It was never about beating Alabama

#BEATBAMA was never about beating Alabama.

It was about sacking up. It was about running head first through a loss. It was knowing you're too short, but laying out anyways. It was about getting fired up and not backing down. It was about not wanting to hear one more damn word about how much Alabama was going to win by. It was about believing in these new coaches, the players, owning this offseason, and not rolling into a ball. It was about pride and scoffing at Vegas' line. It was about making the dumb choice, hope and faith over logic, that you'd repeat over and over.

A retweet from Spencer Hall, one of my favorite writers:

Am I fool for believing in my team? Am I a fool for loving my school? Am I am fool for just betting every piece of my soul I have on the underdog?

Yes.

I would go to New Orleans one billion times and back and watch us lose the Sugar Bowl. I would go there one billion times and blow my lungs out and watch Danny Coale catch that ball. I'd go there one billion times over and have my guts ripped out my mouth. I'd go there, I'd go to Death Valley, I'd go to to FedEx, I'd go to Miami, I'm going to Columbus, I'm going to South Bend, I'm going to Ann Arbor, I'm going to Madison, and I'm going back to Atlanta.

I will go anywhere, everywhere, to watch the Orange and Maroon, decked out in orange and maroon, because that's what HokieNation does.

It was never about beating Alabama.

It was about us. The 2013 season is here. Get yourself right, and let's fucking go.

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FIVE. DAYS. No offseason has ever felt so long. And now it's almost time to #BEATBAMA...

LET'S GO!!!!

Two epic goatees. Two epic coaches. Tip of the Spear and The Lunchpail. GRIMES&FOSTER.

Exactly. Thank you. Now I'm all fired up again.
Hokies aren't fair weather fans, we don't quit before we even start. Just because the odds are against us and every indication is that we will likely fail, WE CAN'T STOP! If you need an example of Hokies facing overwhelming odds, there are 7 of them inscribed on the Cenotaph. I invite everyone to read those names and their stories. http://www.vt.edu/about/buildings/war-memorial-chapel-honor.html
I hope that is what our team visited the Pylons for: to realize that 1.) This is only a football game, luckily the fate of the free world does not rest on their shoulders, and 2.) Hokies have been accomplishing the impossible for over a century now.
So yes, we may lose to Alabama. Hell, we may lose to Western Carolina, the point is we have to play the game to find out and I plan on yelling at a bar's TV as loudly as I would at Lane or in the Dome.

http://www.vt.edu/about/buildings/war-memorial-chapel-pylons.html

Don't forget these guys too, most of you probably know about these names as well. For those of you who don't, each pylon is inscribed with the names of Hokies that have been lost fighting for this country.

I have served in the military for just over 9 years now, all during a time of war. The Ut Prosim pylon holds a very close place to my heart, names on it include those lost over the last decade. It will always be one of the most striking and sentimental parts of the campus to me.

GO HOKIES...........Major Motivation, thanks for the post!

a miami fan once told me that we'll never get 5 natty titles.

i said, "maybe but yall will never have 7 medal of honor winners."

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

UT PROSIM, Nick Brantley and Jeff Kaylor!
I'm so proud to be part of a university that honors these men.

There's a reason why the last thing Virginia Tech football players see in the tunnel are the words: "For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence." It's not about winning. Virginia Tech achieves so much more than winning football games every day. It's about upholding the values of our university. It's about remembering those names on the Pylons. It's about the names on the April 16 memorial. It's about showing the world what a Hokie truly is.

#BEATBAMA

Live for 32. Ut Prosim. Let's Go, Hokies.

And if it means keeping the NCAA Infractions Committee out of the 24060, then so be it.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

I want to give you one million up-votes for this one. My sentiments exactly.

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

Exactly its about going balls to the wall as a fan and saying to hell with disappointment. Its gonna happen anyway at some point so why not be crazy why not put your heart and soul into it. Why not say that were going to beat bama and guess what the more I say it the more the players say it the more they believe it. So fuck the naysayers fuck the haters its less than one week let's get this shit together go down there punch em right in the mouth and #BEATBAMA

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All i got to say is BEAT BAMA ROLL THE MOTHER FUCKING TIDE GO HOKIES FUCKING GO!

H_O_K_I_E_S-HOKIES!

Proud Member Of The Key Play Community Since January 2012.

Words cannot explain how fired up I got when I read this.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

The next time they ask you what HOKIE PRIDE is, point them here.

When we shock the world on 8/31 and they need somewhere to turn to in order to make sense of it all, point them here.

Virginia Tech 42, #11 Miami 24 - Da U, still not back

Preach

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

"It's about exit light. It's about enter night. It's for those who have passed...and for those to come. It's...DOOMSDAY"

About fucking sums it up man. Nice post. We might get beat, but someone is going to have to bleed to do it.

#BeatBama

Bigger, Faster, STRONGER...BUILT TO HIT

Do you have the YouTube link to the full teaser and trailer y'all put together

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Im so glad I went to bed before this was published. Would have never gotten to sleep.

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

What a way to start my week. LETS GO HOKIES!!!

Carry Me Back

At first I was like:

Bravo

Then I was like:

Let's GO!!

But in all seriousness, this made me want to throw on a helmet and run head first into that 'Bama Defense.

Thank you so much to Joe and the entire Key Play community for taking this rally cry and showing everyone what being a real fan is all about. I don't give a shit about how many titles we've won or games we've lost. I am a Hokie and will be one until the day I die. Being a Hokie fan is about far more than wins and losses, it's about passion and rooting for the blue collar underdog who never gives up no matter what. I don't care if we lose by 100 to Alabama, I will be in Blacksburg the week after ready to scream my lungs out against WCU.

I hope every Hokie reads this this week and memorizes the whole damn thing. Joe, you have put into words something that so few of us can, and that is what it truly means to be a fan. Any idiot with internet access could tell you what is supposed to happen on Saturday, only a true fan doesn't care what any "expert" says.

Let's go guys, I don't know how many games we'll win or what this season holds for us but I know one thing, I'm riding this SOB out regardless. See you all soon, whether it be at the Dome or in Lane. It's football season and it's time to get rowdy!!

GO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #BEATBAMA!!!!

what a way to start my monday...lets fucking go!

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

HOKIES!!!

What's Important Now?
The Lunchpail. The Hammer. BeamerBall.
Deal some damage boys

I feel like running through a brick wall. LETS GOOOOOOOOO.

HOKIES!

H_O_K_I_E_S-HOKIES!

Proud Member Of The Key Play Community Since January 2012.

I still remember watching #BEATBAMA develop on Twitter after we beat Rutgers - it was still #BEATALABAMA back then - my New Year's resolution was to #BEATALABAMA. We all hated that stupid commercial with the "Roll Tide" theme - I refused to spend my entire off-season being 0-1 when the freakin Alabama game wasn't for another 9 months! Thanks to The Key Play, I got to focus my energy on sharing the BEATBAMA theme - I have BEATBAMA shit all over my office, the hallway to my office, my Facebook page, and everywhere I can without "littering". While my friends know how obsessed I am, and are generally understanding, they are eagerly awaiting the removal of the orange and maroon BEATBAMA circles that appear wherever I've been. Most of them know that it's not about one game, it's about believing, about my pride in being a Hokie, and about my passion. Granted, it's also about hating the fucking Roll Tide shit, but the Hokie love greatly outweighs the Alabama hatred...that's a lot of love. Thanks for this article - it is right on point. I can't wait to watch us BEATBAMA on Saturday - we are decorating the car on Thursday for the drive from RVA to ATL where we will sit in Row 4 in the Georgia Dome staring at the backs of the best team in college football!! GO HOKIES!!

HOKIES, GET YOUR PISS HOT!!! LET'S FUCKING GO!!!!

PS: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

I'm going to start using the phrase "let's fucking go" in all of my conversations. I love everything about this post. HELL YES HOKIES.

"No, we will not die like dogs, we will fight like lions!"

Awesome GIF Turkey Leg for you sir!

H_O_K_I_E_S-HOKIES!

Proud Member Of The Key Play Community Since January 2012.

A bag full of methamphetamines wouldn't get me anymore hyped than I am.

There are more than winds of change in coaching. It really feels like our fanbase, OUR Hokie nation is finally back on board.

If Bama wants everything we've got, they're going to get it full blast and with the momentum of every single Hokie fan behind them.

It's not about just #BeatBama. It's way more than that now.

Bigger, Faster, STRONGER...BUILT TO HIT

i'm in tarheel/clemson country this week before rolling down to atl friday. if i see a bammer i'm just gonna wanna yell "LETS GO!!" in his face after reading this. joe i gotta say this got me electrified for the game.

haha we are gonna be raising holy hell walking into that dome. we might scare some bammers.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

I love reading these posts early Monday morning. My colleagues in the office continue to remind of the -19.5 point spread and how we are going to get destroyed. At times their chatter makes me feel like this:

David vs. Goliath

Then after reading the post and the comments here I started to feel like this:

David winning

Thank you guys for pumping me up.......#beatbama

Theo24hokie

I still think it's about beating Alabama.

Why not?
They're starting a new offensive line, it's the first game of the season, they're looking ahead to TAMU...if the Hokies are ever going to beat Alabama, this week is it.

Screw the moral victory, I can't wait to see ESPN go into cardiac arrest when the golden boys from Tuscaloosa go down this Saturday evening.

AHHHHHHHHH FUCK YES!!!!! I'm so pumped right now, I'm listening to the Enter Sandman intro for the rest of the day until I'm ready to run through a damn brick wall.

And I may be a complete idiot who shows a complete lack of respect for reality, but I start every season with the idea we could win the National title. It may take a ton of breaks going our way and a player or two revealing himself to be playing on God level a la Michael Vick, but it's always in my head from the second our bowl game ends until (or IF) it becomes not achievable. And then you focus next on the highest remaining goal. Because they are playing for it every season, regardless if every single media personality dismisses our chances all summer. Fuck them, fuck the point spread and BEATBAMA.

Remember, Alabama relied on a couple of lucky breaks (Oklahoma State inexplicably losing to Iowa State in '11, then several teams in front of them losing last season).

It's about time the needle swung in another direction.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

As I noted in our Alabama game preview that we will publish this week, this is a foundational moment. Is August 31st the moment where Virginia Tech's football program rediscovered what makes it special, or were the new hires just a band aid on the wound of complacency that detailed other older coaches like Bobby Bowden and Phillip Fulmer?

I want to see fight. I want to see players executing. I want to see outstanding fundamentals. I want to see physicality. I want them to hit Alabama in the mouth and clearly send a message to every other team on the schedule that no matter what the score, fear the day you have to suite up against the Hokies.

The painful reality of sports is that there are two teams. You can squeeze every bit of effort and execute at a high level, but if your opponent is bigger, stronger, and faster and executes just as well, physics takes over and the scoreboard may not read what you want. But, way too often over the season, the Hokies didn't get equal execution (and sometimes effort Marcus Davis Dyrell Roberts cough cough.) That was appalling to watch every week live and then again on film.

August 31st isn't about winning and losing. It is about character. Will this team and this staff play and coach in the aggressive confident manner that took the Hokies to the verge of a National Championship? Win or lose, will Alabama players and coaches reveal in interviews that the Hokies were the most physical and most disciplined team they ever played? This game must be a springboard to a return to dominance. Scoreboard be damned.

My message to every player who will walk on to the Georgia Dome turf on Saturday is simple, echoing the words of the late great Fred Selfe:

Believe in yourself. Believe in the guy next to you. Believe in the play called. Men, let's go to work.

Viva El Guapo

in our Alabama game preview that we will publish this week

Gimme gimme gimme!

I can't fucking wait! I just had to close my office door & listen to Enter Sandman! Five Fucking Days!!!

#BEATBAMA

I want to come into work on next Monday, on the off chance we don't win, and I want the Bama alum I work with to tell me "I'll tell you what, you guys came out and gave us all we could handle. Ya'll were flying around, making plays and every hit had some extra pop in it."

I hope you're not working on Monday...but that sounds great for Tuesday!

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

That was absolutely perfect. People are always making fun of me for being so excited, well fuck em. This is about telling everyone else to screw off, we're gonna show up and we're gonna be loud. And you know what? We'll probably lose, but we're gonna show everyone that we're still here and our team isn't backing down from anyone.

Rip his freaking head off!

Lets go Hokies!!!

Tweedy can run like a dadgum antelope or whatever. I like to use scalded dog. Do antelopes lumber? Cheetah, OK. He runs like a cheetah. He's fast. - Bud Foster

I would go to New Orleans one billion times and back and watch us lose the Sugar Bowl. I would go there one billion times and blow my lungs out and watch Danny Coale catch that ball. I'd go there one billion times over and have my guts ripped out my mouth. I'd go there, I'd go to Death Valley, I'd go to to FedEx, I'd go to Miami, I'm going to Columbus, I'm going to South Bend, I'm going to Ann Arbor, I'm going to Madison, and I'm going back to Atlanta.

This is the...third(?) time that you've said exactly how I think, you beautiful, beautiful man you. I just read this in class and I almost screamed "LET'S GO HOKIES" but considering I took this exact class with this exact professor last semester and failed it, I can't afford to...

"And loud, listen for yourself..." - Ron Franklin

Not to be that guy, but this beautiful post will be here when your class is over.

MOTHER OF GOD

I'll reread it when I'm at home, watch and drink to the Tech Power Hour and quickly become "that guy" in my apartment building.

"And loud, listen for yourself..." - Ron Franklin

#BEATBAMA isn't so much about a task as it is a mind set for Hokie fans! "It was never about beating Alabama" is our Mission Statement as a fanbase! I have been a part of many great things. I've been in battles that books were written about, I've helped liberate 2 countries by being on the intial invasions, I've graduated from arguably the most mentally and physically demanding school in the U.S. Military, I've witnessed my wife give birth on 2 occasions and have the honor of raising kids. I want to be a part of something else great on August 31st 2013!! I know that all of you, even if we've never met will share in my sheer joy or heartache! "LET'S ROLL" Todd Beamer, passenger Flight 93.

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

Is everyone in agreement that if we win this game, it would be the biggest win in the history of Virginia Tech football?

The biggest win in the history of Virginia Tech sports and probably one of the 10 biggest wins of the last 10 years in college football.

Rip his freaking head off!

WHEN the Hokies win this game it will rank up there with Appalachian State beating Michigan.
I know the Hokies aren't Appalachian State, but nobody, I mean NOBODY that is paid to have an opinion on the matter is giving the Hokies a chance at all in this one.

I'm only 25 (didn't start following Hokie Football until my freshman year) so I'm not the best person to see this game within the context of VT football. Given that nobody is giving us a chance, the recent dominance of Alabama football and the UVA-esque season we just had the only other game I could think of that was more important was the '95 Sugar Bowl win over Texas.

Honestly if we win this game who the hell is to say. This isn't the magic season we've all been waiting for.

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Let's take this season one week at a time. We haven't even seen these guys pull out their full offense yet in public.

Love the enthusiasm, but let's take it down a notch for the time being.

This is def one week at a time and I'm not saying if we beat bama I'm gonna be running around proclaiming that we are winning it all. Just making a statement and the most important game is always the game you are preparing for. To beat bama that offense that we haven't seen is going to have to play well.

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IF we #BEATBAMA, and win out, it's a trip to the NCG. 100%

Precisely I'm not saying i even think that will happen if we beat bama I'm just saying why the hell can't it happen. Why can't this be OUR year

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I would have to agree it would be the biggest win ever in Virginia Tech history!

H_O_K_I_E_S-HOKIES!

Proud Member Of The Key Play Community Since January 2012.

Probably the biggest win in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

With maybe winning the Battle of Yorktown just a notch or two below.

As I understand it, John Paul Jones started out slow too... much like our offense the past couple of years.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

It will be the first time since 1981 an unranked team beats the AP #1 team.

“Look at this…this is just spectacular. These people are losing their minds. This is beautiful.” - Mike Patrick

I LIVE in Alabama. It is not easy being a Hokie down here. I moved about 5 years ago. For a while, I stayed under the radar, and no one really noticed when I wore my VT gear around. Until 2009. That summer I had my Hokie ball cap on and was in line at WalMart (yeah I know 1st mistake). I was at WalMart in Alabama, and a random old lady with 3 bad teeth in her head says, "Wi, you werun a ball hat of a team no one cures about? Need ta getcha a real hat son." After taking a good moment to contemplate this creature, I responded, "With all due respect, this hat came with a degree. As an Alumni, I am bound to represent the institution which afforded me the socio-economic opportunities that its education has granted me." At the end of my response, she had this look on her face. It is the lost look I get when my computer screen freezes and I don't know why. Since that time, I have had to endure not a few trash talkings from people who are OBVIOUSLY not Alabama grads. It is obnoxious to say the least. As we get close to this game, everyone in my office makes sure to give me a "roll tide" when I walk in. I have simply told them, "You know, it is just an honor to be on the field with a team as storied and successful as yours. It says a lot about our program that we even get to play you guys." BUT I SWEAR BY ALL THAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD - If we win this game, on our way home - my son, wife and I are stopping by Tuscaloosa and draping a maroon poncho with a huge orange #BEATBAMA jersey over the Saban statue and taking our picture by it. It will then become my desktop wall paper and may even go into my email signature for inter office communication ! GO HOKIES!

Fortune Favors the Bold

I know the feeling, I live in Smiths Station, AL. Just over the "hooch" from GA. I have my head on a swivel when I wear my #BEATBAMA shirt. I will say I encounter more Auburn fans considering Toomers Corner is only about 30 minutes away but the Bama bandwagoners are the ones you really gotta watch. They're not smart enough to appreciate true fanhood.

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

Yea, kind of funny how everyone around Benning is now a Bama fan, considering there are four different BCS schools that are actually closer to Columbus than Alabama. When I got here in March of 2011, everyone seemed to be an Auburn fan.

You still in the area or has the green machine moved you elsewhere?

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

Sure am, 2nd rotation at RTB. I did a ramp blast with you guys about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I saw a truck with a VT plate on the front down at the airfield, is that yours?

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

Oh yea, that's me. I was on that jump also. And I get dirty looks all the time around here for my license plate.

Griffer, I have that picture of Bryant statue holding the shirt if you would like it. I'm not talented enough to post them to make them big enough but I can email them to someone if they would like to do so on my behalf.

@vtscottyb

if you go to www.imgur.com and click the "upload from computer" in the top right button, it will give you the code to copy and paste in here. You want to paste the "HTML Image (for websites & blogs)" code

Edit: corrected the link heading

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

If I lived in Alabama I'd be such a smart ass and mock that dumbass ESPN commercial all the time and use GO HOKIES as a Hello, Goodbye, and Thank you.

H_O_K_I_E_S-HOKIES!

Proud Member Of The Key Play Community Since January 2012.

Nice. Actually my wife and I mock the commercial all the time. Every time we see something incredibly stupid down here, we say, "Roll Tide". For example - we pulled into a parking lot to see a lady who had her child in a car seat balanced on the open top of a trash can. I look over at my wife, and before I can say it, she says...."Roll Tide."

Fortune Favors the Bold

Just made this my fb status, giving credit to "griffer" of course.

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

i turkey leg'd every post in this thread.

fuck yeah

LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO

@seanhoganvt

just like Opra's favorite things

I am always drunk when I make my videos.

Look under your Chairs!........ EVERYONE GETS A NEW TURKEY LEG!

H_O_K_I_E_S-HOKIES!

Proud Member Of The Key Play Community Since January 2012.

Joe, this post got me really fired up. The passion and committment from Hokie fans is what makes our football culture one of the best in the country. Whenever I talk Hokie football with strangers at a bar they're quick to point out how dedicated HokieNation is to the team. Win or lose this weekend, I'm proud to be a Hokie! #BeatBama

HartRM

This shit. Is hype. I haven't even watched the video yet. I'll get back once I do.

Doesn't matter how, just Stick It In.

What Bama will be saying on Saturday

Doesn't matter how, just Stick It In.

We've got nothing to lose... I really hope we come out throwing hay-makers. If we set the level of intensity early, the pressure on Alabama becomes enormous.

Gobble Gobble

I said all year last year that I wasn't going to be pulled in this year. And then I learned something important this off-season. You can't turn off being a fan, and there is no way to not be pulled in. Here's to being a happy, angry, sad, disappointment, overjoyed, excited, upset fan.

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

I'm a Cubs fan, I figured that out long ago. Every year, even by August this year I was thinking up ways we could make the playoffs. You can't make yourself not care, if you can you weren't a good fan to begin with.

Rip his freaking head off!

Give him a turkey leg at least! I sure did.

#38-0 #BeatBama

Apparently I need to watch that show. Cause that was great. And you damn right. All it takes is that one team with a good talent level and the confidence to know they can win. You have that then you can win and derail this dynasty. And the Hokies are that team #BEATBAMA

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Oooolivia Munn, everyone. the best part about Magic Mike. Well, McConaghy playing McConaghy was pretty awesome too.

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

I honestly think we can beat Alabama. The way the game gets broken down into smaller goals it can be won. You are not going to stop them, that is a reality. But you can limit them. You can limit points off turnovers. Starting position on Kick offs, getting them off the field. No penalties to extend drives. Things we did last year that KILLED US.

If our D can stop their push on 2nd and 3rd and short we stand a chance. They will run it. I am fine with Mr. Heisman trying to beat us in the sky. Just like USC 9 years ago (I feel old), we will be overlooked and I am fine with that. Let them look to A&M. Coach Foster and Wiles will Dial something up and hit you in the mouth.

Where is my $14 turkey leg? Lane is kidding with that

RISE

"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" -over used cheesy quote guy

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

This is a trap game. Alabama might catch the Hokies looking ahead to Western Carolina.

yay

Football is a lot like life, and you're going to have disappointments. The issue is how you come back from them.

~ Frank Beamer
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A few years back, I predicted that Clemson would get blasted by Alabama in the first game of the season. I was laughed out of the pick 'em but Alabama did win by a wide margin. The reason? Clemson's offensive line was brand new. This year, we have many new players on our offensive line, but so do they. Even with Yeldon and Cooper, I think this game will be lower scoring than many think because both offensive lines are going to have a hard time. When the score stays low, the underdog stays within striking distance well into the second half, and at that point, anything can happen.

This is what makes sports fun, having a like-minded community (Virginia Tech/Your friends/The Key Play Boards) to share your irrational random and experiences with. Win, lose, or lose by a lot #BEATBAMA has made this summer better and after the game we can celebrate a lifelong memory or drown our sorrows but we will do it with a tech community that will make that experience so much more that it could have been somewhere else.

Virginia Tech '12
Go Hokies and Philly Sports

I'm a long time reader and finally signed onto the boards lest week. I just want to say I love you all and all of Hokie Nation. It's great that we have people like Joe and the rest of the team to not only run this thing, but remind us what it is to be a Hokie. It doesn't matter if we win or lose on Saturday (well yeah it does but), it's about supporting or team, or school, and the values that it embodies. I want people to talk about us the way most of us talk about Nebraska fans. We are the best fans in the nation! Win, lose, or draw I will voluntarily lose my voice for 3 days after a game, but still wish that couple who set next to me from Tennessee to have a safe trip home. I expect nothing less from everyone that's making the trip. Now let's fucking do this!!!!!!!

P.S. I got confirmation today my horse on a treadmill shirt was shipped today. That shit better be here by Saturday.

Hello

This was meant for AirplaneBottleofBourbon, I forgot to hit reply.

Listening to Tech Talk Live here on 910AM right now, and I'm always proud that Frank Beamer is our Head Coach.

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.

Frank thinks it's all about beating bama. He is 1-1 against Saban. This is the tie breaker should they never meet again.

This article and the responses have been great, this is what being a fan is all about! Admittedly having never attended the fine institution that is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, but having a father and brother that both went I feel a special connection with this team. Having had the pleasure of seeing several greats throughout the years MV7, D-Hall, Adibi/Hall, Flowers, Tyrod, RW, DW to name a few, I feel that I am somewhat an adopted fan.

Enough with my rambling, let's get to the point. I live in Charlotte, which tends to lean heavier towards USCe and a couple of other $EC teams...I am fed up with hearing about how great their teams are. Several of my friends keep telling me that Tech will be lucky to keep it within 40...We get it the $EC owns college football, I haven't been living under a rock for the last six years.

I am a realist and know that it is a tall order to #beatbama, however, I am confident that if LT3 plays the way we all know he can play and the receivers step up this game will be much more closer than everyone is projecting it to be. My friend, a Clem$on grad bet me $100 that bama will beat tech by 35 points. I took it without question and subsequently bet him that UGA will beat Clem$on easily by 14. Think I'll be making $200 this weekend.

Anyone else tired of $EC groupies?

UVA is good at football, said no one ever.

From Hokiesports.com: Senior O.M. Stull won first prize for his "Hokie" yell (Old Hokie Cheer below) which is still used today. Later, when asked if "Hokie" had any special meaning, Stull explained the word was solely the product of his imagination and was used only as an attention-getter for his yell. It soon became a nickname for all Tech teams and for those people loyal to Tech athletics. The official definition of "hokie" is "a loyal Virginia Tech Fan"

So, although you haven't attended VPI&SU, your loyalty means you're not "an adopted fan." Welcome, fellow Hokie!

Why can't I put on the pads and #BEATBAMA??? I guess I'll stick to intramurals :\

In Beamer & Co. We Trust #Livefor32 #DecadeofDominance

Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him? #obiwan #usetheforce #BEATBAMA

I just went back and watched the trailers. Now I'm hyped.

I'm teaching my Georgia shirt today, but my VT shirt is ready and waiting for Thursday.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

I dont think anybodys really intimidated, linebacker Jack Tyler said. Footballs football. I think everybodys here for a reason. They wanted to play primetime college football. And thats what this games going to be. And everyones excited for it. I dont think I see intimidation in anyones eyes. I think I see a dog thats ready to pounce and to win a game.

VHokie

This is ironic because one of my friends called me retarded for thinking that Tech will win and I simply asked him, "Am I retarded for believing in my team?" He didn't say anything after I said that.

In Sam Rogers we trust.