September 21, 2006
It was a big night in terms of television for the UVa game. It was the first of the season to air on a major cable network, ESPN.
However, a Thursday night game may have thrown off the fans. Some said they didn't know anything about it.
"I honestly didn't know the game was happening tonight," admitted Katie Coan, a graduate of UVa. "I still live with all of my roommates, so they were watching at at home and we decided to come out to the bar and watch it."
Along the corner Thursday night, the bars weren't exactly packed with Cavalier fans. The ones who were there said they were happy to watch their team play anytime they could, even if it was on a Thursday night.
"It's great to go out and just support your team, your school and just show some school spirit," said 4th year student Alexandra Lee. "It's a reflection of the amount of pride that we have for our school."
Over at Wild Wing Café along West Main Street, the bar was a little more filled and the fans there said they like heading off grounds to places like this where the crowd isn't just students.
"[Wild Wing Cafe] has always been a good place," said Geoff Froehlich, as he and a few friends watched the game on big screen televisions. "[There is] a bunch of students, a bunch of people from town. It's kind of a good mix of people."
Still, the true football experience at UVa, said one student, is to go to an actual game.
"I think the best way to understand it is you have to put on an orange shirt, or if you're into the tie thing, you can do that," said George Tarasidis. "Go to the game on Saturday and just see what it's all about. You can't really explain it."
Even though Thursday's crowds weren't the biggest, don't be fooled. One student said learning about football is almost as important as a class she might take on campus.
"I learned the rules of football after coming to school here," laughed Coan. "I had no idea how the game worked until after I started my first year, and then you go to the game just because everyone goes... and it's a lot of fun."
The weeknight game was the first time in two years the Cavs played on a Thursday, and it is the first game of three on the road.