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Taking a Week Off
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com
First things first: Starting Saturday, I'm taking a week off from TSL and won't return to the web site until Sunday, June 8th. I'll be totally disconnected from email and the Web. I planned this time off carefully, so that it would come at a time when nothing was going on in VT sports.
Ha-ha. I wish nothing was going on.
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My last period of extended time off from the web site was four years ago, and to give you some idea of how much has happened in that four years, I spent one afternoon four years ago listening to the 1999 Virginia Tech-UAB football game at a beach house in the Outer Banks.
You might recall that game ... or you may not. Michael Vick had executed the "Vick Flip" the week before, in his college football debut against JMU, and was out of action for game 2 against UAB with an injury that would bother him for the entire 1999 season. Backup Dave Meyer ran the controls against UAB and did a serviceable job, going 12-of-21 for 144 yards.
But Meyer tossed three first-half interceptions, and VT had five total first-half turnovers, allowing UAB to stay close with the 11th-ranked Hokies. Tech jumped out to a 17-0 lead, coughed up 10 points on turnovers, and led just 17-10 going into the fourth quarter.
With Meyer in a funk and the Hokies going with a conservative, run-oriented offense, Tech went to the bag of tricks, and former high school quarterback turned tailback Andre Kendrick threw a 35-yard halfback option pass to Andre Davis for the game-breaking touchdown. The Hokies tacked on a late score by the little-used Lee Suggs (well, he was little-used back in 1999) for a 31-10 victory that looked good on the sports ticker but was much too close for comfort.
Tech did it with defense, holding UAB to a record-low 63 yards of total offense. Twelve days later, Michael Vick returned to the lineup for a Thursday night home game against Clemson, a game that proved to be Corey Moore's national coming out party. The Hokies went to 3-0 with the win over Clemson and were on their way to a national championship appearance.
Here are some quotes from my UAB game report/analysis -- what stands out to me are (1) I wrote it as if I had actually seen the game in person, when all I had really seen were the highlights from the Virginia Tech Sports Today TV show; and (2) Still wrapped up in my Hokie fandom, I referred to the Hokies as "we" in articles and game reports.
Here are some of the things I said in that game report, written nearly four years ago:
Oh, it'll happen. You can go ahead and believe it now.
That Vick kid turned out okay, I think.
Wow, if that VT offense can't move it against JMU and UAB, how in the world is that team ever going to go undefeated?!?
Interesting nugget: While Frank Beamer's teams are renowned for blocking kicks, his best-ever team, the 1999 national championship runner-ups, blocked just two kicks, a PAT against Rutgers and a punt against Pittsburgh. The two blocked kicks tied with 1989 for the lowest number of blocked kicks in a season for a Frank Beamer-coached VT team.
I was right. The Hokies got a battle from Clemson, but thanks to Corey Moore, they romped late, 31-11.
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