Hope it’ll be a Dog day afternoon for LSU

I’ll be off as usual on Tuesday, and the Blawg will return on Wednesday.

In the meantime, the news announced today that Georgia’s Oct. 3 home game against LSU has been set for 3:30 p.m. by CBS means the Dogs will play their first afternoon game of the season in Athens and first daylight game since the opener in Stillwater.

Frankly, that suits me. Night games are a nice change of pace, particularly during the heat of September, but even if you tailgate, that makes for an awful lot of time to kill before you go to the stadium. I’m glad to get back to afternoon football.

This will be Georgia’s first appearance of the season on CBS. The network’s usual team of Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson will provide coverage. They’re not bad, but Lundquist has slipped some in recent years, often missing developments or misidentifying players, and I think the CBS coverage was stronger when it had Todd Blackledge as analyst instead of Danielson.

I thought the ESPN crew covering the Georgia-Arkansas game did a good job. Brad Nessler is a definite improvement over Mike Patrick and I like Blackledge’s insights into the game. He and Nessler were pretty evenhanded Saturday night; they obviously were wowed early on by Ryan Mallett but ended up giving Joe Cox his due.

And sideline reporter Erin Andrews’ “hot librarian” look worked for me.

But ESPN’s game day wrap-up continues to suffer from the increasingly ridiculous Lou Holtz. Saturday night, he was babbling on about Notre Dame in the middle of the recap of the Georgia-Arkansas game until Rece Davis reminded him what game they were on. It’s long past time for ESPN to put Lou out to pasture.

On the radio, I thought the new ISP-era Georgia broadcast sounded slickly packaged. A bit too much so.

I used to get as aggravated as anyone with Loran Smith’s postgame locker room rambling, but I don’t find Chuck Dowdle’s puffball questions to Mark Richt any more illuminating. And now that they’ve quit airing the player and assistant coach interviews live, dropping taped snippets of them into the call-in show instead, it all sounds a bit too canned. I liked the live chaos of the old locker room show. I also miss the days when the network aired at least parts of Richt’s postgame press conference.

As for the UGA radio network’s “Dog Talk” call-in show originating from the Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens (as they incessantly tell listeners), it’s pretty much a snooze. David Greene is very personable but comes off kind of bland in his assessments of the game. And Jeff Dantzler just talks too much. They don’t take enough calls, either.

Athens’ WNGC (which I can pick up in DeKalb County) cuts away from the network to do its longtime “Fifth Quarter Show” opposite “Dog Talk,” and while the “Fifth Quarter” misses Kevin Butler a lot this season, it’s still more entertaining and more informative than the official show.

Host David Johnston isn’t afraid to express an opinion that might run counter to thinking at Butts-Mehrer. And while Butler’s replacements, former players Kelin Johnson and A.J. Bryant, start off sounding like they’re still on the team and have been indoctrinated with coachspeak, they usually loosen up once the calls begin. Also, because they were on the team not that long ago, they have some unique insights into the current lineup.

Plus, it’s just not Saturday night without hearing a call from “Macho Man.”

180 comments Add your comment

erbrock

September 21st, 2009
4:07 pm

Enter your comments here Amen re Lou Holtz!

JB

September 21st, 2009
4:07 pm

We will be on fire by the LSU game and that win will put us in the top 10. we will go to Jacksonville with ONE loss, ranked in the top 10 and beat them…………………………………………………………
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………………………………..huh, do what………………………………..time to go home?….thanks for waking me up dude……

JAY

September 21st, 2009
4:08 pm

Enter your comments hereFIRST

DawginLex

September 21st, 2009
4:09 pm

Mark May is the one that all of Bulldog Nation needs to be calling out. He is a jealous tool who never got over 1980 and thinking that Pitt should have played us instead of ND.

Anyone that biased does not need to be covering college football.

JB

September 21st, 2009
4:09 pm

Jay…………………………….third

JB

September 21st, 2009
4:12 pm

It’s so bad, I quit watching ESPN sports center, pre or post game………………..Never, never have anything good to say about the Dawgs. Screw’em

JB

September 21st, 2009
4:14 pm

Mark May and Lou ” I’m wet in the pants” Holtz hate Georgia.

Mr. Papagiorgio

September 21st, 2009
4:14 pm

I do think Mark May is the one that needs a reality check…he is the biggest Georgia Hater in the world…he has hated on Georgia since I was a student years ago.

superDawg

September 21st, 2009
4:15 pm

arizona st. first Bill.

Tuck Fech

September 21st, 2009
4:16 pm

((((33-17)))) hahahahahaha

Junkyard Trash

September 21st, 2009
4:22 pm

Will the junkyard trash show up at this game to deface the campus and surrounding area also?

Did anyone read in Athens paper about the lowlifed, tailgating, junkyard dog puke trashers, who trashed the campus last home game? Does that surprise anyone when every weekend we are overrun by immature drunken trash??? Adams should not only ban these slimeballs but have them thrown in jail for littering.

Oh, btw, the pukers also “defecated” behind trees and bushes. What quality morons we have attending the doggames!!! Typical though, don’t you think???

BurbankDawg

September 21st, 2009
4:22 pm

I live out here in Pac 01 country–does anyone know how I can listen to the Dawgs radio broadcast over the internet (for free?) Thanks.

I loved the good ol’ CBS days of Verne Lundquist and Todd Blackledge, when Verne would constantly remind us that David Greene and David Pollack were roommates and best friends every 10 minutes.

Oh, and will you guys learn how to delete “enter your comments here”? It’s not that difficult, just like passing on our secondary. (had to go there) GO DAWGS!

DawgVoiceofReason

September 21st, 2009
4:25 pm

Bill,

Your observations were right on the money. I also agree with the others about Mark May: he is usually subtly, but consistently against UGA. His bias is really amazing. If DawginLex is right, that at least explains it. Even if he were neutral about UGA, though, I don’t like him because he is so smug. He reminds me of Keith Oberman with his know-it-all manner.

RedMan

September 21st, 2009
4:26 pm

LSU has a good running back, which will be a unique experience for the defense so far this year. That may cause problems for the “pass coverage” in Willie’s schemes.

Shankit

September 21st, 2009
4:27 pm

Defensive ends, stay at home.
OL LES will implement some razzle dazzle plays on us,
lots of misdirection.

Blackledge and Lastinger are good friends, too.
Both are great testaments to their schools.

Class of '98

September 21st, 2009
4:29 pm

May is still mad that UGA won the NC in 1980. From time to time he will say that his Pitt Panthers were the best team in the country that year.

Herbstreit lost his last game as a Suckeye against the Dawgs in the 1993 Citrus Bowl.

Holtz is just senile.

Everyone else that works for ESPN went to Florida.

That about covers it.

NewnanDawg

September 21st, 2009
4:31 pm

Agree on the post game show – the local show is much better and Kelin started out pretty rough, but is coming along with his analysis and presentation.

Any word on whether jerk Petrino will suspend Franklin or will he sweep that away with Bama being this week? And did anyone else notice that his QB was just as poised as Cox until his coach came unglued and insulted the refs?

Oh, and to everyone going to the game this weekend, please join me in bringing some extra trash bags and encouraging their use by our less tidy fans. I’ll be happy to call them out and even help them get started if that’s what it takes. We will have time to kill while traffic dies down anyway, and I would like to see a lot more pride in the campus of my alma mater. I would also like to see a large contingent of students (since they don’t have a long drive home) take some initiative and form a volunteer clean up crew.

Go Dawgs!

NewnanDawg

September 21st, 2009
4:35 pm

Junkyard Trash – notice my above positive way to handle the trash problem – now either grow up or go to a blog where people appreciate your drivel, because nobody cares to see it here. It’s “trashier” than a clean up issue on campus.

Go Dawgs!

Mikey

September 21st, 2009
4:48 pm

Granny Holtz:
I have to say I like his motivational speeches but that’s all.
Mark May:
Egotistical jerk
Herbie:
Urban Meyer is his spooning mate
Corso:
Thanks for picking the Hogs- you always do us a favor…but you are getting just like Granny…time to head out to pasture
Fowler:
He is ok
Desmond:
Too many teeth.

Every damn one of them got them some egg on their faces with the USC/Washington game and dont forget they all went with the Gators HUGE..
Know it alls…..whatever.

RedMan

September 21st, 2009
4:51 pm

Let’s not forget Lou Holtz’s special video segment on how Notre Dame was going to beat Michigan (guaranteed!) and go on to win the national championship.

Mobile Dawg

September 21st, 2009
4:54 pm

Holtz hates UGA and is therefore bias against us, but still has some insight to the game. His gig on ESPN is annoying to Dawg fans.

Junkyard Trash is an enemey blogger using alias names, cut and paste, saw the same posts on another board, ignore him….

Facts

September 21st, 2009
4:54 pm

It’s long past time for the AJC to put Bill out to pasture.

Matt

September 21st, 2009
4:56 pm

Should be a great game. LSU’s second test of the year (we can now say UW was a true test). I look for Les and Crowton to open things up offensively while still powering the ball up the gut behind that massive o-line. Look for Russell Shepard to play all over the field that day. Defensively, LSU needs to continue getting better. If the secondary is not ready, Cox could have a big day. Don’t expect much from A.J. Green though. Peterson is a stud and is ready to face Green and make up for last year. Can’t wait!

murfdawg

September 21st, 2009
5:01 pm

thank Goodness we have an afternoon game. I don’t like that it is on CBS, because for some reason we have not played well on CBS for the past 20 years. Oh now I remember!! Dawgsheimer disease is setting in.
I just hope the weather is good for tailgating.

Cuz

September 21st, 2009
5:04 pm

Facts, I would call you an idiot, but that would be an insult to idiots.

murfdawg

September 21st, 2009
5:07 pm

By the way, UGA is the only school in the NCAA that Holtz has not been a coach.

Denver Dog

September 21st, 2009
5:14 pm

Ok, should be a good game and a great venue. Maybe we will have a good defense by then. Maybe LSU will also. I think right now the most entertaining ESPN guy is Corso. These other homers, Reece Davis Ohio St. Herbsteit Ohio State, Holtz, andybody playing UGA, May Pitt, Palmer Housing Florida, Erin Florida, there is not much help for us dog people. Holtz needs to go to the Notre Dame network, and I would love to hear one of these network pick up Tubbs as a color annoucer. I’m tired of Bob Davies, and I thought that ABC did a good job on the UGA /Ok State game. I’d like to see the gang back in Athens for the LSU game, or for the Auburn game.

CentralFLDawg

September 21st, 2009
5:16 pm

Agree about the broadcast format…

You know you’re getting old when you keep waiting for ‘Leonard’s Losers’ and Munson’s picks. Now it’s a radio version of ESPN…way too slick and lots of words and too little information.

The informality of the good ol’ “Georgia Bulldog Network” was preferable.

Denver Dog

September 21st, 2009
5:18 pm

Murf Dog, he went to the coaches graveyard before he went to tell bedtime stories about Notre Dame on ESPN. Now mother Superior is there. Dietzel, Carlen, Bell, Morrison, Woods, Scott, Holtz and now Spurrier. None of them went anywhere else after they went there. May have missed one or two

Denver Dog

September 21st, 2009
5:19 pm

Leonard’s Loser, in a close one, Va Tech. Ga Tech, Texas Tech.

Mike the Tiger

September 21st, 2009
5:41 pm

Payback is gonna be hell. You rednecks think last years Florida game was an Azz whupin well think again. We let a mickeymouse UGA team score 52 in our stadium. We are Pi$$ed.

superDawg

September 21st, 2009
5:41 pm

Thanks for sticking up for idiots Cuz.

honest_abe

September 21st, 2009
5:49 pm

seriously what an awful topic.

the dawgs play arizona st. this weekend. this team is not good enough to be overlooking opponents.

focus. one week at a time.

quaildawg

September 21st, 2009
5:50 pm

Ditto’s on the Replacement of “What about Britney” Patrick. Blackledge was spot on about “Georgia must learn the value of protecting the ball and putting their defense on short field” (As UGA fans know all too well).
Verdict still out on the “new” postgame crews.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 21st, 2009
6:02 pm

Burbankdawg, get hooked up with XM satelite radio, they have all the SEC games. It came with my chevy truck and that’s how I get the Ga broadcast at my deer camp

Sautee Dawg

September 21st, 2009
6:03 pm

Amen on the Dantzler talking too much. They average taking a couple of calls per week then spend the next hour trying to tell all us fans why our team kicks off out of bounds instead of kicking 7 yards deep. We no doubt have the two best kickers in the SEC. Why not let Walsh kick it deep?
Don’t agree with you Bill on the 3.30 start, I like the 7.00 games myself, just seems like the fans in the stadium get louder at night. The last play against SC was as loud as I’ve witnessed in quite awhile.
Do the gnats play this thursday night?

DawginLex

September 21st, 2009
6:10 pm

Arizona State first. What do you bet our d pitches a freaking shutout and we hear how we have “turned the corner”???

This should be a blowout but it is the ultimate trap game. Looking ahead to LSU?

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

September 21st, 2009
6:14 pm

Bill…..YES….Nessler is SOOOO much better than Patrick….but I disagree on your Verne Lundquist assessment….I like him….(1986 Masters….sorry…)

Cuz

September 21st, 2009
6:17 pm

Since Arizona State did a gold out last year when we went to play them, should we return the favor with a blackout? I mean if you have to guarantee a home team victory for a blackout, sorry I never got the rulebook on blackouts, then the only other one that would be the W already marked would be Tennessee Tech.

Cuz

September 21st, 2009
6:21 pm

Chin your deer camp is too far out in the sticks. My hunting lodge is twenty minutes from my house. My deer stand is 150 feet from my truck. I have a padded bass seat that rotates in my covered deer stand. Old age has given me wisdom and an appreciation of comfort.

Dawg Props

September 21st, 2009
6:26 pm

The dawgs beat lsu by 13–their defense isn’t that good and Cox will light them up for 3 TDs. Ga 30 LSU 17

45ACP

September 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

Funny how the older you get the comfort factor becomes more relevant.

dogdawg

September 21st, 2009
6:31 pm

Lou Holtz would pick South Carolina, Arkansas and Notre Dame over the Super Bowl Champion. Why would anyone care what that senile old man has to say about football, where he failed so many times many years ago?

Donkeyfied

September 21st, 2009
6:34 pm

dont worry, lou holts drenches mark may with slober every gameday for us

Cuz

September 21st, 2009
6:36 pm

I like how the Dr. Lou segments are filmed from his nursing home. Anyone other than me noticed that bedpan on the shelf.

45ACP

September 21st, 2009
6:38 pm

And our patience or lack of shows a bit more for folks like Holtz and May. (Not Erin. She can say whatever she wants to).
Isn’t Chuck Dowdle a UGA Grad?

45ACP

September 21st, 2009
6:40 pm

Cuz, too funny. The wife is looking at me like I’m crazy.

Eric C.

September 21st, 2009
6:43 pm

Good grief…WTF, no one is talking about AZSU??? They are not Western Carolina or Tenn Tech…now this is a trap game if I ever saw one after too big offensive games and potential for a let down. Please Dawgs…don’t underestimate those devils. Remember UCLA at UT???? Sheesh

pj

September 21st, 2009
6:50 pm

Leonards Losers!!! I used to look forward to picking one up at the Arbys in Athens on the Atlanta hwy every week with my dad. Read it cover to cover… and hell… I’m only 32. “Good ol’ days”.

Chris

September 21st, 2009
7:12 pm

Dogdawg is exactly right. Holtz picks whoever he coached for every week no matter who they play. He’s become a caricature; a clown.

Herbstreit lost his last game to GA Citrus bowl on his interception but he’s not biased, he’s measured and very good at what he does.
Mark May is sanctimonious. Whether he remains biased over ‘80 is open for debate but his delivery is so unctuous he’s hard to take.

Fowler is excellent and Rece is good. Todd Blackledge is without question the finest analyst in college football right now. He’s better than Danielson who has lost a step.

I think Jesse Palmer is getting better every Thursday night broadcast. He spotlights why a play failed or succeeded much more accurately than Craig James who’s too busy looking in the mirror.