Bulldog Bites: Christian LeMay, Cocktail Party, Tech-Georgia weekend

(University of Georgia)

(University of Georgia)

Let’s head into the Memorial Day holiday weekend with some quick hits that you might want to discuss …

One more reason for Dogs fans to get stoked about Matthews, N.C., quarterback Christian LeMay saying he intends to enroll at UGA: In the first installment of the Sporting News Top 100 ranking for the football class of 2011, Lemay ranks a lofty No. 3. The other Georgia commitment making the list: defensive end Sterling Bailey of Gainesville at No. 95. …

When our Tim Tucker revealed that in the forthcoming new deal for the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville the two schools will have the right to sell the name of the game, a coworker wondered aloud what they’d do if a beverage company like Seagram’s or Budweiser offered a bundle — especially since the UGA and UF presidents have discouraged the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party nickname.

While it’s amusing to consider, chances are they’d say no. You don’t see any alcohol product names on college football bowl games, and I don’t think Georgia and Florida would go down that road. …

Bulldogs Blog’s David Hale reports that according to Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt, UGA’s Mark Fox is going to get his wish to have the two schools’ annual basketball game moved earlier in the season while students are still on campus. Likely date this year: Dec. 7.

Hale notes that some fans have raised the notion of playing the basketball game the Friday night before the Dogs and Jackets meet in football, but that weekend generally conflicts with tournament play and students would be on Thanksgiving break.

Some friends and I debated this idea back when Fox first announced he wanted an earlier date, and we liked the prospect of making the annual in-state grude match a two-sport affair in the same city so fans easily could attend both. I don’t think Thanksgiving break would be much of a problem, since the students manage to turn up en masse for the football game the next day.

The main problem would be that the football and basketball series currently rotate between Athens and Atlanta in opposing years. Last season, for example, the football game was at Tech and the basketball game was in Athens. In order to pair the two sports, that rotation would have to be disrupted, which would require someone play on the road two years in a row — not a likely prospect.

One possible solution: Let the school losing the home game be the “home” team (with more tickets) at a neutral site for a transitional year. UGA didn’t consider the Omni to be a neutral site and likely wouldn’t go for Philips Arena. But what about Gwinnett Arena? Then the next year the home-and-home could resume in lockstep with the football game.

Sounds like fun to me. What do you think about pairing up those games?

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108 comments Add your comment

johnny

May 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

DAWGPOUND

May 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Please forgive me for what I just did……I absolutely hate when people do that and I just did it…….DAWG NATION please forgive me. That was so stupid. Johnny and DAWGPOUND are the same people. What in the world does first prove anyway?

Roll Tide

May 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Just watched ala. spring game. Who in the hell is evaluating offensive line talent at UGA?! James Carpenter and Chance warmack are two Geargia road graders playing for the crimson tide! uga goes into ala. and gets ben jones and jonathan owens and Ala. comes into gorgia and gets two all-sec calibre offensive lineman. Combine that with the loss of Jujuan James to UT, and Ed Christian to AU and no wonder Richt is on the hot seat. He should be!

Rich

May 29th, 2010
12:41 pm

Dawgpound, apology accepted. Following the crowd is the easy thing to do. Be your own man or Dawg as the case maybe.

Sorry....

May 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

Sorry, but you can say you did not consider the OMNI a neutral site but it was. You usually had as many or more fans at the game and it’s not like Tech played other games there (they didn’t) Ya’ll are great at excuses.

As far as an alcohol sponsor for the UGA/UF football game I would love to see that just to see the wonderful press you would receive and the negative image you would get. Ya’ll will do anything for $$$ including selling your soul. I highly doubt though that the NCAA would allow such a thing.

godawgs678

May 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

Roll Tide: if you don’t care anything about UGA why do you feel the need to spend your time on our blog? Go to a Bama blog. And for the record, Ben Jones is all SECOND caliber. Can’t sign all the players in georgia

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godawgs678

May 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

Meant to say all s.e.c. Player but my phone does spell check

james

May 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

Let’s dissect Roll Tide’s comment for a second. First Richt is not on the hot seat. That garbage is so dumb and played out. If he had kept Willie, yeah that would be accurate. Alabama has two All-sec quality lineman, shocker, so does GA. Ben Jones, a name you bring up is one of them. Clint Boling is another one and is being considered as a top OT by some for the NFL Draft coming next year. Next part, Ed Christian…not sure we even recruited. We have someone rated high higher coming in named Brent Benedict that we don’t even need to play because of the depth we have. Jujuan James, you know, the Tide decommit that is now at Tennessee, we did try to get twice but that is fine. Our OL recruiting has been fine and if you follow UGA recruiting you would know that it is going great for this year. So please, don’t worry about a strength of our team going into next year, we will be fine.

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hammerhead

May 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

*Roll Tide* – please give it a rest… Besides Ben Jones and Clint Boling (whom James points out above), I’ll take Cordy Glenn over anyone in the conference at guard. Just please stop with the idiocy. Good for Bama coming into Georgia and picking off a couple nice OL prospects. We’re doing just fine without them – OL is far from our biggest issue. If Sturdivant comes back healthy, we’re going to be very good up front.

yeah c'mone

May 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

First of all, roll tard fans are, for the most part, very envious people. They come from the state of alabamer, and that in itself, is a reason to hate life. They are not as athletic as Georgians or Floridians, thus have to beg and pay for recruits to go there. Must I have to go on?

Dawg 39

May 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

I think our # 4 RB, D. Jackson is capable of running behind our OL for 100 yds. against any team we play. What does that say about our top 3 RBs? The OL has depth & is solid for at least the next 3 years.

Gator4Life

May 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

There is no possible way Mark Richt cannot be in the hotseat. He has great recruiting classes every year and still is average in a league where averaqe is just not good enough. Mark Richt is probably one of the great coaches in college football but needs better supporting cast. If UGA does not win atleast the east within the next two years he leaves UGA. As far as the name of the game who really cares?

Mook

May 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

GA-FLA Department of Corrections Bowl

GeezusDawg

May 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Yeah, sure, have it in the Omni …. lol

Roy D. Mercer

May 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

Mook – You can call alot of programs that!

Mook

May 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

First Combined Team SAT Score to 1000 Wins Bowl

Mook

May 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

Roy

Truly spoken

Love College Athletics
Hate College Athletes

Mook

May 29th, 2010
1:27 pm

SAT Bowl

Goes into Quintuple Overtime!!

cantondawg

May 29th, 2010
1:39 pm

I’ve said this before but Roll Tide has confirmed this..Alabama fans are by far the most obnoxious, rude and just plain irritating fans ever. They are 10 times worse than the worst Florida fans. Hopefully, they will have a bad year so we won’t have to be annoyed with them any longer.

aj

May 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Tech is a neutral site

godawgs678

May 29th, 2010
1:45 pm

Amen canton dawg. Bama has more “sidewalk fans” than any other team in the country. Meaning that these people are Bama fans but have never had any affiliation with the school

Big time?? Not

May 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

CONFEDERATE DAWG

May 29th, 2010
2:22 pm

IM A SIDEWALK DAWG FAN BUT DAMN I SURE DO HOPE THEY WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH AND ONE TIME I WAS FIRST AND JUST WROTE MY POINT AND NOT FIRST

Mook

May 29th, 2010
2:32 pm

Verne Lundquist “Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow” Brand Vomit Cleaner Bowl

Will

May 29th, 2010
2:51 pm

I would like to see UGA and tech play basketball twice a year – rotating one of the games on the school’s home court and playing the other game annually on a neutral site.

Besides playing our rival twice a season, this one also provide another nonconference game against a major college opponent without having to play a return game at the opponent’s ballyard. It would also be more cost effective than playing a home and home with another major opponent.

I am old enough to remember when UGA and tech played three times a year.

I have seen UGA play tech in basketball 54 times and the triple overtime game in the Omni (can’t remember the year)the most exciting game ever between the two.

georgiadawg70

May 29th, 2010
2:59 pm

CMR’s seat is hot. The powers that be in Athens have lost confidence in him.

georgiadawg70

May 29th, 2010
3:03 pm

Cantondawg Florida fans are yankees foreighners and half breeds. No other Southern state can hold a light to them. Auburn fans are worse than
Alabama’s.

70 Dawg

May 29th, 2010
3:06 pm

Don’t know if it is possible to be 10 times more obnoxious than GAYtor fans but Bammers are in the same pathetic category. They know a lot about putting coaches on the hotseat. They change coaches almost as frequently as they are sanctioned by the NCAA. BTW what is their record for the last 10 years?

70 Dawg

May 29th, 2010
3:09 pm

CMR will be at UGA as long as he chooses. Those so-called “powers that be” are ill-informed.

Can you dig it?

May 29th, 2010
3:37 pm

Roll Tide…guess you haven’t been reading the national reviews of Georgias offensive line this coming season. They are far and away the best offensive line in the SEC this year…and they’ll prove why everyone is so high on them once the season kicks off.Chance and Warmack weren’t recruited hard by Georgia because their grades coming out of high school were terrible….you see Georgia has standards when it comes to admitting student athletes….Bama doesn’t …its pretty easy to get into Alabama. Thats why there are so many Georgia students going to school there….they couldn’t get in Georgia.When you consistantly put football before education you get people like you who couldn’t spell cat if we spotted you the C & T. ….Alabama never has been ranked very high as far as education is concerned and never will…..Can You Dig It!

Roy D. Mercer

May 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

Even on one of our worst years, Tech still can’t beat us.

bruce mac

May 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Is everybody in Alabama and Florida stupid or just the ones that post on Bulldawg Blogs. Average is not 10 wins a year and 7-2 bowl record and winning record against every team in SEC but one. It is also not winning the East 4 out of 9 times and winning SEC twice unless you are an idiot.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

May 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

BOY IM IN SOFLA AND THESE YANKEE GAYTORS SURE DO JUMP ON AND OFF QUICK

Iceman

May 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

UGA and FL’s prez and admins all shudder if anyone calls it the Cocktail Party, so no way would alcohol be a sponsor.

CMR is NOT on the hot seat. Anyone who thinks so is a dummy.

UGA Student

May 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

The problem with making the game on Thanksgiving break is that the dorms are still closed. The dorms open the night of the Tech game at UGA so the students have a place to stay, but if they made the game that Friday, all the Freshmen and others who live in dorms at UGA would be forced to find a place to stay with a friend off campus. Its a terrible idea.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

May 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

So, the UGA and UF Game is for sale.

Mark my words, before the NCAA is finished, the uniforms worn by college football players will look like NASCAR outfits. Think not? Then explain way the Nike swipe – it’s already started.

Logos painted on the field.

1st Down brought to you by Midas Mufflers

2nd Down brought to you by Nationwide – on your side.

Etc. Etc.

The Almighty Dollar rules all souls.

pcsjax1

May 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Can you dig it?

“If a Head Coach has confidence in his offensive line, he will act like it!”
Mark Right comments are tempered with caution and reservations.
Please ! No more about Trinton Sturdivant. Coach Richt has been using him as a “crying towel” for two years. The Dawg Nation wants Trinton Sturdivant to step up and perform and earn recognition. This O-line has had the same players for two years, they are experienced, yet have underperformed with mediocre running stats and results for two years. The Dawg Nation wants “Championships Plural” like Alabama, LSU and Florida. This requires an offensive line and running backs that are posting rushing stats at the top of the SEC. This Offensive line has rushed poorly against SEC opponents

I say buy out the contract. He apparently has been “Emeritus”, retired but on staff for four years. Hire Muschamp or Smart. Bring someone new in that is not looking to retire and soaking up $2.8 million per year plus endorsements and bonuses while he waits!

The Cynical White Boy

May 29th, 2010
5:10 pm

Hell, since y’all are selling the naming rights…may as well have some fun while you are making money.

Have the announcers of the game in JAX place CMR on the “Rolaids” Hot Seat.

Have them honor Urbane Crier’s “I quit, no wait, I need a break” attitude with the “you deserve a break today” McDonalds logo.

Name the actual game after Hooters, or some strong liquor or beer.

Halftime entertainment: Instead of giving a fan a million bucks for throwing a football through a hole, place Michael Adams in a dunking booth give some lucky fan 3 balls.

cgatlanta

May 29th, 2010
5:14 pm

Why does the main page link for this site reference a UF/UGA sponsor when the page does not back up the headline?

The most interesting man in the world

May 29th, 2010
5:40 pm

I might not watch college football , but when I do it’s Georgia Bulldogs. Stay thirsty my friends

Coach Small Johnson

May 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

I will be stoked if we can find some players and coaches who want to beat FL for a change!

Buddawg

May 29th, 2010
6:12 pm

PCSJax1- where the hell did you learn to write? You are the kind of idiot that writes in sign language.
As for the other posters, namely Bama and FL and a few nerds, grow up. Bama fans are in for a surprise this year. Not another NC anywhere in sight. Same with you Gators.
The one big advantage the DAWGS have is that we can only go up. We will.

Hmmmmmmm!

May 29th, 2010
6:23 pm

Dawgpound…..reminds me of my 2 dogs (not to be confused with Dawgs). When let out in the backyard 2 do their thing, one goes and the other waits to go over the top of the other. When it comes to being a Dawg, it just comes natural, no such thing as being your own man (I mean Dawg).

Dawg 39

May 29th, 2010
6:24 pm

To the powers to be: CMR is not going anywhere until he chooses to do so.

The Most Interesting Man in the World...2

May 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

The contents of CMR’s tacos refuse to fall off…Stay thirsty my friends. Go Dawgs.

Rocket Rod

May 29th, 2010
6:59 pm

So is Urbune Crier’s new nickname going to be Mickey C?

904DAWG

May 29th, 2010
7:12 pm

pretty nice article on the front of SCOUT.COM about Rennie.
GO DAWGS!!!!

Rogeriter

May 29th, 2010
7:28 pm

For those of you who think Mark Richt should be fired because, despite one of the top won-loss records in college football, he hasn’t won a National Championship, I submit the following:

Teams in NCAA (div 1)– 241 teams
Teams since the year 2000 that have won the National Championship– 8
That leaves 233 teams that have not won a National Championship during the Richt era. Should all 233 of those coaches be fired?