The water cooler’s a pretty good place to be this time of year, so here are some choice topics for those conversations around the fountain …
Paul Finebaum, the Alabama-based columnist/talk show host known for stirring the pot when he’s not genuflecting to Nick Saban, put out his annual ranking of SEC coaches. The list being topped by Saban and Urban Meyer is no surprise and certainly easily justified.
But then Finebaum gets out his ladle and lists Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino (!) third and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier fourth, with Mark Richt in fifth place. Snipes Finebaum: “Everyone loves Mark Richt (blah, blah, blah), but can the guy coach? That’s a strong question to ask for someone with two SEC titles and a glittering résumé. However, Georgia fans have stuck their heads in the sand recently, giving Richt a blank check while blaming everyone else.”
So apparently, in Finebaum’s universe, unrealized potential (Petrino) and a past record at another school that hasn’t been repeated in his current job (Spurrier) outranks consistent winning (Richt). I mean, when an eight-win season has everyone in an uproar and wondering what’s gone wrong, you’ve obviously set the bar pretty high.
As MrSEC put it: “If we’re going on accomplishments, Richt should be #3 on this list. The only reason not to rank him there — and to put him behind Spurrier — is to stir the pot with thousands of Georgia readers and listeners.”
ISNER’S TOP 10
Former tennis Dawg John Isner appeared on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” Monday night to do the Top 10 thoughts that went through his mind during the 11-hour tennis match. It was a pretty funny list, though I must say I’d bet that Nos. 10, 8 and 2 really did go through Isner’s mind during the marathon at Wimbledon.
Below is the list, and you can watch Isner present it here.
Top 10 Thoughts That Went Through John Isner’s Mind During the 11-Hour Tennis Match
10. “I’m exhausted.”
9. “We’ve been playing so long, I’ve forgotten — am I Isner or Mahut?”
8. “Remember when I said I’m exhausted? That was 8 hours ago!”
7. “Wonder if I’ll be sore tomorrow.”
6. “I’m gonna lay back until 51-50, then make my move.”
5. “I’m asleep.”
4. “Why couldn’t I have played Federer? It would have been over in 15 minutes.”
2. “Honestly, I don’t care if I win or lose — I just don’t want to die.”
1. “Larry King has had marriages that didn’t last this long.”
While the Orlando Sentinel was showing its true colors (orange and blue) with that ridiculous ranking of UGA at No. 64, Chris Low of ESPN.com offered a more reality-based appraisal of the Dawgs in an online chat. Asked who he thinks could have the biggest surprise season this year among SEC teams, Low answered: “Georgia, especially if the Bulldogs get steady play from redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. My prediction for the Bulldogs is 10-3, which includes winning their bowl game.”
So UGA has agreed to make StubHub “the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace for the University of Georgia.” I’ve never used StubHub, but I’ve got to think it’s probably more reliable than the Wild West atmosphere of Craig’s List. If you’ve ever bought or sold tickets through StubHub, I’d be interested in hearing what you think of this development.
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