It is a dreary morning. Raining outside. Cool. Dark. Depressing.
And, oh yeah, Virginia Tech lost yesterday to ODU. The same ODU that was 0-3 and lost to national powerhouse Liberty by 42 a few weeks ago.
Life dictates you try to look at the bright side, put some lipstick on that pig, and put it all behind you. It gets easier over time, because the Hokies have a tendency to do things like this ever so often. An upperclassman in our dorm my freshman year at Virginia Tech jokingly told us “just remember, in the end, the Hokies will always break your heart,” and over the years I’ve determined he wasn’t joking: A brutal loss to Temple in 1998; an equally stunning defeat at the hands of James Madison in 2010; smaller, lesser ones that ended up stinging just as much in between.
This one didn’t hurt as much, I’ll admit, because of what it meant to ODU. Norfolk is my hometown, and this win was probably every bit as exciting to Monarch faithful as when the Hokies went to the Horseshoe and beat Ohio State. I even watched that upset in an ODU bar in 2014 (40th high school reunion) and some even said how cool it would be if ODU ever got to experience a win that big.
Now they have.
But this game also could end up serving as a fork in the road for the program. When the Hokies suffered that humiliating defeat to Temple – the Hokies were ranked No. 13 and undefeated while Temple finished the year 2-9 – they did bounce back, go to a bowl game and beat Alabama decisively. Given the storied program the Crimson Tide is, that’s a nice phrase to be able to repeat....