Today is a milestone for Virginia Tech in its Commonwealth Cup possession, the 3,000th consecutive day the Hokies have been in possession of the Commonwealth Cup, the yearly traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the UVa-Tech game.
Or tomorrow. It depends on how you like to count days.
The Hokies’ nine-game winning streak began on Nov. 27, 2004 with a 24-10 win in Blacksburg against the Cavaliers. They haven’t lost to their state rival since, making it the longest winning streak for either team in the history of the series.
If you count that as the first day in possession of the Cup, today would mark 3,000 days (eight years times 365 days, two days for leap years, four to finish out November, 31 in December and January and now 12 in February).
But, as HokieSports.com webmaster Damian Salas has pointed out, if you’re counting true days — as in exact 24-hour periods since that first game ended — 3,000 won’t come until 4:06 p.m. Wednesday. He even linked to a countdown clock.
It’s semantics, really. The bottom line is the Cup has been in Blacksburg for a while. As some have pointed out, the streak has out-lasted a pope.
The Cup has only existed since 1996, although there have been longer droughts in the rivalry. Virginia won the first eight games, which spanned from 1895 to 1904. Virginia Tech won the next two, the first in 1905 and the next in 1923.
The game only has been played annually since 1970. Virginia Tech holds a 27-15-1 record since then. Since the Cup was made, the Hokies are 14-3.
And yes, you can tell it’s the offseason if this is what we’re discussing.