Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8月25日隨即的事情: School's In, and football starts soon!

Dear the University of Virginia Football Program: Thank you for treating us to an opening game of unadulterated slaughter. Last year, Virginia opened its season against the University of Southern California Trojans. The downside to this, of course, is that Trojans fans are almost universially boorish and inconsiderate philistines. To wit, when my friends and I went out to Biltmore that night a group of drunken Southern Californians clad in red and gold tried to start a fight with us - for literally no reason - by hurling a half full bottle of Coors light at us, screaming "Trojans Rule!!1111!!". The upside was that scheduling such a match - as remote as the prospects for victory may have been - at least showed some major chutzpah. Just as 300 Spartans prepared to face off against 10,000 Persians so too did the Cavaliers mount up at Scott stadium and make a dignified-if-futile stand against the Trojans (ah - - mixed metaphor alert). Anyway, guys at my high school used to get blown out by Pac-10 teams all the time, it was no big deal - and at least Coach Groh & co. tried to rise to the challenge - albeit in a thoroughly unimaginative way.

Anyway, not this year: instead, we will watch the Cavaliers face off against the William & Mary Tribe. Here are some facts about William & Mary football:
  • They are a Football Championship Conference aka Division I-AA team. This makes them near and dear to UVA Law Blog's collective hearts, as they play in the same division as many academically advanced but athletically not-so-much institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The team does not have its own wikipedia page.
  • The team used to be called "The Indians", but now are called "The Tribe." As there is no mascot, I wonder what the jumbotron animation will have at the beginning of the game; while it's appropriate to have CavMan fighting a Trojan or a Turkey, will it fly to have him going after an Powhatan Indian, or would that hit too close to home?
  • The Tribe did not make the FCS playoffs last year; in fact, they missed the playoffs when they lost to the University of Richmond Spiders in a nail-biter. The Spiders - who had been defeated 16-0 in another lets-beat-up-on-some-cupcakes game at Scott Stadium early in the 2008 season went on to win the FCS championship that year. Capital!
  • If the Tribe does manage to win, wouldn't it be (well, almost) an Appalachian State-level of upset?
So, let us all agree that the UVA football program deserves to be made the subject of ridicule for choosing such a ridiculously easy opponent for their opening match. However, the rest of the schedule - particularly the home games - is respectable:


That includes several teams who ranked last year, and gives us home games against Boston College, TCU, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech. So maybe we shouldn't complain too much - - - but then, what would we blog about?

2L and 3Ls - Get your commercial outlines from PILA today. Or pay 3 times as much for them at the bookstore. The choice is yours, really.

Inglorious Basterds (or however you spell it) is a fantastic film. If you were planning on skipping your first day of classes to catch a matinee (and a few 3Ls must be), this is a great choice. I'll save you a pedantic review by just telling you all to go see the movie, as it is Quentin Tarantino's best.

There are BIG CHANGES afoot at Harris Teeter with regards to their wunderbahr 5% student discount. Here's the deal. Previously at Harris Teeter - possibly the greatest non-Rochester based grocery store ever - you just showed up, went through the self-checkout (it's fastest!), swiped your VIC ("Very Important Customer") and then just showed the guy their your student ID. Now they've streamlined the whole process - you'll just have to swipe your VIC card, and BAM! - you'll get the discount.

But you have to calibrate your card with your student ID with customer services, which can take up to seven days. So y'all may want to do this before you make any major purchases, to take advantage of the five percent discount.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the subtle UPennState trolling.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Tribe logo -- don't you know the NCAA banned the feathers? Sad but true.

Rule 12 (f) said...

"don't you know the NCAA banned the feathers?"

Really? wow. . .

Anonymous said...

I think the new HT student discount system is a great idea. Previously, it was a pain in the ass for me to have to pull out my student ID to get 5% off of some small purchase, and hardly worth it. Now, it does it automatically! (Apparently anyway. I'm too lazy to have actually linked it up yet.)

Anonymous said...

"William and Mary plucks feathers from it's logo"....

http://hamptonroads.com/node/166031

Stupidest ruling ever.

Anonymous said...

Kroger has had the 5% linked discount for years now. If you're going for standard grocery products like canned whatever, pasta, bread, toilet paper, etc., Kroger is ALWAYS around $1 cheaper for the same exact product. HT is a ripoff.

Anonymous said...

Does Kroger still have the discount? My account had been linked, but the discount hasn't shown up for months now.

SwampPoodle said...

PSA: You have to relink to Kroger every year.

Anonymous said...

Which is fair... people graduate, move away, etc. every year. It's really easy - just ask the people at customer service to renew it for you. They're really nice.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was unaware you had to relink.

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