Paul, I’m a daily (many times over) reader of your blog a day. I’ve decided to come to you for advice on how I should approach a situation.Dear Confused,
See I have tickets to the Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame game on opening day. I don’t know what I should wear. I’m a protestant and I dislike Notre Dame almost as much as I hate Georgia Tech. What do I wear? Do I sport the red and black in enemy territory or just go neutral. I know we have 37 days to go but this is a question that needs to be addressed now. Thanks. - Confused
You turned to the right place. While I can't counsel you on picking a religion, I can guide you towards focusing your disdain and contempt. In this game, the Georgia Sports Blog will be pulling for Notre Dame to win by the widest margin of victory possible. Something on the order of 45-10 would be ideal.
In fact, the dream scenario involves GT fans throwing fish at Notre Dame fans and players, fighting with each other and showing their Total Person Class by booing the Tech players all the way back to New Jersey.
Back to your question of fashion. The obvious answer to your game day attire quandry is to wear neither GT or ND colors. Because frankly, they will look more or less the same in the crowd. Both schools have some form of gold, navy, and black in their rainbows. While GT doesn't have a true green, their "old gold" has often been reproduced as colors ranging from burnt sage to stale cheddar. Therefore, the obvious answer is to go with a Red and Black look for the game with a Georgia hat. Thus, you win either way.
It's an obvious call.
Now...as for who to pull for.
Why pull for ND:
1. We rarely recruit against Notre Dame - This year, GT has seen a resurgence in its recruiting. Some of this is fueled by Gailey's contract extension, and some of it is fueled by finally firing recruiting coordinator and resident misfit Dave Wilson and replacing him with a competent recruiter. Currently, Tech is off to their best recruiting season since the Darryl Lewis/Key Fox class. This might be the biggest recruiting weekend for the Jackets in 15 years, and seeing their fans show their true colors during a huge blowout is good for UGA.
2. ND as a Media Darling - What does UGA gain from an ND loss? It isn't like the Irish would fall in the polls after losing to Tech. And if they did, how far would they fall? From #1 to #1a?
3. Turn to Billy Joel for Guidance - Billy said:
"Come out Virginia, don't let me wait. You Catholic girls start much too late."Billy wrote this song from the standpoint of a high school age guy and "starting late" would be a huge problem for a male in that demographic. Ahh, but I've seen your email address. You're a professional, older guy. It's no longer a bad thing for you. Now compare this to the great philosopher Bubba Sparxx who said:
"What you need to do, is just admit you love me. The South has always been Dirty but now it's gettin ugly."Obviously, Sparxx (a lifelong UGA fan) was discussing his encounters with North Avenue women. So, you've got nice Catholic Girls or Tech girls that want you to dress up for DragonCon with them before visiting their parents in Istanbul.
Tech lady at DragonCon. Photo: AJC.com
Wear Red and Black, pull for a blowout and enjoy the game. Sincerely,
Advice Columnist / Sports Blogger
Georgia Sports Blog