Explain To Me Again Why You Don't Care About Saturday's Game?
After finishing what I believe was my 8,000th career pizza on a Friday night for dinner, was just noticing a few people on Twitter saying they really don’t care about the game tomorrow with Miami after last week’s disappointing loss to Liberty.
I get it, I really do. Actually heard an old friend say the same today.
But here’s five things I’d counter with:
- This isn’t some nameless team of people who come and go any given week wearing a jersey that says Virginia Tech on it. It’s Hendon Hooker and Quincy Patterson and Tre Turner and young men we’ve seen and gotten to know the last few years. I don’t care what jersey they’re wearing, they’ve become family. Family doesn’t give up on family when things get tough.
- It’s Miami. The U. The team that’s always back once they win more than one game in a row. Yeah, they’ve got some good players, but they've always got good players. They talk the talk yet rarely walk the walk. Many years ago, the Dallas Cowboys were perceived this way and one day after San Francisco was routing them at halftime, viewership actually went up in the second half despite the game having no suspense to it. People just wanted to tune in to see the Cowboys get their backsides kicked. Miami is like that too.
- If you play golf, you know you’re not going out on the links and shooting 70. You’re playing for moments, like that birdie on No. 5, or the 5-iron on the par-3 No. 12 that just missed being a hole in one. Then you drink a lot of beer and make it sound like it was much better than it was. Well, that’s also the way Virginia Tech football is going to be this year. Remember that win over N.C. State with half the team not playing? That was the birdie on No. 5. The loss to Liberty was the driver in the woods than turned into an 8. Tomorrow could be that 5-iron on the par-3, which is the beauty of this team. You know it has weapons, just like you have a bag of golf clubs. Question becomes if in either situation, the tools are used correctly.
- I hate people who question you and suggest if you don’t do as they do, you’re not being a REAL fan. I almost immediately regard them as REAL buttheads (or some phrase that is even worse). So please understand that I’m not saying that. But over the last 40 years I’ve accumulated entire freight containers of Virginia Tech hats, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, jerseys, mugs, you name it, and I have a finite number of opportunities left in my life to put them on and watch a game. I’m not going to waste one just because the coaching staff fell asleep at the switch last week.
- College football fans watch college football. Remember back in September when we watched Central Arkansas play UAB? Or South Alabama beat up on Southern Mississippi? And how the CBS football theme song gave you goosebumps? College football was back, baby. Normal times were on their way. Our long national nightmare was over because you could watch a college football game. Didn’t matter if one team was from Northeast Egypt and they were out of a conference you’d never heard of. But now, at noon, on ESPN, you’re NOT going to watch Virginia Tech and Miami? I mean, what are you going to do? Watch Penn State – who hasn’t won a game this year – play Nebraska? An over-rated Indiana against a 1-2 Michigan State that lost to RUTGERS? Or are you giving up on football and going antiquing with your significant other after a Pumpkin Spice Latte? Please….
So I get it. I really do.
But after typing out these 5 reasons you should watch, it has changed my mind.
I don’t get it. I really don’t.