Georgia tailgate recipe/ special play

One of the most celebrated episodes of the critically acclaimed Twilight Zone television series was an episode named To Serve Man. In this episode, an alien called a Kanamit came to Earth. He showed how to make our planet an Elysian Fields by ending famine, wars, and disease. Additionally, humans were given free trips to the Kanamit planet. He had brought a book with him; a clever cryptologist working for a U. S. alphabet agency eventually solved the code for the title of the book.

To Serve Georgia

(A Kanamit Recipe?)

 

One of the most celebrated episodes of the critically acclaimed Twilight Zone television series was an episode named To Serve Man.  In this episode, an alien called a Kanamit came to Earth.  He showed how to make our planet an Elysian Fields by ending famine, wars, and disease.  Additionally, humans were given free trips to the Kanamit planet.  He had brought a book with him;   a clever cryptologist working for a U. S. alphabet agency eventually solved the code for the title of the book.  The book was titled "To Serve Man."

 

Just as one of the members of the U.S. Alphabet Agency boards a space ship to vacation at the Kanamit planet, the cryptologist emerges yelling for him not to board the plane.  "To serve man, it's…it's a cookbook!"

 

So you now must think I am crazy and will give you a recipe telling you to grill the nearest football fan wearing red and black.  I couldn't possibly do that because we all know Georgians are high in sodium, fat and cholesterol.  They have a stronger flavor than Floridians, and their meat is tougher than South Carolinians.

 

So, we must improvise and eat something that is red and black and has a dog connotation.  Voila! Our recipe this week is to serve grilled hot dogs with red and black bean dip. 

 

NOTE: double or triple the amounts of the recipes as needed.  These two dips will serve three or four tailgaters as an hors d'oeuvre.

 

Black Bean Dip

 

15-ounce cans black beans
15-oz can diced tomatoes with chilies

1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of ½ lime
½ Small onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

 

In a food processor, blend the black beans, half of the diced tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro and transfer to a serving bowl. Add the cumin, lime juice, onion, the remaining half of the diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper and stir. Place in the refrigerator for an hour to blend the flavors.

 

Red Bean Dip

 

15-oz. Can red beans (reserve the liquid)

1 Onion, chopped

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1 Small mildly hot pepper (Anaheim or chipotle for a smoky flavor)

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

Pinch of cayenne powder

Oil for frying (safflower oil is great)

 

Fry the beans in the oil.  Add the remaining ingredients (except the liquid) and heat through.  Blend the mixture in a food processor, adding whatever amount of bean liquid is needed to keep the dip from drying out but not too much to make it watery (we're shooting for a moist paste).   Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

 

Take your bean dips to the stadium and grill hot dogs at your tailgate party.  Chop the dogs finely and add to the dip.  Tortilla chips are the obvious food to place in the dip, but for a healthier alternative use celery, carrot, and zucchini sticks.

 

Now that our mouths are watering, let's satisfy our brains.  What must Vanderbilt do to pull off the biggest upset of the college football season?  I have a few suggestions and a sample play that should work against the Junkyard Dogs' stop troops.

 

Defensively, Vanderbilt must contain D. J. Shockley, Danny Ware, and Thomas Brown.   Georgia prefers to run power plays between the tackles, and they are quite competent at doing so.  However, the backs can quickly spring outside into the clear.  Georgia's best planned outside running play last week was the reverse by Mohamed Massaquoi that gained 22 yards against Tennessee.  Vandy's flanks must play near-perfect games, funneling all runs back into the middle where the linebackers can pile on. They cannor get sucked too far inside allowing the runners to escape containment for huge gains.  The Commodores may need to cheat more to the short zones and hope that Shockley cannot burn them deep.  Sean Bailey hasn't found his groove this year; make him be the one who has to beat you.  Now, what do we do with the conference's best tight end?  Definitely, we shouldn't play him like Tennessee did most of the day.  Leonard Pope was allowed to release without any resistance.  I would put pressure on him at the line and do everything humanly possible to greatly delay his release (again let Bailey be the man who has to click on any deep threats). 

 

For Vanderbilt to win this game, I think they will need to score at least 24 points.  No opponent has succeeded in getting to 20, and thus Georgia is 5-0.  Although the Bulldogs won't blitz and dog as much as LSU, their front four is more adept at getting to the quarterback without extra help. 

 

Georgia's defense has one small exploitable weakness.  Their linebackers are vulnerable to the play-action pass.  They delay just a bit too long once there is evidence that the running back didn't receive the ball. 

 

Here's what I think Vandy needs to do this week:  run the ball at Charles Johnson and Quentin Moses, and use play-action passes with Cutler sprinting or booting away from the duo.  On the running plays, I would emphasize Cassen Jackson-Garrison off-tackle with either trap or counter action to take advantage of the often over-zealous ends in question.  When faking the run toward the two great pass rushers, there are two options to stress.  First, I would let Cutler have a run-pass option wide opposite Johnson and Moses.  Second, and maybe more importantly, I would run the fake at the star sack men, and then throw the 8-12 yard pass over the middle and opposite hook zones just beyond the reach of the linebackers, who I think will be late getting back to cover.  Obviously, we will need one or two wide outs clearing the area vertically and horizontally. 

 

Here is one possible way to accomplish the trick:

 

 

Jackson-Garrison runs an off-tackle fake at Johnson/Moses.

Davis is used as a decoy to occupy a cornerback.

Bennett runs a deep corner pattern on the play side.

Dunning blocks for two counts then slides out in to the flat. If the DE stays at home or feathers, DD must protect Cutler and not run the pattern.

White runs a crossing pattern into the seam between the play-side LB and Safety.

Cutler fakes to CJG and sprints wide the other way.  He reads the safety's movement and throws accordingly, or pulls the ball down and runs.  If the linebackers are slow getting into their zones, White should be open at 12 yards.  In the best possible world, Bennett catches a cornerback coming up in cover two, while the safety is late getting outside to stop the deep outside threat.

 

Of course, this play will only work if we can run the ball with some type of success.

 

Another important point is for Vandy to limit the total number of plays in this game.  Commodore players need to be instructed to stay inbounds and not stop the clock.  Georgia substitutes freely, and they will be fresh for four quarters.  For Vandy to have a realistic chance, I'd say there needs to be fewer than 130 total offensive plays or fewer than 65 plays for Georgia's offense.


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