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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday Links (6/22)

Happy Tuesday morning to you, dear readers. Sorry about the lack of posts yesterday. I got distracted by a "Pawn Stars" marathon on The History Channel and it all went downhill from there.

Couple of things to follow up on quickly:

-- Another uni number for you... Marc Deas will wear No. 26. Here's the most complete list I have for the freshmen...

Deas -- 26
Garrison Smith -- 56
Brandon Burrows -- 41
Hutson Mason -- 14
Demetre Baker -- 52
Ken Malcome -- 24
Kolton Houston -- 66
Jakar Hamilton --23

Oh, and according to Mark Richt, Brent Benedict is still not on campus yet -- and won't be until July.

-- Also, I posed this question via Twitter over the weekend and got a lot of responses.

which pro team - nhl, nba, mlb, nfl - would u least want to be a fan of? I can't top the orioles.

I got a number of votes for the Royals and Pirates. Those are both good choices, and considering how bad the Chiefs have been lately, it must be rough to be a sports fan in KC at all.

A few folks said the Lions. I guess... but so little is expected of Detroit that it's hard to really be disappointed. I mean, it's been a half-century now, so you kind of know what you're getting when you decide to be a Lions fan. The O's, Pirates and Royals all had pretty nice runs through the late '80s and early '90s at least.

The Clippers... yeah. But maybe they'll get Lebron. And they were in the playoffs a few years ago.

Got one for the Blue Jays. Hey, Toronto is six games over .500. Besides, if you live in Canada, the Blue Jays are the least of your problems.

Got a few for the Bills. Having a few friends who are Bills fans leads me to believe this is a quality suggestion. Our old pal Jay Adams is from Rochester and a big Bills fan. When we were driving back from covering UGA-Kentucky two years ago, we were listening to the local Bills broadcast on Sirius. Every commercial featured either the Bills kicker or punter as the celebrity spokesman, and Jay summed it up properly: "What does it tell you about your team when its kicker and punter are by far its most marketable players?"

And, of course, there's my Chicago Cubs. I can assure you, it's unpleasant to be a Cubs fan... unless you're actually sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley on a Sunday afternoon drinking an Old Style. Then it's not so bad.

Still... I keep going back to the Orioles. They really have everything you want from an unbelievably awful franchise.

Rich history utterly torn to shreds by more than a decade of sucking? Check.

Horrible owner that is so bad fans know things will never get better until he dies? Check.

Great ballpark that manages to remain nearly empty for most games anyway? Check.

Steve Bartman-type of moment that allows you to easily pinpoint the moment it all went wrong? Check.

Economically depressed city that genuinely needs a team to support but instead gets utter dreck year after year? Check.

Brand new team 30 miles south with star pitcher that is the darling of his sport and garnering tons of headlines? Check.

So I stand by my choice. It's the Orioles. In fact, I have a buddy who is a big O's fan. He's been to more than 30 Orioles games in his life and he's never seen them win. Now that's bad.

OK, some Tuesday linkage...

-- A crazy weekend won't end with much relaxation for Russell Henley. After finishing 16th in his first U.S. Open, he's off to Northern Ireland for more golf.

-- Ah, screw that Butts-Mehre expansion project now. Auburn's getting an indoor practice facility!

-- And speaking of the Butts Mehre project, here's a clip on YouTube of the unveiling of the original Butts Mehre Heritage Hall from 1987. Loren Smith hasn't aged a day. (h/t Ally)

-- One more follow-up on the Butts-Mehre additions. Here's an interesting note regarding the rare & expensive siding being used on part of the new addition, courtesy of a reader named Charles: "That siding stuff they are using is the same stuff used on the outside of Soccer City (the main soccer stadium in South Africa) which you can see on display at the World Cup and on ESPN around the clock these days ."

Thankfully, no vuvuzelas have been installed here.

-- Tim Tucker takes a look at Georgia's inside linebackers this season, which includes what I think will be one of the most interesting roster battles on the team: Christian Robinson vs. Marcus Dowtin. They're almost polar opposites, with Dowtin having the edge in terms of physical make-up, while Robinson might be a bit undersized. On the other hand, Dowtin has routinely been critiqued for his mental lapses, while Robinson is one of the best character guys on the team.

(Side note: An almost equally interesting battle is for the proper pronunciation of Dowtin's last name. For whatever reason, John Jancek referred to him as "Down-teen" -- and some others followed suit. Now that Warren Belin is coaching him, it appears to be a unanimous vote for "Dow-tin"... although it's more like "Doubtin'." In any case, if it had remained Down-teen I might have eventually moved him passed "Brandon" Southerland as my favorite routinely mispronounced Bulldog.)

-- A catcher on the Georgia baseball team was arrested on underage possession and DUI charges.

-- And the Diamond Dogs chat with Roger Clarkson about what they're expecting from David Perno in 2011.

-- Dawgs Online is excited about the changes to UGA's Web site. My advice would be the same as my advice on expectations for the football season: Be cautiously optimistic.

-- Team Speed Kills looks closer at what might be a rare opportunity for South Carolina to win the SEC East.

-- Tennessee's having some trouble selling tickets. I guess Lane Kiffin was good for something after all.

-- And speaking of the Lanester, the tiny high school in my home state that he's recruiting 13-year-old QBs from is under fire for... recruiting violations!

-- I just learned about "Icing" like two weeks ago, and it apparently is already near death. The same thing happened to me with parachute pants in 1990.

-- GQ breaks down the first season of "Treme," and comes to the conclusion that David Simon fell far short of his work on "The Wire." I still have a few episodes to watch, which I suppose speaks to my overall indifference about the show as the season wore on. I enjoyed it... but it did lack the urgency and depth that I loved about "The Wire."

-- Jane Lynch is making a return appearance on the season finale of "Party Down." I'm hoping this won't be the final episode ever of the show, but considering virtually every actor working on it has a gig lined up elsewhere for the fall... it's not looking good.

-- On the upside, "Eastbound and Down" returns on Sept. 26 -- and here's a preview.

OK, I gotta run some errands. Hope to have some more idle offseason chatter this afternoon. Stay thirsty, my friends.


Daniel said...

David, you're from Delaware and are an Eagles fan, right? How did you become a Cubs fan?

Jeffrey said...

You need to finish Treme and read Sepinwall's review and interview with Simon. It's not The Wire, but the last 2 episodes were really strong and really bring the season together. Is it really fair to compare to The Wire and call it a disappointment if it falls short of that?

No One Knows You're a Dawg said...

One more suggestion for worst pro team to be a fan of . . . how about the Atlanta Thrashers?

None of the owners (who are all suing each other) even care about the team and only consider it to be a financial drain (even thought they own the arena and have a very generous sponsership arrangement with Phillips). They have done such a poor job as owners that they are seeking "investors" (aka buyers) for the francise, but despite quietly having the team on the market for over a year, can't find a buyer.

Also, no effort was made to keep the one true great player the team has ever had (Ilya Kovalchuk), and a potential star player drafted by the team demanded to be traded after committing vehicular homicide.

An incompetent GM, (who only got the team to the playoffs once in ten years and only accomplished that by trading away every decent player in the team's farm system, only to have the team get swept in 4 games in the first round of the playoffs) was able to hold onto his job longer than even disinterested parties thought because he worked cheap.

Add to that, fans of the team have to battle traffic jams which back up for 4 miles just to get to a game and then have to pay $10-$20 to park in a secure lot and $70 for "face value" tix. All to watch a team finish at the bottom of the NHL standings with no real hope for the future.

Anonymous said...

Seattle Supersonics?

Anonymous said...

What's with the #14 and UGA quarterbacks? Did Mason where #14 in high school?

shliknik said...

I lived in K.C. for a year and my wife and I became fans of the Royals. The team and atmosphere really had a minor league feel to it (and that's a good thing)! Tickets were cheap. Parking was inexpensive. Large crowds were rare and there were tons of giveaways. ANY game they got 10+ hits, you could take your ticket stub to Krispy Kreme and get a dozen doughnuts!! HECK YEAH!

Overall, if you don't mind watching a losing team, but you enjoy professional sports, you could do worse than the Royals.

I'd rather go watch them and save a few hundred dollars compared to watching the Yankees.

fuelk2 said...

Dow-teen? Seriously? We already knew the man can't coach linebackers worth a flip, but now I'm just going to have to question his ability to read.

Andy said...

Who gets Mettenberger's number 5?

David Hale said...

Daniel -- Poor choices on my part? I got into baseball in the mid-80s and the Phillies were BRUTAL. I loved Ryne Sandberg, so the Cubs became my team.

Jeffrey -- I plan to finish out "Treme." As I said, I've enjoyed the season, but I've never been in a rush to watch it on DVR. But you're right... nothing compares to "The Wire."

NOKYaD -- You make a very good case. I didnt get many hockey votes period, but that's probably due more to the lack of hockey fans rather than the lack of options to choose from in the sport.

Shilknik -- Royals have a cool stadium, too. It's too bad the management of that team has been so bad because other than the actual team, there's a lot to like about being a KC fan.

Andy -- I'm guessing the number is still suspended indefinitely.

bgo said...

When it comes to worst team to be a fan of you have to separate historically and recently. If you're going recently...say the last 15 or 20 years I would have to say Royals. Sure the Clippers, Pirates, Orioles, et all have not bee competitive. Maybe the Royals have had better seasons, but I can't think of a single person on that team the last decade I would want to pay money to see. (I know I'll misspell some names...sorry) I would have paid to see Tejada, adam jones, markaikas, bedard. I would have liked to see Brand and Magette. Hell the Pirates got good seasons out of Nyjer Morgan, Bay, Sanchez, Wilson (how haven't they done better?) But until Greinke hit it big for the Royals last year, their best player peeked his rookie year at shortstop and may be completely out of the bigs just a few years later. So cubs fans can be sad (I won't make fun cause that's just kickin a man while he's down) but they've had some great players to watch (all be it some tragic stories). How does anyone watch a baseball game in KC and stay awake?

Carter said...

Pawn Stars is strangely captivating. I've never been an Antiques Road Show type of guy, but I always love watching people negotiate/ haggle in any forum. Ironically, my word ver. is "faunaggl."

I unfortunately can't give proper citation, but somebody recently pointed out the resemblance between Chumlee and Snookie from Jersey Shore.

The Watch Dawg said...


what's this I hear that you're leaving us to go cover the Phillies???

Say it ain't so!! Seriously, any truth to this?

Anonymous said...

just for the record, its pronounced "dow-ten"