Article Roundup after UVA Loss

I woke up early to a beautiful day. The sun is shining, my tea is warm, and UVA is a national embarrassment. Here are a few articles I've read. I thought everyone else might enjoy basking in their misery as well.

(If you only have time for one article, make it the Forde article. It's delicious.)

UMBC's Historic Win Over Virginia Didn't Look Lucky - Rodger Sherman, The Ringer

But what happened Friday night? This was not a normal upset. UMBC didn't just win; it creamed Virginia. It won by 20, the new largest deficit faced by Virginia this season.

The Same System That Made UVA a Powerhouse Turned It Into a Punch Line - Shakar Samman, The Ringer

Even with ACC Sixth Man of the Year De'Andre Hunter sidelined by a late-season wrist injury, KenPom predicted Virginia would win their tournament opener by 20 points. That became their margin of defeat. When the final buzzer sounded in the Spectrum Center, the scoreboard read the improbable: UMBC 74, Virginia 54.

No. 16 UMBC upset No. 1 Virginia and March Madness will never be the same - Matt Norlander, CBS Sports

You'll never forget that score: 74-54. And if you saw a legend in real time, you'll never forget where you were as it happened or how it looked as it took shape. Unforgettable. Momentous. Dominant. UMBC didn't beat Virginia, it eradicated it from the bracket and left a plume of smoke that will hover over the sport for decades.

Virginia's March Madness woes hit a new low - Daily Progress, Jerry Ratcliffe

Oh, yeah, and that thing they built their whole program upon, the Pack Line defense, was almost nonexistent, bedazzled by UMBC's quicksilver, four-guard lineup.

And finally, Pat Forde comes in off the top rope:

No escape for Virginia after historic 'L' to UMBC - Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

The 1-16 upset has long been considered one of the final frontiers in sports. The truly impossible upset. And it has been perpetrated by a commuter school from the America East upon the leafy upper-crust Atlantic Coast Conference enclave founded by Thomas Jefferson.

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Pat Forde = Savage

Is it football season yet?

The first line of the article is absolutely vicious:

History made, and the greatest choke in basketball history now on its ledger, it is time to deconstruct the towering fraud that is Virginia basketball.

One haymaker from Pat after another:

Virginia has gagged upon its own privilege.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

My goodness...

Their nickname is the Retrievers, and late in the first round of this Big Dance they fetched the dead carcass of BennettBall and left it on the doorstep.


It's over when a team that can only play one way, at one speed, is forced into a game that is not of its choosing — coming from behind, playing more quickly, dealing with actual pressure and expectation. It's over, when you want to be a heavyweight but have a glass jaw and will panic at the slightest provocation.

It's like every sports writer in the country is competing over how savagely they can take down UVA. It's glorious.

I wish he'd do an audio recording because this article is the new Cowherd rant.

Burnop and Laaser should hold some air time where they do nothing but read aloud these articles so we can listen back before UVA games

This will live on and on...Next year all the talking heads will bring up how UMBC destroyed LOLUVA when the brackets get will be the gift that keeps on giving.

1-0 every week

You magnificent bastard for thinking of this.

These are great headlines. Nicely done.

This is amazing; thanks for pulling it all together. I love that they got that lollipop layup at the very end to make it a round 20 point win. Just rings so nicely when you look at it.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Forde's articles has so many great one-liners I can't even begin to find a favorite.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I want to frame these.

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

You missed the schadenfreude article on Deadspin

Hoo tears gallery

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

UVA will able to crawl out of the shadow of this loss.

They could win 5 titles in a row and this game would still be the first thing that comes up when talking about the Wahoos and March Madness.

I for one welcome our new UMBC overlords. Would have loved to see the Hokies win their game, but the way Nova is shooting 3s right now, the fun would have been short lived. This single results leaves me with an overall positive feeling about the season.

Hello, Hokie friends. I watched the UVA loss last night to the Retrievers with great delight. Afterwards, all I could think of was the delicious schadenfreude you guys must be feeling. I wanted to point out how this, to an Ohio State fan, must feel to you like the time Appalachian State beat Michigan. What a day that was! And the best part is that it is the gift that keeps giving, year after year, as it is brought up by sportscasters & random references at unexpected times! Enjoy this for years to come!

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx


Every VT/UVA game in basketball or football will have a mention or outright discussion of this result until the end of time. The gift that keeps on giving

"until the end of time".? Nah. Chaminade only lasted a few decades. loluva will likely find a way, though, to beat this new embarrassment about the time it starts to fade.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

This loss will live on until there's another 16-1 upset, and even after that because they were the first. The 16-1 angle is why this will last longer than Chaminade.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

That and it's on tape and media and thousands of people were here in person.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Yep. You NEVER forget your first (amiright).

Waho's suck
Uva swallows


I don't think the US-Russia one makes sense. There's no real underdog or upset. I guess we won the Cold War but we weren't exactly expected to lose the way UMBC was

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Hockey is definitely what I was going for.


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Put it this way...that game made national news. I know most of you all probably don't watch it, but it was a real hoot for us old timers to see them make that dubious distinction.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Also want to send my sympathies out to all the Golden Retrievers in Charlottesville tonight. Maybe we can get up a Go Fund Me for a Golden rescue service for all those trendy, but inconveniently evocative puppies that'll never be loved again.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I take great satisfaction, delight,happiness and gratification in all of lol's misery. May it live forever


But wait! There's more!

The last THREE times Virginia's reached No. 1 in either major sport, it lost a big upset right away

This article concludes:

The moral of the story
Virginia should never, ever, ever reach No. 1 in football or men's basketball.

Can I get an "Amen!" from the choir?!

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Clicked on the link. There's a video of GT's 41-38 victory over No. 1 loluva in 1990. Same as it ever was. Empty seats in Scott. The number 1 team in the nation. smh

It shocks me how ignorant and privileged the UVA fan base is. No matter what is brought up in discussion, they continue to believe that since they have tennis and lacrosse championships, they are somehow amongst the greatest sports universities in the country.

Ignorance is bliss, especially when you're the laughing stock of the country in now the two biggest major sports.

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

After Twitter became so big and you could interact with literally anyone who had an open account (contrary to Facebook where you have to be friends with someone to interact with them), my hatred for UVA grew. Growing up in West Virginia, I never interacted with any UVA fans given that most of their alumni wouldn't want to be caught dead in a place like southern WV, and no one just casually roots for them in any sport even if they don't attend there. Once I was on Twitter, though, and started interacting with and hearing stories about their fans and their arrogant attitudes towards everything, I wish their sports teams zero prosperity, no matter who they're playing.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

My love for Tech is trumped only by my hatred for uva

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

most of their alumni wouldn't want to be caught dead in a place like southern WV

It's their loss (and you don't want them around to spoil it anyway):

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I wonder what the Heard is going to say about this?

Year 3 is coming up!

He tweeted a question about which #1 seed would lose first. Only 5 votes, but all picked loluva.


Got a "friend" on FB. He posted a comment about Paul Woody of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in which he blasted Woody as a 'poor writer' and 'devoid of any insight into sports'. A 'clueless hack' who is 'still bitter he couldn't get inti (sic) UVA'.

I feel sorry for the loluva players and coaches. That was a monumental and embarrassing loss. But the above is why I hate loluva and ALWAYS pull against them. loluva's fans are insufferable.

Other than the bitter because he couldn't get into UVA bit, that sounds like the same Woody that folks on this site have blasted as a poor writing hack who is just mailing it in. The thing I didn't like about this column was his dissing of the ACC as an overrated basketball league, which I thought was unwarranted. Otherwise, Woody got it just about right.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

The thing I didn't like about this column was his dissing of the ACC as an overrated basketball league, which I thought was unwarranted.

I've seen that in various places too and I think it's a poor & lazy take.

The ACC still put 4 teams in the Sweet 16, which ties the Big 12 this year. If anything, the seeds of the ACC teams being 2, 5, 9 & 11 shows how deep and competitive the conference was this year.

LOLUVA snobbery aside, Woody still isn't good at his job.

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

Some of the talking heads were talking about if Bennett would feel a little heat after getting killed on national tv.

My favorite version of this message board-style conjecture has him being replaced with Rick Pitino.

For what it's worth, Jim Boeheim thinks that the people who are serious about it are either "unemployed or idiots".

Chem PhD '16

Go Tech Go.

it eradicated it from the bracket and left a plume of smoke that will hover over the sport for decades.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

You do realize that LOLUVA did do one amazing thing in their loss on Friday. They broke every bracket in play at ESPN and in the Warren Buffet challenge. First time every bracket has been killed before at least the second weekend.

I'd argue that they did two amazing things in their loss on Friday, with the first being that they lost on Friday.

Chem PhD '16