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College Football: Redux!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We spent some time last week looking at some of our favorite Virginia schools and their outlook for this year’s football season and now we are diving into some more!

Let’s start in Williamsburg with The Tribe at William & Mary.

ESPN, Fathead and a lot of college football pundits are ranking the Tribe pretty high.  A key to their success this year will be senior running back Jonathan Grimes.  Grimes is a New Jersey native who set single season records for yards and touchdowns as a high schooler.  Since joining William and Mary he was named Special Teams Player of the Year for 2010 and is on the short list for The Walter Peyton Award.  He’ll get some help from tight end Alex Gottlieb and some defensive support from linebacker Dante Cook.  All three were selected for The Sports Network’s preseason All-America team.  Gottlieb had 34 catches for 350 yards in 2010 and junior Cook blistered 111 tackles and 4 sacks.  They kick off 2011-12 with an in-state matchup September 3rd at Virginia.

Closer to home at Hampden Sydney the Tigers are looking for continued performance from returning senior quarterback Travis Lane.  Lane, a Mills Godwin grad, passed for 3,338 yards with 28 touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns in his junior year.  Lane will certainly get some help from 2010 standouts Kyle Vance and Sean Cavanagh.  Coach Marty Favret is a little lighter on defensive experience this year as most of his playmakers graduated after last season but he does expect big things from Benedictine alumnus August Berling at linebacker.

Things are generally sleepy in the Shenandoah Valley but last year the Dukes of James Madison left Harrisonburg to deliver a wake-up call to Virginia Darlings Virginia Tech.  They beat the Hokies in a stunning 21-16 upset.  They are looking for some repeat magic in their opener against the Tar Heels on September 3rd.  Some other cool match-ups will be against the Spiders for the JMU Homecoming on October 1st and a cool first time meeting with Old Dominion on October 29th.   They’ll be led by senior offensive lineman Roane Babington, senior safety Vidal Nelson, junior punter David Skahn, and last year’s CAA Defensive Rookie-of-the-Year, sophomore linebacker Stephon Robertson.

Three more down and many more to go!  With so much football coming up and so little time left tell us:  what team do you want to see in our next installment?


A College Football Preview!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011


The University of Richmond has a scrimmage this Saturday at their River Road field at 3 pm.  It’s open to the public.

Other schools are gearing for the gridiron so we thought we’d give you a preview.

Let’s start with the Spiders.  They have an exciting linebacker in redshirt junior Darius McMillan.  With the Spiders down 3 key players from last year they are in need of a good run-stopper like McMillan.  He’ll be joined by the big man transfer from Georgia Tech, Cooper Taylor.  U of R had a rotating cast of Quarterbacks last year but are hoping to keep Aaron Corp healthy enough to call plays through the season.

Virginia Tech has been a blast to watch for a while now and we’re hoping Logan Thomas at QB makes this year no different.  Thomas has been being groomed for a couple of years now and is showing some much improved on the field play calling.  The Hokies have a number of freshmen vying for starting jobs on defense this year but there is a good reason many of the talking heads of the sports world refer to the ACC as the VTC; the Virginia Tech Conference.

The boys in C-Ville are still fighting a QB battle going into the middle of August.  Never a good sign.  Right now they’re looking at Michael Rocco, Ross Metheny, Michael Strauss, and Hampton High’s David Watford.  All are athletic, all show a strong arm, and all are working hard for the job.  The biggest question for the Cavaliers is which one shows the skill set and learning curve to execute the offense.  Cornerbacks Coach Chip West is getting creative in whipping his guys into shape.  At the end of every workout he has them play coach.  They make calls and adjustments and show West that they understand the position.  While Sports Illustrated has the Hokies ranked at #12 the Cavaliers don’t break the top 25.  Let’s hope they pick a gunslinger soon.

That takes care of the Big Three for us.  Stay tuned and we’ll take a look at William and Mary, the boys of James Madison, and the rest of the Virginia gridiron gang.

Gift some Gear for Your Graduate!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for many of our college friends and we certainly want to give a shout out to all of our new graduates!  Remember, though; it’s a cycle and all of these new graduates means lots of room for some excited freshmen!

If you’re planning to head off to school in the fall or you’re just leaving we have a great, fresh selection of apparel and gifts to represent your alma mater!

We have jerseys, hats, sweats, tees, covering you head to toe.  Need a frosty beverage?  We have a new selection of insulated Turvis logo tumblers.  Represent as you travel with a cool team decal on your car or truck!

If you’re a Ram or a Hokie, a Cav or a Mountaineer, A Spider or a (gasp) Blue Devil:  we have your gear so that you can show your school pride!  Stop by the store.  We’re sure to have your team covered!

Richmond and VCU in the Sweet Sixteen!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Sixteen teams, fifteen cities. Richmond has now become only the THIRD city since 1985 (when the tournament was expanded to 64 teams) to have two teams in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament. It has happened five times since 1985, once in Pittsburg, three times in Los Angeles (UCLA, naturally, being 1 of the teams each time), and once in Richmond. Big thanks to Ross Catrow of Chartsandgraphs at RVANews for doing the research there.

Long story short, it’s been quite a tournament! It started in the (newly named) First Round of four in which VCU fought and won their place in the tournament over USC – silencing many who were critical of VCU’s selection. In the second round we watched 12-seed Richmond upset 5-seed Vanderbilt in a thrilling close win, only to be treated to 11-seed VCU’s domination of 6-seed Georgetown the next day. Things only got better in the Round of 32. Richmond and Moorehead (fresh off their own big upset over 4-seed Louisville) faced off in a matchup of underdogs, in which Richmond rolled on to a commanding victory. Was there ever any doubt VCU would beat 3-seed Purdue? It sure didn’t seem like it as VCU took charge and lead almost the entire game, winning convincingly 94-76.

VCU will take on the victor of yet another seed upset in the Southwest, 10-seed FSU. The Seminoles will be confident; having just beaten 2-seed Notre Dame – but so will the Rams. Meanwhile, Richmond will look to add the potentially biggest upset of the tournament to their already impressive resume – a victory over 1-seed powerhouse, Kansas. Both games will take place on the 25th, with Richmond tipping off at 7:27pm and VCU at 9:57pm.

If both Richmond team are victorious, they will face each other in the Elite Eight. And what an Elite Eight it could be!