Welcome to Tuesday, Bulldog Fans! It’s kinda like Monday in that it’s now less than a week until Christmas, but we’re still 2 long weeks away from The Rose Bowl.
Speaking of Christmas, one often laments the commercialization of this holiest of seasons, while often jointly contributing to said commercialization by purchasing gifts in large quantities. Not just any gifts, but those that aren’t really needed, or valuable, or special, or with meaning, or that will create memories. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is difficult to find a gift for someone who is special to you - a gift that conveys that feeling to the receiver. And retailers make it way too easy to provide the chachkes, knick-knacks, or more disposable-type gifts. In a weird way, maybe these gifts aren’t quite as thoughtless, and maybe they are well intentioned. So before you cause a row, or talk behind someone’s back, or give passive-agressive comments on social media, or even re-gift, let’s all take a little time to look past the gift itself and focus more on the relationship.
To me, nothing speaks to intentions quite as well as the Sultans of Swing:
Now let’s get to the reason you’re really here: Georgia Bulldog news.
The Hoop Hounds continue their holiday break game play, hoping to turn the tables after a poor performance Saturday. The Kuppenheimer Classic will get underway tonight at Stegeman Coliseum (no, it’s not really the Kuppenheimer. But I have fond memories). Stay tuned to Dawg Sports for previews, game threads, and analysis. Ice picks sold separately (but make nice stocking stuffers).
If the Ladies can do it, maybe the men can too.
The Bulldogs were back on the practice field Monday. As we’ve done almost without exception, we give credit to the Red & Black for making an article out of almost nothing. Tip o’ the hat to these gals and guys.
Georgia Linebacker coach Kevin Sherrer will remain with the team through the playoff run before taking the defensive reins under Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee.
Coach Kirby Smart held a press conference Monday, speaking to practice, Roquan Smith, some injuries, Rose Bowl prep for Oklahoma, coaching in the playoffs, and some other tidbits. The full conference is below.
From the injury or player availability perspective, Sony Michel and John Atkins look good, but Coach Smart was hedging a bit on Malkolm Parrish. He specifically addressed the situation surrounding Natrez Patrick and Jayson Stanley - both are practicing but we don’t know much beyond that. As has been said here before, we will know Patrick’s status when the team boards the plane, and likely not before.
With that information, there has been a judgment call relating to Patrick’s supposed probation violation, but it apparently had no bearing on either the previous UGAAA student-athlete drug policy, or the revised policy effective September 1 of this year.
Will Jacob Eason remain in Athens past January? SDS went looking for an answer.
The elephant in the room is the new National Signing Day period starting tomorrow, December 20th. Dawg Sports will have much more on this as the week progresses, but the Senator lays out a few good arguments surrounding in-state prospects.
Is having a late bowl game an advantage with this new early signing period? SBNation compares the pressure of recruiting when you play in a landscaping implement bowl game versus a NY6 game.
Stay tuned as we take you through the basketball game, fax machine utilization spikes, and on through the holidays. And as always...