I know it's 2:30 in the morning, and I really do hate to be this way. However, we are suggesting post of the year and also commenting on how uga isn't that bad? For me, I'm not even one of those people who believes beating uga and going 1-11 is better than 11-1 with a loss to uga, but we are really giving them that much credit? We are also making Richt into some sort of saint? Please tell me what he did to help Nick Marshall because the comments I read stated he hadn't kept in contact since kicking him from the team. I know that perception often equals reality, but lets please not buy into everything that we hear. I'm not suggesting Richt is a bad man because it is a business, but he is far from a saint. I do believe there is more good to CPJ than those who want him gone would like to believe.
Forgive me if I read this incorrectly. It is a late night.
I don't take offense and I'll gladly explain my statement about "post of the year".
First, I thought he hit several important points head on:
1) People like to associate with winners and UGA beats us consistently. In fact, they've done so since the Dooley era. And nowhere is peer pressure and the desire to be liked & fit in more prevalent than it is in teens or younger people. Therefore, it makes it an easy call for many of those kids to become a fan of UGA. They're the state school and they win more than we do, on average. So if we want more young people to be Tech fans, we have to win more and especially win more head-to-head versus UGA.
2) Rodney Kent said:
It is really both ridiculous and hilarious that many Tech students and fans think they are better than UGA students and fans.
I couldn't agree more. A college/institute/university is a place to get a degree. And a degree is something that is supposed to prepare you for the task of going forward in your life; prepare you to make more money in other words.
Too many of my friends and even some of my fraternity brothers from Tech feel like their degree from Tech is some pinnacle that allows them to look on others with condescension. I have a very good friend from my time at Tech (Mike) who lives on the south side of Atlanta who absolutely hates anything and everything to do with UGA. I ran into him one day about 3 years ago in downtown Atlanta while I was having lunch with another very good friend of mine who graduated from UGA. This UGA friend (John) had on a suit but, on his lapel was a UGA alumni pin.
I invited Mike to have lunch with John and myself and, during the course of the lunch, Mike eventually commented on John's alumni pin and even made a somewhat derogatory statement about the "quality of education that you get at UGA". John, ever the gentleman, just smiled politely and said "well I certainly did enjoy myself quite a bit more than I probably should have while I was in school there" and let the comment pass.
John had to leave shortly afterwards to go to a meeting and, after he left, Mike made the comment that he was disappointed that I was "hanging out with worthless dawgs, even if they are nice guys". I looked at him and laughed and said, "Worthless? Umm...John was leaving this meeting to go to a business meeting where he collects final payment for the buyout of the company he built. He sold 49% of his business 2 years ago to a company with the option to buy out the remainder and they just exercised that option. That 'worthless dawg' is now worth just north of $18 million." He responded, "Well yeah, but that's just one guy. Most UGA grads don't make that."
I said, "Sure, most don't. But I have 2 other friends who are UGA grads and both are worth a couple of million each. Plus an aunt & uncle who are UGA law school grads and they're worth 7 digits, too. " I went on to try and explain to him that a degree is just the launching point for your career. Certainly a Tech degree provides you with a better launching point than many, if not most, degrees from other schools. But it's what you do with that degree afterwards that determines how much you make in your working career.
I think we would all do better to remember that your choice of schools is just your choice of your launching point. I have friends who graduated from Tech, friends who graduated from UGA, Florida, and other "factory schools", and friends who are like me and graduated from smaller colleges (I left Tech after my freshman year because I had a baseball scholarship offer to go to a school in south Ga and play ball). Some have done better than others but it is usually based on willingness to take risks, being in the right place at the right time, work ethic, willingness to save and/or reinvest money, and several other factors. But I see no reason why I should limit my friends and business associations to those who happen to be fanatical about the same university as myself. In fact, doing so is a huge hindrance and places limitations on my business that will inevitably hurt my business.
So, to end a long story: yeah, I thought his post was pretty spot on.