Chattin’ with Bradley: The Dogs, the Hogs and Travelin’ Bob

Hello from Cobb County, Ga. I mention my location so we’re clear: I am not in Fayetteville, Ark. Though I have been to Fayetteville, Ark., which is a nice enough place but kind of remote. When I went, I flew into Tulsa, which is in Oklahoma and which was the home of Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing.

But enough about that Bob. We can go no further without speaking of Bob Petrino, popularly known as Bobby. He’s popular the moment in Arkansas, less so in Georgia. Perhaps you remember him passing through.

Petrino is in Year 2 at his latest stop, and this is being hailed as a breakthrough game for Travelin’ Bob. It reminds me a bit of a road game Georgia played in 2007 — at Tuscaloosa in late September at a time when Alabama was unbeaten  Saban Mania was at its most maniacal. But the Bulldogs won that night in OT on Matthew Stafford’s pass to Mikey Henderson, and that edition of the Tide promptly went in the tank.

I’m not saying the same thing is going to happen to Arkansas when — oops, meant to say, “if” — it loses tonight, but I do think the game might be too big for these Hogs, same as that 2007 game was too big for Bama. (The Tide, as we know, has since toughened up.)

Do I think this Georgia team is as good as the 2007 edition, which finished No. 2 in the land? Uh, no. But I think these Bulldogs grew up a bit last Saturday night against South Carolina, and I think they’ve been toughened by their schedule — two weeks, two difficult opponents — in a way Arkansas hasn’t.

I know the Hogs have had two weeks to prepare. I don’t care. I know Petrino is a good coach. (Bad guy, but a good coach.) But Mark Richt is pretty good, too, and he’s really good on the road. I’ve already tipped my hand about a half-dozen times, but I see Georgia winning a close game — let’s call it 23-20 — and positioning itself nicely for what comes next. Which is Arizona State in Athens.

But now I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll be here all night to comment and crack wise on the doings from Hogland, and I’d be indebted if you’d join me.

Oh, and one thing more: Tell me again why Pete Carroll is such a great coach.

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atmdog

September 19th, 2009
7:14 pm

Several interesting games tonight Mark. I am really curious about Auburn and WV. I am picking WV in that game. Just not sold on Auburn yet.

kj

September 19th, 2009
7:14 pm

Here we go Guys and Gals, Let all the talking subside and let’s get ready to see some UGA Football. If Cox is on the money and we can get about 5 on average on the ground this one is going to be a run away for us dawg lovers. Hopefully those pesky jello yackets will quiet down a bit now that they have been humbled. Let’s Get it On!

kj

September 19th, 2009
7:15 pm

BTW First. I guess it’s a customary rule on here now a days.

Huck

September 19th, 2009
7:16 pm

Does anyone know when the replay of the Tech-Miamia game will start?

Glen Mason

September 19th, 2009
7:16 pm

Im just glad I left UGA when I did. Yall dawg fans expext way too much. BTW UGA need a defensive coordinator.

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:17 pm

Here’s hoping that the 3 returning players (Caleb King, Justin Houston, and Quintin Banks) along with some improved play since the first game from the rest will be a difference tonight. Go Dawgs. Good to see ya back this week Mark. Thanks for letting us join you.

atmdog

September 19th, 2009
7:17 pm

Glad to see USC go down today. Tried of hearing how great they are. I noticed that Fla seem to be down in the wr area. This may be one of those years with no clear cut great team.

Chained Dawg

September 19th, 2009
7:18 pm

Will there be any improvements today? I dont feel too good about this game for some reason.

45ACP

September 19th, 2009
7:18 pm

Pete Carroll has all american talent 2/3 deep at every position. Nuff said about Coach Carroll.
The Florida vs Tennessee game shows that Florida can be beat.

Now Go Dawgs….beat them Hogs….

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:18 pm

Caleb King, Justin Houston and Quentin Banks return tonight I believe. Hope that they help and contribute as we know they are capable of

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:19 pm

Is it time yet???

greg

September 19th, 2009
7:19 pm

Enter your comments hereThird. USC loses. Or looses if you prefer.

Charlie Strong

September 19th, 2009
7:20 pm

Our defense is awesome! UGAs defense is a comedy and the Vols will kill the mutts! Mark it down!

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:21 pm

Ohh yes mark I do have my own blog, but I cant leave you alone here as the only person with any sense. You have sound insight..I will help you!!!

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:22 pm

My pleasure, Stephen.

atmdog

September 19th, 2009
7:23 pm

Hey Charlie when you shut down a team with any offense better than a high school team come back to our blog.

Sad Richards

September 19th, 2009
7:23 pm

dawgstephen you oaf…..it doesn’t who we have back because Willie will ruin it and boo boo too! Now go to your own blog you coattail rider!

BugKiller

September 19th, 2009
7:23 pm

Carroll’s team was without their starting QB (albeit a true freshman) today.

Washington isn’t nearly as bad as they showed the last few years under the uninspiring Tyrone Willingham.

And all Carroll does is win in the big games. He has a grand total of ONE loss in BCS Bowl games. His teams have played in a BCS Bowl game EVERY year since 2002, and he’s lost ONCE, to the MNC in 2005.

How many BCS Bowls has Mark Richt been to at Georgia? How many teams have underperformed as compared to Carroll’s?

Oh, I forgot, Mark: THIS IS WHY PETE CARROLL IS SUCH A GREAT COACH:

He would have fired Willie Martinez by now.

Pete Carroll: 1,000,000 Mark Richt: 0

Pete Carroll is a better coach by a landslide. Hahahaha.

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:24 pm

And you’re right, ATMDog. Auburn-WVA is intriguing. I know Mark Bowman, who covers the Braves for MLB.com and who’s a lifelong Mountaineer fan, was planning to make the drive to the Loveliest Village for the game.

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:24 pm

Hnter your comments hereHow Stephen, Quentin Banks is not playing tonight.

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:25 pm

I feel the love already. Mark, how many people in the media have pointed out that no matter what happens tonight, that WILLIES defense has only given up 12 points all year from drives over 32 yards?? That does count doesnt it???

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:25 pm

Enter your comments hereHey Stephen, Banks is not playing tonight.

atmdog

September 19th, 2009
7:26 pm

If USC was an SEC conf team his record would be alot different. Have you ever seen pete carroll’s pro record?

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:26 pm

Enter your comments hereHey

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:26 pm

Enter your comments hereHey Stephen, Quentin Banks is not playing tonight.

Charlie Strong

September 19th, 2009
7:27 pm

hey atmdog….. thats a bold statement coming froma fan whose team got beat by a highschool team last year in thier own backyard 45 – 42. ha ha ha Houston and South Carolina ? you must be kidding oh I mean Okie State….

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:27 pm

Thats too bad about Banks. Well, the other two still need to step up.

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:27 pm

What is up with this blog?

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:27 pm

Yes they will.

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:27 pm

No. Good stats about Willie Martinez are not allowed.

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:29 pm

By the way: Is it me, or is Lou Holtz like in love with Notre Dame?

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

I didnt think so Mark. When he does something good, its the players credit, and when someone gains a first down, he needs to be fired. I mean how dare we allow the other team to gain yardage???

Sad Richards

September 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

Mark B…. excuse dawgstephen he drinks koolaid when it comes to Willie.

Matthew

September 19th, 2009
7:31 pm

the boys of troy play in a weak conference without a conference championship game… that’s why they are often in BCS Bowls, and then they always get matched up with a Big 10 team… and that’s why they often win.

Glad to see the boys of troy go down… would have loved to see Michigan State win, but they shot themselves in the foot…

Now, let’s get ready for a Georgia pig roast…

Sisters of the Weak

September 19th, 2009
7:32 pm

Getting close here for another battle of SEC weak teams. Just may be another classic like last week!

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:33 pm

Mark, I think ole Granny Clampett is in love with the Golden Domers. Brutal to listen to.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 19th, 2009
7:33 pm

ND lucky to escape that game. UT ain’t that bad on D after all, but with a QB they could have won today. The kiffen’s could give the Dawgs some real fits.

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:33 pm

I don’t care if SC’s quarterback was out. Carroll loses that same game every year, and then people say it should play for the national championship with one loss. I’m sorry, but a champion doesn’t lose the games SC loses.

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:33 pm

MMMMMM!!!! Willie Kool-Aid….Wow, I need to get a new gallon ready for the game, I almost drank it all today. 12 minutes to kickoff. Go dawgs

william cranman

September 19th, 2009
7:34 pm

FSU manhandling BYU on the line of scrimmage.

Chained Dawg

September 19th, 2009
7:34 pm

ACC’s VT got lucky and beat Bo Pelini. I sure was hoping Nebraska would hang on.

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:35 pm

If Georgia lost the games that Carroll loses with a 2nd string or not, we would be on our heads here. I mean seriously, that is 6 STRAIGHT years they have been in the top 3 and lost to an unranked team….ouch

Ohh and Washington was 0-12 last year. broke their 15 game losing streak against IDAHO!!!

Matthew

September 19th, 2009
7:35 pm

also glad to see Utah busted earlier today…

phildawg

September 19th, 2009
7:36 pm

Dr Woo just loves spittin’ all over himself talking up Notre Dame. The Golden Domers are very average as a football team, but that’s bellter than Dr. Lou is as an analyst and/or announcer. How he gets that position is a mystery probably involving photography and goats.

rockdawg

September 19th, 2009
7:37 pm

I guess the reason we kept hearing about how great Joe Cox was gonna be during fall practice was because he was practicing against a Willie Martinez defense.

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:37 pm

A word about Florida: It’s hard to win a game by 40 points when everyone expects you to win by 40 points.

Charlie Strong

September 19th, 2009
7:37 pm

Funny you mention that Mark about USC w . UGA fans think the same but will UGA have a hiccup to a SC or a Vandy.

Mark Bradley

September 19th, 2009
7:38 pm

Virginia, however, did strike a blow for the ACC. It beat Southern Miss.

Matthew

September 19th, 2009
7:39 pm

or will Florida have a hiccup against a team like Ole Miss again? Works both ways, Charlie.

dawgstephen

September 19th, 2009
7:39 pm

Hey Charlie Strong..when Mark Richt loses 6 years in a row to an unranked team, let me know ok?? Until then, Go Dawgs