Orange Bowl

My Tech Talk Live Question

Mr. Roth,

This question is for Coach Beamer (who I hope will be appearing on this week's show).

Hypothetically, if the Orange Bowl had been the National Championship game, would we have done anything different in terms of balancing recreational activities against football preparation?

Thank you, and go Hokies!

Joe @

Getting this loss off my chest.

Here’s the truth. We won eleven football games this season, another ACC Championship and extended the ten-plus-wins a season streak to seven. Standing on its own 2010 was an impressive campaign, especially after our disastrous start, as part of the whole, over the last seven years, it helps comprise a top ten resume. However, is that being elite? No, it’s being consistent. Consistently the best team in the ACC, but not good enough to beat a quality opponent. What’s frustrating is I honestly don’t know what’s keeping us from taking that next step.

Orange Bowl Preview

The Orange Bowl is tomorrow. And we're playing in it. Isn't that amazing?

I wrote this before we played ECU.

But, it was supposed to be our year...

I know, believe me I know. My brain told me otherwise, but I believed my heart. I thought this would be the year. Not too long after we lost to Boise State I was concocting crazy scenarios in my head that would get us into the Championship Game. If Miami beats Ohio State they could be 10-0 and number one when we play... We'd have another chance to win a statement game... And maybe Boise will slip up... Then we lost to JMU. We're not winning the National Championship this year, and neither are 118 other teams. It's time to move on.

There are still plenty of reasons to be excited. And no, I'm not talking about the ACC Championship, or a BCS bowl, or anything else big picture. How about the simple satisfaction of watching the Hokies play football games. We didn't win a damn thing last year, yet we all were straight giddy when Ryan Williams was draggin' corpses into the end zone, proud of the guys for how they went toe-to-toe with Alabama, and delighted when we beat Tennessee. We just need to give these guys a chance to shine.

David Wilson and Antone Exum Suspended

Even though David Wilson eats Chick-fil-A on Sundays he still needs to be in his hotel before curfew. Both Wilson and Exum broke 1:00 AM curfew and will sit out the first quarter of the Orange Bowl. According to Darryl Slater Rock Carmichael will take over for Wilson on kickoff return.

It could be worse, but balls. If things are going well for us, I wouldn't expect either of them to play.


"At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree can make all the difference."

These are the Hokies beginning to bubble at 211°, I can't wait to see them heat up just one degree more.

Orange Bowl, Orange Drink

The Orange Bowl is less than 10 days away, and while I've broken down and previewed the upcoming on-the-field action, the Cardinal's best and worst games along with statistics of note, I've neglected the social aspect of the game. That stops now.

Like many of you, I traveled home for Christmas. Every Christmas Eve my Mom welcomes our friends and family over her house to enjoy hors d'oeuvre, fried fish and pasta (this year we had lasagna OM NOM NOM). In the spirit of the Orange Bowl, I decided to create an orange drink bar for our guests to enjoy. This would serve a few purposes:

  1. Make family time more passable.
  2. Provide a conversation starter to educate my family and friends on the trials and tribulations of Virginia Tech football.
  3. Determine a suitable, officially unofficial, drink for my upcoming trip to Miami.

Orange Bowl Helmets?

Via anonymous email (ohhhhhh) comes a tip that these are the helmets we'll be wearing against Stanford in the Orange Bowl. They're bold, but the color is appropriate for the bowl. I think if we pair them with the white uniforms they'll look pretty sharp.

It would be the first time we wear orange helmets.

And here's the reverse angle from @edubrew's Yfrog.

Although it hasn't been made official by the athletic department, I think it's safe to say this is the hat we'll be sporting in Miami.