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 the discovery of unique DNA profiles.
Folks, the Bulldogs face the toughest test to date, a matchup against Louisiana State University in the SEC Championship game. Most pundits have already given the SEC Championship and an automatic Playoff birth to the Bayou Bengals, and Uncle Vito in Las Vegas mostly agrees. But like sugar, crystal raindrops can also fall from the sky. And all those talking heads are green with envy. Because no matter which of our rivals, or even teams from outside the SEC footprint, like to say that we’ve no chance, we can simply look across the field at LSU and say... there’s no one else here, it’s just the two of us.
Now onto news and notes of the Georgia Bulldog variety:
In the Well Deserved department, Auburn placekicker Anders Carlson was awarded the Rodrigo Blankenship SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Yes I’m a little sad that Hot Rod didn’t win it this week. I’ll be happy for Carlson real soon, just give me one second, will ya?
In the Good News department, Missouri tight end and always dangerous opposing team weapon Albert Okweugbunam declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. He has been a sore spot for the UGA defense the last couple of years, so I’m not sorry that’s the last time we face him.
Moving to the Most Favored Gator department, Junior/Senior/Wunderkind and one time Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks has decided to take his talents to the next level. In this case, the next level is somewhere other than Gainesville, or the NFL draft. Feleipe, we will miss thee, truly and deeply. Cock signal caller Jake Bentley is also moving on, but as a graduate transfer. I think he will get a lot of attention.
I love to link to the Red and Black and their weekly practice report. Except... there isn’t one. Did you really think Kirby Smart was going to open up ANY media viewing?
Instead, the intrepid youngsters in Athens gave us soundbites from the weekly Kirby Smart preview press conference. I like that Coach Smart highlights leadership from experienced players leaning on Georgia Wideout George Pickens after the fracas in Atlanta. I’m not so happy he publicly states LSU has no weaknesses. Well, he would say that even if we played Georgia Tech again, so it’s not quite as depressing.
Head Tiger and known Gas Station Chicken-On-A-Stick afficionado Ed Orgeron also had a press conference. Since he speaks fluent Baton Rouge, I’ve linked to the typed transcript instead of a mostly indecipherable video. Georgia will be “by far the best defense we’ve seen.” Well then, Coach O, just go ahead and lay down why dontcha?? I’m sure the playoff committee will keep you around. Let’s just plan on that. Afterwards, drinks on me at the Clermont.
Just in case da Coach doesn’t play along, the Bulldogs will need every ounce of available talent. Here is the injury report. D’andre Swift has been described as “hopeful” by Kirby Smart, and Ed Orgeron understands miraculous recoveries so is expecting to face him. Me too.
The AJC has continued it’s weekly reporting on participation rates by the very young Georgia Bulldogs. Against Tech, Georgia started 3 true freshmen, and 23 freshmen/redshirt freshmen saw action. Apparently even Tommy Bush saw the field, I guess I missed that due to TP’ing my Michigan neighbors yard (not recommended at 3:00 ET in broad daylight).
It’s SEC Championship week, y’all, and we’re invited to the party. Not Auburn, not Florida, not Tennessee, and no, not Alabama. Stick with us as we savor this a while. And as always...
** ”best” only means sometimes good, sometimes hilariously bad, sometimes poignant, sometimes cheesily relevant.