Time to say goodbye.

Jim Prather

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We already have a thread to introduce ourselves when we join the site. I thought it might be time to start one when we step away.
 

Jim Prather

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I found this site almost ten years ago. Since then, I have visited this site nearly every day - to the point where I have made it my home page on almost all my web browsers. It has become my default site for killing time. :) I am certainly not a prolific poster (as anyone can see from my anemic post count) and this is the first thread I have ever created. I say this to indicate that, in the grand scheme of things, I am not an important person either to this site or to Georgia Tech football. Ultimately, though, I think it is rude to leave without saying goodbye.
Last night made me realize that I no longer enjoy watching Georgia Tech football - but not in the way that many of you are immediately going to assume. I realized that, while the losses continue to be painful, the wins no longer bring me joy. After a win, all I feel is a sense of relief. It dawned on me that life is too busy, and too short, to spend so much time on an activity that is an emotional net negative. I knew right then that it was time to step away from Georgia Tech football in general and this site in particular.
Before I go, I would like to start by thanking all the moderators. You do yeoman's work in a completely thankless job. I would also like to wish everyone here good fortune and Godspeed. Ultimately you are all dedicated Georgia Tech fans - which makes you a very special and hardy breed! I will particularly miss the lively debates among the posters - even the ones who I personally find obnoxious. :)

Best of Luck and THWG,
Jim Prather
 

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I liked the post because I've gone through the same things a few years back and not because I wanted to see you go. Eventually, I just ended up focusing on GT baseball since it does bring me joy. I realize that is not for most and probably quirky to many but to each their own.

There's a lot to do other than GT football and it's a good time to explore them more! Fall hiking season is starting :)

Oh yeah, the mods do a great job which makes this site unique. Thanks to them for herding the cats!
 

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Liked both comments for similar reasons. I stepped away from Tech football for a few years during the BL period and for a while during the Curry years. Neither was meant as a statement about the program, just a burn out and loss of joy. Time away can be really helpful. Doing more productive things with your time feels very adult like 😊
 

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I get it. I noticed last night I really didn't yell, scream or get all that mad. I have seen enough bad GT defense over the last 10-12 years that I waited for the inevitable game tying (I thought at the time) drive inside the 3 minute mark. I really wasn't all that bothered when the 2 point score wasn't reversed (although I don't think he caught the ball the replay wasn't clear enough to overturn the call). When I went to bed I fell fast asleep and got up this morning thinking about my tee time at 11:30. This last 4-5 years has been the worst stretch of GT FB in my lifetime and I am including the early Curry years and the B--- L---- debacle. I may devote my fall to other hobbies. I goy used to it last fall with all the late kickoffs.
 

MountainBuzzMan

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I am in the mostly stepped away mode as well. When they hired CGC aka the recruiter, I was desperate to hear a plan that would help the offense or defense get an edge. But the more I listened to him everything rang hollow, shallow and so many poster just ate it up. Thinking recruiting would "fix" all of our problems. I got put on ignore by a bunch of people who did not want to hear my concerns about how we need a more comprehensive plan other than just recruiting. I recognized how he connects with the players and can recruit. I hopped he was smart enough to be like Dabo and bring in the best coaches he could.

But after 25 years of donations and being a season ticket holder I could not get myself to buy tickets to go watch the recruiter destroy Tech football. And almost no one agreed with me. They said I was a CPJ fan boy when in fact the emperor had no clothes. Which I was/am a big CPJ fan, but I was ready to embrace a change as well.

I wish I had looked like a fool then instead of being right. But I get used to always being right. :)

There is still a chance he could Dabo it, but I dropped it to 10% from 30% after this past game as nothing has changed now that he is getting his players. He still sucks as a coach.

I am 90% out, but keep sneaking peaks hoping something can bring me back.

But I am all in for BB
 

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Yeah, the sad thing is I started having thoughts like this on my walk this morning. Over the past year I've gotten back into bass fishing in a big way and have really enjoyed myself. I'm certain that if I spent every Saturday from now until Thanksgiving fishing for 8 hours instead of watching the current installment of Tech football that I'd enjoy myself much more. The problem is that I haven't lost all hope yet - it's likely a fools hope, but there's still a chance that we could somehow piece something together and win a big game.

That said, this year may be a tipping point for me. If we go 2-10 or 3-9 again I may consider taking a break next year and doing something more fulfilling. Even if I just watched the games on TV I'd buy myself 3-4 more hours a day to do other things.

I hate that it's come to this...
 

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Keep being a fool with us @bke1984

We are working his process, this is the time we build out mettle and hopefully we will be turning the corner soon. I think Geoff is our version of Dabo, but with budget coordinators who will have to grow into the level we need.
 

Northeast Stinger

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Keep being a fool with us @bke1984

We are working his process, this is the time we build out mettle and hopefully we will be turning the corner soon. I think Geoff is our version of Dabo, but with budget coordinators who will have to grow into the level we need.
This. So much I like about the CGC / Dabo comparison. Everyone made fun of him at first too. But he built a program on loving his players and being relentlessly positive.

But you are right. We need money. We need top notch assistants and coordinators. We need to get those early signature wins that help sell the program. We need to be better coaches during the game.

It could all come together. I am hoping. But I also understand those who are skeptical. For as long as Tech has played football it has only won when it had a different scheme or system than everybody else. It’s a tall order to see if Tech can beat everyone else at their own game.

Let’s win Saturday!
 
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