Feb. 22, 2021 –
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – It’s the last week of February and I’m finally getting over my disappointment of the 2020 football season on The Flats. A spark has ignited inside me as of late, I guess it’s all the talk about Spring Practice, and I’m starting to think about how compelling the 2021 season should be for those of us in Yellow Jacket nation.
I’ve often thought about my disappointment from last season and if it’s truly warranted. Was it supposed to be better than 3-7 in the crazy Covid year of sports? There were three games that just killed my enthusiasm for what Coach Collins is building and even now as I think back on those losses, I get ticked off all over again!
First, there was the Syracuse debacle, losing 37-20 on the road, giving the Orange their one & only win on the season. Did you know that? Cuse went 1-10 with their only victory coming at the Jackets’ expense. Wtf?!
Three weeks later came letdown number two with the 73-7 beat down at home to No.1 Clemson on national television. No shame in losing to Trevor Lawrence and his crew but by 66 points?! The Tigers only scored more than 50 points one other time last season and that was their 52-17 win over Pittsburgh.
The final annoyance came a week after Clemson when I expected us to bounce back at Boston College. Instead, we lost 48-27, allowing the Eagles their highest scoring output of the season and their largest margin of victory! If you’re wondering, BC was their usual average selves and went 6-5 on the season.
Okay, time for me to move on from 2020 and allow that flicker of excitement I mentioned earlier to return. If you told me in season two of the rebuild that we’d go 3-7 I guess I would have been fine with that. I do believe in Coach Collins and his vision, and I absolutely know this is as astronomical of a resurrection as there has been in college football in many years. Some Tech faithful still clamor for Coach Johnson and that is just crazy! CPJ’s style of play, specifically his offense, has no business in the ACC. It belongs in the Sun Belt, the MAC and at the military academies. There is no doubt in my mind that we are back playing big boy football and the best is yet to come! Is the 2021 season when we finally catch a glimpse of that? It better be! LOL
Assistant Program Director – 680 The Fan, Atlanta