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Eric, Josh and I all picked Miami to beat us. We felt we owed y'all an apology. Here you are:


Even when getting pummeled to the ground Jacory throws up the "U".

Trivia*:

  1. Who's delivering the shot to Jacory's chest?

*The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer(s) gets a point. Each correct answer is worth a point. At the end of the season the most points wins a free tee from GameDay Passion.

Staff Predictions

With the start of the Hokies' football season only 12 days away, now is as an appropriate time as any for us scribes to make our humble predictions. Eric, Josh and I are going to pick both the outcome of each game as well as assign a confidence of win percentage. The latter is an idea inspired by Bud at Tomahawk Nation. It's an easy concept, basically we'll assign the percentage chance (0-100%) of Tech winning a given game and then derive our expected wins for the season by adding up the confidences and dividing by 100.

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Occasionally, I do wish I lived in black and white times. End zone celebrations were simpler back then, one only had to pump his arms in the air and walk back triumphantly to the sideline after scoring.

Dignified gentlemen could wear piped plaid pants without being ridiculed.

Trivia*:

14...Torrian Gray.

End Zone Hugs!

Coach Gray started at rover in 1994 and '95 before moving to safety for his senior season. He was tied for the team high in interceptions in '93 and '94 with 3 and 4 picks respectively. He finished his career with 9 total interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and was named All-Big East in '94-96.

Trivia*:

Beamer Earns Extension Through 2016

"I appreciate Virginia Tech's confidence in me leading this program," said Beamer, who is entering his 24th season at the helm. "I believe that continuity has led to the consistency in our program, and we hope for even better days ahead."

Negotiations for the compensation package will begin in January of 2012 to be effective with the start of the contract extension.

via: Hokie Sports.com

The 20 Years of Memories: Part 2

And now for the finale of The 20 Years of Memories. If you’re unfamiliar with what this is all about check out Part 1. These last ten are fresher in my mind than the first and therefore they are a bit more satisfying and sobering.

The Wedding - November 25, 2000 (-)

VT 42
UVA 21

Let's see, the most electric football player of the last decade was playing in Lane versus an over matched Hoo squad. That certainly sounds like a good memory to have, but I have a different one for a much better reason. I was married that day... during the game. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception in the Chrysler Museum. I missed all of Michael Vick’s last home game. I still get grief from my friends over the date selection FAIL.

The Head Ringer - December 1, 2001 (Live)

Miami 26
VT 24

Eventual National Champion Miami dominated everyone in 2000 with their two-deep NFL roster. They were putting it on the Hokies early, but the lunchpailers eventually fought their way back into it. Eric Green* blocked a punt with a little over six minutes to go that was scooped up by Brandon Manning and taken to the house for six. The fans erupted during the block then seconds later after the score that left the Hokies only two back of the mighty Canes. It’s almost unfathomable that my loudest Lane moment came during the SEZ expansion when the stadium was at less than total capacity. Minutes later the deafening joy turned to silence when Ernest Wilford dropped a gimme two-point conversion.


via: http://tiptop25.com/

19...Danny Coale.

Coale's catch and run was a thing of beauty, but we all know how that played out. Now look at the story told by the faces of the coaches, players and fans in the stands by their gambit of emotions: shock, anticipation, exhilaration, joy, ..., and what have you.

Preseason BlogPoll Ballot

I'm voting in the 2010 BlogPoll along with over 100 other bloggers. The BlogPoll is different from the other major polls because it is transparent and the voters actually watch a bunch of different games. We're not coaches or mainstream media beholden to one specific team or beat. After the jump you'll find my preseason ballot. I encourage you to leave feedback, because you have the power to sway my vote with a good enough argument (straight cash will do too).

20...Cornhole.

In twenty more days we'll all be playing cornhole at FedEx. And if you don't know by now the boards below belong to BeerControlOffense.

I'm jealous.

What I'd Do With Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas was named QB-two yesterday. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has watched or read about any significant portion of practice since spring. He's outperformed Ju-Ju on the field and the upside of his athleticism is a bonus. The experience of all the backup reps during the fall will give him the inside track to be the starter going into spring 2011. In fact, it will essentially guarantee him the job. However, my opinion contradicts what Mike O'Cain has said.

An Impromptu Trip to Blacksburg

I finished watching College Football Live at 9:58 this morning. Afterwards it became evident that I needed more of a football fix than listening to the ESPN talking heads. Solution, the Hokies' first public scrimmage was this afternoon at 4:45. I was in the car at noon, arrived in the 'Burg at 4:15 and was in Lane Stadium with 15 minutes to spare.

Fast forward to 8:00 pm. Sitting to the left of my laptop on this wobbly hotel desk are 3 notebook pages full of shorthand. It looks like English encrypted by an Enigma Machine. It's inexperience at its finest. I'll take better notes the next time, but for now here's my best decryption.

Paint the Capital Maroon

For those of you upset about this logo being a little too blue...

Don't worry because the Hokie Bird stopped on by this morning to help us liven things up a bit...

All the credit goes to magduffs. Please thank her appropriately.

There's only 24 more days until Virginia Tech football.

Quick Notes on Commit James Farrow

Farrow played cornerback, wide receiver and served as his team's kick and punt returner last season as a junior. On special teams, he averaged 46 yards per kick return and returned three kicks for scores. He averaged 15 yards per punt return as well.

Prior to Thursday's visit, Farrow told TechSideline.com that Virginia Tech was indeed pursuing him as a cornerback. Tech now has two 2011 commitments at the position, with Farrow joining H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) standout Adeboye Aromire.

"I'm almost positive they want me as a corner," the Minnesota prep star said. "They really like my frame for the position."

Lane Stadium 1965

I'm sure at one time or another on an autumn Saturday in the shadows of Lane Stadium you've shot the shit with an old-time Hokie. If not, you have no excuse not to. Old people are full of knowledge, real genuine back in the day football knowledge, and they like to share booze. Interact with them. Ahem, anyways, the phrase, "it's not like it used to be here", or something similar gets tossed around a bunch by those in Blacksburg old enough to remember the US getting involved in Vietnam. Up until now I didn't have the faintest idea of what that meant.

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Play the man, not the ball.


via: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Trivia*:

  1. Name the Hokie pictured above. (I have no idea who it is so be prepared to prove your case.)
  2. On what day did the Hokies play their first first Big East conference game?
  3. He won 26 games as a starting quarterback for the Hokies, the most under Coach Beamer.

Oh, and say it with me now, "Bonus Video!"

Jake Goins Picks the Hokies

Offensive tackle Jake Goins from Manchester High School (Midlothian, Virginia) committed to Virginia Tech today. He selected the Hokies over Clemson, Maryland and UVa. Goins perfectly fits the mold of a Curt Newsome offensive lineman recruit. He's 6'5" around 280 lbs. The big man can move his feet and will be effective in Newsome's zone blocking schemes. He'll need some polish before seeing any significant playing time, but can turnout to be a great pickup.

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