Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Round Ball Thoughts on the Morrow

I'll throw up some B-ball thoughts tomorrow about tonight's game. I was planning on doing it tonight, but I have a sick wife to take care of and Duke to grudingly cheer for. By god it makes me ill, but losing to the Big 11 would be worse.

You Can Be A Man!

What's the matter with you. Is this how you turned out? A suburban fannuchio that cries like a woman.

Orson at Everyday Should Be Saturday is really on a roll this week. First the incomparable 52 Reasons Disney/ABC/ESPN Sucks post and now a fine piece of satirical journalism in Jim From Hoover Pusses Out.

Unfortunately as Nathan discussed back in September, apparently Tech fans don’t have the same problem. As you’ll see in the coming months, I’m not the biggest believer in Chan, but I’m willing to give him a fair shake after the Auburn and Miami games this year. Especially if he’s willing to send Coach Wilson back to special ed and maybe even hire an actual play calling OC this off-season. That being said, I don’t have a problem with folks that want to call out the coach after an inexplicable performance (VT) or an inexplicable loss (NC State), but have the sack to at least engage the coach in an honest debate. Throwing out stupid little zingers so that you and your buddies can giggle like schoolgirls after they hang up on you does nothing except prove you’re a pussy as far as I’m concerned. No better than some crack head purse-snatcher running by on the subway.

So man up and put forth some arguments. You might be surprised by the answers. You might be right. The one thing you won’t be is irrelevant.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


I don’t think there really is any other term that could be used to describe Orson’s opus at Every Day Should Be Saturday in regards to the decline of ESPN.  The sad thing is that I still watch, because Sportscenter is still the most reliable way for me to catch-up on the happenings of the previous sports day while I have breakfast.  I personally find Fox Sports to be about as unwatchable, if not more.  So I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it has become apparent that it’s time for Travis to go behind the woodshed with Old Yeller again.

The Rules

It’s time for me and Sundance to establish the rules of this blog. First, you’ll be seeing a lot of switches in layout and format as I mess around with the HTML (which will involve learning more HTML) in the coming days and weeks. I don’t like the current format that the blog is in, but it was the cleanest of the basic templates in my opinion and the best starting point for an easy to read and navigation friendly site.

Secondly, at my core I’m basically a nice guy. But there are two things that I am not, clean mouthed and PC. I will be swearing on this site a great deal and I am big fan of such insults as retard, mouth breather, UGA grad, etc. If you find any of this offensive, well it was intentional and I don’t give a fuck. This blog is going to be a source of a lot of emotional catharsis for me as a Georgia Tech and general Atlanta sports fan.

Finally, I am a Tech grad and huge Tech fan, but a lot of the aforementioned catharsis is going to come in calling out a lot of the things about our fan base, really all fan bases, that piss me off to no end. Sometimes I swear that the stupidest smart people on the planet surround me. Seriously, I doubt 50% of the fan base could pass a course in basic logic. It’s fucking mind boggling to read some of the arguments put forth by people that I entrust to build a bridge that won’t fall down. So spare your breath if you’re going to call me out for not being a real Tech fan, because I refuse to keep our skeletons in the closet. I think that is a bullshit high horse tactic at best and an intellectually dishonest one at worst and I won’t do it. I will call out general foolishness that I see from other fans and in the increasingly inept print news services, but I want to establish now that nobody, including myself, will be free from scrutiny.

Trust me it will workout for the best though, because I’m funniest when I’m angry.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Let's Get it Started

Kyle T. King over at the excellent, though mutt driven, Kyle on Football asked Nathan from Golden Tornado why there aren’t more Georgia Tech based blogs and I figured what better impetus to get my blog going than a challenge like that. So here it is and as a first post I thought I would respond to that very same question to the best of my ability.

One thing that Kyle touched on early in the post is that honestly most Tech grads are not that comfortable as writers. I know for a fact that part of the reason I’m starting a blog is to force myself to become a better mechanical writer in addition to forcing myself to get some thoughts down on paper. While we swarm, no pun intended, Internet message boards by the thousand; there comes a certain unspoken rule about the acceptable level of poor grammar and spelling that is allowed in such venues. The blog world on the other hand contains a much more journalistic feel, at least those that are respected and worth reading, and thus has the always intimidating and often frightening requirement of proper sentence structure.

I think secondly and more importantly is that honestly the Tech fan base might be the most humorless in all of college football. The whiny little brother syndrome really does carry over into everything and for the most part has absolutely killed our ability to laugh at ourselves. I think it stems back to high school when most of us probably were not the coolest of the cool. When animals are faced with adversity they move into either fight or flight, but the third option apparently is becoming a snot nosed little bitch when teased and talking about how said aggressor will be working for you someday. A reply that harkens back to the days when Mom told us that the other kids were making fun of our comfortable and very practical Velcro Keds because they were just jealous. Putting yourself out on the Internet opens you up to ridicule and apparently on the whole we can’t deal with that.

Finally, I have to ask is a good thing or not that we aren’t out in the blogosphere? Combine the above mentioned little brother complex with our always fun at parties superiority complex and it would be like they discovered a way to clone HeismanPundit except he would whine about 50 year old national championships and just wait until basketball season. I think it’s for the best that you have excellent informational blogs like the Georgia Tech Sports Blog and Wreck Ramblin, but try to keep the opinion\humor blogs to a minimum. Nathan does a good job of it and I hope to do a good job of it, but I don’t think a Tech flood of relevant and\or funny blogs will ever be a reality.