A Kentucky fan previews Dogs vs. Wildcats

The Dogs won't have game-winner A.J. Green on hand this year. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The Dogs won't have game-winner A.J. Green on hand this year. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

l wanted to get a Kentucky fan’s view of this week’s game between the Dogs and the Cats, so I checked in with my old friend Herb to see what he was expecting.

I mentioned how concerned I was about how Georgia handling QB-turned-receiver/runner Randall Cobb in the “WildCobb” formation (this was before word came out that Cobb was “questionable” for the Georgia game).

“I think you guys will win by two touchdowns,” Herb said flatly. (Here it should be noted that Herb could teach Vince Dooley a thing or two about talking up your opponent. He said almost exactly the same thing before the game in 2006 … the one the Wildcats won 24-20.)

Back to Herb: “[Randall] Cobb and [tailback Derrick] Locke are both nursing leg injuries, but will probably try to play. We have a couple of others who are unlikely to get in the game, including [cornerback Trevard] Lindley, who we really need on defense. I feel the Dogs have turned the season around, plus it’s Senior Day in Athens. Your running game appears to be much improved.”

I asked Herb if it was really true that Kentucky fans are restless with head coach Rich Brooks, who has made Kentucky football respectable again and beat Auburn this year, though the Cats lost to Mississippi State.

“I don’t think Brooks is in any real trouble,” Herb said, “but he’s in his late 60s and retirement couldn’t be far off. Joker [Phillips, the designated future head coach] is waiting in the wings, and who knows where his coaching will lead.”

Then, like a true blue Wildcats fan, Herb turned the subject back to what really interests him: basketball.

“What’s your feeling about Fox?”

I told him I like what I’ve seen so far of Mark Fox, but he has a mountain of work ahead of him since Dennis Felton left him only one real player.

But that’s a discussion for another day. I’m still worrying about the Dogs taking care of the football Cats on Saturday without A.J. Green to catch a game-winning touchdown like last year.

65 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
1:29 pm

A lesson in how *not* to try to solve Defensive Coordinator issues:

from http://www.ndnation.com/blog/2009/11/on-job-training-is-over.html

“Let’s start on defense.

In five years he’s had four different combinations of defensive coordinators: Minter, Brown, Brown/ Tenuta and Tenuta running a 4-3,3-4, 4-3 and a 4-3 that blitzes constantly. A defense that has never been ranked higher than 37th and five years later is worse than in any previous year.

Someone actually suggested Tenuta is the problem. No. The problem is that ND has a head coach who has no clue what to do or what works. This defense, returning almost the same personnel, is now ranked 79th in the country and was gutted by Navy.”

The section of the offense reads just as bad.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
1:38 pm

“Call me a football fan.”

Right on, Gatorzone, right on.

Tom

November 19th, 2009
1:52 pm

Delbert, that could be – now that you mention it, Joker does play a little better than Jimbo. Jimbo?

ESPN.com’s The Sports Guy once theorized that Joey Harrington’s NFL career would’ve been successful if he’d called himself “Joe” instead. I think if Jimbo Fisher would start calling himself “Jim,” Bobby Bowden would retire tomorrow. Well, maybe that isn’t what he wants.

Brewdawg

November 19th, 2009
1:57 pm

Hell, im a football fan, but i still dont go sticking my nose in the Gators blogs and talk smack

Val B

November 19th, 2009
2:07 pm

Kentucky 38, Georgia 17. Another big azzwhupping.

Hey L-Dawg, Piggly Wiggly is having a 2-for-1 special when you use your food stamps today. You better get on over there now before they run out of beer and Ripple.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
2:11 pm

Brewdawg – You want see any smack from me. I actually try to add interest to blogs, like trying to confirm or refute rumors, provide nuggets of info from my own insight, etc. I’ll be treated as a hated enemy by some, since I am also a Tech fan, too.

Ellie Mae

November 19th, 2009
2:13 pm

A close game, but UK wins it. With a loss to Georgia Tech, the Dawgs finish 6-6.

About the only question left is how many UGA players will be arrested this season. And will their parole officers allow them to travel to Atlanta?

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
2:14 pm

How can I be credible if I confuse “won’t” with “want?” Now I’m going to stomp myself on my left big toe. Ouch!

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
4:38 pm

Mike T,
Does Walter Hill,Donavon Baldwin, Michael Lemon, Justin Houston, Bruce Figgins, and Tony Wilson ring a bell? Just a few names that should….

Any of these names ever commit armed robbery?

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
4:44 pm

About the only question left is how many UGA players will be arrested this season.

I think we had one, driving with a suspended license.

You really don’t think any of those thugs GT puts out on the field will ever make an engineer?

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
4:48 pm

Delbert D.

since I am also a Tech fan, too.

Man, a Gator fan and a nerd all roll into one. Wow!

m

November 19th, 2009
4:56 pm

New Moon tomorrow friends–I can’t wait!! What I wouldn’t do to spend the night with Robert Pattinson

Barkin'Dog

November 19th, 2009
9:20 pm

LSU, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, GA Tech… they’re all here… on the Dawgs Blog. It’s simply amazing. I often wonder if any of them have a blog of their own… and if they do, is it worth a spit. They all want to be seen and heard from in our pages. I think it’s the fact that Georgia fans are the most colorful, fun-loving, good-natured folks in the land that draws all of these here visitors. So, let’s show them some real Southern hospitality and say, “Gooooooo Dawgs, SIC ‘EM! Woof-woof-woof!!

YES! It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

DOGGIE IN NC

November 19th, 2009
10:50 pm

Doggies are going to chew up those little Kitties and spit them out. Just a little snack before we feast on the bungle bees next week. GO DOGGIES!

Catman27

November 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

Go Cats beat them dogs. My condolences to the dog nation for the loss of there UGA V11. and for the loss of the game against the CATS. KY wins, GA. Tech Wins, GA stays home for the holidays.