Greg’s Grades 2022: Virginia Vs. Pittsburgh

I thought I’d change the order of the grades this week. I decided to go with “One More Thing” first.

One More Thing – Something I Never Do (Anymore)

When I was 6 years old, my grandmother would keep me after school until my parents got off work. She also kept two of my cousins. One afternoon, the three of us were playing outside and I found an old metal rod. As 6 year old’s are sometimes prone to do when finding metal rods, I started swinging the rod around and hit one of the cousins in the head. Fortunately, 6 year old’s aren’t extraordinarily strong so my cousin went on to a full recovery.

I, however, had a date with the little red rocking chair that my grandmother owned, which was stationed strategically in the room without access to cartoons. To share my displeasure with my wonderful grandmother, I did not give her a hug, goodbye kiss, or tell her I loved her as was my normal routine before heading home.

Later that evening, my grandmother passed away. For the first time in my young life, I knew the real pain of at-fault guilt. That’s why, since the day I was married, I never leave my wife without hugging Pam, kissing her, and telling her I love her. It’s why I never leave my children without hugging them and telling them that I love them. I give my dad (my grandmother’s son) a hug and tell him I love him after a visit as we depart and head back home. I’m not trying to boast. I’ve made plenty of mistakes as a husband, father, and son. I simply never want the feeling of having neglected to tell and show someone I care about immensely, that I love them.

Tell your partner you love them and give them a hug,
if you have children at home, give them a hug and tell them you love them,
if you have children out on their own, give them a call and tell them you love them,
if your parents are still with us, call them and tell them you love them,
call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while,
don’t take spouses, children, parents, siblings, loved ones, or close friends for granted,
because, as we have been so tragically reminded, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

As I looked over the posts and comments from various Virginia collegiate sports message boards, I was heartened that in such a divided time as we live, as sports fans, there is so much more that unites than divides us. The sincere and heartfelt comments were greatly appreciated. Sadly, times like these put our selfishness, pride, and petty grievances into a very harsh and humbling perspective. My heart and prayers go out to the injured victims Mike Hollins and Marlee Morgan still recovering and their families, and the families and loved ones of D’Sean Perry, Devin Chandler, and Lavel Davis Jr. for what they, and we as a community have lost.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts on the loss of these three young men and the others injured and recovering from this horrible event.

Here are the Pittsburgh grades breakdown. (Editor’s Note: We held publishing these grades until Nov. 28, 2022, and after Thanksgiving, in order to allow time for community reflection and healing to begin.)

Virginia Cavaliers grades
Daniel Sparks posted high level grades all season for Virginia. ~ Photo By Kris Wright/TheSabre.com

Greg’s Grades

Overview

Offense Grade: 56.84 (F)

  • Highlights: Wide receiver Malachi Fields made his season debut and had a career-high in catches (5) and receiving yards (58). He also scored his first career touchdown.
  • Not so bright: There’s plenty but let me highlight three. The play of UVA’s overmatched interior offensive line was difficult to watch. Second, the reverse, flip back to the QB for a pass play at the end of the third quarter made no sense. The team was moving the ball with the quick intermediate routes, Armstrong was in rhythm and this is
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