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Saturday 08/15/2015
Posted: August 15, 2015 - 5:13 pm
McFarling: Full-speed ahead for Virginia Tech's Dooley

BLACKSBURG — It was only five years ago that the gym teacher — who also happened to be Glenvar’s varsity football coach — discovered him.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 11:04 am
Weaver's legacy transcends buildings, trophies

It's a very somber day for Blacksburg and our area at large, in the wake of the passing of former Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver on Thursday.

Monday 06/01/2015
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 11:56 am
Just One Thought: Radford baseball's giant task

Based on its seeding, the Radford University baseball team is right where it should be Monday: playing top-seeded Vanderbilt with a shot to make the Super Regionals.

Friday 05/29/2015
Posted: May 29, 2015 - 11:18 am
Just One Thought: Athletic Self-Awareness

A buddy of mine recently discovered a creative (albeit illegal) to make a few bucks: preying on the complete lack of athletic self-awareness of the typical American male.

Tuesday 05/26/2015
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 12:53 pm
Just One Thought: Well-Intentioned Sports Lies

So there I was on a recent Sunday afternoon, chasing a foul pop-up. Eyes and beer gut bouncing as I tracked the ball, my hustle needle pegged all the way, I was approaching the fence in foul territory at Lord Botetourt High School when I heard it.

Friday 05/22/2015
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 12:08 pm
Just One Thought: What's in a name?

Quick -- Google the name "Will Smith." Don't delay, because you'll be likely to miss it. If you're reading this early Friday afternoon, the first link Google gives you is this USA Today story: "Brewers' Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm."

Thursday 05/21/2015
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 1:38 pm
Just One Thought: Sports reporters and whining

We need to stop whining. All of us. And by "us," I mean sports reporters.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 5:50 pm
Blog: Red Sox pitcher revived his career in Australia

Australia, he figured, would be his goodbye to baseball.

Posted: May 20, 2015 - 11:46 am
Just One Thought: Young power hitters

Tuesday was a pretty good day for young power hitters in baseball.

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 12:58 pm
Just One Thought: Lambert's departure from UVa

It's hard to get to know UVa quarterbacks. It seems lately, as soon as they ascend to a prominent role, they leave.

Monday 05/18/2015
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 9:31 am
Just One Thought: Dave Smith

Two years ago, when writing a column about how media guide covers are a window into a college football program's soul, I asked Frank Beamer what he thought about the cover his Hokies had just released, which featured a stern-looking Beamer in the foreground and prominent moments from the program's history in the background.

Friday 05/15/2015
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 12:14 pm
Just One Thought: Rain Delays

Crazy stat o' the day: The two-hour stoppage of play during Thursday's Nationals-Padres game marked just the sixth rain delay in the 11-year history of San Diego's Petco Park.

Thursday 05/14/2015
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 9:09 am
Just One Thought: Choking

Choking, like so many other facets of sports, is in the eye of the beholder. I saw that word thrown around on Twitter quite a bit late Wednesday night in the wake of the Capitals' 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semis.

Wednesday 05/13/2015
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 9:02 am
Just One Thought: Our taxes and NFL "troop salutes"

If you value keeping your blood pressure at a reasonable level, it's probably best not to spend a lot of time thinking about all the places your federal tax money goes. Our government isn't exactly Dave Ramsey-esque when it comes to spending.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 9:32 am
Just One Thought: Tom Brady's suspension

If you want to know how you really feel about a topic, try explaining it to a kid. I was reminded of this early Monday evening, when a text alert hit my phone announcing that Tom Brady had been suspended four games for his role in DeflateGate.

Friday 05/08/2015
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 9:00 am
Just One Thought: Horrible ways to lose

Here, in one man's opinion, is a countdown of the five most horrible ways to lose a sporting event:

Thursday 05/07/2015
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 9:01 am
Just One Thought: Tom Brady's dad

You might be surprised to learn that Tom Brady's dad supports Tom Brady. Yes, it's true!

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 8:04 am
Just One Thought: Buyer Beware

Forgive me, but I’m having a really hard time getting outraged at the Manny Pacquiao-hiding-an-injury flap. It’s not that I don’t think people deserve quality for their money and some level of transparency from sports promoters. I do.

Posted: May 06, 2015 - 8:00 am
Just One Thought: Champions League goodness

If you’re going to watch only one soccer match all year, Wednesday’s wouldn’t be a bad choice.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 8:56 am
Just One Thought: Casual swearing

They say you can't prove a negative, but if you're wondering whether a coach or athlete is speaking with a filter, there's one good clue that he's not: casual swearing.

Monday 05/04/2015
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 3:29 pm
Just One Thought: Pace of play

Forget pitch clocks. Forget umpire admonishments. The key to picking up the pace in baseball is simple: Force every player in both leagues to watch one game pitched by Boston Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley.

Thursday 04/30/2015
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 11:30 am
Just One Thought: Jameis

I'm quite certain I'd be the worst general manager in the history of the NFL. Oh, my teams would have more chemistry than the campuses of Stanford, Harvard and MIT combined, but we would never win any games.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 8:44 am
Just One Thought: Emptiness

Empty stadiums can be exciting. I love walking into a place I haven't been -- The Horseshoe at Ohio State last September, for example -- before the fans arrive and imagining what the atmosphere will be like in a few hours.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 8:55 am
Just One Thought: Baltimore's finest

As much as I had been looking forward to Monday night's Islanders-Capitals game, I found myself instead mesmerized by coverage of the violence in Baltimore.

Monday 04/27/2015
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 9:01 am
Just One Thought: That irresistible Game 7 hockey atmosphere

To open this week, in honor of the big boxin' match coming up, we'll begin with a Rocky IV quote that I shall tenuously tie to the day's topic:

Friday 04/24/2015
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 9:41 am
Just One Thought: UVa's quarterback situation

The most interesting thing about UVa listing Matt Johns as its No. 1 quarterback on Thursday heading into fall practice was the incongruity of the assessments from the coaches.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 9:33 am
Just One Thought: Catch Phrases

Several folks on Twitter corrected me yesterday when I argued that one of the greatest things about Bill Roth is, over 27 years as the voice of Virginia Tech, he never had any catch phrases other than his opening, which I don't count.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 5:46 pm
Just One Thought: Virginia Tech lucky to have Bill Roth

Bill Roths are rare. Trust me on this. Virginia Tech fans know they've had it good for the past 27 years, but if they need a reminder, all they need to do is tune into a radio broadcast of a baseball game today. Pick one at random, and there's a good chance you'll step away, thinking: "Good lord, I hope Tech doesn't get one of these Moes to replace Bill Roth."

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 9:41 am
Just One Thought: The word "melty"

This has nothing to do with sports, other than the fact that sports feature commercials targeting young males, and those commercials frequently include my favorite fake word in the English language: "melty."

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 11:25 am
Just One Thought: Bryan Price's rant

Who doesn't love a good sports rant? And based on statistics alone -- 77 variations of the F-bomb, 11 "uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine)," as the Cincinnati Enquirer put it -- the rant unleashed by Reds skipper Bryan Price on Monday should have Hall of Fame potential.

Monday 04/20/2015
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 11:46 am
Just One Thought: Day Games

Baltimore and Boston are playing baseball as I type this. It's not even lunchtime yet. They started the game at 11:05 a.m. because of Patriots Day festivities in New England. I love everything about this.

Friday 04/17/2015
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 11:17 am
Just One Thought: Kris Bryant

The text alert hit my phone as I was walking out of the Salem Red Sox press box late Thursday night: Report: Cubs to call up Kris Bryant Friday. I dropped my bag immediately, pulled out my laptop computer, logged on to my fantasy site, and...

Thursday 04/16/2015
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 2:27 pm
Just One Thought: Tech's tight end surplus

Andy had an interesting story today on Virginia Tech tight end Bucky Hodges, which describes the multiple ways the coaches are employing him in spring practice. Two paragraphs in particular near the end caught my eye:

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 10:02 am
Just One Thought: "Sharpshooter" Justin Anderson

I saw several breaking stories yesterday referring to "Virginia sharpshooter Justin Anderson" entering the NBA draft. Statistically, I suppose this is accurate. Anderson shot quite sharply in 2014-15 -- 45.2 percent from 3-point range, including an ACC-best 48.2 percent before his pinkie injury.

Monday 04/13/2015
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 9:02 am
Just One Thought: Heir Jordan

The 2015 Masters was Ivan Drago vs. Apollo Creed: A new star scoring an emphatic knockout on a big stage, fans of close competition be damned. Jordan Spieth seemed to say, "If the rest of the field dies, it dies." Except he said it politely after hugging his parents and his high school sweetheart.

Sunday 04/05/2015
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 8:10 am
Just One Thought: Kentucky's Team Stream (from a non-Kentucky fan's perspective)

So I watched almost all of Wisconsin's 61-54 upset of Kentucky on the Wildcats' "Team Stream" -- the supplemental broadcast on TNT that focuses on one side. I might have been the only guy in America watching that channel while pulling for the underdog.

Saturday 04/04/2015
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 11:40 am
Just One Thought: Could Wisconsin be any more likable?

I retweeted this Friday, but it deserves to appear in as many places as I can put it. From the Twitter feed of Sports Illustrated's Brian Hamilton:

Friday 04/03/2015
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 8:48 am
Just One Thought: Cave Spring Cha-ching

While much of the college basketball world was focusing on Shaka Smart's decision to leave VCU for Texas on Thursday, staying put had a big payoff for Cave Spring graduate Gregg Marshall.

Thursday 04/02/2015
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 12:22 pm
Just One Thought: UVa baseball

Congratulations to VMI for upsetting No. 12 Virginia 7-6 in baseball on Wednesday. But good grief, what is going on with UVa's pitching staff?

Wednesday 04/01/2015
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 8:48 am
Just One Thought: April Fool's

Donna Alvis-Banks is one of the sweetest people I've ever known, so I had no reason to be suspicious when she handed me the post-it note when I walked into the New River Valley bureau of The Roanoke Times on April 1, 2001.

Tuesday 03/31/2015
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:03 am
Just One Thought: Crowd noise

Atlanta should be ashamed. Not the team, mind you. The team's fans.

Monday 03/30/2015
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 10:10 am
Just One Thought: Kentucky now cleared for soft landing

My picks on the NCAA tournament were all over the place, but one thing was certain: I wasn't going to take Kentucky.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 6:32 am
McFarling blog: Hokies, Duke and moral victories

My affinity for moral victories might be stronger than my hatred of instant replay. In both cases, I sense the majority might be against me. Coaches certainly are when it comes to moral victories.

Saturday 02/07/2015
Posted: February 07, 2015 - 11:50 pm
UVa's Anderson out 4-6 weeks with fractured finger

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett announced late Saturday that junior guard Justin Anderson has a fractured finger on his left hand and will undergo surgery on Sunday. Anderson is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.

Saturday 12/27/2014
Posted: December 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm
Military Bowl in-game blog

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Friday 11/28/2014
Posted: November 28, 2014 - 7:05 pm
Virginia Tech-Virginia in-game blog

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Saturday 11/22/2014
Posted: November 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest in-game blog

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Saturday 11/15/2014
Posted: November 15, 2014 - 11:40 am
Duke-Virginia Tech in-game blog

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Saturday 11/01/2014
Posted: November 01, 2014 - 12:12 pm
Virginia Tech-Boston College in-game blog

FOURTH QUARTER (NEWEST ON TOP)

Thursday 10/23/2014
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 7:32 pm
Miami-Virginia Tech in-game blog

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