THE DAY IS COMING EVENTUALLY. We won’t even need the players at our stadiums. They can just find some mutually agreeable tract of land close to equidistant between their two schools or cities. Then they’ll set up the cameras and start playing.
Us? We’ll tailgate like usual, but when it’s time to go into the stadium, we’ll just drag lawn chairs onto the playing surface. Then we’ll watch the action in sparkling high definition on stadium video boards approximately the size of Rhode Island.
Hey, I’m not knocking Virginia Tech’s decision to build this new ginormous video board. Sounds pretty awesome. As Andy reports today, it’ll measure 48.2 feet by 108.2 feet, boasting about 5,215 square feet of replay-showin’ goodness. (Even better is the fact that they’re overhauling the sound system at Cassell Coliseum — a move that is long overdue.)
Regarding the video board, I like the honesty of Tom Gabbard, Tech’s associate athletic director. He basically admits that this is little more than a … well, a pixel contest.
“It’s a lot of keeping up with the Joneses,” Gabbard told Andy. “And as you know, this business is many times a facility battle on who has got the greatest, latest.”
What the Hokies have now isn’t anything close to the latest and greatest, and even the new one will only rank eighth among FBS stadiums.
Where’s the biggest? Texas, of course. Administrators there call it the “Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Scoreboard,” which is a really lame name for it. Much cooler students and fans have nicknamed the thing “Godzillatron.” Seems Godzillatron, while once the largest HD screen in the Western Hemisphere (until a guy in Dallas named Jones made it impossible to keep up with the Joneses), features a lot of ads during games. I’m sure Tech’s will, too.
Here is the list of top-86 video board sizes in college football. Yes, somebody made a list, and you will notice that the Hokies currently are not on it. Godzillatron Jr. shall change all this.
POY WATCH: Berman solicited opinions from analysts and coaches on who should be the ACC player of the year. Erick Green has some support, including from Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory (coaches name their own POY this year in addition to the media honoree). Others, though, say the Hokies’ woes as a team hurt Green’s candidacy.
All this is relevant because two of the leading contenders for the honor — Green and Mason Plumlee — will meet at Cassell Coliseum tonight when Tech hosts Duke. The Blue Devils are a 13.5-point favorite. Coverage is on ESPN at 9 p.m.
GREEN FLAG: Coverage of the Budweiser Duels at Daytona begins at 2 p.m. on Speed. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart are co-favorites to win the first race at 6.5-to-1. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are 4.5-to-1 co-chalks in the second race.
I REST MY CASE ABOUT FEBRUARY: It snowed at the Accenture Match Play yesterday. Yes, in Arizona.
NAME THAT TUNE
Too alarmin’ now to talk about
Take your pictures down and shake it out
Truth or consequence, say it aloud
Use that evidence, race it around…