Bulldog Bites: Christmas in Shreveport

(Georgiadogs.com)

(Georgiadogs.com)

Georgia wrapped up its pre-bowl practices in Athens today and the players will be hitting the road on their own for Shreveport, where they’re expected to report by 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday. First up once they get there, the athletic department says, will be a team activity at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The Dogs will practice again Friday afternoon at Independence Stadium, after beginning Christmas Day with a morning visit to patients at a local hospital. Some of the players have grumbled about being away from home on Christmas, but maybe they’ll feel less sorry for themselves after that. A dinner is planned at the team hotel Christmas evening.

The Dogs will practice again on Saturday and hold a walk-through session on Sunday before Monday’s game against the Aggies. The Dogs are a 7-point favorite with the game’s over/under betting total set at 64 points, which, considering the offenses and defenses involved, some might consider kind of conservative.

I’m hoping the Dogs don’t get into a high-scoring shootout with the Aggies. If they do, it’ll mean the game plan (run the ball, control the clock and keep QB Jerrod Johnson on the sideline) didn’t work.

I’m thinking it might wind up something along the lines of 38-21 in favor of the Dogs. What does your crystal ball say?

INDEPENDENCE BOWL FLASHBACK

(The Helmet Project)

(The Helmet Project)

Georgia’s previous visit to Shreveport, to play Arkansas in the 1991 Independence Bowl during the Ray Goff era, isn’t one of those games of the ages that fans like to reminisce about. But if you’d like to refresh your memory about the game (which Georgia won 24-15), UGA football historian Patrick Garbin provides an interesting look back.

For a lot of folks, that game is most notable for Goff having given in to the players by adding a black stripe down the center of the red helmets and black facemasks. Thankfully, that was the only time that design was used.

The Blawg is taking a holiday break the rest of the week. See you back here for the bowl game.

273 comments Add your comment

Cuz

December 22nd, 2009
2:19 pm

I’ll have a blue Christmas in Shreveport.

Cuz

December 22nd, 2009
2:22 pm

Dawgs 45 Aggies 38. According to the magic conch.

Cuz

December 22nd, 2009
2:23 pm

Bill, looks like the AJC is giving out furlough days also. Have a Merry Christmas.

Cuz

December 22nd, 2009
2:24 pm

Now back to my coach can beat up your coach.

Whambulance

December 22nd, 2009
2:27 pm

Win more games, go to a better bowl, be home at Christmas. It’s a very simple equation, so quit crying and get ready to play. You reap what you sow gentlemen.

JPW

December 22nd, 2009
2:31 pm

I think the Dawgs will do just fine. We’re behind you guys.

GO Dawgs!

I hate L-Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
2:33 pm

What a terrible place for a bowl game…we should have fallen to the Alabama Pizza Bowl. At least you can have a good time in Birmingham without getting shot.

I hate L-Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
2:33 pm

Oh…7th and 8th…exciting, right?

uga_b

December 22nd, 2009
2:35 pm

The season should be coal enough in their stockings. If you don’t want to be away on Christmas, play better next season, quit the team, or convince the coach not to go to the bowl game. Enjoy your extra Christmas gifts, i.e. bowl swag,and get ready to play a good A&M team.

Whamburger

December 22nd, 2009
2:37 pm

Some Dawg fans blame ESPN on why they didn’t play for the National Title in 2007 ?????????

Matthews Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
2:40 pm

10th and proud of it. Let’s just win and move on to next season and finish recruiting strong. Hopefully, CMR has a great DC picked out and we are just waiting. I would think that since Diaz from MTSU hasn’t been announced, he is not the one. I would say that “may be” a good thing. Not real sure what to think about him. I trust CMR! Go Dawgs and Merry Christmas to all of Dawg Nation!

Matthews Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
2:41 pm

Ok, 11th and less proud of it! Whamburger….shut up! No one has been complaining that I have seen about ESPN and 2007. That is “water under the bridge”! We’ve moved on!

BOWL BEAUTY

December 22nd, 2009
2:44 pm

One of the best Bowl match-ups this year; two great defensive ends, two good running backs, a really good QB, and perhaps the most talented WR, Punter and Kicker in America.

UGA 38 Texas A&M 35

I hate L-Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
2:45 pm

ESPN actually pimped us a bit in 2007, which is extremely unusual, especially with the two-headed hater that is the Mark May-Lou Hotlz hosted CFB show on ESPN. I do not remember anyone thinking ESPN was the reason we did not make the NC game in 2007.

I agree with the players!

December 22nd, 2009
2:46 pm

Given the less than high profile of the game why could they not be required to be in Shreveport on Christmas afternoon?

This is just stupid, but, as others have said previously, it is what it is when you lose to KY, at home, after being way up on the scoreboard at halftime!

Michael Scharff

December 22nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Bill, I was too late to get in a comment on the earlier blog.
First, I think that the Bluebonnet Bowl and the Tangerine Bowl in the ’70’s brought about similar malaise amongst the Bulldog faithful.
And, I can guarantee you, when CMR finally leads us to the promised land of the mythical BCS Championship Game, it will sell out within 24 hours…
Second, one of my favorite memories of this Bulldog year was wehn you hosted Cuz and Baylie in the Sky Box.
And, finally, here’s to a very Merry and safe and peaceful Christmas for you and your family!

Jackie Treehorn

December 22nd, 2009
3:03 pm

For those of you traveling to Shreveport, I can suggest some good places to eat if you want to hear it from someone born and raised there. Herby K’s is a very famous hole in the wall seafood restaurant. Order the shrimp buster and a draft beer and thank me later. The original Superior Grill also is a pretty famous Mexican restaurant and the atmosphere is great (and the margaritas are stout). Superior Steakhouse, right down the street on Line Avenue, is another good hot spot to get a drink at night, and the food is good there too, but it’s fine dining. Hope you enjoy your trip!

Mobile Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
3:07 pm

First, I think they should have elected not to go to a bowl, beating Tech was the high point of this season. Second, I think they should travel as a team, for several reason I won’t even get into.

I hate to be a grinch but viewing the comments and the seemingly bad karma surrounding the trip I don’t think the Dawgs show up and will be soundly thrashed by A&M capping a somewhat miserable season. I hope I’m wrong and we see more of the offensive philosophy which led to the Tech win.

Changing to a more positive subject, I hope everyone has a blessed, safe, and Merry Christmas. Santa, please bring us a “Real Defensive Coordinator”.

38 Yardline Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
3:07 pm

Hard to believe the team has to get to the game on there own. I talked to a player this weekend who is looking at car pool options. Is something wrong with the school buses?

UA Alum92

December 22nd, 2009
3:09 pm

Couldn’t resist the tweak:

I’ll have a blue Christmas in Shreveport
I’ll be so blue wishing this game were of import
Decorations of red and black on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same, because our fans aren’t here with me

And when that old refinery starts churning
That’s when those old turnovers start haunting
You’ll be doing alright with your bowl games so nice
But I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas

Alabama Jack

December 22nd, 2009
3:12 pm

No drivers for the buses – their licenses had all expired.

Don’t matter anyway.

Go Aggies !!!!!

Does the body good

December 22nd, 2009
3:12 pm

GEARING UP TO WATCH THE DAWGS PLAY ONE MORE TIME! I’LL ENJOY THE GAME WITH A NICE GLASS OF 30-24!!!!! THEN I’LL FOLLOW THAT UP WITH SOME 8-1!!!!!!

UA Alum92

December 22nd, 2009
3:12 pm

Seriously, though. I hope the Dawgs. I’d love to see the SEC win out. SEC and RTR!!!

Mark

December 22nd, 2009
3:26 pm

This is an open letter to UGA fans from a Tech fan. First of all, congrats on beating GT. I was at the game and although it didn’t end up the way I wanted, it was entertaining and in doubt up until the last pass that D. Thomas uncharacteristically dropped.
The blogs are filled with hatred that goes both ways…I understand passion, but it seems to get out of hand.
My take is that UGA was a better team last year and Tech won the game. I think the same thing happened this year. UGA consistently outrecruits Tech and most of DIV 1 football. To me, there is no reason for UGA to play as poorly as they did most of 2009. I think in the Tech game they played hard, smarter than usual, and were rewarded. Tech doesn’t have the luxury of 4 & 5 star athletes 2-deep at most positions. Coach Johnson has re-energized the Tech program and has an offensive system that works and is adaptable. I can’t imagine anyone seriously suggesting that UGA has gotten as much from their talent as Tech in the past 2 years. I think 2 strong teams from the state of GA is a good thing for all. I don’t expect UGA to be down long and Coach Richt has proven he is a winning coach in the SEC. I also expect Coach Johnson to keep Tech as a consistent winner capable of beating any team on any given day. Going into this year’s Tech/UGA game, UGA was hoping to avoid Shreveport and GT wanted to go to the Orange Bowl. Not much changed with the exception that UGA outplayed GT and earned back bragging rights. I hope the rivalry remains strong and fans from both sides can keep it all in perspective.

Pugnacious Paul

December 22nd, 2009
3:27 pm

Why if them Playa’s would have had their heads in the game this season instead of having a Rap Dance Party on the sidelines then they would have been in a New Years Day Bowl. They would have been home for Christmas. They are nothing but a bunch of Whining Puppies.

Scooter dawgs

December 22nd, 2009
3:31 pm

Dawgs shouldnt grumble because they can ride their scooters to Shreveport. Hope they have License and insurance though.

Bobby

December 22nd, 2009
3:33 pm

Mark,

From a true DAWG FAN, You are right on the mark with your comments. Your team was better this year and I think we were better last year but we both know what happend in the end. Most dawg fans want admit it but I will, I hate Paul J. because he is a damn good coach and will give us fits every year and it is now a scary game at the end of our schedule and it could screw both are seasons one way or the other. Have a Merry Christmas, O and GO DAWGS!!!

I hate L-Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
3:39 pm

I will second Mark’s sentiments (minus a little of sincere angst)

Mark

December 22nd, 2009
3:40 pm

Bobby, Merry Christmas to you and good luck against A&M. Don’t get a DC that specializes in stopping the Triple Option, please.

I hate L-Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
3:41 pm

Paul Johnson and the Triple Option are not scary long term…I’d give him 5 years before the coaches and fans realize that the players’ chance of playing in the NFL is seriously diminished by playing the triple option. Both Nesbitt and Thomas said they probably would have gone elsewhere if they knew they would have to play in the option, even though they both speak highly of Coach Shootshismouthoff.

dawg attitude

December 22nd, 2009
3:44 pm

spend christmas in a war zone, then you can grumble…. give me a break

PDawg

December 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

I remember a bunch of us giving it to Tech when they had to endure the Blue Carpet bowl a couple of times. So far they seem to be going easy on us but I’m sure it will pick up here in a few days. We probably deserve it since we rubbed their noses in it so much.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 22nd, 2009
3:54 pm

Mark, you are destroying my theory that all GT fans are idiots………thanks, and Merry Christmas

OZZFEST

December 22nd, 2009
3:54 pm

RUSS > REVEILLE

Dan

December 22nd, 2009
3:56 pm

If Richt is looking for motivation going into next season for the team, this bowl game experience will be perfect!!!

atlshirt.com

December 22nd, 2009
3:56 pm

I have commemorative shirts on my website 30-24 check them out… Tech, if you beat UGA next year, you will get your shirts as well, no playing favorites :)

Dave In Tampa

December 22nd, 2009
3:56 pm

Hey, we got the Bowl we deserve. Losing to UK iced that one. So what, it is what it is and myself & my son will be there supporting the Dawgs!. Any additional info on the DC search?

Rabun Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

Mark, thanks for your recent post. “Good, Clean,Old Fashion Hate” gets carried to the extreme too much. Tech/UGA should always be a classic to end the season, and to the victor “bragging rights” for a year, maybe without all the “garbage” thrown at each other! And,PDawg, you are right, you reap what you sow, so we deserve what we are getting about being in a 3rd class bowl! We did dish it out a while back. Let’s hope that the State of Georgia can have two successful bowl games and good winning programs going forward. Let’s keep this instate talent within the borders and not feed the outsiders with our best! Good luck to all, and Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!!

UA Alum92

December 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

Here’s the schedule for the SEC bowl games. In the spirit of the season, let’s try to put personal allegiances aside and root them all on to victory (even Tennessee)!

KY vs. Clemson 12.27.09 Gaylord Hotels Music City, Nashville
TX A&M vs. UGA 12.28.09 AdvoCare V100 Independence, Shreveport
VaTech vs. UT 12.31.09 Chick-fil-A, Atlanta
Northwestern vs. Auburn 1.1.10 Outback, Tampa
Penn State vs. LSU, 1.1.10 Capital One, Orlando
Cinci vs. Florida, 1.1.10 Allstate Sugar, New Orleans
South Carolina vs. UCONN 1.2.10 Papajohns.com, Birmingham
OK State vs. Ole Miss 1.2.10 AT&T Cotton, Arlington
Arkansas vs. ECU 1.2.10 AutoZone Liberty, Memphis
Texas vs. Bama 1.7.10 Citi BCS National Championship Game, Pasadena

Mikey

December 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

Travel on their own?
I could see it if it was the CFA bowl in ATL.
Something is very wrong here.

Toe Meets Leather

December 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

How quickly the tide turns. In August, this crew was predicting a Sugar Bowl and perhaps a national championship game, depending on how well a young offensive line jelled. Well, there’s still a Sugar Bowl and a national championship game, but Georgia ain’t in it.

SHREVEPORT! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Com' on

December 22nd, 2009
4:25 pm

Take off as many days as you like bill. Under the weather last week and it’s Christmas time good job on planning your days off. We need the blawg. Have a merry Christmas. When will ya be back march some time. Go dawgs

David

December 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

I will be in Shreveport on Sunday; however, I just hope I do not overshot it and land in Dallas. Go Dogs!!!

Fed Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

How does the ACC’s Second best team get to play Kentucky? I know Georgia lost to Kentucky, I was there and I still can’t believe what I witnessed, but that still seems like a huge mismatch. All the other games seem like they will be good, but that one sounds pretty one sided.

Gee, had we just defeated OSU and KY and LSU

December 22nd, 2009
4:31 pm

As a UGA grad, read and weep Bulldog players. You collective attitude has been lousy for awhile and now, you can see the results of that lousy, apathetic attitude. You ( D team ) laid low with OSU and with KY and also celebrated to excess vs LSU and laid low with Charles Scott on that toss sweep TD, Rennie Curran and whoever that corner back was. Lousy play begets a LOUSY BOWL and y’all deserve it. Dine at Shoney’s with all the fried shrimp you can order. You deserve it.

Snooze and you lose ( a major bowl bid ) and I for one am glad that Richt is having to face such a disaster. Now, maybe the UGA Athletic Dept and Dr Adams will start to sit up and take note.

If the New D Coordinator does not do it in 2010 …………we will see major changes THAT WE CAN COUNT ON …………unlike the trash that we are seeing coming out of Washington with that bunch of losers, incl Barry O, AKA The JOKER.

Gooooooooooooo Dawgs.

Fed Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Toe Meets leather??? Really, there were people here thinking we would beat Florida and play in the Sugar bowl, with a rookie quarterback and an undecided running game with horrible performance reports coming from practices? I do not remember that kind of optimism being spread on the blogs. I did not expect to loose to Kentucky or OSU, but the rest of the season turned out about the way I and most realistic dawgs expected. I figured we would loose to Auburn or Tennessee. Still shocked we almost beat LSU. So you can post your bit and laugh if you want, but I am pretty sure we will beat who ever you root for again soon.

Gordon

December 22nd, 2009
4:40 pm

Mark is my brother and he is an idiot. Don’t let his post at 3:26 fool all of you dog fans. ;)

Jason

December 22nd, 2009
4:40 pm

typical whiny dawgs and dawg fans. whine if you’re away from home in Afghanistan, not Shreveport.

Hedgecutter

December 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Christmas in Shreveport….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!

insider

December 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Quit questioning why the players ‘travel on their own’. It’s been common practice for years – a way to pay the players mileage rates. They get a little spending money in their pocket and can pile it up if they share rides. Mileage is based on distance from their home to the bowl site. They couldn’t do it if the AA paid for team travel. It’s a reward system, been around a LONG time, and lots of schools do it.