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Tuesday Morning Dawg Bites

I know, I know, I know . . . I just did one of these, but it's a busy time of year and much of note is afoot, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, have a seat, and give me just five minutes of your time while I get you all caught up on what you need to know.

Like Ferris used to say, "Life moves pretty fast."

Now that Steve Spurrier is losing to Georgia on an annual basis, we in Bulldog Nation hate the Evil Genius slightly less and, hence, are able to appreciate his sense of humor a little bit more. Paul Westerdawg has the latest jabs taken by the Evil Genius:

Spurrier was given a contract extension and a nearly $500,000 a year raise earlier this month after finishing 7-5 and going to the Liberty Bowl to play Houston.

[Tommy] Bowden quipped days later that "it's amazing how this thing works because I'm at a place where seven [wins] gets you fired. He's at a place where seven gets you a raise."

Spurrier responded, "If Tommy Bowden wants a raise, he can just ask his AD and president if he's as good a coach as Mark Richt, and me, and Fulmer and Tuberville and those other guys. That's the only reason I got a raise. They think I'm that good a coach."

First of all, you have to give the devil his due . . . the Ol' Ball Coach is funny and he's right.

Secondly, as one of Paul Westerdawg's readers astutely pointed out, it says something that the man who once openly mocked the Bulldogs' head coach as "Ray Goof" now lists Mark Richt ahead of Phillip Fulmer, Tommy Tuberville, and even himself among the premiere coaches in the Southeast.

Notoriously absent from that list, by the way, is one Nancy Meyer.

I wouldn't worry about it, Nancy. It's probably no big deal that you're a Florida Gator head coach getting ready to play in the national championship game and Steve Spurrier thinks you're no better than the fifth-best coach in the S.E.C.

I love it when he does stuff like this.

If there was even the slightest chance that Division I-A college football was anywhere near adopting a playoff (which, fortunately, is not the case), it would be fair to say that the anti-playoff movement was gaining steam. College Football Resource is driving the bus and Pitch Right is the latest to climb aboard. My feelings upon the subject are, of course, a matter of record.

I don't know which is more impressive . . . the fact that Nico landed an interview with one of the 'Bama twins or the fact that he came up with the funniest poll question ever.

Seriously, though, Nico, how could you interview just one? Isn't that like interviewing Schwarzenegger without interviewing Devito?

Bruins Nation was my nominee for Best Pac-10 Blog, and I stand by that nomination, but, honestly, I think Nestor may be losing his mind, as he recently wrote: "Kyle knows his football." Dude! There's a reason why I call it Don't Bet On It!

Since I submitted my most recent MaxwellPundit ballot, the Rakes of Mallow have requested that each voter prepare a postseason "watch list" comprised of the top 10 players to keep an eye on during the bowl games. Listed alphabetically rather than in order of preference, these are they:

Dawg Sports MaxwellPundit Watch List for Bowl Season 2006-'07

Colt Brennan (Hawaii)
Ian Johnson (Boise State)
James Laurinaitis (Ohio State)
Darren McFadden (Arkansas)
Reggie Nelson (Florida)
Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma)
Ray Rice (Rutgers)
Steve Slaton (West Virginia)
Troy Smith (Ohio State)
LaMarr Woodley (Michigan)

My pre-pre-preseason MaxwellPundit watch list for 2007: Matthew Stafford.

Really, this is neither here nor there, but I thought I'd share it with you, nevertheless.

On Saturday, my niece was playing in a local basketball tournament, so my family and I went to cheer her on to victory. (Her team won, by the way.) Afterwards, we all went out to eat at the Golden Corral, where we were pleased to learn that you can pretty much order any meat entrée on the menu and they'll wrap it in bacon at your request.

Pork loin? They'll wrap it in bacon. Steak? They'll wrap it in bacon. If you know me, you know that I would be willing to lobby the proper authorities to get bacon declared a food group unto itself, so, even though I went with the buffet, I was thrilled to know that the whole wrapping-your-entrée-in-bacon concept was out there in the universe.

After we finished eating lunch, some members of our party went and got dessert. Upon their return, I asked them, "What are my dessert options?"

"Whatever you want," they replied.

"Do they have cherry pie?" I asked.

"Yes," I was told.

I mulled this over for a moment. "Can I get a piece of cherry pie wrapped in bacon?" I wondered.

"Diane, Kyle just came up with the greatest idea since solving crimes by throwing rocks at bottles, dreaming about dancing dwarves, and receiving visitations from giants!"

That notion has continued to kick around in the back of my brain ever since, to the point that my wife had to talk me out of buying a Mrs. Smith's cherry pie in the grocery store on Sunday. It had been my plan to bake the pie, then top it with bacon and eat it.

Have any of you ever tried a cherry pie topped with bacon? I'm giving serious consideration to trying it, because that sounds to me like two great tastes that taste great together, but I wanted to know whether I was the first to give it a whirl.

I'll tell you this . . . if I try it on the day of the Peach Bowl and Georgia wins, I'm going to eat a slice of cherry pie wrapped in bacon every game day for the rest of my life.

Go 'Dawgs!