Friday, January 23, 2009

BulldawgJosh & Bubba's 80's Music Video Of The Week

Our video this week is from one of the greatest rap groups of all time, if not the greatest. N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" really is a masterpiece that will never be repeated.

Just to warn you, this is the explicit version of the video. So, foul language is all over the place.

Hate Doesn't Have to End When the Season Does

My sentiments exactly...

In fact, Bubba probably heard me mumble this (or yell it) several times on November 1 of last year...

Seriously, tool.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Future Bulldog: Washaun Ealey

Imagine a running back from a small Georgia high school who set numerous records during their high school years and immediately Georgia fans will think of Herschel Walker. In a few short years, Dawg fans may also think of the player who broke many of those records, Washaun Ealey. From the Emmanuel County Institute in Twin City, Georgia, Ealey (along with teammate Dexter Moody) became the first commit of Georgia's 2009 signing class.
Ealey's stats during his high school career are absolutely staggering. During the 2007 season, Ealey helped lead the Bulldogs to the Georgia Class A state championship. He rushed for 2982 yards (198.8 per game) and 58 touchdowns. The 58 touchdowns broke the single season mark held by former Buford and Notre Dame back Darius Walker (who had broken the record previously held by Herschel Walker). 2008 would see Ealey lead the Bulldogs back to the state title game, however a lingering ankle injury would prevent him from breaking his own records. His 2008 totals include 2825 yards on the ground with 41 touchdowns and 13 receptions for 166 yards and 5 scores. For his career, Washaun set a new Georgia record for touchdowns with 122.

Ealey has good size (5'11'', 205) and has been clocked with a 4.4 in the 40. His video highlights show his ability to both break tackles as well as making tacklers miss all together. The only knock on Ealey is the belief that his gaudy stats were accumulated against inferior competition. The line at ECI was one of the largest in the state (at any classification) averaging over 280 lbs and often created large holes for him to run through. Many have questioned whether he would have the same success in the larger classifications. As all Georgia fans know, Herschel Walker also came from a single A school and he had no problem at the collegiate level.

Here is a video of Ealey's highlights. You can judge for yourself:

With the departure of Knowshon Moreno, the running back position is an open competition. However, with sophomores Richard Samuel and Caleb King with experience and freshman Dontavious Jackson and Carlton Thomas coming off red shirts, I expect Ealey will be red shirted this fall.

Go Dawgs!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Basketball Embarrassments

I attended the UGA-Kentucky basketball game in Athens Sunday, and I was thoroughly embarrassed by the spectacle I saw.

I'm not talking about the performance of our team (although that was torturous to watch, how many blocked shots can there be in a game!?!); I'm talking about the magic show that took place at halftime.


I sat there befuddled as to why we need a magic show AT A BASKETBALL GAME. Having one just screams, "THIS IS NOT A REAL SPORT!" Or perhaps, "this is not a legitimate team or program," would be a more appropriate assessment.

I expect this kind of stuff at minor league baseball games. Streit and Earl were even recent witnesses to the famed "teddy bear toss" at a Gwinnett Gladiators minor league hockey game (see below).

It was particularly irritating to watch since we were playing a legendary college basketball program. I began to wonder if programs like that have halftime magic shows. Somehow, I don't think that would go well with the bourbon crowd in Lexington. Then again, it is basketball.

To be honest, I can't even remember what took place at most halftimes of the other UGA basketball games I've been to over the years. Apparently, as some have described to me, it is often similar spectacles that are just as ridiculous. I guess I was always getting a coke or staring at co-eds.

Maybe I'm overreacting, because it is a basketball game. Annoying music, dancing from scantily clad women, and t-shirt cannons are just accepted parts of this sport.

I will admit that the end of the magic show was awesome. The magician instantaneously changed from wearing his magician's tuxedo to wearing a Georgia basketball uniform.

My assessment of the whole situation might be wrong because the ENTIRE CROWD GAVE THE MAGICIAN AND HIS ASSISTANT A STANDING OVATION (except me, of course).

Was I in an alternate universe where such novelties are acceptable (it is a basketball game, afterall), or am I just that hateful?

That question may never be answered in our lifetime (I probably am just that hateful), but I hope this ridiculous display doesn't happen again at one of our sporting events.

Next thing you know, we will play techno music at football games, and then I will abandon all I hold sacred in life.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Former Dawgs in the Super Bowl

The upcoming Super Bowl XLIII match up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers will feature three former Georgia Bulldogs.

Tight end Leonard Pope had a key catch during the Cardinals game winning drive as they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship.

Linebacker Arnold Harrison and receiver Hines Ward are members of the Pittsburgh Steelers team who is looking for its second championship in the last four years. Hines Ward was the MVP of the Steeler's Super Bowl XL victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Good luck to these Damg Good Dawgs in Super Bowl XLIII.