– What do World War I, apples, and a computerhacker have in common? They're all key parts ofthe very, very old beef between Georgia and Georgia Tech.
The Georgia-Georgia Tech football game, better known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, has been played well over 100 times.
Naturally, it's had lotsof great and memorable football moments, fromBuck Belue leading Georgia to a 20 point comeback win in 1978, to Harrison Butker hittinga 53 yard field goal to send the game to overtime where Georgia Tech won in 2014.
These teams have ruinedseasons for one another.
Won when they weren't supposedto and gotten coaches fired.
But this Beef History is going to focus on the things outside of the games, or at least adjacent to them, that make this rivalry historic.
The first time these two teamswere set to play each other, people were happy to putaside the stress of the world and just enjoy a football game.
I mean, yeah there wererumors that Georgia Tech was using players thatweren't bonafide students, but this was 1893 and everyonewas feeling a little weird.
The Supreme Court hadjust ruled that tomatoes were legally vegetables.
Of course, then GeorgiaTech won that game in Athens and well, the Georgia fansremembered those rumors, especially when it cameto player slash coach Leonard Wood, who wasa doctor in the Army.
and 33 years old.
They also rememberedthat one of the officials was the brother of a Georgia Tech trainer, who was also playing for the team.
So some of them started this chant.
Well, well, well, who can tell, the Tech's umpire has cheated like blank.
You weren't allowed tosay hell in the newspaper in 1893, I guess.
Anyways, the chant was thecomparatively nice part.
Some Georgia fans startedpoking at the Tech players with their canes.
Others threw rocks at theirnew friends from Atlanta.
One Bulldog playersupposedly pulled a knife.
With the benefit of hindsight, we know that those Georgiafans totally overreacted.
According to official school records, Wood had indeed enrolled at Georgia Tech- on November 2nd, twodays before this game.
Oh, and he left theschool that same month.
Again, this was all inthe first game Georgia and Georgia Tech hadplayed against one another.
It was the 6th football gamethey'd ever played combined.
Georgia then went 5-0-1 in the next six games in the series.
If you think this calmed their hatred, let me tell you about theGeorgia-Clemson game in 1903.
I promise, it's relevant.
That game in Athens was theseason opener for both teams, and Clemson won the game easily, 29-0.
Georgia's captain was nota sore loser, however.
In fact, he wanted to seeClemson do even better against their next opponent, so he made them an offer.
For every point they scored over 29, Georgia would buy Clemsona bushel of apples.
Apparently eating appleswas the thing you did for fun at Clemson in 1903.
If you guessed thatClemson's next opponent was Georgia Tech, good job.
And a motivated Clemsonreally took it to Tech, winning 73-0 andearning 44 bushels of apples in the process.
There was however, an unexpected downside to this arrangement.
Georgia Tech was so impressedby the whooping they received, that they decided to hireClemson's coach, John Heisman.
At the time, Tech hadn'tdone much as a program, with 10 wins, five ties and 32 lossesin program history.
Heisman changed that, making the Jackets much more competitive year to year and winning the National Championship in 1917, with a team many considered to be one of the greatest of all time.
Oh yeah, that's also howthis rivalry got some serious parade beef.
It's 1919, just before a baseball game between the two schools.
In the spirit of post-war happiness, Georgia students put togethera couple of parade floats.
The first was a tank with”Argonne” written on the side.
The second was a car, in Georgia Tech colors and driven by someonein Georgia Tech gear, and that car had a message on it too.
“Georgia in France, Tech in Atlanta.
” This made Tech mad, really mad.
And for those of you who aren'thuge World War I buffs, I'll explain why.
Georgia didn't field afootball team in 1917 or 1918, due to studentparticipation in the war effort.
According to this note from the class of 1919, all but one of them had served in either the Army or the Navy, and many of them were partof the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, in 1918, the deadliestbattle in American history.
Georgia Tech, on the other hand, actually saw enrollment grow to record levels during the war.
That was in part due tothe federal government relying on Tech as amilitary training ground, including a training program for pilots and in 1918, an ROTCprogram that was mandatory for freshman and sophomores.
That also meant there wereplenty of students on campus available to play football.
So Tech continued itsteam during the war, including that 1917 championship squad.
You can see why Georgia Techmight find a parade float that more or less calledthem cowards insulting.
So insulting that they decided nope, they were done playing Georgia in sports.
And for five years, they didn't.
It was another four yearsafter that before they were willing to play Georgia in football again.
But a form of revenge was waiting.
The 1927 Georgia Bulldogs, known as the Dream and Wonder team, tore through the first ninegames on their schedule.
Georgia Tech was comingoff a bad 1926 season, where they went four and five.
And though they wereimproved, most didn't think they were on Georgia's level.
Still, 40, 000 fans packeda very rainy Grant Field in Atlanta, to watch what they thought would be a game for the history books.
And that is what they got, asTech upset Georgia 12-0.
But beyond the final score, there were two pieces of trickery by Georgia Tech Coach Bill Alexander, that were just perfect beefadditions to this rivalry.
First, remember all that rain and mud? In the first half, Alexanderdecided to mostly avoid it.
Whenever Georgia Techgot the ball on offense, he punted – on first down.
This was not merely to avoid turnovers and protect fieldposition, it was a setup.
Late in the second quarter, Warner Mizell took the snap on first down.
Georgia players expectedhim to punt the ball, but this time, he threw it, to quarterback Bob Durant, for the first touchdown of the game.
Tech scored again in the second half, though they wouldn'tneed it since the defense never got scored on.
And that brings us to act ofsubterfuge number two, which was a longer play by Alexander.
Three weeks before this, against LSU, Georgia Tech's secondstring started the game.
They did the same thing againsttheir next two opponents because this was all part of The Plan, a tactic by Alexander to rest his starters as much as he couldbefore the Georgia game and give them plenty of time to prepare for the Dawgs, and the Dawgs in particular.
This man devoted an entiremonth to ruining a rival season.
We need that kind ofdedicated spite from coaches more today, if you ask me.
And the shenanigans kept going from there.
There was the near riot the cops could barely control in 1930.
There were the two Georgia Techvictories in 1943 and 1944, that Georgia doesn't countin the official series record because they thought Techhad an unfair advantage, thanks to World War II.
There was the coal strike, rumoredly encouraged by Georgia fans to keepGeorgia Tech from taking the train to Athens for the game in 1946.
Tech wound up chartering a planeto get around that problem.
There was the time in the 50's, where some Georgia Techstudents reportedly tried to chop down the chapelbell tower in Athens in the middle of the night.
But then the YellowJackets made a big, bold, future changing decision.
At an SEC meeting in 1964, Georgia Tech announced they were leaving the conference they'd co-founded and going independent.
They said they had no choicebecause they didn't like recruiting and scholarshippractices within the conference.
Though there were some financialadvantages to leaving too.
The Dawgs weren't exactlythrilled about this.
Their AD said, “something will be gone “from the Georgia-Georgia Tech series now, “in a strictly football sense.
” And he was kind of right.
At the time Tech left the SEC, their record againstGeorgie was just about even.
From their departure through 2017, they went 14 and 40 versus the Dogs.
In 19 years as an independent program, the Jackets went to six bowl games.
That's half as many as they'd gone to in their last 19 seasons with the SEC.
Tech tried to un-ring this bell in 1977 when they petitioned toreturn to the conference.
But the remaining members voted unanimously against expansion.
The Yellow Jackets woundup going to the ACC instead and they did take home aNational Championship in 1990.
But you don't need to sharea conference to share beef.
Georgia-Georgia Tech canstill inspire the visiting team to put the home team's landscaping in their mouths when they win.
Georgia's still the schoolthat appears in both of Tech's fight songs, andnot all that respectfully.
Georgia's still the team that went for a totally unnecessarytouchdown on fourth and goal late in the 1993 game, and got it, prompting a long, messy brawl.
This is still the game thatinspired one Tech student to hack into the Universityof Georgia's master calendar, and put “Get Ass Kicked byGT” for the day of this game.
Granted, he wound upsitting in an Athens jail on Christmas Eve, facingfelony charges for that, though eventually theywound up getting dropped.
Rivalry beef should be serious, but not you know, prison serious.