Debate this: Tech over Irish, Dogs over Spurrier (but not by 17)

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Before we get to this week’s big game, and I don’t mean when Steve Spurrier walks into Sanford Stadium like he owns the place, when in fact he only sublets, and gloats that he only comes to Athens to wipe his feet but at the age of 70 and coming off a loss to Kentucky sounds a little like Foghorn Leghorn in the Home For Bitter Old Cartoon Stars, this political update:

CNN apparently set a network ratings record in Wednesday’s Republican debate with 22.9 million viewers. I can only assume it was because of the high level of discourse.

I admit it. I can’t turn away from this. It’s like watching an old Three Stooges episode and you think, “OK, I know Larry is going to pivot and accidentally hit Moe in the head with that 2-by-4, and then Moe is going to blame Curly and hit him in the head with a mallet, and then they’re all going to walk into the kitchen to bake a cake, except Curly is going to confuse the baking flour with the TNT powder, because who hasn’t done that once or twice, and then they’re going to blow up the house. But it’s going to be funny! Actually, it’s not much different from SEC media days.

Except in this case, one person on stage Wednesday might be President.

Oh dear. Which way to Tonga?

Which leads me to Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame. (Attention aspiring writers: Transitions are way overrated.)

I would take Paul Johnson in any debate. He would rip to you shreds with statistics about the option offense and then lob seemingly harmless jokes that explode on impact, like a Nyuk Nyuk Cake.

Tech is a better team than Notre Dame. It has a better quarterback (the Irish quarterback has a broken leg). It also has a head coach who would very much like to destroy any Bush-like strategery that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder thinks he can put out there. As you might’ve heard, VanGorder was less than complimentary of the option offense when he went to Georgia Southern as head coach nine years ago junked it for his entire tenure, which was, like, five minutes.

I like VanGorder, even if his resume is on wheels. But Johnson doesn’t let go of things easily. Or ever. Definitely ever. Buckle up, big boy.

The Jackets are favored by 2½. Lay ’em. Here comes the 2-by-4.

Bad Lip Reading of first Republican Debate

 

*** Thursday Web Specials ***

I'm sure Todd Grantham was thinking, "Hey, I'll got to work for Bobby Petrino. What could possibly go wrong!" (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

This was Todd Grantham on a good day at Georgia. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Clemson at Louisville: Speaking of amusing dumpster fires: Bobby Petrino is about to be 0-3, and in the last seven games Todd Grantham’s defense has allowed 42, 19, 28, 40, 37, 31 and 34 points. Even Dabo Swinney can’t screw this up. Tigers cover 6 ½.

Broncos at Chiefs: Peyton Manning’s first seven games last season: 22 touchdowns, three interceptions. Manning’s 10 games since: 17 to the right guys, 13 to the wrong guys. But he’s still funny in commercials. Chiefs cover 3.

College Value Menu

(Buy three games and win a copy of Steve Spurrier’s book, “I’m not too old to .. DAMN’T, WHO TOOK MY JELLO!”

South Carolina at Georgia: Steve Spurrier says he’s not too old to coach. Maybe. But if I was a 70-year-old coach, I wouldn’t to have to think too hard to remember the last time I beat Kentucky. Dogs win but take the Poultry and 17.

Georgia State at Oregon: The Panthers will make $900,000 to play this game — not the players and their endangered organs but the administrators who will be dining on shrimp and nachos in a luxury box. Blindfolds, gentlemen? Quack: Ducks cover 45.

Spurrier isn’t 2000 years old. But if you’ve got 11 minutes…

Auburn at LSU: Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson has five interceptions in two games, and an LSU cornerback said this week, “…We’re looking forward to him giving us a few.” This is what happens when you almost lose to Jacksonville State. Speaking of which: Gus Malzahn: Gene Chizik is on line 2. LSU covers 7.

Florida at Kentucky: A Florida player made a throat-slash gesture after a touchdown last week and coach Jim McElwain acted as if the kid had just stolen his Pop Tart and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. And I’m a bitter old white guy! Gators cover 3.

Mississippi at Alabama: Rebels tackle Laremy Tunsil is on double-secret probation and the program is under NCAA investigation, because it turns out the words “Ole Miss” and “top 5 recruiting class” aren’t supposed to intersect. Missy upset Bammy last year. Actual factual: Nick Saban is 16-2 in “rematches” at Alabama and LSU. Boom. Tide covers 6½.

Western Carolina at Tennessee: The Vowels blew a 17-0 lead at home to Oklahoma. So congratulations Butch Jones: You accomplished something even Phil Fulmer never did. Tennessee wins but I’ll dance with Western Carolina and 33½.

PROS AND CONS

Falcons at Giants: New York blew it last week when Eli Manning twice told Rashad Jennings not to score so Dallas would use its last two timeouts. Then the Cowboys rallied to win. Oops. Jennings blabbed it and New York sportswriters looked like bulldogs on a meat truck. Meanwhile: The Falcons upset Philly and their Super Bowl odds dropped from 40-1 to 28-1. Time for fireworks! Not you, Jason Pierre-Paul : Just sit over there. Take the gift 2½ but Falcons win straight up.

Bad strategy, Giants. Bad strategy

Cowboys at Eagles: Chip Kelly thought bubble: “I’m still undefeated. But my players are 0-1.” Eagles cover 5.

Dolphins at Jaguars: There’s a new report that nearly half of the ocean’s creatures died in the last 45 years. That includes several Dolphins draft picks. Miami covers 6.

Bucs at Saints: Jameis Winston’s rookie debut: 48 percent passing, two interceptions, a pick six, four sacks. But Tallahassee police investigated and released their findings that he went 22 for 25 with five touchdowns and pulled three puppies out of a burning building. Saints win but take the Bucs and 10.

Patriots at Bills: I hate to interrupt this lovely media narrative about how Rex Ryan owns Bill Belichick, but the Patriots have won seven of the last eight meetings over Rexy. A bump on the Buffalo love train. Cheaters win (take the 1).

Brady and Goodell live in our nightmares

But who’s counting?

0-Sports-betting-tips“Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair.” – Proverb

Last week: 9-4 straight up, 5-7-1 against the line.

So far, so feh: 18-5 straight up, 11-11-1 against the line.

Sack Schultz update: Richard Jones of Atlanta went 15-0 and was our weekly local and national winner. I went 11-4 and sit at 24-6 overall. Enter at ajc.com/go/sackschultz2015 for fab-fab prizes.

Lilly’s pick: She’s 1-1 after nailing Falcons over Eagles. But no local allegiances this week. She went for the cheese’d picture of the Notre Dame leprechaun over Buzz.

Lilly is not an Irish Setter, but she's going with Notre Dame.

Lilly is not an Irish Setter, but she’s going with Notre Dame.

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96 comments
Reidtt
Reidtt

I hope you didn't put any money on those dog picks.


HotDawg
HotDawg

Lilly's getting a bit fat on that cheese.

DawginLex
DawginLex

Hey fraud boy dawgfan why don't you give us some more stuff to laugh at????

JohnnyBuckles
JohnnyBuckles

It's one mans opinion on the out come of a game and a lot of sports writers missed this weeks picks. bama losing to ole miss,Stanford beating USC, Ohio St looking like a FCS school. 

Old Pat Dye lives down the road from me thinking about telling him it's time for the not man enough speech again 

Aikendawg
Aikendawg

You need to cancel this article - fast!

reckingball
reckingball

You were wrong on a lot of these calls, but right about the Dogs over Spurrier (but not by 17).

OH:IO
OH:IO

Defense wins Championships

dave87
dave87

Do you actually get paid for writing this stuff?

DoubleDawg
DoubleDawg

I'm really hoping the dawgs have been holding their cards extremely close to the vest and that we have much more offensive firepower then we have seen so far.  If that isn't the case then this game today will be very close.  If we have been just going with a toned down vanilla offense then I say we win by 2 TD's today.


The tech/ND game is a toss up as far as who I'm pulling for.  I have family ties to both schools... I think I would rather tech win...  I like playing them when they are the most optimistic...

grh0317
grh0317

The Jackets will take out the Irish at South Bend.

The dogs and gamecocks is a tossup!

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I would like to see the Falcons beat up on the New York football Giants. Under pressure Eli will throw picks.

cloudodust
cloudodust

Maybe Lilly was thinking the cheese was actually that elusive fortune everybody knows the leprechaun keeps hidden from the taxman. I took Tech because I can face my indigent existence with a touch of pride...and beer.

7576DAWG
7576DAWG

I think Tech beats Notre Dame.

I think Georgia beats South Carolina but in the past especially at Florida when Georgia was better than Florida , Spurrier Nickeled and Dimed  Georgia all day. Spurrier has no running attack so he will be throwing screen passes and less than five yard passes all day . Don't be surprised if Spurrier  uses their running Freshman Quarterback who will run the ball 15 to 20 times if he doesn't dump the ball off. Georgia needs to get ahead by 14 to 21 points before half . If we don't Spurriers adjustment may make it a close game by the end.

goblue86
goblue86

Correction; transitions are overrated when they are really, really bad...like yours was.

GTBob
GTBob

Hey Jeff, why are you writing articles about GT and putting them in Dwagnation? Do you expect anyone to read those?

DoubleDawg
DoubleDawg

@GTBob I clicked on it and read the parts about UGA... With a title of "Georgia can't blow game; Tech can't blow chance" I really didn't consider it an article about tech.

GTBob
GTBob

@DoubleDawg In other words the article was about Tech and UGA? That doesn't really change my point.

RxDawg
RxDawg

@GTBob Yeh, vica versa happens when he writes articles that have info about UGA but it's over here and hard to find.  I wish they'd clean that up and at least post links.

Grant1296
Grant1296

It really doesn't matter Bob.....

You rarely make a valid point....

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Grant1296

But he regularly makes ignorant predictions--like Louisville over UGA in the Belk. Like no way Gurley goes in the first round, like Ga Southern would be the easiest game on GT's '14 schedule, etc.

twentysixpointtwo
twentysixpointtwo

According to google Tonga is 11,359 km west and a little south of Atlanta.  Please make sure the ticket is one way.

creative
creative

Just popped over to dawgnation to see what the pups were talking about.  What a disaster.  Please do not make a "TechNation" page.  (dawg fans please save the less fans commentary for someone who cares).  I actually feel bad for them.  You HAVE to have a Facebook page to comment.  I know most people have FB pages, but a lot of people I know, especially people in their 30's do not.  The group younger than us and older than us are the biggest FB users, yet we are getting ready to run every business and the country.  Anyhow, it looks like one of those sites that you accidentally click a link and then your like, "get me outta here"....

creative
creative

oh and I think the dogs and jackets both win in blowouts.  

dawg fan
dawg fan

@creative  There was a good deal of complaining out of the Disney crowd about criticism of their hero Mark Richt under the old format and the AJC caved.  No one was saying anything crude or out of line.  We were just expressing our strong displeasure with the direction of the program under Richt.  Richt's got the AJC in his pocket for the most part.  They haven't asked him a tough question in years.  Even ole Schultzie here has gone a lot softer on him than he used to be.  When you call your UGA coverage "DawgNation" you can't get too upset when people question your objectivity. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Grant1296

I have a better and more appropriate score; i.e., more appropriate for a whining, obnoxious loser whose life is dedicated to smarmy cheap shots on blogs. And this is even a more recent (2009) score than the memorable one you cited. 

It's 37-6, FSU over Ohio St.

37-6!

IN BASEBALL!!!

Heh-heh.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@dawg fan

Don't agree with much you say--simply because you're a liar and a fraud. But you're spot-on as far as the AJC's ridiculous and thinly veiled "DawgNation" venture.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@creative

Co-sign with you on the absurdity of the AJC forcing its readers to join FB if they want to comment on the state's biggest football program.

Don't think you need to worry about a "TechNation" page, though--not enough comments to warrant a format change.

RxDawg
RxDawg

And I see that everyone is talking Tech up. This is usually about the time when things turn south.   But it does seem like they should win...  Guess we'll see.   Good luck nerds.

creative
creative

@RxDawg you are correct sir, but maybe this year will be different for us.  

RxDawg
RxDawg

Oh dear god the lip reading video.... Jeff you owe me medical bills for cracked ribs. Thanks.    USC has 17?   Holy cow bet the house on them.  

GWJ0525
GWJ0525

UGA has not faired well against Spurrier so it would be nice to beat him this year, and I also really hope Tech can beat ND.

Savdon
Savdon

Did anyone not notice the slash lines through both parties? 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Savdon


You mean folks actually read the articles?

UpToHerewithDC
UpToHerewithDC

Great. Now we get half hearted political commentary in a sports...er...column.  Yeah, lets call it a column.

UpToHerewithDC
UpToHerewithDC

@creative @Georjajim TIred and weak jokes.    From many other comments, they agree with me.  BTW, creative is not the best moniker for you.  May I suggest A**wipe?

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

Tech doesn't beat Notre Dame....  Tech sucks and they have played less than nobody.  Notre Dame will biotch slap them up and down South bend until little fish fry cries for his mommy....

Centrist
Centrist

@Ihateorange Bitter, bitter little Bullpuppy.  Tech will win in South Bend and will spank your little bottom again in November.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Ihateorange  We don't need to worry about Georgia Tech.  We've got Bama rolling in to town in 2 weeks.  As of now we have a very shaky passing game and the defense ran out of gas against . . . . wait for it . . . VANDY.  Our offense only scored 17 on them (Western Kentucky scored 14).  Our defense gave up 295 yards passing to them.  We will get stoned to death on October 3rd if things do not improve quickly.  It will be interesting to see tomorrow how much improvement there has been since last week, if any.  I expect very little.  I expect us to coast through the game on autopilot and squeak out an ugly win against a mediocre to bad team.  I expect us to show up on October 3rd hoping to win instead of wanting to win.


I expect another season of pointless Mark Richt football in 2015.  Please wake me when this clown retires so I can get excited about Georgia football again.


Thanks.     

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

@Ihateorange Tech has a better shot at beating Notre Dame than UGA has of beating USC.  Spurrier owns Richt and I don't see anything changing.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@RickinWarnerRobins @Ihateorange


"Spurrier owns Richt"


SIgh.  Every year some idiot says this, as if it's finally going to be true.  MIght want to actually look at records (including when Richt was bending Spurrier's teams over at FSU)

dawg fan
dawg fan

@The_Real_KJ He's won 4 of the last 5 against Richt with far less talent on his sideline so I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that he owns him.  Every year someone points out facts to a Richt fan and every year the Richt fans call them idiots and talk about things that happened over a decade ago to deflect attention from it.


Every year.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@dawg fan

Perhaps, then, we should discuss something more recent--like Richt's annihilation of spurrier yesterday. That recent enough for you?

Pissed you off, didn't it, fraud?