Thanks for your observations!
Thanks for your observations!
did you eat at The Varsity by any chance?
Not this time around unfortunately; but, I've eaten there before. I love that they greet with a "What'll ya have?" Now that you mention it, it's been well over a year since I've been to the Varsity.
Unfortunately, they were not able to pull out the win. My wife is a GT grad and she makes a great point about GT even being in contention with Georgia. Georgia is the major public university able to recruit the top talent from all over the country- GT is lucky to pull a few four stars here and there with mostly middling two and three star types. Says a lot about what Paul Johnson is doing with the program.
Yeah, as far as football goes, that statement is very true. They're lucky to retain top talent from the Atlanta area, let alone across the south or beyond. From my understanding, a vast majority (something to the tune of 70-30 or worse) is Georgia fans when it comes to football.
Hopefully Paul Johnson can help bridge that gap. I think he'll be at Georgia tech for a good while and look forward to him bringing Georgia Tech (back) on a national stage.
For selfish reasons, I'd love for Michigan to do a 1 and 1 with Georgia Tech. I'd obviously also welcome a 1 and 1 with Georgia for that matter.
gailey actually brought in some really nice recruiting classes in his last few years, particularly the incoming 2007 class.
Dwyer, Nesbitt, Burnett, and Morgan were all part of that class.
Paul Johnson's recruiting should get better as he gets to know coaches. When he was at Navy there was no point in recruiting at the football factories. They'll have 20-21 wins in his first two season by the time this year is over, and i think his recruiting should get the requisite bump that comes with winning.
Good recap. You picked a great game to show the MGoCommunity how GT does it. But having been to 30+ GT games in the last 8 years, your experience was an outlier (a good one, but just not representative of how it usually is). For almost any other game, the atmosphere is not as exciting, the stadium not as full, the tailgating more sparse and low-key, and just generally not as "cool."
I would still recommend to anyone in the area to check out a game - it's a great place to watch college football - but you will be disappointed if you set your expectations as high as this recap suggests.
Also, stay away from the Varsity.
Also also, coming to MGoBlog only to be reminded of losing to UGA is not fun.
Apologies for the reminder, but it was a fun game nonetheless. I've only been to two games at Bobby Dodd (both were night games.) One was in 2007 in the Chan Gailey era against Virginia Tech, and then this game against UGA. I was also at last year's game against Georgia @ Athens.
One thing that helped the atmosphere of this game was the fact that GT is a 10 win team. At the game in 2007, they were mediocre to bad, and the atmosphere was good, but not as great as this past Saturday.
last year's fsu and miss st games, and then this year's VT and clemson games. there is a lot of excitement around the program right now and our fair-weather fans have claimed their seats on the bandwagon.
I'm curious if there were as many older fans/alumni at the game. Of course our crowds have the rep of being the wine/cheese set, but the SEC gives the impression they are more rabid about their football.
Any comparisons. Great post.
I'd say the majority of non-students were of age 25-50. I didn't see that many folks that looked too old to stand. At least my section fit that demographic. The Georgia fans (SEC fans) were definitely standing. The Tech fans (ACC fans) were still standing as well. It was kind of weird, I was expecting to get yelled at, at least once, but nothing. I wish Michigan Stadium was like that.
For purely selfish reasons, I'd rather see them do one with USF. USF is a perfect team to pad the schedule with. They look good for the polls and the computers, but aren't really a threat to beat an elite team very often, despite their record against WVU. It would help recruiting in Florida, and I'm sure USF would jump at the chance to have UM play at the Ray Jay.
That's true, maybe we can appeal to more kickers from Tampa Jesuit to come to Michigan! But, seriously. Tampa would definitely be fun for sure; I'm not sure about USF gameday experience, but whatever it would lack, the weather could make up for.
I am sorry but this article has something in it that is NOT accurate. I am a Georgia fan but I will tolerate your Georgia Tech spin on things. I will tolerate it but I do have some objections. First, I do not think that the "bark" is annoying if you are used to it. I like it. Second, the Budweiser song is what's annoying, it's a beer song, come on. Third, and most importantly, the "all the way turned up" is not Tech's song. This was the real reason I posted this comment. This song was played at the first Georgia home game and I think has been played at every home game since. We even have our own tradition for it; We say "All the way Geor-gia". I was infuriated when I found out Tech had copied us by playing this song and even more so when I heard it at the GA vs. GA Tech game. I just wanted to clear some things up from the other side's perspective. Anyway, a dumb song doesn't matter that much, just check the score. Thanks! Great article though.
Georgia is really the ACC Champion because Clemson and Tech are in the ACC championship game, but South Carolina beat Clemson and Georgia beat Georgia Tech. Georgia also beat South Carolina already in the regular season.
First, whether or not a "bark" is annoying cannot really be argued. You either agree or don't agree. To me, it's not classy and it's annoying. I actually appreciate Georgia football, but find it annoying to be barked at.
Second, annoying or not, the Budweiser chant is something that is consistently done between the 3rd and 4th Quarters, and was merely an observation. It does look cool when an an entire section, virtually half the stadium, is bobbing up and down chanting.
Third, It's not a Georgia Tech song by definition because they aren't the original creators of the song. If you want to argue about a bad rap song, have at it. My point of that segment was to call out that specifically, the hype video that was used at the game was created by Georgia Tech students/players. That fact is neat to me, and I think it would be cool if it were done at the big house. Something cool about using players in a video to engage the crowd to get loud.
The game was a good one, and yes Georgia won. It came down to the wire and Georgia made some solid defensive plays on that last drive. I think Georgia under achieved all season and had a strong shot at this game.
PS- No need to be cocky about the victory; by your logic Houston would beat Georgia because they Beat Oklahoma State? Or does that mean Oklahoma State would be ACC champs?
that was a solid defensive play yelling "steve perry" at BeBe Thomas at the end there lol
The first three deep balls were pretty well guarded. Particularly the pass up the middle that was under thrown by Nesbitt.
Actually, now that you mention it, that one pass break up may have been the only defensive play on that drive that was borderline impressive.
nice game tho, nesbitt only had to miss a third of it for uga to win
I went to a game at UGA a couple years ago - early season. It is unfair - and nearly impossible to watch the game. Before and after is even worse. Those beautiful young ladies all in dresses completely take your mind off football! (Actually, a very nice experience)
How distinguishable was the SEC/Southern speed?
Dude, it was like watching a game in FFx3>>>. I found myself talking faster. It was like they made fast look slow. That's how fast they looked.
Check out this link. This was an awesome game!
( I root for Michigan as my second favorite team )