I agree. I think, too, students have to get in the habit of going to games regularly, so by the time they're alumni they want to continue it. So, again, that probably means winning a lot and then continuing to do so. It's funny, ticket sales people can talk strategy and marketing all they want, and it does make some difference, but nothing sells tickets like winning.
I think more games will get scheduled. I can say with certainty that it won't be annual, though. I thought it was a good addition to the schedule. But I'd also say that if Tech and Southern play enough, the Eagles are going to win every so often. This year's game made that pretty obvious.
There you have it. So Tech's streak stays alive because it lost. Another common-sense policy of the NCAA's.
thanks. it's pretty unusual that we do that. But Steve Hummer was at the Tech game, and I'd say he's best writer on staff.
I confess I don't watch a lot of local TV, but on sports radio, I'd agree that Tech isn't talked about much. But they also don't talk much about the Hawks, either, or the Thrashers when they were here. I think it's very much driven by what most people want to listen to. If I were a radio station general manager, I'd look at Tech's attendance compared to Georgia's and I think I might have a pretty easy decision on what I'd tell my show hosts to talk about. sorry for being a little prickly.
I love that phrase. Someone tweeted that at me during the Duke game (perhaps you) and it made me laugh. I think it could be. I mean, it's a trap game in the sense that it doesn't demand a team's attention the way playing Virginia Tech or Georgia would. Plus it's on the road. I think N.C. State is probably better than its record indicates, Carter-Finley can be a tough place to play and I imagine the Wolfpack will be feeling good after winning last week. All that to say, Tech has a good chance of losing if it doesn't at or close to its best.
Attendance for the Miami game was over 50,000, so not necessarily. What was maybe the more noticeable example was the Duke game, where Tech was ranked, had won two pretty big games, the weather was great and attendance was probably low 40's (it didn't help that the students were gone, granted). I think it's been Tech's eternal dilemma. People always say, "Tech should draw better in a city of 5 million." I think the problem with that thinking is a) going to a college football game is a very different choice for most than going to a major league or NFL game b) I don't think Tech has grabbed the attention of the unaffiliated to the point where they say, "Wow, I've really got to go see them play." I think it would probably take beating Georgia on a semi-regular basis, winning the ACC more than infrequently and maybe winning a major bowl game, and doing so repeatedly. c) with the expansion of college football on TV, fans of other schools in Atlanta would probably rather stay home.
No, it wouldn't. This year has essentially been a forfeited year of eligibility.
I confess I hadn't heard that recently about Georgia (not that it isn't true), but, yes, I'd say Tech deserves credit for that, as well.
No respect? I find it a little ironic that you're making this complaint to a person whose job is to cover Georgia Tech and is presently engaging you in a discussion about Georgia Tech.
I was talking about TV and radio. I think if you looked objectively at how Tech and Georgia are covered, it'd be pretty similar. But, if you have problems with our coverage, you're free to e-mail my editor.
I think he's just fallen behind on the depth chart. It's a position that requires productivity (I guess all do) and he hasn't been producing enough. Saturday, the defense didn't play that many snaps so there wasn't a great need for Patrick Gamble to rest.
You're free to disagree (I guess you already have) but I think the AJC makes a point of giving Tech and Georgia equal coverage. You would probably be surprised to hear that my editor hears from Georgia fans who complain when they think Tech is getting better or more coverage than Georgia. As for my colleagues in Atlanta, it would probably take Tech consistently being in the top 25 and maybe drawing better.
I think Broderick Snoddy is. Justin Thomas might be quicker.
Are you talking about the roof or the third deck? Just kidding. I have not heard anything.
I think it played a role, although i don't know that it was pivotal. the biggest one, I think, was moving Patrick Gamble from tackle to end, which mostly meant that Tech was able to defend the run better and maybe wasn't something that Virginia didn't know how to provide an answer for. Maybe the types of blitzes were different. Particularly with Gamble not likely to play, I don't expect anything that divergent. More or different blitzes, maybe. They zone blitzed a little (dropping linemen into coverage and bringing linebackers or defensive backs). Maybe more of that?
I wrote earlier this week that Buzz Preston, the wide receivers coach, spoke highly of Summers' work ethic and his attention to detail and that he'll make plays before long, or something to that effect. Summers has contributed in the past, just not regularly, which would indicate that the talent's in there. At the risk of sounding like a coach, I think a lot of it is up to them. Jeune has the tools. It's up to him to put them to use.
Let's say nine. I do think they can win the rest of their regular-season games (and the bowl, I'd think). It's just a matter of the defense continuing its improvement and the offense hitting the way it was against North Carolina and Pittsburgh (which won't be easy).
They're playing on special teams and a little bit on defense. It seemed like they played a little more against UVA, which I think may continue. (pretty strong statement there)
Tech has two commits who are both around 6-2, 200 (Brandon Singleton and Harland Howell II), which is in the neighborhood. Ricky Jeune, a redshirt freshman (6-3, 218), is making strides this year.
I wouldn't say close, but I suspect it will happen in time. I've been meaning to blog about this, about the introduction of Sports, Society and Technology as a minor.
I always think there's a chance. What kind of a team Georgia actually is has a lot to do with it, too. I'm not sure how to read the Bulldogs' loss to Florida. I think overall they're pretty tough to beat. But Tech's offense is playing at a level I'm not sure it has since 2009 and in some ways maybe even better. If the defense continues to improve, I think Tech will have a decent shot against Georgia and its bowl opponent. On the whole, though, I think Tech fans are destined to lose to Georgia most of the time. Sorry.