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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wayward beer truck delays tipoff

By Eamonn Brennan

No, I'm not making that up.

Maryland-Virginia Tech was slated to begin over an hour ago, at 4 p.m. ET. It's now 5:25 p.m. on the east coast, and the Terps and Hokies are not yet playing basketball. Why not? This is the best part: A Bud Light truck ran into a fire hydrant outside Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., breaking a water main and delaying the game's scheduled tip time by three hours.

D1scourse's Patrick Stevens has a photo of the, um, disaster. The hydrant clearly caught the worst of the encounter, no doubt thanks to the steel reinforced armor required for transporting beer, our nation's most valuable and cherished resource. OK, OK -- so it's just a minivan. But hey, no beer spilled, no harm, no foul.

In the meantime. Maryland and Virginia Tech will now tip off at 7 p.m. ET. That's a big game for both teams, but especially for Virginia Tech, whose 20-point loss to Boston College Wednesday threw the Hokies' at-large chances back into jeopardy. A win over Maryland would be a nice little tournament boost for a Tech team desperately trying to compensate for one of the worst non-conference schedules in all of Division I.

Look at the bright side: If Tech doesn't win, at least their fans will have some surplus beer in which to drown their sorrows. Think positive, people!