Well, now it’s Florida vs Georgia week and the rivalry took another step with the UGA student newspaper selling out an advertisement spot to a group of Florida Gators fans. Florida and placed in Georgia’s student newspaper promising a three-touchdown victory. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party ad touches on Georgia’s weak record against ranked teams, ghastly record against Florida (4-18 over the last 22 years) and disappointing defense.
“Give it up! Your bite is weaker than your bark! Try again when your team learns to block and tackle,” said the ad, predicting a three-touchdown victory.
This Georgia Bulldog fan has seen better days. On a serious note, where are his friends? I could never imagine leaving a buddy of mine like this.
Through the years, it hasn’t been all that uncommon to see celebrities pop up on the sidelines of major college football games and practices. Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg were regulars at USC during the Pete Carroll era. Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong have been known to be on the Texas sidelines. Now add Samuel L. Jackson to the Georgia Bulldogs although there is no clear-cut correlation between them.
Forget Wheaties boxes. That was so 1990s. Pop Tarts have taken over cereal boxes in the cool athletics collectables category. Five universities have partnered with Kellogg’s on limited edition Pop Tarts.
The flavors are as follows: Michigan’s Pop Tart flavor is Go Blue Strawberry; Georgia is Bulldog Berry; Arkansas is Razorback Red; Florida is Florida Gators Strawberry; and North Carolina is Tar Heel Blue.
Clemson announced Wednesday that it is canceling games against Oklahoma State and Ole Miss to accommodate the Tigers new nine-game ACC schedule now that Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be coming to the ACC ahead of schedule in 2013.
Clemson was scheduled to play host to Ole Miss in 2015 and then travel there in 2016. They also had a home-and-home series scheduled against Oklahoma State in 2019 and 2020.
“We didn’t want to get out of that series,” Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips told OrangeandWhite.com. “It’s a good series.”
The Tigers will still play Georgia in 2013 and 2014, but the demand for seven home games made the other Oklahoma State series too difficult to keep.
A piece of history from the University of Alabama’s championship run was shattered on following the Crimson Tide’s annual A-Day scrimmage over the weekend. Alabama’s $30,000 crystal BCS trophy shattered into little pieces when a player’s father foot got caught on a rug that sits beneath the trophy and knocked over the display table.
This isn’t the first time a BCS trophy fell at the hands of an onlooker. Back in 2008, Florida’s 2006 BCS National Championship trophy was knocked over and shattered outside of Urban Meyer’s office by then-recruit Orson Charles. Charles apologized for his clumsiness, but eventually signed with Georgia.
No word on whose father did the expensive damage
Back on June 9th, we posted the report that University of Georgia paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Draft. Taylor said he will not sign a contract with the Rangers so that he can maintain his amateur status. The organization is interested in adding him in some capacity later.
“Going forward we’ll be there to support him in any way possible,”A.J. Preller, the Rangers senior director of player personnel said. “His goal is to get better every day, and that’s the goal that we talk about to our players. That’s where it’s a very good fit.”
Taylor, a junior, was partially paralyzed March 6 when he suffered a broken neck in an outfield collision with teammate Zach Cone. On June 8, the Rangers selected him in the 33rd round of baseball’s amateur draft.
While Taylor is considered a tetraplegic because the paralysis affected all his extremities, he says his goal is not just to walk again, but to run and play baseball. He will continue his rehab and finish his degree while staying involved with the Bulldogs baseball team next season.
The Texas Rangers drafted University of Georgia paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor on Wednesday in the 33rd round of baseball’s amateur draft. Taylor, a junior, was partially paralyzed this spring when he suffered a broken neck in an outfield collision with teammate Zach Cone, the Rangers also drafted but in the second round.
Cone and Taylor are friends, but their collision March 6 in a game against Florida State left Taylor paralyzed and is unlikely to walk again and is considered a paraplegic because the paralysis affected all his extremities.
The Houston Astros made a gesture of their own by drafting Buddy Lamothe, a pitcher out San Jacinto College, in the 40th round. Lamothe, 20, a Vermont native who had a 0.77 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings was paralyzed in a diving accident about a month ago and is currently undergoing inpatient rehabilitation in Houston.
Former NFL star wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter ripped Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Ochocinco after he tweeted that head coach Marvin Lewis was mean to him and hurt his feelings. Carter said he is sick of Ochocinco.
“I’m sick of hearing from him, I’m sick of hearing what he’s going to do. Chad, he’s definitely going to end up on someone else’s team if I’m calling the shots.”
Carter went on to say that Cincinnati needs to let go of Ochocinco because he is a problem on the team. The Bengals drafted university of Georgia Bulldogs star wide receiver A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick in this years draft yesterday.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco went on a Twitter talking about his rocky relationship with head coach Marvin Lewis and he said that he does not expect to be a Bengal this season.
“I love Cincy, but coach Lewis is mean to me now so I think I am gone,” he said. “He has gone over board to publicly chastize the one guy who loves him i’m so hurt.”
Ochocino went on to say that Lewis hurt his feelings as the feud between Lewis and Ochocinco started in December when the coach called his receiver “mopey” over his reduced role in the offense. Ochocinco fired back on Twitter and they continued to battle late in January when he challenged Lewis to a cage match.
On Thursday in the first round of the NFL Draft the Bengals selected University of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green.
University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, along with two of his top football recruits Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell, paid a special tribute to a deceased Valdosta High School football recruit James Eunice. The 17 year-old Eunice drowned while duck hunting in a nearby lake on Jan. 15 with his body was found two weeks later.
Coach Richt sent a letter stating James had made the team to his family along with a Bulldog jersey with his name on the back. The letter was read at the funeral to which in it the letter acknowledge how Richt had been contacted by Eunice and about his plans to walk on with Georgia’s football team. The family then was presented with a Georgia No. 23 football jersey with “EUNICE” on the back of it while those in attendance at the funeral stood, applauded and cried.
As we have noted before on this site the passing of University of Georiga mascot Uga VII back in 2009 and the announcment that UGA VIII would make its debut back in October of 2010, we have some sad news to post that UGA VIII has passed away. UGA VIII had been suffering from lymphoma. The white English bulldog was diagnosed with lymphoma in early January, but the school said he had been responding well to treatment. The dog took over as the team’s mascot for Georgia’s Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt.
Felton says Russ, a bulldog who filled in as mascot in 2009 and early in 2010, would again step in as the school’s mascot. There is no formal funeral service scheduled at this time.
Georgia had a record of 3-4 with Russ as its mascot, 2-0 at the end of last season and 1-4 this past season.
Highly recruited running back Isaiah Crowell used a real life bulldog to show he had chosen to pick the Georgia Bulldogs as his school of choice instead of using the standard hat. He decided to use a live bulldog puppy to let the world know he was going to Athens to play for Mark Richt. Can’t imagine what he would have done if he would have gone to his second choice of the University of Alabama?
Former NFL player and current MMA fighter Herschel Walker is letting people know he could jump back into the NFL right now and help a team win. Walker, who is 48-years-old and will turn 49 on March 3rd, is in the midst of training for his second ever pro mixed martial arts fight against Scott Carson, recently told FanHouse that he could still play in the NFL after retiring back in 1997 with 18,168 all-purpose yards.
“I know I can play. If I continue to stay in the shape I’m in now, I know I can play when I’m 50. Right now, if you asked if I can play today, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind I can play football today, that I can help out a team today. I 100 percent guarantee you I can help a football team out,” Walker said.
Is this nearly Walker trying to garner some pre-fight hype which takes place January 29th or could the Georgia Bulldog who recently ran a 40-yard dash in 4.38 really be in a NFL uniform? The oldest man to ever play in the NFL was 48-year-old George Blanda back in 1975 while only Jim Thorpe and Ken Strong have played the running back position past their 40th birthday.
This game goes down on the ESPN network and it features the University of Georgia Bulldogs taking on the University of Central Florida Knights in the 53rd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee.
Central Florida, 10-3, 7-1 C-USA, the Knights won their second straight Conference USA title with a victory over SMU. The Knights. Head coach George O’Leary is excited that for the next few years he will be able to have true freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey handling the offense. Godrey took over quarterback duties from Rob Calabrese mid-game in the second week against NC State and almost lead them to a huge comeback. Godfrey has a passed for 2,042 with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while his 165.3 passer rating puts him 8th in the nation.
Godfrey is still young and there will be time for him to come into his own but for the time being the Knights punish opponetts with a ground game that racks up 192.5 ypg. Ronnie Weaver leads the team with 890 rushing yards, while Godfrey is second with 546 and the top three rushes have crossed the end zone 31 times for the the Knights.
Georgia, 6-6, 3-5 SEC, the Bulldogs are one of 11 teams competing in this seasons bowl games who posted sub .500 conference records. Head coach Mark Richt saw his first season that his team did not post at least 8 wins.
The Bulldogs are guided by redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray who has thrown for 2,851 yards and 24 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. Murray thrust into the lineup from opening weekend had to learn on the job without the schools best wide reciever A.J. Green, who was serving a four-game suspension. Green returned to lead the team in receiving, despite playing just eight games, having caught 49 passes for 771 yards and 9 touchdowns.
The offense which has been clicking of late was informed that the 5.4 ypc of running back Caleb King will be done without as he is to miss the game due to academic reasons. Washaun Ealey and Carlton Thomas will be called upon to shoulder the backfield duties.
The Georgia defense is led by a pair of playmaking linebackers in Justin Houston and Akeem Dent. Houston leads the team with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss while Dent is a tackling machine that ranks second in the SEC with 122.
Georgia and UCF has met just one time prior back in 1999 with the Bulldogs winning.
PICK: University of Central Florida Knights
Are you going to make fun of Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton? If your Chattanooga, Georgia, or even Alabama I wouldn’t even dare of doing it. Newton might just channel into his super human quarterback powers and rush for 8 touchdowns, pass for another 3, and just to rub it in catch 2 touchdown passes he throws to himself.
See you in New York Cam for the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Finally some good news comes for head coach Mark Richt and University of Georgia fans as UGa VIII will make his debut next week October 16 against Vanderbilt for homecoming Sonny Seiler owner of the line of white English bulldogs that have served as Georgia’s mascot since 1956.
Seiler said the plan is to hold a “collaring” ceremony for Uga VIII before kickoff of the Vanderbilt game and that Georgia President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, Seiler family members and interim mascot “Russ” will participate in the ceremony.
Seiler said he could not provide details about Uga VIII until next week, when he said the university will issue a news release and distribute a photograph. The photo will be taken in Savannah later this week, he said. Seiler offered up hints that Uga VIII is a very “big” dog and a direct descendant of Uga VI. Seiler said there were several candidates to be Uga VIII but that all were too young to assume the role at the start of the season.
Uga VII died unexpectedly on Nov. 19, 2009, of heart-related causes. Russ, UGA VII’s 5-year-old half-brother, has been serving as fill-in mascot while the Seiler family identified and readied the next Uga. Russ was said to be too old to be considered for the role of Uga VIII.
Georgia has a record of 3-4 with Russ as its mascot, 2-0 at the end of last season and 1-4 so far this season.
FOX’s sideline reporter Jim Knox wasn’t the only one getting knocked around in Boulder over the weekend as University of Georgia Bulldogs lost for their fourth time in a row this year. Head coach Mark Richt helped improve a dismal Colorado Buffaloes team to 3-1 after losing 29-27 which brought his own team to 1-4 on the season.
This game goes down on the FOX Sports network and it features the University of Georgia Bulldogs taking on Mississippi State University Bulldogs at Scott Field in Starkesville.
Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs have lost back-to-back SEC games marking the program’s first 0-2 start in the SEC since 1993. The 1-2 Bulldogs have relied on freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, 605 yards 4 touchdowns and 2 INTs, to make plays without it’s biggest play-maker A.J. Green who is serving a four-game suspension. For the Bulldogs Murray is a bright spot for the future but this year still shows signs of his inexperience especially last week when he suffered 6 sacks.
In Green’s absence senior wide recevier Kris Durham, 260 yards one touchdown, and sophomore wide receiver Tavarres King, 119 yards one touchdown, have picked up the slack. The running game is also backed with a bright spot for the future with sophmore running back Washaun Ealey, 162 yards one touchdown, but is still a little raw and is helping Georgia average 128 ypg.
Defensively the Bulldogs are limiting opponents to just 85.3 rushing ypg on the season. Junior linebacker Justin Houston is leading the defense with 4.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks on the season.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has watched his team drop it’s first two SEC games as his team has failed to move the ball on offense. Mullen’s first problem is that he operates a two-quarterback system between freshman Tyler Russell, 356 yards 4 touchdowns 4 INTs, and junior Chris Relf, 261 yards one touchdown 3 INTs, which never works and I still question why coaches operates this way. Relf may very well add another dimension with his legs, ranking second on the team with 92 rushing yards, but won’t have the chance to succeed or fail under the two quarterback system.
The Bulldogs defense is only allowing 150.3 ypg through the air this season and counts on senior linebacker K.J. Wright to come up with big plays as he leads the team with 23 tackles.
Georgia owns the all-time series with a 16-5 advantage having last met in 2006 with a Georgia victory 27-24.
PICK: University of Georgia Bulldogs
The man who is accused of buying University of Georgia receiver A.J. Green’s game used jersey that spawned a four game suspension is facing felony drug charges in Georgia. Chris Hawkins, who played at North Carolina from 2001-03 before finishing his college career at Marshall, was arrested by Georgia State Patrol officers on April 23, 2009 on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.
Hawkins was pulled over by a Georgia State Patrol officer while driving a U-haul moving truck for not wearing a seat belt and after officers discovered a small amount of marijuana in his pocket later, they brought out the drug-detecting dog. The dog discovered a paper sack containing a baseball-sized amount of base cocaine, which weighed about three ounces and was covered in peanut butter and pepper.
Hawkins, from Kinston, N.C., spent 20 days in the Morgan County (Ga.) Detention Center until he was released on $50,000 bail. Hawkins is scheduled to appear in Morgan County Superior Court on Oct. 18.
Page Pate, Hawkins’ Atlanta-based attorney says that the U-haul truck was rented by former North Carolina and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker. Pate said Hawkins, who is Parker’s roommate, was delivering furniture from Miami to North Carolina for Parker.
Pate said Parker purchased the furniture from a penthouse in the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami, which was the site of at least two agent-related parties this past spring. The NCAA is investigating whether North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little violated its rules by attending the parties. Alabama defensive lineman Marcel Dareus also attended a party at Fontainebleau and was suspended two games by the NCAA. South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders, who was dismissed from the Gamecocks, is also being investigated by NCAA officials for attending the parties.
Last week, the NCAA suspended Green for four games after he sold his Independence Bowl jersey to Hawkins for $1,000.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is in a bit of hot water. A University of Georgia student is claiming that he was knocked unconscious by the former Georgia Bulldog at a bar fight in Athens.
Stephen Anderson, 18, a freshman at Georgia filed a report with police after consulting with friends. He was diagnosed with a concussion. Anderson admits he was drunk and says three men jumped him.
His friends say they are “certain” that Moreno punched Anderson in the face as he was leaving the bar. Moreno told police he was struck first. No charges have been filed and the investigation continues.
Aggie fan you can’t go out in public and you especially cant cross the state line into Louisiana looking like this, I don’t care how cold it was at the Independence Bowl. You are giving the people of Texas a bad name.
Oh and thanks for that beatdown you received by the Georgia Bulldogs that was just a waste of television programming.
The 34th anual AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl see the Texas A&M Aggies of the Big 12 take on the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Texas A&M is making its 31st bowl appearance, the most recent of which was a trip to the 2007 Alamo Bowl. Mike Sherman’s Aggies enter this tilt with a modest 6-6 overall record and 3-5 in conference finishing fifth in the Big 12 South Division. The Aggies are making their third appearance in the Independence Bowl and their first since 2000. The Aggies didn’t go to a bowl game last year and their last was in 2007 when they lost 24-17 to Penn St. in the Alamo Bowl.
It is somewhat surprising that Texas A&M is 6-6 considering the fact that the team averages 33 ppg and 465.3 total ypg. The Aggies have scored 52 offensive touchdowns in 12 games, and the team can move the ball equally as well on the ground and through the air. Jerrod Johnson is a standout at the quarterback position, as he has 37 total touchdowns to his credit. As a passer, Johnson has thrown for 3,217 yards and 28 scores while completing 60.8 percent of his throws. The fact that he was only intercepted 6 times in 439 pass attempts during the regular season was tremendously impressive. As a runner, Johnson added 8 touchdowns. Christine Michael has rushed for 767 yards and 9 touchdowns for A&M, and Ryan Tannehill leads a balanced receiving corps with 44 catches.
Defensively, Texas A&M is allowing 32 ppg and 431.3 total ypg. The Aggies have struggled in their efforts to stop the run, as they have permitted 26 scores on the ground and yielding 262.8 ypg through the air. A&M does a great job of pressuring opposing quarterbacks, as the club has posted 36 sacks. Von Miller is one of the best defensive players in the nation. The Texas A&M standout has posted a staggering total of 17 sacks, and has 21 tackles for loss. Trent Hunter leads the Aggies with 87 total tackles, and Jordan Pugh has recorded 3 interceptions.
As for Georgia, it made its only previous appearance in the Independence Bowl back in 1991. The program is making its 45th all-time bowl appearance, sixth most of any team in the nation, and the Bulldogs are 25-16-3 in the previous 44 showings. The Bulldogs beat Michigan St 24-12 in last years Champs Sports Bowl. This season has been a bit of a struggle, as the club’s 7-5 overall record and 4-4 SEC mark is undoubtedly disappointing. The team decided recently not to retain three defensive assistant coaches. Willie Martinez, the defensive coordination, was a member of Mark Richt’s original staff in 2001, but couldn’t get the job done in the 2009 season, so he was fired.
The Bulldogs are scoring 27 ppg to go with 361.8 total ypg and have posted 36 offensive touchdowns, only 14 of which have come on the ground. Washaun Ealey, a talented freshman, leads a balanced group of runners with 639 yards, while fellow tailback Caleb King has run for 5 touchdowns and 534 yards. The Georgia passing game features wideout A.J. Green, one of the most talented receivers in the nation as he has racked up 751 yards and 6 touchdowns on just 47 catches. Joe Cox has completed 56.1 percent of his passes for 2,426 yards and 22 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.
Georgia is giving up 26 ppg and 328.4 total ypg, explaining why the three coaches were let go. The Bulldogs have limited foes to 3.4 yards per attempt but have struggled against the pass, having permitted 23 touchdowns and an average of 12.8 yards per completion. Rennie Curran’s has made 122 tackles, 54 more than any other player on the team. Reshad Jones and Brandon Boykin have recorded three interceptions apiece, and Justin Houston has 15 tackles for loss to his credit.
Texas A&M holds a 3-1 series lead over Georgia, and the teams haven’t met since 1980.
PICK: Texas A&M University Aggies
PETA is not at all happy and has some ideas for the University of Georgia in the aftermath of the death of Uga VII. PETA wants the university to stop “relying on inbreeding to preserve bloodlines, which creates genetic defects and makes dogs susceptible to congenital illnesses.” PETA wants to put an end to the genetic manipulation by replacing the next Uga with an animatronic dog or solely using their costumed mascot Hairy Dawg.
Can you imagine turning on your TV on a Saturday to CBS and seeing a pile of plastic powered by double AA batteries patrolling the Georgia sidelines.