Jersey number for former linebacker Mo Lewis, who played for the Dawgs from 1987-1990. Lewis would go onto to a Pro Bowl career in the NFL. Lewis is most famous for making the hit below on Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe in 2001 that knocked him out for the remainder of the season. This allowed a low round draft pick from Michigan by the name of Tom Brady take over and the rest is history.
College Football Live on ESPN has been running a series where they visit each state as we count down to the beginning of the 2009 season. For each state they run a poll of the best team in the state's history. For the state of Georgia, the two leaders are the 1980 Georgia team (47%) and the 1952 Georgia Tech team (39%).
A second poll currently has Vince Dooley leading Bobby Dodd as the best coach in the state's history (34% to 32%).
If you have a minute today, take the time to head over and vote for the 1980 Dawgs and Vince Dooley here. We don't want to give the Techmites another thing to gloat about.
It is July and news is slow right now, what better a time to talk recruiting. With the commitment of Brandon Burrows yesterday, the Georgia recruiting class for 2010 is starting to look really impressive. Georgia has already picked up 7 commitments in state and another 6 in the state of Florida. What is most impressive about this class is how well Georgia has fared going head-to-head with Florida, Alabama, and other southeastern schools. Here's a look at the commitments the Dawgs have so far and other offers each player had from schools in the southeast:
Brandon Burrows - Florida, Alabama, Tennessee Ken Malcome - Florida, Alabama, Clemson Alec Ogletree - Alabama, Auburn, LSU Deon Rogers - Florida International Demetre Baker - Miami, South Carolina, East Carolina Michael Bennett - Southern Miss Brent Benedict - Florida, Alabama, Clemson Da'Rick Rogers - Florida, Alabama, LSU Kolton Houston - Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina Marc Deas - Kentucky, Ole Miss, UCF Jalen Fields - Florida, Alabama, Tennessee Derek Owens - Florida, South Carolina
While Alec Ogletree is no doubt the prize of the class so far, I really think that the combination of Da'Rick Rogers, Marlon Brown, and AJ Green will be a lot of fun to watch in the Georgia passing game in 2010.
Just wanted to make sure everyone saw Bulldawg Illustrated's contest to find the best beer joint in Georgia in honor of the late, great Lewis Grizzard and Lucille, the first person to ever sell him a beer.
As the summer days drag on, I am finding myself spending lots of time day dreaming about how awesome the start of a new football season will be. The only other things I can think about are the memories I have from each game last year.
The 2008 season was the first time I have ever attended every game (home, away, and the bowl game). It is no small feat generally, but with a trip to Arizona and back to back games at LSU and Jacksonville, it was a deep commitment.
The first memory I'll share is from when our good friend C-matt and I stayed in New Orleans after the LSU game in Baton Rouge. C-matt and I did not return to Atlanta after the LSU game. Instead, we stayed in New Orleans for two more days before driving straight to Florida for the Georgia-Florida game.
On the Sunday night following the victory in Baton Rouge (and after everyone else in our crew had left for Atlanta), C-matt and I were downing hurricanes from Pat O'Briens while watch some great jazz music next door at Preservation Hall.
Towards the end of the final of the three performances that night, an older gentleman (approx 65-70), began talking to C-matt and I while the band was taking a break between songs. Seeing our Georgia polos, he began telling us that he lives in Florida, but is from New Orleans and is an LSU grad.
After discussing the previous day's game, he pointed over to his son sitting just outside the room where the music was being played. He began to tell us how his son was a Florida alum, and was absolutely "A TYPICAL GATOR!" By "A TYPICAL GATOR," he meant his son was an overly arrogant Florida alum and Orlando resident who couldn't give a shit less that he was at a historic venue listening to what many consider the best jazz performances in New Orleans.
"He's just A TYPICAL GATOR! He couldn't care less!," the old man continued to say, "And my daughter, she went to Florida State! She has two degrees, and may by smarter than me, but SHE'S WORTHLESS! Florida State, aw SHE'S WORTHLESS!"
At this point in time, this old gentleman became my hero.
Eventually, his son came over and began talking to us. "I just bring my dad here to appease him everytime we're back in New Orleans. Old man is crazy in his age, ya know?"
"Uh, yeah, whatever," I replied as I was amazed at the arrogant douchebaggery of this Gator grad. It is even more amazing that I was amazed at his arrogant douchebaggery. I mean, he was a gator.
After a few minutes, the son went back outside where he sat down and typed on his blackberry and continued his many ways of douchebaggery.
"TYPICAL GATOR! Look at him! Sitting there and couldn't give a shit where he is! A TYPICAL GATOR."
After meeting the son, we toasted the old gentleman and agreed with him that his son was "A TYPICAL GATOR", and we thanked him for coining the "TYPICAL GATOR" phrase.
That old LSU fan was dead on about Florida fans and their typical attitude of not caring about anything that doesn't relate to themselves or Gator University.
Eventually the show ended, the old man left, and the rest of the night became a blur (it was New Orleans).
But, C-matt and I will always remember running into the old LSU grad at Preservation Hall, and his "TYPICAL GATOR" son.