What would Elvis say? Dawgs should just TCB!

Mark Richt knows there's only one thing the Bulldogs need to be concerned about right now: Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt knows there's only one thing the Bulldogs need to be concerned about right now: Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Back when Elvis died, the paper sent me to Memphis and Tupelo. One of the folks I encountered in Elvis’ hometown was a woman who had been close to the King and wore one of those lightning bolt TLC (Tender Loving Care) necklaces he gave his female friends. The equivalent for his male buddies was one that said TCB (Taking Care of Business).

TCB. Those initials stand for words to live by for the Georgia Bulldogs right now. In other words, they need to focus on one thing and one thing only: beating the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets.

Not the upcoming meeting with Alabama in the Georgia Dome.

Not the chances of playing for a BCS national championship if they manage to knock off the Crimson Tide.

Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech.

Mark Richt kept repeating that mantra in his Sunday night teleconference with laser-like focus despite the repeated efforts of reporters to get him to even acknowledge that he’d watched the Baylor-Kansas State or Stanford-Oregon games Saturday night that suddenly catapulted the winner of the SEC Championship back into contention for this year’s BCS showdown in Miami.

Richt refused to be lured off his single-minded conversational track because he recognizes what his team is facing this week.

The biggest challenge for the Dogs as the annual game with Tech approaches is not how to deal with the dreaded triple-option — having schemed for it already the past two years, Todd Grantham has a pretty good idea of what needs to be done there. And after facing the similar (though not identical) Georgia Southern attack, even his freshman players who haven’t gone up against Paul Johnson’s attack before have a much better feel for what they need to do.

No, the first — and, for the moment, the biggest — obstacle the Bulldogs must hurdle if they really want their dreams for this season to come true is shutting out all the SEC Championship and BCS chatter that will be tweeted at them from all sides and working up a full-blooded frenzy of hatred for the team from North Avenue.

Because you can bet the Jackets will come to town fired up even more than usual over the possibility of wrecking the Bulldogs’ postseason goals.

The theme of the week for the Jackets is already being recited by Tech fans on their Internet gathering sites: “WE CAN RUIN THEIR SEASON.”

That has them more excited than even the possibility of stumbling into a spot in the ACC championship game, because 365 days a year the thing that Tech players and fans think about more than anything else is beating Georgia. And if they can ruin a special season while they’re at it, even better.

Of course, you can’t expect Georgia’s players not to be excited by their team’s rise to No. 3 in the latest BCS standings, right behind Notre Dame and Alabama, or the prospect of playing their way into a chance at winning the crystal football.

They’re kids and it’s only natural if some of them come down with a bad case of BCS fever this week.

But what they need to keep foremost in their minds is the cold, hard reality that if they don’t beat Tech they’ll never get a chance at that dream rematch with the Fighting Irish for another national championship.

Sure, they could still win the SEC Championship even if the unthinkable somehow happened Between the Hedges this week, but a two-loss SEC champ isn’t going to play for the national title this year.

As Richt noted Sunday, “That’s the whole key to football is to be able to focus on the only thing that really matters and that’s this week’s game.”

Thankfully, some of the team elders have been quick to note what’s truly important this week. As Alec Ogletree put it after Saturday’s win over Georgia Southern: “We have to get back to practice and focus on this week’s game plan, and then the week after focus on Atlanta. It’s week by week, and we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”

Wide receiver Rhett McGowan probably summed it up best when he tweeted: “Let’s take care of business? Playoffs start now!”

And Georgia Tech is the first step.

FANS BACK IN BLACK?

A movement has started among UGA students to have fans stage a “blackout” at Sanford Stadium for the Tech game.

You can pretty much bet the house that the Georgia team will be in its familiar red home jerseys, but by early Sunday I’d already heard from the UGA Paintline (the guys who paint their torsos for each home game) and other students asking me to spread the word that they want fans to wear black for the game.

What do you think of that idea? A fun way to get everyone revved up, or a needless gimmick? I mean, do we really need any additional enticement to be ready to cheer on the Dogs against the hated insects from Atlanta?

Feel free to share your views in the comments.

Go Dawgs! Beat Tech!

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210 comments Add your comment

Sam

November 18th, 2012
9:47 pm

I like a fan led blackout…

AugustaDawg

November 18th, 2012
9:49 pm

First and grab that title u hairy dawgs!

Macclenny_dawg

November 18th, 2012
9:51 pm

Go Dawgs!!!TCB!!!

Phantom

November 18th, 2012
9:53 pm

Micah is the Chief!

Scrambledog

November 18th, 2012
9:53 pm

TCB Baby !!!! One game at a time. Great times are coming Bros …….Go Dogs…….Sic ‘em !!!

Vinman

November 18th, 2012
9:55 pm

I think a blackout is needed for the Tech game. It puts the focus and intensity straight back into Tech. It’s not as flashy as the Auburn blackout was, but it keeps the focus to the game we need to be focusing on. Go Dawgs.

Strat Cat Dawg

November 18th, 2012
9:56 pm

This is the most important Tech game since 1980. By all means, let’s not get caught looking ahead.

Rambling Wreck 82

November 18th, 2012
9:59 pm

Jackets win, 45-42 once again in Athens – Paul Johnson’s town.

Wondering Aloud

November 18th, 2012
10:04 pm

Riddle me this…Say ND loses to USC and Oregon doesn’t make it to the Pac12 Championship Game. Who plays a one loss SEC champ in the National Championship Game?

How about this

November 18th, 2012
10:15 pm

ND loses to SCal, Ga wins out, Fla beats Fla State, rematch with (currently #4) Fla for NC.

ROLL DAWGS!

November 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

SQUASH the BUGS!

well said

November 18th, 2012
10:30 pm

WRECK TECH!!!

A blackout should be saved for night games against Auburn at home…..since that is the only time it has given us a win!

Hairy Dawg

November 18th, 2012
10:31 pm

The only blackout I wanna see in Athens is everybody getting stinking drunk after a beatdown of Tech.

LowerAlabamaDawg

November 18th, 2012
10:38 pm

I would like to invite the Nerds to stomp on the “G” during the pre-game as they did in 2002!

matt

November 18th, 2012
10:49 pm

Its a 12:00 game and the gaso game was like a funeral most of the game. Crowd better get ready to roar this week. Wear red black silver pink. I don’t really give a Damn but make some noise!

Ty

November 18th, 2012
10:49 pm

No Gimmicks, Just show up and play ball. Just show up and be a great fan. That is how you become involved. Support the team not the Book Store or some promotional money scheme.
Go Dawgs beat the wasps!!!!

Long time coming

November 18th, 2012
10:54 pm

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Long time coming

November 18th, 2012
10:55 pm

Screw the stupid black out! Are you joking? We need a stupid gimmick to get the fans into it? I sue as hell hop not!?!

Long time coming

November 18th, 2012
10:59 pm

We will beat Bama if we take care of business next weekend…pray for our coaching staff to have our players ready(unlike the USC game) ugh

Uncle Kirk

November 18th, 2012
11:34 pm

Long time…..if the fans wanna wear black then let em. Quit being such a buzz kill. Nobody affiliated with the program is calling for this. I will be there with black on….or red if thats what they want….will you be there?

cjdawg

November 18th, 2012
11:42 pm

The color black is a downer… I think our team needs to look up in the stands and see RED, RED and more RED! I think there will be enough black on the Tech side of the field….

ARdawg

November 19th, 2012
12:29 am

#%$^& a blackout. It’s gimmicky and we no longer do gimmicks do we? The team knows they have the support. Haven’t we learned our lesson. Was 08 that far ago? Please get out of that mindset and win the game on the field

CaliDawg

November 19th, 2012
2:33 am

The thing that Tech fans and players think about 24/7/365 isn’t “beating” Georgia…it’s just Georgia.

Long time coming

November 19th, 2012
5:01 am

Uncle Kirk, worry about collecting your SS check or that
New pair of women’s shoes you can pick up on black Friday…do not worry about this dawg fan!

Long time coming

November 19th, 2012
5:04 am

Uncle Kirk, go away ! And yes, I am a buzz kill! Duh! Aren’t all UGA fans? Go away old man, or woman

Top Row Dawg

November 19th, 2012
6:20 am

Just get W and stay injury free. Let Aaron Murray throw it deep and often. Follow the Middle Tennessee State game plan and send Tech toward another 6 loss season.

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

Neutral

November 19th, 2012
6:34 am

I just want the student section COMPLETELY full and acting crazy!

Neutral

November 19th, 2012
6:51 am

GT will be the first team in history to play in a conference championship and bowl game (hopefully in Boise) and finish with a 6-8 record. This WILL happen…….GO DAWGS!

Buzz-off

November 19th, 2012
6:54 am

Neutral,
You are right on. That would break my heart to see GT hold that distinction in the record books.

SimpleDawg

November 19th, 2012
7:02 am

What’s wrong with a good ol’ RED OUT ?

All that gimmicky crap is a bunch of nonsense……

GATA !

Seriously?

November 19th, 2012
7:19 am

Neutral

November 19th, 2012
6:51 am

GT will be the first team in history to play in a conference championship and bowl game (hopefully in Boise) and finish with a 6-8 record. This WILL happen…….GO DAWGS!

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Too funny, but I really think this might just become truth.

anothersavdog

November 19th, 2012
7:50 am

Prediction: If Murray has solid games & leads Georgia to wins in SEC & BCS championship games, He will win the Heisman. Lesser national champion QBs have won the award against better competition. Remember Gino Torretta?

James Ainsworth

November 19th, 2012
7:53 am

Georgia it’s not the uniform, otherwise the old uniforms of the 80’s would be my pick. Black-out ? not important. What’s important is Georgia stays focused and realized Georgia Tech ran all over Duke and is a challenger for the ACC.
I ask the Georgia players not to get caught up in the hype and just remember that the 2007 team and what happened to them after being the number one in pre-season!

Best of Luck and please beat the jackets!

RP

November 19th, 2012
7:53 am

C’mon Bergamot. You posted the same thing verbatim on another article. Little more effort please.

cddawgs

November 19th, 2012
7:56 am

Dear GOD NO!!!! Do NOT change unis, do NOT do ANY kind of OUT. LEAVE it alone, do as we’ve been doing. If UGA never wears any special uni again it’s too soon for me. Everyone just be normal, keep things even, tick deserves nothing special and when we do things like that we’re screwed.

MA English 1975

November 19th, 2012
7:56 am

@Bergamot, Gee, thanks for sharing. Appreciate it. On to more important matters, wear red on Sat! Go DAWGS!!!

DIT

November 19th, 2012
8:28 am

Forget the Blackout!!
This team needs to give all of it’s concentration on stopping that option. Tech will score points, that’s a given. Dawgs need to score more. Dawgs need to come out like they did against UF! Don’t let the throttle down for a moment.
Predict:
UGA 48 Tech 28

Buzz-off

November 19th, 2012
8:37 am

Is Bergamot describing Alabama fans and players?

UA Grad

November 19th, 2012
8:37 am

The Steelers must be fined for crimes against human vision……….oh, sorry, good luck against the bugs!
RTR

UA Grad

November 19th, 2012
8:39 am

Nah,
We have the highest graduation rate in the SEC.

Dr. Chill

November 19th, 2012
8:42 am

I’m looking past GT. I can do that. Watch me! —— See? I’m looking forward to the ‘Bama game. Tech is not worthy of thought or preparation.

AltamahaDawg

November 19th, 2012
8:58 am

Having school colors in itself IS a gimmic. Marching band, Gimmic. Name 10 others game day traditions and it’s all gimmics. Come to think of it, most of the entire production of college football is one big gimmic. It’s a game. Remember?

You know, they technically don’t even need people sitting in the stands to observe them, to play the game. Fans are basically, gimmics.

That being said, Tech is not the time for a black-out,especially if its a half-hearted non-official movement.. BUT when it is, please stop this faux adversion to wearing one color over the other, in the name of (any number of cliche’ terms for playing well).

Jaandjodad

November 19th, 2012
9:03 am

Travel with the Dawgs and you will realize that Sanford stadium is a great venue, but fan participation lacks the kind of intensity were several SEC venues and their fans are much more intimidating. If a Black-out gets the Dawg fans on their feet, then I am all in! Go Dawgs !!!!

Vegas Vic

November 19th, 2012
9:09 am

Bammer 49, Dwags 13

Take it to the bank.

Texas Dawg

November 19th, 2012
9:10 am

@anothersavdog…….really…Murry for Heisman…….I hope you are right I really do but………………

Murry is my biggest worry against Alabama and in the bowl game…….HE HAS NOT GOT IT DONE WHEN IT MATTERED MOST!

He has had one quarter(4) agianst Fla that he has looked productive against a really good team. Fla doesn’t turn the ball over 6 or 7 times we loose that game!

I HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT AND Murry plays lights out but he scares me to death………………..when he is on he looks great….problem he never looks on against good temas for ……ALL 4 QTRS….not just one qtr…….but all four against a good team!

Texas Dawg

November 19th, 2012
9:11 am

sorry bout the spelling……………GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

November 19th, 2012
9:14 am

Black-outs are just fun. That’s it. It’s not to make the Oline block better, it’s not to make the DB cover better.It’s not to turn out an all SEC RB. Its a fan participation encouragement. So if black outs are so bad, and they were done for the fans, then that is an indictment of the fans, is it not?

The only evidence we have about a uni-changes is that when the team has weaknesses, the uni’s don’t change that. There is certainly no rational fear, that they cause the team to play worse.

The Gator

November 19th, 2012
9:16 am

Oh please, please go for the blackout. That will make it so much funnier if you somehow happen to repeat the experience of the last blackout.

AltamahaDawg

November 19th, 2012
9:22 am

Nothing is funnier than you in here, giving us exactly what we all wanted. And you not even realizing it. A bitter gator fan desperately trying to pretend he isn’t a giant loser.. Its quite satisfying.

Kyle

November 19th, 2012
9:22 am

STUPID STUPID STUPID NEEDLESS GIMMICK…….IF WE CANT BE FIRED UP TO PLAY TEACH SOMETHING IS WRONG…I HOPE THIS TEAM FINALLY STAYS FOCUED AND TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS…..NO EXCUSE THIS YEAR- IT IS OURS TO WIN- WE DONT HAVE TO DEPEND ON SOMEONE ELSE…….ITS TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP FOREVER