Pooch kicks: Bowling and bumblebees

(Independence Bowl)

(Independence Bowl)

A flurry of anonymous-source stories Tuesday appeared to have the Dogs surprisingly headed to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, though the conference has told the bowls not to announce any pairings until Sunday, and Chick-fil-A Bowl honcho Gary Stokan said no decision has been made to invite Tennessee and that Georgia is still in the picture for the Atlanta bowl.

The word leaking out of Butts-Mehrer in Athens is that at this point athletic association folks expect the Dogs to wind up in either Atlanta or Shreveport. Feast or famine, in other words.

All of this is because the Outback Bowl reportedly has gone maverick again and picked Auburn instead of Tennessee, which had been expected to land there. Apparently the Tampa bowl, which usually picks from the SEC East, wants a team that hasn’t been there in a while and UT played in the Outback in 2007 and 2008.

The trickle-down effect has Tennessee likely to oust Georgia from what seemed like a lock in the Chick-fil-A after the season-closing win over Tech. Both Georgia and Tennessee would guarantee a quick sellout of the Chick-fil-A, but the Big Orange fans will fill a lot more hotel rooms and the Vols have more “buzz” this season.

But why would the Dogs fall all the way from the Chick-fil-A to the Independence? Why not Nashville, which would seem like the most logical bowl for Georgia if not the Chick-fil-A? Apparently the Music City Bowl there would rather have frequent visitor Kentucky for the third time in four seasons than take a chance on the Bulldogs faithful not flocking to a lower-tier bowl. You have to wonder how thrilled Wildcats fans will be about another trip to the country music capital, and whether it’s wise for the Music City to pass up a team with a lot more national marquee value and TV appeal than Kentucky has.

So, anyway, the Dogs may wind up in Shreveport after all. It’s not the SEC’s bottom bowl — that’s in Birmingham — but it’s become a postseason destination that draws little enthusiasm from anyone in the conference. Maybe it’s because of all those “Weedeater Bowl” jokes during the years when Poulan was the sponsor, or perhaps Shreveport just isn’t perceived as a very exciting destination by fans. That’s something their tourist bureau folks might need to work on.

Whatever the reason, if the Dogs wind up in the Independence Bowl, chances are UGA will have to eat a bunch of unsold tickets.

But I like what T Kyle King of Dawg Sports said about it: Playing in Shreveport can be a learning experience for the Dogs. Hopefully, he writes, “Mark Richt can use the fact that his team got an even crappier bowl game than it deserved (which is saying something) as motivation: ‘You don’t want to go to the Independence Bowl? Well, tough, ’cause the Independence Bowl is what 7-5 gets you. If you don’t want to come back here, wrap up when you tackle! If you don’t want to come back here, stop somebody on third and long! … The next time you go into the locker room with a two-touchdown lead on Kentucky at home, I’m going to ask you, ‘Are you going to stay focused are or you going to go back to the Independence Bowl?’”

BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ

Paul Johnson (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Paul Johnson (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Meanwhile, it’s always fun stirring up the hive, and that’s certainly what happened with my Tuesday post about Paul Johnson dissing UGA on the radio.

A couple of additional points I’d like to make: First, most of us don’t need Tech fans pointing out that Johnson’s suggestion about punching Dog fans in the face was tongue-in-cheek. That’s pretty much a given.

But his “What’s the last thing they won? 1980?” dismissal of the UGA program was the sort of disrespectful comment that coaches might make in the locker room behind closed doors, but it’s not the way a respectable coach talks about an opponent for public consumption.

You want to know how a top-rank coach talks about his school’s rival? Look at Mark Richt’s post-game comments on Tech: “I’ve always had a respect, a very healthy respect, for Georgia Tech and their football program, and we will continue to have that respect because they are an outstanding team and they do a great job over there.”

Comparing those comments with Johnson’s illustrates the difference between class and crass.

297 comments Add your comment

The Other St. Simons

December 2nd, 2009
10:32 am

(((((((30-24)))))))

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
10:33 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!!

{{{{{30-24}}}}}

HAHAHA!!! YOU TECHIE IDIOTS ARE IN SUCH DENIAL!! AND IT TASTES GOOD DOESN’T IT!!!!

I BELIEVE I SPEAK FOR EVERY BULLDAWG FAN ON HERE, THAT WE ARE TALKING THE SMACK WE ARE, AND RUBBING IT IN YOUr FACES THE WAY WE ARE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE CRAP YOU INFESTED US WITH OVER THE PAST YEAR!!!

TRUST ME, NOBODY GIVES A HOOT IF YOU WIN THIS WEEKEND (IN FRONT OF A HALF FILLED STADIUM WHICH YOU SHOULD BE MORE THAN USED TO), OR IF YOU EVEN GO ON TO THE ORANGE BOWL. IT IS NO SECRET THAT GEORGIA TECH OBSESSES THEMSELVES WITH THE WISHFUL DEMISE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA FOOTBALL PROGRAM. THE TRUE GEORGIA TECH FANS I KNOW ADMIT THIS ONE STINGS PRETTY BAD!!!! (PUN INTENDID)

I AM SO SO SO GLAD IT IS ANNOYING YOU AND YOUR COACH AS MUCH AS IT IS. ITS NOT HARD TO ADMIT, THE ACC IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE INFERIOR TO THE SEC. EVEN ON A DOWN YEAR FOR THE DAWGS, WE ARE STILL SUPERIOR TO THE BUGS ON NORTH AVE. BECAUSE OF THE TAUNTING AND OBNOXIOUSNESS WE HAVE HAD TO FACE WITH YOUR “FANS” THE PAST YEAR, YOU MAY AS WELL GET USED TO THE OBNOXIOUSNESS COMING BACK YOUR WAY!!

A FEW TERMS YOU SHOULD FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH FOR THE NEXT YEAR:

1. {{{{{30-24}}}}}
2. Nestle Butterfinger: Official Sponsor of Demaryius Thomas and the Georgia Tech Yellowjacket football program
3. Caleb King just broke another one!!!!
4. Washaun Ealy just broke another one!!!!!
5. I Run This State
6. We Run This State
7. 1-8
8. 12 wins since 1965
9. 60-39-5
10. University of Georgia: 2009 ACC Champions

WE ARE ALL GLAD THAT YOU ARE IN DENIAL!!! EVERY POST I SEE FROM A TECHIE USING THE WORDS “KENTUCKY” OR “SHREVEPORT” BRING A HUGE SMILE TO MY FACE!!!

TO HELL WITH PAUL JOHNSON
TO HELL WITH THAT HIGH SCHOOL OPTION
TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!!!!!!
DEMARYIUS THOMAS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

The Other St. Simons

December 2nd, 2009
10:33 am

First? Second? Third? Who cares…… (((((((30-24)))))))

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

December 2nd, 2009
10:36 am

Dude, Nashville is eat up with Kentuckians and Kentucky fans love to go there and visit the Opry and shop at the Bass Pro Shops.

Funny!

December 2nd, 2009
10:37 am

The thing is…most UGA fans I know would much rather have a coach like Paul Johnson that says who speaks his mind that one like CMR that only says what everyone wants to hear.

Just look through the old blogs. A good percentage of UGA fans want CMR gone.

SourGrapes

December 2nd, 2009
10:37 am

So if UGA is the ACC champion, what does that make Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU and Oklahoma State? Like, the executive champion?

Dusty

December 2nd, 2009
10:38 am

Shreveport is a fitting finale for Joe Cox and DC Willie.

Will

December 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

Even though we just beat the #7 team in the nation, we really don’t deserve to go to the Chick-fil-et Bowl. UT trounced us and we gave one away to UK that surprised even me. It is what it is folks and UGA has not had a good SEC run this year. So the Independence feels right I hate to say it. That’s generally what happens when you give up 30+ points every other game.

m

December 2nd, 2009
10:44 am

The problem is that he knows ugag is a bunch of hypocrite azzholes that are crying about ealey getting his eyes gouged in the pile after the play…then they are happy that Josh Nesbitt gets his ankle hurt deliberately after the play in the pile. What was the bounty on Nesbitt’s ankle?

Enjoy your weedeater bowl.

Bremen Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
10:45 am

I loved it that you put Pooch kicks in the title, they do suck and we needed reminded of that.

K

December 2nd, 2009
10:49 am

The mutts must not have that much national cachet if higher tier bowls are passing up on them for Auburn and Kentucky! Enjoy Shreveport!

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
10:51 am

m….

DENIAL TASTES GOOD DOESN’T IT!?!?!?

REMIND ME OF THE FINAL SCORE OF THE MATCH BETWEEN GEORGIA TECH AND “THAT TEAM THAT LOST TO TENNESSEE AND KENTUCKY?????

I’LL EVEN GIVE YOU MULTIPLE CHOICE:

A. 51-7
B. {{{{{30-24}}}}}
C. 1-8
D. 60-39-5

WELCOME BACK TO THE UGA BLAWG YOU OBSESS OVER!!! GOING TO BE A GREAT NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!

UGA: 2009 ACC CHAMPS

BK

December 2nd, 2009
10:52 am

Bill, I’m not going to tell you again, back to the fries. The drive-thru window is backing up again.

Gratefuldawghead

December 2nd, 2009
10:52 am

ACC = ALL COAST CLEAR

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
10:53 am

AND IF BOWL QUALITY DETERMINES AN EXTRA CREDIT SCORE IN THE OUTCOME OF THE UGA/GT GAME….. DOES ANYBODY WANT TO DO A BOWL COMPARISON FOR THE LAST 10, HELL EVEN 15 YEARS?????

AT LEAST WE HAVE NEVER PLAYED ON A BLUE FIELD, SELLING LESS THAN 500 TICKETS.

Brock

December 2nd, 2009
10:53 am

obsess much. get over it.

SourGrapes

December 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

UGA: 2009 3rd place finisher in the Big 12 South.

Matthews Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

Funny….you are DEAD wrong that “most UGA fans” want CMR gone!! Maybe the idiot fan base! I would rather have a man of class as my head coach, than a man who acts like a baby when we came in there and took his lunch money and then said “Do something about it”!! If we go to the Independence Bowl, so be it! We already won the ACC title! Go Dawgs

Bremen Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

PJ is a idiot, Tech only hired him to beat Georgia and he did once. That triple option crap won’t work for much longer, especially when he loses his QB, then watca gonna do PJ. I didn’t know he was such a sore loser. That triple crap will work on a Willie D but look out Nerds, restore is coming to Athens. We are too close to breaking out for some good years. Clem wins and then Tech gets beat again by Tennessee in Atlanta.

guy

December 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

does this mean that west virginia is the 2005 sec champ?

Bill King

December 2nd, 2009
10:56 am

One last point for the Techies on the blog:

You guys keep writing that I said last week that the game against Tech didn’t mean anything to UGA and now I’m saying the opposite.

I never said the game didn’t mean anything to UGA or its fans. What I said was that Tech players and fans seem a lot more consumed by the rivalry than Georgia players and fans. The rivalry looms bigger in the Tech consciousness year-round than it does in the Bulldog Nation. We hate Tech. We love to beat Tech. And this particular season the win over the Jackets was our biggest.

But we don’t focus on Tech all the time the way the folks in yellow and white do about Georgia.

That was my point. If you disagree with it, fine. But don’t distort what I said to try and bolster your argument.

Johnson = Classles

December 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

What classless buffoon I hope he gets lung cancer from his cigars so I don’t have to see his fat face strolling on the sidelines on TV anymore. What I love about it though is that it shows how truly pissed off he is/was that they lost to UGA. As much as you nerds want to talk about dirty play and how the ACC Championship is all that matters on your Warcraft microphones it’s just simply not the truth.

When your coach says something like that on a radio show (oh by the way 2 conference titles you fat disgusting high-school offense piece of trash), he is just satisfying UGA fans who don’t bleieve you when you say you are over the game and the ACCCG is all that matters.

Worm

December 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

Hey M..Got proof..The bigger question is what did they “shoot him up” at the half?

swimdawg68

December 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

If the Outback Bowl takes Auburn a team we beat then not only will I not bother to watch the game, the next time they take UGA I will not bother to attend. I have attended their bowl several times and I like everything but this selection of Auburn would end it for me. Auburn should be going to the Independence Bowl, Tenn. to Outback, and UGA to Chick. That is the proper pecking order.

Under no circumstances will I attend the Independence Bowl. Attended in 1991 against Arkansas, sat with Lewis Grizzard, upon leaving we both said never again. I know we don’t deserve a good bowl, but we do deserve better than the Independence Bowl. The only good thing that comes from a bowl like that is the extra practice it gives a team for next year. I hope Murray really begins to prepare himself, he should take more reps than Cox, his career is over and the results of this kind of bowl game have no influance on next year.

Tim

December 2nd, 2009
10:58 am

Funny – If you are getting a good idea of UGA fans from these blogs, you’ve got a totally misconstrued representation. Most of know that we are very lucky to have Richt as a coach. (Even if sometimes he does things that drive me nuts)

Gratefuldawghead

December 2nd, 2009
10:58 am

Question… Can the DAWGS play Aaron Murray in the Bowl game and not lose his red shirt??????

Bremen Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:00 am

Suck it Nerd!!!!!!

The Tech fans on our blogs this year has got the Dawg nation fired up.

GT73

December 2nd, 2009
11:01 am

I am a GT grad (1973) so take this from that side of the fence of prejudice. As It would appear, UGA played one of its’ best games of the year; GT played one of its’ worse games of the year – especially on defense. Yet, as the game was drawing to an end, GT was down by six and moving the ball toward the goal line for seven and the win. At this point, my UGA friends were saying “Oh no, here we go again”. The point is this; for that drive, the UGA defense did not stop GT; GT stopped itself with poorly thrown balls and a dropped pass. So, even with UGA playing its’ best game of the year, GT would have won the game IF it had executed the final few plays effectively. Thus, UGA is still in disrepair while GT is rising higher. Coach Richt (a fine man by the way) can not afford to maintain status quo or the balance of power will shift significantly to GT versus a shared equality of power year to year.

Lars Taint

December 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

L-Dawg,
You are the UGA version of m and Ramble On and Saint Simons. We won and we have a right to be happy, but why not win with class to show the Tech fans how it’s done. You are just making our fan base look even worse than it already does.

SourGrapes

December 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

//But we don’t focus on Tech all the time the way the folks in yellow and white do about Georgia.//

Oh, since you say so, that makes it true. Thanks for clearing that up.

bb

December 2nd, 2009
11:03 am

I’m guessing you didn’t hear Paul Johnson’s whole interview on the radio, because CPJ was asked, immediately prior to the other comment, if Tech was looking ahead the the ACCCG and overlooked ugag. His answer was “No, we wanted to win that game as badly as they did, Georgia just beat us, they outplayed us” or words to that effect. When asked if he was surprised at how well ugag played he said “No, they have good players, they did exactly what we expected, we just couldn’t stop the run”. BTW, that is exactly what CPJ said last week as well. CPJ has respect for UGA’s program, his remarks were directed to GT fans “growing thicker skin”. Which, it appears, maybe you and other dog fans should do as well.

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

PREACH IT BILL KING!!!!

ITS BEEN A WHILE, SO…….. HERE GOES IT……

“WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND COMING ONTO THIS BLAWG TO TALK ABOUT THEM!!!!

ARE UGA FANS OBSESSED WITH THIS WIN OVER THE “MIGHTY TWIPPLE OPTION”??…. FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, YES. WHY? GO BACK AND READ ANY OF THE BLOG ENTRIES FROM MR. KING SINCE THANKSGIVING 2008, AND YOU WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHY.

I’M READY TO PLAY WHATEVER BOWL IS GIVEN TO US, AND RIGHTFULLY DESERVED. BUT THE QUALITY OF THAT BOWL WILL IN NO WAY TAKE AWAY THE SIMPLE FACT…………

{{{{{30-24}}}}} HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

Bremen Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

Suck it Nerds!!!!!!

We still support Richt no matter what, but dog gone he has gotten stubbened in his older age. The older you get, you don’t want to change. Change is inevitable.

Greg

December 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

The Outback Bowl made a bad pick this time. Sure all the 7-5 teams have some baggage, but taking a team with a losing conference record and with five losses in their past seven games isn’t worthy to buck the trend by picking from the west. Especially since the east offered two teams, Tennessee and Georgia, coming off wins and with better conference records. Maybe it was Auburn’s wins over Ball State, Furman or Louisiana Tech that impressed Tampa.
Technically, Auburn is the fifth place team in the west by virtue of their beatdown loss to mighty Arkansas.

guy

December 2nd, 2009
11:05 am

//But we don’t focus on Tech all the time the way the folks in yellow and white do about Georgia.//

sure sounds like it. just look at the number of posts youve made about tech since the game. it only took one loss and a mediocre season to turn uga fans into tech fans, with their entire season defined by a single game.

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:06 am

45ACP

December 2nd, 2009
11:06 am

I would rather beat the Jackets and go to Shreveport
than lose to the Jackets and go to Birmingham.

Tim

December 2nd, 2009
11:06 am

m – A little jealous aren’t we? First of all, the supposed ankle twisting was not on purpose, that’s you Tech fans grasping at straws trying to make you feel better about losing. Besides, gouging someones eyes and “twisting” an ankle are 2 totally different thigns. And wasn’t he back in the game, full speed a few series later? Trust me, if there was a bounty on his ankle, he would be out for the year.

guy – that post makes no sense. You’re really reaching on that one.

I also think it’s funny all the Tech fans making fun of our bowl game. Their memory is a little short, because they’ve been on the blue turf and other pointless bowls for the last decade. Win something, consistently, then brag. Otherwise, you just sound stupid.

Oh and one more thing… 30-24!!! Our worst team in over 10 years beat your best in over 10 years. Future doesn’t look so bright now does it? We have different expectations in Athens…. We’ll be back soon enough… In the meantime, best of luck with your remaining games..

Island Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:07 am

Willie isn’t going anywhere and if not for eligibility rules Cox wouldn’t either. I hope those coaches (er, I mean coach) get a hint when they see all 5000 red-clad fans in the Shreveport stands. Pathetic.

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:07 am

I COULD’NT CARE LESS IF WE PLAY IN SHREVEPORT THIS YEAR. WE EARNED THE RIGHT TO GO TO SHREVEPORT, JUST LIKE WE EARNED THE RIGHT TO SAY……

{{{{{30-24}}}}}!!!!!

ALL YEAR LONG!!!!!!!!

SourGrapes

December 2nd, 2009
11:09 am

Bill, you were saying something really funny about UGA not obsessing over GT?

Tech Fan

December 2nd, 2009
11:09 am

Yeah, this one hurts, and congrats to the Dawgs for the win. It always hurts, though, when the better team doesn’t win, and close doesn’t count. Yeah, we were without our QB for a quarter and yeah, we dropped the pass, and yeah we let them run wild through our defense. But we STILL had a chance and should’ve won. That’s our hurt. Now for Georgia’s hurt. With Georgia’s talent, they should have gone 11-1, but went 7-5. Losing to TN and LSU and OK ST shouldn’t have happened but did. Losing to KY was just plain inexcusable. Good luck next year, mutts. We’ll try to improve on 10-2; YOU can try to improve on 7-5.

Joe M

December 2nd, 2009
11:09 am

Here is what I know. Nothing wakes a person up more than shear cold.

So, maybe while Richt and the boys are freezing their tails off in Shreveport with nothing really to do, they will realize that a lot of the luster is gone nationally, heck regionally, and that all the changes they’re talking about making will be made.

Maybe this will be a “end fits the means” scenario instead of the other way around.

The Tech win was awesome and hopefully the way they played is something to build on. But we’ve all said that before, like the past three years.

I’m not calling for anybody’s head or for anyone to be fired. I just hope the necessary changes are made. Status quo just seems to reign in the football offices at Butts-Mehre. Hope I’m wrong.

L-Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:11 am

UGA RAN THE TRIPLE OPTION AGAINST TECH!!!!

OPTION #1: RUN LEFT
OPTION #2: RUN RIGHT
OPTION #3: RUN UP THE GUT

NONE OF IT FAILED!!!!

UGA: THE TRUE OWNER OF THE TRIPLE OPTION.

another ptc dawg

December 2nd, 2009
11:11 am

gt73,
UGA forced GT to do something they are not comfortable doing or can’t do. That is what football is all about. Last year you forced us to do something we could not do…tackle. Who knows what will happen next year.

Joe M

December 2nd, 2009
11:12 am

Tech Fan,

10-2 or 7-5 don’t matter in this convo. 1-0 for 365 does. THANK GOD and GREYHOUND as you all like to say?

(((30-24))) BWA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

elvis

December 2nd, 2009
11:12 am

How sad for you Techies to have to endure this shame.

Alas- you dug your own grave with the shameless bravado displayed by the loser TECHIES on UGA blogs, the GT players nonchalant approach to the UGA game, and (the most egregious sin of all) PJ’s pregame and post game humiliation of the fanbase by feigning an air of indifference!

Di you think this would NOT happen last year when you pulled limbs from the hedges and defaced the grounds of UGA!

As John Goodman said in Lebowski, “This is what you get when you %^%^& a stranger in the %&%.”

What an awful year this will be for you , but I guess you are used to it.

Tim

December 2nd, 2009
11:14 am

GT73 – You make a good point, about that last dropped pass. However, at the end of the day, it’s just an excuse. How many dropped passes did we have? Don’t think that would’ve change a few drives that ended early? What if our kicker, who has only missed 1 all year long, makes that field goal? Since we’re looking for excuses, what would have happened if our best player (and one of the best in the nation) played? We can play this IF’s and WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA game all day. C’mon. I have no problem admitting you guys are a good team this year, have a solid offense, and while I don’t care for him personally, have a great coach. So, why not just say, you guys won fair and square, instead of making all the excuses and being a sore loser. I could go through each game we lost (yes that’s a lot of them) and make excuses so that we are 12-1. But I’m not….

Tech Fan

December 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

I am convinced that in the next year, Georgia fans will PROVE that they can be more obnoxious than Tech fans like Saint Simons. As most of us already know, it’s a foregone conclusion.

HAHAHA

December 2nd, 2009
11:22 am

Better get used to Shreveport mutts! As long as Richt is coaching with Martinez by his side U(sic)GA will be the 7th best team in the SEC at best. HAHAHA!!!