It’s been a few days, it’ll be a few more

Sorry that I haven’t updated the blog the past few days. I thought the game-rankings blog might generate some interesting conversation, and I was glad to see it did. Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts. It’s been entertaining reading.

I’m about to start a week’s vacation, and have been trying to come up with a topic that will allow you to talk amongst yourselves.

So, here goes: 

Give me your key individual matchup for each week’s game. If you want to make it really challenging, you can’t use the same matchup twice. 

Thanks, and I look forward to reading your responses.

119 comments Add your comment

Ralph

June 12th, 2009
8:15 am

What happened to the Ramblin’ On Blog? It does not seem to be listed on the Tech page anymore, while the Junkyard Blog continues.

chad

June 12th, 2009
8:19 am

Ralph, you didn’t know the ajc is the main intership for ugay want to be journalist. It might as well be a butt sniffing party down there.

gman

June 12th, 2009
8:25 am

typical AJC “The UGA student news” BS

Too Easy

June 12th, 2009
8:43 am

So insightful (or “inciteful”), Chad. I’ll bet that what you know about butt-sniffing could fill a book (of course, you’d need a journalist to write it).

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
8:45 am

Guys it is what it is…don’t be pissed at the AJC for wanting to cover more UGA news than GT. I am suprised there was no blog concerning the GT/Kansas story. I must say, that will be a great game for both teams and really interested in seeing the outcome of it.

Doug is worthless

June 12th, 2009
8:49 am

Come on Doug. You barely post anything about gt. Even the acc blog on espn post something about tech like every other day. i don’t even know why I bother checking this blog.

Saint Simons

June 12th, 2009
9:21 am

Doug your fired!!!!!!!!!

Hey "Dawg" Roberson

June 12th, 2009
9:29 am

Enjoy your vacation….wait I thought you were already on vacation…

DawginLex

June 12th, 2009
9:30 am

Saint Simons shows off that Tech education again…………………………………………….

m

June 12th, 2009
9:50 am

Having a dawg write the Tech blog is about as stupid as ugag being ranked #1 last year. Wake up AJC…get somebody on here that gives a damne about Tech…or at least knows something.

Doug Roberson

June 12th, 2009
10:03 am

Hey “m”, the uga grad comments are getting a bit tiresome, to be honest. I’m a professional journalist, the same as you are a professional in your field.

“Ralph”, I don’t know what happened to the Ramblin On blog. I believe it’s still being maintained.

“Doug is worthless,” I apologize that I haven’t had much on the blog this week. I’ve been writing a lot of stories for print, as well as doing other things at the paper that must be done. It is the slow time of the year.

If yall want to talk about Tech-Kansas, that’s cool. I did a radio show the other day and it was pointed out that Tech will actually play three SEC schools as part of their non-conference schedule, which is pretty amazing when you think about it.

old gold engineer

June 12th, 2009
10:21 am

Doug, hope you enjoy your vacation and look forward to your return. Since news about GT can be scarce here in south Georgia, I appreciate your efforts. I believe the key matchup for GT in every game this fall will be Tech’s offensive line versus the defensive linemen. If our offensive line gives the quarterback an opportunity to execute the offense, we’ll be fine. I believe the defense will show improvement over last year even with the talent loss up front. As a result, the defense will keep games winnable if the offense does its part. We’ve got the skill players we need on offense, and they will impress if the line gives them the opportunity. I would even argue that good offensive line play will allow the offense to score enough that it will take the pressure off special teams. Let’s hope the offensive line excels in year two of the Paul Johnson regime.

old gold engineer

June 12th, 2009
10:28 am

One more thing, I like the Kansas games on the schedule. I believe most fans crave matchups like this. But, coaches too often seem to crave cupcakes. Just wish the 2010 game would be at GT.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 12th, 2009
10:43 am

Doug enjoy your vacation, but, since I’m not that familar with the other teams players (yet), I’ve got a few other match ups.

Palin vs. Letterman…I’ll take Palin all day!!!

Pelosi vs. Satan…Pelosi rolls!!!

Barney Frank vs. a foot-long hotdog…no contest.

Biden’s foot vs. Biden’s mouth…only a fool would take the mouth.

Sonia Sotomayor vs. A White Male…Sotomayor in a forfeit.

Obama vs. Unemployment…this match is in progress, midway through the first Q. Unemployment 2,000,000…Obama 150,000.

GT For Never

June 12th, 2009
10:49 am

The AJC doesn’t even deliver to Athens anymore, they certainly aren’t doing UGA any favors. Since so many of you Techsters spend time on the Junkyard Blog, I thought I’d come see what was happening here at the blog of the best engineering school in the welfare state of Atlanta, besides Southern Tech, of course. Nothing, of course. I’m going home.

Go Jackets!

June 12th, 2009
10:52 am

The lack of decent Georgia Tech sports coverage by the AJC should be embarrassing to you. The AJC has stories about any and everything related to UGA but Tech is CONSTANTLY relegated to poor coverage by uninterested and uninteresting beat writers who know nothing about the school or worse have an axe to grind because they are a UGA alum. You can call yourself “professional” all you want Doug, but your coverage thus far shows a lack of interest at best. It’s awful but it’s nothing new. It’s just sad that the hometown paper can’t do a better job covering the hometown college sports team.

2HLLWGA

June 12th, 2009
10:53 am

Hey Doug, thanks for working for us. Most of us do appreciate it. Some of us are starving for information – I work in New York and have an UGA grad down the hall. Enjoy your vacation.

old gold engineer

June 12th, 2009
10:58 am

Go Jackets!, I’ll give you my vote to write the GT fan blog.

Doug Roberson

June 12th, 2009
11:26 am

Go Jackets, let me clear up a couple of points you made. As the person who used to plan the college coverage, you have no idea how much work goes into making sure that there is just about the exact same number of stories, and similar placement within the paper, between Ga. Tech and Georgia.
The same is true now.
As far as beat reporters being uninterested, nothing could be farther from the truth. The two gentlemen who covered the beat before I was assigned to do it by myself worked their butts off. So did the two before them. You don’t like the coverage, that’s fine. But please don’t accuse me or them of being uninterested.
Walk into the athletic complex, chances are you’ll see me there. Search ajc.com for the number of stories written about Ga. Tech during the past six weeks, and then the past few years. You’d probably be stunned to see how much information has been reported. Much more than by any other website, magazine, or TV station in Atlanta or the nation.
When I return, I have a couple of Q&As for you with Josh Nesbitt and Robert Hall that should be pretty interesting. The fy10 budget will also be approved, I believe, by the end of the month, so look for more on that.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

June 12th, 2009
11:43 am

If the butt sniffers at the prison in Tuscalosa can figure out how to steal money from the University Alabama by using their free text book perk as jocks, surely the UGAY butt sniffers have also figured that one out. I urge the NCAA to investigate text book fraud at UGAY by the butt sniffing jocks posing as students.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

June 12th, 2009
11:48 am

Hmmm, do elephants sniff each others butts the way mutts do? They certainly have the nose for it. What a disgrace, the elephants figuring out how to steal from the school before the mutts. It seems the Alabama criminals are smarter than the UGAY criminals.

gtfanfrom1951

June 12th, 2009
12:07 pm

Doug hope you had a great vacation. How can we get Tech back in the SEC and South Carolina back in ACC where they belong.

Volman

June 12th, 2009
12:12 pm

Doug, not trying to talk trash, but you’re a UGA grad covering Tech? Being a Tech graduate, I cannot see how this can happen…nor do I think it is fair to you or us Tech fans. Not throwing arrows, just wanting clarification.

You’d think the AJC would have someone with more interest in Tech covering them..not somebody just “doing their job”. I appreciate what you do, I guess, but dang..it must be hard.

GT Rich

June 12th, 2009
12:13 pm

Interesting point to note — GT athletes figured out the textbook thing in 1991. If memoery serves me, the season after GT’s running back William Bell was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he pulled the same trick, costing him a year’s suspension. He came back to the team, went on to be drafted in the NFL and I believe played for the Redskins.

Volman

June 12th, 2009
12:14 pm

Amen RAMBLE ON, regarding the unemployment.

I thought Obama was going to “fix everything”. What a joke. Great marketing, however..so many idiots bought into it.

Huh?

June 12th, 2009
12:18 pm

“It’s just sad that the hometown paper can’t do a better job covering the hometown college sports team.”

Even sadder is that the “hometown college sports team” can’t fill up its hometown stadium for its hometown games. So I guess you are not the hometown team. I’d bet that Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida could hold scrimmages at Bobby Dodd stadium and have plenty of fans in the Atlanta area to fill up your cracker jack box stadium. Hometown team? Absolutely laughable.

GT Rich

June 12th, 2009
12:20 pm

Doug, doing a great job, keep it up and enjoy the vacation. UGA is good for veterinary medicine, journalism and public relations (plus turf mgt). Disregard the naysayers. More one on ones with the players would be nice fillers for slow news days.

Regarding match-ups, the key each week will be GT’s center and guards vs the DTs and run-blitzing linebackers. B-backs Dwyer, Allen and Watson will need holes up the middle to break open the triple option play, which is what then opens up the tosses to the A-backs and the passing game. LSU blew up the middle of the O-line every down.

SF Jacket

June 12th, 2009
12:22 pm

Doug,
I want to say thank you for all of the great reporting and hard work. Personally, the fact that you went to UGA doesn’t bother me at all, as you seem to give us the right info in the right way, so I’m happy. How knows, after doing this for a while, you might even sign off on your columns with THWG :-p Seriously though, I hope you do get a second person to help you before football season, just so the flow of information is a bit more palatable and doesn’t drive you insane. Good Reporting!

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
12:25 pm

old gold: i do as a sportsfan, love the matchup with kansas. anybody know if it’s going to be an opener or sometime in the middle of the season?

BLAZER

June 12th, 2009
12:53 pm

why do “the other people” worry about things that shouldn’t bother them?

Typical Tech Fan

June 12th, 2009
1:05 pm

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

The AJC sucks! UGAY sucks! Everyone sucks, but me!

Typical Tech Fan

June 12th, 2009
1:06 pm

Oh yeah, I also have 10 condos in Florida, so take that!

MyWhiskeyClear

June 12th, 2009
1:11 pm

I’m with “gtfanfrom1951″…I want Tech back in the SEC. Trade out SC fort us, and I’ll bet at worst we’re a cocnsistent middle-of-the-road team. SEC money would be nice for the facilities and school. Bet the fanbase would grow a little too over time.

Anyway yeah, the O-line is key, but I’ll have way more fun watching our secondary. I want to see them flying around giving people fits…and taking plenty of interceptions.

And finally, go easy on Doug. Sure it’s ironic that he’s from their side, but the UGA grads that I’ve hired do just fine. And for whoever mentioned Southern Polytech earlier…that might just be the most dismally awful factory workers’ school I’ve ever seen.

PTC Jacket

June 12th, 2009
1:15 pm

Huh?

Idk what’s sadder, the fact that not a lot of Tech’s alumni are living in ATL (or Georgia, for that matter) because they get great jobs everywhere in the world, or the fact that most of the people that fill the stadium at UGA never attended the school itself. Hm…

LOL

June 12th, 2009
1:19 pm

Be proud Techies, you have one your fans on the Falcons blog spouting crap like this:

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 12th, 2009
12:55 pm
FTN, FTN, who the F..k cares abouth Dat N.,,er. FTN.

And you guys call UGA fans rednecks, lol!

Doug Roberson

June 12th, 2009
1:26 pm

Last post for me. I have to go get my car fixed so that I can go on vacation.

It’s honestly not hard being a graduate from UGA who is covering Georgia Tech. Why? No. 1, because I’m a professional journalist, as I’ve said. It’s my role to report the facts, break the news, provide the context, and entertain. Being objective doesn’t mean I don’t care. There’s a gigantic difference between those two. Being objective means I present both sides of an issue. I provide all the context so that you the reader can draw your own conclusions. And I care about doing my job as well as I can because it’s my job. To do or expect any less does no one any good.

No. 2. I enjoy journalism. I enjoy meeting people, talking to people and telling stories. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s Georgia Tech, Georgia State, George Washington, Washington & Lee, Lees-McRae, McNeese State, or State U.

The face that I’m covering Georgia Tech, where there are lots of interesting stories, makes the job that much more fun.

An engineer from Georgia Tech would never compromise a project because he’s doing it for a client who is a fan or graduate of Georgia.

MarriedaSwede

June 12th, 2009
1:31 pm

Hey Doug!

Show me again where the “Know your Jackets” feature was? Since coverage is equal, I must have missed it.

ggodsey

June 12th, 2009
1:39 pm

Good point Doug. Just as the Gay community has embraced the Tech Football team I dont see why you cant do the same.

Doug Roberson

June 12th, 2009
1:40 pm

Ok, so more more post

Good question “Swede.”

This may not satisfy you, but here goes. I wanted us to do that feature last year, but others in another department, who know more about web metrics, etc. than I, weren’t sure if it would get enough traffic, so that department, which did the “Know your Bulldogs,” decided not to do the “Know your Jackets.”

However, I believe we are doing it this year. But don’t hold me to that, yet.

Huh?

June 12th, 2009
1:41 pm

Idk what’s sadder, the fact that not a lot of Tech’s alumni are living in ATL (or Georgia, for that matter) because they get great jobs everywhere in the world, or the fact that most of the people that fill the stadium at UGA never attended the school itself. Hm…

What’s even sadder is that you think this means something. Yes, the average Tech graduate goes elsewhere and contributes absolutely nothing to this state or city after their graduation. Point conceded. Hometown team? Please stop making me laugh Techies. Yes, on fall Saturdays Sanford Stadium is quite full with people who did not actually attend the University of Georgia. Once again, point conceded. I’m sure its very similar to any other large flagship state university. I doubt that every fan that attends Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, South Carolina (I can keep going if you like Techie) football games actually went to those universities. UGA is far from unusual in that regard. What makes this “you didn’t go there” critique all the more laughable is that your own p!ss ant athletic department has made it a stated goal to attract non-Georgia Tech students and alumni to your football games. Do you think those AJC pop up ads about Tech football are for Tech students and alumni you clueless goob? Do you think Big Boi concerts and free pizza promotions are aimed at Tech students and alumni you clueless goob? You are a complete flippin’ hypocrite of the highest order. The Georgia Tech athletic department would kill to get non-students and alumni in the stadium to fill up all those empty seats. Tech fans are the biggest bunch of clueless goobs on the planet and blame everybody but themselves for all their problems. The refs, the AJC, the SEC, UGA, and wawawawawawawawa…Its just nothing but whining all year long. I thank god and greyhound that I am not a Georgia Tech fan every single day. What miserable state of affairs. Good day to you sir.

Yellow Jacket 07

June 12th, 2009
1:46 pm

‘An engineer from Georgia Tech would never compromise a project because he’s doing it for a client who is a fan or graduate of Georgia.’

As a Tech Fan, Well Said.

Yellow Jacket 07

June 12th, 2009
1:52 pm

Does anybody else agree that Huh? needs to go to counseling? He seems to have a lot of built up anger…

Phil McCrotch

June 12th, 2009
2:04 pm

Doug says-”It’s honestly not hard being a graduate from UGA who is covering Georgia Tech. Why?”

because your an adult unlike some of the children on here.

Some of these juveniles need to get a life.

Saint Simons

June 12th, 2009
3:00 pm

AJC = (((( FOX NEWS ))))

Saint Simons

June 12th, 2009
3:01 pm

Doug = Bill O’Riley

Huh? Everything Ok lil' guy?

June 12th, 2009
3:49 pm

I think you might be losing a little bit of sanity every day you are on this Blog. Why are you on here? I mean….

1) You hate Tech
2) You’re not a Tech fan
3) You’re a UGA fan
4) You say the same things over and over again…We get it ….you think Tech is awful and UGA is GOD…what more is there to say from your side?

“Huh?”…you might need to get counseling for your apparent hatred for all things Georgia Tech. I mean, I hate UGA and all but sheesh buddy….calm the hell down…it’s going to be ok…it’s just college football ya know?!?! It’s 18-22 year old kids running around playing and look at how worked up you just got…because why? because they have different uniforms than your favorite team? Is that why they upset you so much lil’ buddy?

Saint Simons = Lonely Dawg Fan

June 12th, 2009
4:01 pm

Enter your comments here

Statue for CPJ

June 12th, 2009
4:14 pm

There should be a “Know your Jackets” series this year b/c Tech, not UGA, is the hyped team (and Tech has all the stars).

Huh?

June 12th, 2009
4:24 pm

“I think you might be losing a little bit of sanity every day you are on this Blog. Why are you on here?”

The same reason people slow down to look at car wrecks. Morbid curiosity.

“1) You hate Tech.”

No, I don’t. Just its fans.

“2) You’re not a Tech fan.”

There is a God and he is good.

“3) You’re a UGA fan.”

See #2.

“4) You say the same things over and over again…We get it ….you think Tech is awful and UGA is GOD…what more is there to say from your side?”

No, you obviously don’t get it. Tech is not awful. Its fans are awful. YOU are awful. You are the biggest joke of a fan base on the face of the earth. I can assure you that I am not the only one that believes this. Its quite a common sentiment among non-Tech fans. Maybe you should get out more.

I would suggest that you do one of two things if you do not like my posts: 1) Prove me wrong that Tech fans are not big fat hypocrite crybabies; or 2) Don’t flippin’ read them. Given the fact that option 1) is next to impossible, it seems that option 2) is your only choice. How difficult is it for you to avoid my posts? I suggest you seek counseling for this obsession LIL’ GUY. Good day.

Uh huh!

June 12th, 2009
4:36 pm

Huh? is your typical UGA moron –didn’t go to school there, didn’t go to school anywhere –just barks like a dawg.

you know what a good day is –409 yards rushing in the home stadium of the pre-season #1 ranked team.

good damn day sir!