Monday, August 30, 2010

Hair of the Dawg: 2010 GAMEWEEK EDITION with Loran and HoopDawgs Schedule

It's the best Monday of the year. ITS GAMEWEEK!!!


(Note: If Al Pacino and this video don't get you JACKED out of your mind, you're either a zombie or a Tech fan. Should there be any confusion, check and see if any there are any members of the opposite gender in the immediate vicinity. If you answer no, then you fall into one or both of the categories.)

*(Editor's Note: Yeah I know I misspelled LORAN at first. I'm an idiot. DOH! moment.)
Now that neither Larry nor Loran will grace the airways of UGA football broadcasts, the "WhatchagotLoran" Era has come to an end. Before sideline reporting was sexy (I'm talking the Erin Andrews or Jenn Brown kind- not the Holly Rowe or Wendy Nix flavor), Loran Smith was outside the paint commenting on the height of Herschel's socks and demolishing Peugeots in the French countryside.

Loran Smith is the epitome of a Damn Good Dawg. He starred as a track and field athlete at UGA, was on the sidelines for 36 years, and has written eleven books about the Dawgs over the years. He bleeds red and black. Bernie, at berniesdawgblawg and I share similar views about the changes (Marc Weiszer, ABH) that are being made. I'm not very keen on Chuck Dowdle, as I've never really seen him as a "chummy" guy. He may be the nicest guy in the world, but I just don't get that vibe. I'll also check the fact that he's not really a true Dawg like I hear people say. He played basketball his freshman year at Georgia and the transferred to Georgia State, but I digress.

I'll really miss hearing random, pretty much pointless info from the sidelines from Loran. If we're all honest, LS probably wasn't the lamp of knowledge down there but he was damn sure entertaining. His voice and delivery are one-of-a-kind and for that reason he's great.

At the end of last week, UGA released the full men's basketball conference slate. Here is a run-down of the complete schedule. (per Georgiadogs.com)

Nov. 5 vs. Augusta State (Exhibition)
Nov. 12 vs. Mississippi Valley State
Nov. 16 vs. Colorado
Nov. 20 at St. Louis
Nov. 25-28 at Old Spice Classic (@Orlando, Fla.)
(1st round opponent: Notre Dame, Nov. 25 @7:00 p.m. , ESPN2. Other participating schools: Boston College, Cal, Manhattan, Temple, Texas A&M, Wisconsin)
Dec. 3 vs. UAB
Dec. 7 at Georgia Tech
Dec. 18 vs. Arkansas State
Dec. 21 vs. High Point
Dec. 23 at Mercer
Dec. 28 vs. Charleston Southern
Dec. 31 vs. Eastern Kentucky
Jan. 8 vs. Kentucky (SEC Network) 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 12 at Vanderbilt (SEC Network) 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 15 at Ole Miss (FSN) 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 18 vs. Tennessee (ESPNU) 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 22 vs. Mississippi State (SEC Network) 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 vs. Florida (ESPN) 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 at Kentucky (ESPN) 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 2 at Arkansas (CSS) 9:00 p.m.
Feb. 5 vs. Auburn (SEC Network) 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Xavier (ESPNU) TBA
Feb. 12 at South Carolina (SEC Network) 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 16 vs. Vanderbilt (ESPNU) 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Tennessee (CBS) 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 at Florida (ESPN or ESPN2) 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. South Carolina (FSN) 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 2 vs. LSU (SEC Network) 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 5 at Alabama (SEC Network) 1:30 p.m.
Mar. 10-13 SEC Tournament - Atlanta

In my earlier post about the non-conference schedule I pointed out that we would probably see about 12-15 games this season on television. Well, due to recent suckage and new SEC TV deals, I underestimated that a little bit- actually by as many as seven. By my count, there is a possibility that we could have as many as 22 of our games televised, if we go all the way through the Old Spice Classic and the Tech game is picked up. Possibly 13 of those games will be televised nationally on either FSN, ESPN family networks, or CBS. This cannot be quantified in terms of exposure. If we win, long-term our program will see huge benefits. I am really excited about the possibilities this season will bring.

In terms of how workable the schedule is, murderers row comes to mind. The SEC is going to be brutal this year and no one did us any favors when making the schedule. We could easily start SEC play by losing 6 of our first 7 games. It does lighten up somewhat toward the end, but pretty much every team in the SEC will be improved, with the exception of Kentucky and the Cocks (I think. Who knows, UK could be better than last year).

I would have to say this will probably be one of the top-20 toughest schedules in the nation this year. Taking The Old Spice Classic into account, there is a possibility that 12 of our games could be against NCAA tournament teams from last year. I like it, but ouch. If we get to 20 wins we'll be a shoe-in for March Madness.

In a matter unrelated to these newsworthy notes, Dawgola had quite an experience with the Dawgs this weekend. Make sure you check it out HERE if you haven't already. There are some VERY GOOD tidbits.

And just so you know its GAMEWEEK, check out the old standby Pulpwood below on Arkansas from last year. (The Anti-Orange Page)

Pulpwood on 2009 UGA vs. Arkansas



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