Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Georgia Tech's Ramblin' Wreck Entrance, GT Football, And Roman Reigns

This is one of the coolest traditions in college football if you ask me. Watching The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech lead the team on the field is pretty great.

In general, I think seeing games at Bobby Dodd Stadium is a unique game day experience. I'm not going to say it's better than the the experience you get in Tuscaloosa, AL (which I have done) or Athens, GA (which I haven't), but it's different than those.

Is there a wrestling aspect to this? Not everything on this site has one, but the Georgia Tech thing does.

I touched on it in this piece that I dropped after Roman Reigns announced his leukemia had returned, and that he was stepping away from the ring. The gist is that I first saw Roman Reigns as Georgia Tech's #96, Joe Anoa'i.

Always thought it was cool that a guy from a wrestling family was playing football in ATL. Somehow I never considered he'd become a wrestler. He did, and he's obviously one of my favorites.

Didn't mention it above, but this is a video I shot from our seats at the South Florida game which was a 14 - 10 GT victory.

Almost forgot to address the elephant in the room...we are Alabama Crimson Tide fans (Roll Tide!), but we also grew up as Georgia Tech fans.  So long as they aren't playing Alabama we always root for the Yellow Jackets.

As a matter of fact, I've seen more Georgia Tech games in-person than BAMA ones simply because a) the stadium is local and b) we've had season tickets a few times. My very first college football game was during Tech's 1990 National Champion season (shared with the Colorado Buffaloes), and I didn't get to see Alabama play until 2002 (an infamous loss to Northern Illinois).

When Geoff Collins was hired I did a piece that touched on why and how Coach Paul Johnson's time as GT head coach had hurt my enthusiasm for the team (it was that offense despite some very successful seasons there), but I am very excited about the Collins Era. He knows how to market the program. The only question now is, "Can he win?"