Two in-state rivalries
And a dork with a split personal-ity
The God of Gheorghemas has truly blessed the Tribe this festive season, giving us a pair of revenue sport blood feuds on this first Saturday of December. (Also, I insist that you do a Ghoogle image search for 'god of gheorghemas', sans quotes. It'll fill you with the gholy spirit.)
At noon, W&M runs it back against the University of Richmond in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. The Spiders thumped the Green and Gold a mere two weeks ago in the regular season finale, winning 20-9 and costing Jimmye Laycock's team sole possession of the CAA title and a certain first-round tournament bye.
W&M played like they actually had that bye for long stretches, almost losing to an underdog Duquesne squad before squeaking out a 52-49 win.
Spidey's won four straight against W&M, though the longtime rivals have never met in the postseason. Richmond dominated both sides of the ball two weeks ago, keeping W&M out of the end zone, turning the Tribe over three times, and rushing for 227 yards. Jacobi Green ran 36 times for 217 of those yards.
Tribe tailback Kendell Anderson needs 77 yards to break Jonathan Grimes' single-season school rushing record of 1,431 yards. W&M's turned the ball over seven times the past two weeks, after only giving it up ten times in the season's first ten weeks.
Sometime in the middle of the third quarter of the Tribe/Richmond game, the 5-2 W&M hoops squad tips at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville against 10th ranked UVA. In what seems to be a theme, it's been a while since W&M beat the Hoos. Twenty-one years, to the day, as a matter of fact. The Tribe's last win over Virginia is old enough to drink legally.
In 1993, W&M came close to knocking off a ranked Cavalier squad. As Daily Press scribe Dave Fairbank wrote at the time, "There was The Drought, then The Comeback, which was culminated by The Shot. That was followed by The Disappointment. William and Mary spotted 15th-ranked Virginia 23 points in the second half, came back and forced overtime before falling 93-84 Monday at W&M Hall."
Those were the days of (Kurt) Small, (David) Cox, and (Derrick) Peters. I mention that for no other reason than, c'mon, Small, Cox, and Peters? Best set of guards ever, at least in name. (If you Ghoogle "small cox and peters", the only hits you get are from G:TB. Proud day, friends.)
|That game may have been the highlight of |
Chuck Swenson's W&M tenure
This year's UVA squad has scuffled a bit in the early going, losing to George Washington and barely escaping a young Ohio State team earlier in the week. The Cavs will be without starting point guard London Perrantes, though they'll still have Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill.
Hoops junkies will really dig this one, as W&M brings one of the nation's most efficient offenses to face UVA's stingy pack line defense. The Tribe's claimed one ACC scalp already this season, easily defeating North Carolina State. Only the most optimistic W&M fan would predict a similar outcome this afternoon.
And only a wildly selfish Tribe fan could hope to win both of today's contests.
But it is the most wonderful time of the year, and a boy can dream.