Spring Game 2018 Sideline View

So my wife as a gift for Father's Day and acknowledging I'm not going to be back in Blacksburg for awhile likely bid on a sideline pass for the Spring Game 2018. I encourage everyone to bid on the other items to support Hokie women's sports. http://www.hokiesports.com/cws/

Well she won as the only bid, no idea why. Well Friday I was on my way to my hotel in Hillsville for the game Saturday. First a meal stop recommendation, Mountain Fried Chicken near Winston Salem. Great wings and sides.

So Saturday morning I got to chicken hill lot around 9 ish and met up with some of the Lot 18 folks, hey everyone. After watching them MacGvyer the flag pole with Chic-Fil-A straws to hold it up I headed over to the annual Hokie Club meeting. You can read my bad attempt at live blogging that here:
http://www.thekeyplay.com/content/2018/april/14/hokie-club-annual-meeting.
After the meeting back to Chicken Hill for some great smoked chicken and other foods from fellow TKP members.

Now to the sideline part, I met my "handler" in the Merryman lobby for my "tour". Honestly this was the most disappointing part. I've seen Merryman last year when I won the meet and greet with Fuente so this just showed me a lot of areas I already had seen. The areas I hadn't before were Fuente's waiting area (picture 1), football weight room with a recruit being shown around by Hilgart and Cassell (picture 2).

Then we went over to the "loot room" in Lane Stadium with memorable from all the sports from many years, including a giant bowl game ring for every bowl game Tech has played in. I was hoping to see more behind the scenes in Lane at least but alas that didn't happen.

Now everywhere I looked in Merryman and Beamer barn was filled with recruits, their families and players and their families. I'm not great with faces so I can't tell you who all was there but there were a lot of kids wearing lanyards with recruit access passes. Players I did see and thanked for coming to tech included. Quincy Patterson, James Mitchel and Artis.

Once inside Lane I was able to start talking to players like Chase Mummau (he told me to say it like a baby cow calling for its mom) thanked him for his pass in the bowl game, to,d me he tweeted his leg and couldn't play on Saturday. Watched players drill and took up a watch spot for the first quarter on the defensive side of the field. I just kind of took in the setting at this point.

After talking some shop talk with some Tech public safety employees I got my handler to walk over to the offensive side of the field where all the famous people were standing. At this point the day got really fun. My handler hid in the shade and I was able to get farther away from her. At this point I was able to walk about and speak with: Joey Sly (who several people called Sam Rogers), Greg Stroman, Edmundi, Tim Settle, Tyrod Taylor, Bucky Hodges , Isiah Ford and several other players that I wasn't 100 percent sure I knew. This was both during the game and after when I used my all access pass to stand next to the tunnel and talk to players. It was a great feeling that many of the players and support staff remembered me from a year ago and asked about my trip up and my wife and kids. Even a few coaches and their spouses asked.

As I was waiting for the field to empty and my day to be done, Darryl Tapp, his wife and kids walked up trying tot are pictures but as any family can attest someone always gets left out well I offered to take a family picture for them, and I'm glad I did. Because once inside Merryman Darryl had me come over and take a picture with him and none other than Bud Foster.

I stood there a good 10 minutes listening to them talk about the old days, other players, the lunch ail etc and Tapp's plans for the future. I also got a picture of Quincy talking to the two of them that gives a great size perspective.

My day finished at the Taphouse for a burger where I met another recruit and commitment for Virginia Tech, this time a PhD aero space student. He and his fiancée raves about the school, the campus and the stadium.

Be warned I'm really bad at taking selfies and I make some weird facial expressions.

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Comments

Awesome stuff!

Thanks for sharing.

Is it football season yet?

Thanks it was fun, well worth bidding on.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Awesome !!!

Thanks it was fun, well worth getting up to Blacksburg don't know when I'll get back the next 2-3 seasons.

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Good stuff Fireman! You done TKP proud.

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I expected much more out of the weightroom, but Hilgart works in mysterious ways. Very awesome though, glad you had a blast.

Edit: swoooosshhh goes the joke

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

I wasn't allowed past the doors.

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I see some duplicate pictures. Might want to check on that HF

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Great going Hokie Fireman and I wouldn't have believed you lived to tell about having your arm around Bud like that without the picture.
And you're right about QP's size as my frame of 6' 235 stood next to him and I felt intimidated. Great kid and he stayed signing autographs well after end of the session.

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

QP #7 QB/ILB

Recruit Prosim

So we need to start wearing TKP username name tags at the tailgates.

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haha agreed!

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

You were the most sober person there (I think). If you were struggling...I hate to think what that means for the rest of us 😂

I was decently sober... I am usually pretty good matching names to faces. I typically match the name I was introduced to somebody with who they are. I even know some real names to match TKP names.

remembering names is a curse. You come off as creepy as hell. I know what screen name mark from winchester has. I can't not know april not amber on here. And now I have to remember that you're heather. I shudder to think what random info my mind would hold onto if I actually met y'all in person.

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I have to somewhat be able to put names to faces, I teach so I have to be able to identify students and their parents... And as long as you aren't calling me something bad, I will typically answer if I know you are talking to me. HokieEnginerd and I are married, so if you want to think of me as "Mrs.HokieEnginerd" that's cool. The random info you hold about people can be interesting.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

LOL. What can I say? My meat is memorable. Everybody enjoys it and I like to share.

Your meat is pretty awesome!! It even brings tears to grown men's eyes.

FudBoster has clearly never had Adam's meat.

Kind of scared where this conversation could be going. Insert Abandon Thread...

Know what you mean but the man does some of the Best tailgate Grillin'... another good thing about Lot 18!

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

Maybe FudBoster is vegetarian??

Lmao, this whole section of thread is all just one entire

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Believe me. Absolutely understandable. There's just some things a kid never outgrows.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Oh great I get to have my dumbass Hokie PID on my shirt.

I had your car towed all the way to your house and all you have for me is Light Beer?

I think you are good Nick. Everybody already knows you

Need to have cheesy "Hello My Name Is" name tags with our TKP handles, also an epic pic of everyone drawing TKP bottle opener keys making an arch as Nick walks under it. I'm down for discussing the dam truth in Lot 18 this year. Hope everyone likes my 90s country playlist.

Holy shit QP is yuge.

I've been cutting back on the drinking.

That's awesome, I'm so jealous. You'd have been fully dipped had you worn a Hokie themed hat like this:

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Umm look at my picture. It's my Hokie Life goal to have it.

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I actually have actually given it as a gift to someone. My uncle knows the guy that makes them. It was awesome and really well made. The guy buys used helmets and completely remakes it.

Damn QP is a truck. If we can continue the trend up on OL recruits, land Ford and a big time WR it will be straight up damage. I am really excited for VT football next season but I am REALLY excited for VT football 2 years from now.

Thanks for the write up fireman

Well Fireman, I've but one thing to say...

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

I logged in just to upvote the headgum reference.

Te to qb

Glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing — almost felt like I was there.

Oh, and I'm sure you already know this, but your wife? She sounds like a keeper. 😊

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Sounds like a great day. Now I will have to bid on these experiences next year because of this post! VT athletics should have paid you to write this up as marketing for the auction!

Fireman that's me and my 13 yr old kid with the white shirt he's getting signed photo bombing you in the pic with Isaiah Ford..unknowingly of course. What are the odds?

"They got us field position and then the offense stuck it in." - Frank Beamer

Small world.

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So when y'all getting down here?

Our bar band is playing Donovan's at Palencia on Cinco De Mayo. Our 80's band is playing the St Aug Beach Pier Pavillion (Music by the Sea series) on Wed May 23.

Between May 30th and June 11th.

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Wow. Cool Stuff.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Only thing better would be to have gone there with you!

Maybe next time...

I would have to say. Looks like you were living a dream of mine! I have never been to Blacksburg, I do plan on it in the near future though. I've only seen them play once in person against Fsu, My cousin played for the Seminoles. (Bert Reed) He got me the tickets and I told him that I was going to sneak over to the hokie side lol. He knows I can't stand those damn Seminoles even though I live about an hour and twenty minutes away from the school. Never did never will. Always wanted to have a chit chat with Bud and thank him for all he's done and displaying what loyalty and love is all about.
One of the reasons I love being a hokie. I'm a good kind of jealous of you my man. Live Long Hokie Strong!

Hokie Love!

general interest, how did you become a Hokie fan deep in FSU territory?

I was in the 6th grade when VT played FSU in the Nokia Sugar bowl. I was actually going for the Hokies because I didn't like FSU. Absolutely fell in love with Michael Vick and the DOG in him. I then wanted to know more about the school. Got a little more informed on Frank Beamer and Bud Foster. It was history from there. I guess you could call it Destiny.

Hokie Love!

I was in the 6th grade when VT played FSU

those times when a good natured question backfires and makes you feel so bad....

jk

thanks for sharing

Haha...that was back in 99-00, so I'm no spring chicken either my friend. I still get carded and when they see my birthdate. I'm always told how young I look. Which is a good thing I guess lol

Hokie Love!

Its cool as shit having hardcore non alum fans

Recruit Prosim

Believe it or not there is a good amount of hokie fans here where I'm from. I was in Wal-Mart about a month ago, decked out in Vt gear. I got stopped twice and chatted with a couple alums. They asked me the same question when they found out I wasn't from VA and from Florida. I'm always representing hard for my boys in Blacksburg. I had a pretty fun time watching the Miami game at Beefs Fuente's first year in. I was the only Hokie in there from what I thought until Evans ran in that last score to wrap the game up then a few more finally speak up to say they are fans as well. I literally shook my head. They let me argue with all those Miami fans alone until the end of the game. Lol

Hokie Love!