Carver Columbus is absolutely loaded with athletes. Of course, Georgia’s top recruit Isaiah Crowell is finishing his senior year there now, and redshirt sophomore Jarvis Jones is an alumni. However, the pipeline to that talent pool may end there, at least for one season.
Not because the school doesn’t produce talented players — on the contrary, Carver would have had one of the top 10 high school players in the state on their roster next season except for a bad decision.
As reported by Seth Emerson on his Bulldog Blog, three Carver players were arrested on Monday in Athens. Defensive back Deion Boner, running back Marquise Hawkins and an another minor player were booked on charges of theft by taking by UGA police.
The recruits are accused of stealing iPods and iPhones from the lockers of current Georgia players while on a recruiting visit to Athens.
Boner was on the path to be one of the top recruits in the state next fall, but all three players have been indefinitely suspended from the Carver squad. As we have stated before, Boner’s 40 time will make this issue go away (like Cam Newton and the laptop issue.) and he will likely wind up playing in the SEC (Auburn).
Still at war with Mediacom (888-847-6228)
Braves fans are still at war with Mediacon (888-847-6228). So far the cable provider has not provided coverage of four games with 41 more to go. There is no sign of a developing deal, so you can expect to see the count down here every week until the season ends or Mediacon (888-847-6228) responds.
Don’t be lulled to sleep by the fact that our next missed game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta on April 29 is two weeks away. Your frustration will return.
Also don’t fret about the Braves’ current record of 7 and 9. The season is young with plenty of time to find the right mix. The good news is Atlanta leads the league with a 3.09 ERA. The bad news is we are 14th in hitting with a team .230 average. Meanwhile the Phillies are hitting .294 and rank third in pitching with a 3.34 ERA.
Dan Uggla was supposed to be answer to this offensive problem, but his bat normally takes April off and this season is no different. He is currently carrying a .177 average versus his career number of .268. When he gets cranked up it will boost the rest of the lineup.
A bigger problem may be developing in the two slot. Nate McClouth is hitting .212, which is an improvement over his .190 performance of last season, but still a disappointment. In the second slot, he is hitting behind Martin Prado and in front of Chipper Jones. A pitcher facing those three batters will pick one to pitch to, and avoid the others.
Who do you think is getting the strikes? So even in the protected spot McClouth is not able to put up numbers, and last Sunday manager Fred Gonzalez played with the lineup and slid Jason Heyward back to the two hole. He responded with two hits, one a homer. If we are stuck with McClouth, we ought to at least bury him at the eight hole and get more at bats for the J-Hey kid.
This week, the Braves are on the West Coast and will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Buster Posey’s Giants.