West Virginia Preview | Joined by Special Guest and Sons of Saturday National Podcast Host Mike McDaniel
If Virginia Tech football fandom is a recent development for you, allow us to set the table for why Saturday's game is one of the most important games on our 2021 schedule. For those of you who don't understand the implications of this game, this little bout on Saturday afternoon is what we like to call a very, VERY heated rivalry. The Hokies and the Mountaineers of West Virginia don't necessarily like each other... at all. And this transcends decades. Hell, it transcends nearly a century.
In 2004, Virginia Tech left the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. In the old days (the Big East days), the Hokies would play the Mountaineers every year in a hardware game. That hardware is called the Black Diamond Trophy. And that Black Diamond stands as a symbol for the gritty, hard hat, nose-to-the-grindstone-mentality that both fan bases share. Games between the Hokies and the Mountaineers are chippy, scrappy, and extremely competitive.
Bottom line is this: we don't like them, and they don't like us. And that will never change.
How much do they not like us? Well, if the population of Morgantown, WV throwing bourbon bottles, car batteries and rocks at our players gives you any idea, it's safe to assume they don't like us one bit. And that notion is reciprocated ten fold. Just ask Marcus Vick.
I mean, I wouldn't like us either. After all, the Hokies have held the Black Diamond trophy since 2005. And if all goes according to plan, this Saturday won't change that.
On today's preview, Billy Ray and Pat were joined by Sons of Saturday National host Mike McDaniel to look at the opponent optics of West Virginia's football team. It's the first time since 2017 the two teams have met, and it's sure to be a battle.
Like I said, if you're new to this rivalry, do your homework and read up. Get real acquainted with not liking the Mountaineers, and get ready to cheer damn loud and proud wherever you watch this contest. It's sure to be a spectacle.