2014 win over Georgie.....

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  1. MoverofFridge2

    MoverofFridge2 Jolly Good Fellow

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    Was my favorite of all time. John and I lost our Dad on Thanksgiving morning. We were able to watch the first half before having to leave for the visitation at the funeral home. At that point it didn’t look very good as I am sure you remember. When we arrived at the funeral home we were able to sneak a peak at the tv just in time to see Georgie score the touchdown with 22 seconds left. During the visitation, JD came up and whispered that GT had won in overtime. I looked at him and told him he was crazy as a loon if he believed that we had won. It took a couple of more people telling me until it finally settled in that it had happened.

    When I saw for myself and how it happened I was flat mesmerized. I remember a tear coming to my eye and thinking that Dad had the best seat in the house to watch a wonderful Tech victory over the inbreds to the East. Our dad was a huge GT fan even before John played at GT in the mid 80’s. Dad was actually recruited by Bobby Dodd in 1951 to play for GT. That W provided a bit of comfort during a time of grieving we were experiencing with the loss of our Dad.

    My hope is that this Saturday, Dad will have another front row seat for an improbable, wonderful afternoon beating the mutts once again.

    RIP Pop and enjoy the game. You are missed!
     
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  2. gespacho_the_slender

    gespacho_the_slender Chief Video Editor and Toolshed

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    I remember your brothers write up following that game. That was a wonderful “smiling down” moment for you guys.
     
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    MoF2, I have a very very similar experience. Dad passed in '98 a week before Thanksgiving. Really put a cloud over he holidays. That year, Tech started a 3 game winning streak in the series. We knew dad was up there looking down with the biggest öööö-eating grin on his face. He played at Tech until a broken collarbone forced him to give it up in '48.
     
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  4. MoverofFridge2

    MoverofFridge2 Jolly Good Fellow

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    Indeed it was gespacho
     
  5. MoverofFridge2

    MoverofFridge2 Jolly Good Fellow

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    GB, maybe they will watch together and give us something to smile about once again Saturday
     
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    I'm sure they will and he'll have a Beefeaters on the rocks with a twist!
     
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  7. Nixon_Corral

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    Not to steal your thread or detract from your post in any way, but I lost my father earlier this year too. He was only 58. He went to Auburn, which I know some of the older folks around here are not particularly fond of, but I'd appreciate some tact given the nature of this story. Besides, that Auburn education was good enough for him to send me to Tech out of state, and he got me hating Georgia young.

    Anyway, he actually took me to my first Tech game at Jordan-Hare in 2005, and he let me wear Georgia Tech gear, no less. I was only 12, but I was already pretty sure I was going to go to Georgia Tech to learn how to become a programmer. Turns out I was right, and he had the confidence in my early judgment to support me all the way.

    We have supported each other's teams ever since. Auburn's Final Four run was not long after his passing and brought a tear to my eye, and I sure hope he gets his Iron Bowl win this weekend. He was always the first to call or text after a big Tech win, so if we somehow beat Georgia this weekend, it will be bittersweet not to get that call. But I'll know he would if he could, and that I wouldn't be pulling for Tech or have the class ring around my finger if not for him. And I was luckier than most to have a father like that, even if only for 25 years.

    Anyway, in light of all that, I'm glad the 2014 game helped you find peace in such an awful moment and in such a timely way. A true blessing.
     
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  8. GBurdell

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    Sorry for your loss. Not that this is any comfort, but the first year is the hardest, especially the holidays.
     
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    Thank you. Lots of folks have said that, and it has mostly been true. Especially at those times, I just try to take care of my stepmom, since this is worse for her in a way. As a son, I obviously didn't look forward to it, but I expected to one day say goodbye to my father. Meanwhile, no one hopes to outlive their spouse, or if they must, not by much. They had a very loving and happy marriage, and I can't imagine what it's like to grapple with moving on from that. So I just try to be there for her to make those occasions more bearable since I know he'd want me to.
     
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  10. 77GTFan

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    I am sorry for your loss but I know you are grateful for having a wonderful Dad. And, I have been there. My Dad was captain of Coach Joel Eaves’ Auburn basketball team in ‘50-‘51. I grew up an Auburn fan. Dad sent his two sons to Tech and was proud of us,. He died way too early at 53. Go Jackets and War Eagle!
     
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  11. MoverofFridge2

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    God Bless you brother. I know right where you’re at this holiday season!
     
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    Gosh, 53. Even younger than my dad, so sorry to hear that. Losing someone early like that puts the fragility of life in perspective, for better or worse.

    Sounds like we had very similar upbringings with the AU connection, though. The Iron Bowl outcome sure helped ease the pain of our game Saturday. Hope the Tigers are selected for a quality bowl and can win that too. Nice thing about having two teams is usually at least one of them is worth watching each year! Auburn beating the Tide this year just meant a little more to me than usual. I'm sure you enjoyed it too.

    Thank you. Kindness from people who understand truly helps! I'm sure you still miss your dad dearly and hope you and your family will reflect fondly on him this holiday season.
     
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    Damn. I'm 53