Every game is a ‘big game’ for Vol fans. That’s what makes us great fans. We care. A lot.
But Saturday’s game against South Carolina is a really Big Game. This team has made it a big game due to psychological concerns – we now have a phobia of, a neurotic aversion to, a downright fear of the Dreaded Second Half.
I had a dream about Saturday’s game…
For many days, it was a foregone conclusion that Tennessee would be headed to Nashville for their first Music City Bowl appearance. But rumors from ‘insiders’ started to sprout on Saturday like flowers in May — the Vols were headed to Jacksonville on New Year’s Day for their reward of a perfect November.
Dear Georgia Fans,
I wanted to express my sincere condolences for the loss of Uga VII.
I heard through the dogvine that it was a rather sudden heart attack today. Even though Uga VII and I were of opposite sidelines, we had a special species bond. Any school with a canine mascot is one of my fav’s.
At only five 35 years old, it must be tough on the Georgia University family, especially the Seiler family who has tendered the pack for so many years. Someday the Good Lord will take me, too. I’ll see you up there, Ol’ Seven, soon enough.
But until then, I’ll roam the sideline this Saturday with a tear in my eye thinking of ‘ya.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. – Aldous Huxley
I don’t know all the Tennessee history and tradition with all the matchups, nor do I ever intend to… There’s a lot of great teams in this conference, but I told (players) that, to me, this is the biggest matchup. To me, because of what we need to do in recruiting, this (the Georgia game) will be the biggest matchup for this staff and for our team. – Lane Kiffin
Coach Lane Kiffin made that statement in a post-game press conference, chronicled by Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press where he explores Coach Kiffin’s post-game comments regarding Georgia being Tennessee’s biggest rival. Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution did the same.
What is noteworthy is a comment posted to Mr. Rucker’s article: ”Wow. This just shows what Kiffin cares about. Not the University, not the players, but how he looks in recruiting.”
How he looks in recruiting. Hmmm. Now why would that be a bad thing?
Senator Blutarsky over at Get the Picture has a beef with this post-game comment – it would have been more impressive as a pre-game comment he argues. The Senator then has a go at what the comment actually means, writing: “How weird is that rationale, anyway? I thought a program recruited to win games. The Laner wins games to recruit. Maybe he’ll give his program a trophy the year Rivals ranks his recruiting class #1.”
Ahhhh, I see. People think all of this is some kind of narcissism, not about wins and losses. Read More…
Sat 10 Oct 2009 • 12:21 pm ET • Neyland Stadium • Knoxville
Hanging On For Dear Life
This matchup is interesting from the standpoint that (1) a lot is riding on the outcome for both teams and (2) performances by both teams so far leave you scratching your head. Let’s take the second point first.
The collective Bulldog psyche must be on lithium by now. They start the season by getting blindsided at Oklahoma State (Stillwater is a pretty tough place to play), then nearly score 100 points against the collective Gamecocks and Razorbacks, have some good fortune against a pretty ordinary Arizona State, and then, well I don’t really know how to describe that loss against LSU. Blame it on the poor officiating decision near the end (excessive celebration? Ridiculous call!)? Or was it scoring nothing in the first half? Or was it the meltdown of the ‘Dogs’ special teams? All of the above – I still don’t really know how to take that game.
By The Numbers
Now that teams have played 5 games in their schedules, the team statistics are starting to fall into a place where they are perhaps telling us something useful. Up to now, it’s been like looking at baseball standings in the middle of May. Read More…
We’re gonna do our mid-week thing a little differently. Instead of one massive post as a game preview, we’ll break it up. First will be Up Next, a chance to pay a little homage to history as well as poke a little fun at the Vols’ upcoming opponent, followed later in the week where we’ll stick to the upcoming game in Game Preview.