Because he may want to punch me in the face!
In all of the news about yesterday’s runoffs, rumors about the Speaker, and Obama bumping a “Charlie Brown Christmas” to give a prime time speech, (oh, and my Georgia Practice and Procedure final exam) no one seemed to notice that Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson encouraged fans of the North Avenue Trade School to punch UGA fans in the face.
“When asked about the psyche of Jackets fans in the wake of Saturday’s loss, Johnson didn’t skip a beat.
‘Get a thick skin. Guy giving you a hard time and you get tired of it, punch him in the face,’ he said…”
Okay, the article in the AJC added, “he said, tongue in cheek,” but that was a speculation by the reporter. There is no indication Johnson meant it tongue-in-cheek.
Georgia and Georgia Tech fans were quick to respond on the blogosphere:
Not surprisingly, Tech fans liked what they heard from Johnson, who was named ACC coach of the year today for the second year in a row.
“I was feeling bad all week and was having a hard time getting over the loss until he spoke,” wrote one fan on the Hive Sports Center forum.
“Great point by a great coach,” opined another.
Johnson’s words of wisdom to the Tech faithful came during an appearance on 790 th Zone. Johnson said that, although he understands rivalries, he doesn’t thing UGA should define Georgia Tech.
“Why would the University of Georgia define Georgia Tech? What have they done to be the mark for Georgia Tech football? What’s the last thing they won? 1980?”
Here’s an idea Coach. How about winning 22 out of 30 games played against Tech since 1980? How about four SEC Championships not counting 1980 (1981, 1982, 2002, 2005). How about two BCS Bowls? During that time, Tech won the ACC twice, 1990 and 1998 when it shared the Championship with FSU.
So my question to Paul Johnson is aside from 1990, what has Tech done? Even following that 1990 National Championship, Georgia beat Tech in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997.
Whether it was tongue in cheek or not, it was irresponsible for Johnson to encourage physical violence against the fans of any team.