By Todd Richissin
Summer’s not even done cooking yet, but already it’s time for college football. Virginia’s teams are nowhere to be found among the top college football rankings, but that’s why they play the games, right?
Virginia’s an underdog, too, but by only a field goal, to Brigham Young. (Game time is 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and it’s on ESPN2.)
Keep an eye out for the local guy.
No one from McLean is playing for Tech, but the team does includes two players from nearby Arlington — junior Greg Gaddell, No. 47, running back, and sophomore Josh Trimble, No. 32, linebacker. (Full Virginia Tech football roster.)
University of Virginia: Keep an eye out for McLean's Jeb Byrne, No. 60, a rising freshman who attended Georgetown Prep. (Here's the full roster.)
And good news for football addicts: Your fellow junkies will certainly be there to support you at several establishments in and around Arlington where you can watch the games.
1. O'Malley's Sports Pub, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Why: O’Malley's boasts flat screen TVs around the bar and in the booths, and food and drink specials including $5 burgers, $2 drafts, and half-price appetizers starting at 4 p.m.
2. Chics n Wings, 8119 Watson St., McLean
Why: Chics n Wings has 36 plasma TVs and a special game-time menu. Enjoy.
3. First Down Sports Bar, 4213 Fairfax Drive, Arlington
Why: First Down opened in 2009 and supports Virginia Tech. It's been recognized as a top area sports bar, including being named one of the top sports bars in the district, Maryland and Virginia in 2010 by the Washington Post.
4. Grevey's Restaurant and Sports Bar, 8130 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
Why: Grevey's has 50 HD televisions, two "monster" projection screens and personal TVs in every booth. Grevey’s is owned by former NBA player Kevin Grevey, who helped the Washington Bullets win a “miracle” championship in 1978, according to its website.
Did we miss one? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll add it!