Archive for October, 2010

No(t) Quit(e)

Posted in Catharsis with tags , on Sunday October 31st, 2010 \am\31 9:33 am by Big Muddy Dawg

It’s a strange feeling when two different emotions concurrently occupy one’s soul. It’s not quite pain that I’m feeling. And, obviously, it’s not quite elation. But one thing that I’m absolutely not feeling is despair. Because I saw our team out there last night fighting until the end.

There’s a big difference between quitting and coming up just short. In the end, our efforts were not quite enough. But our efforts also showed a team with no quit in them. So I guess what I’m feeling is heartbreak tempered by pride. But mostly pride. Because, despite the outcome, a team made up of players and coaches who show no quit is something to be proud of.

How ‘Bout Them Dawgs!

I’m Saddened

Posted in Catharsis with tags , on Saturday October 30th, 2010 \pm\31 6:57 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

You saw it and I saw it. We lost this game in the first half. We just made too many mistakes and let too many scoring opportunities slip right by us. This is a painful loss. But I find some solace in the fact that the boys never gave up. The entire team stepped up in the second half.

Regarding Aaron Murray. It’s true that his poor play contributed to our first half woes. But it was also his second half play that brought us back. I know that he’s probably beating himself up pretty badly for this loss. He’s a smart kid, though, and I also know that he will learn from this experience. It was his first Cocktail Party, after all. I’m looking forward to three more with him as our quarterback.

Go Dawgs!

Good Luck, Everyone

Posted in Jinx, Killing Time, Pre-game jitters with tags , on Saturday October 30th, 2010 \pm\31 2:30 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

I’m home from work now and I can’t even remember leaving for work, working or coming home from work. The week’s been a blur, honestly. I’d like to take a moment to apologize to anyone I may have “interacted” with recently. I have no idea what we might have talked about or what my responses were, appropriate or not. However, all week long, one thing I did notice, even through the haze that has encompassed me, was just how happy and carefree ordinary people were. There they were, going about their lives without a care in the world. And all the while the Cocktail Party loomed.

Man, I’m glad I’m a Dawgs fan.

How ‘Bout Them Dawgs!

Week 9 – Florida Gators: Halloween Edition

Posted in Hate, Jinx, Pre-game jitters, Videos with tags , on Friday October 29th, 2010 \pm\31 12:11 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

As October comes to a close, Halloween draws near and the Cocktail Party looms over us. And boy do I have a real humdinger of a horror story to share. So gather ’round, boys and girls. There’s plenty of space by the campfire. Stay close to each other because I have a feeling this story is going to scare the hell out of you.

1990 7-38 Loss
1991 13-45 Loss
1992 24-26 Loss
1993 16-33 Loss
1994 14-52 Loss
1995 17-52 Loss
1996 7-47 Loss
1997 37-17 WIN
1998 7-38 Loss
1999 14-30 Loss
2000 23-34 Loss
2001 10-24 Loss
2002 13-20 Loss
2003 13-16 Loss
2004 31-24 WIN
2005 10-14 Loss
2006 14-21 Loss
2007 42-30 WIN
2008 10-49 Loss
2009 17-41 Loss

Generally, in a well told horror story, there is an unmistakable build up of tension that is often times much more frightening than the actual “Boo!” part of the tale. In the case of the horror story I’ve just shared above, this is not true. This story starts off scary and just keeps getting scarier. There are moments of reprieve, however brief, that give us all a chance to recover, if only for the next scare.

Well, there’s only so much that one can take. It seems that after a while, horror turns into anger. With this in mind, I’ve got another horror story to share. But as you’ve all noticed, undoubtedly, I’m not very good at telling stories. So I’ll just show you:

This is no ordinary tale of woe. No, instead, this is a story of revenge. And I hold no stock in the adage that “revenge is a dish best served cold”. Revenge is a dish best served as often as possible. Starting tomorrow.

Go Dawgs!

Turnover Blues

Posted in Allaying My Own Fears, Hate, Pre-game jitters, Random movie references, Videos with tags , on Thursday October 28th, 2010 \pm\31 1:11 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

In our previous two games against the Florida Gators, we turned the ball over eight times. Eight (8) times. Six (6) of these turnovers led to Gator scores. In 2008, Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball once. Two of his interceptions and his fumble all led to Gator touchdowns. In 2009, one of Joe Cox’s interceptions led to a Gator touchdown while another resulted in a Gator field goal. Also, Logan Gray subbed in at quarterback and threw a pick six. We were destroyed in both of these games by a combined score of 90-27. Even so, I’ve managed to find a hole that might be just a tiny bit bigger than the ones we dug ourselves into the last two Cocktail Parties. Observe:

Although we’ve returned a number players from the previous two seasons, I firmly believe that this is a new Dawgs team. During our current three-game winning streak, Dawgs have had nary a turnover. Actually, that’s not completely true. We have turned the ball over once, but it was on an onside kick, late in the game against Kentucky. It should be noted that on an earlier onside attempt by Kentucky, Shawn Williams made a great heads up play, knocking the ball out of bounds and maintaining possession for the Dawgs. Here’s a short video illustrating the thoughts of this paragraph:

I’ve got a pretty good imagination but it’s still hard for me to imagine us losing this game if we win the turnover battle. That’s a lie, actually. The last twenty years have made it extremely easy for me to imagine us losing this game. If it’s going to take winning this game for the next twenty years to break me of this nasty habit, why not start this year? I can’t imagine a better time than now.

Go Dawgs!

Indoctrination Through Historical Ballad

Posted in Hate, Inspired by true-life events!, Pre-game jitters with tags , on Wednesday October 27th, 2010 \am\31 6:11 am by Big Muddy Dawg

Even though I wasn’t born in America, while growing up, I listened to a lot of American music. At the time, one of my favorite musicians was a guy named Johnny Horton. My folks had an 8-track of his that I absolutely insisted that we listen to every time we took a long drive anywhere. For those of you who might not be aware, the 8-track was an interesting device (I couldn’t actually find an image of a Johnny Horton 8-track so you’ll just have to make do with a Curtis Mayfield one).

Hard to understand but a hell of a man. Superfly.

Think of it as sort of an old-school iPod. Well, except that it was only portable if you also considered, say, the air conditioning in your car as being portable. And it only had an eight-song playlist. And you couldn’t rewind it or skip ahead. So, yeah, it’s just like an iPod except for all of those things that make it completely not like an iPod.

Anyway. I’m a big fan of Johnny Horton. And one of my favorite songs of his is called The Battle Of New Orleans, which references the final battle of the War of 1812. US forces, commanded by General Andrew Jackson, whipped the British Army in New Orleans, stopping them from taking back land we had bought fair and square from the French (we paid 15 million dollars for the Louisiana Purchase, which seems like a pretty good deal for all that land considering it was French and all…).

I have weird tastes in music so I understand that not everyone is interested in listening to a history lesson with a little bit of a country twang. So I’ll just quote the fourth verse for you:

We fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted down,
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind,
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.

You see, at a very young age, I was taught that, in times of need, it was okay to torment an alligator. In fact, it might even be patriotic to do so. As I’ve mentioned in my first blog post, I moved to Athens in August of 1981. It was a brand new country and, in reality, also a brand new world for me. But when the end of October rolled around and Hate Week was upon us and I saw one of the bookstores on Baxter Street with its windows all painted up with depictions of acts of cruelty performed on gators, I knew I’d fit right in.

Thank you, Johnny Horton.

Go Dawgs!

Urban Meyer: Tricksy

Posted in Hate, Pre-game jitters, Strategery with tags , on Tuesday October 26th, 2010 \am\31 6:11 am by Big Muddy Dawg

Urban Meyer has modified his offense. Again. We all remember 2005, when he tweaked his offense during the bye week after a loss to Mississippi State and before the Cocktail Party. And, this year, the Gators have a bye week, again after a loss to Mississippi State and before the Cocktail Party. Seems that history, like Urban Meyer, has a tendency of repeating itself.

Asked if his team feels a sense of desperation, Meyer said: “I like the word ‘urgency’ instead of ‘desperation.’ ‘Desperation’ sounds awfully desperate. ‘Urgency’ sounds urgent.”

Care to explain to us what ‘redundancy’ sounds like, Corch Meyer?

Washaun Ealey Is Still Hungry

Posted in Good Feeling, Referees, Smash!, Snake and Nape, Videos with tags , on Monday October 25th, 2010 \am\31 8:22 am by Big Muddy Dawg

And I’m still feeling the ill effects of some sickness or other today. But I did manage to hack together a new video last night, before passing out. In case you might not have inferred from the title of this post, this new video features Washaun Ealey. You might remember him from Saturday night’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats, where he carried the ball a few times and I think he might have even scored once or twice.

All the software I use for making these videos is of the free variety so I know that the quality isn’t that great. But I think you get the idea.

Back to bed now.

Go Dawgs!

Drowsy Thoughts

Posted in Good Feeling with tags , on Sunday October 24th, 2010 \pm\31 5:50 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Feeling a little under the weather today so I just want to jot down a few thoughts before the NyQuil kicks in.

Justin Houston’s middle name should be “Ate” because I’m pretty sure he’s got a bit of “Big Scary Monster” in him. I’m not sure what the official tally was but I saw two, possibly three sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a tackle for a loss and one pass broken up. If he sticks around for his senior year, I think he might have a shot at David Pollack’s sack record. Typing that last sentence blew my mind just a little bit. Or maybe it’s the NyQuil.

Also, I don’t think Washaun Ealey took too kindly to all the disparaging comments made recently about his fumbling troubles. Because he up and took his ball and went home. In fact, he went to the house five times. Way to go, #3!

Speaking of three… Three fumbles! And an interception! And another interception that was dropped! If our boys keep this up, the NCAA is going to have to step in and make them shave before the bowl game.

And what did Brandon Boykin do last night? Well, he went and tied the record for career kickoff returns for a touchdown. He’s got four now, including three of the hundred yard variety. I wonder why he’s not returning punts as well? Whatever the reason, he couldn’t have returned the punt that Drew Butler served up in the second quarter. If you’ll recall, Butler’s punt pinned the Wildcats inside their own five. Kentucky fumbled the ball two plays later, we recover it and go on to score an incredibly important touchdown, our fourth of the half. I don’t think Kentucky ever got to within two scores after this.

You know, I’m reluctant to mention kicker Blair Walsh’s temporary troubles. He’s been performing at such a high level for so long now that any mishap seems magnified. I think we should see his recent misses as an aberration. He’s given us no reason to think otherwise.

I’m stopping now as the NyQuil is starting to kick in. I’d rather drift off to sleep with positive thoughts in my mind so I’ll just mention a quote from Justin Houston regarding our defense’s second half performance.

“We still haven’t played a whole game yet. For the past three weeks we’ve been playing good — for pretty much the whole game. But (Saturday) I don’t think we played a whole game. I think we played half the game. At times, we broke in coverage and we didn’t get pass rush.”

Very glad to see this addressed. Especially as we head towards Hate Week.

Go Dawgs!

Initial Feelings of Relief

Posted in Good Feeling with tags , on Saturday October 23rd, 2010 \pm\31 10:26 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

You know, I was going to make a “Yeah, we won, but…” post. But, really, at this point, I’m just grateful for a tough road victory. And it took a fortuitous first half for the Dawgs as well as some very hard running by Washaun Ealey, who had 28 carries for 157 yards and five touchdowns. That’s right. Five touchdowns, which ties the record held by Robert Edwards.

Defensively, our old nemesis “Third and long” showed back up. But you know what else showed up? I’m not sure exactly what it was but it was wearing the #42 jersey. A quick look at the roster shows that Justin Houston normally wears the #42 jersey. But I can’t believe it was Justin Houston that I saw out there on the field tonight. Because what I saw out there was clearly not human. Three sacks, a forced fumble and causing general mayhem is what I saw this man-beast accomplish.

After the game, the mysterious man-beast wearing the #42 jersey was seen rampaging through downtown Lexington, KY.

I’m exhausted after watching the Dawgs pull out a big win on the road, our first of the season. We’re still alive in the race for the wacky East and we get a week to look forward to meeting our best buddies down south, by the banks of the St. Johns River. I’ll post up some brief post-game thoughts and possibly some videos tomorrow.

How ‘Bout Them Dawgs!

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