There’s really not much to talk about this week. No matter, we’ll find something. I can feel it.
ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA — Point of view: you’re standing in a minor ravine. You’re incredibly allergic to horses, yet it seems every horse in 200 miles of the city of Atlanta has congregated in a parking lot of the other side of the stand of trees you happen to be walking through. You have a frisbee in one hand, and are poking into the murky depths of the creek at the bottom of the ravine with a stick you happen to be holding in the other. You’re looking for another frisbee. You tell your friend to give up, accept it’s gone, and take the hazard, because it is never coming back out of the thick, cloudy water. You still lose the hole. This is futility. This is frisbee golf, when you’re terrible at both frisbee and golf. This is a college football Saturday in 2020.
Why do I tell you this story? Well, there are a few reasons. The first is that there is literally nothing in the wide world of non-revenue sports that happened in terms of events to cover last week, outside of signing day, which we will get to in a sec. The second is to encourage you, dear reader, to try new things, because I used to hate doing that (“why do new things, I like my old things?”) and quarantine has given me the goal to learn how to do the sports I cover but can’t play yet. Of course, disc golf isn’t a Tech varsity sport, but we couldn’t get a decent tee time for the real thing, so here we are. The third reason is because I like to talk about my sporty observations from the week, and this was really all I had, considering Jomboy already took care of the end of the Western Michigan game.
So, yeah. Go try something new like disc golf. And please, for your own sake, be a little better than me at it. Alright, let’s talk Tech.
Last Week on the Flats
Andy Ogletree at the Masters
After quite a long wait, Andy Ogletree finally made his debut at the Masters. Ogletree qualified for the event after winning the US Amateur in 2019 in exciting fashion, defeating Vanderbilt’s John Augenstein in the final round, as the tournament came down to a match play final. In Augusta this weekend, he played three rounds with Tiger Woods, the reigning champion and five-time winner of the event, and was fairly competitive, finishing in a substantial tie for 38th place, despite being one of five amateurs in the event. Among amateurs, he won the low amateur prize, finishing with the best score among them. Of course, Georgia Tech has a long history of success at the amateur level, as the greatest amateur of all time, Bobby Jones, is the designer of Augusta National and its President in Perpetuity. Fellow former US Amateur Champion Matt Kuchar was at the event as well, however he did not make the cut going into the second half of the weekend. Tech golf fans should already circle Masters weekend next year, though, as Tyler Strafaci’s US Amateur win last year, Tech’s eighth ever (Jones 5x, Kuchar 1x, Ogletree 1x, Strafaci 1x) and second in a row.
National Signing Day Roundup
Check out this week’s Scions for extensive coverage, because I just spoke a bunch of words about softball, women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, and especially swimming about just that. Including Akshay and me tinkering with some swimming recruiting ranking tools and a power rankings script. More to come on that later. Interesting stuff.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball Uniforms Released
At the risk of editorializing, I don’t like ‘em, and I think they’re a bit of a downgrade from the previous set. They look a lot like track uniforms to me. And I don’t know what it is about the gigantic interlocking GT on a basketball jersey, but it just looks weird to me. I’m curious, though, as to what the opinion of the rest of the fanbase is.
I’m just going to leave this here:
For those who have been following our months-long saga of “what the heck is the Portman statue going to look like,” if you guessed big white swirly thing - congrats, you’re the winner! pic.twitter.com/8upLR6NfES— From The Rumble Seat (@FTRSBlog) November 13, 2020
Best of the Week
- Self-Promoting Last Week, just for the Sunset Picture
- An Actually Sports-Heavy Mailbag - and I missed the second half of it! A shame. Moneyball is a great movie, the “how can you not be romantic about baseball” line noted in the comments is one of my favorites.
- Lots of MBB and WBB Updates Here
This Week on the Flats
It’s only swimming this week, other than football. You can probably follow along with the meet at RamblinWreck.com, though the link isn’t live yet. I’ll probably tweet out the link from @FTRSBlog later in the week, which you should follow, if you don’t already.
Poll of the Week
Are the new basketball uniforms an improvement from last year?
This poll is closed
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