On Mettenberger and way-out bowl predictions

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Well, one thing we know for sure about Zach Mettenberger: He won’t be transferring to Valdosta State, as some had speculated, since he’s banished from the town that calls itself Winnersville.

Monday’s news that the former UGA quarterback had pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery stemming from the spring break bar incident in the Valdosta area frankly came as no big surprise. As I said on the day news of Mettenberger being kicked off the Bulldogs first broke, the fact that Mark Richt had taken such drastic action pointed to more than just underage drinking. And, for once, the most prevalent rumor on the grapevine — which I first heard literally minutes after the news of Mett’s dismissal — pretty much was on the money.

A couple of other thoughts on the Mettenberger situation: He indicated in his statement taking “responsibility” for his actions that he hopes to get “a second chance to compete at another university.” That should put an end to the hopes some fans had that he could return to UGA. But despite being tainted by a transgression of a sexual nature and a very public demonstration of poor judgment, that NFL-caliber arm he has and his showing in Georgia’s spring game probably will mean Mettenberger’s wish will come true. There’s talk (how credible, I don’t know) that Tommy Tuberville is interested in bringing Mettenberger to Texas Tech.

And it’s been gratifying to see that most UGA fans speaking out on the subject accept that Richt kicking Mettenberger off the team was absolutely the right thing to do. I have, however, seen a couple of postings here and there from folks who don’t think there was anything wrong with Mettenberger grabbing a young woman’s breasts and buttocks against her will and who believe it’s ridiculous that he was punished for what they seem to think should be categorized as just being a guy.

Obviously these yahoos don’t have daughters.

RIDICULOUSLY EARLY BOWL PREDICTIONS
Moving on, CollegeFootballNews.com calls its bowl picks for the coming season “ridiculously early,” but really it’s only taking things one more step than all the prognosticators who already are picking Florida in the SEC East and Alabama to repeat as SEC champ. Besides, as CFN says, “it’s always goofy fun to look at the possibilities.”

Notable for UGA fans is that CFN sees the Dogs beating Florida this season and winding up playing Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 3 as one of the BCS at-large picks,  with the “Florida/Georgia loser” facing Penn State in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Says CFN of the Dogs: “Georgia has the right schedule and the returning talent to slip through to win the East over a rebuilding Florida. The Orange would snap up the Dawgs getting the first pick of at-large teams (after the Rose).”

CFN sees Alabama as an SEC champion carrying a couple of losses and winding up in the Sugar Bowl against Nebraska, though it notes “this could very, very easily be Florida, Georgia or LSU if Alabama winds up playing for the national title”— which they think would happen only if Bama has just one loss. If, as they expect, the Tide has two losses, CFN predicts Ohio State and TCU meeting in the BCS Championship game.

So … Dogs fans should root for Bama?

359 comments Add your comment

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

Fact: Florida kicked UGA 7 times while Richt has been coach.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

endless facts are not endless dribble. You dont like the facts so you insult the delivery.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

Fact: Florida is lucky Mark Richt is Georgia’s coach.

1eyedJack

May 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

Can a fella get a word in edgewise here?

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

I insult dribble when it doesnt answer questions about Richts unlucky record against FL.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:15 pm

If this was sex, what would it be?

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:15 pm

It sure wouldnt be talking to yourself!

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:17 pm

stop using my moniker…you are creeping me out

1eyedJack

May 4th, 2010
4:17 pm

Could we trade Zach for T-Bob?

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:17 pm

you meen creeping me out.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:18 pm

“y” ran away tail firmly tuck between his legs…I dont blame him

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:20 pm

i bet my doppelganger is a serial rapist

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:22 pm

I bet mine is in love with chihuaha’s but I would go quite as far as you did.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

Actually, you finally did say something correct. I do love my chihuahua.

Gillislee

May 4th, 2010
4:24 pm

Mettenberger looks scary! Was he born before or after the last time the Dawgs beat the Gators two years in a row…..the 1988 and 1989 seasons?

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

I believe he was born after, but that stat was all luck.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:30 pm

nope but USC losing in 2006/8 is luck for Fla.

CJ

May 4th, 2010
4:37 pm

Couldn’t care less about the former UGA QB. He’s no longer a Dawg, so I no longer give a dang about him or his “taking accountability for mistakes.” I subscribe to the ole, “If you ain’t with me, you’re against me,” theory. This dude won’t be wearing Red and Black in the fall. That’s all I need to know.

Go Dawgs!

Gooddawg

May 4th, 2010
4:43 pm

What Zach did was absolutely WRONG. I do think however that Richt should have left the door open for Mett to redeem himself. The courts have given him punishment that they deem appropriate. At least Richt could have given him some hurdles to meet to gain re-instatement to the team. As it is now if he goes to another team he won’t have to do anything but show up and play. Rarely in our society do we deliver such harsh punishment for the first offense.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 4th, 2010
4:44 pm

Mett did not make a “mistake” – what he did was on purpose. Try as you might to change the definition of “mistake” – it still means unintentional error. I guess that he temporarily went blind and grabbed hold of her breast not knowing what he was doing? If you said he was stupid and used poor judgement then I would agree with you. Sometimes poor judgement is a crime.

Chewbacca says

May 4th, 2010
4:48 pm

shutup!!

May 4th, 2010
4:49 pm

shutup!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daisy Mae

May 4th, 2010
4:51 pm

Put the crack pipe down you idiot. Ga will lose 5 or 6.

shutup!!

May 4th, 2010
4:51 pm

shut up, ywhatever!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
4:55 pm

harsh? It’s an amateur sports team. A Game. He got kicked off of a sport team playing a game. He’s lucky he didnt have to go to jail.

I think its also been widely (speculated at least) that the first offense occured in the bar, the second offense most likely occured in Richt’s office.

As far as earning his way back, he certainly will not just show up and play, not till he sits a year, if its a D-1 school. I am positive he will have earned a spot By sitting and practicing with no chance of playing for a year.

Frankly as far as his career, Richt probably did him a favor depending on where he ends up. And you can bet Richt is doing everything he can to find him another program.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:57 pm

jack bull

May 4th, 2010
4:57 pm

just goes to show you, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you can play football, someone will want you on their team…texas tech, i wouldn’t doubt if he wound up at Ole Miss, USC…i know Houston Nutt don’t give a crap what you do…

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
4:58 pm

which 6 games Daisy Mae, and why?

Gooddawg

May 4th, 2010
4:59 pm

I think you must be drinking the river water down there.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
5:00 pm

Want to have lunch with Coach Richt? You and 3 friends could get the chance; submit your bid today! http://bit.ly/dzTfYz

Katie

May 4th, 2010
5:02 pm

Take that picture down, it is scaring me.

shutup!!

May 4th, 2010
5:05 pm

eh, no thanks, i go to church w/ him, me and all 3 of my friends.

blazergazer

May 4th, 2010
5:16 pm

It’s a “shame” Valdosta State can’t have Mett play for qb for their team, guess they will have to be
satisfied with second choice, Logan Gray.

Go Blazers…

Jacob the church mouse

May 4th, 2010
5:27 pm

Click on the link to learn how CMR became a Christian.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3OVXynDdJk

Go to church, Blazers.

What??

May 4th, 2010
5:29 pm

CFN is wrong. BCS prediction is way off. The SEC will be there front and center kicking a$$ as usual!

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
5:48 pm

Want to have lunch with Coach Richt? You and 3 friends could get the chance; submit your bid today! http://bit.ly/dzTfYz

and it wouldnt even be luck patrick.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
5:54 pm

any time georgia loses it is luck for the other team.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
5:54 pm

Dawg 39

May 4th, 2010
5:58 pm

300 comments? Too many saying too much? A very good blog which I enjoy immensely… I try to make my point as I see it & then get out of Dodge. My only comment… CMR & CMB are both doing a great job off & on the field. Now I am ready for the season to start & I am looking forward to the next 4 years. Nuff said.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
6:02 pm

yeah 39, a great job in beating a and m in the weed eater bowl. also great in leading young men with 30+ arrests the last 3 years! Impressive.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
6:06 pm

Im putting myself to sleep again. I am going to walk my chihuaha Willie M.

Go Tech

May 4th, 2010
6:08 pm

dawg 39: iz you on skolarship?

Big L

May 4th, 2010
6:09 pm

Well, Mett needs to cut that emo hair off and quit sticking his hands up other peoples undergarments. I’ll net the Orange bowl would be freakin ecstatic to have a big time SEC teamlike UGA play. At least that Georgia school could probably help seel it out. The other Georgia school did’nt exactly bring the multitude with them.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
6:16 pm

Only UGA fans think we are bigtime. fact.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
6:18 pm

“We dont play the game to win Mythical Championships anyway. We play to make fine young men…”

What a crock that statement is. CMR is paid millions of dollars to win as many games as he can, period. Before CUM and CNS came to the SEC, Richt’s coaching was fine. Those two coaches have raised the bar, and CMR hasn’t met it. These are the expectations placed on him by the fans, otherwise their wouldn’t be so many people on these blogs calling for his head.

Saban has taken two SEC teams to a MNC in his first three years of coaching each team. CUM has won two MNC’s in five seasons. Richt has won ZERO in ten years. That’s all that needs to be said about that subject.

Go Tech

May 4th, 2010
6:20 pm

D39, iz you a LB named Nick Williams? Roddy Jones will rock you next year! Dogs don’t stand a chance. From what I’ve heard, Todd Grantham’s “Defense” is a joke.

This is coming back to Athens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDgilYwh-ww
Go Jackets!!!

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
6:23 pm

Also, i’m not upset that Mett was kicked off the team. He broke the law and he was punished for it. I don’t understand the double standard that CMR has, though.

Why give Montez Robinson a second chance after he BEATS his woman, yet kick Mett off the team because he grabbed some chic’s a$$ in a drunken stupor??

The message I read is that it’s ok to beat a woman, as long as you don’t lie about it. So lying is a worse sin than woman beating in Richt’s book??? Hell Robinson would still be on the team if he wasn’t stupid enough to beat the same woman. The same chic who had a freaking restraining order against him.

Honestly, the only reason Mett was kicked off the team was because of all of the bad pub that the Bulldog program has received recently. So much for “making fine young men.”

Go Tech

May 4th, 2010
6:28 pm

Ed

May 4th, 2010
6:32 pm

For God’s sake, someone get that boy a pair of clippers.

Big L

May 4th, 2010
6:33 pm

I don’t know Whatever. Stafford, Moreno thought something of Georgia. Last I checked, they played for UGA and got drafted very highly in the first round. These kids like Lemay and Marlon Brown have obviously heard of the program. You can’t argue with 42,000,000 guaranteed dollars. Try again bubba.