Georgia Tech pricks Georgia with "state champs" rings
It’s nothing but clean, old-fashioned hate.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets crushed Mississippi State to win the Orange Bowl. Along with an ACC Coastal Division title, 2014 was quite the season for coach Paul Johnson and his players. The Yellow Jackets won 11 games and finished No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll.
The team even ordered rings to commemorate the season.
— Yellow Jackets Wire (@gatechpress) April 15, 2015
You may notice the left side of the ring, which features an outline of Georgia’s borders with the inscription “STATE CHAMPS.” Despite having so much to celebrate, Georgia Tech seemed at least as proud of a 30-24 overtime win against Georgia as any of its other accomplishments.
The win ended a five-game Bulldogs winning streak in the rivalry. UGA also had won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the state’s two most prominent football programs. Georgia went as far as to use a ‘We Run This State’ slogan, which wasn’t lost on Georgia Tech or Johnson.
“We just copied Georgia,” the Yellow Jackets coach said of the ring design, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. “They’re the guys who started ‘We Run This State.’ We just kind of played off of that.”
In the same article, few of the Georgia Tech players boasted about their win — not in a disrespectful way, but with the pride that comes from accomplishing something meaningful.
Talk about the loss, the Yellow Jackets rings and GT’s gloating “makes Georgia senior offensive tackle Kolton Houston noticeably agitated,” the Athens Banner-Herald wrote.
Here’s Houston’s quote to the paper: “That game will always hurt. Even when I’m 50, 60 years old. That game will always hurt. But life’s not perfect. You can’t win every game, but we’re going to come back strong this year.
“We’re going to get that trophy back in our locker room.”
That’s stopping short of a guarantee. But come Nov. 28, expect the UGA-GT rivalry to be interesting as always. Especially if the Bulldogs still are in contention for a College Football Playoff spot.