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I am certain to get pummeled for this post but will express my thoughts none- the less.
VT has no business playing Austin Peay - just as other large schools and top 20 teams should not be playing grossly inferior programs.
I saw somewhere VT was about a 50 pt favorite -FSU is playing Savannah State and is a 69.5 point favorite- There is no rationale or logic that supports theses events as competitive athletic contests. If schools insist upon scheduling these gross mis-matches-I do not think they should be counted as wins for bowl eligibility and I hope teams would get punished in the polls for playing such inferior opponents ( I know that will never happen )
These teams are slightly better than good HS football teams. Austin Peay has played two previous games against BCS foes and lost them 70-3 and 72-10. They lost last week to Western Kentucky 49-10 had 11 yards passing and 109 yards rushing.
Weaver is paying them $318,750 to particpate in the slaughter- slightly better thewn the $250k he paid Florida A&M rattlers a couple of years back. If the fans think these games are justified by supporting the smaller, economically downtrodden schools thats ok with me - send them a $50 donation while you are feeling generous and get a tax deduction while you are at it!
This is not a good game for the players, Its not a good game for the fans, it is not a competitive athletic event,it is little more than a dress scrimmage for the reserves, .........its all about the Benjamins.
I know many loyal hokie fans have the attitude that they enjoy watching the hokies play regardless of the opponent- They enjoy the spectacle, pagentry and social aspects of the game regardless of the opponent. I used to feel that way when I was younger and lived much closer to Blacksburg...not anymore.
College football is fun and it is a big entertainment business. Several years ago I paused and analyzed the thousands of dollars I spent each year for Golden Hokie membership, season tickets, travel, food, lodging, bowl games, etc and began to question the value proposition associated with that time and monetary investment compared to the value I associated with watching the team play a Western Michigan ( 2 steps up from Austin Peay), Florida A&M etc. It wasnt the right value proposition for me so I changed my habits and purchases. It is not where I choose to spend my time and money.
I will look out for todays scores- will read the articles written and follow some of the message board chatter. There will be no school pride or sense of accomplishment for me personally when I read about how the Hokies have overwhelmed this lesser opponent.
For the many loyal Hokie fans who will travel to BBurg and support the team- I hope your day is great , I hope you enjoy the game, have beautiful weather and see your many friends.
I will become a more ardent and supportive fan next week when the team plays a more worthy opponent.
I have no problem with them on a short week, but on the other hard think the NCAA should only allow games between teams in the same division.
After GT, i'm ready to see lots of points and gaudy stats from the Hokies.
I do remember that and have heard that same old story for the last 20 years
Agree there is some truth in what you say but for me ..."That Dog Dont Hunt"- Woof Woof
I would down vote you if we weren't related.
That dog does hunt, some good OOC schools won't schedule good teams so you have to take what you can get. If you can't support the team in all aspects and all games then you're not a fan. These games help these smaller schools financially and while I do agree they shouldn't count toward bowl eligibility I will still be watching the game and pulling for a large margin of victory. I think these games will be fewer and farther in between after we go to a playoff because a selection committee will look at OOC games for strength of schedule. Of course I would rather we were playing Tenn, ND, or Oregon this week but I won't stop supporting the Hokies cause we're not.
This post was edited by hokiemarine 22 months ago
People sleep soundly in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on their behalf.
Its not nice to question my support as a fan. I have attended games for over 55 years. I have followed and supported this team when we didnt have a pot to piss in.
I watched the corps of Cadets on multiple occasions march into Victory Stadium in Roanoke to play VMI in the biggest game of the year. I have seen this program grow, prosper and exceed every expectation I have ever had about the program. I have followed this team and contributed substantially to its success. My point in sharing this with you is to let you know I am not a recent convert or bandwagon fan.
Austin Peay may not be the best example because of the late/last minute shift but it is typical of what Weaver has done over the last 20 years. Low rent cheap teams and a constant flow of BS about someone cancelled games, someone is scared to play us, etc etc. Your comment "...good OOC schools wont play good team so you have to take what you get ...I dont agree with this and you have simply bought into Weavers BS
I will acknowledge that it has gotten better over the last 7-10 years but as you can tell I still have the burn.
With the expanded ACC we will have even fewer slots in which to play these cupcakes. Between that and Weavers retirement perhaps the problem will resolve itself
Its good to have this thread to occupy ourselves today as this dialogue and exchange will be more entertaining to some than the football game!
I know where you live....dont mess with me when I have a rant going
This post was edited by Hokie101 22 months ago
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