This is It, This is Hip
That could mean a lot of things, couldn’t it…
Perhaps Saturday is when the Vols’ season essentially ends, defined as officially being knocked out of bowl eligibility with a loss. Or, perhaps Saturday is when Tennessee and Derek Dooley win their first conference game of the season.
Or, perhaps it’s even bigger than that. Perhaps.
Perhaps it is the end of a long decline. Perhaps it is the beginning of a long-term resurgence. Perhaps it is the beginning of stardom.
Last week was Tyler Bray’s first chance as a starting quarterback. He was nothing short of stellar. However, two truths spring to mind: (1) the opponent was crap; and (2) nobody noticed (outside of the Vol family that is).
Thus is the problem with identifying trends before the corner is rounded, or after the corner is rounded but not recognizable because of a shortage of reliable information.
Reporting on Tennessee’s win over Memphis last week, the blog Belly of the Beast posted this bit of wisdom: “Welcome to the Tyler Bray era, everyone! It promises to be 3.4% more enjoyable and fruitful than the Matt Simms era in 2010.”
Hmmm. Well, I have a feeling the smoke is going to clear a bit on Saturday. If Andrew Gribble is right, and the only areas in which the Vols have an edge over the Rebels are Wide Receivers, Linebackers, and Special Teams, then Ole Miss should roll, barring big plays and converted turnovers by the Orange.
But, it is most fascinating to read posts on the Ole Miss blogosphere. For example, in a look forward to the Reb’s last three games, there is not one mention of the name Tyler Bray. In fact, I did a search on the blog Red Cup Rebellion for “Tyler Bray”. There was one hit – in an article that was a series of questions answered by our friends at Rocky Top Talk.
That’s been it. And, I think that is good, because it opens the door for something unexpectedly wonderful to unfold.
Here’s my prediction: on Saturday, Tyler Bray will cement his position as Tennessee’s quarterback for the next 3 years, plus the remainder of this year’s season.
If that means the Bray era will be only 3.4% more enjoyable and fruitful than the Matt Simms era in 2010, then so be it. But, I think Belly of the Beast likely has his decimal point at least one spot too far to the left.
Get ready for Saturday. One way or another, this is it, and THIS IS HIP.
Tennessee 33 Ole Miss 27
GO YOU HIPSTER VOLS!!!!!!!!