…Because resin, like amber, is pretty and sweet but sticky. You touch it, you get stuck in it.
I “watched” Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets host a puddin’ flinging bash against the University of Miami Hurricanes via ESPN’s Gamecast function. I had planned on seeing it at a restaurant but Lady Luck had other ideas. There was no televised aesthetic for me tonight. I suppose what I experienced could be called the “ticker tape/news ticker aesthetic.”
The Yellow Jackets packed the first half with punch with 24 points to the Hurricanes’ 3. GaTech’s numbers came from a field goal in the first quarter and three touchdowns (in the second quarter), courtesy of defensive end Michael Johnson (who intercepted Miami quarterback Robert Marve) and running back Jonathan Dwyer (who TD’d twice). The Yellow Jackets boosted their score with a field goal in the top of the third quarter. The Hurricanes put their first TD on the board not long afterwards (Marve threw to tight end Dedrick Epps). The Yellow Jackets replied with a touchdown, a one yard rush by quarterback Josh Nesbitt. On their next possession, they did it again in the bottom of the third quarter with running back Lucas Cox’s thirty-two yards of endzone-seeking. GaTech 41 and Miami 10.
The fourth quarter took off with Miami recovering a fumbled ball that GaTech quarterback Jaybo Shaw couldn’t quite sandwich. That turnover led to a touchdown for the Hurricanes; wide receiver Leonard Hankerson caught Jacory Harris’s thirteen-yard pass. A two-point conversion was no good. Yellow Jackets 41 and Hurricanes 16 in the top of the fourth. Miami rose up another notch with a TD by wide receiver Kayne Farquharson in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes’ first half was probably an experience that they would like to forget. Although they brought out a stronger second impression, their gusto ultimately could not overcome that of the Yellow Jackets. 41 to 23. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Robert Marve quarterbacked in the first quarter and some of the second quarter. Jacory Harris took over in the top of the second after Marve was intercepted. Marve resumed QB work just after the middle point of the second quarter. He also started in the third. Jacory Harris was back in the fourth.
2. There are times when I watch football games (college and pro) on the tellyvision and the pacing of the game-play seem slow. The news ticker approach lacks the audiovisual component of a televised game, but time ostensibly passes by faster. I suppose it’s because there aren’t any commercials to watch or mute. My eyes are also fixed on the lower left part of the internet window. While it’s true that my love of football is predominantly informed by the televised game, my enthusiasm does not diminish just because I cannot see or hear the game-play. Whenever GaTech got into the red zone, I’d shot the usual “come on! get a touchdown!” I think the main difference in viewing experience is the processing of suspense. The game information is updated in real time but cannot be posted until the play has already happened. So the “live” casting is, from a certain angle, watching the past.
3. For a group of GaTech seniors, today’s victory will go down in their personal histories. Four wins in a row against Miami?
Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.
Check out this article for some factoids such as what Thursday Night football means for the Yellow Jackets.
I saw some game footage on local news stations. Lucas Cox and Jonathan Dwyer–wowness. Apparently T.I. was at the game cheering on the Yellow Jackets.