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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!

My Santa is best

Posted in Memories, Memphis with tags , on Sunday December 25th, 2011 \am\31 6:49 am by Big Muddy Dawg

Sorry for my lack of posting yesterday. I was too busy waiting in line for some Concords. Anyway, I hope this day finds you all with your loved ones, surrounded by good food and, of course, lots of loot.

And speaking of which, after the 2009 season, a good friend of mine sent out her annual “What do you want for Christmas?” email. Here was my reply:

Item 1: One (1) Pro-style quarterback

• Laser-rocket arm (must be able to throw the deep out route)
• Pocket passer with the ability to scramble (4.6 – 4.8/40 time should suffice)
• Must be able to read SEC-style defenses
• Must be committed to playing at UGA for all four years of eligibility

Item 2: Two (2) Monster™ defensive tackles

• Both must be at least 6’3”, over 300 lbs, at or sub 5.0/40 time optimal
• Ability to read play-action and misdirection plays
• Ability to play assignment football and stay in their lanes
• Ability to make open-field tackles
• Ability in short yardage situations to dig in tighter than a tick on an Alabama ‘coon hound

Item 3: One (1) entire kick-off coverage team

• Must not be stupid

Item 4: One (1) Defensive Coordinator

• Must be able to adjust strategies during a game
• Must be able to chew concertina wire and piss napalm
• Any relation to Erk Russell a plus

All of the above must despise the color orange.

I realize that this is a rather extensive list and that even the most super of Santas may have trouble with it. Therefore, I am prepared to accept delivery no later than September 4th, 2010.

Well, after that 2010 season, I was sure my good friend had come through with items 1 and 3 on my list. But I definitely didn’t get item 2 and I was still holding onto the receipt of item 4.

Now, after the 2011 season, I’m pretty sure I got items 2 and 4 to add to item 1. But it seems that I may have misplaced item 3. So, this Christmas, that’s what I’m hoping for. Another item 3.

Merry Christmas, folks. I hope we all get what we want and Go Dawgs!

Just when I’d almost forgotten

Posted in Catharsis, Memories, You mad bro? with tags , on Friday December 23rd, 2011 \pm\31 3:02 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

Matt Hinton at Dr. Saturday names his Top 10 plays of 2011 and, oh hey, look at number 8:

The Gamecocks were outgained by more than 100 total yards in that game and generated just two touchdown drives to Georgia’s five. But who needs offense when the defense and special teams are perfectly capable of manufacturing points of their own?

Remember Melvin Ingram? I’m trying to forget. There’s an accompanying video. Yay.

Buck back

Posted in DGD, Memories with tags , on Thursday December 22nd, 2011 \pm\31 4:18 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

A metal steel chair

Posted in DGD, Memories with tags , on Saturday December 10th, 2011 \pm\31 2:23 pm by Big Muddy Dawg

I wasn’t able to be there today to say goodbye, Larry. But you’ve been the only thing on my mind since I awoke early this morning. Much like how you were the only voice I ever heard call a Dawgs game until your retirement in 2008. So long, good friend and hero. And Go Dawgs!

Lindsay Scott interview

Posted in DGD, Memories with tags , on Tuesday December 6th, 2011 \am\31 2:47 am by Big Muddy Dawg

WABE News has an audio interview up with Bulldog legend, Lindsay Scott, on The Play as well as life after college.

“Had we not won the National Championship, it would have just been another big play.”

Instead, it turned out to be a miracle. Check it out, folks.

Another good omen

Posted in DGD, Memories, Strategery with tags , on Thursday December 1st, 2011 \am\31 11:26 am by Big Muddy Dawg

If you’ve been paying any attention this season, you’ll have noted that the Dawgs have been on a tear recently. After a slow start against some Yankees and a bunch of Cocks, we cleaned up our act against the Chanticleers and rolled through the Mississippi and Tennessee teams before settling in for our first “true test” of the season. Never mind that every preceding game was labeled as such. This time, it was different because we were about to play the Gators.

It was ’round about this time that Mike Moss and guests started appearing at Dawgs games. And the Dawgs just kept on winning. Coincidence? Well, yes, that’s how coincidences generally work. Still, I’m glad he and the boys will be around for the SEC Championship game:

Where: Across from Centennial Olympic Park at the corner of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive.  Look for the big Sports Mania tents and their SEC team flags.  We will be in or right next to the Sports Mania tents.

When: Friday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 am.

Now, it’s possible that the “Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 am” time might be a miss print that’s supposed to read “Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm”. But I could be wrong. Like I said, Dawgs have come on strong lately.

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