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Orange Bowl, part duex

December 31, 2008
So here we are again. Another BCS bowl game, another opportunity for Tech to make a statement. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You want to be a big time program, you win this football game.

In 1995, the Hokies took down Texas in a huge Sugar Bowl upset. 4 years later we’re in the championship game. We doubt that was coincidental.

We’ve had 2 other chances to win huge BCS games, and blown them both. (Yeah yeah, Auburn was good, but beatable).

As far as this match up goes, we really have no idea. The only Cincy game any of us watched this year was their almost-debacle against WVU. But we doubt very much that the winning or losing of the game rests with the Bearcats.

No no, that responsibility lies with us. Well, not us the fans, but the team we root for. What Hokie squad will show up? The lights out team that played in the ACC Championship, or the “Let’s Pass On 3 Straight Downs Even Though We Are Up By 5 Against ECU With Only 4 Minutes Left” team. Though, to be fair, the latter was more of a coaching decision… hintity hint hint.

But whatever you think of this season, the fact remains that we can make great strides by winning this game. Let’s get this thing done so we can stop living in 1995. No one wants that.

LET’S GO HOKIES!!!

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Congrats to last week’s winner and recently added prediction expert Bobby P. For those who are not familiar with ol’ BP, he’s about as ginger as they come.

So for you, you get the most successful ginger of all time…

Hope this makes up for you guys not having souls.
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Now, on to this week’s picks:
C Gally: 18 – 12 VT, no offensive touchdowns

The DiP: 20 – 16 VT

The Northerner: 28 – 24 VT

CMU Football Analyst: 29 – 14 VT

B Dubs 31 – 10 VT

Wright: 24 – 17 Cincy (words cannot describe how much we hate you, Mr. Wright)

Lady Wright: 24 – 17 VT

The Bull: 24 – 21 VT

G Way: 24 – 10 VT, a blocked kick and defensive score

Maniak: 24 – 9 VT, blocked punt

Poppa Gally: 35 – 14 VT, 3 blocked kicks, defense scores 3 touchdowns. (Clearly in the realm of possibility.)

We really don’t know anyone that went to Cincinnati. Not really shocking, if you’ve ever actually visited the city. So we sent a letter to Chad Johnson, stating that we’d like an opinion from the 3rd best receiver on the Bengals. We received no response.

Good luck to all. The winner of this may actually get some sort of prize, but most likely not.

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We knew this day would come. We’ve used Sig so much already, and Mr. McQueen is out.

Here are some of the possible heroes we considered:

Grover

Greased Up Deaf Guy


Disco Stu


John Candy


Santa


Richard Roma

If you don’t know this movie, you are no better than a ginger.

(I bet you all thought that we’d go with Baby Mangino as an excuse to put his picture up one last time. But you are wrong…. we will be having an end of year post.)

But only one man could come up with all the qualities needed for this win. Having never won a BCS game before, we need someone resourceful. Someone who can think on their feet to meet an opponent we’ve not yet seen. We’ll need a kick ass attitude and a cocky stride.

At first, we thought the man was Poochie.

But no. We need a true hero.

You guessed it.

Captain Steven Hiller from Independence Day.


Let’s kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!

GO HOKIES!!!

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Orange Bowl "Thoughts"

January 8, 2008

I use the quotation marks because the word “thoughts” does not include the phrase “angry rants”. No no, I’m not super angry. More frustrated. Tired of missing these golden opportunities to jump to the next level. Sad for the fact that these BCS games don’t come too often. Nor do they come often against teams we should beat.

Yes, we should have beaten Kansas. Not that we could have won. We straight up should have won. KU was better than I thought, for sure. Really, I had no idea what to expect as they didn’t really play anyone. But to lose by 3 after the way Tech played? We should have won.

Make no mistake, this loss set us back. A program fighting on the brink of elite did not need another loss in a BCS game. This now makes 12 years since a BCS win. Officially, no one is allowed to talk about a National Championship on this site. WVU is 10 times more likely to win one than us… that hurt to type.

So let’s play the question/answer dialog:

Was the season a success?

Yes, of course. 11-3 is always successful. I will always be happy OVERALL with a season. I got to do the tomahawk chop in mocking fashion with 75,000 of my best friends. I’ve been waiting since kindergarten to do that.

But the name of the game is missed opportunities. There is no need to document those. Besides, the computer I was tracking them on got thrown into the wall when we kicked the ball into Joe Mortensen’s stomach.


Since the season was technically a success, does anything need changed?

Good God yes. Bryan Stinespring… wow. If our offense was anywhere near AVERAGE, we finish top 5 every year. By my count, our offense cost us 17 points from turnovers. We win going away if we punted the ball on 1st down.

Despite what you probably think, I am not a football expert. I cannot tell you exactly what needs to change in our offense (i.e. RUN THE %#*&ING BALL!). But I do know that if you have a legend like Frank Beamer as your coach and you can’t recruit a top 30 offense, then you need to go home. If it quacks like a duck, it’s either a duck or coach Bombay. (Hey, think Gordon could come be OC? I’d take Charlie Conway or that cake eater Adam Banks at this point.)

By my count, there are 217 “Fire Bryan Stinespring” websites/facebook groups/nursery schools. This is not including the international community. The surge in the facebook group membership in the past 4 days should be telling enough. (The newest to join the Fire BS/VT blog community is in the links to the right.) I’m not saying its the end all be all, but sometimes a little change is good. And any change concerning our offense can’t be bad.

(Note that I refrained from using the phrase “offensive offense”… aww dammit.)


But I am only one person. How can I make a difference?

Write your congressman. Tell him or her that we cannot stand for this kind of blind bi-partisan coaching. I don’t really know what I meant by that, but forget it. I’m rolling.


Can we at least hate Kansas now?

Unfortunately or otherwise, no. Every fan we met from the heart land was pretty fun. Most likely because they had booze, and we had no contact with KU whatsoever before this game. The last time we played common opponents was in 1874.

Ironically, Michael “Ookie” Vick was transferred to a prison in Kansas. Maybe ESPN will make him define the state, cuz lord knows they made him define us. (Seriously, the freshmen this year were 12 when Vick played at Tech. No one cares.)


Will we be in the National Championship hunt in 2008?

Get the hell off of my porch, son.


But the game was fun. To all fans out there, if you can make a BCS game, DO IT. Then you’ll realize why our goal every year should be to win the conference. Yes, we are angry right now, but we are angry about one game. That’s fine. We all know we had a great season. And we will all remember that in a few weeks when we return from our ESPN.com hibernation.

Stay tuned for a season wrap.

Hokies v. Kansas… in football

January 2, 2008

The time has finally come. It’s been 31 long days since the last Hokie game. We tried to get by with basketball, but this year, we’re just… just awful. (National Champions in 2009. Mark it down.) But now it’s almost game time!

This is a short preview, as most of us are rolling down to Miami. Maybe someone too cheap to go down can write up a better funnier longer preview (*cough* dip/steve/tim *cough*). But we should win. And if we play up to our potential, we will win handily. But we’re all Hokies, and we all know how some of these games go. At least it will be fun no matter what.

Enjoy the BCS Bowl birth. They don’t grow on trees, you know. But this is an opportunity. Much like the ACC Championship was a must-win for legitamacy, this is just as big. In 1995, we won the Sugar Bowl. Four years later we played for the National Championship. Coincidence? Doubt it. (Yes, I know Vick was a freshman, but the rest of the team was pretty loaded as well.)

Good teams get to BCS games. Great teams win them.

Tech 33 Kansas 17
LET’S GO HOKIES!!

"I’m a Hokie." "I’m a PC."

December 28, 2007

Props to Lion in Oil for posting the following videos. Just great stuff all around.

Ah youtube. What a time to be alive.