Herschel Walker lends class to ‘Apprentice’ cast

I don’t know how much Donald Trump pays attention to these things but I watched his show, “Celebrity Apprentice 2,” just because Herschel Walker was on it.

Well, at least I watched a good bit of it. The premiere, which was Sunday night, was two hours long and was not what you’d call riveting enough to keep someone’s attention undivided. But I did watch it long enough to figure out that the teams, divided into men vs. women, had to make cupcakes and sell them for charity. And I wasn’t surprised to see Herschel be named “project manager” for his team. This landed him in the boardroom with a couple of major tools, Dennis Rodman and Andrew “Dice” Clay. Not surprisingly, Herschel survived so you can watch him again this week. It comes on again this Sunday night.

It’s odd watching Herschel, a guy who has remained such a mystery to the Bulldog Nation for so many years, throw himself out there for the world to see on reality television. But he comes off fairly well and certainly is taking the competition more serious than many of his fellow celebrities. Here’s a review of the show at Entertainment Weekly’s EW.com. . . .

I hope you recall the story I wrote back in January about how Georgia was lagging behind several SEC schools in pay for it’s assistant football coaches. Well the Bulldogs took steps to rectify that. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, running game coordinator Stacy Searels and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner all received significant pay raises, according to this report in the Athens Banner-Herald. I would have reported it myself but the new salaries hadn’t been approved last time I checked via open records. I’m sure I’ll follow up. . . .
Speaking of Bobo, the Thomasville High alum, is speaking at the Valdosta High football banquet Monday night. . . .

You’ve probably read this before but here’s another breakdown of Georgia’s infamous mat drills by The Macon Telegraph. . . .

Georgia’s Jeff Owens blogs on his blog about being interviewed by ESPN.com blogger Chris Low on his blog. . . .

Those Diamond Dogs may be for real this year. They just completed a sweep of Arizona to remain undefeated. Here’s what the local press wrote about it out in Tucson. . . .

Following up on my story of Torrin Lawrence, Georgia’s dynamic freshman sprinter won the SEC Indoor 200-meters — it was the Bulldogs’ first indoor title in the 200 — but the Bulldogs were smoked in 4×400 despite logging a school-record time. Lawrence didn’t run the 400. . . .

And finally, Georgia’s No. 1-ranked men’s golf team took care of business down in Puerto Rico.

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Atlanta Gator

March 2nd, 2009
8:16 am

Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Andrew “Dice” Clay and Herschel Walker in the same work space? That’s, well, really weird. I mean really, really weird.

ZDog

March 2nd, 2009
8:41 am

Yeah weird. Herschel doesn’t fit too well with that crowd. Kinda like putting your boy Teebow in a Michael Jackson video.

[...] Chip Towers of the AJC writes on Herschel Walker’s turn on “The Apprentice.” [...]

Mikey

March 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

The show was watchable because of Herschel and yes, he handled himself with class and dignity.There was one point where he said he got more Georgia fans involved in their enterprise that Dice and Rodman combined. That was priceless, since it was in New York city!

BTW, Natalie Gulbis and the Playmate are smoking hot, so that helped keep my interest.

UGA

March 2nd, 2009
10:08 am

Which Herschel was it that actually showed the class? Will he even remember this or will it be like when he won the Heisman?

Its easy for anyone to show class when your in the same room as Rodman and Dice Clay. Come on man report on something important instead of a old washed up running back that hasn’t been in a UGA uniform in 25 years.

[...] Chip Towers of the AJC writes on Herschel Walker’s turn on “The Apprentice.” [...]

This and That | MrSEC.com

March 2nd, 2009
10:22 am

[...] – As we told you several months ago (complete with on site pictures of the taping from the NYC Dawgs), Herschel is on The Apprentice. [...]

Dawggone-it

March 2nd, 2009
10:26 am

Why is there no article or section for the Diamond Dawgs? Basketball has their own and they are God-awful. Perno’s team was in the national championship last year and is ranked 12 in the nation. I’m down here in south Georgia and the only place I can get info is on georgiadogs.com. Kinda makes me wonder if we need the AJC for anything if we can get news from other sources? No wonder newsprint is about to all go under…

Chip Towers

March 2nd, 2009
10:27 am

UGA: Don’t know if you noticed but I wrote about six or seven other things besides “that washed up running back.” So just read on, or don’t read, whatever you wish. But clearly you’re not a Dogs fan if you don’t care to read about Herschel, so I’d suggest a more fitting handle.

Dawg Fud

March 2nd, 2009
10:38 am

why did Bobo get a raise?

Chip Towers

March 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

Dawg Fud: Because Bobo is so awesome, right? That’s what CMR is telling us. . . .

Dawggone-it: I don’t know what you mean about “section” for Georgia baseball, but we report the results every time they play a game. We’re not going to “staff” and write a story on all 60 or so of their games. As you know, the Internet helps tell us what people are clicking on and how much they’re reading and, despite what you might think, college baseball is NOT something that moves the needle. That said, Tim Tucker, Peter Cox and I will profile the best and/or most interesting players, preview the best series, cover the most important games and follow them all the way to the College World Series in the postseason like we always do. And you can always read about the him in the UGA blog, like this morning. . . .

I’m not sure how much snow we actually got up here in the Athens area but my yard here in Bogart had at least four or five inches. And it hasn’t been very quick to melt. What about where you live?

Michael Scharff

March 2nd, 2009
11:13 am

Hey, Chip, how bout some Love for the Gym Dogs?! We beat Florida this weekend, we scored our highest score in many years, and we are # 1 in the country. And, don’t forget, Coach Yoculan is going for her 110th National Championship! I was at the first half of the meet on Saturday. It was my first ever Gym Dogs meet, and it was very cool.

Huh?

March 2nd, 2009
11:18 am

“why did Bobo get a raise?”

Because he was responsible for one of the most productive offenses of the Mark Richt era in 2008. That would be my guess.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

Chip, I will lend you my snowblower if you need it. Sun shining and 8 degrees here this morning (up to 18 or so now). But NO snow. We may see sun for three days straight this week before the rain/snow mixture kicks in Thursday.

AltamahaDawg

March 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Did the Donald ever finish paying him the 16 million from 1983?

AltamahaDawg

March 2nd, 2009
12:37 pm

Chip, there was significantly less than 4 to 5 inches on the beach.

BobDog

March 2nd, 2009
12:52 pm

Not much snow from Alpharetta northward. Fulton Co. cancelled school but it must have been because of the south end of the county.

Herschel always has been classy and sharp witted. I didn’t know he was on The Apprentice. I may watch it next time.

Chip Towers

March 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

Altamaha: This is probably a way The Donald and Herschel worked out those last USFL payments! . . .

Michael Scharff: You can read about the GymDogs here: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/printedition/2009/03/01/gagym0301.html.

bank walker

March 2nd, 2009
1:30 pm

Hey Chip, nice read and your right if you don’t like Herschel your not a Dawg! Tomorrow is Heschels birthday. Happy Birthday Herschel!!!GO DAWGS!!!!!

BobDog

March 2nd, 2009
2:26 pm

The legislature needs to make March 3 a state holiday in honor of Herschel!

aaron in arizona

March 2nd, 2009
3:20 pm

I am writing to just say how impressed I, and my family, were w/the UGA baseball team and staff. Not talking about only the wins/sweep they put up on the U of AZ, but how they all played and demonstrated good sportsmanship and outstanding candor/kindness postgame. They, players and coaches, were very patient and willing to sign balls and talk w/fans. Understanding that they felt 2 hours ahead of everyone else cause of the time difference, they still had a smile and was such a pleasant experience.
Congrats to the Dawgs for the wins, and to the parents and coaches for developing such excellent young men. Living out here in AZ, it was awesome to see the Dawgs play in person. GOOO DAWGS!!!

UGA

March 2nd, 2009
4:24 pm

All I was saying is that there are other things to report on that are going at UGA than a running back that hasn’t put on a UGA uniform in 25 years being on some stupid T.V. show with trump.

LSU kings of the baseball diamond.

March 2nd, 2009
4:28 pm

Aaron in AZ,

The only person that I would disagree with in your statement is Matt Ceroine. I just guessing you didn’t hear the f-bomb and the bit^h he dropped on national television last year during the NCCG.

BTW dog fans, Can’t wait to come to Athens to beat down your puppies and see my #1 team in nation show you how to real men play baseball. lol

Kidding on the second part, just looking forward to the series.

Chip Towers

March 2nd, 2009
5:25 pm

I guess everybody is snowed in or didn’t come into work. Hopefully we’ll have some more participation tomorrow. Let me know some subjects you’d like to discuss.

Stack1009

March 2nd, 2009
5:56 pm

Chip, does Lawrence usually run the 400 in meets and the scheduling of the 200 and the 4 x 400 prevent him from participating in that event? I read the story you linked to and it doesn’t say anything about it. Can you find out for me? Thanks.

bill cleary

March 2nd, 2009
8:03 pm

I’m a die hard Gator and I really enjoy raggin on you puppies; however, I was at the Gator Bowl in 1980 when Buck and Lindsey broke my heart remembered watching Herschel thought in amazement–I’d never seen a better college football player. I listened to Larry Munson’s call when #34 ran over Bill Bates in his frosh debut, and was stupified watching him outrun 2 gamecocks DB’s between the hedges. Herschel is still the proto typical “best I’ve ever seen on a college football field,” but Tebow’s a close 2nd

And Willie got one too?

March 2nd, 2009
9:54 pm

Aw Shucks HUH??… If Boo BOO got a raise shouldnt Wille give his pay check back? I mean the Alabama game, Fla. and of course the biggest melt down in UGA history against a team with a mickey mouse offense that plays in the ACC with a bunch of underclassmen. I hope Boo Boo gets it going against those teams like Vandy and gamechickens. Its a total embarrassment for letting those teams hang around and eek out a win. No wonder the sports pundits respect UGA’s football program.

KJ

March 3rd, 2009
12:41 am

“Which Herschel was it that actually showed the class? Will he even remember this or will it be like when he won the Heisman?”

It doesn’t matter, because a pathetic trolling POS like yourself wouldn’t know class if it smacked you in the face. Even with his disorder, he’s accomplished 1000x what you ever will in your worthless life, so feel free to go play in traffic.

Ed

March 3rd, 2009
2:48 pm

Bill, I was at the 1980 game as well. I was in the opposite end zone and saw Lindsay Scott’s back as he headed towards the other end zone. In my 12-year old mind, he looked like a bullet. Never saw Belue throw the ball because the adults in front had me blocked.

You weren’t that kid in the Florida hat that turned around and grinned at me when we were backed up 3rd and long on the 7, were you? Once the dust settled and I looked for him, he and and his dad were long gone.

It was a strange day – my grandfather would die that day in Crystal River, and I still remember a feeling of gloom caused by that and the realization that a perfect season was about to be ruined by the hated Gators. Even “The Play” didn’t completely erase the memory of that feeling, but it did keep that day from being one of the worst of my young life.

By the way, Herschel’s early touchdown run came right to my endzone. What a thrill that was, he looked like a giant. I can still see that huge hole open up on the right side (from Ga.’s perspective) of the line. The 1980 team never got credit for having good players other than Herschel, but we had a great o-line that year.

Ed

March 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

And Bill, I agree with your comments about Herschel and Tebow, who are definitely the two most dominant players I’ve seen. I don’t count all those qbs out west who throw for 500 yards against helpless defenses, either. I mean guys who need to gut out a few yards against a top-ranked SEC defense when everyone in the stadium knows who’s getting the ball, and still can’t be stopped. Only Herschel, Tebow, and possibly Bo Jackson fit that description.

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 4th, 2009
10:24 am

Which Herschel was it that actually showed the class? Will he even remember this or will it be like when he won the Heisman?

Its easy for anyone to show class when your in the same room as Rodman and Dice Clay. Come on man report on something important instead of a old washed up running back that hasn’t been in a UGA uniform in 25 years.

Response to UGA well said KJ!!!
Herschel will never be old news or an “old washed up running back”, he got us a National Championship and if you were a true Dawg Fan UGA would bite you in the a** for saying them (sort of like the Auburn player learned), Come on UGA sic him, woof woof!!!
Happy B-Day to to a classy Herschel, may God bless him in his life while fighting his disorder.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOO GEORGIA!