Carter's Call for February 23, 2011

So far this winter, I've been extremely lucky (knock on wood!) I've avoided the flu or any bad colds (come to think of it, I've never had a "good" cold) I'm sure my time is coming, because my partner in sports Justin had a rough bout with the flu, he sits to my left in the newsroom. Jeremy is on my other side and now he's out sick... it's only a matter of time for the man in the middle!

As I write this, the UVa men are 13-and-13 this basketball season, playing at Georgia Tech tonight. Unless they win the ACC Tournament, the Cavs aren't going to the NCAA's. But they sure have been a thorn in the side for their state rivals from Blacksburg. I got to see Virginia beat the Hokies this past weekend at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. The Cavs did exactly what they had to to beat Tech, slow the Hokies down and take away their points in transition. Virginia held the Hokies to just 54 points and won, earlier they limited Duke to a season-low 56 points but the Blue Devils still won by 15. Don't automatically count out UVa come ACC Tournament time, this bunch could be a dangerous team.

Virginia Tech football continues to make headlines in the off-season. Last week it was the hirings of Shane Beamer as running backs coach and former E.C. Glass and Hokies All-American Cornell Brown as outside linebackers coach. Now Frank Beamer has also named his son Shane associate head coach and is shifting some coaching responsibilities.

Offensive Coordinator Bryan Stinespring had been in charge of calling plays on gameday, now quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain takes over that job, with Stinespring adding offensive tackles to his coaching duties.

Frank Beamer said he thinks it's a good thing for the guy who's with your quarterback in meetings day after day to be the primary play-caller, but added all the coaches work together and in his mind it's "not a super big deal."

We as fans and members of the media probably do play it up bigger than we should, but I guess that's part of the beauty of being on the outside looking in.

And congratulations to the Brookville Bees on their third-place showing in last weekend's state wrestling championships in Salem.

If you've never attended the event at the Salem Civic Center, it's quite a spectacle, drawing huge crowds of loud and excited fans. And talk about the old Wide World of Sports line "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." The state championship winners are usually ecstatic and hugging everybody in sight, often with tears of joy. The runners-up, who fell just shy of their ultimate goal, many times break down into tears themselves, unable to contain their disappointment. As I watched Saturday night, I really felt for the losers in those titles matches.

Because in NO WAY are these guys losers. They're the second best in the entire state in their weight divisions.

That's a lot of which to be very proud.

Dennis Carter