Alabama, Ticket Sales, and Jack Leggett

Pushing Bama Back?
Now…I’ll admit that I don’t like Nick Saban and I don’t like Alabama. (No GT fan should like Bama honestly…we should still be holding a grudge after the Chick Granning incident and Bear Bryant’s back stabbing of Bobby Dodd with regards to the SEC…)

So I was a little miffed when the schedule was changed to push the game back. Like many other GT fans, I want to see that game played…as soon as possible. Tech has a habit of knocking Bama down when they are riding high.

I respect Dan Radakovich immensely and think we’ve very lucky to have him running the show down on The Flats right now, but I think his explanation of the postponement may not be 100% forthcoming. Doug Roberson quotes Radakovich as saying that Tech needs to balance out its schedule. Umm…having Bama come to GT in 2014 would have gone a LONG way towards that end since our home schedules have become notoriously weak in even years.

It just doesn’t make sense.

The Hive rumor that I tend to put the most stock in revolves around the suspicion that Bama got offered big TV money from ESPN (already an SEC sycophant and shill) to package the GT game at a neutral location in 2014. That would have effectively given Bama the home game with GT and moved GT’s half of the “home and home” to a neutral site.

If there is any nugget of truth to that rumor, then kudos to GT leadership for backing away from the table.

Nick Saban and ESPN can go pound sand if they think GT is so desperate to play Bama on TV that we’d give up a home game.

Now…again…this is a rumor that was circulating earlier in the week.

We may never know the full truth on this one.  Just rest assured that neither the GT staff, coaches, players, or fans are “afraid of Bama”.

Ticket Sales

Kudos to the Aspire Group for doing a great job selling season tickets in a tough year.  Not only is the home schedule less than compelling but the economic environment is less than supportive of luxury expenses like season tickets and Tech Fund contributions.

It sounds like we’ll have good home crowds this coming season, as we should…befitting a conference champion.

Jacket Leggett

Apparently Tech fans up in the Clemson area have heard Leggett on local radio up there complaining about verbal abuse and heckling from GT fans during baseball games.  I don’t doubt that this has happened in the least…especially considering Leggett’s past history and behavior at Russ Chandler Stadium.  Maybe he shouldn’t spout off at fans in the stands or trash talk opposing players.

Here’s a snippett from a recent interview courtesy of From the Rumble Seat

I go to Georgia Tech ,3 days in a row, 27 innings and I get absolutely verbally abused. From first pitch to last pitch at the game at Georgia Tech is by far the worst college baseball atmosphere for coaches that I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to get on the bus and get home…our players get chewed up alive down there and they can’t wait to get home and play in a positive atmosphere…

You can listen to the audio here…

Has noone told Jacket Leggett that there is no crying in baseball?  Does someone need to rent him a copy of A League of Their Own?

Someone may also want to warn him that his next trip to play at Russ Chandler is going to be absolutely brutal.  Section 10 knows they are in his head now…its going to be like throwing blood in the water while sharks are feeding…

Go Jackets!

65 comments Add your comment

DoakBoyGT

May 5th, 2010
9:19 pm

DoakBoyGT

May 5th, 2010
9:20 pm

There is no crying in baseball!

Kay

May 5th, 2010
9:20 pm

Chris, I think you are right, there is more to the Alabama story than we have been told.

Jacket Backer

May 5th, 2010
9:21 pm

i trust DRAD and just hope he is postponing this game

Jacket Backer

May 5th, 2010
9:24 pm

oops……to get another big time opponent that will give us great exposure and help with recruiting…..as most tech fans, i was very disappointed to hear this series was postponed…..

Go Jackets!!

Dubious

May 5th, 2010
10:21 pm

Any chance CPH goes to Hofstra?

IT SUX

May 5th, 2010
11:34 pm

Both Bama and GT need to tell Ga State to take a hike and let’s play this season. Why in the world Bama would play a start up team is beyond me and I do not care if AL owes Curry a favor it is ludricrous. I am very sure Curry owes GT some gratitude as well. I am very glad to have DRAD as athletic director but I have to agree to disagree on this one, let’s play BAMA NOW!

Justafan

May 6th, 2010
12:25 am

Dubious, Hope the he!! coach paul hewitt goes somewhere else. He’s a joke to the GT program.

Justafan

May 6th, 2010
12:26 am

Welcome Coach Lewis to the Lady Jackets Basketball program.

Don

May 6th, 2010
12:39 am

Chris Boggs… is a silly childish moron…. get a life… hate hate hate! Son you were not born during the Bobby Dodd era. Grow a set and stop whining!

CTB

May 6th, 2010
1:38 am

“(No GT fan should like Bama honestly…we should still be holding a grudge after the Chick Granning incident and Bear Bryant’s back stabbing of Bobby Dodd with regards to the SEC…)”

Chris – I got problems with your comment. First, I am a GT grad who grew up a Bama fan. I hate it when GT and ALA play each other because I want them both to win every game. Last year, when GT and Bama won their conferences on the same day, was wonderful!

Also, when I was at GT (70’s), Coach Dodd came to our dorm (Smith) one night. He informally discussed Coach Bryant, the SEC, etc with a few of us. He described Coach Bryant as a friend who tried to help GT get back into the SEC. He said GA and only GA stopped GT from returning to the SEC.

eastcobbjacket

May 6th, 2010
4:49 am

the rumor about espn getting involved blah blah blah doesn’t explain drad making the initial call seeking “postponement”…sadly, without any rational explanation forthcoming from our athletic department, GT fans are stuck having to deal with rumors and innuendo surrounding “bama-gate”…very disappointing.

SEC

May 6th, 2010
6:25 am

Afraid of Bama is the only reason not to play.

Gt4ever

May 6th, 2010
8:11 am

CTB is absolutely right……UGA is the reason we are not back in the SEC…… UGA is the SCUM of the earth when it comes to football, and every other sport for that matter….. UGA has the worst fan base in college, and should be shut down…. The institution is a disgrace academically because of its athletics….. Good Grief, if it were not for red necks they would have NO fan base at all……….Just sayin…….

THWG!

5IML

May 6th, 2010
8:44 am

Hating BAMA for something that happened 50 years ago is a little silly and disingenuous for any Tech fan younger then 65.

Whether there’s any truth to this rumor or not, Tech’s home game against BAMA should be moved to a larger venue. There will be more than 55K BAMA fans alone.

fishtales

May 6th, 2010
9:11 am

Spin it and rationalize it anyway you want there sport. GT called Bama…ESPN didn’t call Bama, Bama didn’t call GT. I have nothing against Tech, but you are completely full of crap on this one. Tech does not want any part of Bama right now and that’s too bad. Would have been great having Tech fans over in Tuscaloosa.

???

May 6th, 2010
9:26 am

Wow, the comments from Gt4ever and the whining of Chris Boggs really underscores the public perception of GT’s inferiority complex. Way to represent guys!

Alphare

May 6th, 2010
9:54 am

Tech and BAMA used to the show of the south. Let’s bring it on again!

St Simon

May 6th, 2010
10:19 am

(((((((((((((((((((((((UGA 30 – GT 24))))))))))))))))))))!!!!
((((((((((((((((((((((UGA 73 – GT 66))))))))))))))))))))))))!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

bamafan

May 6th, 2010
10:30 am

Nothing like being objective. Everything that happened in the 1960’s wasn’t always about how wonderful GA Tech was. The Chick Granning incident has two or more sides. Tech leaving the SEC was about more than Bear Bryant running Bobby Dodd off. Grow up. Do you remember the libel of Bear Bryant by Furman Bisher and the later libel of Bear Bryant and Wally Butts by Frank Graham? Do you know that Furman Bisher was paid for his role in the Story of a College Football Fix? Do you know the whole thing started in Atlanta by Tech fans who were eager to get Tech’s two biggest rivals: Bama and UGA? You are certainly entitled to your opinion but if you are going to run a blog, common sense and decency (and intelligence) should push you to a less hateful and whiny approach.

BrokeBackJacket

May 6th, 2010
11:54 am

Anyone reading this blog that thinks tech,s AD calling Bama and wanting outta the contract for the home and home with Bama, and thinks it has anything to do with anything other than 2 embarassing losses for the techies is an IDIOT! Including you Mr. Boggs!

However, I cant blame you and the rest of the nerd herd for searching for any and every plausible “RUMOR” to the contrary!

DP

May 6th, 2010
12:05 pm

The quote from Rad in the AJC didn’t say a thing about Alabama wanting to change Tech’s home game to a neutral site, i.e. moving it a couple of miles to the Georgia Dome which would could only be considered neutral because Alabama fans would pack the place. According to Rad’s statement, Tech instigated the “postponement” to “balance their schedule” which as the writer here points out makes absolutely no sense as a game at Grant Field in 2014 would have made a weak home schedule more attractive.

I’ll be surprised if the games are rescheduled. I have a lot of respect for Georgia Tech but think their administration wanted out of the games with Alabama.

i find it quite funny when a bama fan

May 6th, 2010
12:13 pm

brings up the subject of whining.

they are the whiniest fan base i know of……. and their current coach is the king of whiners. a match made in heaven.

Gt4ever

May 6th, 2010
2:16 pm

??? or whatever your name is….

underscores the public perception of GT’s inferiority complex.

I simply state some well know facts! UGA is a Football factory, always has been, always will be, the FANS are the WORST, and last the institution is AVERAGE at best, pertaining to academics…. How you determine that I am suffering from some sort of complex is a stretch. Hmmmmm,, maybe it’s just that your another DELUSIONAL bulldawg fan…. In any case, UGA still SUX!

three rivers jacket

May 6th, 2010
2:37 pm

Bama fan. You are full of it. Tech had nothing to do with the Butts Bryant fiasco. Bear and Wally were innocent of any wrondoing. Georgia used this to get rid of Butts who by this time sadly was a pathetic character who was embarassing. It was too bad but Old Wally laughed last as he settled with Curtis publishing for 400 thou in 1963 dollars. Tech had nothing to do with this. as to the Chick Granning thing it was inexcusable. If that had happened today Darwin “cheap shot ” Holt would have been arrrested. Bryant did not acquit himself well at the time but years later he admitted that he shold have kicked Holt off the team and he apologized for his behavior.

John T Radney Jr

May 6th, 2010
4:25 pm

Coac had to defend his player, Darwin Holt of the Granning hit. Talk about a grudge here pecker head. That is whats wrong now days, these tender monments you candy asses have now. It’s football not the foreign snach games these players have now like soccer.

Delbert D.

May 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

Chris, it’s Chick Graning.

Delbert D.

May 6th, 2010
8:00 pm

That intentional hit is worse than any I have seen in football since then. The film was replayed several times on Sunday in Atlanta. Imagine that Oregon RB who slugged the guy while he wasn’t looking last year. Now imagine him running at the guy, drawing back and hitting him in the jaw with a full elbow smash. Facemasks were pretty simple in the early ’60’s. Zero protection for the lower part of the face.

Reality

May 6th, 2010
10:27 pm

@ Chris Boggs – Why don’t you delete these anti-Tech posts on your blog as your counterpart Chip deletes anti-uga posts on his uga blog? If Tech fans cannot do the same on uga blogs, why are they allowed to do this on ours?

Bama Jamma

May 6th, 2010
11:13 pm

I would like to know when GT has a habit of knocking down BAMA when they are running high or anybody eles of that matter.

Gt4ever

May 6th, 2010
11:26 pm

Bring bama ON….. We will play anybody……

???

May 7th, 2010
9:51 am

Gt4ever – when you’re already in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. You’re quite effectively reinforcing my point.

Amazing

May 7th, 2010
12:40 pm

I cannot believe Tech would blame Bryant for Dodd’s stupid decision. Just like the majority of Tech people, Dodd’s ego got in the way of his judgment. He thought his program was bigger than it was, asked for concessions from the conference, got them, and then lied that he didn’t.
But go ahead and name your stadium and worship a man who single-handedly set your program back 30 years…by the way, he was 0-3 against Dooley.

David

May 7th, 2010
1:57 pm

Paul Johnson is nobody’s fool. It is not that he is afraid, he just doesn’t want a loss. I think he is a smart man. However. Darwin Holt didn’t finished the job.

JB

May 7th, 2010
4:39 pm

Boggs – If the ACC played quality football and got a fat contact from espn for doing so, would they also be a “sycophant and shill for espn”???? Sheeesh!

Gt4ever – Your envy of our athletics AND academia is palpable. Wow!

HBTD!!!

Demosthenes

May 7th, 2010
6:46 pm

Kudos to Tech for postponing this series. GT would be killed in these games, and this would be awful for recruiting. Bama and UF are on another level from other teams in the country right now; it is better to not prove how inferior Tech is to local recruits by watching back-to-back losses that would have no realistic chance of being avenged. I hate Tech, but this was a smart decision. Tech doesn’t need to pick up a top-tier national power to legitimize their schedule; they have an annual rivalry game with UGA that already lends credibility to the schedule. Guffaw all you want, but this is the same formula UF, BAMA, LSU, Texas, OU and other national powerhouses have used in recent years to win the MNC. While it’s true that the ACC doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt that the SEC does, that doesn’t mean you have to take on the toughest team from the toughest league to make a splash on the national scene. Take on Nebraska, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Boise State, TCU, West Virginia or any other nationally respected team, but play an opponent that won’t take a combination of your best game, and their worst game, to escape with a win. You want to play Bama? Earn a shot at them in the BCS; don’t sign up for early dismissal from consideration by getting rolled on national TV…twice.

Tim Rupert

May 7th, 2010
7:56 pm

Smart move on Tech’s part. Can’t beat the SEC and thats not good for recruiting.

skeered

May 7th, 2010
11:48 pm

little yeller skeeters skeered to play big burly bama. will play middle tennessee instead.

Yoda

May 8th, 2010
9:04 am

Hey Boggs…I’m old enough to remember when Tech was still in the SEC and Alabama comes to town and the crap and empty bottles flying out of the stands…so much so that Coach Dodd apologized to Bryant for the great Tech fans….remember seeing pictures of Bama players having to keep their helmets on or risk getting hit by something….remember Bryant wearing a helmet just walking out on the field…….seriously doubt the SEC is to blame as much as having to play in stadium the size of baby’s playpen at Tech…could it be Tech didn’t want any part of moving the game to Dome because then 55,000 Alabama fans would be in the house.

WatsonOne

May 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

Gt4ever, you sound like a real intellectual. BTW the jackets could not stay on the field with real teams like bama, the gators & uga.

Clarke Co. Jail

May 8th, 2010
6:32 pm

WatsonOne, Please don’t mention UGA in the same sentence as FLA. & ALA. UGA has not won ANYTHING in 30 + years. Looking foward to the yearly beatdown in Jacksonville again !

messin with sasquatch

May 8th, 2010
7:15 pm

we run this state.wooooooooooooo

GoDOGS1

May 9th, 2010
1:53 pm

Reality…you are such a whiney little pudding cakes just like your team is by wimping out on Bama. Too funny!

Gotcha Gt4ever

May 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

Yet, at at May 8th, 2010 9:48 pm Gt4ever writes on UGA’s blog “Sloan
Your 100 percent RIGHT! I don’t care how or where they got their degree….. Outstanding achievement! Congrats to ALL!” He then goes by a different name of ‘Hmmmmmmm’ and writes “You couldn’t handle the job at Best Buy,,,, LOSER!” at May 8th, 2010 9:54 pm

DZ

May 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

WOW, this writer is an idiot. Anyone who read past the first paragraph is too.

SOGAGA

May 9th, 2010
9:54 pm

CPJ is scared of facing Saban and Bama. He prefers the weak SEC teams like Miss State and Vandy. He got a reality check from UGA last season and knows Bama is stronger than UGA for the time being.

Reality

May 10th, 2010
2:00 am

@ BammaJammer

I’ll answer that one…. but I have so many to pick from….

My favorite was when a GA Tech team without a win played a Notre Dame ranked #1 and undefeated back in the early 1980s. Tech tied them 3-3 and good old ND dropped out of the top 10.

Also, the last two games GA Tech played against Auburn was when Auburn was ranked (top 5 as I recall) and GA Tech wasn’t ranked at all. GA Tech beat ‘em bad both times.

There are tons more examples. Guess you’re not a big college football fan.

Rammer Jammer

May 10th, 2010
7:41 am

It’s obvious that D-Rad and Ga Tech were afraid to play big boy football against Saban and the 13-time national champion Crimson Tide. No other explanation for them backing out of this deal.

Bring it on and prepare for the Rambling Wreck to get Rammered Jammered! RTR!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

May 10th, 2010
8:36 am

It’s easy to “not be afraid” of Bama when you refuse to play them. If it walks like a chicken and clucks like a chicken, then …………

bill

May 10th, 2010
12:48 pm

Give me a break. How many seats does Bobby Dodd have? And how many “fans” does GT average each home game? They’re not only afraid to play Bama, but they’re afraid there would be more Bama fans than GT fans at the GT home game, which would be embarassing!