Virginia Tech is taking another step toward respectable football scheduling by agreeing to play an SEC school to start the 2009 season. The HokieSports.com release says that "talks are currently underway with the University of Alabama. In the event an agreement cannot be reached with the Crimson Tide, Tech's opponent will likely be another Southeastern Conference team." The game will be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and will be the 2009 NCAA opening game (not just the VT opening game).
This isn't exactly breaking news, but the Hokies will host Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this year. The game will take place on December 1 at 7 PM and will be on ESPN2. Look for me there, in an orange afro wig. I'm just excited that we'll play a good non-conference team at home. Watch out for Tech Basketball this year. They might shock some people.
Last but not least, Virginia Tech (and West Springfield HS!!) alum Joe Saunders pitched in his first All-Star game last night. Saunders allowed no runs on one hit (a single by Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins). It only took him twelve pitches to retire the side, which also featured Chicago Cubs Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto and Philadelphia Phillie Chase Utley. Also, congrats to Joe and his wife, Shanel on the birth of their daughter, Matea.