Yeah, yeah, yeah . . . we all know that Matthew Stafford made a dumb call over the weekend, but have you taken a look at Dwayne Allen and Brandon Boykin, two of next year's (hopefully more self-controlled) prospects?
I go back and forth over which is the most exquisitely embarrassing detail of this whole thing. Is it the headgear? Is it the Chick-fil-A Bowl championship T-shirt? The strands of beads, perhaps? Or the straw in the drink? Maybe even the time stamp on the photograph? Yeah, I know . . . it's the headgear, isn't it?
Although I gave you the rundown last night, the blogosphere is a busy place and sometimes I miss a point or two; to wit:
- This happened a week or so ago, but I'm still amazed at how bad an idea this is: Burnt Orange Nation has pointed out that Texas A&M fans want to join the S.E.C. Feel free to think about that for a while, but it won't get less weird over time.
- My colleague Truzenzuzex over at A Sea of Blue left a couple of thoughtful comments in the discussion thread following my recent posting on Gary Parrish, which Tru was kind enough to characterize as "breathtaking." My thanks go out to Tru, whose take on the subject wasn't so bad, either. (Tru also shares my view that the S.E.C. should not have an irrational fear of Florida.)
I haven't met Truzenzuzex face to face or anything, but I'm pretty sure we're talking about a different Tru.
- There is no better source for information in Bulldog Nation than the marvelous Dawg Bone, which directs our attention to further proof that Mark Richt and David Pollack are men of strong religious faith. Even with the usual offseason deluge of youthful stupidity involving available alcohol and irresponsible decisionmaking, I take great pride in knowing that our program puts a premium on character, which will pay dividends for many of these young men between their childish 18- and 19-year-old indiscretions and their mature 21- and 22-year-old choices.
- To the limited extent that the A.P.R. signifies much of anything, Georgia did well overall, but one of the two sports teams that could face penalties next year is the baseball team. Once again, I don't want to put too much stock in any report that gives high academic marks to Auburn's scandal-riddled program, but I wonder whether we should take these latest findings into account when evaluating David Perno's tenure as the head coach of the Diamond Dogs.
Am I alone in thinking the Aggies would be an odd fit in the S.E.C.? Should we put any stock in the A.P.R.? What needs should the Bulldogs focus on filling in their 2008 recruiting class? What should be the consequences of Matthew Stafford's weekend in Talladega? As always, your thoughts are welcome in the comments below and in the diaries to the right.