Friday, October 21, 2005

Hokie Fever, Even in Boston

Virginia Tech beat the University of Maryland last night, 28-9, improving their overall record to 7-0. Woohoo!

There's at least one part of me I can't surrender to New England. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Once a Hokie, always a Hokie. When Virginia Tech (in contention to be BCS champ this year--yay!) plays Boston College next Thursday night, I'll be decked out in those ridiculous VT colors, burnt orange and Chicago maroon. (Whatever the hell the color maroon has to do with Chicago is beyond me, but such are the ways of the fabric-swatch namers.)

Some things can never be SFNE for me, no matter how hard I try. And admittedly, when it comes to Hokie sports, I don't try too hard. (Last night was sort of a battle of alma maters for our family--Jim has a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees from Tech. He cares astoundingly little about college ball, however, and since my degree is from Tech, I always root for them. In this case, the vote of the person who cares more counts more.)

Of course, now that I've publicly declared my loyalty once again, I've probably doomed the team to a series of lackluster finishes. Such is the price of fandom, as any Sox fan knows. But in the meantime ...

Hokie Hi!
Polytech, Vir-gin-ia!

(What, you were expecting "On Wisconsin"?)


Blogger Ankhorite said...

"Chicago Maroon" is named for the University of Chicago, which uses the colors maroon and white -- in precisely that shade of maroon.

But yes, VA Tech specifices its colors for printers and others who need to know as "Chicago maroon" and "burnt orange." I just spent half a day tracking this down, so I'm happy to share the info with you with the relevant printers' and programmers' codes. You can use the hex code by putting it in the font attribute as color="#660000":

Chicago Maroon, PMS 208
Maroon: R=102, G=0, and B=0
hex code=660000

Burnt Orange, PMS 158
Orange: R=255, G=102, and B=0
hex code=FF6600

My condolences on your loss. See, and when you find any of the VA Tech entries, click the "crime" hyperlink at the bottom to get all the VA Tech entries.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I have been looking for the hex codes for these two colours and this post was a great find! Thanks to you and to Google who brought me to you!

1:47 PM  
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