Live from Ga. Tech, where N.C. State hopes to drive safely

Here we are at historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on another sun-splashed Saturday. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Here we are at historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on another sun-splashed Saturday. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The North Carolina State Wolfpack arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson late Friday afternoon, just in time for what we Atlantans know to be the absolute worst traffic period of any week. The Wolfie entourage piled into four chartered buses for the ride up the Downtown Connector  to their Buckhead hotel.

Buses 1 and 4 made it.

Buses 2 and 3 ran into each other.

According to Debbie Yow, State’s athletic director, the bus drivers weren’t at fault. Apparently pesky Atlanta motorists kept buzzing between the buses, who were endeavoring to stay in formation. Buses 2 and 3 were rendered inoperative after 3 rear-ended 2 — one of them needed to have its door pried open — and no other charter coaches were available for rescue duty and the only solution was for Buses 1 and 4 to drop their passengers at the hotel and return for the occupants of 2 and 3.

“We weren’t crazy about the idea of 60 people walking by the side of I-75,” Yow said.

Long story short: Everybody eventually got to the hotel, and nobody was injured. And the State party made it to Bobby Dodd Stadium for today’s noon start without difficulty. And we’re 44 minutes from kickoff as I type, and I’m intrigued to see how Georgia Tech handles an ACC opponent at full strength. (North Carolina worked without 12 men last Saturday in Chapel Hill.)

I’m assuming Tech will win, but State has been better than advertised, and its victory over Cincinnati was one of the few early games this beleaguered league can identify as a point of pride.

And with that, the ajc.com blogline is open for questions, observations and lamentations about the Braves. I’m here to watch and report — and I’m happy to say that I feel much better this Saturday than I did a week ago in Chapel Hill — and I’d appreciate if you’d, er, come along for the ride.

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Sanford Drive

September 25th, 2010
11:33 am

WOW!!!

The jokes are true. Tech’s attendance is AWFUL!!! Look at the picture!!!

Vegas Jackette

September 25th, 2010
11:34 am

score first Jackets!

Gameday

September 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Buncha Wolves- 31 Bees- 17

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:35 am

Let’s note that the photo was taken a while back.

Dawg House

September 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Mark, how many Techies are screaming “To Hell with Georgia!”, while they are playing the ACC powerhouse NC State, while the Dawgs are 2 states away??

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:37 am

By “a while back,” I mean earlier today. Not in some previous season.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:40 am

I believe that phrase is included the song, “Ramblin’ Wreck,” Dawg House.

Vegas Jackette

September 25th, 2010
11:41 am

Ga Tech should have ask NC St to wear the Gold Jerseys then we would be wearing the White ones today for “White Out” day

GT fan in MS

September 25th, 2010
11:41 am

MB, any word on what color GT will be wearing today?

Russell0931

September 25th, 2010
11:41 am

Mark,
How many doggies will run to the GT blog to ask dumb questions while their team is playing two states away??

GT fan in MS

September 25th, 2010
11:44 am

Mark, how many dog fans will be trolling this blog while they sweat a game against Miss St tonight?

Nerd

September 25th, 2010
11:45 am

Were Damon Evans and Washaun Ealey driving buses 2 and 3?

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:45 am

Tech is wearing gold, Doug Roberson tells me. Even though this is officially a “white-out” day.

GT92-UGA98

September 25th, 2010
11:48 am

As is so often true, I think this game will be decided by turnovers. Let’s hope the men in gold treasure the ball.

packattack95

September 25th, 2010
11:49 am

It’s funny to see all the Georgia fans on here every week dogging Tech, why don’t you guys win a game before you start talking smack! Go Pack!

Nerd

September 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Northern Idaho > North Dakota State > Kansas > Georgia Tech

Vegas Jackette

September 25th, 2010
11:50 am

Sadly in this day and time, you have to Out-scheme your opponent even when asking permission to what color jersey you would like to wear..

Sonny Clusters

September 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Lots of people would like to be a Clusters but we was the only one in the phone book last time we looked. Somebody posted on the last blog like they was us and did it several times. Now, why would they do that? You can always tell a real Clusters post by the good grammar and spellinng.

Sonny Clusters

September 25th, 2010
11:55 am

We was watching the Braves for a time last night and got kinda sick. It will be more fun watching some football today even though we really like good baseball. That was not good baseball. Gotta tip our cap to Bobby Cox for seeing something good out of the last few weeks of Braves baseball. We must have missed it.

When we was helping with the reactor at Tech we became Tech fans a little bit. We wish them good luck today.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:55 am

This is the real Sonny Clusters, I can attest.

Son of Sonny

September 25th, 2010
11:56 am

Now Pappie, you knows better. I been saving to get a phone but I’m still short. So why would I bee in the phone book?! This kind of forgetfullness and the constant football stories is what drove me to drink and leave the house. How soon we forget…

Really?

September 25th, 2010
11:57 am

If he’s the real Clusters why is his grammar and spelling so bad?

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:58 am

I’m thinking the Braves will also win this afternoon.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Tech is indeed wearing gold. The Wolfpack is in white. Although its fans are wearing red. And the Jackets’ fans are wearing white.

Makes no sense, I know.

Sonny Clusters

September 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Here’s hoping Bobby can pick the right lineup and dig out a win.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Tech wins the coin toss. Defers.

Sonny Clusters

September 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Off to Dairy Queen for a snack. Back later.

Sanford Drive

September 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

There really are a lot of empty seats. You are embarrassing yourselves on ESPN Nerd Herd.

Paul in RDU

September 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

GOod coverage

Sanford Drive

September 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

Throw a World of Warcraft night,instead of a stupid “White Out”, and maybe you will see the first sellout since UGA last visited.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

State across the 50. Tech caught in a blitz.

Paul in RDU

September 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

Got to get some pressure on Wilson

Whopper Dawg

September 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

I think the Wolfpack as a little something for the techies. Something in a can.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

You nerds are supposed to be smart! How smart is it to plan a White Out with the other team wearing their white jerseys??!! This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen from you guys….WOW!!

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

Sack. Fumble. Tech has it.

Paul in RDU

September 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

That’s the way to slow them down

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

Brad Jefferson came free on the blitz.

Paul in RDU

September 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

Discpipline from Tenuta’s LB’s – who would have thunk it

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

Tech facing third and 7

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

4 games into the season and Nesbitt only has 9 completions…..another WOW!!

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

That pass had no shot of success.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Lol @ Mark B.

Paul in RDU

September 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

Glad to see them keeping the ball away from TJ Graham – wonder if his dad is there today, I think he is out of jail

joeygt

September 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

Hey Mark, honestly, which team do you think is the best in the ACC right now?

Paul in RDU

September 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Miami is the best ACC team right now

joeygt

September 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Enter your comments here

Sanford Drive

September 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

Nerds are smart in Engineering and Calculus. Not so much in things like, social activity.

joeygt

September 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

sack!!!!!!!!!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

So Paul, who is #2 (I won’t ask for #3)?