July 22, 2014

Sabbatical, OVER

My wounds are licked.  My heart, no longer black.

I'll be back to full-blast blogging, sometime in the next week or so.





I promised I'd get out of the business of promising posts, but get ready for...

Favorite Seasons Ranking -- Where does 2013-14 Basketball and 2014 Baseball fit in my all-time rankings?

Slicing the 200 Minute Pie -- For the 2014-15 basketball season.  Spoiler: Devon Hall enthusiasts should prepare to be disappointed.

ACC Relegation FTMF Win (my solution to the ACC's football scheduling problem) -- You've maybe seen an English Premier League-style relegation system for the ACC floated before, but not like this.

2014 Football Preview! -- Spoiler: It ends with us hiring Pete Lembo.  See the sidebar.

And the master stroke...

THE LIST, Part III

Stay tuned to this space, Wahooze Nation.






To tide you over, handy links to old posts!








July 17, 2014

WahoozeCast - July, 17th

We're back again this summer to fill your ears with delightful UVA-sports-related musings. We really go off the deep end in this one - as there's not actually a whole lot to talk about these days. If you're in the mood for a podcast that discusses Lacrosse dads, NBA summer league playoff structure, international poverty, Tinder, and baby advice, well then look no further than below:


Leave comments. Tinder tagline ideas or otherwise.

July 3, 2014

Astro-Matic Baseball

This has nothing to do with Virginia sports (other than Derek Fisher), but I thought it was an awesome read from SI's Ben Reiter, and wanted to share.

Baseball nerds, dive in!!






June 30, 2014

As June 30 gives way to July 1...

...I feel the need to say this:

Adios, Maryland.  Get the fuck out of our conference.  Go stink up the Big Ten, you filthy losers.

Welcome aboard, Louisville!


June 26, 2014

June 25, 2014

One Win Away

I'm at the beach, shitty wifi, close to zero computer time and opportunity for blogging.  But I couldn't let this moment pass without underlining the significance of tonight's game.

National championships in soccer, lacrosse, tennis, polo, bowtie rugby, foxhunting, twiddly winks, and midget tossing are great... but this is our first really good crack at a natty in a sport that actually matters since Ralph Sampson was in the Final Four.

The pitching sets up great for us, I think.  Sborz is on short(ish) rest, but Artie is ready to rock, and Nick Howard should be able to go three strong to close it up.  I really like that we're about to forcefeed them a strict diet of power pitching after they got to experience 9 innings of surgical precision from Bulldog Brandon Waddell.  Big advantage for the Hoos in the "keep 'em off balance" department, I'd say.

The offense has been in a groove against the Dores.  More than in a groove, it's been on fire.  TWENTY-EIGHT hits and 15 runs scored in two games.  No reason to think it'll slow down in game three, other than for the weight of the occasion and the pressure of the situation.  But are you betting against Kenny Towns and company?

My main worry is that Vandy somehow finds a chip for their shoulders after Papi bumped the 3rd baseman who was blocking the basepath last night.  But even if they have that chip, we still have them outclassed on all fronts.  We have the momentum.  We have the "team of destiny" feel.

So here we go.  Huge night, huge game, huge moment.  One win away.  Get it done tonight, and it's my favorite season in any sport ever, and probably the most important national championship Virginia has ever won.

GO HOOS!!

June 23, 2014

Championship?

Well holy crap. What a sports weekend we just had. In case this is the only UVA-sports related website you read (as if that person exists. My mom, maybe. Hi Mom!): The Wahoos beat Ole Miss 4-1 on Saturday to secure a spot in the final round of the College World Series. They'll play Vanderbilt in a best-of-three series for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and it starts TONIGHT. at 8. ON THE TV.



I'm certainly of the opinion that our world-class overall athletics department should be bringing home at least one natty a year - and the baseball team is (unfortunately?) the last chance the Wahoos have for '13-'14 to do so. But oh what a chance it is. Virginia entered the CWS as the highest remaining seed and did everything enough of what was expected of them in their first 3 games in Omaha: great pitching, walk-off wins, just enough timely hitting to secure 3 Ws. Yes, they hit 1-for-435 with RISP, but they Mike Papi came through when it mattered.

Now, with the starting rotation perfectly in place, the Wahoos simply need to continue their strong play for 2 more games. All-word starter Nathan Kirby will take the mound tonight and Brandon Waddell will start game 2 and both are, let's say, super awesome. Especially considering the Hoos are playing in a ball park that refuses to surrender home runs, the strong-pitching small-ball-bunting strong-defense team set up fits perfectly into Coach O'Connor's master plan. Certainly, the Vanderbilt Commodores are also well coached and well positioned to play to their strengths, but here's the thing: We're way better than they are. In every single facet of the game. This isn't hyperbolic homerism I'm slinging, either. Let's approach it academically:
  • Starting pitching? Hoos: top tier. Vandy: Good, but not as consistent.
  • Relief pitching? Um, Nick freaking Howard.
  • Hitting? Well maybe not with RISP recently, but overall, still Hoos. The two teams share similar stats offensively, but we have Mike Papi.
  • Defense? Both teams are great. Statistically, you could give it to the 'Dores, but most preview articles I've read by people smarter than me say UVA gets the edge here. Boom.
  • Coaching? Brian O'Connor is the best coach in America. It's science.
See? You can't argue with science. 

That all being said, baseball is fickle. Anything could happen. Blah blah blah Championship or bust still best season in UVA baseball history. Go Hoos. Go America.

Wait, what's this doing here? BECAUSE AMERICA, THAT'S WHY.