Decisions, Decisions

While most of us are gearing up for a long-awaited college football season, supporters of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are faced with a crisis of conscience:

DragonCon will be in town this weekend.

This explains the shortage of 12-sided dice and Magic the Gathering cards in the Atlanta area.  I honestly feel bad for the Tech “football” players.  It’s already hard enough to fill the seats in Bobby-Dodd Stadium as it is.

Maybe you can get these guys to show up at halftime:

Image courtesy of PWD at Georgia Sports Blog

30-24.  Go Dawgs!

Consider this an open thread.

78 comments

    • Jace Walden says:

      Its so rare that it barely even goes noticed, to be honest. Kind of like a broken clock–its right twice a day, but I don’t make my schedule off of it.

      • ZazaPachulia says:

        I don’t have a real dog in this fight, but Tech is beating the pants off of Georgia in the coaching department.

        And what’s with Tech grabbing up the state’s top receiving talents to run the triple option spread? You’re not going to find too many better receivers than this young man (scroll down to the part about his speed and jumping ability) and this high school senior.

        • Jace Walden says:

          Tech is beating the pants off of Georgia in the coaching department.

          Care to elaborate? Just saying something doesn’t make it true. 😉

          • ZazaPachulia says:

            Paul Johnson:
            overall record: 126–46 (GSU, Navy, Tech)
            Record at Tech: 20-7 (2 seasons)
            conference division titles: 2 (2 seasons)
            conference titles: 1
            Record v. Georgia: 1-1

            Awards:
            2009 ACC Coach of the Year
            2008 ACC Coach of the Year
            2008 CBSSports.com National Coach of the Year
            2004 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year
            2000 AFCA NCAA I-AA Coach of the Year
            1999 AFCA NCAA I-AA Coach of the Year

            2 national championships at Georgia Southern. Took over at Navy team that had gone 52-111 over the past 15 seasons, (with zero Commander in Chief trophies over that span — the trophy given to the winner of the Air Force v. Navy v. Army season series each year). Went 45-29 in six seasons at Navy (43-21 in the final five) with 5 Commander in Chief trophies — no coach in America is better at beating rivals… Beat Notre Dame at Navy — first coach to do so in 43 tries.

            Mark Richt:
            Overall Record: 90-27 (9 seasons, all at Georgia)
            Conference division titles: 4
            Conference titles: 2
            Record v. Johnson: 1-1
            Awards:
            2x SEC Coach of the Year (2002, 2005)

            Johnson is better on paper, better on the sidelines and will last longer at Tech than Richt will at Georgia. Just wait until Johnson’s record against Georgia starts looking like his record against everyone else. Once P.J. creeps up into the 4-2, 5-3 range against Georgia, Richt will be toast.

            • Jace Walden says:

              Dude, really?

              Winning ACC (All-Crappy Conference) coach of the year and Division II coach of the year is like winning a gold medal at the special olympics or being the smartest kid with down syndrome.

              Mark Richt is better on paper, better on the sidelines, and better all-around.

              There’s just no getting around the FACTS, Zaza.

              • Ella Phunt says:

                Hi Jace,

                You know you didn’t present any facts, don’t you? You just gave your opinion, and tried to pass it off as a fact with a dramatic cliche statement.

                Doesn’t surprise me that a UGA fan wouldn’t know the difference. BURN!!!! Go Jackets!

              • DTK says:

                I covered Paul Johnson when he was at GSU, and the man knows how to call a football game.

                I don’t want to make this a Johnson v. Richt thing, since Richt is a fine coach and leader. But there are very few offensive playcallers on par with Johnson. Richt used to be an excellent play caller, but he seems to be heading in the Bowdon direction of mainly being the team overseer, with less and less hands-on direction as time goes on. There’s no doubt that everything Tech does on offense is directly attibutable to Johnson. He calls his own plays and he makes all his own adjustments. In this day and age, that’s unheard of.

                Critics like to poke fun of his offense, but there’s no denying that it’s innovative and it allows teams with lesser skilled players to compete with supposedly “better” teams. His winning percentage doesn’t lie, nor does the offensive production this guy has put up over his career.

                Critics also don’t realize how much he changes his playcalling during games to match what defensive coordinators are doing. Unlearned critics think Johnson is calling the same play over and over again, but they don’t realize that he’s changing the blocking scheme so that the offense can take advantage of weaker defenders. He’s a genius, and only UGA homers fail to recognize that.

                • ZazaPachulia says:

                  “He’s a genius, and only UGA homers fail to recognize that.”

                  Yup. Getting P.J. at Tech will go down as one of the greatest coaching hires of this era. Just wait and see.

        • ACCmoderate says:

          The state’s top receiving talents…

          I would say that Georgia’s out-of-state receiving talent is much better than the receivers Tech has assembled, regardless of where they’re from.

    • ZazaPachulia says:

      Oh, I see the Deal people are taking a page out of the Karen Handel’s patented ‘Attack while you’re the frontrunner’ playbook. Let’s see how that works out.

      Everyone with half a brain knows that the only reason Barnes is a Dem and Deal is a Republican is because of geography — specifically, where they live.

      Both are 60-something lawyers who started their political careers as Democrats in the good ol’ boy network. Deal switched parties because he lives in Hall County. Barnes didn’t because he lives in Mableton. If Barnes lived in north Georgia and Deal lived in Mableton, their political careers would flip-flop.

      This truly is a choice between the lesser of two evils (or the crazy guy, John Monds). I’ll take my chances with the one who has been in the mansion before and lacks major ethical troubles. Maybe it will give the GOP a chance to regroup after 8 years of the Perdue / Richardson / Cagle fiasco.

      • Doug Grammer says:

        Paid for by RGA Georgia Leadership PAC. Not quite the exact same as “Deal people.” It’s called an independent expenditure by a third party and not authorized by any candidate or candidates committee.

      • Hank Reardan says:

        Crazy guy (John Monds) hmmm I guess if you believe in small government makes you crazy sign me up.
        You just cant tell the GOP apart from thr democrats when it comes to spending.
        I am voting for the only small government guys the Libertarians

      • Lady Thinker says:

        Karen Handel has done what no other female candidate has done – she cracked the glass ceiling in this state’s politics. Next time, she will smash through to the other side and take eight years to correct Barnes mistakes over the next four years. Karen, we will see you back in 2014 through 2022.

  1. View from Brookhaven says:

    The ghost of Karen Handel’s campaign is back for more cash.

    Should we start passing the hat around ol’ HandelPundit?

  2. Georgia Judge says:

    The new ad says it all,we do not need a do-over with Barnes,much less Barnes and Obama.

    ZaZa,
    So what you are saying is Barnes is a Democrat because he chose to be a Democrat.Trying to say Barnes is anything other than a DEM is a bridge to far…….

    • ZazaPachulia says:

      yeah, he chose to be a democrat, so he could stay in office — same reason why Deal chose to switch parties.

    • Jace Walden says:

      I do remember that…wasn’t that like…year before last? I guess I should remember things like that. Georgia Tech beating Georgia happens almost as often as Haley’s Comet. You guys have beaten us 39 times in the history of Football. Halley’s comet has actually made more appearances than Tech has made victories against UGA.

      Anyway, yes. I would love to make a bet. Georgia will win. I would bet your firstborn on that.

      • “Halley’s comet has actually made more appearances than Tech has made victories against UGA.”

        Halley’s comet has made more appearances than UGA has victories against Georgia Tech as well. What’s your point?

        • Jace Walden says:

          I was actually wrong (mark your calendar):

          Georgia Tech victories against Georgia: 39
          Halley’s Comet Appearances (since it was first recorded): 30

          Georgia victories against Tech: 60

          But [email protected] I was close.

          • Ahh… yes, perhaps since it was first recorded it’s been 30 appearances. But Wikipedia says it’s been in it’s current orbit 16,000 to 200,000 years. That means 213 to 2,666 appearances since it’s been in existence. I don’t think you nor I will be around when Georgia has beaten GT over 200 times in football.

            Besides a 60% win rate isn’t exactly all *that* impressive. (Admittedly, I figured Georgia would have beaten GT a higher percentage of the time than just 60% myself…)

            • SouthGa says:

              Haley’s Comet can not have been in its orbit for 16,000 to 200,000 years; the world is only 6,000 years old. Stupid liberal.

  3. peach4handel says:

    Tech hold the longest record for head to head match up.8 years in a row tech beat them Mutts from that dump u call athens.1939 to 1948 tech beat them.How is that 1980 nation championship troohpy doing,u might want to whip off the cobb webs.Tech =4 NC,UGA 2.Tech =16 conf championship uga mutt 14

    • Jace Walden says:

      So, the last time you guys put together an impressive win streak, Hitler was in power.

      Good to know.

    • drjay says:

      i’m pretty sure at least 2 of the wins during ww2 were against club teams, and not official uga bulldog intercollegiate athletic ones…

    • polisavvy says:

      In 1990 wasn’t Tech a co-champion with the Colorado Buffaloes? I believe Georgia was a champion out right in 1980. Just saying . . .

  4. peach4handel says:

    Tech hold the longest record for head to head match up.8 years in a row tech beat them Mutts from that dump u call athens.1939 to 1948 tech beat them.How is that 1980 nation championship troohpy doing,u might want to whip off the cobb webs.Tech =4 NC,UGA 2.Tech =16 conf championship uga mutt 14

    • Jace Walden says:

      And the last time you guys won a National Championship, Truman was in office. Colorado won it in 1990.

      • polisavvy says:

        Actually, they were co-champions with Tech. It was the last time there was a split decision. After that the Bowl Coalition was started and the Bowl Championship Series was born.

  5. ACCmoderate says:

    Hey remember that time that UGA went to go fight in World War I while the Tech football team stayed home?

    • WWI? I guess you mean WWII.

      Tech students didn’t skip the war, there were a lot of ROTC students at Tech and some of them played football.

      BTW, UGA didn’t have to play, but they did and then have whined about losing for 60+ years.

  6. peach4handel says:

    Colorda took the AP,but tech took the UPI poll.Tech won in 98,99,00.The 8 games winning streak was from 49-56 not in the 30’s

    • polisavvy says:

      And guess what? That’s why it’s called a split decision. It was controversial and that’s one of the reasons why the BCS was born. My suggestion is that you Google “1990 NCAA Division I-A football season champion.” That should give you your answer. Controversy lead to BCS (which still leads to a form of controversy). Had they been declared the true winner then the word “controversy” would not be referenced. Think about it.

      • DTK says:

        @JaceWalden

        I’ve already schooled you on this once, months ago. The UPI was the other poll at the time, and it was the coach’s poll. It was just as legitimate as the AP poll.

        I understand that you don’t like Tech, but don’t look foolish sticking with a weak argument.

        • Jace Walden says:

          DTK,

          The Coaches poll wasn’t and still isn’t credible.

          I hate to make you look foolish.

          The last time Tech won a national championship, Truman was in office.

          • DTK says:

            @JaceWalden

            Oh, okay, I see. The only “credible” college football poll is the one whose voters are fat, balding, middle-age white journalists whose only connection to the game is sitting in an air conditioned press box scarfing down free food while making sure their tape recorders are in proper working condition so they can ask the coach after the game “why’d you call that play.”

            Yeah, the poll that uses college football coaches is completely useless. I understand that now, right.

    • polisavvy says:

      Okay, we’ll give you the 90’s and ’49-’56 — we’ll take the rest. 😉 LOL!! By the way, welcome aboard, peach. I can tell we will have fun this football season. Could be quite interesting.

  7. Joshua Morris says:

    Thanks for a good laugh, Jace. Nothing like some pre-season smack talk from the bandwagon of Ugag crotch-licker fans.

    The jabber means nothing. What matters is Thanksgiving weekend.

    • Jace Walden says:

      I’m so ready for Saturday. They should outlaw an “offseason” for football.

      Then again, if you outlaw “offseasons”, only outlaws will have offseasons.

      • polisavvy says:

        Look on the bright side. In approximately 33 hours, football season will officially begin. I can’t wait. Menu is planned and grocery list is made. House is clean. Cook all day tomorrow and then plop myself on the couch at 7:00 for “College Football Live.”

      • Joshua Morris says:

        I’m looking forward to it, too. I love me some college football–no matter who’s playing. I’m really looking forward to Monday night. I hope the Hokies send those Broncos back to Idaho with their tails between their legs.

        A shorter offseason might be the ticket, except that looking forward to every weekend during the season makes life go by too fast.

        • polisavvy says:

          I agree with you about VaTech. I hope they give Boise a great beginning to their season with a big “L” — I mean, really, who does Boise play this year? They need to go down in a blaze of glory so no one wants to put them at the top of the polls after a few games. Plus, the fact that the game is being played on something green as opposed to that tacky blue field Boise has gives VaTech an advantage. I wonder if Boise has ever wondered why no one wants to play there — a blue field with jerseys the same color which puts teams at a disadvantage? I don’t blame the big schools from not wanting to venture to Idaho. The games coming out of Boise are offensive to watch — hurts my eyes. Sorry for the diatribe — excited about tomorrow.

        • Jace Walden says:

          I hope so too. I mean, don’t get me wrong. Boise State was a cute story when they beat Oklahoma. But they could not, I repeat, could not make it day in day out in a BSC conference…well, maybe the Big East, but definitely not any other BSC conference.

          The only thing that scares me is that Frank Beamer, in the last 4 years, has been God-Awful at getting his team ready for big games. I mean God-awful. On the flip side, Chris Peterson may be among the elite coaches in the country when it comes to getting his team to “show up” when the spotlight is on.

          As much as I want VT to win, I honestly think Boise State pulls it out and we have to tolerate the “Boise State in the BCS Championship Game” talk the rest of the year.

          • polisavvy says:

            Well, hide the razor blades if VaTech doesn’t beat them. I don’t really think I’ll be able to survive an entire season of “Boise State is the greatest thing since canned beer” talk every stinking Saturday on GameDay. Crap like that gets old, particularly when they truly play such a pansy season compared to the ACC, SEC, Big 12, etc. The teams in those conferences would love to trade with Boise in a Dixie minute, in my opinion.

  8. Rick Day says:

    I hate GA Tech Football.

    This year, they have TWO SATURDAY HOME GAMES IN A ROW, in October AND November!

    In my convention and event business, the two Fat months are June and October. Since some MORON in the Athletic Dept gave a blind time contract to ESPN, we can not book Saturday events until we know the kickoff time. A night game on a Sat in Oct cost my business over $7000 each game.

    And no, we tried it; it does no good to open the doors because on Spring St, none of the students roll by, only the local suburban “Family Oriented” fans or “already brought my own” drunk tailgaters (who contribute to the lack of available parking problem by paying the greedy lot owners $20 to park and tailgate because their fat asses are too fat to walk more than three blocks or take MARTA).

    But I can live with all this, if we only knew 6 weeks in advance if it was going to be a DAY or a NIGHT game. Even if we knew that basic, I can tell the client if our space is available for an event. We don’t even need to know the time.

    And if TECH HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER didn’t get all greedy and jack their parking from $1.50 per hour to $15 for the games, this would not be an issue (other than the traffic)

    Grrr..F- Tech and it’s greedy ESPN executives. How can anyone plan a life (fan, student or business) when some Dick™ sits in a chair in NEW YORK CITY and waits each week to decide what is best for THEM.

    And we get an enforcement of the OPEN CONTAINER LAW over here, folks??

    And while we are at it, F- GA State fraternity and party “promoters”. Five times we have done GA State frat and mingler events. Five times the organizers lied to our face about the true nature of the event, and created dangerous situations, with not discouraging underage drinking (we nipped that in the bud REALLY QUICK) and creating artificial delays in lines getting in, to force patrons into a choice of a “cut line” for 2 times admission as it began to sprinkle.

    And don’t get me STARTED on the Fulton County Health Department!

    /stomps off

    • polisavvy says:

      Sorry you are having to go through all that. Maybe some miracle will happen which helps you out with your endeavor. Couldn’t help but laugh about State and your whole “don’t get me started” attitude. Sounds like you are pretty fired up.

    • Jace Walden says:

      Rick,

      If you’re going to refer to what the Yellow Jackets do out there on the flats as “football”, then you need to either put the word in quotes or give it one of your signature trademark symbols.

      Georgia Tech “Football” isn’t the same as Georgia Football or Alabama Football or Florida Football, or even Georgia Southern Football.

      • Jace Walden says:

        Although lately the argument could be made that Georgia Football isn’t the same as Alabama and Florida Football.

        Because it’s better!

          • polisavvy says:

            It happens at almost all colleges on football weekend. Have you ever experienced The Grove at Ole Miss? If not, it looks like a dump heap when the game is over and the fans clear out — my morning you can’t tell anyone or anything was going on. Don’t try to insinuate that only Georgia fans leave messes. At least they aren’t like Clemson fans who throw food and trash on you.

                • Eww… yeah… that’s just not right. Like I said, never had it happen… of course that’s not saying it doesn’t. I would imagine Georgia fans have probably done the same though. As for Ole Miss, never been there. Driven through some parts of Mississippi that looked like the pics in the AJC article though… perhaps I drove through the campus? 😛

                  • polisavvy says:

                    FYI, Ole Miss is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Oxford is a gorgeous little southern town. There are areas of Mississippi that aren’t worthy of a postcard; however, Oxford and Ole Miss are.

  9. Doug Grammer says:

    What I find semi-amusing is that there was a post in another thread today. That, in and of itself is not so amusing, but the fact that comments were closed within 45 minutes of the post is the funny part. It almost seemed like someone wanted to have the last word.

    Well I have searched for the most recent still open thread to make this known to you. Now I will repeat my question from that thread, when Dan whoever got the nomination for the vacancy on the LP slate for Lt. Gov., how many people were in the room?

  10. polisavvy says:

    Well, I certainly hope the rest of you did better than I did last weekend with my picks. Apparently, they sucked pretty badly. Hopefully this weekend will be better. What in the world happened to Ole Miss? And Va Tech — to come so close and still not beat Boise State. I guess we are all destined to hear the pundits yammer on and on about Boise State being so great when they just played their “only” game of the year. I’m sure that BSC talk is just around the corner. Anyway guys, good luck this weekend with your picks. Maybe mine won’t suck as badly. As an aside, find it interesting that Reggie Bush may be stripped of his Heisman.

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