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Posted: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 9:41 AM
Let's start the weekend on an up note. DT is cutting loose on the recruiting trail. Could this be a harbinger of things to come for this weekend? Let's keep the positive vibes going. Keith Hatfield breaks down Donnie Tyndalls' most impressive recruiting gem to date.

Great job Keith!! Glad to hear that you like this kid. I trust your ability to judge hoops prospects.

Posted: Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 5:55 PM
by Beano

I’M NOT JOSHIN At 27-0 after the first quarter Saturday night there was no way in the world anyone could have convinced me that I would be about to write a blog segment describing my heightened hope for the future of the program. As a matter of fact I was so angry with our performance and prospects for the future that even a Jumbotron tribute to one of my favorite all-time Vols –Peyton Manning- elicited an under my breath profanity laced response. I told those close to me that we’re so bad that our entire game production approach is to encourage the Orange-Blooded faithful to look back to past heights so we don’t think about how long it is taking to dig out of the current depths. “I’ll be 75 years old and they’ll be showing Peyton throwing TDs.I feel like an Illinois fan taking solace in Red Grange’s time on campus”. Then when the KPD came to remove some unruly Alabama fans from our section I begged them to “take me instead”. Then everything changed. Josh Dobbs entered the game and many of the mountains I saw that needed scaling didn’t seem so insurmountable. Our running game went from abysmal to admirable; our offensive line went from excruciating to executing; our November went from playing out the string to stringing together some wins. Josh Dobbs is not Condredge Holloway or Heath Shuler but in this offensive attack he is much closer to those guys than Justin Worley –however tough, courageous and admirable- ever had a chance to be....[more]
Live @ Smartway Kingston Pike!!
Posted: Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 9:46 AM
The last time Tennessee won 4 straight to close the regular season was 2010. Below are the scores of those games.

Memphis 50-20

Ole Miss 52-14

Vandy 20-14

UK 24-14

Think about how much better the teams are the that Tennessee currently has in its sights.

South Carolina is 35 pts better than that 2010 Memphis team. That was one of the worst team I've ever seen and it's not really even close....[more]
Live Wednesday @ Smoothie King!
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 9:48 AM
Got to feel great if you're a Royals fan today. A rousing 10-0 win last night in game 6 sets up the brawl for it all tonight in KC! The home team has won the previous 9 World Series game 7's. It's absurd that the All Star Game has helped determine the fate of both of these teams heading into tonight. As we say in these parts, it is what it is. San Fran is in trouble. Tim Hudson starts for San Fran but it will fall to the young ace at some point. If Bumgarner can get it done tonight, he needs to open his jersey post game and fly out of there. The 82 Cardinals are the last team to lose by 10 or more runs yet win game 7 of the World Series. Tonight's winner will bring a great story line either way. If San Fran wins that will give them 3 World Series Titles in 5 years....[more]
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, 9:38 AM
Orange Throat starts things off today.

Borrowing from Pete Townshend and twisting a little bit I say Don't let go the Throat!! Link

Love the Butch Jones production yesterday at that press conference. Comical is the term I used/use for it. Whatever gets him through the night. Don't get what purpose it serves to downplay the standing of Joshua Dobbs on the heels of Saturday's performance against Alabama. He's the new starting QB of this team....[more]
Hope Monday
Posted: Monday, October 27th, 2014, 9:21 AM
Ole wise man once said it's OK to be wrong but it's never OK to STAY wrong. Why didn't Tennessee try Josh Dobbs before they were absolutely pushed to the wall to do so Saturday night. It makes absolutely zero sense in retrospect. Vol Colonel has been telling me for sometime (and I've been mostly ignoring this) that Dobbs turned the corner. My disbelief on Dobbs stemmed from hype burnout. I don't believe anything related to the Vols until I see it. And seeing was believing Saturday. Dobbs is your QB the rest of the way. For some reason, we are going to play a game about who the QB is here. Butch Jones does a lot of thing really well but he's one odd guy in certain aspects.

It's not fair to blame Butch Jones and staff for not having Dobbs in the game for Florida, though if he would've played to the level we saw against Bama, Tennessee kills the Gators....[more]
Live @ Hardee's Illinois Ave Oak Ridge
Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014, 10:07 AM
I start things off here today on a serious note! Check out this video and share it today because it’s time to buckle down. THIS is Alabama weekend.

Johnny Majors and Dale Jones made my Alabama game yesterday on the air. Coach Majors sounded GREAT in recalling the special nature of different reunions, people and events in his career. Then Dale Jones joined later in our conversation with Majors and events turned really special. Just a wonderful time! To hear Dale Jones try to tell Johnny how he didn't feel like he could play when he first got to Tennessee and have Johnny interrupt him and tell him he was the finest Volunteer he ever coached was amazing. It was the best segment of radio I've ever had the privilege of being a part of. Ironically, it had NOTHING to do with me....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 11:32 PM
by Beano

FRUSTRATED BUT NOT FED UP: Mike Strange wrote an excellent column in the October 20th edition of the Knoxville News Sentinel that utilized a series of questions to gauge the Big Orange Nation’s current level of faith in the direction of the program under Butch Jones. After an inexcusable (my word not Mike’s) loss to a dreadful Florida team and an embarrassingly lopsided effort versus Ole Miss. I will readily admit that I would have logged a stronger score on the SAT (Strange Attitude Test) after the Georgia game then I did the Monday after Ole Miss. While standing strong in the belief that Butch Jones fits here and is taking care of business on the most vital of fronts -such as mending relationships, creating stability, changing the culture and most importantly fortifying the roster through recruiting- I am less than impressed with the utilization and development of the offensive pieces –however limited- he and his staff currently have at their disposal. It is not the current staff’s fault that the offensive line is the worst of my 50 year memory of Vol football or that the quarterback is arguably the most pedestrian of that period. They do however need to take responsibility for refusing to help or develop either. Butch Jones -unlike his immediate predecessors- recognizes how special this place can be, greatly appreciates the opportunity, works hard at his craft and can obviously sell a dream yet to be realized....[more]
Live @ Pilot Cumberland Avenue
Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 10:02 AM
I'm getting in the mood for Bama this weekend. Johnny Majors is going to join me on the show today in the second hour! The guy is literal living history. The reverence he has for The Third Saturday in October is mesmerizing. I LOVE hearing Johnny Majors talk about what Tennessee and Alabama means because he reminds us all that this week is SPECIAL. And I don't care if the game is projected to be one sided, to see those two teams on the field together does any beating heart some good. I can't wait to visit with Coach Majors!!

Dale Jones is the legend this week!!! I'll never forget Jones' response to Dr. Sean Sinclair when he was called a legend a couple months back....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's on River
Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 10:15 AM
Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News gave me some hope yesterday on the show. It's not a tremendous amount of hope but its hope nonetheless. Through two road league games, Alabama has been a different team on offense. They turn the ball over frequently and feature a QB on the road that's been lost at times. Could the huge crowd rattle in Neyland Rattle Blake Simms? If this game is going to be dare I say won Saturday night, Tennessee MUST do it on defense. Because it ain't going to happen on offense. We all realize that now. One theme publicly this week has been the need to start scoring on defense. You've actually heard defensive players alluding to this. But stranger things have happened....[more]
Live @ Pilot 8541 Middlebrook Pike
Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 10:57 AM
This fan base is emotionally all torn up over the state of things. It's great that we care. At the same time, we better be careful because Butch Jones simply must work out here.

Michigan is our brother from another mother in the Big 10. They are our college football kin. Michigan is a storied program rich in tradition playing in a Neyland Stadium sized venue in the Big House. Michigan won a National Title for the first time in the modern era in 1997 under Lloyd Carr who was an assistant to a legendary coach there. Carr was a Michigan lifer who got the job after an ugly episode with Garry Moeller who was the short lived replacement for Bo Shembechler.

Tennessee won the National Title (one year later) in 1998 under an assistant to a legendary coach in Phillip Fulmer. Carr and Fulmer were both emblematic of their respective programs' histories to the core. Both guys were meat and potatoes football men....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 6:12 PM
by Beano

MULLING MULLEN’S FUTURE: While watching the UTC game with lifelong friends Paeson and Rebo (I know, it sounds like a Gambino -or GamBeano- social club watch party) the former’s son –who we’ll call Donnie Knoxville- phoned his Dad to lament the Vols putrid offensive line play but dropped a gem between the lines. Could Dan Mullen be Florida’s next football coach? Mullen’s name has been prominently speculated in the noise surrounding Will Muschamp’s impending dismissal but Saturday’s results make it seem even more plausible. It made so much sense to me that I tweeted the following long after State’s third win in a row versus a Top-10 opponent and shortly following the Gator’s last-second loss to LSU:

I think three months from now we'll look back on October 11th as the day Dan Mullen became Florida's FB Coach.

Discussing the possibility the next day with Brother Freddy he questioned why a seemingly intelligent man such as Mullen would ever consider making that switch? In a job market where sanity is prevalent his point would be indisputable....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:24 PM
by Beano

LAST WORD ON FLORIDA: The disappointment of the loss to Florida has without question lingered for longer than any I can remember since the 21-20 loss in 2006. I will for months –if not years- lament the missed opportunities in the 3rd quarter following what should have been devastating Gator turnovers. While convinced that the stinging defeat will not stunt the long-term program growth -evident everywhere except the offensive unit meeting rooms- I do fear irreparable harm has been done to the 2014 season bottom-line. The Vols will struggle mightily to meet the majority of their fan base’s meager hopes of a 6-6 regular season and bowl appearance. Barring the unforeseen, finishing the regular season at .500 will require a sweep of Kentucky and Missouri in November a task at this snapshot in time that looks very difficult if not unlikely. Conceding that one week of college football games can change the entire landscape and the Vols defense is good enough to keep them in most every contest a bowl berth is still a possibility. But with the lack of depth with which the Vols are currently plagued, a brutal/physical finish to October -sure to further deplete the roster- looming and our staff’s puzzling inflexibility my fear is there is a better chance that we lose a program record 8 games than win the requisite six....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 7:03 PM
by Beano



WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE IS NO WOLVERINE Go Blue is through. Yes it appears Michigan has quit and many of its loyal fan base have followed suit. Brady Hoke has coached more like Hoker Phillips following up an impressive 11-2, Sugar Bowl Championship, in his inaugural 2011 season in Ann Arbor with diminishing returns 8-5 and 7-6 2012 and 13 campaigns each ending with close losses to bitter rival Ohio State and Bowl setbacks as well. This season has been a train wreck with wins over outmatched Appy State and Miami of Ohio -who have combined for one victory over someone named Campbell- and three blowout losses. There seems to be no way that Hoke can escape the Grim Reaper....[more]
KICK A DOG WEEK (No Animals were injured during the production of this blog)
Posted: Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 6:22 PM
by Beano



BIG-10 BLIP: I think I saw the corpse move. The Big-10 deservingly left for dead in the CFB Playoff picture after a disastrous first Saturday of September did not resuscitate it’s National Championship hopes but did throw a flurry of non-league counter punches prior to bidding the first month of the season adieu. The proud old league was 12-1 in Week 4 including 4-1 vs Power-5 Conference foes. Indiana –who lost to a Bowling Green team that Western Kentucky beat by 4 TDs in Week 1- earned the most impressive victory with a last second win vs previously unbeaten and then #18 ranked Missouri in Columbia (OK Tigers anymore embarrassments like that and back to the Big-12 you go). Though none of the other Power Conference wins were against ranked teams Iowa and Maryland also won on the road versus Pitt and Syracuse respectively and Nebraska defended the Lincoln turf with a victory over Miami....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 9:13 PM
by Beano



LA CAN’T PLAY: USC’s shocking defeat as a double-digit favorite -versus a Boston College team that Pitt handled easier than the 10 point spread indicated- combined with UCLA’s lackluster start has me wondering if LA-LA Land football is all glitz and no hits. Blogger’s Random Thought: As I wrote that memories flooded my mind of one of my late Dad’s favorite political moments when during the Republican Convention a wisenheimer held up a derisive sign aimed at the Democratic ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale that read “Fritz and Grits give me the $#!+$” Now back to your regularly scheduled blog:

I know it seems strange to write off USC one week after a dramatic win over Stanford and an undefeated UCLA team but losing in Chestnut Hill shows the Trojans haven’t completely recovered from the Lane Kiffin era Attention Deficit Disorder and the Bruins are only 3-0 due to playing –with apologies to Virginia who is better than expected- the stiff of the week club. Heck they only beat Memphis by 7 points in the Rose Bowl a feat that will almost certainly be surpassed by greater than half the Tiger’s upcoming opponents....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 6:32 PM
by Beano

BLOGGERS PREFACE: An abbreviated Beano-blog follows since I was on the road to Montana during much of Saturday’s action. I just happened to be on I-29N & I-90W traveling through what has to be a stretch of the ugliest, most desolate, sections of Iowa and South Dakota –if not the entire globe- while the afternoon games were being played. And yet I felt sorry for you as my experience and view was preferable to most college football fans at the time. Hopefully I will be at my Reader’s Digest best as I hit the highpoints of what was mostly a forgettable –yet still precious- college football weekend.



FOUR IS ENOUGH: As talk of the first season for the College Football Playoff heated up the main topic of discussion was the format’s exclusion of at least one Power-5 Conference Champion....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 3:24 PM
by Beano



THE FRANKLIN PHENOMENA: James Franklin’s impact was felt on two separate continents. Penn State fans flocked to Croke Park and witnessed Franklin’s team’s penchant for finding Houdini-like ways of escaping with a win. Vandy fans suffered through an embarrassing 30 point thrashing at the hands of Temple with the ruins that Franklin left behind and if Derek Mason’s debut is any indication they will soon rename their stadium Croak Park. The amazing thing about Franklin’s success sometimes seems to be in spite of his game day acumen. The Nittany Lions were penalized 9 times for 90 yards many erasing scoring opportunities....[more]
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