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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Smorgasboard time: Updates on G-day, Taylor, the football thefts and more

A few mid-afternoon notes from the home base in Athens:

- Halftime of the G-Day game on Saturday will be very interesting. Georgia has announced that four former Bulldogs - Matt Stafford, Eric Zeier, David Greene and D.J. Shockley - will participate in a quarterback skills challenge.

The competition will help raise funds, via an online auction, for Jonathan Taylor, the injured Georgia baseball player.

You can read about the details here.

- Speaking of Taylor, who is rehabbing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, there will be a press conference updating his condition on Thursday.

Donald Peck Leslie, medical director of Shepherd Center, will be the main speaker at the event, which will also be attended by baseball head coach David Perno and the doctor who initially treated Taylor in Athens.

- I'm a little late on this, since I was on the road on Monday. But as you've probably heard by now, seven current Georgia players reported having items stolen from their lockers in the Butts-Mehre Building over the weekend.

The players, according to the police report, were Kenarious Gates, Abry Jones, Shawn Williams, Jordan Love, Alec Ogletree, Jamel Allen and Rhett McGowan.

The stolen items had a total value of around $1,300, according to the report. Most were iPhones and iPods. Jones had an Apple iPhone 4 stolen, which was valued at $500.

Not just anyone can get in the facility: It requires a fingerprint to get in the building. But police aren't indicating there's any reason to suspect any players.

- As expected, former Georgia quarterback/receiver Logan Gray is going to end up at Colorado, according to this report. Gray, a native of Columbia, Mo., has a younger brother who attends Colorado.

(This also continues the freaky nature of the Georgia-Colorado connection in the past calendar year. They played in football and men's basketball, Mark Richt's name was briefly linked to the Buffaloes job, they were both on the NCAA tournament bubble, and now this.)

- Finally, the teams have been chosen for the G-day game, and we should find out Tuesday how the sides are being split.

There was a player draft on Monday night, conducted by the two appointed captains for each team: Christian Robinson and Ben Jones for one team, and Aaron Murray and Brandon Boykin for the other.

Robinson, Boykin and Murray engaged in a good bit of trash-talking via Twitter before the draft. Boykin claimed he would pick a team like the Patriots, to "fit the scheme." Robinson, it was pointed out by one intrepid tweeter, is a sport management major, so if he screws up and picks a bad team, well, what does that say?

Would it be fair to say it would undercut the entire foundation of the sport and management program, and lead to it losing its accreditation? Why yes, I think it would. No pressure, Christian. No pressure.


Carey said...

Just saw a Tim Tebow Jockey advertisement on this site... Do they really think they're gonna sell any underwear by using Tebow as a spokesman on a UGA blog?

Anonymous said...

And by the way there's a huge baseball game with GT tonight and UF this weekend, but Seth doesn't know baseball exists while all other UGA media cover it.

GreenDawg said...

Yeah, there was an ad for some sport drink with Tebow on here, too. Thought it was funny.

Anyways to Anon 2:30, I'm pretty sure Seth does updates for just about every UGA baseball game on his twitter, so I think it's fair to say he covers it. This place is the only place I ever hear about UGA baseball, come to think of it.

I. Lee said...

Seth / Fans,
I am thinking of going to my first G-day game this weekend. Any tips on folks making this trip for the first time? What is parking like? Anything else I need to know?

Streit said...


G-Day is nothing like a regular game day. You can park in pretty much any lot on campus except for the dorm lots. Seating is typically limited to only one side of the stadium and the club level tends to fill up first.

Anonymous said...

does no one else see a problem with the starting senior center and the starting sophmore qb not being on the same team in the spring game....

why can't we have the 1's v 1's to truly see what we have going into the fall. competition and toughness are two of the main things this team needs to be more successful than the past 2 years.

Anonymous said...

I figured Murray would be picked a Captain by Richt. After all, how embarrasing if an O-Line or WR Captain picked Mason or Lemay over Murray? Check out the stats from the last scrimmage. Murray trails both QB's by a large margin.

I. Lee said...

Thanks Streit,

Thanks for the heads up on parking. I had heard it was General Admission but did not know about it being only one side of the stadium. Are the more lenient on the rules as far as what you can take into the book bag, water, cameras and such?

I am thinking of taking my son (4 years old). I figured it will be a good test of how he will handle a 'game'.

Robert said...

G-Day is very family friendly. Definitely bring the kids!