Tom and I watched the Virginia Tech season opener with his family at Smith Mountain Lake.

It was Berkley Grace’s first Hokie game.

I remember David’s first game well.

This is a photo of Steve and me making pizza dough together before the game. I’m posting it because Steve was the only one not wearing a Virginia Tech shirt. This also counts as the “post all about Steve” that he’s been begging me for all month.

Tom watches Virginia Tech games the same way he does everything: with unfettered intensity.

He didn’t move from that spot all game. One hand locked on his chin, the other clenched around the remote. Each time the ball is snapped, Tom’s tenses his entire body until the play is over.

And we won.

It was ugly, but a win is a win. Right, Michigan?

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