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This week’s Q is brought to you by expectations: the biggest moving target in all of sports.
Q: Virginia Tech and Virginia (which both have an open date today) own identical 4 2 records at the midway point of the regular season. What’s your progress report on each team as we pause midway through the regular season?
A: The Hokies are right where I thought they’d be record wise, although the road they took to get there wasn’t what I envisioned. Most of us had the nonconference loss coming at Ohio State, not at home against ECU, and the conference loss coming at North Carolina, not at home to Georgia Tech.
Q: If the record is what you anticipated, then does their journey to it even matter?
A: I think it does. The Ohio State win still provides a lot of hope for what we’ll see out of Tech in the second half. The Hokies have discovered what they’re capable of, as well as how vulnerable they can be. That experience should serve them well.
A: What a story so far. Outscoring opponents by an average of nine points a game, against that ambitious schedule, is awfully impressive. With only one road test in the books, though, a lot of people will be looking at next week’s visit to Duke as a strong indicator of whether the Cavaliers are long term contenders in the Coastal Division.
A: Yep. Nobody’s going to dash away with this division. The Cavs have as good a shot as anybody.
Q: After a crazy weekend of college football that saw 11 ranked teams fall (including four of the top six),
what are you most looking forward to today?
A: The teams that are tied for the No. 3 ranking are both underdogs Mississippi State at home against Auburn, and Ole Miss on the road at Texas A Each is a can’t miss game.
Q: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 by the NFL this week for wearing “Beats by Dre” headphones during a postgame news conference. Thoughts?
A: Sounds like NFL officials are saving up to buy some “Beats by Dre” headphones. Four more fines such as this and they’ll almost have enough to afford a pair.
Q: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner squares off against Cardinals stud Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the NLCS tonight. Can you tell us something about either of those pitchers that we don’t know?
A: Maybe. Try this: The area where Bumgarner grew up near Hickory, North Carolina, was nicknamed “Bumtown” almost a century ago because of all the people with that surname who lived there.
Q: What a coincidence. Isn’t that also what they call Baltimore?
Q: Just kidding. You shelled out $400 to take your two kids to Baltimore last week for Game 1 of the ALDS. What can you tell us about the experience?
A: If you must bring your 6 year old daughter into the men’s bathroom at a sold out sporting event, remember that the stall with the shortest line probably has the shortest line for a reason. I’m not sure she’ll remember the Orioles’ eight run eighth inning that night, but I’m confident she’ll never forget the sight when we opened that stall door.
Q: Gross, and noted. All right: Nitty gritty time in NASCAR. What grabs your interest most in tonight’s Sprint Cup race in Charlotte?
A: Jimmie Johnson, no question. He’s 11th in the Chase standings. The field set to be cut to eight after next week’s unpredictable race at Talladega. He’s got to have a big night at a track he’s historically owned.
A: Actually, I don’t. His rough qualifying effort and lousy recent form tells me this just isn’t the year for the six time champ. He’ll get cut after ‘Dega, and the moving target shall move again.