Isn’t Georgia-Florida motivation enough?

Can we call a timeout on cheap motivational ploys? (Associated Press)

Can we call a timeout on cheap motivational ploys? (Associated Press)

The dueling insults story is easily the most predictable aspect of coverage this week leading up to Saturday’s Georgia-Florida game.

Mark Richt thought his 2007 team was flat, so he challenged them to get an excessive celebration penalty after their first score against the Gators that year. The whole team danced in the end zone and Georgia went on to win the game. The special attention SEC officials have given the Dogs since then has made some question Richt’s move, but at the time many hailed it as a great motivational ploy.

Urban Meyer didn’t think so. He told the world that it was a “bad deal” and would be “forever in the mind of Urban Meyer” (why is it humorless prigs always like to refer to themselves in the third person?). So he used it as a motivational tool all during the offseason, and in 2008 his Gators took it out on the Dogs.

That wasn’t enough for Meyer, of course, so he childishly extended the game with a couple of unnecessary timeouts, just to rub some salt in the wound and thumb his nose at Richt.

And nobody is surprised to read that Georgia has pictures of Meyer calling timeout and the score of last year’s game posted in its locker room and weight room.

A.J. Green says the pictures are “motivation for me” because the timeouts were “a sign of disrespect. So I’m going to play my heart out.”

Meanwhile, the Gators are still trying to milk some motivation out of the 2007 dance, with defensive tackle Terron Sanders telling the Orlando Sentinel it was “a sign of disrespect” and “a slap in the face. We can’t just let it be a one-year thing where we feel like we took care of it. We always have to look back at it as disrespect.”

What’s ridiculous is that programs of the caliber of Georgia and Florida need to look for signs of “disrespect” and motivational gimmicks in order to get their players up for the annual showdown in Jacksonville.

Why is all this posturing and bulletin-board stuff necessary? Would A.J. not play his heart out if the Gators hadn’t disrespected the Dogs last year? Of course, not. He plays his heart out every week.

But especially in a game like this, that should be the norm for all the players on both sides.

As Richt said in his Tuesday press briefing, “I don’t think this game needs anything extra from the past to get anybody excited to play.” If anyone on either team doesn’t “respect” the other program, you have to question whether they even belong on the field.

After all, this is Georgia-Florida, a storied rivalry. The crowd is split 50/50 so the noise is almost constant. In most years, the game decides the SEC East. The two programs battle over the same recruits in each other’s territory. That ought to be enough to get the players pumped to the max for this game without the coaches having to resort to the old “remember what they did last year” bit or on-field stunts or cheap-shot attempts at showing up the other team.

It’s the Dogs and Gators, so shut up and play!

211 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

October 28th, 2009
10:35 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT TO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND WHAT GOES ON OUT IN THE GREAT TOWN OF ATHENS!!!

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!!!

FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!!!

KEEP MARK RICHT BECAUSE HE HAS JESUS, THERFORE JESUS HAS THE DAWGS!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING TEBOW CRY DURING THE PRE AND POSTGAME INTERVIEWS!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

THWGT AND THE PLAYBOOK THEY STOLE FROM PARKVIEW HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!

Percy Harvey

October 28th, 2009
10:46 am

UGA 74

October 28th, 2009
10:47 am

Why does the SEC continue to run the PSA’s during telecasts calling for sportsmanship? It certainly doesn’t appear to be important to the coaches.

Valdosta Dawg Kevin

October 28th, 2009
10:48 am

I am ready for this trip, I hope we get to Tebow early and often, Justin Houston needs a big game. I also want someone to tackle Urban if he gets to close to the field.

Sanford Drive

October 28th, 2009
10:55 am

It’s going to take more than pictures in a locker room to win this game. Florida might get beat this year, but it certainly won’t be by UGA.

George "Kingfish" Stevens

October 28th, 2009
10:56 am

I still says if’n we’s lose, it’s just ’cause of dem referees. And I is still regusted!

you spilt your spitter on your wife beater..

October 28th, 2009
10:59 am

Just in.. Richt leaving the salon with a fresh butt cut and spray-on tan. The cut is so symmetrical it looks like victory. Off to the GA endzone dance recital he goes..

murfdawg

October 28th, 2009
11:00 am

How about the motivation of beating the gators and Tebow 2 out of 3 years? Just like we did to SOS.

David Granger

October 28th, 2009
11:08 am

I would love to see us beat Florida, but I expect Tebow to (1.) catch us blitzing and hit that safety valve receiver over the middle just about every time, and (2.) run that “hesitation draw play” a lot and catch our soft “up the middle” defense napping in just about every key situation. It’s happened all year both this year and last…and, frankly, I see no signs that Georgia is making any adjustments to stop it.

If you need any of those little sissy ass tricks…deliberate penalties, “blacking out” the damn stadium, etc….to get up for playing Florida, Alabama, or anybody in the conference, really…you shouldn’t be playing at Georgia. (Or anywhere else in the SEC.) I wish Coach Richt would take all his “gimmicks” and cram ‘em up his tailpipe. I’m tired of seeing Georgia acting like that FSU scum.

Larry

October 28th, 2009
11:21 am

man, beating Florida will be sweet… but a blow-out loss will further fuel the fire to get rid of Willie and that soft D

Hmmmmmm

Lance

October 28th, 2009
11:30 am

The pads will be popping through the upper deck on this one. How much you want to bet that the first play Georgia runs from scrimmage will be the toss sweep? I still think the Dawgs have something in store for the gaytors. Watch AJ line up at QB. Dawgs win by 10

L-Dawg

October 28th, 2009
11:32 am

THIS GAME IS LIKE THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME EVERY YEAR. I WANT TO BELIEVE THE NATIONAL LEAGUE (UGA) HAS A GREAT SHOT EVERY YEAR, BUT LIKE CLOCKWORK, THEY USUALLY MAKE IT CLOSE AND COME UP JUST SHORT.

IM BEGINNING TO FEEL WE AS SPORTS FANS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA ARE A BIT CURSED.

WHEN WILL THE DREAM BEGIN TRAINING CAMP? THEY WILL BRING A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE ANY OF OUR OTHER BELOVED TEAMS WILL.

AND GOT TO HELL GEORGIA TECH!

Mad Dawg

October 28th, 2009
11:34 am

It pains me as a long time supporter of the Dawgs for our program to fall so far below Florida and Alabama. Why we lay an egg vs Tennessee lately is beyond me. And now Tech is kicking ass. It makes me want to puke.

As Pat Dye put it “Georgia ia not man enough to whip Florida”. The coaching staff has turned some excellent recruits into pu$$ies. Where are the warriors? Where is the coaching that exploits weakensses? Where are the adjustments that keep you in the game. I bet Tebow runs the naked bootleg all day on us.

I have always been a Mark Richt supporter and defender but I grow weary of our program slipping into medeocrity and he has said or done nothing lately to assuage my anxiety. I just want us to show up and make it a real game. Then I can respect myself on Sunday morning.

swimdawg68

October 28th, 2009
11:40 am

If Willie comes out in his traditional 4-3 defense with zone coverage in the DB area Fla. will kill us. Several things Willie needs to do: show some 5 and 6 man fronts, use stunts up front to confuse the Fla. blocking assignments, use corner blitzes, throw in an occasional saftey blitz, use linebacker blitzes on a regular basis, have the corners man-up more than playing 8 to 10 yds. off of the receivers, finally decide who is going to cover the tight end and lock up on him.

I have just given Willie his defensive game plan. I am no wizard, this is the plan that was deployed be Ark. and Miss. State. Ark. should have won their game. You must put constant heat on Tebow (Ark. sacked him 6 times). Does Ark and Miss. State have better athletes on defense than UGA? NO WAY!! Do they have better defensive coaching? We will find out on Sat. Willie has had extra time to prepare, we will see. If you see us in our traditional defense we will be destroyed dy Fla.

I hope Bobo has some great offensive plans, I would like to see something more creative from him. Hopefully Cox will make the throws we need, and the OL will find a way to run block, we don’t have bad backs we have terrible run blocking, (I thought our OL was supposed to be our greatest strength on offense this season), what happened? Just loosing Sturdivant didn’t cause the problem. I know Moreno is gone but he had holes to run into last year that have not shown up this year. My goodness, when you can’t run against Vandy you have a major problem. We need to throw the ball well to set up the run, just the opposite of most teams.

I hope we can win, this is my 40th straight Ga-Fla. game in which I will be in attendance. Pleae dawgs, let’s see some of that old “junk-yard-dawg” football we all love. Get after them gators on both sides of the ball.

Cuz

October 28th, 2009
11:41 am

I heard that Coach Meyer taped a picture of Orson Charles spiking the Crystal football on each players locker.

A sure bet

October 28th, 2009
11:43 am

The Gator D will not make to many mistakes and most likely will not give up more than 20 points, so the question is can the Georgia D shut Tebow and the offense down? We will see, but it is not likely. Gator D has given up 3,6,13,7,3,20,19……………….?

Lance

October 28th, 2009
11:43 am

If anyone knows our frustration against florida the last twenty or so years it should be Tech. I mean we have dominated them as florida has us. The contrast is erie, We have had 2 seven game win streaks against them 1991-1997 and 2001-2007. Florida has had two 7 game streaks against us, 1990-1996 and 1997-2003. So that is why the techies are on here gloating after a measley 3 point victory last year. I must admitt though, if we beat florida im gonna be doing the same thing.

Dawg Fud

October 28th, 2009
11:44 am

Georgia-Florida should not need any more motivation.

Lance

October 28th, 2009
11:46 am

nope sorry florida 1998-2003 6 years

ratherBgambling

October 28th, 2009
11:51 am

Hey Urban, save a couple of TO’s again!!!!!!!!!!!!

MasivAtack

October 28th, 2009
11:55 am

MadDawg says -
- As Pat Dye put it “Georgia ia not man enough to whip Florida”

Do you even remember who won the game that Dye was actually referring to? If you want to draw that parallel, I would be happy if the results bear that out.

And to all of these fake Georgia fans who would even consider wishing for us to lose – you should just go over to Tech blogs where you are welcome. Go Dawgs!

Hey Bill –
When will we hear about the ticket contest results? I am waiting on pins and needles to see if my pup is in the running!

Corrine Brown (D) FL

October 28th, 2009
11:56 am

EW

October 28th, 2009
11:58 am

I don’t know how you can call UM taking timeouts last year childish. As a bulldog fan I was embarassed at our celebration penalty. There are certain things you don’t do, and CMR broke that code. So what does UM do? He evens the score and calls the timeouts to rub it in. We’re even on the BS tactics. Let’s play football.

UGA ALL THE WAY

October 28th, 2009
11:58 am

I just want a good, clean, GOOD OFFICIATING game. It would make me real happy to beat FLO. Sadly, that rivalry has gone on for the longest….. THE MAIN THING I WANT TO DO IS DESTROY THOSE STUPID GT FANS FOR TALKIN CRAP ABOUT A 3 point VICTORY THEY FINNNNNNAAALLLYYY GOT. TUCK FECH

Georgia Tech

October 28th, 2009
12:08 pm

UGA ALL THE WAY,
You old COWARD! When Georgia wins, you will look like the useless fair wheather fan that you are

Dogs win an ugly one this weekend..

Skipper

October 28th, 2009
12:09 pm

Ha! “In most years, the game decides the SEC East.”

That’s one way of looking at it. Since the SEC went divisional, Florida has won the East nine times and Georgia’s won it three, in ‘02, ‘03 and ‘05. Florida beat Georgia in ‘03 and ‘05.

So I guess what you meant to say was this: “When Florida wins, they usually win the East. Sometimes Georgia wins and Tennessee wins the East as a result. One time Georgia beat Florida and won the East in the same season.”

Note: I’m not counting “split championships” in the East, because only one team goes to Atlanta.

uuughh...

October 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

UGA ALL THE WAY…sadly, I see none of those 3 things happening this year.

Saint Simon

October 28th, 2009
12:13 pm

I likes big football players.

Toole

October 28th, 2009
12:13 pm

Watch for Georgia to unveil their version of the Wildcat. Rantavious Wooten and Branden Smith are the primary suspects to run it. Heard that you may see some passes from it. Don’t tell Urban Meyer! Martinez said he knows he could stop FLA if Richt would let him play 15 players on defense.

mash the bug

October 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

Focus Dawgs. Its our 11 against their 11. Play your positions, dont get distracted. The state is pulling for you!

UF Locker Room Staff

October 28th, 2009
12:19 pm

Pictures of the Timeouts in the locker room? Ok, Gators have a big painting that Meyer only brings out for this week of the end zone celebration. They put in in the locker room, they bring it to practice, and they bring it to all team meetings. The Gators are angry considering most of these guys witnessed that first-hand. They have not forgotten, they are looking for more payback. The defense have made a pact for this game that they have not done all season, NO Touchdowns Allowed. Complete domination for 4 Quarters of football. This is one unit that doesn’t need any added motivation.

Lance

October 28th, 2009
12:35 pm

uf locker room staff.

That is so scary, and intimidating that I will not even look at my television on Saturday. See if anyone in the locker room knows how to paint a picture of Curran standing over a crying Tebow?

Lance

October 28th, 2009
12:37 pm

And one more thing!! Also see if anyone knows how to paint a picture of an undefeated season for once?

dan

October 28th, 2009
12:38 pm

Alright,enough! This “revenge” talk needs to stop. “Revenge” is such a lousy form of motivation anyway. I mean if you can’t get up to play your rival in a nationally televised game with National Title implications for at least one team, then you shouldn’t be playing division I football.

The only people that really care about this “revenge” factor are the media and the fans. I can almost gurantee you that the players don’t care. And even if they do, it’s only going to give them a little bit of juice for like a quarter. After that, it comes down to fundamentals and game plans. The team that is better prepared wins. Period! Fans on both sides can whine about endzone dances and timeouts, but the bottom line is that UGA won in 2007 because they were better prepared and outplayed Florida, and vice virsa for the Gators in 2008. As a Bulldog fan: the endzone dance was fun, and Florida got their “revenge” the next year. So let’s just get excited about another SEC battle, and leave the BS out of it this year.

Jason

October 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

The simple fact and major differences in what UGA did and what Urban Meyer did was this…UGA motivated themselves and entire team by celebrating a touchdown, Urban Meyer simply was being an a$$hole and Prik (and a baby) by calling timeouts toward the end of the game to prolong the inevitable. That is poor poor poor sportsmanship.

Bill E. Goat

October 28th, 2009
12:47 pm

UGA HAS NEVER beaten UF and won the East in the SAME YEAR. EVER. UGA has NEVER WON THE EAST without having to rely on ANOTHER team to beat UF for them to win the East.

Bill you’re such a baby trying to call Meyer childish for the timeouts and completely dismissing the FACT that the Celebration was one of the most classless acts done in a football game and you have the audacity to call Meyer’s subtle response to it “childish”

You jealous fool.

Maybe if your team didn’t get their tails kicked all over the field Meyer never would have had the chance to call those timeouts.

So sad Bill you’re so jealous of UF, Meyer and Tebow and comtinue to show it on your blog. You poor thing….

Burdell

October 28th, 2009
12:53 pm

Jason–

That’s funny because the way I remember it Georgia got an “unsportsmanlike penalty” for their dancing, while Urban didn’t get penalized at all. Looks like according to the rule book it was CMR’s team that showed poor sportsmanship.

gatorman

October 28th, 2009
1:02 pm

Jason, the stupid dance could have really caused problems if it had caused a brawl on the field and then your gutless coach pretended in his press conference that he hadn’t approved it. I guess he didn’t know that the CBS cameras caught him laughing while it was happening. UGA’s problem is they are still living in the past (Hershel Tebow debate) and will never be consistantly successful until the fire CMR and the whole coaching staff. But as a Gator I hope he spends his whole career at UGA.

Saint Richt

October 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

Vince Vance arrested last night but Mark Richt says it will not affect his status for Saturday’s game. Of course it won’t! Richt is such a wuss its not even funny. Way to step up and let all your other players know that you can get arrested and still continue to play! What a role model he is.

jay

October 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

Bill King proves he’s too old to understand the modern athlete again.
Every game in the SEC is a rivalry to the players, they have to look for an edge anywhere they can. They could care less how the fans feel about particular opponents. The edge the players get from feeling personally disrespected provides 100X more motivation than saying “well its Florida” to any athlete today.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Mr. King has never played sports or even really interacted openly with those who have.

Saint Richt

October 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

“Just don’t let it happen again, Vince. Now get in that locker room and get ready to beat the Gators.” What a role model.

Uncle Jessie

October 28th, 2009
1:12 pm

Hey, how about a comment on how soft Mark Richt is for letting Vince Vance play Saturday? Mr. Goodie Two Shoes is the biggest hypocrite I’ve seen walking the sidelines on Saturday. Slap em on the wrist Richt. Typical.

How2fish

October 28th, 2009
1:15 pm

Bill E. Goat they were both classless acts moron…stop it we don’t need a fake “dissing” to want to beat the Gators..just like we did in 07…and for you mental midgets that think it can’t be classless and still be in the rule book..WTF laughing while a opponents is lying hurt on the field..and not saying UF did this is not against the rules but it is classless.

gatorman

October 28th, 2009
1:17 pm

You are correct Uncle Jessie; just like his mentor, Saint Bobby. Everyone should read the book titled “Saint Bobby and the Barbarians”. It gives insight on how 2 faced and hypocritical Bowden really is. Just like Richt was in 07 when he denied knowing that the celebration was going to happen.

And now this?

October 28th, 2009
1:18 pm

I just read where lineman Vince Vance was arrested and of course CMR says that the arrest will not affect his ability to play on Saturday. Of course it won’t – CMR will use any player at any time if he thinks it is advantages to him. IF this were MTSU they were playing – I bet Richt would have suspended him – I we wonder why GA seems to have a discipline problem?

How2fish

October 28th, 2009
1:20 pm

gatorman…could have caused a brawl.?? .1) that day the gators didn’t have the stones..they were so overwhelmed by a endzone dance they are 2 years in recovery..2) We would have won that fight just like we won that game…and we need to get a grip on reality?? Please.

GeorgiaBorn

October 28th, 2009
1:21 pm

swimdawg68, that was the best post I have ever read on this blog. Well thought out and well said. I couldn’t agree with you more and I have to tell you that I rarely if ever read a post as long as yours, but yours captivated my attention because all your points were spot on! Well done!

L(ame)-Dawg

October 28th, 2009
1:22 pm

L-Dawg, the caps lock button is on the left side of the keyboard, right in the center. You must have accidentally hit it before you spewed your brilliance all over this message board.

How2fish

October 28th, 2009
1:26 pm

UGA Police charged Bulldogs OL Vince Vance with failing to obey a signal or signs and of driving without a valid license. yeppers best keep this killer off the field..the gators aren’t ready for this after all they have just about recovered from the trauma of endzone dancing..what will it do them if they have to share the field with a traffic violator….

BS Patrol

October 28th, 2009
1:27 pm

L-Dawg matriculated from the Berry Finising School for Dweebs and Gorks.
Get off these blogs and let the adults talk, Dork.