Flip the Switch -- Turn the Thursday Night Lights Back on in Lane

Virginia Tech players and coaches know how important Thursday's game against Miami is, and the role Hokie Nation will play in Lane.

Watch this, and then for good measure watch it again.

Are you done? Are the chills gone? Good, because that clip signifies two different things, both of which are extremely relevant leading up to Virginia Tech's Thursday night matchup against Miami.

The first is this: I have been to every single game in Lane Stadium since September 12, 2009. That's 34 in a row in case you were wondering. The time between Logan Thomas' 19-yard go-ahead touchdown and the moments after Alonzo Tweedy brought down Lamar Miller in the open field was the last time that football stadium has been electric.

I don't mean raucous, I don't mean excited. I mean electric. I'm talking about ear ringing, goosebump inducing, make-you-find-religion-loud.

As sad as it may be to say, a stadium that once swallowed up marquee opponents hasn't been hungry in over two years. Less a Terrordome, more a halfway inflated balloon.

The thing is, it's no one's fault. This isn't about calling out the students (who've been really great this season), nor is it about calling out alumni who have stopped buying as many season tickets as in previous years. There has to be a certain kind of situation that breaks just right to unleash the kind of sound hell that has made Lane Stadium famous, some sort of combination of the game itself, the Hokies and the opponent.

That leads me to my second point. As hard as it may be to believe, that clip also signifies the last time Miami came to Blacksburg. Due to a change in ACC scheduling after the league added Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the Hokies had to travel to Coral Gables in both 2012 and 2013, which is a shame because the 'Canes may just be one of the only teams who can bring that level of intensity out of the fans.

Even in a year in which everything seems to be falling to pieces at just the wrong time, beating Miami is something that cures all ills. Hokies love to hate Miami, it's one of the few things that carried over from the old Big East days. Even when both teams are fighting for relevance in the ACC Coastal, there's a different kind of animosity pulsing through the stadium when your fans are not only rooting for their team to win, but for the opponent to lose.

It doesn't seem like a coincidence that these two things happened on the same day, over three years ago. Miami coming to town causes the kind environment that actually helps a team win, not just in a way that helps market season ticket sales.

"I've said all along that our fans help us win," Beamer said. "And we need their help here Thursday night."

It's a primetime Thursday nighter, a time slot that has made both Tech and its crowd famous over the years. It also happens to be a game that's a must-win for the Hokies and the fans alike. For Tech, it's a chance to remain relevant in the conference race. For its fans, an opportunity to live up to their reputation as one of the best crowds in the country, on national television no less. Even the players who have yet to experience a game as the lights beat down on Worsham Field are ready for something a little different.

"I've heard a lot about Thursday nights here, you know even from when I was being recruited," said quarterback Michael Brewer. "I've heard that's it's pretty awesome, that one of the best atmospheres in college football is a Thursday night football game here in Lane Stadium.

"So I'm really looking forward to that, it's going to be fun for our fans, getting to see us play a team of Miami's caliber, and it's going to be really fun for us too, seeing all those people out there supporting us and to be a part of something special like a Thursday night in Lane Stadium."

It's not only Lane Stadium on a Thursday night, it's also Virginia Tech against Miami. It's a game that just feels more important than anything at home has felt in quite a while. The team is standing at a crossroads, to win keeps their hopes and goals alive, and to lose means a third consecutive season careening towards irrelevance.

The fans are at a crossroads of sorts too. This the first time that their team has played in Lane on Thursday night in almost two years. They need to remind people why players would want to come to Blacksburg, why their stadium was once called the Terrordome and why it has forced so many ESPN broadcasters to carry two packs of lozenges.

On Sunday, I got a chance to catch freshman running back Marshawn Williams alone during media availability. He had been consistently pestered about the status of his ankle and how he felt about his squad's poor rushing performance against Pittsburgh, not necessarily the most positive of conversations.

I didn't ask him about his ankle, or whether or not a change on the starting offensive line was going to have an impact on his future performances. All I wanted to know was whether or not he was excited to play his first Thursday nighter.

"Man, I just can't wait," said Williams with a bright smile that lit up the room. "It's going to be a big party, you know? Go out there, have some fun under the lights, it's going to be a great game."

Big party under the lights? Sounds like football's coming back to the Terrordome.

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The past three times Miami has came here they've gotten thumped. The rain game is one of my more fonder rain games ever. I don't remember enough of the A&M game to count that one. Time and the ungodly amounts of bourbon in me that night (I wore shorts n a t shirt...) make memories fuzzy. First game under the lights in a while. I'm ready. Real ready.

Anyhows. I'm ready to party.

The 2003 Miami game, in my opinion, was the loudest that I've ever experienced at Lane. And it was dialed up for all 4 qtrs. That was a terrordome.

Leonard. Duh.

Best game I have ever seen in Lane Stadium.....Period !!

Completely agree. Still my greatest Lane memory. That game made my soul happy.

Two "friends" of mine got married that night. They had their reception at a community-center type place. So it's not like there was a bar with TVs we could sneak off to or anything. Also, this was before phones really became what they are today. A buddy and me ended up calling the security desk every couple of minutes to get score updates (they had a tv), and then using the karakoe mic to announce score updates - the whole group was pretty much tech people.

Not that I hold that against them to this day, or anything...

Completely agree - same here. I'll second, third, forth and fif that statement....

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Nothing has been close. That night I parked on Tech Center Drive (back when you could park at the end of the runway) there was a palpable electricity when cresting the hill at the chicken farms that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

That was one GREAT day.

Man I wish I was there. I remember watching on E$PN and thinking the same, then. Fortunately, I will attend my first Miami game tomorrow night. I will do my damnedest to go all out and create some buzz around. That is if needed, but there seems to be sudden jump of enthusiasm since we almost went nuclear meltdown last week. I'm reaching, but I guess that compares to 2003 in a way. Maybe we can channel that wounded dog approach and get Lane electric again. We'll see

"This is really a lovely horse, I once rode her mother." - Ted Walsh

That's the only Miami game in the last 14 years I haven't made it too.

I lived across main street, down from the old middle school football field, we turned the volume off in the TV n just listened to the crowd.

The rain game is not just one of my favorite rain games, but one of my favorite games at Lane (2005 was my freshman year and first season as a Hokie fan). That game was the last time I sat in the NEZ, and one of the more memorable games for me.

I don't know if Thursday will be as electric as Thursday night games in the past, but if we get off to a good start (this includes the fans), it will most certainly be the most electric Lane has been in a while.

Let's Go!!!

In four years at VT and two years of grad school, I don't know if my daughter did anything that made me more proud than I was when she stayed till the end of the "Rain Game." I mean, everyone's proud at graduation and all that, but when you ask your daughter if she stayed till the end of the game in spite of pouring rain and freezing temps, and she acts insulted ... that makes a father proud.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

You certainly raised your daughter right! When I think about all the fun things I will do with my kids one day, my mind cannot ever seem to escape Lane Stadium, Enter Sandman, and Virginia Tech Football!! I hope my kids make me that kind of proud one day, haha!

On Sunday, I got a chance to catch freshman running back Marshawn Williams alone...

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Totally agree Brian, it is time to kick it up a notch in Lane. I thought the GT game was getting there, perhaps the best its been since Miami. Looking forward to being there!

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I am glad we have finally moved on from the Pitt loss. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed that we spent more time and articles on the Pitt loss than other losses in the past (this years and others). I may get downvoted for this, but so be it. I am just excited that its finally Miami week, which means Thursday night football back in Lane.. LETS GO HOKIES!

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No doubt, completely agree. I think everyone is ready to move on, including our offense. I expect a great atmosphere and a great all around game on Thursday. This is the type of stuff you live for

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." - Jay Bilas

Hey, every time I see the end of 2011 game I see myself on camera. I was good looking then! :-)

So are you the kid in the stands, the dude with Estrada glasses, or the kid that ran onto the field and got pwned by the VT cop? That's who I remember most from that clip.

When I first joined TKP, I expected the guy with the Estrada glasses to be one of the main figures here. I guess that guy is still a mystery. I actually feel like I haven't seen him or the guy with the orange beard and maroon face (basketball games mostly) on TV in about 3 years. WILL THE REAL MANIACS PLEASE STAND UP?!?!

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." - Jay Bilas

Big party under the lights? Sounds like football's coming back to the Terrordome.

elf

Al Golden warned his new players its gonna be loud, one of the loudest. Lets welcome Al and his freshmen to the NCAA terrordome and send them out with a loss.

Allen Ox

I can't freakin wait for this game. I saved up 2 days of vacation just for this game...one for tailgating, and one for recovering. Pitt may have beat us last Thursday night, but our fans and our stadium will kick their asses this Thursday night. Let's show ESPN why they should never forget about Virginia Tech!

Me too.....I feel like a lot of our fan base has forgotten about how fun a Thursday in BBurg can be. "A party under the lights" is just what we need to get some magic back in Lane.

When I first moved to Richmond people always were asking me to take them to a game @ Lane. Now I never get that request.....I want that those old days back. A win over Miami at night will possibly get that vibe back.

Me three! Two days of vacation and two nights at an overpriced Blacksburg hotel. Bringing down two friends from Philly to pop their Lane Stadium cherry. What a treat they're in for.

Let's Go...

Lol, We're going to the game but leaving for Philly Friday morning. The Jeep will already be packed so, we're taking my bike to the game.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

bike

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Making a batch of Apple Pie cider (alcoholic) tonight for the game.
Can't freakin wait!!! Let's go Hokies!!!!

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Leaving work at 2 today to head out to Blacksburg... Not sure how I'm gonna wait that long after watching this

to the heart of cygnus' fearsome force we set our course

I never noticed until now that some stupid kid gets slammed by a cop after cutting off Beamer going to shake Golden's hand.
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It's my first Thursday night game I'm attending as a fan and not a member of the MV's. I'm freaking pumped!!

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

It's gonna be weird. But decidedly more imbibed, at least for me

HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI
'14 grad

Oh same here. I'm actually pretty excited to be able to watch pregame

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seen that video 100 times....still get chills.

Watched without sound and still got chills knowing that they had started playing Enter Sandman. May have watched it one too many times

Party Positive.

Yea - I love that video...it gives me chills every time!

Hope the guys go out and whup Miami and Lane is rockin all night long. GO HOKIES!!!

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Thanks for posting that........what a great night.

i remember the crowd chanting "kellen winslow" "kellen winslow" and we were so in his head in the 4th qtr he didnt know what to do. i thought forsure he was going to lose his shhhh.....

great game! amazing memories! cant wait till tomorrow night my 1st night game back in the burg since that game. man its been a long time. and alot of VT games later. im pumped!!!!

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I don't remember 2003 being so grainy...must've been all the Wild Turkey. The Walk that night was the most electric parade I've ever been to. Looking in the player's eyes I knew they were going to win. Not a feeling, not a hunch, 100% unadulterated fact. I don't think I had a voice until the next Saturday after this game. I'm getting chills just thinking about it.

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What a great game. I remember we were tailgating on chicken hill and could hear the roar from the walk. Miami had been trash talking all week because we had lost the previous game to WVU and they had jumped us in the standings. They were undefeated and figured that all they had to do was show up and they'd walk all over us. Instead they ran into a buzz-saw! We were embarrassed from the loss the previous week and we were angry, and we took it out on Miami. Too bad we couldn't finish that season like that night...

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

You'll note that a Fuller had an interception in that game... Let's see if we can repeat that stat on Thursday!

This got me pumped and made me sad all at once. I miss the swagger that our players had back then. It's like they knew they were going to win before the game even started. You see glimpses of that now but it's not like it used to be. Teams used to be afraid to come into Lane Stadium and play a night game. I really hope we can get back to that. Go Hokies!

"If you coach the way the fans want you to, you might find yourself sitting in the stands next to them" -Herm Edwards

Turn Up the Wick!

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

Sometimes I wish that when teams warn their players that it's going to be loud, that instead it was cricket silent.

Play a couple mind games, like "Holy shit...it's so quiet here. What's happening?"

And then, just when someone is about to throw or catch, all 66k plus fans scream as loud as possible causing all the opposing players to just stop and run in terror.

You know...bring some actual terror to the terror dome because..."Even the crowd plays mind games, man!"

There's some basketball team that does that, stays silent until they reach a certain score and then just explode.

"What else could you conceivably ask for?"

"Eat, Drink and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We Die!" "Geaux Hokies is pronounced GUUH-X" - Andrew Jackson, 1815

I'm starting to show my age here, but the two most electric Lane Stadium moments that I have ever experienced in person were both in the 2001 Miami Game. They were undefeated and headed to the Rose Bowl and we were...Quarterbacked by Grant Noel.

#2 - the Punt block heard 'round the world

#1 - the 2 point conversion that wasn't

It was absolute pandemonium, I would seriously be surprised if seismic activity wasn't recorded in the NRV that day. What a nightmare of a game that was - you want to talk about QBs with turnover issues? IIRC, Noel had literally as many completions to Miami as he had to Tech that day, and had more total turnovers than he had completions to his own team. And yet, we had beamerballed ourselves to within 8 with 6 minutes left. Blocked that punt, scored...could this really be happening? Last gasp, take this to overtime, GN rolls out to his right, the defender slipped! Ernest Wilford is wide open! The throw.....HE'S GOT IT OH MY GOD HE'S GOT IT! HE THRUSTS THE BALL TO THE SKY LIKE THOR'S HAMMER IN CELEBRATION! WE MIGHT NOT WIN BUT WE TOOK THE #1 TEAM IN THE COUNTRY TO....

What's that? He didn't catch it? sonuva....

IIRC again, they would over the course of routine physicals that offseason find that Ernest Wilford had a mild vision impairment, and he would get contacts thereafter. lol

It's just kind of Ironic, I think. One of my greatest, most imprinted memories of VT football joy (seriously, I can close my eyes right now and be transported back 13 years and 30 lbs ago...)...was in a game we lost. Actually, maybe that explains everything when you think about it :)

Related: My wife has a story about the time she was getting his on by some guy at TOTS only to be very quickly escorted away by her friends. "Don't you know who that is? That's Grant Noel." Apparently Friends don't let friends get hit on by Grant Noel. To this day she says, "I don't get it, he was nice."

I kind of found a clip of the block on youTube...

Also, and forgive me for yelling but: ROT IN HELL ABC FOR NOT ACTUALLY SHOWING THE BLOCK. YOU SPENT ALL THIS TIME ON A REPLAY THAT YOU MISSED THE FREAKING BLOCK! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!

Ahh the days where the Lane Stadium crowd would get louder on 4th downs than they would for 3rd down. I really miss the noise we used to make for punts. Completely got in the heads of the opponents special teams and caused breakdowns which our ST units would immediately capitalize on.

The 4th down cadence from the MVs absolutely gutted that part of the environment. Now, people just wave their hands in the air, while the place is relatively quiet. Get rid of that cadence, stop trying to lead people on with the arm waving crap and try to just get more noise in the place. The 3rd down cadences are awesome, but man does it drop off a cliff for 4th down.

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Anything about the MVs gets me a little defensive real quick, but they're not stopping anyone from yelling while waving their arms. I wasn't around, so I could be making a bad assumption, but answer me this: when did the MVs start playing a cadence for special teams 4th downs? And when they did, did all the fans go "wow, this arm waving crap is so much better than yelling! Let's not yell anymore"? I doubt that one cadence, which stops well before the ball is snapped is limiting the crowd noise. Maybe it's, I dunno, the fact that we haven't blocked many kicks lately? I agree that the stadium *should get loud on 4th downs, but I doubt it's the MVs fault

*edited to say should instead of would

HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI
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Something tells me it happened sometime around 2005 or so. My freshman year was 2002, and I don't really recall that cadence very much during my first couple years, but by my senior year, and when I started coming back, it was a staple, and the wave had taken over.

Like it or not, the fans, and especially the student body, will look to the MVs for guidance on what to do for given plays. (much like how the bounce to Enter Sandman began with the MVs) The arm waving with the cadence really took off when members of the MVs would start doing a 'block the kick' motion with their instruments, and everyone else started doing it with their arms. This then took the attention away from "lets make noise" to "lets pretend to block a kick" and the noise level completely died down to the point where it is now. And when the people the students are looking towards for leadership are only waving arms and not making noise, well, that kind of behavior is going to bleed into the rest of that section, which will eventually bleed to the rest of the stadium.

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Can't we all just agree to Blame it on Jim Weaver?

I mean, one of the man's enduring legacies is going to be the way he systematically took the fans *out* of the game over the years....

I actually had to leave that game (2001) early before the blocked kick (should have just quit my job instead). I was walking back to a friend's apartment and I was over by the Kroger off of Price's Fork when the block happened. We could hear the crowd roar at the stadium from where we were standing.

That punt was the loudest moment I remember in Lane. When the play was over our whole section had transplanted about two rows and 10 seats to the left.

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

THIS!!! Is mine too! Sitting in NEZ everyone thought he caught the ball and went nuts! Then see the ref wave it off and turn and watch the replay. It was the most one-extreme-to-the-other moment I can remember.

I was in the NEZ too, maybe we high-fived :)

What if we came out in throwback all maroons from 2003? You think that might help amp up the crowd?

Probably most of the students wouldn't get the connection, but you can be damn sure I'll be going amped as hell on my couch.

All Maroon Everything with a blocked punt would be awesome! Let's Go!!!!

"If you coach the way the fans want you to, you might find yourself sitting in the stands next to them" -Herm Edwards

This is how excited I am to be at this game tomorrow.
YAS

Y'all that have been around a while...banners and noise makers? What's your opinion? (or stories)

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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.

Only noise makers I need are my vocal chords and my lungs!! Start Jumping!!! Go Hokies!!!

"Win or lose we'll greet you with a glad returning!"

Officially banners are not allowed.
Nothing that can block the view of other spectators.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Yeah it sucks they banned them. I'm fine with banners I guess but when I first attended tech (98 was my freshman year) people would bring the gobblers to the stadium. Basically like the cowbell for MSU. At some point during my time there they banned noisemakers so people couldn't bring them in anymore.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

I believe the ban on noisemakers came from the ACC, so 2004 would have been the end of anything like that.

Guy behind me at the WMU game didn't get that memo. Not that I'm complaining.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Great write up as usual, Brian. My fresh year was 99, so I've been involved in a few electric day games that have turned to night & night games.

I'm excited for a cool brisk day & evening. I'm excited to actually get some time to relax & tailgate. I'm excited for a Thursday night game in Lane. But even more than that, I'm thrilled that at least the fan base here is excited. I hope our team comes to play, & I hope they give us something to cheer about. That Pitt game was rough. And, the last Thursday night game I attended was UNC, and I was stoked for that one. That team & that point in that season had a similar feel to it as this year. I will just nicely say, that game wasn't the Thursday night atmosphere I was used to.

Let's give em' hell.

Watching that clip gives me "Corey Moore eyes". Give me some pads coach, I'm ready! I still have 4 years of eligibility left, I may not be able to last a whole game, but I'll hit somebody hard.

As for my favorite Miami game....I would have to say 2003. It was awesome, and I got on ESPN. I'm the one holding the sign that they come back from break on at 13:21 left in the 4th. It said "We're not going 2 the Sugar Bowl, but don't pack, cause neither R U!! HOKIE PRIDE". I don't think we sat down that whole game.

I've been to nearly every home game over the last 12 years and that was probably the best, right up there with the 62-0 beat down of Syracuse in '99.

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

Kind of unrelated but I don't think it warrants a new topic...does anyone have an idea what song was playing at a home game recently (I think Western Mich but could have been GT) BEFORE Enter Sandman?

If I remember correctly, the video board was showing the team walking down to the tunnel and the beat of the song resulted in some people doing a sort of timed, slow, rhythmic clap along with it. It's been stuck in my head all day and I finally realized that was where it was from.

Anyone?

Let's Go...

IIRC, it is a remixed (or original) version of "God's gonna cut you down" by Johnny Cash. I would post a link, but I'm on my phone.

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Let's Go...

does anyone have an idea what song was playing at a home game recently (I think Western Mich but could have been GT) BEFORE Enter Sandman?

i believe this is the one your looking for?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTn78xHpLZY

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I am sure some folks here browse TechSideline,but in case anyone doesnt, and someone just reposted the "Snot Bubbles" rant from pre-2002 LSU. one of the most epic short pieces of literature ever compiled. I submit for your enjoyment.
Madness....snot bubbles !!

Madness.
That's what I expect, and what I require from the legions of Hokie fandom. Low grade simmering just below the surface insanity. God I love the smell of [bourbon] in the morning!
I want you to warm up your vocal cords by yelling at traffic.
I want to feel the electricity in the parking lot before noon.
I want to hear the pre-game show blaring from each and every tailgate I walk past.
If there is one single Gobble Shaker remaining in any Tech bookstore, heads will roll!
I want to see a grim determination in the eyes of every Hokie fan I see.
I WANT EVERYONE IN THEIR SEATS BEFORE KICKOFF.
I want the stands to shake like an old school Redskins-Cowboys game at RFK.
I want this game to register on seismographs across the New River Valley.
I want to feel the wave of sound crashing through my body from the very first time the alumni stands cheer "LETS GO".
I never once want to hear the words "down in front".
I want 65,000 orange and maroon lunatics screaming until they're hoarse.
I want to have my headset volume turned up all the way and still be unable to hear Bill and Mike.
I want to smell the fear emanating from the LSU bench.
I want stadium security to be too worried about a riot to actually watch the game.
I want at least one noise-induced LSU timeout per quarter

... and I want to be able to hear a pin drop when Grant Noel is under center.
I want Matt Mauck's eyes to be so wide I can see them from the stands.
I want snot bubbles.
I want blood.
I want LSU receivers limping off the field after every crushing hit.
I want every other SEC school to be terrified at the thought of coming to play in Blacksburg.
I want to see Nick Saban throw his headset to the ground ... twice.
I want to hear the collective sudden intake of breath coming from Huntington, WV.
I want Miami to be anxious.
I want to see LSU fans filing silently out of Lane Stadium with the thousand-yard stare associated with the victims of a natural disaster.
I want every future Nick Saban coaching interview to include the question "Just what happened against Virginia Tech?"
I want Lee Corso's car to get hit by lightning again.
I want to party like a porn star downtown when the clock hits 00:00.
I want to hear the raucous cheers in the bar as our highlights are replayed all through the night on SportsCenter.

I just rewatched this great compilation by mstrawther.....it gives me chills everytime. It gets me choked up and makes me feel like I could cry. I am not afraid to admit it...it makes me emotional with all the memories of how bad-ass the Hokies were....and how badass we were as fans.

I am tired of it all...its time for the coaches, the players...the FANS, to take back what we once had.
I really think we lost our edge, our attitude. Watch this video....remember when Lane Stadium was known as the loudest stadium in the nation. When the fans were "losing their minds"?

"Coach, we go to noisy stadiums all around the country...I am not sure we have ever been in a scene where fan's are any more pumped than they are right here tonight."

"There is not much better than watching 66,000 thousand strong welcome their Hokies."

As fans, we can't control the decisions the coaches make, the plays they call, or the players performance...but what we can do is become badass fans again.

HokieNation....show the world what Lane Stadium used to be like....what it still can be...tomorrow night against the Canes.

Time to put Blacksburg back on the Richter scale.

VHokie

I'm ready to run through a wall. I'll be there tomorrow and as a fan I'm gonna leave it all out there in the stands! (No voice on Friday!). Brian, How bout a pre game and half time speech?

To me, this has the makings of a repeat of 2006. That year, we lost a Thursday night game on the road to Boston College, but returned to Lane Stadium to do this to Clemson:

Or 2003, when we lost a very frustrating mid-week (Wednesday) game to a rival former Big East team (WVU), only to return home for the following game and crush Miami.

I've been making the (admittedly hopeful) comparison to 2006. What a night that was.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I didn't have a voice for three days after that Clemson game.

Mr Jack Daniels caused me to forget most of that game.

Downing a 6oz flask at halftime was not the brightest of ideas.

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Look at the talent all over the field for that VT team. Duane Brown, Flowers, Royal, Clowney, Chancellor, Morgan, Rouse. Not to mention the All-ACC and All-Americans that didnt have big NFL careers who were great players for the Hokies. Ore, Vince Hall, Adibi, Ellis, Harper, Boone, etc. That is the difference between now and then. This team still laid eggs throughout the year, including a 22-3 loss to Boston College. Thursday was bad, but the sky is not falling. We may look back and see similar players on the current team but they are all FR and SO. Beamer is going to make one more run before he hangs it up.

Great article, Brian. Thanks.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

That's my friend who got pulled down by the cop in the video!!! Already ready to jump tomorrow night!!!

"Look at this...this is just spectacular. These people are losing their minds!"

"my friend"

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

That video brings goose bumps to my arms & tears to my eyes - both from the possibly irrational but certainly irreplaceable pride in being a Hokie.

Injuries
[TE] 10/21/2014 - Kalvin Cline expected to m

iss Thursday vs. Miami Florida ( Knee )
[LB] 10/21/2014 - Dahman McKinnon is upgraded to probable Thursday vs. Miami Florida ( Knee )
[RB] 10/20/2014 - Marshawn Williams probable Thursday vs. Miami Florida ( Ankle )
[LB] 10/20/2014 - Chase Williams expected to miss Thursday vs. Miami Florida ( Knee )
[WR] 10/20/2014 - Isaiah Ford probable Thursday vs. Miami Florida ( Ankle )
[OL] 10/15/2014 - Braxton Pfaff out for season ( Shoulder )
[RB] 10/15/2014 - Trey Edmunds out indefinitely ( Collarbone )
[RB] 09/29/2014 - Shai McKenzie out for season ( Knee )
[CB] 09/26/2014 - Brandon Facyson out indefinitely ( Shin )
[OL] 09/23/2014 - Colt Pettit out for season ( Shoulder )
[DE] 09/23/2014 - Ken Ekanem expected to miss 4 weeks ( Knee )
[DT] 09/22/2014 - Luther Maddy out for season ( Knee )
[S] 09/16/2014 - Desmond Frye out for season ( Shoulder )
[LB] 09/08/2014 - Sean Huelskamp out for season ( Knee )
[OL] 08/15/2014 - Mark Shuman out for season ( Knee )
[LB] 08/04/2014 - Devin Vandyke out indefinitely ( Leg )
[WR] 08/04/2014 - Kendrick Holland out for season ( Shoulder )

Gut-punch city.

First time commenter, long time reader. I'll hang up and listen.

There's some false information in there considering Ken Ekanem is doing just fine. Otherwise, there's nothing really knew on there other than the Isaiah Ford being probable. Not sure where you got the list, but this definitely isn't from an official VT release.

Let's show Miami that one does not simply walk into Lane Stadium. Its black gates are guarded by more than just drunken fans. There is evil there that does not sleep. CFB is ever watchful. It is a crowded terror dome full of maroon and more maroon. The very air you breathe is full of skipper's poisonous fumes. Not with 10,000 men could you do this. It is folly.

exitlight

HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI
'14 grad

You must exit light, first.

I read the majority of the comments, I read some to the effect of players swagger. We lost that pump when we started the nooner crap. I have little doubt that with a hopeful good amount of noise to start the thing off Thursday, KNOWING everybody is watching, and the lights on that the players will have that swagger. This is what they came here for, sbnation has a great story about the visitor tunnel at anOSU.

"the flutter of crimson flags, the roar, the chants"

I think it relates. This is the first time for a lot of these boys under the lights at home. In front of a hungry crowd. A very hungry crowd. They are going to see the flags going. Hear the chant. Then feel the music.

Regardless. I checked 5 minutes ago, there aren't a lot of seats left. It's going to be full.

I repeat - It's close. Real close to being full. The lights are on, classes will be half full. It's football weather. Let's Rock This Thing.

I'm very excited to say the least.

I am not in Blacksburg right now....but I would expect that the tailgating will be starting sometime this morning.
66,000 drunk and angry fans...ready for the Hokies to lay the smackdown on the U.
Hopefully by the time Enter Sandman starts playing, Lane Stadium is shaking and the "Lets Go Hokies" chant is echoing for miles....

Lets go Hokies!

VHokie

Was walking from the parking lot to my 8 AM class and already saw some tailgates setting up. That's dedication.

GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

lol happens every year for the Thursday nighters, and I absolutely love it. Senior year, group of us had our last class of the day together before the Clemson game (yeah... that one) so we all set up a tailgate during the day, and tailgated in the Commuter lot before class. Then, we each filled up a large 7-11 cup with I believe it was bourbon & coke, and then went to class together, leaving a couple friends in charge of the tailgate while we were gone.

Moral to the story... tailgating doesn't have to stop for classes.

This is my school
This is home

I remember sitting in Hendricks' Statics class about 2 pm on Thursday in 2008. Half the class had nalgene bottles and coffee mugs which were definitely not filled with coffee. Hell, one dude in the back didn't bother trying to hide it and had a big can of Joose with him. Getting a nice buzz going (not surprisingly) made Statics much more enjoyable.

Thursday games are awesome! Going back and forth from the tailgating to classes is the way to do it for sure.

VT '10 #AllMaroonEverything

You mean dedication to your education by not stopping and tailgating for the rest of the glorious day?

Have a feeling we are gonna see old-school Lane at its finest tonight, you guys.

Please say its so

I hope everyone is now over Thursday night games. They just arent what they used to be. Not only for VT, but for college football in general. Thursday night is now, unfortunately, an NFL night. I guess thats a good thing, I hope nobody was watching Thursday.

We need to scrap Thursday night games. It seems if we get a home, we have to play one away. This takes away two Saturdays of VT football. Going back over the years we have had some terrible away performances on Thursday night. (West VA. 2003, 3-22 loss to BC 2006, at Miami 08, at Miami '12) Im sure there are several others, plus several key let down games at home. (last night, UNC in '09, BC in '07) We dont "own" Thursday night as many fans still believe.
Many of our biggest losses and poorest performances have been on Thursday night. I hope Thursday will bury it for the future.

As far as the atmosphere, there have been some decent atmosphere's for Thursday night games. But, all of best games as far as atmosphere have been on Saturday. If that game in '07 vs #2 Boston College was on a Saturday, we rock the house and win that game going away.

FWIW, the Labor Day game vs Ohio St will not be as special as it could have been on a Saturday.

Gotta say Brian, the stadium was still loud to start that game. If we could have kept it close I have a feeling the crowd could have willed the team to victory. Regardless, I only get to come back for one game a year now and I'm still glad it was this one.

Rip his freaking head off!