Florida paper slams Dogs again: Most overrated ever

Buck Belue's touchdown pass to Lindsay Scott was a "fluke" play, the Orlando Sentinel says. (University of Georgia)

Buck Belue's touchdown pass to Lindsay Scott was a "fluke" play, the Orlando Sentinel says. (University of Georgia)

Say this for the Orlando Sentinel: They’re at least consistent in their orange and blue advocacy.

You’ll recall that the Sentinel, whose sportswriters appear to operate as an unofficial arm of the Gators sports information program, drew headlines a while back for ranking the Georgia Bulldogs as only the 64th best team in the country this season.

Before that, the Sentinel had been among the first of the media outlets in states surrounding us to get the Mark-Richt-on-the-hot-seat bandwagon rolling. And, of course, they did it in typical hyperbolic style, noting in complete disregard to the facts that “It seems almost every season Richt’s name comes up as being on the hot seat.”

Now the Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi has taken another flying leap into absurdity. In writing about the SEC Media Days, he opened his latest blog saying, “Keep hearing and reading about how Georgia coach Mark Richt is on the imaginary hot seat.”

Such talk, Bianchi generously allows, “is a disservice to one of the classiest coaches in college football and one of the best coaches Georgia has ever had.” (It was, of course, Bianchi who raised the “hot seat” question question to Richt at the SEC media gathering.)

Naturally, he was just setting up Georgia fans for the Sentinel’s latest swipe. The problem, he says, is “Georgia fans have way too high of an opinion of their program. In fact, I believe an argument could be made that Georgia is the the most overrated program in college football history.”

His case consists mainly of calling Lindsay Scott’s touchdown catch in the 1980 game against the Gators “one of the biggest fluke plays in college football history,” and he concludes that without the national title that the Bulldogs won that year thanks to Herschel Walker and Scott, “Georgia would be closer in history and tradition to South Carolina than it is to Florida.”

Yes, we all know Florida has dominated the Dogs-Gators rivalry the past 20 years (the only period of college football history Gators fans pay any attention to) and that Florida has won a couple of BCS national titles and Georgia hasn’t.

But Bianchi’s notion that Georgia football history is pretty much limited to 1980 is so far off the mark it’s embarrassing. If he checked NCAA records, he’d find UGA is ranked as one of the Top 15 winningest college football programs of all time … and ahead of the University of Florida.

It’s one thing to try and rile up a rival state’s fandom, but at least Bianchi and the Sentinel could try and keep it based in reality.

468 comments Add your comment

Newbomb Turk

July 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

Newbomb Turk

July 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

Woot Woot…..I have consistently said that UGA is a “4 loss per year program that just happened to recruit Herschel Walker”

F. Sinkwich

July 23rd, 2010
11:29 am

That Buck to Lindsey play apparently rankles Bianchi to this day. Buck maintains that Georgia would have won the game even without it, and makes a compelling case.

Mike Bianchi

July 23rd, 2010
11:29 am

TuckDAWG

July 23rd, 2010
11:32 am

AHHH another dumba@@ comment from a Gator imagine that! Oh and Turk you just got there to $ loss per year you need to go back and check your stats like the other idiot in FLA

SSIgator

July 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

1980 – so long ago

DAWG FAN

July 23rd, 2010
11:36 am

mike bianchi is just scared of what the dawgs are going to do to florida this year just like the rest of florida

UGA is Just Fine...

July 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

Bianchi is an ignorant turd. I wouldn’t even use the Orlando Sentinel to wrap 3 day old fish in.

KD

July 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

If Fla. hadn’t won their 2 NC’s, I doubt if they would bragging either. Any play that changes the outlook of the game could be called a fluke. A lot of the plays that CRYING TIM TEBOW made over the last 4 years could be called fluke plays.

Old Dawg

July 23rd, 2010
11:39 am

Fluke plays are what makes college football so much fun — remember Flutie’s pass against Miami and countless others. Here are some numbers that show the long-term quality of the Georgia and Florida programs. UGA has a 26-16 bowl record and UP has and 18-19 record. Nuff said!

learn something everyday

July 23rd, 2010
11:39 am

Don’t follow the page links!!! Bianchi does this crap for the the page hits! clicking on it only supports him. Commenting on his page also only serves to support him!! Mike Bianchi = yellow journalism at its best, maybe he is trying trying to set himself up a job at TMZ?

ignition

July 23rd, 2010
11:40 am

Well, since I have been alive the Georgia Bulldogs have been OVERATED…

beach dawg

July 23rd, 2010
11:41 am

If memory serves me right the Dawgs owned the Gators in the 70’s 80’s and early 90’s and still lead in over all wins in the series. It was not untill Darth Visor arrived to coach the reptiles that they started to win anything. For years Florida was known as the most talented team in the conference but could never win it. I belive that would be over rated. The Dawgs will win this year and the Tables will start to turn back toward the red and black.

gerald c clemmons

July 23rd, 2010
11:41 am

uf’s history dates back to 1996 period.

Dale

July 23rd, 2010
11:42 am

Florida has never gone undefeated, Georgia has never gone winless.

Dawg Man

July 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

Well said Bill King. Why don’t journalists and fans alike from OTHER TEAMS just focus on their OWN TEAMS! I love UGA Football no matter what their record is. THAT is a TRUE FAN. I have no business reading The Orlando Sentinel and don’t care about trashing other programs or getting THAT team’s coach fired. That is the JOB of the AD and PRESIDENT to decide. COME ON PEOPLE GROW UP!!

NC Dawg

July 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

Overall Georgia vs. Floriduh : 46-39-2…advantage DAWGS!

KD

July 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

The Fla people are the ones bring up the 1980 NC, not the GA fans.UGA won a NC 30 years ago, Clemson won one the next year, Penn State the next,SO,do you get my point, even if it was last year or 30 years or 300 years ago, UGA still won a National Championship.

Erin Andrews

July 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

Everyone knows college football began in 1990.

Cuz

July 23rd, 2010
11:45 am

Gotta sell papers somehow, it is a tough job market out here.

GADAWG

July 23rd, 2010
11:45 am

LOL, when I graduated From UGA we owned the Gators. It will change back soon, these things come and go.

Apparently I am not the only one who remembers the Blue/Scott play.

Someone (Bianchi) has a little animosity thing going on.

Grow up kid.

saban

July 23rd, 2010
11:47 am

The paper has it about right.

Are the dawgs wearing red panties this year in sympathy for their AD?

HOUDAWG

July 23rd, 2010
11:47 am

And ….. who the hell is Bianchi ? Who gives a flyin’ f*** ……… ?

Cuz

July 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

Steve Spurrier. First Intramural quarterback to win the Heisman. When he graciously accepted the offer to coach the fledgling Florida Gators, their AD announced that they would join the fabled SEC Conference. They have never looked back since then.

KD

July 23rd, 2010
11:50 am

Hey Bill, why don’t you send Bianchi a pitcher of Buck like the one shown on this blog or maybe Lindsey Scott crossing the goal line with TOUCHDOWN LINDSEY SCOTT described under it.

john mceachern

July 23rd, 2010
11:53 am

even when they beat us, they are scared of us! At heart Florida suffers from low self-esteem

11Dawg

July 23rd, 2010
11:54 am

I think that’s what people in the sports world call bulletin board material. And it seems the Sentinel is giving us enough of that to ensure that Florida will come out of Jacksonville with an L.

npgator

July 23rd, 2010
11:54 am

You saw the link that I posted on your other blog didn’t you?

SSIgator

July 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

Bill King -

“Granted, Richt is coming off his worst season (8-5) at Georgia, but his overall record of 90-27 certainly doesn’t merit talk about his job being in jeopardy.”

Funny how you left out this quote. Sounds like a compliment to me.

Oxenjohn

July 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

As a public service, here is a 2010 score for you.

Florida 45
Georgia 13

Get your red panties now before the stores sell out.

dumb fla alumn

July 23rd, 2010
11:58 am

if we win 10 more we can tie the series. georgia beat our ass like a drum for a long time. by the way tebow is gay. gradilations. go gator

Ed

July 23rd, 2010
11:58 am

If you go nearly 60 years without winning your own conference, I think it should take more than 19 years of success before you have the right to talk trash to ANYONE, with the possible exception of Vanderbilt. Certainly not to the 3rd most successful program in your conference. Gator fans were acting that way before they even won a single conference title, so maybe it’s just the way they are. They’ll suck again soon enough, it happens to everyone. If it happened to FSU and Miami, two programs that at their height were more dominant than UF, you can bet it will happen to UF.

And you can’t win a mythical title, so let’s quit talking about fictional national titles – including ours in ‘42 and ‘80. Georgia has won more SEC titles than Florida, and trails only Alabama and Tennessee (by one). That’s what counts.

As for Richt being on the hot seat – let’s face it, he should be. His teams, despite great recruiting have underachieved since 2006 with the exception of the last half of ‘07 (the first half included an ugly loss at home to S. Carolina, a blowout loss at Tennessee, and a narrow escape at Vandy).

Georgia has been fairly mediocre for 3 and a half out of the last 4 seasons, at least by the standards of the 15th winningest program in football and a perennial Top-10 recruiter. If Richt isn’t on the hot seat, then why didn’t Jim Donnan get the same consideration? Since ‘04, Richt’s teams have looked a lot like Donnan’s.

STUDENT ATHLETE

July 23rd, 2010
12:00 pm

Well ….. He is right. 30 years since the national championship. 25 loses to the Gators in that time span. The only team that considers Georgia Florida “a rivalry” is Georgia. For the Gators it is a good old fashion Georgia ass-kicking homecoming game. I bet Vanderbilt’s record against Georgia during that time period is as good as Georgia’s record against Florida. Some “rivalry”.

saban

July 23rd, 2010
12:00 pm

urban, hows tour punk a$$ heart? sorry for the beatdown.take it like a man you crybaby.

dawginfla(help!)

July 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Ah, florida fans. Always classy.

Just remember one thing: 10 years ago, no one thought florida State and Miami would go sliding down as far as they have.

Gainesville DA is a Gator Booster

July 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Oxenjohn,

Make sure you pull up your jean shorts so that we don’t have to look at your orange and blue thong.

Bubba

July 23rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Knowshown says Tebow even cries at practice. takes after his college coach I guess

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

July 23rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Coach Richt love you but

We look like the Water Boy team from the movie when it comes to FL, you remember when the team and coaching staff curled up in a ball when they played a good team

Frankly Im tired of it

BILL KING you need to write more articles on this subject, maybe that will light a fire under this program

$3million salary, and me having to pay the money I have to donate for tickets in this economy for this crap is enough

man up and punch them in the mouth or lets get someone in here that can do what we pay them to do

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 23rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Man, i can’t wait for that game this year, going to be alot different than the last two years, GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

“If we score we may win, if they never score we’ll never lose” GATA

WreckIt

July 23rd, 2010
12:09 pm

I think everyone likes to pick on the Dawgs because they’re easy targets. Not because of their football team (it’s been good, great and bad, just like all the rest) but because of their fans. Really, when UGA is a “rivalry” with so many schools throughout history (FL, AU, CLEM, GT, UT etc etc) you begin to wonder if it has anything to do with football or if it has EVERYTHING to do with a Dog’s incessant need to pick a fight. You’d think being the big brother school in a great state would be enough, but the Dog’s inferiority complex runs deep.

I’ll freely admit Tech has an inferiority complex, too.

As Dog fans understand, when you see someone with such a complex, you gotta just tweak it a little. Congrats, Orlando Writer Dude… nicely played.

Rich

July 23rd, 2010
12:11 pm

I’m not sure about most overrated ever, but definitely overrated.

Sweat Socks

July 23rd, 2010
12:15 pm

I’m a graduate of the University of Georgia and remember when we owned the Gators under Coach Dooley.

Here’s the reality of the situation and no article written anywhere can change this:

Until Georgia starts beating Florida, frankly, they can say whatever they want. It’s up to Coach Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs to shut them up.

Period. End of story. Next…

secondguesser

July 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Get over it UGA, Bianchi is tellin the truth. You guys have a good coach and better man but your program is about like……………………………………oh say the Air Force………..no definitely not the AF; they’re too clean of a program…………… maybe Boston college. They always fields competitive teams but never are a national big boy. I know, I know,………… about the overall record…………….but that is yesteryear. The facts are that we are a big time program, a difference maker if you will, on the national scene, not someone like ya’ll…… where teams don’t need a bye week to prepare for you. The stress will be less if you can make up your mind that being in that category isn’t so bad! You could be like Vandy……………………..no wait,……………….Vandy’s curriculum is……………………………………

j

July 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Nail on the head. 1 national championship in the history of the program. Worst fan base on earth! Overrated year after year.

SSIgator

July 23rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Sweat Socks -

“Until Georgia starts beating Florida, frankly, they can say whatever they want. It’s up to Coach Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs to shut them up.”

A dawg fan that does NOT drink the KoolAid? Now that is unusual.

reggie's reason for the streak

July 23rd, 2010
12:19 pm

I think this ish is hilarious! The UGA fans like to throw this 8 of the last nine in our face all day long, but when the tables are turned, they start going back to the history books. What irony! At least you can beat them in “alcohol related” arrests. THWG!!!!!

Really?

July 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

j – actually it is 2 national championships. Please do some research before posting on here. Your creditability just went out the window.

Erik

July 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Georgia has 12 conference championships. Florida has 8. Just wanted to throw that out there for the people who can’t see past the end of their nose (which describes most Florida fans).

Go Dawgs.

secondguesser

July 23rd, 2010
12:21 pm

I am just jealous cause your team still owns my team in the overall record

DawgFan24

July 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

He’s doing what most of your article writing morons do (except you Mr. King, I like you..) and that is SELL PAPERS!!