I’m heading back to Virginia from the STL (no, didn’t run into Chris Long), and the game will be waiting on my DVR when I get back. Dare I watch it? Or should I just read about Virginia slipping into its second losing season in three years? It’s almost a no-brainer: why subject myself to the pain? The Hoos haven’t won in Blacksburg in a decade. And the latest batch certainly doesn’t inspire me to think that trend will reverse. A team that allowed Duke to end its conference losing streak and couldn’t score against the Clemson team that finally got Bowden fired isn’t going to be the team that finally beats the Hokies in Lane Stadium. So, I know what’s going to happen. Harboring hope would be like repeatedly sticking a finger in a light socket and expecting a different result.
But, of course I’ll watch it. There’s a chance Virginia might win given the flaws in this Hokies team and their uninspiring offense and constant quarterback controversies. A slim chance, but for that slim chance alone I’ll sit down and suffer through the recording. I’ll watch the courageous final game of Cedric Peerman and Eugene Monroe and other seniors. I’ll watch Marc Verica’s continuing maturation, as well as the other young talent like Ras-I Dowling. And I’ll watch the Hokies lock up yet another division title at Virginia’s expense.
Hopefully, the rebuilding is already under way. But, until then, I’ll need more than the usual allotment of beers to drown the flames tomorrow evening.
Virginia Tech: 17, Virginia: 9