Imagine my surprise when my wife and I got off the plane at RDU and my mother-in-law picks us up, talking about how State defeated UVa, "and it was supposed to be just a great game! There was something like two big touchdowns at the end!"
Keep in mind that she isn't exactly an avid sports
fan, so for her to know this kind of info speaks to
the enormity of the game. Then, to follow that up with
what a good friend of mine - who has seen probably 200
games at Carter-Finley Stadium through the years -
called, "maybe the best game I've ever seen at
Ugh. Do I have good timing or what?
The positive side to being away from ESPN,
StateFans.com, Sports Illustrated, etc., for a
week was that I was forced to not keep up with
American sports (save for the smidgen of results that
ran across the ticker on CNN World). I know it sounds
strange - 'how can NOT keeping up with the Pack be a
good thing?' you ask. But trust me, it was. For
instance, I didn't have the added stress of wondering
about important, life-changing things such as:
Is T.A. healthy?
Will the defense show up?
Can State stop the run?
And these were just concerns I would've had for the
Truth be told, it was refreshing to not keep up with
sports for a week or so. No new gray hairs sit atop my
head; my blood pressure didn't make any dramatic
Saturday-afternoon jumps; and my wife didn't keep
looking at me out of the corner of her eyes as I
watched the game to see if I was still of stable mind
But it's good to be back in the good ole US of A. And
just in time for the Pack to be on vacation. (Again,
talk about good timing.) Next Saturday, however, will
be a different story. On that day I'll be in front of
the tube with fists clinched, eyes bulging and blood
boiling, stressing over whether the Pack can - again -
knock off the mighty Seminoles.
Man, it's good to be home.
'Now' ACC Standings
1. Florida State: Almost miraculously, FSU still has
national title hopes.
2. NC State: Exactly where most thought the Pack would
be at the beginning of the season. Hey, better late
than never ...
3. Maryland: ... though the Terps are seemingly always
lurking around the top.
4 (tie). Georgia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest: All
of these teams have nice postseason aspirations - and
for good reason.
7. Clemson: This is getting redundant, but we'll say
it again: a win this week could do wonders for Tommy's
job security. (But that may be the last time we say
8 (tie). Duke and North Carolina: Only three more
weeks 'til the "Inflatable Helmet Bowl!"
'Later' ACC Standings
1. Virginia Tech
3. Florida State
4. NC State
6 (tie). Georgia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest
9. Boston College
11 (tie). Duke and North Carolina
This Week's Predictions:
Wake Forest at North Carolina: There are reports out
of South Carolina that Clemson will fire Tommy Bowden
sometime in the near future. What does this have to do
with Wake Forest-North Carolina? Well, the kitchen
really started to get hot for Bowden after his Tigers
were demolished by the Demon Deacons last week. If he
gets canned, that make two coaches fired after getting
thumped by Wake. (With Carl Franks being the first.)
John Bunting better hope he doesn't become No. 3.
Bunting won't get fired, but his Heels will lose -
again - to Wake.
Coach Killers 47, Heels 14
Georgia Tech at Duke: Tech needs to keep winning to
keep its Gator or Peach hopes alive. Duke needs to win
to keep its coach's hopes alive.
Tech 35, Duke 28
Florida State at Clemson: Part of me thinks Clemson
held off axing Tommy until after his daddy gets a hold
of the Tigers. Smart move.
Father 44, Son 14
West Virginia 30, Boston College 14
Miami 27, Tennessee 10
Pittsburgh 21, Virginia Tech 17
Prognostication Record This Year (as far as
picking the correct winner goes): 42-12
Vacation -- Happy to get Away
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