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Georgia wraps up the 2016 regular season in Athens Saturday with arch rival Georgia Tech cruising into America's Greatest College Town. 

I want to love this rivalry. Georgia Tech occupies an amazing piece of real estate in the Capital of the Bulldawg Nation. They apparently used to be pretty good. They have a great fight song and a lot of fun history. There is a big part of me that wants them to get their stuff together and become a fun, intense rival a la Florida or Auburn.

But what looks good on paper sometimes does not translate to reality. Such is the case with Georgia Tech. The majority of their students are from out of state and are more angry that they got rejected from MIT than proud to be at Tech. By and large they are not from around here and they look down their nose at UGA as a backwater school for 4 or 5 years and then they head back to New Jersey or Nepal or wherever else they came from.

Now, as with all generalizations, there are some exceptions to this idea. Living in Atlanta I have come across some great "Tech men" who make this game a lot of fun. If only there were more students on the flats who were committed to staying in Georgia and advancing themselves for the betterment of their home state, this could be a fun game again...but...I digress!

All of that to is easy to hate Georgia Tech!!! They bleed red and piss yellow and can't even say the name of their favorite team without saying GEORGIA first!

It's time to remind these guys why they wrote two fight songs about us!

Now, On To The Notes!
Rob Jordan and Yours Truly with the Governor's Cup, presented to the winner of the Georgia - Georgia Tech game and handled by super cool people at other random times.
  • Game 12: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  • Kickoff: Saturday, November 26 - 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sanford Stadium (92,746) - Athens, Ga.
  • Records: Georgia 7-4 (4-4 SEC), Georgia Tech 7-4 (4-4 ACC)
  • Rankings: Georgia NR, Georgia Tech NR
  • TV: SECN (Dave Neal (play-byplay); Matt Stinchcomb (color analyst); Olivia Harlan (sideline))
  • Video Stream: SEC Network +
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 - Bulldog Network | Affiliates
    Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 113, XM 190
  • Web Stats: GameTracker
  • Twitter: #GTvsUGA
  • Betting Line: GEORGIA is favored by 4.5 points
  • Preseason Predication: Eager to leave his mark on Georgia's archrivals, Kirby runs up the score on a demoralized Tech team that has already suffered losses to Boston College (In Ireland), Vandy, Clemson, Miami, Duke, UNC, and Virginia Tech. Rewrite the record books. 51-7 wont hold up after this one is over.

    DAWGS WIN 57-6
  • Revised Gameweek Prediction:  Tech makes it close and UGA wins on the final drive of the game with a Rodrigo Blankenship Field Goal, 31-28. 
Georgia 2016 Averages Georgia Tech
23.7 Scoring Offense 27.8
23.7 Scoring Defense 24.8
+7 Turnover Margin +3
380.6 Total Offense 388.5
179.5 Rushing Offense 260.3
201.1 Passing Offense 128.2
11.6 Punt Returns 11.5
21.4 Kickoff Returns 21.3
Looking Back: Georgia 13, Auburn 7


Top 10 Win At Home:

- With Georgia’s 13-7 win over #8 Auburn, the Bulldogs snap the Tigers six-game winning streak and pick up their latest win over a top 10 team at Sanford Stadium.

- Before today, the last one to visit was #9 Auburn in 2014 and then No. 16 Georgia posted a 34-7 win.

- Also, Georgia maintains the series edge over the Tigers, improving to 57-55-8 in the Deep South’s Oldest rivalry. Today was the 120th meeting and this ranks in a tie for fourth most played active series in the FBS.

- Also, this marked Georgia’s second win over a top 25 team this year for first-year coach Kirby Smart after opening up with a win over then No. 22 North Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.

- Georgia has won nine of the past 11 meetings versus Auburn. 

Getting Defensive:

- Auburn was held to just 7 points which matches a career low under coach Gus Malzahn with the Tigers, and the second time against Georgia as the Bulldogs won 34-7 here in 2014.

- The Tigers had been averaging 494.1 yards per game this season and 43.0 points per game over the last five contests coming into Saturday. Auburn finished the game with only 164 total yards and was just 2-for-12-on third downs.

- Under Malzahn, the Tigers were averaging 32.4 points in road games coming in to the contest. 

A Rivalry Primer

Georgia Tech was founded in 1885, during reconstruction. Despite UGA's best efforts to make Tech a part of the UGA campus, Georgia Tech was established in Atlanta, and has no doubt been instrumental in laying the structural foundation for making Atlanta the capital of the New South.  

By 1893 both schools were in their second year of fielding a football team. Georgia was preparing for a big game against Vanderbilt, who was in their fourth year of football competition, and invited the Tech squad up to Athens for a "warm-up" game in preparation. "The Techs" had been 0-3 in 1892, dropping games to Vandy, Auburn and Mercer, while "the University" split games with Auburn and Mercer. The two teams squared off on Herty Field behind the chapel and Georgia Tech won 28-6. 

The Atlanta Constitution headline read "THE TECHS WON | BUT THE PEOPLE OF ATHENS ARE GREATLY DISSATISFIED". And thus, the rivalry was born.

- Grant Field and Sanford Stadium

Grant Field was constructed by Tech students in 1913. For over a decade, Georgia-Georgia Tech games were played almost exclusively in this venue because Georgia's Sanford Field only held 6500 people. In fact, Georgia even hosted Dartmouth in 1921 at Grant Field in order to meet high ticket demand. 

In 1927, Georgia brought an undefeated record to Grant Field for the annual rivalry game. A win would send the Dawgs to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl for a chance at the National Championship. However, Georgia got stuck on a muddy field that UGA fans claimed was watered by the Tech field staff all night previous to the game. Tech rolled 13-0, and Georgia fans left so angry that they decided it was time to build a stadium of their own. 

UGA financed Sanford Stadium by having boosters sign bank notes guaranteeing a loan for the construction costs. The original capacity was 30,000. The stadium was mainly built with prison labor and cost $380,000. The fact that UGA never called in one of those bank notes as the depression hit Georgia hard remains one of the greatest triumphs in UGA Athletic history. 

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Sanford Stadium Under Construction

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Sanford Stadium today from roughly the same spot.

UGA opened Sanford Stadium with a 15-0 win over heralded Yale on October 12, 1929. Today UGA leads the series with Tech 29-14-2 "Between the Hedges", and 28-18-2 at Grant Field.

- Series Record and Streaks

Georgia owns the overall series record, as well as the series records in both Athens and Atlanta. However, Tech won the first game and holds the longest streak in the series. From 1949-1956, Tech rattled off eight wins in a row against Georgia. In Athens, this stretch is simply known as "The Drought". An enlargement of the below photo of Theron Sapp scoring the game winning touchdown in 1957 game hangs in the UGA Press Box to this day.

Georgia has not been able to match this streak, despite winning seven games in a row from 1991-1997 and again from 2001-2007. A win on Saturday would be Georgia's second consecutive win in the series.

- Georgia in France, Tech in Atlanta

From 1917-1924, Georgia and Georgia Tech did not play each other because of a parade float that ridiculed Georgia Tech for continuing to play football during World War I. The float is pictured below in Bill Cromartie's book Clean, Old Fashioned Hate.

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The two teams made up in 1925. Tech won that game 3-0 in front of a record-breaking Atlanta crowd of 32,272 that brought in $72,119.

- The Ramblin' Wreck and "The Good Word"

In the same way that it is impossible to say "Georgia Tech" without saying "Georgia" first, Tech fans cannot seem to cheer on their own squad without talking about Georgia in the process.

Tech does have one of the best fight songs, Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech. The song was composed after some Tech students were harassed at a UGA-GT baseball game in Athens. On the way home the disgruntled Tech students came up with this song as a rally cry...with emphasis on the "To Hell With Georgia" Line.

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Tech's other fight song is "Up With the White and Gold (Down With the Red and Black)". It talks about going up to "the old farm" (Athens) and "Chop(ping) off Georgia's head with a battle axe."

Tech's battle cry is "The Good Word" chant. It goes:

A:What's the Good Word?
B: To Hell With Georgia!

A: How 'Bout Them Dawgs?
B: Piss on 'Em!

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They do this chant even when they are playing ACC teams.

Georgia Tech even goes so far as to publish a satire of Georgia's student newspaper, The Red and Black, each year in advance of the game. You guessed it, the title of their paper is To Hell With Georgia. This week's edition is linked here

In contrast, due to the Thanksgiving holiday we have a difficult time getting UGA students motivated to attend the Georgia Tech game. Do not be surprised if only 7,000 of Georgia's 18,000 student tickets are used Saturday.

- Tech in the SEC

Georgia Tech (as well as now non-SEC'ers Tulane and Suwanee) was a charter member of the SEC in 1934. The Jackets withdrew from the conference in 1963 after Tennessee Alum Bobby Dodd let his hate for Alabama get the best of him. Tech has since applied for readmission to the SEC and was voted down. Today, Georgia Tech has not been considered for SEC membership despite rapid conference expansion.

- Bullpups and Baby Jackets:

From UGA:
For 60 years, Thanksgiving Day was a special day in the history of the Georgia - Georgia Tech rivalry. It was on that day that the Georgia and Georgia Tech freshman football teams, and in later years the junior varsity teams, met at Tech’s Grant Field.
The game, played from 1933 to ’93, annually benefited the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and became a nationally-recognized event.
During those years, freshmen were ineligible and each school played an annual freshman or junior varsity schedule. As such, many who would become the greatest players for both schools were showcased in this annual game.

The charity game had its origin in 1930 when teams representing the northern and southern divisions of the old Southern Conference played an all- star game. In 1933, Georgia coach H.J. Stegeman and Tech coach William Alexander convinced a group of Atlanta businessmen to serve on a committee for the purpose of selling tickets to a freshman game between the two schools. The proceeds were designated to Scottish Rite. The Governor’s Cup was presented each year to the winning team.
The game became a southern tradition and prospered for decades. However, scholarship and roster limitations caused discontinuation of the game in 1993; but in 1994, a “Legends Game” was held to maintain the tradition of the game.
The NCAA, at the schools’ request, agreed to recognize the varsity rivalry and beginning in 1995, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta annually presents the Governor’s Cup to the winning team.

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The 1893 "Techs"

At this time, Georgia's colors were Red, Black and "Old Gold". Once Tech adopted "Old Gold" and White as their colors, Charles Herty removed Gold from Georgia's color scheme, saying it looked too much like yellow, the color of cowardice.
- Governor's Cup On The Line Georgia looks to finish the 2016 regular season on a four-game winning streak and standing in the way is rival Georgia Tech.

- Both teams enter Saturday with a 7-4 mark. Tech has won four of its past five games, the lone blemish in that stretch came to No. 18 North Carolina, 48-20 in Chapel Hill.

- Saturday's winner earns the Governor's Cup Trophy, and Georgia has hoisted the hardware in 13 of the past 15 seasons.

- Rivalry Rumblings Georgia leads the series 65-38-5 and doesn't count two Georgia Tech wins during WWII (1943-44) when the Yellow Jackets utilized players from a naval officer's training program hosted on campus.

- The Bulldogs have won six out of the last seven and 13 out of the last 15. However, Georgia Tech did pick up a 30-24 overtime victory the last time the teams met in Athens in 2014.

- From 1917-24, Georgia and Georgia Tech did not play each other because of a dispute caused by a Georgia parade float that ridiculed the Yellow Jackets for playing football during World War I.

- The Georgia-Georgia Tech series is one of the nation's oldest. There are only 15 other FBS rivalries that have been played more with Minnesota-Wisconsin at the top with 125 games.
From the Hargrett Library: 1910 Georgia Football team. New UGA coach W.A. Cunningham & running back Bob McWhorter defeated John Heisman's Tech team 11-6.
My favorite things about Georgia Tech would include:

- Bobby Dodd Stadium is a great venue for concerts. The Stones kicked ass there last summer. 

- There is a Varsity nearby.

- It is like 3 miles from my house

- They love to talk about the Dawgs as much as I do.


The boys at ASW are introducing an incredible new product on Saturday, December 3rd: Resurgens Rye. 

From ASW: 

As a warm welcome to the month of December, we're releasing a City of Trees first: Atlanta's first rye. Aptly titled Resurgens Rye, this delicious whiskey takes its name from the City's motto. 

With an incredible label by local artist David Hale - commissioned by the likes of The Avett Brothers - Resurgens Rye showcases the full potential of one of Georgia's native grains, rye. This historic Atlanta event will be accompanied by 2 of Atlanta's other well-known fixtures: Fox Bros BBQ and live folk music from Borderhop. 


8 Step Durham DB 5-11 194 JR Jacksonville, FL

1 Qua Searcy RB 5-11 174 SO Barnesville, GA

21 Quaide Weimerskirch RB 6-0 217 FR Pace, FL

Chris Dandaneau LB 6-3 210 FR Jesup, GA

79 Eason Fromayan OL 6-4 285 JR Alpharetta, GA
Things have changed at the Waffle House in the past week...and I am taking applications for new owners. 

Ideal applicants would have approximately 20 years of remaining life expectancy, are retired, have a primary residence on the ocean, a tendency to leave food on the table, and NO CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN.


LSU at Texas A&M (+6.5) - Thu, Nov 24, 7:30 PM ET

- LSU is in a coaching dilemma and couldnt even defend their own dignity against Florida. A&M wins outright.

#3 Michigan (+6.5) at #2 Ohio State - Sat, Nov 26, 12:00 PM ET

- Harbaugh is going to be ready for this game. I'm pulling for snow and smugness from "Michigan Men".

Mississippi State at Ole Miss (-7.5) - Sat, Nov 26, 3:30 PM ET

- Miss. State is turrible.

#13 Auburn at #1 Alabama (-17.5) - Sat, Nov 26, 3:30 PM ET

- The Saban Death March continues.

#17 Tennessee at Vanderbilt (+7.5) - Sat, Nov 26, 7:30 PM ET

- I'm afraid the "Champions of Life" are about to go back into the dark ages. September was fun for them though.
Ryan Andrew "Andy" Scates, Jr.

Born at 12:12 a.m. on Saturday, November 19th at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

"The world is smiling now." 
- UGA's Laura Courchesne named 2017 Rhodes Scholar 

- Woodruff Foundation starts UGA's $1.2 Billion Capital Campaign with a $30M donation. Sic Vos Non Vobis, Mr. Anonymous!

- Georgia has had more noon home games than any other SEC school over the past five years, and some boosters are focusing their dissatisfaction with all of these noon games on the UGA administration.

- UGA wants to be at your table this Thanksgiving.

To the Cause of the Poor!

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What is the Poor Man's Game Notes? These weekly emails are a hobby that serve as an unofficial version of the official game notes produced by the UGA Sports Information Department (UGA SID) ahead of each UGA football game. They are called the Poor Man's Game Notes due to the fact that they are irreverent, incomplete, often include typos, and are blatant rip-off of the outstanding work of the professionals at the UGA Sports Information Department. It is my great honor that we now include many members of the UGA SID among our community of "Poor Men" on this email. 
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