A Final Ramblin’ for 2010?

Its been a quiet month for Ramblin’ On.

I’ve admittedly neglected things here the past few weeks.

But then, in my defense, December was a crazily busy time in our family with birthdays,  a new puppy, a trip to Vegas, deadlines in the office, and two kids who are still young enough to enjoy the magic and wonder associated with all things Christmas.

We’ll load up the Jeep and hit the road headed towards Tampa tomorrow morning.  I’m hoping to make good enough time to be plopped in front my my father-in-law’s new disgustingly large 3D plasma TV in time for kick off against Air Force.  Say a prayer for me if you get a chance…the odds that we’ll make it to Tampa by 5pm are extremely long since the kids and the puppy will require extra stops.  But hey…it gives me something to aim for right?  And there’s always the DVR!

Just in case I’m not able to post again until after New Year’s, I’ll leave you gentle readers with a few thoughts here in the waning days of 2010…

  • How would Tech’s season have played out if we hadn’t lost four juniors to the NFL?  We missed Dwyer as a home run threat, we missed Burnett in the defensive secondary, we missed Morgan’s pass rush, and we missed Thomas at WR most of all blocking and catching the ball downfield.  With those guys we very likely repeat as ACC champ and recover the Governer’s Cup.
  • Beyond just those early departures, something was wrong with the 2010 Yellow Jackets.  I don’t think the Jackets played a complete game even once during the 2010 season.  The offense and defense played well in spurts…but never for a complete game and never at the same time.
  • If Air Force beats us tomorrow, we’ll finish with a losing record for the first time in something like 14 years.  That’s unacceptable coming off an ACC title with a senior quarterback.  I don’t care who you lose early to the NFL.  I don’t care if you changed defensive coordinators.
  • We’re going to be OK at quarterback.  Tevin Washington played admirably when pressed into service after Nesbitt’s injury.  We’re going to see a real quarterback competition in the Spring.  I just hope we see some competition at wide receiver as well.

That’s enough about football.  I think people who follow the Yellow Jackets know what our issues are and where the challenges lie.

What about Georgia Tech hoops?

I took my daughter to the GT vs UGA women’s game.  We’ve got a winner in Machelle Joseph.  Great coach and program builder.

I try not to think about Georgia Tech men’s hoops.

I bought into a season ticket package with some buddies this season, but I’m pretty disgusted with things right now.  I’ll be sitting second row for FSU, Clemson, and Miami later in the season.  I’ll go because its fun to be on campus, but I don’t have lofty expectations.

Paul Hewitt?  We can all thank Dave Braine for the legacy Dan Radakovich has been saddled with.

I’ll be there, cheering for the team and supporting the players on the court.  The suits on the bench, well…maybe not so much.

As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I’ll say about that.”

There’s only one real constant in blogging or writing on the internet.  It eats into your passion for the subject you are writing about, especially if you are a fan blogger.  Anonymous comments ruin any chance at legitimate discussion or discourse and your alumni friends and family press you to aggressively counter what they perceive as hack jobs written by staff writers.  Before you know it, your hobby has turned into a chore.

A truly successful blog is always a combination of original content and an entertaining community that fosters discussion, both positive and negative, without vulgarity and anonymous personal attacks.

2011 should be an interesting year with plenty to talk about:

Will Coach Johnson rebound in the post-Nesbitt era and with his own recruits in place?

Will Coach Hewitt win some road games and have the ACC success that has eluded Tech for so long now?

Will Coach Hall get the baseball Jackets back into the College World Series?

Will Tech’s women’s programs continue to excel as we have seen with basketball, softball, and volleyball recently?

Will that Boggs guy still be blogging about Tech for the AJC?

Only time will tell!

Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year!

Go Jackets!

72 comments Add your comment

4 Jacks

December 28th, 2010
11:15 pm

I always thought Tech fans were smarter and more realistic than most fan bases, but maybe not. One down year in his first three and “fans” are jumping off the CPJ bandwagon. Guys it is not an easy fix at Tech, and if any of you new anything about it you would realize this. CPJ will be just fine and we will be in the ACC championship game twice in the next 5 years…we will not go every year, I repeat we will not go every year. I do confess that there is a ligitmate problem with our team and that is special teams. I have no fault with CPJ except in the area of special teams. This has been a problem for 3 straight years and is becoming a constant. Special teams needs to be fixed and fixed asap. I know they are trying, but they have to be fixed if we want to continue to compete for conference championships. This year was just one of those years we had no player leadership and /or motivation. Pep talks are fine and work maybe once, maybe even twice a year if you are real lucky. If the players are nor “up” or motivated to bust their tails for 12 Saturdays a year doing something they say they love, then the problem is within each player that can’t get motivated. Does not speak well for their career prospects as well. As a boss of 17 people. I try to add a little incentive or motivation once in a while, but if I have to give you a pep talk every week to do your job quess what, I will fire you. Some of these players need to look at themselves and decide do they want to play and win, or maybe it is time to quit, as it seemed they did a couple of times this year. If this continues 2 more years I would be concerned, but bet you it doesn’t. You guys that never really played the game get off of CPJ’s butt. He is a winner and has always been a winner. We will be better next year and the year after that…quit acting like Ugag fans and most SEC fans in general. You can’t win the championship every year. Despite what you beleive or have been told it is not a birth right. I mean come on, what has Ugag won in the last 25 years? They have beat us sure, but where we were irrelevant in there eyes, now they have to hang their hat on beating us to salvage their season. Keep the faith, next year will be better!!!

Veteran Fan

December 29th, 2010
12:39 am

Just got back from the bowl game and except for losing the game thoroughly enjoyed taking my family there. Good hard fought game against a good Air Force team that didn’t make a mistake. Our team competed well but could not overcome the mistakes our young team has made all year! Proud of them and as a season ticket holder will not only renew but will get two more because I am very excited about our potential! Techmen compete and these guys were competitive in every game this season, which is all any true fan can ask! At the end of the day, we must be true to our great school and its tradition of competing with class and honor and Coach Johnson and his team are fine examples of that! We can also ignore and smile at the UGA idiots that come on here and talk trash for in their hearts there is fear. Fear that we will continue to improve, fear that they are on the same downward spiral they have been on since Coach Dooley left, and finally fear that one of the high quality recruits(Christian LeMay etc..) that Coach Richt learned how to recruit at FSU will finally get caught in a play for pay scenario like Cam Newton at Auburn and their whole program will self-destruct! Happy New Year to my fellow Alums will see you next year in Grant Field as we enjoy Coach Johnson and the Jackets! THWG!!!!!!

Josh

December 29th, 2010
1:51 am

Unfortunately, even though we do seem to rack up a lot of yards (on the ground atleast); when you continue turning it over more times than you put the ball in the endzone who cares how many rushing yards we have. We’re losing the most important stat – points. A lot of adjustments need to be made including with Johnson’s tactics/approach to each game. We’ll have even less talented and experienced players to pull his butt out of the fire when his gameplans and coaching go awry (again) next season.

Josh

December 29th, 2010
1:59 am

4 Jacks you are way overestimating Johnson’s effect. Most of the losses we have had to Georgia going to back to O’Leary were close, even under Gailey so that aspect hasn’t changed. And the Jackets still seem to have a problem of beating someone they shouldn’t while losing to a team they shouldn’t and then getting all big headed and talking crap before falling flat on their face. That aspect goes back to before O’Leary so maybe it speaks to the type of Athletes who come to the school, who knows. But Johnson still has a lot to correct before accolades putting him on par with Dodd and such start coming. Jacketnation is so starved to have the football program take a step above being mediocre-above average I’m afraid we are way overinflating our hopes and aspirations.

GT must have won the AF game

December 29th, 2010
9:11 am

AJC must correct a wrong. They said that the sad lil bowl game in Shreveport was won by AF but GT OUTGAINED them. SO, maybe GT won that game too?? Hmmm???

GT could out gain any one on the field from time to time and that might be a good thing …………IF ……………IF they ALSO OUTSCORE the other team. They did not do that 7 (SEVEN TIMES) this past season. Seven/ Yes, 7 losses with The Bone. CPJ is dumber than a rock.

If techers are as intelligent as they think they are, then why do they employ this sad, pathetic logic of only a nerd??/ Because they ARE NERDS.

Another GT losing season.

Grant Field is UGA's # 2 favorite HOME stadium

December 29th, 2010
9:14 am

Afraid? Oh, we always relish the opportunity to play in our other home field ………….Grant Field.

Look forward to seeing all of the Red & Black there next year.

CPJ then will be on the way out. He is a failure.

bawahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Chris,

No one blames you for not posting often in recent months. If I were a fan of the worst athletic school in D-IA sports I’d be neglecting my blogging responsibilities as well. Air Force? Are you kidding me? You couldn’t write better comedy if you tried.

Let us count em togehter ........ shall we??

December 29th, 2010
9:23 am

How many Major bowls like Cotton, Sugar, Urange Bowls over the last 50 years has GT attended and UGA???

I do know that in 1960 ………………UGA was a winner in the Orange Bowl and in the mid to late 60s saw the Cotton and the Sugar. Same era GT saw them not. NOTHING FOR GT in 60s, except a horrible loss to SEC Florida in Dodd’s last humiliating game in the 67 Urange.

In the 70s GT saw no majors and UGA visited the Cotton and the Sugar.
80s? GT saw nothing and UGA hit the Sugar three times and the Cotton once.
90s? GT’s big day was in the then very, very mid level Citrus and I will give them a 1/3 share of the 90 NC along with ND and Miami and maybe two others that year. UGA? no majors either beyond a Cap One, or an Outback Bowl, which do not count.
2000-2010? UGA has visited the Sugar TWICE and GT has that UGLY blow out in the Urange.

Case closed.

Wreckbone

December 29th, 2010
11:05 am

Our blogger is worse than our team this year! You sign on maybe once a week and give some weak insight on the program. The AJC needs to step up. They have the UGA blogger posting almost daily and a few times each week year round. The problem with this paper, your coverage of the INTOWN team blows. Maybe half our alumni are foreign and don’t care so you cater to those rednecks from the country (nice how they claim to be the oldest public university but it took them 20 years to graduate a class so UNC beat you guys there) I am sick of the lack of coverage from your paper. If UGA had better basketball tradition, then we would have BBall coverage for both conferences. All the CPJ and CPH bashing is making me sick. We are not going to win every game every season. “Yes the loss numbers were low as BBall will be. But hey, we could be like a Wake or someone else. Wake was supposed to do great in hoops last year, but who was in the ACC final with DUKE? You guys who say fire everyone, I hope you are not managers somewhere. Otherwise you must have a revoloving door HR policy. I love when DAWG fans get in my face about Tech. Usualy, they aren’t alums, and I take CPJ’s mentality on it. Lay off the coaches. Its not like we laid down and got killed every game. UGA barely won on a bad kick with backup QB playing. VaTech would have been crushed in Blacksburg without the injury. I’d like to see how UGa would have ended up if their QB went down….don’t care if he was a RSFresh. They would not have been 6-6 I’ll tell you that. What everyone is calling for a an option QB that can sling it. Just relax. We will get one and when we do, look out. If the college football gods bless us with a playoff in the next decade and its 16 teams, then we got a great shot at National Titles. How it stands now, we are a red headed step child conference and even undefeated would not play for the Nat’l Title if others were undefeated like PAC-10, Big-12, Big10. So just relax. We compete and we won the ACC last year.

GTrek Season In Review

December 29th, 2010
11:59 am

1. 9 of 10 – FAIL
2. 42-34- FAIL
3. But we’re a basketball school (73-72)- FAIL (also see Kennesaw State)
4. The triple joke (excuse me) option is unstoppable- FAIL
5. CPJ is smart by giving up an extra 7- FAIL
6. Nesbitt for Heisman- FAIL
7. We’ll sell out at least one game this year – FAIL
8. Free hot dogs are worth watching a 1940 offensive scheme – FAIL
9. Sure recruits will come to play for an offense shunned by the NFL and a defensive coordinator who’s coaching record is first mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls- FAIL
10. At least we’re not in Shreveport – FAIL

yjackets2001

December 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Just wait for next year. 2011 will make Tech football in 2010 look special. 3-9, 4-8 at the best. Johnson blames everyone but himself. Teams now know how to beat this crap offense. Next year apathy grows, which means fans will just not care. I am there, I do not care about continually losing to Georgia and being less than average in college football. I have had season tickets for 15 years , no more. I am done with the losing attitude at Tech. I’ ll find another way to entertain myself during college football, maybe I’ll just watch Euorpean Rugby, can’t be worse than this Tech garbage..

yjackets2001

December 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

GTrek Season in review: You nailed it! Good job.

My Dixie Wrecked

December 29th, 2010
1:28 pm

Why has Radakovich gotten us off Thursday nite football?

This was one of our best recruiting tools a few years back.

When you are going up against schools like Troy, Citadel, etc. we need every advantage we can get.

GTrek Season In Review

December 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

I got the Georgia Tech/ Paul Johnson Breakfast Special at Shoneys this morning.
All the cereal you can eat, except no bowl.

Rockdale Jacket

December 29th, 2010
5:47 pm

I would like to say something nice about our football and basketball teams. However, I would be lying if I did. So I will just tell the truth and say its pitiful.

4 Jacks

December 29th, 2010
7:32 pm

Don’t feel too bad GT fans. CPJ will right this ship, and don’t discard his first two seasons. Because of Gailey’s recruiting, leaving us with very few offensive or defensive lineman we just got coaught short in the numbers and talent area here. Also, as far as the Ugay fans, just remember we are irrelevant to them, oops, thats right the last 3 years their whole season and their whole self worth depended on beating GT. My how the mighty have fallen. They have top 10 recruiting classes 4 of the past 5 years and look at where they are at…on a GT blog trying to make their pathetic lives better by doentrodding a team that they have gotten all their self worth from the past 3 years…talk about LMAO…to hell with Ugag. They have every advantage, should be as dominant as Alabama or Florida and look at their floundering record. Hell UT beats Vandy 24 years straight, and UGAG gets their self worth for beating us 9 of 10. Go ahead dogs make your day, you might have beaten us, but you have won nothing for 30 years, but make yourself’s happy.

4 Jacks

December 29th, 2010
7:37 pm

Oh yeah yjackets2001, glad you won’t be there, and please, when we are fighting for conference championships 3 of the next five years I do hope your sorry bandwagon azz will be at a rugby game. That sounds about like your speed. Better yet, pull for Ugay, you sound alot more like them.

yjackets2001

December 29th, 2010
8:08 pm

4 Jacks, Can’t handle the truth can you. How many wins against Georgia in the last 10 years, how many major bowls, how many bowl wins in the last 10 years?

Kansas, yes Kansas kicked our ass this year, look at their 2010 record. Our number 1 recruit, Vad Lee, in N.C. has decided to visit 2 other schools even though he has committed. You probably have no idea who he is! Don’t talk to me about bandwagon, I simply tell the truth and you can’t handle it!

MC

December 31st, 2010
9:13 am

Let’s see if Paul Johnson pulls his offer for those visits. How does it feel to have the biggest fraud in college football coaching your team right down the crapper.

yjackets2001

January 1st, 2011
7:12 am

Johnson want pull this offer, Vad Lee is the real deal, 3 star rated, but under the radar, should be a 4 star. He plans to visit UNC and NCS. Can run the crap option offense, but he does add the ability to pass, unfortunately no respectful wide receiver will commit to Tech. My guess is he is history.

GTJohn

January 1st, 2011
8:33 pm

Three things:
1. TCU just proved that schools such as GT and Wake can do it
2. Did you notice all the player for Penn St, TCU, Wisconsin – no ink up and down the body and no hair hanging out from under the helmet. Finally, players who make their statement playing football instead of inking up and down their body.
3. Players who play with enthusiam and win – kind of like GT in 1990 and UGA in 1980. Maybe some time in the film room would benefit both teams while they watched how football should be played.

Stumpknocker

January 1st, 2011
10:26 pm

Dawg homers on here sure seem confident they’ll be back on top next year. Granted you should have the best QB in the SEC…….bad news is you probably won’t win any more games than this season. As for Tech, expect some improvement on defense and better execution on offense. Someone will step up and be a reliable receiver. A & B back will again be a strong point on this team. No guarantee that T Washington will come out of the spring game as #1 QB. My guess. 7 to 8 wins.