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Monday Motivation

Mondays are the worst. So, let's look back at the last week in Wahoo Nation and see what's good.

Optimism is the new pessimism.
Optimism is the new pessimism.
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I wanted to try something new here at Streaking the Lawn, but things have not really worked out in my favor. That fact, as it turns out, is actually a good thing, because my original idea was to use this space as a motivational tool to remind you that while things may not always go great in Charlottesville, there is always a reason to stay positive.

Well, as of late, things have been going pretty swimmingly, which is delightful. So today, here is a rundown of some of my favorite moments of the week. Enjoy!

Any week with a basketball win is a good one. Two wins? Fantastic. What? Those two wins were over North Carolina and Virginia Tech? Does it get any better?

UVA played host to the struggling Tar Heels Monday night, with Jay Bilas, Sean McDonough, and special guest Jeff Van Gundy. Van Gundy, who usually sticks to the NBA ranks was thoroughly impressed with our London Perrantes (#CaliSwag), and a local delicacy (and yes, that's THAT Steele Stanwick...who excelled for the USA squad's white team in Sunday's Champion Challenge):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jeff Van Gundy giving a shoutout to bodos bagels during <a href="">@espn</a> broadcast #👍 <a href=";src=hash">#uva</a> <a href=";src=hash">#unc</a></p>&mdash; Steele Stanwick (@steelewick) <a href="">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

Virginia rolled to a 15 point victory over the Heels, although apparently some of the 'experts' missed that.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot; that win against the University of Virginia&quot;. Umm, Carter Blackburn...Virginia won that game. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Caroline Darney (@cwdarney) <a href="">January 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

Saturday, the Hoos hit the hardcourt again, this time against a woefully bad Virginia Tech squad. The HooCrew was on point with their props, helping the Hokies recognize what they are missing down in Blacksburg:

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hoos &gt; Hokies! Nice touch <a href="">@UVaHooCrew</a> <a href=";src=hash">#UVA</a> <a href=";src=hash">#GoHoos</a> <a href=";src=hash">#NCAAChampionships</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Matt Riley - UVa (@uvasportsphotos) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 18 points, six rebounds, and a career high four makes from behind the arc. Joe (#swoon) Harris put up 12 points of his own, but got a shiner in the process. Whitey Reid from the Daily Progress has an idea where he got it, and Harris does not seem to disagree.

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Men's basketball was not the only hoops team handing out losses this week as the Virginia Women's team upset number six ranked Maryland 86-72. The win was their second straight victory over ranked teams (no. 17 FSU four days earlier), and came after several close games against tough competition.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In case you missed it, two wonderful things happened in women&#39;s basketball yesterday: <a href=";src=hash">#UVa</a> won and Maryland lost. That&#39;s a good day.</p>&mdash; Phony Bennett (@IfTonyTweeted) <a href="">January 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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To close out the week, the Men's Tennis team played Elon, Indiana, Boston College, and Navy in the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The defense of their National Championship is off to a stellar start, winning 10-0, 9-0, 7-0, and 8-0. In true Virginia family spirit, Justin Anderson was on hand for Sunday's matches to show his support.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">@HooNamedS1mba</a> we are huge fans of yours man. Thanks for coming and supporting us today. <a href=";src=hash">#hoos</a> #1</p>&mdash; Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (@thaikwiatkowski) <a href="">January 27, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This week, men's basketball travels to Notre Dame on Tuesday and to Pitt on Sunday, Wrestling takes on Maryland Friday, and women's basketball plays at Wake and hosts Clemson. Stay positive, Wahoos!