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Why wait til Selection Sunday?

August 11, 2009

ESPN has outdone themselves once again. They have traveled in time and have brought us back the results of Selection Sunday. If you thought we might be able to make a run for the National Title, I’m sorry, but you were wrong. We only are going to win the ACC Championship and get a berth to the Orange Bowl… again. I thought we really had a chance this year, but I guess I was wrong. Congrats to Florida and Texas though, they really earned it this year and these two will be battling for the BCS Championship. Tough luck Boise State. You went undefeated again and garned a Fiesta Bowl berth, but the friggin’ BCS computers just hate you for some reason.

I really don’t understand who Mark Schlabach and Bruce Feldman think they are, but to have the gall to predict the bowl games already? Come on. Are you really hurting for articles that badly? I mean we are only less than a month away from the start of the season and you’re pulling this shit? They’re not even good predictions! I mean if you’re going to write this up purely as a means for conversation and controversy, then at least make it interesting. Here’s a good one: UConn shocks the world and gets into the Sugar Bowl. Or UNC takes the title from the Hokies and goes to the Orange Bowl. Or Penn State versus Boise State in the National Championship. Your predictions do nothing of value at this point in the season so why not have fun with it? Someone call ESPN and tell them they need me to rough up their columnists. They’re phoning these articles in lately.

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NBC Sports, you are dead to me.

August 4, 2009

Somehow, while compiling the 30 best college football traditions, NBC Sports failed to visit Blacksburg. Now I’m not saying we have the best traditions in the world of college football but they are better than some listed. Let’s review our traditions:

  • Best entrance in college football. Period.
  • Forming the state of Virginia with our band.
  • Touching the Hokie Stone at the exit of the tunnel.
  • Skipper after every touchdown.
  • The Walk.
  • The Corps of Cadets doing all the stuff they do.
  • Playing the Hokie Pokie at the end of the third quarter.
  • and some other ones I probably forgot.

Now I know some of these are relatively new and some are not very “cool”, but let’s review what “traditions” beat ours out, at least according to NBC Sports.

  1. “Jump Around”

    School: Wisconsin

    Tradition: Between the third and fourth quarters at every home Wisconsin football game, Badger fans jump up and down to the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain. The practice is said to be so raucous that it shakes the stadium.

    History: “Jump Around” started on October 10, 1998 against Purdue. After the team had failed to score for the first three quarters, the song was said to invigorate the student section and the team after Wisconsin came back to win.

  2. “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

    School: West Virginia

    Tradition: The John Denver hit, which mentions West Virginia, became the school’s theme song and has been played before every football game since the early 70’s. After home victories, fans and players sing the song together.

    History: This tradition began in 1972 and reached a frenzied pitch when Denver performed the song in 1980 to dedicate Mountaineer Field under coach Don Nehlen.

  3. Traveler

    School: USC

    Tradition: Traveler is a pure white horse that appears at all USC home games. Adorned by a Trojan warrior, the horse has been a fixture as USC’s steady mascot for decades.

    History: After the schools earlier attempts at a mascot (a series of dogs named George Tirebiter) USC settled on Traveler after the horse’s ride in the 1961 Rose Parade.

  4. Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer

    School: Alabama

    Tradition: Among the school’s famous cheers, the chanting of “Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer” is one of the best known. Normally used before and after games, it is set to the cadence of the Ole’ Miss song “Hotty Toddy.”

    History: The cheer is a combination of The Rammer Jammer, a student newspaper back in the 1920s and the Yellowhammer, the state bird of Alabama.

  5. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk

    School: Kansas

    Tradition: Chanting “Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk…KU,” repeatedly (the first two times slowly, then building in speed) has been a tradition for more than a century and was recognized by Teddy Roosevelt as the greatest college chant in the country.

    History: A group of science club students at Kansas apparently created the chant back in 1886, with the original words being “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk…KU.” But after replacing the Rah Rah’s with “Rock Chalk” – a reference to chalk rock (limestone) which is common around the state – it was solidified as the university’s official rally call.

  6. The Gator Chomp

    School: Florida

    Tradition: Mimicking the chomping of a gator’s mouth, the “Gator Chomp” is performed by fans during Florida sporting events by fully extending one’s arm over the other and moving them together and back apart.

    History: It was said to first come to fruition on October 10, 1981 when the fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium performed the gesture in-time with the Gator’s marching band during its rendition of the theme from Jaws.

  7. Hook ’em Horns

    School: Texas

    Tradition: Hook ’em Horns are a gesture used by Texas fans and supporters made to look like the head and horns of the school’s mascot – a longhorn steer.

    History: The hand-symbol was created by the school’s head cheerleader in 1955. The cheerleader, Harley Clark, got the idea from watching a friend making shadow puppets on the wall of a building. (Ed. Note: HAHAHAHA…losers.)

I mean come on. How the hell is making a symbol with your hands even a tradition? And if you’re going to put the stupid ass gator chomp in, how do you leave out the most annoying of the hand douchebaggery, the tomahawk chop of FSU? But seriously, no one in their right mind can honestly say that “Jump Around” is a better tradition than entering to “Enter Sandman” or doing the Hokie Pokie at the end of the third quarter.

NBC Sports of course, jerked off to Notre Dame in this list, but I guess the Irish Guard (even though they wear Scottish kilts) is an okay tradition. But you screwed up on the rest, NBC Sports! ESPN or some other large sports outlet should do a list where they objectively look at the real traditions and put it out for discussion. Because this pisspoor list does not serve as a comprehensive collection of the best traditions in college football. Not even close.

Oh and here’s the link to the slideshow in case you wanted to see them all:

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/32239415/displaymode/1247/beginSlide/1/beginChapter/1/beginTab/1/

SERIOUSLY?! How was this left out?!

Rutgers must not have a good economics program

March 4, 2009

NJ.comRutgers University collected $1.2 million for its trip to the PapaJohns.com Bowl last December. But by the time expenses were paid and the coaching staff given its performance bonuses, the school lost more than $184,000, according to reports filed with the NCAA.

While the football team’s expenses were more than covered through the Big East Conference — which pools playoff money — the university spent more than $200,000 to send faculty, staff and 187 members of the band and cheerleader squads to the game.

Haha, so let me get this straight. Rutgers accepted the bid to the PapaJohns.com Bowl, win it, and have to pay for the honor. That sucks.

This just shows how stupid it is to have all of these crappy bowls strung out across December and January. I mean the bowl isn’t even the PapaJohn Bowl. It’s named after the website. That’s like a slap in the face. Here’s a list of some of the bowls from this past year. You tell me what the company that sponsored them does:

  1. MajicJack St. Petersburg Bowl
  2. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
  3. Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl
  4. Insight Bowl
  5. GMAC Bowl

Plus this doesn’t include the bowls where you could take a good guess at what they do, but seriously, come on:

  1. Eagle Bank Bowl
  2. Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
  3. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
  4. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
  5. Valero Alamo Bowl

There are so many bowls that they have to take teams who are not even heard of during the season to play. I understand that it gives us football to watch and it’s not hurting anyone, but there is no reason that if you finish the season at .501 you are essentially guaranteed a bowl berth. You should not be rewarded for having a mediocre season.

Anyways, back to Rutgers. They’re in New Jersey. They deserved to lose money.

Game 1 Preview: ECU Pirates

August 27, 2008
It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!!

It’s the sporting world’s version of the Red Ryder BB Gun: The first college football Saturday.

Black Bart was not a Pirate.

The Friday before, we can never sleep. Well, we wouldn’t be able to sleep, if not for the fact that we usually start drinking around 5:30 pm Friday afternoons. When we awake at 10 the next morning, we scamper downstairs in footie pajamas to amazing visions of pregames and tailgates. Oh holy night!

It is without hyperbole that this Saturday is the best day of the year.

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On to our team…

Obviously, the biggest news pertains to the quarterback situation. We could delve into this for hours, but we’re just kind of sick of it. We really don’t care at this point. The offense is going to score about 6 points a game no matter what, so what the hells the difference?

If Stinespring isn’t running the ball, we’ll be breaking television sets anyways.

Run. The. Ball. Sean Glennon is only one man.

The North End Zone offices are pretty divided on the final decision. Many points were thrown out there, but Tyrod is not Jesus in maroon and orange. (We’re pretty sure the regular Jesus wears maroon and orange anyways, though.)

Will Glennon be a Bryan Randall or a Grant Noel? Hopefully the former. All he really needs to do is not f— it up and let the running game and defense win the games.

And at the end of the day, at best Tyrod gets you to 10-2, and at worst Glennon gets you 8-4. For an extra year with a better team, we can handle a few more curse-filled rants.

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But we will need to throw at some point. Our starting wide receievers? Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale. If you haven’t heard of them, don’t worry. Their mothers haven’t even heard of them.

If this group of freshmen can perform as well as the outgoing class, we are going to have a great bunch of receivers we’ll never be able to get the ball to.

In true Friday Night Lights style, we will only be referring to Kenny Lewis as Kenny Lewis. No Kenny or Lewis or KL or K-Lew. He is forever Kenny Lewis.

He’s our starter, with what will amount to 3 backups in Evans, Oglesby, and the Cheese (though the Cheese is listed at #4). It will all depend on the o-line anyways… Just love when that’s the case…

Awesomely enough, one man that will also be getting some carries this year: Greg Booooooooooooone. Officially our favorite player. Just going to make that fact known.

In the off season, Greg goes crabbing on the Northwestern.

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Bud Foster is still on the coaching staff, so the defense will be as solid as usual. Once again, the unit will keep us in every game. Orion and Cam will be wrecking balls in the middle.

Kam Chancellor will return at least 3 interceptions for touchdowns. And Macho will again live up to the most badass name in all of football. Other stars will emerge throughout the season, and we’ll try in vain to come up with awesome nicknames.


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So the actual ECU game…

This is the first time in 108 years that we will play a football game in Charlotte.

What was happening in 1900?
Hawaii became a US territory.
The Olympics as we know them today were held in Paris. The SECOND Olympics.
Ricky Henderson was born.

Christ, dude.

And Tech lost to Clemson, 12-5.

Most of the people we know who watched that game have not been able to get over it. Well, this one is for you guys.

We’re 6-0 against the Pirates since we got good (circa 1994). As anyone from Pittsburgh will tell you, a good record against a team called the Pirates is not something to brag about.

We suck…

No official word on the rumor that Matt Morris will be starting at quarterback.

The number one running back for the 2007 Pirates was lost to the first round of the draft, and this year’s presumptive number one is out with a knee injury.

That would be the extent of our scouting.

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So what’s the deal with this game? Well, ECU is that team you don’t like playing. You know they’re better than people think, but clearly other people don’t think that way.

Obviously we should win this game, but it will be closer than we’d all like.

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But the bigger question is who will lead us? In the tradition of thepensblog, we need a leader for each game. Hey, it worked for us during the playoffs.

We need a solid win, but there’s no need to be flashy here. Just get the job done. It’s business.

Who do we turn to? You got it. Optimus Prime

Not only is a hero, but he’s a truck driver, too.

Get it done. Go Hokies.

July 31, 2008
Almost there kids…

One month. One month. One month. Just keep repeating that to yourself.

We hope you’ve had a good summer. Wanna know what we did on our summer vacation? We spent it wishing it was September and dreaming of tailgates, grills, and Bumarooski.

And since summer still has about 30 days left, we’ll probably spend the rest of it doing the same thing.

But we are close, people. 30 days until your latest memory of Hokie football won’t be that gregorian-like Jayhawk chant. 30 days until TOTS actually turns a profit. 30 days until drinking in the McComas parking lot isn’t frowned upon (though the officer later admitted that it was kinda funny).

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The air around The North End Zone offices is electric.

We are quite pumped for this season, even if it might possibly be a long one football-wise.

We will be ramping up everything around here. We know we slacked a bit last year. So this year, every game will be previewed and recapped. Frank Beamer won’t be able to fart without us making fun of it.

There are a million other places to get the usual stuff. We will be aiming for entertainment.

If you are coming here for information, you might want to put down the Weekly World News and relax. ESPN can give you a take on the info. We will be providing you a view from the fan’s perspective. We are just like you, but with waaaaay too much time on our hands.

There will be rants (mainly about Stinespring). There will be celebrating (mainly when we win despite Stinespring). There will be everything.

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We know one guy that’s excited…

(better Offensive Coordinator than Stinespring)

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So sit back, enjoy the rest of summer, and rest assured knowing that you’re only a month away from not having to hear about Brett f-ing Favre 24 hours a day*.

*-seriously, can we just shoot him into the sun already?

The Fall Wedding

June 25, 2008

Buddy: Hey man, I want you to be in my wedding.
Me: Of course! When is it?
Buddy: Not sure on a date yet, but around August.
Me: Ok cool. I’m in.

A few weeks/months later, and the invite arrives. “Oh awesome, it’s official now. And the date of the wedding is… September 12th?!?!?! Are you #$%*ing serious?”

You have been hit with the dagger of… The Fall Wedding.

The fall wedding has many factors that cut deep into the hearts of college football fans. For one, you obviously can’t go to the game. (Wouldn’t be too bad this year for VT, as we really only have one decent weekend game: Georgia Tech. So I should be fine as long as that game isn’t… DAMMIT!!)

But it’s not just missing out on going to the game. There are only so many college football Saturdays in a given year. You know the days. It’s fall. The sun is setting more towards the south. The shadows are long as you watch Notre Dame drop another one by 20.

If you were not attending a game, you started drinking and watching football around noon. And you won’t stop until the 8 o’clock games finish completely full of nachos, hotdogs, and happiness. That, good sir, is a perfect Saturday.

When I mentioned the situation to a friend of mine, the frightened response was “They aren’t from Tech, are they?!” No, clearly they are not. No one from Tech would do such a thing. (Yes, I know people from Tech do it all the time, but it is to be considered a mortal sin. Only a confession to the Hokie Bird can give you absolution.)

Then comes the statement of the obvious… “They must be from JMU.” Notice how this does not come in the form of a question. It’s just assumed… and assumed correctly.

So Jacob, if you are reading this (and I know you are, because I sent it to you), your wedding better be the best freaking thing ever. If there is not a bouncy house and/or laser tag, I’m out.

The Greatest Season of All Time

December 22, 2007

The regulars here at the North End Zone (or the NEZ, as the kids know it) are only human. So we like when one of our relative unknowns drops by. Here’s Steve (file photo on the right) to give us a run down of the past year in college football.

Never in the history of college football have we witnessed a season with such unpredictability as we saw this past year. From week one through the regular season finale, upsets ran rampant, and in the process shook up the top 10 continuously. Ironically, the two most dangerous rankings for teams were #1 and #2, with major powerhouses such as Ohio State, LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma all stumbling to seemingly inferior programs, many of which were unranked. Now we are at the time of year where ESPN effectively combines marching bands’ cadences with the 12 Days of Christmas, setting up two weeks loaded with bowl games with ridiculously named sponsors. And while the biggest story currently in the sports world is that the George Mitchell costume will be the hot item for Halloween 2008, we cannot overlook what was in the college football world. With that said, I give you the Top 10 moments of the 2007 season.
#10—Gundy goes berserk

At a press conference, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy responded fiercely to the media after an article was written criticizing one of his players. Supposedly, the article mentions the quarterback sitting on the sideline smiling after being pulled from a game due to mistakes made. In addition to the reportedly lax attitude the player had, he also was supposedly seen being fed food from his mother around the stadium before the game began. In response, Gundy attacked the media by ranting that the article was garbage and that a player should not be criticized when he didn’t do anything wrong. Gundy surprisingly received applause at the end of the conference. While standing behind and defending his player was noble, the true effect of what Gundy was getting across was overlooked by many in place of his screaming and absurd phrases. If you don’t think this story should make the top 10, don’t come after me. I’m not a man…I’m not 40.

#9—LSU survives two marathon losses…and gets a trip to the Big Easy

This article isn’t really supposed to be opposing or supporting the BCS system (Corey, I’ll leave that for you to handle). LSU was ranked #1 or #2 all season, depending on which of the one million polls you look at to determine the nation’s best team. Then the Tigers rolled into Lexington, and fell to Andre Woodson’s Kentucky squad…but it took three overtimes. Due to the top-ranked curse this season, LSU climbed back to #2, before falling on Black Friday at home to Darren McFadden and Arkansas. That took 3 OT’s as well, even with LSU playing horrendous red zone defense. But thanks to Missouri’s and West Virginia’s shortcomings to end the season, the Bayou Bengals still made the National Championship. Say what you will about who is the best team in the country, but LSU deserves a shot after losing twice from 6 OT’s.

#8—Colt Brennan breaks record, Heisman voters’ guts

Thank god this guy got rid of his N Sync hairdo. Brennan had center stage on Black Friday against Boise State. That night, Brennan broke BYU’s Ty Detmer’s all-time TD passing mark, and in the process, clinched the WAC title with a win over the Broncos (how lucrative). A week later, Hawaii capped its perfect season with a victory over Washington. However, Brennan and the Warriors never really played anybody all season (I wish VT could play San Jose State every year). In the season where there was never a Heisman front runner, Brennan finished third—not second—in the Heisman voting, even with the new TD record playing a part in the voters’ minds. So here’s how the rest of Brennan’s career will go: he’ll lose a close game to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, become a late first- or early second-round draft pick, get drafted by the Eagles, play for a while and suck, then ride the bench and slowly phase out of the NFL. In other words, Ty Detmer reincarnated.

#7—Navy ends 44-game skid

Much to the chagrin of Gally, the Midshipmen ended a 44-game losing streak by edging out Notre Dame in triple OT. The last time Navy beat Notre Dame, you ask? 1963, when Roger Staubach QB’d Navy before leading America’s Team to a Super Bowl title. In its worst season in history, Notre Dame was still picked by many to beat their traditional military rivals. Hey, at least the Irish won the Texas Instruments Academic Bowl with season-ending wins over Duke and Stanford.

#6—God, I really hate Matt Ryan

As a Hokie, this was harder to watch than the back-to-back collapses to Pittsburgh in 2002 and 2003. The Hokies scored on a TD pass in the second quarter, as Glennon hooked up with Eddie Royal on the 8-yard score. Jud Dunlevy added to the lead with a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter. Aside from those two scores, the game was ugly, as both teams struggled to move the ball effectively in the torrential downpour. That is, until the fourth quarter, when Matt Ryan connected on a 16-yard TD pass to Rich Gunnell to cut the lead to 10-7. VT knew the onside kick was coming from the Eagles, and they couldn’t recover. BC went back to work, moved the ball well against the Hokies’ prevent defense, and finally took the game away from the Blacksburg faithful when Ryan threw a 24-yard TD to wide-open Andre Callender. Never have I heard Lane Stadium so quiet. More people speak during the National Anthem then they were at that moment. In a little over two minutes, BC took the momentum, the lead, and the game to keep its undefeated streak alive for the time being.

#5—Revenge is a dish best served cold

BC looked like it had never left Lane Stadium early on in the ACC Championship. Jamie Silva returned a fumble 51 yards for the game’s first score. VT would later respond with a Glennon TD pass to Josh Morgan. But it was Special Teams—as always—that helped VT stay in this game. The Hokies blocked a field goal early on, and blocked a PAT after Ryan scampered for a 14-yard score. Brandon Flowers, who played arguably the best season for any of Tech’s defensive players, returned the block for two points. Glennon hit Josh Hyman late in the third to tie it at 16, and then hit Eddie Royal in the fourth to give VT the lead. Ryan and the Eagles were driving late for a tie, but Xavier Adibi’s pick six sealed the win. The Hokies had won their second ACC title in their four year existence in the conference, while BC finished the season poorly, losing three games and settling for a sub par bowl.

#4—Mizzou and Kansas have football teams?

Kudos to Missouri and Kansas. In one season, we saw Missouri ranked #1 and Kansas ranked #2. Kansas was largely the bigger story for much of the season since KU was unranked until the second-to-last week of the season. However, the Jayhawks never really challenged themselves during the season, having no games against Texas or Oklahoma. Believe it or not, College Gameday was live from Kansas City to see Missouri and Kansas go at it, with a trip to the Big 12 Championship on the line. Missouri won the game, only to see its BCS chances crumble the next week in San Antonio with a loss to the Sooners. Mizzou is now the team on the outside looking in, while KU gets an at-large bid to play the Hokies in Miami. Still, great stories this year for two VERY surprising teams in the Midwest.

#3—Jim Harbaugh makes the news after 12 years??

USC had a 35-game home winning streak. The lowly Stanford Cardinal were 1-3. Jim Harbaugh, who is most famous for being one Hail Mary away from Super Bowl XXX, walked into the Coliseum as the Cardinal coach. The Trojans looked sluggish the week before, escaping Seattle with a close win over Washington. Again, USC let Stanford hang around throughout the game, and could never close the door completely. Finally, with 49 seconds left, Tavida Pritchard tossed a 10-TD pass to Mark Bradford, on fourth down. The extra point was the difference as Stanford shocked USC with the upset win. The loss shook up the Trojans as they later lost to a then-impressive Oregon team, and while they ended the season strong and earned a trip back to the Rose Bowl, they never fully recovered to their former National Champion form.

#2—“We Are United” on center stage

Forget everything about sports. The events that unfolded on April 16 in Blacksburg were atrocious, unforgettable, and heartbreaking. Cho Sueng-Hui shot and killed 32 students and faculty, including my good friend Ryan “Stack” Clark, before taking his own life. VT students, hopefuls, and alumni all banded together and consoled one another. VT Coach Frank Beamer added his sympathy and vowed that the Hokies would be ready for its season opener against East Carolina. The Hokies came out slow, and trailed at one point 7-3. But Victor Harris’ INT for a TD was the turning point as Virginia Tech opened the season with a 17-7 win. An emotional tribute was shown on the big screen at Lane Stadium, honoring the 32 victims. Three months later, VT won the ACC title, which was a tribute to the 32 Hokies who represented our great college as best as anyone could.

#1—AA > A

If you’re a Hokie, you want to put #2 above as the top story. However, strictly from a college football aspect, you cannot overlook the game that ended shortly after the VT-ECU game. This game inspired my first article on this site. Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards was phenomenal the Mountaineers walked into the Big House, held off over 100,000 Big Ten fans, and stunned Michigan 34-32. Never has the college football world witnessed such an improbable upset. The final play when ASU blocked the Wolverines’ potential game-winning field goal was played time and time again throughout the season, and will continue to remind us that every game on the schedule counts, whether it’s against an arch conference rival, or a small Division 1-AA school from the mountains of Boone, NC.

This has been the best college football season I can remember. Everything that could happen, did happen. Now, we are on the doorsteps of the Bowl season, which is loaded with intriguing games, especially the BCS series. And before the collegiate level switches gears to prepare for March Madness, 30+ games are waiting to be played for many schools, while one school wants one more opportunity to give something back to the amazing and courageous 32 who gave so much.

Hokies win, but no reason to celebrate

September 29, 2007

UNC wins the toss, gets the ball first, and they are immediately shut down as the Hokies force them into a three and out (typical Virginia Tech defense). The Hokies get the ball, and amazingly, we run a reverse to Royal on the first play which results in a 50 yard run. A few plays later Tyrod breaks two tackles and dances his way into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead. The offensive line was creating holes, Ore was hitting them, and Tyrod was being, well…Tyrod. It appeared that the Hokies were in for a huge day.

Not. So. Fast.

If it weren’t for the defense and special teams, this Hokie squad would have lost to a then 1-3 UNC team, at home, during homecoming – pretty depressing, huh?

So, with out wasting too much of your time, here is a list of positives and negatives. We will start with the positives:

1) Ore finally found a groove and showed a little bit of burst that he had last year. 93 yards and 6 points is a starting point, so let’s see if he can build on it. A little tidbit – he tweaked his hammy today, which is a bit of a concern, especially since he has been playing hurt all season.

2) Cam Martin is a PLAYER. He played like his life depended on it, racking up 10 tackles, which included 3 SOLO sacks. Oh yeah, talk about a BS personal foul call on him…how could he stop from hitting the QB? HE WAS IN MID AIR!!

3) 9-11. ENOUGH SAID. This dynamic duo was ALL over the field, especially Mr. Adibi. Combined, they had a lot more than 20 tackles…simply amazing.

4) Dunlevy and Bowden are very special. Did anyone else notice that Dunlevy – who hit a 52 yarder – could have hit that FG from 55? Bowden netted a 43 yard average per punt, which INCLUDED his first real shank of the season. I think we are all set with special teams.

5) Brandon Holland. Anyone else think we should start him on the line? Man, on our runs, he was 10 yards down field all the time! It’s time to think about putting him in there for Mr. Dick Graham.

6) Tyrod. His passing was not exactly great today, but he put the ball in some good spots, and boy can he move around the pocket. His 5 yard TD run was VERY special.

7) Sean Glennon. Yes, he played ONE down, but that throw he had was VERY important. He got us enough yards to put us in FG range, and if Morgan had run vertical instead of horizontal when he caught the ball, the Hokies would have gotten a first down. Good job to him for coming in with no warm up throws, scrambling, and getting some yards.

Feel free to chime in with a few more, as I know there are plenty, but I don’t want to waste your time…so, onto the negatives, which is definitely not a comprehensive list.

1) Our offense is still anemic, but did we expect anything more? We certainly showed flashes of potential with our first two drives, but after that, we had nothing. Take this into consideration – we were OUTGAINED by UNC in offense, which is just pathetic, especially since we were playing our homecoming game in Lane and UNC has a very poor defense that gives up nearly 400 yards a game – we managed 243.

2) Personal fouls. This has got to stop. Beamer needs to think about benching players – depending on the seriousness of the foul – as it appears fines and early morning sprints just aren’t getting it done.

3) Dropping passes. Unreal. How many of those are we going to have this year? It simply should not happen, especially in important situations (see Josh Morgan on a crucial 3rd down in the 4th quarter).

4) Our tight ends have disappeared completely. Seriously, we have GREAT talent there, so why not use them? Our WRs certainly aren’t getting the job done, so let’s use them every now and again.

5) Not getting the ball into the hands of our playmakers. We have Royal, Morgan, Ore, Wheeler, and even KLJ, but what do we do with them? Nothing. We should all feel bad for those kids, especially Royal and Morgan because if they were on any other team, they would most likely have huge seasons.

6) TIME OF POSSESSION. OK, so we aren’t out of the top 100 in this category…yet. That will change after this week. We did a horrible job with this and if we keep this up, we are going to get beat up pretty badly against better teams. We have way too many three and outs. Anyone remember the days where we ALWAYS won the TOP?

7) Relying on our defense. This goes hand in hand with point number 6. We have done it in the past, but not NEARLY this much. We simply need to cut this out or else they will tire. We all got a glimpse of that today because in the 4th quarter, our defense looked to be on its last breath. Good thing the game wasn’t 10 minutes longer or we really would have lost. If we keep relying on our defense all season, we WILL lose a lot of games.

So, I apologize for the longer post, but a fair amount needed to be said. I still think we go down and beat Klempson, then take care of Duke, but if those negatives don’t become positives (or at least get somewhat better), our streak of bowl games may come to an end.

VT vs. The Trust Funds (part 1)

September 27, 2007

It’s that time of year again. The leaves will soon be turning. The games won’t be terribly hot. And ACC Conference play commences for the Hokies. This is the time. We have one goal: get to the ACC Championship game. Here’s where we start the run.

This year has all the markings of the 2004 Sugar Bowl season. The team looks solid but not spectacular. We have a lot of tough games, but all of which we should win. It won’t be a pretty season, but it can be rewarding. But it all starts with UNC.

Predictions (all VT victories, of course)

Gally: 27 – 10
DiP: 31 – 13*
BBull: 35 – 10
Steve: 27 – 13
Tim (I’m not calling him the Rocket Scientist anymore. I can do a lot of things better than him, and I like using the phrase “It’s not rocket science”.): 28 – 13
Dan: 23 – 10
Bdubs: 39 – 7**
Lady Gally: 24 – 3
Lady Steve: Locked in his closet, not available for comment.

*DiP also went out on a limb this week, saying that Purdue will beat Notre Dame. While I didn’t asterisk it, I also predict that LSU will beat Tulane. Everyone’s getting gutzy.

**Barry wrote a ridiculously long prediction. Suffice it to say that we will kick ass after early struggles. If he is exactly right, I will put up what he said. I just think it’s time for someone to get a real job.

Other predictions on the upcoming weekend:

WVU will handily beat USF. With the USF win over Auburn looking less and less impressive (Auburn is about to drop to 2-3 overall), consider me on the Don’t-Believe-in-USF Bandwagon. Actually, I’m pretty sure that I am the bandwagon.

Michigan will handily beat Northwestern. I think Appy is just pretty good. Well, their QB, anyways. Why is he not getting any Heisman press? In what seems like a down year, I’m surprised he hasn’t made at least some noise. I don’t think he’d even come close, but does everyone remember Steve McNair being invited to New York? By far the greatest athlete from Alcorn State.

Alabama will take down Florida State.

Virginia and Pitt will go to overtime in the “Worst Coaches Ever Bowl”. Twenty-three people will be glued to their tv sets.

So that’s it for this week. My favorite thing to happen since last game was the OSU rant. The rant was amazing, but the best part has been the reaction. Almost 95% of people think that it was awesome. You know who doesn’t think it was great? Newspaper writers. Big shocker there. How else can you make money other than ripping apart teenagers, telling them they’re soft. Seriously, there’s no need for writers to talk about that. That job goes to Maryland fans.

(And, as the coach said, “If you’re going to criticize someone, criticize me.” Students are thus justified for the Facebook group: Fire Bryan Stinespring)

VT v. Bob (Sacamano) Cats

September 14, 2007

Some score preditions for the game

CGally: 27-14 VT
Steve: 31-13 VT
Tim (RocketScientist… ha): 28-10 VT
DiP:
Barry (bdubs/toolbag): 38-0 VT *
BBull: 28-7 VT (two missed field goals)
The Lady Gally: 17-0 VT
The Lady Barry: doesn’t exist

*Ore 100 yds, Tyrod 60 rushing + 1 or 2 TDs, defense scores twice

Other predictions

USC rolls by 20.

Michigan and Notre Dame game gets pre-empted for a replay of the 1997 World Series of Poker.

The war-torn areas of central Africa will devolve into a warlord ruled state. With the added economic pressure steming from the NATO blockade, the area will lack the necessary supplies to devolop a proper distribution system. Advances in the educational and medical fields will be stunted by the lack of repairs to an aging infrastructure. Either this, or I will go to Taco Bell for dinner Saturday night. One of the two.

LSU will win by more than 41… I hope…

As it happens, myself and Lady Gally will not be in attendance. We’ve been asked to take care of a pair of jetskis for the weekend, and felt obligated. Hopefully, Roth’s voice will be nice and soothing. And if I hear of any Bob (Sacamano) Cats selling Russian hats on the Drillfield, I will be very sorry that I missed the game.

GO HOKIES!!!