Sports

College World Series - Game 2
9:01 am
Wed June 25, 2014

UVA Hoping for a World Series Win and a Place in the History Books

Credit Virginia Cavaliers

It will be a winner-take-all at the College World Series tonight in Omaha. 

The Virginia Cavaliers forced the deciding game last night with a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt.  Tonight’s game starts at 8 PM and will be shown on ESPN. A Virginia victory tonight would be historic for the university and the Atlantic Coast Conference.  

An ACC team hasn’t won the College World Series since 1955.  North Carolina in 2007 was the last ACC team to reach the best-of-3 championship series.

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College World Series - Game 1
7:19 am
Tue June 24, 2014

UVA Fans Are No Strangers to Omaha

Credit www.c-ville.com

The University of Virginia baseball team has its back against the wall at the College World Series in Omaha. Vanderbilt took Game One in the best-of-3 championship series, 9-8. UVA’s trips to Omaha are drawing repeat visitors with hopes of seeing the Cavaliers go all the way...  

It isn’t just for baseball.  Don Luttrell and his wife, Linda, from Zion Crossroads followed the men’s basketball team to Omaha two years ago.

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Sports
1:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

The Legend of the Shoeless Wonders

Hugh Stallard, Glen Thomas, and Cliff Thomas
Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

From the 1920s to the 1950s, orphans from the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg dominated and defeated rival football teams. Too poor to even afford shoes, they played in their bare feet, and became known as The Shoeless Wonders. Their inspiration story gained national attention, and was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. Now, they’re the subject of an upcoming movie. 

“The field ran back this way toward the gymnasium.  The goal post was probably right here and there was another one down there just. . .”

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Education
8:15 am
Mon May 12, 2014

UVA's Professor Lou and "How Things Work"

Credit www.phys.virginia.edu

Hockey season is winding to a close, and that’s good news for Professor Lou Bloomfield, who will now have a little extra time in his busy schedule.  During the season, he produces a video segment - shown on cable TV and the stadium JumboTron, explaining the science of this sport.  

Lou Bloomfield has been a professor of physics at the University of Virginia for nearly 30 years, He teaches a course called How Things Work.

“How does a violin work?  How does a microwave oven work?  What’s static electricity? Why do magnets stick to your refrigerator?”

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Taking Care of Living Sports Fields
4:41 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Protecting Their Turf

Credit Virginia Tech

Football season may be over for the players, but for some people, it’s never over.  That’s what it’s like for the teams that keep the living outdoor sports fields looking good.  Real grass takes real work to maintain; Especially when the turf has to look good on TV.

Even in the off-season, Hokie special teams practice kicks at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium so the field has to be ready.    The work of keeping the living playing field ready for it’s close up is a never-ending pursuit.

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