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Justin Cates

Justin Cates

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.

graduation '08, Communication
iconmonstr-location-pin-thin Painted Post, NY
Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh
Football

Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh

It was a brutal slog and a 28-7 Tech loss that was easily the most forgettable homecoming in quite a while.

By Justin Cates | October 16
Sons of Alliteration (and Pitt Previews)
Football

Sons of Alliteration (and Pitt Previews)

We've got game picks, a public shaming of Schefter, and a new feature to remember happier times in #Hokies football history.

By Justin Cates | October 15
Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame
Sports

Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame

After another tough, late loss cheers and jeers is back with one long jeer to rule them all.

By Justin Cates | October 10
Sons of Special Correspondents
Sports

Sons of Special Correspondents

Justin checks in on the Urban Meyer situation with some outside help, plus we've got game picks and reminders of some of the great events happening this weekend in Blacksburg.

By Justin Cates | October 08
Sons of the BYE Week
Sports

Sons of the BYE Week

With Virginia Tech on a break, Justin picks a bunch of games from around the country ahead of a huge weekend of college football and checks in on #Hokies Twitter.

By Justin Cates | October 01
Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Richmond
Football

Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Richmond

Another flat outing leaves the Hokies with big issues to address heading into the bye week.

By Justin Cates | September 26
Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia
Football

Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia

There are those days when the sun is shining, the tailgating is bountiful, everything is glorious...right up until kickoff.

By Justin Cates | September 18
Rivalry Week Comes Early for the Hokies
Football

Rivalry Week Comes Early for the Hokies

This week Justin wears an ancient shirt, worries about sports riots, and picks a few games of note including Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia.

By Justin Cates | September 17
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Middle Tennessee
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Middle Tennessee

It wasn't always pretty, but at the end of the day Tech got a solid win over Middle Tennessee. Justin Cates has some initial thoughts after the game.

By Justin Cates | September 11
Don't Let Your Parents Tweet
Sports

Don't Let Your Parents Tweet

On this week's Justin Cates Show we talk briefly about the Hokies and Middle Tennessee, the other intriguing games in the ACC this week, plus Carolina Karen who made waves with an ill-advised tweet which found…

By Justin Cates | September 10
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech-North Carolina
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech-North Carolina

The scene of a full Lane Stadium jumping to Enter Sandman was as close to normal as we come anymore and just as good as expected. For a few hours on a crisp early-September night, the Hokies played intense and…

By Justin Cates | September 03
Now they always say it's graduation! (class of 2021)
Alumni

Now they always say it's graduation! (class of 2021)

After a lengthy hiatus the Justin Cates Show is back with a tip for Hokies' Twitter complaints, updates on Virginia Tech softball and Women's golf, plus a thought for the class of…

By Justin Cates | May 24
Cassell Coliseum due for much needed upgrades
Alumni

Cassell Coliseum due for much needed upgrades

One of the key projects in Virginia Tech's newly announced "Reach For Excellence" campaign is a $75 million renovation of Cassell Coliseum. The overall funding campaign looks to infuse $400 million into Tech…

By Justin Cates | April 24
Ranked Hokie Teams are Everywhere (also bad weather)
Sports

Ranked Hokie Teams are Everywhere (also bad weather)

While we eagerly await the return of men's basketball, check out this week's show filled with winter driving tips, advice for handling 'the olds', and a run down of some of Tech's ranked…

By Justin Cates | February 19
Big Wins and a Big Game Pick
Sports

Big Wins and a Big Game Pick

This week we talk basketball, JC Price, and I make a big game pick. Plus I encourage people to listen to the latest Weezer album because I'm hip and with it.

By Justin Cates | February 05
MLS Draft Talk and the Hokies Head to Syracuse
Sports

MLS Draft Talk and the Hokies Head to Syracuse

This week we talk about the MLS SuperDraft, Virginia Tech basketball, Jim Boeheim, and of course more Buffalo Bills football chatter because the people demand it.

By Justin Cates | January 22
Hokie Hoops and Circling the Wagons
Sports

Hokie Hoops and Circling the Wagons

We highlight a big week of news including Hokies' win over the Duke Blue Devils, the top ten wrestling program, Jack Tyler's promotion, plus alumnus Nickeil Alexander-Walker going off in the…

By Justin Cates | January 15
Three Cheers and Minimal Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Virginia
Sports

Three Cheers and Minimal Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Virginia

379 days. That's how long the Commonwealth Cup was in Charlottesville. It was entirely unnatural and apparently disrupted the universe so much that 2020 happened. Now all is back as it should be. Well,…

By Justin Cates | December 13
Rivalry Week: Virginia Tech-Virginia Story Time
Sports

Rivalry Week: Virginia Tech-Virginia Story Time

Justin tells a story from his 2005 trip to Charlottesville that really encapsulates the Tech-UVA rivalry. Plus the pick for the game as well as a big time ranked match up between North Carolina and Miami.…

By Justin Cates | December 11
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Clemson
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Clemson

There were a few fleeting moments early when if you squinted a bit it looked like real Virginia Tech football. Then everything else happened.

By Justin Cates | December 06
Basketball Season (and Clemson) is Upon Us
Sports

Basketball Season (and Clemson) is Upon Us

On this week's show we briefly talk about the Hokies' great starts in men's and women's basketball, give our VT-Clemson pick, and try not to act overly thirsty for a guest appearance on a Mike McDaniel…

By Justin Cates | December 03
It's Jeers All The Way Down for Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh
Sports

It's Jeers All The Way Down for Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh

The game against Pittsburgh ended. That's the only positive thing one can say about it. There's lots of other stuff to talk about though.

By Justin Cates | November 21
How Will the Hokies Fare in Pittsburgh?
Sports

How Will the Hokies Fare in Pittsburgh?

On this week's show we discuss the Hokies-Panthers match up as well as NC State-Liberty which should be interesting. Plus we plug the scribes' work and that new podcast you may have heard…

By Justin Cates | November 20
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Miami
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Miami

The Hokies once again fell short in a close game in Lane Stadium falling to No. 9 Miami 25-24. Justin again has the good and the bad in a game that saw plenty of both.

By Justin Cates | November 14
The Twilight Zone or Just Hokie Football?
Sports

The Twilight Zone or Just Hokie Football?

Check out this week's show where Justin rambles on about Tech's chances against the No. 9 Miami Hurricanes, the North Carolina-Wake Forest game, and quickly brushes past last week's clunker against the…

By Justin Cates | November 13
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Liberty
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Liberty

The Hokies flamed out against Liberty and while this week's column is a little heavy on the jeers, there are still a few positives to take away from a gut-wrenching 38-35 loss.

By Justin Cates | November 07
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

The Hokies got a nice road win against Louisville 42-35 in a game that threatened several times to become a Tech blowout. We discuss Hendon Hooker's bounce back, the return of "big play" Tre, and yeah the…

By Justin Cates | October 31
Halloween Hokies Take On Louisville
Sports

Halloween Hokies Take On Louisville

Time to rest up for the weekend as I give you my Halloween costume complete with mediocre acting. Apologies to the great Bob Uecker. We make picks for Virginia Tech-Louisville as well as the suddenly very…

By Justin Cates | October 30
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest

Virginia Tech let uncharacteristic turnovers and penalties doom them in a 23-16 loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.

By Justin Cates | October 24
Golf Blacksburg, Plus Hokies, Demon Deacons, and a Carolina Grudge Match
Sports

Golf Blacksburg, Plus Hokies, Demon Deacons, and a Carolina Grudge Match

This week's episode of The Justin Cates Show features golf talk, plus a preview of Virginia Tech-Wake Forest, North Carolina-NC State, and Notre Dame-Pittsburgh mainly as an excuse to insult both…

By Justin Cates | October 23
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Boston College
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

The Hokies ran to a resounding victory over Boston College. As always, there were good things and bad after a fun night in Blacksburg.

By Justin Cates | October 17
Sons of bias? An ode to the peanut gallery
Sports

Sons of bias? An ode to the peanut gallery

Can the Hokies right the ship at home against Boston College? Will Miami lay an egg? Are the Sons just a bunch of homers? Watch the show to find out.

By Justin Cates | October 16
Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers for Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina

Virginia Tech's defense was embarrassed in a 56-45 loss to North Carolina.

By Justin Cates | October 10
Hokies and Heels and Sam Howell fashion tips
Sports

Hokies and Heels and Sam Howell fashion tips

Give this week's episode a watch as we look at Sam Howell, Hokies-Heels, Miami-Clemson, and review some weird Hokie memorabilia.

By Justin Cates | October 09
Three Cheers and Three Jeers For The Hokies Win Over Duke
Sports

Three Cheers and Three Jeers For The Hokies Win Over Duke

This week we debut a new postgame feature where we highlight three positives and three negatives from the Hokies' performance. There are plenty of things to be happy about after a 38-31 road win, but that…

By Justin Cates | October 03
Can the Hokies go 2-0 against Carolina teams?
Sports

Can the Hokies go 2-0 against Carolina teams?

This week we again pick a couple of games, Introduce a new stats segment, reflect on last week's effort by the Fighting Gobblers, and I defend blue cheese against slanderous…

By Justin Cates | October 02
New Season (2020), Same Hokie Toasties
Sports

New Season (2020), Same Hokie Toasties

If you've been in dire need for irreverent sports content about the Hokies along with the rest of the ACC, you're in luck! The Justin Cates Show is your portal to strange observations, rambling anecdotes, and…

By Justin Cates | September 25
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