OK, the time has come. It's GAMEDAY, Week 2. Georgia Tech, on what has felt like the shortest of turnarounds in the history of football (even Paul Johnson admitted Wednesday, this is the first time he's had to prepare for a game on just five games rest), is back for action at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The good news for you Tech fans, is that Clemson is forced to do the same thing this week, so the level of football could be about even on both sides. Either way, I think we're in for quite an emotional Thursday night, ESPN-broadcast, ACC rivalry game. I know I've been ready for this day to come for some time, and it's finally here. As defensive line coach Giff Smith said he told his linemen Sunday: "Now the real season begins."
As you know -- and you most definitely should by now if you're a real die-hard Yellow Jackets fan, if not, I question your fandom...Kidding -- tonight is the second consecutive "White Out" the Institute has planned. The Athletic Association has deemed it a "student sponsored" white out, promoted by the students and organized by the students. But alumni and other fans are greatly encouraged to go on and get decked out in all white, as well. Be it white T-shirts, white dress shirts, white body paint, white hats, white wigs, white sunglasses (yes, even for a night game; they should make you look cool), white jackets (it could get a little chilly)...I think that's about all you'll be able to do with white clothing.
To help you get inspired for the White Out, I'm revisiting my blog post from last November, when the Yellow Jackets held a white out against Miami in what was a 41-23 GT win, and one of the most prolific offensive outings of the year for the Jackets. (The white out has a good track record on The Flats).
Before I get too deep into last year's post, check out this video from a white out at Penn State (the undisputed kings of the college football "white out") from last year. Keep watching because eventually, you'll see the coolest looking wave, ever. I mean, awesome stuff, seriously.
OK, and now for last year's post on the unofficial history of white outs. Enjoy:
As each of you know by now (You should know this by now, and if you don't, your status as a card-holding member of the Georgia Tech fan club may be revoked. Jokes, of course) Thursday night's ACC/home-finale at Bobby Dodd Stadium will be a "White out." Which means, as the Miami Hurricanes get ready to head out and face the Yellow Jackets, they'll be doing it amid a sea of some 40,000-plus Georgia Tech fans draped in nothing but white clothes, white hats, fake white hair, white body paint and holding white signs which will likely have a plethora of unique acronyms for the letters E.S.P.N. Yes, a White out is descending upon Atlanta late Thursday night, and I'm here in the TechTalk to help you get ready for it.
Announced several weeks ago by athletics director Dan Radakovich in his blog "The Good Word," the White out was designated to occur on Thursday's game with Miami as the intended victim. A home game nationally televised on ESPN, the contest seemed to be the perfect time to unveil such a bold action to unify the entire Georgia Tech community. Ironically, whispers of a potential White out against Miami had actually been circulating on the blogosphere this offseason, with some Georgia Tech message boards reaching a fever pitch of White out discussion in August as the season was beginning, and the Yellow Jackets' new uniforms unveiled. So where did White outs come from? Will this White out work to help Georgia Tech win? How exciting will the atmosphere be? Leave your pregame Comments about the White out, and continue to read along for more about White outs...
This, as you can read, is a picture from Penn State's Beaver Stadium, where the students and fans bleached the entire place for a game against Notre Dame. Can Bobby Dodd look like this Thursday?
....Or what about this?
Boy, you've got to love that logo. Check out the airplane there. Solid 70s/80s imagery. It reminds me of the graphics on Georgia Tech's 1980 Media Guide (yes, we have a 1980 Media Guide wandering around the newsroom here. Why? I have no earthly idea, but it definitely shows it's a piece from its times; the early 80s that is. Gotta love it.)