Red? Orange? Dooley’s latest color is green

Vince Dooley will lead Atlanta's St. Paddy's Day celebration. (Like the Dew)

Vince Dooley will lead Atlanta's St. Paddy's Day celebration. (Like the Dew)

Forget all that fuss about whether Vince Dooley will wear orange when watching son Derek’s Tennesee Vols play. The UGA legend’s latest color is green.

I don’t know if he’ll be wearing one of those odd green Georgia T-shirts that the athletic association sells this time of year, but Dooley is the grand marshal of Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is set for a noon start on Saturday at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard and then will proceed to Underground Atlanta.

Also, Dooley’s celebrated green thumb will get its due in April when Looking Glass Books/John F. Blair publishes “Vince Dooley’s Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” his latest collaboration with Steve Penley, who did the illustrations for “Dooley’s Playbook.”

Like the Dew provides an update on the latest activities of the old coach, who marks his 50th wedding anniversary with Barbara next week.

TAKING CARE OF BAMA

If you’re planning on hitting the road for any SEC football games this fall, you might have to rework your plans a bit. ESPN.com reports that the SEC might be moving some games around in order to provide relief for reigning champion Alabama, which originally was to have six of its eight conference games scheduled when the opponent is coming off a bye week.

“This is something that’s important to the entire league, because nobody wants to be in that same position a year or two from now,” Associate Commissioner Charles Bloom said. “So we’re looking at a way to balance it out this year and for years to come. The difference is that it might be a little tweak this year with more widespread changes coming in future years.”

Sounds reasonable, but it will be interesting to see if teams other than the Crimson Tide really do get that same kind of consideration in future seasons.

HIGH ON FOX’S HOUNDS

You expect UGA fans to dream about Mark Fox’s sixth-seeded Dogs repeating the worst-to-first scenario from the tornado-plagued SEC basketball tournament two years ago, but few others outside the Bulldog Nation have predicted Georgia making it to the championship game.

However, MrSEC sees Georgia facing Kentucky in the final.

Starting with tonight’s game against Vandy, he notes that even the Commodores players have said they don’t match up well with UGA, with whom they split during the regular season, and “the Dawgs appear to be in their heads a little bit.”

MrSEC then sees Georgia beating Florida. The Gators, he says, “have been a streaky team all year, so after a two-game win streak, I see another loss coming. Georgia is a dangerous team. Probably not as dangerous as I’m making them out to be. But I’ll take ’em through to Sunday nonetheless.”

But in the championship game against the Wildcats, he sees the Dogs falling short. “Kentucky wins it all,” he says.

I don’t know if I really believe the Dogs can get that far in this tournament riding Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie and the occasional big three by Ricky McPhee as heavily as they’ve had to, but I’ll say this: If Fox’s team does make it to the championship game, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them bring the trophy back to Butts-Mehrer again.

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SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
11:49 am

dont see the making it to the championship game this year but i have heard of a tourney other than the nit they might get to play in

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
11:49 am

oh and first

bruce mac

March 12th, 2010
11:53 am

Ain’t gonna happen. Vandy whips Dawgs in Nashville with crowd on their side. Dawgs area little tired after late nite game and Vandy has the fresh legs. UGA has hung with Vandy in past because Vandy doesn’t have speed in back court to force the tunrovers that everyone else gets. But the fresh legs make them quick enough to turn it over more often and capitallize on UGA’s achilles heel.

RxDawg

March 12th, 2010
11:53 am

Alabama – The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Go DAwgs!!

March 12th, 2010
11:54 am

Go DAwgs!!

March 12th, 2010
11:54 am

oh well, Dawgs are going to take home another SEC basketball title!!!!

Big Dawg

March 12th, 2010
12:18 pm

If georgia plays well they can easily beat Vandy. They’ve been a bigger thorn in the side for the Dores than any other SEC team (with the exception of Kentucky). If georgia wins the SEC they’re gonna have to play Kentucky at some point, probably (do you really think UK will lose to bama or UT COME ON!!). however if they win tonight they probably get an NIT bid. which will be nice for a first year head coach and a traditionaly last place team to get to. GO DAWGS!

Big Dawg

March 12th, 2010
12:19 pm

@RxDawg lol amen

NewnanDawg

March 12th, 2010
1:26 pm

Big Dawg – We do have a great chance of making the final on Sunday, but I do not believe the NIT takes teams below .500 anymore, regardless of impressive wins. So, we either have to win the thing and go to the NCAA, or maybe make one of the lower tier tournys that have sprung up in the last couple of years. Still, this is not a bad option for the team to get some more real practice and game experience.

I also think that Dustin Ware was very mindfull that the Vandy coaches were watching when he iced the game with 2 free throws and then a big three last night. He was definately sending a message that there will be no choking like last time we played Vandy.

Oh, and Trey Thompkins looked like a man possessed last night in the last 10 minutes. He is really developing as a leader.

Go Dawgs!

Bryan G.

March 12th, 2010
2:27 pm

I just don’t think I see us beating Vandy tonight. I hope I’m wrong

larrymunsonthe3rd

March 12th, 2010
3:31 pm

i think tennessee played a same type of schedule that bama is supposed to play this year a few years back i hate the vols by why now are they changing it seems like mike slive is bias!!!!!!!!

ga gator

March 12th, 2010
3:36 pm

Great man, great coach; owned us gators.

SEC12

March 12th, 2010
4:09 pm

Enter your comments here

dawgfan

March 12th, 2010
4:31 pm

Funny how the Bama schedule is now all of the sudden an issue. Aren’t these schedules decided on YEARS in advance? Where was the SEC’s concern when Bama was barely .500 and not hogging the national headlines? What a freaking joke.

Who was the SEC rep that said an Alabama v. Florida SECCG is a ‘ratings dream’ or something to that effect? I bet he is behind this.

Did I mention that this is a freaking joke? Well, it is.

Thanks.

robodawg

March 12th, 2010
4:49 pm

I don’t see us beating Kentucky, but getting to the final would be a great ride. Tough to be playing Vandy in Nashville. And after a late game last night, hope we have the legs to go 40 minutes.

Dawg Stephen

March 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

Dont count out the dawgs… Coach Fox has it going right, and the future is very bright

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/2010/03/one-down-3-to-go.html

BuLLdawg

March 12th, 2010
6:35 pm

05 09 2009 Bruce Figgins TE failed drug test suspended 6 games

05 09 2009 Justin Houston only DE suspended Okie St & USC alcohol

05 09 2009 Tony Wilson WR violated teams rules «disappointed» Richt

08 09 2009 John Knox S Academics going to Georgia Military get grades up

08 31 2009 our record 7-6 that’s our record on the field the last 13 games.

10 01 2009 Jonathan Owens OL arrest traffic

10 07 2009 Rennie Curran LB bench warrant failure to appear Court speeding

10 15 2009 Vince Vance OT arrest traffic

10 20 2009 Montez Robinson suspended Shreveport arrest assault battery

11 01 2009 Vance Cuff CB arrest traffic

11 30 2009 Montez Robinson DE alcohol break tail lights arrest suspend 1 game

03 07 2010 Zach Mettenberger QB 18 arrest obstruction disorderly drunk 2 fake id

F. Sinkwich

March 12th, 2010
6:52 pm

I sure am glad BuLLdawg is here to keep us grounded in reality…not.

My guess he’s a Techie, jealous of anything red and black.

Yo, BuLLdawg, why don’t you post on the http://www.pauljohnsonisgod.com website instead of this one?

Just asking.

AltamahaDawg

March 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

Are you trying to say that Dooley is going to get arrested at the parade?

Gatorfan

March 12th, 2010
7:13 pm

Vandy will beat GA tonight and the Gators will beat State. Tenn will upset UK tomorrow. Gators will beat Vandy and it will be a Gator/Vol championship. Take it to the bank.

Girth

March 12th, 2010
7:52 pm

“Take it to the bank”? I bet you are t.e idiot who yells out “in the hole” at The Masters>

MSU-The other Bulldogs

March 12th, 2010
9:34 pm

Looks like you were WRONG Gatorfan.

RED DOG 77

March 12th, 2010
11:28 pm

News Flash !!! “BuLLdawg” arrested for being an idiot !! AP……….for the first time in modern times, a young GTfan, aka “BuLLdog” was arrested for posting ubsurd, senseless, and generally annoying comments on AJC’s University of Georgia Blog. While it is an ongoing investigation, sources close to “Mr. BuLLdawg” say…………”He’s never been too bright” More to come later………..

BuLLdawg

March 13th, 2010
12:45 am

Our average number of Arrests / Suspensions every single year of the Coach Richt Era is one a month for 10 years.

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2010
5:42 am

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2010
5:48 am

Ah There we are………In The latest news: “BuLLdawg” aka “Little Debbie Downer” vows to stop this “motor scooter madness” that he says is sweeping the UGA football program. Some wonder” What is this darn GT activist up to?”

Tide fan

March 13th, 2010
11:13 am

Bill,

Bama’s not getting any special or preferential treatment. Any idiot can plainly see that its not right when 4 of your 5 division opponents and 2 of your 3 east division opponents get the added advantage of 2 weeks rest and preparation time.

This has been going on for 4 years now where we lead the nation in the number of opponents taking their bye week before playing us. Taking everybody’s best shot is a big disadvantage and any fool can understand that we’ve been taking everybody’s best shot since 2007 when we sucked and probably even before that if we look it up.

The dog fans on here were up in arms over UF always getting their bye week before playing UGA. Just imagine if the dogs had the added disadvantage of 6 of their 8 conference opponents using their bye week before the UGA game as opposed to the 2 teams that now use their bye week before playing UGA.

If the SEC does the right thing then they’re not giving us special treatment. They’re just leveling the playing field somewhat and even then we will still be playing more teams coming off a bye week than anybody.

Preferential treatment for Bama?

March 13th, 2010
11:18 am

The league-only schedules produced in the 10-year cycle include five or six blank weekends for which each institution fills in four non-conference games. Idle dates are created when schools choose which weekend not to schedule a non-conference game.

That gives schools some control over which SEC teams they face after an idle date, but only to the extent that a limited number of SEC games will be preceded by a blank week on the league-only schedule provided by Womack.

The original 2002-2011 cycle had a more reasonable number of idle-rested opponents on the Alabama schedules, but subsequent schedule changes created further imbalance.

Of more pressing concern to Alabama is the 2010 schedule, on which the Crimson Tide is set to play games against six league opponents who will be coming off idle dates — the most of any schedule in the 18-year history of the league’s divisional format. Slive said the league office, aside from Womack’s task with the long-term schedule cycle, is also seeking a way to alter Alabama’s 2010 schedule to relieve the problem in the short term.

joe

March 13th, 2010
11:47 am

“Our average number of Arrests / Suspensions every single year of the”

What is with this “our” nonsense? You are no dawg. You are a poser. Probably a Tech nerd in disguise. So don’t ever say “our” again, because you are not a part of UGA or it’s fan base.

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2010
5:55 pm

Joe………Damn straight my friend, thanks for the help. Sometime I feel like I have to take on the “mighty” “BuLLdawg” all by myself. Joe………you are indeed a damn good DOG !!! This dude is no doubt a GT plant. One thing for sure, Nerd can type with the best of em, ever seen any of the “books” he writes? Good Greif ! Regards, RED

Dawg Trainer

March 16th, 2010
12:13 pm

I despise Mike Slive. Given a choice in training Dawgs and kicking Mike Slive in the nads…you Dawgs get a break, but fetch me a hob-nailed boot, will ya?

harold

March 16th, 2010
10:13 pm

VOL FANS ARE NOT EXCITED AT ALL ABOUT HIRING A COACH WITH A LOSING RECORD. I GIVE DOOLEY THREE YEARS AT BEST. FULMER WILL SOON BE THE NEW ATLETIC DIRECTOR. PEYTON MANNING HAS STATED HE WILL NOT PLAY AS LONG AS BRETT FARVE. FULMER WILL RESTORE THE GLORY TO TENNESSEE FOOTBALL WHEN HE OFFERS THE JOB TO PEYTON MANNING IN A FEW YEARS.

RED DOG 77

March 17th, 2010
12:37 am

Yea, harold………….I believe that