Why hate matters


It was an honest mistake. Channing Tindall simply misunderstood the question.

The senior linebacker was asked how he felt about playing “this rivalry game in Atlanta,” and Tindall honestly thought the reporter was asking him about No. 1 Georgia’s Dec. 4 matchup against No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship game the weekend after next.

“Well, Alabama, 0-and-2 record right now. Trying to change that,” Tindall said before a group of reporters attending UGA’s media day on Monday. “We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. Right now we’re focused on Georgia Tech. We’ve got to take it one step at a time. When that time comes, I’ll speak more on it.”

Tindall was embarrassed when corrected by his inquisitor.

“No, I mean Tech, this rivalry this week,” the reporter emphasized.

“Oh, I thought you were talking about Alabama,” Tindall said with a grin.


As Tindall’s slip-up would indicate and he would later admit, the Bulldogs can’t help but have Alabama on their minds.

“I always do have it in the back of my head,” Tindall acknowledged. “That’s why when he was talking about the rivalry earlier, I went straight to thinking he was talking about Bama. But, yeah, I try to tone it out because whenever we do that, we’re not focused. We know we have to take it one game at a time. You can’t be focused on other teams when you have more games to play. You do that and it can overwhelm your head and it kind of goes all over the place.

“So, right now, we’re just worried about Georgia Tech, and we’re going to leave it at that.”

It’s only natural that they would have Alabama on their mind.  But hate brings focus to the task at hand.  And that’s running this state.  Again.

If the Jackets were smart, they’d spend the pregame asking our guys how they think they’ll do in the SECCG.  My bet is they aren’t.  Any smack talk will do in a pinch.  Hate = focus.


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

26 responses to “Why hate matters

  1. akascuba

    The only strategy that can save the nerds this week is pull a Vandy. Declare outbreak of (insert your choice) cancel the game to protect the children.

    They know a beat down is coming down the tracks.
    Crushing tech will never get old. Run the dam ball. Never let them forget their worst nightmare lives in Athens.

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  2. mwodieseldawg

    This state is run by UGA. tech is just living in it.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    “Your eyes are full of hate, 41. That’s good. Hate keeps a man alive. It gives him spirit.”
    h/t Quintus Arrius

    Liked by 2 people

  4. practicaldawg

    I only wish they would honor Mark Richt at the half on Mark Richt Field this year too

    Liked by 11 people

  5. Terry McCullers

    The hate for Tech is valid. But y’all know deep down we’ve been working on Bama stuff for 2 weeks.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Texas Dawg

    Us older alums don’t have to try very hard to work up a good hate for GT. We remember when it was competitive like The Egg Bowl will be this year. The younger guys look at this game like Vandy or Charleston Southern. Just another cupcake to be disposed of by halftime so they can get the younger guys playing time and they can rest up. They’ve never known it to be a real game.

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    • PTC DAWG

      42-14 since Dooley took over I believe.

      16 out of the last 20 is even more telling for the guys on the roster now…if any of the our of state guys even know squat about playing GT.

      You’re right, it used to be competitive and interesting.


      • Tony BarnFart

        Hey, I’m an out of state guy. And I’ll have you know that I got a cup of water thrown in my face by an old man Tech fan at Mark Richt field in 2003. We had just gotten a big score and i was walking up the section to go to the bathroom, finally having had enough of the loudmouth a few rows back….. I asked him “HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES ?!” Boom: water to the face.

        I did not retaliate, for one because I was drastically outnumbered. And Atlanta jail is not my thing.


        • PTC DAWG

          I’ve had vehicles vandalized on gamedays down there…do not take a vehicle with UGA stuff on it, not going back. F’em.

          At least it was water. 🙂


      • archiecreek

        The best part of the 42-14 is the first three by Coach Dooley over the patron saint for quitters, Boobie Dudd. St. Dudd was 0-3 against Coach Dooley and he decided to quit.
        Once again, a UGA coach forced a rival coach to quit!!


    • I was there for Jasper Sanks and then George O’Leary. Ugh! We stopped giving visiting fans the entire endzone after they shredded the hedges.


  7. armydawg

    You want to work up some hate in the young pups: just show pictures of what they did to our hedges the last two times they won at Sanford. That would piss off the Pope.

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    How could Tindall overlook the game between #1 Georgia versus #116 gtu?

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Texas Dawg

    On the plus side, with the Johnson gone, we don’t have to worry as much about knee injuries with all the cut blocks.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. PTC DAWG

    I’m glad our players get it, and that were have a bye this weekend. Kirby has them focused where they need to be.

    Play the starters a quarter or so, then let the Pups take over.


  11. We really ought to pay tech to wear crimson jerseys.

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  12. Win. No injuries. No suspensions. Pride be damned. Much bigger things to play for than the bragging rights of people who still believe Tech matters.

    Score early and often, hand the backups the keys in the 2nd half.

    We have fewer players at our disposal on the road… still… limit disaster opportunities for our key dudes. Atlanta matters exactly once this year, and it ain’t this week.

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