Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A reader asks: Georgia Tech or Georgia?
By Heather Dinich
Earlier this morning I took a look at Clemson and Georgia Tech, and their recent struggles against their SEC rivals. Overall, Georgia Tech has fared far worse, with a 39-61-5 record in the series against Georgia, and only one win in the past decade.
There are, however, plenty of reasons to choose Georgia Tech over Georgia. For some, it’s a no-brainer. For others, it’s a major decision.
Tom in Denver, CO, writes: Sadly I may be forced to move from Denver to Atlanta. I'll have to make a choice of "replacing" my CU Buffaloes with either Georgia or Georgia Tech. I'm sending out a notes to both Chris Low and Heather Dinich. So Heather make your sales pitch - which should I choose Georgia Tech and the ACC over Georgia and the SEC?
C-Low is on vacation (I’d need one, too, if I spent all of my time trying to figure out the SEC’s math when it comes to oversigning), so it’s up to SEC blogger Edward Aschoff to defend the Dawgs. Here? You’ll find nothin’ but love for the Jackets. I caught up with Georgia Tech SID Dean Buchan recently, and he brought up some great points:
- First, Colorado and Georgia Tech will be joined at the hip. The two schools shared the 1990 national championship. Tom won't have to throw away that 21-year old T-shirt that reads "1990 National Champs."
- That 1990 national championship, by the way, is 10 years more recent than the last time the Bulldogs won a national crown.
- Both teams wear gold, which means Tom can keep that gold tie and other gear -- much easier than buying a whole new wardrobe in red.
- The two schools -- CU and Tech -- have some similarities. Tech's current president, Dr. Bud Peterson, came to Georgia Tech after previously serving at Colorado. Many Colorado grads now work at NASA, as do many Tech grads courtesy of its aerospace engineering major.
- By becoming a Georgia Tech fan, in addition to supporting a recent (2009) conference champion, you also get ACC basketball.
- Former Yellow Jacket Demaryius Thomas now plays wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.
- And of course, it's not a bad product on the field. Georgia Tech has played in 14 consecutive bowl games. It's been 17 years since the Yellow Jackets had a losing record in conference play.
- And personally, I like Paul Johnson's offense. It's unique, it was the best rushing team in the nation last year, and defenses never know when they're going to get hit with a play of over 20 yards.
Here's Edward's take:
First of all, Tom, Denver is one of my favorite cities in America, so it saddens me to see you possibly leaving. But I just moved to Atlanta, and while I’m still living out of a suitcase, I love this place.
And one major reason I love this place is because it’s a major SEC hub. I have seen more people repping SEC schools than the hometown team -- Georgia Tech. Many of the locals say this is a college city only because of the large amount of SEC followers that flock to the bright lights.
Here are some reasons you should definitely switch your allegiance to Dawgs and most certainly not the Jackets:
- Right off the bat, you can walk over to Georgia’s opener in the Georgia Dome against Boise State. The Broncos are looking for yet another BCS berth while the Bulldogs are looking to put all that talent together and make a run for the SEC title.
- While Georgia hasn’t been a part of the SEC’s magical national championship run during the last five years, there is a heap of talent in Athens, which is only about an hour and a half away from Atlanta. This team has the ability to not only win the SEC East but could be a BCS buster for the team that comes out of the West. Following the Bulldogs this year won’t lack excitement, especially with the SEC’s best quarterback in Aaron Murray running the show.
- How about coach Mark Richt? Not only is he a classy guy but he’s the SEC coaching dean. This will be his 11th year at Georgia and he’s comprised a 96-34 record, including being 55-28 in the SEC, and is 7-3 in bowl games. More importantly, he’s 9-1 against the Yellow Jackets.
- Speaking of mascots; a bug over a tough, gritty bulldog? Come on, Georgia has one of the most popular mascots in all of sports and the legendary Uga – a pure white English bulldog – tradition of gracing the sidelines (and barking and nipping at opponents) dates back to 1956 when Uga I arrived. When Uga VIII died in February, the entire college football world held a collective moment of silence.
- You want more tradition? How about the legendary voice of Larry Munson calling Bulldogs games? Or some guy named Herschel Walker, whose highlights send shivers down your spine.
- I’m sure taking in a game at Georgia Tech is nice and all, and the city skyline is spectacular at night, but try a game in the heat of the SEC season with everything on the line “Between the Hedges” at Sanford.
- Stadium alongside 92,000 of your closest friends and the Red Coat Marching Band blaring “Glory, Glory” just before someone rings the chapel bell after a victory.
- Looking for the ultimate Halloween party? Head on down to Jacksonville, Fla., for the World’s Largest Outdoor (Cocktail) Party for the annual Florida-Georgia game. It’s only a five-hour drive and two nights at The Landing are so great you won’t remember a thing … literally.
- Finally, I think it says everything about the two programs when Bulldogs fans buy Georgia Tech’s season tickets just to get a seat for the Georgia game.