Is It Lesson Learned Yet?
Saturday’s whopping, record-breaking whupping to the Oregon Ducks can either be a lesson to learn from or a nuclear implosion. We all want it to be the former, and if it is, how long will it take to learn whatever it offers to teach?
Learning to win is a process, not an event. A game is an event. We have an event this Saturday which will be the beginning of the process of learning to win (notice I didn’t say ‘winning’, or ‘whingeing’). Saturday is not where we take all of the problems’ solutions and apply them to some trite game-plan-formula in order to get instant grits as a win over the hated lizards.
For me, a win would be to see the Vols compete for the entire 60 minutes. That will be step one on the road to recovery. And, that’s how far our fortunes have slid down the polls: to say that my objective is to see players wearing the orange jersey play with effort for the entirety of an afternoon.
And until they take that first step, wins will come only against UAB, Memphis, and perhaps Vanderbilt this season. But if they can take the first step Saturday, then I think more is possible. A little at least – maybe Kentucky, too.
I believe in Derek Dooley, and I believe his squad will take that first step on Saturday. Our young, thin team is facing a force to be reckoned with. Thirty lizards arrested during the leadership of one Urban The Herman Meyer – ten of them felonies – is a FORCE!
Yes, the lizards are fast, aggressive, and powerful on defense, while our offense has the look of a gingham dress decades out of date – hand off to Poole and see what he can do (and he CAN DO, given the proper circumstances). It took Oregon’s defense almost an entire half to figure out Tennessee’s offensive schemes. But, alas, once they did, it was lights out.
The lizard offense is a question mark, other than giving the ball to Demps and letting him try to make big plays that is. I think that is exactly what Urban and Crew will do, at least until it doesn’t work anymore, and then they’ll just do it some more, because it’ll start working again. That RB is the next best thing to all-purpose flour.
And, special teams is where the lizards have another huge advantage over us – when you have a thin squad, it’s the special teams that suffer the most.
We will play better this Saturday than we did in the second half last Saturday. But unless the lizards make multiple huge mistakes in their end of the field – perhaps fueled by feeling sorry for us – I see no chance of a win that this program and its fans so desperately want against those bastards. So, look for a ‘win’ to be judged by the level of competitiveness, not the number of points. Sad, really. ‘Cause if we can be motivated to leave it all on the field against these miscreants, then I can’t hang much more.
Florida 34 Tennessee 14
I’m hanging in there, Jack, it’s not that bad…