Maybe Butchy thinks they're playing the dark giant killer of Fargo. XD
Sorry I haven't been on this week. I training in a new department at my job for seasonal work so my days of writing for the 5 & 10 maybe limited at times. Wanted to think Jay and the crew (no pun intended to Michelle's favorite designer) for the first "Mocs" front page write-up using the new format on the Davis Tull article (My mom has a subscription so I can see the e-print version through her account). Unless Tull has a physical blowout of some sort, I don't see why he can't be to the defense on Sundays the way a certain former Moc was to the offense. Hopefully with a lot less drama. Even with Williams out for Saturday (which in the long run I'm okay with), Mocs are coming hungry, the Vols are coming in wounded. This is going to be fun.
This is why I hate the fact the Mocs are playing a doormat. There's nothing to talk about. I would be jazzed about Tennessee-Florida EXCEPT CBS an't carrying the game like in years past. I don't have the SEC Network and due to slim picking budget, I have a choice between going to a sports bar/restaurant for Tennessee/Florida or Tennessee/Chattanooga.
Yeah, exactly. We maybe underdogs but if you think I'm going to miss the first Vols/Mocs match-up since Nixon was in the White House and that "new" Saturday Morning show "The Banana Splits" was on NBC, you don't know me too well.
"Yes, it takes blind faith to give up almost six TDs, but did you know that SMU has scored one TD total in four games, and that was a meaningless Hail Mary in a 43-6 loss to North Texas?"
A game which yours truly attended "live" mind you. ^_^
Not going to lie, I was listening to 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday during lunch and long story short, the Jay Greeson and Dr. B wannabes stated SMU is so bad, they could schedule a game with neighboring Allen High School (the school with the facility that rivals any FCS or low-tier FBS program) and still lose.
Mocs 35 over VMI. Might as well write it off as "practice" before Mother Knoxville.
Asking me today's Rushmore is like Chen Kenmin (one of the original Iron Chefs) the most Chinese ingredient to work with.
Since most everyone on this board is wayyy over 45 (or so I imagine), I'll do two for two Rushmores.
-The Peanuts Gang
-Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
-Sherman (of Peabody and Sherman fame)
-Mystery Inc (Scooby Doo)
-Team Avatar (Aang era) Avatar: The Last Airbender*
-The Children (Eva Pilots) Neon Genesis Evangelion
-The Sailor Senshi (Scout) Team: Sailor Moon
*Anime is style only; not produced in Japan but adopted into the fold by the diehards.
WRS and myself already touched base on this earlier this morning. I love my Mocs AND I'm a realist. Tennessee is playing Florida in Knoxville at noon (11:00 AM my time). Mocs play at 4:00 PM BUT , we're not playing Coastal Carolina, Montana, Villanova, Montana State, or anybody of ranked importance. I know how homecoming works but WRS put it best: By halftime, Finley is going to be so empty you would think the Chattanooga Locomotion were playing. I don't think even die-hards like Mr. Belding and the good General will stick around past the end of the 2nd quarter.
My only problem is the catastrophic fantasy of them becoming complacent with the win the week before going toe to toe with Mother Knoxville and not having the juiced up drive to go full steam.
Case in point: I know Georgia Southern can't beat mother Athens but that doesn't stop them from trying. To paraphrase one announcer when I saw the last match up on the Tres online: "They fight tooth and nail with these Georgia Bulldogs because they have that chip on their shoulder that they're not good enough to play between the hedges"
(I know that reads dumb but I have nothing else to throw in the verbal crockpot today)
As always Mark, I love your write-ups in Mocland when you do them as well as the Sports Department doing the morning Mocs write-up on the front page this morning. That being said, I really find it hard to imagine anybody in the 423 a buzz over homecoming week for the simple reason: Tennessee plays Florida at noon and the Mocs aren't playing anybody "important" (Like NUMBER 3 Coastal Carolina is playing Furman this weekend). I know how homecoming works but when you can't get less than 8,000 into Finley for a home game against the very school that cost us both the conference title outright and the playoffs, how's super-duper doormat VMI going to be any different? Just saying.
"Jax St. and Coastal Carolina will probably get 1st round byes. Which means if we host a 1st round game, it will be against someone else."
DOH!!! >.< Forgot all about 1st Round byes. Although, if we win the SoCon, don't we get an automatic bye as a conference champion?
Jay- Totally understandable. I'm just use to seeing 10+ comments by lunchtime during FB season.
Wow, 12:50 PM Chat-town time and only three comments. Everyone must be completely out to lunch or we have breaking news somwwhere.
The Mocs are a playoff team.
The answer is true. However, I see it more as a team participating in the playoffs. I don't wish to use the phrase "Easy A" but when you're the only team in your conference in the top 15 and the only other FCS non-conference team is also unranked, it makes for a "mild" race to the playoffs to say the least.
Can UTC compete with ranked teams?: Yes.
Can they compete against top-tier ranked teams?: The jury is out.
As much as I harp about Fargo, Coastal Carolina is ranked #3 in the country and will be playing Furman this weekend. In the event the Mocs host a playoff game, that school will be probably be who we will be hosting them or a rematch with Jax State. UTC's Offense is like me learning to juggle (which I am by the way). I can juggle three balls in a holding pattern but freeze in doubt when trying to do it in a continueous pattern. The sooner the Mocs realize we "can" hold the line against the top tier teams, the better our chances are for being a serious playoff contender.
Jomo wrote -
Jomo would be more pleased with UTC hosting a playoff game only because option B had the Vols being bowl-eligible.
I have to go a) Winning the SoCon and hosting a playoff game.
1) The only 100% sure-fire way to sell out Finley which hasn't been done since game one.
2) Excuse to make the Luau mega huge. Big as in no pick-ups at Jax Liquors. Just call Bacardi to send one truck. :P
3) Extended coverage by the local media (if the game is played on a weeknight)
4) No excuses 423. No matter how your favorite SEC team is doing.
5) Extra: convince the local businesses (including the Aquarium)to change the light color skemes to blue/gold. If they can do it for CFB, they can do it for the college half of these SEC diehards send their kids too. :P
6) Laugh my butt off if I see someone tailgating serving "Fargo Bison Burgers!" XD (be like "too soon" or "lets get through the first game")