Spy, interesting observation. In the 17 years of following the Mocs I can't think of a time when Western wasn't a doormat. Maybe if Western did resurge, it would provide Moc fans an excuse to go to Culhollowee by the droves which is only three hours via the Ocoee route or four hours if you go up to Knoxville and swing a left on 40.
Honestly, it was one the SoCon away game I could go to that wasn't six hours+ That and Samford who wasn't even in the SoCon at the time.
We lost Kennesaw State because their athletic department is so gung-ho on making the move to the FBS the idea of going FCS and getting experience appears ludicous.
And so it goes as Ten Ring would say.
Agreed on VMI. Thankfully ETSU will be returning soon.
Mercer, VMI, Samford, Wofford, and Furman aren't exactly sexy names on anyone's football radar. But I have to pretend like the games matter even if the rest of the 423 does not. ):
I'll be honest, in the event the Mocs ever make the jump to FBS, I'm pulling for either Conference USA or anybody BUT the Sun Belt.
Maybe GSU needs to go to the ACC?
Is it me or for some reason you've all but dropped GSU coverage? I just check the schedule and apparently they're winning all their conference games. Just an observation.
I grant you sports will probably overshadow the passing of Luther which weighs more heavily then anything imaginable. While never a fan of his format, I did respect his loyality towards his roots. Apparently he had several offers during the course of his career to move to a bigger market(Chicago I imagined being the biggest offer) and turned them all down. But the reason I imagine his longivity being what is was goes back to the old saying:
Get paid what you love doing and you never have to work a day in your life ever again.
Back to sports: Not a fan of Payton either (more of the "fan ideology" then the person) but respect his stats.
I listened to the UTC game and apparently the execution was spot-on. However, this isn't exactly Georgia Southern we're talking here. Right now, the Mocs are playing the equvelency of Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the SoCon. When we play Western Carolina and Wofford, then we'll talk.
On a sidenote, I wonder what the over-under in attendence will be this Saturday for a no-name team that's a bigger doormat then VMI?
Shout out to my friend Greg Vital here in the Big D for treating me to North Texas vs. Southern Miss this past Saturday. This was only my second attendance of a Mean Green game and dispite how the team performs on the field, the fans don't sound like people who barely got out of the 6th grade (when compared to another fanbase).
Shaq also promotes products from Gold Bond. However, that's 100% justifiable as the gentle giant owns a majority share in the company.
My all time favorite to this say is that god-awful local spot The Fridge did for BBQ sauce (you can probably find it on Youtube). Makes the local spots for Ray Lo's Catch-a-Mello sauce look like a Lexus commerical.
Here in Dallas, Nolan Ryan does a TON of local spots. The two big ones being one for home foundation repair (which is common problem here due to all the red clay top soil), the other being for his meat selection at the local Krogers. Jason Witten also does spots for Albertson's which still thrives down here.
Thanks to ASN, I'm no longer able to watch the Mocs online (thanks a lot athletic department!) so I might skip the match-up against El Cid (shocking, I know). But I have a lot of stuff this weekend that has been put off for weeks that need to be handled.
Jomo- none of what you overheard surprised me. The attendees at most home games at Neyland stadium are so dense they are an embarrassment to people who actually went to the school. To them it is simply UT and not UT. Ron White said it best: You can't fix stupid. I'll root for the big orange if there is no conflict of schedule but in reality, it is 100,000 drunk toothless rednecks and this girl I won't mention who at one time all the local media triped over themselves for her for a lot of BS reasons. In short, they don't really need my support.
On that note, I got to watch the game at Kelly's Eastside in Plano (local A&M bar-restaurant that serves some good bar food). Since the A&M game was on at 8:00 PM I basically had the whole place to myself. Got to see some great tackles by Davis Tull and Dee Virgin. I just hate the fact all last week it seems no one follows the Mocs except when they're playing the Vols. u_u I plan on writing an open letter on a third party site to address this.
Back to the Cowboys, yeah I watched that game too. :) Ever since that ill-fated loss in Seattle back in 2006, fans of Jerry's Death Star have been looking for redemption. Well they found it.
Maybe Butchy thinks they're playing the dark giant killer of Fargo. XD
Sorry I haven't been on this week. I training in a new department at my job for seasonal work so my days of writing for the 5 & 10 maybe limited at times. Wanted to think Jay and the crew (no pun intended to Michelle's favorite designer) for the first "Mocs" front page write-up using the new format on the Davis Tull article (My mom has a subscription so I can see the e-print version through her account). Unless Tull has a physical blowout of some sort, I don't see why he can't be to the defense on Sundays the way a certain former Moc was to the offense. Hopefully with a lot less drama. Even with Williams out for Saturday (which in the long run I'm okay with), Mocs are coming hungry, the Vols are coming in wounded. This is going to be fun.
This is why I hate the fact the Mocs are playing a doormat. There's nothing to talk about. I would be jazzed about Tennessee-Florida EXCEPT CBS an't carrying the game like in years past. I don't have the SEC Network and due to slim picking budget, I have a choice between going to a sports bar/restaurant for Tennessee/Florida or Tennessee/Chattanooga.
Yeah, exactly. We maybe underdogs but if you think I'm going to miss the first Vols/Mocs match-up since Nixon was in the White House and that "new" Saturday Morning show "The Banana Splits" was on NBC, you don't know me too well.
"Yes, it takes blind faith to give up almost six TDs, but did you know that SMU has scored one TD total in four games, and that was a meaningless Hail Mary in a 43-6 loss to North Texas?"
A game which yours truly attended "live" mind you. ^_^
Not going to lie, I was listening to 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday during lunch and long story short, the Jay Greeson and Dr. B wannabes stated SMU is so bad, they could schedule a game with neighboring Allen High School (the school with the facility that rivals any FCS or low-tier FBS program) and still lose.
Mocs 35 over VMI. Might as well write it off as "practice" before Mother Knoxville.
Asking me today's Rushmore is like Chen Kenmin (one of the original Iron Chefs) the most Chinese ingredient to work with.
Since most everyone on this board is wayyy over 45 (or so I imagine), I'll do two for two Rushmores.
-The Peanuts Gang
-Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
-Sherman (of Peabody and Sherman fame)
-Mystery Inc (Scooby Doo)
-Team Avatar (Aang era) Avatar: The Last Airbender*
-The Children (Eva Pilots) Neon Genesis Evangelion
-The Sailor Senshi (Scout) Team: Sailor Moon
*Anime is style only; not produced in Japan but adopted into the fold by the diehards.
WRS and myself already touched base on this earlier this morning. I love my Mocs AND I'm a realist. Tennessee is playing Florida in Knoxville at noon (11:00 AM my time). Mocs play at 4:00 PM BUT , we're not playing Coastal Carolina, Montana, Villanova, Montana State, or anybody of ranked importance. I know how homecoming works but WRS put it best: By halftime, Finley is going to be so empty you would think the Chattanooga Locomotion were playing. I don't think even die-hards like Mr. Belding and the good General will stick around past the end of the 2nd quarter.
My only problem is the catastrophic fantasy of them becoming complacent with the win the week before going toe to toe with Mother Knoxville and not having the juiced up drive to go full steam.
Case in point: I know Georgia Southern can't beat mother Athens but that doesn't stop them from trying. To paraphrase one announcer when I saw the last match up on the Tres online: "They fight tooth and nail with these Georgia Bulldogs because they have that chip on their shoulder that they're not good enough to play between the hedges"
(I know that reads dumb but I have nothing else to throw in the verbal crockpot today)