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Volsman182's random Monday thoughts...
Posted: Monday, May 17th, 2010, 6:36 PM
by Josh
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Good Monday evening everyone! In honor of Survivor:Heroes vs. Villains season finale last night (congrats to Sandra!), I thought I would start this blog by outlining all of the departures Knoxville has seen in the past several months. Really the origins of Survivor:Knoxville can be traced back to Phil Fulmer's firing in November of 2008. A few months later, in May 2009, Lane Kiffin parts ways with newly hired Strenght and Conditioning coach Mark Smith. Also during this time, Tennessee saw several of its football players leave the program, including Amaad Paige and Lennon Creer. Later in the fall, Brandon Warren was kicked off of the team. Toward the end of the season, after one of the all time dumbest incidents ever involving UT athletes, Nu' Keese Richardson and Mike Williams are dismissed from the team. After another stupid incident on New Year's Day, Tyler Smith is kicked off of the basketball team. Then, in what is perhaps the most surreal day in the history of Knoxville, Lane Kiffin himself leaves the Vols for USC and their desperate Mr. Potato Head Athletic Director. In the coming days, UT would also lose Aaron Ausmus and Kippy Brown. The leaving wasn't over. Bryce Brown got homesick and decided he wasn't going to play for UT anymore. The door is still open for him to return, but that seems highly unlikely at this point. Emmanuel Negedu is heading to New Mexico after UT and Bruce Pearl refuse to take a chance on his health. MC80, err, Aaron Douglas is taking his mad lyrical skills and heading west. Will anyone be left standing come football season? Perhaps a more important question is, how do we replace Aaron Douglas? Can I recommend Bubba Sparxxx? Does he have any eligibility left? He would probably make a good offensive lineman. Maybe we could get Eminem to replace Bryce Brown. While were at it, throw Vanilla Ice in there at QB. Could it be any worse than what most people are expecting? Maybe the most important question is this. Will Derek Dooley be the sole survivor in three years? I have faith in Double D. For now.

Since my Bulls and Nuggets are no longer in contention, I am pulling for a Suns/Celtics Final. I hate the Lakers and the Magic do nothing for me. The Suns are fun to watch and Steve Nash is a great player. Plus the Celtics have those cool green uniforms. I don't follow the NBA that closely anymore, but I remember it at its peak. Back in the 90s, the NBA was purely awesome. Marv Albert, for all of his bizarre behaviors, was a great announcer. And Michael Jordan was the best there ever will be. The NBA will probably never get back to what it was, but I always get nostalgic this time of year.

If I could travel in time and see any sporting event, I would go back to Birmingham in October 1995 to see Tennessee destroy Alabama to end the streak and begin our own. I began watching Tennessee in 1990 when I was about 9 years old. Back then, Alabama was the big rival. We hadn't beaten them since 1985. Well, on the field anyway. Due to their rampant cheating, we were awarded the win in 1993. 1995 was my first memory of Tennessee beating Alabama and it was a magical feeling. Almost as good as winning the national championship. For me, Alabama will always be our number one rival. Florida second, Auburn third, Georgia fourth. It could be argued that Ole Miss should be fourth. I'm just old school that way.

Finally, the world lost a legend on Sunday. Rest in Peace Dio. Tenacious D will never be the same.
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