Monday Pigskin: Hokies Go Halloween

It was just yesterday, during a dialog with a loyal reader, when I explained my love for the Oregon Ducks emanates from a fascination with their off the charts uniforms.

Always outrĂ©. Always ab fab stylin’.

But as I sit and watch Virginia Tech self destruct early in tonight’s opening encounter with Boise State, my mouth is agape at the shear audacity of what the Hokies are wearing.

Black unis with patterned orange trim and numerals. Satin not glossy finished Riddells. But the numbers and trim have writing or some indecipherable pattern, which simply adds to the allure.

What is most stunning is that Va Tech is a Nike school. Which makes me wonder what in the swoop was Phil Knight thinking when he allowed another school to have unis funkier than his beloved Oregon Quack? And if it wasn’t Phil, but one of his underlings, my guess is the guy will be pink slipped in the a.m. If his cellphone hasn’t already rung, with the message not to come into the office in the morning.

Here’s my quandary. In a post yesterday, I listed my five favorite college pigskin schools, but left the last spot open. And when the Hokies took the field tonight in that over the top haberdasherial perfection, I was so sure Frank Beamer’s boys were the obvious choice.

Problem is they’re playing like dogs. Down 0-10 already with two turnovers. Not only is that keeping them from my list, but I’m on record that they would wilt the flower that is this season’s bouquet of the month — Boise State.

Which group of Potato Staters is playing like the old hand, not the new kids on the block. If fortunes don’t change it will be tricks not treats for the Halloweenish Hokies.

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If you missed what is surely in the clubhouse as Game of the Year — yesterday’s see saw East Carolina W over Tulsa — look for it on ESPN Classic as early as this week.

Both teams scored every time they had the ball during the second half. When the Pirate receiver fell to the ground with the winning Hail Mary reception, there was :00 on the clock. Take that Doug Flutie.

Not much D, but as entertaining a football game as you’re likely to see the rest of the season.

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Tuned in Maryland vs. Navy just as the Midshipmen were 4th and goal with seconds to go for the winning TD. The Terps D held on an off tackle slant.

I understand the Middies butter their bread with the triple option. Still, that play for the W might have been a bit more innovative.

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The first quarter of tonight’s long awaited encounter is ovah!

Hokies 0, Broncos 17.

My prognosticatory powers are more in question than ever.

Tennis, anyone?

– Seedy K


  1. Michael
    Posted September 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Love the helmets, but the jerseys, not so much.

  2. Birdie King
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Boise State’s blue shoes and blue socks were an abomination. Va Tech’s uni’s ? It was all I could do to keep from throwing up ! How does this happen and what do these schools think they gain from prostituting themselves like that?

  3. cbcard
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I will say something positive about the Hokies when Beamer and his thugs (which Vick ranks higher, and the guy who got tossed in the Gator Bowl) and the like are gone.

    I met a very nice Tech fan at the Gator Bowl who was a friend of one of their defensive coaches. He told me that since UofL had only one QB the coach told him that they adjusted their game plan. Instead of trying to take Cantwell out of his game, their plan was to PUT Cantwell out of THE game. That would explain the numerous late hits and the broken nose.

    Trash begets trash and that sums up Va Tech. Now and forever.

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