What Do These Two Wide Receivers Have In Common? Nothing. And Everything.

*Bear with me here; I'm not sure if this is just me trying to come to terms with Sunday's kick in the nuts.

As football fans we are subjected to the phrase "window of opportunity" perhaps more than we should be. It's one of the intangibles of the game; we know it is there, yet we don't know when it will - methaphorically - close. It just happens. As fans, there is little we can do to stop this metaphorical window shutting, with the exception of continuing to be fans. 

Hokies Down #15/17 UVA 47-45

The Hokies finally did it, on their fifth try they won an ACC game. To top it off, they beat a ranked Virginia. In a game where scoring was at a premium and defense was abundant, the Hokies did what it took to win, and fixed some of the mistakes that had been plaguing the team to start conference play. Even though the Hokies did get outrebounded 25-29, there was a tenacity on the boards that had not been present to this point in the season. If the team can keep that kind of intensity, then the Hokies will be okay going forward. The same goes for boxing out, as the players were actually clearing space out under the basket, and what a joy it was to watch.

Hokie Tracks Won 47-45.

Andy Bitter interviewed the Frankinator, asked some tough questions, and it seemed a little "chippy" at times. Read the entire thing, but here's what caught my eye: Beamer returned his $75,000 bowl bonus, the staff is focused on recruiting, like everyone else he thought Coale made the catch, and he knows the special teams need to be fixed. Most importantly, he's softened his stance on playing after only five days rest.

Overall, though, would you been opposed to playing that kind of game with such short rest before the following week?

"The one thing that I think that you want is for the game to be at home. When you're the visiting team and you're not getting in here until early the next day and trying to get ready for another game, time-wise it hurts and rest-wise it hurts. And if you're going to do something like that, you want that next game at home."

I've heard nothing factual to back up this claim, but I expect us to play on Labor Day, and then against Austin Peay the following Saturday.

There's a long fucking time until football.

Normally I know who's making the hit, and I have a good idea of the context of the play. This guy, I don't know who this guy is. I don't know who I am. It's appropriate.

I love Virginia Tech football. I hate that I try to say the right things about Virginia Tech football. But this guy, 44, this guy is what I want us to be. Look at this guy. He's evil. He's gigantic. He doesn't give a fuck. The no-name motherfucker comes into your house and just takes what he wants. Look at him. This guy has a smile that should do twenty to life. He's laughing at everyone. He presides over bodies to the ground. Cleats up.

There's a long ass two-hundred plus days until football.

I don't know how we're going to get by. I don't know how I'm getting by. Then I look at this picture. I just smell football. I smell that monochrome grass there. It's sharp, fresh cut and stings my nose. The fans are anonymously important. That's football.

I see everything I love and hate about football right here. Beating Cincinnati, losing to Michigan. Beating the Noles, losing to the Noles, Tyrod Taylor prancing into the end zone like he's a one man ballet on an open stage, David Wilson losing twenty yards on a carry and eating Chick-fil-A on Sunday. Frank Beamer getting his.

#15 UVA Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-7, 0-4) @ #15/17 Virginia Cavaliers (15-2, 2-1)

When: Sunday, January 22 @ 6:00 p.m.

TV: ESPNU (Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis, Allison Williams)

Where: John Paul Jones Arena (15,219), Charlottesville, VA

The Opponent: Well we saw about 22 minutes of good, fun, high-energy basketball on Thursday night. Then UNC went on a 26-2 run. Let’s hope we see more of the first 22 minutes the rest of the season as opposed to the final 18 minutes.

This game, however, is going to be drastically different. UVA’s game plan is to slow the game down to a snail’s pace and play defense for 35 seconds. They don’t want to score 70 points a game. They want to score 55 and hold you to under 50. That’s Tony Bennett’s game plan, and so far this year, it’s worked. The Cavs have held opponents to less than 50 points in seven games, and less than 40 points three times, including last time out in a 70-38 win over Georgia Tech.

It’s annoyingly slow to some people, especially when you look at how fast a team like UNC plays. But, it works. Only two teams have scored at least 60 this year, one being Seattle (in Washington), and the other being Duke, who scored just 61. This is the second-best defense in terms of points per game allowed in the NATION. Sounds great for our sputtering offense huh?

Here’s a look at their starting five:

Wrestling: Rules and Such

I am writing in hopes of increasing your wrestling knowledge, so that you no longer have an excuse not to go watch our nationally ranked team wrestle. I will do my best to explain as many of the rules and as much of the scoring as possible. Like any other sport wrestling is very complex and just watching the sport is the best way to pick up on all of this. My goal is to give you a base of which to go off of so that when you do watch the team, you have some sense as to what is going on.

NCAA Match Format

1st Period: 3 minutes

2nd Period: 2 minutes

3rd Period: 2 minutes

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The Faces of Seth Bingo

Seth Greenberg is as animated of a basketball coach that you'll find courtside. I don't know how we've gone this long without "The Faces of Seth Bingo". Sometimes genius can be too obvious I guess. The start of ACC play has been rough to watch, but this ensures we'll have some fun the rest of the way.

The original source is unknown to me, but H/T to @hokie8807 and @Kevin_Foster for sharing this masterpiece on Twitter.

#8 UNC Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-6, 0-3) vs #8 North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3, 2-1)

When: Thursday, January 19 @ 9:00 p.m.

TV: ESPN (John Saunders and Jay Bilas)

Where: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: Well, things couldn’t have started any worse for the Hokies in conference play. Losing the first three games, including two to what many people considered the two worst teams in the conference and now Tech faces a UNC team that got shellacked by 33 at Florida State last weekend. Doesn’t sound that encouraging does it?

Coach Greenberg has already unleashed his mantra of “it’s never as bad as it seems, and it’s never as good as it seems.” Well with two top-15 opponents in the next four days, things may get a little worse than they currently are. But, as far as we know this 0-3 start could be a hidden gem and this young team could play with a passion we haven’t seen yet and knocks off both the Heels and Hoos. Two weeks ago, some of you may have believed that, but 0-3 starts drastically change expectations.

BeamerBall?

"Don't be messing with my kicker." Beamer's tone was both playful and serious, although his face read with a dismissive, "just fucking try me." That was the conclusion to an anecdote about an over-coached punter that regressed on his watch at Murray State told during the Duke week presser. Special teams are the Frankinator's baby. They're an integral component of his brand of football, BeamerBall. A lot of other coaches try not to lose with special teams, Beamer tries to win with them.

Special teams were a liability this season, and that's on no one else but Frank Beamer.

The Hokies were ranked 108th nationally in net punting (33.6 yards/punt) in 2011. Scott Demler and Michael Branthover struggled to find consistency, routinely shanked balls and flipped field position out of favor. Danny Coale was more reliable and averaged 6.7 more yards a punt than the team. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed #Coale4Punter because it enhanced his legacy, it hurt the team because it detracted from him playing receiver.

The Hokies only made 72% of their field goals last season. Compare that to 95-, 87-, 79-, 81- and 95-percent success rates in 2010 back to 2006 respectively.

Reality check, a Frank Beamer coached team didn't have a dependable punter or kicker.

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