Live from UGA: Will we see a Cocktail Party hangover?

It won't be easy coming down from this. (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

Coming down won't be easy. (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

Athens – Let’s stipulate that Georgia cannot possibly be as energized for this week’s game as it was seven days ago. Let’s also stipulate that Georgia has more talent than Ole Miss and is playing at home. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Rebels took an early lead and held it awhile. It would, however, be positively stunning if Ole Miss led after four quarters.

It’s also worth noting that Florida, which lost to Georgia, trailed Missouri 7-0 at the half in Gainesville today. (Hey, wasn’t it just yesterday than even some Georgia fans considered Florida too good to lose?) But the Gators have since forged ahead 14-7. Which doesn’t mean they’ll hang on and win. It does, however, underscore the peril inherent in post-big-game blahs.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but motivation — especially the motivation of 20-year-old amateurs — is an ephemeral thing. The Bulldogs have had a week of being slapped on the back. (Surely some of those backslappers harbored private doubts pre-Jax.) It would be human nature to follow an impassioned performance with a lesser one. That said …

The longer games go, the less passion matters. Contrary to popular belief, games tend to be won by the team that plays better, as opposed to harder. Again we note that Georgia has better players, which leads us to predict: Georgia 31, Ole Miss 20.

But you know me. I’ve been wrong a time or two. I’ll be here to watch and report, and I’d appreciate your company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

By Mark Bradley

1,072 comments Add your comment

Henry

November 3rd, 2012
3:07 pm

I don’t know why everyone thinks Ole Miss is going to give UGA a scare. I just don’t think so. UGA has got their mojo back on defense and Murray will improve on offense and we’ll win this game. We have a goal in mind and we won’t stop now to get it.

All Saints

November 3rd, 2012
3:20 pm

In tribute to our beloved martyred Saint Jan Kemp, let’s all bow our heads for a few moments of silent prayer. Thirty years ago, this courageous young lady risked everything to expose the corruption and academic fraud instigated by Vince Dooley, sleazy practices that continue to this day under Mark Richt.

And now, let us all pray for Saint Jan…
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Thank you, you may now resume your normal activities.

DawgNole

November 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

Henry
November 3rd, 2012
3:07 pm

I don’t know why everyone thinks Ole Miss is going to give UGA a scare. I just don’t think so. UGA has got their mojo back on defense and Murray will improve on offense and we’ll win this game. We have a goal in mind and we won’t stop now to get it.
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Don’t know why you can’t see it. Look at fla today–barely hanging on to beat a sorry Mizzou squad.

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

Techies worship Jan Kemp and Hall Monitors…

Henry

November 3rd, 2012
3:24 pm

@ Dawg Nole Umm, maybe because we are better than Florida and Florida has no offense.

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:25 pm

Mark
Why did you wait so long for this blog??? Been waiting…Glad you made it bro…

No means NO, Zach M.

November 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

I heard Will Muschamp say today that last week they “shot themselves in the foot” and referred to last week’s “self-inflicted wounds”…. Really? I thought they got run over by Hurricane Jarvis. They didn’t give the game away, they had it taken from them like little boys by some grown men.

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

They had it snatched from their grasp. Just like stealing candy from a big baby…

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Henry is correct. Georgia is better than Florida, and Georgia can score.

Henry

November 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

@ No means NO, teams always say that when they turn the ball over and lose the game. “We gave the game away” is a favorite of theirs. Fact is, they hadn’t turned the ball over but 4 times heading into the game vs. UGA and turned the ball over 6 times against Georgia. What does that tell you? We took that game and didn’t give it back. Domination!

Patrick

November 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

And that rousing Gator victory over Mizzou certainly put last week’s victory stand out, huh?

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Georgia kicking off.

I’d go onsides, but maybe that’s just me.

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

E Jarvious Unum!!!

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

No onside kick.

Richt should be fired for that.

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Speaking of ugly uniforms (not that we were) … check out Ole Miss.

Henry

November 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Ole Miss does go fast on offense. No doubt.

Patrick

November 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Mark–starting on CMR early, huh?

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Long gain was almost an INT

Bigguy

November 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Williams missed it but it was a great try. He’ll get the next one…

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Looked like a halfback option pass. But no pass could be thrown.

droolinredneck

November 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

FIRE RICHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

Ole Miss leads 3-0.

DawgNole

November 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

Henry
November 3rd, 2012
3:24 pm

@ Dawg Nole Umm, maybe because we are better than Florida and Florida has no offense.
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We’re better than fla, and fla’s a LOT better than Mizzou–yet they struggled with them today. And we’re already behind Ole Miss 3-0. So wise up.

Bigguy

November 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

Ole miss did not have a receiver on that side of the the field

droolingredneck

November 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

FIRE ‘EM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Henry

November 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

It’s 3-0 DawgNole. Big deal. We’ll adjust and shut down Ole Miss. Really, that long gain shouldn’ve been picked off by Shawn Williams. If he’s there a split second earlier it is. So you shut up.

Growler

November 3rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Aaron Murray is decidedly not a “big game” QB. But is this really considered a “big game”?

CigarDawg

November 3rd, 2012
3:47 pm

It’s time to let the Big Dawg eat!

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

Mark
the ol missy unis are throw-backs. They wanted new uniforms, but they keep throwing those same ol ugly unis back at them…

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

Ole Miss really mis-defensed that play. Think Murray checked to the right call.

Patrick

November 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

Every game is a big game for the Dawgs…inconsistency is their standard game plan this year.

CigarDawg

November 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

Let’s see that all day!

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

Sack. Off play-action. Play-action usually buys you more time.

DawgNole

November 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

Henry
November 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

It’s 3-0 DawgNole. Big deal. We’ll adjust and shut down Ole Miss. Really, that long gain shouldn’ve been picked off by Shawn Williams. If he’s there a split second earlier it is. So you shut up.
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All I’m saying is we don’t need complacency and overconfidence, which often are the biggest enemies whey you’re coming off a huge emotional win and playing a heavy underdog. If you can’t understand that, then you should keep quiet and not continue to show your ignorance.

CigarDawg

November 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

Hangover indeed :-(

droolingredneck

November 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

FIRE BOBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flo Rida

November 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

You gladhanding UGA fans are pathetic. You actually are trying to say that the ‘Dawgs NEVER once making a 3rd Down conversion against FL was some kinda testament to their offensive superiority??? They only scored off lucky interceptions, NOT offense brainiacs. FL would have tied had they not fumbled in the endzone on the last play. The gods of luck themselves could not have handed a better underDAWG victory to them if they tried, but continue making fools of yourself thinking that FL is inferior to the pathetic UGA Bulldogs– I’ll be laughing when Auburn dominates them out of the SEC contention if Ole Miss doesn’t do it today first! HAHAHAHA

Orange12

November 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

At least he held on to the ball.

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

Sack. Blitz. Punt time.

Growler

November 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Hah! Like your comment Patrick! I mean this should be a routine win.. but who knows?

80sDawg

November 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Offense looking good!

Orange12

November 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

This doesn’t bode well.

CigarDawg

November 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Rebel defense is fired up.

Mark Bradley

November 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

And now a nice punt return.

Not the fastest start for the home team, I must acknowledge.

BubbaGolf

November 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Looks like a hangover Mark…

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Upset alert!

The Dogfather

November 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Maybe we will see Hudson today….

80sDawg

November 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Play to the talent level of your opponent.