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Hometown Haters
Posted: Monday, October 10th, 2011, 4:06 PM
by Alison

Never a dull moment from BigBush!

It’s been brought to my attention that because I enjoy picking on Virginia Tech that I’m a “Hometown Hater”. HAHA I guess I’m guilty as charged…

It's no secret that I like to "pick on" VT. If VT was an awful program then it wouldn't be as much fun to pick on them. I respect Beamer and what he has done for the University and the surrounding communities. With the help of a few players who shall remain nameless, Beamer put the Hokies on the map and created a fan base of some of the most diehard fans. Considering that there’s not a lot to cheer for in the mountains of southwest Virginia, its no wonders Hokie fans LIVE for VT football. I think the passion is great for the game of college football, but the bottom line is that I'm just not a Hokie.

Call me crazy, but most of us are not asked in womb where we would like to be born and where we would like to be from. For me, I lived in the same house from birth until I graduated from high school and then moved to South Carolina for college. I knew at an early age that there was world outside of Roanoke Virginia and that world was calling my name. Is it bad that I’ve never been “homesick”? I’ve missed my friends, family, dog and Vinton McDonald’s fries (seriously, it’s the BEST McD’s and I’ve ate at a lot of McD’s), but I never plan on moving back… sorry mom and dad.
I didn't get to pick where I'm from, but I did get to my college football team- and I root for the Tennessee VOLS!

Tech fans always want to talk about the past and that 2009 Chick-fil-a bowl game where UT lost to VT. UT was ranked 8th in the SEC and Tech was ranked 2nd in the ACC that year. Funny, Tech fans never mention 1994 loss to UT or the lack to National Championship banners hanging in Lane Stadium….

UT is ranked ninth on the list of all-time most wins of major college football programs as well as second on the list of most wins in the SEC, just behind Alabama's Crimson Tide. Oh and six national titles- not too shabby. It’s pretty obvious that the past few years haven’t been as bright as Dooley’s orange pants, but I’ll watch an SEC battle of the basement game before an ACC championship game. The SEC is the powerhouse for college football and that famous chorus “Rocky Top, you’ll always be Home Sweet Home to ME” it defines my team win or lose.

So, to all those diehard Tech fans: I love your passion and I think college football is one of the best sports to watch. I just don't think you HAVE to root for your hometown team just because that's where you are from and I’m not the only one from southwest Virginia who agrees. Big Bush is UVA fan, but in the world of hometown hates, he’s my idol. (See picture above.)

In America, you can be a fan of any college football team you choose. God Bless America and God Bless the Tennessee VOLS!

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