[knocking sound] Who is it?….Landshark

One of the great Saturday Night Live Skits from way back in the day. Candygram, Girl Scouts, Landshark. It’s all good.

Which brings us to a fun blog for the day.

Miami’s stadium, now known as Land Shark Stadium, is named after Jimmy Buffett’s Landshark Lager. 

So, since there was no access to players and coaches today, I thought it might be fun to have a little fun with songs song by Buffett, and who they might apply to in the ACC. There’s lots of preview stuff about the game in the Tech section of ajc.com/sports.

So, here goes:

Bama Breeze: Virginia Tech. They can still feel the whoosh from the blowout the Crimson Tide put on them earlier this season.

California Dreamin (Buffett did his own version): Georgia Tech. What’s in California? The Rose Bowl? Where’s the national championship being played this year? That’s right.

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: North Carolina and coach Butch Davis. The well-traveled head honcho has brought a new winning attitude in his third year  in Chapel Hill after a failed stint with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Come Monday: Virginia. What’s good about Monday? After the Cavs lose yet another game and bemoan their fate all weekend, they can start building hope again each week on Monday. Good luck with that.

Good Guys Win: To N.C. State’s Tom O’Brien, one of the good guys in the business.

Quietly Making Noise: Boston College. Al Spaziani has the Eagles looked good so far this season, but no one has said too much about them.

Time to go Home: Bobby Bowden and Florida State. Bowden desperately wants the NCAA wins record. He said he doesn’t want it for him. He wants it for his family. But he’s got to outlast Joe Paterno at Penn State, who seemingly has no plans to leave anytime soon, either.

The Good Fight: Duke’s David Cutcliffe. He’s got one heck of a hill to climb to make the program a winner, but he seems willing to give it his best shot.

Where is the Love: Miami’s Randy Shannon. He inherited a bit of a mess but has recruited well. He should get an opportunity to lead those recruits. Instead, there’s already talk he could be let go if his team disappoints this season.

Death Valley Lives: Come on, you know this one.

Defying Gravity: Wake Forest and coach Jim Grobe. He’s turned one of the worst programs in the country into a respectable team (FSU can vouch for that). How long will he stay there? How long can he keep winning?

Here We Are: This one goes to Maryland. A team that everyone seems to overlook every year, but has fans who have no problem letting you know they are around. 


Alright I’ve had my fun.

Catching up on a few things. A few Miami players have come down with the flu, but none seem like impact players. Of course, with the flu who knows how quickly it may spread to other players on the team.


Now, if you feel like it, have at it with song titles and who you think they apply to in the ACC, and why. And, if you want to talk football, I’ll be back online around 1 p.m. tomorrow and will be glad to answer any questions you have about the game.

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September 15th, 2009
11:22 pm


September 15th, 2009
11:24 pm

m, SHUT UP about “chan gomer gailey”. No one supports him. If anyone lashes out at you I guarantee you it’s not because they support Gailey, but because you’re an obnoxious moron that people want to shut the hell up. We don’t want to constantly be reminded of him. Do you want his memory to live on that much? Get a life and move on, man. I’ll “thank god and greyhound” when you’re no longer posting about Gailey.


September 15th, 2009
11:25 pm

This is catchy, Doug. I enjoyed it.
As for UNC, yeah, he turned them into a team with a winning way beating UCONN (a mediocre big east school) by 2 points…
And yeah… Dreams of California have definately taken place for me recently… but they are only dreams if we cannot play with intensity the whole game. Our tendency to fall asleep in the 3rd quarter will catch us sooner or later, and thursday is the day it will happen if we do not execute the WHOLE GAME.
Thus said, cant wait till thursday. GO JACKETS


September 15th, 2009
11:25 pm

Only the Strong Survive by Jerry Butler goes to Georgia Tech

Joe Schmoe

September 15th, 2009
11:28 pm

Doug, I dont know about the whole song thing. I do know that UM is suffering from the injury bug, wheter that be physically or from illness. If I am not mistaken one of their starters was out with a broken jaw at the begining of the season (Some one punched him at practice?)

Da U

September 15th, 2009
11:50 pm

UM has a few injuries, including our starting DE who has a broken jaw. But what team doesn’t have injuries???? Miami doesn’t make excuses, win or lose!

“Where is the Love: Miami’s Randy Shannon. He inherited a bit of a mess but has recruited well. He should get an opportunity to lead those recruits. Instead, there’s already talk he could be let go if his team disappoints this season.”

Where is the talk coming from??? The magazines in the check out isle of the grocery store? Write only facts , not rumors! Shannon is a Miami boy who is loved in S.Florida, he is in his 3rd year coaching a team that started more FR than any other team last year. And that’s a FACT!

Should be a great game, and that’s a fact!

Joe Schmoe

September 16th, 2009
12:01 am

Da U, whats up with the guy with his mouth wired shut? Did somebody really punch the guy during practice. Who said anything about Miami making excuses anyways. Its all a dynamic of the game, and it does play a factor. As far as starting more freshman, we also started the most freshmen and sophmores last year… and? Both teams are young.


September 16th, 2009
12:12 am

Ah, … Jimmy Buffett and the ACC:

“The Weather is Here; I wish you were beautiful” … Miami ‘Canes’ Fans lamenting since the end of their “glory days” ….

“If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me” …. the 32 teams of the NFL vis-a-vis giving Al Groh another shot at pro football.

… I could do this all day ….



September 16th, 2009
12:14 am

Here is an easy link to Miami Herald’s University of Miami sports blog ;) Do what you must, since they are linking our sports blogs.


Da U

September 16th, 2009
12:16 am

Joe, our starting DE was sucker punched in the locker room by a walk-on who had only been with the team for a week. It not only broke his jaw, but broke it in 2 places. The walk-on was kicked off the team, and has since apologized. There was actually an article today that said he has lost 30 pounds and will probably be out the entire year.

I can’t wait, should be a great game. I just hope we can hold GT to tunder 200 yards rushing. But that’s asking alot.

Da U's Daddy

September 16th, 2009
12:32 am

Roddy Jones might be held to under 200 yds rushing. So will Anthony Allen and Josh Nesbitt. However, Jonathan Dwysman will rush for over 200 by himself. Nesbitt may even complete a pass or two to his own receivers. But no matter. Did you watch the game last year? Miami isn’t disciplined enough to stay home and contain. Doesn’t happen at Thug U. Nothing has changed. Mark it down: GT wins 48-17, 500+ rush yds.

Joe Schmoe

September 16th, 2009
12:32 am

This is a good explination of what happened when a team (GT vs Clemson) doesn’t execute as stated by CPJ.

Johnson had a different take Monday.

“The thing I find amusing about football in general, not just us or whatever, it’s like if somebody struggles [as Tech did in the third quarter, and part of the fourth] it’s always something that you did and it can’t ever be anything they did,” he said. “Everybody acts like it was all some kind of an adjustment or they did something different. They lined up the same way all night and so did we. They out executed us in the third quarter and played with a little more intensity and fire.”

Very insightful knowing it wasn’t adjustments, but lack of execution. Four quarters guys!


September 16th, 2009
12:39 am

Hi Doug, I think we will find out how good Clemson and Boston College are this weekend when they square off against each other. Should be interesting. I forgot about the locker room incident with Miami’s DE getting punched in the jaw. Maybe Miami and Oregon can square off in a Golden Gloves tournament after the season.

We’ll find out how good the new “U” is on Thursday night. Hopefully the flu situation is resolved with no players missing the game. Tech comes out on top again against the Canes.

Go to http://www.isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles.


September 16th, 2009
1:43 am

Honestly, when you tech fans get around each other to watch a game, do you notice there are no attractive girls? That hairy Indian girl in the corner doesn’t count.


September 16th, 2009
6:27 am

Quote by Jaccory Harris…On Georgia Tech’s defense:

“They have a good defense. Their secondary is good. Morgan Burnett gets across the whole field. And their defensive end [Derrick Morgan] is a beast. But at the same time, I don’t believe our offense can [be stopped].”

How’s that for bulliten board material.

Speaking of young, that’s young:
GT Class Breakdown
Freshmen 61
Sophomores 23
Juniors 30
Seniors 10


September 16th, 2009
6:40 am

That’s true Joe Schmoe! How often does a good team playing another good team execute precisely for a full 60 minutes? Rarely. One team if not both figures out the other and that’s were real coaching comes in. CPJ made those neccessary adjustments in the 4th after CU made theirs earlier. GT won because CPJ counteracted CU’s moves. That’s what makes football great.

On the Um injury front:
Miami will be without defensive backs DeMarcus Van Dyke and JoJo Nicholas. Van Dyke was hurt against FSU and Nicholas has the flu. Da U are those guys starters or backups?

Cuttyshark…I think that Oregon guy could take anyone on UM. That was a good one on Boise ST. guy.

Geez, GT4Ever

September 16th, 2009
6:54 am

Sucker punches don’t count!!!!!


September 16th, 2009
7:34 am

chan gomer gailey would be represented by Cher’s “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves”.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever. Any Tech fan that ever supported him or defended him in any way (like the DA bruinjacket) sucks to the nth degree. If these fools had had their way we would still be lumbering through mediocrity with gomer.

There is a new sheriff in town…his name is Paul Johnson. His song is #1 on the charts…with a bullet.


September 16th, 2009
8:11 am

Doug, is this the best you can do? C’mon, be a sports reporter.


September 16th, 2009
8:11 am

I’m sure that Coach O’Brien appreciates your kind words. However, his name is Tom, not Jim.

Baba O'Riley

September 16th, 2009
8:21 am

Certain posters could be represented by Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”.

Baba O'Riley

September 16th, 2009
8:37 am

It is still unknown what kind of team Miami has. Miami played a close game with FSU and won. FSU then goes out and squeaks past Jax State.
I’m sure Okie State thought they had a good team when they beat a “tough” SEC opponent. We all know what happened to Okie State the next week.
Was Miami’s win a product of improved offense orrancid defense? We will find out tomorrow night.

Hey Dogtards

September 16th, 2009
8:41 am

“Honestly, when you tech fans get around each other to watch a game, do you notice there are no attractive girls? That hairy Indian girl in the corner doesn’t count.”

I’m sorry, don’t you know that most of us aren’t Tech students? They aren’t many hairy Indian girls walking the streets of Midtown/Buckhead. Where do you live again?

Hey Da U – did that walkon get the beat down after the sucker punch?

I’m not gonna say anything bad about Chan. He kept us above sea level while we went out and found a good coach (can’t say the same for Bill Lewis). He brought in CJ, arguably the best player we’ve ever had. He’s also one of the good guys in sports. Was he an amazing coach? No, but he wasn’t bad enough for me to badmouth his coaching job here.


September 16th, 2009
8:43 am

“The whino in I know” will be sneaking in Brother JD into the Shark Stadium Thur. night. and will be hitting S. Beach Friday.

GT 31 Miami 21

Louisiana Jacket

September 16th, 2009
8:43 am

FYI for everyone here who doesn’t know m…is gay just ignore him and if you do he only makes one stupid comment a day instead of many (by me saying this he will say I am a UGA supporter BTW)

Other than that Bowden Rules–> Yes of course I do but better an ugly girl than a girl with the Herp :)


September 16th, 2009
8:47 am

Margaritaville would be a good title for the first weeks performance of the ACC. The majority of the conference played like they were hungover.

coach smith

September 16th, 2009
9:07 am

Tech is playing on Thursday again….you know why?

THE Junior Varsity teams always play on Thursdays!!!!



I’m a Dawg fan but this should be a entertaining game to watch (and I’ll take football on TV any night I can get it..even if its Tech

I think the loss of Miami’s two DBs will not make much difference b/c Tech does not pass the ball well at all

If it is raining as hard as they are forecasting that will be a problem for Tech

If Tech turns the ball over in this game they lose badly otherwise it is going to the wire


September 16th, 2009
9:16 am

Lighten up T-Bone!!! I’m sure there is only so much to report in a week’s time about a single football team. This was supposed to be fun and I think it was. Smiling once in a while makes you a happier person and more fun to be around.

Very creative Doug! It gave me a reason to laugh on a Wednesday morning!


September 16th, 2009
9:22 am

miami wins this one,BIG.


September 16th, 2009
9:38 am

Jimmy Buffett tunes, huh? Ok. Who’s the blog stranger?


September 16th, 2009
9:48 am

Doug – Great blog. I love the Jimmy Buffet reference.

Ramble On took the one I was thinking of with “The Wino and I Know” so I guess I’ll go with “A Pirate (Huricane) Looks at 40″ in honor of how many points we’ll put up against them tomorrow night.


September 16th, 2009
9:57 am

Doug: When you get back to your computer, could you answer the following:

1. How does the B-Back depth look this week? Injuries healed?

2. Why is Marcus Wright not seeing reps?


& Go Jackets!!

Scrappy McGowan

September 16th, 2009
10:05 am

superDawg- How embarrassing would it be to lose to Bobby Petrino? Tom T. Hall “Who’s gonna feed them Hawgs?”


September 16th, 2009
10:08 am

Sorry Tech82…how bout “Come Monday” GT will be 3-0 and UGAg will be 1-2?


September 16th, 2009
10:46 am

Yeah Coach Smith…. the rain sure was a problem last November in Athens!! Good one.

coach smith

September 16th, 2009
11:17 am


It wasn’t raining in Athens that day…it was WET

And I’m sorry but with that option offense, a wet ball adds to the possibility of turnovers

coach smith

September 16th, 2009
11:18 am

Brundel and other Rude techies (not all of you)

Here are a few things you need to know about the difference between the UGA and TECH programs

1 When Georgia finishes 10-3 and #10 in the country it is a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!

2 When Tech goes 9-4 and is not even ranked they think it is an all time GREAT season and that thier team and coach is the second coming

3 UGA beats Tech soooo much that Techies have victory RINGS made to comemorate the one time in a decade that they do manage to squeak out a win ( I mean Rings? Really? that is sad)

4 Georgia sells more of YOUR season ticket packages than you do when the Dawgs are going to play at Tech that season

5 You can’t sell out or fill up a 50k seat stadium WHILE UGA has a waiting list for tickets to a stadium that holds 93K and buy ins that cost thousands just for the right to get tickets

6 You are not a rivalry for Georgia anymore…you are the annoying little brother loses to his older brother in a game of HORSE a hundred straight times and then runs his mouth and brags relentlessly the one lucky time he does win comments here

Wreckbone Fan

September 16th, 2009
11:35 am

My sentiments exactly on the rain, seemed to do ok last time we played in it.

Bowden guy, why don’t you give the chick thing a rest. Lot more pretty girls on tech campus these days. And I live in alpharetta where most guys who went to any school have hot wives.
So you or any dog fan need to shut your mouths squeaking by teams picked to not do so well.

Can’t wait to see this matchup. It should be really fun and glad the miami qb was running his mouth. Its got our defense amped up already…heard about it from C Taylor this am on 790. He wasn’t stupid enough to run his mouth though. But we will see how the anti-U does against the u!

Go Jackets and some student make t shirts calling our offense the wreck bone. That is still funny to me..


September 16th, 2009
11:36 am

I agree BruinJacket. It’s time for m to move on.Get off the Gailey thing.Let’s enjoy the Johnson era without the reminders of days gone by. m,it’s time to grow up.

Joshua Barlowe

September 16th, 2009
11:37 am

Can’t believe no one has gone here yet:

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen’s recurring fantasy.

I love UGAg fans calling Thursday night games “Jr. Varsity.”

Call these schools and tell them they’re Jr. Varsity for playing on Thursday night. There are quite few on here with more National Championships that UGAg:

Southern Cal
Florida State
Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Oklahoma State (who just whupped the dawgs)
and of course, the four-time National Champion Georgia Tech


September 16th, 2009
11:39 am

Sunshine…I get somewhat of what Shannon’s saying, that he doesn’t want to give up the big plays but if GT gets 5,10,15 yards then will take that all night because we’re moving the chains and the clock. The less we see UM’s O on the field the better. Therefore, tire down UM’s D and then there goes the big play. That’s what our O is all about. So eventually, the big play will come at some point in the game. But I don’t think CPJ would mind if we have to march it down the field and score. GO JACKETS!!!!!

Louisiana Jacket

September 16th, 2009
11:41 am

Coach Smith….Ill remember that when we win more SEC games this year than ya’ll do :) …and thats fine with the little brother comment because guess what (little brother grows up bigger than older brother and becomes better than him) so I am fine with the PAST how you were better because at the moment your getting old while we are hitting our stride!
Also just FYI for you PJ has told his players when he first came in that they would NEVER lose a game in the rain because rain hurts passing much more than it does handoffs and pitches, but since you didn’t play football I guess you wouldn’t understand that kind of comment.

Tech alum

September 16th, 2009
11:43 am

The only people that I ever heard complaining about the lack of women on Tech’s campus probably couldn’t get any at any school. Losers. There are plenty of girls to go around at Tech. That was one of the urban legend myths that I noticed wasn’t true my first week of school there.


September 16th, 2009
11:45 am

-coach smith –
6 Since we’re not a rivalry for UGA anymore, why do all you losers spend so much time on GT Blogs?
5 Yes, UGA wins the polularity contest. Next you guys will be voted Miss Congeniality.
4 Thank you.
3 UGA leads the series, but GT still has the longest winning streak in the series.
2 Being unranked at 9-4 would indicate a problem with the rankings system.
1 Finishing 10-3 and ranked #10, when you started out ranked #1, and lost to your in-state rival, and your biggest conference rival should be a dissapointment.

Now Good Luck against Arkansas. I usually pull for UGA except when they play Tech, but even if I didn’t, I would have to this weekend. I’d be happy if Putrino never wins another game.

Louisiana Jacket

September 16th, 2009
11:45 am

Tech alum–> I am a student…and yes there are girls its just FINDING them haha the ratio is a true number but as long as you are outgoing person you don’t have a problem.

GT Que

September 16th, 2009
11:49 am

Coach Smith – Here are some other differences you left off of the list about the differences between GT and UGA football

1. UGA has 2 national championships but acts as though they are a program like Southern Cal who has 10 national championships

2. GT has double the national championships that UGA has (that’s 4 NC’s for those of you UGA fans who cannot multiply)

3. In this rivalry, GT holds the record for the most consecutive wins over the opponent which is 8 years in a row

4. 2008 45-42 UGA

Still stings, I know


September 16th, 2009
11:54 am

coach smith:

1. After being a pre-seasoned #1….. We’d be disappointed losing 3 games, too!

2. Tech was ONLY expected to win three or four games all season…we won NINE!

3. The rings were part of a bowl invitation…the seniors asked to have the score of the Tech/uga engraved on the rings…the ‘Streak’ is ours at eight in a row!

4. 94% of all statistics are made up to argue a point…guess which side of the coin you fall on here!

5. Congrats on filling up your stadium…just means that 93k people KEEP showing up to see the pups fall short of winning national championships over and over and over!!! Ya’ll remind me of the fake ball toss… someone acts like they’re tossing a National Championship Trophy and you all go hopping into the abyss only to find that the trophy is in the hands of someone else! I have to admit…the look on ya’lls faces are priceless!

6. Really?! Yet, you’re on a blog about the GT/ um game and drooling all over the place….you’re not alone! There are MANY crotch sniffer fans that frequent blogs pertaining to Tech. Shucks, after reading some of ya’lls stuff…we may be the biggest rivalry you have!


September 16th, 2009
11:58 am

For the record….we DID end the season ranked

Golden Hand

September 16th, 2009
12:35 pm

Hey, Doug, could you get the desk to fix the typo in the poll? Tech is not “posied” to do anything, but they may be poised.


September 16th, 2009
12:36 pm

I assume m is short for moron.

“Any Tech fan that ever supported him or defended him in any way (like the DA bruinjacket) sucks to the nth degree.”

I’m a “DA” because you’re annoying as hell and want you to shut up? Let me reiterate, wanting you to shut up about the past is in no way support OF the past. It’s actually the opposite of support. It’s moving on. Apparently everyone that posts here must also be a “DA”.

And you’re actually doing Paul Johnson an injustice by basing his merit on the comparison to what most here deem lesser ability. Here’s a thought: How about talking about what Paul Johnson DOES or WILL DO? How about talking about his actual accomplishments? Does it make me a “DA” to want to read something other than how bad another coach was?