Monday, July 30, 2007

David Pollack Bracket

1: Scott Shelton
16: CDT Col. Rick Schwarz

8: Brendan Gillins
9: Charlie Webber

5: Damon
12: Carmela

4: David Tootle
13: Zadrian/Ferando

6: The Doans
11: Manson Owens

3: Lamar Owens
14: Michael KENNEDY

7: Dixieland Sweet Tea
10:Killa Rita

2:Donna Youngblood
15: Younes Idrissi


Jake Houseman: I know you weren't the one who got Penny in trouble.
Jake Houseman: When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong.
Jake Houseman: [to Baby] You looked wonderful out there.

These words from a memorable scene of Dirty Dancing came to mind when Murray and myself were recently discussing the names of the brackets. I decided to name them after places like the NCAA tournament. I WAS WRONG. This is a Who's Now, not a NCAA tournament so I will now go back, show weakness, and change the names of the previous 2 brackets and name the next 2 accordingly. All are named after people, who at one time, were definitely NOW.

Note: Rifle Range is changed to Josh Mallard Bracket.
Benny's is changed to Betsy Daniel Bracket.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Betsy Daniel Bracket

1- Joseph Bunger
16- Hailey/Menzana

8-Dewain Smith
9- Peaches Kobleur

5- Ms Alston
12- Stevie B's

4- Terrance Hennessey
13-Dudley the Dog

6- Amanda Schwarz
11- Neil Dudash

3- Fred Anderson
14-Charlie Powers

7- Bad Santa Ryan Gibson
10- Blanca the Cat

2- Bobby Cannon
15-Malagros the Miracle

Friday, July 20, 2007

Kevin Brophy

It has now been a year since Kevin Brophy died in a car accident. I am sure this is a tough day for many of his close friends and family. Since my writing career peaked in B-3 Freshman year of high school, I am just going to list some thoughts I have about Brophy.

Kevin Brophy is the most successful basketball player to come out of Savannah in a long, long time.

With all the bullshit people like to make up about where they are going to play or where someone's dad says his son has offers from, Kevin went to the University of Georgia, played in one of the best conferences in the nation, was a major contributor, and single handedly beat a top 25 team in Vanderbilt.

Kevin was a contributing athlete in one of the big 3 sports at UGA. However, when he went downtown, he didn't expect everyone to buy him shots or anything. I remember one time Rick passing him back an ID, and Kevin buying us all beers to return the favor. Name another athlete as good and as important to his team as Brophy at UGA or anywhere that does that kind of thing. I bet you can't.

The Bliss effect: Brophy certainly worked his ass off off the court to allow him to contribute at the level of SEC play. He played just as hard on the court. Even as big fans of UGA basketball, we aren't sure who does what off the court to prepare for the games. 2 years ago, we all hated Bliss. This year we loved him. I am pretty sure Bliss always did the right things off the court in his years at UGA, or he wouldn't have been the captain. However, after Brophy's death, Bliss played harder than we'd ever seen him play before. He played with energy and got everything he could out of his 6'9 265 pound frame. And I am being dead serious. Last year Bliss did it like Broph, and it was damn sure fun to watch.

Just one more time, I'd like to go back to Brophy making the team at UGA and actually contributing. Yes, there are about 15 guys playing in our Summer League that are more talented than him, and look where they are. Don't get me wrong; Brophy had natural ability. He was quick and had great vision. But most of all he had the ability to work hard and stay motivated. I hate when I hear people say, " If I had his chance, or, If I had my shit together, or, I could be just as good as he was." No you couldn't.

Brophy was a nice guy. He was an approachable guy. And he will be missed a lot more for what he did off the court than anything he ever did on the court.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Josh Mallard Bracket

1- William James Huff The Funky Chicken Ala Rackba


5- Brian Gray
12- Joey Waldrop

4- Eugene Capocasale
13- Daniel Bunger

6-Lil Natch'
11-Old Blue

14-Benjamin Fisk

7- Paula Dean
10- Leighton Maher

2-Coach Carl
15-Lex Allman

13 days later

It does not get any better than celebrating our nation's independence on the 4th of July on Tybee Island. This year we decided to do our own version of ESPN's Who's Now.
Here's how it will work:
The field of 64 is broken down into 4 brackets.
Today I will put the first of the 4 brackets up.
You have until Friday to vote for the winner in each of the 8 match-ups.
Voting will be done by comments. Please pick a winner for each match up by Friday.
After we do the first round of each bracket, we will do the round of 32 one week; the sweet 16 the following week; and so on and so on.
I took the liberty of manipulating a few match-ups and avoiding too much hassle from this shit, so each voter is allowed to write in their choice for biggest "snub" along with an explanation.
You don't have to be a member of OIA to vote. I will count up the totals for each week. Please participate, and this could be great.

Friday, July 13, 2007

CBS Puts Out A Partial Schedule

According to, CBS has announced several of their games and kick-off times for the upcoming college football season. Here's the important parts:

College Football: Saturday, Sept. 22
Georgia @ Alabama, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

College Football: Saturday, Oct. 6
Georgia @ Tennessee, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Florida @ LSU, 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

College Football: Saturday, Oct. 13
Alabama @ Ole Miss, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Georgia @ Vandy
Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

College Football: Saturday, Oct. 27
Georgia vs. Florida, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, FL

College Football: Saturday, Nov. 10
Auburn @ Georgia, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Arkansas @ Tennessee
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

College Football: Saturday, Nov. 17
LSU @ Ole Miss , 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Kentucky @ Georgia
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Vanderbilt @ Tennessee
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

College Football: Saturday, Dec. 1
SEC Championship, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

The link to the rest of the schedule is:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Eat at Munch's

I'll break out of my posting lull tonight with something that I hope will help to wake Only in America up from its post-Independence Day hangover.

While driving down Skidaway Road late this afternoon, I looked up at the van sitting in front of me at the stoplight to see one of the greatest sights these eyes have ever seen: a bright orange bumper sticker for a St. Petersburg restaurant called Munch's, including a ridiculous drawing of a hamburger and the words "Eat a Munchburger."

I wasn't able to get a good picture of it with the camera on my cellphone and, unfortunately, a Google search failed to yield a whole lot of information. But the important thing is, this was not a mirage. This place, and I assume the Munchburger, actually exists. And we must go there. And get bumper stickers.

I hope Georgia goes to the BCS this year as much as anybody, but now, maybe the Outback Bowl wouldn't be half bad.

This appears to be the only picture of Munch's on the internet, but I'm not done searching.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day

Happy 4th of July to everyone. As you might be able to tell due my recent string of posts, I'm getting a lot of studying done. But being in Athens alone with nobody to play with has made me a little reflective and nostalgic. Now this song, "Courtesy of the Red,White, and Blue" by Toby Keith, serves a couple of purposes. First of all, it's one of the most patriotic songs and a perfect fit for a day like today. I'm just glad to be able to post it in celebration of our Independence Day. Several weeks ago, during Adolph McCarthy's brief stint as dictator, I might have been shoved in the back of the gas chamber for posting such "propaganda." Anyways, this song also brings back a few memories. The first and the best centers around Sundays at City Market listening to the Courtney Brothers performing the song live (that was the first time i had ever heard of it). Good friends, good pizza from Vinnie's, good music, and not a care in the world. What I wouldn't give to go back to those glory days. The other memory, believe it or not, involves Sweeney and myself. McCarthy might even remember this. The summer between graduating BC and moving up to Athens I probably hit the weights the hardest I ever have in my life and my cardiovascular condition was at a peak. Sweeney, myself, and sometimes McCarthy would go over to BC every morning to workout and run a little. We also went over to Memorial Stadium to run the steps. Before we did this we listened to some music to get "pumped up." I promised to listen to Slipknot while he promised to listen to this song. Once again, much simpler times. I guess you don't know what you got, till it's gone.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Real American

I'm posting this video simply because I like the song and because it reminds me of myself waving the Stars and Stripes on Tybee on previous July 3rd's. (The same flag Collins and I stole during that one memorable night at McCarthy's mom's house- man, I really miss the old McCarthy that likes to have fun and I hope he shows up again before summer ends).

An Unofficial Great American Holiday

This is a video I found on Youtube of some fireworks on Tybee last year. I'm posting this video in honor of one of the greatest events of the year: July 3rd on beautiful Tybee Island. It certainly has provided many memories, good and bad, for myself as I'm sure it has for some of you as well. It sucks to be up here with a damn exam on Thursday. But I'll certainly be reflecting back today at some point on July 3rd's of the past. And to everybody that is able to enjoy today, remember that famous line that lent its likeness to this very blog- "Only in America."