Friday (7 a.m.): No traditional briefing today. On the road early to Martinsville Speedway for a full day of interviews. I’ll try to post something from the track later.
Beamer wasn’t kidding about taking extra interest in the kicking game. He hovered over the shoulders only a few feet behind Michael Branthover, Scott Demler, Conor Goulding and Skyler Hutcheson during kicking and punting drills. (All four did both.) Holder/quarterback Trey Gresh jumped in the punting line as well.
-I have to wonder if Beamer read Travis’ comment yesterday.
STILL ON ICE
-Roanoke is still exploring whether to get a hockey team. “We’re not in any rush,” Roanoke Civic Center GM Robyn Schon says. “People might be wanting us to put a team in here in 2012, but it might not happen. If it takes us a while to put everything together to do it right, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re taking our time.”
-Former UVa basketball player KT Harrell has transferred to Auburn.
-Wisconsin gets another former ACC Rookie of the Year at quarterback. This time, it’s ex-Terp Danny O’Brien
-Cave Spring grad Gregg Marshall, the former Winthrop basketball coach now at Wichita State, will be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame.
WANTING TO ASSIST
-Bill Parcells says he has an obligation to help Sean Payton but hasn’t decided whether to take over the Saints.
REVIEW ‘EM ALL
-NFL coaches will no longer have to use a challenge to get turnovers reviewed. They’ll be looked at automatically. Also, the league will use the new overtime rules that they introduced in last year’s postseason (first team must score a TD or the other team gets a possession, too).
-Seattle and Oakland are back at it in Japan this morning a day after the Mariners opened the season with a 3-1 victory in 11 innings.
-The Rays’ B.J. Upton will begin the season on the DL with a back injury.
STIRRING THE POT
-Former Maryland coach Gary Williams says Kentucky could beat the Washington Wizards.
YOUR SIX-WORD STORIES
-Yesterday’s topic was the 2012 Tech football season in six words. Some highlights:
-From NewUVaFan: Those guys really get after you!
-From Travis Williams: Special teams coach’s seat gets hot.
-From Trevor: To Hokies Nation: Familiarity breeds contempt.
-From Rick H: A disappointing 10, just like always.
-From HokieAl: I’m excited about this team. (Sniff).-From big Hokie: In Logan and Bud we trust
-From TomL: Tech starts fast and then faceplants.
-From ken: Hokie hopes rest on big uglies
-From Dan: Beamer produces sequel to Logan’s Run.
TODAY’S TOPIC: Virginia Tech’s special teams in six words. Go wherever you want with it.
NAME THAT TUNE
My old friend lives up in the mountains
He flew up there to paint the world
He says, “Even though interpretation’s what I count on
This little picture to me seems blurred
Hard lines and the shadows come easy
I see it all just as clear as a bell
I just can’t seem to set my easel to please me
I paint my Heaven but it looks like hell”
Your blue might be gray, your less might be more
Your window to the world might be your own front door
Your shiniest day might come in the middle of the night…