Sunday, February 23rd, 1997
Hokies Dump Dukes, 76-62
This one was fun. The Hokies came out fired up, shot well, and ran away from Duquesne, leading 41-26 at the half and coasting to the victory. It was a day for ceremonies, as Tech's five seniors were honored: Ace Custis, Jim and David Jackson, Troy Manns, and Keefe Matthews. Ace received the ultimate honor, having his #20 jersey retired. So any of you who bought the replica #20 jersey from Champs or Foot Locker, hang onto it, because you'll never see another #20 Tech jersey again.
Other ceremonies: Tech senior cheerleaders, Hi Techs, and even the Hokie Bird were all honored. After the victory, Coach Foster was presented with a cake honoring his 100th victory at Virginia Tech. Foster smiled, waved briefly, and took off down the tunnel, where, I guess, there was still more coaching to be done.
Check out my game report on my Basketball Page. You better read it - after all, we won!
Channel 7 Does it to Me Again
I know my constant griping about how Channel 7 out of Roanoke does a lousy job of covering the Hokies is getting old, but here we go again...
The NBA game was running late on Channel 10, my sports channel of choice, so during the 6:00 news, I had to switch over and (aaarrrghh!!!) watch Channel 7 instead. Thankfully, they reminded while I was there why I never watch them.
Roy "You're getting veeerrry sleeeepy" Stanley was his usual self, not exactly jumping out of his seat with excitement over the day in sports. I swear, if the National Narcolepsy Foundation ever goes looking for a poster child, Roy and his boys at Channel 7 should be first in line. Roy came on and covered the latest NASCAR race first, which didn't gall me too much, because racing is big down here.
Then he cuts to a report, including video tape of ... the Roanoke College game. Grrrrr. But still I'm willing to cut 'em some slack, because it is the ODAC playoffs, and Roanoke is truly the hometown team. But then he follows it up with videotape of the Lynchburg College/Bridgewater game!
By now, I'm seeing red, but ol' Roy one-ups himself by proceeding to finally do his report on the Hokies game with Duquesne, which consists of -- you guessed it -- about five sentences spoken sleepily into the camera, with no videotape.
I guessed they skipped the video tape because they were all anxious to get back to sleep there at Channel 7!! Aaaaargh!! Channel 10, where are you when I need you?!?!?
Notes from the weekly Virginia Tech Sports Today TV show: