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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday Links (3/24)

I'm still a few days away from getting back to Athens, but I've been doing my best to keep a close eye on what's been transpiring during my absence. (And big thanks to Brandon Spoon, Fletcher Page and Tyler Estep for keeping the UGA info flowing here and in the Telegraph.)

So... a quick run down of some of my thoughts, Ebert-style...

Thumbs Up.... to the women's hoops team. Sweet 16 seemed obvious early in the year, then unlikely the way they finished up the regular season. Their game against Oklahoma State was a thriller and Andy Landers has his women played very well when it matters most.

Thumbs Down... to the Diamond Dogs. Yikes. This team is two games away from letting a few fans pitch.

Thumbs Up... to moving Justin Anderson. Assuming it means the coaching staff is pleased with the way the backups like Kolton Houston, Chris Burnette and A.J. Harmon are progressing.

Thumbs Down... to moving Justin Anderson. It's a shame to see a guy with so much potential not make it on the O line. At the tail end of '08 it really looked like he might turn a corner, but it never happened.

Thumbs Up... to the one-game suspension of Zach Mettenberger. I'm assuming Richt did his homework and no further details will come to light. If that's the case, this is more than fair, particularly given the likely short-term ramifications that the suspension means for Mett's spot on the depth chart.

Thumbs Down... to A.J. Green returning punts. We talked about this two years ago with Knowshon, and aside from two utterly forgettable early-season returns, it never amounted to anything. I commend A.J. wanting to contribute even more, but Georgia has just six scholarship WRs, two wore green jerseys this week in practice, one is coming off missing the season following shoulder surgery, and A.J.... if he has a weakness, it's that he's been banged up most of his career.

Thumbs Up to... some links! It's been a while, so here's a bit more of what I've been reading during my hiatus...

-- Fletcher Page has an excellent piece on the bond between Christian Robinson and Warren Belin, which dates back well before the two teamed up at Georgia this spring.

-- Our pal Fletcher also has a fantastic update on hoops recruiting over at Scout with all the details on Georgia's top targets.

-- I have a story in the Telegraph on Rodney Garner's adjustment to his new role and new coaching staff this spring.

-- Tim Tucker takes a closer look at Georgia's tailback "battle," which is a far cry from the competition at the position last year.

-- Dawg Stephen, on the other hand, isn't so sure we should care which tailback earns the starting job.

-- Interesting note from Marc Weiszer that Georgia's staff visited Virginia Tech's strength and conditioning staff this week.

-- ESPN's Chris Low writes about Georgia's strongest and weakest positions in 2010.

-- Bleacher Report interviews Georgia linebacker Richard Samuel, who says the player who has been the biggest role model for him is... Aron White? Wish there'd been a follow-up to that question.

-- Bill Goldberg is being inducted in the Jewish sports hall of fame. No word on whether he plans to put Sandy Koufax in a sleeper hold during the induction ceremony.

-- The Red & Black says that the expectations for the Diamond Dogs were off the mark. Shocking news there.

-- Here's a link for our pals Paul Westerdawg and Senator Blutarsky... Paul Westerberg pens an op-ed column for the New York Times talking about his friend and mentor, Alex Chilton.

-- The next season of "Top Chef" will be filmed in the nation's capitol -- where a number of last season's top contestants hailed from.

-- John Cusack seems like someone I should like, and yet every time he opens his mouth, he says something that makes me want to punch him.

-- You might have thought that "The Real World" hit rock bottom years ago. You would be wrong.

-- Zach Braff confirms the inevitable: "Scrubs" is finally dead. You know, until it comes back to fight Jason and Freddie in about six years.

-- Unfortunately I didn't get to watch "Lost" last night, so I have to wait until I get back to Athens to watch it on DVR. But one non spoiler detail... Michael Emerson got clocked .

-- And finally, SciFi Wire runs down a good list of other random objects that have been turned into time machines... besides a hot tub.


Kathleen said...

John Cusack is lame for saying that. He should keep his mouth shut if he wants to be the go-to guy for kids of the 80's.... I still have "Better Off Dead" fully memorized and I haven't seen it in about 10 years...

I officially love the AJC nickname for King/Ealey: the 3-4 offense. Perfect timing.

Anonymous said...

David, you really need a consultant to help you with your TV watching. Top Chef?????

Anonymous said...

Iron Chef rules, Top Chef drools.

Robert said...

No, no, no. Arguing top chef v. iron chef...apples and oranges. Both are excellent shows. Top Chef, IMO, is one of the better shows of that ilk on television. Come on, who doesn't like good food?

I also like the 3-4 offense.

Cojones said...

Nice diversity flavor to your subject matter. Have to disagree on the "Thunbs down" to AJ. Characterising him as "banged up" all the time is overly sensitive to a high-end athlete like AJ. He played through a good bit of his groin pull, an injury I don't put in the "banged up" category. The shoulder occurred at the end of a play and was from hitting the ground o/b, not from getting hit. Those plays that feature AJ going high and vulnerable are the plays that bang you up and I don't hear you saying that he shouldn't go for them. Maybe if we cut his playing time in half, he wouldn't have the same chance at injury. Crap happens and we don't know when(practise?). He should run back punts :

1, because he is used to it and has good experience moreso than any other member of the team.
2. because he wants to and is ready mentally.
3. because he is humble about playing for the Dawgs and wants to get one or two runbacks for the UGA fans as his gift before leaving.
4. because pulling your hair and gnashing your teeth about possible injury to any player is introducing the possible idea of complacency and self-protection to the player before he heads for the NFL.

Let AJ Play. He is a big boy who plays big in the SEC. It's the same odds as the QB running play. You can't pussy these players out because injury may occur. The better the athlete and effort, the less chance of injury. I give you Walter Peyton and others as proof.

AJ's request should be respected and we will all hold our breaths together. GO DAWGS!!

Anonymous said...

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BZ said...

Cojones... could not have said it better myself!! Let the boy play whatever he wants too. Nobody can say we haven't been a better football team anytime he touches the ball. He makes plays!!

Anonymous said...

Wow - for a split second there I thought you said this about Justin Anderson: "At the tail end of '08 it really looked like he might turn INTO a corner" ....Yikes, a 6 foot 4, 330 lb. cornerback ....