Hokie Tracks Dropped Way Too Much Money on New Couches

Isaiah Ford's NFL potential, Tech's 2015 over/under prediction, Frank Beamer getting punched.

Nigel Williams (95) and Woody Baron (60) celebrate a big third down stop in the second quarter against Duke. [Mark Umansky]

Virginia Tech will play football in 95 days. The countdown to the Hokies' 2016 season ticked under the triple-digit mark without even the slightest peep from this inattentive author. Normally round these parts that milestone is met with a brief fanfare, but unlike Danny Coale, I dropped the ball.

Even though Tech football sits on the back burner throughout the summer, a few things worth discussing boiled up over the last few weeks.

NFL types are bullish on Isaiah Ford's next-level potential. USA TODAY's 2017 NFL draft preview lauds Ford's size/speed combination and uses film of Ford's gaudy 12 reception, 227 yard Independence Bowl performance to highlight the junior's overall game. Additionally, NFL.com ranks Ford among its 16 offensive players who will be NFL stars.

Expect a habit of catching the ball against his body rather than extending his hands for catches to be one scouting knock, but Ford's explosiveness is elite.

For my money, Ford's a cut below the prototypical first round wideout. I'd be shocked if he could post the NFL's highly coveted 4.4, 40 speed. Although, that's not a hard prerequisite to being drafted in the first round. Production isn't the issue though, Ford led the ACC with 1,164 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches. To the detriment of defenders, he moves silky smooth on the field, and it's not completely inconceivable an NFL GM values Ford's (let's suppose improved) tape over a track sprint. Regardless, I do think Virginia Tech will be hard pressed to retain Ford for his senior season.

Justin Harper reminds us of the time Cory Holt clocked Frank Beamer.

If there's anyone who can empathize over-celebrating a field goal, it's Beamer.

POUND THE ROCK OVER. The Vegas sports book South Point released early win totals for all 128 I-A college football teams. Tech's win total is set at 6.5. As of writing this, I have the Hokies pegged at 7-or-more regular season wins. Pencil in Liberty, Boston College, East Carolina (this is dumb) and Syracuse as wins. Contrarily, give me Tennessee and Notre Dame as losses. The Hokies then need to split half of their slate among North Carolina, Miami, Pittsburgh, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia to reach seven wins. Oddly enough, three-of-six seems doable.

"...Last name Jass, first name Hugh." In his interview with Koma, senior associate athletic director for facilities and operations Tom Gabbard discussed accommodating bigger butts in Cassell.

"Next summer, we're working with four vendors now, we'll take those seats out and replace them with a much more comfortable, bigger seat," Gabbard said. "Those rows now have 20 seats in them, they'll go to 18, but it'll be a 21-inch seat, it'll be a high-backed seat with a cup holder, padded, and it'll be a premium seat, and if that goes well, we may take that theme and take it all the way around."

Whit Babcock provided a preview of what's to come.

Cruitin' and cookin' out. Blue-chip Indian River safety / wide receiver Devon Hunter met Kam Chancellor at Chancellor's annual Memorial Day cookout.

It's unlikely the meeting hurt Virginia Tech's chances to land hunter.

Comments

Very good to see Hunter connecting with Chancellor!

Agreed! Great to keep that 757 trail hot.

Good article, I just thought maybe you would have penciled Uva in as a win.

Why would I do that?

For jokes

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

As you can see, the UVA jokes write themselves.

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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.

Out if ink?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

History?

Man why do people say this? We haven't comfortably beaten UVA since 2011.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Well, the last time UVA won this game, their seniors were still in elementary school. Before that you have to go back to 1998. 12 in a row (and 16 of the last 17) seems like a pretty good bet. Yeah, the wins haven't all been pretty.

But they've all been wins.

The games over the last few seasons have been too close for comfort, but in any event, each game in a new season is independent of the result from the previous year. Past history is a minimal predictor of future results in my estimation. Additionally, I would never consider a game against Virginia — a rivalry game — a lock. I think Tech has more overall playmakers, but the edge in talent the Hokies had over the Hoos has narrowed almost even. Bronco Mendenhall has had a handful of double-digit winning seasons and is a definite upgrade at head coach for the Hoos.

I guess upgrade depends on your perspective. I thought Timecop was the best coach UVA has ever had!

"Past performance is not indicative of future results."

True in investing, true in football.

Incidentally, also an oft repeated phrase when recruiting the next crop of LOLUVa football players.

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Because it's funny

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

No, but how have we done against ECU in the last few years? That was listed as a win.

I would say we have a decent advantage over Uva this year.

So dark Maroon seats all around Cassell... you know, because the place wasn't dark enough as it was...

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Won't matter if butts are in the seats

"I am probably too rational to be here"

Big butts

I can't deny....

"Don't go to, go through"

Better than a potential blindingly huge field of Orange on TV.

Click here to destroy wall.

This is a sample from one of the first vendors. Still have one more to come through, so I'd imagine they have a vendor and seat picked out by the end of summer.

It needs some cup holders.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Why? We don't currently serve any beverages worthy of cup holders.

Beg to differ.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

They are on the back of the seat. Guess I should have taken that angle too.

Hmmm, I am not sure about this, if I was a betting man I would take the under. Given our recent track record, coaching change and relatively tough schedule this year 6 wins seems reasonable (Liberty, LOLuva, Oranges, ECU, GiT and Pitt would be my guesses). Of course I would love for Fuente to prove me wrong...

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

You are guessing we will lose to LOLUVA this year???????

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

Looks like he has them included in the 6 wins...

Best Bevis: eh eh he said bigger butts.

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

Great about the Hunter/Chancellor meeting. That would really
give us a boost to land him.

I will never pencil in a trip to Syracuse as a "W"

...or a trip to Pitt

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

but unlike Danny Coale, I dropped the ball.

Awesome. I now have a new excuse for every time I screw up. I'm not Danny Coale either.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Enjoyed finally to get to meet Big bro

I think he forgot to inform his face of this.

People talking like we aren't going to win every game???

A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

Glad to hear I'll be able to fit in a Cassell seat this year.

I'm really split on win totals. On the negative side, we are instituting a new offense with a new QB. And there are a lot of swing games, not hard to see us losing the UNC/Pitt/Duke/Miami+ games, those programs are a step ahead of us right now (sigh). On the positive side, we will have an actual offense with our usual salty defense, that sounds like 9+ wins to me. I could see us winning 10 games this year.

We need to protect our homefield. So important and we've totally gotten away from that.

Am I the only one that is disappointed that we didn't get any info about the new couches?

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

I was also confused by the title but passed if off as Memorial Weekend Drinking shenanigans...

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

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I just purchased a new couch yesterday if that helps? Nothing special, but it seemed pertinent to mention

Yesterday I took a short nap on a couch that seemed too expensive when purchased 15 years ago.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Longer and more frequent naps would have you get more for your money.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I just purchased a new couch yesterday if that helps? Nothing special, but it seemed pertinent random to mention

Corrected

"Don't go to, go through"

Unfortunately, I think the sofa and love seat together is too big for the space, so that's going to be fun to remedy.

I say we'll be 3-1 coming out of September. Split October, so 5-3. 3-1 in November. 8-4 end of season.

I am no longer active here, nor will suggest people visit here. The majority of my interaction with Joe on here has been negative, and I was impressively, unimpressed at the tailgate.

"I DROPPED WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ON NEW COUCHES"

"What is 'a phrase uttered by every WVU fan, ever,' Alex?"

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We got a new couch and chairs for the living room and awesome recliners for the family room close to the fireplace. On cold Saturday's away from Lane it is perfect watching/snoozing with my wife. Life is good.

foresthokie
US Navy Vet

My sentiments exactly, Justin Harper. Coach's take a punch game is strong.

I predict that Fuente will carry out the Beamer revenge tour this year. Hokies will knock off ECU, Duke, UNC, Miami, and Pitt. UVa- Duh, and Liberty. They'll beat UT and ND, but lose inexplicably to GT, Syracuse and BC.

9-3. They'll sneak into the ACCCG. I ain't calling that yet, cause it's way too early to predict.

Leonard. Duh.

I'm all for an old-fashioned revenge tour!

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

I see 3-2 and OCC, losing to ECU only if we beat UT. I see 2-2 against the top of the coastal, with additional loss to a 6-6 team to finish 7-5, and out of the ACCCG despite having beat the coastal champ.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I see wins vs. UVA, Liberty, ECU, GT, Duke, Pitt/Syracuse (one of these), and Miami/UNC (one of these) for 7 wins and a Belk Bowl appearance at a minimum. We'll be in every game, so with a little luck we could get 8 wins. This scrappy bunch will make some noise in the Coastal.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"You boys in there smokin' rope?"-Johnny Unitas (circa 1973) to his San Diego Chargers teammates

No idea where to post this, so I chose this thread. Just met Ken Ekanem and Auge Conte at a wedding reception on campus. Couple of the nicest, down to earth guys you could talk to. Ekanem was especially open to having a conversation.

We're going to be the first team in the College Football Playoff Era to go 15-0. Book it.

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Well, Alabama's only lost last year was to Ole Miss. The same Ole Miss that lost to Memphis, who was coached by Justin Fuente. Fuente now coaches Virginia Tech. Therefore, VT automatically inherits the title of 2015 national champion.

Add that to the 2014 national championship, for being the only team to defeat Ohio State, and we're looking at a potential 3 peat next year!

...logic