A few things are floating around the boards and blogs today…so lets just get right into them…
1) Clean Old Fashioned Hate…in the Georgia Dome?
Are you kidding me? Who came up with this wrong headed idea?
Pardon me while I vent for a few minutes…
Neither GT nor UGA gain enough from this proposed debacle to make it worth moving the annual Thanksgiving ritual anywhere but Between the Hedges or On the Flats.
Both the Dawgs and Jackets are already located right square in the middle of the best football recruiting territory in the nation. There would be minimal recruiting advantage over what both already enjoy returned from this game.
One of the teams, most likely Georgia Tech, would have to give up a home game.
The Georgia Dome SUCKS for football games. Football games should be played outdoors…period. I don’t care if its cold or rainy at the end of November. That’s part of the experience. I’ve been to games, both college and pro, in the Dome and I don’t like it. Its too commercial and too clean and antiseptic. I only want to watch GT vs UGA at Bobby Dodd or Sanford Stadium…period.
The Atlanta Sports Council has a long and distinguished history of screwing Georgia Tech and showing preference to UGA or other SEC programs. So why should GT participate in anything the ASC promotes…especially at the expense of a home game?
Gary Stokan…if you are reading this…No Thanks! Go Away! Your thinly veiled agenda was exposed long ago!
Dan Radakovich…if you are reading this…a large portion of your donors and fan base will be vehemently opposed.
I don’t care if this move would give Tech a competitive advantage. Sure…we wouldn’t have suffered attrition to our depth from injuries over the season and sure UGA would likely have three to six players suspended for the game. I just don’t care…
2) ACC Ties to the Gator Bowl Severed?
It sounds like the Champ’s Bowl in Orlando has stepped up to the #3 slot in the ACC Bowl tie-in heirarchy based on an Orlando Sentinel article recently. That article was followed by rumors that the ACC and the Gator had parted ways.
Now…I agree that Orlando is a better destination than Jacksonville. But I don’t like the prospect of dropping a fairly prestigious New Year’s Day bowl. I’m very curious to see how the remainder of the ACC bowl schedule looks. Hopefully John Swofford will break his attention away from Tobacco Road basketball long enough to make sure the football programs in his conference have decent bowl tie-ins.
3) FSU…A Rudderless Ship or a Wounded Animal?
As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, a large portion of my immediate and extended family are FSU alums, fans, and boosters of varying degrees. So I watch quite a bit of FSU football each season. And I know how much they revere Bobby Bowden.
I think this Jim Smith character needs to shut his trap until the season is over. The decision makers at FSU, which I assume involves the Board of Trustees, made the decision to extend Bowden’s contract and make Jimbo Fisher the coach “in waiting”. They made their bed…they need to lie in it and endure the season however it plays out.
You don’t treat someone who built your program from scratch the way Bowden has been treated the past few days.
Now granted…FSU has been in decline for a few years. And yes Bowden may be stubbornly resisting pressure to retire. But the man has a contract and an agreement was made. Bowden deserves that contract and agreement to be honored until at least the season is over. Then the hard conversations and decisions can be made away from the harsh glare of media reports and internet bloggers.
I’ll be making the trip to Tallahassee this weekend to watch the game. I was already feeling nervous about it. But now I have no clue. Will the FSU players sleepwalk through the game or will the Noles come out like a wounded animal backed into a corner? Which team will show up?
All I know is that Tech better go down there with expectations that FSU will be gunning for revenge. The Jackets will need to score early to break the will of both the players and the fans.
Just Say NO to the Atlanta Sports Council!