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Rivalry Week Comes Early for the Hokies

By Justin Cates | September 17
A lovely addition to any garden, "Flaming Couch" is actually the state flower of West Virginia.

Say what you will about West Virginia —go ahead, I'll wait— but this rivalry is as intense as it gets. It's peak college football and hopefully it's a great game with minimal nonsense from liquored up fans.

Be smart and safe if you're going to the game. Represent Hokie Nation with class.

I'll be safe at home so leave the potshots and rude comments to me.

This week on the show I wear an ancient shirt, worry about sports riots, and I pick a few games of note including of course the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy.

Stay safe and enjoy the games.


My Dad graduated from Tech in 1981 and I’ve been attending Virginia Tech sporting events since I first moved to Blacksburg in 1988. I myself graduated in 2008 with a Communication degree. During my time as a student I was the Sports Director for WUVT and helped establish and run Planet Blacksburg, an independent student-run news website. I’ve since written for numerous publications including SBNation, Inside The ACC, and Sports Illustrated's AllHokies. Currently, I host The Justin Cates Show in addition to other contributions here at Sons of Saturday and various other sites as the need arises. I now live in a fortified compound in upstate New York with my wife and numerous animals. The smell of popcorn makes me think of Cassell.

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