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Technical Tidbits 1/23: Shaq Mason Returns to the Super Bowl

Clearly Mason is the most important part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl run

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers

In case you missed it, former Georgia Tech offensive lineman Shaq Mason led the New England Patriots and some scrub named Brady to a second consecutive AFC Championship appearance on Sunday. With the victory, Mason will appear in the Super Bowl for the second time in his three year career. While the Pats struggled a bit to run the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ front, Mason helped to keep the pocket clean for that Brady guy to throw for 298 yards and lead another fourth quarter comeback. Mason and his Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4th at 6:30 pm.

As we approach the start of the college baseball season, many publications are readying and publishing their conference previews. On Monday, Perfect Game released their ACC Preview. The site has Florida State taking home the crown and your Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finishing 5th in the Coastal Division (in case others are confused like I was, the order of finish is the projection NOT the W-L loss records. The W-L records are the actual 2017 results). That’s not the most inspiring projection but the ACC is always highly competitive so 5th in the division could conceivably end up being at least somewhat decent. More inspiring is the name at top their preseason All-ACC team: C Joey Bart. Georgia Tech’s star behind the plate is primed for a great season that could launch him to the top of MLB draft boards. Bart displayed a lot of power as a sophomore and worked hard this summer to cut back on strikeouts, as described in this piece from The 3rd Man In.

Sunday’s basketball game against #18 Clemson has officially sold out. The Yellow Jackets will return home after a two game roadtrip to take one of their biggest rivals. The Tigers are 16-3 and off to one of their best starts in school history, however they received devastating news over the weekend when they learned that senior F Donte Grantham would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Grantham was second on the team in both scoring and rebounding (14.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg). Without Grantham, Clemson will likely have to rely on little used transfer David Skara or freshman Aamir Simms to fill frontcourt minutes.

After being away from the team for several games, Georgia Tech’s backup PG Justin Moore will be back on the bench and available on Wednesday against Florida State. Moore likely won’t be a big contributor for the Jackets the rest of the way but having another PG on the bench that can give Alvarado a breather certainly won’t hurt as we head into the heart of ACC play.