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Marriage or big game?

Wedding-date etiquette, guilty pleasures and more

Posted: Wednesday August 30, 2006 11:16AM; Updated: Wednesday August 30, 2006 1:17PM
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, my fiancée and I have to move our wedding this coming February to an alternate date and location. She has decided that the only weekend we can get married is Texas/Oklahoma weekend (Oct. 7), and she wants to have a destination wedding. I have attended every Texas/Zero U game for the last 15 years and I'm not happy about to this. She claims it's the only weekend that her entire family is available. Should I break off the engagement and find someone who has her priorities straight, or should I just suck it up and miss the game?
-- Peter, Dallas

How dare she schedule your wedding during college football season! I don't understand people who plan weddings with little regard to the important demographic of sports fans. I know what you're thinking: Weddings are supposed to be about celebrating your union before a crowd of friends and family. But let me ask you this: How many of your friends will be in attendance if your fiancée gets her way? Odds are they'll be the ones sending a gift, saying, "Sorry we couldn't make it. Hook 'em, Horns." There are 52 weekends in a year. That leaves ample opportunity to tie the knot at a time that won't keep people from missing what could turn out to be one of the best games of the season. If you are going to be married during the fall months, Labor Day is the last acceptable weekend to hold the festivities until the end of November. Getting hitched in December is cool up until New Year's, so long as you are done before the BCS bowl games get started. College football is very nearly a religion to many people, so unless she will compromise to getting hitched in the church of Mack Brown during, oh, say, halftime, tell her she needs to find a backup fiancé.

Do you think Va. Tech is being overlooked? Its schedule is incredibly easy except for one game at Miami. I think the Hokies might be the dark horse in the ACC this year. Your thoughts?
-- Rob, Fairfax, Va.

Virginia Tech comes into the season with impressive credentials. The Hokies not only led the nation in total defense last year, but they also led the ACC in offensive points scored per game. That's a strong combination. The Hokies face the challenge of replacing 12 starters, including QB Marcus Vick. Sophomore Sean Glennon, a solid pocket passer, has been named the starter for the opener against Northeastern. Glennon will be supported by a strong running game featuring George Bell and Branden Ore. The young offensive line, however, could pose some problems. The Hokies, as always, will be strong on defense and special teams. Given their generous schedule, VT should see double-digit victories once again, leading them to ACC championship game in Jacksonville.

I enjoy doing certain cheeseball things, such as watching Gilmore Girls and going to as many Jimmy Buffett concerts as possible. Would you find these qualities endearing or lame? Is there anything "cheesy" that you enjoy?
-- Tim Aisenbrey, Rego Park, N.Y.

While being a Parrothead is something I would hardly consider a lame quality, it worries me slightly that you enjoy Gilmore Girls. Let me guess, you were one of those closeted Buffy fans, too, and went into a deep despair that required psychological therapy when the show was canceled? Don't worry, I have some hidden cheesiness. For one, I am obsessed with late-night Court TV and CSI: Las Vegas. I think I have seen every episode, and pride myself in knowing "who did it" even though I've seen them each a million times. I am also infatuated with the WWE. I will not listen to your bashing of the "sport" or your accusations that it is not "real." It is real ... real entertaining. Besides, I love Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, even if he did play football for The U. Finally, my deepest, darkest secret -- I love bowling. I've been bowling in leagues since I was practically able to walk, and enjoy the look of shock on my friends' faces when I take their money after handing them the beating of their lives. It's probably the only sport my uncoordinated self is good at. Plus, it doesn't hurt that bowling alleys are air-conditioned. So, in short, I think everyone's got a little dorkiness to them. It means they are normal and well-rounded. Oh, and did I mention I was in the marching band?