Welcome to Tuesday, Bulldog fans! In case you didn’t know, I spent my formative years in the 80’s (emotional development was thwarted during the same span). As such, I will try to bring you the best** music from this seminal decade that gave us She’s The Boss. On the flip side, that spawned Talk is Cheap, which is much better. Spoiler alert: they made amends and got back together.
All college football is ice cream, the Georgia Bulldogs are just my favorite flavor. Except the Auburn Tigers football team, who are the potted meat product of frozen, creamy desserts. As a fanbase, we’ve seen lately that not everyone agrees on everything. But Hate Week does pull us together, and I think we can all agree that we don’t care for Auburn. Still and yet, there is trepidation as defeating the WarPlainsTiglesMen is no easy task. I find myself thinking about it as I try to sleep, the implications. I worry about situations that I know will be alright, perhaps it’s just imagination. Ghosts appear and fade away. It might be overkill.
Now on to news and notes of the Georgia Bulldog variety:
The Kirby Smart press conference was pretty much according to the script. He lauds the Auburn defense, tells us that this will be a tough game but that is what you get in the SEC every week, Jordan Hare is a tough place to play, etc. etc. etc. If anyone can find a YouTube link to the weekly press conferences (at least on the day of the conference), please let me know. Otherwise, you can find it at georgiadogs.com
Dawgnation pulled nuggets from Monday’s press conference related to Bulldog injuries. And as our intrepid commentariat has already noted in other posts, both center Trey Hill (ankle) and Wide Receiver Lawrence Cager (shoulder) were cleared to practice Monday. Though both are critical positions, there was pretty good facsimiles put in by George Pickens, Cade Mays (for a bit), and even Jamaree Salyer. Next man up. Except against Auburn... we need our 1’s out there.
Staying with the AJC, they kept up the weekly Freshmen Report. There may be a transfer portal out there, some guys may decide to declare for the draft early, but if you’re a Bulldog fan, you have to be pleased as punch we have so many youngsters getting significant playing time.
If the Red and Black leads the sports section with a press conference report and not a practice viewing report, you know Kirby pulled the curtain. I think Florida is the only other week he’s played this card, but that means he’s taking it seriously. When your coach also played at his alma mater, things can be personal. I dig it.
The Athens Banner-Herald acknowledges that the Georgia defense is producing historic results, but absent the generational individual in favor of the “team” concept. We’ve known that Roquan Smith and Deandre Baker weren’t walking through that door, and Dan Lanning’s charges are substituting star power for results through execution.
Rewind, press play. In what is becoming a regular occurence, Hot Rod Blankenspecs earned another SEC weekly award. The comments from Head Coach Smart about kickoff depth were either (1) awesome or (2) covering. I tend to lean towards awesome. And Big Country got some love too, earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, making 7 “knockdown” blocks. Now I want to go back and see if he made any Missouri Pancakes.
In other announcements, the broadcast for Texas A&M has been announced, and yep, it’s on CBS. Say what you will about divisional realignment, but it comes down to a roll of the dice. By that I mean it’s hard to predict what you will face against a conference foe you will face once every 5 years.
We’ll be back later today with more football news, as well as the 4-1-1 on the Crean Machine’s matchup against other Bulldogs. Stay tuned, and as always...
**Though this wasn’t a big hit, and Men At Work didn’t last, it was still a pretty good follow-up to their smash breakthrough. I never claimed to be consistent.