“In the South everybody’s got a story, a long, elaborate, rambling, subordinate-clause-filled, possibly even entirely made-up story.”
—Diane Roberts, quoted in book review by Jay Watson
in The Southern Register, Fall 2009
I'll give Buck Belue credit for one thing sincerely. I thought it in 1980 and I still do......he has one of the best name's for a football player that I've ever heard.
no issue here. of course he's gonna be a homer. 99% of us are
Just so you know our team is focused and is handling this as a business trip. Sound familiar?
It has been my experience that people named "Buck" most of the time shouldn't be taken seriously anyway.
Wow! Buck Freaking Belue has the nads to call ANYONE overrated?
"I'm just a simple plowhand from Arkansas, but I've learned over the years how to hold a team together, how to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, a team."
You know how even the best teams need a certain degree of luck to win a national title? That certainly was true for one of the worst teams to ever win a championship. From the "Lindsey Scott, Lindsey Scott" TD catch that season (his only TD catch that season) to having the greatest freshman running back in history, the 1980 Georigia Bulldogs won despite Buck Belue, not because of him. Some quarterbacks win games through talent, some through a combination of talent and leadership, some are just "game managers," and an occasional is hugely fortunate to have a player in the backfield so amazingly talented that no matter how poor a player the QB is, his team still wins. Buck Belue was the perfect example of the latter. Some of his season stats have already been posted. How about this bit of info from the Bulldog victory for the national championship over Notre Dame:
UGA: Belue 1-12-0, 7 yards (Yes, that is SEVEN whole yards)
UGA: Walker 36-150, 2 TDs
Don't let anybody tell you that Belue was ever a great quarterback. His career as a performing football player reached its apex at Valdosta High School where he failed to lead any team to a state championship. He was a pampered child who made a career on the back of Herschel Walker.
He did play a bit better in the loss to Pitt in the 1982 Sugar Bowl. Here's his stat line from that game:
UGA: Belue 8-15-2, 83 yards (Note that of his 10 passes that were caught, 20% were by the opposing team. Thank goodness for Dan Marino, a truly talented quarterback who denied Georgia a second title.)
To be fair, Buck Belue must be taken seriously when he speaks of overrated players. One would be hard-pressed to find a more overrated player in the history of SEC football. Much like the recent lottery winners, Belue was in the right place at the right time. His lucky ticket had one number: 34.
Last edited by Huckleberry; November 30th, 2012 at 07:37 PM.