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The Twilight Zone or Just Hokie Football?

By Justin Cates | November 13
O Line min
Courtesy: Zach Lantz.

I'll be perfectly honest, this week's video was almost entirely an excuse to do the intro. I think I have a future as an impressionist of 1960s cultural figures, also possibly as a hard-boiled detective or something of that nature.

At any rate, the game against Liberty was brutal and an all around bummer. It's probably not the end of the world as many have claimed, but at the very least it's not a good look for a program in need of one.

You can tell a lot about a team by how it responds and it should be clear within the first five minutes Saturday if the remainder of the 2020 season will be worth watching for Hokie fans.

It's back to basics this week on the uniform front —including no unveiling video—and with coach Fuente running the scout team, one imagines practice had a renewed focus on fundamentals as well.

Will that be enough against a good Miami team? Are in we in for another classic rivalry game? Will I continue making pop culture references in videos that few in our target demographic understand?

Check out this week's show where I ramble on about Tech's chances against the No. 9 Hurricanes, the UNC-Wake Forest game, and quickly brush past last week's clunker against the Flames.


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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