Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A maroon and orange boa constrictor

Here’s an except of this week’s sports column, The Bounce, which is featured at Richmond.com. This one is about a recent football game between rivals.

“In Saturday’s 88th meeting of arch-rivals Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, two first-half sequences were telling: When Virginia’s defense forced a Tech turnover in the first quarter, an interception, the ‘Hoos offense could do nothing about it. When Tech’s defense took the ball away late in the second quarter, recovering a fumble, its offense scored a touchdown.

‘That was the only score of the first half. Virginia Tech would go on to score 10 second-half points, but all afternoon the Hokies smothering defense was like a maroon and orange boa constrictor, slowly crushing the life out of the hapless ‘Hoos.

“So it was that in perfect autumn weather, the sell-out crowd (66,233) in Blacksburg was treated to a perfect finish to any regular season - beating the stuffing out of Virginia. Truth be told, Tech’s third straight victory over Virginia really wasn’t as close as the final score might suggest: Tech 17, UVa. 0.”

Click here to read the whole column.

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