Friday, September 01, 2006

It is time

This is it. It's Saturday. Sure, we've had a few games so far. But today is it. Today's first filled slate. From noon to late, there will be college football on somehow, somewhere.

That's why I love this. As explained below, I grew up in the South, which means that college football is something of a religion and is thus everywhere. Being in Atlanta makes it even better - in addition to the weird, 50th-tier SEC game of the week, we also get the crappy 50th-teir ACC game of the week. In fact, here's my schedule for today (games involving DI-A teams only, sorry Grambling @ Hampton; also, network shown is network on GTCN, your mileage may vary):

Before noon: If I'm really motivated, I'll go to the Gameday set. I was on SportsCenter last night, I'll post some pics from the 10pm SC below.
11:30 - Western Kentucky @ UGA (WB)
--Montana @ Iowa, ESPN
--Vanderbilt @ Michigan, ESPN
--North Texas @ Texas, FSN
--Rutgers @ UNC, ABC
--Florida Atlantic @ Clemson, ESPN
--Akron @ Penn St., ESPN2
--Lousiana Tech @ Nebraska, FSN
5:30 - California @ Tennessee, ESPN
7:00 (realistcally, I'll be at the stadium by now, but I like this TV listing vibe so I'll roll with it)
--UAB @ Oklahoma, TBS
--Virginia @ Pittsburg, ESPNU
--Utah @ UCLA, FSN
7:45 - Washington St. @ Auburn, ESPN2
8:45 - Southern Cal @ Arkansas, ESPN
10:15 - BYU @ Arizona, TBS

Now, some pictures of GameDay's setup at GT, as well as their shoot for Friday (click for a larger view):
Facing southwest, towards the student center. Took this during the afternoon when they were still setting the whole shebang up - notice the screen isn't there. You can also see the top of the Shaft Campinile in the background.

View from Skiles of the Yellow Jacket Park area - this photo faces northwest.

My ultimate destination after the afternoon shots I took. I'm entirely convinced that if everyone on Earth could try a Junior's chicken finger basket, we would finally achieve world peace - they're that good.

This is during the shoot for the 6:00 SportsCenter, when I was actually in the crowd.

I stepped out of the fenced off area for the 10:00 SportsCenter and ESPN Motion takes. If you look closely, you'll notice that Corso is the only one that actually wears a full suit - Fowler is wearing jeans, and yes, Hebie is wearing shorts.

For the 10:00 SC (actually broadcast after the Nevada - Fresno St. game), I did get on TV. I have the screencaps to prove it.

If you want to try to spot me, try opening up the full size version. Good luck.

For now, enjoy the games folks!

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