Saturday was very much a taking-care-of-business game for the Hokies. With
the Coastal Division bid sewn up, the to-do items for the Hokies were to extend
domination of the series with Virginia (notice I didn’t say “rivalry”)
and to finish undefeated in regular-season play in the ACC. The Hokies
accomplished both without breaking a sweat.
I hope you all aren’t disappointed in me, but I have not yet watched a replay
of this game. My Sundays are pretty busy, and this one was no exception. I
generally rewatch the football game on Sunday night, but with the Hokie
basketball team in action against UNLV at 9:00 PM Sunday night, and the football
game having been such a blowout, I watched hoops instead.
I might rethink that decision, given a second chance and the foresight of
knowing that VT lost to UNLV. But, what’s done is done.
My interest in this game isn’t really what happened on the field, anyway. The
games against Georgia Tech, UNC, and Miami were all intense battles that had a
lot of twists and turns, but this game? Not so much.
As I reflected on the game Saturday and Sunday, instead of thinking about
what happened on the field, I thought instead about how uninspired I’ve become
by the Virginia Tech-Virginia rivalry. I touched upon this in my section of the
game preview, saying “I miss the days when this rivalry used to make my
stomach churn with anxiety.”
I think what I really meant to say is that I miss the days when a victory
over Virginia meant something. There’s no question that in the last decade, this
series has taken a back seat to the Hokies’ other rivalries, and Virginia Tech’s
quest to win big non-conference games against the likes of USC, Alabama, LSU,
and even Boise State.
Think about the last ten years, and the stirring victories the Hokies have
had. None of them were over Virginia. Think about the last ten years, and the
painful losses the Hokies have absorbed.
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