Two thoughts on things that have nothing to do with one another. First the dilemma that faces Coach Jeff Monken as he prepares his team to face Alabama Saturday.
I only see two upsides to the game: The big check the school will get for being cannon fodder and the opportunity for GSU players to experience playing in one of the most storied stadiums in college football history before 100,000 people.
There is no realistic scenario that Georgia Southern can win this game. Alabama is simply too good, especially their defense, which may be one of the best ever. The first thing I'm going to look at after the game is the injury report. Hopefully, it will have no names or names with minor injuries.
And this is Coach Monken's dilemma. As a competitor, there's no question he's going to give his best shot, but at what point does that give way to looking ahead to what truly matters: the coming FCS playoffs and having his team in peak physical condition for that, hopefully, long run.
The great game the Eagles played Saturday in dominating Wofford put them in a position to get a week off in the first round and perhaps play all their playoff games at Paulson, save the championship game in Texas.
So, when do you think the starters come out? After one quarter? The half?
Getting creamed on the scoreboard by Alabama will not affect their seeding in the playoffs. Jaybo Shaw getting creamed will affect the championship hopes of the team and all us fans.
I'm glad it's Coach Monken's call.
Salt has nothing to do with GSU football, but I didn't want to create two quick posts.
Did you see the story in today's paper about school lunches? Forget, for the moment, where you stand politically or whether you think the current meals are healthy enough. Just let it sink in that one of the reasons the legislation is being held up is lobbying from the salt industry. That's right, salt has a lobby and they spend enough money to get the attention of some members of Congress.
It's just another brick in the wall, to borrow from Pink Floyd, about why everyone has so little faith in the federal government to do what's best for the nation. To ever put principle above pandering to anyone who might put a dollar into their campaign trough.
The salt lobby. Wow.
Mr Healy, Charlie.
If I were Monken, I would gauge th emood of the game, If 'Bama is playing hard, I would protect my players. If it is a friendlier contest, I would let my starters enjoy the moment - for a little while.
Congress - "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" to quote Ben Kenobi.
As I said. I'm glad that's Coach Monken's call. I might have my starters run out onto the field and then all fall to the ground with "pulled hamstrings!!"
As for your quote from Mr. Kenobi: It's harder and harder to be optimistic about any elected official and I'm afraid Kenobi is closer to the truth than not.
Got any good quotes from Obi Wan Kenobi!?!
Jeff, as coach I would give my first string at least one quarter. And I would make sure every person on the team got to play. Hey, it's Alabama! I might even put in the water boy on the numerous PATs Georgia Southern will have. (Might have stretched that one a little far.)
As to the second part of your post, let's see how Mssrs. Isaakson, Chambliss and Barrow vote on this. This represents the prostitution of elected officials at the very lowest level. While I agree with a couple of things - USDA needs to define multigrain or whole grain before requiring their use, as an example - saying there needs to be more study on the effects of salt in the diet is ludicrous. I realize it's part of a larger budget bill - that's the strategy employed by those Congressional flacks in the pocket of the lobbyists. Your senator or Congressman can say, "Well, I was opposed to those dietary provisions but this was a departmental funding issue and the government would have ground to a halt."
To quote Mark Twain, "Let's say you were an idiot. And let's say you were a member of Congress. But, then I repeat myself."
Hey Jim, I agree with you about your Bama game thoughts. You mentioned the playoffs. Think the Athletic Dept sent in any bids this year so we could maybe Coach Monken and the team might play a game or two at Paulson Stadium?
I have been gone for a while but have been keeping up with the blogs in title only. I want to personally thank you for reducing the spam on this blog site. I now feel I am able to return to a "cleaner" site; now on to the topic.
The Eagles have little chance of beating Bama but I feel we should play our 1st string at least through the first half. If the game is close +/-10 points at the half I say keep them in there. If not let’s not risk it.
Salt lobby, I would never have believed it had I not read it here.
The following scenario just popped in my mind:
Statesboro Recreation Dept. sets up a "game" that will be played at Womack Field. The midget league will play the quad A region champion Blue Devils. Who cares about the ridiculously overmatched underdogs getting stomped? Who cares about possibly ending the hopes of future players? I mean, after all, it's the money that they get out of it that matters right?
(sarcasim truly intended)
Play to win every time whether your David or Goliath! Remember App State and Michigan? You never know, 'Bama may have not gotten out of their funk from losing to LSU.
If unwanted injuries occur, stick it to the idiot AD who makes the schedule. Even during the Hatcher-Van Gorder era, the rally cry was a SoCon championship and FBS playoffs. What FBS AD in his right mind would schedule a late season game with a legendary SEC school?
Play to win!
Cotton is this the same idiot AD that should kiss the ground Monken walks on for saving his butt? How many screw-ups can one attaboy cover? Man what a joke.
Watch out AWG about jumping to criticize. Usually decisions are made by a team in an academic setting. It's hard to hold one person responsible for all screw-ups.
AWG, did you know that other SoCon teams are playing bigger schools this weekend? Citadel @ South Carolina, Samford @ Auburn and Furman @ Florida. Did their ADs make the same mistake or maybe it's not really a mistake?