Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Georgia on My Mind

I just don't know what it is that keeps the vitriol flowing out of the great state of Georgia towards Atomic Football (see previous two posts). Honestly, my family loves to camp in the north Georgia mountains. My wife and I love to get away to Savannah. Hiking at Cloudland Canyon. Tubing the Cartecay. Unicoi State Park is one of my favorite places on earth.

Here's the latest I stumbled across (from, grammar errors are those of the author):

"These Atomic Football prediction are a bunch of crap anyway. This Tech team is different, they have heart, they play with fire and a chip on their shoulders. That is the way they should play. Cant wait for Saturday!!"

At the time (9/20/11), Georgia Tech was 3-0, having won their games by an average margin of 37 points. With a schedule that grew increasingly difficult through the year, Atomic Football was predicting the Jackets would finish 7-5. Apparently, this didn't sit well with some of the faithful.

Tech proceeded to rattle off three more wins (by an average margin of 7 points) before the wheels fell off, going 2-4 in their final six games and finishing the regular season 8-4.

Granted, I underestimated their wins on the season by one, but having been outscored 241-243 in the final nine games of the season, Tech was fortunate to escape with more wins than losses during that period.

Were my predictions "crap?" I dunno. I don't claim to be psychic, but most of the time, I'm pretty close.

Best of luck to the Yellowjackets next year. They are always an exciting team to watch.

Oh, and we just got a new camper. Can't wait to visit the Peach State again.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

No Respect

I'm not sure why I can't seem to get any respect from the great state of Georgia (see my previous post). The feeling is NOT mutual. Nevertheless, here are some excerpts from a thread on discussing my 2011 predictions for Georgia State (my "for the record" updates are interleaved):

"They have us losing against West Alabama"

"I was noticing the same thing. I find it odd they say we have a better shot at beating USA than West Alabama. I know it's a home game vs a road game but really? Are those two even the same caliber of team?"

    For the record: GSU 27 - USA 20, GSU 23 - West Alabama 30

"Also has us losing to Murray State. Sigh....computers."

    For the record: GSU 24 - Murray State 48

"Predicted score against CAU is 37-12...garbage."

    For the record: GSU 41 - CAU 7 (not sure what's close enough for "not garbage")

To the credit of the Georgia State football team, they played an extremely tough schedule (9 of 11 opponents finished the regular season with winning records).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Atomic Football 2011

Yes, we're back for 2011, and we're excited about another great football season.

I recently did a web search to find some of the many posts from individuals who poke fun at our predictions. Here's a classic from last year:

Atomic Football (People Who Claim To Be Really Smart) Tell Us How Our Football Teams' Seasons Will Play Out.

I suppose what seems most odd about when people take their jabs at Atomic Football, whether on forums or in articles like these, is that no one ever seems to do a post-mortem on their own words. Since the author declined, I've decided to step in and help him out.

Here were my predictions that he so enjoyed ridiculing:

1) Georgia will finish the regular season 6-6 (3-5 in the conference) with a 28-27 win over Georgia Tech.

Actual Results: Georgia finishes the regular season 6-6 (3-5 in the conference) with a 42-34 win over Georgia Tech. Without the late TD with 1:29 left, the final score is 35-34.

2) Georgia Tech will finish the regular season 7-5 (5-3 in the conference). In the author's words, "Not suprisingly, the defense will not improve much. Middle Tennessee State will put up 19 on the Jackets and every other team [regular season after 28 September] will put up even more."

Actual Results: Georgia Tech finishes 6-6 (4-4 in the conference), one conference win off my predictions. MTSU puts up 14 points on the Jackets. For the rest of the regular season, the GT defense allows at least 20 points to their other seven opponents.

3) Georgia State will finish the regular season at 6-5. In the author's words, "In fact, this past weekend's victory over Campbell was just the beginning of the Panthers' own four-game winning streak (all over FCS opponents!)... GSU is predicted to finish its season with (only) a 57-0 loss to the Crimson Tide."

Actual Results: Georgia State finishes 6-5. The win over Campbell is the beginning of a four-game winning streak. The season ends with a 56 point loss to Alabama.

4) Georgia Southern will finish the regular season 8-3 (6-2 in the conference).

Actual Results: Georgia Southern underperforms slightly during the regular season, finishing 7-4 (5-3 in the conference). All four losses are by no more that eight points. The Eagles go on to win their first three playoff games, including a rematch win over Wofford whose 2-point edge over the Eagles during the regular season knocked my predictions off by one game.

Keep 'em coming.