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Wednesday Evening Dawg Bites

There's a lot going on in the world around you and it's hard to keep up, so here's the quick rundown on the events of note about which you need to know:

  • How will Georgia fare against a tougher 2007 schedule? Would you believe . . . first place in the Eastern Division? ESPN is predicting a third Georgia-L.S.U. S.E.C. championship showdown in a five-year span, with the Bayou Bengals emerging victorious this time. Actually, that doesn't sound terribly unlikely to me. In the Mark Richt era, the 'Dawgs have alternated victories and defeats in the Georgia Dome, winning the 2002 S.E.C. championship game, losing the 2003 S.E.C. championship game, winning the 2005 S.E.C. championship game, losing the 2006 Sugar Bowl, and winning the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl. It'll be time for the Red and Black to lose there again in the 2007 conference title tilt . . . before winning the league championship game there in 2008.
  • Doug Gillett has exactly the right take on Georgia's recent national gymnastics championship.
If you share Doug's view of the Gym Dogs' third straight title, go get yourself a T-shirt!
I love speed and the SEC has great speed, especially on the defensive line, but there are appropriate balances when mixing academics and athletics. Each school, as well as each conference, simply must do what fits their mission regardless of what a recruiting service recommends. I wish we had six teams among the top 10 recruiting classes every year, but winning our way requires some discipline and restraint with the recruitment process. Not every athlete fits athletically, academically or socially at every university. Fortunately, we have been able to balance our athletic and academic mission so that we can compete successfully and keep faith with our academic standards.

I guess it doesn't matter whether they obey the law, as long as they're slow.

In other news, the recent second arrest of previously suspended linebacker Akeem Hebron prompted Coach Richt to call a team meeting to address such conduct issues. Perhaps Tommy Tuberville will call a similar meeting so his team can sing the new Auburn fight song.

I hate Auburn.
Which sportswriter gets under your skin the most?

The obvious answer, of course, is Bill Simmons, but is it really accurate to call him a sportswriter? (Seriously, don't even bother reading the so-called Sports Guy's stuff unless all you care about are out-of-date pop-culture references and the N.B.A. If you're going to visit "Page 2," go read about Terreal Bierria instead.)

You get to pick one writer who doesn't currently cover sports to become a sports writer. Who you got?

Easy . . . Tom Wolfe. Given what he has written about architecture, art, and the Merry Pranksters, I'd love to see what he could do with college football.

Who you got?

Go 'Dawgs!