It’s a Monday morning, but it doesn’t feel like a Monday morning, inasmuch as it’s the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday, so take advantage of your day off by kicking back and working your way through some links at your leisure. These are they:
As those of us who took part in Sunday’s open comment thread learned the hard way, yesterday was not a good day to be a Georgia Bulldogs fan. Akeem Dent and the Atlanta Falcons fell four points short of playing for it all in a game that ended with the losing team seeing a pass tipped in the red zone in the Georgia Dome (been there, done that) and Andy Landers’s Lady Bulldogs were rolled up and smoked by Texas A&M on national television. At least Dannell Ellerbe and DeAngelo Tyson will be joining the Baltimore Ravens as they head to the Super Bowl.
Also on the plus side, the Georgia men’s basketball team won this weekend, and there has been much discussion of guys’ hoops here lately, as chuckdawg initiated the discussion of needed changes, which continued on the podcast and (appropriately, in light of our recent efforts to highlight the contributions of our loyal readers) led ultimately to DiemonDawg’s fine explication of what was required to change the culture of Georgia basketball. As we look ahead to Wednesday night’s roundball clash between Georgia and Florida, we invite all of you to continue the conversation concerning the state of dudes’ hoops in the Classic City.
In the meantime, Bulldog Nation’s focus is on Todd Grantham’s future, and, until we get a Dawg Sports reader to track Coach Grantham at lunchtime to see whether he’s ordering Philly cheese steak sandwiches these days, Seth Emerson is bringing us the best in informed speculation while we all attempt to read the tea leaves.
In your opinion, what is the greatest moment in Stegeman Coliseum history? Bill King (no relation) and Tyler Dawgden offer their thoughts, but, for my money, you’d have a hard time topping the February 1996 gymnastics meet in which Karin Lichey carded four 10.0s on the bars, the beam, the floor exercise, and the vault to notch the only perfect score in the all-around ever recorded in competitive gymnastics at any level. Suzanne Yoculan later called it not just the highlight of the year, but perhaps of the century.
While we’re on the subject of women’s gymnastics, after delivering Danna Durante’s first home win at Georgia on Friday night, the Gym Dogs will host Stanford in Athens at 2:00 p.m. Eastern today. Georgia looks to improve to 6-0 all-time in dual meets with the Cardinal in a clash of two teams ranked in last week’s top ten, and you may track the live scoring here.
That should get you up to speed and ready to commemorate the day in the manner you see fit. Consider yourself fully briefed, enjoy your holiday, and share your thoughts on the above topics in the comments below.