Tech fans, what was that you were saying about Shreveport?

Let’s face it: You have to be pretty awful not to be bowl-eligible. You have to lose more games than you win. (But you don’t have to win more games than you lose.) Both Georgia and Georgia Tech made it, just, and on Sunday they reaped their, er, rewards.

Georgia gets to go play the guy who got Jim Donnan fired.

Georgia Tech gets to go to Shreveport.

Unless you’re going to a BCS game, being bowl-eligible is a double-edged sword. The good part: You get to go somewhere and play somebody. The not-so-good: You might hate the trip and you might get beat to boot. If either the Bulldogs or the Jackets lose, they wind up under .500. And both could lose.

Central Florida is George O’Leary’s latest team, and it’s not bad. Georgia should beat the Knights on talent alone, but Georgia should have beaten Mississippi State and Colorado on talent, and we know what happened there. If the Bulldogs do a sleepwalking-in-Memphis number, they’ll regret it. This is UCF’s fourth bowl, and it hasn’t won one yet. And there’s nothing like wiping the smile off some SEC representative’s face to stoke the mid-major fires. (And UCF, as noted a while back, does have famous fans to placate. Like Miss July.)

Mark Richt can take advantage of this excursion to thank O’Leary properly. If not for the ol’ resume-builder, Richt wouldn’t have gotten the chance to win big with Donnan’s recruits and become an earner of serious coinage. O’Leary’s Tech teams beat Donnan three years running, impelling UGA president Michael Adams to overrule his athletic director — Vince Dooley, whom Adams would get around to shoving aside a bit later — and fire the not-all-that-bad Old Coach.

As for Tech’s latest coach: Paul Johnson is famous for sugarcoating almost nothing, but even he tried to sound excited about his all-expenses-paid trip to Shreveport on a teleconference Sunday. (Hey, it’s part of the job.) Faced with the Herculean task of moving 10,000 tickets to an event Jacket fans have spent the past year lampooning — see, Georgia played in last year’s Independence Bowl — Tech AD Dan Radakovich noted that Shreveport “is a very manageable drive from Atlanta.”

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About the only intriguing thing about the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl — really, can there be anything intriguing about a bowl named after a multivitamin? — is the chance to see two option teams play what could be the quickest game of the new millennium. Tech leads the nation in rushing; Air Force, its Shreveport dance partner, is second. Imagine: More pitchouts than you can shake a stick at!

If nothing else, both the locals will get their bowls out of the way in calendar 2010. If you’re not going to a BCS game or a New Year’s bowl, there’s nothing worse than dragging this dreary business into the new year. Tech was in the running, so to speak, for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, set for Jan. 9, and the Bulldogs could have landed in the BBVA Compass Bowl, which will be staged Jan. 8, which is bad enough, in Birmingham, which constitutes piling on.

Instead it’s Shreveport for Tech — karma is indeed a brute — and Memphis for the Bulldogs. You’d have to give the pronounced edge to the Bulldogs. Memphis is famous for  Graceland and Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; Shreveport is famous for being Shreveport.

If you wind up in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, you can at least kill an hour staring at the gold-plated Cadillac that once belonged to Isaac Hayes, who famously wrote “Theme from ‘Shaft.’ ” If you’re stuck  in the municipality of the Multivitamin Bowl … well, you’ve pretty much gotten the shaft.

But hey, it’s a very manageable drive.

By Mark Bradley

652 comments Add your comment

todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:37 pm

Mark Bradley

December 5th, 2010
8:38 pm

me

December 5th, 2010
8:38 pm

todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:39 pm

Junky bowls are for the team’s seniors and so the media guide can say the team has gone to however many straight bowls. nothing more.

Navigator

December 5th, 2010
8:41 pm

I’ll take the bait, no body wants to go there, and as far as I’m concerned it’s more time to break in the new QB. I have nothing against Shreveport, been there, like the city, but when you play one of these type bowls you have to say it’s a let down after the Orange and Peach (okay Chik-fil-a bowl). Sometimes you have to take one for the team and Shreveport it is. I’ll see you folks there.

todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

Richt wouldn’t have gotten the chance to win big with Donnan’s recruits and become an earner of serious coinage.

was that for the benefit of those of us who have argued that point for a couple of years?

Mark Bradley

December 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

No doubt.

Know how many bowl berths there are? Seventy. Know how many FBS teams? One hundred twenty.

You can be in the lower 50 percentile of the nation and play in a postseason game.

Calvin Ruff Ruff

December 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

Walkin’ In Memphis. At least it is not Shreveport. Like I said back in Boulder, “This might as well have been our Bulldog Bowl Trip.”

UGABugKiller

December 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

No, even a bowl in Shreveport is better than no bowl at all because of the 15 practices you’re allowed to tack on.

And CTG, shouldn’t you be scouting JC’s for the mountain at NT we need to correctly run the 3-4 as the no-holds-barred defense it should be?

JOD

December 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

Hey Bark Mradley: You are sofa king we tod ed.

TechGrad

December 5th, 2010
8:44 pm

Love my jackets

BIRDDAWGONE

December 5th, 2010
8:45 pm

“Tech fans, what was that you were saying about Shreveport?”—-NICE

Jethro Bodeen

December 5th, 2010
8:46 pm

Deviled crow eggs are pretty good but Tech has to eat the whole crow! Enjoy Shreveport!

todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:46 pm

dont forget, Memphis is also the home of the infamous Lorraine Motel.

Nick F.

December 5th, 2010
8:47 pm

And how did the extra 15 practices work out for ya last year?

Yellow Dawg

December 5th, 2010
8:48 pm

Hahahaha.

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42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 5th, 2010
8:48 pm

Liberty > Shreveport to see tech lose their SIXTH bowl in a row!!!

“Tech fans, what was that you were saying about Shreveport?” – Nice one Mark!

Supes

December 5th, 2010
8:49 pm

The answer to the poll question is NEITHER, but since that’s not an option…

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Steve

December 5th, 2010
8:50 pm

Mark, what’s your prediction on how many fans travel to each bowl? For UGA, I would guess 10,000. For Tech, maybe 1,000?

TechDan

December 5th, 2010
8:50 pm

What do I think of Shreveport? It’s a crappy bowl and we’re only in it because John Swofford is a little girl that has continually traded down in bowl games and will continue to undermine the football image of the ACC which is already shaky at best.

Honolulu Dawg

December 5th, 2010
8:51 pm

“Tech fans, what was that you were saying about Shreveport?”

Mark Bradley you ROCK!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha….

Glenn

December 5th, 2010
8:52 pm

This is one of the best case scenarios for the Yellow Jackets, if you asked me. This game will GA Tech’s offensive “scout” team, comprised of a ton of red shirt freshmen, to play a triple option/spread option offense against GA Tech’s defense for the first time all season. This means these kids are getting an extra Spring practice under their belts and the NCAA can’t say a thing about it!

todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:52 pm

Looks like the Liberty bowl payout is less than what Georgia pays patsies for a home and none series.

Why Can't

December 5th, 2010
8:53 pm

Paul Johnson win a bowl game?

CPJ has been outscored 62-17 in his bowl games at gt = FAIL!!!

42-34 All Year Long!

WAR CAM EAGLE

December 5th, 2010
8:53 pm

HAY DAWGS:

GOOD LUCK IN THE ………..LIBERTY BOWL (BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA) TWO WEEKS BEFORE WE PLAY FOR THE GOLD. DON’T SELL ANY JERSEYS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

WE OWN YOUR STATE (AND THE NATION)

HAHAHAHAHA

Reality

December 5th, 2010
8:53 pm

As Tech fans we were saying that Shreveport sucks. And it does. We won’t deny that. It’s just the Reality.

Just saying..

December 5th, 2010
8:53 pm

Actually, TECH benefits from UGA’s scouting trip last year.

Navigator

December 5th, 2010
8:53 pm

Yellow Dog, are you really as stupid as the comments you make hahahahahahhah.

What happens if . . .

December 5th, 2010
8:54 pm

What happens if more scandal comes out of Auburn between now and the BCS game? Seriously, if NCAA has to act due to FBI investigation, which was confirmed on ESPN this morning, does it shake up the BCSNC game, or, does a Camless AU team go. This will be the first time the SEC isn’t pulling for its champ regardless. Tonight ESPN cited six SEC champs that won NC, LSU twice, Florida twice, Auburn, and who else? Who was the sixth? BTW Tech, ITS COLD IN SHREEVPORT! GO DUCKS!

What goes around

December 5th, 2010
8:54 pm

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todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:54 pm

Mark, i hope you dont get unlucky and draw the liberty bowl gig. even though it would be more entertaining if you do.

Steve

December 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

“War SCAM Eagle” what bowl did Auburn go to two years ago? Oh that’s right, they were not good enough. This is UGA’s 14th in a row. Enjoy this season while you can, Auburn will be awful next year. 6-6 at best and UGA will beat them for the 5th time in 6 tries.

todd grantham

December 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

AJ can sell that liberty bowl jersey and rest easy this time.

State of Alabama

December 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

What are you Georgia folks whining about? You can watch the defending national champions play in a respectable new years day bowl in Florida. Or you can watch undefeated Auburn win the national championship in the bcs title game and give the state of Alabama 2 straight bcs titles from the 2 state teams? At least in Alabama you get to watch powerful college football teams whereas in Georgia you watch 2 crappy 6-6 teams that absolutely suck.

It must really suck to be a college football fan in the state of Georgia.

Here’s to laughing at Georgia and their 2 crappy college football programs.

Makes you wonder just how crappy they would be if all their star players didn’t come from other states- Georgia- Knowshon from New Jersey, Stafford from Texas, Aaron murray and Orson Charles from Florida, AJ Green from South Carolina, Ben Jones from Alabama. Tech’s qb Tevin Washington is from Alabama. You guys suck

WAR CAM EAGLE

December 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

“You can be in the lower 50 percentile of the nation and play in a postseason game”

HAHAHAHAHA. TEAMS FROM GEORGIA SURE PROVE THAT. HAHAHAHAHAHA

WE OWN YOUR STATE!

High School Offense

December 5th, 2010
8:57 pm

I can’t wait to get to Shreveport! My UGA boss told me that a few thousand of their fans made the drive last year as the Dawgs won their bowl game (again, sigh)!

WAR CAM EAGLE

December 5th, 2010
8:58 pm

Steve

“You can be in the lower 50 percentile of the nation and play in a postseason game”

Congratulations on proving this 14 years in a row.

HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHHH

What happens if . . .

December 5th, 2010
8:58 pm

wHAT HAPPENS IF SCAM GETS BUSTED BEFORE TITLE GAME. TCU IS GETTING HOSED. LIKE aU DID IN 04. IF FBI finds something, and they are looking according to ESPN, will it change title game. BTW, SEC is NOT behind the SCAM . . . Go Ducks!!!!

2HLLWGA

December 5th, 2010
8:59 pm

I am not sure which is worse, but I do not Johnson will do more with the 15 practices than Richt!

Yellow Fuzz

December 5th, 2010
8:59 pm

Hey dogs. Where’s the best place to stay?

RAMBLINWRECK

December 5th, 2010
8:59 pm

Bradley, thanks for reminding us what we already know! I agree with your article. I think 6-6 teams should not be allowed a bowl game and there are way too many bowls. Both thuga and GT deserve to sit at home this year. We should sit at home for losing to kansas and refusing to take the win that uga tried to hand us 3 times on their home field!!! When i stare at a stat line of 4 turnovers=28 uga points and 3 take aways for GT= 0 points….that tells me all i need to know about why we wanted to be 6-6 and end up in a worse bowl game. Results speaks for themselves. However, uga has had every bit of a crappy season and went through the red panty saga along with winning the fulmer cup. Sorry, bradley, i would still rather want to be a yellow jacket under those circumstances! lol

Gator Man

December 5th, 2010
8:59 pm

Mark Bradley stop with your predictions, you have to be the worst Journalist ever, you said Auburn was going to lose, Ga was going to beat the Gators.
UGA and Tech are a joke in this state, UGA is jumping for joy with a 6-6 record, Florida has Urban on the hot seat with 2 titles in 6 years, yet losers at UGA make every excuse for Mark R.
Auburn is playing for a Nat with only a 2 year coach, who cares about these garbage bowls, florida fans are not jumping for joy with a 7-5 record,.

Bottom line the two Marks would be out of a job in the state of Florida.

WAR CAM EAGLE

December 5th, 2010
9:01 pm

FACE IT DAWGS, WE ARE THE SEC CHAMPS AND RANKED 1 IN THE NATION. YOU ON THE OTHER HAND ARE THE SEC “CHUMPS” AND ARE RANKED 60TH.

YOUR BOWL IS TWO WEEKS BEFORE OURS. HAHAHAHA

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December 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

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Dog kicker

December 5th, 2010
9:03 pm

Mark Bradley you are an IDIOT

WAR CAM EAGLE

December 5th, 2010
9:03 pm

Soon the FBI will find the money trail and all of our wins will be vacated, but in the meantime we’ll TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

RTR

What happens if . . .

December 5th, 2010
9:03 pm

Hey “Cam”, Uga doesn’t deserve a bowl and I’m a UGA fan. But, I’d rather sit home, or play in Memphis, than cheat to win. Check the records . . . four of last five, more top tens in last ten years, and when this is all over AU, which has become Thug U, will also become like SMU

Steve

December 5th, 2010
9:03 pm

Really “War Cam?” Be a man and post the bowl games UGA has gone to the last 14 years. Lets see how many of those are “low tier.” Auburn owns this state huh? Because they beat a bad UGA team once out of five tries? HA HA HA

Yuck

December 5th, 2010
9:04 pm

@War Cam Eagle

Why are you being such an a$$hole. Your team is 12-0 and headed for a NC, so you come to the AJC UGA/Tech blog. Do you kick people in wheelchairs too?