Live from Georgia Tech, where there’s a *BCS berth at stake

Yes, this post is about Tech. But here's a look at the 2009 Independence Bowl. (AP photo)

Yes, this post is about Tech. But here's a look at the 2009 Independence Bowl. (AP photo)

(*In this case, “BCS” stands for “bowl of cruddy stature.”)

Georgia Tech is 5-5. It needs to beat Duke, which is terrible, to become bowl-eligible. If the Jackets lose here today, they’ll need to beat Georgia, which is the best sub-.500 team in the country, in Athens next week to secure a postseason invitation. And where might Tech go if it notches Victory No. 6?

ESPN.com has Tech ticketed for the Military Bowl, which will be staged in Washington D.C. on Dec. 29. Scout.com, SI.com and CBSsports.com all have the Jackets headed to the one place guaranteed to slash Tech fans’ arsenal of ever-ready UGA insults by 67 percent — the Advocare  V100 Independence Bowl, which is staged you-know-where.

For 51 weeks Georgia fans have gigged Tech with these four words: “We run this state.” For 51 weeks Tech backers have responded with one word: “Shreveport.” And — wouldn’t you know it? — the Jackets could well be bound for that charming city to play a bowl game on Dec. 27. Yikes.

That said, the only thing worse than going to Shreveport is not being eligible to go to Shreveport. Tech could and should take care of that today. (Did I mention that Duke is terrible?) Even without its best player, the Jackets are 10-point favorites. Should his Jackets somehow mess up and get beat, I fully expect Paul Johnson to punch someone, even if it’s only himself, in the face.

And with that, the floor is again open for questions, comments and testimonials from the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. And it must be stated that at least one outsider attaches great value to an Independence Bowl bid. I remind you that A.J. Green got $1,000 for his jersey from the 2009 installment of that epic event.

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spotman

November 20th, 2010
1:00 pm

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:04 pm

A couple of places higher, spotman. Kudos.

buzzy

November 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

VeryOld Dawg

November 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

Mark, why no AJC notice on the Bruce Pearl story?

GTPhenom

November 20th, 2010
1:12 pm

You assume we don’t beat UGA as well. IF we win both, we could very well end up with a berth to the Music City, or somethign along those lines. Either way, it is better than not being Bowl Eligable, and that might be where UGA is heading, so I’ll take our position right now to control our destiny in that matter. Jackets cover today easily.

Jackets2010

November 20th, 2010
1:14 pm

UGA would have been a lot better off without the bowl trip then.

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:15 pm

Thats the problem GTPhenom……

you will NOT beat UGA. You think you are better bc your record is a game better?? RUDE awakening coming for you young man.

Caleb King just scored again!!!!

Nurse Rachet

November 20th, 2010
1:17 pm

I thought the SEC was far too light on Pearl of Tennessee. Of course they are the SEC after all- “we believe in institution self policing”. Ours is not to reason why!

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

Duke beat NAvy, whoruns a better triple option that Tech WITH Nesbitt. Duke has a passing attack like none Tech has seen this year, and they already struggle defending the pass.

Duke- 38 Tech 24

Saint Simons

November 20th, 2010
1:19 pm

(((((80-63))))) hahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:20 pm

Hey Mark…..

What channel is the game on???????

oh……….

bwahahahahaha!!!!

Bill

November 20th, 2010
1:21 pm

What time does game start?

Nurse Rachet

November 20th, 2010
1:22 pm

I believe that the Ga-Ga Tech rivalry spawned the phrase ” so’s your old man”

Bill

November 20th, 2010
1:23 pm

Forget the Bowls..UGA nor GT deserve a bowl game…Both are a joke this year.

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:23 pm

BTW I am a special needs 3rd grader here in Athens…Waiting on the short bus to get here to pick me up.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2010
1:24 pm

ESPN3, for those who know how to operate a computer.

Bad Bruce

November 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

I was listening to Buck Belue’s College football today show this morning and Chip Towers said Coaches in the SEC don’t have to come into Georgia and negatively recruit or even recruit that hard against Georgia because of all the talk out there that is perpetuated over the last several years from Mark Bradley and Jeff Shultz. Even the announcement of playing BSU in the kickoff classic brings a headline that says this isn’t good for CMR. Isn’t it wonderful how the state paper recruits against UGA?

Crenshawchrusher

November 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

Tech needs the win (or next week at UGA) to get the extra bowl game practice. As stated, 84 of the roster are Freshman, Sophmores or RS Fr/So. The extra couple of weeks of practice would are needed for the team to work on maturing the line, working with Tevin/Sims/Days, gets more young players quality time and also I want to see Joshua getting one more time to dress for the White & Gold.

Cutty

November 20th, 2010
1:29 pm

MB, How come there is absolutely ZERO coverage in the AJC of Morehouse College in the D-II playoffs. First time ever, and the hometown paper has more print about Boise State than an institution in the city limits of Atlanta (Something the AJC can’t even say). They have a better record than Tech or Georgia. What’s up with that?

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2010
1:30 pm

Anyone who anonymously insults special needs kids is worse than a mere coward.

wreckfulance

November 20th, 2010
1:30 pm

Did you really just say UGA is the best sub-.500 team in the country? Maybe, still a funny statement though.

michael

November 20th, 2010
1:31 pm

mark-is this duke team today the only time we have a chance to win against? i mean we do play duke again but unfortunetly it’s in february.

REAL FAN

November 20th, 2010
1:33 pm

Glory Glory you are an idiot!

Steve

November 20th, 2010
1:33 pm

Tech still has a football team? I thought they moved them down to the high school level. Nesbitt for Heisman! Ha ha ha. Can you imagine what it’s like to be a Tech fan? You have a terrible team, you lose to UGA every year, you have a terrible campus with crime everywhere, you have a high school stadium, you have terrible tailgating, you have ZERO attractive women, you have lost like 5 bowl games in a row. Must suck.

Bad Bruce

November 20th, 2010
1:34 pm

Delbert, I would hope at the very least Tech fans know how to use a computer.

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:35 pm

ESPN3…..

now techies…. how much flack would you give UGA if 3 of their 6 home games were not on TV, but on espn3.com???

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:35 pm

Re: Bruce Pearl. I’m surprised he hasn’t been fired already.

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Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

A better crowd than I expected, I must admit. There are probably 40,000-plus here.

CDAWG

November 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

I will say that I agree that Tech nor UGA should be talking any smack with our poor records.

Bill

November 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

UGA gets more print from ajc than any other team…that includes Braves, Hawks and Falcons.Dawg fans cry for a week before Auburn about Cam..Then cry a week after about Farley. Now they cry about Mark & Jeff not getting any press..sounds like the President we have both like to hear themselves cry.

mmgtfan

November 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

How was Nesbit recieved during his senior day Mark?

Bad Bruce

November 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

MB, What do you have to say about Chip’s comments on Atlanta’s sports leader this morning?

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:39 pm

40,000+ !!!!!!!

WOW!!!!! Thats a LOT of football fans!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:40 pm

Nesbitt was cheered in lusty fashion, mmgtfan.

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:41 pm

I too am curious Mark….

Chip Towers called you out this morning for negatively affecting UGA recruiting…..

I assume you take this as a merit badge??

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:42 pm

Touchdown, Tech.

.

November 20th, 2010
1:43 pm

Chip is a jurk!

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:43 pm

Not a touchdown. Stephen Hill was called for an illegal block at the 5 on Allen’s 40-yard run.

Bill

November 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Damn Mark you didn’t even tell us the game had started.

mmgtfan

November 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Woah woah woah… WHere and when did Chip call out Bradley? I want to see this

juice sourcer

November 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Quit busting on Shreveport Mark. Click here Tech fans so you can see all the awesome things you can do when you go to that great bowl game to watch your team play in front of 15,000 fans against another 6-6 team.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g40424-Activities-Shreveport_Louisiana.html

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

I am willing to bet it all that MArk will not address the Chip Towers CALL OUT this morning.

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Didn’t hear Chip’s comments. Sorry.

Hunker Down

November 20th, 2010
1:45 pm

Hey GTPhenom, I know you’re probably not smart enough to grasp this, but when you said that you’d rather be in Tech’s position controlling your own destiny to get to a bowl, you probably should have realized that UGA is in that same position. We beat Tech, which we will, and we’re in a bowl.

Ealey up the middle for another 9 yards!!!

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:45 pm

Bill…. you sure arent going to find it on TV!!!!!

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:46 pm

The game has indeed started. And Tech, which should have been ahead 7-0, has just been penalized again, this time for holding. It’s second-and-18 from the DU 23.

Steve

November 20th, 2010
1:47 pm

40,000? Hilarious. UGA had 90,000+ for Idaho State. How many true sellouts has Tech had since 2000? I would guess maybe 10 when they have played UGA, FSU, and Clemson when half of the stadium is against Tech.

Glory Glory

November 20th, 2010
1:47 pm

Well then forgte Chip, Mark…..

Do you find it funny in your eyes that you are a pessimistic local sports journalist? And do you realize the negative effects it has on the local cash cows you should be in somewhat support of??

Mark Bradley

November 20th, 2010
1:47 pm

And now Tevin Washington is sacked.