I’m watching Georgia Tech get thumped in the worst way right now, and it’s making for a pretty lousy New Year’s Eve. With a friend and classmate on the Tech coaching staff, plus my general fondness for Paul Johnson, I’m really rooting for the Yellow Jackets to win. Sadly, the 35-3 halftime score is making that unlikely. So I’m left trying to find a silver lining in this mess. If you’re a Georgia Tech fan… Sorry, I got nothing. Sucks to be you right now. If you’re a Navy fan, though, maybe there’s some hope in all this. As much as I love Paul Johnson, his legend has been really, really annoying this year. Some Navy fans seem to think that PJ is seven feet tall, kills men by the hundreds… And if HE were here, he’d consume Notre Dame with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse! This is the standard that these fans use to judge Coach Niumatalolo and his staff. It leads to comments like, “If PJ was still here, we’d win this game!” “We came out flat today. That wouldn’t happen if PJ was here!” “Niumat and Jasper are too conservative! PJ would take more chances!”
Tonight, the broadcast crew won’t stop talking about how flat Georgia Tech looks. And that wild & crazy fake punt deep in their own territory sure backfired, huh? Maybe conservative was the way to go there, wouldn’t you say?
I’m not trying to rip Paul Johnson here. You guys know how much I admire the man. But hopefully, seeing him get his ass handed to him in the Peach Bowl will bring a few Navy fans back into the land of sanity. Maybe the current coaching staff can stop being compared to the fish story that Paul Johnson’s tenure became. Maybe that way, people can appreciate what they have a little bit more.
Bah, who am I kidding. This sucks.