Seems like around here the college football plot just got thicker. Or stickier.
Does UTC's statement win call for a nickname like "Hairy Mocs"? Or "Hairy Moccasins"?
Yes, Auburn's luckier than a dog with two tongues, but no, they deserve no blame for the game-clinching injury.
FSU is in the national top four, but if they played in the SEC they wouldn't be among the league's top four.
I went to bed when SC was cruising by 14 with time running short. So I was shocked when I heard how it came out. Steve Superior was one sore 'Cock.
Congrats to Dobbs and the whole UT squad, whose improvement is clear. Cautiously, the Sunday evening sportscaster on our local NBC affiliate pronounced that Josh had improved his chances of being the Vols' starting QB. Come on, man, go out on a limb and just say what's obvious.
Dobbs' rushing numbers astound! Assuming he caught us all by surprise, how much will defensive coordinators' schemes be able to slow down that threat going forward?
Compare results to date for UT and UK and they look dead even. The Cats' remaining games are tougher, and Tennessee has better momentum. So which team finishes with a better record and goes bowling all comes down to their showdown at the UT corral in two weeks. (Assuming Kentucky doesn't slip up and beat The Dawgs this Saturday.)
Against Missouri, The Mildcats' best field position in the first half was their own 25. Towles never got in rhythm. But Mizzou has one of the quickest, fiercest defenses anywhere. You will notice they are in the SEC East driver's seat. So Cats' fans need not despair.
And UK did get a win over the weekend. The Most Awesome Team Ever Assembled dismantled their first exhibition opponent with a first half that included shooting 82%, recording 16 assists, getting 50 in the paint, and super frosh Karl-Anthony Towns throwing down 18 despite two-platoon action.
Yes, Billy, it'll be hard to avoid Cal and the Cats on the SEC network this year. Or on any college BB coverage.
Saw what you did with the crab legs mention. Hated to see Gawga go down, but McNeeley's fake was a beautiful thing.
I like Pasquali's pick of UK to get bowl eligible against Mizzou. I second the notion.
What about potty-mouth Jordan critiquing the POTUS golf game? Under libel law, though, the truth is a sufficient defense.
Thanks for the vote of confidence that The Cats could be seeking their 8th W against their archrivals.
Louisville played FSU tough and Kentucky played Starkville U tough, so it's hard to see which will have the edge in their season-ending tussle. Probably the Cards, since it's at Papa John's Stadium and Pizzeria.
Going forward, when a team takes a flier on a proven coach with a sketchy moral background, will we call it pulling a Petrino or pulling a Pearl?
"Pearl" has the punning advantage (a jewel dredged up from the mucky depths), but every time you print the word "Petrino" you get to re-run the boiled lobster photo. So there's that.
The TFP headline claims a man pretended to be a doctor so he could "examine" a woman. What man hasn't done that? Is that wrong?
If Downtown Brown's running out of ideas for yet another story on the improving Vol offensive line, here's one: See if he can find any kids this evening who dressed up as Tennessee O-linemen?
Who was happier, Horshak when Mr. Kotter came back, or GDawg when Mr. Gurley came back?
My Halloween mask is "The Scream" face. Oh, wait. Maybe it's a Michigan fan who just heard the Butchie rumor.
Yes, AD is stylin' but it was a tough break for Julius Randle.
SEC graduation rates have been announced. I can't find a complete list, but apparently Bama's 91 tops the league. Apparently Gawga's 84 is 5th. UK tallied 81 and UT trailed at 78. Don't know where a 78 ranks, but in recent years Tennessee has brought up the rear. Word is UNC had a really high score.
I have questions for the 5@10 guru.
Question the first: When multiple compelling games come on at the same time, how many can you toggle between and still enjoy the experience? (For me, the limit is two.)
Question the second: Would most SEC fans have made the same decision I made Saturday, watching The Vols v. The Tide on one TV and LSU v. Ole Miss on the second TV?
Question the third: Does the fact that Kentucky got 504 yards on The Stark Dawgs suggest #1 is unlikely to finish 12-0?
Question the fourth: Did you notice that both UK and Auburn have played South Carolina and Mississippi State this month with remarkably similar outcomes, and does that mean The Cats and The Plainsmen are roughly equally good teams? Without the onside kick gimme, UK only loses to Stark U by one TD. (Yes, you have to throw out common opponent LSU to make this leap, but arguably Auburn got Miles' minions before they turned the corner and got really good.)
I understand the limitations of comparative scores, but we Kentucky fans are excited just to see UK and Auburn mentioned in the same sentence.
A Cats fan opined on Press Row Monday that Stoops' squad is just a couple of recruiting classes away from being "there." I say only one class. Or two players away (a stud running back and a stud linebacker).
Al's "Eat it" is golden.
I second jomo's mention of The Lane Train stopping in Gainesville.
With all the smoke coming out of Chapel Hill in recent years, there's gotta be a fire there.
I say let the two Pistol Pete mascots shoot it out at high noon. And shouldn't LS&U file an amicus brief in the OK State v. New Mexico State tussle?
Twitter has a US map breaking down each county's favorite NFL team. The state of Tennessee is one of the most solid for its home team, with only two counties not powder blue. Surprised me to see that Hamilton County registers twice as many Titan fans as Falcons fans. Can that be right?
College football Hall of Fame 2015 ballots offer for voters' consideration UT's Gault, Seivers and Walker and UK's Couch and Still. Only Gawga Dawg is Woerner.
The 10 players on the media's preseason all-SEC team include five Wildcats: Poythress, Towns, Cauley-Stein, and both of the Harrison twins. Arkansas, Gawga, LSU, Mississippi and Florida have one player each. If that's not scary enough for the rest of the league, if the media had picked a third team it would've been UK's second platoon: Ulis, Lee, Lyles, Dakari and Willis.
I'm so excited I may do the Ickey Shuffle.
The media guess that Tennessee will finish 13th of 14 SEC teams. I think The Big Orange will do better than that, but they'll lose more than they win in the conference.
"Great Scot!" In exactly 364 days Dr. Brown's protégée Marty McFly will arrive into our future.
And exactly 80 years ago the FBI gunned down Pretty Boy Floyd. Not to be confused with Pretty Boy Greeson.
Floyd may or may not qualify for the Lloyd list, but local newscaster Mort sure does. Before your time, Jay.
For those who think I have nothing good to say about Knoxville U, I offer this: Yesterday the SI website posted a great story by Chris Johnson about Butch's clever use of Beyoncé in recruiting two five star DT's. You should look it up.
Start him or sit him? Gurley and Chubb.
Vegas gives Bama the best odds of winning it all.
Mr. Bill--Guitar Junior Johnson is golden. Good call.
What about Lex Luther? And the lutier who fixes guitars and fiddles?
Didja hear that the Pistorius judge is supposedly known for her tough sentences? The second amendment extremists have a hard time explaining why The Bladerunner should have a gun.
In other news, pitbulls are great dogs, but I'd love for the pre-conversion Michael Vick to get ahold of Pitbull. Why's the short bald dude so popular?
Arkansas is zip for the SEC, but you'll get no argument from me that your poll ranks the Razorbacks ahead of three SEC East teams with two league wins each.
Concur that LS&U is scary good. Look for the upset.
If the Knoxville O-line went trick-or-treating, what costumes would they wear?
I don't care about the World Series either. Is baseball dead?
Will the Thrill--I had not gortten the memo. Thanx for the heads-up. Since it didn't happen on the official first day of practice, I could quiobble and say it's not a true midnight madness event, but I understand school was out in K-town last week, so T-B Arena would've been vacant. And it'll be interesting to see how many show up this Friday. Stearl the Pearl ain't Drake.
Still, Orange fans are some of the most faithful anywhere, so maybe the joint will be rocking. Are they inviting any recruits for the party?
And yes, Hank is underappreciated.
Jay's winners and losers are good, but Coach Cal won the weekend when Drake observed "he's probably got some of the best hair I've ever seen." Also, BBN won the weekend by having Drake at their Midnight Madness blowout. Contrariwise, UT had who? Oh, wait, they don't do midnight madness.
Against SEC teams, The Vols have rushed for 145 yards on 91 attempts. JMC, FYI, when you want to indicate the bottom layer of the SEC it's now Vandy and Knoxville, not Vandy and Kentucky.
Though I must admit I now see both teams' chances at The Music City bowl as 50-50. And both teams were equally crushed by powerhouses on Saturday.
Yes, I know Ole Miss is much more highly ranked than LS&U, but if you saw the Death Valley game, you know Les Miles' team is back. Nobody wants to play the scary Bayou Bengals in the Halloween season.
Coach Cal's not the only PR whiz getting his team in the spotlight this week. Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer (former UK sharpshooter) set the world's record for a behind the back shot (twice from 47 feet) and check out his video hitting 70 of 75 threes in five minutes.
Wilt had the biggest hands.
I wish I could believe The Wildcats were dominant at dominoes.
Polls show Dallas is not America's team. Top two faves are led by Peyton and Eli.
Seems LBJ is now hawking Kias. Can you picture The King driving a Kia kar? Me neither. What's the worst ever product endorsement by a sports figure? Broadway Joe's pantyhose?
Yesterday cbssports.com projected The Vols in the Music City Bowl and UK nowhere. That's nuts. I say you can't spell "Music City" without "UK".
Not long ago a TFP sportswriter bemoaned the UT offensive line, saying it was too bad since The Big Orange have perhaps the best SEC quarterback. Can we please have no more such loose talk. What about Blake, Bo & Dak? I believe I did catch a snide remark on The FM 105 Zone yesterday suggesting Worley's true place among the SEC QB's.
Also heard on the erstwhile radio show was a (perhaps pandering) prediction that the Vol basketball team could win 10 league games and 17 to 19 overall. I'll take the under on both those prognostications.
How can they win more than half their SEC tilts with a front line that'll remind you of the pointy ball team's offensive line? They lost all their frontcourt beef, leaving them with only the rail thin freshman Tariq Owens (6'10") to try to rule the paint. He's too skinny to play more than 15 minutes a game.
Then there are two 6'8" freshmen, neither of which made the Rivals Top 150 nor garnered four stars. Veteran 6'8" Derek Reese is listed as a guard, and can play wing, but he can't tussle in the paint. And in two seasons he's averaged only three points, worse as a sophomore than a freshman.
After that no Vol is bigger than 6'6". Obviously, Kentucky will enjoy a lob fest over the short, skinny Tennessee, but then they'll be bigger than everybody they face. Problem is, an average middle of the pack SEC team will have four guys over 6'8" and beefier than UT's waifs.
If Tyndall's tyros are going to win with hustle, they'll have to really haul it. They'll drop from last year's 11-8 to sub .500. But they'll be a stiff practice squad for the women's team to scrimmage against.