March 12, 1996
The Hokies Get Screwed....Again
Okay, I'm going to get the whining out of the way early.
Where have we seen this before? Was it two years ago, when the Hokies went 18-10 and weren't invited to the NIT? Or was it last year, when the Hokies won 20 games and were left crying at the alter by the NCAA's? Or was it last year, when the Big East decided Tech (and Temple) weren't good enough, and invited Rutgers, WVU, and later Notre Dame (aargh!) into the conference?
If you guessed "all of the above," you get another A in "Hokie 101."
What I'm talking about, of course, is the farce of seeding Tech 9th in the tournament. Shawn Smith cut straight through the niceties with a quote that pretty much summed it up: "We're ranked all year and then we only get a 9th seed? I don't understand that." Who does, Shawn?
I can see the selection committee drooling the day that Tech lost to Rhode Island in the A-10 tournament. Those good ol' boy insiders (half of whom seem to be affiliated with UVa or the ACC) must have been giggling with glee when the Hokies handed them the perfect excuse to stick it to us again. "Hee-hee," they were saying, "now we can seed them 8th or 9th so they'll get hammered in the second round! Yee-hah!"
Let's see now, who else is a 9th seed? Clemson? Oh, yeah, THEY'RE GOOD. Definitely as good as the Hokies.
To compound the problem, they pitted us against Wisconsin Green-Bay. WGB is an excellent team and will no doubt give us fits, but I can see the TV sets being turned off all over the country when THAT game comes on.
To sum up my whining, it could be worse. We could be GW. The Colonials finished tied with us in the A-10 West, had more quality wins (i.e., UMass), and advanced into the second round of the A-10 tourney. What's their reward? An 11th seed. Sheesh!
Come to think of it, I'd rather be them. At least they've got a chance of making it past the second round.
Okay, whining's over. We now resume with your regularly scheduled Web page, already in progress.
Hokie Stuff is Hot Stuff
There was an interesting article in the New River Current section of The Roanoke Times on Sunday about the marketing of Hokie paraphenalia (jackets, shot glasses, sweat shirts, you name it). The article talked about how popular Hokie stuff has become since we started going to bowl games regularly. And as you might expect, the heat has really picked up since the Sugar Bowl victory.
Some highlights of the article: