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November 16, 2005

The Virginia blogosphere is abuzz

And this time, it is not about politics.

Easily the biggest rivalry in Virginia sports, the University of Virginia (6-3, 3-3) will host the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1, 5-1) for the Commonwealth Cup (not to be confused with the Commonwealth Challenge, a competition that Virginia Tech has little hope in winning). Already, Addison (whose joke nearly tempted me to come out firing), Old Zach, Steve, and Chad have started posting their thoughts on the upcoming game. As for me, I will note that Virginia is 21-2 in home games since I started attending them. At home, UVa has finished 6-1, 5-1, and 5-1 in the last three seasons, and are currently 5-0. And based on the data from ESPN, UVa and VT hold similar NCAA rankings in most offensive stats, so this game will likely come down to defense. Who does this favor? It is hard to tell, as Virginia, in its last three games, lost the game where it showed the most defense, while Tech was recently spanked by Miami at home. One thing is for sure, this should be a great game. Of course, I will be present, though I will be in the stadium two hours early for the game (unfortunately, being a student means there are no guaranteed seats, and for a big game like this, we have to show up very early).

This weekend also brings the first test for new basketball head coach Dave Leitao in a matchup with the Liberty Flames at home on Friday evening. Again, I intend to attend this game. This season, most feel that things will be rough, as UVa has lost a lot of its inside players and those remaining will take some time to adjust to the new coaching by Leitao. However, I am hopeful for this team. The level of discipline that Leitao will bring will change this team, and an underestimated Wahoo team will sneak up on a few better ones, though UVa will not finish above .500 in the conference.

All in all, this should be a great start to Thanksgiving weekend, though I am used to first having turkey on Thursday, not the preceding Saturday.