The first home football game is always exciting – there’s just so much anticipation.
We’ve been training all summer for this game and the opportunity to play in front of a, hopefully, packed house. We’ve got a great team this year and we’re matched up against #22 Syracuse.
Oh wait … was I supposed to be talking about the first American football game? I was talking about the real futbol – the beautiful game that I’ve played since I was three years old. I guess American football can be pretty exciting too, though.
This year, the first home game means the last home game for me and the last time to start jumping.
This is my senior year and, unless I miraculously pull a Van Wilder and stay for another three or four years, I won’t be returning to Blacksburg next fall. Knowing that I will be leaving the Burg so soon makes this game more important than it usually is.
Somewhere amid all the hype and excitement I forgot to sign up for the lottery last weekend (whoops), but luckily for me this is the first time since 1998 that the game wasn’t sold out.
So yesterday morning I snagged a free student ticket from Cassell Coliseum, which saved me the embarrassment of being the bum outside the stadium pleading for a ticket.
The first game is an opportunity to put all that pre-season hype to the test.
Is the recruiting class really all it’s cracked up to be? How will the new coaching staff fair in the intense game time environment? How far will we make it this year? Let’s face it, we always end up at the Chick-fil-A Bowl or the Orange Bowl anyways.
The first game is often less than it’s cracked up to be, but I think it’s always been more about the hype than the actual game. Most of the teams we play we should blow out anyways (except when we played JMU my freshman year, but let’s not talk about that – actually, let’s never mention it again).
It’s not going to be that gripping match we’ll see later in the season. It’s probably not going to be that interesting at all to be honest.
Let’s be real: My 5-8’’, 150 pound friend from Western Carolina almost walked onto the team. Granted, he’s one of the most athletic guys I know, but it’s evident that this game is not about the competition itself.
It’s about gathering the Hokie Nation and getting pumped about the season as a whole and all that it entails.
It’s about going to the first tailgate, jumping to Enter Sandman for the first time in seven or eight months and getting rowdy in the stands even though we’re winning 20-0.
Start getting rowdy, friends; it all starts tomorrow.