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.