Virginia Tech fans, clad in the burnt orange and maroon that defines their university, town and a state, are clamoring to move themselves into the upper echelon of football’s greatest programs. They have filled Lane Stadium, rocked the house to "Enter Sandman" and cheered loudly enough that the Appalachians throughout Southwest Virginia have felt the aftershock.
Now, after years of moving toward the lofty status they now possess—perennial BCS Bowl representative—Virginia Tech fans yearn for more.
A fanbase has become enamored with the voice that resides in the back of their mind. A whisper that has many fanatics believing that maybe, just maybe, Frank Beamer is not the man to take them to the top of the heap.
Last season, following a loss to James Madison, the whispers grew a bit more boisterous. Facebook groups, message board chatter and water cooler gossip were all outlets the brethren used to voice their displeasure with Beamer and his coaching staff.
The ridiculous chatter even began to besiege the parking lot of Lane Stadium on game day, and instead of cheers of Hokie, Hokie, Hokie High, fans became engulfed in Beamer slander.
This irrefutable babble consistently surrounding Coach Beamer and his staff needs to halt, and fans of the Gobbler need to realize how blessed their program has become since he was awarded the position.
Coach Beamer has provided your university with much, much more than just a smokin’ hot daughter to frolic the sidelines. The self-styled Beamer Ball employed in Blacksburg has afforded you the capabilities to win at a tremendous rate (198W-95L-2T), and obtain those victories with a cleanliness that programs around the country should aspire to achieve. Cough…Ohio State…Cough.
Over the past year, the NCAA has paraded and interrogated campuses with their own personal "Inspector Gadgets," publicizing violations more than Sports By Brooks attempts to publicize his investigatory work via his personal Twitter account.
While other BCS programs are dealing with the ramifications of their actions and are in a perpetual state of inquisition, the NCAA has not rolled out the carpet and attempted to film a new episode of "CSI: Blacksburg." The Virginia Tech coaching staff have their feet on the corner of the desk, relaxed and ready to move on to another successful season.
With that being said, Hokie fans, next time you catch yourself behind your faceless username perusing the Internet, scouring locations to lambaste your coach, step away from the keyboard and remember how exceptional of a program you possess.
Deduce how pleasant it is to have a harmonious university, and allow yourself to take a glance in the direction of Columbus, Los Angeles and Chapel Hill, and envision how miserable of a sports fandom those people are currently enjoying.
When that happens, your mind will be bestowed with a relief and realization that, “Beamer Ball ain’t so bad.”
Derrick Stacy is the owner, founder and lead content editor of Sports-at-Work, http://www.sports-at-work.com, and is a columnist at http://www.southernpigskin.com