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January 12, 2017

Do Rivals’ Rankings Really Matter?

Having compiled something similar about a year ago—Rivals’ annual team recruiting rankings correlating to the annual final AP Poll—I wanted to calculate and post an update since the recent release of the final AP Poll for 2016.

Beginning with Rivals’ initial team rankings in 2002 and over a 15-year period through last year, I awarded points as it’s conducted for the AP Poll, allocating one point for a 25th team ranking, two points for a 24th ranking, etc. The result was Rivals’ 15-year team recruiting rankings (2002-2016): CONTINUE w/ ARTICLE...

December 14, 2016

UGA “Record Watches” Despite Season of Setbacks

During the upcoming Liberty Bowl, pay attention to the performances by ISAIAH McKENZIE, JACOB EASON, DOMINICK SANDERS, and even GREYSON LAMBERT as those Bulldogs, plus several others, will be on "record watch."
Despite what seems like a slew of disappointments suffered this season by the Georgia football team, perhaps some solace is that the Bulldogs are going bowling for the 20th consecutive campaign, which is the third-longest active postseason streak, and the seventh-longest in the history of college football. What’s more—and I give credit to my friend, Aaron, for drawing this to my attention—Georgia has played in 51 consecutive bowl games where it has scored. In other words, the Bulldogs have never been held scoreless in post-season play, which is the sport’s all-time longest bowl streak,whereby Georgia hopes to extend to 52 games come December 30.

Speaking of the Liberty Bowl, with the contest versus the Horned Frogs looming, I discovered a season or career school record/feat which could be in jeopardy of being surpassed/matched for each of the main school-record categories. For what they’re worth, especially considering a few of these are rather obscure to say the least, Georgia’s top individual “record watches” for the Liberty Bowl against TCU:


November 24, 2016

Opinion: They Would Want Them to Count**

Glimpses of the 1943 and 1944 Georgia-Georgia Tech games...
They look like "true"teams/games to me.
Happy Thanksgiving! If you've been following this blog for some time, you may recall my annual posting during Thanksgiving/Tech week on why I believe—and, this is rather difficult for me to admit—UGA should erase the two asterisks, so to speak, and recognized its losses to the Jackets in 1943 and 1944 in the rivalry's series record.

For my new and updated opinion piece on this matter, please check it out here at UGASports.com... 

November 9, 2016

Defying the Odds as Double-Digit Dawgs

This Saturday, Georgia will attempt to repeat what it achieved versus Auburn in (L to R) 1986--which brought out the Jordan-Hare hoses; 1970, when the Dogs brought down Auburn QB Pat Sullivan; a decade ago in 2006, and on two other occasions: defeat the Tigers when double-digit underdogs.
Checkout every Tuesday at UGASports.com during this football season whereby I post "Point Spread Tuesday." This week's...

October 28, 2016

UGA-UF not the FIRST “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”?

From long ago, spectators at The Carolina Cup or, perhaps,
the first World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?
 
This we know: In the late 1950s, the annual event that is Georgia-Florida first came to be known by its distinguished title—the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”—from Bill Kastelz, the editor of The Florida Times-Union. Kastelz supposedly created the moniker, but would use it just once in a column. Regardless, the nickname was said to have been picked up by other writers, yet I cannot find routine use of it by the media until the late 1960s (although perhaps there was widespread use by fans and the like).

Set in Camden, South Carolina, The Carolina Cup (also once referred to as “The Camden Cup”) is a huge steeplechase horse race occurring in the spring. Beginning in the 1930s, the racing spectacle has been as much as a social function as it is a sporting event and, at one time, was billed by the press as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” From what I discovered, the moniker was used routinely by the media for The Carolina Cup beginning in the mid-1960s, or just before the press started commonly using the label for Georgia-Florida. It was also during the mid-1960s that the event was recognized as having been “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” for “many years.” During the 1970s, or when the use of “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” had become widespread in Jacksonville, the use of the title for the event in Camden dwindled as the state of South Carolina increased activity in enforcing liquor laws.

October 10, 2016

No Pass, No Problem

Whether (L to R) against Cincinnati in 1976 (or a few other games that season), Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, Tennessee in 1988, or South Carolina yesterday, among many others, Georgia has a history of routinely winning when hardly passing.
Checkout every Monday at UGASports.com during this football season whereby I post "Pat's Weekly Stat (you likely won't see anywhere else)." This week's...

September 23, 2016

Swatted wasps, spilled Coke, & Herschel hurdling

Checkout every week at UGASports.com during this football season whereby I long to hear the voice of the late, legendary Larry Munson. I recently was fortunate enough to have gained access to many Munson radio-called games spanning a couple of decades or so. Therefore, I am posting highlights I compiled from a Munson broadcast of a Georgia game from yesteryear. Adding only photos taken from the particular game, and some commentary, each video will be associated with the Bulldogs' upcoming opponent, or the date for which it is posted.

Entering Georgia's game at Ole Miss in 1981, the once-beaten Bulldogs were favored by only just over a touchdown in a road affair which was supposed to be rather contested. Instead, during a dreary day 35 years ago--so dreary that planes could not fly into Oxford--Georgia and Ole Miss featured the killing of wasps and spilled Coke in the broadcast booth and, on the gridiron, one of his best collegiate performances by the legendary Herschel Walker (and, the greatest 6-yard run in the history of the sport), resulting in a 30-point blowout by the Bulldogs over their host:

September 2, 2016

One is the Loneliest Number...


"One" is for (L to R) DAVE O'BRIEN, Larry Munson's lone replacement for a 41-season stretch; KNOWSHON MORENO's 1-yard celebratory TD vs. Florida in 2007; and, the one time brothers faced off against one another in a bowl game--a historical moment which nearly didn't occur.

Only one day remains until Georgia kicks off the season against North Carolina. Stats guru Dave McMahon and I demonstrate six ways why "1" is relative and unique to UGA football. Check us out everyday at UGASports.com...

August 22, 2016

Only a Dozen Days...



We're down to 12... Everyday leading up to Georgia's season opener against North Carolina, stats guru Dave McMahon and I demonstrate six ways each number is relative and unique to UGA football. Check us out everyday at UGASports.com...

July 28, 2016

Rest In Peace, Jack Davis...



Jack Davis, perhaps best known for his depictions of Southeastern Conference mascots that have appeared on University of Georgia merchandise for many years, passed away yesterday at the age of 91. One of the founding editors of Mad Magazine, Davis had an immediately recognizable style and an influence that extends far beyond Georgia. 

With Davis' passing, the Bulldog Nation mourns. Rest In Peace, Jack.