Heroes and Goats, Week Three
by Matthew McKinley, 9/18/03

I have an addiction. Most of you know that. An addiction to Hokie Football. My addiction was not fed this weekend. MATT IS ANGRY! MATT SMASH!

Actually, an off-week is welcome this week. That leaves me plenty of time to react to changing plans for the Texas A&M tailgate. This one has to be as good as it can be, obviously, because if you’ve read my other article, A Call to Challenge, you know how important this tailgate is to me. But I digress. There was no Hokie game this weekend, but that doesn’t mean that there are no Heroes or Goats. So enough of the chatter, here we go.

Hokie Heroes and Goats

There was no game, therefore there are no Hokie Heroes and Goats

Other Heroes and Goats

Hero: Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV. Not often will you see a strong safety as a Hero in this column. Not because it’s undeserved, but mostly because they’re unnoticed. Not so in this case. Brimley returned a fumble for a score, set up two TDs with his first two career interceptions, had two sacks, and totaled a game high 11 tackles for UNLV as the Runnin’ Rebels trounced Wisconsin, 23-5. I can’t say much more than that, his actions speak for themselves.

Goat: Notre Dame Offense. 100 years. That’s a long time. Not many people have lived that long. And those few people are the only ones who would have a chance to remember the last time Notre Dame was shut out. Until now. Michigan looked like true title contenders as they pummeled the Irish, 38-0. And they shut them out. Something that hasn’t been done in over 100 years. BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

Hero: Georgia Tech. Yes, they lost. But this team, picked to finish at or near the bottom of the ACC, held the Florida State juggernaut scoreless for the first 50 minutes of the game. It’s too bad the game wasn’t 50 minutes long, because Georgia Tech deserved to win that one.

Goat: Texas. You’d think with all the talent they get year in and year out, they’d have won a few MNCs by now. Not so, grasshoppah. Texas got abused by the Arkansas Razorbacks 38-28. Despite all the skill players Texas had on their roster, they lost because Arkansas totally dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The only question now is, since Chris Simmsy is gone, will the Longhorn faithful finally realize that the coach is the source of all their problems? Naaah, not likely.

Miscellaneous Goats

Goat: Isabel. Isabel, you [mess] up the tailgate I had planned for aTm, and I swear, I’ll take you down!

Goat: 12thManFactor. Premature, yes, but 12thManFactor is going down in beerpong this Thursday!

Games to Watch From the Tailgate

We all know the Hokies are playing Thursday night. (Yes, they ARE playing. To [heck] with Isabel!) What other games worth watching are on this weekend? Read on, and I’ll tell you.

Hawaii @ UNLV, Friday @ 9:00pm, ESPN2
Hawaii’s always good for a lot of points. UNLV just punked Wisconsin. This should be an interesting game to watch while drinking it up at PK’s this weekend.

Tennessee @ Florida, Saturday @ 12:00pm, CBS
Florida must be smarting from the letdown against Miami in their last game. Coach, do us all a favor and put the prevent defense back in. It’ll make the game interesting just in case you’re in the lead in the 4th quarter.

Georgia @ LSU, Saturday @ 3:30pm, CBS
This was a tough call. Michigan looks like world-beaters, but they’re playing Oregon. Oklahoma is #1, but they’re playing UCLA. Georgia/LSU looks like the best matchup of the three major games at 3:30 on Saturday, because they are (a) both undefeated, and (b) evenly matched. This should be an old-fashioned SEC slugfest.

Miami @ Boston College, Saturday @ 7:45pm, ESPN
Well, this is the game for the Eagles. Is BC for real? We’ll find out Saturday night.

To [heck] with Isabel, come on down to Blacksburg where the weather will be……normal Blacksburg weather. Enjoy the game.

-- M2


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