I understand why Damon Evans didn’t want to do it. He has a program to run and home games to protect/hoard. He’s not the president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He’s the athletics director at Georgia. Still …
It would have been nice. Just to try. Just once.
Dan Radakovich, who’s Tech’s AD, told me in Tallahassee he couldn’t see a Tech-Georgia game in the Dome as the 2011 installment of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic really happening. I told him I couldn’t, either, even though I’d just written how much I’d like it. But I’ve got no dog (pun intended) in this fight. I’m just a guy who writes for the Atlanta paper and who gets in free. (Unless Gary Stokan threatens to ban me from covering a game, as once was threatened regarding the Chick-fil-A Bowl.)
It made way more sense for Tech than for Georgia, which is why Radakovich pushed, if gently, for it. Tech is the program looking to market itself and make more money. Evans presides over an athletics department that essentially mints money. To have thrown off the rotation of home games — especially seeing as how Georgia-Florida, which counts as a Bulldog home date every other year, is always played in a different state — wouldn’t have served Evans’ constituency. (Here’s the report of Evans’ demurral, as written by esteemed colleague Tim Tucker.)
Me, I’ve got no constituency. I just would have liked to see Tech fans and Georgia fans jammed under one roof for one night in August/September. Just once. Just to try it. But now we move on to my next doomed-to-fail dream:
Tech and Georgia moving their basketball game back to Atlanta, this time to Philips Arena. I miss the Cremins-Durham days at the old Omni. I suspect some of you do, too.