What would you do with a rotten tomato?
Alabama at Tennessee
Saturday October 25, 2014 | Knoxville, TN | 7:30 EST
Just another Top 5 opponent for the 2014 Tennessee Vols who appear to be on life support.
This time it’s bitter rival Alabama who comes to Knoxville for a tilt under the lights. Alabama has beaten the Vols by at least 30 points each of the last four meetings. After Saturday, that streak is likely to grow to five.
As good as the Vols defense is, it eventually wears down under the weight of a totally inept offense, led by a young offensive line, now beat up with injuries, that has allowed an SEC-worst 30 sacks.
The next worst in the conference has surrendered 16.
They are so beat up that fifth-year senior Jacob Gilliam has had to play. With a torn ACL.
There has been a lot of talk about Josh Dobbs this week. Should his red shirt be burned?
First, I don’t know how good Josh Dobbs really is. He didn’t show well in his games he played in last season, and reports indicate that he lags behind Nathan Peterman in practice week after week.
That’s where we are. As one Knoxville radio host said this week, Tennessee’s offense is in a state of triage.
This week, we have even less hope than last week, when we had very little.
So that makes the return of a former Tennessee head coach to Knoxville this Saturday the main focus of this great rivalry. That’s what we’ve sunk to.
That single year (2009) Lane Kiffin was the head coach, the Vols went 7-6, the last winning season by the orange. They went 4-4 in conference play, a record that now would cause parties to spontaneously break out throughout the Volunteer State. Since riots broke out after Kiffin, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, announced he was leaving Tennessee for the West Coast, the Vols have beaten one ranked team and reached one bowl game.
I’m no Lane Kiffin fan. But if I had a rotten tomato, I wouldn’t throw it at Lane Kiffin just to make myself feel good. I would instead extract its seeds and plant them, nurture their growth, and make sure they grow to be giant plants that will bear fruit to nourish the masses for many years to come.
Vols football on-field performance hasn’t quite reached the bottom. We are soon going to be worse in terms of W’s and L’s than any of the Derek Dooley teams — not only will we not go to a bowl game, but we will most likely set the school record for the most losses in a season.
Then things will improve.
But not now.
Alabama 34 Tennessee 0
p.s., note that my metaphor used tomatoes, not bamboo.