A little bit of love

I know that yall only read ajc.com for all of your sports news, :) , but I happened to glance at a couple of other sites today.

What do you know, Georgia Tech has suddenly become the favorite in the ACC, according to CNNSI.com’s Stewart Mandel. He predicts the Jackets to make it to the Orange Bowl.

But wait, there’s more.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit confirmed Mandel’s vote (a little jab at ESPN’s practice of confirming already-published reports. As if ESPN confirming it validates the legitimacy of the news), and also said that Tech is going to make it to the Orange Bowl.

I thought y’all would be interested….

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Coach Paul Johnson was asked if he had any memories of his first season-opener as an assistant coach at Avery County high school in 1979. He said he didn’t, though he joked he may have had a mohawk.

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If you have any questions about the team, I’ll check back at 1:30 or so tomorrow. 

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90 comments Add your comment

GT

August 31st, 2009
8:37 pm

Any injury updates?

Hey Doug

August 31st, 2009
8:47 pm

In your Jacksonville State article you reported last year’s score as 31-7, when it actually was 41-14, GT. Just thought you’d appreciate the correction. Thanks for all of the good articles. Are you going to do prediction blogs before the games each week?

Burdell

August 31st, 2009
9:01 pm

Good news…though still predictions. Hope it doesn’t get in the players’ heads. Just a few more days…

Go Jackets!!!

Tech75

August 31st, 2009
9:09 pm

Did you see that video of Coach Crowe discussing how he is preparing his team for the game?

Downer. Not exactly Mr. Optimism.

45ACP

August 31st, 2009
9:19 pm

Here is hoping for GA. Tech and UGA to have good seasons.
Whatever the outcome in November I believe it will benefit both teams.

Just curious

August 31st, 2009
9:41 pm

Any word on Kyle Jackson’s return?

gt110215

August 31st, 2009
9:51 pm

Go Jackets!! Just 5 more days til toe meets leather!! THWG!!

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
10:23 pm

GO TECH!! THWG!!

GT

August 31st, 2009
10:27 pm

What did Jax St coach say?

Engy

August 31st, 2009
10:27 pm

We need to keep our players focused and let them play the games one at a time. Basking in newfound media attention never does a team good.

Hayseed Dixie

September 1st, 2009
12:02 am

Goodness, I can almost smell the burgers grilling at the tailgate.

Is there anything better?

Don

September 1st, 2009
12:17 am

Herbstreit has been pretty good to Tech since Paul Johnson took over and has been positive towards the program. Mandel didn’t like Gailey and is another one who turned positive with the arrival of Paul Johnson. Hear more on Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

J Hamilton

September 1st, 2009
1:39 am

Me like cheese.

Tokyo jacket

September 1st, 2009
2:29 am

One side of me says “it’s just talk that doesn’t matter.” But, the other side is winning and saying that it does matter.

ESPN and Sports Illustrated, the two leading sports purveyors in the world (I’m sure the AJC is in the top 300), carry a lot of weight. If Tech can live up to expectations, this is the difference between maybe a 6 ranking or a 3. If Tech falters along the way, it’s also the difference between a mediocre bowl or a good one.

Unfortunately, perception is reality, at least for now.

SatchelBuzz

September 1st, 2009
7:26 am

Just get the feeling that this one could be special. Counting down the hours until the tailgate on Saturday. Feels good to have college football back on the Flats. Thanks to DRad and CPJ.

GO ‘Jackets.

Not Disappointed!

September 1st, 2009
7:30 am

I concur with Satchel Buzz! This could be a special season for the Jackets. Look forward to tailgating on the Flats!

Ramblin Wreck!

rduck

September 1st, 2009
8:18 am

Stay focused boys. Let the media talk all the hype and let our play do the talking on the field. Can’t wait for Sat. Got the tickets, beer, food and girlfriend ready to go. Even if she is a UGA fan. I know… Please forgive me.

Tech

September 1st, 2009
8:21 am

This team definitely could make it to the Orange Bowl or better, and it wouldn’t surprise me. Yet, it also wouldn’t surprise me if they only win 7 or 8 games. Three tough conference games in September, only 1 home game in October and that’s against Virginia Tech. They better come out swinging this season.

Louisiana Jacket

September 1st, 2009
8:58 am

Swinging, Kicking, Screaming and everything else we can do will be needed for that tough stretch….BUT if we can get to VT with 1 loss or undefeated get ready for that special season!
THWG
Roddy is still running…

Tech82

September 1st, 2009
9:09 am

I remember Ken Swilling telling a reporter prior to the 1990 season that he thought the Jackets would go undefeated. When challenged by the reporter, Swilling pulled out the schedule and asked the reporter to show him one game where Tech would be overmatched by their opponent.

While I am not predicting an undefeated season, as I look at the schedule I can not see a single game where we will be overmatched by our opponent. If this team is able to stay healthy and stay focused on one game at a time, we could have a truly great season.

We all saw last December what can happen when the team starts reading about how good they are and looks ahead. Stay focused boys. One game at a time. One play at a time.

GO JACKETS! THWG!

EEJacket

September 1st, 2009
9:42 am

I’m glad the talking heads are finally giving us some credit. I’m pretty sure the only reason is because Evans is out, but my buddy brought up a good point the other day when he said that VT’s backfield is just as deep (if not deeper) than ours. Like I said, I’m glad we’re getting some national street cred, but I hope it doesn’t go to our boy’s heads and the whole season winds up being similar to the Unspeakable Bowl. GO JACKETS!!!

Ramblin Wrecker

September 1st, 2009
10:40 am

I think having high expectations (from outside the program) and then meeting those expectations (or even exceeding them) will do more for your program than simply exceeding low to moderate expectations (like GT did last year). Particularly in a sport that chooses its champion with a large subjective component (opinion polls). I mean if your ultimate goal is to win a national title (which I’ve heard current players say), then at some point you have to impress the opinion givers enough to be a top ten team in the preseason. Ask Auburn, you can’t start in the mid teens and win it all, even if you go undefeated. So GT needs these preseason expectations to get where they want to go.

I think that having Paul Johnson as coach is already paying dividends (obviously on the field) but off it too. I think voters didn’t think too much of Chan Gailey, and it showed in the polls. Sure there were moments along the way where voters had to acknowledge that GT was doing well, but as soon as they faltered, the fall in the polls were dramatic. I think voters give Paul Johnson the benefit of the doubt, and even if GT takes a loss, it won’t drop them completely from the polls. The preseason love from Mandel and Herbstreit is a show of respect for Johnson.

I know this is silly to say, but I have this feeling like something big is going to happen this season for GT…bigger than we can imagine. Paul Johnson won multiple national titles at GA Southern. A good contemporary is Jim Tressel. Tressel won multiple national titles at Youngstown State. Then moved up to Ohio State and won a national title in his second season. Bob Stoops won a national title at Oklahoma in his second season as head coach there. Urban Meyer, took Utah to an undefeated record (essentially the same as winning it all at the I-AA level) and then won a national title at Florida in his second season there. I’m just saying….

Cuttysark

September 1st, 2009
11:08 am

Paul Johnson is an exceptional leader in the world of college football. His track record is second to none. This team will be having a very good season this year, and we need to get out to Bobby Dodd and support them on game day.

Go to isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles on Coach Johnson and C. Perkins.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 1st, 2009
11:45 am

I don’t know about that, Tech play some hard games with team I feel are equal on paper, all depends on chemistry, injuries, and stuff:
Miami
Va Tech
Fl St
BC
Wake
UGA
Clemson (Sleeper)

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
11:47 am

If Tech has the team to win the ACC this yeay, then they will definately make it to a better bowl than the Orange Bowl. I think that CPJ needs to ban the reading of newspapers and media websites for the entire team, for the entire season. I cringe everytime we are favored going into a game. Hopefully that will change in the future.

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
11:47 am

4th and Reggie Ball

September 1st, 2009
11:48 am

you idiots are the WORST fans in college football!!!

20,000 seats left for season opener according to 1-888-TECH-TIX

“every blind squirrell eventually finds a nut, and that makes him think he is an accomplished/unlitmate hunter”

NOV 28….. look out you idiots!!!! 30,000 UGA fans are coming to your un-soldout stadium for a little revenge

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
12:02 pm

“4th nd Reggie Ball” – If I am not mistaken (and I am not), The same outlet that conducts the poll for biggest party schools in the country also conducted a poll in 2008 that ranked worst fans. UGA ranked 3rd. It really depends on your definition of what a good fan is. I personally think you are an idiot. Is it sad that 95% of UGA fans’ yearly income doesn’t even meet the minimum donatin for season tickets. All you have in your life is football, which is sad because your team will be mediocre at best for a long time to come.

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
12:02 pm

Louisiana Jacket

September 1st, 2009
12:05 pm

Always have to have at least ONE UGA fan come in here and talk…and wouldn’t be the GT blog without it haha…

hey 4th from my recent memory Roddy is still running down the sideline, Knowshean has his ankles broken by Burnett, and nobody wanted to tackle Jon the Diesal Dwyer… but hey I know how you UGA fans would look 40 years into the past to prove how your right so I know my saying any of that doesn’t make a bit of difference.

Also I am going to re-use the statement I posted a few weeks ago when their was a post about this. Number one the number undergrads at Tech 15K…The number of those from the states who actually like football 10-12K…the number of those who will work in the state of Georgia after they graduate 6K MAYBE…..
Also we don’t have a lot of NON-GT alum who are fans…you see we GT fans are 90% most likely to have attended or at least had a relative attend GT…Unlike the 85% of UGA fans who NEVER attended UGA and NEVER will BUT will continue using their life savings to buy tickets.

Also since you are retarded—> stadium holds 45K – 26K(season tickets sold)- 6K(student tickets given out)= 13K tickets left MAX but what am I saying asking a UGA fan to do math is as much a joke as the majors at UGA!

chuck allison

September 1st, 2009
12:06 pm

All this means is that party school fans are drunks, and drunks are the worst fans. Don’t go driving at night in Athens.

Curlygreg

September 1st, 2009
12:12 pm

Dooley’s Cardiologist: So Dawg fans can’t afford season tickets, yet they sell out their stadium? Don’t see the logic…

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
12:15 pm

Tell me how many of those are actually season tickets.

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
12:23 pm

I would venture to say that there is a large portion of student tickets….when you have 20,000 or so students, not including grad students, it skews the numbers a bit. Also, the 80/20 rule applies here as well.(google it) 20 percent of the fans(actual UGA grads) hold 80 percent of the tickets. They intern invite their family, etc… No one is saying that there is not a zillion UGA fans in Georgia, just that most don’t have the means to obtain SEASON tickets. If I am proven wrong then I will correct myself. I tried to put some logic in there for you, seeing as how Logic is the largest word in your vocab.

Greg

September 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

Tech sucks. They will lose 6 games or more. Crappy defense and the offense will be fugured out like VA and UNC did. Overrated tech is. Dawgs will crush them like we did in the first half. This year we play all 4 quarters and beat you by 20

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 1st, 2009
12:37 pm

Somebody save Greg’s post for future reference please. Of course he will have an excuse in the future for why he posted that comment. UGA fans tend to have to put their foot in their mouth’s after the fact. Alright, time to get back to work.

Louisiana Jacket

September 1st, 2009
12:43 pm

Dooleye’s Cardio…I mean I just want to save Greg’s comment for the just absolutely miserable grammar….I mean JEEEEEZZZZZUUUUSSSS I am an engineer and even I am not that bad!

And also Dooley UGA has 45K undergrad not 20…

Murray County Indian

September 1st, 2009
12:44 pm

Louisianna do you think we Dawg fans can read! The manager read it to me and I’m mad now. I’m gonna get so drunk saturday, I’m gonna passout before noon! (and miss my shift)

Pensacola dawg

September 1st, 2009
12:44 pm

Amazing!!! Beat UGA and now your world beaters. Where would geek u be without UGA?

Grammer Police

September 1st, 2009
12:46 pm

To 4th and RB:

If you attempt wit to make a point, it is important not to undermine your attempt by sounding like a retard. “unlitmate hunter”? WTF? Is that something you Jawga boys like to play with the sheep?

Louisiana Jacket

September 1st, 2009
12:47 pm

Where would geek u be without UGA????? do you want to rephrase that or just keep it like that sounding like a retarded person?

4th and Reggie Ball

September 1st, 2009
12:47 pm

A blind squirel finds a nut and all of a sudden he is an amazing hunter. 7-1 this century you NERDS!!!

Grammer Police

September 1st, 2009
12:48 pm

To Pensacola dawg:

Ahh, where to begin –> “Where would geek u be without UGA?” Obviously not in 4th grade spelling class. Are you Leonard Pope?

david

September 1st, 2009
12:49 pm

UGA doesn’t appear on your schedule until November yet judging by your posts you would think it was Saturday. Your obsession is in great need of professional help!

Grammer Police

September 1st, 2009
12:50 pm

To 4th and RB:

Squirrel has two “r” . . . dumbass.

GT DREAMERS

September 1st, 2009
12:51 pm

AGAIN ONE DECENT SEASON AND ALL YOU GEEKS ARE TALKING ABOUT UNDEFEATED, ONE LOSS, WINNING THE ACC!! IF NC, VT AND LSU CAN STOP THAT SISSY OFFENSE EVERYONE ELSE WILL ESPECIALLY THE DAWGS ON NOVEMBER 28TH!! GT AT BEST 8-4!! GOOD LUCK AGAINST JACK ST, IT MIGHT BE YOUR BIGGEST WIN!!!! YELLOW NERDS!!

Louisiana Jacket

September 1st, 2009
12:52 pm

To David: Since you can’t read more than one post a time because that is so much work for you….UGA fans started this on OUR blog…sooo officially you made fun of a fellow UGA fan but I am sure you knew this right?

Grammer Police

September 1st, 2009
12:52 pm

GT DREAMERS,

Here’s a comma (,) — please use it sometime. It’s your friend.

Louisiana Jacket

September 1st, 2009
12:54 pm

to Gt Dream, I forgot that having 300 yards of offense was STOPPING our offense…but I mean I guess in comparison to the…what was it 450 yards we had against UGA? I guess it seems like a smaller number…
CRAP though I forgot you UGA people don’t know how to do math my bad.

Ian McKrevice

September 1st, 2009
12:54 pm

David Pollock is my fav player EVER!!!!