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 a lesson 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the lizards are fast, aggressive, and powerful on defense, while our offense has the look of a gingham dress decades out of date – hand off to Poole and see what he can do (and he CAN DO, given the proper circumstances).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’re suffering.

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…

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5 responses to “Is It Lesson Learned Yet?”

  1. Bert says :

    i agree, fred, that the vols will most likely
    play better than they did in the 2nd half of
    last week’s debacle vs oregon.

    however, that will only last one quarter…

    although the florida offense was pathetic the
    last game and a half, they scored 31 points
    in the 2nd half of last week’s game vs
    south florida.

    the vols only chance is to run left, run right,
    run up the middle…keep the clock runnin’ and
    shorten the game.

    it’s a good idea but it won’t work…

    floriduh 37
    tennessee 10

  2. Orangebobber says :

    Florida Offense is no Oregon but their defense looks pretty strong. Dooly needs to make sure there is not letdown. We must throw more across the middle if we are to stay in these games. Depth will be our downfall though and I see the gators prevailing 32- 17. After this tickets will be available for nothing. Sorry MH.

  3. norcalvol says :

    Bert:
    Indeed, shortening the game will likely be the plan. That was Kiffin’s plan last year, too. Going on memory, I think we lost by 10, but the game really wasn’t that close, although the team put up a helluva fight for 60 minutes, especially the defense (which had a couple of real leaders that we don’t seem to have so far this season).

    Orangebobber:
    Good point – I don’t know why we’re not throwing down Route 1 more often, either.

  4. tk says :

    WELL WELL WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN. THIS COULD BE THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE GAME OF THE SEASON. IT REMAINS AS ONE OF MY SIX LOSSES OBVIOUSLY BUT REALLY CANT PUT A FINGER ON WHERE ITS GOING TO END UP. I KNOW WE HAVE TO RUN, RUN, RUN AND I UNDERSTAND EATING THE CLOCK BUT I THINK AIRING IT OUT LONG A LITTLE MORE MAY HELP US……..JUST NOT ENUFF. THE GATORS BY A DOZEN….18-30

  5. Sandy says :

    Billy’s prediction is 28-21. He thinks that since Florida hasn’t played anyone yet that the Vols will keep it close. He’s young ;)

    I think this will run along the same lines as last week. The Vols will come out and play well for a while, keep it close and maybe have an early lead. But speed and depth is their undoing and Urban piles it on in the 2nd half. Final score, Gaters 42, Vols 17.

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