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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thursday Links (4/15)

The wait will continue.

Georgia sports information director Claude Felton sent out an email to media this morning informing us that the much anticipated depth chart was still a few days away from being released. Exit interviews with players have gone slower than expected and several coaches -- including Mark Richt -- will be traveling during the next few days. So looks like we can all be angry at Aaron Murray for a few more days.

Regarding my post on the QB debates yesterday...

UGA69Dawg writes: It's not going to get any better just remember the words of the great UGA philosopher Lewis Grizzard " Never wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty but the pig loves it." Don't wrestle with this QB thing any more.

David: If there's one thing I've learned during my tenure in the South, it's to always take advice from Lewis Grizzard. Well that, and that any meat can be improved with the addition of gravy.

So, enough about the QB derby. Let's just get to some links...

-- Yes, it was that ugly at Foley Field last night. Or as Dawg Sports calls it: Worst. Baseball Game. Ever.

-- Dean Legge has a good piece ($$) on Zach Mettenberger and the rough road he has had to travel thanks to a heck of a lot of irrational critics. No, no, not me. He's talking about fans. Here are a few examples from his story he found on Mett's YouTube clips:

“The only reason you get picked for varsity in OCHS is if your parents are rich enough to give donations to the school.”

“I’m ashamed he’s going to Georgia, I might have to start cheering for another team.”

“He is soo overrated!!! takes a hit like a bitch!!!”

“Seen him in real life all he has is size but leave it 2 uga to recruit a nobody”

Yup, the Internet has really made the world a wonderful place. Of course, none of that compares to jerks who writes stuff like, "G-Day stats don't mean that much in the grand scheme of things" and then back it up with evidence. Those are the real monsters.

Anyway, Legge wraps things up with what I think is the best take on Mett's situation to date:

"He has the most potential of all three quarterbacks at Georgia. Of the three quarterbacks at Georgia he’s come the furthest away to get where he is now. He’s still immature at times – his visit to Remerton proved that – and he’s got growing up to do. He’s beaten back critics, but still has to overcome Aaron Murray and experience to win the job. He is fighting for the job, and on Saturday, let everyone know that he’s ready to fight for the long haul."

-- And speaking of Dean's Dawg Post site... I humbly request you become a fan on Facebook. You may remember that our pal Fletcher Page -- a recent Georgia grad in need of a free meal -- has a bet going with Dean that he could get Dawg Post to 1,000 fans in less than a month. Well, there are just seven days left, and they're still about 220 shy. So do Fletcher a favor, become a fan, and he'll owe you forever.

-- Dancing in the End Zone weighs in on the QB performances at G-Day and notes that Aaron Murray's line might have looked a good bit better had it not been for a number of drops. (And maybe drops should be the thing fans are complaining most about now... quite a few of them we saw in practice videos, too. That is, if you feel the need to complain about something.)

-- The Senator tries to rationally decide how Georgia will stack up against the Gators this season.

-- David Paschall has a good story on Kris Durham's enthusiasm to get back to work in 2010.

-- Marc Weiszer notes that a former Bulldog is back on the football field at Bethune Cookman. He also has some updates on the defensive depth chart, courtesy of Todd Grantham's morning radio appearance.

-- Ben Dukes enters the final post in his position-by-position series of who makes the biggest impact on a championship team. If you haven't been reading them, you should go back and check them out. Some great research.

-- Team Speed Kills has an old-school innovation in mind for Georgia's future: The Wishbone. And there's plenty of reasons why this would work.

-- NBC Sports' Dave Ommen has a post looking at the next big college hoops stars for 2011, and Georgia's Trey Thompkins makes the list.

-- And along those lines, Mel Kiper has his top five players at each position ranked for the 2011 draft, and Clint Boling checks in pretty high among the O linemen. (Note: This is an Insider article.)

-- Here's a first for our links -- a story about UGA fishing.

-- The Legends Poll added a big name to its voting role this week.

-- There's not many people who could insult Tim Tebow and have me take Tebow's side. Jerruh Jones is one of them. Of course, he's also probably right.

-- They can take away Urban Meyer's right to yell at beat writers, but they'll never take away... his freeeeedommmm!

-- Of course, Corch Meyers isn't the only SEC mainstay laying down the law with the media these days.

-- But at least they aren't charging the media for the right to cover their team at a public institution. Who knew Tennessee would get even wackier once Lane Kiffin left?

-- Every Day Should Be Saturday wonders what's the minimum level of football accumen a writer should have. For example, I've never been "in the arena" but I know Georgia looked like crap against Tennessee last year. But on the other hand, I have no idea what this guy is talking about here.

-- Blogging Pantsless takes a firsthand look at the worst food item created since Jimmy Dean's pancakes and sausage on a stick.

-- Love this post from Mental Floss that explains where each MLB team got its nickname. The Braves have among the most interesting. Bet you didn't realize that each time you wore your Braves hat out, you were inadvertently supporting the Democratic Party, did you?

-- I've always thought my car didn't look enough like Rollie Fingers. Thankfully, there's a solution.

-- First THIS. Now THIS. Larry King, you are a menace to society.

-- Perhaps Larry should be hanging out with these guys.

-- I enjoyed the premier of "Treme" on HBO last Sunday. I'm not close to calling it as good as "The Wire" yet -- but it had some strong moments, and it's already been renewed for Season 2. (Plus, John Goodman is completely channeling his inner Walter Sobchak for the role... I kept waiting for him to say, "I'm calmer than you are, Dude.")

-- I actually thought this week's episode was pretty funny, but overall I'd have to agree that "How I Met Your Mother" has been well below par of late.

-- Jezebel has an excellent recap of this week's "Lost," which points out the not-so-coincidental Bruce Springsteen references in the episode. (h/t Henry)

-- Stuff of Legend checks in with some quick thoughts following Tuesday's episode.

And a few thoughts of my own, for those of you who care:

-- Ilana blowing up pretty much sums up what I don't like about the show this season: Tons of build up, all kinds of loose ends, and in the end, it all meant nothing.

-- In fact, the whole Ilana crew died unceremoniously, again amounting to nothing.

-- Much like most of the tail section.

-- Also the explanation for the whispers doesn't make a ton of sense to me. I mean, why did we always hear them before The Others arrived during Seasons 1-3 if there was no real connection? Of course, that whole plot device was dropped, too.

-- Every scene that is meant to be an emotional reminder of how long Sun and Jin have been apart only makes me angrier at this point. It's like Chuck and Sarah on "Chuck" only I don't care about the end result any more.

-- Despite all my misgivings, I still love any episode that includes an extra dose of Desmond and Hurley, who are easily the two most redeeming characters on the show at this point.

-- My current odds on being satisfied with the finale: 40/60... and even that is probably being generous.


Bourbon Dawgwalker said...

Re: Whispers - We didn't need to know what they were. It could have remained a mystery. It was like George Lucas telling us that the force is controlled by midichlorines (?), we just didn't need to know.

Schlagdawg said...

Fun fact: while googling midi-chlorians, I discovered the wiki page for Star Wars, aka "Wookieepedia".

BZ said...

David, what can you make of the Nick Williams vs Washawn Ealey thing. Why did Nick get yelled at and not Ealey for actually throwing a punch. Did they both get over it? We can't have stupid penalty's like that in real games. Just wandering because I haven't heard anything else about it.

Trey said...

THE WISHBONE! Great idea.

Hey I don't mean to bring this back up, but I'm watching a replay of the G-Day game...

I know it was the second string D, but Mett showed outstanding pocket presence. I'm just sayin.

Woolly Butts said...

Dave, somebody posted a comment on a blog somewhere to the effect that Grantham was in strong disagreement with CMR over releasing Montez from his scholarship, and so is in snit-mode which is why he's not on the state tour. Any help in getting to the bottom of this one?

David Hale said...

I think that was just meant to stir up some fans, Wooly. Unless I've missed something -- and I don't think I have -- there's nothing to that rumor.