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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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2. Getting Under Way: The 67th Georgia - Alabama Game
3. Miscellaneous - Historical
4. Symbols: Alabama Crimson Tide
5. Outstanding Alabama People I Have Known
6. I'll Have Whatever He's Having
7. The Saturday Sartorialist
8. Names of Note: Alabama
9. Pure Reason (Who to Pull for and Why)
10. Fellow Poor Men and Women in the News
11. Editorial Difficulties / ETC.
Seeing these billboards up and down Peachtree Street gives me unending joy. IMAGE: UGA
Happy October Brocephuses - Now the real season begins.
Excuse this edition’s change in tone, but ever since I watched UGA choke away last season I have been an angry college football fan. It’s time to let that anger out.
Our Dawgs may have looked good against the likes of some bottom-tier Louisiana schools, Vandy, and the Active Adult Community version of Steve Spurrier, but the next third of the schedule will determine if all of the hope and pain that followed the 2014 campaign can be put to rest.
Coming up for the Dawgs are:
Game Four: Alabama - The program we thought we had in Athens going into 2008.
Game Five: Tennessee - The Dawgs’ chance to relcaim that series lead for the first time since the 1980’s.
Game Six: Missouri - The two-time defending SEC East champs, who are undefeated in Athens.
Game Seven: Florida - Fuck those guys.
In the preseason I predicted the Dawgs to go 3-1 through this stretch, and that would be a decent result which would probably put the Dawgs in the SEC Championship game.
But I know I speak for all of you when I say this Dawg is thirsty for blood.
- I want to see grown Alabama fans crying in their cars driving West down GA-316.
- I want to see Tennessee’s ass quit. In the first quarter.
- I want to see Missouri apply to rejoin the Big XII out of pure shame.
- I want to see Florida knocked back to the stone age as the Dawgs clinch the SEC East title before Daylight Savings Time even begins.
It all starts Saturday, Between the Hedges. Time to Hunker Down Dawgs! Get After Their Asses and BEAT BAMA!!!
2. Getting Under Way: The 67th Georgia - Alabama Game.
Nick Chubb runs for 233 yards, Georgia wins the Time of Possession battle 48 mins to Bama’s 12, and Athens Regional Hospital reports 17 children named Greyson are born the following week. DAWGS WIN 33-28.
I buy National Championship Game Futures online, make hotel reservations at the Scottsdale Four Seasons, and book January tee times at TPC Stadium on a lucky reader’s leaked Ashley Madison credit card account.
Poor Man's Revised Prediction (4-0)
I stick by the 33-28 prediction, with a big game from Nick Chubb. The Ashley Madison Credit Card Sweepstakes will begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
“I think as a rule our fans are somewhat disappointed we haven't achieved championships, but also as a rule I think they’re by and large immensely proud of what we have done,” (Richard Tucker, a member of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents) said. “I’ll take any day, any time, the way coach Mark Richt coaches, what he believes in and how he runs his program. Where we are based on that, I’m very satisfied. What would it take to get to that next level? We may get there under those guidelines. We may set the standard for how programs should be run.”
There already has been cause for one of those break-glass-in-case-of-emergency measures — the players-only meeting. And, do you realize it has been nearly three whole years since Alabama’s won a national title? That is the equivalent of 30 in Bulldog years.
If the Bulldogs have any hopes of winning their first SEC title in 10 years or competing for a playoff spot, we’ll probably find out Saturday in Sanford Stadium. Games against Alabama generally is when dreams are either born or die.
But it’s still Alabama, which carries a mystique matched by talent, making this one of the biggest games the Bulldogs have played in some time. It’s one that’s been circled since it was announced in the spring of 2014.
There’s no official record kept for how many credentials are issued for each game, but Georgia communications director Claude Felton estimated this game “is in the top two or three,” along with the 2008 game against Alabama and 2013 against LSU.
Gales, a sophomore receiver at Southern, suffered a severe spinal injury in last Saturday’s game at Georgia, and on Wednesday was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Since his injury, UGA officials sprung to action to help Gales and his family, and have publicized a fund to help the family with expenses.
Beat Bama Billboard on Georgia-Alabama State Line in Columbus.
3. Miscellaneous - Historical
- If Alabama loses at Georgia, the Crimson Tide will be 0-2 in SEC play for the first time since 1990, when Tide lost to Florida & UGA.
- The Crimson Tide has not allowed a team to rush for more than 100 yards yet this season.
- Nick Chubb would tie Herchel Walker's record (including bowl games) for consecutive games with 100 yards rushing on Saturday.
- From UGA:
Georgia is 2-1 all-time against Alabama in Sanford Stadium when both teams are ranked in the top 25.
Overall, Georgia is 34-47-2 against ranked opponents in Sanford Stadium.
Last year, Georgia went 2-1 against top 25 teams Between the Hedges including trouncing No. 9 Auburn 34-7.
UGA is 13-1 in past 14 SEC home games
UGA is UGA is 8-1 in its last 9 SEC West regular season games (excluding the Dome).
Richt’s Bulldogs Versus Alabama During the Mark Richt era, the Bulldogs are 3-2 against the Crimson Tide, winning in 2002 (27-25 in Tuscaloosa), 2003 (37-23 in Athens) and 2007 (26-23 in Tuscaloosa in OT) and falling in 2008 (41-30 in Athens) and 2012 (32-28 in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta).
ALWAYS IN THE HUNT: Since the 2008 season, Alabama has played in only three regular season games without national championship implications. Following the Crimson Tide’s 24-21 loss to LSU during the 2010 calendar year, UA was essentially eliminated from the national championship discussion. The final three games of that season mark the only three regular season contests without national championship implications for the Tide in the past eight years (83 of 86 games).
BEATING THE BEST: Since the start of the 2008 season, the Crimson Tide is 32-12 (.727) against the Associated Press top 25, including an 18-6 (.750) mark against AP top-10 teams.
ALABAMA HAS MOST WINS SINCE 2008: Dating back to the start of the 2008 season, Alabama has won 87 games, the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
TOUGH SLEDDING ON THE GROUND: Running the ball is no easy task against the Alabama defense with the Tide yielding only two rushing scores this season.
RUSHING DEFENSE: Alabama has surrendered only 15 individual 100-yard rushing games dating back to the 2005 season, a mark that leads the nation. Since head coach Nick Saban’s arrival, the Tide has allowed only 10 players to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.
TIDE 87-6 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF
LAST 100 YEARD RUSHER AGAINST BAMA: Tre Mason, Auburn, 2013.
GEORGIA CONNECTIONS: The Crimson Tide roster features 14 players from the state of Georgia, the second most of any location behind only Alabama. Georgia and Alabama
ALABAMA-GEORGIA SERIES: Alabama leads the Georgia series, 37-25-4, in a rivalry that dates back to 1895. The Crimson Tide also owns the 14-10 advantage when the two teams meet in Athens.
Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, 388 U.S. 130 (1967) is a landmark Supreme Court libel case taught in no less than three different classes at UGA Law. Most, if not all of the attorneys on this list have studied it at some point in their career. The lawsuit was commenced by Alabama Head Coach Bear Bryant and Georgia Head Coach Wally Butts against the Saturday Evening Post. Each coach sued that magazine's publisher for $10 million after the Post ran a feature alleging that the two coaches had conspired to fix the outcome of the 1962 Georgia-Alabama game. Because the information printed in the article was "recklessly gathered and unchecked" (it had allegedly been gathered from phone call between the two coaches that had been accidentally overheard by a shady Atlantan), the paper was held eventually held liable to Coach Butts for $460,000. Bryant settled out of court for $300,000.
Alabama won that 1962 contest 35-0. After the lawsuit was initiated, Georgia and Alabama discontinued their annual rivalry, and have only met 14 times in the last fifty years. In the fifty years previous to the lawsuit, Georgia and Alabama met 38 times, including meeting every year from 1943-1965. No doubt, the end of the Georgia-Alabama annual rivalry is one of the sad chapters of Georgia Football history.
Bear Bryant's picture hanging in the Shoal Creek Golf Club Pro Shop. That's a lot of Bama.
Alabama claims 15 national titles. However, five of these are suspect at best. You will notice that any officially licensed Alabama logo featuring a helmet will feature the number "15" in reference to their national titles.
The "Rammer Jammer Cheer\" is a traditional cheer. The cheer is now only played in the closing minutes when victory is certain, and is traditionally chanted twice. On at least one occasion (duringAlabama's victory over Auburn in the 2008 Iron Bowl, Alabama's first in the series since 2001), it was repeated an additional three times. After Alabama's victory over the Florida Gators in the 2009 SECChampionship Game, as well as after Alabama's victory over the Texas Longhorns in the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game, the cheer was played nine times.
Depending on what team Alabama is playing, the Million Dollar Band and fans will call out to the opposing team by chanting the team's name; for example, a victory over UGA on Saturday would have this cheer chanted as written below.
We just beat the hell out of you!
Rammer Jammer, Yellow hammer, give 'em hell, Alabama!
- ALABAMA IS NOT THE POOR MAN'S GEORGIA
Some readers have reached out and claimed I should make a joke about Alabama being "The Poor Man's Georgia", insofar as those people's general quality of life, culture, sophistication, and personal hygiene.
I SAY HOGWASH. I even made a chart below to illustrate that Alabama is really just as good as Georgia.
You can't argue with facts.
Georgia may claim...
...But Alabama has:
Clocks that say it is 5:00 p.m.
Clocks that say it is 4:00 p.m.!
Multiple Fortune 500 Companies
At least 500 Companies!
The Western Half of the Flora-Bama!
The Charming Port City of Savannah
The Charming Port City of Mobile!
One ex post facto national championship
Five ex post facto national championships!
A Western Border with Alabama
A Western Border with Mississippi!
A Merdcedes-Benz Plant!
The Allman Brothers Band
Been mentioned in a Lynyrd Skynrd song!
The 1996 Olympic Games
The Annual SEC Media Days!
Nick Saban's Lake House
Nick Saban's Normal House!
Did I mention Alabama has Talladega?!
The Tour Championship
The Barbasol Championship!
The University of Georgia
The two primary backup schools for kids applying to the University of Georgia!
5. OUTSTANDING ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN
- George and Ruth Jones
- Steve Musser (Sorry Steve I don't know your son so he doesn't make the cut)
- Jamie Pate
- Brad Tate
- Matthew and Haley Swan
- The Youra Family
6. I'LL HAVE WHATEVER HE IS HAVING: GREYSON LAMBERT
Have you ever heard of one guy's fortunes turning as fast as our fearless QB1, Mr. Greyson Lambert? He went from being the backup QB at UVa to holding the NCAA record for completion percentages, and is playing like the best QB in the SEC. A win on Saturday would propel him in that echelon of Georgia signal callers above the Quincy Carters and Mike Bobos of the world, and just below that of David Greene, Matt Stafford, and Aaron Murray. And he only got here three months ago.
THE SATURDAY SARTORIALIST: PRESENTED BY MILLER BROTHERS, LTD.
- Rare Uniform Matchup
Saturday will mark one of the rarest of the best uniform matchups in college football: Georgia's home reds against Alabama's road whites. Sit back and enjoy, this uniform matchup only comes around once every five years or so.
The original G was shaped like a football, and the Packers wore it when they won all five of their NFL titles under Lombardi. The current G is an oval. Based on my research of old Packers photos, the change – or at least the first change – was made prior to the 1970 season.
What is the Poor Man's Game Notes? These weekly emails are a hobby that serve as an unofficial version of the official game notes produced by the UGA Sports Information Department (UGA SID) ahead of each UGA football game. They are called the Poor Man's Game Notes due to the fact that they are irreverent, incomplete, often include typos, and are blatant rip-off of the outstanding work of the professionals at the UGA Sports Information Department. It is my great honor that we now include many members of the UGA SID among our community of "Poor Men" on this email.
The best part of compiling the PMGN is the interaction I have with the fellow "Poor Men/Women" on the email list. Funny/crass emails among college football fans are one of the best parts of the football season, so please do not ever hesitate to email me if you see something worth commenting, (or if you think my smart-ass remarks have earned me some humble pie).