Charlottesville, Virginia. Freaking beautiful town
. Full of smug, self-entitled assholes. Not counting the caramel-hued Jefferson heirs.
I went to a game there once! It was apparently "Plead the Fifth" day, or "Fifth Year Fifth" - or who knows how many other names. But each UVA senior was expected to consume an entire fifth of al-kee-hawl while INSIDE THE STANDIUM
. And boy howdy, was there participation.
We kicked the tar shit out of them, too.
Of course, my not-in-person memories of these fixtures...are less good. Most importantly, there was the 1986 trip, where a 2-win UVA side beat us 14-10, ultimately costing us the ACC title (Son of Clem only then had to tie away to Maryland the next week, which they did on a short FG, 9-9). This was the week AFTER the untimed down Hail Mary to beat South Cakalaky. Often overlooked on that play? Erik Kramer getting flattened, aggravating an ankle injury, and causing him to miss the Charlottesville trip.
Or QB depth was...not great.
I also recall my freshman year at State, Fall of 1991. It was TRACS registration day, so almost everyone from my dorm was stuck hitting "re-dial" instead. Me and one other dude were in University Scholars, and had registered early.
This turned out not to be super lucky, as it was JUST over freezing, rainy, and windy. When UVA took a 21-nil lead in the bloody 2nd quarter
, we decided it was time to go. But on the way out, I went by my family's seats. Only my Dad and little brother were dumb enough to go - seems my mom and little sister, like, checked the weather forecast.
By the time we arrived, it was 28-nil.
Me: "How's it going?"
Late Father: "How do you think?"
Me: "I'm getting out of here before I keel over dead, what about y'all?"
LF: "PAID for the tickets, might as well stay."
My brother, agonized with rain all over his glasses, just stared straight ahead, saying nothing. I forget why I didn't at least offer to rescue the poor fucker. He wasn't a narc or anything.
By the time we got back to the car (we ran to reduce the time of exposure - pretty impressive given that I couldn't feel my feet anymore), it was 35-nil
But the past is the past. Discard like a used #NuAIDS tissue. Now we have HOPE! Having gone on the road and got a richly deserved and equally unexpected win over the JV Stillers. Shit, The Athletic now ranks us 27th out of 77 teams playing. That's almost top third!!
UVA has beaten Duke soundly at home, lost by a nigh-equal margin away to Clemson. So...we really know fuckall about how good or bad they might be. Likewise, they have no idea which version of the Schizo-Pack will show up. Let's find out together, shall we?
Obligatory Athletic preview (9th - better than Wake, worse than Pitt and VPI):
The good news for the ‘Hoos is that they get to be the reigning Coastal Division champs for another year — a perk of a season without divisions. Many of the pieces that made that magical 2019 season possible have moved on, setting expectations a great deal lower.
See, nobody knows shit.