The Washington Times - August 15, 2008, 01:49PM

Ralph Friedgen was done taking questions this morning when he decided to turn the tables.

“How’s it going?” he said. “You getting all your write-ups and stuff?

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“I’m doing my best,” I replied.

“Anything we can do to help you?” Ralph said.

Now that’s what I like to hear. So I rubbed my chin and started to smile, but Ralph beat me to the line floating through my mind.

“No, you’re not going to see cals,” he said.

OK, no stretching. I can live with that, especially since I’m good enough at taking attendance that I can pull it off in five periods, anyway.

Still, he seemed to be in good spirits. So I asked him if his Oct. 6 and Oct. 27 JV games will be open.

The answer, as of now, is yes.

“Then at the last second we’ll charge them five bucks,” he joked before returning to the subject. “I’m assuming. If it’s up to me [it will be].”

That prompted a trip down memory lane to a place where a JV game is really serious business.

“We used to play that Georgia-Georgia Tech JV game, and they were telling me at one time they used to get 45, 50 thousand people to see Georgia Tech-Georgia,” Friedgen said. “The first time we played that we got beat and we had our GAs coaching. Bobby [Ross] got so upset, so then George [O’Leary] and I had to call the game and coach the game. We beat them every other time after that.”

Patrick Stevens