCAA I believe. Some teams Georgia plays are going to get smacked in the mouth and not even see it coming. Florida is gonna get its teeth knocked out and they won’t even see it coming.

DAWGS09

August 6th, 2009
2:52 pm

Saint Simmons, you really are a pathetic person. It’s really sad that tech can’t even post a better record than UGA in that joke of a conference called the ACC.