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I suspect there are very few Tennessee fans unhappy with the Volunteer football team right now. In nine games this season, Kiffin’s boys have done what was rationally expected of them. They’ve been competitive against good teams, they’ve beaten similar ones and pounded lesser ones. The UCLA and Auburn losses still sting and it’s frustrating to think that the Vols are that close to being a nationally ranked 7-2 contender. Still, look at the progress.

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It sucks to lose. And it really sucks to lose to Alabama. And it sucks even worse to outplay them, be in position to win, and still lose. Read the rest of this entry »

Fellow Vols, it was cloudy in Knoxville on Saturday, but inside Neyland Stadium, it was as beautiful as it has been in a long time. Tennessee was dominant, pounding Georgia for the second time in a row at Neyland. It was just one of those games where everything clicked; even on the Vols’ opening drive, which stalled and ended in a punt, Tennessee looked like a different team. As big as the Auburn game was, Georgia was huge for the Vols’ season. Almost decisive. Going into a bye week, UT will look to get rested and prepared for Alabama. A few things they’ll take away from the UGA game tape: Read the rest of this entry »

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You hear it all the time when talking about the game of football. It’s a war out there. Survival of the fittest. Kill or be killed. Use whichever cliche you want; they all mean the same thing. And they’re all true. It’s what separates football from baseball and basketball. Even hockey isn’t as violent in its objective. It’s why I don’t feel sorry for players who get their worlds rocked. That’s what you sign up for. In some ways, I think you almost have to play the game to understand it. It’s not normal to run into somebody as fast as you can with the intent to inflict bodily harm. Some are up for it; others aren’t. Three games into this 2009 season, I’ve begun to notice the guys on Tennessee’s squad that I’d want to go to war with. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo Courtesy: Adam Brimer, KNS

Photo Courtesy: Adam Brimer, KNS

Fellow Vol fans, Jacob and I would like to apologize for the tardiness of our UF game analysis. The fact is, we were both on the road this weekend watching football. Jacob saw the Atlanta Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers while I witnessed the beatdown my brother’s Hardin County Tigers put on Memphis Westwood (yes, that’s right…even the parts of our lives that aren’t ruled by Tennessee football are still ruled by football). Anyways, there’s a lot to discuss about the Florida game, but as I’m sure you’ve already rehashed the game several times (as we have), I’ll try to be as succinct as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

You know it’s gameday in Fort Sanders when you pass a parking lot and see a random dude in an orange vest standing in the middle of it. This person’s job is to stand there and make sure no one parks in his lot that isn’t supposed to. Parking, just like every other part of gameday in Knoxville, is madness. This Saturday, September 12th, is UCLA gameday. And madness, folks, is what we’ll have here tonight if Tennessee comes out and makes another statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Homeboy yacked all over himsef and the beautiful baby sitting next to him. So maybe not a happy Lane Kiffin Day for him.

Homeboy yacked all over himself and the beautiful baby sitting next to him. So maybe not a happy Lane Kiffin Day for him.

I can’t figure out where in the world to start. It’s just been a great day. We were Jacob was up and at it as early as 6:30 to make a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray pick-up. There are three main components of a great gameday: food, friends, and football, and we were blessed with a lot of all three. Here’s how we felt about the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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So excited. Soooo excited. I even got a little pumped when I saw the scalpers out on the Strip today. Here’s what we’re looking forward to tomorrow: Read the rest of this entry »

While reading Jacob’s prediction post, I really thought he was going to pick us to beat Alabama. I’m glad he didn’t. Because while I, too, am optimistic about our young Vol squad, 10-2 is very lofty. If he had gone with 11-1, I would’ve called him crazier than John Henderson’s trainer. Here’s how I see this season playing out. Read the rest of this entry »

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It used to be that seemingly every NFL team had a former UT player on its roster; some were littered with Vols. Lately, the wealth of Tennessee players in the League has shrunk. It’s not as if UT has no presence anymore; Peyton’s still an elite quarterback, Haynesworth just got paid by the Redskins, and Jerod Mayo is one of the best young linebackers in the league. Still, Vols aren’t falling off the board in every round of the draft like they used to. That might change this year. There are actually several UT upperclassmen who likely have a future in the NFL. A look at who might be drafted after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »