Live from New York, about to watch the other Big Blue!

We're in the stadium on the left. The one on the right opens next season. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Two stadiums: We're in the one on the left. The new one opens in 2010. (Photo by M. Bradley)

East Rutherford, N.J. – I’d never say I’m smart or anything. For one thing, you folks know better. For another, I thought there was no way my alma mater would win in Athens last night. (When last my alma mater won in Athens, I was just out of school. And that was a long time ago.)

But I digress. This isn’t about Willie Martinez or Mark Richt. (I suspect we’ll get around to both these next few days.) This is about the Falcons, who are about to play the New York Giants, and the one thing I can say for sure is that they’re almost exactly where I expected them to be on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I had them 5-4 at this point, and the only part I got wrong was I had the results of the Carolina games flipped. I also had them losing today. But I also had them winning the NFC South, which won’t happen, and finishing 10-6, which is still within reach even if they’re 5-5 when night falls on Manhattan. (Which is across the river, as you might know. And yes, I’m aware I’m not technically “live from New York,” but somehow “live from Jersey” doesn’t resonate.)

Before you ask, I should report that — as of 10:31 a.m. EST — there’s no word on the availability of Michael Turner or Jerious Norwood. Esteemed colleague D. Orlando Ledbetter is endeavoring to find out whether either or both will play, but I can’t see Turner doing much if he does anything. And how long has it been since Norwood did anything, period?

(UPDATE: Both Turner and Norwood are inactive.)

And that’s all I’ve got at the moment. Except for this: When last Kentucky won at Sanford Stadium, Prince Charles and James Brown were in attendance. (The year was 1977.) Kentucky would win 33-0 — the Big Blue finished 10-1 that year but couldn’t go to a bowl owing to, er, probation — and it was essentially a wretched day all around for Vincent J. Dooley. But one memory still makes him smile:

Dooley and Fran Curci, who was Kentucky’s coach and who had no great appreciation for the trappings of royalty, were standing at midfield before the game when the Prince of Wales was escorted up. Dooley said, “Your highness, this is Fran Curci.”

And Curci said, “Hey, Prince.”

I’ll advise if any princes happen by today. If they do, I’ll say hey for you. And I’ll be here to chat about anything — Falcons, Giants, Dogs, Cats, James Brown — until this one ends. Please join me, won’t you?

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second

November 22nd, 2009
11:02 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8GuH9oDHrU

RECKSTYLE BABY COMING TO A FOOTBALL FIELD NEAR YOU!

maybe first maybe not

November 22nd, 2009
11:04 am

hard to believe since UGA and GT fans were going at hard on these blog last night until 2:30am

maybe first maybe not

November 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

hard to believe since GA AND GT were going at it until late this morning..haha

brewdawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

Mark, you know my policy on Falcon blogs, but let me say this: As much as I have defended CMR, last night’s loss was the most inexcusable UGA loss since the Goff/Vandy homecoming game in the mid-90’s. CMR has simply got to turn this around. So this is also where I apologize to you for being down on UGA before the season. I gave you a lot of grief for it, and now I’m eating crow. But NOBODY could have predicted it was going to be this bad.

brewdawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:12 am

Mark, you know my policy on Falcon blogs, but let me say this: Last night’s loss to Kentucky was the most inexcusable UGA loss since the Goff/Vandy homecoming game back in the mid-90’s. This is also where I give you a personal apology. You were down on UGA before the season, and I gave you a lot of grief for it. Now I’m eating crow. But NOBODY could have predicted it was going to be this bad.

Tired of seeing Blue

November 22nd, 2009
11:16 am

Mr. Bradley – as a Bulldog fan,can’t wait to be done with Blue this weekend. checking on your blog spelling:

And I’ll be hear to chat about anything

Shouldn’t it be “here” and not “hear”? Hey, its early Sunday, not trying to be a pain this early but my Mom used to drill this into me when looking at my homework. Same thing with “they’re” and “their”…..

Falcons will get their butts handed to them today if Ryan can’t hold it together. He needs to have a zero turnover effort and our run defense needs to step up today for us to have a chance. And can anyone get to Manning in a 4-down lineman set today? haven’t seen a whole lot from our front 4 lately, especially Abraham – what up with that? Biermann needs to shake it loose early for us.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
11:23 am

My Saturday night: Got off the plane in Newark, saw on the iPhone the Bulldogs had just gone up 20-6. Figured, “That’s it.” Got to the hotel, went down to the workout room, came back upstairs and saw Georgia was behind 34-27. Could not believe it.

If I’m not mistaken, that might have been the biggest crowd before which a UK team has ever won. Think about that.

Cletus

November 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

we was on our way to the game and was to look for the BIG DAWG TO EAT when the truck broke down but the tellyvison still works back at the doublewide so we was okay to still see the BIG DAWG EAT. Then the BIG DAWG did not want to eat and we was sad. And was sad also that the mascot died when he saw the BIG DAWG was not hungery cause we do like to eat but the BIG DAWG did not eat. The pitbull we keep back yard at the doublewide always like to eat and maybe we kin get us a new mascot pitbull so the BIG DAWG can eat again. Anyhows I never was thinking the DAWGS was not to win becase we are the SEC and we always beats the teams that are not the SEC so them kentukky coalminers was sure to lose but somehows they did beat the BIG DAWG. and now I am thinken why do we play the teams not in the SEC we should not play the coalminers ever again no more. But we do like to play the teams not SEC sometimes cause we do always beat them and they gots us a game down Atlanter way nex saturday ha ha ha that will be the end of them crybaby yella jakkets cause the BIG DOG WILL EAT on the yellajakkets sure nuff. And iffin we was to get one a them pitbulls for to be the mascot on the Atlanter game then the BIG DAWG will EAT and we will have a good old time down the bar at the croosroad. Now I am be thinken bout that bar down the croosroad and it is sunday but they gots the back door for the regulars so after church I am there. All of the bulldog nation can like this bar they got pixtures of UGA and the team and crown royal with coke cola too.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
11:29 am

Oh, and Brewdawg: I didn’t expect it would be this bad, either. I predicted 8-4, and up until last night I’d only missed on one Georgia prediction. (I had them winning in Knoxville.) But losing to Kentucky at home changes everything.

Still no word on Turner or Norwood. Coming any minute, I’d guess.

BugKiller

November 22nd, 2009
11:32 am

Mark,

I don’t want to stick around and talk Falcons because it’s only a matter of time before Vick Supporter 2 / Bad News / bigeasy831 / “Choke” comes on here, hijacks the blog, and totally ruins it for everyione else who just wants to talk Falcons:

But please tell me you have something excoriating and vicious with the unvarnished truth prepared to throw Mark Richt’s way Monday.

Also, if you wouldn’t mind tearing Buck Belue a new one for all of the mudslinging he does against folks like us who’ve been rightly calling for Martinez’s job for two years. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to things like facts or truth, so he just sits on his media perch and ridicules, because he’d rather keep his cozy ties to the people who are running our program into the ground than to actually speak the TRUTH and have any actually loyalty to our program, which Mark Richt is simply just a caretaker (doing a piss-poor job), and NOT the program itself.

Thanks.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
11:33 am

Turner and Norwood are INACTIVE.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

Also Spencer Adkins, Garrett Reynolds, Quin Ojinnaka, Brian Finneran and Trey Lewis.

Do You Believe in Miracles?

November 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

We have just about zero factors going for us today: Road game against the #1 defense in the NFL who is just coming off a bye week. Probably no Michael Turner.

But hell I still believe! I’m sitting the Giants D today in favor of San Francisco.

J-Bro

November 22nd, 2009
11:40 am

Nnfl.com is reporting that Turner is out

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
11:41 am

I can’t see the Falcons winning, not that I held out any hope that Turner would play. This is, as Do You Believe … notes, a most difficult assignment.

Meanwhile...Prince Charles channels Shoeless Joe

November 22nd, 2009
11:41 am

Mark perhaps you can clear something up, since you actually remember Prince Charles being at the game. Is there any truth to the rumor, that late in the fourth quarter, Prince Charles walked up to Dooley on the sideline and cryptically said, “If you go to Wrightsville, he will come”?

Chan Gaily

November 22nd, 2009
11:41 am

It’s gonna be a long Sunday afternoon… But not as long as last night was for the puppies…

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
11:43 am

Very nice, Meanwhile.

Word was, as Kentucky kept adding to the score, Prince Charles asked the Bulldogs’ sideline reporter: “Is this all you got, Loran?”

Meanwhile...Prince Charles channels Shoeless Joe

November 22nd, 2009
11:45 am

Re: Word was, as Kentucky kept adding to the score, Prince Charles asked the Bulldogs’ sideline reporter: “Is this all you got, Loran?”

Touche!

Vick Supporter

November 22nd, 2009
11:58 am

This just in from ESPN:

The Falcons coaches had a sit down with Matt Ryan telling him he needs to go through his progressions and make the correct reads…..

I thought that was Ryan’s strength?

Bat Masterson

November 22nd, 2009
12:04 pm

Hey Mark, when does Sunny show up to critic Blanks wardrobe? What’s the weather like up there in Blue Hell?

Bat Masterson

November 22nd, 2009
12:05 pm

By the way Mark, did you read the Nesbo?

brewdawg

November 22nd, 2009
12:08 pm

and my apologies for the double posting earlier

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
12:08 pm

It’s a nice day. Temperature 52 degrees. Light wind. Beautiful Sunday in the big city.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
12:09 pm

Haven’t read the Nesbo yet. It’s on the top of the Kindle queue, Bat.

brewdawg

November 22nd, 2009
12:10 pm

Bugkiller, regarding the first paragraph of your 11:32 post: Thank you. It’s a damn shame isn’t it?

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 22nd, 2009
12:11 pm

Well boys, it’s just about time for another additions of:

“As The CHOKE Turns”

Todays episode:

“How To Melt In The Pocket”

Inspired by dancing with the stars

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
12:11 pm

Line’s not up on Tech-Georgia yet.

Was Tech favored in 2006 when it was going to the ACC title game and Georgia was 7-4?

brewdawg

November 22nd, 2009
12:12 pm

Good job VS. Got an anti-Ryan post in before noon. Feel better? And I am officially done with the blog, bc it snowballs from here. Let’s go FALCONS!

willie martinez

November 22nd, 2009
12:12 pm

i figured Mark, even from New York you’d fnd a way to give me a shot. last night wasnt my fault.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
12:12 pm

It is going to be an U-G-L-Y game without Norwood or Turner. Blitzing from the NJ Turnpike to the Perimeter and the O-line is going to look like swiss cheese.

Bat Masterson

November 22nd, 2009
12:13 pm

Well I hope you enjoy it, say hey to Tony Soprano.

willie martinez

November 22nd, 2009
12:15 pm

line will be tech by 15.5 if cox plays the whole game. if not, its 10.5

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 22nd, 2009
12:16 pm

brewdawg

November 22nd, 2009
12:12 pm
Good job VS. Got an anti-Ryan post in before noon. Feel better? And I am officially done with the blog, bc it snowballs from here. Let’s go FALCONS

“Just one thing to say” Don’t let the door hitcha where the good Lord split cha :)

willie martinez

November 22nd, 2009
12:16 pm

bat, i think tony has gone to that badda bing in the sky.

Sid

November 22nd, 2009
12:17 pm

I believe they will lose all of their road games even at Tampa as well as home games to Saints and Eagles. They will finish 7-9 and the streak continues.

Knowshon in Newark

November 22nd, 2009
12:20 pm

Mark, how many heads roll in Athens?

Eric C.

November 22nd, 2009
12:21 pm

Ha…we’re fooled again by Norwood. The Falcons really miss that speed element he offers on the outside…remember how he helped open things up against Chicago? I think any chance the Falcons had to win today just vanished with Norwood out.

Great GT DNA

November 22nd, 2009
12:22 pm

Even as a GT fan I thought UGA had their game in hand and then the wheels came off their bus. I know there are a lot of angry UGA fans (everywhere) and last nights game was hard to swallow. We now have a great coach in CPJ, but you have had and still have a tremendous coach and an even better person in CMR.There is not a better coach in the market who you could replace him with, and it would be insanity to even consider it. Look what has happened to Notre Dame with their coaching carousel. I can see blaming the head coach for all the excessive penalties which smells of undisciplined players, but I see him pulling those guys out and making them sit….a step in the right direction. Yes, one or both coordinators are probably gone at the season’s end, but UGA fans “come on man!”, you lost all of your offense in last year’s draft, and like it or not, this is a rebuilding year. Suck it up! You can’t win huge every year, and if you check CMR’s record, most NCAA teams and even SEC teams would take that in a heartbeat. You’re going to come back, and this year’s disasters were probably more player caused than coaching caused. All the turnovers in the second half were player related, at least to my eyes. From what I could tell, if you take those away, and instead of fumbling at the goal line, UGA wins easily last night. Suck it up, take your lumps this year and start next year as good fans, not bandwagon impatient idiots.

And before I forget, GT is salivating on all the holes to run through the DL next week. It should be a foregone conclusion, but nothing’s guaranteed, so that’s why they play the game.

Meanwhile...WM inspires the troops

November 22nd, 2009
12:22 pm

Speaking of lines and the Tech-Ga. game, Willie Martinez has given a nickname to his front seven, in order to help them build a sense of identity and cohesiveness for the big game.

In a display of good sportsmanship the Tech marketing department will allow Georgia to sell T-shirts honoring “The Maginot Line” at the game Saturday.

willie martinez

November 22nd, 2009
12:23 pm

knowshon, i’ve decided that no defensive seniors will be allowed to play again in sanford stadium. i think that will get their attention. miss you, willie

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm

Just a reminder, please do NOT feed the trolls. Thank you for your support.

Eric C.

November 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm

The desperate Giants will come out with gnashing teeth, arms flailing, and bug-eyed on defense…the Falcons must withstand the flurry in the first couple of possessions to stay in the game. Of course, this isn’t the first time they’ve seen this…Chi, Dal, and Wash, came out the same way. I just think NYG is more desperate and they have probably punched a few holes in locker room walls since the last bitter loss to SD.

willie martinez

November 22nd, 2009
12:27 pm

meanwhile, in theory, the maginot line was an excellent defensive fortification. only problem was the forts were fixed in place so there was no abiliity to be mobile and concentrate strength where the germans attacked. in fact, all the germans did was go around the end of the wall and attack from the rear. “hit em where they ain’t” i think is the appropriate phrase. end of lesson, willie

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 22nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm
Just a reminder, please do NOT feed the trolls. Thank you for your support.

“Yet you just did what you said you would not do”

Brilliant I tell you :)

Giants 49

Falcons 9

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 22nd, 2009
12:30 pm

6 – Straight games with a PICK

The streak continues…………..

Career 22 PICKS in 25 games started……..

An amazing start to Hall of Fame :)

Conservative White Male

November 22nd, 2009
12:32 pm

Both of these teams are similar in their makeup. We always compared Matt to Peyton but he is more like Eli, slightly better than avg. Turner is Jacobs a few good seasons and will fizzle out.
Of course they do have a ring and we a 2 years away from that hopefully.

I got the G-men in this one because of the maturity factor, Eli will look like Peyton today against our week D. Matty Ice will look like Matty Cassell

falcon 71

November 22nd, 2009
12:33 pm

norwood’s been here 4 years and still he has done nothing of substance. Is it time to draft a speed back

Opinion

November 22nd, 2009
12:36 pm

Yes tech was a 3 point favorite in 2006, Chan Gailey knew what to do after that

Meanwhile...WM inspires the troops

November 22nd, 2009
12:37 pm

Re: meanwhile, in theory, the maginot line was an excellent defensive fortification. only problem was the forts were fixed in place so there was no abiliity to be mobile and concentrate strength

No ability to be mobile and concentrate strength? Unfortunately willie, I think you just gave us the definitive description of Georgia’s defense against Tech’s rushing attack last year.