These Virginia Tech Athletics Highlight Reels Set To Bruce Hornsby Songs Are Immaculately Edited

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The 1990's were a time of innocence, particularly for video guys in collegiate athletic departments. Long before Fort Minor and Kanye West came along with tracks created specifically for sports montages and playoff promos, video editors were free to think outside the box and use songs that weren't traditionally associated with sports. The most wonderfully bizarre examples of this are these Virginia Tech highlight reels from the mid-90's, both set to classic songs from bluegrass soft-rock legend Bruce Hornsby.

But we're not talking about some old basketball clips with awkward soundtracks — that wouldn’t be worth your time. What elevates these to gem status are the sublime moments of editing genius when the footage syncs perfectly with the lyrics. In the first video alone, there are no fewer than 24 instances of Bruce Hornsby unknowingly describing something that happened during the 1995-1996 season of Virginia Tech athletics.

Modern sports marketing departments could learn a thing or two from Hank Bishop, the YouTube uploader and presumed creator of the montages. Imagine a bunch of Oregon State clips appropriately set to Adele's "Hello". Definition of #shareable #content.

Did you catch them all? Probably not, because you only watched the video once like a normal person. I suppose I can do the heavy lifting here since I fire up this video about once every three days.

Instances where the sports footage matches Bruce Hornsby's unrelated lyrics perfectly:

When the night lies so still  (*night football game)
Before I go to sleep (*students camping out to buy tickets)
I come by, I come by
Just to look at you (*basketball player weirdly looks at a teammate)
In the dim light I say (*night soccer game)
That in my own small way
I will try, I will try
To help you through (*coaching occurs)

There'll be blue skies falling (*blue sky over a baseball field)
There'll be bad scenes and bad dreams (*softball player crying after suffering what appears to be a broken nose)
In a world so uncertain (*missed dunk)
Through the clouds it's hard to see (*mascot walking on stilts)
I will grab you and lift you (*wrestler grabbing and lifting an opponent)
As you hold on tight and sway (*defensive lineman wrapping up for a quarterback sack/basketball teammates embracing)
We'll go walking (*basketball player walking onto the court with his parents on Senior Night)
Across the fields of gray

There's a place I can go
When the world gets me down (*volleyball player going down for a dig)
When nothing, when nothing (*basketball team loses on a last-second shot/basketball player misses dunk)
Goes quite right it seems (*football player drops pass)
As I look there I know
Fortune smiles on me so (*football player blocks punt)
But who knows, no one knows
About tomorrow (*introductory press conference for new coach)

There'll be blue skies falling
There'll be bad scenes and bad dreams (*coach consoles crying basketball player)
In a world so uncertain (*baseball player makes diving catch but the ball pops out of his glove)
Through the clouds it's hard to see
I will grab you and lift you (*football players lift teammate in celebration)
As you hold on tight and sway (*volleyball players hold each other)
We'll go walking
Across the fields of gray (*Frank Beamer walking across the field)

When I was younger I saw things in black and white (*old woman hugging her son...?)
Now all I see is a sad, hazy gray
Sometimes I see a narrow flash of light
Sometimes I look and you show me the way

No matter what else happens
What the future will be
In a world so uncertain
Through the clouds it's hard to see
I will grab you and lift you
Calm your fears if you're afraid
We'll go walking
Across the fields of gray (*image of campus turns gray)

Here's another one, which I will leave unannotated because the song isn't as good and the Hokies didn't seem to have as much success in '95. |ES|