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Aaron Mcfarling


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


Sunday 10/26/2014
Martinsville Speedway in-race blog
Posted: October 26, 2014 - 1:19 pm


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


Saturday 10/18/2014
Virginia-Duke in-game blog
Posted: October 18, 2014 - 12:16 pm


Thursday 10/16/2014
Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh in-game blog
Posted: October 16, 2014 - 6:34 pm


Saturday 10/04/2014
Virginia Tech - UNC live blog
Posted: October 04, 2014 - 10:04 am


Saturday 09/27/2014
Virginia Tech-Western Michigan in-game blog
Posted: September 27, 2014 - 12:35 pm


Saturday 09/20/2014
Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech in-game blog
Posted: September 20, 2014 - 11:35 am


Monday 09/15/2014
Why I hate replay in sports, Vol. 476
Posted: September 15, 2014 - 3:16 pm

This has not much to do with anything, but when it happened, I did file it away to share in the future, so here goes:

Saturday 09/13/2014
Virginia Tech-ECU in-game blog
Posted: September 13, 2014 - 11:05 am


Saturday 09/06/2014
Virginia Tech-Ohio State in-game blog
Posted: September 06, 2014 - 4:02 pm


Wednesday 09/03/2014
Hokies Press Pass Podcast with Andy Bitter
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 9:02 am

Monday 09/01/2014
Monday: Hokies, "Papa" Johns and playoff-bound Sox
Posted: September 01, 2014 - 1:29 am

1. Ohio State week is here for the Hokies -- something we've all been anticipating. And one of my favorite features of our web site is back: Andy's five thoughts that follow every game. These are always a must-read for anyone interested in Tech football, myself included.

Saturday 08/30/2014
Virginia Tech-W&M in-game blog
Posted: August 30, 2014 - 3:03 pm

FINAL: Hokies beat the Tribe 34-9.

Tuesday 08/26/2014
FCS wariness, sneaky contenders and Fearless Forecasters
Posted: August 26, 2014 - 8:38 am

Three things to know for Tuesday:

Monday 08/25/2014
Some interesting betting lines for Week 1
Posted: August 25, 2014 - 9:44 am

Three things to know for Monday:

Tuesday 08/05/2014
Q&A with former Hokies kicker Shayne Graham
Posted: August 05, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Spoke with New Orleans Saints and former Virginia Tech kicker Shayne Graham after their morning workout today in West Virginia. The 36-year-old Pulaski County High School grad is considered the favorite to win the job and embark on his 14th NFL season this fall. He's played for nine teams in his career, including seven since 2010.

Saturday 08/02/2014
Q&A with Red Sox outfielder Matty Johnson
Posted: August 02, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Have a feature running on Matty Johnson scheduled for Tuesday, but as usual, there will be a lot of topics we discussed that won't make the final cut. This past week, he talked about his sometimes nomadic career, his role as a sparkplug, why he still goes by "Matty" and more:

Thursday 07/24/2014
Saints meet Wild and Wonderful
Posted: July 24, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Greetings from Lewisburg, W.Va., which I'm excited to report has a Taco Bell that sells the hard-to-find Chili Cheese Burrito. That's really as good a reason as any for the New Orleans Saints to take up residence for three weeks at The Greenbrier.

Monday 07/21/2014
Hokies, UVa and sweaty bosoms
Posted: July 21, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Coaches today after players yesterday. Frank Beamer goes off the tee in the late afternoon. Here are a few notes from Sunday that didn't make today's column.

Monday 06/02/2014
"Sports Moping" and Maryland baseball
Posted: June 02, 2014 - 10:37 am

This country has a growing trend that, for simplicity's sake, I shall call "Sports Moping." It's rooted in the belief that somehow your team is cursed, that it isn't getting its share of breaks and/or championships.

Thursday 05/29/2014
"Ghost man on second!"
Posted: May 29, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I was on the radio the other day with my good pals Ricky Mast and Bob Grebe. One of the many reasons I love their show (2-4 p.m. weekdays on 910 AM) is that they're easy to relate to, and they're creative in the topics they bring up. No paint-by-numbers, Tom Brady/Johnny Manziel/LeBron James discussions with them.

Saturday 04/26/2014
Virginia Tech spring game scoring summary
Posted: April 26, 2014 - 2:14 pm


Monday 03/31/2014
Monday: Opening Day!
Posted: March 31, 2014 - 9:33 am

The latest awesomeness rankings are out, and they go something like this:

Sunday 03/30/2014
Sunday from Martinsville
Posted: March 30, 2014 - 9:07 am

Kurt Busch holds off Johnson for the win. Junior third, Logano fourth and Ambrose fifth. Snaps 83-race winless streak.

Saturday 03/29/2014
Michigan State 61, UVa 59 (POSTGAME QUOTES)
Posted: March 29, 2014 - 1:18 am

UVa falls to Michigan State 61-59 in a thrilling NCAA East Region semifinal. My column is posted here. Here are a few quotes from UVa's postgame press conference:

Sunday 03/23/2014
NCAA tournament: Sunday from Raleigh
Posted: March 23, 2014 - 8:23 am

Good morning from the city with the most random, discarded shoes I've ever seen. The four-day count is up to four now after this morning's walk, which, in fairness, was done on a very nice greenway that any city would be fortunate to have.

Saturday 03/22/2014
NCAA tourament: Saturday from Raleigh
Posted: March 22, 2014 - 9:38 am

No games at our site today -- only press conferences previewing Sunday matchups. Yesterday was more than eventful enough. Hours after the Hokies stunned the college basketball world by hiring Buzz Williams (column here), Coastal Carolina almost pulled another shocker by putting a scare in UVa (column here).

Friday 03/21/2014
NCAA tournament: Friday from Raleigh
Posted: March 21, 2014 - 8:52 am

[UPDATE: 12:17 P.M.] Cavs win it 70-59, will face Memphis in Sunday's Round of 32.

Saturday 03/15/2014
Semifinal Saturday from Greensboro
Posted: March 15, 2014 - 7:01 am

Good morning from Greensboro. Here's what we've got today:

Tuesday 02/18/2014
Cavaliers an 11.5-point favorite over Hokies tonight
Posted: February 18, 2014 - 7:26 am

Three Vegas-related notes on tonight's UVa-Tech game, which is on WDBJ at 9 p.m.

Friday 02/14/2014
Bloggy blog
Posted: February 14, 2014 - 1:23 pm

1. Trying to get back into blogging, gang. Bear with me as I experiment to figure out the best format to go with now that our usual commenting group has dispersed. Our new site isn't great for photos; more just words. So expect to get words coming your way, that's one thing.

Tuesday 12/31/2013
Sun Bowl in-game blog
Posted: December 31, 2013 - 11:23 am

Greetings from El Paso, where we're about 2 1/2 hours away from Virginia Tech and UCLA. Have fallen in love with this west Texas city over the past week, have met a lot of great people, and now it's time to see who actually wins this thing.

Friday 12/20/2013
2013-14 Bowl Guide
Posted: December 20, 2013 - 9:13 am

Once again, columnist Aaron McFarling handicaps the bowl season. All picks are made against the Las Vegas points spread. A minus sign means the team is favored and must win by more than that number of points. A plus sign means the team is the underdog and must win the game or lose by fewer than the designated points. Last year’s record: 21-12-2 (64 percent).

Tuesday 12/17/2013
Big fish, small pond
Posted: December 17, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Big fish, small pond

Monday 12/16/2013
Everybody likes Facebook?
Posted: December 16, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Everybody likes Facebook

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