The Common Man’s approach to CFB, brought to you by the most normal person on any team.
Did I say blow it all up in the aftermath of Saturday’s game? Yes. Was my direct quote to Crees “we don’t suck enough to be 4-4 right now.” Yes. Should that affect your opinion of my viewpoint of The State of The Program? Not really.
But, for those of you who will be civil and not bring up the 38 common grievances against the Institute, I would like to be your Franklin Delano for this fireside chat wherever you might be in this world of ours. So take off your coat, put on your house slippers, and turn up that radio dial and join me as we purvey the landscape of our great nation (so far as it pertains to collegiate-level football).
THE STATE OF THE PROGRAM
Good morning, my fellow Americans:
Over the past ten years,
Presidents of the United States [bloggers] have come before the American [Georgia Tech] people in times of crisis to talk about war [relevancy] or the threat of war [irrelevancy].
Today I am able to talk to you in a more hopeful and positive vein—about how we are moving this [Yellow Jacket] Nation and the world toward a lasting peace.
We have brought ourselves to a time of transition, from war toward peace, and this is a good time to gain some perspective on where we are and where we are headed.
Today I am sending to the
Congress [fanbase] my second annual comprehensive report on the conduct of our foreign [program] affairs. It discusses not only what we have done but why we have done it, and how we intend to proceed in the future.
I do not intend to summarize all that is in my detailed report on
foreign policy at this time. Instead, I would like to focus on three key points:
- How we are getting out of the war this [Yellow Jacket] Nation has been in for the past six years;
- How we have created a new and different
foreignpolicy approach for the United States[Institute] in a greatly changed world; and
- How we are applying that approach in working with others to build a lasting peace.
The most immediate and anguishing problem that faced this Administration two years ago was
the war in Vietnam [going 3-9].
We have come a long way since then.
To understand the nature of the new
American [Georgia Tech] role we must consider the great historical changes that have taken place.
For 25 years after World War II, the
United States [Institute] was not only the leader of the non-Communist [Southern football] world, it was the primary supporter and defender of this free world as well.
—But today our allies and friends have gained new strength and self-confidence. They are now able to participate much more fully not only in their own defense but in adding their moral and spiritual strength to the creation of a stable world order.
—Today our adversaries no longer present a solidly united front; we can now differentiate in our dealings with them.
The world has changed. Our
foreign policy must change with it.
We have learned in recent years the dangers of over-involvement. The other danger—a grave risk we are equally determined to avoid—is under-involvement. After a long and unpopular
war [stretch of up and down seasons], there is temptation to turn inward—to withdraw from the world, to back away from our commitments. That deceptively smooth road of the new isolationism is surely the road to war [irrelevancy].
foreign policy today steers a steady course between the past danger of over involvement and the new temptation of under-involvement.
That policy, which I first enunciated in Guam 19 months ago represents our basic approach to the world:
We will maintain our commitments, but we will make sure our own troop levels or any financial support to other nations is appropriate to current threats and needs.
We shall pursue economic policies at home and abroad that encourage trade wherever possible and that strengthen political ties between nations. As we actively seek to help other nations expand their economies, we can legitimately expect them to work with us in averting economic problems of our own.
As we continue to send economic aid to developing nations, we will expect countries on the receiving end to mobilize their resources; we will look to other developed nations to do more in furnishing assistance; and we will channel our aid increasingly through groups of nations banded together for mutual support.
This new sharing of responsibility requires not less
American [Institute] leadership than in the past, but rather a new, more subtle, form of leadership. No single nation can build a peace alone; peace can only be built by the willing hands—and minds—of all. In the modern world, leadership cannot be "do-it-yourself"—the path of leadership is in providing the help, the motive, the inspiration to do it together.
In carrying out what is referred to as the Nixon Doctrine, we recognize that we cannot transfer burdens too swiftly. We must strike a balance between doing too much and preventing self-reliance, and suddenly doing too little and undermining self-confidence. We intend to give our friends the time and the means to adjust, materially and psychologically, to a new form of
American [Georgia Tech] participation in the world.
One way to support these efforts is for
the United States [Georgia Tech] to discourage any outside power from trying to exploit the situation for its own advantage.
Another way for us to help turn a tenuous truce into a permanent settlement is this:
The United States [Georgia Tech] is fully prepared to play a responsible and cooperative role in keeping the peace arrived at through negotiation between the parties.
We know what our vital interests are in the
Middle [South]East. Those interests include friendly and constructive relations with all nations in the area. Other nations know that we are ready to protect those vital interests. And one good reason why other nations take us at our word in the Middle [South]East is because the United States [Georgia Tech] has kept its word [elsewhere] in Southeast Asia.
Our work here is a beginning, not only in coping with the new challenges of technology and modern life but of developing a worldwide "sense of community" that will ease tension, reduce suspicion, and thereby promote the process of peace.
That process can only flourish in a climate of mutual respect.
We can have that mutual respect with our friends, without dominating them or without letting them down.
We can have that mutual respect with our adversaries, without compromising our principles or weakening our resolve.
And we can have that mutual respect among ourselves, without stifling dissent or losing our capacity for action.
Our goal is something Americans have not enjoyed in this century: a full generation of peace. A full generation of peace depends not only on the policy of one party or of one nation or one alliance or one bloc of nations.
Peace for the next generation depends on our ability to make certain that each nation has a share in its shaping, and that every nation has a stake in its lasting.
This is the hard way, requiring patience, restraint, understanding, and—when necessary—bold, decisive action. But history has taught us that the old diplomacy of imposing a peace by the fiat of great powers simply does not work.
I believe that the new diplomacy of partnership, of mutual respect, of dealing with strength and determination will work.
I believe that the right degree of American involvement—not too much and not too little—will evoke the right response from our other partners on this globe in building for our children the kind of world they deserve: a world of opportunity in a world without war.
For those of you who enjoy a good puzzle, figure out what that came from. You get a win added to the Prop Bet of the Week portion of the Column. For the rest of you, that speech started off as something I thought I might could grab one quote from, but then as I continued reading, it continued to provide more and more insight into how stuff doesn’t really change, and that when it all comes down to it, time really is a flat circle.
I personally drew some comparisons from Tech’s current landscape in College Football to this address to the good people of America. But I’ll let you draw what you may from those 1300 words. I’ve subjected you to enough history for the day. Moving on.
Keep in mind though, this column has invoked the age old right of meritocracy. You get what you deserve this week, which is very little, very late. (ed. note: very very late as I look over this on Thursday afternoon)
The week started off with Tuesday night MACtion, now a week stale at this point, with Ohio and Bowling Green picking up valuable wins over Kent State and Miami (OH) respectively. This was followed by further MACtion on Wednesday and Thursday, as I will be the first to admit I missed Game 7 of the World Series because I was watching Central Michigan @ Western Michigan. I thought there was an extra travel day thrown in there. I’m an idiot sandwich.
Thursday was met with more MACtion, but gave us that delicious P6 action we crave, with Temple upsetting Navy by a score of 34-26. Temple is struggling after moving on from Matt Rhule (now at 1-win Baylor), but this win is certainly reassuring for the Philly phaithful that cheer for the Owls. Friday brought more G5 action, this time from the C-USA, with the Fighting Lane Kiffin’s getting a grindout home win over Marshall.
Saturday. Saturday was where the G5 thrived. They typically use all of their sneak attacks for early in the season, thinking that surely by Week 10 the P5 will have their [Styx] figured out. Introduce UMass and Coastal Carolina. After nearly knocking off Tennessee earlier in the season, UMass led Mississippi State in the second quarter before ultimately succumbing to the Bulldogs 34-23. Meanwhile, it took Arkansas nearly all of 58 minutes to find a way to beat the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina. How’d this happen? Not really sure, do I want to take the time to read the box score? More than no. Arkansas 39 - CCU 38.
The next thing you need to know is that UAB is bowling before Tech. They’re 6-3.
GSU won the battle of “State not Southern”. use your context clues to find the winner here
BOWLING ARMY HAS DESCENDED UPON US. GUARD YOUR FIRST BORNS, FOR THEY ARE UPON US. They beat Air Force 21-0 as an +8 underdog. WITHOUT ATTEMPTING A PASS.
Wyoming won this season’s first D1 Snow Game in a 16-13 slugfest against Colorado State.
UCF continues to be a bright spot on Tech’s schedule, taking care of business 31-24 over Chad Morris’ SMU squad (they remained at #18 in the CFP rankings, but give it two weeks and they might rise).
Thus concludes the G5 recap. Consider yourself learn-ed.
Top 5 Top 5
Out of sheer spite. Here we go.
- Alabama 2. uga 3. Clemson 4. Oklahoma 5. Notre Dame
I will not rank uga #1. Period.
TARVTSBR - Last week’s winner - Toledo Rockets
I won’t put them in over Coach O and the likes of Pass-less Jeff Monken. Not just yet. Let’s see Army win their next 3 games then we’ll talk.
We’re completely glossing over the Techometer
Sue me. At this point, my memory-based father has woken me up at 3:00 to tell me he actually is mad, not just disappointed.
Kenny Trill Heisman of the Week
This segment began with a bang from The Thrillest Himself. It was a segment intended to display the razzle-dazzle, flash-in-the-pan, never-to-be-repeated performance. We have had great winners. Retiree RB Joe Williams of Utah, Justin Crawford’s 330 yards rushing 0 TD performance last season, Allenzae Staggers of Southern Miss catching 6 balls for nearly 300 yards, Richard Lagow QB IU throwing for the rare combo of 500 yards and 5 picks while losing to Wake.
But this week... we welcome a mainstream face to the crowd. He will likely earn the real Heisman should he remain injury-free, but for him, we might just remain this whole thing.
Enter one, Baker Raegan Mayfield. Quarterback. The University of Oklahoma.
24/36 passing. 598 yards. 5 touchdowns. That’s freaking 24.91 yards per completion. I’m sorry it if goes against the spirit of the award, but game recognizes game. And this man has it.
Tin Horn Team of the Week
Guess who doesn’t have it? Randy Shannon. Ted Roof. Mike Gundy. Urban Meyer. Willie Taggert. Brett Bielema. All had bad defensive days for their teams. All were treated much like the tin horn through which excrement readily passed.
Does Tech Need a Tee [Boston]?
you know how this one goes.
Prop Bet of the Week
Last week’s bet: Tech passes over 40 yards O/U 1.5 - UNDER
With catches of 49, 35, 34, 33, and 28 yards, Quon flirted with the over. But we had a lot more explosive passes than we’ve had all season, which was at least a little bit encouraing. Also really like seeing Jalen Camp get his first career catch. Now to get Jerry Howard out on a B-back screen with some decent blocking. Utter destruction would ensue.
This week’s Prop Bet -
The More You Know
Old Man, Eternal Contract Kirk Ferentz pulled out some aggggrreeeessssssiivvvvveeee playcalling by his standards. Scoring a touchdown out of the polecat formation. What is the polecat you might ask? Richard Johnson of the mothership has more.
BEWARE OF THIEVES. [on two levels]
First, Bradley Chubb of NC State tried to swipe Kelly Bryant’s hand towel in the middle of their game Saturday. But lo and behold, before trying to steal this, he already stole from another man, directly copying the signature move of Ohio DB Javon Hagan. Bradley, get a new move, nobody likes a copycat crime.
Thought Question of the Week
Would you rather be doomed to be an Iowa fan or a Georgia Tech fan?
From all aspects of the fanhood. On-the-field product all the way down to apparel, tailgating atmosphere, and weather.
Or better yet, if you could replace the experience of being a Tech fan with the best aspects of any combination of schools, what would you pick? Limit 2 per person.
I’d like to start off the conversation by proposing Bobby Dodd take on the atmosphere of Penn State Night Game whiteouts, and the deafening closeness of T Boone Pickens Stadium.
So one last thing. We might not be speaking for some time. This started as a meritocracy last season, and as of this moment, I don’t know if we’ve all collectively earned each other. But by the power of Matthew Jordan, we can beat VT. We can/will slang the ball around the yard against Dook. And by the grace of an Old-Gold-wearing God, we can find a way to win COFH in Atlanta.
Godspeed my brothers, and I’ll see you when I see you.
As always, thanks for reading, and hopefully next week I'll be bringing you all the column at its normal time, preferably on Monday, preferably in the morning. Just like the doctor ordered.