FBS Mission Statement:

We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Why I HATE Duke

I know hate is a strong word, but i need to vent. im so frustrated right now. Im frustrated with the announcers on abc, im frustrated that we had a great chance at winning this game. But at the end, Duke yet again got a call its way. Scheyer traveled several times and no call. Even announcers called it. He ends up getting to shoot free throws and the game is history. signing off soapbox

that being said, i think we have one more win in us.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CAN I Believe my EYES?

Did we actually get the benefit of a no-call at the end when the clemson player obviously leaned into our guy?

did we just redeem ourselves vs clemson on their own court. yes we did. can we win vs unc or duke? yes we can. can we win at least one more this reg. season? yes we can..can we win 2, its a possibility..

can we dance...yes we can

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another T-Shirt Idea?

Hokie Guru / Illinois Hokie;

CAVEAT: This post is by no means to steal any thunder of the t-shirt ordering we're going through right now for the "NO BS" shirts. This is simply a fun idea I came up with for another shirt.....but then I got to thinking that if we're having trouble meeting any minimum orders for the "NO BS" shirts, or if there's a possibility of a larger group discount if we sell more shirts [even if there's 2 designs used to sell more shirts].....

So.............you remember when we were trying to come up with a name for our new RB tandem? Our new backfield? You know, a "thunder and lightning" kind of thing. The "smash and dash" kind of thing.

Well I think I've got it. What do us Hokies drink too much of too often? What do we mix with Coke at every opportunity in the parking lot at 8am on Saturday mornings? Yep, bourbon, whiskey.

And what are the names of our current RB tandem? [that we're hoping become a backfield worthy of a nickname]

Darren EVANs

The shirt idea builds itself, trademark and copyright issues be damned.

VT RB's do it right.

Strong to start, with a smooth finish.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Will to win?

My fellow FBS'ers. Where has our basketball season gone? We are once again roundly on the bubble. This team plays inconsistently. We play up to our competition and we play down to those teams we should beat. As we all know the sign of a good team is that you beat the teams you should. We can play suffocating D in one game and then go out and lack our trademark defensive intensity for several games. What gives me hope is we have the capability of beating duke and unc and fsu at home. We need several signature wins to push our rpi up and we would need one or two wins in the acc tourney to make the NCAA's.

Has Seth lost this team? I dont think so. I think our bench has sucked all year and that was when allen was in the game. We dont have a galvanizing type player who brings leadership and intensity like Deron last year. This year, I see the locker room divided between who has the juice: AD or Malcolm. Next year, it will be delaney's team, imo.

For the UVA game: we looked like the tv show....LOST. we came out with good defensive energy in the onset, but we then flattened out for the rest of the game and played with no heart. The uva zone baffeled us and only ad was really hitting anything for us. Why were we weaving around the three point line for the first 15 second of the shot clock...Thorns was dribbling around and not penetrating, and Davila looked like he was in high school again. Dkiete (sp) had a few good defensive stops for us on the bright side..but where is JT or any other player who wants to step it up for once? sure could use stephon curry or his bro right about now. i tell you , he wouldnt be flipping anybody off, just fliping the ball in the basket from 30 feet out.

So what now? we have the chance to show some heart for the remainder of the season..we are on the bubble, but maybe the bubble gods will be kind to us...if not, "theres always next year"

Monday, February 16, 2009

We Have Our Fire Bryan Stinespring T-shirt Design

Courtesy of Illinois Hokie, this is the design of the new FBS t-shirt.

We will order t-shirts when we get 50 confirmed orders... that means you pay upfront and you pick up your t-shirt at the Spring football game (at a predefined location) in April 2009. Expect an update to this blog post in the next couple of days on payment procedures.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Well, that sucked

Our road to the NCAA tournament just got a lot bumpier. We now sit at 6-4 in conference play, which means we must go 4-2 in this stretch:

@ Virginia
@ Clemson

Not easy. Essentially we'll have to beat the Cavs, sweep the Noles, and win one against Clemson, Doook, or UNC. And that is what the IH considers the easiest path. Of course, we could go 3-0 at Cassell and only have to win one on the road. I'd be okay with that...

VT Commercials...

...are horrible. I can't believe that we can't come up with something better than the crap that ends up on national TV. We have the equipment to do it. I know - I used it many times while I was at Tech. We have the cameras, the lights, and PLENTY of editing equipment, and yet we get show up by commercials with tag lines like "fear the turtle."


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Malcolm Delaney is not human.

Malcolm Delaney was created in a top-secret government laboratory as the result of a project to genetically engineer superior basketball players. Sources are checking into whether or not this was the same government laboratory used to create Tim Tebow.

23 points, 6 boards, 5 assists. 14 of 15 from the line. Talk about clutch. What impresses the IH most about last night's performace, though, is that M.D. played all but three minutes and picked up exactly zero fouls. Delaney plays a clean, fluid game that only the truly gifted can manage.

It was also nice to once again see someone outside of the Big 3 get into double digits. This time it was Cheick Diakite who put up 10 points, the first time he's cracked double-digits. (Of course, it helps that this was the first time all season that he cracked 30 minutes of playing time.) The IH is just fine with having a 4th scorer by committee, and we have several players who can contribute under different circumstances.

So far we're 2 for 2 in our five game must-win stretch. Now things get a little tougher as we head on the road for back to back games against Maryland and Virginia. We still have some cleaning up to do on our game, too. At the 6 minute mark of the first half we were shooting a whopping 22% from the line, which is flat-out unacceptable. We finished with a much more respectable but still disappointed 67%, which is simply not going to cut it against Duke, UNC, and Clemson.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Heather Dinich: The Bryan Stinespring of Sports Reporting

Read this.

Then let's all go start a blog called fireheatherdinich.blogspot.com.

Seriously, what a no talent hack.

UPDATE: A quote from Heather Dinich's mailbag:

"Honestly, the one game that jumps out on their schedule that I think could make or break their season is the game at Georgia Tech. But no, I don't see them losing more than three games. This is is a talented, well-coached team."

Heather infuriates me in her tendency to talk out of both sides of her mouth, but this is the first praise I've seen Dinich give in a long time.

From the "Where Are They Now?" Department...

The IH was just curious if anyone was aware that former Hokie tailback Branden Ore finished up his career at West Liberty College, where he rolled up 1,257 rushing yards and 20 TDs in an 11 game season. His performance was good enough to earn him an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The IH hasn't heard Branden Ore's name (unless it was immediately preceeded by the words "that motherf***er") since he was dismissed from the team, and I was just sort of surprised when I stumbled accross a story about him on Yahoo! Sports.

The IH still harbors some ill will toward Branden Ore, but I'm willing to put enough of that behind me to hope that he actually makes it in the NFL. The kid's got the talent, no doubt. It was always a question of whether he could handle the attention. And it doesn't bode well that Ore's best season happened in front of the considerably smaller crowds of Division II football.

Friday, February 6, 2009


So...yeah. The IH is bored and killing time before I meet my wife for lunch.

I know we're at the start of a long, almost insufferable offseason. This, however, is a perfect time to start formulating the gameplan (no pun intended) to get Stiney out of the OC chair (and back to coaching the offensive line, if the IH has his way).

What we need, I think, is something to grab attention, to get people talking. The "No BS" logo featured above I think might do just that. It is a quick, straightforward way of saying what we're all about here at FBS. No Bryan Stinespring. No bullshit.

I'll say up front, this shirt isn't getting made from uberprints. Since it has images (the circle and slash) instead of just text it's stupid expensive from them. But I know we can get it made cheaper elsewhere. The IH actually knows a few screenprinting companies through my wife's contacts (she does the field day shirts at the school she teaches at and gets good pricing).

But even if this shirt never comes to fruition, the IH has been tossing around the "No BS" idea for a while now, and I think it could generate some buzz if promoted correctly.

That is all. I'm off to BW3's.

EDIT: Okay, when I said the shirts were stupid expensive, it was in fact the IH that was being stupid. Not even thinking, I saw that the minimum order on a screen print design was 12 so I got a quote on 12 shirts, which was like $27 a shirt. Due to a massive brain fart the IH did not immediately realize there would be a bulk discount. So anyway, here's the price breakdown.

50 shirts: $9.33 ($466.50 total)
100 shirts: $7.81 ($781.00 total)
200 shirts: $6.88 ($1,376.00 total)

The above prices are for S-XL. 2X-3X costs about two bucks more regardless of number of shirts. These prices are doable, though of course I'll get competing quotes. At these costs I think we could do 50 shirts and set a price tag of $10 a shirt , plus two bucks for 2x-3x. Every shirt we sell pays for another shirt in a future order and leaves us a small profit which we can use for other advertising (newspaper ads, posted flyers, facebook, etc.).

Something to keep the conversation going.

With National Signing Day over and a week-long hiatus on hoops, it's gotten a little quiet around here at FBS. HG's open thread garnered a decent number of responses, so the IH thought he might try to help keep the conversation going by contributing another "open" topic.

We all know who we want to succeed Frank Beamer as head coach at VT, so much so that the Hokie Guru has his own site dedicated specifically to arguing in favor of a Bud Foster succession plan. So my question is this:

Who do we want to be Tech's defensive coordinator once Bud has the corner office?

Promote from within or hire someone outside the program? The IH has his preference, but I'm going to hold off for a while.

Hey, if this, coupled with HG's open thread, gives us something to talk about until Sunday at 1:30, that's good enough for me.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Take us to 20, Mr. Greenberg!

20 wins.

It's possible. I'm sure of it. We have 9 games left, of which we need to win 6. How could we do it, you ask? Here's the stretch:

2/08 - NC State
2/11 - Georgia Tech
2/14 - @ Maryland
2/18 - @ UVa
2/21 - FSU
2/25 - @ Clemson
2/28 - Duke
3/04 - UNC
3/08 - @ FSU

I think the easiest ACC contests of the season are the next 5 games. As long as we don't get caught looking ahead, I think we roll into Clemson 19-7. I think Clemson knocks us off on the road, and we come back home with a chip on our shoulder and take out either Duke or UNC, then, in classic VT form, fall flat on our face at FSU, leaving us firmly on the bubble despite a high RPI and wins against multiple top-10 teams.

This leaves us in prime position to firm up our place in the big dance with an early win in the ACC tourney. Since we'll likely hold on to take 5th or 6th place in the ACC, our opening round will be against a bottom-4 team (GT, UVa, NC State or MD, I bet).

Not a bad spot to hold, right?



In what can only be described as a recruiting coup d'etat, the Virginia Tech athletics department received a letter of intent from Jayron Hosley (CB) at 10:56 AM.

The IH has been very high on Hosley since watching his game film, but to be completely honest I was focused on Hosley of late simply out of recruiting boredom. We had wrapped up most of our recruits well before signing day (with the exception of Lanford Collins, another huge get) and Hosley was just the most intriguing name left on the board. But essentially all reports had Hosley picking South Florida, so much so that a report leaked after his official visit to USF on 1/9/09 that his commitment to the Bulls was "a done deal."

Hosley, in all honesty, is not the Hokies biggest get this recruiting season, but the commitment of two top-notch corners ensures the continuation of VT's dominance at that position. It might be a while before either Hosley or Jerodd Williams earns a starting spot, but their commitment to VT adds depth to an admittedly young cornerback corps.

The failure to land Kevin Newsome aside, the IH would officially label this a "great" recruiting class, especially in a year when scholarships were at a premium.

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