Monday Thoughts: Hokies Not Ready Yet

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The Hokies had a huge turnout for ESPN Gameday and pulled out the stops. (Photo by Jon Fleming.)

We all hoped that Saturday’s game would turn out better. So much of the table was set so perfectly, with the fantastic weather, ESPN Gameday being in town and looking great on TV, Lane Stadium rocking, Enter Sandman off the hook as usual (I know the kids say “lit,” but I’m not going there at my age), and everything ready for the Hokies to make an impression on the college football world.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. You know by now where I stand on this game: win or lose, it was important to be in the college football public eye again, and from that standpoint, the game was a success.

Let’s start with that Enter Sandman entrance.

A couple of notes about that:  (1) I like what Fowler says there: “Clemson has the grandest entrance in the sport; this is the rockingest entrance”; and (2) at the 3:52 mark, I see freshman H-back Drake DeIuliis (No. 9) wearing a Go-Pro video camera on his helmet. You’re going to be seeing that little bit of video in the future.

The tailgate lots were so jammed they were claustrophobic. Way back in 2002, the Hokies were 8-0 and ranked #3 in the nation, and they hosted Pittsburgh in a Saturday night prime time game (7:30) on ESPN2. That game turned out to be a disaster, but what I’ll