Obligatory "playing at Virginia Tech" post

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Obvious, predictable storylines bore me.

Like “Is Maryland-Virginia Tech a rivalry”? Or “For the 6,593rd time Ralph, what’s your relationship with Frank Beamer”?

The whole Virginia Tech/Thursday night deal falls into that category. But it’s worth passing along a couple comments on the subject, if only to sate some folks who think Thursday night games a really big deal.

(Ralph Friedgen actually made the excellent point today of noting how with games on Sundays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Fridays, is playing on Thursday really all that neat anymore?)

“It’s extra motivation,” defensive tackle Jeremy Navarre said. “Obviously, it means something to us because of the stage we’re going to be playing on. It’s going to be a big game. I don’t think it’s going affect our game. We’re an experienced team and we’ve been in that situation before so it’s not like we’re going into it eyes wide open. We’re going to be ready for it.”

Added quarterback Chris Turner: “For me, I just don’t know what to expect. I’ve played in some pretty big games. I’ve been at Clemson, been at Georgia Tech, Florida State last year. But I figure Virginia Tech is different from all of them. You know me; I like big games. Am I nervous? Sure, I’m nervous. It’s a big game and hopefully that wears off.”

It usually does for Turner. But this will still be his first Thursday night game.

Of course, it’s not like there’s many good memories of recent Thursday games. Losses to Virginia Tech in 2004 and 2005 and to West Virginia the last couple years will do that.

Avoiding that prime-time egg does mean something to these Terps, especially given their four-game Thursday skid.

“It’s different. The past four years, we’ve had West Virginia or Virginia Tech and we’ve always had a bad showing on Thursday night,” Navarre said. “It’ll be nice to go out when you’re the only game and  showing everybody we can get it done.”

Patrick Stevens

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