The University of Georgia Football Team, circa 1892
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
To feed your inner 80's movie urge I give you Ray Parker, Jr. and the 1984 theme song "Ghosbusters" from the movie of the same name (pretty obvious):
If this is not enough for you, here is an encore presentation of "Axel F" from Harold Faltermeyer and the 1984 classic film Beverly Hills Cop:
God Bless the 1980's.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- Hit .266 in 459 at bats with 3 homeruns, 24 doubles, 43 RBIs, and 45 runs scored
- Only made 8 errors in 399 total chances at shortstop
- Will compete for playing time with Alex Gonzales, who returns to the Reds after missing the entire 2008 season.
- Was a late season call up with the Braves in 2008
- Hit only .148 with 1 homerun and 4 RBIs in 23 games
- Is listed as part of the Braves 40-man roster heading into Spring Training
- Expected to head back to the minors after the Braves signed veteran catcher David Ross to back up Brian McCann
- Went 3-2 with 7.41 ERA in 8 games with St. Louis in 2008 (including 6 starts)
- Will head to spring training as a part of the Cardinals active roster
- Expected to compete for a bullpen spot with the Cardinals during Spring Training
- After being drafted #8 overall by the White Sox, hit .310 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBIs in 14 games for the Kannapolis Intimidators (Class A)
- Participated in the Arizona Fall League with the Peoria Saguaros, hitting .394 with 3 homeruns and 18 RBIs in 18 games (66 At Bats)
- Has been invited to Spring Training with the Chicago White Sox as a Non-Roster invitee and is expected to be in the majors in the next two years.
Josh Fields, P – Mariners
- Was selected #20 overall by the Mariners in the 2008 draft
- Never reached an agreement with the Mariners during the 2008 season
- Contract negotiations between the club and Fields’s agent, Scott Boras, are ongoing
Brooks Brown, P – Diamondbacks
- Was named the organizations number 2 overall prospect before struggling in 2008
- Went 6-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 26 starts for Class AA Mobile Bay Bears
- Participated in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-3 with a 5.61 ERA for the Phoenix Desert Dogs - Hopes to regain control and command of his pitches in 2009
Joey Side, OF – Diamondbacks
- Currently on the roster of the Class A Visalia Rawhide
- Hit .291 with 1 HR and 51 RBIs in 129 games at Midland in 2007
- Followed up with a .281 average with 2 homeruns and 26 RBI in 178 At Bats (44 games) after moving up to Visalia in 2008
Jonathan Wyatt, OF – Cubs
- Split time between two Class A clubs in the Cubs organization in 2008
- Played for Daytona Cubs and is currently listed on the roster of the Peoria Chiefs
- Hit .256 in 426 at bats between the two teams, including 6 homeruns, 41 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, and 65 runs scored in 116 games
Ryan Peisel, 3B – Rockies
- Drafted by the Rockies in the 12th round of the 2008 draft
- Hit .208 with 12 RBIs in limited playing time with the Tri City Dust Devils
- Expected to continue in class A ball in 2009
There are a number of other Dawgs scattered around the minors as well. If anyone knows what happened to Will Startup or Josh Morris, please let me know.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
"It was huge just because the perception is that if you're in Florida, you're going to go to one of those three schools Miami, Florida or Florida State. It wasn't tough for me because I knew where I wanted to go, but for the people down there, everyone's a Florida fan, so they were all like, 'You need to go to Florida, blah, blah, blah, this and that.' In the end, I was going to go where I felt more comfortable. I fell in love with Georgia."
The game against Florida should be a lot of fun over the next few years. Do you think Florida fans will hate him as much as they love Tebow?
Monday, January 26, 2009
- 3-1 record in bowl games (3-0 in New Year's Day Bowl Games)
- 2002 SEC Championship MVP
Smith is an extremely athletic corner who checks in with good size (5'11'') and lightning fast speed (clocked 4.28 in the 40). He has been rated a five star recruit by both Rivals and Scout and is considered to be one of the top 30 prospects in the entire nation. As a junior in high school, his 10.62 time in the 100 meter run earned him the nickname, "The Fastest Man in Atlanta".
While Smith is expected to play corner at Georgia, he played both sides of the ball during his senior year and also provided electricity in the return game. As a wide receiver, Smith had 32 catches for 1,085 yards. That is an insane 33.9 yards per reception, which is a testament to his speed. At his primary position of corner, he tallied 50 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries. He also added 5 touchdown returns on special teams.
Smith's speed should allow him to fit comfortably into the Georgia defensive backfield. He will need to add strength and weight to help jam some of the larger receivers that he will see in the SEC. I expect Smith to see ample playing time for the Dawgs in 2009 and most likely be a starter by the end of the season (much like Rennie Curran two years ago.) I really like this kid and I forgot to mention that he chose the Dawgs on national TV over the Gators: