Sunday, September 11, 2011

Single Game Football Tickets On Sale (Virginia Tech vs. Virginia)

Quick blog post here:

Hokies, single game tickets for the football game at UVA go on sale at 9 AM on September 12, 2011. The link for the ticket sales is right here. Hoos charging $70 a ticket for this game (almost twice as much for this game as their non-conference games... clearly the most expensive single game ticket at UVA this year for any sport)... and we'll buy them anyway.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Virginia Tech 2011 Football Season Preview (Courtesy of Chocolate Bear)

Kudos to the awesomeness, the
ChocolateBear, for this 2011 Virginia Tech Football Season Preview Video:


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Twitter Political Question of the Week: How Much Emphasis Should Voters Place on a Politician's Moral Compass?

Interesting political question this week from @CLSteadley and @esBzly.

How much emphasis should voters place on a politician's moral compass?

My answer... it does depend on the situation...

Example 1: Let's say we have someone like Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who for years has preached morality among politicians and leaders in public life. Yet, he had an affair while he was impeaching Bill Clinton. He found a creative way to explain his multiple divorces. Lots of skeletons with old Newt. But, you know, when you preach morality, you better live up to it... and so any voter should indeed hold Newt to a high moral standard... which he clearly has not lived up to... and doesn't really deserve anyone's vote if he runs for political office ever again.

Example 2: History will always have ethical debates on the morality of Harry Truman's bomb of Hiroshima (via Henry Stimson, his Defense Secretary) in Japan during World War II. Some say that Japan was ready to surrender, but maybe only on a conditional basis. Allied commanders wanted an unconditional surrender. This, however, was not acceptable to the Japanese. A nuclear bomb can cause a hell of a lot of damage... we all know this... and the United States eventually dropped two... one on Hiroshima on August 7, 1945 and one on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 (70,000 and 80,000 Japanese lives were lost in both cases). Japan surrendered about a week later. Truman's argument was that World War II would end more quickly and less lives would be lost... (I'm guessing a couple of million lives would have been lost if the Allied Commanders would endorsed a ground invasion in Japan). Dropping the atomic bomb in Japan was probably the most difficult decision any President has had to make in this country (the decision was painful for Truman... wasn't easy at all)... a nuclear bomb can cause massive destruction... but Truman made the right decision... You can see more on the Truman decision here (my brief synopsis in this post came from some of those documents). One could say that the Truman decision made the thought of nuclear war some unbearable that no one would want it again... so I think voters rewarded him with a second term because of his moral compass.

There are several possible examples here in other areas of political life... what's your take?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Take on What it will take for the Virginia Tech Hokies Men's Hoops Team to Dance in the NCAA Tournament!!

Good afternoon. Tech Hoops has a great recap of the Virginia Tech - Boston College Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) men's hoops game, so I will not talk more about that... Tech Hoops unlocks the mystery to Virginia Tech men's hoops victories. In short, it's who shoots the three ball better.

On to the next men's hoops game vs. Clemson on Saturday, March 5, 2011. This may well be an NCAA tournament play-in game.

As Tech Hoops' Niemo says, Virginia Tech is still in control of its own destiny... beat Clemson on Saturday and the Hokies will have the fourth seed in the ACC men's hoops tournament. That's big for a team that has only eight scholarship players because the lack of depth could cause some problems in the ACC tournament. Lose and the Hokies fall to the sixth seed... there's a big difference in playing a potential of four nights and three nights.

Let's move onto where I stand on Virginia Tech's NCAA men's hoops tournament prospects... I'll give you several scenarios:

1.) Scenario One - Virginia Tech defeats Clemson on Saturday and finishes 10-6 in the ACC. I still firmly believe that Virginia Tech needs to win one more game in the ACC tournament (which would be the quarterfinals) in order to feel good about its chances for an invite to the NCAA tournament. The Hokies also cannot get blown out of the water in the ACC tournament semifinals.

2.) Scenario Two - Virginia Tech loses to Clemson on Saturday and finishes 9-7 in the ACC. In this case, I believe the Hokies must win two games (the opening round game and the quarterfinal). As in scenario one, the Hokies also cannot get blown out of the water in the ACC tournament semifinals.

3.) Scenario Three - Virginia Tech loses to Clemson on Saturday and finishes 9-7 in the ACC. Then, the Hokies win only the opening round game in the ACC tourney, but lose the quarter final (or lose the opening round game and do not make the quarterfinals at all). There will be no invite to the NCAA tournament.

4.) Scenario Four - Virginia Tech loses
to Clemson on Saturday and finishes 9-7 in the ACC. Then, the Hokies win three ACC tournament games enroute to the finals. Virginia Tech gets an invite to the NCAA tournament.

5.) Scenario Five - If Virginia Tech wins the ACC tournament, the Hokies will be in the NCAA tournament.

Virginia Tech was a 10-6 ACC team last year, yet did not make the NCAA tournament. However, the Hokies did not have a win over #1 Duke. This year, we do. The short of it is that I think we need two more wins and it would be preferable to get achieve this goal beginning Saturday, March 5, 2011 vs. Clemson. We want that ACC tournament bye.


Thursday, February 24, 2011


So, by now, you've seen this video a million times... make it one million one...



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Two Great Videos - Malcolm Delaney and Seth Greenberg

ESPN Home Court of College Hoops Commercial - What Makes a House a Home

Malcolm Delaney looking like a million dollars here at the 22 second mark... hope to see that big smile and win vs. Duke on Saturday, February 26, 2011!!

ESPN Dancing Coaches Commercial - College Basketball (It's Not Crazy, It's Sports) Nice appearance by Seth Greenberg :)