Quagmire is defined as a “soft, boggy area of land that gives way underfoot” … and that’s kind of what it looked like Rutgers and Georgia were playing on during Monday night’s calamity. However, it’s kind of hard to find an actual picture of a quagmire that clearly and quickly would communicate to the reader “QUAGMIRE!” … so I just went with the “Family Guy” character to illustrate this blog entry.
Because I certainly didn’t want to go with a photo from the Rutgers-Georgia game, since all photographs and video of that should be destroyed immediately. If not sooner.
Certainly, if someone had predicted there would be a score of 45-34 in a televised Division I contest this season, it wouldn’t take the hoops version of Agatha Christie to correctly guess who at least one of the culprits would be. Anybody who pays attention to women’s hoops would immediately suspect the bloody fingerprints of Rutgers would be all over this crime against offense.
I’m certainly not suggesting that every game the Scarlet Knights play is bound to be this gross. We know that’s not the case. However … history suggests to us that when a game IS this gross, Rutgers is probably in the building.
But what about Georgia? Well, the Dogs were coming off a low-production game against another defensive-minded team, as they lost 57-42 to Georgia Tech on Friday. Georgia, traditionally, can sometimes really get bogged down offensively as the team focuses on defense. And Rutgers, of course, is even more known for that same thing.
But … that’s a nice way of putting it. In actuality, the combined 79 points wasn’t just because both teams were playing such tough defense. It was also because both offensives were sloppy, combining for 51 turnovers.
Could we all just pretend this didn’t happen?