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Dawg News

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1st Pitch Banquet Featuring Phil Niekro Set For Feb. 7

Tickets are now on sale to attend Georgia’s 1st Pitch Banquet on Feb. 7 featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro and the 2014 Bulldog baseball team.

The highlights of the dinner event include hearing from Niekro, meeting the 2014 Georgia Bulldog team and coaching staff plus a silent auction to benefit the Foley Field Revival Project.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Nalley Multipurpose Room next to the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on the UGA campus. Tickets are $100/person and $75 for former Bulldog baseball players. A table for eight is $750. The deadline to reserve your seat(s) or table is Feb. 1.

Niekro, who was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, had a 24-year career playing for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. Nicknamed “Knucksie” for his knuckleball, it helped him register a record of 318-274. He was a five-time All Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Scott Stricklin is in his first season leading the Bulldogs, and Georgia resumes preseason practice on Jan. 24. The 2014 college baseball season opens on Feb. 14.

For tickets and additional information regarding the banquet, call (706) 542-7971 or email Shirley Toney in the UGA Baseball office at stoney@sports.uga.edu.

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DC hire will define Richt’s tenure

Talent has never been the problem for the Bulldogs, but developing that talent and getting top players to play to their potential has been.

And Todd Grantham couldn’t do that. Despite an NFL-filled roster, Grantham’s defenses have underachieved, and his defenses were no better – numbers-wise – than Willie Martinez’s. Outside of 2011 – and maybe part of 2012 – Georgia’s defense hasn’t played to level they’ve been capable of. You may have to go back to 2006 under Martinez to find a defense that actually played up to potential the last several years.

Richt is a winner, but his tenure has been defined by mediocrity and underachieving. Despite putting top players in the NFL year after year and a 126-45 career record, Georgia and Richt have proven just how hard it is to win a national championship. LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee all won national championships in the BCS era. Georgia belongs in that group; they get as much or more talent than every single one of those former champions, and yet, they have no championship.

Richt’s tenure could be defined by this hire, and it’s the most important hire he’s had since he’s been at Georgia. He has a chance to erase the past and build a future championship program. Georgia has 10 starters returning on defense, and a strong core nucleus to build a championship defense.

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Ranking SEC quarterbacks for 2013

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (SO)
2. Aaron Murray, Georgia (SR)
3. Connor Shaw, South Carolina (SR)

Maybe Johnny Manziel didn’t have the unfathomable season he had in 2012, but as a quarterback, his numbers actually improved. Manziel threw for 4,114 yards, 37 TDs and 13 INTs, and he completed 69.9 percent of his passes. He combined for 4,873 total yards and 46 touchdowns, and his creativity and entertainment value will be missed in 2014…Aaron Murrayset SEC records this season, and he goes out a winner. Murray now holds the SEC’s career passing yardage record and is the only quarterback in conference history to throw for four 3,000-yard seasons. Murray’s season was cut short due to an ACL tear suffered against Kentucky, and replacing him is no easy task. Murray threw for 3,075 yards, 26 TDs and 9 INTs this season…The quietest, best season in college football was had by Connor Shaw, who threw for 24 TDs and only one INT. He finished his career 17-0 at home. Shaw won’t wow you with his physical prowess, but he is defined by one word: winner. Shaw threw for 2,447 yards and completed over 63 percent of his passes, and he rushed for 558 yards and six touchdowns. He becomes one of the biggest program pillars for the Gamecocks.

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Paul Meyerberg of USA Today gives Georgia a grade

B-

Brigham Young
Florida Atlantic
Georgia. Injuries dashed Georgia’s hopes for an SEC East championship.
Kansas State
Maryland
Miami (Fla.)
North Carolina. After an ugly start, UNC aced the second half of 2013.
Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech

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SEC and National News

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Missouri is drinking their Kool-Aid for 2014

Georgia loses half of its offensive starters, but should return all but one or two starters on the defensive side. The Bulldogs will return one of the best running back combinations in the country — Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley — and Hutson Mason played pretty well for the injured Aaron Murray at quarterback to finish the season.

Georgia should be good as well.

And that’s it. Every other team in the SEC East appears to have more question marks facing it than Missouri.

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Saban explains Kiffin

“I’ve known him for a long time,” Saban told Dodd. “I always thought he was a really good coach. All his issues come from something we’re not asking him to do.”

Kiffin’s main issues are relating to, and interacting with, humans. These just so happen to be issues critical to being a good football coach. Unless Saban plans on having Kiffin coach his offense from a subterranean bunker, sealed off from humanity, then these issues are likely to reemerge at some point.

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How do you fall through the roof of Pro shop?

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Dawg Treats

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Music by PanicFan

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The Z3 (Zappa Trio)

Tim Palmieri – Guitar, Vocals, sordid narration
Beau Sasser – Hammond Organ grinding, Keys, Vocals
Bill Carbone – Drums, cheap percussion and  vocals

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Apostrophe

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My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama

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Fifty-Fifty

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King Kong

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Camarillo Brillo

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Stuff

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Without comment

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Robotic support brings freedom to paraplegics

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Ladies and Gentlemen – Roger Whittaker

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Jaguar Attacks

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What a race

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Speaking of race

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Trevor Noah – Live at the Apollo – London (NSFW – language)

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