PERHAPS MARK BERMAN SIGNING UP FOR TWITTER instantly made him more in touch with the athletes of today. For evidence, check out his game story from Virginia Tech’s 84-55 victory over North Florida last night. He quotes Dorian Finney-Smith as saying he was doing too much “chilling” and not enough “grinding” in recent games.
GOOD QUOTE FROM COACH SETH GREENBERG, TOO:“Chilling is out of the vocabulary. If I see ‘chilling’ on Twitter, they immediately get a message from me: ‘Coach Greenberg doesn’t chill. He just strictly grinds.’ Chilling is a bad word. You can’t have success and chill in the same sentence. If you’re chilling, you’re going backwards.”
-Anyway, Hokies improve to 9-3 and will host Eastern Michigan on Thursday. For a scouting report on the Eagles, head on over to the Dedmon Center at 7 tonight; they’re facing Radford.
THE UVA MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM CRACKS THE AP TOP-25 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007 after its first 9-1 start in eight years. If you’re wondering why the Cavs-Oregon game wasn’t on the radio in Roanoke on Sunday, it was a scheduling mixup and the station says it won’t happen again.
-The Hokies finalize their 2012 nonconference schedule, adding FCS member Austin Peay. Tech’s scheduled meetings with East Carolina in 2012 and 2013 have been moved back to 2016 and 2017. Andy Bitter has more here.
-Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl tonight features Florida International against Marshall (8 p.m., ESPN). FIU is favored by 4. The Bowl Guide says take FIU and lay the lumber.
-Penn State QB Matt McGloin says the locker room fight that landed him in the hospital was his fault. “I’m willing to take full responsibility — it was my fault,” he says. “I started it, but as a quarterback for this university, I should be held to a higher standard. It should not have happened. I should’ve walked away from it. It was just two guys who are emotional about the game, who got into an argument.”
-Southern Miss hires South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson as its new coach. He replaces Larry the Hat.
-The AP dubs the Penn State scandal the biggest sports story of 2011.
-The 49ers beat the Steelers 20-3.
-Rex Ryan’s in top trash-talking form as his Jets prepare to face the Giants. “Quite honestly, I never came here to be little brother to anybody,” Ryan says. “So, it’s on.”
-Colts vice chairman Bill Polian says he doesn’t know if Peyton Manning will be back with the team next year.
READER COMMENT O’ THE DAY
-From Dan: I’m just glad that nobody on this blog seems to have jumped “off” the Tebow bandwagon just because of last night’s game. I mean, it WAS the Patriots, and Tebow wasn’t playing against their offense. Tom Brady when he is on can make anybody look bad. The worst thing about the Garland transfer is that it leaves Tech paper thin at the position. If the injury bug starts hitting as it seems to do with Tech squads, as Eddie Murphy said “there’s gonna be consequences and repercussions.”
-Most agreed that the crying coffee maker mas the unfunniest comic strip ever. After subjecting everyone to those stinkers yesterday, I’ve added a good Far Side that justafan mentioned on your left.
-The Rangers win the right to negotiate with Yu Darvishwith a record bid of $51.7 million. They now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the Japanese right-hander.
-D-Backs sign Jason Kubel to a two-year deal.
NAME THAT TUNE
The crops we grew last summer weren’t enough to pay the loans
Couldn’t buy the seed to plant this spring and the farmers bank foreclosed
Called my old friend Schepman up to auction off the land
He said, “John, it’s just my job and I hope you understand”
Hey, calling it your job, ol’ hoss, sure don’t make it right
But if you want me to I’ll say a prayer for your soul tonight
And grandma’s on the front porch swing with a Bible in her hand
Sometimes I hear her singing, “Take me to the promised land”
When you take away a man’s dignity he can’t work his fields and cows…