Live from Athens: Another big Auburn game for Richt

Auburn fans await the Tiger Walk. I await their leaving. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Oblivious to traffic customs, Auburn fans eagerly await the Tiger Walk. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Athens – If we had to rank the five biggest wins of the Mark Richt Era, two would involve Auburn. The breakthrough clincher at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2002 would be No. 1, natch, and the upset of the fifth-ranked Tigers four years later would be, I submit, No. 5. (Behind the Verron Haynes game in Knoxville, the Gator Stomp game in Jacksonville and the 2005 SEC championship over LSU.)

I mention this because a victory tonight would be huge for Georgia. It would make no impact on the BCS standings, but it could serve to jump-start the end of a season gone flat. And it would be huge because to lose to Gene Chizik in Year 1 after losing to Lane Kiffin in Year 1 would be unthinkable.

This is one of those games I figured Georgia would win when I made my predictions back in May, but Georgia isn’t as good as I thought it would be and Auburn is a tad better than I assumed. I’ll stick with the Bulldogs — no sense being wrong twice — and I will take this moment to toot my own sousaphone.

I picked Georgia to lose four games, and many among you called me crazy. Last I checked, Georgia has lost four games. I have picked every game correctly save one: I had Georgia winning in Knoxville. (And, on an unrelated matter, I also picked Georgia Tech to win the ACC title, which the Jackets can and will do two weeks hence.)

So there. It’s settled. I are a genius.

Traffic is pretty heavy for a night game — traffic for night games tends to be staggered coming in and clogged beyond measure going home — and driving in I was greeted by a strange sight. Auburn fans had lined up in the middle of East Campus Road to await the infernal Tiger Walk. This presents a problem to motorists (like yours truly) attempting to drive down East Campus Road.

I actually had to honk in the attempt to part the masses, and one Auburn guy got mad at my cheekiness. But I’m in a forgiving mood, and I’ll just chalk it up to basic culture shock over being in the big city. As we know, there are no cars in Auburn, Ala. Just tractors.

And with that, I’ll open the floor (if not the road) for discussion. I’ll be here all night, perhaps literally if Auburn folks don’t clear the streets. And I invite your participation. And I promise not to honk.

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Not Disappointed!

November 14th, 2009
4:55 pm

Evening Mark from Durham at Courtyard ready for the pups to win.

Ramblin Wreck!

flagboy?

November 14th, 2009
4:59 pm

go dawgs!

Big game. need to look good not just for this year, but for next year.

GATA Dawgs!

Chan Gailey

November 14th, 2009
5:01 pm

If Notre Dame snubs me for their upcoming head coaching position vacancy next season, let the record know I would love to be calling plays for Mark Richt in 2010. Between Martinez and me, the Bulldogs could have the best coaching staff in the country.

FIRE BOBO!

We (UF) own UGA

November 14th, 2009
5:01 pm

UGA sadly goes to 5-5 after Auburn whips them tonight. Poor, poor Dawgs! 6-6 season is looming…..How’s Joe Cox the hero done for you this season? hahahaha

Not Disappointed!

November 14th, 2009
5:04 pm

My goodness, I’m being rude. Have some brisket Mark.

Tech game today, Georgia tonite and Falcons tomorrow in Charlotte! I’m to buzz to take the rv down road. So, this Tech fan is pulling for the Ga Dawgs.

Ramblin Wreck!

mmgtfan

November 14th, 2009
5:06 pm

Mark, I know this is a UGA blog but what are your thought on Tech from today?

Mark Bradley

November 14th, 2009
5:06 pm

Couldn’t find any brisket. But I did find a Wendy’s.

mmgtfan

November 14th, 2009
5:06 pm

Mark Bradley

November 14th, 2009
5:07 pm

My thoughts on Tech: About like I expected. Tech is way too good for Duke. Tech is too good for anybody in that conference.

Thanks for asking, mmgtfan.

Not Disappointed!

November 14th, 2009
5:10 pm

I just got in the hotel room. How did Tenn fair? I hope the Gators lose.

Chan Gailey

November 14th, 2009
5:10 pm

Also mark, I don’t appreciate the bad press I’ve gotten lately from the AJC. Lest you forget, I almost beat the bulldogs during their glory days under Mark Richt. In fact, I almost beat them quite a few times. Now that UGA is going downhill, you make CPJ out to be a genius as he wins with my recruits and some lucky breaks on boneheaded fourth down calls.

Jack

November 14th, 2009
5:11 pm

Bradley, you are such a Georgia homer. Nice tractor remark considering you are among all the Georgia Rednecks, sidewalk alumni, and Thuga fans. Wonder what gimmick Saint Rick will use to try to rally the Thugs.

Tom

November 14th, 2009
5:13 pm

Turnip trying to evade two mules

Mark Bradley

November 14th, 2009
5:13 pm

Tennessee got whomped.

Bob

November 14th, 2009
5:18 pm

I am a Georgia fan, but i almost hope they lose this game in embarrassing fashion just so it serves as a catalyst to promote some change with the program. I dont want another decade of rebuilding years. I hope we lose out and dont make a bowl game so they are forced to take a long hard look at whats going on with those clowns.

45ACP

November 14th, 2009
5:20 pm

USC is getting whomped and I’m not crying.
USCe are hanging with the mighty Gators.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lowcountry Dawg

November 14th, 2009
5:20 pm

Greetings from Charleston, SC…here’s hopin’ UGA and the Dawgs can send Aubie and the Tigers/War Eagles/Plainsmen…whatever they want to be called today back with an L and their tales between their legs…

GO DAWGS!!

McDawg

November 14th, 2009
5:21 pm

Bob you are a horses’ arse

sprouse27

November 14th, 2009
5:21 pm

I”m not optimistic about tonight’s game. We’ll see what the UGA coaches have put together, but my guess is it’ll be more of the same. We only change colors, not our game it seems.

45ACP

November 14th, 2009
5:21 pm

Mark what is for supper? Hope the Dawgs feed you guys.

BugKiller

November 14th, 2009
5:22 pm

Mark,

Make sure you visit Little Italy after the game for the best and most authentic slice of pizza outside of NYC.

I just want to say that I haven’t been this depressed about a Georgia football team since Zeier graduated before the 1995 season.

I have absolutely no faith in Mark Richt based on the fact that 1) he continues to put the best interests of his best friend ahead of the best interests of our program 2) he has to keep on trying out these stupid gimmicks to get his team up to play some of our biggest rivals.

He’s lost this team and and it’s time for Richt to move on and Brian Kelly to move in.

Chan Gailey

November 14th, 2009
5:22 pm

Seriously though UGA fans, be honest: wouldn’t you rather have me coordinating your offense than Bobo? I’ll coach Murray up and you won’t have to worry losing to those traitor yellow jackets ever again.

Lowcountry Dawg

November 14th, 2009
5:22 pm

Has anyone seen my wife’s Skoal? She’s a Clemson fan…

McDawg

November 14th, 2009
5:23 pm

Bug Killer you are a monkey’s arse

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:24 pm

Mark, what’s your prediction for how many points my guys will give up tonight? I’m thinking 13.

willie

Lowcountry Dawg

November 14th, 2009
5:24 pm

I just want to see us play some D……

BugKiller

November 14th, 2009
5:26 pm

McDawg… and you are a blind a-hole.

I think that makes us even. :-)

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:26 pm

CMR says my defense will be the key to victory. BTW B Evans won’t start.

Nino

November 14th, 2009
5:26 pm

Georgia Tech is way better than Georgia,Paul Johnson is Way better than Mark

Mark Bradley

November 14th, 2009
5:26 pm

I took a look at the fare tonight, 45ACP, and I’m not sure exactly what it was. Toast and beans, I believe. But I passed.

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:27 pm

I forget, did we play ole miss this year?

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:27 pm

toast and beans will make you pass.

Nino

November 14th, 2009
5:28 pm

OOOOO know body likes Tech!!!!!!

Lowcountry Dawg

November 14th, 2009
5:28 pm

LMAO at Willie!!

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:28 pm

I may have to blog you Mark with a different name. Richt hates it when i talk to you during the game. he’s so jealous.

Mark Bradley

November 14th, 2009
5:29 pm

My prediction: Georgia 21, Auburn 20.

BugKiller

November 14th, 2009
5:29 pm

I think all Willie Martinez eats is toast and beans.

He sure gets passed on… a lot!

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:30 pm

low, after i’m inducted into the college football hall of fame (you know bradley has nominated me) i plan to move to hollywood and write and star in a new airplane movie.

Nino

November 14th, 2009
5:30 pm

Georgia will never be good again

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:31 pm

I TOLD you i would only give up 13. UGA 14-13.

BugKiller

November 14th, 2009
5:31 pm

Willie Martinez vs. a quick strike spread offense.

This is NOT going to be pretty.

Auburn 48 Dawgs 27

And then, after the game, Mark Richt will again blame his players for not executing Willie Martinez’s flawless gameplan, and then announce Willie’s contract extension and raise.

45ACP

November 14th, 2009
5:31 pm

Toast and beans? Sounds like jail food or someone on the Dave Ramsey plan.

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:32 pm

Mark, i wondered what you were doing all afternoon. thought you might have gone to the kentucky vandy game. no wait, kentucky won.

Chan Gailey

November 14th, 2009
5:32 pm

Willie, since I know YOU will still be around UGA next season, any way you could put in a good word for me to all your buddies over there? Ever since KC canned me, I’ve been itching to get back into the college game.

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:32 pm

bugkiller, who leaked the news about my raise and extension??

45ACP

November 14th, 2009
5:33 pm

BugKiller – Are you a Dawg fan?

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:33 pm

Chan Gailey: isnt that one of the menu choices tonight bradley?

Nino

November 14th, 2009
5:34 pm

Willie please hollywood is out of your league! You aint no BALLER

willie martinez

November 14th, 2009
5:34 pm

45, back in my army days, we called it SOS.

45ACP

November 14th, 2009
5:34 pm

Is there anything, anything at all that the Dawgs do that you agree with?