Well, the last 11
hours weeks has been thoroughly unpleasant. I apologize for the tardiness of this post, which is normally up by early Sunday evening, but after the unpleasantness of last night and earlier today, I just had to step away for a few hours. So, let's move on to the business, shall we?
For week 12, I'm letting the following people know: You're on notice, dawg!
This week's honorees (in no particular order), are:
1) Michael Adams - Why Michael Adams? Because he's a jerk, has stolen money from and is a disaster for University, and everybody that has ever worked with him hates him. Plus, I have it from a very authoritative source inside the UGA administration that he was heard asking Greg McGarity last week, "Now, tell me again why we can't just take our bye week in Week 1?"
2) Jay Jacobs, the Athletics Director at Auburn University - There's no need to rehash the entire Cam Newton situation from scratch again, since there are a great plethora of posts elsewhere on this blog and others from which you can get that information. Let's just say this: Three people with supposed firsthand knowledge of the situation have come out in public and said that a violation has occurred which the NCAA has already stated that, if true, would cause Cam Newton's eligibility to be seriously called into question.
Auburn was notified of this by the NCAA on Thursday, and apparently turned to the SEC for guidance. The SEC's official stance was, "Here's a nice long length of rope... do whatever you want with it." Based on this feedback, Jay Jacobs apparently decided, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"
So, now Auburn has tied the rope given them by the SEC into a nice noose, put it around their neck, and stepped onto the NCAA's trap door. Mr. Jacobs, I hope you enjoy the consequences of your decisions. I know I won't, since our loss won't magically turn into a win even
if when yours is vacated.
3) Booing injured players - With a little over 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, when Reuben Faloughi went down following a knee injury, the always-classy Auburn crowd responded in a time-honored tradition... by booing him as the Georgia medical staff was tending to him on the field.
In one of the post-game threads, a Tiglesmen fan actually defended this action by saying that the fans in the stands thought Faloughi was trying to fake an injury and cause the officials to stop the clock. Ok, first, there had been exactly zero previous precedent for Georgia acting like this earlier in the game, or in any other game that Georgia has played this year. Second, even if there is a reason for questioning the legitimacy of an injury... you don't boo a kid who is down on the turf. Period. If the kid waits until the medical staff gets there, talks for 10 seconds, and then springs up and sprints back to the sidelines... sure, then feel free to boo your heart out. But there is absolutely no excuse for booing a player who is rolling around writhing in pain on the field.
One of the worst parts about suffering the indignity of classless fans is that you simply can't respond in kind. One does not prove that they have class by responding to classless fans in a classless fashion. Not only that, but what would we do to retaliate in this situation? Cheer if an Auburn player goes down in Sanford Stadium next year? This is despicable classlessness of the highest order, and unfortunately all we can do is call them on it and listen to them respond, "YORE JESS DRANKIN THAT HATERADE AGIN!" (More on this below)
4) Nicholas Fairley - I have seen some dirty players in my time... Rodney Harrison... Bill Romanowski... Lucy from Peanuts. Nick Fairley is on the same level as any of the dirtiest players I've seen, however. During the entire game on Saturday, he made it clear that his mission was to, at any cost, permanently injure our quarterback.
First, though, let me get one thing straight. I have no problem with aggressive defenders who want to lay a hard, legal hit on the QB at every opportunity. Hell, that's part of the textbook definition of the defensive end position. We've had several Georgia greats who have become famous by making it their mission to hit the QB as hard as possible, as often as possible. David Pollack, Charles Grant, Marcus Howard, and Richard Tardits are 4 names that immediately spring to mind.
Notice all the things in this picture that are missing from a Nick Fairley hit. The head is up (not down), the player is not leading with his helmet, and he is mentally preparing to console the crying quarterback after he is scraped up off the turf.
Fairley's actions on Saturday go far beyond simple aggressiveness and ambition. If you look closely at the play on which Fairley was supposed to have been injured early in the first quarter, it was a scramble by Aaron Murray, and Murray had been wrapped up and was clearly already 90% of the way to the ground when Mr. Class and Intensity lowered his helmet, bent his knees, and drove his body downward into the already-fallen body of the quarterback. You'll forgive me if I don't weep for Nick Fairley's bruised shoulder.
With 2:07 left in the 1st quarter, Fairley got to Murray almost one full second after Murray had released his pass, placed his helmet directly onto Murray's sternum (head facing down, not up), picked him up, and executed a WCW-quality Bill Goldberg finishing move (the spear, not the jackhammer).
With 3:40 left in the 3rd quarter, Fairley got to Murray almost two full seconds after the pass had been released. On this occasion, he launched himself towards the quarterback head-first (and, again, head-down), hitting Murray with his helmet directly in the spine. Classy, baby.
Finally, with 2:01 left in the 4th, Nick Fairley was being blocked in a direction away from the quarterback, and was on his way down. With his last stride, however, he very clearly planted his foot, redirected himself towards Aaron Murray, and placed his facemask directly on Murray's knee.
Man, if this guy had any more class... it would be his first shred of it.
5) Auburn fans in general - When it comes to an opposing fanbase, it's dangerous to make broad generalizations. Even in the Florida fanbase, which I generally consider the worst in the SEC, there are good people who act with class and sportsmanship. (I'm looking at you, skigator.) When it comes to Auburn fans in 2010, and particularly their response to this game, I have been amazed at their lack of sportsmanship and class.
Look, this is a Georgia blog. If you're an Auburn fan, the only reason to show your face around here and say anything other than, "Good game, best of luck the rest of the season," is if you're planning to show your face and immediately turn around and show another part of your anatomy.
Certainly, that theory has generally proven true thus far last night and today. I don't think it's due to any malice on the part of the fans themselves, though. I'm a big believer in Hanlon's Razor, and I think it probably applies here.
6) Bacarri Fudge - As we learned during the telecast of the Kentucky game, Bacarri changed his last name to Rambo when he was in middle school. Until he gets back to the level of living up to that name, however, I'm going to continue calling him by the name his mama gave him.
I give Fudge a ton of credit... he definitely plays with passion, and he made a nice interception in the first quarter that directly led to Georgia's second touchdown. He also got burned on coverage at least twice, however, and one of those missed coverages led directly to a Tiglesman touchdown.
Not only that, but he has been similarly burned in every single game that Georgia has played in 2010. This type of mental lapse is absolutely unacceptable for a player that should be capable of competing at the highest level of football. I'm putting you on notice, Bacarri, but it's because I know you can be better than this.
7) Giving up on the season - We've got a bye week this year in week 12 of a 13-week season, and Georgia is currently 5-6 with no hope of anything better than, in a best-case scenario, a Music City Bowl rekindling of our rivalry with Clemson. This week is an off-week, but this is no time to sit back and just take a week off!
If you're a Georgia player, you should be as focused and working as hard this year as you would if we were 11-0 and preparing for a season-ending date with an 11-0 Golden Tornado team.
If you're a Georgia fan, you should be taking an opportunity this week to watch all the YouTube videos you can find of the great games and plays of Georgia's past (or, if you have them, you should re-watch the 1980 national championship video and the 100 Years of Georgia Football video) and getting yourself pumped up for the season-ending tie we have with the Engineers!
All of our hopes and dreams for this season might have been crushed (weeks ago)... but we are still the Georgia Bulldogs. We support our team through thick and thin. We stand up, and we tell our boys that we love them and will always be there cheering for them.
8) The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - As I just said, in terms of hopes and dreams, our season is over. We're 5-6, and the only rival we've beaten is Tennessee. The only reason for our existence for the rest of 2010 is to drive you into the ground and crush you into as fine a powder as possible.
You are on notice, helluva Engineers. We're coming for you.