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College Football 2009: UGA munches on GaTech

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets outscored the UGA Bulldogs by three points nearly a year ago in Athens.  Tonight, the Dawgs rode over to the capital city to try to save some face.  Broadcast on ABC, and narrated by Matt Millen and Sean McDonough, the first quarter began with the Bulldogs on offense.  Half a dozen plays into the game, Bulldogs running back Washaun Ealey got into the red zone with a thirty-four yard run.  His teammate Caleb King made a touchdown on the following play.  UGA 7 and GaTech 0.  The Yellow Jackets did decently when they took their turn with the ball, despite running back Roddy Jones’s near fumble-non-recovery.  Yellow Jackets’ first go at scoring was a failed field goal.  The next Bulldogs possession yielded a fumble that was recovered by the Yellow Jackets.  Quarterback Josh Nesbitt had to step out of the game after he was brought down to the ground.

The second quarter started with Scott Blair making a forty-two yard field goal to get his Yellow Jackets a few numbers.  UGA 7 and GaTech 3.  Would it be a broken record for the Yellow Jackets’ defense?  Every other tackle one of them has trouble getting up?  The Bulldogs increased their lead with a field goal in the middle of the quarter.  UGA 10 and GaTech 3.  Jaybo Shaw threw an interception–into the bosom of Reshad Jones–when stepping back onto the field for Nesbitt.  The Bulldogs separated themselves ever more with a Michael Moore TD catch in the end zone.  UGA 17 and GaTech 3.  Josh Nesbitt went back onto the field in the bottom of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets got a much-needed adrenaline and confidence booster in the top of the third quarter with a seventy-six yard rushing TD by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.  UGA 17 and GaTech 10.  The Bulldogs spat right back with a seventy-five yard rushing TD by Caleb King.  UGA 24 and GaTech 10.  Yellow Jacket running back Jonathan Dwyer jumped over the goal line and into the end zone in the middle of the third quarter.  UGA 24 and GaTech 17.  For every figurative step forward that the Yellow Jackets made, the Bulldogs hop-scotch over two steps…if not in actual score then certainly in morale.  Two words: Washaun Ealey.  Or in the bottom of the third quarter, Blair Walsh.  He kicked out a field goal.  UGA 27 and GaTech 17.  Josh Nesbitt fumbled the ball in the stomach pit bottom of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets kept the Bulldogs to a field goal as the fourth quarter started.  UGA 30 and GaTech 17.  Inching halfway through the quarter, Josh Nesbitt arguably got his upper body across the goal line.  Would the booth review concur?  Replay officials decided the ball was short of the end zone.  On the second go, Nesbitt definitely got over the line.   A fifty-five yard field goal attempt by Blair Walsh was no good in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  With under two minutes left to play, both Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets fans perched at the edge of their seats, what could GaTech do to execute the marvelous?  Three long but incomplete passes; Demaryius Thomas unable to hold onto the ball.  UGA 30 and GaTech 24.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  During the commercial break before kick-off, sideline footage included an extreme close-up of Russ, stand-in for the late Loran’s Best.

2.  UGA wore red jerseys, GaTech wore white; they looked like ketchup and honey-dijon mustard.

3.  One of the cameras caught former UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford standing on the sidelines of his alma mater.

4.  An elderly gentleman, who was watching the game from the UGA sidelines, was knocked down inadvertently when linebacker Darryl Gamble made a late hit on Demaryius Thomas.  One of the Bulldogs players could be seen in the background asking the man if he was all right.

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College Football 09: OSU dampens UGA

Before I get to the red and the orange:

Firstly,  David Tyree is no longer a wide receiver for the NY Giants.

Secondly, Ohio State beat Navy 31 to 27 earlier today.

Thirdly, GaTech drank up Jacksonville State’s dairy treat 37 to 17.

Fourthly, the punch seen ’round the college football (LaGarrette Blount was raggin on his own teammates too!).

The UGA Bulldogs crossed a time zone to test the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  Broadcast on ABC, Sean McDonough and Matt Millen provided commentary.  UGA quarterback Joe Cox wasn’t 100% physically well, but still took to the field.  The first quarter said hello to a touchdown for the Dawgs, courtesy of Cox and wide receiver Michael Moore.  UGA 7 and OSU 0.

The second quarter saw a few near-interceptions by the Dawgs but was predominantly rather dull until there were fewer than three minutes left on the clock.  Cowboys quarterback Zac Robinson launched a forty-six yard TD catch to wide receiver Dez Bryant.   The Dawgs lost possession of the ball on their next go because Cowboys recovered a fumbled ball.  Kicker Dan Bailey made a twenty-eight yard field goal to take the lead going into halftime.  OSU 10 and UGA 7.

The third quarter started with a whopping sixty-eight yard return by Cowboys defensive back Perrish Cox.  The Dawgs defense were able to thwart a series of TD attempts but couldn’t keep out the one that Zac Robinson ran in himself.  OSU 17 and UGA 7.  Dawgs kicker Blair Walsh put a fifty-three yard field goal through in the second half of the third quarter.  OSU 17 and UGA 10.  The fourth quarter scrounged down halfway and Dez Bryant caught another pass for a TD.  OSU 24 and UGA 10.  Final score.  The Dawgs would not recover.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  From the bright orange of OSU to the bright red of UGA fans in the stands, Boone Pickens Stadium looked awash with salmon roe or masago.

2.  Upon returning from commercial after UGA’s first TD in the first quarter, the camera went to a low-angle close-up shot of Loran’s Best, such a cutie.

3.  Sean McDonough remarked at the end of the first quarter that UGA was the most penalized SEC team last year.

4.  Around six minutes in the second quarter, the camera cut to a couple shots of OSU fans: a medium long shot at “eye level” and then a low-angle close-up of a youung man’s concerned face.  He had black streaks under his eyes and wore a cap.  He must’ve purchased the cap the day of the game because the price tag was visible under the cap’s bill.  There were a couple of stickers on either side of the ISBN, though.

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Suing for hundreds of thousands (or for millions) isn’t the point, it’s the principle behind the plaintiff’s case; recommending the death penalty in situations like this one …. maybe I’m too cynical but neither the principle nor the point is even touchable.  A life for a life on the one hand, but on the other, wouldn’t there be more satisfaction in knowing that a violent crime offender were living the rest of his/her days in varying states of physical and emotional torment?  (Un)fortunately, there is such a thing as the Eighth Amendment.  Still, what is cruel and unusual for Group A isn’t so for Group B.  Torture and physical mutilation needn’t be necessary.  Why not impose something ideologically more wicked, such as giving a vegan nothing but farm animals for caloric intake.  Giving a carnivore nothing but fruits and veggies.  You’d just have to keep the convicted alive for the duration of their sentencing until they reached the age of curmudgeonApres ca, je ne sais pas.

On a tangential note, whether or not brain injuries or brain abnormalities can explain or contextualize an individuals anti-social (socially deviant) behavior, why is it that some of these persons are more a danger to themselves while others are a danger to themselves and other people?

College Football: Gators give the Bulldogs a blue christmas

UGA’s Bulldogs (in red jerseys) cartwheeled south to Jacksonville, Florida to play the Gators (in white jerseys) in front of 80,000+ spectators.  Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter started with a false start flag at twelve minutes and twenty-three seconds on Gators outside linebacker Carl Johnson.   A Bulldogs thirty-seven yard field goal attempt was no good.  The quarter ended with a touchdown by Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Another UGA field goal attempt, in the top of the second quarter, was good.  Gators 7 and Bulldogs 3.  Florida scored again with a TD by its own quarterback Tim Tebow.  Or not.  Upon review in the replay booth, the TD call was reversed.  But on a second try, Tebow did indeed break the plane.  Florida 14 and UGA 3.  Blair Walsh, the Bulldogs kicker, kicked another unsuccessful field goal–the ball slammed into the middle of one of the uprights (the left one from the field POV).

The third quarter progressed to the halfway point and Tim Tebow made about TD (after Gators defensive back Joe Haden intercepted Matthew Stafford’s pass and ran eighty-eight yards).  Florida 21 and UGA 3.  Gators Louis Murphy ran into the end zone not long after that one.  Near the end of the third quarter, Florida recovered a fumbled Bulldogs ball and two plays later, Tebow got another TD.  35 to 3.   The fourth quarter began with another interception and then touchdown in the Gators’ favor; Percy Harvin made the TD catch. 41 to 3.   John Brantley took over quarterbacking duties for the Gators from that point.  He threw a TD to wide receiver Deonte Thompson.  49 to 3.  Joe Cox went in as quarterback for UGA about halfway into the fourth quarter.  The Bulldogs finally got a TD in the bottom of the quarter, thanks to tight end Aaron White’s catch.   Florida 49 and UGA 10.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson were commentators.  They remarked that Joe Haden and Louis Murphy’s contributions were facilitated by pulling on the shirts of Bulldogs players.

2. Tim Tebow was skipping along his sidelines with joy near the end of the game.  During commercial break, the side judge told him to return to the bench.

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In brighter news, the Ga Tech beat Florida St. 31 to 28.

College Football: UGA demythologizes LSU

UGA’s Bulldogs went west to visit fellow SEC rivals, the LSU Tigers. Nearly 93,000 spectators were in attendance. Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter started with LSU’s quarterback Jarrett Lee throwing an interception. UGA’s linebacker Darryl Gamble nabbed that ball and ran forty-yards for a touchdown. Bulldogs 7 and Tigers 0. LSU answered that turn of events with a TD of their own, thanks to wide receiver Brandon LaFell. 7 to 7. Yes, glory did have a hallelujah–the Bulldogs pounced back with a TD, courtesy of fullback Fred Munzenmaier.

UGA increased its lead again at the top of the second quarter with a TD catch by split end Kenneth Harris. Bulldogs 21 and Tigers 7. LSU increased their numbers with a fifty-eight yard field goal by kicker Colt David. Halfway through the second quarter, LSU running back Charles Scott put the ball into the end zone. Bulldogs 21 and Tigers 17. UGA safety Reshad Jones intercepted Jarrett Lee’s pass around four minutes in the second quarter. The Bulldogs tacked on three more points with a field goal. 24 to 17.

The third quarter started well for UGA–wide receiver A.J. Green put a touchdown on the board. Bulldogs 31 and Tigers 17. The bottom of the quarter included a field goal attempt by Colt David that went wide right. UGA’s running back Knowshon Moreno ran sixty-eight yards into the end zone for a TD on the Bulldogs’ next possession. UGA 38 and LSU 17. Following Moreno’s TD, LSU’s Charles Scott made it into the end zone. Bulldogs 38 and Tigers 24. At the very bottom of the third quarter, UGA kicker Blair Walsh missed a fifty-five yard field goal…quite blatantly missed it too.

The fourth quarter started with Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford scurrying into the end zone for a touchdown. UGA 45 and LSU 24. The Tigers were not letting up any of their energy or determination, as evidenced by running back Keiland Williams’s TD. UGA 45 and LSU 31. Darryl Gamble intercepted another Lee pass for a TD in the bottom of the fourth quarter. But LSU was still not giving up. Brannan LaFell ran forty some-odd yards for a TD. Bulldogs 52 and Tigers 38. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The opening montage announcer guy’s monologue took the form of boxing contender introductions.

2. Verne Lundquist, one of the commentators, continued with the boxing metaphor, remarking that the game carried significance much like a “championship fight.” Gary Danielson was the other commentator.

3. Loran’s Best got an extreme close-up after returning from commercial break following UGA’s field goal in the bottom of the second quarter.

4. This game marked UGA’s eleventh appearance at Tiger Stadium playing against LSU. They also scored the most number of points today than they have in previous games. I guess the 31 points as of the middle of the third quarter broke the track record.

5. As the commentators were talking about Knowshon Moreno’s 140 yards rushed today (after returning from the commercial break proceeding Moreno’s third quarter TD), the camera was on a medium close-up of LSU fans. Two men were in the middle of the screen. The man on screen right extended his middle finger to the camera (at which point, the camera zoomed back).

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A technicality, semantics, or a last resort to keep high school football alive in Atlanta. When budgets get slashed, everyone suffers. From no more field trips to scaled back arts programs. Nobody wants to see high school football affected, n’-est-ce pas? In economically brighter times, I suppose this kind of practice would be scandalous–not unfortunate but understandable.

Do you remember Ian Johnson?

Virginia beat GaTech. 24 to 17.