GT Beat: Disappointment, Thy Name is Football

Saturday really sucked for Georgia Tech football, and subsequently, for me personally. I saw my team snatch defeat from the arms of victory and I languished helplessly while my column remain branded with a title not of my choosing. So, I cried my eyes out, ate a gallon of ice cream, watched a crummy movie and then bought some great new shoes Sunday afternoon. Well, not really, but I sure was bummed.

We had come back from a significant deficit, established a solid lead, and then we slowly pissed it away. I don’t know how to analyze it beyond that. Should I start pointing fingers? The middle one? Critics can be pretty inconsequential, as life goes, and by now Coach Johnson and Coach Groh and the rest of the staff have looked at every minute of tape, done some self-examination, and informed players of what they may have done wrong. Perhaps players should consider that Friday nights are for resting? I’m just speculating. Again, my scope is from Charlottesville, VA, and I have no idea what’s happening on campus. I do know that Atlanta has nightlife if you want it, and I also know that it’s hard to soar with the eagles when you hoot with the owls.

Coach Johnson’s words from the press conference Tuesday:

“Good morning. Clearly, coming off a disappointing loss. One that eats at you. The good news is you get to play again and we are looking forward to going back out there Saturday and seeing if we can’t get the ship righted and play a little better. I think Middle Tennessee is a hot team. They’re coming in with two straight wins and have scored some points. Their returning quarterback throws it around a lot and they’ve got a couple of running backs that transferred who are pretty good. Defensively, they have a new defensive coordinator, Tyrone Nix, who has been to South Carolina, Ole Miss and Southern Miss, and has had a lot of successful defenses. With a week off, I’m sure he will have a lot of different looks and stunts for us so our goal is to come back, try to have a great week of practice and play well on Saturday.”

Middle Tennessee State is in Murfreesboro, south of Nashville. The quarterback has a rating of 156.7. I am not a stat guy, but I think that’s good. They don’t have an explosive running game, but one player did get over 100 yards in a game this season. If we don’t win this one, I am going to see if I can write a column about hiking instead. Watching football is going to take a backseat to it, anyway, once the stinkbugs leave and the color arrives. If accused of fair-weather-fandom, I will just point out again that football is unhealthy in the long-term.

Short column this week. Between the very ardent stinkbugs and learning a new language, I can sit uninterrupted for barely five minutes.


Geofferson P. Burdell was awarded a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech in August 1999. He is an Austrian Economics devotee, a shadetree mechanic, a hiker, and an improving bridge player. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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