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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Links (1/12)

No big intro today. Straight to some links...

-- I've been surprised at how emotional the reaction to the Kirby Smart proceedings has been from Georgia fans. Knowing the passion that surrounds the program, perhaps I shouldn't be, but I'll admit, I didn't predict such anger. I still think, however, that in a few months, it'll be a lot of water under the bridge and, in the end, this might have been best for both Kirby and Georgia. We shall see.

Regardless, amid a lot of the hostility, I think our pal Bernie has perhaps the most rational and reasoned response to everything.

-- The Senator isn't ready to jump off a cliff yet, but his solution to the situation is pretty dramatic.

-- Bulldog In Exile takes a more in-depth look at the situation and comes to a firm conclusion: What matters is that Richt eventually delivers on his promise to make a hire that gets the Dawgs back atop the SEC East. (And not to pick nits with Mr. Exile, of whom I'm a great admirer, but I think he's underestimating how far the Vic Koenning stuff went.)

-- T Kyle King thinks this whole situation should come to an end with Travis Jones as the defensive coordinator.

-- Cousin Walter reviews the situation, too, and says he'd still be happy with Todd Grantham.

-- Georgia Sports Blog has a smorgasbord of good info today: From a rather well-reasoned argument to why Kirby Smart is, indeed, a jerk to the importance of Wednesday's hoops game against Ole Miss to the silver lining from yesterday that will hopefully cheer a few folks up.

-- Jeff Owens wasn't invited to the NFL combine, and The Sporting News thinks he got jobbed. (h/t Jim F)

-- And looking over the invite list, Marc Weiszer wonders if it's not an indication of a real talent drop-off for Georgia.

In my humble opinion, I think it is indicative of two things that are both restricted to 2009 alone: 1.) There was no serious NFL talent graduating on offense and the defense simply didn't have that much veteran talent last year. Blame Willie if you must -- after all, he had a hand in the recruiting -- but that simply wasn't a great group of defensive players on the field in 2009.

-- Team Speed Kills has a really strong analysis of the upcoming "wide open" year in the SEC East.

-- This is a few days old but I forgot to link to it earlier: Mark Schlabach's way-too-early top 25 for 2010.

-- This may not be safe for work, but our old pal Brett Jensen has created a tribute to the ladies of bowl season that will no doubt be the highlight of any adolescent male's week.

-- Kiplinger's ranks Georgia as the sixth-best value among college coaches -- ahead of the Trade School but still behind Florida.

-- Here's a good interview with the actor who plays one of the most underrated characters on TV -- Kevin from "The Office."

-- I can't decide if I'm intrigued or concerned by the trailer for the new "A-Team" movie. I think I'm happy that it looks like they're just trying to blow a lot of stuff up and not go through the facade of making a credible film.

-- Here's an interesting bit of info from Netflix that shows the top 10 rentals by zip code in several major cities, including Atlanta. Seriously, what's with all the folks in Palmetto, Ga. renting "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"?

-- If you missed my Tweet about this yesterday... sad news... Riggins is leaving "Friday Night Lights." Of course, I think he's actually closer to collecting social security than being in high school, so perhaps it's time.

-- In a surprise to no one, "Glee" has officially been picked up for a second season.

-- The "Arrested Development" movie will start shooting this year... woo hoo!

-- A new study suggests watching TV can shorten your life. Sure, if you call not watching TV living.

-- And finally, I've read way too much to get psyched up for the final season of "Lost" so I was thrilled to read something that actually made me laugh -- how each character makes a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich.

28 comments:

Texas_Dawg said...

The Evans/Richt plane just left Austin for College Station.

DeRuyter is in College Station meeting with A&M.

DeRuyter = UGA MNCs. Get it done, team.

Anonymous said...

interestingly it went straight from tuscaloosa to austin yesterday. to coll. station this morning. perhaps cmr did have a "smart"er plan b than plan a.

UGA69Dawg said...

Does Mark even know this guy???? How about Joe Kines is in College Station and he could be coming out of retirement to coach his beloved Dawgs yet again. LMAO

Texas_Dawg said...

Does Mark even know this guy????

Probably not, but that's not a bad thing. We need a smart outsider who can bring some new ideas to the table.

DeRuyter > Grantham > Smart.

Trey said...

David, I realize this might be asking you to comment on speculation, but then again I don't feel too bad because that's what the majority of this has been. I have read several things that suggest that Richt might try to bring on someone and Travis Jones. Realistically, why would Travis Jones make a move from the saints to come be a position coach here? This opinion made zero sense to me, but I've read it more than a few times.

stan p said...

Maybe Evans and Richt are in College Station spray painting "44-20" all over the place

Kathleen said...

I am in Texas... I'm happy to go investigate what that plane is doing!

meat said...

Kevin grew old very fast. His one liners in the group settings are always gold. But, his character being interviewed is too much. Almost cartoonish.

About the dc, Richt is good at his job. He knows what the program needs better than any of us. He's going to make a great hire. Let's not second guess a decision that hasn't been made.

Anonymous said...

I'm more impressed that we can stalk our Coach's plane!

Anonymous said...

The anger is just about the way he handled it. It would have been a bad decision for him to come to Athens, and it was a bad decision for us to pursue him. But dude, tell us "no" right away and let us move on. To drag it out when he knew we were interested was bad form, and if he did sign a preliminary agreement then back out, he is a real douchebag. And no, there is no way I would want him in Athens as a HC if this is the type person he is.

I personally hope he fails now. I wasn't sure he was that great before, and still not sure, but he certainly isn't much of a man if this is the type character he has. This is his alma mater, and a coach who gave him a job in his earlier life. Crummy, very crummy.

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Anonymous said...

Seriously plane stalking is great. I'm seeing it's going from College Station to Denton, TX near Dallas....going to talk to Grantham as well I guess?

JRL said...

"I personally hope he fails now" Anon 6:03

That's not a thought I had or will have. Unless you know the specifics of why he declined I suspect you are just an angry person venting.

Not that I believe everything I hear but I did hear KS had several issues that CMR refused to address.

That being said I would suspect the decision was one of mutual agreement. KS saying I'll accept if this happens - CMR saying that won't happen. Both men holding to principles that mean a great deal to them.

Anonymous said...

if grantham is the man richt settles on and he coaches the DL...what do we do with Garner?

at this point, i think its a fact richt plans on retaining garner...

Trey said...

dHow do we know that Richt,/Evans are on this said plaine?

Anonymous said...

what does the M in MNC stand for???

Anonymous said...

Kiffin to USC, bringing his daddy and Orgeron with him. http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncf/news/story?id=4820737

B Man said...

M = Mythical..n'est pas?

Anonymous said...

David, wake up. OMG on Kiffin. Tenn down the tubes. This great for GA as we did not need them kicking our ass again.

Anonymous said...

kiffin = spoiled punk now ucla can beat him every year....

Kathleen said...

Didn't Kiffin say Tennessee would not lose to Georgia as long as he was coach?

what a prophet!

Schlagdawg said...

The rock at Tennessee: http://tinyurl.com/y9ps8la

Anonymous said...

Hale are you even allowing the great and wonderful Texas Dawg to delete comment on your site? I noticed my comment is gone.

Sincerely,
1454

Her? said...

I could now care less about our DC search because you mentioned the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie! That show died before its time and was the best written and funniest show in a long, long time. Rumors of the movie have been around for a while, glad to hear it's finally getting done!

Fratt Stinchcomb said...

How reliable is C. Lows most recent post about Richt and Grantham? Seems like he is counting some chickens before they hatch.

Schlagdawg said...

How did we live without youtube for so long?
Vol fan reacts to Kiffin leaving. He curses quite a bit fyi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYAsxnRaTAg

Anonymous said...

kiffin did the impossible, twice...

made al davis look good
http://www.cbssports.com/images/nfl/raiderskiffinletter.pdf

landed one of the 5 most prestigious jobs in college football with a record of 12-21.

To quote the Kardashian's: What a douce lord!

Matt said...

Trey,
Travis is the assistant DL coach with the Saints and not THE DL coach. he'd prolly get a modest raise and he'd come back home.