10 Things I Learned 2011 … Idaho

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Mike London and UVa picked up win No. 3 of 2011.

Against a team that it should beat, that game this weekend was far closer than it should have been, with an early lead fading and the home team having to find a way to pull out a win far later than really should have been necessary …

… but enough about the Chicago Bears’ win over the Panthers. We are here to talk about UVa’s win over the Idaho Vandals. Now, remind me again, how did that game go?

1. A Win. Before I go into any greater detail, and before I start breaking down this or that play or the performance of this or that player, I think it is very important that I highlight for all what may have been the single most-overlooked aspect of the game this past weekend: UVa won the game.

I know, I know, that may be hard to believe but, after having reviewed the game film, talked to many people who claim they were there throughout the game, painstakingly reviewed and analyzed some photos that the photographer claims were taken of the scoreboard at game’s end – he insists they were not photoshopped – and even double-checked some quotes from the opposing head coach, I have come to the conclusion that yes, in fact, Virginia won the game.

With that fact established at least to my own satisfaction, I have to say that I am not nearly as upset about the game as many friends of mine. The reason is simple: I do not think UVa, as a program, is anywhere near the place right now where I can be upset about a win because it was not pretty enough. I don’t care who the opponent is, where the game is played, or how the ball had to bounce for a win to be posted – I can enjoy a Virginia win right now. Any win. Anywhere. Any opponent. Any score. Any way.

Now, that is not to say that there are not aspects of any game, win or loss, that must be analyzed and improved upon, and this game offered plenty of examples along those lines, several of which we will discuss below. But in terms of getting into a weekly referendum on the job Mike London is doing and whether he is the right man for the job,

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