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Hooamp

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:

I was lucky enough to attend Virginia’s national championship banner-hanging and ring ceremony Sept. 13 at John Paul Jones Arena. It was a night worthy of this wonderful group of Wahoos as fans and UVa administrators got to show their appreciation for such a great group of young men and coaches.

At first, I was surprised that the arena did not sell out. I believe the attendance was about 10,000, with tickets in the upper bowl selling for $25 and $50 in the...

First off, as kind of a foreword, I want to say that I feel terrible for Wahoos cornerback Bryce Hall. He came here as a two-star recruit, worked extremely hard and believed in Bronco Mendenhall and the program, and turned himself into a first-round NFL draft prospect. He could've skipped his senior season and made millions. But he came back to try to help the program take the next step. And he paid for that decision Friday night with a gruesome ankle injury. That sucks, and I just hope he makes a full recovery, whether or not UVa can benefit from his play again. His pro stock took a hit, but he still has a bright future. The team's loss was disappointing, but the worst part is its best p...

The No. 18 Cavaliers came to South Bend with the right attitude Saturday, and did a lot of good things, but ultimately, too many mistakes buried their chance at an upset of the Fighting Irish, with Notre Dame coming out on top, 35-20. Apt comparisons have been made to the 2017 Miami game and the 2018 N.C. State game. Virginia went on the road in those contests as an underdog against good teams and took leads in the first half but ultimately lost by double digits, and that's exactly what happened in this one. This was a measuring stick game for the Wahoos to see how they stacked up against really good competition. Notre Dame nearly knocked off Georgia on the road last week. The Irish are n...