Live from Tech-Presbyterian: I’m picking the Jackets again!

He didn't have the sweetest of Labor Days. (AP photo)

He didn't have the sweetest of Labor Days. (AP photo)

My prediction regarding Georgia Tech’s opener didn’t pan out. (Though it looked pretty good with 44 seconds left in regulation, I must note.) Undaunted, I offer another. Here goes:

Tech’s tilt against Presbyterian tonight will not be the greatest game ever played.

So there am I again, out on Ye Olde Limb. Just can’t help myself.

Presbyterian is an FCS program based in Clinton, S.C. It is the smallest (enrollment: 1,200) Division I football operation in the land. Its nickname is the Blue Hose, doubtless to differentiate it from the Boston Red Sox. It played two ACC teams in 2010, losing 53-13 to Wake Forest and 58-21 to Clemson.

The Blue Hose went 4-7 last season. Last week they won their opener 45-10 over Brevard, about which I know nothing. (OK, now I do. Mr. Google tells me Brevard is located, oddly enough, in Brevard, N.C. Its nickname is the Tornados.)

About Georgia Tech: On Labor Day night it came within one play of registering the biggest victory this program has known since 2009, and the hangover effect from that squandered chance in Blacksburg could be mighty. Then again, the difference in manpower figures to override the vagaries of glumness.

Beyond that, I have little to offer. This is one of those games I’d abolish from all collegiate schedules were I king of the world, but at last check I’m not. My appointed task tonight is to sit here and observe, and I’d appreciate some company. Thanks, as ever, in advance.

UPDATE! OK, I lied. Tech just took the field and has broken out another in a series of new uniforms. This one is the same as the one worn against Virginia Tech, with one exception: The jerseys are blue. And, according to Tech’s media guide, blue is not among the official school colors.

Old gold and white are the designated hues, with blue and black worn for “contrast.” This look is, I must confess, quite the contrast. But maybe you’ll love it.

By Mark Bradley

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September 8th, 2012
6:38 pm

[...] colleague Mark Bradley is live blogging tonight, so you’re welcome to join him here. Tight deadline, so I won’t be on much, but will try to jump on occasionally. A couple [...]

paulyJ

September 8th, 2012
6:47 pm

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
6:47 pm

It may not be the finest of matchups :-) but I will be watching it on my PC !

eddy

September 8th, 2012
6:49 pm

Hey Jackets…were the Amish already committed to a game….good grief. Next week…Sisters of the Poor.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
6:49 pm

Kudos, paulyJ.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
6:50 pm

And Ol’JacketFan definitely lives up to his screen name.

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
6:53 pm

LOL@MB like the vernacular hmmmm…………..okay I’m watching on my laptop!

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
6:55 pm

and I also use an Iphone and a tablet…………..not quite as dated as my screen name might suggest ;-)

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
6:56 pm

I was trying to pay you a compliment — for your devotion. I wasn’t attempting to make light of your age. Because I’m pretty sure I’m older than you.

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:00 pm

Thanks, I am a lifelong Tech fan and, though gray haired, on game day I feel like time stands still. It’s something I’ve passed along to my kids and hope they’ll do the same for theirs. Nothing like college football!

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:00 pm

I’m sure some among you are wondering about the crowd. It’s about what you would expect.

Jawja"T"Bill

September 8th, 2012
7:00 pm

Locked & Loaded on ESPN3, exclusively!

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:01 pm

And, as often happens when the crowd isn’t overflowing the pews, the PA system is cranked to ear-bleeding heights.

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:04 pm

Far cry from having to find the game on an AM radio in bygone days LOL!

Jawja"T"Bill

September 8th, 2012
7:05 pm

Hey Eddy, Who is your team playing today, Ball St, Savannah St or W Kentucky?

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:05 pm

Tech hasn’t worn blue jerseys since Nov. 13, 2010. That day they lost to Miami.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:05 pm

Also: Rod Sweeting is wearing No. 40 tonight in honor of Julian Burnett.

Jawja"T"Bill

September 8th, 2012
7:11 pm

Somebody put a body on #35 for Pb!

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:12 pm

32 dive touchdown!

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:12 pm

There’s the B-back making a big play: Zach Laskey breaks a tackle and runs 56 yards to score. Tech leads 7-0 after 1:59.

joey1

September 8th, 2012
7:14 pm

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:18 pm

A terrible Blue Hose punt sets Tech up at the PC 32.

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:20 pm

Commercials everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:21 pm

Chop block on the Jackets. Robert Godhigh the violator.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:23 pm

Third and 18 coming.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:23 pm

Three and out for Tech, plus the penalty.

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:24 pm

our o looks terrible

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:25 pm

I thought he saved that one

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:27 pm

Presbyterian without a first down.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:27 pm

Or a completed pass.

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Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:29 pm

Vad Lee at QB!

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:29 pm

7 yards to in 2 minutes so far

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:30 pm

Vad Lee’s first play is a pass. And it’s dropped.

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:31 pm

I’m hoping he goes the rest of the game. Lee needs to play

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:31 pm

did the bluetoes have more than a week to prep against us? sure looks like it. we sting on o

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:31 pm

Lee’s second pass: Also dropped.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:32 pm

For the record, the Blue Hose do wear blue hose.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

Blue Hose notch a first down.

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

did you bring makers mark to the game with you bark madley ? heh.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

But only one.

Nothing much going on here, I’m compelled to report.

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:36 pm

move along folks nothing to see here. move along.

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:36 pm

Washington returns at quarterback.

Jawja"T"Bill

September 8th, 2012
7:38 pm

…and scores!

Missy30s

September 8th, 2012
7:38 pm

Mark Bradley

September 8th, 2012
7:38 pm

Washington option keep for a 59-yard touchdown. Is there no stopping this team?

Ol'JacketFan

September 8th, 2012
7:39 pm

Did I actually see blocking down field?

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:40 pm

this game is not going to help us at all against uv next week.

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:42 pm

18 yards in about 6 minutes for the bljuetoes

hashbrown dwag

September 8th, 2012
7:43 pm

make that about 9 yards now