The Friday Fizz

Today we are all Hokies, and Wildcats, and Bruins, and Lions, and 49ers, and Blue Devils, and Gators, and Sun Devils, and Fighting Irish, and Banana Slugs. Today we are all college students, and professors, and coaches, and administrators. Today we are all one. Today we are all Hokies.

Today we are all Hokies. Because we are, I respectfully present to you the full version of Tech Triumph:

Techmen, we're Techmen, with spirit true and faithful, Backing up our teams with hopes undying; Techmen, Oh, Techmen, we're out to win today, Showing pep and life with which we're trying; V.P., old V.P., you know our hearts are with you In our luck which never seems to die; Win or lose, we'll greet you with a glad returning, You're the pride of V.P.I.

Just watch our men so big and active Support the Orange and Maroon. Let's go Techs. We know our ends and backs are stronger, With winning hopes, we fear defeat no longer. To see our team plow through the line, boys. Determined now to win or die: So give a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi, Rae, Ri, old V.P.I.

Fight, men, oh, fight, men, we're going to be the champions Adding to our list another victory; Football or baseball, the games in which we star, They're the sports which made old VP famous. Hold'em, just hold'em, you know the Corps' behind you Watching every movement that you make. Winning games was nothing for our teams before you -- Keep the "rep" for VP's sake.

Thank you, Virginia Tech, for showing the world why university life is so wonderful. Thank you, Virginia Tech, for reminding us what it's like to be a part of something that is much bigger than ourselves. Thank you, Virginia Tech.

For those of you guys or gals who may have a spouse, a casual partner, or a new significant other who simply doesn't understand why you're so crazed about your alma mater, I seriously recommend you sit them down and have them watch Nikki Giovanni's impassioned speech from the convocational ceremony at Virginia Tech. Giovanni, in a little more than two minutes, delivered one of the greatest poems/speeches maybe ever and did so at a time when the Hokies needed it most. She also reminded me of something I know all can relate to – that moment in a class when you realize that the professor instructing you is truly an amazing educator, the type of educator that could tell you to walk through fire or read The Iliad over Homecoming Weekend and you would without hesitation. I've had five such teachers in my life and all five today still carry a special place in my heart although I haven't seen any in person in at least a decade. I've now added Nikki Giovanni to my list as an honorary member of my favorite teachers.

It looks like the NCAA will be banning university representatives from text messaging high school recruits. The proposed ban will be put to a vote on April 26 and will take effect in August if approved. For all you student athletes out there, I share in your gratitude. Even if someone texts me a question requiring a simple yes or no response my shoulders still drop.

Is it just me or is the NBA becoming the new NHL? Remember when people would ask you if you watched hockey and you'd say, "Only during the playoffs." Unless the Celtics land Oden or Durant in the upcoming NBA Lottery then I think I have one more half-hearted NBA regular season left in me before I begin to answer the question of whether or not I watch pro ball by saying, "Yeah, but only in the playoffs."

By the way, don't think for a second that the Celtics are a surefire lock to get the number two pick in the Lottery. Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers have definitely mocked the basketball gods this season by suiting up Paul Pierce with four stiffs for nearly all 82 games. I've got my fingers crossed that things will work out for them but those gods are a finicky bunch who cannot be trusted.

A-Rod has 12 homers and we're not even three weeks into the season, posing a serious threat to break Albert Pujols' record of 14 home runs in the month of April. Strange isn't it that Pujols and A-Rod are both putting up incredible power numbers in the last seven years yet they don't fall under the same scrutiny as Barry Bonds. All three have forearms as big as my arms, arms as big as my thighs and thighs as big as my waist so what's the difference I ask.

With the NBA Playoffs beginning tomorrow (today), here's a few questions I have: Will Mamba roll over and quit again like he did against the Suns in last year's deciding Game 7? Will the Wizards be able to win at least one game against King James and the Cavs despite playing without Agent Zero and Caron Butler? How will Melo and Iverson fair against the experienced Spurs? And the question of all questions – will Jordan Farmar become the first player in league history to play in a playoff game and a Developmental League game in the same day? Sorry Bruins fans, I just can't resist.

Greg Oden, Mike Conlery Jr. and Daequan Cook all announced Friday that they would be making themselves available for the NBA Draft. If all three do decide to forego there remaining collegiate eligibility to turn pro, it will again bring up the age old question of would you rather have lighting strike in a bottle once every 15-20 years or would you rather be a part of a time-tested program. Would you rather be Jimmy V and NC State or would you rather be Duke or North Carolina? Would you rather be Ohio State or would you rather be Arizona? I'd take Duke, North Carolina and Arizona any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I cannot believe the Dodgers have the best record in baseball. I just can't believe it.

Speaking of the Dodgers, Gary Sheffield is this week's blow horn for his saucy comments about Dodger legend Tommy Lasorda. As if calling out Joe Torre during Spring Training wasn't bad enough, Sheffield's publicist must've figured that burning bridges with as many Hall of Fame-type coaches as humanly possible would help bolster his image amongst the males 18-34 demographic. Look, there are three fundamental principles I've learned in life and to this day I follow them religiously. First, never turn down a lady who asks you to dance. Second, never turn down a free drink. Three, never treat people poorly on the way up because you'll never know who you're going to need on the way down.

Arkansas QB Mitch Mustain looks to be transferring to USC as early as this May. I guess the rich do get richer.

Now that Spring Football is over, we can all focus on what's really important – Fall Camp. I know it's not until August, perhaps late July at some schools but seriously the dog days of summer I can do without.

Arizona's men's baseball team is still going strong. They're now 31-7 on the season and are up in Pullman this weekend to take on the Cougars. Last I checked Daven Harmeling doesn't play baseball for Wazzu so Arizona should have a strong chance of winning the series.

Arizona's softball team is 32-9 and currently ranked third in the country. Here's an interesting stat – no Wildcat has ever hit for the cycle. For a program with as many accolades as Arizona, I find this very hard to believe. Kristie Fox had a double, triple and home run in her only three plate appearances Friday night, which brought the topic to the forefront of discussion.

One of these years I'm going to buy season tickets to Arizona's football games even though I live in Southern California. My wife says no but she can't stop me. I'm serious, she can't. Oh wait, here she comes. Gotta' run.

Bear Down, Everyone!

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