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Mid-Afternoon Dawg Bites: Soccer Karma, David Greene, and How We Could be Heroes Just for One Game

It is said in the law (not altogether accurately) that every dog gets one free bite, but, sometimes, one set of Dawg bites will not suffice, and, therefore, I bring you a few additional nuggets upon which to chew this Free Form Friday afternoon:

This is why he’s one of our two favorite Kirks who are likely to be present at this year’s Dragon*Con! I am referring, of course, to SB Nation Atlanta regional editor Jason Kirk, and not just because he had nice things to say about our preview of the Bulldogs’ bye week. He also made us aware that Akeem Dent has inked a four-year deal with your hometown Atlanta Falcons, and Dent is being called on in class by Brian VanGorder, so, basically, there’s former Georgia coach and player news breaking out all over the place!

In other noteworthy news reported at SB Nation’s Atlanta hub, Bob Bradley has been fired as the coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team and replaced by Count Axel Wintergrin from the William F. Buckley, Jr., spy novel Stained Glass some German guy. This matters to us chiefly because vineyarddawg is an American soccer fan who wanted Bradley fired, and got what he wanted. Does this mean all of vineyarddawg’s favorite teams are on the upswing (in which case, this is good news for Georgia), or does it mean there’s only so much vineyarddawg good karma to go around, and the soccer team just got all of it (in which case, the ‘Dawgs are doomed)? You know which way I’m leaning, but I’m interested in your perspective, as well.

David Greene could still be the winningest Division I-A quarterback whose last name doesn’t begin with "M." I hadn’t realized this until I read it at One Bronco Nation Under God, but Kellen Moore is on a pace to finish his career with the Boise St. Broncos as the winningest quarterback in major college football history. Moore is 38-2 as a starter, and the NCAA record currently belongs to the Texas LonghornsColt McCoy, whose 45 career wins as a starter eclipsed the mark of 42 set by David Greene during his playing days in Athens from 2001 to 2004. It’s inconceivable that Moore won’t surpass Greene this season, but, dad gum it, I don’t want him taking a step in that direction against Greene’s old team. I hope Greene is in the Georgia Dome on September 3, and I hope someone tells the current bunch of Bulldogs to win this one for the Greener.

Save the cheerleader, save the world. Senator Blutarsky is right: "The Heroes Game" between two newly-minted conference rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, brings Big Ten haughtiness to an even more comical level, which didn’t seem possible after the expanded Midwestern league dubbed its divisions "Leaders" and "Legends." Some schools’ fans are responding with appropriate degrees of sarcasm, leaving me to wonder whether we in Bulldog Nation shouldn’t follow suit. We already have the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party with the Florida Gators, the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry with the Auburn Tigers, and Clean Old-Fashioned Hate with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and I’m doing my darnedest to hang the "Fighting Like Cats and Dogs" moniker on our soon-to-be-resumed rivalry with the Clemson Tigers, but where do we go from there? What could we call, for instance, the Georgia Bulldogs’ yearly tussles with the Kentucky Wildcats, the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Vanderbilt Commodores? Be creative, preferably without being (overly) nasty.

Go ‘Dawgs!