Buzzketball's Win Over Duke is the program's pièce de résistance

The 77-72 win over #3 Duke was the most impressive win of the Buzz Williams era at Virginia Tech. But they didn't get here by accident, and we all know it.

[Mark Umansky]

When the buzzer sounded on the Virginia Tech men's basketball team's 77-72 win over third ranked Duke and the students (gingerly) lept down to the floor to celebrate with their team, I was filled with emotions that I couldn't quite put into words.

Sports are important, in part, because they act as both a portal away from a normal day's problems and a mirror in which an average fan can see part of their soul.

That's why so many teams end up adopting the personality of their city. The Grit and Grind Memphis Grizzlies are held up as the gold standard of local sports marketing, but at its height, it was way more than t-shirts and slogans. Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, and squad were tough. They were loud. They were mean. They embodied everything the people of Memphis saw in themselves in order to get through an average day.

Memphis might be the most obvious example, but it crops up everywhere. New Orleans Saints games are one part party, one part community building. The Pittsburgh Steelers represent the kind of toughness the city hopes to embody. Cleveland's prodigal son LeBron James fed into both the passions and insecurities buried deeply beneath Lake Erie.

College teams are a little different. With players cycling through every two-to-four years and most coaches sticking around only a bit longer, fans feel an identity of pride with their schools, but come to see each year's team as individual snapshots within that pride. For someone who's supported a school for a decade (or more), each season feels like looking back at a yearbook.

It not only brings back memories of the specific season, but it takes you on a journey about where you personally were at that point in your life. You don't just think of Michael Vick's magical run in '99, but what you were doing that fall. If you were in school at the time, you think of the way Blacksburg looked then as opposed to now. If not, 1999 becomes "the year I ____", as the important moments in your normal life blend together with the important moments of your fandom.

Maybe it's weird to see your life through shades of fan, but isn't that kind of the point? If sports really are an escape from the everyday weight life puts on you, doesn't it make sense that the two strands of your world begin to intertwine? We don't watch sports in a vacuum. Our passion bleeds into our anxieties. Our self-confidence, vacillating between various highs and lows, latches onto the elation of a win (or worse, the devastation of a loss).

Most of this mixing leads to everything wrong with college sports fans. Someone taking a break from their bad day just to eviscerate an 18-year-old recruit online. College athletes are subject to hurtful sneers, personal agendas, and downright inhumane conduct.

I can't defend any of that. Yet I still love college sports. I love it because my parents love it. I love it because grew up in it. I love it because I can define my life around it.

In February of 2015 I was a broke 24 year old, a year and a half out of college, trying to figure it out. I was living with my girlfriend's parents, making eight dollars an hour and hoping to piece together some sort of living in sports media. I had no idea what I was doing, and it showed. Frequently.

That month I covered a 10-win Tech team's loss to a Jahlil Okafor-led Blue Devil squad that would go on to win a national title. It may seem routine on the surface, but the Hokies threw every punch they could muster, resulting in one final chance to pull a program defining upset:

It was clear that Tech was a young team that had no idea what it was doing. But there was a foundation there, and they needed to build on it.

On New Year's Eve 2016, I was ready to make a change. I silently resolved to myself that I'd figure out a way to change paths, get better, and figure life out both professionally and personally. At 26, I was ready to become an adult.

That same day, as I was filling myself with stereotypical year-ending motivation, the Hokies decided that they, too, were ready to grow up:

I applied to grad school and proposed to my now-wife. Tech beat Duke, and made their first NCAA Tournament in a decade.

In February of 2018 I was a stressed out grad student looking for a job, trying to help plan a wedding, and doing my best to remember to consume more than coffee and self doubt. Tech's tournament chances were on the bubble, and they struggled mightily with the Blue Devils all game long. They trailed the entire second half, until they didn't:

The win took them off the bubble for good, and they went dancing for the second time in a row.

It's weird. I know that my adult life doesn't really mirror the program's growth. If anything I'm just projecting the feelings from my personal life onto a group of guys who I've never once met outside of a professional setting.

But isn't that kind of the point? Isn't that the best part about being a fan? Being able to feel pride while watching a team you feel like you've grown up alongside?

That's why I was filled with emotion when the horn sounded. Not because there's any real correlation between my life and the basketball program's. But because I think of the first time the Williams administration took on Krzyzewski, relying on a group of freshmen and misfit toys to take multiple future first round picks to overtime.

I think about that game a lot. More than I should, really. But I can't help but think back to the winter of 2015, and feel a bubbling sense of pride for how far this program has come.

And if you think about it, it's a pretty foolish thing to feel. Only Buzz and Ahmed Hill remain in Blacksburg from that roster. Most of the guys who made this win happen (Kerry Blackshear Jr., Wabissa Bede, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Ty Outlaw, Isaiah Wilkins) weren't around in '15.

But it's the type of compounding pride that makes this win so great. It makes Blackshear's metamorphosis into a superstar even more profound (he finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, by the way). It makes Outlaw's game-sealing three pointer even more fulfilling, and Hill's A+ all-around performance even more heart warming. It makes the squad's perseverance after Justin Robinson's injury—not to mention their ability to find success after completely changing the way they play—even more incredible.

Sure, Duke was without Zion Williamson. But that doesn't take anything away from the statement win. This isn't just a team to be proud of, but it's a program to be proud of. And the growth we've all witnessed makes each one of these victories over the Blue Devils just a little sweeter.

And again, maybe I'm partially projecting because I can't help but think about that dumbass 24-year-old who was sitting on press row, with no idea how much better things were going to get.

But isn't that how we felt in '15?

Didn't we just have blind hope that some miracle worker and a ragtag group of players would save Virginia Tech basketball from the realm of being an unmitigated disaster? There were no grand plans of 20-win seasons and potential double byes in the ACC Tournament. We had no clue how much better this program would become in just a few short seasons. We were all just bemoaning a no-call on a Jalen Hudson baseline drive at the tail end of an 11 win season.

And by all of us, I mean all of us.

"I didn't go home (after the Duke loss in '15), I went back to the office and I stayed up all night," Williams told Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop in an incredible radio interview postgame.

"And I watch that clip, every time we play (Duke). And you know when I watch it, I'm not mad anymore. I'm thankful that what should have been done, wasn't done. Because that's an example, of what has transpired in the program. And that night, there were a lot of royal blue t-shirts in the stands. And now people are texting, 'hey coach, you got any tickets?' Nah. The wagon's full. The wagon's full."

We don't know when Robinson's coming back. We don't know how long Williams will stay in Blacksburg. We don't know what the postseason has in store for them. But that shouldn't keep us from taking stock of exactly how incredible this season has been, how great of a win this was, or how marvelous a journey the last five seasons have been.

And when you look at it, when you look deep into the program's soul, there is something pretty damn relatable about the hard work they've put in to get here.

Maybe that's why the wagon's so full.

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Dude, I hate writing...always have. But I'm glad there are those that love it, and do it as well as you do. Well done, Brian.

"That’s a stupid question. Next question."
-Corey Moore

Brian, this is a wonderful piece of writing. Thank you so much. I really think it captures a lot of the feelings so many of us have but may not be able to express as eloquently as you have.

How long have you been sleeping?!? (yeah I know you're not Pierson) 👏 Bravo!

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Beautifully written

This was great. Someone should tweet this to Buzz. It sounded like something he would write.

Excellent piece, sir.
You are a talented fellow and thank you.
You captured the Hokie spirit so well.
"Coffee and self doubt" can be a lethal combination when used to fuel hard work.
Just ask duke........

Maybe it's weird to see your life through shades of fan, but isn't that kind of the point? If sports really are an escape from the everyday weight life puts on you, doesn't it make sense that the two strands of your world begin to intertwine? We don't watch sports in a vacuum. Our passion bleeds into our anxieties. Our self-confidence, vacillating between various highs and lows, latches onto the elation of a win (or worse, the devastation of a loss).

Most of this mixing leads to everything wrong with college sports fans. Someone taking a break from their bad day just to eviscerate an 18-year-old recruit online. College athletes are subject to hurtful sneers, personal agendas, and downright inhumane conduct.

I can't defend any of that. Yet I still love college sports. I love it because my parents love it. I love it because grew up in it. I love it because I can define my life around it.

Right up there with the best thing I've ever read on this site. My dude, it's like you pulled the thoughts right out of my head. TKPC re-up coming within the month

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

Superb article. This may have been your best work yet.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

This was certainly the signature win of the season, over a team Lunardi was predicting just before the game as being a number one seed. Sure, they Duke was missing a key member of their squad, but so were the Hokies. This was a very solid win, and the Hokies led for almost the entire game.

Nice job on the writeup, and GO HOKIES!

I was just so tired of the split screen adulation given to Zion and all the talk, talk, talk about Barrett, while we were methodically beating Duke in the actual game that was unfolding right in front of those Dukified announcers. I know, they were #3 and all that, but we were the story last night...not Puke.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Then don't watch ESPN today. I just caught Get Up! this morning and their highlights of the game was only of Duke. The only mention of VT was about the final score, and then it was all about the impact of Zion, Barrett being sick and what it does to his draft stock, etc.

The loss is already being written off with an asterisk because no Zion. Not once was it mentioned we were down our best player as well.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

First and last on espn radio this morning was all about how the NCAA should not hold this loss against them and how Duke still deserves to be a #1 seed.

Sportscenter at 5:45am was also all about if these games without Zion will be held against Duke for seeding. Never heard anything about the actual game.

This is why I hate Espn

I feed off of nightmares

Seeing the split screen of Zion every time we had the ball is why I hate Duke!

In Bud we trust

Don't bother looking at the highlight video for the game recap page on ESPN. For a two minute video, VT has three plays. The 1st half of the video is nothing but Duke plays, and there are no highlights from the 1st half for either team. Ridiculous...

Contrast the way ESPN covered our win over Duke in 2004 vs the win last night

And watching the highlights now, its all about how the loss should be forgiven because of Zion. Remember, we were a relatively bad program back in 2004, and we were the #20 team in the country last night, and you'd never know we were the ones playing.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

I miss the old Sportscenter. You could really get a flow for how a game went even if you missed it. Now you'll see a highlight tape like that one for maybe one or two games, but every other game that gets discussed is just a play or two. I get a little tired of everyone ragging on ESPN all the time because I do enjoy some of their programming, but clips like this one really make it obvious how far they've fallen.

Seriously, its night and day. Just goes to show how much nowadays that ESPN tries to report on and steer the story rather than actually reporting what happened. Give me highlights like that, and I'll love it, but you just can't find them anymore. Now, its all hot takes and rapid reactions trying to boil the whole year into a single point on the title, probably to the detriment of the sports themselves.

As a hilarious aside, toward the end of the above video when Len Elmore is speaking, you can hear the PA guy in Cassell making an announcement for "whoever has the jersey of Zabian Dowdell, please return it to security".... I don't think he ever got it back

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

show how much nowadays that ESPN tries to report on and steer the story rather than actually reporting what happened.

Media does a lot of this these days - on both sides - Its ridiculous. I ignore them all.

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Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

The clowns on the broadcast last night couldn't stop talking about RJ Barrett. Every five seconds it was RJ Barrett this, RJ Barrett that.

It was like:

From what I could see, Barrett was worthy of a lot of discussion.

The guy is very good at basketball.

I don't dispute that. I'm also not claiming to be objective. I'm a VT fan.

As a direct comparison:

Barrett: 21 PTS, 8/15 FG (53%), 4/7 FT (57%), 1/6 3PT (17%), 5 AST
Blackshear: 23 PTS, 7/11 FG (64%), 9/11 FT (82%), 0/2 3PT (0%), 0 AST

Did they talk about Blackshear? Sure but not as obsessively as they (to be fair it was pretty much one of the commentators) talked about Barrett. If you ask me, those stats favor Blackshear, and if you factor in rebounds it's not even close. The star by far was Blackshear. Like many of these talking heads, they were forced to start recognizing Blackshear as the end of the game was near.

EDIT: Edited for readability.

It feels like coverage of college basketball has become much less about the games and teams playing them and more about only the individual players who will be signing NBA contracts in a few months with the games as a backdrop for their ascension to the league.

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

People like stars, who knew?

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

All sports are like that these days.

Ever hear of a fella named Tiger Woods? What about Serena Williams? I'm sure they occasionally have opponents, even ones who beat them, but good luck getting a share of that media spotlight.

I mean, there was plenty, plenty of praise for Blackshear all game. Like a ton. For some reason, people seem to take it as a slight any time the announcers talk about the other team.

Did you watch the game? If so, go back and watch it again. Yes, they gave Blackshear props, his highlights demanded it. The announcers announced the entire game from a Duke-centric perspective. The interminable split screen adulation of Zion was particularly galling. This was a VT home game, but they came prepared to see us lose, and had the patter and conversation all set for just that. So yeah, in this case, I did take it as a slight. Mox nix, though. We showed 'em.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

The split screen of an injured player (but only their injured player) watching the game for fucking minutes at a time was one of the most infuriating thing I've ever seen.

Even more so as it got deep into the game and we continued to lead and maintain fairly comfortable control of the game.

Side note to the zion phenomenon: after reading articles about tix to duke unc going for super bowl prices cuz hermagerd zion williamson, him going out like 2 minutes in was hilarious.

Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

I don't know if I would say I was infuriated but it was definitely SUPER ANNOYING. On top of that, the split screen didn't even look good. If I recall it looks kind of amateurish which made the whole thing look as unprofessional as it really was.

Ultimately it was ESPN's job to broadcast and comment on a basketball game being PLAYED between #3 Duke and #20 Virginia Tech, not juxtapose a benched player with the actual action. It really added no value to the game and certainly diminished the experience.

It just showed that ESPN is now boiling every season down to the storyline of one single player.

NBA? LeBron
NHL? Crosby/Ovi (they'll figure it out around the playoffs)
CFB? Tua
CBB? Zion
NFL? Brady
MLB? Harper

The games no longer matter, it's all about the story of that player. You saw it earlier when they would take up half the screen with Zion information during games where Duke wasn't even playing. They did the same last year with Tre Young, and they'll do it again with the next guy.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Yeah. They started this years ago with what I called "player porn". I think the first time I remember being aware of it was with Johnny Football. I remember, probably inaccurately, something about him buttoning a cuff on a dress shirt or something. They used to just have quick shots of them in uniform but then took it to a whole new stomach turning level.

It definitely started with Tebow but it went to a whole new level with Manziel. In fact, I think a very large part of the reason that his career (and possibly life, if the stories about him are true) went down the drain like it did is because of the amount of hype and attention he got at an age where he really didn't need it, mainly because of ESPN

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

The first time I saw this kind of trash I wondered if it would have a negative effect on the players at a time when they should be focusing on the quality of their play.

I really don't understand what's in it for ESPN. I seriously doubt this stuff improves their ratings. It seems like extra production costs for a network that has been struggling financially.

What takes it from 'super annoying' to 'infuriating' for me are the following:

1. What exactly is the audience or demographic that tunes in to an ACC basketball game to watch someone else watch the game? Not the crowd, not interviews, not the commentators, not the commercials, not the mascot, literally a dude sitting on the bench and trying not to fuck around too much and get yelled at by kryzewski.

2. I paid, continue to pay, and in the future will pay more, to watch sports in HD on my couch on my really nice television. When you do the split screen, it makes my 47" more like a 25-27". To again, watch a dude watch a basketball game. When they were talking about him, that's fine, that makes sense, that's part of the production. But it was lengthy periods where the announcers were back to calling the game, and half of my screen is a dude fucking around on the bench.

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New Sigline: lol it's football season.

I'm fine with them talking about Zion the most. He is a superstar relative to the rest of college basketball. And announcers are there for casual fans that don't know anything about basketball. Or to just hype up highlight moments. Otherwise, hell, 95% of announcers just give surface level analysis.

Brian, every single word of this was meticulous and hit the right chord. Wonderful article.

And the growth we've all bared witness to makes each one of these victories over the Blue Devils just a little sweeter.

Well, maybe there was one word that wasn't quite meticulous, but a magnificent piece anyway. Bravo.

(Yes, I do have to be 'that guy'. I just can't help myself.)

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Don't worry, you are not alone. Grammar police are people too.

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“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

The guy that invented spell check died yesterday.. My he rust in piss.

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Log for yuo.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Very nice. Just wait until you get to your thirties and your twenties feel like you were still a babe.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Or your fifties and ALL those years feel like you were a babe. I remember the big wins over Memphis State in the 1980s as a student. I'm just glad my knees are in good shape 'cause we have a lot of jumping ahead of us! Go Hokies!

From the 2018 VT-uva game-"This is when LEGENDS are made!"

Superb writing. You capture the Hokie Nation pride and passion. Winning and losing will run together over time, but the effort of our teams and shared pride of Hokie Nation will bond us. Who isn't stirred a little when you're far from home and see someone in orange and maroon and hear an echoed "Go Hokies!". Loved your article.

Was anticipating what I'd find on TKP this morning while driving into the office. THIS was a pleasant surprise - very different than what I thought I'd find. Well done Brian. You've got skills.

JP

Fantastic piece Brian!

A word about this paragraph...

"And I watch that clip, every time we play (Duke). And you know when I watch it, I'm not mad anymore. I'm thankful that what should have been done, wasn't done. Because that's an example, of what has transpired in the program. And that night, there were a lot of royal blue t-shirts in the stands. And now people are texting, 'hey coach, you got any tickets?' Nah. The wagon's full. The wagon's full."

I know a few Tech fans who hold season tickets and wear Duke Blue to the Duke game. I hope Buzz stays around and continues to shift those colors.

Is it basketball season yet?

I know a few Tech Duke fans who hold season tickets and wear Duke Blue to the Duke game.

Fixed. Hokies only wear Orange and Maroon.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Damn that was a good read !

Awesome, awesome article.

Perspective is all you need sometimes. When I worked in the athletic department, I had certain feelings about Buzz because of the way some things are/were handled during the day to day. It was a much more stressful environment than either of JJ or Greenburg. Being able to enjoy the games as a fan now though, helps see him in a different light. I had just got home when he started his post game talk and I turned the car off about 2 minutes or so in because I was ready get inside and knew I'd be able to watch the replay today. After watching the replay, you can just hear the passion and desire for his players to grow and be the best versions of themselves.

Brian, so well written. Nice story to go along with the
program's progress.

Amazing article.

Also an unpopular opinion here. I can forgive the non call against Hudson because I'm fairly certain JRob fouled Grayson Allen on that last second 3 point attempt last year.

I disagree on jrob, Grayson leaned at a 45 degree angle to try to bait the ref.

But my biggest frustration with college basketball, the terrible reffing, is also what makes it so exciting. The no-goaltending call last night before the Reddish three was a 5-point swing but the Hokies kept believing and battling until the end! Refs are gonna make bad calls every game from here until eternity, but gotta fight to rise above that (even though my choice words will probably never go away).

I just think we've seen an emphasis in recent years, maybe in pros more than college, on giving the shooter room to land. I think JRob jumped into him and didn't give him space to land.

I'll have to rewatch to see if Grayson did lean into him.

The amount of three foul calls I've seen where a player jumps into a defender is ridiculous. I remember at least 2 from the Penn St game this year.

False. Grayson Allen deserves nothing except repeatedly stubbing his toe on the coffee table.

Click here to destroy wall.

on a floor of littered with legos

Great write up. Buzz belongs in Blacksburg. I hope he's here for a long time.

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Using /s is for cowards.

Brian: Your words are like magic. All VT fans feel what you said to their very core.
Let's get to 13 ACC wins!!!

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Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

10/10

Would read again

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10/10 did read again

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I am at a loss for words of how to accurately describe this other than to say this is excellent and one of the best articles I have ever read on any site. Great job Brian!

Bravo, sir! Thanks for putting to words all the emotions of being a fan, a VT fan. As fans we do take some tiny piece of ownership of our team, they are OUR team. Man, it's a great time to be a Hokie!

All Maroon, all the time!

Brian! Stop trying to make me cry here at work. Great article.

B, that article was:

via GIPHY

No offense to anyone else on the site, but that was the best article I've ever read here hands down. YOU sir have found your purpose in life, glad we get to be beneficiaries of it.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

its like brian and Buzz collaborated and put together this story and this tweet together.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

I love the fact that while I was watching this, I had the Smashing Pumpkins Tonight Tonight (Believe in me!!!!) playing in the background. Synergy squared.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I can relate. Married in 2016. Hokies dancing every season since. She's a keeper ;-)

I actually missed the first few minutes of the game because I was playing one last Apex game and my squad crushed a 3v1 for the win. As soon as that happened I knew Tech was gonna win as well.

This was a great great article. Thank you for it. This is probably the best article I've read on this site.

My freshman year was 2002 when we were rolling with Ricky Stokes where a win over a barely ranked UVa squad seemed program changing. Then we hired Greenberg and things shot up, and the program took off. We started knocking off good teams left and right. We got into the ACC where we weren't supposed to compete, and suddenly we were finishing Top 4 in the conference seemingly every year. Heck, in 2007 we were a home win against Clemson away from clinching the ACC Regular Season title, but through all that, it always felt like it could fall apart quickly. We played bad against bad teams, we annually lost to teams we had no business losing to, our focus was all over the place, and emotionally we really only were as good as the ranking of our opponent. When Johnson took over, it all fell apart and we were right back to where we were under Stokes.

Then we hired Buzz and things changed. Yes, our recruiting is better than I can ever remember, and our floor has significantly risen, but more importantly, it feels like we actually have a stable foundation that can last over time. I know we've had some decent coaches in the past, but without a doubt in my mind, Buzz is the best coach in VT Basketball history. He has taken us from ashes to a budding national power capable of knocking off elite teams even when we're down our most potent weapons. We always get up for the big games, especially in Cassell, but now we have the talent to actually do some legitimate damage at home. As long as he's here, we've always got a shot, and if we can keep bringing in good players, the sky is the limit on where we can go.

And let me talk for a second about the future. Wilkins has been a revelation late this year. He has stepped up in a huge way both offensively and defensively. His defensive effort last night was stellar, and we already know what he can do when his offensive game is on. And I'm really looking forward to seeing what Kabongo is able to provide. I think he's going to be sneaky good when he's able to get more playing time from what I've seen. Bede seems to be coming into his own a bit. The shot is still hit and miss, but seeing him drive and dish last night has me thinking its starting to click for him. And with some of the new faces we're going to see, we might be able to stay good for a while.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Every so often we are reminded that when things don't go your way, when things look bleak, and you are challenged in ways you never anticipated, you dust yourself off, get up and figure out a way to go forward and succeed. This year's team embodies that, and is succeeding when virtually no one outside of Hokie nation (and many of us) would have given them a second thought. Thanks, Brian, for reminding us that sports and life mirror often each other. Go Hokies!

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

One of the best written articles I've read here....or anywhere

Last night's win may have been Buzzketball's piece de resistance, but this reflection is yours, Brian.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I stream Philly sports talk radio at the office, and the mid day show just had a really quick piece in the tournament coming up.

The one host who is more of a football and hockey guy said "How but Duke going down to the Hokies last night! But no Zion Williamson."

To which the other host Anthony, who is a big hoops guy, promptly responded "Duke is really good, but I have watched enough ACC ball this year to know that VT is good enough to beat them even with Zion. 3-4 times out of 10, but that wasn't a big upset."

So we are getting some love from folks that really follow the sport.

living that big goop life.

It took this picture to make me realize my own typo. Geg for you!

I'm surprised they were able to get anything in with what I am assuming is wall to wall meltdowns about Harper and the decision to let Foles walk

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Most callers now are talking about how many fans will show up just to boo Harper if/when he signs with a west coast team

I'm seven hours away from Philly, and I would.

edit: and by boo I mean cheer.

sidenote, props to you for being able to listen to those talking heads. I just can't do it

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

The mid day guys arn't too bad, because they will actually talk about the Flyers too. It's mostly Sixers and Bryce Harper right now though

What's there to talk about with the Flyers? Hart is hurt, they're pretty much out of it at this point, but that run probably took them out of the running for high lottery odds, and they just traded away Simmonds.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Most callers now are talking about how many fans will show up just to boo Harper

That being said, oh we'll still boo him

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Brain, I am at least twice as old as you and you still captured what it feels like to be true Hokie fan no matter when you went to VT. Outstanding timeless piece of work here. Keep up the great work.

Beautiful piece Brian; you captured what Hokie spirit is all about so perfectly.

I just watched the postgame radio interview as I do every game. What an amazing, thought-provoking joy it is to watch Buzz and see what's going on in his emotional, scattered-brained, brilliant head. I loved his last line:

Tell Mama we're going dancing!

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

Brian this piece is perfect. Right in the feels man!

"The wagon's full!" I love this saying and can picture every word of this article as it was written. Awesome work and awesome to be a Hokie!

This Buzz quote should be this year's "Quit Cussin'!" Shirt!

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Great, now I need to buy another T-Shirt from Joe. :)

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

Marvelous work sir!

I love how you tie in sports to what's going on with your life. I didn't begin watching Tech sports until the 2004-05 season. I was a first grader. I had no concept of time or years until then. Now, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing just based on what Tech was doing in any given sport at that time. My family thinks it's because my brain works differently, but I think it's really just because Tech sports are something I truly care about and leave lasting memories in my mind. Two nights ago was no different.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

I didn't begin watching Tech sports until the 2004-05 season. I was a first grader.

I'm fucking old.

Not so!

I graduated from college in 1998. If you're old that means I'm ancient and I ain't ready for that.

Double not so!
Since I graduated in 1983 and I still act like an idiot some times.

You guys aren't even case to old. 1969 grad here.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Nice

You even have me beat. My first year there was Frank's last year playing, and while originally in the class of '72, did a little time with Uncle Sam and finally granulated in '75.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I didn't begin watching Tech sports until the 2004-05 season

So did I!!! It was my freshman year at Tech.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about