“Seemingly half the [Georgia] team jumped into the Georgia cheering section afterward as the fans mockingly chanted ‘S-E-C’ at a fellow SEC member, followed proudly by ‘Old Man Football’ — a reference to Mizzou defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson’s zinger a week earlier.”
Stewart Mandel, writer, SI.com
GH: No storyline received more media play prior to the Georgia/Mizzou game than Sheldon Richardson’s comments about Georgia playing “old man football.” One of my favorite photos from the game was a shot of Richardson talking to the Bulldogs’ head coach, Mark Richt, at midfield after the game and reportedly apologizing for his brash pregame commentary. Mizzou is a young pup in the SEC and it took an old dog to teach them a lesson Saturday night. Good to see the Tigers are learning
“You’re in the SEC. It’s one thing to come out and talk [trash]. It’s another thing to come out and look like garbage.”
Mark Packer, after Mizzou was rocked in the fourth quarter by Georgia and lost by three touchdowns at Faurot, Sirius XM 91
GH: Packer was very tough on the Tigers during his Monday morning show. Did Mizzou really “look like garbage?” They were a dropped TD catch away from going into halftime with a 24-9 lead. Mizzou can play in the SEC. Those who don’t think so had already made their minds up before this game.
“Mizzou better learn to play Old Man football if they expect to compete in the SEC. Razzle_dazzle may work in the Big 12 north.”
Randy Covitz, @randycovitz, Twitter
GH: Yeah, that razzle_dazzle football Florida won a pair of national titles with sure was a mirage. Mizzou competed well with Georgia until Gary Pinkel put his team in an awful hole with a ridiculous fake punt call in the fourth quarter. Read on.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time and a coach never calls something that he thinks will not work.”
Gary Pinkel, on calling a fake punt on 4th and 11 down four in Mizzou territory with almost 14 minutes remaining in the game, 610 AM
GH: My cynical side wanted to know whether Pinkel was saying he’s been making unexplainable game decisions on the sideline for a long time. I get that fake punts should be a surprise – but this one was ridiculously poorly planned. There was no deception. There was little blocking. Just a punter stumbling forward into the web of one of the nation’s quickest defenses. Just mind-blowing dumb.
“When [fake punts] work, they are good calls and when they don’t work, they are bad calls, and I will take responsibility.”
GH: Pinkel is a great recruiter who gets just enough talent to overcome his game-day brain locks to go bowling every year and make the Tiger faithful glad they are no longer 5-7 each season.
“They’re going to contend in the SEC.”
Aaron Murray, Georgia’s quarterback, on his respect for Mizzou, SI.com
GH: Removing the wiring to Gary Pinkel’s headset might be a good start to the Tigers’ SEC competitiveness.
“We didn’t finish in the fourth quarter [against South Carolina in Georgia’s SEC opener last season] but [Saturday] night we did finish on the road in a very hostile environment.”
Mike Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GH: I thought Mizzou’s crowd was SEC worthy on Saturday night. The Tigers though, need to understand that level of intensity needs to be a staple at Faurot. There is no just getting up for the Nebraska game in the SEC. Every Saturday. Every week. All season long.
“I talked to the Georgia fans and they said the hospitality and the fans and the reception they received was as good as they’ve ever had. And you can’t walk five steps downtown without finding an SEC logo, so we like that a lot.”
Mike Slive, SEC commissioner, at halftime of the Saturday night’s game, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GH: I saw that Gary Bedore, writer for The Lawrence Journal World, tweeted that he had read about some Mizzou fans complaining of Georgia fans reacted to their big win in the posts Tigerboard.com. I read many of the same posts and there were only two comments I read talking about poor sportsmanship from UGA fans but many more from Mizzou posters who had positive things to say about the SEC visitors. Getting to know the SEC is going to be an education. Sometimes being the new kid is tough.
“Give Mizzou some credit. Despite what the final score indicated, the Tigers delivered exactly the type of primetime thriller normally beamed to your living room from Baton Rouge or Knoxville for most of the night.”
Stewart Mandel, writer, SI.com
GH: I agree with Mandel but Kevin Kietzman was tweeting during the UGA/MU game that the game had officially become the worst game of the day – even out-ugly-ing Kansas’ loss to Rice. KK got to blast two of his ‘favorite’ teams in one tweet.
“I hated the uniforms of Missouri! Hated them!”
Mark Packer, on the Nike-inspired Tiger uniforms, Sirius XM 91
“There is a fine line between redesigning uniforms and becoming a CFL expansion franchise. Seeing these new Mizzou unis in person, wow ….”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, Twitter
GH: I am not a fan of Nike turning their schools into walking advertisements for cutting-edge sports design. But I’m not who Nike or Mizzou or Oregon is trying to recruit. Young athletes LOVE this kind of look. LOVE IT. White guys like Dennis Dodd and Mark Packer are not their target market. I’ll bet you almost every Georgia player was envying the Tigers’ look.
“And I’d prefer it that if your team lost to a starch today for you not to @ me saying anything about Missouri. Thanks in advance.”
Carrington Harrison, @cdotharrison, a noted Mizzou fan, on KU fans tweeting him about MU’s loss, Twitter
“classy. Fans booing ku band at arrowhead.”
Bob Fescoe, on the KU band’s performance at Arrowhead on Sunday, Twitter
GH: A friend of mine attended the Mizzou game and said the SEC scores came across the video board with nary a murmur from the Tiger faithful. But the stadium erupted when the Rice/Kansas score was posted. You can take the school out of the conference but you can’t take the General Quantrill out of Missouri.
“Pretty shocking to watch a Snyder team then see this first quarter careless play of KU and Rice. That’s a bad loss for KU, sorry. Charlie, Grunny and Campo are supposed to be better than this.”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, Twitter
“Too early for major judgments, but I’m feeling just fine about being down on the Weis hire at KU.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: Did anybody really think Kansas was going to win three games this season? Okay, they should have beaten Rice but it was at least a 50-50 bet. I don’t understand all the finger pointing at Weis and KU for losing to an equal opponent with a funny name. This is Kansas, folks.
“Kansas should be small potatoes to K-State right now. Kansas didn’t win a conference game last year!”
Nate Bukaty, after disclosing that some K-State fans sent him unflattering tweets following KU’s upset 810 AM
GH: I saw the tweets as well from KSU fans reveling in KU’s loss. I don’t get it. You are Kansas State. You are a legit contender to win the Big 12. It’s like if Aaron Rodgers was making fun of Ricky Stanzi. Where’s the fun in that? Read on.
“I think that we [K-State] went for so long losing to KU that it’s in our minds…it’s a rivalry.”
Nick Leckey, when asked by Nate Bukaty why K-State fans felt compelled to poke the KU alum about the Jayhawks loss to Rice, 810 AM
GH: What college-age kid remembers KU dominating K-State? I guess if that’s what gets K-State fans juiced, piss all over that dead sunflower in Lawrence.
“Kansas State – they are a physical, physical team on both sides of the football! They will beat you down!”
Eddie George, on K-State’s impressive 52-13 trouncing of Miami, Sirius XM 91
“[Miami] wanted no piece of Kanas State. It was embarrassing what Miami brought to the table. They are a long, long, long way from just being respectable.”
Mark Packer, Sirius XM 91
“Collin Klein throws a bad-ass ball. People who call him one-dimensional are smoking crack.”
Jeff Rosen, KC Star sports editor, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: I don’t know of too many sports editors who let their hair down on Twitter like Rosen. He is a fun follow and not at all bashful about having an opinion.
“I could watch Collin Klein play QB all day.”
Mark McShay, @McShay13, Twitter
“If I were hanging around in KC, Collin Klein would be my Jeff George. Chiefs should sign him today! Pioli is crazy if he doesn’t draft him!”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: Is Klein a potential NFL quarterback? No way. He aims every throw and still struggles with accuracy. That said, he is a stud as a college QB and he just might ride his talents to New York for that Heisman statue.
“Snyder is 60-3 (in noncon) but (K-State) has never played a team like this at home. I like Miami.”
Kirk Herbstreit, picking the Canes on ESPN Gameday
“OK, @ericstonestreet & k-state fans, I was very wrong! I give. Purple Cats are a top 15 team now. Kirk apologizes for Miami pick, too.”
Chris Fowler, @cbfowler, on the ESPN College Gameday duo picking the Canes over the Cats, Twitter
GH: Even the ESPN suits are coming around on K-State. Will we see GameDay in Norman in two weeks?
“College football is just better when Kansas State is good.”
Brady McCollough, @BradyMcCullough, Twitter
GH: America’s team?
“I would like to point out that every Big 12 team that defected lost. Is it karma? I don’t know.”
Nick Leckey, former K-State and NFL center, 810 AM
GH: In Colorado’s case, it’s more like apathy. Losing to UCLA, Georgia and Florida isn’t quite the end of the world at Nebraska, Mizzou and A&M — although you can see it from there if you’re around Lincoln.
“Some are still ‘fixiated’ on the postseason loss but [Aaron] Rodgers is over it.”
Erin Andrews, introducing her interview with the Packers’ quarterback on Fox’s NFL Sunday show, Fox
GH: I caught Andrews and her new college studio show on Fox this week and it is Honey Boo Boo bad. Andrews looks incredible – but screams her lines and acts like she is a sorority girl auditioning for an episode of Glee. Did I mention she looks SI swimsuit-issue worthy? What Erin lacks in studio presence is not found in her two cohosts, Eddie George and the short-bus-rider Joey Harrington. George can at least form words but Harrington sounds like a high school kid in need of a speech pathologist. Fox Sports hires great looking broadcasters who scream for their audience to hit the mute button.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24