Archive for November, 2011

To start with, I am SOOO glad this season is over for my Vols. I’m glad they didn’t get a bowl bid. That would have just been another embarrassing loss. They haven’t gotten one iota better this season. They’ve steadily regressed each and every week to the point where you can’t beat a Kentucky team that used a Wide Receiver as their Quarterback. A WIDE RECEIVER… know he isn’t going to throw, he’s gonna run. But we couldn’t stop him. Roark ran 24 times for 124 yards and our backs ran 24 times for 61 yards. Seriously? Don’t hand me the “young team” excuse. This group has had all season to learn how to tackle and block. There’s no excuse for not being able or wanting to make a block or a tackle. If the players don’t want to make an effort to help the team, send them home and use their scholly for someone who has the desire.

Coach Dooley has several tough decisions to make and I’m honestly surprised there hasn’t been announcements by now about some firings within his staff. In my opinion, Offensive Coordinator Chaney and Offensive Line Coach Heistand both should have already been escorted out of the building this morning. Play calling on the offensive side has been terribad and our running program stunk because our backs didn’t have anybody blocking for them. Michael Palardy, who was ranked the #1 kicker in America when he signed with UT, has been one of the worst kickers ever at the University. I’m not sure what happened to him, but someone there needs to find out why he hasn’t produced anything at all. I think if Dooley doesn’t make vast improvements next season and win at least 8 games, we will be once more looking for a new Head Coach and if he is available at that time, I would love to see John Chavis come home. I like Derek Dooley a lot, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to produce as a leader.

Urban Meyer was announced this morning as the new coach for Ohio State. I’m not shocked. When Tressel was fired, Meyer’s name was mentioned and after giving it some thought, I agreed. Florida faithful are furious with Coach Meyer. Actually, I don’t blame the man. I would have lied to get away from UF too.

Now to the Pros…When I first saw Ndamukong Suh, he was playing for Nebraska and I was totally amazed at this young man and his abilities to toss people out of his way. Now he has been drafted and is playing for the Detroit Lions. I still am amazed of the guy and think he can be one of the best defensive players ever in the NFL. But now his attitude has changed and it will likely cost him a ton of fans, including myself. He stomped the bare arm of an opponent with his spiked cleats, who was on the ground. Dude needs to learn how and where to challenge his anger. His coach, Jim Schwartz, needs to sit him down and make him understand what he can and cannot do, but I think he is waiting for the NFL to determine what punishment he receives. Cowardly on coach’s part. Schwartz should set the precedent and tell Suh he will miss the rest of the regular season and will be on probation throughout next season. If he does something stupid like that again, then he doesn’t need to be in the NFL. I feel confident they will hold a spot for him in Wrestling.

Changing directions, let’s discuss the Lady Vols. This is the “We Back Pat” season after Pat Summitt announced to the world that she was diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia, or the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Sunday, they played the #1 ranked Baylor Bears in Knoxville with their #6 ranking and 38 game home win streak on the floor. While I think Holly Warlick is doing and will do a fine job coaching the girls, you could tell that Pat didn’t have control of this team. Had she been in charge of those girls, Brittney Griner would not have made it through the third quarter. Pat would have put someone on Griner’s hip all night long and would have drove to the basket until she managed to get Griner fouled out or at least force Mulkey to bench her. I’m seeing signs that this team doesn’t have the meanness that Pat coaches into her players. It seems to me that this team is focusing more on their scoring skills than on their defensive skills. Vicki Baugh and Shekinna Stricklen were both playing excellent ball Sunday, but they couldn’t control Griner, and with her size (6’8″, size 18 men’s shoe and 86″ wingspan), you must stop her somehow, some way.


Imho, the biggest story recently has to be the PSU scandal. For those of you who may not be aware, Jerry Sandusky, who was Penn State’s Defensive Coordinator from 1977 until his retirement in 1999, under Legendary Coach Joe Paterno, has been accused of sexually molesting 8 young boys . As of this writing Sandusky has been arrested. Gary Shultz, PSU Vice President for finance and business (which includes oversight of the PSU Police Department) has went back into retirement and  PSU AD Tim Curley has requested to be placed on administrative leave so he can devote time to defend himself. All that is fine and well, because I think our justice system will deal with those who are guilty of committing these acts or attempting to cover them up. My problem is with PSU President Graham Spanier for approving that Sandusky was banned from continuing to bring children to the campus, with no further inquiry into the incident, as well as Head Coach Joe Paterno and his assistant Mike McQueary for reporting the incident to their superior, as they should have, but they did not follow up, nor take it a step further and make sure the police were informed. Why in the world did McQueary not take that child from that shower room, where he saw him being raped, and immediately call the police? JoePa said he “Met his responsibilities” for reporting the incident. I completely disagree Joe. Can you honestly face the child that was being molested in your team’s shower or his parents and tell them that you met your responsibilities? While JoePa, his assistant and everyone else who had knowledge of this or any other incident involving the molestation of children may not have a legal obligation to report these incidents to the Police, they certainly DO have the moral obligation to make it known so these children don’t have to suffer through this kind of BS. Stand up for these children who can’t defend themselves. Joe, if this had been your grandchild being molested, would you be satisfied by telling your superior and then forgetting it? Sad that people are losing their morals. Even sadder that we, as a worldwide community, care so little about our own children that these kind of sick perverts are allowed to continue to hurt these kids after  they have been caught in the act. Show a little class, people. Even though these kids may not be related to you, they are still someone’s child. If someone had knowledge of one of your children or grandchildren being molested or abused, wouldn’t you want them to do everything they could to stop it? I’m very disappointed by the way our so called “Leaders” act. OK, I’ll get off my soapbox for now, but this has been a huge issue for me my entire life. I love children and can’t stand to see them in pain or suffering.

In other news, Missouri has officially become the 14th member of the SEC. Really? Where did this come from? Seriously though, this was the worst kept secret in the history of NCAA Football, but has now been completed and officially announced. Mizzou will join the SEC along with Texas A&M on July 1, 2012. Mizzou will join the Eastern division and A&M will join the West. I think this alignment is only temporary though and the SEC will expand East soon, possibly adding FSU and Va Tech, or I’m hoping North Carolina. The movement East will allow all of the current rivalries to continue and would allow Mizzou to move to the Western division, where they should be anyways. Looking forward to seeing how next season plays out. It should be fun.

Being from Tennessee, I am required to be a Vols and Titans fan and as such, I have a story from each organization.

First off is a rant about the Titan’s Chris Johnson. First of all, let me be clear and state that I disagreed with them paying him 53 million dollars. If he had came to training camp, like everyone else, then I would have been much more receptive to paying him the money. This isn’t about the 53 mill. This is about CJ making demands to be “paid as a top play maker“, then failing to produce results. Against the Indianapolis Colts, who have not won a game this season and has the 2nd worst defense in the NFL, CJ ran 14 times for a grand total of 34 yards. Really? Is this how a “top play maker” plays? He was under contract at the time of his holdout for this season and next season. I think the Titans should have let him sit out both seasons and not paid him and see how much interest there was in him after 2 full seasons of doing nothing. But now since they offered him and the contracts have been signed, let him be a play maker. Give him the ball every play and let him make a play. Let him earn the money. Don’t think for one second that most anyone you know wouldn’t sign an agreement to be paid 53 million dollars and wouldn’t be willing to go out there and give it everything they have each and every snap, even if it means they could be injured because they aren’t as athletic as some of these “play makers” are. CJ has to show us something or shut up. He isn’t or never will be worth what his contract allows. Smart on his part, but looks stupid on the Titan’s office.

Finally, something to smile about. My beloved Vols are going through a very tough season this year, due to youth, lack of skilled backups and mostly , due to injuries. Wide receiver Justin Hunter was the SEC receiving leader and near the top in the Nation as well when he tore his ACL during the UT-Florida game and was lost for the season. Tyler Bray was putting up some awesome numbers until he broke the thumb on his throwing arm against Georgia and would miss at least 4 weeks. This past week, the injury bug again struck the Orange. Kicker Michael Palardy was injured in practice on Thursday, but coaches felt he would be able to go on Saturday. He was not able to go Saturday morning. So backup kicker Chip Rhome was told he would kick and began pre-game warmups, where he promptly pulled a muscle and sidelined his opportunity. With 50 minutes before kickoff and nobody to kick extra points or field goals, Coach Derek Dooley and his assistants got together and decided to call a Frat House at the University and luckily Derrick Brodus was laying on his couch, getting ready to watch the game on tv and wasn’t out partying with friends. So after a policeman takes him to the game and he rushes to stretch, Brodus, with no real expectations for him to do much more than just fill a spot, made all 3 extra points and his only attempt at a field goal and deservedly, got the game ball from Coach Dooley. Grats and cheers to Derrick Brodus.