Tuesday, November 5, 2019

My Son's First Georgia Tech Football Game

It wasn't the outcome we'd like, but I took my son up to Bobby Dodd Stadium At Historic Grant Field for Georgia Tech's homecoming game the other day.

They lost to the PITT Panthers, but we had a great time.

We have taken my son to a college football game before (Alabama v Chattanooga November 19, 2016), but this was his first Georgia Tech game.

It was also the first time we went to a college football game with just the two of us.
I've said for a while that seeing a Georgia Tech game is a unique college gameday experience, and it's true. I'm not saying it's better than a Saturday in Tuscaloosa or Athens, but it's different. It's a good place to see a game, and watching college football in a city as large as ATL is an interesting way to do it.

Speaking of being in ATL, we got on MARTA at the airport (another first for my son), and rode it up to the North Avenue station. One thing I like about it is you stay on the Red/Gold line all the way up to get to that station instead of having to go east or west at Five Points. It makes it a lot easier than going to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for example.

Anyhow, we had a great time. The rest of the pics I took are in the Slides presentation below. I took the same pic from time-to-time to capture the change from daylight to dark as this was a 4:00 PM kickoff.

For what it's worth, I believe in Geoff Collins. He understands how to market the program and the opportunity to play big boy college football in a city like ATL. I'd like to see this team once they've gotten some ACC-level talent on the offensive line for example. If he can get it cooking, Georgia Tech football is going to be a lot of fun to watch and I can't wait.

Lastly, because I've been asked about this before, "Yes, we are BAMA fans." I grew up liking both teams, but BAMA has always been my number one. The Paul Johnson era (despite his success) kind of made it hard for me to watch Tech play because a 10 point deficit felt insurmountable, and when that offense isn't clicking it's an absolute chore to watch.

The level of talent regressed too, and part of it was just his personality. I say all that to say, it's not like I quit support the Jackets, there just wasn't much of a buzz around the program (aside from some very bright spots like the ACC Title, and Orange Bowl victory) so I just wasn't as fired up as I could be. The spark is back though, and I'm excited to watch this program over the next few years and beyond.