What's The Big Deal About Homecoming?

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 25:  The mascot of the Virginia Tech Hokies leads the team onto the field to face the Boston College Eagles at Lane Stadium October 25, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Typically homecoming games are played against a "cupcake" opponent or a team that finds themselves at the bottom of their conference year in and year out. 

This is not the case for the Hokies come Saturday.  Boston College is coming to town, and the Eagles find themselves at the top of the Atlantic Division in the ACC.

So, technically it's a battle of number one's on Virginia Tech's homecoming. However, I'm not sure how many people are more excited for the game or more excited for the homecoming activities.

Campus, in-particular the drill field, has been swamped with fraternities and sororities passing out fliers, playing music, dancing, and playing games trying to get people to vote for someone they're sponsoring.

I personally don't see the big deal about homecoming from a current student's perspective. I honestly think it's a bigger deal in high school because you know the people you're voting for. You wouldn't vote in an election for someone you don't know, right?  Well, maybe you would.

I have always chosen not to vote because I don't honestly care. If someone could tell me why homecoming is so important to some organizations on campus maybe I would be able to understand it better.

I've talked to some of my friends who are in fraternities and they said homecoming is a way to draw attention to your organization and it helps in the recruiting process.  Fair enough, but homecoming is done after the rush period to join these organizations.

And here's my last point about homecoming and the activities surrounding it.  Virginia Tech scheduled Fall Break for this weekend. Why, I don't know, when you have away games scheduled for the week prior and the week after this game.

So if homecoming was truly important I don't think Virginia Tech would schedule a day off for the university.

Homecoming to me is more for the alumni than it is for current students. Typically it's a game that's easy to get tickets to, and it's an excuse for old friends to meet up, tailgate, and pretend like they're in college again for a weekend.

Sounds like a whole lot of fun. 

If you're in college you have your own weekly traditions, and once I graduate next May I might actually look forward to homecoming in years to come. But for right now the daily activities and begging for votes has become quite annoying.

The 1999 Virginia Tech football team is supposed to be at the game against Boston College on Saturday, and I believe they're going to be honored at half time. 

Not every member of the team will be in attendance, but it should be a fun scene to see the only Virginia Tech squad to reach a national championship back on campus.

Maybe that's a sign for the 2009 Virginia Tech football team. I guess we'll have to wait and see.