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The healthier Vols are going to put a hurtin' for certain on South Carolina. Are you feeling this? Vegas has this at 13.5 pts and I don't think it will be that close. Then again the Vols haven't played four full quarters yet this season in any game. Then again South Carolina looked beyond pedestrian with UMass. Then again these games never go as planned. Then again Tennessee will run all over this team. Then again UT has never beaten Will Muschamp as HC. Then again Butch Jones owns SCjr. Then again Dobbs owns these guys. Then again Tennessee could struggle on the road. Yeah. These things never go according to script.

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I've got only 20 tickets committed for the UT/Tenn Tech Game. We've got to do better than this fellow Vol fans!! Please cut this and paste this in every board you visit. Please e-mail this plea to people. We are partnering with Amachi Knoxville, a non-profit in Knoxville that serves in matching mentors with the children of incarcerated parents. We are asking you to donate tickets and or cash so we can get as many youngsters and their mentors from Amachi Knoxville to the UT/Tenn Tech game as humanly possible. Would you consider sharing your tickets to this game? We will also throw a full tailgate party for these youngsters and their mentors as our way of making all of them feel special and wanted. I know we can come through for them. Please spread the word on this again wherever you travel today in cyberspace.


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It dawned on me last night that some really deserving fan base is going to win a World Series Championship. The Fox Sports intro featuring a handful of seasoned citizens talking about their fandom and heartbreak was chill inducing. Really well done on their part. I love the connectivity of sports. You don't need to be a baseball fan in any way to understand the heartbreak of the Indians. It's been 20 years since they've been in the World Series and since WWII since they won one. The Cubs of course are well past 100 years since their last title. I'm cheering for Cleveland because I identify with those people from that hard scrabbled city. I grew up listening to Pete Franklin on the old WWWE 1100. Those were great days indeed! Cleveland and Chicago both deserve it. It's so refreshing seeing somebody else at the top of baseball. The Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers can peace out as far as I'm concerned. We get tired of seeing the same teams.

Which leads me to this today. When Tennessee played on CBS earlier this year, they had better #'s than Bama nationally. Why? Because Bama fatigue is a real thing. I'm sick and tired of them taking the air out of college football. My hope is that their lack of a passing QB comes back and bites them. They’re going to come up against somebody able to keep that running game in front of them. When this happens, will Hurts be able to make the throws? It's going to be very interesting. Hopefully LSU will help us find this out. Bammers may not believe this but it would be terrific for college football if they got off the stage and let somebody else win.

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The World Series has begun and the NBA season has arrived. Football has some serious company on the sports docket right now.

1. It is encouraging to hear that some of Tennessee's injured players will be back as soon as Saturday. The level of attrition this team has endured has been staggering.

2. The Vols should be able to take advantage of South Carolina going to a young quarterback. I would expect Bob Shoop to send pressure early and often.

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3. It appears Zach Kent is going to take a little time before deciding between Tennessee and Northwestern. That means the wait to see if Rick Barnes and staff add anyone in the November signing period continues.

4. I would be lying if I said I have any strong feeling about the retirement of Arian Foster. His time at Tennessee certainly did nothing to make me a fan.

5. Cincinnati being picked ahead of UCONN by the AAC media suprises me. It shows a great deal of respect for Mick Cronin's gritty squad.

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6. Wayne Tinkle continues to work wonders at Oregon State. The Beavers have significantly upgraded their talent level each season.

7. It will be impossible for Golden State to reach the bar people are setting for them. There will be some hiccups along the way.

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8. Awesome to see Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker make NBA rosters. The value of hard work is out there for everyone to see yet again.

9. Pitching almost always decides the issue in October. Corey Kluber showed why by giving the Cubs no shot last night.

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Tonight on In The Pocket on MyVLT, Terry Brown joins Tony Robinson and me for our annual, mid-season Tony Awards.

Tony Awards MVP Vols

UT Play Of Half Yr:
Ga Pass at end of game
TD @A&M. Dobbs caught
Jennings Catch Fla
Downed Punt By Trevor Daniel

Hurts. Bama
Dobbs Tennessee
Bama Defense
Chad Kelly Ole Miss

Biggest Surprise Vols
John Kelly
Shy Tuttle

Coach of half yr SEC

Freddie Mercury Big Disgrace Award
Mizzou Football
SEC Officials
SEC Office in Birmingham
Kirby Smart

Tennessee MVC. Most Valuable Coach
OC Mike Debord
DC Bob Shoop
RB's Robert Gillespie
DL Steve Stripling
LB's Tommie Thigpen
ST Larry Scott

We will announce the winners tonight at approximately 10:26pm on MyVlt. Please vote on Twitter @inthepockettv. If you want to write in, have at it! We would love your input!

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The initial signing period for basketball begins on November 16th. Somebody needs to get word to Rick Barnes that he has 2 scholarships available. Somebody also needs to tell him that he's been picked pre-season #13 in an SEC that has (count em) 1 team in the initial top 25. Rick Barnes seems lost in space. Earth to Rick Barnes. You're driving the good ship Tennessee into Houston. And that's not a good thing, my friend.

I saw where Cal announced that Cuonzo Martin got a raise and an extension yesterday. Great for him. I always appreciated Cuonzo the man. He was a great guy, though a fish out of water here. It's odd how Cuonzo left here and grew a stinger in recruiting while Rick Barnes has left his in Austin. You can't make this stuff up.

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People ask me how we're going to handle hoops season here on this blog and on the show. Same as we always do. I hope the Vols win 'em all. I don't doubt the coaching ability of Rick Barnes. It's his fierce laziness in recruiting that I have serious issue with. Any Vol fan should have a problem with this level of output on the recruiting trail. Hate to say I told you so but......

The Vols have five players on opening day NBA rosters. The SEC has 62!! Link

Grant Williams looks like a nice young man. Passed up the Ivy League to play for the Vols. Link

I'm not sure if Rick Barnes is in favor of it, but I've long thought another signing period in football makes great sense. Do it in the summer and let's have another holiday on the football schedule. Why not? Link

Don't look now but Alabama actually has a real, live issue to worry about this week. Link

Auburn is fixing to grind up Ole Miss Saturday. Auburn is the team I was dead wrong about. Link

'Tony B:

More absolute goodness.

Mr. Ducks can't pull trucks and "Gitcha Summa That" Tweezer Tabor are both off the Thorpe list and apparently UF is not amused.

Sure hope it doesn't rain on the Thorpe awards or anything.

Here's the link!!! Link

More great news in the IGYV!!

And then there's this little gem to put a smile on my Florida hating face!


Eric S
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Eric! Classic stuff. What would be Florida's gripe? In their one true test to date (in Knoxville) they were scolded in that secondary. Tennessee ran circles around those guys. Make no mistake about it, Jennings used and abused Tabor. I'm really looking forward to watching Florida try and navigate that back end of their schedule. They've got losses coming to Arkansas, LSU and probably Florida State. Oh well. At least the Gators got off to a good start. Do you realize what LSU is going to do to them? Words can't describe it. BTW, I love the second link!!! That is some rich stuff. There's very little doubt that Foley used that storm as a pretext for pushing off the inevitable. Quoting Terry Funk, "those egg sucking dogs can't hide anymore." Anytime I quote Terry Funk I KNOW it's going to be a great day!

Terry Funk is the ALL TIME greatest on the stick! Link

Final Thought: Arian Foster's retirement brought a rather tepid response from Big Orange Country. I purposefully didn't mention him in yesterday's blog or show just to see what the reaction would be and ........wait for it.....crickets. It's like nobody cares about that guy here. And I'm sure that's not it but Foster never endeared himself to folks before, during or after his career. He retires as a really accomplished NFL running back. He earned everything he got at that level as undrafted free agent. We should be celebrating him as one of our own yet Foster seems like an outsider. That's really a shame because Tennessee fans want to love our own. I'll take on this fanbase when necessary but this one is on him.

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Final Thought II:
If it can happen in Cleveland or Chicago, then it can happen again here! Beleeeee.

Tony B

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