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It's Bad Enough They Saddled Us With the Uniform Start Date . . .

A biography of Branch Rickey features a passage describing a Georgia-Michigan baseball game in 1912 in which "a strong throw home seemed to beat the runner." By the end of the posting in which that quotation appears, the Maize and Blue faithful are making reference to "a bad call by some crack-pot, home-cooking umpire from Georgia in 1912." A biographer says a throw "seemed" to get there ahead of the runner, and, all of a sudden, it's "a bad call by some crack-pot, home-cooking umpire from Georgia"? Gracious! As bad as all that! Maybe I missed the part where it said the guy who was in Georgia was from Georgia, and I certainly missed the part where one arguable decision made the guy a "crack-pot" 98 years after the fact, but I know this: Bob McWhorter was playing for the Red and Black in 1912, so we were better than they were then, and we're better than they are now. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we have to put off baseball season because they have bad weather up there. Hey, I drove home from Athens in a snowstorm last Friday, so I don't want to hear about it. If they feel they were wronged by officiating improprieties almost a century ago, they can grab their gloves and their cups, head on down to Foley Field, and play a little ball. Go 'Dawgs!

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