Live from G-Day: Red and Black in a huge collision of hues!

An action shot of the Alumni Game, which I must admit I didn't follow. (Photo by M. Bradley)

An action shot of the Alumni Game, which I must admit I didn't follow. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Athens — For the record, this is my third consecutive G-Day game. To be honest, I recall very little about the scrimmages of 2009 and 2010. I remember Joe Cox hitting A.J. Green on a flea-flicker on the first snap two years ago, and I remember Zach Mettenberger outplaying Aaron Murray and Logan Gray last spring. But that’s about it.

My point being: Not only do spring games not count, they barely register. You aren’t facing Boise State or even Louisiana-Lafayette on this given Saturday; you’re staring at yourself. Anybody who gets really excited — or really discouraged, and here I’m thinking of Georgia Tech’s wretched display in April 2008, Paul Johnson’s first spring — over an intrasquad tilt needs to lie down and think cool thoughts. (Apologies to the late great Satchel Paige.)

Today at Sanford Stadium there’s no quarterback derby to handicap, and the guy who figures to start at tailback against Boise — his name: Isaiah Crowell — hasn’t yet enrolled. Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense is no longer new to this program. In sum, we’re here to watch without really expecting to learn all that much. But hey, it’s a Saturday between the hedges and the sun is shining and Georgia is playing, sort of, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Is there?

I can almost guarantee a Georgia win. But also a Georgia loss. (Unless there’s a tie, in which case forget I said anything.) And I’d be most appreciative if you’d tag along with me as we watch Red oppose Black in a game almost none of us will recall tomorrow. As ever, I thank you in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

Mark, date line Augusta?

John Galt

April 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
12:46 pm

Sorry. Force of habit.

Dateline should be: Gainesville, Fla.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:46 pm

what time is kickoff and do you know if its televised anywhere? thanks

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:48 pm

Or perhaps Memphis Tenn.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

It’s 1 p.m. And I believe CSS has the action.

Billy the Kid

April 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

Not much to report……aaaaa

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

from your fine photography i believe the percentage of filled seats is the same percentage of UGA fans that believe Mark Richt will win 7 or more games this year.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
12:50 pm

I think Mark Richt will win more than seven games this season. Especially if you count today’s

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
12:51 pm

Crowd has filled in — somewhat. There might be 90,000 folks here.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
12:51 pm

OK, maybe I overshot on the attendance. But there are definitely more than 900 here.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:51 pm

I can see the headlines now: “Grantham takes over as head coach after another Richt debacle in Jacksonville”.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:53 pm

does Richt do the honorary coach think like Vince used to?

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:54 pm

and i suppose, typing crows instead of crowd is another fruedian slip since you eat that so often.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

not being critical, just enjoying myself!

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

I don’t think Richt does.

Speaking of honorary coaches: I attended Jesse Outlar’s funeral yesterday. Loran Smith gave the eulogy and mentioned that Vince Dooley once had Mr. Outlar as a head coach at G-Day. Said Dooley: “You’ve been coaching all these years from the press box; you might as well see what it’s like from the sideline.”

JR from VR

April 16th, 2011
12:57 pm

Im interested to see if Kwame Geathers is really becoming a force on the D-Line like Ive been hearing!

Buckeye

April 16th, 2011
12:59 pm

Michigan is beating Michigan as we speak.

Not Disappointed!

April 16th, 2011
12:59 pm

Afternoon Gents! Let see who’s going to take the Dawgs to the promise land! I hope it’s a good scrimmage without anyone getting hurt!

BTW, the quarterback that Georgia let go, not that I blame them, did a good job with LSU the other week. I he had one pass for a touchdown, plus some other great plays.

Ramblin Wreck for life!

Buckeye

April 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

Michigan just had a pick 6 to tie Micigan

sogadog

April 16th, 2011
1:01 pm

Mr. Bradley, I vote next year you coach the Red, Mr. Schultz coaches the Black, and Mark Richt writes the blog and critiques the coaching.

Buckeye

April 16th, 2011
1:02 pm

Will Isaiah (The Annointed One II) be in attendance? A sideline interview perhaps? Jus tthe thoughy makes me quiver.

Clinch, if you’re out there, today an ideal vest day.

JR from VR

April 16th, 2011
1:02 pm

Did not know that Jesse Outlar had passed away . Very sorry to hear that . Back in the good ole days I used to read Jesse Outlar in the morning and Furman Bisher in the afternoons . He was a very fine writer and will be missed.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

I worked with Mr. Outlar for three years. He was a very nice man.

Buckeye

April 16th, 2011
1:04 pm

NO CSS HD on Comcast.

sogadog

April 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

Mr. Outlar was a very talented good ole south Georgia boy.

bsg3003

April 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

does anyone else hate css coverage the definition is terrible…

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:06 pm

Mr. Outlar was from Omega.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:07 pm

Hutson Mason completes first pass to Aron White.

Defense looks awful.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:08 pm

Now Carlton Thomas gains 10.

Grantham must go!

chickenman

April 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

what a joke… no hd… they should prob let the fans know that its only on the reg CSS channel… i had about 4 friends call me asking where they could find the game because on the HD css channel it says G day game from 1-3 haha

chickenman

April 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

2nd team dominating our defense haha

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

Not having HD would be no issue for me. Seeing as how I don’t have cable. Or electricity.

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:11 pm

Carlton Thomas fumbles on the goal line. A defensive stand!

chickenman

April 16th, 2011
1:11 pm

REMEMBER the team drafted teams this year so its not 1st team and 2nd team…. this should be fun to see

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

Aaron Murray sacked in end zone. Safety.

Not actually tackled. But grabbed by Lott.

Score: Red 2, Black nil.

JR from VR

April 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

A safety…..Grantham stays!

WTGW5150

April 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

What did I tell you? Hutson will lite them up and the running backs will fumble away scores. Midget MURRAY looking great early. HAHAHAH

7576DAWG

April 16th, 2011
1:13 pm

What channel is CSS on cable?

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
1:13 pm

did you know that Omega, GA is pronounced Omeega?

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:13 pm

I did know that.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

Mark, are you going to Turner field after this game?

phillip

April 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

Can someone give me a play by play. I cant see it online or on tv…frigon blackouts…

zulucanibal

April 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

Can i get this game on the radio via the net…im a true dawg fans but im currently living in New Mexico…PLEASE HELP

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

Not going to baseball today. This pulsating contest will take its toll on me.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

Omega used to be famous as the town with the one stop light where the red was on bottom and the green on top. used to drive color blind drivers mad. True fact.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

anyone know CSS channel on DirecTv

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
1:16 pm

wouldnt it be cool if the Braves were no hit on both sides of the double header!

Mark Bradley

April 16th, 2011
1:16 pm

Branden Smith catches pass for first down. Black — which is wearing white — is moving.

todd grantham

April 16th, 2011
1:17 pm

zulu, try georgiadogs.com but if they’re broadcasting its a pay service.