Live from the Stegasaurus: Hewitt looks to break a drought

Paul Hewitt can't understand what happens in Athens. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Paul Hewitt just can't understand what happens in Athens. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Athens — Paul Hewitt has beaten Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Once, but it was a big “once.” In 2004.) He has beaten No. 1 UConn in Madison Square Garden. He has beaten a North Carolina team that would win the 2005 NCAA championship in the ACC tournament. He has taken Georgia Tech to the national championship game. But there’s one thing he hasn’t yet managed.

He hasn’t beaten Georgia at the Stegasaurus.

Which makes no sense. The Jackets who beat Duke at Duke and who played for the NCAA title came here in January 2004 and lost in overtime to a band of Bulldogs that didn’t qualify for the Big Dance. (Tech fans maintain to this day that the refs won — or lost — that game.) Three other times Hewitt has come to Stegeman Coliseum and left a loser.

He’s 4-1 against Georgia at home, but that doesn’t say much since Georgia has been in flux for more than a decade. (Mark Fox is the Bulldogs’ sixth coach — seventh if you count interim man Pete Herrmann — since Hugh Durham was fired in 1995.)

Having seen both sides in person — having seen Tech lose to Florida State and Georgia beat Illinois — I can imagine no way the drought doesn’t end tonight. Georgia has one player (Trey Thompkins) who would crack Tech’s 10-man rotation. Tech might well be the most gifted team in the ACC, which means you’re by definition among the most gifted teams in the land. But the Jackets, as we know, can do some strange things.

And now, a metaphysical question: If a drought is broken and nobody’s watching, does it count? I’m guessing 99 percent of Hewitt’s target audience will be watching another game — Thrashers at Penguins — tonight. (Kidding about Thrashers-Penguins, don’t you know.) And I figure Tech winning here won’t matter much to Jacket fans if the football team doesn’t do likewise at Land Shark Stadium.

But they’re going to play this one nonetheless, and I’ll be here to watch, report and converse with anyone who cares deeply about the lost art of repartee. Join me between Orange Bowl commercials, won’t you? Please?

500 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

January 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

He should easliy. Go Jackets!

Southern Georgia

January 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:03 pm

Runnerup honors to Southern Georgia. First to Not Disappointed. Kudos to both.

Greg

January 5th, 2010
6:03 pm

Greg

January 5th, 2010
6:04 pm

Hi Mark – can you see ANY tech fans in the building, parents notwithstanding?

StraightJacket

January 5th, 2010
6:04 pm

Mark, Does Cremins have some really good players, or was last night’s upset on the level of The Miracle on Ice?

Buzz Aldrin

January 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

This should qualify as one of the best days in GT athletics if we stomp the mutts and win the Orange Bowl!

Not Disappointed

January 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

typo:

He should win easily. Go Jackets. Mark, Who did you piss off to get Tech/UGA basketball? Also, how does a man blogging in Miami becomes first. Oy!

Ramblin Wreck from Miami!

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:07 pm

I think it was a case of a team getting hot at home and raining some treys. Which is, I believe, what transpired at the end.

And it was only 17 years ago that Cremins was on the other end of a loss to Charleston.

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:08 pm

The Internet knows no boundaries, Not Disappointed. Appreciate the long-range patronage. Have fun tonight.

F-105 Thunderchief

January 5th, 2010
6:11 pm

And how does Hugh Durham get fired anyway? Great move, huh? Only Tubby has done anything since, though I think Fox might get it done.

Dawgdad

January 5th, 2010
6:13 pm

Pulling for the Hawkeyes and the Dawgs. Will be great day for all Georgia Fans.

F-105 Thunderchief

January 5th, 2010
6:13 pm

And, then again, he might not.

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:15 pm

Durham got fired because he missed the NCAA tournament four years running, Thunderchief. It was the right call. Tubby went to the Sweet 16 the next year and earned a No. 3 NCAA seed the year after that. Then the Kentucky position opened, and the rest is … not so wonderful.

Where Did Harrick's Vacated Wins Go?

January 5th, 2010
6:18 pm

I dunno……maybe Germany?

F-105 Thunderchief

January 5th, 2010
6:22 pm

OK. My bad, I thought UGA became a terrible program after Durham was gone … except for Tubby’s one year.

RestonDawg

January 5th, 2010
6:23 pm

Hey Mark you are hilarious. Your jokes always crack me up. That is all.

Not Disappointed

January 5th, 2010
6:23 pm

Thank you Mark and fun I shall have. This Cuban Coffee with Kahlua has me a little jumpy.

Congrats to Bobby Cremins and the team for win last nite!.

Ramblin Wreck out………………..

Asheville Dawg

January 5th, 2010
6:25 pm

If Hewitt can’t win this one, he’s in real trouble.

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:25 pm

Actually, Georgia was pretty good under Harrick in 2002 and 2003. Right up until the time Tony Cole went on ESPN.

Brunswick-Tech

January 5th, 2010
6:29 pm

lets hope the ref’s are not breaking in new whistles again…..My Ga friends who watched along with me witnessed it and all thought the same. Tech has the better team and should prevail as long as the ref’s don’t mind. But the bigger game is in Miami, either way Tech should win them both. GO JACKETS !!

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:32 pm

Sorry i havent been on the blog llately Mark. Been busy job hunting and this is one tough economy. if you hear of anything, let me know. best, willie

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 5th, 2010
6:33 pm

Do you see any mascots yet?

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:33 pm

by the way, enjoy Brook at the game. he’s well rested and ready to yell.

John

January 5th, 2010
6:35 pm

I see this game is not on tv for dtv customers. What a freaking joke. But we can watch longwood at south caro.

Buzz Aldrin

January 5th, 2010
6:35 pm

This game is on ESPN 360 and CSTV if you want to watch…

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:36 pm

Brook Whitmire doesn’t do basketball. Alas.

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:36 pm

what time is tip off?

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:37 pm

You HAVE to be crushed.

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:37 pm

It’s 7 p.m. or thereabouts, CWM.

John

January 5th, 2010
6:38 pm

Not gonna watch this game on the computer. I don’t have comcast so i don’t get cstv.

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:38 pm

What do you think Fox could do with the talent Hewitt has?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 5th, 2010
6:39 pm

I am sitting this one out . . . on my painted a$$. They can go without a mascot for all I care. They may try to slip a fake mascot in before the game but discerning fans will know its not me. I heard they were going to have some mascot tryouts and some defensive coordinator tryouts at the same time.

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:40 pm

I really wasnt thrilled with your remark the other day that Georgia proved it could win without a defensive coordinator. And i think you planted a seed in CMR’s head about not needing one.

Buzz Aldrin

January 5th, 2010
6:40 pm

I’m sorry not CSTV, but CSS…Comcast Sports Southeast. I find it hard to believe that Comcast doesn’t carry that channel for you John. Oh well.

Mark Bradley

January 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

I apologize, Coach. Sometimes I’m indiscreet.

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Tech came to old Athens town
expecting the dogs they would down
but the ball bounced Georgia’s way
and Paul coached like Ray
so tech left the City wearing a frown

yes, its all coming back now..

James Adams

January 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

I think Trey Tompkins could start for Georgia Tech, to be quite honest. I am pleased with the progress the UGA team has made, so far. I got sick of the ‘lets see who can shoot a three-pointer faster’ offense under Felton. I think this oe will be close early, maybe UGA even having a small halftime lead, but Tech should win this one in the 10-15 point range. If you’re going to mention refs giving a game, last years game was horribly officiated. It was like Ron Cherry and Thomas Ritter combined to call a basketball game. Does Bruce Benedict still butcher SEC basketball games? If not, perhaps Biff Pocaroba or Ernie Whitt????

Ed

January 5th, 2010
6:45 pm

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:46 pm

What’s done is done and i’m a forgiving soul so please dont let it worry you.

GT Rules State

January 5th, 2010
6:46 pm

come on Bradley … we’ll take them both tonight

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

January 5th, 2010
6:46 pm

Hows the drought with UGA’s hiring of a DC coming along ?????

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:47 pm

I haven’t seen Haywood around lately either.

mmgtfan

January 5th, 2010
6:47 pm

What’s for dinner Mark?

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:47 pm

maybe it was heywood

DirtyDawg

January 5th, 2010
6:48 pm

Not sure I understand why you folks seem so intent on running down Georgia’s arena. Stegeman Coliseum is newer than Tech’s Alexander Memorial (aka, The Big T*t) by some six-eight years…and both have undergone renovations – Tech basically just dug a deeper hole, put some backs on seats and splashed on more yaller paint (guess they didn’t want to change the exterior look so as to make the nickname seem idiotic).

Don’t know if Georgia’s current BB team will be able to keep the home-court winning streak going, but you can bet that with a couple of years of recruiting and coaching – and filling the place with rabid fans – Mr. Fox will ‘own’ b-ball in the state and the calls for running Mr. Hewitt off will be deafening.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

January 5th, 2010
6:48 pm

UGA may need to hire Bobby Cremins as a DC after what his team did last night.

willie martinez

January 5th, 2010
6:50 pm

Could you believe what Goff said about not having an alma mater anymore? his job with Georgia made him rich beyond his wildest dreams.

Fire me UGA and pay me.. Wait, i dont believe i said that.

Nostradamus' cousin sees CWM

January 5th, 2010
6:52 pm

With about 10 minutes to go in the first half, a Tech player will clearly palm the ball, then take three giant steps to the basket without dribbling.

CWM will yell from the stands “What are you doing ref? That’s more yards per carry than even my defense gave up!”

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

January 5th, 2010
6:52 pm

Maybe UGA should hire Bobby Cremins as their DC after what his team did last night…..