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Friday, December 25, 2009

Festivus Links (12/25)

I had hoped to provide a thoughtful holiday batch of links for Christmas Day, but sadly, I just don't have the energy.

Now, I'm not complaining about not spending Christmas with my family. It happens. And hey, who would want to see family when they could be flying to Shreveport instead?

But to say today didn't go according to plan would be putting it mildly.

Thanks to snow in Dallas, I spent six hours in the airport in Atlanta -- nearly three of which was actually on the plane. My connecting flight from Dallas to Shreveport was canceled. They rebooked me for another one but that got canceled, too. I'm currently on standby for a flight at 9:30 a.m., which if I don't make, will probably result in me renting a car and driving. I don't have my bags. I'm wearing the same clothes as yesterday. I spent $60 for an 8-minute cab ride because the hotel shuttles weren't running. I got to said hotel at 1:30 in the morning. I'm posting this at 7:30.

Somewhere, I really hope there's a little girl in Dallas whose only Christmas wish was to see snow. I truly hope that little girl is extremely happy today. I also sorta hope her older brother wings a snowball at her while she's not paying attention.

But it's still a bit too early for the airing of grievances. Instead, let's get to some links...

-- I know I haven't published links in a while, so here's a quick recap of what I've done for the Telegraph in the past few days:

* Georgia's defense will have its work cut out for it trying to stop A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who players have described as Tim Tebow, but with more athleticism and a better arm.

* Saying the Bulldogs are thrilled to be in Shreveport might be stretching it a bit. But hey, at least they made it there.

* He hasn't necessarily gotten much credit, but Bryan McClendon has done a masterful job keeping the running game going this season.

* And with Logan Gray's potential move to wide receiver, Georgia will be counting on some young quarterbacks next season.

-- Paul Newberry has a must-read feature on Chance Veazey.

-- B.J. Butler is close to de-committing from Georgia but he is still waiting on an offer from Louisville before it happens.

-- Here's a good Christmas read about Georgia recruit Derek Owens' relationship with his high school coach.

-- Marc Weiszer looks back at the ups and downs of Georgia's season.

-- You've probably seen this already, but Georgia stacks up quite well in the SEC during the 2000s. In fact, aside from the two national titles at LSU, you could make a pretty good argument that the Dawgs have been the second-best SEC team this decade.

-- This video from a news station in Texas notes that A&M is worried about Georgia's running game. That makes it worth watching, but it's the sports anchor's mustache that really pulls the piece together.

-- Plus 10 bonus points to whoever makes the best joke about these people. An extra five bonus points if the joke involves A.J. Green.

-- Georgia Sports Blog was kind enough to offer suggestions on dining and nightlife in Shreveport... you know, if I ever make it to Shreveport.

-- About Them Dawgs looks back at Georgia's last trip to Shreveport.

-- Roger Clarkson writes about the emotional toll of a long season on Joe Cox.

-- Matthew Stafford's rookie season is officially over. I hope he wasn't trying to fly home to Dallas today.

-- What does it say about my life that T.I. is home for the holidays with his family and I'm stuck at the Dallas airport?

-- Good news for female "Glee" fans -- it's star took the Mike Piazza route and announced he isn't gay. And yet, the fact that he was in a boy band leads me to believe he has some issues.

-- Count me among the group lauding the 2000s as the real golden age of television.

-- And my favorite Hollywood relationship comes to an end. How sad and utterly predictable.

-- Here's a strange clue about potential plot twists in the final season of "Lost."

-- And finally, I leave you with some fond holiday memories. Remember kids, Festivus isn't over until you pin your father...


Anonymous said...

Ugh, sorry to hear about your travel troubles, David. I wish you a Merry Christmas, and thanks so much for your hard work, particularly on days like today!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about all your trouble traveling, David! If it makes you feel any better, my 3 year-old niece and her family live on base at Ft. Hood and she got to see her first snow this year. True story. Hope things get better for you!!

Anonymous said...

that youtube video is a great example of why white people can't rap...however, i thought they could count a bit better....Jones is ranked 10th in receptions per game and doesn't ever register in the top 10 of receiving yards.

Joe said...

David, there are worse things than spending Christmas away from your family... you know, like spending Christmas with your family.

Anonymous said...

Put Joe on that list of people who have issues.

David, why does anyone get a connecting flight from Dallas to Shreveport? It is around a two hour drive and then you control your own destiny when you arrive. is saves you 2 take offs and two landings round trip.

Anonymous said...

The problem with good writing is that it makes being stranded at the Dallas airport on Christmas Day sound like a good time! I hope you make it to Shreveport (though not sure that the airport is a horrible alternative) soon!

Merry Christmas David!

Dawgfan17 said...

Of course they have to tell us who Julio Jones is, because based on what he has done this year everyone would completely forget who he was. Hard to believe there was ever a debate about if AJ or JJ was the better reciever.

Dawgfan17 said...

Of course they have to tell us who Julio Jones is, because based on what he has done this year everyone would completely forget who he was. Hard to believe there was ever a debate about if AJ or JJ was the better reciever.

Michael said...

On the YouTube video.....They are doing a real good job dispelling that cousins shouldn't marry myth.

Kathleen said...

After spending the day in Shreveport today I can say you should have enjoyed the airport in Dallas while you had it so interesting...!