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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 2009: UT pins the tail on UGA’s donkey

But first, Army beat Vanderbilt in overtime 16 to 13.

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UGA’s Bulldogs swirled and spun with the Tennessee Volunteers this afternoon at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN.  Broadcast on Peachtree TV and with commentary by Andre Ware and Dave Neal, the first quarter was scoreless and predominantly uneventful until the clock went to two minutes and thirty-nine seconds when Bulldogs quarterback Joe Cox’s throw was interrupted by Volunteers defensive end Chris Walker.  That turnover eventually lead to a touchdown in the top of the second quarter with a connection between Volunteers quarterback Jonathan Crompton and wide receiver Gerald Jones.  The Bulldogs barked back with a 100 yard kickoff return TD by cornerback Brandon Boykin, who had broke through the middle of field in front of the end zone, made a dash for the sidelines and took the ball all the way to the other side of the field.  UGA 7 and UT 7.

Say what karaoke happened next?  The Volunteers wide receiver Denarius Moore launched his body towards the bottom left corner of the end zone (from the POV of the field) and extended his right arm forward to break the plane.  There was a booth review, which then confirmed the TD call.  UT 14 and UGA 7.  The Dawgs responded with a fifty-three yard Blair Walsh field goal (filmed from an extreme high angle, long shot behind the uprights such that I had to look at the officials’ hand signals to know if the good was good or not).  The Volunteers amped up their offense Chi with a third TD (catch made by wide receiver Marsalis Teague).  UT 21 and UGA 10.  With half a minute left in the first half, the Dawgs got a safety when Zach Renner blocked Chad Cunningham’s punt.  UT 21 and UGA 12.

The third quarter started with Volunteers defensive back Dennis Rogan catching a pass that Joe Cox meant to the sidelines.  Handbags.  More than 100,000 spectators saw that turnover.  The Volunteers jumped ahead numerically with a field goal at the end of that drive.  Kicker Daniel Lincoln sent up a thirty yarder.   UT 24 and UGA 12.  A few minutes later, the Dawgs’ defense caught the Volunteers unawares as strong saftey Bacarri Rambo intercepted Jonathan Crompton’s pass and scampered twenty-eight yards into the end zone (click here to watch me watching the instant replay of the interception).  UT 24 and UGA 19 (truly awesome).  Those Volunteers would not be intimidated or disheartened.  Running back Montario Hardesty ran thirty-nine yards into that end zone.  Fewer than ninety seconds remained in the third quarter and Gerald Jones made another TD.  UT 38 and UGA 19.  The entire Volunteers team then gathered on the field and simulated a bit of a moshpit–without the body surfing.

And Peachtree TV’s signal went out.  “We are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by.”  That lasted just a few minutes.  Hmmm.

A dark shadow hovered over the Dawgs in the fourth quarter.  Volunteers defensive back Eric Berry got his hands on a ball that wide receiver Michael Moore caught then fumbled.  Three plays later, running back Bryce Brown trotted into the end zone.   Logan Gray went in as QB in the middle of the quarter.  Nick Stephens went in for Jonathan Crompton as well.  Andre Ware remarked that most of the Dawgs’ fans had left or were in the processing of vacating the premises by the final minute of the game.  UT 45 and UGA 19.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I started watched the game three minutes in to the first quarter.  Once again, due to the weather, the TV signal was patchy.  Splotchy.

2.  The Volunteers’ end zone makes me think of Home Depot.

3.  The commercial break before the two minute warning in the first quarter was prologued by a shot of the Volunteers Smokey IX, followed by a low angle, medium close-up of UGA’s Loran’s Best.

4.  Denarius Moore didn’t just reach over that pylon in the top of the first quarter.  As one of the commentators remarked during the subsequent slow-motion instant replay (from various angles), Moore leaped into the air after dodging a Bulldogs defender at around the five yard line and had amazing hangtime.  It resembled a basketball play, especially in slow-motion.  That play, as it was televised, was filmed from a high angle, medium long shot.  Moore’s entire body was on screen.  The sidelines was on the left side of his body.

5.  An instant replay of Gerald Jones’s first TD of the game revealed that he had the ball in both of his hands as he hurled his body, hands first, towards the bottom left pylon.

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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: 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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