Heat Index: Warm moments for Tech, UGA and the Richts

Todd Grantham gives Mark Richt a manly handshake. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Todd Grantham gives Mark Richt a manly handshake. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The Heat Check returns a day late after a two-week hiatus, but hey … a return’s a return! And we begin with those who’ll be involved in a game of some interest come Saturday noon.

Georgia: Champion of the SEC East, the winner of nine in a row,  the author of a rebound season. Think back to August: Would Georgia fans have taken all that and been happy? Sure they would. Heat Index: Mark Richt has gone from sitting atop the ol’ Hot Seat to sharing a warm moment with Mrs. Richt in front of 90,000 friends and neighbors.

Georgia Tech: Ranked in the Top 25, the winner of eight games after getting stuck on six last season, the author of a rebound season. Think back to August: Would Tech fans have taken all that and been happy? Yes, with a caveat. Heat Index: No Tech season can ever be ruled a complete success if the Jackets lose to Georgia.

Atlanta Falcons: They went to the no-huddle against Tennessee and looked great for three quarters. They wound up winning by six points. They’re 6-4, which isn’t bad. But there’s a caveat here as well. Heat Index: When was the last time we could say, “The Falcons really played a great game today?” When last did a postgame Mike Smith briefing not include a line about “things we need to fix”? When might those things get … well, fixed?

Atlanta Braves: Frank Wren hasn’t made a trade in a while. This isn’t like Frank Wren. Heat Index: “Nurse, could we take Mr. Wren’s temperature? He doesn’t seem himself.”

Atlanta Hawks: They’re not playing, which means attendance might actually go up. Heat Index: I have to confess I stole that line from occasional colleague Jeff Haws.

The team formerly known as the Thrashers: The Winnipeg Jets are fourth in the five-team NHL Southeast Division and 13th in the 15-team Eastern Conference. Heat Index: You can take the team out of the country, but making it win is another matter.

Local college basketball: The four area men’s teams — Tech, Georgia, Georgia State and Kennesaw State — are a collective 8-8, and the Bulldogs (3-1) lost their first real test Monday night to California by 24 points. (Georgia was outscored 48-21 over the final 25 minutes.) Of the four, the best win belongs to Tech, which beat 2011 Final Four participant VCU on Friday. Then the Jackets turned around and lost to LSU, which had lost to Coastal Carolina. Heat Index: I say again — this figures to be a chilly winter, hoops-wise.

By Mark Bradley

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trevinb

November 22nd, 2011
9:57 am

UGA will be red hot after Saturday’s game

DawgEd

November 22nd, 2011
9:57 am

GT Jacketman

November 22nd, 2011
9:58 am

Jackets will run all over a uga team looking ahead to getting blasted in sec championship game…

DawgEd

November 22nd, 2011
9:58 am

congrats, trevinb

DawgEd

November 22nd, 2011
10:01 am

Let’s see how many chop blocks we can count on Saturday.

Dawg Fud

November 22nd, 2011
10:03 am

What’s the story on Carlton Thomas? What is his heat check?

Dawg Fud

November 22nd, 2011
10:05 am

Georgia-Georgia Tech is going to be decided in the final minutes. Looking forward to a great game!

OkieDawg

November 22nd, 2011
10:09 am

The Dawgs defense should come prepared. This is the 2nd time CTG has seen the TO and will see the mistakes of last year and not repeat them. The Dawgs have the players to play good discilpined assignment football on defense. Shut down the run and make them pass. That would be funny, GT passing. Wish I had the same confidence in the offense. But there are some problems on offense. We need the O-line to show up, the RBs to be at full staff and Bobo, well I don’t know what to do about Bobo. I don’t think I can stand to watch us not move the ball and run our litttle RBs up the middle for 3 and out. the game is actually on Bobo’s shoulders. I’m feeling sick.

1eyedJack

November 22nd, 2011
10:09 am

Coach Fishfry’s grease is cold.

trevinb

November 22nd, 2011
10:09 am

It is definitely going to be a cold winter for UGA hoops. I’m still excited to have Coach Fox on the bench. He is the right guy for the long term.

bucket

November 22nd, 2011
10:10 am

There were only two good things about UGA’s ugly win on Saturday: 1) they won and thus clinched the East, and 2) the coaches will be all over the team this week making sure they remember how bad they want to beat Tech. Should be a great game as usual. Here’s hoping that Geathers is ready for Saturday and together with Jenkins he can help plug the middle so the lb’s and safeties can cover the option. Last year UGA did not have a true ng, so the dt’s were playing the middle. Plus, the Dawgs will be playing for Munson’s memory!!!

boots

November 22nd, 2011
10:10 am

Not that I care, but the “Thrashers” are still in the Southeast division but reside in northern Canada? Wow, that kind of geography makes having Missouri in the SEC East make sense.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
10:12 am

DawgEd, how about learning a little about the game of football? Tech doesn’t throw chop blocks; they are CUT BLOCKS, and they are 100% legal. Tech has been called for an illegal chop block a maximum of twice this year, and one of those calls was questionable. Coaches everywhere and the majority of the officials know the difference. YOU SHOULD TOO!!!

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

Grease gets hot quickly, 1eyedJack.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

I believe we have been called for two chops this season.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

Enter your comments here

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

Im up for another fish fry

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

George, that is correct, and the first one of those two was a highly questionable call. The second one was correct.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

Hopefully the Tech fans dont want to punch a UGA fan in the mouth after another loss

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:21 am

Nah. Violence is a poor response, 1eyedJack.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:22 am

One of the chops (can’t recall if it was the one against Clemson or VT) was just a double team block. The other was fair.

1eyedJack

November 22nd, 2011
10:23 am

Cut blocking is a technique used when you can’t block mano y mano. Go for the knees!!

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2011
10:24 am

I recall a chop block called against Virginia Tech. I also recall the GT coach being displeased with the judgment.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:24 am

Please, 1eyedJack. That just makes you sound stupid.

how2fish

November 22nd, 2011
10:25 am

Like to thank the many Tech fans and fans of other colleges for their classy comments regarding the passing of Larry Munson, a few knuckle heads but most of you were very respectful and credits to the schools you follow…thanks !

GaTruth

November 22nd, 2011
10:26 am

INTERESTING MATCH-UP: Dawgs Rushing D vs Tech’s Rushing O. For grins I took the average of the Rushing D’s Tech’s O faced – average rank of 73rd. I them looked at the average of the Rushing O’s UGA’s Rushing D faced – average rank of 73rd. So we can’t say Tech’s rushing success is built on any different level of competition than that of UGA’s rushing D. Hopefully, it will come down to the same old chip on Tech’s shoulder and the Dawgs will beat them like the pocket protected geek squad they are!

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:27 am

I’m not sure the Tech head coach is an impartial observer, Mark. Plus, he’s typically displeased with calls that go against us.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

I’m pretty sure he’s not impartial, George Stein.

1eyedJack

November 22nd, 2011
10:29 am

George Stein, any kin to Frank?

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:29 am

We can be rivals and still be human, right, how2fish? Munson was a fun guy to listen to (even for this Tech fan) because he captured so well how we watch games. I enjoyed him and I hope his loved ones find peace soon.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:30 am

Ha! No, 1eyedJack.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2011
10:30 am

I have to say: I had to delete very few comments regarding Mr. Munson. Much respect was shown by just about all parties, which encouraged the heck out of me.

Ron Swanson

November 22nd, 2011
10:31 am

@Jacketman – This game is never overlooked by Richt. This will be the fourth time we are headed to the SECCG game during his tenure and we have never lost to Tech prior to playing in that game. No problem keeping the focus on this one.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
10:32 am

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:35 am

First time for everything, Ron!

UGA Insider

November 22nd, 2011
10:35 am

I worry about the triple option. Grantham couldn’t stop it last year, Saban and Smart let GSU have 300 yards rushing against them last week. This is going to be a tough game for UGA looking to next week. Tech did the same thing in 2009. Bobo better be prepared to break out the entire playbook for this one and a loss stains the entire season. Play Big!

Ron Swanson

November 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

Agreed George. Never say never. You never know until the game is played.

bucket

November 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

@ how2fish – I agree about the class shown on these blogs regarding Munson. It has been refreshing. Wish I could say the same for what I saw on StingerTalk.

btgt69

November 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

d = drugs and drunks
a = arrests
w = warrants
g = grantham
s = suspensions
A tradition unlike any other

Dodger Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

No Tech season can ever be ruled a complete success if the Jackets lose to Georgia.”
So what you are telling us is that Tech is completely used to not being successful. I like that

DawgEd

November 22nd, 2011
10:39 am

Supersize, we all know the difference between cut blocks and chop blocks. We’ll see dozens and dozens of cuts, particularly on the backside. We’ll probably only see three or four actual chops. Few if any will be called, because they are tough to spot on the field.

I will admit that GT does less of this these days, mainly because of the scrutiny of the past couple of years. I actually like CPJ, but not this part of the approach. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpkLWIPzkD8

Ron Swanson

November 22nd, 2011
10:40 am

btgt69 – Get some fresh material, yours is not amusing to the adults in the room.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
10:40 am

Well the civil discourse was nice while it lasted.

Gorilla Biscuit

November 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

Georgia Tech has 1 chance, and that is no chance.

But really, the only chance Tech has in this game is if Georgia gives the ball away or otherwise loses their composure.

If GT should pull a miracle it won’t be because of Georgia’s defense.

rcb

November 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Heat check on Mr. Bradley. 1. It must be cold and lonely at the “Let’s can Mr. Richt” club meetings. 2. The bookies are taking Mr. Fox over Mr. Bradley when choosing the glass half full rather than the glass half empty for the UGA basketball team. A young team starts slow and gets better during the season. Conference games have not yet started. In fact, this was the first road game for this team and against a ranked opponent. Rumours of the team’s demise are exaggerated.

btgt69

November 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Ron,, truth hurts huh ?

bucket

November 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

@ UGA Insider – I agree that we better be prepared for the game this week, but last year’s game has no relevance to what will happen this year. It’s like comparing apples to oranges to say that Grantham couldn’t stop it last year. Grantham didn’t have Jenkins and Geathers last year and Tyson and Jones were playing out of position. Grantham also didn’t have Jones, Ogletree, and Herrerra at LB last year. Tech will be tough to defend and you make a great point about GSU against Alabama. I guess we will see what we see!

Ron Swanson

November 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

btgt69 – Not as much as what really matters for sake of this discussion: 39-61. Thanks for playing broseph.

Dap01

November 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Tech fans: No need to rehash the old, worn out put downs against UGA. The game is Saturday. Bring all your 32,000 yellow dressed fans and let the better team win.

GTBob

November 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

If GT should pull a miracle

You really think beating UGA would be a miracle for any team? Did you guys replace Aaron Murray with Aaron Rodgers without anyone knowing?