Junkyard Blawg 

Lifelong Bulldog Bill King offers a fan's perspective on UGA sports

Bobo does not deserve lion’s share of blame for UGA loss to South Carolina

  • 9:08 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Bill King
Sony Michel scored his first career touchdown against South Carolina. (John Kelley / UGA)

A few more thoughts and observations from Saturday night’s disappointing game in Columbia …

Georgia’s defense was wretched most of the game against South Carolina. But, despite all the positive declarations after the second-half shutdown of Clemson, perhaps that’s what we expected all along. Maybe Dogs fans have come to accept as a given that Georgia’s defense is a liability. Call it the Grantham Effect, which appears to live on even after he’s gone.

How else do you explain the fact that on the blogs, on social media and on the call-in shows late Saturday and Sunday Georgia fans by a large [More]

Dawgs must keep from beating themselves in Columbia

  • 11:01 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Bill King
Both teams' strategies likely revolve around Todd Gurley. (Philip Williams / UGA)

Chatting this week with several South Carolina fans about the upcoming game with Georgia, I’ve noticed they don’t appear to have much confidence at all in their defense, which got sliced and diced by Texas A&M, struggled early on with East Carolina and ranks last in the SEC. But they feel better about their offense now that tailback Mike Davis is back, even if they aren’t that confident overall about the consistency of quarterback Dylan Thompson.

But despite that they still feel pretty good about the Gamecocks’ chances against UGA simply because the game is in Columbia. In other words, they [More]

Junkyard Mail: Do the Dawgs really deserve their early Top 10 ranking?

  • 11:14 am Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Bill King
Josh Dawgson sacks Clemson QB  Cole Stoudt. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Harry Charbonneau writes: Bill, I do not see how the Bulldogs can be ranked as a Top 10 team at this point. Their pass defense is very weak and they have not yet developed an effective passing game. All great teams have strong defenses and balanced offenses that are strong in both the passing and running game. The Dogs are not there yet. In fact, I am very concerned that they will not be able to defeat South Carolina. What do you think?

Harry, based on just one game played, I [More]

Dawgs have to learn to deal with early success, rapid rise

  • 11:15 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Bill King

I’ve noticed a mild debate among fans online about just how much celebration there should be over the defeat of Clemson and Georgia’s rapid rise in the polls.

Many are taking the tack of Mark Richt, noting that it’s just one game and a long season remains, including some pretty tough challenges. As one fan put it in commenting on the Blawg, “Time to slow it down a tad. I suggest that everyone and team watch 1st half of 2012 Carolina game, before our heads burst.”

Others are just enjoying the ride as the talking heads of ESPN proclaim the Dogs an early [More]

Georgia-Clemson: It doesn’t get any better!

  • 11:28 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Bill King
The play of John Theus and Georgia's offensive line will be a key to a win over Clemson. (Jason Getz / AJC)

“Are you ready for the new season?”

“Dawgs gonna do it against Clemson?’

Those are the typical greetings I’ve been getting around the office the past week or so, and the answsers are:

“Definitely” and “I think so.”

I hedge on the second because, like all Georgia fans, I’m wondering just how much better a largely inexperienced Bulldogs secondary will be with Jeremy Pruitt, late of national champion FSU, at the helm in place of the departed Todd Grantham.

My answer to a friend on that question yesterday: Well, at least they should all be on the same page of the playbook, which in itself [More]

Junkyard Mail: Are some cupcakes more palatable than others for Dawgs fans?

  • 12:09 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
Vince Dooley's career is honored in a new memorabilia exhibition. (UGA)

In case you missed it, the news sneaked out Friday that Georgia has added Nicholls State, another obscure FCS program from Louisiana, to the Dogs’ home schedule for 2016 on a date to be determined.

Mercer (UGA’s first football game was a 50-0 win over the Bears at Herty Field).

Sewanee (a charter member of SEC).

Tulane (also a charter member of SEC).

Kennesaw State (which plays its inaugural season in 2015).

Furman (an FCS school, as Scates put it, “for Georgians too proud to go to Auburn”).

SMU (Scates suggests a “1980s day at Sanford”).

(If you’d like to check out Scates’ Poor Man’s Game Notes, [More]

It’s a Dawg’s world, whether you’re in London or Hoover

  • 10:58 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Bill King
Mark Richt was unusually confident meeting the media in Hoover. (Associated Press)

A week ago today, my wife and daughter and I were standing in line outside 221B Baker Street on a cool, rainy London morning, waiting for the Sherlock Holmes Museum to open, when the couple standing in front of us turned around.

Apparently noticing the G on my baseball cap and my daughter’s red sweatshirt, the woman asked, “Where are y’all from?”

“Atlanta,” I replied, and she smiled. “We’re from Augusta. Go Dogs!”

Turned out they were also parents of a UGA grad and were over early for the British Open.

I don’t know what the odds are of us queuing up right [More]

Junkyard Mail: Bulldogs fans’ 2014 football expectations mostly optimistic

  • 12:09 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Bill King
John Theus, Todd Gurley and Hutson Mason are all key components in the Georgia offense's 2014 prospects. (John Kelley / UGA)

This week saw 11 members of Mark Richt’s 2014 Georgia football team named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Team: Tailback Todd Gurley, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and placekicker Marshall Morgan were named to the first team, while flanker Malcolm Mitchell, center David Andrews and outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins were second-team picks. Tackle John Theus and cornerback Damian Swann were picked for the third team, and defensive end Ray Drew and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera were named to the fourth team. Gurley, Wilson and Floyd also were named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Team this week.

Meanwhile, [More]

Too many tailbacks never a problem in the SEC

  • 11:26 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by Bill King

“What’s Georgia gonna do with all those tailbacks?”

That’s what a guy getting on the elevator the other day wanted to know, and I must say I was kind of relieved to have someone talking to me about Bulldog running backs rather than Tray Matthews and the troubled secondary.

If all Mark Richt and Mike Bobo had returning was the “Don’t call us Gurshall” duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, they’d be in excellent shape, barring a return of last year’s injury bug. But the tailback corps in Athens also includes sophomore Brendan Douglas, who did solid if not exactly game-breaker [More]

UGA’s game day experience: Loud music and cupcakes, but no beer

  • 11:11 am Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Bill King

Athletic Director Greg McGarity talked some more about efforts to upgrade the game day experience at Sanford Stadium this week while attending the SEC’s spring meetings in Destin, Fla.

UGA already had announced that cellphone use inside the stadium should be much enhanced this fall. And, since the conference is loosening up rules on when recorded music and artificial sound can be played during games — letting schools crank up the P.A. between plays until the center is over the football — Georgia is enthusiastically scrambling aboard that bandwagon after experiencing what that sort of game environment is like last year [More]