I’m off today and just got back from the dentist, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to comment on the latest flap in the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry.
As you’ve probably seen, Tech coach Paul Johnson, appearing on local radio, dismissed the UGA program that just embarrassed his team Saturday night, asking “What have they done to be the mark for Georgia Tech football? What’s the last thing they won? 1980?”
For Tech, he said, the annual game against the Bulldogs is “not the be all, end all. We’re 1-1.”
And he went on to advise any Tech fan getting a hard time from a Georgia fan to “punch him in the face.”
OK, so now we know that in addition to being a pretty good coach, Paul Johnson is a bit of a jerk. I mean, you’ve really got to go some to make Lane Kiffin sound classy.
Georgia hasn’t won anything since 1980? What, conference championships don’t count? Mark Richt has two of those. Tech hasn’t won one outright since 1990 (when they also won half a national championship). Johnson will get the chance to win his first conference championship this weekend. Though admittedly, it will be somewhat devalued by the fact that both teams playing for the ACC crown were beaten by 7-5 SEC teams.
And what’s this “we’re 1-1″ business? This smacks of the Gators fans who think there was no college football before 1990. Johnson may be 1-1 against Georgia, but his program has been dominated by UGA for most of the past 45 years.
As for a punch in the face, it looked like that’s pretty much what the Jackets got from the Dogs Saturday night.
That’s all I’ve got to say. Feel free to share your views in the comments while I return to my day off.