Talking Dogs: Four years and counting

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the founding of this blog. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d give you a chance to look back at that very first Junkyard Blawg from Aug. 29, 2005 about growing up in Athens town. …

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Saint Simons

August 29th, 2009
10:25 am

45 -42 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Red Stick

August 29th, 2009
10:40 am

38-3 HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Phoque Tech

August 29th, 2009
10:42 am

Saint Simons, I’ll bet you’re the kind of guy that would hit a dude in the can and not have the common courtesy to give him a reach-around.

prof. wally

August 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Congrats oh fugitive from the Classic City and real news. Four years of doing anything deserves a kudo or two. As to the significance of all this? Hmmm. Well.

Denver Dog

August 29th, 2009
11:21 am

I think that it is amazing, that after 4 years there still is not a blog for Tech Fans. Congratulations on keeping it going Bill. Dogs still rule and we will for years to come. UF is like global warming, it is the hot thing for about 20 years, but then everyone realizes that it is caused by abnormal solar flares, and it goes away. Still being 10 games behind UGA. At least they are making a run on it, look at Tech, they give in 1 for 8 and think they won the BCS/SUPERBOWL/FINAL FOUR/ STANLEY CUP/WORLD SERIES all at one time.

Scout Dawg

August 29th, 2009
11:22 am

Thank you for the link back. As one who has been on this blog since 2007, and a graduate in 1990, (just in time for Desert Storm 1) this might be your best blog ever. Very interesting to see that the nerds were hateful way back when. Keep up the good work. Go Dawgs, Welcome back to knock your block off defensive backs, like Thomas Davis, and GATA! Oh yeah, by the way, SCOUT’S OUT!

Scout Dawg

August 29th, 2009
11:27 am

By the way, Welcome back to the Junkyard Dawgs Defense after injuries depleted the 2008 edition. Headhunting is back in vogue. I pity the nerds.

AltamahaDawg

August 29th, 2009
12:15 pm

Yup, four years of tech fans having some exposure to college football.

NRBQ

August 29th, 2009
12:32 pm

Denver:

Sure hope your expectations for the ‘09 Dawgs prove more accurate than your grasp of certain scientific realities.

Pooh Dog

August 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

It sucked then and it sucks now. This blog is horrible.

Cuz

August 29th, 2009
12:37 pm

Congratulations Bill on your four year anniversary. Keep on writing. We will keep on making bizarre comments.

I guess global warming explains the coldest summer on record in Minnesota.

gatorsam

August 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

St. Simons not only needs to get a life, some new morals and a cleaner mouth would certainly help. You are a discredit and a dishonor to Tech.

GT Fan Old Timer

August 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

Question??
Why can’t adult fans for all programs leave the crap they spew against other fans and their programs to the little kids on the playground?

Answer -
It’s because none of them have the intelligence to express themselves without resorting to cursing, belittling or using bully tactics which mean absolutely nothing to anyone except to those who revel in such things in lame pathetic attempts to gain a “one-up” on the other guy.

It really gets old and is a big waste of time having to read through the blogs for Georgia and
Ga Tech to pass by the cursing, belittling and bullying to finally find something worth reading that actually is an intelligent response to what the sports article is about or observations that are relevant and meaningful. Thanks – now that’s been said…

I’m thankful to have been young enough to enjoy the elite programs, players and coaches both institutions enjoyed starting back in the early 50’s – to get excited on Thanksgiving day when the freshmen played giving us all a glimpse of the future of the programs and players for the benefit of the children at the Scottish Rite Hospital – “Strong legs run so weak legs may walk”. Good old fashion hate was there of course but the fans in those days still gave respect to each other as well as other programs. Sometimes that respect also had a bit of envy riding on it’s shoulder from what other programs had in terms of players or coaches or unexpected wins but always respect. Both schools are steeped in history and great legends. Bobby Dodd was a good coach and a great man but then too were Wally Butts and Vince Dooley. All made good and bad choices along the way – that’s life. Fantastic players have emerged from both teams and are far too many to name but their honors are well deserved. I really don’t think I’m different than any other fan when I see a gifted athlete perform, applauding his / her accomplishments and wondering what it must be like to possess the marvelous talent and skills of these young people.

I’d also like to comment on yesterdays blog about David Pollack working on FOX Sports. I’m thankful I got to watch David Pollack play ball. He was one of those great players! I don’t have or know his statistics and, although they matter a great deal, what is more important was how he played the game and how he conducted himself off the field. He was then and still is a true leader by example in every way – something that we all should take away from his years of association with the University of Georgia and pro ball with the Bengals.

I’m thankful for all the players, great or otherwise, who have gone to the University of Georgia as well Georgia Tech and all the other programs. They have provided us with some of the great moments of our short lives – given us memories to feed the love of the sport long after we’re too old sit in the seat at the stadium because of illness or reasons.

Thank you Mr. Pollack for being one of the many players nationwide to lead by example and provide us with many memories of your greatness. We are better because you came our way and were part of us all.

Denver Dog

August 29th, 2009
1:32 pm

NRBQ, 75% of the Astro pysicists concur with the solar flare theory. THey do not have the DNC media machine, aka TASS/PRAVDA USA behind them. AS with most of the world, we are now in the 3rd year of substantially lower temps, aligning with substantially lower amounts of solar flares. It is as valid a theory as the carbon theories spread by the above referenced state run media.

Having said that, I hope I’m right on both accounts.

Denver Dog

August 29th, 2009
1:34 pm

Posh Dog, it is so bad that you read it, and make entries. Go figure!

Paddy

August 29th, 2009
2:01 pm

This has nothing to do with the Dawgs but it is about football. Old Dominion U is starting football after a 68 year absense. Along w/ Ga St, ODU will be playing soon in the CAA conference in Div 1-AA. Do yourself a favor and go to the Virginian Pilot newspaper or ODU web sites and take a look at their football stadium. Foreman Field might be the best looking small college stadium in the country. They have already sold out their season tickets for the year appox. 15,000 in a capacity 20,000 seat stadium. Ga St has something to aspire to. This deal was really well done!

shane#1

August 29th, 2009
2:17 pm

Congrats on four years Bill and thanks for giving us a Bulldog fix during the summer doldrums. I had just started reading the AJC blogs when you started blogging. GT Oldtimer, there are many UGA fans that post here that abstain from the foul language and insulting posts about other schools, except for good natured teasing. “Enemy” bloggers that do the same and actually want to discuss football are always welcomed by most of us regulars.

Cuz

August 29th, 2009
2:21 pm

I would like to concur with shane.

45ACP

August 29th, 2009
3:44 pm

I also concur with shane#1 and Cuz.
Keep up the good work Bill.
Georgia vs Auburn 2005 is on TV.

GT Fan Old Timer

August 29th, 2009
4:22 pm

Thanks Shane#1-

My remarks were addressed to all fans of all programs – especially including Tech fans and especially when they blog as guests on another teams blog. My apologies if you took my opening remarks otherwise. Although it’s been a long dry spell for the Jackets football program since back in my day, there is no excuse for the childish behavior and mouthy remarks that are expressed because there is no accountability when they can hide behind the veil of internet anonymity. I’m not holding the Bulldogs blameless because as you know it goes both ways. It’s just all very tiresome and worn out stuff that gets slung back and forth accomplishing nothing and irritating everyone.

At any rate, here’s hoping both our programs do well this year and give us all a reason to have pride in the schools and athletes alike.

45ACP

August 29th, 2009
5:05 pm

GT Fan Old Timer, your remarks are eloquent and appreciated by this lifelong Bulldog fan. I have attended many of the Thanksgiving day freshman games at Bobby Dodd Stadium. And truth be told this Dawg fan has pulled for Tech to win on many occasions.

45ACP

August 29th, 2009
5:07 pm

Just not against the Dawgs mind you.

shane#1

August 29th, 2009
5:19 pm

GT Oldtimer, no offense was taken here. You are welcome on this blog anytime. When one has enjoyed these blogs for several years all of the slurs and insults become merely boring. Good luck to you and the Jackets untill we meet in November.

Valdosta Dawg

August 29th, 2009
6:07 pm

Keep up the fine work Bill, atleast we know one fellow at the AJC bleeds the Red and Black like the rest of us i the DawgNation!

Valdosta Dawg

August 29th, 2009
6:08 pm

I realize I left out an “N” in that last post, figured I had better correct it before a geek did it for me!

JAXDAWG

August 29th, 2009
6:24 pm

G T FAN OLDTIMER…nicely said

OLD DAWG58

August 29th, 2009
6:35 pm

GT FAN OLDTIMER….THANKS FOR SOME CLASS. I TOO HAVE GROWN TIRED OF THE CRAP. I HAVE TRAVELLED WITH THE DAWGS HOME AND AWAY FOR OVER 30 YEARS. I HAVE PLAYED COLLEGE SPORTS AND LIKE TO LET THE PLAY DO THE TALKING, NOT THE MOUTH. I WILL BE IN STILLWATER NEXT WEEK. LET’S ALL ENJOY WATCHING THESE KIDS PLAY AND PULL HARD FOR OUR TEAMS.

45ACP

August 29th, 2009
6:46 pm

The apocalypse awaits the Bulldog Nation in Stillwater.

I hope Coach Richt takes the Holy Handgrenade or at the very least a pointed stick.

RomeDawg

August 29th, 2009
7:23 pm

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging Bill. I always make time to click on your blog in the evening. It helps pass away the “summer sickness” of missing football. I am sure you feel “lucky” to have those dawg memories! GT old timer says what 90% of us think. I just wish more of the folks “ribbing” each other would realize they haven’t said ANYTHING original. It gets real old. GT old timer has a gift for expressing his words in writing and should consider starting a blog for GT fans.

Reid Taylor

August 29th, 2009
8:15 pm

If you know your history, you know why so many Georgia natives bark like dogs, as opposed to donning the White & Gold. Georgia was established as a penal colony – populated with convicts by the British Empire to function as a “buffer colony” between the tobacco-rich Carolinas and the lawless / Spain controlled Florida. The toothless descendants of these convicts can be viewed in Georgia’s numerous mobile parks and packing Sanford stadium during the months of September thru November.

yellow fuzz

August 29th, 2009
8:34 pm

Denver Dog,

Better get used to it. Like Florida you are Tech’s bitch now. Maybe you should try Auburn as your new whipping boy

Never Ever

August 29th, 2009
8:52 pm

Students at Georgia Tech learn how to do time and motion studies. Then wonder why it takes so long to establish a winning football program.
Go figure….

GT Fan Old Timer

August 29th, 2009
9:49 pm

Thanks to all of you who responded. I appreciate your kind words. It’s nice to have confirmation that folks can still show respect toward each other and our respective programs. Good natured ribbing is OK too. I love Tech and have been lucky to witness the “good” years as well as had to experience the bad – but I don’t live or die with each win or loss. When it becomes a win or loss – it becomes history and I like to live in the present and look forward to the future. I love the excitement of the game but when it’s over – it’s over – for better or worse and move on. Unfortunately for some, they get stuck in that moment and can’t seem to let it go so they can move on. They replay games and do “what if’s” as if that is going to change the result.These folks also tend to be the ones who talk statistics all the time about total wins or losses or championships or scores. I kinda look at the whole picture and say for the year we did pretty good or didn’t do so hot. Now, don’t get me wrong – statistics are good and history is good but most of the time we don’t talk about statistics and history as they relate to themselves but how they relate to others or other programs in a manner which really doesn’t accomplish anything but to allow false comparisons and endless conversation about nothing substantial. Ok, so we won last year – that’s done. No need to rub it in or talk about it all year. We’ll line it up again in November and play again like we have since 1893. I’m as much proud to have been born in a state with a fantastic school as the University of Georgia as I am Georgia Tech. Students,athletes, and graduates from both institutions represent the state of Georgia splendidly in their respective fields and that’s something for which we all should be proud. Georgia is outstanding in most if not all athletic programs – Tech is trying to reach that level of accomplishment. Hopefully, one day they will. I salute the programs of these two school as well as others around the nation as they endeavor to shape the men and women – our future – into becoming the best possible students, athletes and leaders for tomorrow..

Sanford Drive

August 29th, 2009
10:12 pm

Reid Taylor,

1. Your post is completely irrelevant to college football.
2. Last time I checked, Tech was also in Georgia, aka the “Penal Colony.” However, if they decided to relocate to Alaska, I’m sure nobody would make a fuss about it. And believe it or not, some Georgia natives actually attend Tech. So, good job on insulting your own institution. You’re a true fan.
3. Try to bring some new material next time. It’s easy to regurgitate jokes we’ve all heard before.

Stupid Mutt Fan

August 29th, 2009
10:27 pm

Nick Saban sign contract to 2017? He will leave and goto Notre Dam next yeaar! GOOOOOOOOOO DOGS

Georgia Girl

August 29th, 2009
10:32 pm

Saint Simons: Who ever you are, YOU ARE TOTALLY OUT OF LINE. It is people like you that make football and other things in life bad.
You are sick, It’n this just for the fun???

jpaul

August 29th, 2009
11:48 pm

42-42 you homo.

jpaul

August 29th, 2009
11:49 pm

didnt u read the media guide? GT blows

southgeorgiadog

August 29th, 2009
11:49 pm

Well said GT Fan Old Timer,

I got to say, you’re a classy jacket. And I know RAMBLE ON and SAINT SIMONS don’t speak for all of you, but it just gets weary. They contribute nothing and they’re boring. Nobody likes boring people. You’re right, 2008 is done. Let’s move on. And at the end of it all, IT’S JUST A GAME. Get over it. People are excited about Johnson’s offense and I can’t wait to see it. I mean if I was a Tech fan, the LSU game would be sending shivers down my spine. What happened there? And don’t you think eveybody in the ACC got a copy of the tape????? Everybody will adjust or they won’t and we’ll go on. Just like Jacksonville does to us. Let’s all deal with it.

Having said that,

and I said this in another post, but it didn’t get out, but …..

The coolest thing about Georgia football, was in the late ’70s and Jeff Lewis was a starting linebacker and he was in a production of “The Man of La Mancha” and the production was scheduled for the Florida weekend and they brought in an understory to perfrom his part over the weekend so he could rattle some jaws in Jacksonville, and he did. That was just cool.

I was in the Redcoat Band and I saw him perform on Wednesday night before the Florida game and we left on Thursday night. Now that’s a student athlete. Thanks Jeff.

jpaul

August 29th, 2009
11:54 pm

I did not read “GT Fans/Old Timers” jibjab. Go Dawgs! I luv to hate the yellow bees/bugs/flys from Atlanta. Dogs Rule!!!

Denver Dog

August 30th, 2009
12:56 am

Yellow back boy, think again, use better language also if you know any. Dogs rule, and you know it. Tech is a great school if you like drawing lines and reading numbers. That is about all it is good for now a days. I saw where you had some more bad things happen on campus there this week. I’m sorry for that, but after reading your lines, that of St Simons, m, and some of the other of your cadre’ I have to once again say ISN”T IT A SHAME ABOUT TECH!!!

Ga Dawg in Dallas, Tx

August 30th, 2009
1:49 am

As a recently moved Dawg to Tx, I am thrilled with the chance to go see my Dawgs play in Stillwater next week. A four hour drive from Dallas to Stillwater, but still can’t wait to see the Red & Black take the field.I love the fact that I am only a click away on the net from keeping up with my Dawgs on a daily basis. Also love the blog Bill, keep up the good work, can’t wait to see what will be in store in four more years. At home in Atlanta , it was always Tech fans whining about winning once every eight years, out here, it’s Texas Longhorn fans talking about how great they are , and how they will win the NC this year, I still don’t think they can beat Florida, and I HATE Florida. SIC ‘EM

Masovitch

August 30th, 2009
6:57 am

Bill,
An excellent reminder off why we love the Dawgs. Happy anniversary, and congratulations as you and ELT approach, I believe, 34? Her old roomate and I will hit 32 this year and your wedding was the pebble that started the avalanche.
Thanks and best wises,
Rob and Jane

Bamafan

August 30th, 2009
7:08 am

Georgia Tech Old Timer has more class than anyone that reads or writes on the dawg blogs or GT blogs. I made a silly comment one day and GT old timer called me on the carpet one day and it made
think about having some class and treat people like you want to be treated. My grandfather would be
proud to hear that!! GO DAWGS AND STOMP THE COWBOYS IN THE DUST!!

THEsidewalkfan

August 30th, 2009
8:05 am

Right on, GT Oldtimer! Wow. It would be nice if a semi-intelligent discussion could occur on these blogs with respectful but divergent opinions.

I think it helps to re-read the headline before commenting. It helps to stay on point.

So, congrats to surviving four years blogging. It’s a thankless job/hobby/commitment.

Go Jackets! (and maybe the dawgs out in stillwater…)

Tallcarl

August 30th, 2009
8:56 am

Thank you Bill for your steady work and good info. I live in Marid, Spain and can not wait to get on line and check scores of real sports, both lacal (Warner Robins) and statewide. Thanks also for Shane#1 and GT. Oldtimer for your remarks to all those people that spew vulgar language and negative feeling and obsene thoughts to the differant blogs and I pray they grow up or their Mother makes them get off the computer. You are aware that young people read these comments. What kind of example are you setting? I am a Ga. Alum and proud of it but I pull for ALL the state schools to be sucessfull and do not hate any of them (dislike FL. USC. and the entire big 12)but I never bad mouth them or wish for a young athlete to get hurt. I also wish I could get my hands on some of these nasty posters as they would have to type with a pencil in their mouth. And yes I can back it up, trust me. Now lets play some football. p.s. I an sorry as spelling has never been my strong suite and this computer has no spell check.

Pooh Dog

August 30th, 2009
9:53 am

Denver, I keep thinking we can come up with new material for our blog but it continually sucks. Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, like thinking Joe Cox is actually going to succeed this season under center (ugh). You, along with others, spew the same dribble daily. New material people and keep it above ground and civil.

YellowandBlackAttack

August 30th, 2009
10:10 am

“GT Fan Old Timer”….Perhaps you and I have started some sort of movement here! I posted a few days ago about how some of the adolescents on these blogs (both UGA fans and Tech fans alike) need to grow up and start acting like adults who enjoy decent, good sportsmanlike conversation without all of the crap, and my comments were as equally embraced as yours were. So I know we’re not the only ones tired of “Saint Simons” (and a few others) embarrassing the rest of us adult Tech fans and there are equally as many UGA fans that need to stay off of the Tech boards unless you are there to make decent good natured conversation. As you said, good-natured ribbing is alright OCCASIONALLY, but sometimes these blogs aren’t worth reading because of all of the crap. Anyway, good to know there are other Tech and UGA fans alike that feel the way we do. Now let’s talk real football and let the season began!!!!

GT Fan Old Timer

August 30th, 2009
10:12 am

Good Morning Southgeorgiadog -

I think what happened in the LSU game was a combination of bad things that all came together at the wrong time.Tech’s teams have historically had a difficult time winning back to back games against opponents of equal or greater strength and last year was no exception. Both Georgia and LSU were in that category. When that happens, everything else being equal physically between the two teams, the emotional aspect of the game can be, and often is, the deciding factor between winning or losing. When players go into the game thinking they already have it won before the ball is kicked off – that’s strike one. Now, don’t get me wrong. Players must have a positive attitude but not be over confident. I’ve often wondered why the emotional part of the game is mostly an after thought for coaches. I obviously don’t know the amount of time coaches spend preparing the players mentally, but I wonder if this part of the “game plan” is left on the shelf too long when compared to the focus and high energy placed on the physical aspects of the game. I may be way off base, but my thought is that, while there are coaches for every phase of the physical part of the game, I have never heard of or read about any school having a Psychology coach whose job it was to guide the players mental awareness and preparedness for the game through classroom and on field work as well as being available throughout other times of the year to do things like helping new recruits adjust to campus life and start instilling a winning attitude and team spirit. The Psychology coach working with athletes from every sport during their off season should be a program priority much the same as it’s a priority for the athlete to work out to stay in shape physically – then they could be in shape mentally as well. So, #1- I think the main issue for Tech going into the LSU game was the the team had won against their biggest rival for the first time in many years – in the rivals stadium. Because of this extraordinary accomplishment the players got caught up in the hype of believing that, since they had “slain Goliath”, the pinnacle had been reached. Many mental errors were obvious as the team looked like they were asleep on most special teams plays. #2 – Tech’s special teams – all of them -were really atrocious last year. As you well know, games are won and lost by special teams play and I don’t need to say any more about that – the teams statistics and actions on special teams, or lack thereof, speak volumes. #3 – LSU was the team ready to play – was fired up – played heads up ball – took advantage of Tech’s errors and mistakes – wanted the win more than Tech. Tech was actually, based on preseason predictions, not supposed to win against Georgia or go to a bowl and here they were, at home basically, having won against their rival and now here to but the finishing touches on a dream season. The loss pointed out an almost total collapse in team preparedness in the game plan on both sides of the ball as well as mental preparation. As the game progressed, I could see outstanding individual performances from several players but a few players can’t carry the weight of the whole team to victory. So there you have my version of the debacle in the Peach Bowl. LSU won because they were the best team on the field that night.

To address the question about everyone getting a tape of the game – The only answer to that question will come at the end of the next season or two or three when we can all look back and say “Yep, they’ve really got our number – What do we do NOW boss?” or “Dang, looks like we’ve got something good going on here”. Time will be the answer to your question – and how savvy Coach Johnson is in making adjustments to defenses as each game and season progresses. After all, Tech also has tapes of teams that we played last year who were able to successfully defense his offense. So we’ll see. It should be an exciting year for Georgia as well as Tech. Here’s wishing y’all luck and keeping everyone healthy through out the year.

Dr M

August 30th, 2009
10:59 am

Bill, Congratulations on four years of inciting, provoking, and putting up with the Dawg Nation and various unruly visitors from foreign programs. When you need a dose of UGA smack, this is the place where you can always find it.