Teddy Karwacki had just sat down in one of those comfy chairs at Remedy Coffee in The Old City district of downtown Knoxville early Sunday afternoon when he saw Mortimer Weinstein walk in. Teddy knew what was waiting as soon as Mort had gotten his mid-afternoon latte. “I suppose you want to give me a verbal dissertation about last night’s Heisman Trophy presentation?” Teddy said it loud enough over the music so that Mort could hear.
Alabama 41 Tennessee 10
23 Oct 2010 | Neyland Stadium | 102,455Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
What does airplane glue and a paper bag give you? A short-lived high, and then an excruciating headache. “Migraine” is now spelled “Julio Jones”…
…or, perhaps the present state of “Tennessee Vol Football”.
Once again I asked the collective braintrust at VITF to produce some more nonsense. This time, the query was to assess the proper recipient of this year’s Heisman Trophy.
Each of the VITF panel was asked to submit their top five, in order from 1st to 5th. A total of five ballots, including mine, were received. The votes were tallied by yours truly. Each first-pace vote was worth 5 points, second-place votes were worth 4 points, and so on. The table below is a summary of the number of votes for each position and the total tally of points.
Mark Ingram and Toby Gerhart each received the most first-place votes, two each, but Ingram received one more total point; Gerhart did not receive a vote on one of the five ballots received. C. J. Spiller and Ndamukong Suh came in third and fourth. Everybody else was way back, although Case Keenum who finished sixth received a first-place vote (his only vote).
Following the table are the individual ballot results along with some comments from each of the illustrious voters.
Why do we do this? Some things are just too important to be left to the professionals… Read More…
Alabama made 26 first downs to Florida’s 13, and converted 11 of 15 3rd-down conversions (11 of 15!) to Florida’s 4 of 11. The Tide’s rushing yardage swallowed the Gators’, 251 to 88 yards (63 of Florida’s 88 yards were Tebow’s). Alabama’s unheralded passing game equaled Florida’s touted Tebow-to-Company wrecking crew, 239 to 247 yards. And the Crimson Tide had possession of the ball twice as long as the Gators, 39:37 to 20:23.
This was simply Alabama’s best game of the season and Florida’s worst. By far on both accounts. But why?
Perhaps Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin was correct when he humorously postulated earlier this week that both teams had great players but Alabama’s were better coached. Perhaps. Read More…
We are now eight games into this 2009 season and the Vols are even for the season at 4-4. With Memphis coming to town this Saturday night – the weekly pre-game buildup will be a bit on the sluggish side – it’s an excellent opportunity to sit back and take stock in where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. I’ve invited the charter members of the Vols in the Fall commenters to answer a series of questions on the Vols, the SEC, and the national scene. I throw my two cents in as well. We all provided comments without seeing each others’ musings. A blind tasting if you will.
Since none of us know what we’re talking about when it comes to Tennessee Football, or anything else for that matter, this should rank right up there with the professional media. As somebody once said, some things are far too important to be left to the professionals.
Attendance (Bryant-Denny Stadium): 92,012
I’m back. Somewhat rested. Still wondering what to make of it all. But in the spirit of moving forward, here’s the game recap, possession by possession.
But first, a word from our… Oops. Technical difficulties. Do not try to adjust your set. Or your headset…
Right before kickoff, it becomes apparent that the Tennessee coaching staff is discussing the possible sabotage of their headsets. Yes, it is just a coincidence, I’m sure. Faulty wiring or just a bad connector. Right. So the officials rule that both teams’ staffs must remove the headsets until the “problem is fixed.” The “problem” is “fixed” after only a couple of plays.
A red rat chewing through a wire no doubt…
Sat 24 Oct 2009 • 3:30 pm ET • Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa
Tennessee rolls into T-Town on Saturday, fresh from a bye week. Alabama looks invincible after leap-frogging Florida in the AP poll to the nation’s number one team. Tennessee is trying to rebuild a depleted program. Alabama is trying to build a dynasty. Tennessee’s coach is hated as a loud-mouthed fraud. Alabama’s coach is hated as a narcissistic liar. If you wear the orange, you hate the crimson. If you don the crimson, you hate the orange. Yankees-Red Sox. Lakers-Celtics. Packers-Bears. Canadiens-Maple Leafs. Manchester United-Liverpool.
For those who thought that this rivalry had lost its spark, I believe Saturday will give evidence that it is back in full voice. Whatever it is – Lane Kiffin’s request to wear orange in enemy territory, or the festering residual of Fulmer’s snitching – I haven’t felt or heard this level of disgust out of the Crimson Tide supporters over our fair Big Orange in several years. Seems like old times. Glad things are back to normal. I was afraid there for a while that we were going to make nice.
Given this landscape – if it is possible to maintain a shadow of objectivity about Saturday’s game – let me try to give a neutral perspective on what to look for on Saturday.
Bits and Bytes for a Thursday.
It’s getting close, isn’t it? Well, if you can’t wait, like I can’t, here are some bits and bytes to hold you over. But, caution. These might give you indigestion and keep you up at night. I recommend orange-tinted glasses for reading this post as a countermeasure.
We’re Vols, and we’ll show up ready to fight like hell. But you’ll get my exaggerative point after reading.