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0-for-Georgia to be part of Ball’s legacy


Mark Bradley

Athens — Reggie Ball was checking his e-mail as he walked into the interview room. Perhaps he found encouraging words therein. Perhaps he found an answer for what has become — and will forever be — unanswerable: How could the quarterback who has presided over 29 collegiate victories never win the game that matters most to his constituency?

Not that Ball was willing to concede the point. “I want to win every game,” he said. “I don’t buy into that ‘rivalry game’ — that’s for [the media] to do. I go out [and] I don’t care if it’s two old ladies playing flag football — I want to win.”

He wants to win. Nobody disputes that. But this much is likewise indisputable: Handed chances to win against Georgia each of the past three seasons, Ball and Georgia Tech lost instead. What transpired Saturday wasn’t his most egregious moment in the series — that remains the fourth-down throwaway in 2004 — but it was his worst overall performance against Georgia and among the worst of his strange career.

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Ball’s numbers this forlorn day: Six completions, 16 incompletions, 42 yards passing, minus-10 yards rushing, three second-half turnovers. This from a fourth-year starter. This from the guy who has Calvin Johnson at his disposal. (Johnson had two catches Saturday, neither in the second half, for 13 yards.)

Asked if Georgia had become a personal speed bump, Ball said: “Come on, dog. It’s a game. Georgia’s Georgia. They’re a good team, but they’re no speed bump.”

Ball finishes his career 0-for-Georgia. Chan Gailey, who hitched his program to the true freshman four years ago, is the first Tech coach to lose his first five games against Georgia, and at some point we need ask: Is Gailey a great coach for having won so many games with such an inefficient quarterback, or is he a silly coach for having gone so long with such an inefficient quarterback?

Of Ball, Gailey said Saturday: “He didn’t play as well as he has … I don’t think he was in sync.”

Yes, Tech still has a chance to win the ACC championship and play in the Orange Bowl, but a goodly quotient of luster fell away from Gailey’s best season Saturday. The Jackets absorbed a curious haymaker — Tony Taylor returning Ball’s fumble for a go-ahead touchdown seemingly hours after the fact — and took a fourth-quarter lead. When finally Tech’s defense buckled, the Jackets still had time to answer. They could manage only one first down on their final possession, that courtesy of a Quentin Moses personal foul, and then the chance died. Throwing off his back foot yet again, Ball was intercepted by Paul Oliver.

“We were trying to make a play on the next snap,” Ball said of the Moses penalty. Was he pressured on the throw? “That’s what happens in football.”

It would be easy to feel a twinge of pity for Ball — Georgia students mocked him Saturday with chants of “Reg-gie, Reg-gie” — but he makes it apparent he wants no one’s sympathy. He suffers media inquiries with something approaching scorn, and maybe we shouldn’t blame him. Few collegians have ever been held up to such scrutiny.

Still, that’s the price for playing quarterback at a school that takes football seriously. Ball has had splendid moments in his career — two victories over Auburn, two over Miami, one over Virginia Tech — but he has never beaten Georgia and never will. Said Tashard Choice, who accounted for 151 of Tech’s 188 total yards Saturday: “Sometimes things don’t go the way they’re supposed to. You have to roll with the punches, and we roll with [Ball]. And we’re going to take it as far as we can go.”

If Tech wins its next two games, Ball will match Shawn Jones as Tech’s winningest quarterback. But Jones won a national championship and beat Georgia twice. For the Jackets as led by Ball, it’s clear now that this was as far as they could go — they could win big games but never the biggest game on their schedule. Never even once.

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By john

November 25, 2006 11:48 PM | Link to this

I’ll be the first: Althought Reggie had a terrible game, most of the blame goes to the coaching staff.

Tech could have run the ball for over 300 yards if they had stuck with the running game! TC was hot and after Tech drove to the 40 in the second quarter, all on the ground, only to throw deep, that told us that they were going to win….or lose with Reggie’s throwing.

It hurts and hurts bad. UGAg has Tech’s number and Tech are a collective headcase when it comes to playing UGAg. Just as UGAg are a bunch of collective headcases against Florida.

Bottom line is this: If Tech wants to average more than 3 out of 10 against UGAg, they will have make some painful choices regarding where they want to be: A football factory or an engineering school.

By Sarfdawg

November 25, 2006 11:54 PM | Link to this

I think it’s really easy to dislike Reggie Ball especially when you think back to when he took a cheap shot against one of Georgia’s trainers in his first game against Georgia in his freshman year. He is as much of a hindrance to Calvin Johnson as he is a help and most likely is the only thing that will have kept Johnson from the Heisman. Tashard Choice, on the other hand, is a bonafide player and appears to play with a lot of pride. I’m proud of the Dogs (and the SEC today), but if I were a Tech fan (an awful thought), I would be quietly celebrating that this is the last day of the Ball Era.

By bkveen

November 25, 2006 11:55 PM | Link to this

A true tech fan is already counting down until we meet again. Its at least good for people to pay more attention to the rivalry again.

By Why Tech Lost

November 25, 2006 11:58 PM | Link to this

Nice try, John. Football factory, you guys kill me! No Christmas bonuses for the Engineering Faculty ( er..coaches )this year :(

Here’s the reason you lost:

“C’mon dog, it’s a game,” Ball said. “Georgia is Georgia. They’re a good football team, but they ain’t no speed bump or anything like that. It’s just a game. Unfortunately for us, they’ve come out the last couple of years and won the game.”

  • Reggie Ball ( espn.com )

It’s not JUST a game in Athens! DAWG!

By BWH Dawg

November 26, 2006 12:01 AM | Link to this

John, Don’t hide behind the engineering/football factory crap. Admit it. The ACC is an inferior conference and the record TODAY clearly shows it. Three of your best this year lost to SEC schools today. Two of the SEC wins (including UGA) were against mid-level conference opponents. Tech recruits the same players UGA does. Gailey hitched his wagon four years ago to a loser, i.e. Reggie Ball. He and Tech are now paying the price.

In the spirit of Auburn’s Beware of the Thumb, Tech should Beware of the “Bird” Finger (on the second hand). This means seven in a row next year for UGA.

By Brad

November 26, 2006 12:02 AM | Link to this

Just step up and say it - Reggie is the worst D-I QB that has ever played major college football. How sad is it for the other guys who dominated every other aspect of the game that they can still lose because of one person? However, there is a bigger factor here that you touched on…Chan Gailey is the one who is responsible. As much as I HATE Reggie, I hate Chan more for refusing to acknowledge his mistake and move on. A middle school QB could have led this team to the same record and even a bad QB could have won 10 games. And worst of all, Gailey never found a way to take advantage of the best player ever to play at Tech. Today was a day like so many others this season…even if Tech had won it would have been unfulfilling. Their offensive line dominated, Choice was having a career day and they still had the best WR in football on their team. Yet Gailey found a way to do what he always does…suck the fun out of this team, and that is a damn shame…

By Bill

November 26, 2006 12:02 AM | Link to this

Only 2 more games to put up with Reggie, only 2 more games….

By Barry

November 26, 2006 12:07 AM | Link to this

John,

Your comment is absurd. Are you ready to trade the academic prestige of Georgia Tech for “football”? No. No way. In fact, it is not even necessary. Given adequate…No, given below average QB play, GT wins this game hands down. And, with the win, no one mentions one word about academics. As a Tech alum, I expect Tech to play smart, intelligent, competitive football. We have been extremely competitive this year without question. However, we are not smart at the position that matters most. This greatly disappoints me. This must change. We should never sacrifice what Ma Tech stands for to win this game. Tech can be Tech and beat UGA. Lately, we have very simply fallen short because of a lack of leadership at QB. We also need our coaching staff to display the savvy to make a change when leadership is fundamentally lacking at the most important position.

By john

November 26, 2006 12:08 AM | Link to this

Why Tech Lost: You nailed it perfectly! Reggie made excuses for his own poor play with that moronic comment.

I still stand by my comment that if they had run the ball more, that Tech would have won.

By alldog

November 26, 2006 12:11 AM | Link to this

Come on John, Tech has more non-engineering students than it does engineering ones these days. You guys need to get over your inferiority complex and cut the “superior intellect” garbage you turn to every year after we whip you on the gridiron. Tech and Georgia are both great schools and yes, by all accounts Tech had a better football season this year. Which, by the way, proves you can be a great school and have a good football program. Unfortunately, you guys are one player short of having a great team, a quarterback. Now suck it up and go win the ACC next week. Though most will not admit it in public, many of us UGA alums will be pulling for you.

By John

November 26, 2006 12:16 AM | Link to this

Reggie Ball Legacy? LOL. There is no legacy - but this loss isn’t his fault it is our coaches who continue to play him even though he is injured, can’t run, fumbles away touchdowns and can’t complete a pass!!!

By bulldog_greg24

November 26, 2006 12:19 AM | Link to this

Nice work Mark Bradley. When I read where you picked Georgia I thought, aw shucks we will probably get beat now with AJC picking us. Your piece on Reggie was dead on. For whatever reason, Reggie has plain stunk it up against the DAWGS. Ga fans will take Stafford any day of the week over a loud mouth punk like Reggie. He showed his class once again by shoving a Ga player after the last turnover. GO DAWGS and good luck to the Demon Deacons next week. I would pull for the Bugs, but based on the blogs tonight the Bug fans are bad losers. Stop making excuses and take your butt whipping for the 6th year in a row.

By john

November 26, 2006 12:20 AM | Link to this

Barry: I would NEVER want to see Tech degrade themselves into being a UGAg as far as academics. All I’m saying is that if Tech wants to win more than 3 games in a 10 year period, they will have to reconsider that approach. Personally, I don’t think its worth it.

Let the uneducated rabble that make up 90% of the UGAg fanbase be happy with a scholarship player CBS gloated about majoring in Home Economics with a less than B average and beat Tech 7 out of ten.

But I don’t ever see Tech being able to do more than what they are doing against UGAg. Historically since 1963, Tech has lost 70% of the time and I don’t see that changing.

All I’m saying if the Tech fanbase want to beat UGAg half of the time, then they need to decide what they want. If they want to beat them 5 out of 10, then make the changes. Otherwise don’t complain they don’t have the horses to compete.

By jman

November 26, 2006 12:23 AM | Link to this

Thank God Reggie is gone in 2 games. Tech will get rolled next week and get rolled again in the bowl game. Reggie just suxs and you cannot defend it. He has single handedly lost 3 games against GA. He cannot see over the line and just thows the ball up getting his receivers killed. On another subject, Calvin leave and go pro, Chan has shown no loyalty to you by continuing to play that chump of a QB.You do not owe GT anything and you can get that degree later. It was sad to watch you get held and then get open to only have the ball thrown all over the place. Maybe you can hook Reggie up and let him be your lawn boy after you go #1 next year.

By John

November 26, 2006 12:23 AM | Link to this

I agree 100% Brad. I had to laugh at the article a few weeks ago about David Braine all smiles because Tech was 9-2 and going to the ACC game even though we were pathetic against UNC and limping into the second half of our season. Wake Forest will smash us easily if Reggie plays. What coach continues to play a guy who is injured, can’t run, fumbles away touchdowns and goes 5 for 21, or something like that, in completions?

By old 'n gold

November 26, 2006 12:30 AM | Link to this

Ignorance is not a virtue you dawg idiots.

By G

November 26, 2006 12:32 AM | Link to this

Oh Reggie…Oh Reggie…don’t let the door hit you in the a* on the way out. I said it during the middle of last year-only one more year of putting up with Reggie’s crap….Bizarre play from Reggie was a good way of putting it. As a GT Alum, I’m not embarrased that he is our QB, I’m embarrased that he is an actual student at GT…obviously his logical thinking ability is limited.

By GTFAN

November 26, 2006 12:33 AM | Link to this

Nice butt whipping by winning by 3 points. Also, way to show class by chanting Reggie, Reggie, Reggie…at the end of the game. Way to have fans that will kick a college player when he is down, poor form. You call us bad losers when in fact you guys are the ones that, win or lose, will always show no class. Congrats on the win…obviously somethings needs to change for the Jackets to win games in this rivalry.

By UT_TechFan

November 26, 2006 12:45 AM | Link to this

To: Sarfdawg

I agree with with you 99% (except being a Tech fan, since I am one). But you are right, Reggie has been harder for Tech to figure out than the opposing teams (i.e. today’s game).

With all due respect to the young man, he should not be getting this kind of criticism, because he shouldn’t be playing Div 1-A football. There is no denying his athletic ability, but his QB smarts are to be desired. I don’t know if it is loyalty or Capt going down with the sinking ship, but Gailey has always made excuses for Reggie and said he was Tech’s best chance of winning. I find that hard to believe, especially after going 6/22 for 42 yards to 2 ints, and don’t forget the all important fumble, that he is Tech’s best option at QB. Not to mention if he doesn’t fumble, UGA is not on the scoreboard until the 4th qtr more than likely. I could be wrong, but it seems like he lacks the desire, maybe that’s why he is such a headcase.

I know a lot of Tech coaches and players were saying next week was more important, but I bet they don’t feel that way now. If Tech plays like this next week, Wake will win by 2 TDs.

I despise Georgia, but I will give them credit, they played their heart out, and some, but not all, of Tech’s players did not.

By Suck it, Nerd

November 26, 2006 12:54 AM | Link to this

I’m glad John thinks he can feign moral superiority when Tech had ten players blow their eligibility a few years ago and wound up on scholarship reductions for using other ineligible players. Good thing Georgia Tech has integrity, otherwise, who knows what they would’ve done. They might’ve even been involved with a major drug deal involving a trunkload of pot. Oh wait, Tech did that too…

By jarrodmon

November 26, 2006 12:59 AM | Link to this

John,

It’s funny that GT fans can’t figure out why they don’t win more often. They don’t take the game seriously. You think that snide comments about the “uneducated rabble” makes any difference to Georgia fans? Hundreds of thousands of us are educated and have taken our place in leadership in many fields. How’s that Tech Law School rated, by the way? Georgia’s is in the top 40 nationwide. Business schools? According to Forbes, a UGA MBA grad makes more than a GT MBA grad (oh, wait, let me be clever like you: Georgia YECH) for far less in tuition.

So is paying more to make less part of what makes a Tech, um, Yech graduate so brilliant?

You nerds will never be winners in this series because a Georgia player or student or fan has no need to point out others deficiences, because we know what it feels like to succeed.

By Birdy

November 26, 2006 01:04 AM | Link to this

Reggie Ball, GOOD RIDDANCE. You are the WORST QB in collegiate history.

By longtimedawg

November 26, 2006 01:09 AM | Link to this

FIRE CHAN GAILEY .COM STARTS TODAY! TECH SUXS.

By Wozzo the Wonder Dog

November 26, 2006 01:38 AM | Link to this

I am not going to come onto this blog to gloat and taunt all you pencil necked geeks. Tech worked hard for this season and I’m sure they hated to see it fumbled away. At least it was a real fumble, not like Jasper Sanks. The Tech Athletic department is the real villains. They promised the Tech fans that Chan had to show “marked improvement” or he’d be gone in a year — and then a year later said that 7-5 was as good as it was going to get and extended Chan’s contract by 5 years.

Be glad the ACC is in the toilet this year or you Techies would be looking at Toronto (or the Nut Bowl again, where, as you may remember, you got thumped by 28 points by the third best team in the Mountain West Conference).

Next time, try to remember the Smack Talking Rule: Win, then talk smack (because talking smack and then losing makes you look really, really foolish — almost as foolish as losing by 28 points to the third best team in the Mountain West Conference).

By the way, you can’t really play the “we can’t recruit well because of academics” card after 2 weeks of claiming that you’ve caught up to UGA in recruiting. Also, bragging that you have smarter athletes and then complaining that your senior quarterback makes bad decisions is contradictory.

I do have one positive thing to say abouth the ACC this year — The ACC refs make the right call (and verify them on review) and don’t try to give the game to Tech like the SEC refs have done.

Look at the bright side: Your crippling loss to UGA today probably cost Tenuta a head-coaching job. He is really good and he’ll be much needed next year as you break in a new QB — a new QB that Chan thinks so highly of that Chan wouldn’t consider playing him instead of Reggie.

On the no-so-bright side, Calvin is almost certainly gone. Calvin’s seething was visible, and it seemed that it was directed at either Chan or Reggie and not at the UGA players who shut him down all game. It does not seem likely that Calvin will want to take a chance on a new quarterback next year (even in an ACC with several new coaches).

P.S.: Thanks Clempson for the easy recipe for a victory over Tech (double team Calvin and pressure Reggie — although I don’t think Reggie was double-teamed the entire game).

15-13 (it’s not 51-7, but it’s almost as emotionally satisfying)

By Cuz

November 26, 2006 02:11 AM | Link to this

Wozzo, thank God you came on here to talk sense and not to gloat. Brothers and sisters, can we not agree? The truth will set you free!

By GTman

November 26, 2006 02:19 AM | Link to this

Memo to the team: Reggie - you are terrible. Good riddance to your loser mentality, inability to throw the ball in bounds, poor decision making, thinking you’re a linebacker when you need to THINK like a quarterback.

Gailey and Nix - Reggie is what he is. Shame on you two for not developing a better quarterback for this team in 4 years. Get some creativity in your play calling! Too bad you have wasted the best talent the two of you losers will ever coach. Have you ever seen how other teams work to get their best talent the ball (Arkansas - McFadden, Florida - Harvin). No way a talented quarterback should come to play for you guys unless you show him how you will bring in some one that can develop a quarterback. Reggie has not improved one bit since his first game against Auburn - that goes squarely to coaching. Oh, and you might want to educate our next QB that the UGA game is NOT just another game!

Defense - How about stopping the other team after we score? You guys did play great for 50 minutes tonight. Unfortunately, football is a 60 minute game and somehow you guys always seem to play soft and allow the other team to score after we get ahead. With a QB like Reggie, you guys have to play perfect.

Tenuta - you played Kenny Scott on Massaquoi all night and then decide to go zone at the end of the game? You choked!

Calvin - You are an awesome talent and I can not imagine the frustration having to play with a QB like Reggie and playing for the incompetence of Gailey/Nix. However, you have got to go up stronger to catch balls and become tougher. How about not tripping over your own two feet as turn to see the ball? Watch the USC film and see how Garrett and Smith go up to catch the ball. Arms extended and they snatch it out of the air and hang on to the ball. I was glad to see that you were Ped tonight. Now go after the ball like you’re ped.

James Johnson - Grow some. You’re gonna get hit whether you catch it or not. The only two good throws that Reggie did make, you alligator armed like a girl.

Offensive line - great game! you guys manned up and have really improved this year.

Choice - tough running and great game. I look forward to you and the O-line next year. Did I mention that Reggie will not be back next year? YEA!

Team - Good luck in the ACC championship game and the Orange Bowl. You will have to play perfect to win both games as you already have two strikes against you with Reggie and Gailey/Nix. We only lose 3 starters from each side of the ball and I can’t wait until next year - we will finally see a Tech team without Reggie’s incompetence. You’ll still have the one strike against you (Gailey/Nix), but that should be easier to overcome. FIGHT ON MEN!

By jackets

November 26, 2006 02:37 AM | Link to this

Once again, like in many of the games this season, the Jackets only had two bright spots: Durant Brooks and Tashard Choice. Everything else (coaching, Reggie, Calvin, James, etc) was pathetic. And as a lifelong Tech fan, I cannot wait until the day that Reggie walks off the campus.

By dale in newnan

November 26, 2006 02:51 AM | Link to this

Tech fans remember what happened to au after they tried to fire tuberville? Its been a very good year for you guys be proud; represent the state of ga well next week. Ya’ll are suffering from the same mystique we face in jacksonville every year. We beat fla upand down the field but you cant overcome turnovers very often. Like the falcins your qb is what he is. Nix should be questioned for giving up the run while holding timeouts at the end of the game, and needing only 3. My goodness we couldn not slow down choice in the second half. Very good game, yet the victory is ours.

By I Hate you Reggie Ball

November 26, 2006 02:51 AM | Link to this

I defended Reggie for 4 years, but no more, get the H* out Reggie, you suck….It was a horrible night, but I have to say, most of the GA fans tonight were polte and not classless….Thanks for that UGA fans in SEC 611 !

By doesnt matter

November 26, 2006 03:09 AM | Link to this

John- 3 out of 10. Actually it is 13 in a row for UGA since GT cheated for three years and had those wins vacated. But they are all about education.

By I Hate you Reggie Ball

November 26, 2006 03:25 AM | Link to this

Good to hear from you doesnt matter…you are the fecal material that I didnt encounter earlier tonight !

By Dawg Fan

November 26, 2006 03:45 AM | Link to this

Nothing sucks more than ripping a college player to shreds. Reggie Ball may not have been a good quarterback, but the only thing I hear on here is Tech fans packing his bags for him and telling him what a piece of crap he is. Well done Tech. I’m sure that lots of players are going to be chomping at the bit to come play for a school that rewards 4 years of the hardest work by ripping a guy to shreds. Reggie played hard, albeit poorly, and he shouldn’t be subject to you fair weathered, unappreciative, dillusional Tech masses. It’s called class, get some.

By Andy

November 26, 2006 03:48 AM | Link to this

Jackets best in state, ACC By Mark Bradley | Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 06:47 PM In this posted on October 11, Mark Bradley clearly came to the that Georgia Tech was definitely going to beat Georgia. This was what I posted on that day regarding the article. “By mystirymes October 11, 2006 08:05 PM | Link to this Obviously Mark doesn’t know anything about college foot. First off the SEC is a much better conference than the ACC. My question for Mark is how many top 10 teams are in the ACC compared to the SEC in BCS ranking? I know you don’t know anything about college football so let me help you out. ACC –NONE. SEC – Florida #2, Tennessee #8. If UGA played in the same conference as GaTech, they would probably dominate. I would admit that Georgia Tech has improved a lot this yeah but not good enough to beat UGA come November 25, 2006 in Athens. Mark is going to swallow his own words come November.” Well Mark it looks like I was right then and I am right again now. It looks like you need to switch to a different profession or write articles on a different subject because when it comes to college football, you don’t have a clue!!! Now you are trying to justify your previous articles by using Reggie Ball as a scapegoat. Even though he’s not the smartest QB out doesn’t mean that we need to bash. As bad a QB that he is he was still able to come off with 9 wins. Most of these wins came from ACC teams (not the best conference when it comes to football anymore) is big a win regardless of his performance. Well I am happy that the DAWGS proved that there better than Yellow Jackets. It will atleast shut the Jacket fans up including “Mark Bradley” as to who has the better team. # 6 and counting…….

By Nono

November 26, 2006 03:48 AM | Link to this

I Hate U Ball of turds Take your punk butt back to the hood where you belong!!!!!!!

By Thomas

November 26, 2006 04:05 AM | Link to this

UGA law is actually top 35 which puts it in the Top Tier of all law schools.

By noluv

November 26, 2006 04:06 AM | Link to this

You gotta love when a bunch of fat 40 yr. old men sit at a computer and talk bad about a college kid. If you saw him in person you would shake his hand with a big stupid smile on your face talkin bout”Wow, it’s Reggie Ball!!! I’m a huge fan!!!” Reggie won you 29 games and for tech that’s a dynasty. I ain’t no tech fan, but I am a fan of Reggie Ball. Sometimes he’s good and sometimes he’s not so good; but I’ve never seen him quit and that’s admirable being that he is still a kid. He doesn’t get in trouble and he is going to have a tech degree, which I’ve heard was pretty decent; and that along with his attitude should guarantee him a successful life. For all you football gurus and can’t wait to see him leave, you are gonna find out why the so called worst qb in D-1 was a 4 year starter when you see the team next year. Hopefully you won’t be so hard on that kid when he has a bad game. But I guess that’s asking to much from fat 40 yr. old men.

By PoliticalMan

November 26, 2006 04:30 AM | Link to this

Reggie BAll - the other MIchael Vick in town.

Calvin Johnson - over hyped. There are plenty of better receivers in college football. For one, they can catch.

By Al

November 26, 2006 04:57 AM | Link to this

I trust that Reggie Ball isnt looking to make a career in the NFL. He will need that degree to find a job. Based on his performance of the last 4 years the NFL isnt a opton. That position driving a Frito Lay truck isnt going to be all that bad.

By Jeff Sloan

November 26, 2006 06:10 AM | Link to this

I am glad that it’s Reggie’s last game against UGA, I just wish it were Gailey’s too. It’s really sad that Calvin Johnson didn’t have a quaterback that could throw the ball to him!!!!!!

By gtech

November 26, 2006 07:14 AM | Link to this

I am so disgusted with the play of Reggie Ball that I gave up my season tickets this year. After the great season they had, I was a little sorry I did. After watching Reggie’s performance against UGA I was reminded why I did: he plain stinks!

By Larry

November 26, 2006 07:19 AM | Link to this

Let’s see…2 interceptions, game losing fumble, under 100 yards passing, below 50% completion, no leadership, and many, many horribly thrown balls.

Was that Michael Vick wearing number 1 for GA Tech yesterday?

By JB

November 26, 2006 07:23 AM | Link to this

A terrible game played by two bad teams. College football in Georgia has dipped to the likes of Mississippi. Tech is an embarassment to be playing in the ACC title game and it is obvious UGA has slipped back behind programs such as FLA, Arkansas, LSU and Tenn in the SEC. Pathetic!

By mike

November 26, 2006 07:36 AM | Link to this

Georgia Tech and Reggie Ball - #1 in the ACC and #2 in Georgia.

By beachside bulldawg

November 26, 2006 07:50 AM | Link to this

I am not a Tech fan, but if I were, today I’d be saying,”As your GT boss, get back to work, I have a man to bang.”

By WOC

November 26, 2006 07:56 AM | Link to this

I agree, Reggie is erratic more than half of the time. If Chan is dedicated to winning then why does he never pull Ball from the Game. Richt has used 3 different QB’s this year, trying to find the right man for the job. I believe Richt is just as dedicated to his players as any other coach but is more dedicated to winning for the team. Why is Chan so reluctant to pull Ball and give Bennett a shot, especially when the game is on the line?

By ralph the dawg

November 26, 2006 07:58 AM | Link to this

You pathetic losers. You are talking about college kids. Reggie is a college kid. How would you feel if when you were a college kid in your late teens and early twenties, and you, your son, your cousin, your nephew, your grandson, your brother, your friend, your neighbor, the guy you go to church with on sundays had to be constantly attacked and criticized by a bunch of creepy old alumni, spoiled brat undergrads, and jackass UGA fans all over a stupid football game that is played by a bunch of college kids. It is not right. I care about the dawgs as much as anyone but college football is college football. If he was being paid $130 million like Vick in the pros, then hell go for it. He is just a stupid college kid just like I was a stupid college kid and the rest of you were stupid college kids.

I will say this about Reggie. That kid tried harder than pretty much every player in the NCAA over the past four years. He left every ounce of effort, blood, sweat, and tears out there on the field for you. Were those QB skills limited due to height issues, the fact that he has a decent but not strng arm, and the fact that he has speed but is not wicked fast and quick like Vick or Pat White? Yes! SHould he have been playing safety instead? Yes! Is it his fault that he was the starter for the last 4 years? No! He was recruited to play the position and his coach never found someone else to take it from him! That is the coaches’ fault, not reggie’s fault! He just did what he was asked to do and I have never seen another player care as much or try as hard as he did.

Does he have a chip on his shoulder? Hell yes he does. He is 5 foot 8 inches tall trying to play a tall man’s position. That is the only way he could ever somewhat be a QB. Look at Doug Flutie, another tiny guy who had the biggest chip on his shoulder for 25 years in college and the pros. That chip was so big that Flutie had to spend 10 years in exile in the CFL before the Bills brought him back to the NFL. I would not say that Ball’s chip on his shoulder is any bigger than Flutie’s ever was. Did it come out misguided and misdirected and angry at times? Yes! But was he under constant attack during his entire late teens and early twenties by creepy adults who like to attack young college teenagers? Yes! So how would you expect a stupid college kid to act when he is being perpetually hounded by creepy alumni and spoiled brat undergrads? We were all stupid, immature, and overemotional at that age and we all did and said things we regret.

I think that if Reggie had played for a better program or a better coach, the perception of him would have been much different. I compare him to the Newton dude up at South Carolina. Under Holtz and Spurrier, the newton guy was a coaches dream. He started games at QB, RB, WR, Safety, and played special teams. He excelled at times at all positions but was really a jack of all trades and a master of none. SO, i think that if Reggie had had a better coach who brought some other QB recruits in, Reggie could have been a change of pace, lightning in a bottle QB late in a game or a season like Newton was for a stretch this season, or he could have been a decent change of pace Dave Meggett like RB, a decent eric metcalf like WR, a hellcat on special teams, and probably a very good safety who would have ripped people’s heads off. SO, i think a big part of the problem with reggie was that Chan sucks and that Chan should have found other good QBs to play and then used Reggie in that jack of all trades role where he is just valued by the team and fans and alumni and undergrads as a good hard nosed football player who will do anything to help the team win. BUT Chan sucks so it was not meant to be.

Granted, Reggie’s comments after the game were regrettable and they do tick you off. But did you see him at the end of the game? Just by looking at Reggie Ball and his body language, no tech fan was more angry, embarrassed, humiliated by that performance than Reggie was. I mean he did not even walk over to give the little kissass obligatory handshakes with stafford, richt and the dawgs after the game because he was so disgusted with himself and his team for losing that game. Contrast that with MV7, who last week after that disgusting ravens loss was seen by all of us going over to other team, giggling, giving high fives, and just have a yuckfest and grand ole good time with Ed Reed and Mcnair. As a falcons fan, I wish we could take even half the competitiveness, heart, and desire out of reggie and combine that with the talent of Mr. Vick.

Do I understand how disappointed you all are yet again with reggie and the bugs? Of course. But please remember that kid may have been limited in ability but he gave you everything he had for 4 years.

Besides, bug fans, you have got to play in the conference championship game next week. Yes, your QB played bad. Do you not think that he and his family and friends are going to read this crap? How is all of this negativity going to help the confidence of your QB and team when you need him to be the difference maker or at least to play decent enough to allow CJ to be the difference maker next week?

Stop being so selfish. Rally around your QB. you only have two games left with him. Those two games however are important ones: ACC championship game against a terrible Wake Forest team and then the bowl game. You need him to play well. So stop the silly selfish woe is me, napoleon complex all you techies seem to love to have and rally around your team and QB.

By TennDawg

November 26, 2006 08:01 AM | Link to this

To all the nasty Tech bloggers from the past two weeks - how’s that crow taste? Will hear your smack again next year I’m sure. Until then, HOW ‘BOUT THEM DAWGS!!! GO DAWGS!!!

By The Chief

November 26, 2006 08:05 AM | Link to this

Sarfdawg! Finally, I see you on a link! How are you and the former softball player? Great, I hope.

This game for Tech will go down as a lost, blown opportunity vrs a classic like the ‘78 game. The run back on the fumble was ridiculous, you play until the stripes blow the whistle. All my life in watching this game, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Tech take a late lead only to see the Dawgs make a determined drive to take it away.

RB’s problem is RB. For four years Tech fans have watched him look lost on the field. His only consistency has been his inconsistency. Thankfully, we only have that to deal with for two more times.

Congrats to the Dawgs, again. You wanted it and won it. More importantly, you put it together after mid-season disasters. See you in Athens next year when the Gamecocks (31-28 v Clemson) come back to town!

By PlanoDawg

November 26, 2006 08:29 AM | Link to this

Dear techies,

Thank you for the public venom you are spouting about a college kid. I am sure it gives recruits many questions about attending the Clemson(engineering school in S.C.)of Georgia.

See you next year,

Plano Dawg

By dawgxian

November 26, 2006 08:37 AM | Link to this

UT_TechFan you made a reference to what Ma Tech stands for. What are you referring to? 114 years of ineligible athletes, 100 lbs of pot, and Jeff Foxworthy? So, I hadn’t heard much talk about firing Chan these last few weeks. Is that about to start back?

By KneeJerk

November 26, 2006 08:39 AM | Link to this

Yes, I’m a Tech fan and we deserved to lose. But how can anyone say that Calvin was pathetic? He caught what he should have. If he’d caught anything else, it would have been a SportsCenter Top 10 play. Hats off to UGA for a hard-fought victory. Coming in to this game, some fans fron both sides were downplaying the importance of this game, because they were looking for excuses before their team lost. That’s bull^%%$. This loss stings (no pun intended). This game was, and always will be inportant. To those who say hat Tech will be down next year because Calvin will be gone: Our QB who neutralized our best receiver ever will also be gone. I call it a wash. We’ll ride Choice next year til his legs fall off. Let’s beat WF in the ACCCG and go to the Orange bowl (or lose the ACCG and get a rematch with UGA).

By nono

November 26, 2006 08:42 AM | Link to this

I am one of those so called “fat fourty year” alumnus I have earned the right to say what I will about the Falcons, Dawgs, and yes Tech. Because I have grown up here and given thousands to each of these organiztions. I also waddle my fat butt down to the Ajax placement center each year to hire Tech hopefulls. If I want to bust Vick or Ball for crappy games, then I damn well have earned the right. I have seen a dozens coaches and even more quarterbacks come and go. No doubt Reggie and Vick have a desire to win, but thats where it ends. They don’t quite have what it takes to get r done——-so good ridance to Ball and hopefully Vick too, I wish them well. I believe every fan deserves better and when you suit up or step on Bobby Dodd field or Sanford Stadium you are in a place of honor and better play like it.

I’m ashamed—-that was the best he could do? Tech’s defense was great with the exception of the late zone coverage which allowed the final touchdown. Special teams were great too, the offensive line did great as did Tasard. I am sorry Reggie held Calvin from being a true Heisman canidate. Next year the game will be in Atlanta and we will have a new QB——Taylor Bennett?

Next year I’ll give again and reserve the right to critize as I see fit.

By John Dayton

November 26, 2006 08:45 AM | Link to this

Ralph the Dawg, noluv and the rest of UGAg folks - you miss the point. (BTW - to hear a UGA fan rebuke another team’s fans for calling out college kids is laughable - Martez Milner anyone??)

Here is the point:

“We’re going to do what we do and we’re going to go 110 percent like we do every week, but it’s a big rivalry game.”

Reggie Ball - last week before the game.

Not that Ball was willing to concede the point. “I want to win every game,” he said. “I don’t buy into that ‘rivalry game’ — that’s for [the media] to do. I go out [and] I don’t care if it’s two old ladies playing flag football — I want to win.”

So which is it?? The point -Ralph the Dawg, cause I want you to stay with me here - is that the kid doesn’t have the character to accept responsbility for his performance. He changed his tune baesd on the result. I said elsewhere, I can live with the fact he is under-equipped and playing the wrong position. But to refuse to shake the hand of your opponent or to take responsibility as the designated leader of your team - that’s pitiful and demonstrates a lack of maturity that I think Division 1 college football player should possess. So forgive me if you feel the assessement of Reggie is unduly harsh. Sure I hate the fact that Tech lost the game. Several defensive players took responsibility for losing the game when the defense gave up the same # of points as the QB!

As for the ‘he is just a college kid’ -spare me the pollyanna, self-righteous garbage. The vitriol directed at Reggie Brown by the UGAg “faithful” a couple of years ago for a dropped pass against Florida, makes that ring a little hollow.

By Blazer

November 26, 2006 08:48 AM | Link to this

The closer this season gets to its end is the closer we get to ending the Reggie Ball era. Thank the Almighty for that. He is the worst D-1 quarterback to remain a starter that I have ever seen. Chan Gailey is undoubtedly the most stupid head coach in D-1 to condone the poor play, actions, and comments by Ball for four years. Patrick Nix needs to be the head coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By KneeJerk

November 26, 2006 09:17 AM | Link to this

Having Calvin Johnson play with Reggie Ball is like getting a Playstation 3 for Christmas, but no games to go with it.

By Smyrna Jacket

November 26, 2006 09:18 AM | Link to this

It’s done. It’s over. We lose again. UGA does not have one of its better teams; even their fans admit that. Tech loses because we continue to play a kid at QB that is not a D1 Talent. He has weapons galore around him and cannot win THE game (regardless of what some UGA fans say, it is). A winner puts the team on his back and finds a way to win. Stafford surely did that. Richt did too. Richt continued to run the plays, screens and underneath routes, that allowed his QB to make plays. Nix did not do that. I am certain that Richt would have run plays, other than deep sideline routes, to get an elite WR open. Of course, he has QB’s that can deliver the ball. GT doesn’t.

Reggie has been at GT for 4 years, and he says this is just another game. I saw him laughing on the sidelines at the close of the game. I’d say his actions speak the truth. This is not just another game.

Being Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that the Reggie era at GT draws to a close. Honestly, I’ve seen far better QB’s playing high school ball on Friday nights. I can only hope GT recruits one.

By Bt

November 26, 2006 09:18 AM | Link to this

what I want to know is when is Bradley going to point the finger at his mistake and not Reggie’s?

Good prediction Bradley, I think you are now 3 for 102 when it comes to sports predictions. Your not too good at your job.

By chuck

November 26, 2006 09:20 AM | Link to this

ON one of the tech blogs I got criticized for wanting to see white tops andgold pants on the players when they play at home. I consider that uniform traditional values for GT.I also feel when you upset traditional values you lose in the end. Some folks said I was unfair and needed to get over it.Well,when I see in the paper a Tech qb say the Ga game aint a big thing and that its just a game,my blood boils. Now explain that to my traditional tech fans!How can we compete when the qb has no burning desire to beat ga.Beating Ga is TECH Football period.We get recruits from the state and good bowl games when we win.The bragging rights are righteous too!Hate to see CJ go but he needs to catch a football without jumping around like superman.Reggie should have been taken to the woodshed by Chan years ago to explain the tech ga game.It aint no small contest,its the state championship.This upsets me and other sixty year old jackets who still like white tops and gold pants at home and a qb who is foucuse beating ga.Post game comments were awful yet Chan still plays him.What a mess!

By cajundawg

November 26, 2006 09:31 AM | Link to this

John, In case you didn’t know, GT already sacrificed academics for athletics when they knowingly played ineligible players including Joe Hamilton. Do you hold student athletes to the same standard as students? Do student athletes need to score a 1400 on the SAT to be admitted to GT? Spare us the crybaby academic talk. One thing we agree on, you should have stuck with the run. Good luck in the ACCCG. I would love for UGA to own the ACC champs.

By KneeJerk

November 26, 2006 09:34 AM | Link to this

chuck, please doublespace between sentences. I do not fault Reggie in those last comments. What he’s saying is that he tries his best against everybody. He doesn’t try 90% against Miami and 100% against UGA. The guy is a terrible QB, but he’s a fighter.

By neilmarlowe

November 26, 2006 09:46 AM | Link to this

two more games and R Ball will never be heard from again Praise the Lord!!!

By accfan

November 26, 2006 09:52 AM | Link to this

To the first poster on this blog, John. What an insult to the ACC!

You are saying that GA.Tech can win the ACC with the players it has now. But to beat a team no better than 6th in the SEC, they have to become a “football factory”.

What does that say about the strength of the conference Ga Tech is in?

By Tech66

November 26, 2006 10:01 AM | Link to this

I have been watching Tech as man and boy since 1948. never have i seen more inept QB play than from RB1. 42. did RB1 go to sleep every time he played UGA? 42. I would be ashamed too. 42. WTF has Gailey been dreaming about for 5 years? 42. Change his jersey number to zero because that is what his play has been for 4 years. RB0 42. pathetic!

By DoubleDawg

November 26, 2006 10:07 AM | Link to this

Dear John, You are academically dillusional. If you look at the number of total applicants compared to to the number of those accepted, UGA is a very tough ticket (do the math Einstein). Both UGA and Yech are fine academic institutions (something of which we should all be proud), but if you think every Yech football player is studying nuclear physics, you are hallucinating. I am close to a former Yech player and have been close to Yech football in the past. There’s not that much difference between how the players are treated academically.

By Wally

November 26, 2006 10:09 AM | Link to this

Did you hear? Reggie Ball got nominated for Offensive player of the game for Georgia. Hats off to you Reggie, I will be at your graduation from Tech just to clap and say thank goodness he is gone. By the way take Chan with you when you go. From a use to be loyal Tech fan.

By Scott

November 26, 2006 10:28 AM | Link to this

Mark, do you want to say anything about your former headline “No way Georgia beats Tech”? If, as a columnist you go out on a limb like that you need to say something about the error when Georgia found a way to beat Tech.

By brooks

November 26, 2006 10:39 AM | Link to this

Scott, I was about to ask the same thing. GO DAWGS

By Cry Me A River

November 26, 2006 10:39 AM | Link to this

This is great. Another year…same results. All of the techmites are crying that their “quarterback” is not talented enough to get the job done. “If anybody else in the world would have been at QB, we would have won.” LOL…I love it. Let’s face it girls, 5 years from now you’ll be crying AGAIN about how the kid from Greene County is the worst college QB you’ve ever seen…can’t beat Georgia…can’t win the big game… ENOUGH ALREADY! This is a broken record! Just face the facts…YOU ARE tech. You’ll never win anything. Now…go do some quadradic equations or something. (P.S. Remember the 51-7? I’m still living in the past too..lol.)

By I-DOG

November 26, 2006 10:43 AM | Link to this

Why don’t columnists like Bradley mention their predictions “after” the game. Bradley smugly predicts a Tech win “prior” to the game and then it is never mentioned again when he is incorrect.

How about something in the last paragraph like… I thought Tech could win this game because… but I underestimated the talent on the Georgia roster. That would take a lot of class. I guess we will never see it.

By Matt

November 26, 2006 10:46 AM | Link to this

I hate the Georgia Tech football program as much as anyone but there are some class individuals on that team that I have alot of respect for. Calvin Johnson immediately comes to mind. Reggie Ball does not. Forget about how awful he is as a quarterback. He is just a jackass. He can’t go a down without jawing at the other team like a 4 year old child. He cries for flags more than he completes passes. The guy has a bad attitude and all I will remember him for is his constant whining. What a legacy. Good riddance.

By Matt

November 26, 2006 10:50 AM | Link to this

I hate the Georgia Tech football program as much as anyone, but there are some class individuals on that team that are worthy of my respect. Calvin Johnson immediately comes to mind. Reggie Ball does not. Forget about how horrible he is as a QB. He’s just an unlikeable jackass. Not a down goes by that he isn’t jawing at the opposing team like a 7 year old on the playground. He cries for flags more than he completes passes. All I will remember him for is his constant whining and emotional meltdowns. What a legacy. Good riddance.

By Matt

November 26, 2006 10:50 AM | Link to this

I hate the Georgia Tech football program as much as anyone, but there are some class individuals on that team that are worthy of my respect. Calvin Johnson immediately comes to mind. Reggie Ball does not. Forget about how horrible he is as a QB. He’s just an unlikeable jackass. Not a down goes by that he isn’t jawing at the opposing team like a 7 year old on the playground. He cries for flags more than he completes passes. All I will remember him for is his constant whining and emotional meltdowns. What a legacy. Good riddance.

By Dannotdan

November 26, 2006 10:50 AM | Link to this

How the hell did Mike Vick get into Tech and how long has he been wearing #1.

I hope that Calvin Johnson was watching the ND/USC game to see what it will be like for a talent like his to play with a real QB. Just keep your fingers crossed that you don’t get drafted by the Falcons and be doomed to play with Mike Ball Vick.

By Exley Dawg

November 26, 2006 11:07 AM | Link to this

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Hey Louis and Gilbert, football is a grown up sport, go back to the lab, geeks! Glory Glory f*!!!!

By Scooter

November 26, 2006 11:08 AM | Link to this

Can you beleive Ga. fans bashing Tech fans for for getting on Balls case? They’re the same fans that stood and bo-o-o-o-ed their own star receiver in Stanford stadium. How quick they forget! And for 5 more years of losing, you better forget that. With the current list of recruits, that hopefully sign with Tech, our talent will be on the same level as Ga. Tech going to KICK Ga.’s BUTT for the next 4 yrs. B-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z you butt licking,butt scratching, ball licking mutts better get used to that sound.

By RedDawg

November 26, 2006 11:11 AM | Link to this

Tech Fans, ignorance is the word for you, you are talking about Georgia academics as if they are a JC. it happened that Georgia is # 18 in the nation public schools ranking, Georgia has multiple top 10 programs such as Microbiology #8 in the nation, Ecology #8, developmental biology #8, MBA, Law, and education all are highly ranked, on the other hand look at tech, you only have a good engineering school other than that you are a JC.

By Exley Dawg

November 26, 2006 11:21 AM | Link to this

Scooter, you smoking crack again? Tech will have a 15-20 ranked recruiting class this year and the Dawgs will be in the top 5 again. Thats no where near us. Go back to the lab you nerd. Nerds! nerds! nerds!

By ralph the dawg

November 26, 2006 11:30 AM | Link to this

Oh BTW, Antonio Alfonseca just called and thanked us for getting one for his thumb last night

By Mike

November 26, 2006 11:33 AM | Link to this

If our new AD doesn’t know it, It’s time to can Chan. He nor Nix have a hint. Reggie does suck but he’s gone.He’s had no coaching for four years. Chan was booted from the NFL. Now let’s do it from tech.If Tech wants to win they must change the coaches now.They also must not let QB1 lose in Jacksonville . There are alternatives to a quarterback(QB1) who can use his head.And best, he may already be on the sidelines.

By KneeJerk

November 26, 2006 11:34 AM | Link to this

Exley, where does another one of those top recrootin’ classes get you? They’re great on paper, but that’s where it stops. You get good talent, and they’re not “coached up”. Top 5 recrootin’ classes doesn’t yield top 5 results.

By john

November 26, 2006 11:37 AM | Link to this

RedDog: If you truly believe that your football players are taking ANY of those course studies you listed, I would like some of that pot you are smoking.

By JimmylikesUGA

November 26, 2006 11:44 AM | Link to this

Somewhere there is a happy ex-jacket football player sitting by his TV. His name is Eddie Macshan. He now is the second most hated jacket by the Tech fans in the history of the rivalry. Ball four!!!!!

By Josh

November 26, 2006 11:53 AM | Link to this

What else is new… Mark Bradley is eating his words again. He is king of the pre-mature celebration, declaring Ga Tech the best team in Georgia when the season wasn’t half-way over. Now what Bradley? If Tech is the best team in Georgia then what does that make UGA after the win? Now typically he makes a column sticking Reggie Ball with the blame (which isn’t exactly wrong, just seems like a cop out after all that talk). Anyways, I’m tired of reading Bradley’s awfully opinionated columns… it’s almost as bad as Terrence Moore writing about the same damn thing week after week year after year.

By Twilb Dawg

November 26, 2006 12:13 PM | Link to this

Tech, face it UGA is better than the NATS, hands down! UGA now has a 22 game lead in the series (or 25 if you throw out the 3 vacated games). WE OWN TECH! GO DAWGS

By techfan

November 26, 2006 12:31 PM | Link to this

ill answer that question….. chan was stupid for hitching his star on reggie. end of story.

so that makes the answer bad coaching and a bad choice for our qb.

if reggie ball is the best qb we have had in the program over the last 5 years than whomever recruites qb’s or evaluates them or coaches them needs to be fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

during reggies reign ‘sic’ we won inspite of reggie not because of reggie!

i have been following gt football since 1978 and he is the worst qb i can remember.

thanks reggie for nothing!

By Wedgie Evans

November 26, 2006 12:32 PM | Link to this

Taylor Bennett should have started the 2nd half. It was apparent that Reggie Ball was going to do everything in his power to choke the game away again. This has been his problem his entire career at GT: he can’t handle the pressure when facing UGA. Kinda strange, since he can apparently go on the road against other ACC opponents and play well. Some blame falls on the coaching staff for letting Reggie throw at all in the 2nd half when Choice was running so well, but if Tech had gone without a QB at all in this game they probably would have won. The blame for this game rightfully should fall on Reggie’s shoulders.

By Murph

November 26, 2006 12:39 PM | Link to this

The academics vs athletics argument is getting old. Both Georgia and Tech are fine academic institutions. However, this has very little to do with football, as less than 10% of the football players at either school would ever gain admission under the usual admissions standards (how many 6’5”, 310 pound guys who bench 500 and have a 1270 SAT and a 3.5 GPA are there?). If the players had to meet routine admissions standards, you might have an argument there.

Dave Braine once said that Tech can’t compete at the highest level because of academics, and that offended everyone, as well. He was wrong, I agree (look at Notre Dame, for example, which is every bit as academically demanding as Tech). Tech can compete at the highest level if it recruits well and uses that recruited talent well. Bobby Dodd did it for years. Tech has the returning talent to be competitive, and has an excellent recruiting class coming in (the best I can ever remember). This season, they were a QB away from being a top 10 team. They will not (and should not) have to choose between being a football factory and an academic institution.

Whether Tech can beat Georgia in the next few years is a different matter. Tech has one good recruiting class, but Georgia’s had five in a row, and this year is the low ebb for the Dawgs when it comes to talent. This was Tech’s best chance to win during the Stafford era. I don’t see the Jackets beating Georgia until after he leaves (which will extend the streak to at least 8, and maybe 9, games). That isn’t the result of any “football factory.” It’s just solid football. Period. We’re not comparing graduate schools here; it’s not relevant.

By christian

November 26, 2006 01:01 PM | Link to this

Hey reggie from all the UGA fans and myself thanks for four great Games GO DAWGS!!!!!!!! hahahahah

By columbiadawg

November 26, 2006 01:31 PM | Link to this

Hey John..tech only threw the ball 22 times…not like it was “Air Galey” out there. Tech could have won the game if they woke up from the collective nightmare of being Tech players on Georgia day and discovered that they were actually FLORIDA players. Now put your pocket protector back on John and go back to the drawing board!

By DecaturTechFan

November 26, 2006 01:45 PM | Link to this

Brad….I have to disagree with you. Reggie isnt the Worst QB in Div 1, but….he is close. I think he really makes himself a target for scorn with his mouth and attitude. He could still be a fiery competitor(sp) and keep his trap shut……(see J. Hamilton). As I said on the UGAG blog, I would like to dedicate a Sammy Kershaw hit to Reggie B. even with 2 more games to play. “Thank God Your Gone”.

By splitatom

November 26, 2006 02:20 PM | Link to this

I just figured out why Reggie had his war bonnet on after the game - GA fans wanted to kiss him on his lips and GT fans wanted to bounce a bottle over his head. Good thinking Reggie…

By Gumbo

November 26, 2006 02:22 PM | Link to this

THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES…..

ONLY 2 MORE (reggie) BALL GAMES AND I NEVER HAVE TO WATCH THAT NO-TALENT PUNK AGAIN.

By J.C.

November 26, 2006 02:24 PM | Link to this

I want to say how proud I am of how the Tech team completely dominated every aspect of the game, minus the qb position. Its ashame that one player can play so terrible and lose it for an entire team. Why Reggie runs around in the backfield trying to scramble like he is still in highschool I will never know. All I would ask of Reggie is to make not make mistakes….he can’t even do that.

By splitatom

November 26, 2006 02:34 PM | Link to this

TC and CJ, you deserve better. Hats off to the D. However gentlemen, keep in mind you only have 2 more games to take Reggie behind the stadium and beat the crap out of that inept showoff.

By BirdDawg

November 26, 2006 02:41 PM | Link to this

JC, when in the hell did you dominate every facet of the game?

Our defense played better.

Our offense played better.

Our coaching staff was better.

The only facet of the game in which y’all played better was special teams.

That’s it.

Once again, a socially retarded Tech moron shows he knows nothing about football.

Have fun at the SciFi convention, dressing like a Vulcan or a Jedi or something.*

By GARY

November 26, 2006 02:55 PM | Link to this

AS AN ALUM OF GT, UGA’S “BEST” PLAYER, REGGIE BALL HAS SEEN HIS LAST DAYS AT TECH. I AM SO EMBARRASED THAT GT IS SO AFRAID OF GA. ITS LIKE FLORIDA KNOWS THEY ARE GOING TO BEAT GA EVERYTIME, JUST AS UGA KNOWS TECH WILL GIVE THEM THE GAME EVERYTIME. WITH OUR COACHING STAFF GT WILL NEVER EVER BEAT UGA. WHY DO WE SCORE SO MANY POINTS ON VA. TECH, MIAMI AND DUKE AND GET SCARED EVERYTIME WE PLAY GA. WHY EVEN SHOW UP—ITS ALWAYS THE SAME RESULTS.

By TECH MAN

November 26, 2006 03:01 PM | Link to this

AFTER WATCHING BALL SHOW HIS TYPICAL CLASS ACT, I HOPE HE REALLY GETS HURT IN THE W.F. GAME SO WE’LL HAVE A CHANCE. REGGIE WILL GO DOWN AS THE WORST QB EVER FOR TECH, O-4 AGAINST GA. THE WORST BEFORE THAT WAS KIM KING’S 0-3. GAILEY ALSO HAS PROVEN TO BE THE WORST COACH AGAINST GA. AT LEAST BY THE 5TH GAME, CARSON, CURRY, ROSS AND O’LEARY HAD BEATEN GA.—-PLEASE GAILEY GO BACK TO THE PROS, BECAUSE YOU CANNOT COACH AGAINST GA. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF??

By TECH MAN

November 26, 2006 03:03 PM | Link to this

AFTER WATCHING BALL SHOW HIS TYPICAL CLASS ACT, I HOPE HE REALLY GETS HURT IN THE W.F. GAME SO WE’LL HAVE A CHANCE. REGGIE WILL GO DOWN AS THE WORST QB EVER FOR TECH, O-4 AGAINST GA. THE WORST BEFORE THAT WAS KIM KING’S 0-3. GAILEY ALSO HAS PROVEN TO BE THE WORST COACH AGAINST GA. AT LEAST BY THE 5TH GAME, CARSON, CURRY, ROSS AND O’LEARY HAD BEATEN GA.—-PLEASE GAILEY GO BACK TO THE PROS, BECAUSE YOU CANNOT COACH AGAINST GA. WHY DOES GA. INTIMIDATE YOU ???

By TECH MAN

November 26, 2006 03:03 PM | Link to this

AFTER WATCHING BALL SHOW HIS TYPICAL CLASS ACT, I HOPE HE REALLY GETS HURT IN THE W.F. GAME SO WE’LL HAVE A CHANCE. REGGIE WILL GO DOWN AS THE WORST QB EVER FOR TECH, O-4 AGAINST GA. THE WORST BEFORE THAT WAS KIM KING’S 0-3. GAILEY ALSO HAS PROVEN TO BE THE WORST COACH AGAINST GA. AT LEAST BY THE 5TH GAME, CARSON, CURRY, ROSS AND O’LEARY HAD BEATEN GA.—-PLEASE GAILEY GO BACK TO THE PROS, BECAUSE YOU CANNOT COACH AGAINST GA. WHY DOES GA. INTIMIDATE YOU ???

By Scott

November 26, 2006 03:05 PM | Link to this

Hey john….I guess Tech being on probation for academic cheating isn’t being a football factory huh? LOL, I loooove how the Tech fans fall back on the old academics excuse. Like Tech doesn’t have their pet major for football players…then again, if john actually went to Tech he was probably a “management” major like all the football players..ie…not very intelligent. And BTW John, it wasn’t a UGA player that lost count of how many downs last year. It’s Tech fans like john that deserve a no class punk like Reggie Ball that would walk off the field without shaking hands like a little kid. To the classy Tech fans aside from the poor losers like john…good luck in the ACC Champ. game.

By David

November 26, 2006 03:16 PM | Link to this

There’s a lot of bitterness, but direct it to the one who causes most, Chan Gailey. He thinks he’s coaching in the NFL, never changing the QB starter, always afraid of team melt down. He’s too old to change, and there in lies the problem. The last game at Duke shows there is an option at quaterback, and 4 quaters of ineptitude could not sway to change QB’s. Reggie couldn’t throw over the taller linemen, and started looping the ball. This made the Tech receivers vulnerable to head hunting from the DB’s. He’s too short to beat good teams with big lineman, and he never will be able to. Look for Wake to play in the Orange Bowl, and well Tech will wind up where they usually wind up. All indications are that Georgia (by the win) will play in the Chicky-fill-a-bowl.

By RedDawg

November 26, 2006 04:18 PM | Link to this

To John: it happened that many of Georgia football players are enrolled in such classes, I don’t know how many but personally I know a few, however how many of tech players are in engineering school?!! who is the pot smoker now loser

By Big Dawg

November 26, 2006 04:26 PM | Link to this

Calm down everybody, it was a very close and hard fought game as I thought it would be. Both teams played their hearts out and deserved to win. To the Dawgs I congratualate you on a great win, the future does indeed look bright as you did actually improve this year. To Tech I will be pulling for you next Saturday in the ACC Championship game, so Go Jackets bring home a Championship to the State of Georgia.

Go Dawgs

By Jeff

November 26, 2006 05:13 PM | Link to this

Can you imagine the career Calvin Johnson would have if David Greene and D J Shockley were throwing to him?

By GM R

November 26, 2006 05:32 PM | Link to this

That was just about the worst display by a QB I have ever seen. What a shame that a class act like CJ and his family fell victim to a low life who still couldn’t find his way to the library if his life depended on it.

By KY

November 26, 2006 05:36 PM | Link to this

it always baffles me when the losing side accuses the fans of the winning side, “oh, way to show class by chanting Reg-gie, Reg-gie”, etc. I am a tech alum. i was there in athens in 98 as a student when tech won and tore up the hedges. that felt great. tech fans were chanting “Quuin-cy Quuuuin-cy” at the crybaby quincey jones. it’s just football. it’s just a game. talking smack is part of the fun. and yes, reggie ball sucks and i can’t wait til next year… when chan gailey decides to start yet another inept quarterback. hurry up and get rid of reggie, fire chan, and fire patrick nix along with him. imagine what tech would be with bobby ross, friedgen as OC, tenuta as DC, joe hamilton, and calvin. national championship in the bag and joe and calvin would both be competing for the heismen!

then i woke up.

By KY

November 26, 2006 05:40 PM | Link to this

btw, to everyone that keep pointing out that reggie is too short to make a decent pass over big linesmen… remember a guy named joe hamilton? he didn’t seem to have that problem and he also finished as a heismen runner up.

no need to over-analyze. reggie ball just sucks, period. that’s all.

By GT5900

November 26, 2006 06:00 PM | Link to this

I usually don’t read these blogs but after that Tech-UGA game yesterday i just had too. I do not understand why Gailey continues to play Reggie Ball. He has to be the worst 4 year starter in college football history. After the first few series of the game he should have known that Reggie was gonna have a bad game as he usually does against Georgia. Can Bennett really be as bad as him? My wife is a UGA grad (yes we are a house divided) and she doesn’t watch a lot of football but she looked at me and said “your QB is awful. He looks lost”. Georgia has for sure got his number and Calvins number for that matter. The ACC is a weak conference this year after losing so many players to the NFL last year and tech had a favorable ACC schedule not having to play Wake and BC during the regular season. Tech fans can say what they want about the officiating but that was just a hard fought game and once again Georgia made the plays at the end to win it. Tech has had a good year and i really am proud of the guys and the way they played most of the year. I hope tech can put this game behind them in a hurry because a hungry Wake Forest team awaits them in Jacksonville. I really don’t expect us to win this championship game because i think the dawgs knocked the wind out of their sails. Also, to tech fans: Quit bringing up hoops to those Georgia fans. They are a football school. They dont care about basketball right now. We’ll probably smack them around on the court when they play in December and yall can blog about that when the time comes. To you fans who had been smack talking those Georgia fans before they played Saturday then you deserve what they are dishing out at you right now. Remember, just stay classy because it is just a bunch of kids playing a game!

By GT5900

November 26, 2006 06:19 PM | Link to this

I usually don’t read these blogs but after that Tech-UGA game yesterday i just had too. I do not understand why Gailey continues to play Reggie Ball. He has to be the worst 4 year starter in college football history. After the first few series of the game he should have known that Reggie was gonna have a bad game as he usually does against Georgia. Can Bennett really be as bad as him? My wife is a UGA grad (yes we are a house divided) and she doesn’t watch a lot of football but she looked at me and said “your QB is awful. He looks lost”. Georgia has for sure got his number and Calvins number for that matter. The ACC is a weak conference this year after losing so many players to the NFL last year and tech had a favorable ACC schedule not having to play Wake and BC during the regular season. Tech fans can say what they want about the officiating but that was just a hard fought game and once again Georgia made the plays at the end to win it. Tech has had a good year and i really am proud of the guys and the way they played most of the year. I hope tech can put this game behind them in a hurry because a hungry Wake Forest team awaits them in Jacksonville. I really don’t expect us to win this championship game because i think the dawgs knocked the wind out of their sails. Also, to tech fans: Quit bringing up hoops to those Georgia fans. They are a football school. They dont care about basketball right now. We’ll probably smack them around on the court when they play in December and yall can blog about that when the time comes. To you fans who had been smack talking those Georgia fans before they played Saturday then you deserve what they are dishing out at you right now. Remember, just stay classy because it is just a bunch of kids playing a game!

By Proud Dawg

November 26, 2006 06:32 PM | Link to this

Let’s put all the aurguments on this post to bed. My oldest child is five, he has never seen Georgia lose to Tech. We won again this year. We are having a terrible season and STILL beat Tech.

Now, can we please conclude with this “academic argument” about the merits of being a Tech grad and academics. (The Govenor…..UGA Grad.) The last time I checked, GA TECH was last in the ACC in graduation perecentage.

YOUR 0 for ever….. Accept it.

By to Old n Gold

November 26, 2006 06:43 PM | Link to this

So, all-knowing, we are ignorant? Look at your coach.

By Football Fan

November 26, 2006 07:00 PM | Link to this

Nice to see all of the Reggie Ball envy… Can any of you even play football?

By Martha

November 26, 2006 07:01 PM | Link to this

I am a UGA fan, first and foremost. Let us remember, please, that these are NOT pro players of which we speak. I read your comments and wonder how they must read to Reggie and his family. He’s not a child, but he is not a seasoned pro, either. College football is not so important that we should be so merciless.

By GT Athletic Supporter

November 26, 2006 07:03 PM | Link to this

Much has been said about Reggie. Such is the case with a QB for a major college football team. But fans shouldn’t be too critical. Reggie is a fierce competitor. We’ve seen him many times continue to give it his greatest effort when the game seemed well out of hand. I don’t fault his effort. I think his decision making has not been good but that’s just part of his make-up - it’s not an intentional thing. I don’t agree with the way he will sprint to berate players on the field for an apparent mis-read or incorrect route(something apparently the coaches chose not to address in 4 years). But other than that I think GT has a young man who is trying his hardest to win for Georgia Tech.

In my opinion the fact is — he just doesn’t have the tools to give GT the consistency and level of play needed or expected at this level. While Reggie has a strong arm, he is 5’10” at most. At that height in today’s world of 6’3”-6’4” or taller linemen it takes an exceptional talent to overcome that. And his ability to make quick decisions is clearly not a strong suit.

But I’m in the camp of believing we have an athlete who has done everything he could do within his range of capabilities. The effort has been there. My issue is with the decision by the GT coaching staff to ride with Reggie for 4 years. The shortcomings just mentioned were obviously apparent during Reggie’s first year. It was also recognized what kind of talent GT had coming in — with Calvin Johnson. Yet the GT staff did nothing in 3 years to bring in a QB who was more capable and who could take advantage of the great skills possessed by Johnson. Even with Ball, it does not appear that GT puts together game plans which capitalize on Ball’s strengths and “protect” his weaknesses. (UGA clearly did that with their QB on saturday. Screens and passes to the tight end were a major part of their game plan. Effective and safe.) And often during the last several years there have been times when it seems that GT doesn’t get receivers open for Ball to through to. In other words, GT’s offensive game plans don’t seem very well considered to exploit the weaknesses of the defenses GT faces. I am certainly notconfident in that statement. It could be a function of poor reads by Ball or late delivery of the ball.

But let’s be fair - should we have expected more of a player who has given it his all but has inherent limitations. To have gotten something different, the coaching staff should have recruited a QB several years ago who had the tools to perform at the competitive 1-A level.

By GTYjackets

November 26, 2006 07:06 PM | Link to this

Why do all of the dawg posts say yesterday’s game was a butt whipping? Tech lost by a field goal. And if you had watched the game you can see that UGA was having an incredible game but was still struggling. Tech wasn’t in it at all and they still had many chances to win. If the defense hadn’t been so tired at the end when UGA scored the go ahead TD then the Jackets would have won even though they played their worse game of the season. That was probably the worst coached game I have ever seen. Did you see Tashard Choice take over in the fourth quarter? He was running well in the beginning of the game too but for some reason the coaches only gave him 5 carries. Don’t even get me started on the decision making of Reggie Ball. I had faith in him at the beginning of the year. A mistake free game against the Irish and a big win in Blacksburg reassured me of my choice, but after watching him in the games against UNC and UGA I wash my hands of him. I just hope Gailey and the Jackets can rebound and win against WF this weekend and go to the Orange Bowl. Can you imagine how disastrous it would be for the Jackets to lose the ACC and go to a crappy bowl then lose in it as well. 11-3 is a lot more impressive to recruits and alum than 9-5. While 9 wins is a good season, how much can we celebrate with five losses 3 of which coming in our last 3 games. Sorry for all of the rambling but I just had to get a few things off of my chest.

By Jay

November 26, 2006 07:14 PM | Link to this

For someone who started four years, Reggie Ball is the worst qb Ive ever seen. The statistics back it up.

And yes Im a tech fan.

By majordawg

November 26, 2006 07:14 PM | Link to this

“Few collegians have ever been held up to such scrutiny.”

Seriously? Think about it. I bet we can come up with 10 or 12 in about two minutes.

By Alabama Jack

November 26, 2006 07:30 PM | Link to this

Georgia won Saturday. The sun rose Sunday. Tech is a great school and I am proud to be an alum. As far as I am concerned, the only real downside of Saturday is we have to continue to hear the dogs yapping. It such a shame their inferiority complex always gets between their brain and their mouth.

By Bob - Graduated 1988

November 26, 2006 07:43 PM | Link to this

Mark, I am a disappointed graduate of 1988. Living out in Southern California, I don’t get a lot of GT news. Therefore, I must ask, who is the backup for Reggie Ball? Does Gailey have no trust in the backup? Certainly, he cannot turn the ball over like Reggie - nor be as inaccurate. I would really like to see a pocket passer come in for the the ACC championship and direct GT. CJ deserves to have someone who can deliver the ball to him in an accurate manner - is there anyone on the bench who can do that? Please inform me.

By BigEd

November 26, 2006 08:11 PM | Link to this

I said it before the game and I’ll say it again, “The only chance GT had against Georgia was for Reggie to get his leg broken during warm-up.” Gailey is too blindly loyal to bench him. It should have been done in game one. But, when no matter how bad you play or how much you hurt the team you still get to play, you get Reggie’ attitude. “It’s not me. It’s not my fault. It’s just a game.” And so it is just a game. Thank goodness it’t a game with Reggie no more.

By BadgerDawg

November 26, 2006 08:24 PM | Link to this

John, stop pretending Tech is Vandy or Duke. They use the same excuses, and they are still excuses but they have a lot more legitimacy there as they are elite schools. Tech is a good school, so are lots of others including UGA. Using your school as a crutch is tired and inaccurate. There could be other reasons Tech can’t compete, such as:

1)athletes having no desire to live or attend school and practices in a war zone

2)having no attractive English speaking girls there

3)atletes not having interests in either Dungeons and Dragons or Star Trek, which would put them at odds with the rest of the student body and significantly impact their personal life.

These are the issues Tech must address, not the paper tiger that is academics.

By IMGT81

November 26, 2006 09:21 PM | Link to this

Right after ND Sporting News writer said Reggie Ball was a 3rd rate safety trying to be a QB. Whose fault? Gailey’s of course. Four years and no replacement.

After over 20 years with season tickets I gave them up this year due to Gailey/Nix and Ball. Am I sorry? Not for one second as was confirmed by UGAG game.

Reggie was and is 3rd rate and the only reason we are so sure of it is Gailey could find/produce no replacement. I never took the fire Gailey poster down at my house.

By GreenJacket

November 26, 2006 09:33 PM | Link to this

Tech can salvage the season by winning the ACC Championship. That being said, it has been tough over the Gailey regime to see so many losses due to the lack of Offense. Almost all of the wins have come thanks to solid defense. Held Notre Dame to 14 points, offense did nothing second half. Scored only 7 points on Clemson. Held UGA to one offensive TD but could only score 12 points where I saw plenty of open receivers and opportunities.

By AtlantaNative62

November 26, 2006 09:37 PM | Link to this

Reggie Ball is the saddest athlete I have ever seen. He is a loser because he commits the worst sin an athlete/leader can make - he makes the same mistakes over and over! I have never pulled against Tech before but I will be in then next two games because I don’t want Reggie to get the record for most number of victories by a Tech QB. He doesn’t deserve that record. The question I wonder about regarding the last four years is - How many games could Tech have won with even an average QB who didn’t repeat mistakes…. over and over! I believe Tech won in spite of Reggie in many games. They certainly lost many BECAUSE of Reggie!

By KC

November 26, 2006 10:02 PM | Link to this

Thanks to the GA Defense for the Tech game - they helped Reggie have the game he did. I hope Calvin J enjoys his degree and wish him the very best in whatever he decides to do.

By robert hughes

November 26, 2006 10:13 PM | Link to this

Bradley, You are still a Tech Loving Loser. You have been telling us all year how great the Stumble Bees are and How bad the Dawgs are. I believe Tech have the same loser at QB on saturday they did when you were singing their praises. You have also been telling us all year how great CJ is. How bout CJ’s record against UGA and Clemson. Two catches for 11 yards. Sounds like NFL 1st round material!!And maybe Reggie can come to work with you at the AJC with your other Nerd lovin buddies. Why don’t you start early and tell us how great the Nerds are going to be next year! Robert

By MAC

November 26, 2006 10:40 PM | Link to this

Reggie Ball is a “dumb” quarterback. His decisions have cost GA Tech plenty over the past four years. Too bad Calvin J. never had a quality QB to throw to him. He will be a superstar in the pros, unfortunately, GA Tech only got a glimpse of it.

By MAC

November 26, 2006 10:44 PM | Link to this

If Dewberry was the QB, Tech would be in the BCS title game.

Do the Dew!!!

By teacherdawg

November 26, 2006 11:50 PM | Link to this

You only have to look as far as the Chick-fil-A Bowl to see which conference is superior. They match up the #2 in the ACC and the #5 in the SEC. Put Tech back in the SEC and it will have a losing season every year. I love all the crap that Tech fans talked before this game and now they are back on their “we are all about academics” bandwagon. Get over it, already. This game will always be a bigger rivalry for Tech than it is for UGA because it is pretty insignificant game in the scheme of things. No recruit is going to come to Tech simply because they win against Georgia once in a blue moon. They will choose Georgia if they can because they know they will receive a much more well-rounded college experience and not just sit in the dorm playing with their calculators. We have much more important rivalries with (SEC) teams that matter. The ACC will never measure up. Even a once-dominant Miami team gets all the talent sucked right out of it not long after coming to the Athletically Challenged Conference!

By buzzgt

November 27, 2006 12:25 AM | Link to this

CALVIN THANK YOU FOR PLAYING AT G/T I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK NEXT YEAR IN THE NFL PLEASE DONT COME BACK NOT WORTH IT BECAUSE CHAN WILL STILL BE THE COACH BECAUSE DAN WHATS THE GOOD WORD ANIT GOING TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM GEORGIA TECH THANKS YOU FOR YOUR 110 PERCENT ON EVERY PLAY HEY REGGIE ALL THOSE DAWG BONES UGA GAVE GO AHEAD BE PROUD PUTM ON YOUR HELMET YOU EARNED THEM GOOD LUCK

By Tex Wreck

November 27, 2006 01:19 AM | Link to this

Hey, you Dog Fans would be wimpering worse than a freshly neutered pup if you had a quarterback as bad as Reggie Ball, admit it. And now, you better get scared because he is out of eligibility. Only the Dogs are sorry to see him go.

By techhasmoreclasstanugay

November 27, 2006 01:49 AM | Link to this

hey georgia congrats//for beating tech next week the georgia fans and players can sit around and make poopcorn and hot dogs, and watch tech play for the acc champ, and possibly watch them in a bcs game// georgia’s best player is a senior this year (reggie (no) ball)…reggie has always had a chip on his shoulder that ugay did not offer him a scholy//I know reg and his family, and have children that went to school with him and his brother..he had anger issues in highschool and still has not learned how to keep his mouth shut and keep his feelings under control// you would hope after 4 years of college he would grow up//not yet//..so congrats to the bullpupps, your best player is about to graduate.cudos to the georgia coaching staff for knowing that to beat tech just get on reggie and he will self implode, it has worked for the past 4 years// yes it sucks loosing to a mid level sec program//im sure this is the biggest win of the year for you,just think georgia is now just like tech you lose to schools you shouldn’t ie.vandy,ky,and almost colo and ol miss, and beat teams you shoudn’t aub,tech, and you get to look forward to a mid level bowl at best,,,,all while tech still plays for a acc champ. and a bcs game…

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