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.
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.