Monday, September 14, 2009

Football Notes

Georgia Tech vs Clemson was another amazing game in the rivalry. When Tech got up 24-0, the game should have been over. But this is Tech-Clemson and we have to play a close game. Lots of credit goes to the Tigers for not backing down and quitting. Good game, glad we came out on top.

Tech's 30-27 win continues a long streak of close and exciting games. Clemson did blow Tech out 39-3 in 2003 and 31-7 in 2006, but here are the margins of victory in the series since 1996: 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 (OT in 2001), 5, 36 in '03, 4, 1, the 24 debacle in 2006, 10, 4, 3.

Besides 2003, 06 and 07, 11 of the 14 games have been decided by less than 5 points. The total margin of victory in those 11 games was 35 points. Let me say that again, 11 games decided by a combined 35 points. If there is a series that has been tighter and more exciting that Tech-Clemson in the past 15 years, I want to see it.

It's always the game I circle on my calendar, I would have gone if it were not a Thursday nighter. Last year, after we left with an ugly 4 point victory, my friend Paul said anytime Tech leaves Clemson with a win is a good day. Same for last Thursday, I'll take it.

Scott Blair was the hero of the game with this great play call and later the game winning field goal. Watch it if you haven't seen it:

Read my Tech-Clemson blog entries from last year:

Death Valley Memories
Georgia Tech-Clemson


I think I am going to try out for the Panther's quarterback job. The travesty is that Carolina extended Jake Delhomme's contract and did not bring in a bonifide challenger to force Delhomme to be better or be benched. Three quarterbacks-- Jason Campbell (Redskins), Kerry Collins (Titans) and Chad Pennington (Dolphins)-- had fewer turnovers in a SEASON starting EVERY game for their team last year than Delhomme's 9 in his last two games. [Thanks to Peter King for that tidbit of informtaion]


Who would you rather quarterback your team: Jake Delhomme or Univ or Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton?
Combined stats this weekend: 20/43, 172 yds, 0 TD, 7 INT, 1 fumble lost.
New Orleans Saint Drew Brees stats (all by himself): 26/34, 358 yds, 6 TD, 1 INT.

It's like asking which leg would you rather cut off or which of your children is prettier? You can't win either way.

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