Live from Tech-Tech: Rain (and an upset) could be coming

Georgia Tech's uniforms. Not much gold in them, is there? (Photo by M. Bradley)

Georgia Tech's uniforms. Not much gold in them thar duds, is there? (Photo by M. Bradley)

Blacksburg, Va. — Here’s great news. There’s a flash flood warning in effect here until midnight, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms at 7 p.m. (Kickoff is at 8, or whenever ESPN decides it’s good and ready.) We mention this because …

Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech were set to play here on Aug. 27, 2000, which was so long ago that George Godsey was Tech’s quarterback and some guy named Vick was playing for the Hokies. The game never came off. A savage storm that Sunday night forced the game to be canceled, as opposed to postponed. In ESPN lore, the memory lingers because Lee Corso’s rental car was struck by lightning. (Without him inside, let’s stipulate.)

For more on the non-game, here’s esteemed colleagues Ken Sugiura’s recounting of it. But I’m not worried about a repeat of the washout, for these reasons:

1. The forecast — and I’ve been watching — has actually improved throughout the day, and as I type it’s only partly cloudy. (It was, I should note, a weird drive up from Greensboro. It poured in Winston-Salem and was so foggy at 2 p.m. in the Virginia mountains that it seemed like night. Then it got sunny.)

2. My rental car is so small — it’s a compact roughly the size of the water closet on an airplane — that I’m pretty sure any lightning would miss it.

As previously discussed, this seems the biggest game in what stands as a massive season for Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson. As previously mentioned, I like the Jackets to win. I have found absolutely no one else in the media who seconds that emotion, but I’m accustomed to that.

If it should rain hard and/or long, it could well hurt (Ga.) Tech and its pitch-it-around option game more, but those sorts of forecasts are problematic. (Va.) Tech figures to be the better passing team, so inclement weather could curtail the Hokies, too. And if the ball gets so slick nobody can hang on, there’s no real handicapping that.

I’ve liked (Ga.) Tech’s chances all summer because I think this looms as a bigger platform for the Jackets than for the Hokies. VPI, as we old folks used to call this school, is expected to win by a touchdown. VPI is ranked; GT is not. VPI has beaten GT four of the past five years. Give the hunger edge to the visitors.

But really, who knows? Georgia Tech could win, or it could lose, or the game could be rained out. Hey, it happened once.

And whatever happens tonight, I’d appreciate it if you’d hang around for all the fun and frolic. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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2BT

September 3rd, 2012
5:22 pm

I got your back. Jackets 27 Hokies 22

Not Disappointed!

September 3rd, 2012
5:23 pm

Let’s Go Jackets! Afternoon All! It’s been a while Mark, but I’m BACK!!

2BT

September 3rd, 2012
5:25 pm

and FWIW, I think the rain will benefit the Jackets. Just make sure Attachou got the memo of stopping at the whistle this time!!

2BT

September 3rd, 2012
5:38 pm

Mark, was there for Chan’s 51-7 massacre (I was actually in Athens for his other one too – I deserve something for that). Was also there for Cooper Taylor’s bogus helmet-to-helmet call that cost us that one. Just seems we’ve been snake-bit more times than not against these guys. Strong conference or not, let’s face it – there’s only 4 teams that could represent this conference proudly at the end of the year and two of them play tonight (FSU / CLEM being the other two). Until somebody else steps up on a consistent basis (Miami) this will continue to be one of the BIG games each year in the ACC.

Chris

September 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

My oh my, you are such an idiot Bradley. Tech doesn’t stand a chance against Va. Tech, and how about your other pick where you have Georgia winning the SEC championship, and playing in the national championship??? Georgia isn’t even the best team in their division, and will loose several games. Tech might have a pretty good season, but I just don’t think they have a chance tonight.

None of you bloggers should listen to this guy. He doesn’t have a clue.

Jacket Man

September 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

It’s going to be a blitzkrieg…run blitz’s, pass blitz’s. Turnovers could be the difference. Get loose balls (yours and VA Tech’s); don’t try to intercept their passes but knock them down and lock up your tackles; focus when passes are thrown to you – good breaks on routes and catch with your hands.

Chris

September 3rd, 2012
5:41 pm

I hope none of you Tech fans are going to take Bradley seriously. He has no idea what he’s talking about. The same guy that is picking Tech to win tonight also picked Georgia to win the SEC championship and play for the national championship. Did you see Georgia yesterday? They’re not even the best team in their division and will loose several games this year. Tech might have a pretty good year, but I don’t think they stand a chance against Va. Tech tonight.

2BT

September 3rd, 2012
5:42 pm

this is a game Chan would/could lose 51-7. (In fact, he did, twice!) CPJ gives us a shot tonight.

Chris

September 3rd, 2012
5:42 pm

Don’t listen to Bradley Tech fans. He picked Georgia to play for the national championship.

LOL!

dean

September 3rd, 2012
5:44 pm

UGA fan here hoping the Jackets do well. Show ‘em who the real Tech is!

Buzz is wiser

September 3rd, 2012
5:45 pm

It is cloudy up here. But my biggest question is why am I the only car on the hotel parking lot?

Hugh Jass

September 3rd, 2012
5:45 pm

Va Tech 34 to 24

George Stein

September 3rd, 2012
5:46 pm

Just play hard and play smart.

Travel safely, Mark.

go Jackets

September 3rd, 2012
5:47 pm

VT F___KS sheep

Dawg Bite

September 3rd, 2012
5:48 pm

Looking forward to seeing the GAT’s beat the VAT’s! Good luck Jackets, make the State proud! By the way, after watching Tommy Luginbill on the football shows, did he really play QB at Tech? I thought he did, but he looks to be much bigger than Stinchcomb,who was a lineman at UGA. Maybe old Tommy has gotten the “middle age spread”, but he is not quite old enough for that. Just curious as to how big he was when he played.

George Stein

September 3rd, 2012
5:52 pm

Seems all the former UGA players lose a lot weight when they’re done playing, Dawg Bite. Someone needs to give David Pollack a cheeseburger!

gtjason

September 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

Hoping it rains a little so that it hurts the Hokies passing game so that they will have to depend on a freshman running back to hold on to the ball. Tech will then need big games from Perkins and Laskey if it rains.

Mr.Phoenix

September 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

As long as our Tech plays well and does not try to over achieve, I think they will do well. Play solid football and execute, I think we will do fine. Win or lose we love the Jackets. Go Paul Johnson and staff.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2012
5:59 pm

Still not raining. But it’s getting a bit darker. And only two hours till kickoff!

jeffjacket

September 3rd, 2012
6:00 pm

The few talking heads who have the courage and insight to know if there is one thing you can count on –CPJ . He will have the team ready and they will pull the upset , we have nothing to loose and everthing to gain , lots of rain favors the running team always (hum, that’s us) , Give em HELL TECH , WE OWE THESE GUYS!!!!

William

September 3rd, 2012
6:00 pm

VT is always well prepared for a game. GaT not so much. I’ll take VPI and 10 points.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

Speaking of Chan Gailey: He did win up here in 2006. Major upset. And won the Coastal Division that year.

And then lost to Wake in the worst game in the history of the sport.

Chuck

September 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

Don’t turn the ball over and cut out the big plays on defense. Shorten the game, keep it close, and hope for some magic in the 4th. Otherwise, the turkeys roll.

collegeballfan

September 3rd, 2012
6:04 pm

In which quarter will Johnson go for on 4th down on his own 45?

RazorJacket

September 3rd, 2012
6:07 pm

@Mark, I thought it was just be but Tech/Wake worst game I ever watched.

Let's Be Real

September 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

lol people think the Yellow Jackets are gonna win. How quaint!

Dawg Bite

September 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

George, you are right about Pollack. He looks as though he needs a suitcase full of cheeseburgers!

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

It wasn’t just you, RazorJacket.

RazorJacket

September 3rd, 2012
6:10 pm

Jackets win a close game, using of all things the forward pass.

GT fan

September 3rd, 2012
6:11 pm

R.I.P., Al Davis, but if I may borrow your famous quote for my Jackets tonight …..

JUST WIN BABY!

buzznsc

September 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

any new uniform sightings or rumblings up there yet Mark?

2BT

September 3rd, 2012
6:23 pm

Did Chan win that game in 06′ or Megatron? (j/k) I make an error every now and then before we go too much further………. Some trolls here will hope to see GT “LOSE” the game while their lone tooth remains “LOOSE” in their mouths. (Dawg Bite and other well-wishers, thanks for the support and congrats on the promising new RB) The rags I’ve read from Roanoke/Salem all like to mention how Bud Foster held the Jackets to negative yds rushing in the 4th qtr last year but ignore the fact that we had that game just about won until Jeremiah’s late hit on Thomas. Bud Foster is nationally respected as one of the ‘gurus’ as a defensive coordinator. I’m hoping and thinking we need to win tonight to squash two myths: (1) Bud Foster is the best DC in the conference and (2) Good to Great programs always win when having more than a week to prepare for CPJ’s offense. Bring it home Jackets. Called in sick tomorrow so either way, this is going to be fun.

Brainiac(Dawg for life)(CMR fan for life)

September 3rd, 2012
6:24 pm

Here is hoping GT makes a much better showing than UGA did Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GTPak

September 3rd, 2012
6:26 pm

Hope Barnes honors the #40 jersey he is wearing tonight!!

Going to be a tight score, with a fight to the finish!! If it is raining, it will be low scoring, 20-17 Jackets..

Go Jackets

Paul in NH

September 3rd, 2012
6:26 pm

Mark,
I think the last GT game you attended where there was severe inclement weather was against FSU. Hopefully the result will be the same tonight – though not with a weather delay, I have to get up at 6AM

Habersham Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

I’m hoping it rains like beer pouring out of a bucket and GaTech wins a wet and sloppy one that is remember for years to come. Only thing worse than a Techie is a VaginaTechie. Whomp’em boys and remind everyone what an unwashed armpit Blacksburg is.

LakeDawg

September 3rd, 2012
6:28 pm

Pulling for the bugs tonight. I don’t know why. Maybe because VPI has the worst unis in the nation, aside from Oregon.

LakeDawg

September 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

I’m pulling for the bugs. I don’t know why. Maybe its because VPI has the ugliest unis in the nation, aside from Oregon.

.

September 3rd, 2012
6:31 pm

Mark — Serious question, no snark intended. Why do you laud Paul Johnson’s coaching intellect, given that he has his offense has no original contributions or innovations. That is to say, he is running an offense that is largely unchanged from which Darrel Royal was running (w/ Emory Bellard as the OC) back in the late 60s. Seriously, it >90% the same exact 5-6 plays that dominated the CFB landscape in the late 60s and early 70s. It is perfectly fine to run in today’s CFB, as it is niche and gives teams something very different to prepare against and defend. However, his lack of interest and passion for recruiting, defense and special teams makes runs very counter to the cerebral coach meme.

.

September 3rd, 2012
6:33 pm

Meant to say…. “he has made no origional contributions or innovations”

Paul in NH

September 3rd, 2012
6:34 pm

Mark – Just to make sure that you don’t think that your eyesight is going and you are seeing a bizarre color scheme – VaTech really is wearing purple helmets, orange shirts, white pants and black socks

https://twitter.com/VTFBEquipment/status/241234677254459392

Tony

September 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

G.Tech has to take care of the ball, plain and simple. They will have very little room for error. They must not commit any stupid penalties like Attachou’s punch to Thomas’ helmet last year. That was a huge momentum changing play. That turned the game around! Good luck Jackets!

tellitlikeitis

September 3rd, 2012
6:37 pm

Some dawgs are pulling for GT, I’m shedding emotional tears.

dawg nation

September 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

Will

September 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

Mark:

I know you and Coach Johnson absolutely hate this BUT is appears to be true – unless the Yellow Jackets are playing a practice game llike next week against PC, teams with more than one week to prepare seem to have the Yellow Jackets’ number. It would be interesting to see what the Yellow Jackets’ record is against BCS opponents who have more than one week to prepare. I know they have lost every bowl game in the Johnson era.

The “perfect storm” is brewing for the UGA game this year – they get to practice against the Yellow Jackets’ offense when they play Georgia Southern prior to the Yellow Jackets’ visit to Athens. This might really be ugly this year .

JustinSyder

September 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

VT wears the unis all the time. I thought they would be wearing the turkey feel helmets tonight.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 3rd, 2012
6:39 pm

Can’t wait to get this party started. ” GO JACKETS “

JustinSyder

September 3rd, 2012
6:41 pm

VT wears those unis all the time.

Doug the Jacket

September 3rd, 2012
6:43 pm

Go Jackets!! GT 49 VT 20

James

September 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

Mark,
Agreed on the Wake Forest game.
The score would have been higher if they had just taken turns trying to kick field goals from their own 30 yard lines… Come to think of it, that would actually have been more entertaining, as well.

That game was the reason I was OK with Chan getting fired eventually. I thought he was a good guy and a good coach but maybe not the right fit for GT. I also thought back to that game when it was announced that PJ was coming with the Triple Option. I remember thinking that we would never again have to watch this team trade field goals with a team like Wake Forest. I believe that gem of foresight has held since.