I'm Central Virginia born and raised, a 2010 UVa graduate, and have been a Virginia fan since the late 90s, so I've seen some bad football and basketball (though the tide seems to be turning), but also some great moments, including in my first year when Sean Singletary, JR Reynolds, and the rest of the Hoos nearly led the team to the Sweet 16, the 2007 Chris Long-fueled football success, and the first season of Tony Bennett during my fourth year, when the overall record wasn't positive, but the blueprint was laid for the success we see now. I also attended my first UVa baseball game in 2004, which coincidentally was Brian O'Connor's first season at the school. Since fall 2010, I've been chronicling my thoughts on UVa sports with a blog of my own, Amped Up, at http://aaronampedup.blogspot.com. There, I've been able to write about the rise of Bennett's program, the optimism and then downfall of the Mike London era, the rebirth of the football program under Bronco Mendenhall, and also the baseball team's surprise run to the 2015 College World Series title.

Hooamp's Articles:

A huge opportunity awaits the Virginia football program Saturday night in Charlotte, and the players, coaches, and yes, even fans, should treat it as such.

Obviously, pundits, analysts and the like, including yours truly, give virtually no shot to UVa in this game. I asked my friend what result would make him happy, and he said a loss by 21 points or less. I'm on record saying I'd be ecstatic with that result. I am just hoping Virginia can at least beat the spre...

Whenever the time came, I had a feeling Virginia Tech's long winning streak against Virginia would end with a whimper or with the Hokies fighting and clawing to keep the Commonwealth Cup away from the Wahoos. There'd be no in between.

Early in the season, with UVa rolling and Tech struggling, it looked like it would be possible for that first scenario to play out in reality. But entering Friday's game, with the Hokies having won six of seven games, including two...


The Streak Is Dead

Posted on November 29, 2019 in The Team by Hooamp.

"That streak is over."

And with that simple yet powerful sentence, an emotional Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall -- hugging heroic quarterback Bryce Perkins -- told the sideline reporter with words, but more importantly, tone of voice, what he thought of Virginia Tech's now-dead 15-game winning streak against UVa as Wahoo faithful rushed the field in glee following the Cavaliers' 39-30, come-from-behind-three-times win on Black Friday.