Saturday, September 30, 2006

The sword of Damocles



We all knew it was coming. Over the first 4 weeks of the season, the team had played high school programs and girl scout troops. There is nothing to be learned about a program's strength playing BU, UNC, Duke and Cincinnati. It's a shame the team had to fall so hard against the first real team it played (especially since the Wreck took a beatdown last year in Lane, 51-7) but it's probably better that they dash the hopes of the Hokie faithful now rather than stringing us along for a few more weeks. Two Thursdays from now the team travels to Boston to take on BC, and we'll see if they can recover - BC's been a fairly consistent Hokie whipping boy over the last decade, so if there's any ranked team that can help us right the ship, it's them.

The O-line is a disaster. This has been a storyline that has mostly been flying under the radar so far, with our cupcake schedule, but it was readily apparent tonight. Too often, QB Sean Glennon was running for his life, and too rarely, HB Branden Ore had good holes to run through. The passing game is still crappy, but at least some of the blame for that goes to the line. The surprising thing was how sluggish the defense looked - G. Tech went up 21-0 before the end of the 1st quarter, mostly by exploiting the secondary. Calvin Johnson, it should be said, is really fucking good.

So, as it has every other year except one, Tech's hopes for an undefeated regular season end not with a bang, but a whimper. It's an annual tradition around here, and one we take in stride. Ultimately unphased, we'll be glued to our sets when we play BC, and we'll be jumping to the sounds of (sigh) "Enter Sandman" when Southern Miss comes to town on the 21st. Because really, what the hell else are we going to do?

Anyway, enough misery. My brother asked me to post the following, and who am I to argue? So, enjoy.


Blogger David Bowie said...

My brother showed me this one today as well, actually.

Sun Oct 01, 02:39:00 AM EDT  

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