Weekend Predictions: Georgia wins over remains of Spurrier’s mess

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Before breaking down this week’s big game — and, besides, I need more time to process how it’s possible “every kid did his job” on a blundered Hail Mary last week against Tennessee, according to Georgia coach Kirby Smart; so we can only imagine what bad pass coverage on a Hail Mary looks like — Weekend Predictions brings you this very special moment in sports history.

It was 71 years ago Thursday when Chicago tavern owner and Cubs fan Billy Sianis was kicked out of Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the World Series against Detroit Tigers because he purchased a seat for his goat (“Murphy”) and the odor apparently was too much for other patrons. This so infuriated Sianis that it’s believed he put a curse on the Cubs, which is why they haven’t won a World Series since 1908.

A lesson to us all: Do not upset a man and his goat. (Billy Goat Tavern, Chicago)

A lesson for us all: Do not upset a man and his goat. (Billy Goat Tavern, Chicago)

(This serves as a cautionary tale for the Braves should Tim Lee show up at SunTrust Park on Opening Day next season with his pet chicken (“Boondoggle”), who is his only remaining friend and not coincidentally lives in a cage. Of course, once he gets out of the cage, he will spill his guts to Dan Klepal like everybody else. So Braves: Do NOT turn away Tim and his chicken.)

Back to more current times. It was only a year ago when former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier quit on his team, which was 0-4 in the SEC and therefore too malodorous for any coach who is more concerned about his resume than, well, perceptions that he might be an invertebrate.

Spurrier then returned to Florida as an “ambassador,” which sounded better than hanging around Columbia and have every usher tell a goat, “I’m sorry but you can’t bring Mr. Spurrier in with you.”

The Curse of Spurrier lives on. The Gamecocks are 1-3 in the SEC with no real chance of getting better soon. Alas, somebody in the SEC Georgia can beat!

Because of the hurricane, this game has been moved to Sunday. The NFL television schedule means the game will be shown on tape delay on HGTV, immediately following, “Fixer Upper.”

Nick Chubb returns for Georgia. The line is 7. It’ll be covered. Dogs win.

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Between Classes and Other Daily Options

When Jimbo Fisher closes his eyes, I wonder if he sees this.

When Jimbo Fisher closes his eyes, I wonder if he sees this.

Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh: Paul Johnson has won more games at Pittsburgh (1-0) than he has at home against Mark Richt (0-9). This is me accentuating the positive. OK, fun’s over. Pitt covers 6.

Florida State at Miami: Asked about the big game this week, FSU’s Jimbo Fisher said, “I think we have a great shot against Florida. Wait, that’s LSU. Is this microphone on?” Seminoles circling the drain. Goodbye Jimbo? Canes cover 3.

Clemson at Boston College: The Eagles have lost 10 straight in the ACC. Fortunately, conference officials just voted against expanding schedules to nine games because Steve Addazio is already getting three electroshock therapy treatments per week and his head smells like burnt pot roast. Tigers cover 17.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky: Kidding.

Auburn at Mississippi State: Remember those five minutes in 2014 when Dan Mullen was a hot commodity and had a chance to get out of Starkville? Ah, good times. Tigers cover 3.

Tennessee at Texas A&M: Scientists will get around to explaining how Tennessee is 5-0, right after they solve the mysteries of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Pitbull. Market correction: Aggies cover 7.

Texas State at Georgia State: The Panthers are 0-4. But they’re 2-2 against the spread! New marketing campaign: “Come watch our backdoor cover.” Problem: They’re favored in this one. I’ll take GSU for the win but not to cover 10.

NFL Snack Pack

Matt had a nice stat line (27 for 39, 334 yards, two touchdowns, 0 interceptions) in the season opener but he and the Falcons again self-immolated in the red zone. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

When we say Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense is on fire, we mean it. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Falcons at Broncos: The Falcons have scored the most touchdowns in the NFL (18). They’ve also allowed the most TDs (16). This is all part of a plan to excite video-game-playing millennials so they’ll buy PSLs in the belief they’ll be able to call plays from their seats while balancing a game controller, hot dog, craft beer, iPhone, selfie stick and their worn copy of, “Why I Think I’m Smarter Than Kyle Shanahan.” This week: Denver. Put down the controller. Say hello to Bronko Nagurski football. Take the 6 as a gift but Falcons win a low-scoring upset.

Patriots at Browns: Tom Brady making his return from a suspension against Cleveland ranks as the Browniest of things. And then there’s this, from an undisclosed NFL assistant coach to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman: “Thanks to Roger Goodell, Tom Brady is going to kill us all.” Yep. Patriots cover 10½.

Giants at Packers: Odell Beckham Jr. says he’s “not having fun” anymore. Maybe he should try a moon bounce or the ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese, where he can converse with other emotionally unstable six-year-olds. Packers cover 6.

Odell Beckham Jr. wants a golden goose too

Bengals at Cowboys: Tony Romo may never get his job back from Dak Prescott. But he has an option: New York media members are already projecting him as the next Jets’ quarterback. On second thought, Dallas isn’t so bad. Cowboys in a pick ’em.

Redskins at Ravens: The NFL fined cornerback Josh Norman $10,000 because he dared to celebrate a play by pretending to fire a bow and arrow into the sky. Question: When Roger Goodell gives out candy on Halloween and kids celebrate, does he take four candies out of their bag? Ravens win but take Washington and 4.

Roger Goodell on Josh Norman (and everything else)

Buccaneers at Panthers: Carolina is 1-3, which is only slightly behind last year’s pace of 15-1. Cam Newton: six turnovers and concussed. Those two might be related. Panthers win but take Tampa Bay and 6.

P&L Statement

football_gambling“Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.” — Proverb

Last week (column picks): 10-4 straight up, 7-6-1 against the line.

Through 5 weeks: 47-18 straight up, 32-30-3 against the line.

Lilly’s pick: She pulled out the Tennessee pick last week to go to 3-2 on the season. This week’s choice (with hot dog nuggets) were pictures of Julio Jones and “Miles,” the Denver Broncos’ mascot. Lilly sniffed both, then went right — to “Miles.” Broncos win.

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Big Wally
Big Wally

Hey TO, how's that for karma eh?

MONK14
MONK14

Bulldogs lost because of that last play with the dreaded 3 man rush..

EmilyPeterkin
EmilyPeterkin

If SC beats UGa. Meltdown- fire Smart- will echo. LOL (: ...Especially with Richt's impressive debut at UM. Sucks to be you. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@EmilyPeterkin How sweet, Ohio has his retarded daughter posting now.  The family that posts together...............

Big Wally
Big Wally

The late Dennis Farina even knew about Ohio and TO.


“Is this moron number one? Put moron number two on the phone.”
Midnight Run

TOJacket
TOJacket

Lay off the meth Wallace.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

 Georgia Tech 56

                    Pitt 17 

Dirtman
Dirtman

Foley says SEC commissioner made the decision to postpone.  Commissioner's office says decision was left up to the UF/LSU AD's offices to work out the solution.  Someone is not being truthful and my money is on the slithering snake Foley rather than the spineless Commish.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@Dirtman It's Florida.  LSU offered several solutions and Florida rejected them all.  Typical gutless Gators.

Jmonty
Jmonty

If GT's offense does what they should do.  We can beat Pitt.  However; if the offense is off... Our "D" definitely is not good enough to make it a low scoring game.   So, it's a coin flip..  

TideDawg
TideDawg

@Jmonty Don't blame the defense. I think the defense has kept the scores a lot closer than the offense would admit.

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs best case bowl site is about to get hammered.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO and how exactly does that impact you?  Oh yea, I keep forgetting, UGA envy.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Gutless Gators doing all they can do to not play LSU I see. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Dawgs are trying to get out of the SC game too. .......Chips having a tizzy!

TOJacket
TOJacket

109 mph winds reported at Cape Canaveral.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Because he knows the hat trick is coming.....everybody does.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Big Wally

Yup. 

Weather forecast in Gainesville tomorrow at noon: Sunny and breezy; NO rain!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

After the past two weeks, the Dawgs want nothing more than to chomp on an SEC team they actually have a legit shot at beating. So your silly suggestion is worthless--as usual.

Postponing the game is another braindead overreaction by those in charge. Storm will be well beyond Columbia by what was game time Saturday night.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

So you're predicting an SC victory, right?

Or don't you have guts to?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Y'all don't play there for 2-3 weeks dummy.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Im predicting more let downs and excuses! It is a great new era For UGA irrelevance.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Dang .......Elementary school teacher and another Glenn Burns?.....lol

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TOJacket No Moron #2, UGA offered several alternatives.  Try reading sometime.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TOJacket Stick to your 3-9 team, you just keep embarrassing yourself when you talk about other teams.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TOJacket  God you are stupid.  Chip wrote an entire column on why he thinks the game should be cancelled.  Can you even read? 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Yea, like giving up there home game $$$$

OH:IO
OH:IO

dog in lex,


Why do the dogs not have an SEC! SEC! worthy kicker?


Why do the dogs not have a wide-out over 5'8'?


Each week your dogs look more and more like a lousy high school team. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO  The moron actually has a point on the WRs.  It's one of the many reasons Mark Richt is no longer our coach.  He did not recruit enough big physical WR's for us to compete with the big boys.  Kirby gets it and is trying to fix that.  Good luck reading about that in all the Mark Richt Fanboy media coverage out there right now but those who actually know something about UGA football understand what I'm saying.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO Once again, your elevator doesn't go to the top floor.

TOJacket
TOJacket

They just don't have the O......lol

OH:IO
OH:IO

Safer bet?


Chuck and Duck got a haircut or the OC dropped 5 pounds?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@Lolwat You are right Lolwat, Moron #1 (Ohio) and Moron #2 (TO) have UGA/SEC envy.  That is why they are on here every day.

Lolwat
Lolwat

Safest bet - you will be the first to comment on every UGA article, with your buttbuddy TO right behind you (literally). Sick life, Browneye.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Lolwat......did you give Wally his nic-name....Big?

TOJacket
TOJacket

You humps like to talk about man love.....pervs.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


And yet there you are, a step behind and to the right. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

And you like to talk about anything except how those humps OWN you.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I know you'll chime in Nancy boy......you were Wallace's teacher.

Rackcoon02
Rackcoon02

GA sucks so making the bold statement that they can beat SC maybe stretching it a bit.  GA has not done/won anything with Championship substance since 1980!  Therefore, until GA wins the SEC 3 out of the next 5 years along with a National Championship to boot, GA fans should be saying NOTHING since your team is OVER-RATED year after year.  You all boast about your recruiting and the like, but yet, you do not produce a WINNER, but you do produce a lot of WHINNING.

DawginLex
DawginLex

And what is "whinning"? Gator education right there. Hope you didn't pay for it.

@Rackcoon02  We have won plenty. And we didn't cheat to do it either.


dawg fan
dawg fan

@Rackcoon02  I haven't seen a Techie posing as a Gator in a while.  This is almost original. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Too funny!.......you guys suffer some serious Tech paranoia!..........believe or not most fan bases know your team is a pretender.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TOJacket  Yeah it's just that most fan bases are not a complete joke like yours is and wouldn't debase themselves in such a manner. 

Jmonty
Jmonty

@dawg fan @TOJacket Oddly enough... From what I understand.  Most other schools that DWAG fans are a joke.  They are some of the most "fair weather" fans on the planet.  Not to mention..  A team filled with DUI offenders?  Tsk...tsk...tsk.   I wouldn't be barking so loud.  Yes...pun intended. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

So we were just "pretending" to beat your as* 13 of 15 times???

Pretty creative there, TOJ, but you remain vastly inferior.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Jmonty A team filled with DUI offenders?  As far as I know we have ONE such offender and he has been suspended indefinitely.  Tech fans lie and have no integrity, as your post proves.  You are by far the biggest effing no good joke of a fan base in all of college football, if not all of sports.  Its not even close.