Category Archives: Georgia Tech Football

We’ll always have Reggie Ball.

While I appreciate he’s matured since his college days and acknowledge that this is a nice story, I can’t help but notice that even when somebody tries to shine a kind light on the only non-Dawg worthy of consideration as a member of the UGA Football Hall of Fame, reality keeps intruding.

Ball never will escape his pass on fourth down later that season against Georgia, a pass thrown intentionally out of bounds as Ball escaped heavy pressure by running out of the pocket. He’ll never live down his interceptions in key moments, such as on Tech’s final play on offense in each of Ball’s final two games against Georgia, both decided by a touchdown or less. In the game that Tech fans want to win most every season, Ball never captured the moment in the chances he received.

He had two wins against Clemson, two wins against Miami — including a massive upset when the Hurricanes were ranked No. 3 in the country — and two wins in two tries over Auburn. But fair or not, he’s still mainly remembered for those games against the Bulldogs.

Oh, it’s fair, dog.  In fact, you may not be giving him sufficient credit for that part of his legacy.

By the way, there’s such a thing as a season when Tech fans don’t want to beat Georgia?  It’s a real shame for Reggie Ball that he never played in one of those.

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BREAKING: Former Georgia Tech player isn’t impressed with Georgia.

Shorter Tom Luginbill:  Mark Richt’s failure to sign Carl Lawson or Raekwon McMillan proves that Kirby Smart is overrated.

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Death, where is thy sting?

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How dickish is Georgia Tech?  This dickish:

The Atlanta-based university so zealously protects the trademark integrity of its own mascot, a yellow jacket named Buzz, that alumni must fill out a “grave marker permission form” before the insect can join them in their eternal rest.

Geez, no wonder Tech has so much trouble recruiting.

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Help a Jacket out, man.

Newly minted Georgia Tech grad student needs to know something:

– Why exactly should I hate Georgia? With the MSU/UM rivalry, I am fully accustomed to the whole in state ‘little brother’ thing and all that it entails, so save your breath there. My guess is that there is another reason besides just historically being on the wrong side of the rivalry more often than not (For example, UM tried to stunt the growth of MSU as an academic institution when it was starting up, and did the best it could to prevent MSU from joining the Big Ten, which is kinda all you need to know about the general attitude of the Michigan fanbase as that has translated to massive arrogance over the years).

– Any other schools I should learn to hate? From an outsider’s perspective, I’m not aware of any major rivalries for GT outside of UGA.

I can’t wait ’til somebody explains Dragon*Con to him.

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You can’t get there from here.

Somehow, I don’t think ignoring the triple option offense as a factor in how to fix Georgia Tech’s abysmal in state recruiting (“… since 2013. Over that time, Tech’s home state has been responsible for 8.5% of all four- and five-star recruits in the entire country. That’s a total of 141 players over a five-year period, more than the bottom 30 states combined. That should be an incredibly exciting statistic for Georgia Tech supporters, but it instead stands as a strong indictment on the recruiting done by head coach Paul Johnson and his staff. Of those 141 blue chip players, Georgia Tech has pulled in exactly one…”) is going to help fix things.

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Baiting the click baiter

A CBS writers’ poll that is both, in his own words, “silly”, yet still worthy of a Jeff Schultz piece — man, you have to admire a master baiter working at peak effort.

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“It was quintessential Paul Johnson to…”

… what, show his ass?

… Johnson has claimed for years there wasn’t much difference between his league and the SEC, which earned a laugh track from Georgia fans when Mark Richt beat him five years in a row.

But with Johnson winning in his last two trips to Athens, plus the Orange Bowl victory against Mississippi State and wins last season over Vanderbilt and Kentucky, Georgia Tech is holding up its end of the bargain. And if the Yellow Jackets beat Tennessee to open the 2017 season at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, don’t be surprised if he trolls the big, bad SEC again.

“Week in and week out, I promise you there isn’t any difference in lining up and playing those guys than there is playing North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech,” Johnson said. “What happened in my opinion is you had really good teams at the top of their league and they got credit. It was almost like the ACC in basketball this year. They all get ranked in the top 15 and then when they beat each other they don’t ever drop. Then you get to the tournament and you don’t do so well and you start thinking maybe they were overhyped.”

Funny how he’s a lot chattier about that when he’s on a good streak, which isn’t that often.

Look, the man deserves some credit for milking the talent he has on hand to great effect, but it’s as if he expects the world to take note of it more loudly than it does.  When that doesn’t happen, the genius steps out.

The bad thing about all this is that I’m almost at the point where I’ll be rooting for Tennessee to win that opener.  GT-UT may not be a meteor game, but it’s certainly a meteor coaching match.  Cheering for Booch doesn’t sit well with me.  Thanks, Paul.

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