Department: The Team

The football season is over as of yesterday.  So what better time to write about football?

Actually, no, I'm not being facetious.  I just witnessed literally the most successful UVA football season I've ever seen, so it demands at least a handful of retrospective words.  (My UVA fandom officially dates back to 2000 and the BYU game that opened the "new" Scott Stadium.)

No. 9 Florida 36, No. 24 Virginia 28

Here it is, a week after the Orange Bowl as I write this sentence, and I am ready for the next UVa football game. Anyone else missing Wahoos on the gridiron? There was a time not too long ago when the season seemed to end in early November -- or even earlier -- as apathy set in and fans turned their attention fully to the basketball team.

Virginia played hard until the Orange Bowl's final whistle Monday night, making Wahoos everywhere proud as they made it obvious they belonged on the same stage as the big, bad Florida Gators.

Bryce Perkins threw for four touchdowns and 323 yards -- and had perhaps the play of the night on a vintage scramble TD pass -- but it wasn't enough as the Cavaliers fell to the Gators, 36-28 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Perkins did become the all-time total yardage leader in pro...