Archive for September, 2011

Why the rush to judgment on 2011 Dogs?

Malcolm Mitchell's dazzling score proved to be too little too late, but what a play! (Brand Sanderlin / AJC)

Malcolm Mitchell's dazzling score proved to be too little too late, but what a play! (Brand Sanderlin / AJC)

The predictable happened Saturday night.

A Georgia program that struggled through a losing season last year got pretty soundly beaten by one of the country’s winningest programs in recent years.

A Top 5 team beat a team that somehow had sneaked into the Top 20 on the basis of a great recruiting year and residual respect from past glories.

Georgia fans booed and cussed Mike Bobo for yet another night of mostly predictable playcalling.

And the nattering nabobs of negativism, as Spiro Agnew might call them, immediately jumped off the bandwagon after just one game and started with the woe-is-Mark-Richt broadsides.

You knew that was going to happen, despite the fact that Boise State was favored over the Dogs and despite the fact that Georgia’s potential road to the SEC championship remains at least theoretically open despite the loss of the Old Leather Helmet trophy to the …

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Pressure’s on Boise State in opener against Georgia

Boise's Kellen Moore is known for his accuracy as a passer. (Associated Press)

Boise's Kellen Moore is known for his accuracy as a passer. (Associated Press)

Months of waiting comes to an end Saturday for two football programs anxiously ready to open the season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome.

The University of Georgia, a long-storied program looking to regain its luster, takes on the high-flying Boise State Broncos, one of the nation’s winningest programs over the past five years but still lacking the respect that distinction normally would garner because of the weak sister conference they’ve been playing in.

What to make of this matchup? One thing’s for sure: Times have changed since these two programs last met in Athens in 2005 when Boise proved not yet ready for prime time against a Georgia team that went on to win the SEC championship. The Broncos come in with a gaudy record as one of the nation’s most prolific offenses last season and defensive stats nearly as impressive, while the Dogs are coming off one of their most miserable …

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Fan talk: Urban tailgating, Dawg Walk, Smurfs and heavenly help

chick-fil-a-kickoffHaving spent many years working in downtown Atlanta before our office shifted out to Dunwoody, it didn’t take me long to conclude that the best place to tailgate before Saturday’s Georgia-Boise State game would be … Decatur.

I know some Falcons fans regularly tailgate in the vicinity of the Georgia Dome, but somehow the pigeon pit under the viaducts doesn’t seem like a good replacement for the usual pre-game environs of the Classic City. (Speaking of which, UGA just made the No. 8 spot on Newsweek’s list of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation. It’ll be good to get back there next week!)

So, anyway, our plan for Saturday is to grill out at home in Decatur with my brothers and then head downtown a few hours before the game. I’d be interested in hearing how other UGA fans plan on spending Game Day.

Which brings us to a pertinent piece of information requested in our latest installment of Junkyard Mail …

Rob writes: Bill, when and where is the Dawg Walk going to …

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