I forgot to mention this when I saw it the other day. David Ching had a post up about the announcement that Clemson and Alabama would open the ’08 season with a game at the Georgia Dome. Ching wondered how much of an impact the game would have on Georgia’s in state recruiting (my answer: not much).
The bigger impact I see coming is that it’s scheduled for the same day as Georgia Tech’s opener against – a drum roll, please! – Jacksonville State. All the attention that would ordinarily have been generated about the Paul Johnson era getting underway on the Flats will be dwarfed by the story of a larger, more enthusiastic crowd watching what is quite likely to be a more interesting game. Don’t think the comparison will be lost on the media.
A PR nightmare, in other words. It’s Chantastic!
By the way, make sure you read that thread on The Hive. There’s at least one classic line:
… DragonCon is going to steal away more people from the GT game than Alabama/Clemson.
No, he wasn’t being facetious.