Pygmies on the backs of giants

You’ll never guess the latest Georgia Tech recruiting pitch ($$).

Georgia Tech’s third step is taking advantage of Super Bowl LIII being played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the heart of Atlanta. This week, above any other week since Collins was hired and the subsequent addition of his staff, is crucial for — as Collins would say — “putting Georgia Tech back in the national conversation.”

The eyes of the football world are on Atlanta this week, and Georgia Tech needs to make the most of that.

That’s right — “kid, if you come play for the Jackets, you can suit up in the same facilities the Patriots used for practice!”

“Right now, the Super Bowl is in town, and it is (1.9) miles away from Bobby Dodd Stadium,” Collins told The Cheap Seats radio show. “The college national championship was played here last year, (1.9) miles away from Bobby Dodd Stadium. The College Football Hall of Fame is right here in our backyard. The center of the college football universe is in Atlanta, and Georgia Tech is in the heart of it.”

“And just think — a couple of years ago, Georgia lost a national title game just a couple of miles away from good ol’ BDS!”

You have to admire the efficiency of it.  Tech’s fan base has been living vicariously through Georgia’s opponents for decades.  The new coaching staff is just internalizing that approach for its own purposes.  Well played, Geoff.

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47 responses to “Pygmies on the backs of giants

  1. Derek

    It’s always worked for UAB.

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  2. Brigjt Idea

    Tori’s writing on behalf of Tech is usually a tough read. Maybe because I never took calculus. All I could ask after reading this is did Tech just move to North Ave last week?

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  3. Go Dawgs!

    Georgia Tech: We’re adjacent to relevance!

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  4. The Patriots have a player walking around their weight room with a great big UGA shirt on – working out… Gurley took care of the ‘school’ narrative the first couple of days in…

    Tech has a LONG LONG road in front of them and I’m not sure if they’ll ever come close to getting where they think hey should be.

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    • BMan

      From my 18th floor office in Atlantic Station, I can see Tech clearly, with the MB Dome in the background. What’s funny is that on the downtown connector, right next to Tech, there’s an electronic billboard, and one of the rotating images is of Isaiah Wynn in his Pats uniform, and I think I saw a Sony Michel image a couple of weeks ago. There is quite often a UGA picture on there, like when they were in the SEC title game. It’s grade-A trolling.

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  5. AthensHomerDawg

    Tech has a long road. Beating the dawgs will be their focus.

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  6. Russ

    Since they are supposed to be good in math, you’d think Tech would understand the transitive property doesn’t really apply in this case.

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    Makes me think of the old joke:
    Q: What do Tech fans and Georgia fans have in common?
    A: They’re both obsessed with Georgia football.

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  8. stoopnagle

    Yes, please Jeff, put the focus on the national title game Georgia played in, on the Super Bowl with the narrative of RBU a short 70 miles to your east. That’s f***ing brilliant, dude.

    You’re better off pointing these recruits to the CFB HOF across the way so they can learn about Bobby Dodd and the half century ago when Tech was relevant.

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    • Macallanlover

      Ironically, relevant until Dodd sold them down the river by leaving the SEC. Have been spiraling since. Not relevant in their own city, or their own state, and cannot even pull their weight enough nationally to the UGA game out of the noon time slot. Yeah, this is my definition of a successful program. You go Nerds.

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      • Mayor

        You know, Tech’s really not that far from at least ACC relevance. Tech is in the weaker division of a weak P5 conference. Everything we have been saying about Clemson not playing anybody applies to Tech. Atlanta is loaded with great HS football players. Georgia can’t sign them all. If Tech started recruiting at a decent clip the nerds could outgun every team in their division then they could play either Clemson or FSU in the ACCCG regularly. Personally I think that Tech’s problems are at the AD level but if it turns out their new AD is a solution rather than a problem and this Geoff Collins hire works out who knows? Tech might be a conterder in their division. But beating Georgia? No way!!

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  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    If a tech recruiter shouts in the forest, do the trees cover their ears?

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  10. Spike

    This has gotta be a joke, right?

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  11. Tony Barnfart

    I’m not particularly familiar with the legacy of Bobby Dodd other than he’s a hall of famer and generally an esteemed icon in college football…….he nevertheless made the worst move in the history of their program in leaving the SEC. A move they are still fighting to recover from.

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  12. Milledge Hall

    Damn Jeoff,
    Grasping straws, are we?
    Did you nitwits know The Citadel (your first game) is the bulldogs too??
    GO DAWGS!!
    Tuck Fech!!

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  13. Careful Brad

    Geoff is making his case to regional sports talk shows, meanwhile Bill Belichick is throwing bouquets at Kirby and Todd Gurley has the media night spotlight declaring Georgia RBU.
    680 was wondering why Kirby wasn’t walking radio row but when others can do the talking for you, you can spend your time out visiting schools.

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  14. Normaltown Mike

    “In terms of linear feet, we’re the program that is closest to the NFL”

    is kind of idiotic statement that I’d expect from an engineer.

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  15. Bulldog Joe

    The eyes of the football world are on Atlanta this week, and Georgia Tech needs to make the most of that.

    With GT’s limited budget, I’m thinkin’ urinal ads in the strip clubs or maybe slip a few Tech tickets in the garters.

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  16. Doug

    I live in southern California. I saw Catelyn Jenner at the Starbucks in Malibu one time. Martin Sheen goes to my church! You should definitely pay me a lot of money to be your agent.

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  17. This guy strikes me as a lot like James Franklin.

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  18. Al

    “Tech’s fan base has been living vicariously through Georgia’s opponents for decades.”

    GT summed up on one sentence.

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  19. Tech has all of the pieces there to be huge in football and basketball. The academics are not the barrier they once were – you don’t have to be an engineer to go there. They have a 30,000+ undergrad population. And – they are in the absolute heart of college football country. They could be the next Texas A&M. I’m pulling for them. It makes UGA that much better.,

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    • Russ

      To quote a great American (Lewis Grizzard), I wouldn’t pull for Tech with 3 engines out on the team plane. But you’re correct that they have no real reason they can’t be decent. The academic argument doesn’t hold water (never really has when you look at some of the “scholars” they’ve had), especially when they have a Liberal Arts program with Communications degrees and they take “Survey of Calculus” which is sort of like a power point presentation on how real engineers use calculus.

      I’d like for them to stay relevant to the point that we continue to get credit for a P5 victory each year. Oh, and we need to run off 8-9 in a row.

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    • TimberRidgeDawg

      LOL.. they have a undergrad population of 15.5K. 40% of admits are Asian or Hispanic. They are in the heart of SEC country in city and metro area owned by UGA fans and alums.

      Good Luck with that.

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    • Jim

      Check your facts in their undergrad population

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Perhaps you have them confused with Georgia State. GSU has a freshman class of over 7,800 and the best basketball team in the state.

      Also, when was the last time Texas A&M won a football championship?

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  20. 79Dawg

    Seems likely that the 0 for the millennium streak currently in effect on North Avenue the last Saturday in November will continue for the foreseeable future…

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  21. 69Dawg

    GT is so full of it. The Dan Patrick show was in Atlanta all week and guess what he had UGA headgear and collectibles on the set with him. Not one GT piece of anything and he was at the World Congress Center. The show is televised on NBCSN from 9 to 12. You could not buy the coverage UGA got this week as RBU and with the number of UGA players involved. GT had 1 too an offense lineman who was there before the Genius or apparently was retrained not to cut block on every snap. AJC was beside itself with this news.

    One call for caution, “IF” the new GT coach just tries to recruit he will be able to at least get some of the UGA, Alabama, UT, Auburn, Clemson, and South Carolina culls. Heck Fish Fry couldn’t do that.

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    • Mayor

      That’s my point in my pst above. Just by geography alone if the HC and staff at Tech simply recruit Atlanta they can get enough talent to beat the UVAs and UNCs of the world. Even a modicum of effort in recruiting gets them by just about every team in their division.

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  22. TimberRidgeDawg

    GT isn’t even the home team in their home stadium.

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  23. Uglydawg

    This is a late post so I may post it again at a later date.
    Take a map of the SE USA. Put a thumbtack on Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa…put a thumbtack in Sanford Stadium in Athens.
    Stretch a string across it and see where it crosses Atlanta. It’s pretty uncanny. I’m trying to do it using Google Earth so I can’t put a tack in my computer screen, but I put a dot with a magic marker and used a straight edge. If it doesn’t cross right over BDS, it’s close enough for Geoff to use.

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  24. UGA '97

    And on the sidewalks and in the dark corners of downtown lies the glue that puts it all together! Good luck to Collins trying to answer the kids parents’ questions about walking around down there.

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    • Macallanlover

      Yep, some nice college town you have there Geoff. Should include mylar vests for the players when they go to convenience stores to get gas.

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      • Mayor

        My best friend from HS played center for Tech. He was 6’5” and weighed 265 which was big back then. He got knifed, on campus and that was 40 years ago. A lot worse down there now.

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