Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2003

Opinion: Hokies put kink in title plans

November 6, 2003

I thought about using this space to make some revised bowl predictions but after some careful consideration I realized it'd be a waste of time.

Virginia Tech made sure of that over the weekend by taking my Miami Hurricanes to the woodshed, 31-7. No one could have seen this upset coming and if they did, they're lying.

The Hokies were coming off an upset loss to West Virginia. Just weeks before, the Hurricanes walked into a rain-soaked field in Tallahassee and humbled Florida State, 22-15. Va-Tech had never beaten a top 10 team; Miami was riding a 39-game regular season winning streak.

Downtrodden and upstart. The script was flipped Saturday night in Blacksburg, Va..

Nobody gave Virginia Tech a chance Saturday. I'll admit, I was one of them. I thought Virginia Tech was the Big East version of Kansas State -- all hype and no heart.

I was wrong. At least about Virginia Tech.

Now, it's anyone's guess who will play in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. I'd like to think Miami has a chance but I'm not that naÃive. The fact is Larry Coker's team just doesn't have the horses it had in years past.

A better national championship game would be Oklahoma and Southern Cal. That game would feature the top two quarterbacks in the country and probably the two most athletic teams. Plus, USC is probably the only team left that can stay within an arms length of OU.

There is a ton of football to be played between now and when the bowl selections are announced and it's anybody's guess who'll be left standing at the end.

Now on to other business.

  • This is the best time of year for sports, bar none. We're in the thick of things in college and pro football, college basketball has tipped off and the NBA is rolling along as well.

But, don't be so lazy that you forget to hit the links. Just because it's a bit cold doesn't mean you can totally slack off, you bums.

Fall is a great time for cheap golf rounds, and I haven't heard of a better deal that what's being offered at Falcon Lakes in Basehor.

The upscale 18-hole links style course is offering rounds before 1:30 p.m. at $39 for 18 holes and a cart. After 1:30 p.m., the price dips to $25 for a round and cart.

For seniors 55 and older, the price is $25 at any time.

  • I despised all the hype Lebron James got before the NBA season tipped off but I've watched a couple of Cavaliers games and can tell you this: Lebron is the Truth.

He's not the next Magic or MJ but he'll be in the same hemisphere. Already, he's among the best passers in the league and in this hip-hop, me-first league, his unselfishness is refreshing. Note to young players: winners know how to pass.

  • I don't get a vote for the Heisman Trophy but if I did my ballot would look like this: 1. Sean Taylor, safety, Miami. 2. Jason White, quarterback, Oklahoma. 3. Matt Leinart, quarterback, USC.

Yeah, I picked a defensive player and he doesn't stand a chance of winning but he's the real deal. If you haven't seen Taylor play, think Roy Williams, former safety at Oklahoma. Taylor's a bigger, faster and a whole lot nastier version.

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