Hello again, kids! I know I've been gone from the blog for a minute or two. I've been around though. Things have been crazy busy around in my life, and while I don't want to go into too many personal details, the one piece of advice I can give you guys that will resonate with you for the rest of your life is ALWAYS HIRE MOVERS. Seriously, it's life altering.
Anyway, as it would turn out, Alabama won the National Championship in convincing fashion, dispelling any asterisks that may have accompanied a win in overtime. Also, as it turns out, LSU fans are similar to Alabama fans in that they truly believe a coach that won every regular season game should be run out on a rail if he can't seem to win the "one that counts." Oh, to be living in the land of the insane.
Further commentary and LINKS (you know, the purpose of this post) after the jump...
Now I'm sure many of you think that the statement above about LSU's lunatic fringe means I'm complacent about the UGA team and where they're heading. It couldn't be farther from the truth, actually. It's been covered to the highest extent, but can we all agree that 2011 was the first step in truly determining where this program is heading? If 2011 served any purpose, it's to show that 2012 is really the season that will be the proof in the pudding. It looks like the staff of 2011 should remain intact, we're on course to sign a good majority of the "Ring Team" that might put the "Dream Team" to shame, and the schedule...well, just ask any South Carolina fan to wipe up his tears and have him tell you what he thinks of our schedule.
So now what? What happens next? Well, we'll get the contract extension for Richt and possibly one of his assistants (if everything goes according to plan), and we'll see how the embattled Isaiah Crowell handles his first offseason with someone in the backfield that could potentially take his starting job. We'll have staggering youth along the Offensive Line, and if the stars really align, we won't have to be replacing some key starters on Defense.
Yes, it's the offseason, but technically, in the college football world, is there ever such a thing? I mean honestly, there's always something going on. April will be here before we know it and we'll all agonize over every stupid little detail from spring practice and the G-day Game. Next will come the "walking on eggshells period" where we hope our team doesn't score any points in the Fulmer Cup. After that, we'll be right into fall practice and every piece of wood within sight will be knocked on in hopes of no injuries. Then...kickoff 2012.
In the meantime, we'll be covering Men's Hoops, Women's Hoops, Gymnastics, Equestrian, Soccer, Softball, and Baseball. So, if you're waking up today and wondering "So, now what?", just remember to bookmark us here at Dawg Sports and you'll get it.
Oh, and that includes the Dawg Gone Podcast, which thanks to you guys, will hopefully be around for a very long time.
Let's give you some links to chew on:
We begin with this post from The Good Senator Blutarsky because, as he put it, you certainly don't have enough anxiety in your life. However, I really think some of the Grantham smoke will come from his agent until the deal is finalized. I truly expect him to be here for another three years at least. EDIT: Here's another link that goes into a little more detail about the Falcons' interest in Grantham. It was passed along by commenter Dawg2011 and is written by our buddies at Sicemdawgs.com.
Over at the Leather Helmet Blog, they've got a post up that covers some comments made by Avery Young's teammate and where he thinks Young will play his college ball. It sounds good for UGA at the moment, but there's a LONG way to go.
This comes from the Junkyard Dawg Blawg and references an online petition from fans, asking Michael Adams to boost resources towards the team so that they can hire more folks to help with recruiting and player development. The petition can be found here and I believe the author is a contributor for Bleacher Report, so it goes without saying that I was disappointed there wasn't a slideshow on the petition's page. Anyway, I'm sure these guys' hearts are in the right place, but my honest opinion is that if Michael Adams was ever going to listen to anyone, it'd most likely be someone who could drastically affect his bottom line.
Oh yeah, this thing can't be all about football can it? Here's a link to yesterday's Roundball Wrapup. Look, we're going to struggle mightily this season as we try to figure out who are best players are and then try to figure out how to get them to play together. Our defense is terrible, and we can go stone cold from the floor at any given moment. BUT, there is hope. We actually had our moments last night in that game and some of them were pretty encouraging. This team is so raw that their gills are still wondering where the water went, but trust me, we'll be vastly improved between now and the end of the season. Improved enough to go to a post season tourney is yet to be determined, but we will be improved.
Bernie gives us some insight into recruiting by doing his daily countdown to National Signing Day. He also covers some tidbits about Avery Young like LHB did, as mentioned above, and even had a couple of thoughts about Brandon Greene, who is a current Alabama commit.
Our good friend (and quite the funny guy when only armed with 140 characters) Mackie had a good post up on Tuesday over at his site, Blogging Pantsless. It's worth a read, especially if you think that maybe at this current moment, you're a little too fired up about UGA football in the wrong way. Somehow, when I read Mackie's posts, I always hear "Tuesday's Gone" playing in my head. What's up with that?
Finally, in today's weird news story, I'd like to use this time to remind you all that jumping off of a perfectly good bridge is a lot like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Sometimes, the motto should be, "if it ain't broke, IT AIN'T BROKE, SO STAY ON WHAT'S NOT BROKEN!"
Until next time kids.