Monday, August 31, 2009

Church sign wisdom

Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church near Fort Valley.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Georgia girls and Sanford Stadium: Your only guarantees in 2009

And Rennie Curran.

A couple of years ago I think Ford had a commercial: "The only guarantee on Gameday? Tailgating."

My tailgate isn't even guaranteed this year. A parking deck is under construction and the University has temporarily destroyed my tailgating spot to execute what looks like a bad ass master plan.

There are a lot of questions about this season, and we're going to have answers very soon. And that is what I think about this team. I think I was more confident about the opener 2 weeks ago.

Note the new red bridge, and yellow riverwalks.
JOE: What about Joe Cox, man?

ME: For all our talk about the o-line, here we are at the end, we're talking about the quarterback.

JOE: Can he complete 60 percent of his passes?

ME: That's the question.

JOE: Nah. Too many questions. But, shit, I guess that's what happens sometimes.
I think these are reasonable questions about The Dawgs on Aug. 29, 2009:
  • Starting corner opposite Prince Miller
  • Safety
  • Defensive end
  • running back
  • Quarterback
  • Offensive line
  • Defensive coaching
Now, the question is, how many of those do you really feel confident in? And, if you have six or seven questions heading into a season, how reasonable is expecting great success?

Yes, I'm happy to announce that, one week before kickoff, my supreme confidence has turned to organ-gnawing worry. Worry with confidence at its foundation, colored by an excitement for Sanford Stadium. Now it's football season.

Not even guaranteed this year.

I say we truck these fools in their renovated stadium. Otherwise, what the hell are we doing?

One other thing: The University of Georgia Master Plan is to destroy my tailgating spot this season. But it's to build something better in the future.

I expect a 10 win season like anyone else. And if Tebow gets hurt, a path opens through the SEC East.

But that's a big if to add to 7 questions.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Lucid Interview: Michael Adams

UGA President Michael Adams was in Macon Monday and stopped by The Telegraph for about an hour. Most of this isn't new news, but it is interesting. The newspaper version of this story is here.

He'd like to raise tuition. Between the hit the university's endowment took in the stock market and state budget cuts, Adams said "there are no more rabbits in the hat" and that layoffs are next if the state makes more cuts.
The Board of Regents already did away with the "fixed for four" tuition lock-in, but Adams said we're still too low.
"Alabama is $3,000 more a year. ..." he said. "You can be too good a buy."

He's likely against banning smoking campus-wide: A proposal to do so is "in the university committee structure," but Adams said he hasn't decided whether he'd sign off on a ban, if it makes it to his desk.
"When you start telling people they can't smoke or use any other legal product... somebody's going to need to make an argument to me that it's harming other people (outside)," he said.
Adams has already signed off on measures to ban smoking in university buildings and at Sanford Stadium.

East Campus smell to improve: A new sewage plant under construction near College Station Road should "eliminate rather than reduce" the strong smell that sometimes permeates parts east campus and the surrounding area, Adams said.
The new plant should be online in early 2012, according to The Athens Banner-Herald. It's one of three Athens Clarke County plants being rebuilt by the local government, the newspaper has reported.

The Butts-Mehre expansion ground breaking will be the day of the South Carolina game.

Sanford Bridge reassurances: Adams said he expects the Sanford Drive Bridge to remain open with its view into the stadium intact. He said the next expansion of the stadium would be along the top of the eastern end zone stands.
"I think if I closed (the bridge) end of the stadium the alumni would go nuts. ..." he said. "The tying of that stadium to the campus is part of the lore of that place."

He'd like to see Tim Tebow graduate. He also said The Dawgs "could" beat Florida this year and threw out 28-20 for a prediction.

Furloughs and closing buildings: Talk about some campus buildings, such as the Miller student center, closing on furlough days is "pure rumor," Adams said. The planned furlough days for university employees are Oct. 30, Nov. 25, Dec. 24, Jan. 4, March 8 and April 30.

On retirement: Adams said he doesn't have an exit plan, but he recently turned 60 expects to leave the university in "another four or five or six years."

Also, he was wearing braces.

The Lumpkin Street area: Adams still favors closing a portion of Lumpkin Street near Baxter Street and building a landscaped mall there. Traffic would be routed over to Pulaski Street, but those plans "haven't gone any where," he said.
Several new buildings are planned further north along Lumpkin where the university recently bought fraternity buildings, including new business school buildings.
The university is also buying up the public housing units along Baxter Street, a bit at a time, to make room for future expansion, he said.

Campus will continue to grow on the east side near the Ramsey Center with the focus in that area being on residential and recreational buildings. There are plans for a new bridge across the North Oconee in that area as well as a riverwalk.
You can get all kinds of master plan documents from the university here, and the East Campus plan shows part of the loop around Ramsey closing in favor of new housing.

Blackouts compared

These videos are from roughly the same place as the team took the field.

2007 vs. Auburn:

2008 vs. Alabama:

I don't think I'm trying to prove anything that isn't obvious.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Beat the rush ...

... hate Tech early.

If the facebook page I stole the picture below from is to be believed, this was taken at the press conference to announce Paul Johnson as the new Georgia Tech head coach.

Two of the non-empty seats work with me here at The Macon Telegraph.

Clearly, the excitement was palpable.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's just a little too early to say Okie State's scared

I love the very concept of The

I could care less about Zac Robinson's supposed sore leg, but the idea of 60,000 Ok. State fans "collectively hold(ing) their breath" sounds like it comes right out of my game plan.

From The Stillwater NewsPress, which sounds made up:
So even three weeks before the start of the season, Cowboy Nation likely already has started to get a nervous feeling about how healthy its starting quarterback and offensive lynch pin will be this season.

Think the air might be sucked out of Boone Pickens Stadium the first time Robinson runs with the ball against Georgia, as 60,000 Cowboy fans — not to mention 130 or so coaches and players — collectively hold their breath?
If I were Stillwater, Oklahoma, I don't think I'd invite The University of Georgia Bulldogs to the first game in my pretty new stadium.

Image: Stillwater NewsPress.

Chick-fil-A peach shakes going away this month

I am sorry to report that the limited-time-only peach milkshakes at Chick-fil-A will be phased out starting this weekend.

Restaurants will keep making them until they run out of materials, so you might be able to find one for a few days after that, according to a company spokesman.

Said spokesman Mark Baldwin:
"We've introduced limited-time milkshake flavors for the past couple of years in an effort to promote our entire line of milkshakes. These seasonal flavors are not intended to remain on the menu permanently, but we use these special flavors to maintain interest among our existing milkshake fans and also to help raise awareness of our milkshakes to new customers. We of course will consider re-introducing extremely popular flavors, but we can't make any promises about the return of the Peach flavor at this point."
UPDATE: Craig Craddock, who owns two Macon area Chick-fil-A's, said he anticipates running out of peach milkshake ingredients "around the early part of September."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Auburn: Down, but still dumb

Perhaps this picture has been on the Internet forever. But its message is timeless.

In other news about people being stupid, Dawgs Online hit the nail on the head on this Forbes report.
"If you pay $2,000 for a single game ticket, you and your money were going to be parted soon anyway."

Image: If you took this picture I would like to meet you.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It's Time

I've had a piece of chicken. I've had a little drink. I've seen all the pretty girls, given one or two a wink. ... I been waitin' since last Saturday, to see another one beat. Friends it's time once again, to let the Big Dawg eat.

I miss my old red-tape copy of Bulldog Boogie.
Season tickets were shipped today, according to the Athletic Association.
The first two minutes of this video will give you the power to run through walls.
I'd almost forgotten the absolute boil over of Bulldog information that Telegraph beat writer David Hale's blog becomes during the season. For example:
While it seems to have upset Berry, this quote made me laugh out loud:

"I remember when I went on my recruiting visit, coach (Mark) Richt had my name and stats written on his hand. I guess he thought I didn't see it or something, but I did."

Every Thursday during the season, Richt holds an informal meeting with reporters. Before one of those meetings last year, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas had paid Richt a visit. Richt then came upstairs to talk to reporters, sitting in a chair right next to me. As he discussed his excitement over meeting Thomas, I looked down at his hand. Printed on it in smudged blue ink was this:

Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court
Hale will also give you today's reason to worry, from Mike Bobo:
"We've got some experience coming back at O line, but we don't have five guys who have played the same position next to each other," Bobo said. "I know everybody thinks we're going to be awesome on the offensive line, but we've got to find some continuity right now."
Even so, I'm looking forward to lots of this in the coming year...

And maybe some of this...
And as much of this as we can get scheduled:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

If only it made you Tebowproof, too

There isn't a single paragraph of this story that isn't awesome:
Russian soccer fans have been told to drink whiskey on their trip to Wales for next month's World Cup qualifier to ward off the H1N1 swine flu virus, the head of the country's supporter association (VOB) said Monday.

"We urge our fans to drink a lot of Welsh whiskey as a form of disinfection," VOB head Alexander Shprygin told Reuters.

"That should cure all symptoms of the disease."

Russia's Health Ministry has issued a public warning against traveling to Britain because of the spread of the H1N1 virus but Shprygin said he expected at least several hundred fans would go to Wales for the September 9 qualifier in Cardiff.

"Health officials say this virus is very dangerous but being a fan myself I can tell you that for a real fan nothing is more important than the well-being of the team," said Shprygin, who also sits on the executive board of the Russian FA.

"Russian fans don't fear anything or anybody so this virus will not stand in our way of supporting our team."

The Russian FA also said health issues should not prevent fans from traveling.

"We don't want our team to be without any support for such an important match so we urge our fans to go to Wales despite the health warning," a spokesman said.
Thanks to Athens Bureau Chief Brian Huff for the link. He notes that whiskey also makes you waterproof.

Greg Blue v. Soviet tank

As others have noted, The Dawgbone, a one-stop shop for just about every story written about Georgia football, is back at a new address.

But you should really visit the old address. Make sure you've got the appropriate Flash player. Don't let Greg Blue down.

Music in a time machine

The archivist for Widespread Panic has a blog. And then I'm sitting at work listening to an early version of the band play Not Fade Away in 1985 and reading the story of the band's formation:
Once we had to take our game outside, we obviously encountered the random person wanting into our circle. That’s how we met JB and Mikey. Nope, they didn’t come by and join in, but their friend Neal did. And when Neal found out that Dave and I had seen his friend JB perform solo the weekend before, he was all about making that connection. Especially when he found out Dave played the bass.

Well we met JB and Mikey soon after that chance meeting with Neal. Where I have no clue, but before long the house on King Avenue was the place to hang out….and those three guys started finding their way… which was obviously a natural progression to what JB and Mikey had been doing separately and together prior to Dave showing up.

I remember that time being just about having fun watching my friends make music in a living room in Athens. And catching JB solo or JB & Mikey together in some sort of semi-official way… basically wherever JB could talk the manager into letting him do his thing. I know they took it seriously but I still had no clue where any of it was headed. And I don’t think they really did either at the time.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

TEAM, me

My Media Guide arrived Friday.

Not a single current player was featured by himself on the covers, unless you want to count Uga VII.

The front shows a team huddle. The back: Sanford Stadium.

Get yours for $15.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The danger of vanity license plates

I don't care what you think, the chances are nearly 100 percent that you're going to end up looking like a douchebag.