Monday Thoughts: The Price is Right

J.C. Price Virginia Tech
Pete says, “I think your cigar is over there, J.C.!” (Ivan Morozov)

It’s nice to know that in your hour of need, you can count on UVA Football to help you get through tough times.

It’s no secret that as The Streak went beyond 10 games, I had a tough time writing about this “rivalry.” It wasn’t always that way. I used to be deathly afraid and deathly respectful of UVA football. Living in Charlottesville circa 1990 and seeing them ranked No. 1 in the nation while Virginia Tech was struggling to post a winning record will do that to you. The Hoos were in a conference, VT wasn’t (until December of 1990), and UVA was dominating recruiting.

But the Hokies caught up quickly to the Hoos, and this was a fierce rivalry throughout the 1990s, as the two teams split 5-5 from 1990-1999. But you know what has happened since then. 1999 was the beginning of the end for UVA against Virginia Tech, and it’s been 21-2 for the Hokies ever since.

From 2012 or 2013, I started to yawn my way through post-Commonwealth Cup Monday Thoughts articles. Probably the most unique (?) one of those was when I wrote the column 22,000 Days after the 2017 Cup game and calculated how old I would be if The Streak ever reached 22,000 days, the title of a now 40-years-old Moody Blues song. (Answer: I’d be 100 years old.)