On the road to see Buckeyes vs. Virginia Tech – via N Carolina

15 Sep

I’d been planning this trip since late last January. I figured it would make a great combo to see my buddy and his family in Chapel Hill, N.C., and from there pop up to see defending national champ Ohio State get revenge on the only team to beat them last year.

And the whole trip lived up to the hype. Read on or scroll lower to see the pictures.

Bill, Karyn and their two boys Joey and Josh were a blast to hang with. Loved getting a Scrabble workout (Bill won two games out of three) and hearing about the boys’ exploits (Josh in a jazz band and Joey as a starting defensive end for Chapel Hill High). They were all so gracious to let me invade their home for a few days. Oh and how could I forget Gabby! That black lab is adorable.

The 3.5-hour trip up to beautiful Blacksburg was interesting — lots of tobacco fields on the verge of harvest time. And lots of Confederate flags.

The little downtown of Blacksburg and the campus itself were pretty much draped in the school’s colors or orange and maroon for the big game. And because of the 8 p.m. start time, Bill and I had several hours to make new friends with Tech fans at a couple of different bars. And meeting them was a blast: friendly, knowledgeable fans that contast so much with the likes of Oregon and Michigan fans, for example.

The game itself turned out to be a little more nerve-wracking than expected, but the venue was incredible.

The crowd got super loud a couple of times, and it was great to see the band (TBDBITL) do Script Ohio.

Tech fans walked up to us after the game to congratulate us. Yes, they were that classy.

Now the pictures! You can click on them to see larger versions.

This is my friend Bill's house in Chapel Hill, N.C. It seemed like their were forests everywhere.

This is my friend Bill’s house in Chapel Hill, N.C. It seemed like there were forests everywhere.

I kept forgetting to get a picture of the whole family, so I created this mashup instead. Don't kill me for stealing a year old Facebook picture!!! The young man on the left is Joey and the jokester in front in Josh. And of course Bill and Karyn.

I kept forgetting to get a picture of the whole family, so I created this mashup instead. Don’t kill me for stealing a year old Facebook picture!!! The young man on the left is Joey and the jokester in front in Josh. And of course Bill and Karyn.

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Posing at campus entrance upon arrival in Blacksburg.

This was the front patio of the bar we went to in downtown Blacksburg. I earned boos from passing Tech students because of my Buckeye shirt. Bar had Bell's 2-hearted on tap, which was nice.

This was the front patio of the bar we went to in downtown Blacksburg. I earned boos from passing Tech students because of my Buckeye shirt. Bar had Bell’s 2-hearted on tap, which was nice.

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This guy posed for me so I could take a picture of his shirt. Ouch!

We faced a bit of a line getting into Lane Stadium, but once inside, our seats were close. There was definitely a buzz in the air.

We faced a bit of a line getting into Lane Stadium, but once inside, our seats were close. There was definitely a buzz in the air. (Bill photo)

What an incredible evening it was for football. The Tech band takes the field during pregame.

What an incredible evening it was for football. The Tech band takes the field during pregame.

Our seats were pretty cool -- except that most of the scoring happened at the other end of the field. (Bill photo)

Our seats were pretty cool — except that most of the scoring happened at the other end of the field. (Bill photo)

Me wearing red amid all the orange. (Bill photo)

Me wearing red amid all the orange. (Bill photo)

TBDBITL took the field at halftime and did Script Ohio for the first time ever in Virginia.

TBDBITL took the field at halftime and did Script Ohio for the first time ever in Virginia.

Finally toward the end of the game the action happened on our end of the field - in this case a pass interference call against Virginia Tech.

Finally toward the end of the game the action happened on our end of the field – in this case a pass interference call against Virginia Tech. You can barely make out Brutus Buckeye and cheerleaders at corner of field, with band in stands behind them, right below us.

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One Response to “On the road to see Buckeyes vs. Virginia Tech – via N Carolina”

  1. John Payne September 15, 2015 at 7:39 AM #

    Awesome. I did like the T-Shirt.

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