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The Crossover

Out of Athens, Georgia, 960 The Ref's Chris Brame and various guests hit on topics, both local and national, dealing with sports, pop culture, and more!

The Crossover - Episode 78

Topics: The Crossover Podcast presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville. Chris Brame and David Johnston talk the end of Georgia's basketball season and look forward to the next, preview Georgia's spring practice and a Georgia baseball mention with a note about next year's schedule.
Posted: March 15, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 77

Topics: Chris Brame and David Johnston talk about Georgia's newest commitment Carson Beck, the former Dawgs NFL Combine performances, Eddie Gran's claim that he was offered a job at Georgia and more.
Posted: March 08, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 76

Topics: On episode 76 of The Crossover presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville, Sam & Brame talk about the Auburn and Tennessee games switching places on the UGA Football schedule, the incident at the end of Georgia Basketball's loss to Mississippi State, and Zion Williamson's injury for Duke.
Posted: February 22, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 75

Topics: On episode 75 of The Crossover presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville, Sam & Brame discuss Anthony Edwards' verbal commitment to play basketball at UGA, the Braves, and Matt Kuchar's disgraceful tipping habits.
Posted: February 15, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 74

Topics: On episode 74 of The Crossover presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville, Sam & Brame talk about the Super Bowl, the Falcons in 2019, and UGA Football recruiting post National Signing Day.
Posted: February 08, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 73

Topics: On episode 73 of The Crossover presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville, it's all about the Super Bowl as Sam & Brame go through some of the prop bets, how the game has been great PR for the UGA Football team, and who lifts the Lombardi on Sunday night in Atlanta.
Posted: February 01, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 72

Topics: On episode 72 of The Crossover Podcast presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville, Sam & Brame talk about the NFL's Conference Championship games (and bellyaching coming from NOLA), how to fix the Pro Bowl, and the latest happenings with College Football's Transfer Portal.
Posted: January 25, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 71

Topics: On episode 71 of The Crossover presented by Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville, Sam & Brame talk about the transfer "crisis" in college football and this weekend's AFC & NFC Championship games in the NFL Playoffs.
Posted: January 18, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 70

Topics: On episode 70 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame welcome aboard new sponsor Fully Loaded Pizza Kitchen in Watkinsville! They also talk about Clemson stomping on Alabama in the National Championship game, look ahead to 2019 for UGA Football, and tell Texas that they need to leave Bevo in Austin.
Posted: January 09, 2019

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The Crossover - Episode 69

Topics: On episode 69 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame have a very nice discussion about Justin Fields (possibly) transferring, UGA's 2019 signing class, and a HUGE show announcement.
Posted: December 21, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 68

Topics: On episode 68 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame put Georgia's loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship to bed and talk about Mel Tucker to Colorado, the matchup with Texas in the Sugar Bowl, and Josef Martinez winning MLS MVP ahead of Atlanta United hosting the MLS Cup Final.
Posted: December 06, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 67

Topics: On episode 67 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame go heavy college football as they talk UGA & Alabama in the SEC Championship game, the other conference title games, and Paul Johnson "retiring" at Tech.
Posted: November 30, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 66

Topics: On Episode 66 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about UGA and Georgia Tech engaging in some Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate and the Falcons falling apart.
Posted: November 21, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 65

Topics: On episode 65 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia clinching the SEC East over Kentucky, facing Auburn this weekend, Alabama beating LSU badly, the upcoming SEC Championship game, and Georgia Basketball.
Posted: November 09, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 64

Topics: On episode 64 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame go heavy with the college football talk. They recap Georgia's big win over Florida in Jacksonville, look at this weekend's SEC East Championship game in Lexington against Kentucky, and talk about the big showdown in Baton Rouge this weekend between Alabama and LSU.
Posted: October 31, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 63

Topics: On episode 63 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about UGA's big game in Baton Rouge this weekend against LSU, the Braves season after getting eliminated from the postseason by the Dodgers, what's next for the Braves, and the rest of the MLB Playoffs.
Posted: October 11, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 62

Topics: On episode 62 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia Football in between the Tennessee and Vanderbilt games, Nick Saban criticizing students for not showing up to Alabama games, the Falcons injuries, and the Braves back in the playoffs.
Posted: October 05, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 61

Topics: On episode 61 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia Football, Kelly Bryant transferring from Clemson, and the Braves winning the NL East.
Posted: September 28, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 60

Topics: On episode 60 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia Football, potential National Championship odds, the SEC, Florida State, and the Falcons taking on the Aints (Saints).
Posted: September 21, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 59

Topics: On episode 59 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about UGA's big win over South Carolina, the MTSU game being moved from 7:15 to Noon, the Falcons big injuries, and the Braves push for the NL East crown.
Posted: September 14, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 58

Topics: On episode 58 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia's win over Austin Peay, some of the bigger games from week 1 of the college football season, and the Dawgs' trip to South Carolina this weekend.
Posted: September 07, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 57

Topics: On episode 57 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame preview week one of the college football season, what matchups they're most excited about, and Georgia's season opener against Austin Peay.
Posted: August 31, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 56

Topics: On episode 56 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Urban Meyer's "punishment" at Ohio State, Zamir White's injury during a UGA scrimmage, and the Falcons holding Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman out from preseason games.
Posted: August 24, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 55

Topics: On episode 55 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia Football, Demetris Robertson's immediate eligibility, the Alabama quarterback situation, and Ronald Acuña.
Posted: August 16, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 54

Topics: On episode 54 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about UGA starting fall practice, the Urban Meyer scandal at Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh not wanting his players to eat chicken, and the moves the Braves made at the trade deadline.
Posted: August 03, 2018

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Georgia Sports News

  • Devon Gales, the former Southern University football player who was paralyzed in a 2015 game against UGA, is returning to football. Gales has been hired as an assistant football coach at Jefferson High School, per accessWDUN.com’s Bo Wilson. The new job will be around 20 miles away from UGA. Former UGA recruiting coordinator Bob Pittard is a social studies teacher at the high school. Per the website, the hiring of Gales was the idea of Jefferson superintendent Dr. John Jackson. It was after Gales shared his story with the Jefferson senior class. “It was brought to our attention upon meeting this wonderful family that Devon missed the game and practices and being part of a football team in the game he still loved so much,” Jefferson coach Gene Cathcart told the website. “Dr. John Jackson had the idea of getting him involved in our program in some way and how our young men would benefit from his living example, character, strength in facing adversity and perseverance.” UGA donors and fans raised funds to build a handicapped-accessible house in Jefferson for Gales and his family. The post Devon Gales makes his return to football appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has emphasized several times in several ways that championship football requires all units working together. Indeed, much of the Bulldogs’ offensive and defensive scheming is predicated on Smart and his staff analyzing strengths and weaknesses and game arriving at core alignments and plays. The sooner Georgia knows itself, the better, and that makes the Bulldogs’ 15 spring practice dates pivotal. Here’s a way-too-early positional group ranking, an order that could be affected by an updated injury report or the emergence of a newcomer. 1. Offensive line The lock: Junior left tackle Andrew Thomas, Outland Trophy candidate. The question: Sophomore Cade Mays, where does he fit in? 2. Defensive backs The lock: Senior safety J.R. Reed, team leader of defense. The question: Sophomore Tyson Campbell, will skills match elite speed and ideal length? 3. Specialists The lock: Senior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. The question: Can Georgia adequately replace Mecole Hardman? 3. Quarterbacks The lock: Junior Jake Fromm, third-year starter, offense on his shoulders. The question: How much of the offense can freshman Dwan Mathis pick up? 4. Linebackers The lock: None. The question: Can senior Tae Crowder become the playmaker Georgia lacked last year? 5. Running backs The lock: Junior tailback D’Andre Swift, Hesiman Trophy candidate The question (s): Will production match 5-star ratings of James Cook and Zamir White in 2019? 6. Receivers/tight ends The lock: Junior receiver J.J. Holloman is the go-to target. The question: Can graduate transfer tight end Eli Wolf fill the void left by Isaac Nauta? 7. Defensive linemen The lock: None. The question: Will sophomore Jordan Davis become an SEC dominator? More Georgia football spring 2019 Georgia linebackers: most improved unit? UGA running backs 4 spring football questions 5 questions for UGA spring football, it’s Jake Fromm’s team Does Georgia have championship level Defensive line? Questions 4 questions for Georgia football O-Line 3 pre-spring football questions on Georgia QB situation Kirby Smart provides preview on young receivers  Georgia secondary still best in the SEC? The post Georgia football: Way-too-early team spring position group rankings appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Best I can tell, it has been my task to cover college football spring practices for about 26 of the 31 years that encompass my sportswriting career. There were a few years that I wasn’t covering college football. There were a few more that I bounced around and saw a little bit of a lot of different teams. Most of time, though, I’ve been charged with covering all of Georgia’s spring practices. There have been times those practice sessions have been pretty interesting, some times that they’ve been incredibly dull and all over the place between. I’m anticipating the Bulldogs’ spring practice this year to be fairly intriguing. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the main one is the influx of new players. Early enrollment was a fairly new concept in the 1990s and still a bit of a rarity then. Quarterback Eric Zeier was one of the first high-profile recruits to do it and it served him very well that first year. Zeier served notice at the 1991 G-Day Game that he was going to be a factor that season, and boy was he ever. Since then, early enrollment has become a regular part of the recruiting process. Nowadays, everybody everywhere has at least a hand full of signees that come in early and get embedded with their respective teams since the first week of January. But it remains somewhat rare to see as many new players come in early — 14 — as Georgia has this year. Fourteen is a lot. The most ever for the Bulldogs. They had 13 in that 2013 class that included 30 total signees (and experienced some of the worst attrition ever for Georgia football). It’s not the most in college football. Alabama had 16 enroll early out of its 23-man recruiting class this year. But 14 is a bunch of new Bulldogs, no matter how one slices it up. That in and of itself cranks up the competition factor. Georgia has several areas in which it’d love to get some impact from from some of these early arrivals. Quarterback, linebacker and defensive back immediately spring to mind. I’d say receiver, too. But, oddly enough, the Bulldogs weren’t able to bring in any of their wideout signees early Dominick Blaylock happens to attend a school in Walton High that doesn’t allow it. Georgia has experienced the same thing with players it has signed out of Pace Academy, including Jamaree Salyer, Andrew Thomas and Trey Blount. But that’s where spring ball has changed a good bit over the years. It’s much more competitive over the course of 15 practices than it used to be. Those sessions can go a long way to determining who is going to be starter in the fall. Not always, but often. The ideal situation is getting as many positions locked down and decided in the spring, so those guys can work together as a unit as much as possible on a volunteer basis over the summer. That way they hit the ground running in preseason practice. No doubt you’ve read numerous accounts of what various people believe the be the most pressing priorities of the spring for the Bulldogs. As for me, the order of importance goes this way: Determine a receiver rotation; Identify a backup quarterback; Establish a starting center; Settle on a right cornerback; Figure out who else will help on defense. Going with the receivers first is an easy call for me. It has been well-documented that the Bulldogs lost 106 catches and 20 touchdowns from last year’s wideouts, the majority of those being compiled by juniors Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman. But that number actually goes up by 35 catches and 3 touchdowns when tight end Isaac Nauta and running back Elijah Holyfield are included. So the emphasis on throwing and catching the ball in spring practice is going to be heavy. It’s usually that way anyway this time of year, because it is rare for teams to pound on each other a lot this far away from the actual season. That said, Georgia will need to mindful of Jake Fromm’s arm health and be careful not to overthrow him. To that end, the Bulldogs would like to come out with a good idea who is going to be Fromm’s primary backup. I wrote extensively on Sunday about redshirt sophomore Stetson Bennett coming back via junior college and giving Georgia an immediate competent presence with regard to already knowing the offensive system. But freshman Dwan Mathis remains an intriguing figure, and one can he sure that the Bulldogs will work hard and fast to determine exactly what they have in this 6-foot-6 athlete who has run a 10.8 100 meters. Trey Hill leads the way to succeed Lamont Gaillard at center, but that’s not a given. As always, Sam Pittman probably suffer brain cramps from exploring all possibilities for determining the combination that results in the best five across the board. The competition to succeed Deandre Baker at right cornerback certainly will be intriguing. But starting with elevating Tyson Campbell there as Georgia did in the bowl game is the first in what are all positive alternatives at all the secondary positions. If early enrollees such as JUCO transfer D.J. Daniel or Tyrique Stevenson end up winning out, all the better. Same with outside linebackers. The recruiting at this position has been other-worldly. Between the 5-stars that are coming back and the ones coming in, something is going to have Conversely, that’s why I don’t list inside linebackers here. Certainly the Bulldogs want higher-level play than it got from the returnees last season. But I believe all the existing alternatives to be better than adequate and not necessarily paramount to Georgia’s cause.  And as exciting a prospect as is Nakobe Dean, ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker in America, I always think back to Roquan Smith’s struggles as a true freshman and how it was late in his sophomore season before he emerged as the star he actually was. Same on the D-line, same on the O-line, same in the offensive backfield, same on special teams. The rest of it is very much organic. That is, it’ll come together naturally through the teaching of concepts and fundamentals. The Bulldogs seek competition and improvement, but they’ll be able to go to war with they’ve got. What you’re NOT going to see is running back D’Andre Swift get much in the way of contact. I highly doubt you’ll see Zamir White get any at all. White, the heralded 2018 signee known as Zeus, is less than seven months removed from a second knee surgery that came eight months after the first. The Bulldogs will be very interested in seeing what the former No. 1 back in America can do, but that can wait until late summer, when he will have had a year to rehab and recover. Maybe the most important factor will be the Bulldogs getting used to some new voices and concepts from the coaching staff. For the first time since Kirby Smart has been head coach, somebody other than Jim Chaney or Mel Tucker will be putting together the practice script for the offense and defense, respectively. That said, I suspect it won’t change significantly from what Georgia has been doing the last four years. That’s why James Coley, Dan Lanning and Glenn Schumann were appointed coordinators. They’re going to give Smart what he wants, which is more of the same. But it’s that — the newness factor — that’s going to make this spring so fun and interesting. And then, of course, they’ll tear up all the depth charts and start from scratch in August. The post Newness factor is what makes Kirby Smart’s 4th spring practice his most interesting at Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran is set to make his sixth straight start on opening day. The Braves said Monday that Teheran will face the Phillies on March 28 in Philadelphia. Teheran's run ties Hall of Famer Warren Spahn (1957-62) for the longest in Braves' franchise history during the modern era. Teheran is 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA on opening day. Earlier this spring, it had been thought Mike Foltynewicz might start on opening day for the Braves. But he's likely to be out until at least mid-April with a sore right elbow. New Phillies slugger Bryce Harper is expected to make his debut in the opener. He's had a lot of career success against Teheran, going 18 for 40 (.450) with eight homers and 19 RBIs. Teheran went 9-9 last season with a 3.94 ERA in 31 starts.