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.”