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A year of the Dawg

Posted in Bowls, Catharsis, Gung Ho, Lessons Learned, Memories, Memphis with tags , on Saturday December 31st, 2011 \pm\31 2:39 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

On the evening of December 31, 2010, as I walked out of the Liberty Bowl, it began to rain. I sought shelter under a tent to wait out the sudden downpour and thought about the game I had just seen the Dawgs lose to the University of Central Florida Knights. And I wondered how in the world we ever got to where we were.

“There’s reasons why we ended up the way we did,” Richt said. “We’ve got to make changes. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again in the future. When you start saying ‘change,’ that doesn’t necessarily mean personnel… It’s more of how we go about our business. We’re going to improve. We’re going to get Georgia where it belongs.”

I was worried. I knew what was coming and I dreaded it. And it was as if the weather was playing along, crying for me and them Dawgs. No, actually, after the way we played that game in the Liberty Bowl, we didn’t deserve any sympathy. And Coach Richt was right. Things had to change.

“I don’t know if you’d call that the straw that broke the camel’s back or that last spark that lit the fire that got things moving around here,” tight end Aron White said. “It was definitely time for a change. … It definitely got us going. It definitely lit a fire under us and got us to working and pushing.”

And now look at us. A year later and a completely different team from the one that limped out of Memphis and back home to Athens. As I think back on that night a year ago and I remember that hard rain that fell after the game, I’ve come to realize that it was a cleansing rain. And I’m glad Memphis and the Liberty Bowl happened. Because it precipitated a change within the program that we all love. A change that we can now be proud of.

Happy New Year, folks. Let’s keep this thing rolling and start off 2012 undefeated.

Go Dawgs!

We’ve got to be nasty

Posted in Bowls, Pre-game jitters, Smash! with tags , on Friday December 30th, 2011 \pm\31 3:27 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

A quote from Coach Rodney Garner:

“But to be the dominating player that you want at this level, when Big John goes between these lines” – Garner pointed to the field – “you want Big John. You can be Huggy Bear outside, you can be whover you want outside, but when you walk between there, you’ve gotta be that (nasty) guy, every day.”

That’s what I’m talking about. I mentioned before the season started how I’d like for our defensive players to approach their opponents. And I’m glad to read that this is the exact approach dictated to our players by our coaches.

It’s kind of like, yeah, sure, I’d love to have a beer with you after the game. But during the game, I’m going to beat the Hell out of you until they tell me to stop.

 

GATA

Where is Orson Charles?

Posted in Bowls, Dinky Dau with tags , on Monday December 26th, 2011 \pm\31 4:06 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

I think he’s in Tampa preparing for the Outback Bowl with the rest of our boys. But after seeing that picture of the broken Independence Bowl trophy, I’m not so sure.

Safe travels

Posted in Bowls, Safety first! with tags , on Monday December 26th, 2011 \am\31 6:08 am by Big Muddy Dawg

The holidays are over and it’s time to get to work.

Our boys are already back at it. Safe travels to those of you also finding yourselves on the road today. Keep a vigilant eye out, folks. There are sure to be a bunch of crazies out and about.

Bowl practice

Posted in Bowls, Injuries with tags , on Saturday December 17th, 2011 \am\31 11:41 am by Big Muddy Dawg

Dawgs247 has a live thread up discussing today’s bowl practice:

“Richard Samuel practicing full speed today and getting reps with the No. 1 offense. He was in a red jersey. Maybe not 100 percent, but he’s out there.

Ken Malcome with No. 2 offense.

Carlton Thomas still in green jersey, and Crowell still in red.”

Head on over for updates on injuries and other minutiae.

Updated:

Every game counts

Posted in Bowls, Other People's Business with tags , on Saturday December 17th, 2011 \am\31 8:12 am by Big Muddy Dawg

So after watching last night’s thrilling FCS semifinal playoff game between Montana and Sam Houston State, it occurred to me just how lucky we in the FBS are not have to witness any such thing occurring in our league. After all, who would want to watch a playoff game between, say, Stanford and Oklahoma State. Or Oregon and Boise State. I’d sure hate to have to watch anything like that.

Yeah, I much prefer a system where, depending on what year it is and what the talking heads are saying at the moment, a team can play for the BCS Championship with or without having to play in its own conference championship.

You still mad, bro?

Still, this last month of bowl games is all that remains between us and roughly 234 days of wandering the wilderness. Enjoy, folks. It’s all we have left.

That’s an awful large barbie you got there

Posted in Bowls, Chow with tags , on Thursday December 15th, 2011 \pm\31 4:21 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Wow. If that team lunch had not been held at Outback Steakhouse, I would have thought we were playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

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