Why any game against hated Georgia is ‘special’ to Spurrier

Steve Spurrier has "special" feelings about going up against Georgia. (Associated Press)

Steve Spurrier has "special" feelings about going up against Georgia. (Associated Press)

There’s probably a little extra spring in Steve Spurrier’s step this week, and it’s not just because his South Carolina Gamecocks are going for an unprecedented fourth consecutive win over the Georgia Bulldogs.

For Spurrier, this game is personal. It’s always personal with him against UGA, whether he’s wearing South Carolina garnet or Florida orange and blue.

As he noted recently when he was talking like a “Dukie” as he prepared his team to take on North Carolina, Spurrier has always loved a good rivalry game. As he put it: “It is a little special when you are coaching against a team like that, just like coaching against Georgia. The Gators and Georgia were teams that didn’t like each other very much. That’s a special game, too, so anytime you coach against a team that was a little special wherever you coached at, it remains a special game.”

When it comes to Georgia, though, it’s more than just a “special game” for the Ole Ball Coach.

He hates the Bulldogs with a passion. And with good reason.

Joe Litsch, who attended UGA back when Spurrier was playing for the Gators and later was a sportswriter for the Constitution, provides some background on Spurrier’s hatred of all things Red and Black in this firsthand recollection he sent in to the Blawg …

Ever since Steve Spurrier left the head coaching position at Duke University to return to his alma mater, the University of Florida, in a similar capacity, he has taken every opportunity to needle and take cheap shots at the Georgia Bulldogs. And, he was unbelievably successful with his superior coaching in what many longtime Georgia fans refer to as Georgia’s “down years” — when the Bulldogs were coached by Ray Goff and Jim Donnan. But Spurrier’s real hatred for Georgia began when he was a sophomore starting quarterback for the Gators (freshmen could not play varsity in those days).

It was 1964, Vince Dooley’s first year at Georgia, and everyone was amazed at the turnaround Dooley was directing in Athens. So, the Georgia aggregation rolled into Jacksonville, underdogs but proud dogs nevertheless. Spurrier was held in check and the score stood 7-7 in the fourth with Georgia lined up to try a field goal. The snap was fumbled, but kicker Bobby Etter, who weighed a whopping 120 if he had rocks in his uniform, had been a high school quarterback and he scooped up the ball, cocked his arm once, then took off for the goal line and scored. 13-7. Then, Etter kicked the PAT and Georgia had its first win over “Stevie Baby,” as the Florida swampers liked to call him.

The next year, Spurrier did manage to pull out a 14-10 win. But it was the following year, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 1966, that literally rocked ole Spurrier’s world — and it hasn’t stopped rocking since. We didn’t know then how big that EGO was. Florida was undefeated, heading (they thought) for their first SEC title and Spurrier had the inside track on the Heisman Trophy race. The Gators were lying in wait for the upstart Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs rolled into Jacksonville with only a 7-6 Friday night loss to Miami marring an otherwise perfect record. (In those days Miami played teams, especially the stronger teams on its schedule, on Friday, thus cutting down the preparation time for the visiting team.) And of course, for this game in Jacksonville, Spurrier and the Gators were favored.

Spurrier in his quarterbacking days for the Gators. (University of Florida)

Spurrier in his quarterbacking days for the Gators. (University of Florida)

The morning of the game there was the Georgia-Florida breakfast with died-hard fans from both sides, the coaches and a couple of bleary-eyed, hungover pep bands (I was a Georgia band member). I remember well Coach Dooley’s mournful speech: “The Bulldogs will be limping today but we’ll do our best.” Talk was that All-American defensive tackle Bill Stanfill had a pinched nerve in his neck (I personally think it just irritated him and made him meaner). But there was still All-American defensive tackle George Patton, ready to go.

There was also the rumor that Spurrier was to be the primary subject of a Sports Illustrated cover story; the game was merely a backdrop as he was the odds-on Heisman favorite. The magazine had dispatched a legion of photographers to cover his every move — and they did.  Both bands were on the field for the pregame national anthem, so we got a close-up look at the preacher’s boy and his strutting — now sportswriters call it swagger.

For two quarters, Spurrier looked pretty good — nothing spectacular — and his team did have a 10-3 lead when they broke for halftime.

Now, I do not know what Dooley and his stalwart defensive coach Erk Russell told the Dogs at half, but when they returned to the Gator Bowl field, they owned it — and Spurrier, too. He would drop back and Stanfill and Patton would be there with him. They literally mopped the field with him and the grass stains on Spurrier’s butt attested to that fact. Stanfill has very long arms and here he would come, waving one arm in the air and grabbing for ole Stevie with the other. In short, they ripped Spurrier a new one and shut out the previously high-scoring Florida offense. It was humiliating for a Heisman Trophy winner who had visions of an SEC title and maybe a national crown.

On offense, Dooley had another All-American tackle named Edgar Chandler, who along with a line that included the likes of Don “Heavy” Hayes and John Kasey, shredded the Florida defense and let speedy Kent Lawrence scoot through holes big enough for the team bus to drive through. And Georgia quarterback Kirby Moore was in total control.

When the clock ran out, it was Georgia 27, Florida 10! The Gators’ undefeated season was gone and so were any title hopes. And Spurrier was not featured on the Sports Illustrated cover!

Florida did manage an Orange Bowl bid against Georgia Tech, another undefeated team until the Yellow Jackets visited Sanford Stadium in Bobby Dodd’s final season, and Georgia easily won 23-14. Georgia went on to the Cotton Bowl and a 24-9 win over SMU. Florida and Tech played in what Georgia fans called the Lemon Bowl, and Spurrier has never been able to get the sour taste out of his mouth.

Sure, he did beat Georgia later on — with other players. But he wasn’t able to hang on to the brass ring himself. He had to stand on the sideline, throwing visors and watching other players do what he could not.

That four hours on a Saturday in 1966 is why he hates Georgia.

The best comment that November afternoon in Jacksonville came from Florida coach Ray Graves, who said he was sure glad Stanfill was not at full strength that day. He knew it could have been worse. And I imagine Spurrier did, too.

Thanks, Joe!

Tomorrow: What fans think Georgia needs to do to beat South Carolina.

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157 comments Add your comment

cb

September 4th, 2013
9:41 am

Ya’ll are a helluva lot more obsessed over Spurrier than he is over you.

cb

September 4th, 2013
9:43 am

I can’t wait to read this blog Sunday night after the Thumping.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 4th, 2013
9:57 am

No, I think he hates the dawgs for the same reason everybody else does. Because you’re whinny, obnoxious, cry babies.

Like Tyler from Atlanta.

Bulldawg35

September 4th, 2013
9:58 am

I hate spurrier too!!!! Come on UGA please beat SC! Ncdawg where you at??? I need your optimism and views on the game! I’m tired of hating this week! We just need to win and keep winning! If we win out anything can happen! I want Richt and Murray to prove to the bulldawg nation that they can get it done!

Ball Coach

September 4th, 2013
10:00 am

Only thing special about this game is racking up another notch in the W column. Next week, Vandy becomes “special”.

GeoffDawg

September 4th, 2013
10:00 am

cb, I guess you haven’t been paying much attention for the last 23 years or so? You’re partially right, Spurrier’s main obsession always has been Spurrier.

GT

September 4th, 2013
10:19 am

I wonder who Spurrier was rooting for during the Clemson Georgia game…
Tech people of course was pulling for Clemson.
It would be interesting to see who he was rooting for.

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
10:21 am

Spurrier is a competitor and he hates to lose. He’s got a chip on his shoulder. He’s got that edge that all great coaches have. Meanwhile, Mark Richt sounds like he’s about to fall asleep in his post-game press conferences. There’s no fire. No passion. He sounds like a high school geography teacher, not a big time college football coach.

cb

September 4th, 2013
10:23 am

Philiy from Columbia

September 4th, 2013
10:25 am

Spurrier will come to play…..Dogs will not be happy at 0-2

Georgia’s not that good anyway…..

CODawg

September 4th, 2013
10:26 am

Always love reading the backdrop about Spurrier’s hatred for us. Thanks, Bill, for amping up the game even more.

Z dawg

September 4th, 2013
10:28 am

Can coach Richt and Bobo build the level of obsession to win like old Stevie? Until then, we will keep getting our scared asses beat.

Owen Scott, III

September 4th, 2013
10:34 am

Old Stevie sat home for the last two SEC Championship games while we played for the trophy.

Ball Coach

September 4th, 2013
10:41 am

… and lost.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
10:44 am

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – Todd Gurley – toss sweep to whatever side Clowney is on! You heard me right. Run right at Clowney – not away from him. The Game Crocks will load the box to stop the run on whichever side Clowney is NOT on. So take it right to him with with the 265 lb FB, Night Train Hicks, leading the way. Then short drop back passes – get the ball out quick. Run a couple of end arounds and miss direction plays to get Clowney to chase and wear him down.

Put a spy on Shaw and put the wood to him (legally)… don’t let him scramble. KEY for the “D” is stopping the RB – got to stop the run. That’s where it all begins. Way to soft against the run and missed to many tackles last week. Quit beating yourself with dumb penalties. It’s the DAWGS home field this time. Advantage DAWGS!

As for Spud, he’s always going to be a whining, crybaby, visor throwing PUNK. Guess he’s got no complaints about the schedule this year?

Bama Fan #2

September 4th, 2013
10:46 am

Good luck to the dawgs this week end!!
Murray better have some good insurance ready!!
RTR

Ball Coach

September 4th, 2013
10:51 am

We wont hurt Aaron. Don’t need to. Just need to scare him a little bit. That’s all it takes.

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
11:02 am

The Richt fans will insist that there is no such “edge” and that it doesn’t exist. They are wrong. You can see it in the results of our football team. All the turnovers, missed tackles, penalties and stupid mistakes are the result of a lack of attention to detail. That starts with the coaches. It’s the maniacal pursuit of perfection that makes a great team. Of course no team or coach will ever be perfect, but its the pursuit of that perfection that makes greatness. We don’t have that with Richt. We’ll lose a big game and he’ll get up there and talk about how all of our goals are still intact. He has the team celebrate when a team that whipped our tails loses so we can back in to the SEC title game. That’s not greatness. It’s actually kind of pathetic.

Please understand that I wish all of this wasn’t true, but it is.

Bulldawg35

September 4th, 2013
11:02 am

Flo-ri- duh

I agree….hicks and gurley are the keys to this victory. Also many people may laugh but I think gates is tired of getting whipped! He is tired of the media and fans critiquing him! I think he will step up and have a great game…no he won’t completely stop clowney…but I think he will hold him at bay! I hate SC even worse than Florida….and that’s saying something! Living here in the palmetto state….I want my dawgs to put a end to this non sense and beat spurrier!!!!!

BazookaJoe

September 4th, 2013
11:08 am

It will be funny to watch the chickens crawl back in their hole once we spank them and send them home. Then we can get on to play some REAL teams instead of the pretenders.

BazookaJoe

September 4th, 2013
11:09 am

35 – south carolina is not WORTHY of our hate. They are just another team on our schdule. If spurrier wasnt there I doubt we’d even know they existed….

Bulldawg35

September 4th, 2013
11:10 am

What I and you people forget…is that we beat FLA when they were ranked number 2!!! So we can beat these top ten teams…we just got to do it more often! We have the talent….this sat will tell a lot on what direction will this team take!

Bulldawg35

September 4th, 2013
11:12 am

Joe…

Yeah they probably don’t…but I live here in the upstate of South Carolina…and have to listen to all of their crazy fans….so it’s different for me!!!

SimpleDawg

September 4th, 2013
11:14 am

A great piece on a real piece of……..

True DAWG

September 4th, 2013
11:19 am

All this is great Bill BUT he whoops us annually and I am tired of it!! Theres no reason for it! We out recruit him year after year- I am still ok with Richt but if he doesn get it done Sat- lets get him out of here and bring in Smart! He already has the first SEC loss to a mountain west school, and first coach with 3 staraight losses to SC and firs time ACC has ever beaten op ten ranked opponents

Andy

September 4th, 2013
11:38 am

Spurrier has and always will own the Bulldogs.

BIG MIKE

September 4th, 2013
11:41 am

Spurrier knows he’s headed for Payback City….These guys have been waiting for this game since last year. They know they embarrassed themselves and believe me, that won’t happen this time. I predict UGA crushes SC by 21 points. They’ve got the guns to do it, all it will take is the attitude and crowd…much like SC had last year. The worm has turned.

Honey Bobo

September 4th, 2013
11:52 am

Wow, now every p–ant A She She team in the country thinks they’ve got a chance against the SEC.

Thanks Georgia. No, really, thanks.

You really are the SEC’s spastic little brother.

Knight Dawg

September 4th, 2013
11:54 am

Please…no tech fans allowed…..remember, we still own you and tech just quit in the first half of the game last year…..so you can’t speak until we come to Atlanta and derail your triple floption again late November….

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:01 pm

CB + a know nothing SC fan. It is a PROVEN fact that Spurrier preps extra hard for Georgia every year. Ask former players and assistants. THEY will tell you. You are probably some 20 something year old with no historical perspective at all.

It’s better to keep your mouth shut and have people THINK you don’t know anything than it is to open your mouth an leave no doubt at all. You may extract your foot from your mouth now.

OldDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:07 pm

I think dawgfan has the right read on this. Living in Alabama, a day seldom goes by that I don’t see that same maniacal pursuit in Saban on the evening news. The edge that comes with that is apparent in those coaches. They definitely know how to be sure everyone understands what they expect, and if they don’t see it, they let everyone know. CMR is not that kind of coach, and maybe that’s for the better in most regards. But there is a difference. How much it really matters is the question.

crackbaby

September 4th, 2013
12:08 pm

The Ole Ball Coach loves to tweak UGA and its fans. He relishes the role of villain.

How about having the backup QB throw for two TD passes in the 4th quarter in Athens to hang “half a hundred” on the Dawgs at home. 52-17 in 1995 while the Braves were winning the World Series. There was also a plane circling Sanford Stadium with a banner, “Gators for Goff”. Don’t think Spurrier did that, though…

You have to admit he makes it interesting.

BIG MIKE

September 4th, 2013
12:18 pm

I like Spurrier and Saban as coaches, but overt tenacity isn’t any more effective than the congenial and cerebral approach Richt and Dooley had. It takes a lot more than a coaches nature to win at any level.

cb

September 4th, 2013
12:20 pm

Actually, NCDawg, I am a life long resident of Georgia and I am 37 with many fruits of my loins running around. I am sure I am not as smart as you though, cause you a Dawg Fan, baby. Hellz yeah. You are God’s gift to footbaw. We all know that.

SSI

September 4th, 2013
12:28 pm

The description of that 1966 game is both entertaining and accurate. I too was sitting in the Gator Bowl that faithful day when Bill Stanfill and George Patton took Spurrier’s measure. Quite well.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:47 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh
September 4th, 2013
10:44 am

AMEN! If they send Clowney up the middle give it to Hicks so he can plant his helmet in his chest and blow him back. You run it AT speed guys… you make them expend energy fending off blockers and then after a few plays you do something to the far side to force him to pursue. Then go back at him with a wall of blockers. You can’t take away half the field for 1 guy.

I don’t know about you guys but didn’t it seem like our plan for Clemson was a bit simplistic? It was very vanilla. We didn’t see any pistol formation… we didn’t try to spread them out with 4 wides either. Murray said that they were as deep into the playbook as he could imagine… he also said they were throwing stuff at Brice Ramsey that he didn’t see late in his sophomore season.

Don’t be surprised if you see some different stuff Saturday.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:49 pm

CB – not an intelligence issue… it’s perspective and experience. I know the history and YES he is maniacal about beating Georgia.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:52 pm

And I was born and raised in Georgia. If I were born in Alabama… then I would be the smartest football fan alive…LOL

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:53 pm

But your statement was ignorant and deserved to be refuted. Life is tough like that.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
12:55 pm

Oh and I never said anything about where you were from… you ASSUMED that. I said you were probably a SC fan.

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
12:56 pm

Richt’s calm demeanor used to have its strengths but I’m afraid that time has passed. Is it any wonder that our SEC Title drought began at the precise moment that other SEC teams started winning national titles? The league has gotten better and passed Mr. Nice Guy by.

There is always a tinge of holier than thou self-righteousness in the air whenever my fellow dawg fans start talking about all these winning coaches. Spurrier is a dirtbag. Saban is the devil. Etc. There is nothing to indicate that these guys are any lesser men than Richt so let’s give that a rest. They just win more football games than he does and you don’t like it.

Jim Ortiz

September 4th, 2013
1:00 pm

In 1982 there as a cocktail party for the past Heisman trophy winners. Of course the team mascot was there, along with Herschel Walker. When the Heisman winners were lined up and getting ready to go into the dinner, only one former winner broke the line, and came over to rub UGA’s head. That man was Steve Spurrier. Maybe if sonny took UGA over to their sideline he would distract Spurrier.LOL!! If Clowney plays like he did last sat. 3 tackles, whole game, as reported by ESPN, and gasping for breath, they’re in trouble.
Spurrier has no one to blame but himself, and the Florida offensive line for his performance in 1966. People like to blame others for what happens to them. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF!!!
I don’t like Spurrier’s attitude toward UGA. Hire him to coach UGA’s football team?!? NEVER!! He would probably take the money and lose!!! Then blame someone else!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

Macclenny_dawg

September 4th, 2013
1:01 pm

Confidence is the 1st step in winning. Its obvious that Murray doesn’t have that against top ten teams. Its obvious that Bobo doesn’t have it just look at play calling. Or does Bobo not have it in Murray??? Either way Uga doesn’t have it!!! Time 4 a change!!! It starts at the top!!! Go Dawgs!!!

momo

September 4th, 2013
1:02 pm

The team with the most points on the scoreboard at the end of said game WILL WIN!! You can take that to the bank!!!

momo

September 4th, 2013
1:03 pm

momo

September 4th, 2013
1:04 pm

I bleed BLACK!!

MttPF

September 4th, 2013
1:10 pm

Clowney has been dissed by every pundit for taking plays off against UNC. Wouldn’t want to be in Murray’s shoes for all the whiskey in Ireland!

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
1:11 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh
September 4th, 2013
10:44 am

AMEN! You run AT speed. I’d run student body (left or right) at him… a wall of blockers… to frustrate him. And then run something to the opposite side to make him have to run all the way across the field. If they send him up the middle, the give him a face full of Hicks running the ball.
Wear him down trying to beat blockers instead of hunting on the run chasing QBs.

Mobile Dawg

September 4th, 2013
1:18 pm

All good in theory NCDawg, I tried to use logic in figuring a good game plan vs Clemson, just seems like our coach, Bobo or Richt, don’t. Ball control was the key against Clemson, all we did was try and pound it up the middle, no creativity whatsoever. The six straight series of 3/4 and out was what doomed us. The running game up the middle.

C from Marietta

September 4th, 2013
1:22 pm

I love reading the whinny Dawg fans. Murray doesn’t have this or Coach Richt doesn’t have that. Well, Coach Richt has FORGOTTEN more about football than you folks will ever know. You sit on the coach and think you know everything. Probably never played a down of college football. You really need to understand how stupid you sound. Like it’s easy to just win a NC. LOL

C from Marietta

September 4th, 2013
1:24 pm

@ Mobile Dawg

Your a perfect example Ball control was the key against Clemson, all we did was try and pound it up the middle, no creativity whatsoever.” Then, how did they score 35 points and run up 535 yards. Didn’t Murray have over 300 yards passing? But yeah it was the play calling on offense. LOL

C from Marietta

September 4th, 2013
1:27 pm

Plus, I have something for you too trolls. It is really sad when you come here to rub dirt in the wounds of other people. Real classy. YOU ARE COWARDS that hide behind a keyboard. I wish you would go to Athens and talk that crap to the fans in person. I would love to watch you get your arse kicked.

Skokie Dog

September 4th, 2013
1:44 pm

@C from Marietta wrote: “You sit on the coach and think you know everything.”
I want to state for the record that I have never, ever sat on a coach, despite my tendency to know as much as others who post here.

Skokie Dog

September 4th, 2013
1:47 pm

I notice that lots of people who post here are claiming that Clowney was winded and out of shape in the game last week against UNC. Many of these are the same people who told us how relatively weak Clemson’s defense would be in our game last week. So, were you wrong last week, or is Georgia’s veteran offensive line not very good? Or did the o-line just have an off night in Clemson?

Skokie Dog

September 4th, 2013
1:50 pm

Ironically, Spurrier’s teams, when they do lose games, are exposed for lacking attention to details, such as special teams lapses like botched field goal attempts and the like. But for games against Georgia, he does seem to have his teams especially well prepared. I think that losing to S.C. three straight times should get Coach Richt’s attention similarly focused on details as he prepares the ‘Dogs for this week’s game.

Stevey Spurrier

September 4th, 2013
1:51 pm

Would it be OK if I coached the game on Saturday with my shirt off? I like to do that over here at Carolina, and work on my tan.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 4th, 2013
1:55 pm

I can’t help it, I Love spurrier..he is snarky and backs it up..He was a Heisman winner on the field, and tore 3 yards and a cloud of dust college football a new orifice as the fun and gun head coach. Hell, he is the only thing besides Hootie and the blowfish to put USC on the map. I am glad he is in the SEC east so i can pull for Auburn and Spurrier at the same time (except sec championship game 2010…sorry stevie baby!) When I think of Athens I think of Jim Donnan’s lotto pick’em Investing strategy, popped collars, and bad hair…It is an easy call..
USC 33 (31 + a uga safety) UGA 24

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
1:59 pm

C from Marietta
September 4th, 2013
1:24 pm

LOL! You hit it right on the head. Yes, they wanted to control the clock… we had 5 more minutes of possession. But we also out gained them both on the ground and in the air. Our crappy OC called such a horrible game that we punted the ball 1 time less that Clemson.

The problem wasn’t that we didn’t move the football… it was the mistakes. They made mistakes as well… they got away with theirs and we didn’t. It’s that simple. We had a stretch during the later part of the 1st half and the early 3rd quarter where they were crashing the line and stopping us. Other than that we moved the ball the way we needed to. But it’s either we pass it too much or we run it too much.

Every running play that doesn’t go for 5-8 yards is a dumb call. Any pass that is intercepted was a horrible play by the QB as well. Any punt that isn’t returned for a TD is a bad play. Any time the other team executes well and gains some yardage is a huge defensive failure. Any bobbled snap is a coaching failure. Get REAL people.

You underestimated Clemson. You bought a line of horse manure that says that teams DO NOT IMPROVE. Clemson’s defense is better than you thought but they still gave up 35 points and 500+ yards. They fought hard and they were AT HOME. I didn’t like losing but I was not embarrassed.

There is room for improvement and we will see it come Saturday night. The Doom and Gloom crowd deserves to be miserable. It’s a miasma of their own making. You choose to live and die by the performance of 18-22 year old young men. I love my Dawgs but the sun still rose on Sunday morning and life went on. Gee… I think that is called being rational.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
2:10 pm

A botched snap is NOT a coaching failure… good god! Have you lost your freaking minds!? Get a life!

How many botched snaps have we had? 1 that I can remember. And he is a new snapper. How could he have been coached better? Tell us oh great gurus… tell us that the hundreds of snaps the kid has made could have been better coached. You are insane.

BTW Clemson launched 1 over Boyd’s head and got called for a false start to wipe out the advantage it would have given us.

I don’t know why I bother… it’s useless to point out anything rational to lunatics. No sane person would say a botched snap was a coaching failure unless it happens ALL the time. It doesn’t. Just damn…

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
2:14 pm

Spurrier hates anyone that is standing in his way to a W. We’re not special. He hates Clemson. He hated Tennessee and probably still does. He hated FSU but could probably care less about them now because he doesn’t play them. He doesn’t vocalize it but he probably even hates Florida now. I don’t see him taking it all that easy on them. He ruined their season in 2005.

I seriously doubt Spurrier prepares any harder for us than he does anyone else. That might fly if we were only losing to South Carolina, but we lose to every top team that we play. Are they all going the extra mile to beat the Dawgs? Laughable.

Spurrier isn’t obsessed with us. He’s obsessed with winning. Must be nice having a coach like that.

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
2:21 pm

Who in the world said anything about a botched snap other than the voices in your head NCdawg? Yes, things like that can happen to anyone. Therein lies the point. Great teams overcome it. We just come on message boards and whine about what people are saying about our coach and how we “almost” won. We’re always a botched snap or a bad call from greatness according to homers like you. Every freaking big game we lose you homers start up with that crap.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
2:21 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle
September 4th, 2013
1:55 pm

What mental institution are you currently inhabiting? A Turkey Buzzard talking smack on a Bulldog blog? I bet you really ate up the back to back cans of whoop as$ we laid on the tiggers (45-7 and 38-0 in case you forgot). Looks like the Dawgs did all the talking and backing it up recently. It’s pretty damn sad when the PuddyTat fans have to live vicariously through Spurrier. Any sane person would be so ashamed they’d hide.

When your Turkey Buzzards can walk the walk come back and talk smack… until then just put a sock in it and go crawl back into your padded cell.

Skokie Dog

September 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

@NC: If you’re reacting to my mention of a botched field goal attempt in the post made at 1:50 PM, I assure you I wasn’t making any reference to the field goal try in the U.Ga.-Clemson game last week. I actually had in mind a missed field goal attempt that U.S.C. made at Florida a few years ago, and that miss was the difference in the outcome of that game. (I don’t recall the specific year, but I saw it happen on the telecast.) That post is about a Spurrier-coached team. I read a long article about Spurrier’s time as HC of the Washington Redskins, and his failure there seems to have included several lapses that were attributed to not spending enough time in practice working on details, including those on special teams. My comment was about Coach Spurrier’s teams.
I understand that players make mistakes during games, regardless of how well prepared they are when they arrive on the field.
If you were reacting to someone else’s post, just ignore my reply.

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
2:32 pm

dawgfan
September 4th, 2013
2:21 pm

How about this from Skokie Dog?

“Ironically, Spurrier’s teams, when they do lose games, are exposed for lacking attention to details, such as special teams lapses like botched field goal attempts and the like.”

Yeah… I’m really imagining things. And don’t try to use the “homer” crap as an insult. I just happen to not filter everything through the “all our problems come from bad coaching” view of being a Bulldog fan. I am proudly a “HOMER”. I am a real Bulldog fan… I back the team no matter who the coach is and win, lose, or draw. If that is something you disdain then maybe you need to rethink who you “say” you pull for.

General Ledger

September 4th, 2013
2:51 pm

Go Dawgs! Hope we win but will have to be more varied on offense than we were on 6 straight 3 & outs versus Clemson. Sure was a lot of run up the middle, run up the middle try to pass on 3rd & 10. Need to keep them off balance more…..toss sweep to Marshall (PLEASE!), some mis-direction, some quick slants and screens etc.

fan

September 4th, 2013
3:01 pm

aaron murray is not good enough to overcome grantham.

Mobile Dawg

September 4th, 2013
3:08 pm

NCDawg you make some good counter points, but, six consecutive possessions isn’t really late second qtr, early third. We keep the ball for half those possessions and it’s a different game, that’s all I’m saying as far as ball control. I would bet that Clemson scored at least twice off the exchange of those six three and outs.

So I guess from your comments running the ball between the tackles for “little” to no gain was ok, maybe even good, rather than getting excellent backs out in the open a bit more. You’re pretty “football” smart. Even on the first and goal series, after we had been stuffed on “several” previous possessions. Thanks for the education, no wonder we keep Bobo in the OC position, wink.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 4th, 2013
3:23 pm

@NCDawg yes you beat us 2 years running..course, you wouldn’t know it from the way some dawg fans still whine over Nick Fairley planting Aaron Murray like a tulip 3 years ago..And there is no mental damage involved in my love of all things Spurrier..I love the snark, I love the not so subtle put downs of opponents and his own QB’s, hell, I wish he was our coach.

Click Clack

krazydawg

September 4th, 2013
3:51 pm

When I think of Clemson I think Auburn with a lake to wash their cows or wives.

Trisha the dishwasher from auburn

September 4th, 2013
4:11 pm

Hi I’m looking for overtime work
my auburn tigers haven’t had enough money to buy a quality team.

I feel that hard work leads to more money to buy players to come to auburn.

It’s hard to convince good players to come here

Trisha the dishwasher from auburn

September 4th, 2013
4:14 pm

Please let me know if u have any dishes to wash

War eagle

Trisha the dishwasher from auburn

September 4th, 2013
4:17 pm

Oh I forgot

Click clack ;)

Realistic dawg

September 4th, 2013
4:25 pm

C from marietta

I guess when facts are presented then that person is a troll

Have another refreshing glass of Kool-aid. You are going to need it

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
4:25 pm

I support the team too. I hope we win. I just don’t think it’s going to happen. I also want to win the lottery, but I don’t think that will be happening either. That’s the difference between me and you. I’m willing to admit that because I live in reality and you live in a homer fantasy land. It’s not an insult. It just is what it is dude.

I’ll be as excited as anyone of we win though. Rest assured.

Macclenny_dawg

September 4th, 2013
4:46 pm

Up the middle Bobo against Spurrier. Now pick your who out coaches the other!!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 4th, 2013
5:07 pm

HAHA ttdfa,,,thats funny stuff..you dawgies may not have a NC in the modern era but you never lose your sense of humor. Three cheers for UGA. perennially the best of the rest

WDE

NCDawg

September 4th, 2013
5:12 pm

dawgfan
September 4th, 2013
4:25 pm

I don’t live in fantasy land, dude. I live in reality… I just don’t get worked up and start pointing fingers when things don’t go my way. I didn’t like losing any more than any other Dawg fan. Any and all losses suck. But I know that you win as a team and you lose as a team… coaching is only part of the equation. The blame game is fruitless.

Realistic dawg

September 4th, 2013
5:46 pm

Trisha

“the modern era” started before 1980

Something you would have known if weren’t so busy washing dishes to buy players

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
5:47 pm

I’m going to be honest and defend Clowney a little bit. It was reported that he had an intestinal virus a couple of days before the game. His electrolytes probably got out of balance causing his loss of energy. With the Game Crocks having two more days than UGA to get ready for this game (because they played on thursday) Clowney should be fully recuperated.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
5:57 pm

Dawgs have a “finesse” OL and are better suited running outside than up the middle. Trap plays are good too. Scrrens to the WR’s will work on the Game Crocks who over pursue. Their OL is huge and gut heavy. They are built for a power game. You better believe that they will run right at the middle of the UGA DL.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
6:46 pm

I sent three vents. Have they all been eaten by the blog monster?

BULLDAWG BILL

September 4th, 2013
6:51 pm

One more reason the “evil genius” hates Georgia — He wanted the UGA head coach job that went to Ray Goff. He thought he was more experienced and better qualified(and he was) and he took it out on Ray and UGA every chance he got at Florida and now at South Carolina. He may have been offered the Georgia job if he had not been such a jerk.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
7:01 pm

Come On……
Where did that come from? Spurrier wanting to coach at UGA -never! And the feeling is mutual.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
7:05 pm

Chris Bennett (OG) – surgically repaired shoulder during off season and still recovering

Xzavier Ward (LOT) – mysterious knee injury – has not played

John Theus (ROT)- surgically repaired foot – played sparingly

*** all three are considered the best at their position are injured

dawgfan

September 4th, 2013
7:43 pm

It’s a $3 million a year part of the equation, but mmmkay.

gm

September 4th, 2013
7:45 pm

Just a game,folks. No one owns anyone. Still,go dawgs! S.C. is a talented and well coached team for sure.

krazydawg

September 4th, 2013
7:47 pm

Why are we handing the ball 5 yards almost in are backfield? Does anyone know?

krazydawg

September 4th, 2013
7:50 pm

Whiznot

September 4th, 2013
8:02 pm

Spurrier is a great coach and I’d trade our bible thumping, mealy mouthed, non-ball-spiking clown for him any day. But Go Dawgs (even though I know it’s a lost cause).

krazydawg

September 4th, 2013
8:05 pm

You can be a good coach and a bible thumper with some moxy to ya. Religion has nothing to do with it.

krazydawg

September 4th, 2013
8:06 pm

Look up Nick Hyder

Dawgmeat

September 4th, 2013
8:15 pm

Love the dead beats like whiz knot and dumb fan who trash everything about the Dawgs and end saying they are fans. Give me break?

Hunkerdown

September 4th, 2013
8:18 pm

I have been reading the AJC sports page for many, a year. This is undoubtably my favorite article and puts a lot of the “the visor thrower” into perspective and his tacky behavior towards Georgia. Good to know we whipped his fanny back in 1966 BK and why the lil spoiled boy tends to come out.

ARdawg

September 4th, 2013
8:22 pm

Ya’ll lighten up on Trishadisha. Auburn has won one in a row. They don’t get much to cheer about at the Waffle House

Hairy Dawg

September 4th, 2013
9:51 pm

You forgot half the stuff why we poke Visor Boy in eyes. He did a ssisstants at Yech and we beat the pestky bugs then like worthless pointy head nerds. Then he coach at Puke and we make stinky ACC teams look like girls high squad. Next Coach Richt school him for years at FSU and Stevie Wonder whine it unfair that Noles punish him. And he dont like getting beat by Dawgs in recruiting by Gaytors and more so now with Choking Chickens. And then he try to cheat and crying to change division winners rules but Dawgs own running of East anyways.

And now we makes him pay when we unload that whooping can on Sat. Dawgs get first game mitsakes fixed and expose all that talent on Scar. Dawgs will dominants chickens to point that over/under on Stevie Boy throwing visor on Sat. is 7 times. Also remember Scar dont got no ACC refs to save them like Dabo cheerleader did. That why I sure we put beat down on Scar this weekend like desevring.

Go Dawgs! Sick E’m!

HotDawg

September 4th, 2013
10:08 pm

This IS a UGA blog, but look at all the psychotic haters that gather to make their juvenile comments.
Who are the obsessive ones??
Same old lunatics. Did your momma leave your daddy for a GA guy or just have an affair with him? Miss your mommy?

HotDawg

September 4th, 2013
10:17 pm

Any fan that didn’t know this story about the visor coach must have lived a sheltered life since he became coach at F U…….excuse me UF.
Who did not know this crap? At least one writer somewhere, writes about it every time coach visor coaches against UGA.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
11:38 pm

Spurrier will have something special planned for Langley (freshman CB) ’cause he flipped from Spud to Richt…. hear it really got under Spud’s skin to be rejected like that. Langley better tighten that chin strap up and watch out for cheap shots – it’s gonna be a busy day for him.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 4th, 2013
11:47 pm

Really not sure Bummer will even win the WEST with that pathetic offense they showed against #30 ranked Va Tech…… less than 250 yards total offense. Maybe Mettenbubba or Johnny Football will kick their hind end.

Bummer lost their leaders to the NFL draft…… especially the OL. Yelden couldn’t even get it going. Gurley can overcome an average OL – Yelden was great behind the best OL of the last 20 years. Now most of them are gone. Gurley is Heisman material – Yelden not so much.

Creativity Dawg

September 5th, 2013
12:01 am

Flo..ur as nuts as fans on Bradley’s column ready for a Dawgs failure..lmao..Lnagley played a good game

Fair n Balanced

September 5th, 2013
3:44 am

If GA loses to SC, ill not be reading AJC next week. GA fans are too negative and lose focus on reality when we lose. I just hoe we win! Go Dogs!

Wrecker

September 5th, 2013
5:33 am

Thanks to Bill for sharing the background. This is exactly the type of stuff that the AJC can do well in covering sports.

I am inclined to agree that Spurrier’s number one focus throughout life has been on Steve Spurrier. He may spare some disdain for UGA or other programs occasionally, but only in service of his own ego.

yankeedawg

September 5th, 2013
7:11 am

Enter your comments here

yankeedawg

September 5th, 2013
7:14 am

I like Carolina as a team I hate Spurrier as a coach he is not a players coach and will take
chances like Shaw last year playing him hurt with the chance of him really being hurt! He destroyed Latimores career and will do the same with Clowney if he plays him hurt!

yankeedawg

September 5th, 2013
7:17 am

The only reason USC got Lou and Steve as coaches is because of Hootie Johnson and the Augusta National!Both are members now! We have a Dawg in charge of the National now after Steve leaves this year( with no SEC Championship rings ) Who do they get as coach!.

PigIron

September 5th, 2013
7:42 am

Steve Spurrier is obsessed with UGA?

Is this supposed to be some sort of preemptive excuse for losing to SC again?

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
7:49 am

Fair n Balanced
September 5th, 2013
3:44 am

Georgia fans aren’t too negative as a whole… it’s the vocal minority that flood these blogs to vent their spleen that are too negative. Too many people just spout what they’ve heard from other people. If a loud mouth voices an opinion most of the time the people too lazy to do their own thinking just pick it up and run with it as well.

Do most Georgia fans want to win a NC? You bet. Do most think it won’t ever happen with Richt as Head Coach, NO. It may not be this year… but who knows. The “can’t win the big one” is a mental block for the FANS. We will see what we have this weekend.

UA Grad

September 5th, 2013
7:57 am

Nice article Mr. King. I always enjoy reading your articles. I hope your daughter is enjoying school!

A Florida grad colleague also told me that Spurrier hated Ga because of the 1968 game. Apparently Spurrier thought Ga ran up the score that day.

Bottom line: GA wins or loses based on the OL and Murray. I’ll be pulling for the Dogs.

JB

September 5th, 2013
8:40 am

Football is great….but at the end of the day, I’d want my son to be more like Richt than Sprurrier. Just a sore losing kind of jerk is the ole ball coach.

JB

September 5th, 2013
8:43 am

I live in Augusta. Sprurrier is NOT a member of the National. And the Chairman now is Billy Payne, who played OL at UGA. Don’t think the ole ball coach has a chance at THAT membership. Go Dawgs.

PigIron

September 5th, 2013
9:14 am

Spurrier is a “sore loser”?

How long has it been since he lost this game?

NoAxeToGrind

September 5th, 2013
9:21 am

I was a freshman at UGA when the game was played. I still remember my AF ROTC instructors (ROTC was mandatory for all males their first two years then) making fun of Spurrier in class one day when UGA won the game….47 years ago. Unfortinately I think the result will be quite different this time. It all boils down to the coaching.

Buzz-off

September 5th, 2013
9:24 am

We will win because “35″ has posted positive comments this week. Go DAWGS and think positive. P.S. We will play Clemson again in about 4 months!!!

JB

September 5th, 2013
9:34 am

Pigiron…….I don’t care how many he has won, he doesn’t lose well. And I’m ok with that. I wish Mark would show some emotion……But Sprurrier, at his age, say’s things he shouldn’t.

Skokie Dog

September 5th, 2013
9:39 am

@NCDawg wrote, “Do most Georgia fans want to win a NC? You bet. Do most think it won’t ever happen with Richt as Head Coach, NO.”
Did you take a poll of Georgia fans? Or are you just choosing a definition of “Georgia fans”?

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
9:50 am

Skokie Dog
September 5th, 2013
9:39 am

The fire Richt crowd is a minority. Period. If you don’t like that, tough, it is reality.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
9:52 am

The fire Richt crowd makes the BulldogNation look like idiots because people outside the state can not understand the mindset that gives birth to it.

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
10:02 am

NCdawg
The fire Richt crowd is a very small minority. Granted, very vocal on the blogs or seemingly so. Many of those professing to be dawg fans are not. Many of those are a half dozen or so of the tech trolls. A few others are the team du jour of the week. Yes there are some down on Richt and the program but, most of those would complain about being hung with new rope

dawgfan

September 5th, 2013
10:14 am

The Richt homers act like we’re just imagining Richt’s poor record against quality opponents recently. They just ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist. They try to put the burden on us to explain why Richt is not a great coach when it is they who should be trying to explain why he cannot beat top teams anymore. Do one of you blind Richt loyalists want to try and explain it or are you going to bury your heads even further in the sand?

It’s a fair question. The facts are not on your side. Sorry.

Skokie Dog

September 5th, 2013
10:20 am

@dawgfan: As Flat Tire cautioned me recently, watch out with the facts there. Some of our fellow posters don’t like it at all when the facts don’t support their views, and you may find yourself on the receiving end of some unkind responses.
I’m sure that you’ll bear up to the criticism, but you won’t be paid as much as Coach Richt is for doing so.
I agree with you that the record speaks for itself.

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
10:22 am

dawgfan
Define what you call a blind Richt loyalist? I would consider myself a realist. All the bile you spew about Richt might have a time and place but, this is neither. One game into the season with a championship still possible despite an opening game loss is not where the battle cries for a new coach begin. You only hurt the teams chances and you, me, nor Richt is bigger than the team/program.

You’re a whiney poopy pants crybaby.

Teams lose most every time a game is played. Grow up and get over it. You can’t win them all. What you and those like you are is spoiled, by Richt. This top 10 teams you morons keep chanting is bullshat. Richt fields competitive teams then, he’s done his job. There is a reason you’re the head fry cook at Appleby’s and not coaching college football

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
10:26 am

Whiney poopy pants crybaby AND a sore loser

dawgfan

September 5th, 2013
10:27 am

Deflect, deflect, deflect. Ignore, ignore, ignore. Didn’t say anything about firing Richt. I asked a very straightforward question: Why is Richt losing to the top teams?

Blind Richt Loyalist=Anyone who doesn’t have the balls to try and answer that question.

dawgfan

September 5th, 2013
10:34 am

What is it? 1-16 vs. Top 15 teams the past 4 seasons? I think that’s what Brent Musberger said on prime time national television the other night. I guess he was imagining it too. I guess the fact checkers at ABC are whiney poopy pants too.

Yep. You can’t win them all. $3 mil a year and we get “you can’t win them all.”

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
10:41 am

“I asked a very straightforward question: Why is Richt losing to the top teams?”
===================
Because at the end of the game, the other top team has more points on the board.

What do you expect? A full mental evaluation?

Listen, Richt is the coach for at least the end of this year. Despite all the moaning and belly aching from some of you guys, nothing is going to change that one invariable factoid. My advice is, get over it. Enjoy the season, enjoy college football

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
10:43 am

Wah Wah Wah, mommy mommy, the Dawgs lost and I poopy my pants. Fire Richt

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
10:44 am

That mean ole Richt, They pay him 3 million a year. Wah, Wah fuggin WAH. Grow up guy. Get over yourself.

dawgfan

September 5th, 2013
10:46 am

Yes, I’m the one having a fullblown incoherent meltdown and not you. Sure.

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
11:01 am

dawgfan, you’re probably a nice guy but, your expectations are far from realistic. Is being realistic “settling for less”? No, it’s just realistic. No matter the coach, we won’t win every game. Giving up on the season after one game played isn’t very realistic either, is it? So we lost. It’s not the end of the world and certainly not the end of the season. I don’t know about you but, I enjoy college football. It won’t be the end of the season if we lose this week. And, the sun will still come up on Sunday morning

dawgfan

September 5th, 2013
11:37 am

It’s unrealistic to expect a program in one of the most talent rich states in the nation with one of the biggest budgets in all of collegiate athletics to win more than ONE game against a top ranked opponent in 4 years? I don’t know dude. I’m thinking your expectations may be a tad low and that would be putting it mildly.

Skokie Dog

September 5th, 2013
11:46 am

@dawgfan: I’m sure you’re not surprised by the devastating logic that has been unleashed in response to your earlier remarks. And I’m guessing that you’d find it much easier to enjoy college football if the Georgia Bulldogs consistently played well in games against quality competition. I know that I would.
So, let me offer up some of what we’ll hear next week IF Georgia loses to South Carolina on Saturday.
1. They’ve only lost two games, and they can still win the SEC East and the conference championship; all they have to do is win the rest of their games.
2. All of Coach Richt’s goals for the season are still intact.
3. The team played really well, but they just couldn’t catch a break when they needed one.
4. Murray looked really tough taking that abuse from that all-world defensive end Clowney (who looked winded at times), and the U.Ga. O-line blocked well against him on some plays.
5. Clock management had nothing to do with the way the game ended.
6. It was great to see that the special teams did such a great job again, except on those few occasions when they didn’t. That’s been fixed again.
7. The refs were obviously biased against Georgia, calling all those penalties.
8. Coach Richt worked so hard getting the team ready for this week’s game that we probably should just give him another raise right now. Surely, he’d have the team prepared even better next week if he was just paid as much as other SEC coaches who win championships or division titles.
9. North Texas had better watch out.
10. We run this state.

Skokie Dog

September 5th, 2013
11:50 am

(I offer apologies if the earlier version of this post somehow appeared already.)
@dawgfan: I’m confident that you’re not surprised by the devastating logic that has been unleashed in response to your earlier remarks. And I’m guessing that you’d find it much easier to enjoy college football if the Georgia Bulldogs consistently played well in games against quality competition. I know that I would.
So, let me offer up some of what we’ll hear next week IF Georgia loses to South Carolina on Saturday.
1. They’ve only lost two games, and they can still win the SEC East and the conference championship; all they have to do is win the rest of their games.
2. All of Coach Richt’s goals for the season are still intact.
3. The team played really well, but they just couldn’t catch a break when they needed one.
4. Murray looked really tough taking that abuse from that all-world defensive end Clowney (who looked winded at times), and the U.Ga. O-line blocked well against him on some plays.
5. Clock management had nothing to do with the way the game ended.
6. It was great to see that the special teams did such a great job again, except on those few occasions when they didn’t. That’s been fixed again.
7. The refs were obviously biased against Georgia, calling all those penalties.
8. Coach Richt worked so hard getting the team ready for this week’s game that we probably should just give him another raise right now. Surely, he’d have the team prepared even better next week if he was just paid as much as other SEC coaches who win championships or division titles.
9. North Texas had better watch out.
10. We run this state.

Old Dawg

September 5th, 2013
11:57 am

Bill, I was sitting just above the UGA bench at the game you described. I remember coach Russell having to hold Bill Stanfill back from racing back onto the field when he was supposed to take a “breather.”

It always amazes me what inspires people, and it’s always been obvious that defeat has led Darth Visor on his rampage against Georgia. While he will obviously end his career with a major edge in wins over the Dawgs, he’ll always have the emotional scars from that defeat.

I’m sure his therapists have made a lot of money assisting his recovery through the years.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
11:58 am

Fruitless argument folks. The doom and gloomers think that THEIR facts are the only ones that matter… that is just fact and again if you don’t like it, tough. I can make statistics stand on their head… they are not the only gauge. Yes, we haven’t won many “big games” lately. But that does not mean it won’t happen or CAN’T happen in the future. There is no guarantee that the results you are looking for will happen with any other coach.

So call names and point fingers and throw tantrums… because that is how you think reality works.
YOUR facts are the only valid argument in doom and gloom world so it is fruitless to even discuss it.

I’m done… I don’t wish to waste any more energy on fruitless arguments with negative people. Pessimism is NOT realism. I’ve said it a hundred times and since you won’t listen, I’ll just ignore you because I have better things to do with my time. I respect your right to feel the way you do but I will not be hauled down into your gloomy world.

Dawgs win on Saturday. And then we will see what happens from there.

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
12:01 pm

dawgfan
They are all talent rich. Maybe you haven’t noticed but no school has fences set up around the state borders and they all have money by the boatloads. Low expectations, me? Hardly and I want a NC as much as anyone and as quickly as possible. I don’t however, see tearing down the program as the solution there. That my friend is realism

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
12:06 pm

ARdawg – it is fruitless to argue with ideologues. People that mistake Pessimism for realism and insist that THEIR facts are the only valid baseline are simply ideologues. They have embraced it as their reality and nothing we say will change it.

I am done with the arguing. It feels like bashing my head against a wall and that isn’t worth it to me. I’d advise anyone to just ignore the negative stuff for the moment. They can have their little “fire ‘em all” tantrums all they want… I don’t have to react. I have better things to do.

Dawgs win Saturday. And then we will see what happens after that.

Skokie Dog

September 5th, 2013
12:08 pm

(I apologize if the earlier version of this post somehow appeared already. The server appeared to have comsumed it.)
@dawgfan: I’m confident that you’re not surprised by the devastating logic that has been unleashed in response to your earlier remarks. And I’m guessing that you’d find it much easier to enjoy college football if the Georgia Bulldogs consistently played well in games against quality competition. I know that I would.
So, let me offer up some of what we’ll hear next week IF Georgia loses to South Carolina on Saturday.
1. They’ve only lost two games, and they can still win the SEC East and the conference championship; all they have to do is win the rest of their games.
2. All of Coach Richt’s goals for the season are still intact.
3. The team played really well, but they just couldn’t catch a break when they needed one.
4. Murray looked really tough taking that abuse from that all-world defensive end Clowney (who looked winded at times), and the U.Ga. O-line blocked well against him on some plays.
5. Clock management had nothing to do with the way the game ended.
6. It was great to see that the special teams did such a great job again, except on those few occasions when they didn’t. That’s been fixed again.
7. The refs were obviously biased against Georgia, calling all those penalties.
8. Coach Richt worked so hard getting the team ready for this week’s game that we probably should just give him another raise right now. Surely, he’d have the team prepared even better next week if he was just paid as much as other SEC coaches who win championships or division titles.
9. North Texas had better watch out.
10. We run this state.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
12:11 pm

ARdawg – no use arguing it with them. They’ve embraced that as their reality. I for one am done with even acknowledging the doom and gloomers. It’s a drag and I don’t need my entertainment to be a drag. Football is supposed to be fun. But some people can’t have fun… they always have to push it to extremes. When you embrace the concept that pessimism is realism that is over the top. Sad but true.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
12:12 pm

ARdawg – it’s useless… you are wasting your time. Just sit back and smile when the Dawgs win this weekend.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
12:14 pm

And watch the nitpicks… it would be amusing if it weren’t so sad. And so predictable.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
12:15 pm

Remember they really believe pessimism equals realism…

ARdawg

September 5th, 2013
12:15 pm

NCDawg
Ah, it doesn’t hurt to poke them with a stick now and again :)

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
12:15 pm

And when that is the case there is no point to arguing any of it.

NCDawg

September 5th, 2013
1:46 pm

Just damn… the system ate the first 3 of those posts and then the shorter posts went through..

No telling what may pop up later…

rambodawg

September 5th, 2013
2:02 pm

Nice to see most of the trolls have been banished, thanks Bill

Skokie Dog

September 5th, 2013
2:44 pm

Life is great on the sunny side of the street, right?

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September 6th, 2013
8:07 am

For you delusional Dawg fans, you don’t have much of a defense this year. The Clemson game was a track meet with both teams moving up and down the field. Spurrier will probably find a way to win. Regardless of his feelings about UGA, he definitely does not want to lose to a team that his in-state rival just beat.

DawgNight

September 6th, 2013
9:53 am

Road to the SECCG starts here!

DawgNole

September 6th, 2013
9:55 am

True DAWG
September 4th, 2013
11:19 am
. . . I am still ok with Richt but if he doesn get it done Sat- lets get him out of here and bring in Smart! He already has the first SEC loss to a mountain west school, and first coach with 3 staraight losses to SC and firs time ACC has ever beaten op ten ranked opponents
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You might be a “True DAWG,” but you aren’t speaking the truth when you say this game marked the first time the ACC has ever beaten “op ten” ranked opponents. Assuming you mean “top ten” opponents, I can assure you that it’s happened many times before this season.

usc81

September 6th, 2013
10:27 am

I remember when Spurrier was still coaching Florida, and Holtz was at SC. We had a “blackout” game, and got stomped by Florida. Spurrier said the ball was easy to see in the air against all that black. It was a dig, and it made me furious.
Now, I think we should change the name of the stadium to Spurrier Field. I can understand why all of you despise him so, but you have to admit, what he has done against the flagship university of a state with over twice the population, and probably 3 times the D1 talent is nothing short of amazing.
Oh, and how much more fun is the second week football season now that he coaches Carolina. He is great for college football. He wins with less talent, apparenlty within the rules.
Hail Spurrier, long may he grace the sideline of my alma mater, arrogance and all.

Say what you will

September 6th, 2013
10:31 am

I’m a fan of Richt, and think his best days are in the future. However, I have always wondered what
Spurrier would have done with talent such as Hines Ward, Garrisson Hearst, the two Strouds and Richard Seymour, Thomas Davis….all of the talent that Goff and Donnan had throughout their tenures, not to mention that of Richts’ first ten years. Yes, Spurrier is, on the field, arrogant and easy to root against if he’s on the other sideline. Put him on our sideline for the last twenty years and we’d have more than two SEC titles, I’d wager.

Say what you will

September 6th, 2013
10:45 am

and yes, the fire Richt crowd is certainly the minority and also extremely out of touch with reality.
UGA doesn’t and never has ‘ruled’ the conference outside of the three Herschel years. CMR consistently has us in the hunt for the title, and has almost always finished in the top twenty, several times in the top ten.

DawgNole

September 6th, 2013
11:16 am

NCDawg
September 4th, 2013
1:59 pm
. . . Get REAL people.
You underestimated Clemson. You bought a line of horse manure that says that teams DO NOT IMPROVE. Clemson’s defense is better than you thought but they still gave up 35 points and 500+ yards. They fought hard and they were AT HOME. I didn’t like losing but I was not embarrassed.
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Didn’t you also pick the Dawgs to win? Maybe that “you” should be changed to “we.”

Psom

September 6th, 2013
8:10 pm

Haha – All of you people are so stupid and lifeless.

Dawgtired34

September 7th, 2013
3:40 am

Time to put on our G-wear and go into the stadium later this afternoon.

That G will soon be replaced with an ugly “L”.

Hunker down ya hairy dogs and don’t let USC roll us for 4 in a row!!!!!

Fidlin1

September 7th, 2013
9:25 am

I’m a Dog fan and I LIKE Spurrier… I LIKE him to LOSE.