The big 5 for Tuesday:
1. Virginia Tech has weathered the attendance declines prevalent throughout sports longer than most, but it appears the Hokies’ 93-game sellout streak will come to an end Saturday. Andy notes: Weaver said he thinks Virginia Tech’s home sellout streak will end Saturday against Western Carolina. It currently stands at 93 games, a streak that goes back to 1998. He didn’t say how many tickets remain, but he didn’t sound too optimistic.
I don’t think any of us are all that surprised. We’ve talked at length here about the increasing appeal of watching games at home. With the benefits of all the TV money comes the loss of exclusivity to those who attend; in other words, you know the game will be on somewhere, even it’s on the Internet. Hokiesports.com is still selling season tickets this morning. Western Carolina, Marshall, UNC, Pitt, Duke and Maryland is the home slate this year.
2. The Salem Red Sox will open the postseason tomorrow night as the hottest team in the Carolina League.
3. Coming off ts upset of BYU, Virginia hosts No. 3 Oregon this week. The Cavs, who are more than a 20-point underdog, are taking a “shock-the-world” approach.
4. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has a monster debut as FSU whacks Pitt. Final line for him: 25 of 27, four passing touchdowns, 25 rushing yards, one rushing score.
5. The NFL season opens Thursday with Ravens at Broncos. Other Week 1 highlights include Packers-49ers, Giants-Cowboys and Eagles-Redskins. RG3 will start for the Redskins.