Heat Check: UGA’s torrid even with Crowell in cold storage

"Excuse me, sir, but have you seen my offense?" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

"Excuse me, young man, but have you seen my offense?" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Our Heat Check begins with the hottest team around — the still-unbeaten-heading-into-December Atlanta Hawks! OK, I’m joshing. (Not to be confused with still-a-Hawk-Josh Smith.)

Georgia Bulldogs: Their basketball team lost by two points at Colorado on Monday, which is actually a good sign. Their football team lost by two points at Colorado last season, and look at it now! Ten wins running, an SEC East title, a comprehensive victory over Georgia Tech, no more hot-seat talk about the coach. Heat Index: Warm, with the chance — should the Bulldogs unhorse LSU — of a truly toasty holiday season.

Isaiah Crowell: The heralded freshman didn’t play a down against Tech due to injury, and it mattered not — except maybe to Crowell’s case for being indispensable. He was, as we know, supposed to be the Missing Man. Now Mark Richt is telling running-back recruits that a great opportunity can be found in Athens. Heat Index: “Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., come on down! You’re the next contestant on ‘Who’s the New Herschel?’ ”

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: The Jackets had nine offensive touchdowns in 60 minutes against Kansas; they managed eight offensive touchdowns  in the 240 minutes of their four losses. Heat Index: In other news, Kansas just fired its coach.

Atlanta Braves: Frank Wren the GM is doing his speed-dialing exercises this week. Baseball’s winter meetings convene in Dallas on Monday. Heat Index: Red-hot Wren action coming right up!

Alex Gonzalez: The Braves declined to offer him arbitration, which mean Wren is looking for a shortstop. I’m guessing he doesn’t call Toronto to inquire about the availability of Yunel Escobar. Heat Index: Remember when Rafael Furcal spurned the Braves and John Schuerholz threw a presidential fit? He might have to grant a presidential pardon.

Atlanta Hawks: The NBA lockout is over. The Hawks will restart after Christmas. Might the Atlanta Spirit talk you into buying four dozen season tickets to serve as stocking stuffers? Heat Index: See next item.

Jamal Crawford: The Hawks’ fourth-best player is a free agent. He won’t be coming back. But Kirk Hinrich, who arrived at heavy cost in trade, will. Heat Index: Let the record reflect that the Hawks took top-seeded Chicago to six games in the Eastern Conference semis without Hinrich playing a minute.

Atlanta Falcons: They’re 7-4. Given that Houston might have to deploy Dan Pastorini at quarterback Sunday, they’ve got a real shot at being 8-4. Given that the two games after that are against Carolina and Jacksonville, they’ve got a real shot at being 10-4 when they play the Saints on Dec. 26. Heat Index: A month from now, we could be calling this the hottest team going.

Matt Ryan: He didn’t complete a long ball against the Vikings — Julio Jones dropped one and Roddy White stumbled reaching for another — but he did complete just about everything else. And his team did win. Heat Index: The Iceman warmeth.

By Mark Bradley

301 comments Add your comment

Big Dave

November 29th, 2011
8:36 am

Hankie Aron

November 29th, 2011
8:37 am

Alright Second!!

Jamaaliver

November 29th, 2011
8:38 am

MB, I really enjoy these Heat Checks of yours. Hoping this becomes your signature weekly event. :)

trupert

November 29th, 2011
8:38 am

Go dawgs! it will be known as the ”upset of the Century”. GATA

tareq

November 29th, 2011
8:40 am

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2011
8:40 am

Jamaaliver, you’re too kind.

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2011
8:40 am

And big kudos to Big Dave.

tareq

November 29th, 2011
8:41 am

actually 5th..Go Dawgs! Go Falcons! Go Braves! Hawks Huh?

Go Dawgs

November 29th, 2011
8:42 am

Not really Trupert…..Georgia’s better.

Hankie Aron

November 29th, 2011
8:42 am

Heat Check just in time for the harsh conditions of a Georgia winter

PapaDawg

November 29th, 2011
8:43 am

CPJ your offense is in Granthams hip pocket.

Herschel Talker

November 29th, 2011
8:43 am

MB:

What do you think is the deal with Crowell? He seems soft and when he’s on the sidelines, he seems disengaged from the rest of the team. Do you think there’s something going on there that we don’t know about? This is starting to look like Caleb King and Washaun Ealey all over again.

HT

Hankie Aron

November 29th, 2011
8:43 am

Mark- After reading your heat check, I now can feel my toes. You should be a televangelist

ADMan

November 29th, 2011
8:43 am

First!……Georgia Bulldogs & Atlanta Falcons….Heat index now in warming oven with chance of overheating by the end of this week….Isaiah Crowell….thawing out….needs to be well done by Saturday night!

Hankie Aron

November 29th, 2011
8:44 am

HT- I even agree with you for once.

trupert

November 29th, 2011
8:44 am

Crowell has all the talent we could ask for, all he needs is another talented back to help him stay focused on keeping that starting role.

Keith Marshall is on the way and he will give Crowell the needed push. The future is indeed torrid at UGA!

SimpleDawg

November 29th, 2011
8:48 am

The Falcons had better stop the halftime nap, and figure out a way to maintain their intensity for a full 60 minutes, or they’ll be embarrassed by an inferior team.

DILLIGAF

November 29th, 2011
8:49 am

“Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., come on down! You’re the next contestant on ‘Who’s the New Herschel?”

Hilarious Mark Bradley!

UGA/85′
GATA!

Herschel Talker

November 29th, 2011
8:49 am

Hankie Aron:

Why can’t we all just get along?

I still think Richt will not bring us where we need to go long-term, but I give him credit for this year’s turnaround. That has been a heck of a coaching job.

HT

PapaDawg

November 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Crowell needs to realize that he’s not the High School Superstar anymore and running over high school kids. This is the SEC and right now he is NOT MAN ENOUGH.

1eyedJack

November 29th, 2011
8:51 am

If my friends and brothers were going into battle, and I had to stay back with the women and children, I’d look a bit sheepish too. Put IC in the fray and let him “do his thang” and he’ll feel better about himself and life in general. And we’ll feel better about him.

He should have his legs fresh and back under him and run for 100 this Saturday.

I hope. ;)

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 29th, 2011
8:52 am

Hey Now Mark Bradley

Kansas was a big win for Tech. It was after beating Kansas that Tech was going to play for the National Championship and beat; no I meant run all over LSU

Isnt that right GT Joe

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2011
8:53 am

Thanks, Hankie Aron. I’ve been thinking about a career change.

PapaDawg

November 29th, 2011
8:55 am

Do I see white knuckles on the handshake in the above photo. HA

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 29th, 2011
8:56 am

I will say Richt turned the season around if UGA can keep it under 10 against LSU and win their bowl game

If not; this in my mind will be nothing but smoke a mirrors

Joey

November 29th, 2011
8:58 am

I have read the AJC blogs for 3 years and have yet to read a (real) UGA fan compare any current or future Bulldog RB to Herschel.

Yet, it always comes up when discussing a prospect.

What am I missing?

bucket

November 29th, 2011
8:59 am

I still think the biggest problem Crowell has is that he is a true freshman. I understand that Lattimore didn’t have the off the field issues, but even his body couln’t take a full SEC season. If UGA would have had any depth at the tb position Crowell would have been better this year. Hopefully that won’t be as big of a problem going into next year (w/recruiting coming up as we lost 2 tb’s after recruiting season was over) and Crowell is about to get a month off to prepare for a bowl. I think Crowell still has bigtime aspirations and he will get it together eventually unlike King and Ealey.

juvenal

November 29th, 2011
9:00 am

how about some shotgun when we are behind,CPJ?

Nikki

November 29th, 2011
9:02 am

If Crowell is easily busted up on saturday, I think he may have to start worrying abt his starting position. Dude is not very durable.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 29th, 2011
9:02 am

Looking at that photo of Turkey Neck; I didnt know Bobby Bu-Shay stadium at historic Dump Field was a home game for UGA.

Objective fan

November 29th, 2011
9:03 am

The Hawks don’t get past Orlando in first round last season without Hinrich, and if Hinrich didn’t get hurt, we STILL wouldn’t know what we had in Jeff Teague because he’d be rotting on the bench.

Crawford is an inefficient scorer and a liability on defense, and like Michael Cunningham said, Hawks would be better off letting him walk and putting the ball in Teague and Hinrich’s hands (both of whom actually seem to care about defense.

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2011
9:03 am

I hope Samuel is back… if not run Malcome, Harton, even Karempolis if (when) Crowell goes out… hope he will get in top shape for next year… Go Dawgs.. beat LSU !!

DawginLex

November 29th, 2011
9:03 am

I give Richt and the players credit for making changes.

It is more than the wins and losses.

He changed the culture of the program.

If he had not changed, he wouldn’t be our coach today as he would have been on the ever growing list of coaches who just got fired.

Our future is bright and the foundation is set. We could not say that two years ago.

It is difficult in this day and time to make tough changes and come out with your job intact. Ask Muschamp. He probably won’t survive at Florida because he ran off about 20 players. He had to for his discipline to get in place but it cost him dearly in wins.

We have all bashed Richt for the past problems but i give him credit for the changes made.

And Greg McGarity for pushing him

bitter dope smoke--in---running backs

November 29th, 2011
9:03 am

crowface has a complete set of failing grades——–next

please...

November 29th, 2011
9:04 am

I really dont know what to think of IC. He doesnt seem to have the desire that those great backs before him had. Maybe Im overlooking his immaturity, but I am concerned. He needs to take the swelling in his head and put it in his crotch.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

November 29th, 2011
9:05 am

HT

When the he!! have you been in practice, the classroom, study sessions, the weight room, and especially the locker room? What, never? Oh, but you are such a genius. Please tell us more.

You and Flat tire need to find a cozy place to make out with each other.

These two dolts come on here day after day trying to get someone fired. The same people that coached us to the SEC championship game.

Go Dawgs!
Win with Richt!

Objective fan

November 29th, 2011
9:06 am

Also, how often do you see true freshmen RBs in this conference? Even Knowshon got reshirted and he can’t stay healthy in the pros. RB by committee is the only way, guys like Lattimore are rare.

Old Falcon Fan

November 29th, 2011
9:07 am

Odd how Julio drops passes, did it at Alabama. I was hoping it was a thing of the past (sigh).

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2011
9:08 am

we could suprise LSU.. score is 0 to 0 right now…. Oline needs to MAN UP… Grantham’s Junkyard Dawg defense WILL man up..

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2011
9:08 am

Good point on Greg McGarity, DawginLex.

Dawglasville

November 29th, 2011
9:10 am

Crowell – It’s his future to make or break. Doesn’t look too good.
Gonzalas – Peace.
UGA Basketball – just beat Tech.
Hawks – who cares. Let Crawford go. Move Joe to small forward. Play Teague at 1 and Hinrich at 2.
Falcons – I predicted 12-4 or 11-5 before the season. Should happen.
Tech- Made strides. I think CPJ needs to get over the bowl game hump.
UGA- Just play hard. Keep it close. Win bowl game. 11-3 pretty good year.

bitter dope smoke--in---running backs

November 29th, 2011
9:10 am

teams like this 10 win jaw-ger team has gained no respect from the pollsters—–ok—–now its show time on prime time

———————give collage football a real show dawgs and show them there fair–e–tail 1 vs 2 will not be lsu and bamma

———————————beat the #1 team and you will have earned——RESPECT THAT MATTERS—–

no championship game can mean more this late than a ole—HUNKER DOWN ONE MORE TIME—–

————————————————-TYPE OF A$$ WHOPPING————–SMASH MOUTH DAWGS——–this one for MUNSON

DawginLex

November 29th, 2011
9:13 am

Thanks Mark.

Matt Roark=Never has to buy dinner for himself in Lexington again

That’s why i love college football. 26 years they tried everything but it took 2 QB’s getting hurt and playing a WR and running the option and only throwing 6 passes to finally beat UT.

Destin Dawg

November 29th, 2011
9:13 am

Mark.. was McGarity responsible for hiring Muschamp and Weis ?

DawginLex

November 29th, 2011
9:14 am

destin

He was already at UGA when Meyer left

Send'em Uhauls

November 29th, 2011
9:15 am

LSU 48 – Blair Walsh 12… Heat index – Bobo the Clown….

Herschel Talker

November 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!:

You are a clown. I said I gave the man credit for the turnaround this season. Get a life dude. Go cheer for Ole Miss.

HT

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

November 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Those questioning IC’s durability need to remember this 18 year old kid was playing high school football last year. He is now playing in the toughest, meanest conference in the nation. Give the KID a full year to get stronger. We can talk next year when UGA is 12-0.

HT and Flat: Did yall eat turkey or CROW at Thanksgiving?

Joey

November 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Keith Marshall is a burner, but everybody does realize he is at least 15 lbs smaller than Crowell, right?

Regardless, I think Crowell will shine, when healthy, as part of a stable of RBs, 14-16 carrys per game. Maybe Bobo will develop some pass plays for him to add 3 or 4 touches.

Crowell, nor Marshall just ain’t gonna be 25+ carries per game RBs.

But they would make a great rotating tandum.

PapaDawg

November 29th, 2011
9:18 am

The DAWG D can hang with LSUs Offense, I’m concerned about our Offense going 3 and out all day.