There have been some pretty funny examples of misdeclared wins over the years, whether from commentators, scorebugs, or media outlets, but this week saw an exceptionally hilarious one from the Virginia Tech department of athletics. The Hokies’ press release Monday about the time for their Oct. 6 game against Notre Dame not being determined yet referenced the team being “3-0 to start the season for the second consecutive season” after “an X-X win at Old Dominion.”
Well, that “X-X win” actually was a 49-35 loss to the Monarchs (who had started the season 0-3 and had never previously beaten a Power Five team), and that led to lots of mockery for the release.
Virginia Tech has since updated the release to remove that info, but independent Hokies’ blogger The Key Play preserved a screencap on Twitter:
Also this gem. They clearly wrote it before the ODU game and assumed we win. Cites us as a 3-0 team. https://t.co/sllB53QD55
— the AM of DC (@theAMofDC) September 24, 2018
— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) September 24, 2018
Well, if you pretend you won long enough, maybe people will forget about your loss. Or maybe not. At any rate, this adds to what’s been a brutal Monday for the Hokies, as quarterback Josh Jackson exited with an injury in the loss to ODU, and it turns out he has a broken fibula that could keep him out for the rest of the year. And on Saturday, they’ll have another tough road game against No. 22 Duke, off to an impressive 4-0 start. The Hokies’ athletic department might not want to assume a win in that one either…
[The Key Play on Twitter]