In case anyone is wondering, I am one happy camper this morning. Georgia Tech yellow jackets handedly defeated Mississippi State last night in the Orange bowl. The final score was 49 to 34 but Georgia Tech played better than the score indicates. As the game was on I couldn't watch it every minute because of the anxiety and stress that flows over me when Georgia Tech is playing. Why the heck does that happen to an old fart like me? However, this morning I watch the games start to finish on a replay with a big smile on my face.
It was new years Eve in 1966 when yours truly attended the Orange bowl as a freshman at Georgia Tech. I don't even remember who we played but I do remember Georgia Tech lost that game. To my knowledge, GT has not been invited back to the Orange bowl since then. But when they did return they returned with a seemingly unstoppable team. The following was on the ESPN website this morning;
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.-- Georgia Tech players hopped happily, hugged each other and danced in place. The clock had just struck midnight on New Year's Eve, so they had two things to celebrate.
Minutes earlier, the Yellow Jackets had completed a 49-34 victory over Mississippi State in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Quarterback Justin Thomas was chosen the game's outstanding player Wednesday night after he directed an offense that totaled a Capital One Orange Bowl-record 452 yards rushing. He ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for 125 yards and a score. He was named the most valuable player in the game.
It is especially nice to know that most of the great players this year will return next year. The quarterback, Justin Thomas, is simply awesome. He has incredible speed and can throw the ball 70 yards in the air.
Another thing I noticed last night was Georgia Tech's new uniform I've not seen before. They look good! In the image above Synjyn Days scored a touchdown and simply laid the ball in the end zone. The announcer for ESPN, Brent Musburger, commented on what a classy player he was for simply placing the ball down and then walking back to the sideline. Of course I could go on and on but I think you get the flavor of my comments this morning - Georgia Tech won and I'm happy!
There were two other bowl games yesterday but neither were exciting. I watch them off and on but neither got my attention as much as the Orange bowl. Today there are a whole slew of bowl games starting at noon but the best of them will come later today. Here's a list:
NEW YEAR'S DAY BOWL GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
(19) Auburn vs. (18) Wisconsin - Noon ET, ESPN2
Goodyear Cotton Bowl
(8) Michigan State vs. (5) Baylor - 12:30pm ET, ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
(25) Minnesota vs. (16) Missouri - 1pm ET, ABC
Rose Bowl Game
(2) Oregon vs. (3) Florida State - 4:30pm ET, ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State - 8:30pm ET, ESPN
You can probably guess what I'll be doing the rest of the day. If a game gets out of control I'll probably watch a movie instead.
It's January 1, 2015 but I feel the same as I did on December 31, 2014. At least it is not raining today like it was yesterday. My belief is that 2015 will be a good year for many of us and I hope that includes you.