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National Signing Day appeals to masses despite its evils

  I think I’m starting to feel a tickle at the back of my throat. My head is all gummed up like an engine that’s 10,000 miles past due for an oil change and my stomach is letting out random moans and groans—Morse code to the brain that something has run afoul. The National Signing Day sickness is settling over me like a brooding darkness. Since I was a junior...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

National Signing Day appeals to masses despite its evils

  I think I’m starting to feel a tickle at the back of my throat. My head is all gummed up like an engine that’s 10,000 miles past due for an oil change and my stomach is letting out random moans and groans—Morse code to the brain that something has run afoul. The National Signing Day sickness is settling over me like a brooding darkness. Since I was a junior...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Green picks Michigan; Shocks absolutely nobody

  The Tennessee hat, the Michigan hat and the Auburn hat were laid meticulously across the table. The No. 1 ranked running back (per Rivals.com) in the country made promises of “shocking the world.” In the end, Derrick Green selected Michigan. Nothing shocking there. Then again, Derrick Green was never likely to actually shock anybody. The recruiting process...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Green picks Michigan; Shocks absolutely nobody

  The Tennessee hat, the Michigan hat and the Auburn hat were laid meticulously across the table. The No. 1 ranked running back (per Rivals.com) in the country made promises of “shocking the world.” In the end, Derrick Green selected Michigan. Nothing shocking there. Then again, Derrick Green was never likely to actually shock anybody. The recruiting process...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Cuonzo Martin and UT basketball hits a rough patch

  This is not a column to advocate the removal of Cuonzo Martin as the head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. It’s important to understand that as we delve into the absolute repugnancy that is Tennessee basketball in its current state. There is value to patience, and the shortcomings of this program don’t all pile at Cuonzo’s feet just yet. In fact...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

14 Years Ago

I've seen others posting (via social media) where they were tonight 14 years ago so I thought I'd do the same.     It's hard to believe it has been 14 years since that glorious evening in Tempe, AZ where the Vols defeated the Noles 23-16 to become champions of the college football universe.     I was all set to watch the game from the comforts of my...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Vols Win a Defensive Battle

This current version of hardwood Volunteers will never be mistaken for the Showtime era Lakers.  Despite their lack of offensive acumen, they continue to take a page out of the Bluff City Grizzlies' book by executing a Grit Grind style that fits the personality of Head Coach Cuonzo Martin.  Tonight the Xavier Musketeers invaded TBA, and the Big Orange defended their home turf...
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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Butch Jones Stands On His Own Two Feet

Now that the dust has fully settled in Knoxville in regards to the Butch Jones hire, keyboard cowboys (such as myself) are lining up in droves to offer their two cents on the hire.  UT fans can pick their poison and choose to look at this through a lens of "glass half full" or "glass half empty".  One of the consistent "glass half empty" narratives...
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December 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Butch Jones Is Going To Do Things A Little Differently

  It took some time, but it seems as if we’re all slowly making our way onto the Butch Jones bandwagon. We had to go through our meltdown, but now we’ve all been recycled and repurposed as brand new Tennessee fans once again. We’re like water bottles: emptied emotionally, cast away, melted down, and inevitably turned into… you guessed it. A new water bottle! ...
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December 12, 2012  |  Discuss

3 big questions about Butch Jones

  On Friday the University of Tennessee announced their newest football coach, Butch Jones.  Reaction was mixed to say the least.  As the news has settled in and Butch Jones has had a chance to interact with players and fans, there seems to be a more positive vibe around the decision.  That was not the case in the first 24 hours.  There are a million reasons for the...
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December 09, 2012  |  Discuss

No Matter Who Vols Hire, They'll Have Their Work Cut Out

  Congratulations to Tennessee’s new head football coach, whoever he is. You’re a lunatic, but congratulations nonetheless on being awarded one of the most prestigious coaching jobs in college football – yes, I can say that, even on the heels of three consecutive losing seasons – and all the wealth and recognition that go with the territory. I can say that because...
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December 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Scorned

As a teenager in the 90's, I grew up with a massive satellite dish in the side yard that allotted me a wide breadth of entertainment options.  One of these options was Showtime.  If you find yourself reading this as a male of similar age and entertainment options, and you DIDN'T ever stay up late to watch Shannon Tweed movies, then you are a better man than I am (or any...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

True Life: I'm Addicted to Tennessee Football

  Let me tell you about this guy Jon Gruden. Derp derp Jon Gruden derp derp. Dave Hart, derp, Jon Gruden and sources and stuff, derp. That’s pretty much how this goes, right? This is what we expect from a Tennessee blog these days, isn’t it? I guess, as an avid Internet loiterer and full-fledged Tennessee football addict I should have a pretty good handle on this...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Paging the Man in the Mirror

By Michael Bailey  Twenty four years ago pop icon Michael Jackson pleaded with his listeners to take a look at the "Man in the Mirror."   Though I'm sure he wasn't prophetically appealing to a recently dismissed Vols football coach, I believe Jackson's words should hit home with the departed Derek Dooley.   According to Jackson's hit single...
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November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Paging the Man in the Mirror

By Michael Bailey  Twenty four years ago pop icon Michael Jackson pleaded with his listeners to take a look at the "Man in the Mirror."   Though I'm sure he wasn't prophetically appealing to a recently dismissed Vols football coach, I believe Jackson's words should hit home with the departed Derek Dooley.   According to Jackson's hit single, &...
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November 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Derek Dooley is Edward Smith

  On July 29, 1908, Harland and Wolff (builders) presented drawings for an Olympic-class ocean liner to White Star Line Executives.  Shortly thereafter, papers were signed, and construction began on the $7.5 million (approximately $400 million today) behemoth known as the Titanic.  The world had never seen a vessel the likes of the Titanic.  From its massive size to its plush...
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November 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Tennessee Football: Media Misunderstood Amid Craziness

Life on a college beat can be quite tedious under the general pretenses of stability within the athletic department. It’s a difficult job, but when things are going well – or, at least, as planned – it can get repetitive. Same stories day in and day out with a slightly different spin. However, when things go poorly, there aren’t many more stressful gigs on the planet. There’s...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Hassan Chop!!!

11/4/12 By Michael Bailey This picture created my story. I laughed out loud after seeing this digital masterpiece of Coach Dooley going Beverly Hills Ninja on the Hallowed grounds of Shields-Watkins field with his battle ax- er walking cane.      Love him or hate him, Dooley has provided me with many chuckles (and much more heartache) over the past couple...
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November 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Hassan Chop!!!

11/4/12 By Michael Bailey This picture created my story. I laughed out loud after seeing this digital masterpiece of Coach Dooley going Beverly Hills Ninja on the Hallowed grounds of Shields-Watkins field with his battle ax- er walking cane.      Love him or hate him, Dooley has provided me with many chuckles (and much more heartache) over the past couple years. Seeing...
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November 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Schematics and Semantics of Derek Dooley's Demise

Semantics of convincingly winning out down the stretch run aside, the Derek Dooley era at the University of Tennessee is not-so-slowly dwindling to an end. Compliments of a 14-19 overall record and one SEC win in his last 13 conference games, Dooley will likely press and fold those handcrafted orange slacks and stash away the memories of his time at Tennessee in some box destined...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Derek Dooley and the Karate Secret

When I was in the second grade, I had an ongoing feud with a classmate.  I'm not talking about your average nip & tuck child's play but rather an at daggers drawn Hatfields and McCoys style year long tussle.  During the ebbs and flows of the school year, several attempts at a truce were brokered.  During once such "truce", I unfortunately learned the "...
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October 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Stretch Run Prediction from an Armchair QB

Predictions from armchair quarterbacks often aren't worth the spit used to lubricate the body parts responsible for turning thoughts into spoken word.  Therefore, I'll type them.  This will be a brief post; I just want to document how I believe this season will play out for the Vols and Coach Dooley.  I will first document how I wish the season would turn out: My wish...
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October 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Vols Fans to Embrace Lovable Losers?!?

  As I type these words after a long day of hosting a yard sale, spending time with family and watching the Vols get decimated by the Bammers, I have a few thoughts to convey on the two pervasive attitudes and outlooks of Volunteer fans taking to social media to voice their opinions of how their fellow Orange clad zealots should be conducting themselves during this time of woe...
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October 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Future Nonexistent for Derek Dooley and the Vols

As the smothering soot and darkness that commonly precedes The Dark Lord Nick Saban envelops Knoxville, we all assume that Derek Dooley needs to be thinking about where to go from here. On the precipice of 3-4, how do you keep a team that willingly admits to quitting against Kentucky a year ago on the path to the seven or eight wins he desperately needs this season to keep his orange...
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October 16, 2012  |  Discuss

We Need a Break

  The Big Orange nation is in a frenzy after last night's 41-31 loss at Mississippi State which dropped the Vols to 3-3, 0-3 in Conference Play.  At this point, I'm making a ground breaking, earth shattering declaration "We need a break."  Three plays stand out to me about the Mississippi State loss. One: the not-so-onside kick recovered by the...
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October 14, 2012  |  Discuss
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