THE GREAT THING ABOUT BRAIN SURGERY is the story doesn’t need a ton of augmentation. You get bitten by a tick and contract some rare mystery virus that turns your skin purple, people are gonna want some details. Brain surgery? Nah, they’re good.
“Sir, you’re a week late on your electric bill.”
“OK, carry on.”
I’m still fighting some headaches and haven’t yet been cleared to drive, but I’m feeling a lot better. I’m moving well, thinking clearly, reading and/or eating whatever I can get my hands on. I am deeply thankful for the support of so many over the past three weeks. It’s time to start clawing back into the real world.
SO, NOTHING HAPPENED IN JANUARY, RIGHT? Only massive coaching changes in Blacksburg, Lance Armstrong’s doping admission, the Manti Te’o saga, college basketball heating up and that little thing called the Super Bowl approaching in six days. Let’s try to catch up as quickly as possible.
Like what I’m hearing out of new Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. From Andy’s blog: “What I’m worried about is developing the toughest line in the ACC. And that’s something that is hard to measure and it’s one of those things that you can’t necessarily put a statistic with it, but I think you know it when you see it. That’s going to be my number one goal and approach. In order for us to do that, we’ve got to have the mindset up front, in order for us to do the things on offense, particularly running the football, we’ve got to have the approach up front that we’re going to dominate the game from the offensive line position. It’s the only way it works. It’s the only way your offense takes a physical approach. We’ve got to be essentially the big brothers of everybody else on the offense. I believe we’re the tip of the spear, so to speak, the first in to fight. And if we do our job with the right approach and the right mindset, then I think the other guys will follow.”
-To me, that was the biggest thing that was missing with the Hokies this year. Seems new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is of a similar mindset as Grimes. Time will tell, obviously, but they seem to have identified what needs to change and are saying the right things about changing it.
I’m glad he didn’t go to the grave with the “never failed a test” defiance. It’s just so sad that it took as long as it did, and so many innocent people had to get hurt and/or sued along the way.
I’m still trying to figure out why so much has been made of this. Are there actually people sitting at home, mouths agape, eager for the next nugget of information to come out about a made-up girlfriend? Outside of Jay Leno and David Letterman (who get some room-service jokes out of the deal) and reporters who initially ran with the fake story and feel the need to set the record straight, I don’t get why any of this matters all that much.
The Hokies have sandwiched four losses around wins over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest this month, including yesterday’s 77-70 defeat at Clemson. Next up: surging Miami in Blacksburg on Wednesday night. The Hokies clearly aren’t getting enough out of Robert Brown since conference play started, and the lack of depth has been killer. They’re playing hard, but it’s tough to see many wins left on the schedule.
Good stuff happening in Charlottesville. The Cavs have won three straight conference games by 14 points or more and have yet to allow an ACC foe to reach 60 points. Big test coming to JPJ tomorrow night, as N.C. State visits at 7 p.m.
MONDAY HEADLINES: Antone Exum suffers torn ACL, will miss 6-9 months…Berman’s game story on Tech-Clemson…Miami crushes Florida State to move to 6-0 in ACC…Tiger Woods closing in on Farmers Insurance Open victory, will play final 11 holes at 2:10 p.m. today.
NAME THAT TUNE
Billy Joe McAllister Jr. showed up at the reunion
Clean-cut shaved, decked out in Armani’s best
In perfect spoken English he said ‘Nowadays I go by William’
And he talked about his new life and money he’d made out West
And he tried his hardest not to be that old boy we all knew
Till he pulled out that Earnhardt wallet on that chain hooked to his belt loop…