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This week’s Big Orange Roundtable is hosted by Vol Junkies Buy Macrobid Without Prescription, , who has served up another installment of questions burning in the minds of the citizens of Orange Nation.
Thus, here are our thoughts for the week:
1) What is your thought on Eric Berry’s Heisman chances? Should he play on offense in-order to increase his chances? Is Kiffin being to selfish saying Berry will not practice offense?
HSH: I'm not exactly how real Berry's chances of actually winning the Trophy—which I deemed meaningless after the Manning debacle. Not only does he have the obstacle of being a defensive player, he has to basically beat Colt McCoy from Texas, Sam Bradford from Oklahoma and some guy named Tebow. I don't think Lane Kiffin should play Berry on offense just to help his Heisman chances. If our offense is seriously sucking, then sure, desperate times call for desperate measures.
That said, I have absolutely no problem with the University doing the whole campaign thing. Berry is obviously a special, once-in-a-while player with a great attitude. Seeing him in person on and off the field the past two years has been something I'm glad to have been a part of—now if only he might consider staying for his senior year...
Lawvol: I have very mixed (albeit not necessarily negative) feelings on this.
First of all, I personally believe that Eric Berry is more than deserving of a shot at the Heisman Trophy. In two short years he has pretty much become the man-beast of SEC defenses and is, hands down, the best defensive player in the toughest conference in the country. I personally believe that he is the best defensive player in any conference, anywhere. That, however, is just my opinion and I will be the first to admit that I am biased. Still, there is no arguing with the fact that Eric Berry has earned the right to be considered among the top players in the country this season and to be considered for the Heisman. I am unequivocally behind the Tennessee’s campaign to promote Berry’s Heisman candidacy.
That said, I am less that optimistic about his chances…
I say that because, since only one truly defensive player has previously won the Heisman—which I am sure every Tennessee fan remembers all too well—the precedent is somewhat weak. Furthermore, given the national media’s love affair with Tim Tebow, I expect that every possible machination that can occur to ensure Tebow winning the trophy for the second time will be brought to bear, if at all possible.
There is also the fact that exaggerated hype often leads to less-than-stellar performances since, with everyone talking about how great a particular player is, the target on their back gets even bigger when facing opponents. That is not to say that I doubt Berry’s ability to produce in the same way he has in the past, but recognizes that opposing teams will be gunning for him … and staying away from him.
As for whether I think it is selfish for Lane Kiffin to keep Berry from playing on offense, that one is easy to answer. No, not one bit. In fact, I feel the opposite. To me, changing the way you field a player for the sole purpose of advancing that player’s interests is selfish—even if it adds prominence to the team or the program as a whole. As the old saying goes, “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’.” In my opinion, any coach with a Heisman hopeful should treat that player in exactly the same way he would any other player. To do anything else not only flies in the face of the team concept, but can be woefully dangerous in terms of its effect on team morale—just ask Heath Shuler and the Tennessee offensive line that played in the 1993-94 Citrus Bowl.
Were Kiffin to decide independent of the Heisman race that Berry needed to play on offense, I would have no problem with it, in fact it might be extremely exciting. To do so just for the sake of Heisman balloting, however, is simply not something I think is acceptable.
Furthermore, I question whether suddenly playing a player in a new position would actually help or hinder the chances of winning voters’ eyes. This season is filled with change already—from top to bottom. Berry, just like everyone else on the Vols’ squad, is busy learning new schemes and concepts from the new coaching staff. Furthermore, the sheer size and scope of the playbooks for Tennessee is really quite staggering. I have heard from a reliable source that, up until 1997, no offensive player in the modern era had ever learned the entire offensive playbook until Peyton Manning, and he only accomplished that feat as a senior.
To me, adding a whole new facet—offense—to the game for Berry would likely result in a fall-off in his performance on defense. It adds one more thing that he has to keep track of in his head and doubles the already considerable pressure that being pumped as a superstar brings with it. In then end, I think there is probably more to lose than there is to gain.
2) Do you think Kiffin secretly wishes he would have held onto Taj Boyd?
HSH: Nope, not all, for two reasons. First, as we all know, Kiffin's a confident fellow. He has his plan, he knows what he wants and how he wants to go about it. And he believes in what he's doing.
He evaluated Boyd, saw that he might have lacked pure arm strength and that he made have had some issues coming off knee issues. So he told Boyd what he told him. I think Tennessee's in good shape with Tyler Bray and they might get Memphis' Barry Brunetti to switch his commitment to West Virginia, and the recent run on WR recruiting, what QB wouldn't want to come to Tennessee and throw to those guys?
Lawvol: Well, whether he does or doesn’t, is really irrelevant now. What is, is.
That said, I doubt that the Blackjack General, has given more than a few seconds thought to the matter considering his staff and this no-holds-barred approach to recruiting. I am sure that Boyd probably appreciated the honesty from Kiffin in telling him that he simply didn’t feel that Boyd would fit in the Vols’ system. I know I find it refreshing. Either way, like HSH, I feel certain that Kiffin will find the right person and it’s not like the Vols haven’t started to get looks from some good players. After all, though we do not yet know how a Lane Kiffin-coached team will perform on the field, he has made it clear he knows how to recruit. Furthermore, trying to make a player work when they really are not suited to your system just leads to disappointment for everyone involved.
I say get the right player for Tennessee, even if that means waiting a bit. I for one am glad to see that Kiffin is willing to do just that.
3) Is this the most excited you have been for a football season to start EVER?
HSH: In recent memory, yes. Maybe 2006, Macrobid over the counter, Purchase Macrobid online, because I had just started school up here in Knoxville and the big opener with Cal and Florida coming in two weeks following that. Perhaps 2005, Macrobid blogs, Macrobid cost, because of all the hype and that defense and the "momentum" from the previous season.
But this is different. It seems like it's been a year since Kiffin was hired and we went through the staff hiring and the coups on National Signing Day, the verbal slap of Urban Meyer and the secondaries.
Now it's go-time. Everything's going to be new, fast shipping Macrobid, Macrobid long term, so that adds a bit of intrigue to the whole thing, but the energy Lane, purchase Macrobid for sale, Buy Macrobid online cod, Monte and Coach O have brought certainly have had their effects on the players and us as fans. Amidst all the energy though, we have to remember that Tennessee's not going to win the SEC this year. This isn't going to be a one-year turnaround and we have to be a little patient, Macrobid gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, Macrobid schedule, prepare for some of the usual pains and just enjoy the climb. The Vols have 8 home games this year, so hopefully the fans are ready to do their part in helping the team.
Lawvol: That’s a tough question to answer. For me, discount Macrobid, Buy Macrobid without a prescription, the most exciting pre-season run-up to kickoff in my lifetime was getting ready for Peyton Manning’s senior year in 1997. The Vols were picked to be stellar and were ranked in the pre-season top-3 in all the polls. It also happened to be my senior year in Knoxville. I suppose I would still say that there was more “excitement”—in the sense of there being a real belief on the part of everyone that the Vols might win the whole thing—in 1997. If we are talking about just sheer anticipation because you simply have no idea what to expect, then I would have to say that this year is on top.
Of course, ordering Macrobid online, Macrobid maximum dosage, it is worth noting that in 1998 I had very low expectations of what Tennessee would do prior to the season getting under way. What with Manning graduating and a virtual unknown named Tee Martin starting his first game at quarterback, I figured that the Vols would probably find rough going for at least the first few games of the season. That season, get Macrobid, Macrobid use, however, turned out pretty well for the Vols.
Either way, buy cheap Macrobid, Cheap Macrobid no rx, I am always stoked before the first kickoff and it seems to increase exponentially as the first game approaches. There is so much to be excited about this year and—no matter what happens—I feel like this will be a good year for the Vols as they progress toward the future.
After all, a lousy football season is better than no football season at all…
4) A quick diversion from football and onto Basketball, Macrobid mg. Buy Macrobid from mexico, Do you think that Bruce’s style of basketball is a deterrent to the one and done type players, due to the fact one and done-rs and top recruits are looking for more minutes and to be the center of attention?
HSH: I don't think it's Bruce Pearl's style as much as it the fact that we're Tennessee. Just to be brutally honest, taking Macrobid, Where can i cheapest Macrobid online, if you're a a high school kid who has obvious NBA talent, wouldn't you want to showcase that on the biggest stage possible?
I know Bruce has taken our program to heights it's never been before and I hope he never leaves Knoxville. But we're still Tennessee. I know Michael Beasley went to play in relative obscurity at Kansas State and still managed to be the second pick in the draft, rx free Macrobid, Macrobid trusted pharmacy reviews, but the point still remains, at least in my mind.
We're not near the top of the list of schools a future NBA star and one-year college player is going to go to increase his stock. On top of that, Macrobid from canadian pharmacy, Macrobid reviews, there are all of two ex-Vols in the Association right now—C.J. Watson now in Orlando and Marcus Haislip just signed by the Spurs. Watson wasn't drafted and Haislip has spent the last few years in Europe after being a bust of a lottery pick.
The bottom line to me is this: our prestige has gone up exponentially the last four years under Pearl, Macrobid pharmacy, Macrobid dosage, but we're still Tennessee, and we still aren't exactly pumping out NBA players a la places like Carolina, order Macrobid online overnight delivery no prescription, Buy Macrobid online no prescription, Texas, UCLA, effects of Macrobid, Buy generic Macrobid, Kansas, UConn, Macrobid no rx, Macrobid no prescription, Memphis State and so on.
Lawvol: Frankly, I hope it is because I have little tolerance for the one-and-done mentality.
Most of the “in-and-out, australia, uk, us, usa, Where to buy Macrobid, thanks-for-the-cred, see ya!” type of players are not the sort that I want to see Tennessee recruiting. The whole “student athlete” thing should still mean something. I am dedicated to Tennessee and have been since the day I decided that I would attend college there. I expect the players we put on the floor to be not only be great athletes, is Macrobid safe, After Macrobid, but also good representatives for the university, and good people. I am not naive enough to believe that all the players we recruit are completely free of the ulterior motive of wanting to play professionally and perhaps using the Big Orange as the springboard to making that a reality. I also will freely acknowledge that I can hardly blame a player for leaving early when they are all but guaranteed to instantly become wealthy.
All I ask is that the players wearing the orange be committed to Tennessee while they are here, online buy Macrobid without a prescription. Order Macrobid from United States pharmacy, I have no problem with them dreaming of the future or making decisions based upon that future. What I do have a problem with is when players simply see Tennessee (or any other school for that matter) as little more than a way to get their ticket punched as quickly as possible.
But then again, I am a lawyer and am generally a disagreeable sort…
The Rest of the Roundtable:
Having wasted your time on our largely meaningless and insignificant thoughts for this week, go check out what the other roundtablers (who actually know what they are talking about) have to say (in no particular order):
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Buy Celebrex Without Prescription, Last year, during the off-season, I began a series on the Great Games played by the Tennessee Volunteers football team over the many years as seen through my eyes. As I am wont to do, I seem to have lost my focus and have not exactly done a capital job of keep that series going. Imagine that.
Since the off-season is once again upon us—paired with the fact that I have been coming up pretty spare in terms of ideas lately—I’ve decided it is time to once again take a walk down memory lane and re-live some of the greatest games in Tennessee history. For those of you who missed the 2008 installments of this series, here are the ones I’ve covered thus far:
The “Great Games” Series:
- Ole Miss 1991
- Florida 1992
- Alabama 1995
- 1996 Citrus Bowl
- Florida 1998
- Lawvol’s All-time Top-10 Games
In addition to my list, Will, one of the sages over at RTT has been counting down the top-50 games of the Phillip Fulmer era in grand style. Predictably, some of his favorites are on my list as well. Trust me, his list is worth a look (and is far better researched, far more thoughtful, far better written, and … well … just far better than my little foray into the ghosts of games past). Since I don’t want to be accused of stealing his thunder, I will be citing to his accounts of his favorite games liberally.
In fairness, it might be best to just skip this article altogether and just go read his work. Lord knows I would but for the fact that I have to write it…
22 November 1997
(5) Tennessee 59 • Kentucky 31
Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, Kentucky
Some folks might think I am crazy for including the 22 November 1997 contest between Tennessee and the Kentucky Wildcats on my list of great games. I can understand why they might question my thoughts on this (or my sanity). This game was anything but a flawless game for the Vols and was hardly the Tennessee defense’s finest hour. In fact, Celebrex samples, the game as a whole was pretty darn sloppy, Celebrex no rx, as was the weather. Still, for reasons which I will attempt to explain (a feat I will likely fail utterly to accomplish), this game still ranks as one of the great games in Tennessee football history. The short answer as to why can be summed up in two words:
I make no bones about it. I am a huge fan of the guy who wore No, Celebrex forum. 16 for the Vols from 1994 to 1998. As many have pointed out, Buy Celebrex no prescription, both Andy Kelly (1989-91) and Heath Shuler (1991-93) could—in their own right—claim to be the greatest Vol quarterback in the history of the program during the time they wore an orange shirt. Then, starting only a few snaps into the 1994 game against the UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl, everyone in Orange Nation began the process of forgetting everything they ever knew about quarterbacks at Tennessee, Celebrex dose, as true freshman Peyton Manning took the reins from senior Jerry Colquitt, Cheap Celebrex, who quite tragically (and downright depressingly) suffered a career-ending injury in the first series of his first start at quarterback.
The rest, as they say, is history…
Part of the reason I am such a huge Manning fan, Celebrex australia, uk, us, usa, I suppose, Online buy Celebrex without a prescription, owes to the fact that his first game was my first game as a student at UT. That sort of direct connection makes it easy for me to identify with his career in a way which surpasses most—if not all—other Vol footballers. I guess those were my four years too. Of course there is no mention in the official record of the games those four seasons mentioning this fact. I suppose that was just an oversight by Tennessee’s capable staff of statisticians. Go figure…
At any rate, by 1997, Manning was a senior and had already achieved legendary status in the minds of many of the Big Orange faithful through his exploits both on and off the field, buy cheap Celebrex no rx, which included breaking almost every single record worth keeping track of and turning down a big paycheck from the NFL in the interest of returning to Neyland Stadium for his senior year.
By the time time that the Kentucky game rolled around, Buy cheap Celebrex, the No. 5-ranked Vols were 8–1 and—despite having suffered an abysmal 33-20 loss to the Florida Gators—still had a chance to finish the year with an SEC-Eastern Division title (thanks in no small part to the Georgia Bulldogs’ and LSU Tigers’ victories over the Gators). In other words, the Vols were in control of their own destiny.
With only Kentucky and the Vanderbilt Commodores remaining on the regular season schedule, rx free Celebrex, most Vol fans—myself included—naively assumed that the deal was already done. The Vols would collect their final two victories and advance to the SEC Championship game without much difficulty. Well, Celebrex mg, friends and neighbors, we were wrong.
Each of the last two games that season were down-to-the-wire events which left many a well-wrung hand in Big Orange Country and no doubt took years off of the lives of many.
[caption id="attachment_3333" align="alignright" width="128" caption="Hal Mumme's hair taunts you..."][/caption]
In 1997, the Kentucky Wildcats were coached by Hal Mumme. For those of you who don’t remember Mumme (or were not around, Celebrex no prescription, paying attention, Celebrex class, or sober enough to be able to remember him) Mumme was a bit of a sensation in this era. His new-look “Air Raid” offense (which is now the trademark of coaches like Mike Leach) had turned the SEC on its head with its seemingly ridiculous effectiveness. Furthermore, Mumme’s trademark was his willingness to take huge gambles which flew in the face of conventional football wisdom. Of course, you kind of have to give Mumme a pass on that one. I mean, purchase Celebrex online, it was Kentucky…
Early in his time at Kentucky, What is Celebrex, some felt that Mumme’s style of play was little more than smoke and mirrors which, when tested, would lead to complete collapse. As Mike DuBose and the Alabama Crimson Tide, where to buy Celebrex, among others, Celebrex without prescription, learned that was not always the case. Sometimes it worked … sometimes. Kentucky under Mumme was a no-holds-barred offensive machine with a remarkably simple philosophy: outscore your opponent. To Hal Mumme, defense was a neat idea, but scoring was the key to winning. And score they did.
Led by gun slinging phenom Tim Couch, buy Celebrex online cod, the Wildcats put up gaudy offensive numbers against their opponents. On the other hand—while the record book leaves this somewhat open to debate—they apparently fielded no defense of any kind whatsoever. Still, Where can i find Celebrex online, they won more games than most probably expected them to, and obviously believed that they had a chance to beat the Vols in the “Border Battle” for the first time in 13 years and re-claim the, now sadly bygone, buy Celebrex without prescription, Beer Barrel Trophy. At 5-5, Celebrex images, this game was going to be Kentucky’s bowl game.
Still, most of the Vol fans that rolled into Commonwealth Stadium on that November Saturday in 1997 had no idea what they were in for…
By that point in time, Celebrex over the counter, I had come to expect three absolute certainties from Tennessee / Kentucky match-ups:
- It is always freezing cold;
- Some form of precipitation always falls at some point during the game; and
- Tennessee always beats Kentucky handily in a semi-lackluster display which really leaves you wishing you had watched the game on television rather than freezing yourself to death for four hours.
As it turns out, Australia, uk, us, usa, I got the first two right. I was pretty far off though when it came to the last one.
It was—predictably—cold, rainy, and windy that afternoon in Lexington. Hence, Celebrex pictures, after consuming my semi-edible “box ‘o lunch” I was not all that excited about getting off the bus and trudging into the stadium with the rest of the Pride of the Southland. Part of this was due to my belief that the game would be the typical Tennessee / Kentucky snooze-fest after the first quarter. The rest was due to the fact that I was sick as a dog. I had caught a cold as a result of the frigid temperatures at the contest against the Arkansas Razorbacks the previous week in Little Rock (that one was played at War Memorial Stadium). Over the week, Purchase Celebrex, I had done what any normal college student does—I completely ignored the fact that I was sick. I would repeat this same routine during the week after the Kentucky game. As a result, immediately after marching my final home game as a member of the Pride of the Southland the following week versus the Vanderbilt Commodores, I got to make a lovely visit to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I guess that is why I had such a hard time hitting the high notes in “March on Mighty Vols, Celebrex coupon,” or maybe I was just a really crappy trombone player.
After kickoff, Celebrex interactions, Kentucky scored on their opening possession on a 37-yard pass from Tim Couch to Derek Homer, but the Vols responded with 17 unanswered points in the form of a field goal by Jeff Hall, and two passing touchdowns from Peyton Manning—the first to Marcus Nash and the second Andy McCullough. Advantage to the Big Orange.
Then, Celebrex use, in the second quarter, Discount Celebrex, the Wildcats came battling back scoring two more touchdowns. The first came in the form of a short pass from Tim Couch to Kio Sanford who proceeded to trot 87-yards to paydirt—then the second-longest play in Kentucky history. The second was a rushing touchdown—that’s right, I said rushing touchdown—by Anthony White (of course it was only a 3-yard run, but hey, Celebrex wiki, that was a lot for them back then). Meanwhile, Celebrex treatment, Tennessee only managed one, this time in the form of a 66-yard pass from Manning to Nash. At halftime, the score was annoyingly close from my perspective with Tennessee leading 24-21.
Still, Celebrex trusted pharmacy reviews, in my oxygen deprived mind (See discussion of pneumonia above) I imagined that the Vols would come out and score quickly in the third quarter. At that point I presumed things would follow their normal course: 35, Celebrex overnight, 000 Kentucky fans would unceremoniously leave the stadium about four minutes into the second half, and the Wildcats would start putting more serious effort into losing. Mainly, I was beginning to question whether the Great Punkin had been drinking some of Mumme’s Kool Aid, where can i buy cheapest Celebrex online, opting not to field a defense. While the offensive fireworks for the Vols had been impressive, Online Celebrex without a prescription, the defense had been less than outstanding. More than anything, I just wanted the Vols to put the game away.
The Vols, in fact were apparently tired of all of this mucking about in the cold and finally decided to take charge. Led by Peyton Manning (as if it would have been anyone else at that point in Tennessee history), Celebrex recreational, the Vols started running on all cylinders. First, Comprar en línea Celebrex, comprar Celebrex baratos, Jamal Lewis snagged a short pass out of the backfield and went chooglin’ down a wide-open sideline 50 yards for a touchdown. Hal Mumme, however was undeterred—that defense stuff was little more than a trifling thing.
After all, the score was only 31-21…for the moment.
Less than eight minutes later, doses Celebrex work, Lewis again scampered into the endzone on a one-yard run. Tennessee 38, Buy Celebrex without a prescription, Kentucky 21. Still, Mumme, his pretty hair, and his trademark towel around the neck laughed at the Vols and their silly win by having more points when time expired theory. Thus, with just under 2:30 minutes to go in the quarter Manning fired a 31-yard pass to Marcus Nash who made a beautiful over the shoulder grab to give the Vols yet another score. Tennessee’s 21 point onslaught in the third quarter was met with Kentucky’s lone field goal.
End of the third: Tennessee 45, Kentucky 24.
At that point, I figured the show was over and everyone would start settling back to ride out the clock. Once again, I was wrong.
Tennessee would add two more touchdowns—both credited to Jamal Lewis—in the final period of the game, mainly—I believe—to give Kentucky the back of the hand after the Wildcats managed another trip into the endzone late in the game. When the proverbial fat lady sang, the scoreboard spoke loudly:
Final score: Tennessee 59, Kentucky 31.
What the scoreboard could not convey, however, was the sense that at all times during the game, it seemed that Kentucky might just steal the game away—yes, including when Tennessee stretched the lead to 28 points. There are “wide-open” games and then there are “free-for-alls.” This game falls under the latter category. For folks who like watching high-powered offenses do their thing, there could hardly have been a better game to watch. For fans of the defensive game … well … I think there may have been a special on humpback whales on PBS that afternoon.
You don’t have to take my word for it, though, the stats speak volumes.
Peyton Manning threw for five touchdowns and 545 yards—an all-time record at Tennessee—while Tim Couch threw for 476 yards. That is a total of 1,021 yards passing—which is simply unbelievable. The most telling statistic, however, lies in the interceptions column: Manning 0, Couch 3. Without those takeaways, Tennessee likely ends up in a much closer contest fighting down to the wire. Especially considering that the Vols fumbled the ball twice.
Of course, Manning was not the only person with a banner day. In fact, he was but one of many. Marcus Nash had seven receptions for 195 yards (which still ranks in the top-10 single game performances) and three touchdowns, while Jamal Lewis had 21 carries for 128 yards (avg. of 6 yards per carry), three receptions for 96 yards (avg. of 32 yards per reception) and scored four touchdowns. Hell, even Jermaine Copeland had seven receptions for 72 yards.
In the end, about every offensive record possible was tested that day by the Vols. The defensive side of the game—with the exception of the three interceptions and four sacks—however, was far less memorable.
Still, in the end, this game was an offensive clinic by both Tennessee and Kentucky. The final score really does not do the game justice. It was anything but the “typical” Kentucky game and—all things considered—made sitting through a detestably cold rain with a burgeoning case of the plague worth it, at least for me.
Exciting, it was, thus it’s one of my great games…
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