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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Family feud

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UGA-GEORGIA TECH GAME: Coach Chan Gailey's "Kill the Bulldogs with kindness" game plan didn't work out.

(photo by Joeff Davis)

The rancor wasn't as overt as in 1893, when a mob of knife-wielding, rock-throwing Georgia fans chased the victorious Georgia Tech football team back to its train, but the bitterness both sides have accumulated over the last 114 years was palpable during the UGA-Tech game Saturday at Midtown's Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Though their team lost 31-17 to their intrastate rivals, Tech fans refused to go quietly. When throngs of Bulldogs' fans left their seats at halftime to watch the Kentucky-Tennessee game on the small TVs in the stadium concourses, Jackets' fans interjected with repeated renditions of "Rocky Top." Several Tech partisans even reached up and switched off the TVs. When Tennessee's eventual victory, which knocked UGA out of SEC championship contention, was announced over the PA, Tech fans cheered. (Many more cheered today upon hearing of head coach Chan Gailey's departure. Gailey was fired two days after losing his sixth straight game to UGA.)

Incidentally, the supercompressed jockeying for TV-viewing angles in the concourse was lousy for the blocked-off concessioneers, but it was a boon for stadium frotteurs. "This is the most action I've had all year!" one smarmy fan announced to those crowded around him.

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