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Live @ Hardee's in Halls
Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 8:53 AM
Why the SEC is different was on display in both the UT/OU and Auburn/KSU games. DEFENSE. Don't leave home without it. Sure Kansas State missed 3 field goals but the bottom line is that when the game mattered they got smothered. Auburn wasn't going to buckle in crunch time on the road or not. Sure, it was a 6 point game with 4 minutes and change left but it didn't matter. Auburn simply ground Kansas State down. Kansas State didn't get close to 100 rushing yards in the game (40 yards). And Tennessee? If it's not for the infrequent big and broken play, a young group of UT defenders (5 true freshmen) gave mighty Oklahoma a good solid punch. There is simply no substitute for speed on defense....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 6:58 AM
Why the SEC is different was on display in both the UT/OU and Auburn/KSU games. DEFENSE. Don't leave home without it. Sure Kansas State missed 3 field goals but the bottom line is that when the game mattered they got smothered. Auburn wasn't going to buckle in crunch time on the road or not. Sure, it was a 6 point game with 4 minutes and change left but it didn't matter. Auburn simply ground Kansas State down. Kansas State didn't get close to 100 rushing yards in the game (40 yards). And Tennessee? If it's not for the infrequent big and broken play, a young group of UT defenders (5 true freshmen) gave mighty Oklahoma a good solid punch. There is simply no substitute for speed on defense....[more]
Bad News Thursday
Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 1:15 PM
Von Pearson is out for the Georgia game. That's a shame. Tennessee deserves better than this injury bug befalling the offense. It would surprise me if Josh Smith plays based on some folks that I've talked to within the program. Those two guys represent significant play makers missing for the Vols.

What a dark couple of weeks for the NFL. Send in the clowns cause the circus has come to town on Fidel Goodell and his league. Sad thing is that none of these scandals will make a ripple of difference with the TV numbers. I'm still going to watch. How about you? I'm going to watch because I don't look to professional athletes for moral guidance....[more]
FEELS LIKE FALL...SURELY SOME GOOD GAMES ARE COMING...RIGHT?
Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 9:13 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-18-14

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 3

NATION:

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]
Wednesday Stuff
Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 3:53 PM
Don't know if it's out yet but you can expect Derrell Scott back for the Georgia game. Once Scott gets acclimated to Tennessee's offense he will be an interesting piece. He was hurt back in August at the beginning of camp. A 4 star RB, Scott seems to be a slashing type runner that could flourish in this offense. How long if ever will it take for him to get up to speed? He has speed to burn.

Ethan Wolf would be a wonderful piece for the Georgia game if healthy. Tennessee expects him back and he will be an asset in both pass receiving and blocking.

One other note. Butch Jones is adamant that Devrin Young is still Tennessee's kick returner. Evan Berry was working at #2 in the summer but apparently had a little trouble catching the ball at times in practice....[more]
Off Week Tuesday!!!!
Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 1:39 PM
I met a great guy yesterday who has a wonderful event that he needs some help with. I'm getting behind him in this and I would like you to consider doing so too. Tennessee FOP State Trooper Lodge 36 is having a golf tourney at Three Ridges Golf Course on September 29th! All the proceeds go toward a Christmas event where underprivileged children will get presents at a Christmas party. Call my friend Lieutenant Dan Raper and get involved (865) 806-2315.

Full disclosure here. I was dead wrong about not wanting to play the Oklahoma game. Dead wrong. Tennessee grew up Saturday night by playing OU. Jim Ross shot me a blurb in an e-mail about how the Vols have 'ton of really good young players.' He's right....[more]
Off Week Tuesday!!!!
Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:44 PM
I met a great guy yesterday who has a wonderful event that he needs some help with. I'm getting behind him in this and I would like you to consider doing so too. Tennessee FOP State Trooper Lodge 36 is having a golf tourney at Three Ridges Golf Course on September 29th! All the proceeds go toward a Christmas event where underprivileged children will get presents at a Christmas party. Call my friend Lieutenant Dan Raper and get involved (865) 806-2315.

Full disclosure here. I was dead wrong about playing the Oklahoma game. Dead wrong. Tennessee grew up Saturday night by playing OU. Jim Ross shot me a blurb in an e-mail about how the Vols have 'ton of really good young players.' He's right. I was 100% wrong in my stance on buying their way out of that series....[more]
Monday!!!
Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 10:31 AM
Football is a funny game. You can get literally beat to death in the statistical categories and still stay in games. Don't ask me how Tennessee was in that game on Saturday night but they were. With 12 minutes and change if Tennessee manages their opportunity on the goal line properly and comes away with points, they are all the sudden making OU sweat a little bit. But we all know what happened. Until that point in the game, Tennessee had done so little offensively yet used a really nice defensive scheme to hang around for good things to happen. Call me crazy but I think Tennessee grew up in the process. Don't get me wrong, I would rather see UT at 3-0 today, but the experience of going into that environment and actually hanging will be very good for this program in the long run. So, I was wrong in not wanting to play this game. At the end of the day the team didn't have a demoralizing experience like last year's Oregon trip. When you consider what happened on Saturday, there's a lot of season left for the Vols....[more]
Live @ Hardee's Western Ave @ 640
Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014, 10:55 AM
It's game time! It was so fun visiting with Jim Ross yesterday (Listen Here) and having him share his love of college football with me. I know I can't have it both ways so I won't be a hypocrite here. I wouldn't be playing this game if I was the AD at UT. That said, now that it's here, I'm kind of glad Tennessee is playing this game. Can I have it both ways? Sure I can, because this is my site. And Dammit this is my blog.

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WHERE'S BEANO WEEK 3
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 6:32 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-11-14

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.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 2

NATION:

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]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 3:10 PM
Edwin Star had a tune back in the day called WAR. In it he asked 'what is it good for?' His conclusion, 'absolutely nothin', say it again'. It's against this backdrop that Reed Carringer of Rockytopinsider.com asked back in the summer, 'Strength of schedule, what is it good for?' His conclusion, absolutely nothing. I'll say it again. Read this piece from Reed. The dirty secret about strength of schedule is that those at the top of college football don't play inordinately difficult schedules. I realize this seems like an anathema, but it's true. Read this. Link

So, it's against this backdrop that I once again repeat that if you made me king, I'm not playing this game if I'm Tennessee because Tennessee and Oklahoma have different goals at this point in time....[more]
WEEK 2 NATIONALLY; WEAK 2 IN SEC
Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 3:24 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-4-14

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 1

NATION:

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]
IT'S HERE
Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 2:54 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-26-14

WHAT VOL FANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UTAH STATE:

OFFENSE:

-Prior to tearing his ACL and MCL in the 1st quarter of the 6th game of the season (BYU) Chuckie Keeton had 1388 yds passing for 18 TDs and only 2 Ints while rushing for 388 yards and 2 TDs

-Keeton was eventually replaced by (at the time freshman) Darrel Garretson (1446, 10, 7) who led the Aggies to the MWC Mountain Division Championship and a Poinsettia Bowl win over Northern Illinois

-The offensive line is basically starting over after losing 5 of their top 6 that accounted for 152 career starts

-RB Joe Hill ran for 252 yards, averaged 4.8 ypc prior to being lost for the season in the 5th game of 2013

-State lost their 2 top WRs from 2013, Travis Reynolds and Travis Van Leeuwen who averaged 16.3 and 12.7 ypc respectively....[more]
MAN-ALIVE; HOW DO WE GO 7-5?
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 6:25 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-21-14

HOW TO KEEP ALIVE 7-5: A couple of weeks back Jonathan Reed started a firestorm with his contention that Tennessee Fans should EXPECT the Vols to finish no worse than 7-5 this season. As only Tony –and his Phillies bullpen- can do he fanned the flames by adding “Reed says anything less would be a failure”. I think the Twitter uproar was due to a Cool Hand Luke-like “failure to communicate”. Jon said “expect” while most heard “demand”. Reed later amended –or stated more plainly- that 6-6 would show signs of progress and be acceptable but 7-5 is not an unreasonable expectation. With that clarified I agree with young Jon 100%. This team can win 7 games and here is what they will have to do different from last season and beyond to make it happen:

START 2-0: Not long ago starting off the season with Utah State and Arkansas State would have Tennessee fans counting their chickens and the staff game planning for Oklahoma but this “ain’t” then....[more]
C-F-B MUST SEE TV
Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 2:01 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-14-14

NON SEC BIG GAME ROAD MAP: The magic of college football is its soon-to-be-extinct regionalism but in order to fully appreciate the season I have to allow my eyes to wander outside the confines of the SEC Network. Here are some games that I will almost certainly be keeping up with:

WEEK 1 (Aug 28-Sept 1)

Penn State vs UCF (8-30 Ireland) Hype-maestro James Franklin has been one-upped. Do you really want to play a team coached by a guy named O’Leary in Ireland? At 8:30 in the morning?

Fresno St @ USC (8-30) Sarkisian’s first game as Trojan’s head man will be against a team that always plays with both a swagger and a chip on their shoulder....[more]
OH NO, NOT BEANO from RENO AGAIN!
Posted: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 4:32 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-7-14

HIDE THE KIDS (and my wallet) IT’S BEANO from RENO TIME

If I’m going to make a complete fool of myself –which I have a penchant to do on more than an occasion- let me do it in a manner that will take months to discern that fact I have done so. I can also hope that being caught up in the drama that is CFB season you will totally forget just how little I knew three months before.

Ah the heck with it, here is what I screwed up in projecting the Vols 2103 season:

TENNESSEE 34 MISSOURI 17-Gary Pinkel will not accompany the Tigers to K-Town in 2014 (Actual Outcome; Missouri 31 Tennessee 3-Pinkel is gainfully employed and well-compensated)

TENNESSEE 27 AUBURN 17-Battle of new coaches goes to Butch Jones (Actual Outcome Auburn 55 Tenn 23; Malzahn was not out-witted)...[more]
STATE OF THE O-LINE
Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 8:43 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-31-14

FINALLY A PLAYOFF: I’ve been waiting for years for this season; the year college football ends with a playoff. The BCS is mercifully in the rear-view and a four team single elimination can almost be seen through the windshield. I realize it is rife with complications in its maiden season such as only four spots for five major conference winners, no stated selection formula, a better than average chance that the regular season’s best squad won’t win the big trophy and a committee comprised of …well…humans. I’ll take an initially flawed playoff over an eternally doomed championship game every time.

We’ve touched on what a playoff may not do but let’s look at what it will:

-IT WILL give additional deserving teams a chance to prove they’re worthy of an opportunity...[more]
SEC TEAM WEAKNESSES
Posted: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 7:10 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-24-14

SEC WEAKNESSES: With only 37 days remaining (35 for Ole Miss, A&M and S Car) until the start of CFB season here are some areas that SEC staffs will be looking to shore up:

ALABAMA- QB A.J McCarron was 36-4 with 2 National Championships in his three years as a starter for the Crimson Tide and it appears Alabama is not ready for his departure. Sr Blake Sims and Jr Florida State transfer Jacob Coker –who never started a game for the Seminoles- have some huge shoes to fill. Honorable Mention-Secondary A trouble spot in 2013 that hasn’t exactly been rectified leading into the upcoming campaign. Jr, safety Landon Collins is a solid player but his supporting cast seems questionable after spring practice failed to solidify other starters due to injury or poor performance....[more]
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