Wednesday, November 28, 2007
After starting the season struggling a bit, having off-field issues with Coker, the injury bug biting right in the crotch, few would have predicted this Volunteer squad would end up in Atlanta come December. I must admit, I was one of the doubters. I did pick us to win the East, preseason, and for LSU to win the West, but the loss to an Alabama team that I felt could not compete with us talent-wise had me doubting.
None-the-less, here we are, and after LSU loses to Kentucky ( a team they should have beat) and to an Arkansas team that gave us little trouble, adding in the fact that the game will be played in a neutral site, I am optimistic. I wouldn't put any money on the game and if you held me down and stuck your butt in my face, I'd be forced to pick the Tigers in this one, but I think we have as good a chance as anyone in the East would at knocking them off.
My one chagrin is that, now that LSU is out of the National Championship picture, we won't have the opportunity to return the favor that was dealt to us in 2002's SEC Championship game when Matt Mauk, and tailback Dominick Davis, both thrust into action due to injuries to starters, ended #2 Tennessee's National Title hopes.
But there still is that SEC Championship trophy on the line, and the Vols seem to play better with their backs against the wall and when the media gives them no chance.
Let the best team win. Geaux Vols.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Alabama at Mississippi
Saturday, September 22, 2007
By: Jeff K
After having not made the playoffs in 13 years, it finally happened for the Golden State Warriors. It all started when the Warriors signed Don Nelson which delighted all Warriors fans because their old coach was coming back. This was great news for the Warriors, but bad news for other teams. Everybody knew that Don Nelson was one of the best coaches ever and he was now returning to the Warriors. Don Nelson, also known as Nellie, signed with the Warriors hoping that his style of offense would be a better fit for them. Nellie runs a Suns-like type of offense which has been successful for teams in the past and the Warriors’ players were excited that they would be running this offense instead of the half court offense they usually run.
There is so much to talk about here for the Warriors and their great season. The Warriors struggled in the beginning of the year, which had many Warriors fans thinking not this again, we have waited so long and we will have to wait again. The Warriors led by Baron Davis and the front office had different ideas though. In January, the Warriors and the Indiana Pacers announced that a trade had been made. The Warriors sent Keith McLeod, Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, and Ike Diogu to the Pacers.In return, the Pacers sent Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell. This was a great trade for the Warriors. They filled in the big pieces that they needed and now their team looked even more complete.
After the trade was completed, was when it really started for the Warriors though. Fans started to think believe that this could finally be the year for the Warriors. The Warriors became a better team and they had some confidence, which as you all know, helps out a young team. The Warriors, one of the youngest teams in the league was playing like they were veterans with a few exceptions of some stupid mistakes that showed how young the team really was. The Warriors and their leader Baron Davis were on top of the world in their minds, thinking about the playoffs.
Playoffs being right around the corner, the Warriors still found themselves fighting for a playoffs spot. It became clear to the Warriors that they were the ones who believed that they could get that last playoff spot and that they deserved it. With just a few games left until the season was over, the Warriors needed to win every game if they wanted to reach the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
In Portland, the Warriors were playing the Trail Blazers. This game was a must win for the Warriors if they wanted to make the playoffs. Thousands and thousands of fans in Aurco Arena waited to see if their beloved team would finally make it. It finally happened when the Warriors beat the Trail Blazers and the Warriors broke the curse and were in the playoffs!!!
The Warriors had the eighth seed, but who cares, they had finally made the playoffs. For the first time in 13 years, the Warriors were going to be playing more than 82 games. But guess who is first up for the Warriors. Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Though the Warriors have had some great success against the Mavericks this year and in the past years, Dallas was going to be a hard team to beat.
The series started in Dallas, where the Warriors had high hopes. The Warriors came out winning Game One and at the same time, gained interest from other people and band wagoners as well. The Warriors became a fan favorite, and were watched all over the world.
When the series came back to Golden State, the Warriors proved that they aren’t just going to win one game and go home. The Warriors ended up winning the series, and moved on to play the Utah Jazz in the second round. This was a rough series for the Warriors though. They got ran over in a very quick series.
The Warriors are still a surprise team to everyone. A young team improving every day.
Recently, the Warriors traded Jason Richardson for Rookie Brandan Wright.
Watch out for the playoffs this coming year, they are going to keep getting stronger and stronger as the youth becomes older and learns more.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Vols - Colts Wallpaper
Tennesse Volunteers 2007 Football Schedule WallpaperLamarcus Coker Wallpaper
Erik Ainge Wallpaper
Derrick Thomas Wallpaper
I'll have some team specific ones pretty soon, and if you want to request one, email me at the contact me link on the right hand side of the page. Tell your friends and if you want to post one or more images on your website or message board, send me a request.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
1. LSU TIGERS (same)
The Tigers' dominating victory over MSU to start the season was backed up on Saturday when the Virginia Tech Hokies payed them a visit in Baton Rouge. LSU sent them back to Blacksburg with their tails between their legs. Looking at their schedule, I am liking more and more my preseason prediction of an undefeated year. Flynn has an ankle sprain, but will likely play Saturday vs. MTSU. If, not they have a talented backup in Ryan Perrilloux who can get the job done.
Next opponent: MTSU
2. FLORIDA (same)
Florida hasn't really beaten anyone good to deserve this spot, but that will likely change on Saturday when they take on the Vols in the swamp. The defense will need to play better, but the offense is destined to score points on a weak Tennessee secondary. WR Andre Caldwell sprained his right knee against Troy and could miss multiple games and will almost definitely miss Saturday, but the Gators have 20 other receivers ready to step in and fill the void. Return man Brandon James will play despite spraining his ankle.
Next opponent: No. 22 Tennessee
3. ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (+1)
Star receiver Marcus Monk and starting tight end Ben Cleveland will not play against Alabama. But defensive end Marcus Harrison, arrested last month for possession of Ecstasy and marijuana, will play after sitting out one game. Running back Darren McFadden is an early Heisman candidate and will be utilized heavily. If the Razorbacks can run the ball consistently against Bama, and there's no reason to believe they won't, they should roll over the Tide.Next opponent: Alabama
4. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS(+3)
Steve Spurrier is not ready to anoint his team as an SEC title contender after last Saturday's upset, citing dropped passes by Georgia as a reason the Gamecocks got lucky. "We really need to play a lot better than we did if we're going to have a chance for a big year," Spurrier said. "We can't rely on a lot of good luck, a lot of good fortune that happened for us." A win on the road against a ranked SEC team is always a tough thing to accomplish, so the Cocks move up this week.
Next opponent: South Carolina State
5. TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (same)The Vols stay put at 5 after taking care of business against Southern Miss at home. The Vols will have to play much better if they are to expect a win in the Swamp. Cornerback Antonio Gaines suffered a season-ending injury to his knee in the affair, and he will be replaced by ultra-talented Freshman Eric Berry.
Next opponent: No. 5 Florida
6. GEORGIA BULLDOGS (-4)
They should move up next week after cruising to a win over Western Carolina, but they are 0-1 in SEC play right now after dropping one to the visiting Gamecocks.
Next opponent: Western Carolina
7. ALABAMA (-1)
The Tide face off against Arkansas this Saturday for their second SEC match-up in as many weeks and will face the best running attack they will see this year. Arkansas should take care of business and knock Bama down a few spots, but coming off of a semi-impressive win against Vandy in Nashville, they sit 7th.
Next opponent: No. 16 Arkansas
8. KENTUCKY WILDCATS (same)
QB Andre Woodson has lived up to the billing so far this year, but his first real test is coming up this week when the teams biggest rival, Louisville comes to Lexington. Billboards promoting Kentucky football are all around the Louisville campus, only adding more intensity to the in-state rivalry.
Next Opponent: No. 9 Louisville
9. AUBURN TIGERS (same)
Brandon Cox has lost some of his brilliance it would seem. Auburn dropped last weeks game against ACC rug mat South Florida in a game that was difficult to watch as both offenses made mistake after mistake. Cox has got to play better if Auburn is to have any hope of salvaging a respectable SEC finish. If they lose to Mississippi State this weekend, expect wholesale changes.
Next opponent: Mississippi State
10. OLE MISS REBELS (+1)
The offense, thanks to quarterback Seth Adams, is no longer the SEC's worst. Now it's the defense. Ole Miss ranks last in the SEC in total defense (507.5 yards per game) and pass defense (336.5). Coach Ed Orgeron said new defensive coordinator John Thompson doesn't deserve all the blame. "I'm involved in all the game planning of the defense," Orgeron said. "I have to share and take most of the fault for that." That's right Coach "O" you need to fire yourself.
Next opponent: Vanderbilt
11. VANDERBILT COMMODORES (-1)
Quarterback Chris Nickson, who injured his hamstring against Alabama last Saturday, is questionable to play in the Ole Miss game. Mackenzi Adams would start if Nickson can't play. The Commodores looked anything but impressive on offense as they struggled to put up points against a young Alabama defense. They had aspirations of a BCS bowl prior to the season. Now, lets just hope they get an SEC win.
Next Opponent: Ole Miss
11. MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (same)
A sociology professor at Mississippi State made a joke last week about quarterback Michael Henig's six-interceptions against LSU. One member of the 200-person class didn't laugh. Apparantly the professor didn't realize Henig was in the class. The two spoke, according to Henig, and the professor apologized. When asked what was said when they spoke Henig replied " He said he didn’t realize I was in the classroom. And I said regardless of whether I was in the classroom or not, you don’t go around saying stuff about somebody, and second of all, if you're going to say it, you know, come say it to me. Don’t say it in front of 200 people in an auditorium."
Next opponent: Auburn
Saturday, September 8, 2007
- If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
- Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
- Practice making fax and modem noises during conversations.
- Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
- Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
- Yell out random numbers when someone is counting.
- Staple pages in the middle of the page.
- Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
- Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
- TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
- type only in lowercase.
- dont use any punctuation either
- Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
- Ask people what gender they are.
- While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
- Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
- Sing along at the opera.
- Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
- Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
- Perform the "chicken dance" to every song at the club, then brag about your dancing skills to whoever is watching.
- Call a friend and tell them you bought them a gift and they should come over and get it, then when they arrive, don't answer the door.
- When you're in line at a red light, pretend you have fallen asleep when the light changes.
- Yell "Touchdown!" loudly at random times when you are doing your grocery shopping.
- Walk around with headphones on at the mall singing "Karma Chameleon" loudly.
- Respond to every statement people make with "If you only knew..." then snicker.
- Go up to the cashier at a department store and inquire where the bathroom is, then walk away waddling like a duck.
Friday, September 7, 2007
When the Vol defense takes the field on Saturday there will be a new face in the starting lineup opposite Jonathan Hefney. Eric Berry has been given the spot due to his impressive play in a losing effort last week against Cal. This comes as a surprise to very few that keep up with recruiting as Eric Berry had his pick of schools last year. He was third overall in the nation regardless of position and the #1 rated corner back.
So why is the Nation's #1 corner back playing strong safety? Berry practiced primarily at corner the entire preseason, but saw some time at safety toward the end. He played some corner in the Cal game in the first half but recently has said that he felt out of place due to the position being fairly new to him. (Berry played quarterback and safety in high school.)
He replaced Jarrod Parrish for the second half of the Cal game and in all, racked up 3 solo tackes and 4 assisted tackles and was the Vols 3rd leading tackler.
Fulmer said that after watching the film, Berry played as well as, if not better, than anyone in the secondary on Saturday.
- Saturday’s game marked just the third time in 55 games that the Vols had scored 30 or more points with David Cutcliffe as their offensive coordinator and lost.
- Erik Ainge has thrown 203 passes with only one interception after hurling 47 balls in the California game. That one interception was thrown against Penn State in the Outback Bowl.
- Chris Brown is the first Tennessee tight end since Austin Denny in a 28-0 victory over Auburn on September 24, 1966 to record two touchdown receptions in a single game.
“I want to be a go-to guy,” said Brown, “somebody that can make the big catch and be an example on the field.”
- Defensive tackle Dan Williams was very nearly moved to the offensive line by head coach Phillip Fulmer. “I was going to move him,” said Fulmer. “He was moving. He was not where he needed to be with his weight and not committed and dedicated to getting his weight closer to where it needed to be [to play defensive tackle],” said Fulmer. After losing fifty pounds, and having a career day against Cal, Williams will get the chance of a lifetime when he lines up with the starters on Saturday.
- According to Chris Low, Ben Martin should be ready to play when the Vols face off against Florida in the Swamp. Martin was injured during fall practice in what appeared to be a significant knee injury, but later was shown to be a deep bone bruise. Martin is a highly recruited 5 star defensive end out of Ohio that should give the Vols a speed-threat on the line.
- It is sounding more and more like Memphis linebacker Chris Walker will be moved to defensive end for depth. Fulmer had this to say: "Chris Walker has done exceptionally well. He's really taken to the defensive end position. He could play linebacker, but we just have such a need for a young, speed-rush defensive end."
- If anyone was wondering why we didn't see more of Gerald Jones against Cal, he has been battling hamstring issues that prevented him from practicing prior to the game. Jones had earned a solid spot in the rotation before he got hurt.
"It really is not the hamstring right now -- it's the work that he missed while he wasn't at practice, being a young guy," Coach Fulmer said. "But he's catching up fast. He's smart, and I think he will play and help us on Saturday. All the (young) receivers have been in the mix, pretty much."
All said, Tennessee missed 22 tackles in its 45-31 loss to California on Saturday.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I will be doing this each week after all games are played. Rankings are based on team performance not potential, and not necessarily on wins and losses. I call it like I see it.
1. LSU - they are going to have to lose a game to get knocked off this perch. Flynn looked good albeit against a weak MSU secondary.
2a. Florida - I really don't think I can put either team over the other based soley off of last weeks games. So I have UGA and UF tied. Tebow looked the part of an SEC quarterback. Of course it wasn't against an SEC team. Florida's defense looked suspect. Especially the secondary.
2b. Georgia - Stafford should improve dramatically over last year and he put up good numbers against an OSU team that many were picking for an upset.
4. Arkansas - Based solely on McFadden carrying this team on his back. I foresee them dropping in the near future.
5. Tennessee - Lost to a good Cal team and figure to win big this week with a retooled defense. Whether they win the UF game or not will go a long way toward determining what this team is made of. The offense is capable, the defense is better than they played vs. Cal.
6. Alabama - Decent win over a weak team. Really didn't give us much in the way of determining what kind of a team they are going to be. Especially on defense which is a weakness.
7. South Carolina - This team is probably better than a 7th ranking, but didn't play well last week. Blake Mitchell should add some familiarity to the offense and hopefully some consistency. An upset of UGA this weekend would catapult them into the top 5.
8. Kentucky - Andre Woodson showed no reason he should not be considered the top quarterback in the SEC last week. I just don't think he can continue to perform as well as he has against a much better SEC division. UGA is not going to lay over for them as they did last year.
9. Auburn - Cox is going to have to be good for this team to be good this year. Last week, he wasn't and Auburn was lucky to pull out a win.
10.Vandy - A win over Bama and this team would earn the respect that they believe they deserve. With the game in Nashville it is a real possibility. I still think Bama wins, but Vandy has the best receiver in the SEC IMO in Bennett and a not-too-shabby dual-threat quarterback taking snaps this year.
11. Ole Miss - They could more easily move up than anyone on this list. Benjarvis Green-Ellis is one of the leagues top 4 or 5 backs and needs to be more of a featured part of the Rebel's offense. QB Brent Schaeffer has one last chance to live up to the hype surrounding his joining the Ole Miss program. Thus far he has been an average quarterback and unfortunately, with the defense the Rebels have, he is going to have to be better-than-average.
12. Miss. State - No explanation needed.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Stopping the run game shouldn't come much easier than last week, as the Vols face another talented back. Damion Fletcher, a Pre-season All-CUSA team selection, brings a different style running game than Cal's Justin Forsett. Fletcher makes defenses miss by using his power and quicksteps, while lacking the break away speed of Forsett. Tennessee's defense should focus on containing him and bringing him down. Missed tackles such as last week will cost the defense many more yards, and a potential upset.
With the poor defensive execution against Cal last week, Fulmer has replaced two seniors in the starting lineup. Sophomore Dan Williams will take the place of J. T. Mapu on the defensive line, and true freshmen sensation Eric Berry will make his first start at strong safety in replace of Jarrod Parrish.
“I want everybody to understand that the guys that played the best are the ones that are going to play,” Fulmer said.
Eric Berry opened the game as the Vols fifth defensive back, and with his great performance, finished at the strong safety.
“He brings an energy and he tries to crush people,” defensive backs coach Larry Slade said. “He gets around the football, whether it’s at corner or safety. He’s an outstanding football player.”
The key for the Vols will be offense in this game, as they go up against a very strong defensive team. Erik Ainge is looking to have another strong performance as he did in California. His pinky is not a problem, but the play-calling could be. Cutcliffe needs to open up his play-calling and try some deep passes to try to catch the defense napping if the Vols want to turn into a dangerous offense. The addition of LaMarcus Coker could help that. But, Cutcliffe is unsure of Coker's shape for Saturday's game against Southern Miss.
"He didn't practice with us at all prior to the California game - he just went with the scout team - so I don't know what kind of shape he's in," Cutcliffe said. "We'll just see day to day. (Monday) he was pretty rusty from knowing what to do and learning. He hadn't been in a meeting really."
If Coker can bring that big play spark he demonstrated for the Vols last season, he could really be a huge asset to the team. The Vols would then have two experienced running backs in Foster and Coker capable of breaking out for big plays, along with Hardesty who has shown a few sparks himself. A strong running game, along with some solid short passing plays could really open up the offense for some deep passes, which would be ideal for the Vols.
Another question mark heading into the game has been the situation of Xavier Mitchell. Mitchell sustained an injury in the opening game last Saturday and remained motionless for several minutes. As he was carted off the field, he waived his hands to the crowd. He returned home with the team, and reports say he just received a concussion. He spend the majority of his week answering phone calls and text messages from worried family and friends. Latest news says Mitchell has been cleared for practice contact, and he says he is feeling OK.
“We'll see how that goes,” Mitchell said. “It’s kind of a progression thing. If I don't have any problems, I feel real good that I'm going to play.”
One thing is for certain though, and that is the crazy VolNation will have Neyland Stadium packed with orange and white as the Vols play their home owner this weekend.
Xavier Mitchell has been cleared by team doctors to play Saturday when the Volunteers face off against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Mitchell gave the Vol Nation a scare in Berkeley on Saturday when he was knocked unconscious after a collision with teammate Eric Berry while attempting to make a tackle. The Vols will look to make up some ground in this, the home opener, after losing the season opening game to Cal. The game can be heard on the Vol Network, XM Channel 199, or online at UTSports.com.
(1) What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs?
(2) What do you get when you put thirty-two Arkansas cheerleaders in one room?
.........A full set of teeth.
(3) How do you get a South Carolina cheerleader into your dorm room?
.........Grease her hips and push.
(4) How do you get a Georgia graduate off your porch?
.........Pay him for the pizza..
(5) How do you know if a Mississippi State football player has a girlfriend?
........There is tobacco spit on both sides of his pickup.
(6) Why is the Kentucky football team like a possum?
.........Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road.
(7) What are the longest three years of an Auburn football player's life?
.........His freshman year.
(8) How many Florida Freshmen does it take to change a light bulb?
.........None -- that's a sophomore course.
(9) Where was O. J. headed in the white Bronco?
........Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He knew that the police would never look at LSU for a Heisman Trophy winner.
AND FINALLY (drum roll and cymbal crash.....)
(10) Why did Tennessee choose orange as their team color?
.........You can wear it to the game on Saturday, hunting on Sunday, and picking up trash along the highways the rest of the week.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
2.Cal-Nate Longshore had some games where would be off and throw some INT's. Thugh he will just keep on getting stornger into this. Losing Marshaun Lynch will hurt the running game a little bit, but it's not going to kill them. Cal is still going to be a sloid all aorund team and look for them to be in a better bowl game this year.
3.UCLA-Good solid team. The Bruins don't really have one player who can do it all like Drew did a few years back, but they have a solid overall team. The Bruins had a few very big wins, but the biggest was against the Trojans. Yes, the Bruins did beat the Trojans last year, which was big for not just the Bruins, but also the Berkely Bears. With the loss it meant that Cal and USC tied for first place in the Pac-10.
4.Arizona State-The Sun Devils do not play a ranked team for a while. Actually they will not until October 27th when they play number #12 Cal Bears. From that game on the season will be very hard for them to maintain their rankings. Though because of the easier schedule i will give them the number four mark. Key game to look for which might be an upset San Jose State Week two. Tharts going to be a good game.
5.Oregon-Ducks, Ducks, Ducks. The Ducks started off the 2006-2007 season with a pretty good start, but then they started to drift off after that. The Ducks have an high powered offense and not a great defense. They are a good defensive team, but they are not great. It will be a very hard road for the Ducks this year so don't be surprised if the Ducks do not come in 5th or above. The Ducks have to play #5 Michigan, #12 California Bears, #1 USC, and #14 UCLA. Another team to watch out for is Fresno State for the Ducks they are a good team.
6.Oregon State-Alright I cheated a bit on this one. I didn't really know a lot about this team before so I had to look at their box score from todays game. The Oregon State's offense struggled a bit, but it's the first game and it normally takes offenses some time to get in the grove of things.
7.Washington-After watching today's game with the Washigton'sdefense is extremly impresive. They were tearing up the Orange Men's offense. Sack, pressures, and hurries ups were what they were seeing the whole game. The defensive of coordinator has really built the Huskies into a great defensive team. Impresive tonight, but will they be able to keep?
8.Arizona-Not the strongest team out in the Pac-10, but with the spread offense the Wildcats could do some damange. even though the Cats defense is not very good with the type of offense they run it could be pretty good.
9.Washington State-Well, Washington State is not as bad as many people say that they are. Though they are still pretty bad. Though the Cougars run the spread offense which will get them somewhere and they have a very good quatorback.
10.Stanford-Umm.. What to say what to say. Well, looking on the bright side of things, Stanford won one game last year, but other than that there really isn't much else to think about for the team. Though look for them to be a bit better than they were last year.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Erik Ainge led the Vols, and looked great doing so, finishing the game with 270 yards, and 3 touchdown tosses on 31-47 passing. He showed great leadership with the revamped receiving crew. Ainge completed passes to a total of 8 receivers, led by Chris Brown, who received the most completions with 8, and Lucas Taylor, who finished with the most yards, 102. The offensive line did a solid job of giving Ainge enough time to read the defense and find the open receivers, as he threw 10 straight completions before his first incomplete pass.
Tennessee also had a solid night running the ball. Foster had 86 yards on 13 attempts, as well as a touchdown reception, making some big plays for the Vols to turn momentum in their favor. Monterio Hardesty ran for a touchdown as well.
Offense didn't serve as the major however, as it was a tough night on defense for the Vols as they faced a very stout California offense. The Bears' speed and chemistry exploited the holes in the inexperienced Tennessee defense, which gave up a total of 471 yards. Bears' head coach, Jeff Tedford, showed great play-calling, balancing the pass and run game very efficiently. Hawkins finished with 7 receptions for 89 yards, leading the Bears at receiver. The big playmaker for the Bears however was Justin Forsett, who finished the game with 160 yards on 26 attempts, and 2 touchdowns (1 rec.) Don't worry though, DeSean Jackson showed off his speed and playmaking as well with a voluminous punt return, getting the crowd in Berkeley on their feet.
At the end of the game, Xavier Mitchell was hurt on a play, and was motionless for an extent of around 5 minutes. He was removed off the field on a stretcher, and waived his hand to the crowd, relieving millions of spectators. Good luck to him, and I wish him a speedy recovery, as he will be needed on the Vols' defense.
At the end of the night, the Bears came out victorious. This is a very hard loss to swallow. The Vols look to release some steam against Southern Miss next week as they travel to Knoxville, then revenge a loss of their own against Florida, after losing to them by one point in Knoxville last season. But, don't look too far ahead, as Southern Miss should not be taken lightly.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Cal was overwhelmed by the one of the top distinguished college football atmospheres in college football last season as they suffered their 35-18 blowout to the mighty Vols. Now, with the Vols on their way to the west coast, how can Cal match that exceptional noise, in an attempt to disrupt the Vols goal of winning the game? Mega-phones. California's athletic department will be handing out mega-phones to the Berkeley crowd on Saturday. They hope to create the same atmosphere as the 107,000+ crazy fans of Vol Nation.
Tennessee senior safety Jonathan Hefney is not impressed.
“They did that in high school,” Hefney said with a smile. “We come from the South,” Hefney said. “We play tough football.
“In high school, we played tough football. We came here (to UT) and it was the same thing. That’s what we're bringing to California just like when they came down last year.”
The final score doesn't tell the whole story. MSU's defense played well early and LSU's offense struggled to find any kind of a rhythm, but the poor play of State quarterback Mike Henig gave the Tigers' offense ample opportunities to put together scoring drives. Factor in that new LSU Offensive Coordinator Gary Crowton did not really want to show his hand early with much tougher games coming up, and the Tiger's offensive flatness makes more sense.
While Matt Flynn did little to live up to the billing the LSU faithful had given him all off-season as the next great LSU quarterback, Henig made him look like a pro.
Henig finished the day 11 of 28 passing for 120 yards and 6 interceptions. The Tigers scored points after five of his interceptions and he also fumbled a snap on a fourth and 1 play in the first of only two trips into LSU territory.
It is hard to say anything positive about a team that fails to score even a field goal, but the MSU defense played with heart. Unfortunately heart was not enough on that fatal evening in Starkville.
Final Score 45-0
Thursday, August 30, 2007
In the back of Preston's mind, he knew Tennessee was the right place to go, but a visit to Michigan had him second guessing. When it was all said and done, Bailey could just not refrain from the great Rocky Top atmosphere, "playing in the best conference and against the top athletes in the Nation," as Preston put it to terms.
Bailey also seemed very intrigued with the thought of playing under Phillip Fulmer. From his visit, he admires Fulmer greatly as a coach, and as a mentor. His family grew to like Fulmer as well, and Bailey referred to his visit as "Not a college visit, but visiting a friend."
Bailey will join high school teammate Ben Bartholomew in Knoxville next season. Both players are known for their strength and leadership, as well as being great gentlemen and students, and we are happy to have them as a part of the Vols.
Yes, loyal readers, I awoke to the same smell you did. I sat straight up in my bed (still wearing last evening's attire. Whoa what a night) and the air had a familiar aroma. Then I remembered....It's friggin' college football time!
Tonight, the No. 2 LSU Tigers travel to Starkville to face the unranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.
It's likely to not be a very close game, but it is the first SEC match-up of the year. We will finally see what these LSU fans have been clamoring about regarding Matt Flynn and be able to judge for ourselves whether or not he is the "real deal". Granted this aint Florida, but it is an SEC team and anything can happen.
It is time for tailgating, vulgar displays of beer drinking, beautiful southern college girls, and last but not least, royal ass whippings handed to your most hated rival. (one can hope, right?)
So pick up that 12 pack of your favorite choice beverage, call in a pizza on your way home from work. And tune in to ESPN tonight at 8:00 Eastern Time to see some SEC action.
Thank god it's finally football time.
This one won't be as close as the final score will dictate. Expect MSU to come strong out of the gate, but succumb eventually to the superior talent of the Tigers.
Final Score: 34 -10
It has been all over the internet news sites and sports radio, so it is nothing new that Erik Ainge has a broken pinkie finger on his throwing hand. Some have gone as far as projecting backup Jonathan Crompton to get the start versus Cal on Saturday.
Few doubt the ability of Jon Crompton to come in and handle the offense. He did so as a freshman last year and performed as well as could be expected against top SEC foes LSU and Arkansas.
“You’ve got to go out there and compete everyday,” Crompton has said. “That’s what everybody on this team does no matter if you’re first, second, third or fourth team. I think our whole team does a good job with that.”
Crompton came in to the Tennessee program surrounded by all the hype that one would expect when the number one pro style quarterback in the Nation commits to as prestigious a school as the University of Tennessee. While he has been competitive, he has been satisfied with playing the role of a back up his first two years.
“You’ve got to do what’s best for the team,” Crompton said. “You’ve got to know when to be selfish and when not to be.”
But losing a player of Ainge's ability is never good, especially when playing an opponent with the talent that will be seen when Cal takes the field on Saturday.
But Ainge insists that he will line up behind center come game time.
“The issue is, am I going to be able to be as effective as I need to be to win the football game?” Ainge said. “I believe that answer is yes.”
Ainge has been limited in practice but has been throwing some. Fulmer and receiver Josh Briscoe said his passes have looked good.“It was the same as it’s been,” Briscoe said
The injury to Ainge’s pinkie has more of an effect on his grip on the ball than it does his throwing.
An injury to the middle finger or index finger would be more significant because those fingers stay on the football longest.
Ainge finished practice on Monday after sustaining the injury and has been held back in practice only as a precautionary measure.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, 12th ranked Cal plays host to the 15th ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Last year these teams met to open the season and Tennessee handed the 9th ranked Golden Bears a 35-18 pounding in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee led 35-0 at one point late in the game before putting in backups to gain experience.
So suffice it to say Cal has a chip on their shoulder the size of Neyland Stadium. This year Tennesse must travel to Berkley to face the Bears on their home turf. The Vols have historically been a good road team, but traveling across country is somewhat different then to Tuscaloosa or Lexington.
The Volunteers will also be without the help of sophomore running back LaMarcus Coker. Coker has been practicing with the team since being reinstated but is not on the travel roster. Junior Arian Foster and sophomore Montario Hardesty will shoulder the load at running back behind a revamped offensive line.
Senior Quarterback Erik Ainge suffered a pinky jam on his throwing hand and will be limited in practice leading up to the game. Fulmer has said that Jonathan Crompton is ready to start in the event that Ainge can't go.
The Vol's travel roster will include true freshmen, Eric Berry, Denarius Moore, Brent Vinson, Daryl Vereen and Gerald Jones, as well as junior college transfer Kenny O'Neal.
Cal, which appears to be an offensive juggernaut, is a six-point favorite heading into the 2007 opener.
Under Fulmer, the Vols are 13-1 their first game of the season, with the only loss coming in their last trip to the West Coast at No. 14 UCLA in 1994.
Keys to the game:
Volunteers running attack vs. Cal defensive line - Each time the Vols rushed for over 100 yards last year, they won that game, the problem is that only happened five times. Look for a heavy dose of the running game early to test the Cal defensive line. If the running game is successful, the vols have a good shot at winning the game.
Vols secondary vs. Cal Wide Receivers - Cal is lead by all-everything receiver DeSean Jackson who is widely regarded as the no. 1 receiver in all of college football. A key to a Vols victory will be how well the secondary led by senior Jonathan Hefney will be able to keep Jackson in check. Two first year starters will get the nod at corner back in Marsalous Johnson and Antonio Gaines, but don't be surprised to see a lot of true freshman Eric Berry as he is slated to be the starter at Nickelback.
Special Teams - Special Teams will factor in on both sides as Cal has DeSean Jackson returning punts. All he did last year was average 18.2 yards and score 4 touchdowns to lead the nation in that category.
The Vol's talented punter, Britton Colquitt is nursing a Quad pull and will be limited to punt duties. Daniel Lincoln is an unproven kicker and he will be handling kickoffs, extra points, and field goals.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The defensive captains will be free safety Jonathan Hefney and defensive end Xavier Mitchell.
The offensive captains will be quarterback Erik Ainge and offensive tackle Eric Young.
They will handle all coin toss duties as well as being the designated players that will communicate, if necessary, with the officials.
Kickoff is set for 7pm CST on Saturday September the 1st at California Memorial Stadium in
Berkley. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Sophomore running back LaMarcus Coker has fulfilled all obligations and has been reinstated to the Volunteer Football team on Friday afternoon. He will practice on Saturday, but will not travel to California with the team.
"I do expect him to return against Southern Miss if he continues on a positive track." Coach Phillip Fulmer said late Friday.
Fulmer also said that the troubled tailback's attitude through the entire ordeal has been exceptional.
Coker led the Vols in rushing last year and was expected to play a large role in the Tennessee ground game until he was suspended indefinitely by Fulmer for undisclosed reasons earlier this month.
Coker adds a dimension to the Volunteers' run game that isn't to be had in projected started Arian Foster and makes an already potent Tennessee offense outright dangerous.
In Oklahoma City, a man has been charged with aggravated assault and battery, after causing extensive damage to another man's scrotum.
Allen Michael Beckett reacted violently and launched a verbal attack when Brian Thomas entered a local bar wearing a Texas Longhorn T-shirt. Thomas said Beckett called him "everything under the sun”.
Thomas claims he and a friend sat at a table in the corner and tried to ignore Beckett's tirade, but Beckett -- who is apparently an OU fan, kept screaming at him.
He said after about 20 minutes, he had had enough of the abuse so he went to pay his tab when Beckett grabbed his crotch and would not let go.
Thomas repeatedly punched the man in self-defense attempting to deter him from further harm to his groin, but to no avail. The crazed man continued to pull at his scrotum until Thomas felt his scrotum tear and blood dripping down his leg.
It took more than 60 stitches to close the wound to his scrotum.
The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Not many quarterbacks enter their Freshman years surrounded by more hype than has Jimmy Clausen. The number one overall recruit in last years class is expected to break records at Notre Dame before his four years are completed. The only thing he has broken as of now, however is the law.
as entered a pretrial diversion program after receiving a misdemeanor citation for transporting alcohol as a minor.
Indiana State Excise had been staking out a liquor store in an unmarked car near the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana that was known to have sold alcohol to minors. Police cited Clausen and a 23-year-old companion on June 23 for trans
Clausen was cited for a misdemeanor citation, while the 23-year-old, a recent Notre Dame graduate, was cited for inducing a minor to possess alcohol, an infraction.
Police said the 23-year-old entered the store and bought two 1.75-liter bottles of vodka, a 200-milliliter bottle of whiskey, and case containing 30 cans of Natural Light beer.
Clausen stayed outside the store in a Chevrolet Tahoe along with another Notre Dame freshman, who was not cited.
Clausen has entered a pretrial diversion program with the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office.
Under the terms of the agreement, signed on July 11, Clausen agreed to pay a $170 fee and to remain trouble free for a year.
If he meets those terms, he will not face a misdemeanor charge for the June incident. But if he's cited for the same offense within a year, he'll face two misdemeanor charges.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Tatoo artists around the Southeast are readying their guns for the rush of fans they are certain to see. Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday, that despite diligent attempts to negotiate a deal that would bring the no. 8 to Hendrick Motorsports and allow Dale Earnhardt Jr. to continue to drive his trademark car number.
"We've been working hard to secure the #8 for Dale Jr.'s car number next season," said Marshall Carlson, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. "Obviously, he has a tremendous history with that number, and we know how important it is to his fans. Unfortunately, we couldn't reach a point where the terms made sense, and now we have to move forward with other options."
"Personally, I sort of planned for this," Earnhardt said. "I've been in these negotiations with the same person before, and they've never worked out in our favor. I knew this was the way it was going to be. I just didn't have the guts to tell my fans. They were holding out and hoping it would work out. I didn't have the guts to tell them it was just a waste of time hoping that would happen."
So the battle between step-mother and son continues and it is clear that there are hard feelings when it comes to Jr. leaving the company his father founded. It is sad that the company that bears his name is being run by someone that truly has the wrong motivations at heart.
"I'm not going to sit here and get personal about this. The personal stuff is way far away from the racetrack. It's upsetting as hell, and unfortunate. But you know, that's just what happens sometimes. Like I say, I kind of had an idea that we were going to come down this road and have to take another turn. I knew this was the way it was going to happen. I'm not really all that surprised," he said.
Earnhardt was complimentary of DEI president Max Siegel's efforts to negotiate the use of the number."Max tried his butt off to make it work," Earnhardt Jr. said. "He was trying to talk to Teresa and get some sense into her."
Jr. has said all along that if Hendrick couldn't procure the no. 8 that his preference would be the 81. Jr. has driven that number before in the Busch series, but as of now, no timetable has been set for the announcement of his new number.
And to all his fans with No. 8 tattoos? "Hold on. Hang tight," he said.
Fiction turns reality
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
A South Carolina inmate has become the latest to accuse Mike Vick of criminal activities. Jonathan Lee Riches is suing the embattled Falcons quarterback to the tune of 63 billion dollars. (backed by gold and silver and to be delivered via UPS to the front gates of Williamsburg Federal Correctional Facility, Sulters, SC.) Riches claims that on April the 20th, 2007, Vick stole two white mixed pitt bulls from his Holliday, Florida residence which he then used for fighting until on April the 28th, Vick put the dogs up for auction on Ebay and used the proceeds to purchase missles from the Irani government.
But the harassment did not end there. On May the 4th, Riches alleges, Vick stole his identity from his coat and used it to open new store accounts at PetSmart and Doggie Warehouse.
And we're still not done. Riches futher alleges that Vick voilated his copyright laws by using his copyright name on his personal football outfit.
- On February the 10th, 2007 Vick pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda
- Michael Vick subjected me to microwave testing (this guy is one cooked turkey)
- Michael Vick used drugs in school zones
- Michael Vick is in the business of illegal steroids
Riches is an inmate at the facility serving out a wire fraud conviction.
View charges here
At Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., he plays wide receiver on offense and defensive end on defense. Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, and Central Florida were among the schools recruiting him to play defensive end. But Fowlkes says the Vols want him at wide receiver.
“They are going to give me an opportunity to play it (receiver). I want to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Fowlkes is being recruited by Trooper Taylor. “He’s a good coach for me," he said of Taylor. "He’s a good person and I’ve enjoyed talking to him.”
Steven was one of the visitors on hand for the Volunteers first fall scrimmage on Saturday.
The 6'5", 215lb. player is rated a 3 star recruit by rivals.com. One reason why may be that he didn’t begin playing football until last fall and missed five games last year due to a nagging elbow problem. He s also a standout post player on the basketball squad at Banneker.
Fowlkes also knows he will have something else if things don’t work out at receiver. While offense is his preference, he’s keeping his options open to playing defensive end.
Fowlkes makes eight commitments for Tennessee's 2008 class.
Tennessee Titan's estranged cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones has yet another exploit to add to his resume during his time off from football. His record label, National Street League Records, , announced Wednesday that he will team with producer Spoaty in a hip-hop group called Posterboyz. Posterboyz will be releasing the first single "Let it Shine" on August the 27th.The song talks about big money, cars and jewelry.
"I am also an entrepreneur." Pacman said in an interview earlier on Thursday. "It takes a team player to make plays happen so I am bonding with my staff and recording artist to make this company a success. I went within myself to find a place to release my talents while I filter through my career from all of the things that have taken place around me. I find tranquility in writing lyrics, establishing my company and preparing for my promo tour in mid September. Looking from the outside in, I have been the example for many to see the poster child if you will; and from that sentiment the “Posterboyz” group name was born”.
An album is due to be released early in 2008.
NFL Officals are looking into whether or not the record label's name infringes on NFL trademarks.
The year is 2003. The Tennessee Titans are just coming off of a year which saw them lose in the AFL Championship game to the Oakland Raiders and they have the 28th pick in the draft. Eddie George is wearing down and behind Derrick Mason, there really are no proven wide receivers.
So who do the Titans pick with their precious first round selection? Andre Woolfolk out of Oklahoma. A cornerback that had been a wide receiver his entire career. He had one year of experience playing cornerback.
The other cornerbacks available at pick 28 are are Charles Tillman, Eugene Wilson, both are starting for their respective teams. Woolfolk has never held on to a starting position.
What running backs were available? Well Larry Johnson went one pick earlier to the Kansas City Cheifs. What a pick that turned out to be. One has to think that had he been available, the Titans would not have passed up on him. Of course, the need for a running back due to Preist Holme's potentially career-ending hip injury was apparent. And it was not out of the realm of possibility to trade up a couple of picks with San Francisco (the 49'ers took OT Kwame Harris with the 26th pick) or New York (pick 25 DT William Joseph). Both of them would've been able to draft their desired player with the 28th pick.
Or they could've addressed their other need, wide receiver. Bethel Johnson, Taylor Jacobs, and Anquan Bolden were all available.
But they filled the hole at wide receiver with their next pick, Tyrone Calico out of MTSU. The wide receivers available when the Titans selected Calico? Kelley Washington, Nate Burleson, and Kevin Curtis who paid a visit to the Titans this offseason before signing eventually with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Flash forward to 2007. Tyrone Calico is not on a roster after the Titans cut him last summer.
And today they announced that they had placed Andre Woolfolk on injured reserve after evaluation of a hamstring issue showed that it was going to take some time to heal. The Titans hope to reach an injury settlement with Woolfolk and release him.
This season will tell if the Titans' third pick in that draft will pan out. Chris Brown signed a one-year extension with the Titans and is competing with last year's second round pick Lendale White for the starting job.
Oh, and the man who made these incredible picks, General Manager Floyd Reese? He is now an analyst with ESPN. Thanks Floyd. At least you gave us Vince Young before you skipped town.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Much has been said recently about the inability of the incoming receivers to separate themselves from the pack.
Both Offensive Coordinator David Cutcliffe and wide receivers Coach Trooper Taylor have been very critical of their performance to date.
After a Saturday's scrimmage Cutcliffe had this to say about Junior Wide Receiver Kenny O'Neal:"Right now, he doesn't know what he's doing. He couldn't play for me right now."
Factor in that Kenny had missed several days of valuable practice time leading up to the game due to a hamstring issue and that isn't very surprising. In fact I believe Cutcliffe was alluding to that in his statement.
On freshman receiver Todd Campbell: “Todd is a little ways back because Todd is not competing how I like for them to compete. He knows that.” Taylor said. “I think he’s in awe of some of these guys that have come in. He needs to do a better job of playing fast.”
It isn't that difficult to over-analyze the comments made thus far by coaches as we Tennessee fans are itching for any news indicative of how our beloved Volunteers will fare this coming season.
High School Quarterback turned receiver Gerald Jones was not impressive early but has been spectacular as of late.
“The thing that got him is that he didn’t understand the little things about a receiver running routes … because he had been playing quarterback,” Taylor said. “He’s improved his hands a great deal and he’s athletic.”
“If he can stay healthy, he’ll be ready to play because he’s really sharp,” Taylor said of Jones.
Recently Taylor has also been complimentary of O'Neal.
“Kenny O’Neal can outrun a spotted ape,” Taylor said. “You’ve never seen a spotted ape because they’ve never been caught on tape. They’re too fast. That’s what Kenny can do. He can stretch the field.”
Less than a week ago Taylor was also very critical of sophomore Quintin Hancock. But recently has said that he’s pleased with junior Josh Briscoe and sophomores Quintin Hancock and Austin Rogers as the Vols complete their second full week of preseason camp.
Freshman Ahmad Paige has been the receiver least talked about which leads me to bleieve he will red-shirt. He will be a player down the road there is no question. Taylor has said of him: “He’s got to learn how to practice, He’s never done a three-hour practice at the pace that we’ve been on. Very talented. Probably got the most talent overall as far as speed and ability to separate. “But he’s got to practice faster and he hasn’t learned how to do that yet.”
Paige, who’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, would obviously benefit from adding some weight.
“You could slide him under the door right now,” Taylor said.Brent Vinson figures to see a lot of playing time this fall as the heralded 5 star Hargrave Military school prospect is needed desperately to stretch the field for the Volunteers. “Brent Vinson can play fast,” Taylor said. “He’s got to forget everything he learned at Hargrave and start over.
“It’s like deprogramming and building back up. He is a playmaker. The fans will be glad we signed him. He will help us this year.”