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Chattin’ with Bradley: The Dogs, the Hogs and Travelin’ Bob

Hello from Cobb County, Ga. I mention my location so we’re clear: I am not in Fayetteville, Ark. Though I have been to Fayetteville, Ark., which is a nice enough place but kind of remote. When I went, I flew into Tulsa, which is in Oklahoma and which was the home of Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing.

But enough about that Bob. We can go no further without speaking of Bob Petrino, popularly known as Bobby. He’s popular the moment in Arkansas, less so in Georgia. Perhaps you remember him passing through.

Petrino is in Year 2 at his latest stop, and this is being hailed as a breakthrough game for Travelin’ Bob. It reminds me a bit of a road game Georgia played in 2007 — at Tuscaloosa in late September at a time when Alabama was unbeaten  Saban Mania was at its most maniacal. But the Bulldogs won that night in OT on Matthew Stafford’s pass to Mikey Henderson, and that edition of the Tide promptly went in the tank.

I’m not saying the same thing is going to happen to Arkansas …

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Live from Sanford Stadium: Somebody’s starting at QB!

See what happens when you're 0-1? Nobody comes to the game. (Photo by M. Bradley)

See what happens when you're 0-1? Nobody comes to your games . (Photo by M. Bradley)

Athens – This is my 26th college football season as an AJC staffer, and the only thing I know for sure is that there’s no such thing as a dull week. This week has been one of the most eventful ever, especially since nothing really happened.

Joe Cox did not get the flu. Joe Cox did not get benched. Mike Bobo did not get fired. Willie Martinez did not get fired. Mark Richt did not resign in disgrace. Pretty much everything that was status quo this time a week ago is status quo still, with one major difference:

Georgia is 0-1.

Georgia hasn’t been 0-1 since Jim Donnan was a Bulldog rookie. More important, Georgia hasn’t been 0-2 since that same 1996 season, which also stands as the school’s last losing season. So you might say something is riding on this one.

I’m here between the shrubbery, and I have to say there’s a bit of a muted vibe at the moment. (Except for the infernal Sanford Stadium PA …

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Chattin’ with Bradley: UGA, Braves, Shockley & NASCAR!

The view from my perch. The stage awaits Diamond Rio, I believe. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The view from my perch. The stage awaits Diamond Rio, I believe. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Hello there. I’m at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where a goodly crowd has already gathered in preparation for tonight’s Pep Boys 500, which will be a significant gasoline-driven event in local annals. It is, as you’re aware, the first night Cup race in track history, and hopes, as they say, are high.

But because this is NASCAR and we car-racing veterans know to get to the track early lest ye sit in traffic worse than the seventh circle of Hades, I’m here with time to burn. And I’d like to spend it with you, dear readers. I’d like to give you my impressions of a fairly eventful weekend in Atlanta sports doings, and I’d be greatly interested in hearing your feelings. So here goes:

Georgia: I wasn’t shocked the Bulldogs lost. I was shocked they lost the way they did: Rather routinely after having jumped out to the necessary on-the-road start. Oklahoma State seemed determined to choke on that game, …

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