Live from the Joke by Coke, and the Evil Genius = hope

The ideal Christmas for a Dawg fan? Here you go. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The ideal Christmas gift for a Dawg fan? Not this. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Understand: In my entire life, I have never thought of Bobby Dodd Stadium as the Joke by Coke, but seeing as how I’m tasked with chatting live tonight from a Georgia perspective I thought I’d get in the spirit. But that, I should report, is where it ends. No cracks about John DUI-berry. Or Reggie Ball. (Well, maybe only one or two.) Everything else will be straight down the middle. Fair and balanced, as we say here at Fox News.

And we at Fox News have learned that the Ol’ Ball Coach doubled the score on young Dabo of Swinney, which has the effect of doing two things near and dear to Georgia fans’ hearts. First, it devalues the ACC title game, in which the North Avenue Trade School — sorry, couldn’t t resist just one more — will take part, and it also offers further proof that the ACC isn’t exactly a fortress of a league.

South Carolina entered having lost five of 11 games, same as Georgia. South Carolina had lost to Georgia by four points on Sept. 12, two days after Georgia Tech beat Clemson by three. So comparative scores were pretty close. (Not that comparative scores tell us much, but hear me out.) And today the Evil Genius whipped his in-state rival 34-17.

Can it happen in another state championship game? Honesty compels me to say I don’t think so, but I’ve been wrong about this game twice in the past three years. I figured Tech would handle Georgia in 2006 given that the Jackets were ranked and headed for the ACC title tilt — sound familiar — and the Bulldogs had needed an upset of Auburn just to get to 7-4. And I figured Georgia would still be too much for the Jackets were — for a half. Then things changed.

I see Georgia scoring some points on Tech. I see Tech scoring a lot more on Georgia. I’ve been saying 42-27 for two weeks, and yesterday I asked you kind folks for your thoughts on the matter. At last check, the semi-consensus among respondents was that the Jackets would win big or Georgia would win close. I’d bet on the latter if I bet. Which I do not. So feel free to disregard my gambling advice.

Please also feel free to join us as we discuss the game from a Georgia angle tonight. I’ll be here until it ends, which I figure will be at 11:29 p.m. EST. And it had better be. My print deadline is 11:30. But that’s problem, not yours. And I look forward to your company on what promises to be an intriguing night.

2,468 comments Add your comment

DCDawg

November 28th, 2009
5:21 pm

Tied for fourth!

GTFan

November 28th, 2009
5:21 pm

Mark, GT will get the job done. We have a lot to lose and we will hold on to it.

THWG!!

defactodawg

November 28th, 2009
5:22 pm

Can’t wait to follow along Mark. I suspect it will be a long evening but perhaps we can find a glimmer of hope in the fact that 5 of Top 25 have already lost.

45ACP

November 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

I like the Jackets and I like em to lose!
GO DAWGS!

MikeInValdosta

November 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

Georgia big defensive front will prove to be too much this year. That and actually tackling to the ground! Dawgs win 38-20

txdawg

November 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

NICE ARTICLE. LOOK FORWARD TO IT TONIGHT

74 Dawg

November 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

Glad to have you , Mark.

Jacket Lawyer

November 28th, 2009
5:24 pm

I’ll take a W, period. But a smashmouth game would be awesome! Go Jackets!!!

Kane337

November 28th, 2009
5:24 pm

74 Dawg

November 28th, 2009
5:24 pm

Blogging from th e Ga POV that is.

Jimmy the Tech fan

November 28th, 2009
5:26 pm

You know MB, “North Avenue Trade School” isn’t really an insult. The bookstore sells a t-shirt that says “North Avenue Trade School” on it. I own it and I wear it.

74 Dawg

November 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

To win this game Ga needs to physically pound Tech. Unfortunately I’m not sure they can do that. But they better try if they want to win.

MikeInValdosta

November 28th, 2009
5:28 pm

I believe they have changed it to North Avenue Terrorists School

kauai dawg

November 28th, 2009
5:28 pm

Georgia has the talent but not the heart I am sorry to say. Hopefully the “D” will play hard for Willie is what they may think is his last game and they play above themselves. If our D line can come to play and collapse the line then the option game may sputter a bit. With have many seniors who know this is their last chance so maybe, just maybe they come to play. Go DAWGS! GATA

74 Dawg

November 28th, 2009
5:28 pm

That’s right Jimmy, the acronym is Nats.

william cranman

November 28th, 2009
5:29 pm

Mark, any word on AJ Green?

45ACP

November 28th, 2009
5:31 pm

Joke by the Coke still makes me laugh.

Jacket Lawyer

November 28th, 2009
5:32 pm

Mikey, that is one of the problems we Techies face. We are such a worldwide leader in technology that we attract students from the world over. One in 10,000 might be a bad apple. I realize UGAG doesn’t have that problem or reputation, in the world or even in the South. But every GT player has a drivers license and they can all spell their names, calculate their SAT score and play some damn good football.

La Jolla Dawg

November 28th, 2009
5:32 pm

Hey Mark, glad you are on our sideline so to speak. If Georgia can somehow pull out the win how about you giving up Saint Simons e-mail or IP address?

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

Slant? AJC? Say it ain’t so.

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

Slant? Did we read that right?

Dabo S

November 28th, 2009
5:34 pm

Mark,
If willie martinez comes on later tell him to send me his resume. He said he’d be blogging with you from the sidelines tonight

Dabo

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:34 pm

Obligatory Tiger Woods post:

If she went after him with his own clubs . . . he was hurt by Tiger woods.

Kane337

November 28th, 2009
5:35 pm

UGA football still makes me laugh.

Buckhead Bulldog

November 28th, 2009
5:37 pm

Sic’ ‘em GEORGIA BULLDOGS!

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2009
5:37 pm

No word on A.J. Green. I’ll let you know soon.

Just talked to my mom in Kentucky. UK fans are hopeful this will be the night of the first ‘Cat victory over Tennessee since 1984. And I believe it will be.

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2009
5:38 pm

I don’t think Georgia can pound Tech. Other way around, maybe.

Jacket Lawyer

November 28th, 2009
5:39 pm

Russ? The mutt is called Russ? Who calls a mutt Russ? Wuss, however, fits.

falcon 71

November 28th, 2009
5:39 pm

1 thing for sure Mark it will be fun

Jack Wood

November 28th, 2009
5:39 pm

The AJC taking a UGA slant. Imagine that. Have I really lived long enough to see it?

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

Mark, how’s Russ holding up?

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2009
5:41 pm

Haven’t seen Russ. But I have been looking for him.

Chopper

November 28th, 2009
5:42 pm

I don’t this game is going to be a blow out for either side. Tech may win, but not by more than 10. Dawgs will be up for this one. They played scared against Flordia but I think they will play smart against Tech.

BitDogBarking

November 28th, 2009
5:43 pm

So far today a 5 loss 5th place SEC East team has beat down an ACC division champion. UF is beating a team that hung 44 pts on another ACC champ 30 -0. Just how bad is the ACC?

falcon 71

November 28th, 2009
5:45 pm

poor Mark , Jeff drew the long straw

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:46 pm

Jeff is known to throw ham. Watch yourself.

Jacket Lawyer

November 28th, 2009
5:47 pm

BitDog, maybe if you played someone other than Tennessee Tech in November who would have some room to talk. UF played 3 cupcakes. LSU played 2. Alabama played 2. Cupcake Conference so that when you do play a real team you are fresh, I guess that’s your mantra.

45ACP

November 28th, 2009
5:47 pm

Mark – What do they have for supper?

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:47 pm

FSU is embarrassing theyselves. Trick plays won’t help now.

Bob Dylan

November 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

Yesterday’s just a memory, tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.

Sonny Clusters

November 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

Mark, will you be throwing trash on the ground and leaving a mess?

Chopper

November 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

Jacket Lawyer, Minus Tennessee Tech, Georgia’s schedule was no cupcake. I don’t see how you could argue that one…

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2009
5:51 pm

I try to tidy up my work station when I’m done, Sonny. Thanks for asking.

BitDogBarking

November 28th, 2009
5:51 pm

Mark, no offense intended, but based on your prognostication history, I feel pretty good about the Dawgs chances tonight.

Bob Dylan

November 28th, 2009
5:51 pm

Florida and VT are wearing White helmets

Buckhead Bulldog

November 28th, 2009
5:52 pm

Damn! Tebow is a stud. Glad he is gone.

Nesbitt Has a PHD in Chemical Eng!

November 28th, 2009
5:53 pm

The ACC teams are kind of getting their pants collectively pulled down on national TV today. And they are not proud.

John

November 28th, 2009
5:54 pm

If the top ACC teams (Clemson & GT) loses to lower SEC teams (USC & Georgia) wouldn’t the ACCCG be the most irrelevant championship game of the year?

Jacket Lawyer

November 28th, 2009
5:54 pm

Everyone gets a cupcake, true. But in November? And your amazing SEC cousins play a bunch of cupcakes! So I’m tired of the whole SEC is so tough thing. FL plays 3 cupcakes!!!! Absurd. At some point it should be a penalty in rankings to play cupcakes.

BitDogBarking

November 28th, 2009
5:54 pm

Jacket Lawyer

November 28th, 2009
5:32 pm

Mikey, that is one of the problems we Techies face. We are such a worldwide leader in technology that we attract students from the world over. One in 10,000 might be a bad apple. I realize UGAG doesn’t have that problem or reputation, in the world or even in the South. But every GT player has a drivers license and they can all spell their names, calculate their SAT score and play some damn good football.

And take all their classes over at Morehouse, huh Jacket Lawyer.