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Virginia Tech Hokie Game Day Countdown Nears Zero

The lazy Summer months in Blacksburg, Virginia are waning. The Students are coming back this week, and that means many things, but one thing that it always means to Hokie Nation; GAME DAY!

Setting up the Skipper for the first home game in 2016
John Schneider - SB Nation

It’s really quiet. It hasn’t been particularly hot this Summer. The rainfall has been plentiful enough to produce some impressive corn crops that line the roads for miles. We did have a pretty heavy infestation of June Bugs and some other beetle the size of a penny that managed to fly just high enough to bother the dogs when they were outside attending to business, hunting fur bearing critters, and feathered creatures. The breeze has kept the air fresh and the sun peaks through huge cumulus clouds that wander by and occasionally spit some drops.

The Summer of 2017 has certainly been uneventful in Blacksburg, Virginia. There have been a few things that got the world hopping; Independence Day in the Park, Stepping Out happened and wrapped up, and some Friday concerts on the Henderson Hall Lawn teased the evenings with a bit of fun. We heard that Tech has the largest Freshman class in history, some 7,500 or so new Hokies. They have cycled through their orientations and shopping trips to the Main Street kitsch stores. Hokies are always proud to wear their spirit gear.

August in the ‘Burg always brings the anticipation of an end and a beginning. The public schools in Montgomery County, VA start up in mid-August. The world wakes up early in these parts. There was a football game over at Blacksburg High School last evening. I suspect that it was an early practice game, but the sign was there on Prices Fork Road, blazing away that Friday night lights were starting up.

The Corps of Cadets started Cadre Week activities and Hokie Move-in starts up on Monday, though officially Wednesday. Those kitsch stores are filling up with new students, and the resale books stores are starting to entertain lines. Life is returning to the town and the campus.

The Cheer Squad gets warmed up for Game One
John Schneider - SB Nation

That’s the picture as we step into the wrap week of football practice. Tomorrow’s pictures will be of the annual Fan Appreciation Day event. We’ll cover it with bells on, but frankly tomorrow yours’ truly is going to play happy fan with a camera and a mini-helmet to sign. Make sure you watch the Twitter feed for pictures as I juggle the smartphone, my camera and my mini-helmet.

An opening day view from the press box
John Schneider - SB Nation

Gobbler Country will be covering home games, again this season. Josh or Jawhar will be live from the Press Box Tweeting and Commenting on the game threads. Of course we’ll have our half-time wraps and quick hit game wrap-ups for every game. We’ll have our regular detailed game breakdowns, and just like last season, there will be “A View from the Sideline”, on Monday evening, or Tuesday mornings. That schedule depends on how many pictures we have to review, edit, and catalog. Last season my post-game camera dumps averaged 2,500 shots. It takes a while to go through them and find the most interesting pictures.

The Hokie Bird stalks the sideline during the pregame warmup.
John Schneider - SB Nation

So, stay tuned to Gobbler Country for our second year of full, home game, live coverage of Virginia Tech Hokie football. Blacksburg is waking up from its Summer slumber and we all know that means GAME DAY!



What’s your favorite Game Day Activity?

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  • 9%
    (16 votes)
  • 20%
    Jumping to Sandman
    (35 votes)
  • 7%
    Being the 12th Man of Lane Stadium and getting #LPD a free five!
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Smoked Turkey Legs and fresh kettle corn
    (1 vote)
  • 61%
    Oh? Puh-leeze! ALL OF THE ABOVE because I’m a Hokie!
    (103 votes)
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