Bradley’s Buzz: Is UGA bound for (shudder) Shreveport?

The scariest word in college football has been pinned to the Georgia Bulldogs. That word: Shreveport.

To play in the Independence Bowl is the worst of all fates, worse even than playing in no bowl at all. Because a team has to pretend to be excited about a trip to Shreveport, whereas a bowl-less team can just slink off under cover of winter. And now we turn to ESPN’s bowl projections and we see Bruce Feldman’s chilling forecast:

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Georgia vs. Missouri. Yikes.

(Then again, Georgia could wear its black helmets, which would make things confusing. Because Missouri also wears black helmets.)

(Oh, and for those among us who have never heard of AdvoCare — I hadn’t — here’s its Web site.)

Serving as the Shana Alexander to Feldman’s James Kilpatrick, esteemed former colleague Mark Schlabach sees the Bulldogs as bound for Nashville and the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl against Florida State. And that would beat the heck out of Shreveport. But I must also report that EFC Schlabach and I once covered Georgia in the MCB, and it was a mighty bleak tableau itself.

It was cold and rainy. The stadium wasn’t nearly full. And Georgia lost to Boston College despite being the more talented team. That was in Mark Richt’s first season, when it was clear he was just getting started. But to wind up back there in Year 9 would be just another reminder that this proud program has lost its way.

For its part, CBSsports.com has Georgia ticketed for Memphis to play Houston in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. And that’s a bad one, too: It comes after New Year’s Day and isn’t a BCS game, which means nobody will watch the thing. But at least Memphis offers Graceland and the Sun Recording Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Museum as places to visit. Shreveport has none of the above.

Then again, there’s no guarantee Georgia is going anywhere. It still has to win two more games. It should, given that it still has Tennessee Tech and Kentucky on the docket. And I, being a Kentucky alum, have never yet seen a Kentucky-Georgia game I figured Georgia wouldn’t win. (Not even in 1977, when the Cats beat the Dogs 33-0 at Sanford Stadium before James Brown and Prince Charles.)

But here, just to show I’m not such a Gloomy Gus, is the annual pick-me-up. Rivals.com rates Georgia as having compiled the eighth-best recruiting class in the land.

352 comments Add your comment

Ostrich Racer

November 3rd, 2009
11:19 pm

Beggars can’t be choosers, and all that. I’d actually like to see a Georgia-Mizzou game; that could be fun to watch.

Realist

November 3rd, 2009
11:22 pm

I know darn good & well that if GA wins 6 games, they will accept a Bowl bid. wouldn’t it be nice to say”Thanks, but no thanks.” The only possible reason to go to a Bowl, is to beat Tech. That doesn’t seem likely.

uga-brave

November 3rd, 2009
11:26 pm

houston in the liberty bowl?

not the worst case scenario. imagine that offense against our defense.

cherry on top of the sundae, final nail in the martinez era.

YearoftheDawg

November 3rd, 2009
11:26 pm

Lets go to Memphis… the Tunica casinos are less than an hour away.

I was at that Music City Bowl way back when. The game sucked, but the laser tag place was excellent. And they sold beer at the Titans stadium. And the best hit of the game was in the stands. This loud mouth drunk was on everyone’s nerves for three quarters, then fell over the back of his cair and cracked his head on the seat behind him so hard you could hear it four rows away.

Ah, memories…

Pi$$onaDawg

November 3rd, 2009
11:32 pm

Wouldn’t it be fun if UGA had to visit the NATS needing to win inorder to get to go to a bowl. That would be so fun. Nashville is a great town with lots of things to do and see. Was just there for the TECH Vandy game.

Bob

November 3rd, 2009
11:36 pm

Going to Nashville wouldn’t be so bad….if it is following sending the Jackets to the ACC Title game with a loss. Oh yeah, been there and done that haven’t we?

Pi$$onaDawg

November 3rd, 2009
11:39 pm

BOB now that is wishful thinking isn’t it. The Tech fans will be sure to send you some pictures from our Trips to the Beaches this winter.

wawel78

November 3rd, 2009
11:43 pm

Considering how bad the year has been, I think either matchup would be a fun game to watch.

Denver Dog

November 3rd, 2009
11:45 pm

Good nasty name. You can put them next to the 20 years of beaches we have had since you last made it to one. I didn’t think they had any beaches in Boise, but heck you know everything else, I guess you know that too! There is only one common team so far, Vandy, we gave them 10 points, you gave them 39. You scored more than we did. Yes you scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter, but we won’t really count that. I think your first team was still in so you could do that ACC think of running up the score. I hope you get to go to Cal and play in the MNC game. But if you don’t please send us those pictures.

wawel78

November 3rd, 2009
11:46 pm

uhm, if UGA went into the GT game needing a win for a bowl game appearance, it would not be fun b/c that would mean the dawgs lost 2 out of 3 with TT, Auburn and Kentucky. I don’t want them to lose any of them.

Coastal Dawg

November 3rd, 2009
11:47 pm

Agree with Realist. Would really like the team to say NO and stay home. But guess the extra 3 weeks of practice is important.

All Liquored Up

November 3rd, 2009
11:47 pm

We win out and appear in the Outback Bowl.

All Liquored Up

November 3rd, 2009
11:49 pm

Hey Pi$$ please send us some pics, im sure yall have forgotten what its feels like.

Billy

November 3rd, 2009
11:54 pm

Hey, “Bob”,

Since GT hired Paul Johnson, they’re 1-0 against your beloved bulldogs (i refuse to spell it like you morons). You can bring up the past all that you want, but in the here and now, UGA will be lucky to go to a bowl game. UGA is just lucky that their crappy possible bowl games are in Shreveport, Nashville, etc. instead of Boise, Seattle, or somewhere else.

All Liquored Up

November 3rd, 2009
11:56 pm

I wonder if high school coaches will be at the Tech bowl game taking notes.

Tom

November 4th, 2009
12:05 am

Ah yes….the Music City Bowl vs Boston College, and CMR taking a page straight from “The Tommy West Guide to Late-Game Clock Management”.

What memories.

Heath

November 4th, 2009
12:13 am

Anyway, it will be fun to watch Georgia and Tech’s D’s try to let each other hang 100 on them.

Rollin' My Eyes

November 4th, 2009
12:20 am

Are you Debbie Downer’s twin brother? Shreveport has gambling and bars that are open all night. It’s a good time and a bowl’s a bowl. Maybe you should bash Richt and his team for not playing well enough to get into the BCS championship game instead of bashing a great city that bends over backwards to be hospitable and friendly to its bowl guests.

Locomotive Breath

November 4th, 2009
12:56 am

Georgia should have enough dignity to say that anything less than eight wins is not up to our standards and no two-bit crap bowl bid will be accepted at 7-5 or 6-6.

drbasic1

November 4th, 2009
2:00 am

hey/……shreveport has casinos too, about 5 miles from stadium…….nevermind half the team would be in jail…….

Mark

November 4th, 2009
2:23 am

Hahaha. Yellow Fuzz called it right back in August

Wa-wa Dawg

November 4th, 2009
2:41 am

Good name, Locomotive Breath. I would add that we should only take a BCS bowl invitation at 7-5 or 6-6. We’ve got our pride. And our rep is second to none.

Dark Days - At the Bottom

November 4th, 2009
3:45 am

We probably should be playing in the “toilet bow”with the way this season has gone down the drain. I think it will be the pizza bowl if we get to a bowl at all. If CMR don’t fire Willie after the season … it will be a crime. If Evans/Adams don’t get involved to make the changes CMR won’t make, we’ll see another year worse than this one. CMR needs a good dose of reality … UGA football is in BIG trouble. MAJOR CHANGES must be made. I say CMR will try to make minor adjustments and go with a pat hand next year (including Martinez). He will use the “we will lose some of our top recruits if we make a change” card. I’m tired of the thugs, the undisciplined law breaking dreadlocked, tatooed, street tough recruits Georgia seems to prize. Let’s get some quality, intelligent, disciplined, higher class recruits. The Georgia football program has made me sick this year and CMR’s attitude and lack of action has not been acceptable at all. Someone else has sat in my seat at Sanford Stadium this year and the Athletic Association did not receive my check for $5,000. They probably won’t get it again until I see a change in the program. It’s not a fair-weather friend thing …. it’s total disgust with the program and most of the coachs. I really, really don’t think CMR has it in him to make any major changes. It’s going to be the same old same old next year. Wait and see ….. CMR will play a pat hand with Willie and BoBo.

BravesFan79

November 4th, 2009
4:12 am

Wow… and to think the greedy presidents of certain schools wont have a playoff because of crap meaningless exhibitions “bowls” like THIS!
Would anyone care if the Rams and Raiders played some meaningless exhibition game while the NFL playoffs was going on? Hell No! Why? Because the NFL is a REAL sport!
Go GT and UGA, GT Hoops is going to DOMINATE this year!!

sprouse27

November 4th, 2009
5:10 am

Shreveport might not be a fun place to be, but it’s where we DESERVE to be this year. That ought to send a message that even the coaching staff can’t miss……..

Dawg Bone

November 4th, 2009
5:45 am

Going to that terrible bowl in Shreveport is an embarrassment! Georgia should turn down that bid if offered and demand a better bowl from the SEC office!!! Make the SEC lightweights like kentucky or south carolina go to these lower tier bowls.

The_Geek

November 4th, 2009
5:47 am

I wonder if UGA’s Defensive Coordinator will start going to high school games to take notes on Tech’s offense.

Maybe They Will

November 4th, 2009
5:59 am

Nobody “deserves anything” . You have to earn it!

Right now the Dogs have not earned anything but bad press, and thousands disgusted fans that want Scalp.

So many young – talented – athletic – thugs doing work release programs – maybe they should play in a prison bowl.

Bet they Won't

November 4th, 2009
6:01 am

The Dogs better blow out Tennessee Tech, and Kentucky or they will be playing with the TIDY Bowl.

trigger

November 4th, 2009
6:06 am

Are we sure the dogs can win six games? I’ll be glad if we go to any bowl.

gabuldawg

November 4th, 2009
6:09 am

Reading post on this blog is real entertainment. I didn’t know we had a way to link so many idiots together… How come the Falcons and Braves blogs can have intelligent discussions but the Bulldogs and Tech blog are full or morons. Some of you should finally graduate high school after 40 years. It might make you feel better. Tech fans, why don’t you stick to Tech blogs so you can be proud of something in your life! After all, 1 good year in a decade is something to be proud about!

P-head

November 4th, 2009
6:14 am

Destination…..the Thug Bowl.

P-head

November 4th, 2009
6:14 am

or…..the Losers Bowl.

Douglas

November 4th, 2009
6:17 am

I still hope UGA loses the rest of its games. That seems to be the only way to put any heat on CMR. Unlike the Oklahoma State coach who said, “I am a man”, I’m not sure CMR is man enough to make tough choices. Why should he care? Even if he gets fired in a year or two, he is set for the rest of his life with the payout UGA would have to make. He has no incentive — no motivation — he has lost the desire to win.

Asheville Dawg

November 4th, 2009
6:24 am

We play like we belong in Shreveport. But I liked it when it was know as the poulon/weedeater bowl.

Asheville Dawg

November 4th, 2009
6:25 am

it sounded like what it was Shreveport,La.

jacket3

November 4th, 2009
6:26 am

I’ve got an idea – take all of the “college players on work release”, divide them up, give them all “rubber” helmets, chainmail , and battle axes and have a Melee bowl.

I mean geeze – eye gouging, face spitting, and helmet to helmet contact, bad coaching would be OK and encouraged; and ya just know that someone would have a blade somewhere.

Let the season play out – right now the Dogs are already front runners for the Toilet bowl.

Lilburn Dawg

November 4th, 2009
6:27 am

Rivals.com says “we have the eighth-best recruiting class in the land”? Now where have I heard that before??

falcon 71

November 4th, 2009
6:29 am

any bowl except Liberty. Went there in 89 when we barely beat Ark. wet and cold and Memphis is podunk hole unless you are into plastic Elvis statues which are for sale everywhere

jacket3

November 4th, 2009
6:34 am

When the truth stares you in the face – it is very hard not to accept it unless you are a Pollyanna!

ldawg121

November 4th, 2009
6:41 am

at this point….who cares

Big time?? Not

November 4th, 2009
6:42 am

Four tickets, four hotdogs, four cokes

williemakeit

November 4th, 2009
6:45 am

Any park – any day – the Pigeon bowl is coming the Dog’s way.

greg

November 4th, 2009
6:49 am

Get rid of half the bowl games. They such and nobody cares. What a let down.

Top Dawg

November 4th, 2009
6:50 am

Regarding the bowls, Houston would score 100+ on the Dawgs. That match-up truly scares me.

Regarding the recruits, this season has become a painful reminder that great recruits are no guarantee of great things to come if they are not coached-up in college.

Big Time?

November 4th, 2009
6:51 am

Hey Big Time, are there any tickets available for this weekends game in Athens?

Bwaaaaahaaaaahaaaaaa! 4-4.

Bride of ChuckyKnapp

November 4th, 2009
6:56 am

The Humanitarian Bowl would be the worst. Unfortunately, we do not qualify.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanitarian_Bowl

Carlton Powell

November 4th, 2009
7:06 am

What would be fitting would be to MAKE the team and coaches go to Shreveport and play the game. I guarantee you they REALLY don’t want to go. I mean, what sane person would? Prior to leaving tell all the coaches if they don’t win, don’t come back. Their stuff will be waiting for them on the curb outside Butts-Mehre. That’s the way it works in the “REAL WORLD,” right? No performance, no job. And, I DO mean ALL the coaches. Never happen, but would be fun to watch what happens during the game. Let’s not forget that two years ago, the ‘Dogs slapped around Hawaii in the S-Bowl only to fall to their current level of incompetence. This year isn’t just about transitioning. If all the coaches are still in place next year, the results will be the same.

HH

November 4th, 2009
7:13 am

Well, if Martinez and Bobo continue to hang around, UGA will be lucky to go even there. If that coach with the narrow-guage, small-bore, one-track, my-way-or-the-highway mindset doesn’t “wake up” after the season and make the needed staff changes, apparent to everyone but himself, evidently, then which worthless bowl UGA manages to get to will be the least of his worries.

Mitch

November 4th, 2009
7:13 am

What the truly sad thing is other than all the bowls mention above that let the country know that your program is just a mere cellar dweller. CMR will try to keep this staff entirely in tact after the season and push for some pay raises.

As Jim Donna once said at Georgia “We are going from the outhouse to the penthouse”. CMR it is very clear were you are taking this program on a very fast pace . THE OUTHOUSE!!

CMR talks about being a man of character .Being a man of character is also not forgetting who pays your salary and how you should give your best .If you can’t fulfill those requirements that you were asked to do when hired and agreed to do. YOU and you only have to make the needed changes to make it happen.We have paid you your millions .Now it is your turn to hold up your end of the agreement Mr. Mark “high character”Richt.