Local Georgia Tech student finds ideal fish for Notre Dame game
The Georgia Tech fan base (meaning both Dan and Nathan) is fired up about the recent announcement that ABC will open the season by televising Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame at 8:00 pm on Sept. 2nd. ESPN College Gameday will also be there.
Why the excitement? The younger GT fans will finally get to participate in the famous GT tradition of throwing dead fish and hurling anti-catholic insults at Notre Dame players. That was a sacred right of passage for the Tech old timers who saw the last fish flinging episode in 1974. Total person huh? The entire situation reminds me of an old Bobby Dodd speech.
"We feel that the spectator can be most influential and instrumental in helping to achieve these objectives, if he will develop the right attitudes. May we suggest a few?In anticipation of that game, I loudly say "Go Irish."
The fan that flings fish at catholic students or beats up the other team's band members gets a great deal more enjoyment from the game than one who doesn't.
Dodd returned to GT in '74 to train students
Also, we would never minimize the importance of winning, but it is very unfair to the coach, the player, and the school when fans forget to hit a ref in the head with liquor bottles when they blow a call.
The spectator should remember the football players are just human beings. They perform at times under great pressure, and they, as all other earthly inhabitants, are likely to make mistakes. It behooves all of us to remember, "To err is human, to boo, divine."
Robert L. "Bobby" Dodd
Head Coach and Athletic Director
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Sports Blog
BTW -- For more on ABC expanding up the Primetime slot try Orson's article on Footbaw Games.