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Calm down, Coach

Well, here it is March again, and the big march to the “Final Four” is just ahead. Locally there seems to be a lot of anxiety about whether Virginia Tech will be a part of the big show. For the past several weeks we have been reading and hearing that the Hokies need one more victory to make them eligible. Then they lose, and the next thing we hear is that the team needs one more victory to make it. Where does this all end. We must all realize that should Tech not win another game on the regular season schedule, this does not mean that all is lost. There’s always another possibility, and that is the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. If the Hokies should suddenly improve greatly and win the conference tournament they would automatically step over into the group of sixty four.
And this is not out of the realm of possibility. The team has done well against the top teams in the conference this season, having had a chance to win against all three top teams until the final seconds of the games.
If all else fails we still have a bid to the N.I.T. Tourney, which has been good to the Hokies in the past. I think the team will have some post season activity.
Virginia Tech doesn’t need to be ashamed of their record. They have lost some that they should have won, and have won some that they should have lost. There is a lot of talent on the team, but at times they have shown that they are not great. They still have time for that, and if they don’t, they have given their fans a lot to cheer about. It’s good to witness the support the team receives at home games.
I wish there could be some way to calm the coach down. It gets a little tiresome watching this man as he continues to try to pull the hair out of his head that has been bald for years. I believe if the referees made every call in his favor, he would still be begging for more. The many contortions, facial and bodily, are enough to scare any children in the audience, and maybe the players and referees too. Fouls have been called against him this year, and there certainly should have been one called in the last game against Duke. According to a picture in one of the newspapers last Sunday, there was Greenberg with a snarl that spoke a thousand words, accompanied by the old thumb at nose and finger wave. I don’t know who this was meant for, but it was something that I learned seventy-five years ago was uncomplimentary. I wonder if he could be trying to upstage the players.I bet that picture is already in the Duke Blue Devils archives, along with some of the impossible three point shots made by their team in the past. Come on coach, give us a break, and quit crying. You are a grown man now, so show the fans something besides uncontrollable temper. Go Hokies!!!

Lloyd Mathews is a retired land surveyor and a historian who lives in Pulaski.

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Calm down, Coach

Well, here it is March again, and the big march to the “Final Four” is just ahead. Locally there seems to be a lot of anxiety about whether Virginia Tech will be a part of the big show. For the past several weeks we have been reading and hearing that the Hokies need one more victory to make them eligible. Then they lose, and the next thing we hear is that the team needs one more victory to make it. Where does this all end. We must all realize that should Tech not win another game on the regular season schedule, this does not mean that all is lost. There’s always another possibility, and that is the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. If the Hokies should suddenly improve greatly and win the conference tournament they would automatically step over into the group of sixty four.
And this is not out of the realm of possibility. The team has done well against the top teams in the conference this season, having had a chance to win against all three top teams until the final seconds of the games.
If all else fails we still have a bid to the N.I.T. Tourney, which has been good to the Hokies in the past. I think the team will have some post season activity.
Virginia Tech doesn’t need to be ashamed of their record. They have lost some that they should have won, and have won some that they should have lost. There is a lot of talent on the team, but at times they have shown that they are not great. They still have time for that, and if they don’t, they have given their fans a lot to cheer about. It’s good to witness the support the team receives at home games.
I wish there could be some way to calm the coach down. It gets a little tiresome watching this man as he continues to try to pull the hair out of his head that has been bald for years. I believe if the referees made every call in his favor, he would still be begging for more. The many contortions, facial and bodily, are enough to scare any children in the audience, and maybe the players and referees too. Fouls have been called against him this year, and there certainly should have been one called in the last game against Duke. According to a picture in one of the newspapers last Sunday, there was Greenberg with a snarl that spoke a thousand words, accompanied by the old thumb at nose and finger wave. I don’t know who this was meant for, but it was something that I learned seventy-five years ago was uncomplimentary. I wonder if he could be trying to upstage the players.I bet that picture is already in the Duke Blue Devils archives, along with some of the impossible three point shots made by their team in the past. Come on coach, give us a break, and quit crying. You are a grown man now, so show the fans something besides uncontrollable temper. Go Hokies!!!

Lloyd Mathews is a retired land surveyor and a historian who lives in Pulaski.

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