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.
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.
I quit watching professional sports years ago and don't even watch NHL games. The only thing I'd continued to watch in recent years was college football and some international/college hockey. But college football is increasingly becoming the very thing I hate about most professional sports. My dad, a Tech grad himself, always said sports was modern-day 'bread and circuses' and made fun of me for watching football when I'd come over to his house. And on a certain level, I think he's right. I'd gradually lost interest in Tech football at one point but was reinvigorated with the hiring of Paul Johnson. I followed his teams very closely each of those seasons and in the process came to appreciate option football. My lack of interest is now threefold... 1) My dislike of the general trajectory taken by big-time TV sports as a whole; 2) The mandates being forced on today's college students, althletes included. I don't care to support a system that does that to students. Going to games or watching them on TV is supporting that system; 3) Tech was a huge part of my life, going back to grade school. I first became a Tech fan during the Pepper Rodgers era. When he passed away, it was almost like an era ended for me. Coinciding roughly with Paul Johnson's exit, it felt like a good time to put it all in the past and move on to new things.
I can relate. Entirely.I can relate somewhat as the games do not mean as much to me as they once did. Saturday game time used to be the epicenter of my fall universe and my mood through the balance of the weekend could be influenced by whatever took place on the field...i.e. events over which I had no control. now I watch the games as a backdrop to a family get together each Saturday. While we watch the game, we can cut it off at the end with no lingering hangover or after effect. It's the same feeling one gets when leaving the movie theater. There will be a discussion about the movie of course for moments afterwards but not for the duration of the weekend.
I am conflicted about this. I miss that Friday night feeling before a big game when it was like being a child on Christmas Eve - so excited that you could barely get to sleep. OTOH, I regret the times when the balance of the weekend was ruined by a missed field goal, a dropped TD pass, a CB missing a tackle, etc. In retrospect it seems rather silly.
The interesting question to me is it a function of getting older moreso than the results over the past 4-6 years (or whatever the exact dates are)? FWIW, I am assuming we are approximately the same age as I was at GT when Pepper was our coach.
The reason I ask this is twofold - I have an very dear and old friend who was a bit of a mentor who played FB at Auburn who is now in his 80's. He quit watching Auburn play about two decades ago as he felt the game - the $, the rules, etc - were completely different from the game that he playedd as a young man. He even felt that the people he played with were, for the most part, student-athletes. He felt like the shift was away from the student part of the equation to more "hired guns" or mercenaries for the bread and circus act that the game had become to him. Interesting I am in my 60's now too. I could not understand what he was talking about twenty years ago but can now.
The other person I think about often is my recently deceased father, who passed away at 87, He was an Ohio native who was a lifelong OSU and Cleveland Brown fan. I remember as a child and young man, him sitting in front of the TV and demonstrating the colorful part of the vocabulary he picked up in the Navy on the rare occasions those games were televised back then. Later in life, he could see most games due to cable and I noticed that he too had quit watching the games live. He would set his DVR and head to the golf course. If his team won, he would watch the game. If they lost, he would skip or delete. he said it a) freed him up to golf, which was his passion and B) saved him time and energy. With the use of the fast forward, a 4 hour game he said could be seen in its entirety in about 30 minutes. As you know, his college team (OSU) has very rarely had bad teams so it's not like he was giving up on a sinking ship. Even Auburn, the other team I mentioned rarely fields non-competive teams so maybe there is something more at play than the W_L record of our recent teams.
Sorry for the long diatribe. It is just something that has been on my mind lately as I find myself reflecting on the task. When I read this board, especially after a loss, I understand why some of our posters seem so bent out of shape because I too used to be much more emotionally attached to the outcomes.
This post spoke to me. I just turned 30, and have been a GT fan my whole life before I became an alum. My Saturday’s in the Fall have revolved around GT football for as long as I can remember. Which was fine when I was younger. But now I’m getting to the point where it’s affecting my relationships (e.g. going on a date isn’t an option if GT plays on Saturday night, arriving to events late if we play at Noon).
I’m not at the point where I’m burned out on GT football. But I’m at the point where I’m giving away valuable time with important people in my life because my free time 100% revolves around GT football. And it’s actually starting to matter because I’m not a kid anymore. Not sure why I posted this, guess I just wanted to get it off my chest!