Next Step

So close we could taste it, we didn’t get there and had to watch BAMA go from could-have-been dynasty diverted by the Dawgs, to an undeniable champion having won 3-of-4 National Championships. Auburn won the only other in a full…

Eleven

High noon Between the Hedges, moments after a touching Senior Day ceremony ended. Without it being said by many, it was notable too for the number of NFL draft-ready Georgia juniors playing their final game in Athens. This team will…

Like It’s 1980

Private school glory for the remote control holders last night, as the Stanford Cardinal (without Andrew Luck) and the little Baylor Bears (without RGIII) beat the numbers one and two teams in the BCS. One and two had never before…

Bring on the Alabama State Schools

Florida sits atop the SEC East at the end of their SEC season, but it is not where they wanted to be. Georgia alum Will Muschamp led them to a one-loss season, but that loss was to the tiebreaker-owning Bulldogs,…

Homecoming in the Deep South

Vandy and Kentucky, the historic two-team bottom tier in the SEC East and in the whole of the SEC, were regularly alternating Homecoming opponents in the Classic City for many years, with UGA winning every year in the modern era…

Glory in Jacksonville

Jordan Reed, easily #2 Florida’s best football player, surged past the first down marker and toward the goal line very late at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Between him and a touchdown stood rugged senior Shawn Williams. Reed went…

Must Win Back-to-Back

Richt’s dispassionate public demeanor unsettles diehard fans like me sometimes, but if he can coach this talented team to an 11-1 regular season and win the SEC and a BCS bowl all will be golden. Immediately after a Cocktail Party…

Looking for Greener Pastures

Vince the Prince seemed to always beat the Gators. Herschel Walker was only one of a myriad of good to great GEORGIA running backs that shredded the Swamp People under Coach Dooley’s watch. Georgia didn’t throw the ball much back…

Virtuoso Blocking Displayed Between the Hedges

In rivalry games this season UGA is now 1-0 as the Dawgs rolled up 560 yards, including an impressive 282 on the ground. The University of Tennessee Volunteers fell to 3-2 and 0-2 in SEC play for the season, with…

What Has Been Missing In Program

Home dominance. Miami’s semi-professional run in the old Orange Bowl. Nebraska’s mid-1990s Sea of Red. LSU of late at night in Death Valley, contributing to LSU having the best record in the SEC in the past dozen years (UGA 2nd)….

Ascending into Autumn

56-20 was the final score in a not so ready for primetime matchup Saturday night Between the Hedges. The boys from Boca came out ready to fire on offense, and they hung around with explosive Georgia until the game was…

THIS is SEC Football

Until only a minute-and-a-half was left in a tough first half, GEORGIA and Missouri were locked up in a 3-3 defensive battle in America’s heartland. Senior cornerback Branden Smith took a bad coverage angle, and Mizzou held a 10-3 advantage….

Coaching Points: Dawgs Little Bit Off, Gurley On

True freshman running back Todd Gurley tied an NCAA record held by multiple players with his 100-yard touchdown return for a kickoff – on his first career return. UGA great Brandon Boykin, Georgia’s returner from last season, is notably the…

Murray’s Biggest Wins

Quarterback Aaron Murray won the SEC East in 2011 while setting the school single season touchdown mark (35). He was second team All-SEC in 2011 and is projected by most national publications as ALL-SEC first team for 2012, considering the…

For the love of Georgia

Welcome to BIG HAIRY BLAWG 2012. After being recognized as the #2 “Fastest-Growing Blog” on all of WordPress in 2010, the largest blog host site in the world, I contemplated going commercial and getting advertisers like so many of my peers. You…

Coaching To Do Lists

1. Retain Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator. He simply does not have the calm enough demeanor of a good head football coach, yet he is perhaps the hottest D strategist in the NCAA. The Junk Yard swaggering D will have…

How Deep the River

To my lady’s chagrin, Justin and I were in bowl mode at the Righteous Room in the Poncey-Highlands section of the ATL hours before kickoff. My brother and nephew and his grandfather had made the long drive north and west…