I should have known there was trouble ahead. Just look at those giant panthers sitting and growling outside the gates to Bank of America Stadium. Not the sort of cat you'd want in your lap while watching TV.
I should have, perhaps, picked up on that omen.
Cats love to tear up birds, mostly just because they can and they love to play with anything rough.
Well, Hokie birds are no exception.
But it was a bunch of Pirates, not Panthers that
The Saturday that I visited the stadium, Virginia Tech, my school, managed to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory when the Pirates of East Carolina University blocked a punt in the last minute of a game that it had been losing all day and ran the ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown.
27-22 and Tech drops out of the college rankings and the Hokie Bird leaves Charlotte with badly ruffled feathers.
This Saturday was better, as the Hokies beat Furman University's Purple Paladins 24-3.
Hokie bird flies high.