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!!!!!!!!

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13 responses to “This is It, This is Hip”

  1. tk says :

    WELL IF YOU LIKE SCORING BE THERE SATURDAY. AS WITH FREDS PREDICTION IM KINDA RIGHT UP THERE WITH HIM. THIS IS THE GAME NO ONE CAN PREDICT IN MY ESTIMATION. LETS KEEP IT CLOSE BUT LETS WIN. TENNESSEE 32–OLE MISS 31…….AND THAT MAKES FOR A REALLY GOOD POST GAME RADIO SHOW.

  2. rockytop78 says :

    Left-side brain prediction: Ole Miss 31, Tennessee 28

    Right-side brain prediction: Tennessee 31, Ole Miss 28

  3. bert says :

    i got a bad feeling about this… ’cause we’re all on the same page…

    at any rate, ole miss is not a good road team and they’ve
    got LSU the following week…so i’m bankin’ on those 2
    bits of minutiae, along with the aforementioned tyler bray…

    ole miss 24
    vols 37

  4. norcalvol says :

    A quick update: The Tennessean is reporting that Masoli is still not cleared to play on Saturday. Decision may come as late as Saturday morning.
    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101112/SPORTS0601/101112022/1035

    • tk says :

      does this mean we can correct predictions??
      and what is all this left side , right side stuff every single week?

      • norcalvol says :

        Yeah, if your prediction was based on Masoli either playing or not playing. Mine assumes he will play but will not be anywhere near 100% because of his injury.

        Left brain /right brain = what he logically thinks will happen if he had to bet / what he hopes will happen (or the absolute best-case scenario). I view his left brain predictions as his ‘actual’ predictions…

  5. Billy Smart says :

    Ole Miss isn’t the best road team. I don’t think they’ll break that pattern when they get to Knoxville. But it will be a challenging game. I predict an overtime victory of UT-35
    Ole Miss-32

  6. Sandy says :

    Orange-brain thinking:

    The Vols have found their next quarterback in Tyler Bray. They build on the “momentum” from last week’s mis-match agains Memphis. Ole Miss plays uninspired. And the Vols win going away, 42-18.

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