Friday, September 28, 2007

What's It Gonna Be?

Is Tech going to crumble? Are the Tigers going to go home with their tails tucked between their legs? It's just so hard to tell how this game is going to play out.

  • Does it mean anything to you that GT has a 6-2 record against Clemson when they are ranked and we are not, including the last five times in a row (thanks GTJT622 at the Hive)?
    • 2004: GT 28, @ #18 Clemson 24
      2000: GT 31, @ #4 Clemson 28
      1997: @ GT 23, #17 Clemson 20
      1992: @ GT 20, #14 Clemson 16
      1989: GT 30, @ #14 Clemson 14
  • Does it mean anything that Clemson's opponents have a combined 3-9 record?
  • Does it mean anything that GT's opponents have a combined 10-5 record?
  • Does it mean anything that Notre Dame represents four of those losses by opponents?
  • Does it mean anything that our losses have come against teams that are now 7-1?
  • Does it mean anything that our backs are against the wall?
  • Does it mean anything that the game is at home?
  • Does it mean anything that Tommy Bowden teams always have a fall?
  • Does it mean anything that Tommy Bowden's team hasn't fallen yet?
Come back tomorrow night and I'll tell you if any of this mattered.

As many of you know, I live in Greenville SC, the heart of Clemson territory. I have to say many of my Clemson co-workers are a bit cocky. Some are cautiously cocky, but some are just outright cocky. The general arguement I heard today 1) we crushed you last year 2) Clemson is better 3) you are not......... therefore it is a forgone conclusion that Clemson will win. That is what I'm hearing.

For me, I expect a hard fought victorious Jacket team on Saturday. While there are a hundred reasons to be pessimistic, I chose to believe this group will get it done.



By the way, some advice from

Game Day Traffic Advisory

Sept. 28, 2007

ATLANTA - With thousands of football fans expected in downtown Atlanta this weekend for the sold-out game between Georgia Tech and Clemson at Bobby Dodd Stadium and the Georgia Dome playing host to the Atlanta Football Classic, officials are encouraging all fans to arrive early and be prepared for heavy traffic.

Atlanta will also play host to several other events Saturday that could generate heavy traffic into and around downtown.

In preparation for the influx of visitors, Atlanta police are asking the public to be aware of streets affected by some events and to use public transit when possible.

The Annual 100 Black Men Parade will start at 10 a.m. and affect the following streets:
*Peachtree Street from Pine Street to Marietta Street
*West Peachtree Street from Pine Street to Peachtree Street
*Marietta Street from Peachtree Street to International Boulevard
*Centennial Olympic Park Drive from Harris Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard

The Annual NAMI Georgia Walk will also take place in the downtown area. Approximately 1,000 people will participate in this event. This event will begin at 2 p.m. affect the following streets:
*(133) Peachtree Street to Edgewood Avenue to Courtland Street
*Mitchell Street to Capitol Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
*Central Avenue to Edgewood Avenue to Peachtree Street
*Auburn Avenue to Park Place (Terminating at the Georgia Pacific Building)

The Annual Breast Cancer 2 Day event in Centennial Olympic Park begins at 8 a.m. and will remain on the sidewalks, drawing approximately 2,000 participants.

Police are encouraging motorists to plan for possible delays and encourage people to use MARTA where possible and to be especially aware and cautious of extra pedestrian traffic in the area. Fans should purchase two one-way Breeze tickets at the beginning of their trip to avoid long lines after the game.
The Midtown and North Avenue stations serve the Georgia Tech campus and Bobby Dodd Stadium. Fare is just $2.25 each way and extra trains will be running on game day!