Live from Tech-Notre Dame: The early bird gets stuck in traffic

Outlined against a kind-of-blue September sky … (M. Bradley

Outlined against a kind-of-blue September sky ... (M. Bradley

Outlined against a kind-of-blue September sky … (M. Bradley)

South Bend, Ind. — Mike Bobinski, who graduated from Notre Dame and who works at Georgia Tech, told me if I left Chicago five hours ahead of kickoff I’d have no trouble getting here. We now know why Mike Bobinski chose a career in athletic administration as opposed to delivering traffic reports.

I left Chicago five hours and 40 minutes before kickoff. (I’m paranoid about traffic, doubly so when going somewhere I’ve never been.) The first 90 miles, even with those nettlesome toll booths, were no problem. The last three made me think I’d been rerouted to Columbia, S.C. with the state fair ongoing.

It took 45 minutes to go those three miles. Twenty-five of those 45 minutes were spent waiting to turn left onto Angela Boulevard. (Shades of Georgia-Florida and A. Philip Randolph Boulevard in Jacksonville.) I was kicking myself — figuratively, though I might have done it literally had my foot not affixed to the brake pedal — for not getting here even sooner. Then, at the crack of noon, the South Bend police showed up and turned off the infernal red light and started directing traffic.

Which — finally and thankfully — expedited matters. But I realized I’d done something I’d never thought possible: I’d gotten somewhere too soon.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about Mike DeGeorge, Georgia Tech’s football publicist. He was riding in a car with the famous broadcaster Randy Waters and the famous Al Ciraldo Jr. (The Jackets stayed in Michigan City, Ind., at the Blue Chip Casino, if you can believe that. I’m told players were barred from gaming.)

DeGeorge and Co. took a roundabout route to South Bend. At one point someone said, “Are we in Michigan?” Sure enough, they were. But they got here bright and early. Too early, alas. They were likewise stuck waiting to turn left. DeGeorge and Waters ended up walking the last mile.

But enough about traffic. Here I am at Notre Dame. Been here for basketball — December 1982; Kentucky won by 13 that night — but not this sport. First thing you notice (after you finally creep close enough to see the stadium) is that there’s construction ongoing. (DeGeorge says the press box will be moved from the west side to the east in new the configuration, which would be closer to where I had to park.)

So: Even the grandest of traditions can’t repel the march of time and expansion. But you do kind of get smacked between the eyes with tradition. I walked past the Ara Parseghian Gate, the Frank Leahy Gate and the Lou Holtz Gate, and I actually wondered, “Where might the Gerry Faust Gate be?”

That was supposed to be my little joke. Lo and behold, I checked the press box manifest and saw eight seats on the back row designated for “Gerry Faust — Guest.” I assume those are in lieu of a Gate.

OK. To the game: I picked Notre Dame to win in preseason. With quarterback Malik Zaire lost to a broken ankle, I’m thinking Tech will prevail. Sorry to jinx your team, Jacket backers.

One thing more: DeGeorge says this is the second time over the past 25 years that Notre Dame has been ranked in the Top 10 and been an underdog at home. The first time came last year against Stanford. Your common denominator — Patrick Skov, then a Cardinal fullback and now a Tech B-back.

Just for the record, Notre Dame beat Stanford 17-14.

And with that, the floor is open for our usual badinage. I’ll check back periodically. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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KMIT IT
KMIT IT

Notre Dame dominated GT on both sides yesterday Notre Dame has superior athletes and showed it.won more than the final score showed and these GT fans are blaming the coach! and how they should of won! What a joke! Typical unfriendly southern poor sportsmanship.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Bubble burst. Back to reality.

This team almost lost to UVA! Ha ha ha

SmokinDawg
SmokinDawg

Jesus Christ! Even when I try to be in your corner and pull for the Jackets, you are embarrassing! You  nerds cost me points and money this week, despite being the overwhelming favorite. You have no reason to wish any ill on anyone else this season after tonight.

Sticks
Sticks

Thud.  That was a reality check that I sure didn't want to see.  We were flat and stunk up the place today.  Not to get too overly negative, but this is what GT fans are used to.  However, they came on strong as the season progressed last year and hopefully can do it again.  


We got outplayed and outcoached in every facet of the game.  And on the national stage.  


Oh well, prep for Duke and get back on track Jackets!  


khd713
khd713

And the reason everyone is jumping off a cliff is because of the embarrassment of losing to a team we should have beaten by two touchdowns, because most of us have spent the last few months talking up how things have changed for Georgia Tech and how the program has turned a corner, because this was the national stage that could have elevated the program to a level we haven't been near in decades, and because PJ screwed the pooch and didn't have the team ready. It's a flat-out embarrassment, and was such an golden opportunity to do something really impressive for a change – an opportunity blown to bits. Win this game and the whole conversation about Georgia Tech changes. Now, it will be the same old, same old (ACC sucks, high school offense, no defense, blah, blah, blah). Nice game, coach (and Butker). Jeez.

Roedeo
Roedeo

Whatever.

The rest of the traditional ACC powers have not looked world class either.

It's not how you start but how you finish. See 2014. Plenty of good games left to play. They STILL can win the ACC.

khd713
khd713

@Roedeo Of course they CAN. It's just that they had a chance to do something really good, to win a game they were SUPPOSED to win on a national stage – the kind of victory that defines the top class and well-coached teams. Go on the road and beat a decent team when you are favored. Instead, they were totally dominated. Just a wretched performance.

KMIT IT
KMIT IT

Your nuts GT couldn't beat ND in ten tries

khd713
khd713

This game was 100 percent on PJ. Team was completely unprepared and lost to a third-string quarterback. Just didn't look like they came to play at all, and that's on the coach.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

May I remind everyone that we lost to Duke and UNC in consecutive weeks last year.  My goodness, some of you are ridiculous.  One loss and people are jumping off the ledge.

GTNASHVEGAS
GTNASHVEGAS

Same ol' pathetic story. Schedule the two worst teams you can at the beginning of the year, run the score up on them to make yourself feel good, and then get your rear end handed to you. CPJ is horrible. Last year was a fluke. Take away these throw away games and how many games has he really won, that mattered. Play a good team, that cares, and the same thing happens every time. This scheme doesn't work at this level! And we gave him an extension. Seriously?????

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

It worked against UGA last year. Did they care? It worked against FSU in the ACC championship game. Did they care? It worked against MSU in the Orange Bowl. Did they care? Let's not be stupid. Schemes don't win football games. You still need to execute, and we didn't do that today. Plenty of blame to go around today, including CPJ for not having the team ready, but to say that scheme doesn't work based on one game against a pretty good defense that came to play is just ridiculous. Let's face it. ND had this game circled on their schedule and was well prepared. UVA caught them looking ahead,and it almost cost them. But today, their D came ready to play.

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

Definite reality check today. Got whipped by a better team. OL was beaten all day, and Justin just didn't have it. Need to regroup and get their heads straight for Duke now. Based on what we saw today, there are no gimmes the rest of the way. I still think this team is capable of winning the ACC. Neither Clemson or FSU impressed either, but definitely need to execute much better.

swimfin2
swimfin2

Pathetic all around. Once again PJ shows himself to be a sorry coach

Roedeo
Roedeo

Thankfully it was a non conference game.

They can still win the ACC and get to a major bowl.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@AdmiralObvious53 @Roedeo diluted... You must be polluted..  lol.  I can hear Lou Holtz starting the National Championship rah rah for the best average team in football.. ND.  I will say one thing, I thought we would play better, but I did say that we would have to play almost perfect football to compete..   We looked scared and tentative the whole first half.. Turned the ball over, and our kicking game was atrocious..  All that equals to a loss.  Did I talk slow enough for you Admiral.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@Roedeo LOL, now that's funny.. Did you watch the game.. ND is NOTHING special...

AdmiralObvious53
AdmiralObvious53

@Roedeo another diluted techer.  ND is well coached with average players.  GT is poorly coached by a football genius.  It's never his fault.

TexGT
TexGT

Ha, win ACC? We will ever lucky to go 7-5. ND is not that good.

darryl hill
darryl hill

It's an offense that can give some teams problems, but not one that can fool the big boys week after week in major college football.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@darryl hill 

Let me make sure I understand - Mizzou scores 9 on UConn, FSU scores 14 on BC and Clemson scores 20 on Louisville and that's football.  GT scores 22 on ND and they can't compete on O.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Only works if the D stops other team. Gets wiped off the field when the game gets out of reach. ND almost lost to UVA. New QB, RB, and TE. Wasted redzone throw. Still a thrashing!

GMAB
GMAB

CBVG-1, CPJ-0

forexbomb
forexbomb

Oh well. we just got schooled by a much better team..  We found out how good we were today..  We got owned by a team Virginia almost beat.. Pathetic!

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Damn Tech. Even this Dawg was rooting for you.

darryl hill
darryl hill

Hard to believe Tech was a 2.5 point favorite.

Wreck13
Wreck13

IRISH really nutted up at home.


AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Tech blew it! Nothing about the Irish and a 19 year old that nutted up today! BVG KICKED PAULS A$$ today! He showed him the 21st century!

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Apologies, I mean a 19 year old back up making his first start...

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

I am sick and frigging tired of Paul not having a different game plan! EVERY team knows GT wants to run the ball! EVERY TEAM! The minute he allows or coaches his QB to have at LEAST 5 different passing plays he will at least allow people to quit the diss about the "high school offense". Wait I forgot to mention that Ted Roof allowed a 19 year old to look like a frigging senior today!

#sickofthisith

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Because your team swallows! Get a passing game chump!

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

ND will have to err in egregious fashion to lose now

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Three and out. Tech punting

Wreck13
Wreck13

STOP th deep pass and run the middle DRAG rout. 

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

No such play in GT offense! 30-7 bumble bees!