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Tony,Me and You Reevaluate the Vols
Posted: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 9:36 AM
by Beano
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Tony threw out the question to me yesterday and today itís your turn to respond. How has Saturdayís mauling of ninth ranked Cal by the Vols changed your outlook on the 06 season? My answer? Night and day. I went into Neyland Stadium expecting a season when Tennessee, although improved from last yearís horror show, would be no more than a bit player in both the conference and national drama. I had them penciled in my mind as an 8-4; 9-3; football team who couldnít beat Florida or Georgia and would probably drop two of the three games with S Carolina, Arkansas, and LSU. I exited with an entirely different viewpoint. Erik Ainge, the offensive line, and special teams played much better than I thought any of the above were capable of and the defense looked even more solid than I expected. The coaching staff was noticeably ďjackedĒ as if they had all contacted Trooperitis. Not that I want to see any of those gentlemen in tight skirts waving pom-poms (please refrain from poking your eyes out with an icepick before reading on) but it was uplifting to see our usually stoic bunch show some emotion and sense of urgency. Yes it was just one game but that singular event is the most impressive opener against a quality opponent this old Vol fanís eyes have ever witnessed and I am ready to amend my pre-season prediction. The schedule is still daunting but I now believe we go into the Florida, Georgia, and LSU games with a solid chance to win. I also think we are a legitimate candidate to win the Eastern Division. I now doubt seriously that both, or for that matter either Arkansas or South Carolina will take the Vols down on the road. In summary I have changed my vision from a lackluster-no reward 8-4 to an entertaining, emotion-filled 9-3 or 10-2 with a possible trip to Atlanta. Just take care of business against the Fly-Boys Vols and set up another classic Tennessee-Florida division elimination game on September 16.

How about Fla St-Miami? That has to be the hardest hitting game of the season each and every year. Intensified by the fact that both teams S-U-C-K on offense these days. Three yards rushing combined? Due to this offensive power outage we have seen the last of the Labor Day matchup between the two once dominant programs. Look for it to be moved back to October or November next season. Look for someone else to be on the Miami sideline as well. Whatís Butch Davis doing these days?

Join us at Smoothie King today as we continue to celebrate the start of another glorious college football campaign. Itís N and N day. N-sight from Chris Lowe and N-thusiasm from Doc Rudder. Iím sure Doc will chastise Tony and I for not believing in this Vol team. Docky-Boy believed in what he couldnít have seen. Thatís faith my friend. Unfortunately I have lost the ability to enter seasons with an unconditional belief. You have to show me and boy did the Vols ever do so. Hopefully at seasonís end I will be happy to have been wrong.
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