My first truly lasting memory as a Hokie was watching Mike Vick and the Miracle in Morgantown in 1999. My brother was home from school (Thanksgiving, I think), the game was on CBS (yes! Big East football on CBS!). Sean McDonogh was calling the game, and has since called many a VT game, including Tyrod's Nebraska drive. All us brothers, even my little brother who was barely 6, were in our living room watching the game.
It wasn't until I was a freshman in 2004 that I realized the hatred. Old men with walking canes trying to pick fights outside of Pritchard. Fights in the stands. We blocked a punt for 6. It rained. We stormed the field. On the walk back to Pritchard, there were broken car windows in parking lots. There were more fights.
In 2005, we quietly ended the rivalry with the flick of Marcus Vick's middle finger. The game wasn't quiet. Pat White came out of nowhere and lit a raging fire in WVU's offense. Our defense was stout, but so too was our offense. WVU fans actually left early!
In 2010, I married my wife, whose mom's family is WV born and bred. I tried to make a joke about brother cousins. Turns out, there's two sets of brother cousins in my mother-in-law's family. One was on the show COPS.
Fast forward to 2017. What a way to reignite the rivalry in Snyderville. Tailgating in people's cars cause gates weren't open yet. The intensity on the field. There were NFL players on both sides of the ball. Cam Phillips had a night. Will Grier had a night. But defense won the day. We somehow won with a wide open receiver missing a catch in the endzone.
I'm ready for Saturday. Ready to risk it all again.
What's your favorite or lasting memory of the rivalry?
What's one thing that grinds your gears about WVU?