Last edited by great2bahokie; Mon Jan 23 2012 at 12:50 PM.
"For relaxing times...make it Suntory time!"
Who really wrote this? Good to hear VT's program is appreciated. As Frank says, "It's a tough business."
"That's some catch, that Catch 22!" - Capt. Yossarian
Frank is always 1st class - He is what Hokie Respect is all about!
I write a pretty good letter when I'm drunk.**
What a wonderful, honest, perceptive letter. I'm at a loss for more words. Thanks "we're" for sharing.
arrrrghhhhhh - I hate losing to decent folks. dadgummit.
Maybe I was more concerned, heading into the game with Michigan, that Clemson exposed VT enough for Michigan to take advantage, and crush VT again.
Our coaches and players were prepared, and battled hard the entire game. Too often we win sloppy games like that, and ignore the problems that caused sloppy play.
I hate losing games as much as any fan, but this game was not a terrible loss for me. Sure we coulda and shoulda won, but our players left it all on the field... gave it their best effort. Michigan was also fortunate in several situations, and VT kept battling back. It was a great game for the Sugar Bowl. It was a good showing for VT as an at large team.
So many are focused on what ESPN suggests are important issues... winning big games, beating top 5 teams, not representing the ACC well and etc. To me VT wasn't supposed to win the ACC in the first place... we were in a rebuilding year, both on offense and defense (young). Now I know Clemson was younger, and it was FSU that was supposed to win the Atlantic and the ACC, at least per ESPN's talking heads at the time the season was kicking off.
Every team has their strengths and weaknesses... VT did very well, with a relatively soft schedule, but lost the biggest games. Well 32 deserving teams lost bowl games... with teams like LSU, Stanford, VT and etc being on short end. Teams that have talent and fight hard still lose games. I just don't see this loss to Michigan as a terrible loss. We could have been crushed in that game, and weren't. Plus, there have been several plays like Danny Coale's catch in the EZ that were ruled TDs after that. VT outplayed Michigan, and we have most of that D back, and a lot of potential on the offensive side of the ball. VT has been near the top of the ACC since joining... either winning the ACC outright or ending up being the highest ranked ACC team after the season is over, in almost every season.
I was most proud of VT for the way they handled themselves after the loss. A game that was decided by the refs and some lucky bounces in Michigan's favor. Losses hurt, but, while it is still a loss, I felt VT proved everything they needed to prove.