Live from the Dome: I’m back, and so’s the Burner

Slept fast. Went to Mass. Now I’m back downtown, chatting again. Last night was great fun — fine game, unexpected (at least by me) result, much to discuss. Example: Why did Paul Johnson call four consecutive deep passes with the game on the line? We know his stylized offense doesn’t feature the short or intermediate pass, but what about the ol’ option toss? Did PJ bail out — mixed metaphor alert — on his bread and butter?

I wish I could say I had great hope for another great game here at the Dome, but I don’t. I figure the Falcons beat the Bucs by three touchdowns. I figure the Falcons need to beat the Bucs by three touchdowns just to remind themselves they can still be a playoff-caliber team, recent results notwithstanding.

Four losses in five games will have a chilling effect on a franchise and its fans, and traffic around the Dome seemed unusually light around 11:30. (And I was running late.) Can’t imagine there’ll be a full house today, but I’m bad at predictions. Example: Tech 42, Georgia 27.

Wrongheaded though I am, I hope we can make the most of whatever this day brings. The idea is to talk about the Falcons, but we can certainly accommodate the occasional Tech-UGA submission. So I ask once again: Join me, won’t you?

Oh, and this one actual snippet of news: Michael Turner is in uniform and seems to be moving expeditiously in warmups. He’ll play. And Jerious Norwood is no longer among the inactives. That makes for a full house in the backfield, which isn’t the same thing as a full-house backfield. But it’s a most welcome sign.

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Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:35 pm

Kudos, Sonny C. You’re now among the elite. (Although you’ve been pretty elite in my book for a long time now.)

Island Five O

November 29th, 2009
12:35 pm

Anybody seen St. Simons. I got a missing person report.

D.Ellis

November 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

DUDE!!!!!!!! I JSUT MISSED IT!

OK 4th

Cuz

November 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

Glad to see you made it out of downtown last night Mark. Any culinary delights on the way home.

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2009
12:37 pm

We was first! Mark, did ol’ Jeff get the day off? Be sure and let us know how Mr. Blank is dressed today. Is he wearing his oxfords?

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:37 pm

No, Cuz. I partook heavily of the postgame Papa John’s pizza at the Joke by Coke. (I’m sorry, Tech fans. But I do get a kick out of that phrase.)

D.Ellis

November 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

OH YEAH

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!!!

Now if the FAlcons can pull this out today this will be a great holiday break. A day of Turkey. A day of Turkey sandwhiches. A day of the DAWGS beatin those Jackets. And hopefully a day of our FALCONS bringing home the W

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

I believe I saw A.M. Blank — the “M” stands for Marston, I believe — wearing a grey suit. He was on the field shaking hands.

Frank Wren

November 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

Caleb King just scored again.

Cuz

November 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Bill King and I had some good barbeque at the Kentucky game in the skybox Mark. They must have known I was coming and removed the caviar. I had three barbeque sandwiches.

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Mark, that was some good work last night. Looking forward to more today. Was Russ happy with the way things went?

Frank Wren

November 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Turns out Paul Johnson doesnt walk on water.

Who knew?

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Caleb King ran like a saw last night. (That’s a compliment, if a dated one.) So did Washaun Ealey.

Makes you wonder what Georgia might have been if they’d run the ball a little more a bit sooner. Maybe the other SEC teams were too stout up front to allow that to happen. But it sure seemed the less Joe Cox threw, the better Georgia played.

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

That’s a big deal, Cuz. They won’t even let me near a skybox, let alone feed me in one.

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

Stinky Wintes was a Marston on his Mama’s side. We wonder if they’s related?

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

I’ll ask about Stinky. But I’m betting Blank won’t remember him.

TMoney

November 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

I’m looking forward to watching a good game for the birds. And is there anyway we can make the throwback jerseys the permanent uniform? They look so much better.

D.Ellis

November 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

Cuz-How did your church Buddy the Tech fan take it? You say much? hahahahaha

Eric P.

November 29th, 2009
12:43 pm

Go Birds! Usually down there, but having to work today. Wish me luck! Surprised about the GT/UGA game, but glad my War Eagle guys played tough against No. 2 in the nation. Will enjoy time on the blog today esp when Sonny Clusters is on here. Lets kick some a$$, Falcons!

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:44 pm

And I have to say I might have undone the benefit of Mass by saying a few naughty words about the way the APD was directing traffic this morning. I’m sorry, but I can’t imagine anybody could do it any worse.

Cuz

November 29th, 2009
12:44 pm

That last sentence almost needs a “Duh” at the end of it Mark.

The owner of my daughter’s Physical Therapy clinic used to babysit Joe Cox when he was a child. She does not understand his current inablility to throw the crossing route. Well neither does the rest of the “Nation”.

Eric P.

November 29th, 2009
12:45 pm

Wary of playing the “Burner” this week. Think we can win without him. Need him more next week. Hope they dont over-use him.

Cuz

November 29th, 2009
12:45 pm

D. Gracious in victory, humble in defeat.

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:46 pm

I’ve heard people say Tech would rather have beaten Georgia than won the ACC championship. I’m not sure that’s true this year. Tech beat Georgia last year at the time the new coach needed to beat Georgia. Now, if you’re asking me, I’m guessing Paul Johnson would rather add the ACC title to his curriculum vitae.

Not to say he wouldn’t have liked doing both.

Bravissimo

November 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

Papajohns pizza?…Shultz said he got steak and lobster…guess you sat in the wrong booth?..lol

Eric P.

November 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

Mark: APD always gets in the way. Between that and the Marta folks shouting instructions at the top of their lungs, makes for a bad experience. Perhaps you can expose that and get some changes made!

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

I wish I knew why Joe Cox looked better in Games 2 and 3 than in Games 11 and 12. But I don’t.

Eric P.

November 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

Start fast. Crush the Bucs hope. Looking for 5 sacks today! Go Birds!

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

Here’s a stat for you. Total punts in last night’s game — zero.

D.Ellis

November 29th, 2009
12:49 pm

As we all should be sir. All right polling bird fans today who has the big game for us today?

Anyone got anyone in particualr?

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:49 pm

I’ll tell you what: To me, Papa John’s is steak and lobster.

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2009
12:49 pm

If he was ever around Stinky Wintes he’ll remember. If it was a little colder it would be time for a muffler and some gloves. Does he ever smoke a pipe down there on the sidelines? Does he have his own thermos?

Bravissimo

November 29th, 2009
12:50 pm

I think the defense shines today

Frank Wren

November 29th, 2009
12:51 pm

I’ll tell you what: To me, Papa John’s is steak and lobster.

Right on MB. The garlic sauce is great for dippin

BugKiller

November 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Mark,

Are you even going to bother going to Tampa next Saturday?

I mean, that game is now about as relevant as a poopy-flavored lolipop, right?

I know, rivalry games and all that: but the two BEST teams in the ACC just got their butts handed to them by two thoroughly mediocre SEC teams.

So what’s that say about the ACC?

I mean, we know who we throught we were (to borrow from Dennis Green). We’re a mediocre, undisciplined, poorly coached SEC team.

So what does that make Tech?

All those noises you heard driving back home last night were the delusions of all the Bugs in the world crashing back down to earth.

And yeah, the win was nice, but we’re STILL a mediocre SEC team.

Who just beat the best team in the ACC.

Hehe.

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

I’m pretty sure Blank pays somebody to hold the thermos.

10

November 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Which quarter will Norwood get hurt in?

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Ready to go, big time bucs beatdown to finish a great weekend.

Bring game.

Alonso

November 29th, 2009
12:53 pm

Any thoughts on how much Burner will play? It seems like he’ll play a lot or he wouldn’t be active.

BugKiller

November 29th, 2009
12:53 pm

check the friggin filter please.

Bravissimo

November 29th, 2009
12:53 pm

Hey Frank…you get rid of our wonderful pinch hitter yet?

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

I am going to Tampa. I mean, somebody’s going to win the game and play in the Orange Bowl. Might as well be Tech. (But I can’t imagine C.J. Spiller won’t get 25 carries against that banged-up D-line.)

Cuz

November 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

Only with a side of anchovies Mark.

It was my first time in a skybox. Thankfully my daughter Baylie who won the contest needed a driver.

The AJC staff at the downtown office were extremely gracious also. My thanks to them too.

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:55 pm

I see ESPN’s Chris Lowe has Georgia now going to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2009
12:55 pm

That grey suit is a long way from an orange apron. We was at Lowes once and the guy that checked us out was named Homer. Jeff got tickled and started pointing at him and laughing and Homer followed us out to the car. We made a quick getaway.

D.Ellis

November 29th, 2009
12:55 pm

I’m going out on a limb today and hanging my hat with Michael Jenkins. He’s due

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

I’m glad to hear you and Baylie had a nice time, Cuz. Or as nice a time as can be had watching Georgia lose to UK.

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

I give thanks for Dave Stockton.

Cuz

November 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

I am pulling for the in-state guys next weekend Mark. But Clemson is playing them now when they are vulnerable to the run. They have always been vunerable to the pass.