Saturday, November 28, 2009
My brother and I and our respective eldest children went to UVA's Scott Stadium this afternoon to see Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia do battle for state bragging honors and a commemorate cup. We were divided, brother again brother, cousin against cousin, and (not surprisingly) Tech came out on top and then some after a rocky start. A few pics, then, for those of you who could not be there.
Even a Princetonian could feel at home with this much orange...
"V" is for Virginia, not victory. At least not this year.
The Cavalier has perhaps the best job in all of college mascoting (yeah, the USC Trojan has a less dignified costume, does not gallop as fast in my recollection, and has to go by the name of "Trojan," which is a problem).
Typical Virginia Tech fan...
Wow, I wonder when they introduced that Cavalier mascot? When I was at UVA, the Cavalier was someone dressed up in a goofy, stylized Cavalier suit (with a big head, etc.) and there was no horse in sight. This Cavalier is a HUGE improvement over that. In those days, they also didn't have a band that looked anywhere like that, either. The band then was called "the pep band" and lots of students were embarrassed by it because it was sort of free form in its approach to things. I kind of liked the pep band, though, because it was more like the bands in the Ivies which didn't take themselves very seriously.
It was 30 minutes of good football.
JPMct: I was at the Stones show as well and put up a post entitled
"The Stones can still bring it" on 10/10/05, amid a blog filled with Plamegate, Iraq, and other weighty issues of the day.
Aha... Wikipedia provided the rest of the story. The pep band which I alluded to above was replaced by the Cavalier Marching Band in 2004. According to this page, the Cavalier on horseback made his reappearance in 1989 (when I was a student there, though I have no recollection of seeing such a fellow at a game), and "the costumed Cavalier with a large character head...has remained the official mascot," although interestingly there are no pictures of it on that page.
When I went to U.Va. thirty five (egads!) years ago, football games were almost always losing efforts, which justified our drinking. Scott Stadium was half the size, yet never full, the band was a few guys with clarinets, and we had a terrific time. Shame on Casteen for trying to make U.Va. into a football school. 'Twas never meant to be.
I took my degree in 1986. The students loved the pep band but the administration hated it. They're dream was to turn Virginia into Ohio State, and they've managed to waste hundreds of millions of dollars to go from 2-10 to 3-9.
Well done, gents!
We used to always sing when the other team scored, because our teams so rarely did.