In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not quite ready to move on. I mean, faced with a choice of continuing to enjoy things like the absurd rationalizing that’s totally absorbed the Tech message boards (made even better in comparison with the equally absurd pre-game bravado) as opposed to indulging in the is-Martinez-gonna-go rumor mongering/speculation (hey, how did that whole he’s- going-to-resign/be fired-Sunday thing work out?), well… it’s not much of a choice for me.
So here are a few more nuggets worth sharing while there’s still a glow from the game:
First off, I love this quote from Mark Richt.
– A caller said Tech coach Paul Johnson downplayed the importance of the Georgia game early last week and asked Richt, who is 8-1 vs. Tech, his thoughts on the magnitude of the rivalry.
“All I can tell you is our boys and our coaches don’t need a whole lot of motivation, I guess, to get fired up about this game,” Richt said. “And I’m not going to sit here and deny that what happened a year ago [helped] fuel it. It did; there is no question that it did. Them tearing up our hedges and doing some of the things that they were doing after the game at our expense didn’t sit too well with us. And we wanted to do something about it, and we want to continue to do something about it in years to come. And I’ll say this: I’ve always had a respect, a very healthy respect, for Georgia Tech and their football program, and we will continue to have that respect because they are an outstanding team and they do a great job over there. But it’s very, very big to us.”
Great sentiment, Coach. Almost, dare I say it, Corch Meyer-ish. Now, how can we bottle that sucker and take it to Jacksonville next year?
Also, Richt really didn’t like the Gator Powerade bath he got from Bryan Evans.
And if you’re ever feeling down, feel free to dial this clip up at the 2:40 mark. It’ll cheer you right up.
Those clips remind me – if you haven’t seen the ABC/ESPN broadcast (I’ve watched it twice now), you really should. I knock the WWL a fair amount, but I’ve got to give the Disney folks credit for a good job Saturday night. In stark contrast to what we were subjected to in the Auburn and Kentucky games, the broadcast team was involved and attentive to the play on the field, excited at the right times without coming across as biased (Sean McDonough’s call of King’s 75-yard run is great) and the camera work was excellent.
No, it wasn’t the same as being there, but the coverage of the last three minutes of the game starting when Tech got the ball back one last time was as good as I’ve seen this season. The highlights in particular: Rennie Curran’s guided-missile tackle of Roddy Jones on Tech’s last running play of the game; Reshad Jones’ coverage on the second and third down incomplete pass plays; Thomas’ reaction upon dropping the fourth down pass; Mark Richt’s passion in his post-game remarks. Well done, people.
Oh, and speaking of Caleb King’s touchdown run, if you didn’t get to hear Wes Durham’s call of it on the Georgia Tech radio broadcast, that’s too bad. Durham, who specializes in making the routine two-yard Tech gain sound like Larry Munson calling “Run, Lindsay!, run” (ed. – there you go, Malcolm!), sounds like he falls asleep during King’s jaunt downfield. It’s of a piece with the rapidity to which Tech resorts in taking a losing result off of the BDS scoreboard three seconds after the game ends. When the going gets sorry, that just how the Jackets roll.