32 seconds left, down by 3, first and goal from the 2 yard line

And you take your last time out to come back and throw the ball? For an interception? Run the ball. Its first down. If PJ scores, you win. Hooray. If he doesn’t, spike the ball to stop the clock (or take the timeout you shouldn’t have wasted in the first place) and get your terrible kicker in there to tie the game. Way to go, Chan Gailey.

Ok enough moaning.

I attended by first college football game last night, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Despite the steady mist, I was a really good time. Boddy Dodd Stadium offers a very nice view of both the Downtown and Midtown skylines. Even with the low-lying clouds, its was a beautiful sight.

If you haven’t been to a GA Tech game, I reccommend it, even for those with only a moderate interest in football. If you’re a more of an NFL fan than a college devotee, a college game is a much cheaper way to get your football fix than an arm and a leg, plus your soul to get into the Georgia Dome to see the Falcons. Sure, GT quarterback Reggie Ball is no Ron Mexico, but he did manage to throw for 279 yards and run for 88. Let’s just not mention all the errant throws, ok?

Jock’s and Jills in Midtown on 10th and Peachtree has tickets to GT home games on sale for $15, which includes a free bus ride to the game, which can be handy if you are outside walking distance from the stadium. If you’re not interested in the bus ride, you aren’t required to take it. Stop in to Jocks and Jills and buy your tickets beforehand and make your way onto campus by your own devices.

One word of caution: there is no alcohol sold in Bobby Dodd Stadium (but security wasn’t patting anyone down, either).

6 Comments so far

  1. shoobiedoobie (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 10:18 am

    man that was a good game. you all were getting stuffed on field position. finally at the end you stop them, drive all the way up the field…. and then CHOKE. CHOKE. choke.

    -dont think they should have used the TO there.
    -dont think they should have called a pass play
    -the WR has a responsibility to catch that one
    -if he doesnt catch it, dont drop it like a fucking gift-wrapped present into the safety’s hands.

    the only greater pleasure this week will be seeing the Dawgs get stomped by the vols

  2. Tony Simon (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 10:20 am

    In Gailey and Ball’s defense, NC State surely expected them to pound Daniels up the middle, so running play action wasn’t totally unfounded. Furthermore, Ball’s final pass hit a reasonably open Johnson right in the hands and Johnson blew it. Sure he’s big and fast and has made some heroic catches, but I think he is sorely overrated.

  3. Kent (Atl metblogs) (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 10:23 am

    I can’t disagree with you on any of those points, but while that last drop was contributing factor, I don’t think you can blame Calvin Johnson for losing that game. He was a big part of the reason Tech came back in the second half.

    If the kicker was able to convert just one of his two attempts at a 20 yard field goal….

    The State special teams unit was fantastic. Twice Tech was put back at their one yard line. Amazing.

  4. Cyanbane (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

    You know its gotta be a good game when UGA fans go just to root against Tech.


  5. Dan (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 4:58 pm

    I attended by first college football game last night

    …and suddenly you’re an expert?

    Did you ever consider the reason for the time out was that Reggie Ball was tired, and Chan Gailey knew this? Nineteen times out of twenty Calvin Johnson catches that ball and Chan Gailey looks like a genius. You sound like a UGA fan… “if the coach doesn’t win a game, let’s fire him.”

  6. Kent (Atl metblogs) (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

    Now these are the type of comments I live for. Thanks Dan!

    If you are going to use someone’s words to discredit them, you should improve your reading comprehension. I will fully admit that I am not an expert at attending college football games.

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