Whattaburger is THE Texas institution. "Natives" swear unholy allegiance to it. Don't get me wrong, their burgers are some of the best I've had for fast food and probably one of the things I'll miss food-wise if I chose to move back home. But you see billboards down here saying "Texas is Whattaburger country. Lucky You." Was slightly perturbed to read that after they closed the last of the Krystals in DFW. So it goes.
I think Chick-Fil-La is packed because the sheep that is our general population believe it to be the official fast food restaurant of Jesus Christ. I conclude this on the grounds it an't the quality of the food. It's more bland then In and Out.
I find humor in Checkers being the #1 FF burger joint on the account there's only one left: East Ridge. I worked at the one on 153 where the FCS bank branch is today. Good times.
Lots of words; zero interest. Like when I laugh at the Dr. Pepper vendor who has never seen a playoff.
WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SELECTION FOR ONE YOU D.A.! This Sunday, 11 AM ESPNU. Everyone else's argument is invalid.
Props to Weeds for the Santa Moc column. Apparently more die-hard Moc fan kiddies then in an Allstate commercial. :)
I have to admit I was a little perturbed over "Santa Vol" last year but given Russ's boys recent run this year and with a SoCon Championship to boot, surely the folks at Hamilton Place would do Santa Moc. I have to admit the costume looks GREAT. A lot better then what I imagined after reading about this yesterday morning. Glad to read about the healthy turnout. Much respect for the 10 year old for having her uncle take her to Cookville. That's a good a uncle given the drive up there on the 111.
My inner seven-year-old this morning was hopping up and down over reading the news Hamilton Place was getting a "Santa Moc". I left you an email Jay but here's the other reminder: I want pictures. Send your Jimmy Olson between 6-9 PM tonight at HP. Thank you.
I love having my Internet back after a good viral scrubbing and reboot. The broadcast of the Mocs/TT game was decent coming from the OVC digital network feed but HAD to open a separate window to listen to JR call the game. While there was a 10-15 second lag from time to time, it was 200 percent BETTER then those two yahoos the Cookville PBS station hired to call the game. You talk about the most deadpan commentators around. 1) This is NOT NPR and 2) this is not the golf channel. Dave Thomas said it best: Do it right or don't do it at all.
This weekend at Furman is basically going to be a victory lap more then anything.
On to roundball. I caught the ESPN streaming broadcast for about 20 minutes and then said forget it. Mocs are still a LONG ways away from being the potential giant-killers of the 90s. Switched over to Fosters Femme Fatales and that went from hot to ugly and back to hot again before concluding ugly. I didn't even stay for the second half as I was bent on seeing Big Hero 6 at the local megaplex. For you closet toonheads, The Incredibles was better but I still thoroughly enjoyed this. Especially with all the Easter eggs floating about.
Ten Ring- Hit the nail on the head. I remember many years ago when I was student, our sports editor (I was a writer/assistant editor at the Echo for a while) was a man named Erik Grey. He and I never saw eye to eye on a lot of things but we both had undying loyalty towards the blue and gold. I remember in his final editorial, how he was "sick and tired of seeing students walking around campus wearing Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and other schools" when they go to UTC. The straw that broke the camels back with him was the time UTC was playing Memphis and most of the student section were actually rooting for the Tigers. As much as I would wish student pride would take hold, people still see UTC as the "back-up plan commuter school". I can't complain as I was that way at one time myself. However, from a football standpoint this is big. We're not North Dakota State with a long-standing history of deep tradition.
I love the fact we have undying loyalty towards the Big Orange yet everyone sends their children to UTC. Hypocrisy: a Chattanooga tradition since 1886.
Writer's note: I've rooted for the Vols (and still do) since 5th-6th grade but they don't need my support. Coach Russ and his team does because that is where I went to school.
O.o Boy did I stir the pot or what. Not that this is current on the account of today's Hargis piece but still...
Ten Ring, as you know I can't listen but here's my questions for Wade. With the new recruits coming in (Shaq 2.0 from Louisiana and that seven footer), how fast do you think they will be able to learn Chaos? Also pink elephant in the room, what are the long term goals for the program given his recent uptick in the national spotlight?
I'll hang up and listen. :P
Rushmore: Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan, The Devil's Brigade, Heartbreak Ridge
Congrats on the Mocs finally breaking the top ten! Now all that is needed is a trip on the ol' one-eleven to take on UTC-lite in Cookville. Tell Weeds to just get on I-27 through Soddy until he sees the numbers one-one-one, and go straight. No GPS required. :P
Of course, there is that purple school in South Carolina but they went toasty toast weeks ago.
Mailbag: If the Mocs finish strong and given our facility and Southside goodness, what are the odds of them hosting a playoff and people (aka "locals") actually attending?
Sorry for being late to the game. The 5&10 satellite office was getting a new cable system put into play. So it goes.
To answer your question, yes there were less then 10,000. I got to watch the game on ESPN3 in the most unlikely of places and the camera shots don't lie. Great turnout on the home size but nearly empty on the visitor side. The nerds get a pass due to Anime Blast Chattanooga 10 blocks down the road at the convention center. The rest of the city (and surrounding areas) have NO excuse. Face it, because UTC is not in the SEC they think it doesn't matter. I've never met a fanbase more wanting to be Knoxville then this city. :(
Watching the ESPN commenter fanboy over Dennis Haskins was funny though.