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College Football: GaTech uncorks UGA with pow

1893. Grover Cleveland was the President of the United States. Thomas Edison was forty-six years-old. F. Scott Fitzgerald wouldn’t be born for three years (he hadn’t even been conceived). DW Griffith was eighteen years-old. And, for our purposes today, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the UGA Bulldogs first felt the pangs of anything-you-can-do-i-can-do-better.

The stingers and the barkers doled out their best moves in Athens today. Would UGA win for the eighth time in a row? Would GaTech yank the handkerchief from the Bulldogs’ breast pocket? Televised by CBS, the first quarter started with a Bulldogs possession which led to a touchdown catch by tight end Tripp Chandler, who spent most of the season injured. UGA 7 and GaTech 0. In the bottom of the first quarter, UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford threw an interception–right into the arms of GaTech safety Morgan Burnett, who then ran thirty-five yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point snap wasn’t executed well (due to the rain perhaps?). An improv two-point conversion was not successful. UGA 7 and GaTech 6.

The second quarter started with a TD for UGA thanks to wide receiver Mohammed Massaquoi. UGA 14 and GaTech 6. Running back Lucas Cox took the Yellow Jackets into the end zone on their next possession. A deliberate two-point conversion was foiled. UGA 14 and GaTech 12. It’s not my imagination. On UGA’s next go, Mohammed Massaquoi threw the ball in search of wide receiver AJ Green (the pass was incomplete). And then, Massaquoi swept himself forty-nine yards into the end zone. Bulldogs 21 and Yellow Jackets 12. The bottom of the second quarter ended with another Massaquoi TD. Going into halftime, UGA 28 and Yellow Jackets 12. Actually, it literally ended with GaTech quarterback Josh Nesbitt throwing an interception; the ball was grabbed by safety Reshad Jones.

Whatever happened in the Yellow Jackets locker room during halftime–a thundering speech by head coach Paul Johnson or just an austere stare down–worked very well. The third quarter started with GaTech running back Jonathan Dwyer running sixty yards into the end zone for a touchdown!!! He also made it into the end zone for a two-point conversion. Bulldogs 28 and Yellow Jackets 20. GaTech, capitalizing on their newfound electrifying umph, increased their points with a TD by running back Roddy Jones. Another two-point conversion was effectively attempted–the goal line broken by Nesbitt. Both teams tied with 28 points. UGA, on their next possession, had the ball for one play. Bulldogs running back Richard Samuel was ferrying the ball back, and as he was tackled, the prolate spheroid fell out from his grasp. GaTech recovered the fumbled ball; Jonathan Dwyer ran it into the end zone one play later. The extra point kick was good. The Yellow Jackets took the lead with 35 to 28 points. GaTech kicker Scott Blair sent out a field goal towards the bottom of the third quarter. Yellow Jackets 38 and Bulldogs 28. The third-quarter-ending play had UGA running back Knowshon Moreno hobbling off the field (but he was able to go back in in the fourth quarter).

The fourth quarter started with Moreno cramming the ball into the end zone. GaTech 38 and UGA 35. Jaybo Shaw had to step in for Josh Nesbitt when the game clock was about nine minutes. Two plays later, Nesbitt was back in the game. Roddy Jones increased GaTech’s lead with a forty-five yard rushing TD halfway through the fourth quarter. C’etait magnifique! Yellow Jackets 45 and Bulldogs 35. UGA was not about to let their rivalry victory reign slip from under their chins. Aided by successful connections between Stafford and Moreno, the Bulldogs got to the red zone and AJ Green put the ball into the end zone. GaTech 45 and UGA 42. Final score. FINAL SCORE. For the first time since he’s been head coach at UGA, Mark Richt and his Bulldogs lost to the Yellow Jackets.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Craig Bolerjack and Trev Albert something or another provided commentary.

2. Both teams were on the field before the game, emulating mosh pit frenzy.

3. Brief shots of the spectators revealed a lot of red.

4. The Yellow Jackets wore white jerseys, the Bulldogs red.

5. The interception that Matthew Stafford was the best thing that could’ve happened to UGA. The Bulldogs offense was on fire after that move.

6. One of the UGA fans wore a Grinch mask and some plaid.

7. Product Placement break: Matthew Stafford holding a Coke cup on the sidelines in the top of the third quarter (after the play where one of GaTech’s defensive players had to hobble slowly off the field). I guess a Gatorade cup wouldn’t have matched his uniform.

8. By the bottom of the fourth quarter, the offensive Bulldogs’ white pants had turned greenish-gray on account of contact with the turf. The defensive Yellow Jackets’ white pants, on the other hand, were still quite white.

9. Four minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, each team had only one time-out. UGA used their last time-out with ninety seconds left. GaTech took their final time-out with forty-eight seconds on the clock.

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Oh, and New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself last night. He’ll live.

Virginia Tech won against Virginia.

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.

College Football: Alabama gives blush to UGA

Two SEC teams with legacies to uphold. One team goes into halftime with 31 points and the other team 0. The latter starts the second half with a renewed spirit and determination, making 17 points by the top of the fourth quarter; and 13 more by the end of the game. Unfortunately for the second team, the first team scores in the second half as well. 41 to 30. Final score.

The UGA Bulldogs beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 26 to 23 in Tuscaloosa last year. Tonight (September 27), on their own turf, UGA was unable to replicate a similar outcome. Donning black jerseys, with unbridled support from the student body, the Bulldogs couldn’t stay afloat against the Crimson that simply overwhelmed.  Since I don’t have cable and the game was televised on ESPN, I went to Houlihan’s to watch it.

I’m not a self-identified Bulldogs fan, but thin mints and Krispy Kremes to UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford, tailback Knowshon Moreno, cornerback Prince Miller, wide receiver Michael Moore, and wide receiver A.J. Green for not giving up offensively. Another round of applause for Green, who fumbled the ball in the second quarter but regained his composure and put a TD on the board for his team in the bottom of the fourth quarter. After Green’s fumble, one of the cameras went to the sidelines, capturing his disappointment and anger. He slammed his helmet downward (not at the ground but definitely emphatically downward–he didn’t let the helmet fall to the ground). One of his teammates grabbed his jersey to try to calm him down and reassure him. One could read his response: let go of me, man.

I’m actually a self-identified GaTech fan, but it still hurt to see UGA reach, reach, reach and not grasp.

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College Football: UGA Bulldogs brake down Arizona State Sun Devils

Representing the SEC, the UGA Bulldogs trekked west to size up the Arizona State Sun Devils of the Pac 10 (broadcast by ESPN via my local ABC station). I normally watch the football in the comfort of my dining room, but tonight I watched the first half of the game at the bar of a new hotel/condo site in downtown called Twelve Hotel Centennial Park. It was quite a memorable experience.

In a pistachio shell, UGA went into halftime in the lead with 21 points, courtesy of two touchdowns by tailback Knowshon Moreno and one by wide receiver AJ Green. Arizona State headed to the locker room with a field goal. When I got home, the third quarter was more than half over and the Sun Devils had increased their score by a touchdown (on account of a complete pass from quarterback Rudy Carpenter to tight end Andrew Pettes). The Dawgs rose up ever-so-slightly with a field goal at the bottom of the third quarter. The fourth quarter increased UGA’s lead with a field goal. Dawgs 27. Sun Devils 10. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire student body (including graduate school constituents) were at Sun Devil Stadium to support their football team. Entire sections of the bleachers were yellow, as though they were painted with pollen-like paste (shirts and streamer sticks).

2. Knowshon Moreno’s first TD was gorgeously done. He ran fewer than fifteen yards to cross the goal line, and as he approached the three yard line (peut-etre), he hurled himself toward the front right corner (from his point-of-view) of the end zone. He broke the plane, gripping the ball in his right hand, and swung his arm downward in a motion reminiscent of dunking a basketball in a hoop. After he made the second TD, it dawned on me that football players must have very strong ankles–they’d have to be in order to change momentum and velocity at the drop of a tack. Ballerinas have to have strong ankles. I bet futbol players must as well. I have it on very good authority that football players tape and wrap their ankles to protect and facilitate zig-zagging down the field. O mais bien sur.

3. The Sun Devil’s uniforms reminded me of barbecue sauce and mustard.

4. Uga VII, Loran’s Best, enjoyed a decent amount of screen time. The first glimpse (that I noticed) was filmed from an extreme low-angle (the camera was either set on the turf and propped up or the cameraman flattened himself on the ground). Incidental product placement of Dasani water (the brand part of the label was turned away from the camera).

5. Is UGA’s quarterback Matt Stafford usually so expressive after he makes a mistake (minor or major)? Before AJ Green made the TD in the second quarter, he overthrew a pass meant for fullback Shaun Chapas. The replay footage included a shot of him as he realized what he had done. His head cocked back a bit, his hands went towards the vicinity of his face, and he had a look of “oh for Freud’s sake, what was that. grrr. argh.”

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Gathering Norm: a Bouquet of Destinations

So, how many of us like to say, “Oh bother, everything causes cancer.”  So true, perhaps, but not in the Spandau Ballet sense.   Some minor-chord news on cancer.

Knowshon Moreno, tailback for the UGA Bulldogs, goes over his opponent’s head.  Apparently a fantastic clip that ESPN forgot to remember to include in highlights.  But you can read all about it and watch it here.

Notice the Pepsi in the corridor.

She said no?