The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, November 1992
Does Tech’s “T” stand for tacky?
Athens – This will end my crusade, at least until next September, to improve behavior at college football games.
After Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville, Florida players strutted in front of the Georgia fans at game’s end and rubbed in their victory by using obscene gestures.
After Georgia-Auburn, a member of the Georgia staff was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from the stands. So we come to Georgia-Georgia Tech here Saturday.
It was the Tech band that decided to show its collective hindparts.
At haltime, the Yellow Jacket musicians rolled out a Georgia Tech logo and covered the logo at midfield in Sanford Stadium that celebrates this, Georgia’s 100th year of football.
“The band,” said Tech drum major Dana Papp, “takes a lot of pride in our creativity.”
What creativity? All I saw was a group of juvenile horn blowers and drum beaters insulting the Georgia crowd.
It was like going to visit and neighbor’s house and deliberately spilling red wine on a white carpet.
The logo was painted on the stadium grass as a means of showing Georgia’s pride in its centennial season. Naturally, Georgia fans booed the Tech crowd.
“It made the people watch,” another member of the Tech band was quoted as saying. “Even if the response was negative, it was great.”
I thought people who make music in public did so to entertain. Whatever work went into the musical performance Saturday was completely wasted.
If those wusses had wanted to do something to make Georgia Tech look good in Sanford Stadium Saturday, they should have put on pads and gone out and stopped
Garrison Hearst. The Tech defense couldn’t, to the tune of a two-touchdown loss.
And speaking of Garrison Hearst, when he scored his third touchdown of the night, he struck the pose of the figure on the Heisman Trophy, given annually to college football’s most outstanding player.
I suppose he was trying to say, “I deserve the Heisman Trophy.”
I happen to agree, and I would like to see him win it. But I’d like to see him handle his acclaim as humbly and appreciatively as Georgia’s other Heisman winners, Frank Sinkwich and Herschel Walker.
And I happen to think Georgia coach Ray Goff would agree with me.
All this bragging, all this rubbing it in, all this show-boating, all this bottle throwing, comes from, I think, this “in your face” mentality in sports.
ESPN uses “in your face” to promote its sports coverage. “In your face” is just another way of saying, “Up yours.”
It breeds anger, and I don’t think anybody who sees it is impressed one bit.
Would the Tech band like to know what Georgia fans said to describe their little prank?
I heard “tacky” a lot, as well as “low class.”
Yeah, kids, you made quite an impression.