Bring on the 'Noles

Hate week is turning into hate month. In a rematch of the 2005 ACC Championship Game the Hokies will play Florida State next Saturday night in Charlotte. Florida State advanced after thumping Florida and getting help from Maryland defeating NC State. It's another chance to beat a ranked team. Florida State under Bobby Bowden made it a habit of owning Beamer, but this is a different team. The team would be best served to ignore the past and focus on just the team infront of us, and I have every confidence that they will. Meanwhile, for us fans, feel free talk about and hate on FSU below. I want this one bad, and I know you do too. Let's Go!

Lafonte Thourogood Commits

Ocean Lakes' senior Lafonte Thourogood gave his commitment to Virginia Tech today. Since spring practice Thourogood has long thought to be leaning towards the Hokies and has been a top target at quarterback.

Lafonte was recruited by most schools, including: Stanford, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia and a late offer by Florida to play either quarterback or wide receiver. He'll get the opportunity in Blacksburg to show what he can do under center. He's a true dual-threat. His full highlights are below.

37-7


Billy Hite doesn't want to hear your excuses Hoos.

We completely dominated UVa. We held the Hoos to 291 total yards. Our running game was unstoppable: 201 yards and 4 scores among Wilson, Evans, Williams and Tyrod.

Kyle Fuller went hammin'. As well as Jayron has played this season, I have been more impressed with Fuller in the secondary because he's a true freshman and appears to be the real deal. He's played whip, corner and nickel and hasn't disappointed. He's got the brains and the open field tackling skills. He finished with ten tackles and two pass breakups.

DRAGERBOMB'D. We got a lot pressure with the front four: Chris Drager, Derrick Hopkins, Dwight Tucker and J.R. Collins all had sacks. On a somewhat related note Mike London must have taught left tackle Morgan Moses his letters and numbers.

We got stops when they matted the most on third and fourth downs, and inside the red zone. UVa only converted 1 of 12 third downs and 0 of 3 fourth downs.

Congratulations to Tyrod Taylor for becoming the Hokies all-time career passing leader with 6,356 yards (and counting), and to the seniors for going 4-0 against UVA. It's not time to get too mushy yet.

The Commonwealth Cup Live Blog

The festivities start at 11:45am. Let's Go Hokies!

A Non-Comprehensive History of UVA Football

The University of Virginia was established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wanted to create an institution of higher learning that would cater to, and pamper the colonial douchebag.


Thomas Jefferson is the proud parent of a modern day douche.

Around 1923 Virginia teams became known as the Cavaliers. From m-w.com: cavalier (noun) a gentleman trained in arms and horsemanship.

Virginia joined the ACC in December, 1953. The Cavaliers have never won an outright ACC football championship.

From 1953-55 Ned McDonald coached UVa to a record of 5-23.

In 1975 Virginia went 1-10.

George Welsh is considered Virginia's most successful coach. From 1982-2000 his winningest season was in 1989, a 10-3 campaign that concluded with a loss to Illinois in the Citrus Bowl. That was Welsh's only ten win season.

Al Groh was hired to replaced George Welsh when he retired following the 2000 season. His tenure could be best described as: HURRRRRRRRR DERP.

In 2005 the Hokies annexed Scott Stadium.

ANGRY WORDS

THE MAN-MADE DISASTER OF VIRGINIA FOOTBALL WILL BE LIMPING INTO LANE STADIUM SATURDAY AFTERNOON. WE NEED TO BLUDGEON UVA. ANYTHING LESS THAN TEARING OFF THAT TEAM'S ONE GOOD LEG AND BATTERING THE DISABLED BODY FOR SIXTY MINUTES IN THE THUNDERDOME IS UNACCEPTABLE. I DON'T WANT THAT TEAM OR THEIR FANS LEAVING LANE STADIUM WITH A MORAL VICTORY. I WANT AN OLD FASHIONED ASS WHOOPING, LIKE THE ONE STORED IN YOUR GRANDPA'S BASEMENT NEXT TO HIS DOUBLE-U, DOUBLE-U TWO UNIFORM AND RIFLE. I WANT THEM TO DOUBT THE HIRE OF MIKE LONDON AND THE FUTURE OF THEIR PROGRAM. I WANT THEIR TURKEY TO BE DRY REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH OIL IT'S FRIED OR HOW MUCH GRAVY IS LADLED ON TOP. THEN FOR THE NEXT 365 DAYS I WANT TO RUB SALT IN THE WOUNDS.


Original image is via We Bleed Bourbon

Six Pick: Week Thirteen

It's Turkey Week, the end of the regular season for many college teams, only the Big East, Pac-10 and conference championship games are left. My how time has flown by this season. In honor of Wednesday night, one of the best drinking nights all year, Thanksgiving and its great rivalry games I present you a double Six Pick! Ham, turkey, stuffing and family rule Thursday, but college football dominates on Friday and Saturday. Sadly, there are just too many good games this weekend, so even selecting twelve leaves some games on the chopping block, like Florida at F$U or GiT at ugga. Due to time constraints and the number of previews I would have to write, a Google image search, rudimentary Photoshopping and a quick caption is this week's write up. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this a 24,000 word column. Who's really going to read my gibberish for a dozen games anyway?

No, I have not made my picks yet, I will sometime on Thursday, fat and happy on honey smoked turkey from my Bubba Keg Smoker. This is the week to make up ground down in the pick ‘em standings.

Cavman

The mascot mock goes for 10 in a row this Saturday. We already took Snuggles the WaHorse to task, now there's Cavman. The cutouts are here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. As you can see, I have no offering, yet. I am away from base and stuck without Photoshop. A major thanks to Magduffs for getting the cutouts done!

Because the front page needed some art, UVa football has jumped the shark by aleahdillon.

These are my favorite Hokies.

It's premature but official, these Hokies, winners of nothing and losers to a I-AA team are my favorite ever. Up until yesterday the 2004 Bryan Randall squad sat alone atop my mental podium, but no longer. Of course this team can accomplish a lot: another 10 win season, an ACC Championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl. But to me, even if they lose out, their legacy is secured.

I'm a meat and potatoes guy. I'm gruff and rough around the edges. That's probably part of the reason why I'm fortunate enough to have a classy lady in my life–she sees the opportunity to polish me into a finished gentlemen. (Also, I compromise and cede the TV in favor of The Devil Wears Prada on a Saturday night in the fall.) Above even physical play in the trenches, a punishing run game and stingy defense, character and resolve are the most important parts of a football team to me. The never quit attitude and leadership that Randall exemplified in '04, which was sorely missing from uber talented teams in '02 and '03, lost in '05 has been resuscitated by Tyrod Taylor over his career and personified in this, his finale.

Miami ADD

We play Miami tomorrow. Are you excited? I am. I have been since the clock in Kenan showed '00:00'. Why? If you need to ask that, just move along.

Things you can muck:

  • A hand of cards when all you see is deuce ten pathetically staring back at you.
  • A pair of kicks when running across a muddy Drillfield during a driving rain after barring at 2:00am.
  • (up) Life. I frequently do this.
  • Fiami.

Six Pick: Week Twelve

It's week 12, the calm before the storm. This week isn't grabbing hold of the national attention, but these are some solid games. Don't worry though, the turkey and championship weeks are going to be red hot. The end is drawing near and I am getting worked up to see how it plays out. History tells us there are surprises to come.

If anyone is wondering why the games this week are just solid and not particularly good, look no further than the Southeastern Conference. There are only two games of consequence down south this weekend, Arkansas at Mississippi State and maybe Ole Miss at LSU (if one is feeling charitable.) The majority of college football's elite conference either paid an opponent for a victory, or scheduled a bye in prep for next week's rivalry games. That's weak. I don't want excuses, man the hell up and play someone. One group I don't want to hear a peep from are the Crimson Tide. I want no bitching and moaning about Auburn's bye before the Iron Bowl. Alabama is playing playing Georgia State this week, this is their first year of football... in the FCS. The Georgia Academy for the Blind would put up more resistance.

I would be remiss if I did not mention this Big 1+10 / Wrigley Field end zone fail. I got 10 bones that says a player coached by the Zooker is sure to smash into it with his face.


via: Teddy Greenstein's twitter posting, another is here.

Princess Jacory

October 30th - Early in the second quarter against Virginia Jacory Harris is knocked to the turf by defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce. Time is slowed for him, seconds pass as minutes, minutes as hours. He is concussed, in a daze, and a dream takes over his consciousness...

A magnificently oversized, soft, white polar bear comforter is flung to the ground. It's camouflaged by the lustrous marble tiling that it now lays upon. It's an enormous chamber, baron except for the king sized bed, made for a princess, anchoring the room out of which pops up an energetic Princess Jacory Harris. He runs towards the bay window bubbling off the room and flings apart a set of sea green satin drapes that are fine enough for King Shannon to wipe his face with. Jacory starts singing out the window.

A fine morning to you, U-Topia. A beautiful day I see.
What's a Princess to do? Oh someone, please tell me.

Princess Jacory's delicate and mesmerizing voice travels quickly all across U-Topia. His subjects are drawn to the palace courtyard. The carpenters and smiths come flowing over the wavy hills to the north. The farmers drone in with their families from the west. They bring their freshest Pterodactyl eggs and the slaughtered, cleaved remains of mastodon, a traditional offering of the land.

Thoughts on 57-73

  • Delaney was a little rusty protecting the ball. Nine turnovers are triple his 3.0 TO/game average last year. Otherwise he didn't miss a beat. Like last season, he carried us offensively. I thought he did a fantastic job of penetrating and drawing fouls. That's something he's going to have to keep doing, and do more of so we can keep pace with our opponents going forward.
  • Jarell Eddie came off the bench and contributed big minutes. That's just what highly recruited players need to do. He has the potential to be a stud.
  • We got out rebounded 42-33. Ouch.
  • Until we get more bigs that can play or learn to go small, we're going to be in trouble in every game where Jeff Allen is in foul trouble. Right now we're still figuring things out.
  • Bell played 23 minutes and didn't score a point. Double Ouch.
  • It's only November.

Week 12 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump. Here's a quick justification of the not so obvious movers, shakers and frozen.

  • I had to move Wisconsin up after they posted 83 points against Indiana.
  • Arizona and Iowa drop after their losses to USC and Northwestern respectively. The teams behind them move up in a predictable fashion.
  • USC - Is there any other team out there that deserves the 25th spot more than them?

My final ballot will be submitted on Wednesday. If you have any gripes or arguments leave them below and we'll iron the wrinkles out.

Hokie Happenings

Your sights and sounds of Blacksburg or wherever Hokie Nation is headed.

Out of the photos I've seen, this is the best victory picture of the year.


via @dchokie18

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