Happy New Year's from Maize n Brew!
While everyone is watching the Lions and taking a break from college football, I thought we'd sit down with the fine folks at Gobbler Country, SBN's VT blog, and serve up a few questions.
So here you go. Take it from the guys that know Va Tech football - and enjoy the next few days! Two days till the Sugar Bowl.
I'm really not sure if there's one guy who's going to be given the assignment of containing Denard. Exum's the best pure athlete on the defense and is the only one who could conceivably do it. I said this in the preview, but he's a special athlete and if you go out and make it your goal to stop him, you're toast to begin with. You need to take away his friends. Stop Toussaint (who I think could be the MVP of this game) from getting yards between the tackles, cover Hemingway and Koger and just hope Denard has an off night. That's the best you can do. This offense we're getting ready to face is just hot right now and hopefully the long break between games is enough to throw that off.
There's nothing fluky about getting your ass handed to you by the same team twice in the same season. I don't even think it was out-coaching. We were just out-classed on both sides of the ball by a better team with better players. Clemson's defensive line absolutely dominated at the point of attack and their offensive line pushed us around.
Our punter is a wide receiver.
He's beloved. This program was built from the ground up by him, he played here, it's his show. There are some fans who are ready for this program to turn the corner and be a serious contender for a national title and Beamer has responded to that by adding some younger members to the coaching staff and putting a new emphasis on recruiting. What we've seen here is something we might never see again in college football and I think our fans need that perspective. What's happened here is special and even if we don't win a national title under Beamer, we have it pretty good.
Well, we also do the third-down key jingle. We also have the "Enter Sandman" entrance, the turkey call to fire up the crowd when the defense is on third down (we used to be the Fighting Gobblers), the Corps of Cadets and corps marching band, the Hokie Pokie between the third and fourth quarters. You'll see that when the regular marching band performs at the game.
It depends on what your situation is. I don't have kids, but if you're going with your family I think you need to hit up the aquarium and go down by Jackson Square. If you're there to poison your liver, there are a ton of places on Bourbon Street you can go and Napoleon House just off it. For food, if you're a seafood person you'll be in paradise and if you're not a seafood person like me, you're still in paradise. I always try to hit a couple of places -- Court of Two Sisters (I'll be there for the jazz brunch the morning after the game) and Brennan's (just for the Banana's Foster because I can't afford the rest of the menu). Then I try to go to at least one place I haven't been before. This time around it's Jacques-Imo's, which comes at the recommendation of our most respected columnist.
Also, make sure you hear some live jazz of some form whether it's at Preservation Hall or anywhere along Frenchmen St.
As far as local stuff, you guys may or may not have had some of the Abita stable of beers. I'm a big fan of the amber and also like Turbodog. And it's really fruity, but Purple Haze is surprisingly good. It's just too sweet to have more than one, though. The Crescent City Brewhouse is also down there and has live music occasionally. NOLA Brewing Company is also down there, though I've never had one of their beers.
Tech has its usual slow start, gives up an early score, gets kept at arms length for most of the game, gives up a big play to Denard late to seal it and loses 31-21.