Several weeks back, I learned that Georgia Tech was offering single game tickets for the Georgia-Georgia Tech game Nov. 27 at Grant Field in Atlanta. This is nothing new. Tech counts on UGA and Clemson for a couple of sellouts every other year.
In the past, however, Tech required Georgia fans to buy three-game ticket packages to get the Tech tickets. Georgia fans gobbled up the ducats for the Thanksgiving weekend treat, giving the other tickets to the UPS man or garbage collector.
The single game deal was a shrewd move by the Tech marketing office and sales boomed. As it happens, our youngest daughter Livia, now a senior at UGA, commuted to Tech over the summer to work an internship at the Tech sports marketing office. She enjoyed it and came away impressed but remains a Bulldog through and through.
The Dogs have not lost at Georgia Tech since the infamous Jasper Sanks fumble game in 1999. Had there been replay officials back then, UGA would have won. Instead, Tech won 51-48 in overtime, the highest scoring game in the history of the series which is known as Clean Old Fashioned Hate.
Georgia leads the all-time series 67-39-5.
It remains to be seen just how competitive this year’s game will be. The Dawgs opened the season with a 10-3 win over then #2 Clemson in Charlotte followed by a 56-7 blowout of UAB. This past weekend, UGA throttled South Carolina 40-13 and is ranked #2.
The Jackets, meanwhile, opened their season with a heartbreaking 22-21 loss to a powerful Northern Illinois squad then walloped perennial powerhouse Kennesaw State 45-17. This past weekend Tech lost a narrow decision to Clemson in the ACC opener 14-8.
I am excited about going back to North Avenue. I enjoy the historic stadium with the glorious view of the Atlanta skyline. It is always a good day even though they no longer offer the three hot dogs, three Cokes deal.
As I was working my way through the online ticket purchase transaction, I was warned several times that I would get no printed tickets and had to save the digital version on my iPhone’s Apple wallet. I was unaware that I had an Apple wallet but with the help of the young, tech-savvy folks at the office I managed to struggle through.
I have a very fine wallet that Livia brought home to me from a trip to Greece. It is smooth, supple and is made of rich Corinthian leather. Ricardo Montalban and the Chrysler Cordoba have nothing on my wallet.
I much prefer it to the digital version.
Walter Geiger is the editor and publisher of the Pike County Journal Reporter and The Herald Gazette.