|first night on bourbon street with the boys|
|lunch at riverfront restaurant on decatur street|
|with the family in jackson square|
|fan fest with my roomie|
|with the joan of arc statue|
|loved all the little details of the city..like this quote painted in a store window|
|hand grenades on bourbon street before the game|
|mom and me with our game faces on...hokie colored masks|
Now, for the outcome of the actual game... As one of my friends said, "the best team can't always win." While there were a number of plays that led to our fight for the win in overtime, I truly believe in my heart that Danny Coale's catch was a touchdown. In spite of whatever ruling the refs called, Danny deserves credit for his incredible athleticism and natural presence on the field. I mean, how many other players could have made a catch like that?? He has carried himself with class and grace while showing everyone he is a damn good ball player too. I am proud to call him a Hokie and a member of the Class of 2012.
I don't know what exactly it is that strikes a chord with me when it comes to Virginia Tech, especially Tech football. I attribute part of my heart-wrenching dedication to my being raised coming to games and standing by the team, win or lose. It could also be that my time as a Tech student has connected me to something much bigger than myself. I love college football, as opposed to the professional league, because it isn't so much about the money as it is about the sheer talent, athleticism, and spirit of universities. It brings colleges together on a national platform and allows us to share different experiences against similar rivals or conferences or bowl games. Having mutual respect and sportsmanship towards the opposing team often overshadows competitiveness, which was definitely the case with the Michigan fans; they were so easy to get along with!
I think this loss is more heartbreaking than our loss to Clemson or our loss to Stanford in the Orange Bowl last year. We weren't outplayed this game. We earned the title. A quote from an article on The Key Play blog sums up my feelings pretty well:
"This team won 11 games. The seniors have never lost to Virginia. They've won 3 ACC Championships. We'll be pleasantly reminded of that in Lane until we're too old, too fat, too dead to go to games... I love this team. I love that they finished strong. I love that they contended. I loved that they did more than was expected. I love that the core will be back next year. I love that they broke my heart. I do. Really. The day I don't care, is the day I'm not a Hokie. That day was not today."For more insight on the outcome of The Sugar Bowl, check out football player Collin Carroll's article.
V. P., old V. P., You know our hearts are with you,
In our luck which never seems to die;
Win or lose we'll greet you with a glad returning,
You're the pride of V. P. I.