A busy, mostly good, weekend for the Dogs

    Hope everyone had a great weekend.

    Well, once again, the Georgia baseball team didn’t, getting swept at South Carolina to continue a late-season collapse that has reached 11 losses in 13 games.

    And the men’s tennis team didn’t have a great weekend, either, losing to Texas in the rain-interrupted quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships to end the Bulldogs’ quest of a third consecutive national title.

   But elsewhere, the weekend was good to UGA:

   Men’s basketball: Tennessee State’s top scorer announced plans to transfer to Georgia. Guard Gerald Robinson Jr., who averaged 17.8 points per game as a sophomore last season and 15.2 as a freshman, will have to sit out the 2009-10 season under NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-1 Robinson, from Nashville, then will have two years of eligibility remaining. ”I sat down and evaluated everything, put together a checklist, and Georgia offered all the things I was looking for,” Robinson told The Tennessean. “. . . I’m going into a situation with a new staff where I can be one of their guys.”  Robinson was second-team all-Ohio Valley Conference this past season.

   Women’s basketball: Georgia point guard Ashley Houts was chosen as a finalist for the U.S. national team that will play in this summer’s World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Houts survived the cut from 27 players to 14 in three-day tryouts in Colorado Springs. The 14 will train in Colorado June 18-25, after which two more players will be cut.  The women’s basketball portion of the  World University Games will be held July 1-11.  Houts played a UGA-record 37.7 minutes per game this past season, leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring (12 points per game), assists (4.7 per game), steals (2.2) and free throw percentage (.779). She is a rising senior from Trenton, Ga.

  Women’s tennis: Despite the men’s team’s elimination, Georgia still has a shot at an NCAA title in tennis this year. The UGA women’s team came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat South Carolina 4-3 in College Station, Texas, on Sunday to advance to Monday’s national semifinals vs. Duke. Georgia (27-2) is the tournament’s No. 2 seed and Duke (27-3) the No. 3 seed.

 Softball: Georgia beat North Carolina 4-2 on a two-run, walk-off home run by sophomore Megan Wiggins in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to win the Chapel Hill Regional and advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the third time in program history. No. 6 seed Georgia (42-10) will play No. 11 Ohio State in a best-of-three series on Thursday and Friday in Athens for a berth in the College World Series.

   Track and field: At the SEC Championships, Georgia junior Chris Hill broke the meet record to win the men’s javelin with a mark of 261 feet, 4 inches. That was Georgia’s only individual championship of the meet. Hill is the defending NCAA javelin champion. . . .  Defensive tackle/shot putter Geno Atkins, the only athlete currently on two Georgia sports teams, equaled his personal best in the shot (56 feet 11 1/2 inches) to finish seventh. . . . In the team competition, Georgia’s men tied for fifth and Georgia’s women finished ninth. Finishing first were Arkansas’ men and Florida’s women.

   Golf: Georgia’s No. 1-ranked men’s team finished second at the Southeast Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs were 21 under par for the last 36 holes of the Regional, and all five Dogs finished the 54-hole tournament under par. . . . Georgia’s women’s team, which qualified for the NCAA Championships the previous weekend, will begin national championship competition Tuesday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

 

 

 

51 comments Add your comment

Cuz

May 18th, 2009
7:06 am

Diamond Dawgs, say it aint so.

Pago Flyer

May 18th, 2009
8:43 am

Thanks for the update. To bad the ATL paper can’t do this!

godawg

May 18th, 2009
9:37 am

Alright, the Diamond Dawgs have successfully lulled everyone in the SEC into a false sense of security. Now, RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!

mightyKC

May 18th, 2009
9:43 am

calling all dog fans: please please please tell me this quote is a joke?!! i will not believe that a) coach richt really thinks this, or b) that he was dumb enough to say it out loud. REALLY? the temperature difference between gainesville and jax, and athens and jax? C’MON!!!

“When people ask me the question, ‘Do you really think [Jacksonville] is a neutral site?’, I say, ‘No, it’s not neutral,’ ” Richt said. “When you play in the state of Florida every year — we fly, they drive; it’s hotter for us, it’s cooler for them.”

(Richt was referring to the temperature relative to what the teams practice in before the game.)

SEC Baseball Fan

May 18th, 2009
9:46 am

Your baseball team is horrible. I guess that easy cupcake schedule didn’t help when you actually had to play good teams in the SEC.

LSU

May 18th, 2009
9:49 am

mightyKC

Mark Richt did actually say that..I have never seen a coach or team b!tch or make more excuses than Mark Richt and uga. I didn’t see anyone complaining when uga was winning big in the 70’s and 80’s about playing in Jacksonville..

DawgGirl32

May 18th, 2009
10:04 am

Oh the offseason.

Blindog

May 18th, 2009
10:05 am

LSU, there was plenty of fans complaining in the 70’s and 80’s, We have to board a plane while they have a short bus ride! What’s fair about that?

DawgGirl32

May 18th, 2009
10:08 am

LSU- Would your team like to take our place and play Florida in Jax every year? Yeah didn’t think so.

godawg

May 18th, 2009
10:30 am

LSU – The only coach and team I’ve seen that bitches and makes more excuses is Les Miles and LSU…think 2007 bayou breath…touche’

DawginLex

May 18th, 2009
10:41 am

Baseball team is young and overachieved early. The SEC is relentless in football and baseball so if you have a chink in the armor, it gets exposed. If you all remember, this is the off year in the Perno cycles so getting to the SEC tournament and the NCAA’s is a big accomplishment with as many young players as UGA has.

They could still get it together and surprise some folks down in Hoover. GT STILL doesn’t want to play us in a regional………………………………………………..

LSU

May 18th, 2009
10:42 am

godawg

Last time I checked your coach was bitching about not getting into the NC game when you couldn’t even win your own divison in the SEC.

mightyKC

May 18th, 2009
10:42 am

but seriously, the WEATHER? the gators get cooler weather in jax than they do in gville? and the dawgs have it hotter than in athens? really? that is embarassing, i’m sorry.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
10:42 am

LSU,please tell us the long list of excuses that Coach Richt has made. And for accuracy who would come in a close second, and who never does. I’m sure this is an easy exercise for you since you seem to have thought this out so well. I am positive you didn’t just make this one up up, despite your record of doing that in here.

jason

May 18th, 2009
10:54 am

LSU, I agree with your first post. Yhe rest not so much. Being a proud Dawgs myself, I am embarrassed by what Richt said concerning the temerature during practice. I don’t know why UGA can’t get up for this game. It is the biggest game on the schedule. Bigger than Tech, bigger than UT. I don’t like the fact that UGA plays in UF every year, but to make it more fair UGA needs to cement a bye week the week before every year. That should take care of any said advantage UF has. I love CMR, he has bought a consistent winning program to UGA. The only problem is we still lose consistently against the same schools every year. UF and UT. We still continually struggle against the USCes, and the Vandys , and Kentuckys. Until UGA starts beating these teams the way they are susposed to; they have no right to complain about one game played in JAX; that has been played there for as long as I can remember.

godawg

May 18th, 2009
10:55 am

LSU – Funny, I seem to remember CMR telling FANS that we shouldn’t be in it because we didn’t win our division. CLM on the other hand had LOTS of excuses for losing two games to inferior opponents and jusitfying participation in the MNCG. Ultimately LSU proved they should’ve be there by winning but that doesn’t stop us from believing we’d have pounded your a$$ if we hadn’t lost to USC. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda…WOOF!

Lou

May 18th, 2009
10:57 am

LSU…Actually there were people complaining in the 70’s and 80’s…Florida fans were constantly complaining. They wanted the game moved at that time because Georgia was dominating the series. They simply thought a change of venue might alter the dynamic of the series. When one team dominates the series, it starts to feel like a home game to that team and those fans regardless of travel logistics or weather. And when you are the team dominated, it starts to feel more like a road trip all the time. As it turns out, Dooley’s departure combined with Spurrier’s arrival altered the dynamic of the series. The only way to turn around the mindset is 1) on the field or 2) change the tradition.

jason

May 18th, 2009
11:12 am

Lou, amen. Either way you have to end up doing it on the field. UGA lost games when they were more talented. Why is that? Did not matter much who the coach was CMR or Donnan. How can you yearly put players into the NFL, but yet be dominated in this game every year. I know there have been some close games, but how many times were they just blowouts? I am a BIG DAWG fan. I just wnt to know when will they start being consistent in their performance on the field.

Huh?

May 18th, 2009
11:17 am

As long as Richt isn’t making excuses for losing to LSU I’m not sure how this concerns an LSU fan.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
11:28 am

Let’s go ahead and set the record straight. The question wasn’t why he has a losing record in J-ville. The question wasn’t even about the dynamics of beating the gators. The QUESTION was, does he think J-Ville it a “neutral site”, and he answered, that he does not. Everybody knows that Mark Richt has a fantastic road record. The chips are stacked against us, has worked very well for him, and he uses it. So in all the other “away” situation he uses that for motivation, but in this case, he is simply making excuses? Come on! That’s just totally made up garbage. Nor, do I think he had any different opinion of the neutrality following his couple of victories there. He knows exactly why they have lost more time than won lately and it has to do more with how his team stacked up, but the question was not what does it take to have a better team than FL.

murfdawg

May 18th, 2009
11:36 am

LSU,
At least we could beat Kentucky!!
You are absolutely right about calling the so called dawg fans cry babies concerning the GA-fl game. I went to a lot of games in Jax in the 70s and 80s and it was fun. Of course when you have a coach who was 17-7-1 against the gators, it was fun. It was fun leaving ATL at noon Thursday,playing golf at Amelia Island Friday, going to see the Swingin Medalions Friday night, beating the gators on Sat and driving back to Atl with a killer hangover. This is unique in college football. It needs to stay in Jax. Adams even recognized this by giving the students a holiday for the game. If we can turn it around on the field,almost everyone will stop complaining.

The only person complaining will be the business office. This is the real root of the problem. They look at the money they are losing by not having a home game every other year and put the pressure on Evans and Richt. Money is the master of college football. Look at the schedules, starting times even the uniforms that teams must wear and it is all dictated by the tv people who have all the money.

Of course this is the 21st century and I am stuck in the past with tradition and memories of going to Jax and having a great college football experience.

One more thing. Stop whining Dawg fans and win a few games in the next decade and it will be fun again.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
11:43 am

KC, I think the weather comment just falls under the category of all the off handed, half hearted comment that wind up being the theme for entire articles and debated endlessly. He’d be better off not answering loaded questions in my opinion.

I mean seriously, what was he supposed to say. “yea I really, really, think J-ville is entirely neutral and here are my reasons” I would almost guarantee it’s just far easier to talk about temperature change, than get sucked into what was probably the real agenda of the question, which he of cource has nothing to gain from venturing into.

jason

May 18th, 2009
11:47 am

The one thing I will say about the game in JAX. It does have an effect on who UGA is trying to schedule. Even though this is a neutral site game, it gets treated as an away game. UGA can’t sign a powerhouse team because they would want a home and home. Uga can’t afford to give 2 Home games away one year. Say they want to sign USC. UGA gets USC home in 2010, but 2011 they have to go to Calif. In 2011 that’s 2 more away games with At USC, and AT UF in JAX. Doesn’t matter if UGA is the designated home team in JAX that year.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
11:49 am

Murfdawg, I am not so sure that The City of J-ville doesnt pony up enough cash to make up for those home/home game revenues. Factor in too that every other year the booty would be zilch. Well cash I mean, Bootie plentyful at either stadium.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
11:59 am

jason, I would say that is true from a subjective standpoint. As in difficulty of schedule. From a financial standpoint, I doubt that there is any home/home series that is a more consistant paycheck than the GA/Fl game arrangment.

LSU

May 18th, 2009
12:05 pm

godog

funny I remember seeing Crybaby Richt on TV here in Atlanta crying about how winning your conference isn’t a rule when he was bitching about the BCS and how they were penalized for not playing in the conference championship game to all the news cameras. Sorry if you can’t win your divison and at least PLAY for the SECC then you have no right playing for a NC.

Now murfdawg

You might have beat UK but we beat both South Carolina and UT both teams which UGA couldn’t beat.

jason

May 18th, 2009
12:12 pm

AltamahaDawg, I agree. The JAX game hurts more from the standpoint of a competitive opponet. Revenue generated from the WLOCP helps not only UGA, but also UF. I think the only arguement right now is UGA being consistently competitive against UF. That is the only real way to change people’s minds about playing in JAX. It didn’t used to be a problem. Besides it ain’t going anywhere. The revenue generated will see that it stays in place.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
12:17 pm

And then…..WE beat YOU, which I believe is where is stand currently.

Huh?

May 18th, 2009
12:27 pm

December 6, 2003: The last time LSU tasted victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. That was a long long time ago…

Dorsey Hill

May 18th, 2009
12:33 pm

Why can’t coach day something like: We’ll follow them through gates of hell to play if need be. Even if that gives the Gators home field advantage.

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
12:35 pm

I think the revenue from the Dome would be similar, so going home and home to me is the least likely option. The last time I read anything about it, both schools would be taking about a million dollar hit to move it to the campus’. campuses? campi? I’m sure the folks in Atlanta would make it attractive. I’m sure Athens would appreciate the revenue, but so does SE Ga. Just redistributing. I don’t think anyone making the financial argument (and I have heard it a lot) really has much of an argument.

All I can say is be very careful what you wish for…cause if it gets moved for no other reason than to change the dynamics, you better be damn sure it’s a year we have a better team, because if UGA losses that game, you talk about disadvantaged emotionally for the next few years..

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2009
12:43 pm

I had the chicken pox the week we studied subject-verb agreement, if anyone was wondering.

LSU

May 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

January 1980

The last time uga tasted a National Championship. That was a longer time ago wasn’t it Huh?

Reality Check

May 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

LSU, last time I checked this article was about UGA-Florida which you have not dog in this fight. That Whiny B!tchin coach has whooped your rear ends down the field the last three times, Last time I checked when you play head to head if you get beatdown you keep your mouth shut so I would suggest you do the same.

Huh?

May 18th, 2009
2:02 pm

131: Combined points scored on the Bayou Bengals in their 3 most recent contests against UGA dating back to the epic beatdown of 2004.

43.67: Average points dropped on the Bayou Bengals by UGA in said 3 game stretch.

21: UGA’s average margin of victory over the Bayou Bengals in said 3 game stretch.

Now, imagine if you will how brutal this would have been for LSU if Mark Richt were not a “pu$$y.” They might have dropped football all together at this point…

jason

May 18th, 2009
2:02 pm

Does LSU play a game on tha neutral Field?

jason

May 18th, 2009
2:04 pm

Huh?, That last post so true. As DAWG fans we know first hand that CMR will not run up the score on anyone….

Dawgdawg

May 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

Gainesville is 72 miles from Jacksonville, about an hour and a half bus ride. A flight from Athens to Jacksonville is surely no longer in time than that.

I love Richt, but he is a baby on this Jacksonville thing. Seventy-plus years of tradition is worth leaving alone. We owned the Gators in Jacksonville as long as they’ve owned us. It’ll turn again sooner than later.

Dawgdawg

May 18th, 2009
3:22 pm

Richt’s whining about Jacksonville can’t help but get in the heads of his players and coaches and make them think they are at a disadvantage against Florida every year. He should be telling them they can kick their butts anywhere, any time.

Huh?

May 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

“Huh?, That last post so true. As DAWG fans we know first hand that CMR will not run up the score on anyone….”

Agreed. Its really unfortunate too because if we dropped 60 or 70 on the Bayou Bengals maybe this “LSU” clown would get the hint that we don’t really care what he has to say. I mean 43.67 ppg? Those are D-1aa creampuff kind of numbers. We might as well have a Georgia Southern fan on here talking a bunch of smack.

LSU Fan

May 18th, 2009
4:10 pm

LSU has won 2 titles since 2000, how many have you dawgs won?

So you have beaten us good that past couple of games but what titles have you won?

This game is all about conf. championships and national ones. Get one before you talk smack.

Huh?

May 18th, 2009
4:18 pm

I’m pretty sure we got an SEC title out of wiping the Georgia Dome floor with you in 2005. You must have been back at the hotel when they handed us the trophy.

G State Ben

May 18th, 2009
4:19 pm

Wow, a transfer from a team that was 12-18 last year. That will get the folks in Athens jacked up. Oh yeah, by the way, he’s 6′0, about 170lbs. and doesn’t shoot the 3 well.

You guys were laughing at Georgia State’s transfers? Ha! This dude is a low major scorer. Congratulations, I can find 10 guys in our Rec center that are better.

BCS is bogus anyway

May 18th, 2009
4:31 pm

All these comments about national titles are B.S since there is no college football playoff at the highest level. It’s just the same as the “mythical” national title they give out in High School in some glorified popularity contest. Until there’s a playoff, there is no true national champ. So when’s the last time UGA won a title? Never. LSU? Never. Nuff said.

LSU

May 18th, 2009
4:35 pm

The BCS is only bogus until uga wins one. But of course that will never happen with richt so we don’t really have to worry about that.

BTW if LSU could win the NC but would get beat by uga for the next 5 years I would take it.

Huh?

May 18th, 2009
5:08 pm

“BTW if LSU could win the NC but would get beat by uga for the next 5 years I would take it.”

Sure thing slick. Getting beat like a drum by UGA clearly has no effect on you at all. You’re just as cool as a cucumber. No doubt about it.

Karl Childers

May 18th, 2009
5:32 pm

I like dem LSU fans. Dey smell like dem corndogs and make me seem worldly and educated….

mmmmmmmmmmmm………

Zack

May 18th, 2009
6:21 pm

LSU so i guess you just skipped this whole year… i guess you didnt get to see knowshon run rampant on the tigers D…

athensdawg

May 18th, 2009
6:49 pm

PEOPLE,PEOPLE PEOPLE….PLEASE.

why do you insist on letting these losers who have nothing better to do than to jump on our blog get you riled up?

everyone take a deep breath…..and reply after me.

nice comment, junior. obviously you can’t read…this is a UGA blog… now go put your striped propeller hat back on, the tootsie roll pop back in your mouth and play with your playstation until some new comment comes up on your own team’s blog. Nice try.

if we replied like this to these idiots instead of letting them get us riled up we would see far less of them in our space.

mikemike

May 18th, 2009
7:16 pm