Winners and Losers – 2007 Year in Review

Winners and Losers column by Chris Graham
sportsdom@ntelos.net

WINNER: Virginia Tech sports
The men’s basketball team qualifies for the NCAA Tournament.
Men’s soccer goes to the Final Four.
The football team ends the part of the season that matters ranked #3 in the BCS.
The first two are probably the most important.
Tech is not just a football school anymore.

ASCENDING: Virginia Tech, Virginia, James Madison
HOLDING PATTERN: Richmond, George Mason, ODU, VCU, Liberty, VMI
DESCENDING: William and Mary

LOSER: Fans of pro-sports teams in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas
The ‘Skins are mediocre. So are the Ravens, and we expected something out of them.
The Nats are horrible. The O’s even worse.
The Wizards are … zzzz.
The Caps … zzzz.
We have nothing, and have to like it.

ASCENDING: Are you kidding me?
HOLDING PATTERN: Washington Wizards, Washington Redskins
DESCENDING: Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals

WINNER: Al Groh
Hey, I had the guy getting fired before the end of the season.
Ahem, then he ended the season as the ACC coach of the year.
Yeah. I was wrong.

ASCENDING: Al Groh, Frank Beamer, Dave Leitao, Dave Clawson, Kenny Brooks
HOLDING PATTERN: Seth Greenberg, Brian O’Connor, Mickey Matthews, Jim Larranaga
DESCENDING: Debbie Ryan, Jimmye Laycock

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