published Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

5-at-10: UT football, Power Poll and Finding the zone

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    Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley cuts a lonely figure walking through the end zone at Neyland Stadium, but he said Monday that athletic director Dave Hart told him no decision has been made on Dooley's future with the Volunteers despite multiple reports that he would not return next year.
    Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's get going

UT football

Derek Dooley met with the media Monday and said all the right things. He's a smart guy that has dominated news conferences the way the SEC has dominated his Vols the last two years.

Here are some of the highlights from our UT ace Downtown Patrick Brown:

— "I'm worried about Vanderbilt, and I can't make that decision. I can give you compelling arguments why I should, and there's plenty of compelling arguments why I shouldn't. It's not going to be your decision, it's not going to be a bunch of these sources' decision -- it's Dave and the chancellor [Jimmy Cheek], and it's their decision.

— "I can't control what they think. We've had a lot of good dialogue. I think he's got a good handle of how I do things in our program, where we are and why we're not getting the results we want. You move on and live with it."

— "Either the sources are wrong or Dave wasn't being forthright with me, and I have no reason to think Dave's not being forthright. He's an honest man, he's always been honest with me and I've appreciated how he's handled everything about this. I really have."

And let's not forget , "I didn't ask him that" was Dooley's response when asked whether he and Dave Hart discussed whether the third-year Vols head coach would be a fourth-year Vols head coach. (And we completely concur with ace columnist Mark Wiedmer's writing here that "Sometimes you don't ask the question because you don't want to know the answer.")

Dooley said plainly that UT AD Dave Hart told the embattled Vols coach that no decision had been reached about the future. Well, if that's truly the case, then there's no one up there paying attention to the past.

It's a results-driven industry. Period. That's the fundamental blessing and curse of sports. You win, you're celebrated and praised. You lose you're chastised and pounded. You know that. Dooley knows that. Heck, the Lil' 5-at-10 knows that and he's 5.

And these results are unacceptable.

As Weeds discussed this morning the perpetual "He inherited a mess," is both true and tired. That's like saying a toddler throwing a tantrum can be excused by saying he's a 2-year old. Well, he is, but three years later, if he's still acting like a 2-year-old steps need to be taken.

It's three years, and the tantrum mess in Knoxville is still a mess that causes tantrums across our glorious state and elsewhere (Hi, JMC).

We listened to Dooley's news conference with a filtered ear — remember we used to be pre-law (Thought is was pre-med? What's the difference?). And Dooley's message was clear and well-structure — much like the UT offense and the antithesis of the Vols defense.

Dooley's message was circular, and the diction was spot-on. So did Dooley slip from that message when saying that Hart said he had not made a decision, or did he craft that sentence artfully. Has Hart not made up his mind, but could the decision already be made from the powers that be in the 865? Is Hart the lone holdout or is he the only vote that matters?

Either way, we say this without reservation — If no decision has truly been made, then Dooley has dominated his meetings with his bosses as much as he's dominated his weekly news conferences.


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    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Houston.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NFL Power Poll

This may be the results-driven 5-at-10.

Ask the Pittsburgh Steelers, who wake up this morning sore and confused — a 16-13 overtime win over the worst team in the NFL a small consolation to waiting on the news about Ben Roethlisberger's injured right shoulder.

Ask the Houston Texans, who stood toe-to-toe and out-clubbed the Bears on Sunday night in a game that reminded everyone why NFL players are underpaid.

Ask the Dallas Cowboys, who saved their season by scoring in a wide variety of ways and dropped the Philadelphia Eagles into the pit of no return. (Side note: Eagles fans are kindred spirits with UT fans, and it has nothing to do with Darwin Walker. No, each group is longing for news that Jon Gruden is interested to coaching their team.)

1) Houston: The Texans are the league's most complete team. Defensively, Sunday's 13-6 standoff in the driving rain in Chicago was impressive. And that's without leader Brian Cushing, who was lost for the season with an ACL injury.

2) Atlanta: The Falcons are a yard away from being 9-0, but that's a long yard. The Falcons couldn't convert from the 1 against the Saints, who have the league's worst rushing defense. That does not bode well for a lengthy postseason run, which is what will define this Falcons team.

3) Chicago: The Bears' loss to Houston also included quarterback Jay Cutler missing most of the game after suffering a concussion. That defense will keep the Bears close, and if Chicago gets home-field advantage, there are not many teams that will have success going into the Windy City in January.

4) San Francisco: Another powerful NFC defense that failed to win Sunday after their quarterback was concussed. The 49ers tied the Rams 24-24 after Alex Smith was knocked from the game.

5) Denver: Yes, the Ravens have a better record, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos are starting to hit their stride. And to think we wondered if he would be able to comeback.


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    UTC's Lance Stokes (3) and Tennessee Temple's Aaron Walker (25) reach for a rebound Monday during the host Mocs' 88-53 win at McKenzie Arena.

And they're off

College hoops started this weekend. There were highs and lows and in the grand scheme of things they carry no weight. That's the price of having the best postseason in sports and the most meaningless regular season. So it goes.

That said, we're excited about tonight's hoops doubleheader in the Dome.

We want to see what the UK Cats have against Duke and vice-versa. And when you pit two of the true superpowers from any sport against each other, it deserves attention.

Plus, your Chattanoogga Mocs got started Monday night with a cruising win over Tennessee Temple. Sure the outcome — an 88-53 win against the Crusaders is as telling as whatever the reverse of that will be Thursday against Kansas — is of little consequence, but we did notice two quotes.

First from UTC coach John Shulman — "Could last year's team go 2-for-22 from the 3-point line and win?" Shulman told our UTC hoops ace David Uchiyama. "No. I don't care who we were playing."

We agree with that, and it leads us to..."Keep hustling, play defense and rebound -- if we keep doing that, it will give us a chance against any team we face this year," Z Mason said.

Good start for the Mocs, regardless of who was on the other bench.


This and that

— Speaking of Peyton Manning, has there ever been a more publicized, more analyzed and more dramatized break-up than Manning and the Colts that has ended this well for each side. Manning and the Broncos look like a real Super Bowl threat, and his replacement, Andrew Luck, is doing work beyond his years. In fact, on the overall value Rushmore — the old-school would you trade this player for that player — there are three completely untouchable players in the NFL all things considered (meaning to the team and city, age, position, etc.) are Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Andrew Luck. That final spot would be a toss up between RGIII, Peyton, Brees Eli and a few others.

— The more we think about the Lakers decision to go with Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson, the more we're pleased with it. First off, we're not a Lakers fan, so not having to hear from the Zen Master is a good thing. Second, Jackson's demands were over the top — Jacko, you're good and all, but dude, you won titles with MJ and Kobe and Shaq. That's like walking into the room with the Mrs. 5-at-10 and turning heads. Sure, you're in the team photo, but they are doing the heavy lifting. Third, it would have ended badly. Round 3 between Kobe and Jackson would have been Godfather III or Return of the Jedi rather than Rocky III or Indy Jones and the Last Crusade.

— Speaking of excellent 80s movies, SWEET BUCKETS of SUPER EXCITEMENT — it's coming this Thanksgiving. Wolverines. Watch the trailer here — — and you won't be disappointed. That's right, we're starting the Red Dawn for Academy Award campaign this very moment. You're either with us or against us. Wolverines. WOLVERINES.

— Don't know about you, but we think a complete day of college hoops is cool. ESPN is showing wall-to-wall college basketball today — we just saw the end of Stony Brook's win over Rider — and that's a good thing. In fact, here's hoping UTC could find a way into that thing in the future.


Today's question

Our man LeBron James went nuts in the second half Monday night, scoring 32 of his 38 points after halftime to rally the Heatles to a road win at Houston. Here's what he told the AP afterward:

"It's the zone," James said. "You know how it is when certain players get in a zone? You wish you could get into it more. But when you're in it, you know how you feel. You know everything you put up ... is going to be pretty good. I just tried to stay in it as long as possible."

The zone is that place that we all know is there but we seldom get to visit. And it's beyond sports, whether it's the time you were funnier than ever or seemed smarter than ever.

The zone is most common in sports, though, because there are so many chances and the higher level of sports are filled with elite competitors. So it goes.

What's your Rushmore of Zone (and we say that knowing that we may need several mountain faces)? Here's the four that instantly popped into our head:

— Lenny Bias putting on a clinic at UNC in February of 1986. Hoops is a tough one, and there are a slew of them: Young MJ in the playoffs against Boston; Old MJ against the Trail Blazers in the Finals; Bird-Dominique; Isaiah Thomas with 25 points in the third quarter of Game 6 in the '88 Finals; Pete Maravich's junior and senior seasons at LSU; Laettner against UK in the Elite Eight game in Philly in '92; LeBron killing the Celtics in the second half a few years ago with the Cavs. There's a bunch, but Lenny Bias was the first one that jumped into our head. (Well, it was the second; the 5-at-10 once scored 21 first-quarter points — a Georgia state record at the time that was later broken by Marietta's Steven Goolsby — at Lithia Springs. Total zone.)

— Lance Rorex, former Lookout Valley baseball player who had hits in 19 consecutive at-bats in 2008.

— Tee Martin completing 23 consecutive passes against South Carolina during UT's national title season of 1998. (Side note: We teared up a little bit writing that thinking about how much fun that was.)

— Jim Craig in the pipes during the Olympic hockey run in 1980. U-S-A! U-S-A! Wolverines. WOLVERINES!

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BIspy4 said...

Zone Rushmore:

Nicklaus on the back 9 in the 86 Masters.

Bird - and Nique - in maybe the greatest Game 7 duel ever.

Brady for the entire 19-, I mean, 18-1 season.

Rory at this year's PGA.

And for your consideration, 5. What if Big Urnge wallops, and I mean straight out mean Poke Salet Annie straight-razor totin woman wallops, Vandy on Saturday? Does Dools get a reprieve?

November 13, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
TennFlyer said...

Reggie Miller Game 1 1995 playoffs versus the Knicks. 8 points in 11 seconds, choke sign to Spike Lee, all in the Garden. That was going "Zonal".

November 13, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
chas9 said...

Jay--When you walk into that room and turn heads, are they whispering "How'd that goober get a babe like that? He must be loaded."

Yes, even I have to admit that jerk Laettner was in a zone. #@%$!! As was Goose Givens in the 1978 championship game over Dook. By the way, the cheating Blue Devils have six victories of the last seven over The Cats, but none in the last decade. You can't spell DUKE without UK.

Remember how in late August Dr. B (he's a proctologist, after all) proclaimed Tyler B to be all-world? It won't matter how good the UT defense is, he said, Bray will just outscore opponents. The always consistent doctor yesterday, praising Johnny Football (trademark) and the A&M juggernaut, opined that "If you've got Tyler Bray, that doesn't happen."

And on WGOW's Big Orange Talk on WGOW last evening, Baritone Bob Kesling and his sidekick criticized and second guessed Double D and the boys in a way they never do before the duck is wounded. They weren't mean, and they were probably right in their critiques, but their shift is a marker for where we are in the saga.

And I love Weeds' likening it all to a soap opera/reality show/circus.

November 13, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.
patrickbrown said...

two quick thoughts as I get set for post-practice football interviews up here in the 865...

5-at10: where was LeBron's zone on Sunday night when, you know, the Memphis Grizzlies (from my old stomping grounds) ran the champs off the floor? I think Wayne Ellington just made ANOTHER 3-pointer. and before you do it, I know you're gonna bring up that the NBA in November is meaningless, so I just wanted to let your loyal readers know what's coming.

my Mount Rushmore entry: Jodie Meeks, 54 points, Knoxville, I was there (wasn't sure if in-person was a requirement). Me to a friend at halftime when Meeks was sitting on 26: 'There's no way he'll keep this up.' oops...

November 13, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

jay wrote-

"It's three years, and the tantrum mess in Knoxville is still a mess that causes tantrums across our glorious state and elsewhere (Hi, JMC)."

Haha very funny Jay. T_T. My animated outburst, if that's what you call it, was justified on the account I was fed up regarding the "close but no cigar" mentality over on Scrappy Moore Field.

I have to admit, in the most recent article regarding this, Jacob definitely had a great explination which would hold true. The team does not have that "winning" mentality that has dominated Georgia Southern and Wofford all those years. The kind that says no matter what the scenerio is, we "will" win this game.

I was impressed.

But from a fan's perspective, Saturday's loss to Wofford was the straw that broke the camel's back with me and I will not apologize for it.

"Ask the Dallas Cowboys, who saved their season by scoring in a wide variety of ways and dropped the Philadelphia Eagles into the pit of no return. (Side note: Eagles fans are kindred spirits with UT fans, and it has nothing to do with Darwin Walker. No, each group is longing for news that Jon Gruden is interested to coaching their team.)"

I was actually listening to one of the local broadcasts on 103.3 ESPN here in Dallas and one of their reporters was reporting from Philly and stated the vibe (no shocker here) was worse than Knoxville's. He described signs hanging off of building off of I-95 calling for the coach's head on a platter more or less. So yay for the 'Boys winning that one but I wouldn't want to be up there given the Eagle's storied reputation (Nutshell: They make Yankee fans look like the Disney Princesses minus Jasmine).

Missed the Mocs opener last night because I volunteered for extra hours at work. Unfortunately, I won't be able to listen to Thursday's game (same reason) but I would be curious as to how well they do.

Heard Stern this morning talk about Red Dawn 2.0. Of course, he got to see it in advance and basically gave the thumbs up. However, it is suppose to be predominately a popcorn flick. I mainly want to see Lincoln first as I already had my popcorn/bad acting Kung Fu carnage thanks to Russell Crowe and the woman I refer to as Dr. Watson on Thursdays. Oh, and some black guy named Raz who I never heard of.

Spoiler alert: Apparently the actor who played Thor is who they cast for Patrick Swayzes role. This will be interesting.

November 13, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.
chas9 said...

Patrick--Thanks for the Meeks memory. Jody averaged almost 24 points per game that year, despite opponents keying on him.

November 13, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Jordan taking the old Boston Garden to the Thunder Zone in '86 was pretty awesome cause the only time I got to watch it was on my Come Fly With Me VHS tape and it was accompanied with BA background music. I may have watched it live, but as a result of my age being measured in months at the time and not years, I dont recall for certain.

Kobe's 81 was against the Raptors, but 81 is 81. The basket must have looked four feet wide for him that night.

Gruden said "the University of Tennessee" on the broadcast last night for the third week in a row. Logic be darned, its a sign. He will soon be ours.

And is there a worse fantasy feeling than to lose your match on the last play of a Monday Night Football game? You are riding the high of making it to overtime, you need 5 more flippin yards from Jamaal Charles, and Cassel throws an interception. My legal counsel talked me out of the car to pay Cassel a visit cause apparently a ten hour car ride makes it premeditated. I can feel my entertainment only rubels slipping through my fingers....curse you Matt Cassel.

November 13, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
Stewwie said...

[First from UTC coach John Shulman — "Could last year's team go 2-for-22 from the 3-point line and win?" Shulman told our UTC hoops ace David Uchiyama. "No. I don't care who we were playing."]

Ouch-standing. But he's right. The outside shooting was indeed pretty poor last night, but maybe it was due to the freshman jitters. Those guys shot much better in the blue-gold game. One thing I noticed last night was more hustling to get rebounds and loose balls than last year. Even on the offensive glass the guys got after it and were able to get lots of second-chance points because of it.

[LeBron killing the Celtics in the second half a few years ago with the Cavs.]

Do you mean against the Pistons? I think it was Game 5 in '07. He was definitely in the zone.

Great call on Kobe, Todd. He would have had more performances close to that if Phil hadn't benched Kobe in the 4th due to the Lakers' comfortable leads after 3. (Example: He had 62 after 3 quarters against the Mavs a few years back but sat the 4th Q.) The Lakers weren't as good when Kobe got his 81 so he was needed all 4 quarters just to try to win the game.

November 13, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Nicklaus on the back 9 is beyond the Zone. It's historic Zone because he knew he needed to shoot 30, and dude willed him self into the Zone. Normally the Zone calls you; Nicklaus called the Zone.

It's official — Nicklaus is the Chuck Norris of golf.

Tenn Flyer —

It's official: Going Zonal is in the lexicon. Well-played indeed sir.

9er —

Did not hear the Big Orange Show, but if Kesling and the Gang the UT Radio Network have turned then Dooley is goner even more than we know. Yes, Spy, we said goner.

Downtown —

Get back to work. These kids today...

Run JMC —

Red Dawn 2012.0 is going to be the first popcorn Academy Award winner. Put it on the board.

962 —

Gruden also mentioned two automobiles... wait, do you think he's going to buy Ford? Hhmmmmm...

We had Charles last night too, and needed 5 more points to top 200. And if you decide to lay hand son Matt Cassel, you will be the mayor of K.C. before sunset.

— 5-at-10

November 13, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Stewwie —

Completely meant the Pistons. Not sure why we typed Celtics. So it goes.

As for the Mocs — and this is true in every sport — fans can be rational and forgiving if they know a team is playing hard. They can be harsh and over the top when they know for sure a team is NOT playing hard. There's no doubt which one describes last year.

— 5-at-10

November 13, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

What about Lebron against the Pistons in Game 5 in Detroit in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. Truthfully, I'm not sure I've ever seen a greater single game performance.

He scored 25 straight points and 29 of his team's last 30. I remember watching it (and maybe my memory has made it better), but everyone knew he was the only one that was going to get a shot off. The Pistons were double and triple teaming him. He still went off. Amazing. When I think Lebron James, that's the game that always comes to mind, much like two games come to mind with Jordan- the Trail Blazers Finals game you refer to and the "flu game."

Baseball can always find some pitcher "in the zone." Football is really tough, because it is such a team sport.

November 13, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.
fechancellor said...

This could be fodder for another category of Mt. Rushmore or applicable to the "in the zone" performances currently discussed.

Woods wins US Open at Pebble by 15

Woods wins 1997 Masters by 12

Johnny Miller a final round 63 at US Open at treacherous Oakmont to win from six back.

McIIroy posts -16 to win by 8 at US Open at Congressional

Nicklaus' record 271 to win by 9 over Palmer and Player at the '65 Masters. Anyone who has ever touched a golf club knows what Bobby Jones said about that.

In a whole different standard of rarefied air Watson wins mano-y-mano contast at Turnburry with 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

November 13, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I have another conspiracy. Gruden has been doing Hooters commercials. The company's primary color is orange.

Maybe Gruden has secretly been stocking up on orange-accented apparel. Maybe he'll do his coaches show from Hooters of Knoxville (it'd be better if he did it from Litton's but I'm not as wild about Gruden as a coach as everyone else seems to be so he wouldn't probably choose that locale).

November 13, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.
dawg747 said...

Ten Cup: Sorry about your Awful Tigers on Saturday. For pure zone: How about Bill Walton hitting 21 out of 22 fields goals against Memphis State in the finals with no dunks because they were illegal.

November 13, 2012 at 1:01 p.m.
deboman said...

Quick drop into the 5@10 Zone...

12/31/1988...Mario Lemieux scores 5 goals in a game, 5 different ways- Even strength, power play, short handed, penalty shot, and empty net. 5 goals has been done before, but never like this.

Wayne Gretzky's 81-82 season where he scored 92 goals. In 80 games. Phenomenal.

Jordan's 63 in the playoffs against Boston. Really, Jordon from about 1986-1993.

Emmitt Smith goes for 168 yds + 10 catches for 61 yards against the giants in the last game of the 1993 season. With a separated shoulder. Not sure what kind of zone kept him going that day.

Some all-timers that showed a little somethin' somethin'.

Seein that I threw some hockey in there...I would have to give some honorable mention to Brian Boucher and his shutout streak of 332 minutes, or 5 1/2 games. Talk about seeing the puck like a beach ball.

November 13, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Stuck —

Fair point and we meant Bron-Bron vs. the Pacers. (Copyright Stew.)

FE to the C —

Some of those golf stories, especially the comebacks like Miller and Jack, have both versions of the zone. Those guys going Zonal (copyright TennFlyer) and the competition getting Ze-roned.

Spy —

Gruden once volunteered at a Red Cross. It's in the books, he's going to be a Volunteer.

Also heard Gruden watches the TV show "Nashville." Know where Nashville is located? You got it — Tennessee.

That said, and we can't believe we're adding to the Gruden hysteria, someone called in here earlier and said there was an audio clip of Jason LaCondra, a big-time NFL reporter type, saying recently that Gruden would be more interested potentially in a college job like Tennessee than the NFL. And apparently he even mentioned the word Tennessee. Go figure.

Dawg —

Here's saying you're not THAT sorry.

Walton's 21-for-22 and Laettner's 10-for-10, 10-for-10 for 31 against UK are likely the two NCAA tournament zone moments.

— 5-at-10

November 13, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Just thought of another about Brett Favre's performance against the Raiders in the Monday night game after his dad died? Dude played out of this world that night, especially considering the circumstances.

November 13, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Debo —

We'll take your word on the hockey ones — and Gretzky was like Jordan and even Tiger in that each was in the zone for years at the time.

Emmitt though was an inspired call. Remember watching that game — think they needed the win to secure home-field advantage — and thinking, "Wow, that's a tough dude."

Stew little, Stew late —

Great wording there — Favre was other-worldly that night. Felt like something cosmic was happening.

Plus it was one of the rare times that the lovefest from the announcers that followed Favre was actually warranted.

— 5-at-10

November 13, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Spy, two things. Thing one, genius conspiracy. How have I not seen this before? Of course the Hooters commercials tie in. Thing two, as a former 865'er, born and raised, on the playgroud is where I spent most of my days, chillin out maxin....wait, what was I talking about, ah yes, Is Litton's even still open? And do they still have cookies the size of an 8 year old Todd's head? Thats your second Litton's reference in as many weeks, so I must know.

Schfiver, in the Rewind, yourself and Professor Hargis brought back many memories analyzing Coach Cardwell's supplementary guidance for his son. Funny how dads tend to do that when they are in a coaching role. I remember many "excited performance critiques" from the sideline and during the ride home from a victory or defeat. Good hindsight.

November 13, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Well thats gonna have to boycott all sports pages till this whole Dooley Debacle is Developed and Done. Now dont get me wrong, I understand that yes I do live on the Tenn/UGA border and yes I know it's news and very much needs reporting on, which you and your staff is doing a fabulous job on as always. I just feel like this is gonna be another Bonds on steroids story that never ends. And it seems that in the past four hasnt. My heart bleeds for UT fans state wide and abroad. They thought "he who shall not be named" was the answer, then Dooley. In all sincereness, I truly hope you guys find the right man for the long as his name doesnt rhyme with feudin. However i will need to drop in every now and again since you did mention WOLVERINES!!!! I mean CMON!!! Who's not seeing that movie?!?!!?

November 13, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

Mocs weren't hitting shots last night. Mocs turned the ball over too much last night. Who cares? Mocs showed more hustle, more athleticism, and a more exciting brand of basketball. If this were last year, there would have been approximately 15 ill-advised threes. Last night, I just remember one. That's what I'm looking for this year. Excited about Thursday's game. The bad news? The jitters that were obviously there last night will probably still be there when they head to Kansas. The good news? By the time the Mocs come home to face the critical three game stretch of SE Missouri, Troy, and Louisiana Tech between Sunday and Tuesday of next week, they will have played at Kansas. In other words, any jitters that were there should be worked out by then. They should be much looser, and this team will look like a real live basketball team. Really excited about where this team can go. We should have a Mocs basketball contest for the three home games next week before Thanksgiving. Pick all three games and their scores. Closest to right wins.....Why should we do that? Because that's how huge next weeks three home games are. GO MOCS!

November 13, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
deboman said...

5er- Emmitt's game was for homefield advantage, which included what proved to be a very valuable bye week. They don't win the Super Bowl if he doesn't get a week off.

With this whole Dooley thing, why do I keep getting images of Kevin Bacon's character at the end of Animal House trying to calm uncontrollable chaos. Now wait a minute...Bluto rode off into the sunset with a cheerleader at the end of that chaos...Gruden's wife was a cheerleader...

November 13, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
jgreeson said...

962 —

Great times indeed. As the son of the youth league coach everyone wanted to play for those were golden memories.

Oso —

Good to see you again. Grab a brew, don't cost nothing.

And we concur 100 percent — who's not going to see Red Dawn 2012.0. We're stoked.

Stuck —

Stand down Stuck, stand down. This is November hoops.

Debo —

Not only did Bluto run off with a cheerleader — GRUDEN — he became a senator. If he wanted to, Gruden could be a senator.

Heck, the boogeyman may check under the covers for Chuck Norris, but you know who Chuck Norris checks under the bed for? Jon "Stinkin" Gruden.

Who wants some?

— 5-at-10

November 13, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
BIspy4 said...


I saw Mario in what was supposed to be his last game in Montreal before his first retirement. He had two goals and three assists and could have had a hat trick. Fired a laser that the Canadians goalie (Jocelyn Thibault, maybe? Can't remember.) never saw and it hit the cross bar. Place went bonkers. He absolutely undressed Peter Popovic on one move and the poor Habs goalie was visibly looking for a place to hide as 66 broke in on him all alone. Final score was 8-6 Montreal but there was no doubt who the first star of the game was. They didn't even need to announce it. As soon as they got to the first star, the crowd exploded and gave Mario a standing o for about five minutes.

November 13, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.
deboman said...

Spy- Mario was a joy to watch as a hockey fan, even though he played for the stinkin' penguins. A lot is made about Lance Armstrong coming back from cancer, but so did Super Mario. His 92-93 season was one of the most impressive by any athlete in any sport. Missing two months of the season for chemo treatments and still winning the league scoring title, putting up points at a pace only eclipsed by 99. He had some moves and made lots of very good players look bush league. Not to mention the fact he was linebacker sized at 6'4" 225.
Guess memories of the ice is all we have for now. Stupid Bettman.

November 13, 2012 at 5:49 p.m.
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