A Night Game in Lane

Editor's Note: Edited and bumped to the front. Let's sack up and blow our lungs out in the Terror Dome tomorrow night.

After the loss to Miami, I didn’t know what to write about. There was no ACC championship hope, no ten win season. Everything was gone. I was planning on writing about how a big matchup against Florida State could help us get to 10 wins; how we were going to be playing in Charlotte; how this was a big Thursday night matchup against FSU. All of that is gone. Pretty much all hopes for this season are gone. People have given up, and rightfully so. So why am I writing? I’m writing because I remembered we still have a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium.

The Hokies rose to prominence by actively seeking out the Thursday night spotlight as ESPN expanded into the weekday college football concept. The fans have adopted playing on Thursday night as a vital component to the identity of the program. The campus essentially shuts down for the game. The entire town of Blacksburg revolves around Thursday night games. Heck, Blacksburg High School even gets a half day because there’s a game. Every year, as Hokies, we cherish the opportunity to go out on a Thursday night and show what we’re really made of in front of a true nationwide audience. This year is not what we expected. This year isn’t the Hokies. One thing that’s certain though, Hokies show up on Thursday nights. I don’t care what’s happened this season. This game means a lot for our pride. Are we going to crawl in a hole and hide? Or are we going to fight on our home turf and make ourselves proud? Are we going to represent Lane Stadium how it should be?

I have witnessed incredible things in Lane Stadium; things I can’t explain. Comebacks, blowouts, but never have I seen our team give up. They will come out fired up. Lane Stadium is our playground, and we don’t share any of our toys. We come out with the mindset of domination. We smack the opponent, pin them to the ground, and don’t let up. That’s what Virginia Tech does.
50-7: That’s our record in Lane Stadium since joining the ACC. 6-2: Our record on Thursday nights since joining. 211-112: How much we’ve outscored the opponent in the last 8 years on Thursday nights. Pretty favorable numbers, right? 14: How much we’re predicted to lose by. No one is giving us a chance. That number, however, is automatically erased when the team steps on the field. I have seen it too many times, Tech as the underdog at home. You know how we respond? We fight, we dominate. A lot of times teams come into Blacksburg as the favorites, and end up getting crushed. 26-7, our victory over #10 Clemson in 2006. 31-7, our victory over #2 Miami in 2003 and #9 Miami in 2009.

Lane Stadium on a Thursday night is a magical place. For those of you who haven’t witnessed it in person, you’ll be amazed. For those of you who have, you know what it’s like; you know how it should be. Thursday night games shouldn’t be taken for granted. Students only get a chance to go to four of them their entire college career. Only 4. Make it count. Be as loud as you’ve ever been before. Never give up. Make everyone proud, make our players proud to play in Blacksburg, give them confidence.

Players feed off the energy in Lane. The louder the environment, the greater chance we have of winning. The players respond to the crowd, having 66,000 fans supporting you gives you the belief you can do anything, it gives you hope, and that’s exactly what our players need tomorrow. Players cherish these moments; to go out and prove what their made of. They elevate their game to another level. A level the majority of us didn’t think they could play at.

We hate Florida State. I know so many people who are still scarred from the National Championship game. There is nothing I would love to do more than beat them as a top ten team on a Thursday night with the ENTIRE country watching. I would love to kill them. We’ve sucked this year, but we can help blur this season with a win tomorrow. It’s still a night game in Lane. It’s still FSU. It’s still a top ten team. We still want to pull off an incredible upset.

I don’t care the matchup. Who it is, what they’re ranked, who they’ve beaten, how much better they are than us, what the spread is. We’ve got a night game in Lane. That’s all that matters, and that’s what will help us get a victory.

We come together on Thursday nights. The Hokies of old will come out tomorrow night. The new fans, and the old, will unite to create an unbelievable environment. Be loud, be proud, support your Hokies like never before. The time is here. 11.8.2012. Witness, and be a part of the unimaginable.

“Does it get any better than Thursday night in Blacksburg?” No Rece Davis, No it doesn’t.

Comments

I hate f$u, please punch them in the mouth. That is all.

This is a great post. I remember my first (and so far, only) Thursday night game in Blacksburg. It was the Matty Ice Miracle in Blacksburg, but regardless of the outcome, that atmosphere was ELECTRIC the entire night. Granted, we were #8, they were #2 and we had the chance to make a serious run at a National Title, but anyhow.

I think the fanbase will show up loud and proud. Let's go beat FSU. #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING.

I believe in the Brew Crew.

To drive up from Jax or Not...

That is the question......

No. It's not a question

You already know the answer.

Logan 3:16

come on

You have to, we need you.

#ALLMAROONEVERYTHING.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

How is that even a question?

Thursday night in Blacksburg... HECK YES

I am asking this as well

I think I will be driving up from Jax.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.' So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." Lee Corso Aug 23, 2000

http://www.thekeyplay.com

I drove up from south FL. Just saying.

I am always drunk when I make my videos.

I shared this recently

but still poignant:

This win was a great birthday present!

get some dum-dums!

Like French, I say we should just start playing the Hokies we know will be returning. In particular on offense. LT3 needs to get comfortable and build trust with them sooner rather than later. The departing seniors can get a token few plays for their highlight reels, too, but I don't see much draft stock in their ranks.

I'd love to see the Hokie Football equivalent of this speech from GEN George S. Patton:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b5g1avyCSA

Grimm Reaper, The Rock, T-Mobile, and "Sure Hands" Coale, we will always remember how you contributed!

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

F what I said and enough X's and O's, here is what needs to happen.

GET A GOD DAMN MEAN ON AND HIT EVERY PLAYER IN A GOLD HELMET SO HARD THAT HIS GRANDKIDS PISS BLOOD, THEN THEY WILL WIN THE GAME.

Thank you for the forum.

Viva El Guapo

AMEN

I don't understand much of what you say french (I have the football IQ of Forrest Gump) but that was beautifully put!

Ok I'm sorry, our football team is still trying to compete this season. Got it.

Forgive me, I come from FFV stock of many Keydets and cavaliers and am the first Hokie.

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

From my favorite movie loosely about Free Shoes U

#TeamPeanutButter - because your cakes, pies, cookies, and ice creams are better with it!

Key thing I learned from The Program

1) Wide receivers with poor hands make great, but injury prone middle linebackers

2) Singing is a must while pass blocking. Keeps you breathing and in rhythm.

3) Toss sweep is a foundational play (Thunder Right)

4) She doesn't love me. I am just her ghetto toy.

5) Don't throw the flat.

Viva El Guapo

Attitude VT used to have

"Kill the quarterback. Hit the tight end so hard his girlfriend dies. Kill everybody." Mack

"Starting Defense" -- we could use Lattimore tonight...

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” - David Wilson

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

"Place at the table!"

It's a great day to be a Hokie!

Sorry Read Your post

And this popped in my head:

sorry not a football clip

A new season...new hope

As Hokie Fans...

...there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with us...

ISN'T IT GREAT??!!

We put the K in Kwality

Virginia Tech: Beyond Terrordome

Has anyone made a mash-up of lane stadium and a picture of the Thunderdome from Mad Max? Every time I hear "terror dome", all I can think is TWO MEN ENTER, ONE MAN LEAVES

RIP Stick it In

Hahahaha...thought I was the only one!!!

It's a great day to be a Hokie!

*

WHO RUNS BARTERTOWN!?......MASTER BLASTER! Awesome movie.

D_BAM

It's here...this is the time to show the nation, why Lane Stadium is one of the toughest & loudest stadiums in the NCAA. Let's Go!!

It's a great day to be a Hokie!

There is the meaing right

There is the meaning right there for this game...Lane Stadium's pride is on the line, if not this team's. I just got really amped for the game now!

yes!

After reading this, I just cried screaming tears of rage that i will unleash tonight from the north endzone

@VTimHokie85

THURSDAY NIGHT

Can't wait for this game, sitting hear at work in Roanoke bout to take a half day to start tailgating and I want to bump Enter Sandman and run down the halls. Like everyone has said forget the records let's go squash the Criminoles.

"I oughta punch a UVA fan right in the neck" -Colin Cowherd

Reminder

Thanks for this, I, as most hokies out there, have been disappointed in this year's team and I have been lacking on my Hokie Watching dedication. But reading this reminded me that it is not just about winning, it is about the experience. remembering the 9 Thursday night games (I took a victory lap or two after my BA) gave me goose bumps. Although I can not be there tonight, I am looking forward to feeling the electricity through the broadcast and enjoying the tradition and the glimmer of hope we can pull one out tonight. I think i'll go blast some enter sandman now. Lets Go!

Ruxin if we lined up every girl you had sex with in high school we could rush for a 1000 yards behind them in the NFL.

Major Moto

This is what being a Hokie is all about!

Thanks for the intervenous injection of motovation excitment to get me through the rest of the day at work!!!!

ONE CLASS

One hour-long Contracts class to get through and then I am headed north from South Carolina.

First stop: middle school, y'all. Gotta pick up the little brother and his friend early from school. Then we are Blacksburg bound. Already in my #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING.

I can hardly stand it. This will be the longest class of my life.

them

wuz the days....

love the all maroon unis...you think anyone would want to bring those back?

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

BE THE BULLY. If it was my

BE THE BULLY.

If it was my team, first offensive play of the game for Florida State, on the first sound every defender would knock the immortal piss out of every Florida State player. Let them know, win or lose, they are going to be sore as hell for the next month after this game.

Viva El Guapo

Regardless of the score, I think everyone in Lane read this

That's 113.1 dB on the field.

pretty impressive

Noise Source Decibel Level Decibel Effect
Thunderclap, chain saw (121 dB) 120 Painful. 32 times as loud as 70 dB.
Steel mill, auto horn at 1 meter. Turbo-fan aircraft at takeoff power at 200 ft 118 dB). Riveting machine (110 dB); live rock music (108 - 114 dB). 110 Average human pain threshold. 16 times as loud as 70 dB.
Jet take-off (at 305 meters), use of outboard motor, power lawn mower, motorcycle, farm tractor, jackhammer, garbage truck. Boeing 707 or DC-8 aircraft at one nautical mile (6080 ft) before landing (106 dB); jet flyover at 1000 feet (103 dB); Bell J-2A helicopter at 100 ft (100 dB). 100 8 times as loud as 70 dB. Serious damage possible in 8 hr exposure

Night Game.

I'll tell you what, thats what a Night Game in Lane is all about. Depressed for not winning, but happy for our fans and a team that fought frickin hard.

The play calls looked good, LT3 just lacked a little accuracy as we've seen him struggle with this year. But all in all, great game.......I've really seen the play calling come around.

Defense, awesome.

If you ain't first, you're last! That should be the ethos instilled in this team.

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.