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Through 20 August 2009
Stromectol For Sale, Well, it’s been almost nine months since last I posted a BlogPoll ballot, and let me tell you that it feels mighty good to be back in the saddle again. This does not, however, mean that I have suddenly gained any sense or am any more reliable.
As a general rule, I consider preseason ballots to be dubious at best. They are based upon little more than rumor and innuendo. There is little to no basis for selecting one team over the other. Thus, as Hooper has pointed out, this is little more than a turkey shoot. That said, here’s my preseason Top 25 for everyone to attack:
My Ballot for the Week
Explanations after the jump...
Comments, Explanations, and Excuses
So, how did I approached my preseason selections? If nothing else, there is a slight method to my madness. Here are the high-points:
First of all, I am not going to tell you that I can irrefutably defend the precise ranking of every team in my Top 25. Given there are still wide-ranging differences of opinion as to the rankings in November, it stands to reason that there is even less certainty in August. I have no fancy system of metrics which uses the slope of a line tangent to the parabolic curve (bet you didn’t think I even knew what a derivative was—Ha!) of the passes thrown by the quarterback to divine how that team will perform over the course of the season. I do, however, have a spreadsheet in Excel with many exciting and stimulating colors which sometimes cause me to lose focus and think of the rainbow on the front of a box of Lucky Charms.
There is a fair amount of “gut-factor” included in my rankings especially at this point in the season. That is, I attempt to look at the various teams objectively in the first instance, but I still often have little more than instinct, a bit of pocket fuzz, and a note from my mother with which to defend my ultimate choices. It’s not rocket science but it is also far from exact. You have been warned.
You have to play somebody:
At this early stage, I do place a heavy emphasis on strength of schedule and on overall chances each team winning all of its games. Given the fact that half of the teams in my Top 25 play one another over the course of the season, it is fair to assume that I did not find many teams that I felt were likely to accomplish this task. Still, playing a quality schedule with some likelihood of actually winning most of the games on that schedule goes a long way with me in the preseason. Thus, this poll is more relative in that each team is judged—to some extent—by the teams it plays and my half-cocked conclusions about how those contests will be decided. In other words, any team needs help at this point in time…
…except for a select few.
My top three selections—the Florida Gators (#1), Oklahoma Sooners (#2), and USC Trojans (#3)—are in a class all their own in my mind. Some may doubt me on this, especially when it comes to Oklahoma. I think it is altogether possible for each of these three teams to win all of their games and run the tables. I know that this is not likely, but I do think it is possible. The ordering of these teams is based upon the following key considerations, assumptions, and delusions on my part:
I believe that Oklahoma will win over the Texas Longhorns (#4) due to Mack Brown’s epic struggle to pluck defeat from the jaws of victory in another exciting installment of the Red River Classic. The Big XII is not the SEC, but the Big XII is a solid conference—this matters.
USC will mop up every single team they play with the exception of the California Golden Bears (#8), whom I predict they will barely beat. USC has also shown a nasty habit of playing down to their opponents over the past three-to-five years and thus I think they are slightly more likely to lose a game than Florida or Oklahoma.
Florida defeated the the Pittsburgh Steelers in a preseason scrimmage last week** and is a 73 point favorite over their first opponent, Charleston Southern.
Struggling with those “outside the money”:
I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I struggled with ranking a number of teams. In particular, I had a hard time with (and am still not completely satisfied with) the following:
The Ole Miss Rebels (#6) and the Alabama Crimson Tide (#7) were a tough call for me. Ole Miss comes in with an extremely experienced team. Thanks in no small part to Ed Orgeron who recruited the lights out for Rebels while head coach, the Right Reverend Houston Nutt has an impressive stable of talent. What’s more, the Rebels improved every week last year and managed to knock off the mighty Gators in an upset of prodigious importance. Alabama, on the other hand, has a stellar defense but only five returners on offense which raises questions in my mind. This, along with the fact that Ole Miss avoids playing Florida and Georgia, gives the Rebels the advantage. Ultimately, these two teams will likely battle it out to determine the SEC West champion in Oxford in early October.
I have questions about both the Penn State Nittany Lions (#5) and the Texas Longhorns (#4) which are essentially the same—namely, coaching. Joe Paterno’s age is a factor, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Having played in the very first college football game ever played, in 1875,** Joe is on the older side of completely indeterminate and it has been obvious that he is not truly running the program fully, but rather is simply along for the ride. That said, the White-out brigade has a fairly weak schedule and has a lot of defensive power, enough, I think, to overcome the Joe Pa factor.
Mack Brown, get Stromectol, Buy Stromectol without prescription, on the other hand is not particularly old and in many ways seems to be playing out a storyline which is somewhat similar to that experienced by another team in orange around 2001 (I’ll give you a hint: it starts with a “T” ends with an “e” and has “ennesse” in the middle). Mack Brown is a fabulous recruiter, but does “less with more” with almost amazing regularity. In all honesty, my Stromectol experience, Stromectol brand name, I would say he is the 3rd or 4th best coach in the Big XII. Thus, I am a little suspicious of the Longhorns chances of breakout success this year. Still, online buy Stromectol without a prescription, Online buying Stromectol, Texas has a ton of talent and has the ability to win a lot of games, therefore they are still in my Top 5. I just personally feel that Oklahoma and Bob Stoops get the best of him this year.
The California Golden Bears (#8) are not flashy, Stromectol natural, Stromectol forum, but they are good and they are efficient. With top 10 offensive and defensive lines, the Bears look to own the line of scrimmage—which is always a huge advantage. All of this said, order Stromectol online overnight delivery no prescription, Stromectol results, their schedule is a bit on the weak side on the whole, but they do face the Trojans of USC early in the season. While I am not willing to say that they win that game, effects of Stromectol, Is Stromectol safe, they definitely have a chance. If they do, then they should be able to coast home to win the PAC-10, canada, mexico, india. Stromectol reviews, I considered dropping them a few spots, but ultimately felt that there is a ton of potential for Cal, Stromectol pictures, Buying Stromectol online over the counter, and decided they deserved to be in my Top 10.
The Illinois Illini (#17) are another team I had real struggles with. Last year the Illini finished at 5-7 and generally underperformed. That said, they have a lot of great talent and proved in 2007—when they went to the Rose Bowl—that they can win. I think they lose to Penn State at home and probably to the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Stromectol price, Stromectol mg, but aside from that they have the ability to win the rest if they can just find a bit of consistency.
The LSU Tigers (#12) are really tough for me to assess at present. LSU had a strong core unit in 2008, but simply gave up too many big plays and lacked consistency. I continue to believe that the Tigers are an extremely tough team and have the ability to compete with any team in the country, kjøpe Stromectol på nett, köpa Stromectol online, Where can i cheapest Stromectol online, the question remains, will they? With games against Florida, cheap Stromectol no rx, Stromectol dose, Ole Miss, and Alabama, Stromectol dangers, Stromectol wiki, I don’t see them being a contender for the SEC West, but stranger things have happened, fast shipping Stromectol. Stromectol blogs, The Georgia Bulldogs (#11) are similarly difficult to size up. Last year everyone in the world felt that Georgia would win the SEC and likely play for a BCS Championship. Obviously, that did not happen. This year their schedule is still tough, herbal Stromectol, Stromectol street price, but not nearly as daunting as in 2008. They also return their defensive core, but will be breaking in a new quarterback and will sorely miss phenom Knowshon Moreno. I think the Dawgs have a chance at the SEC East, real brand Stromectol online, Stromectol without a prescription, but they are going to have to find some consistency and prove that they can score. Still, I like the Dawgs chances of mixing things up.
Having taken the time to consider my feeble attempt at ranking the powers in college football, Stromectol schedule, Stromectol steet value, feel free to try and convince me that I am wrong -- which is part of the way the BlogPoll is supposed to work. I promise that I will consider all insults comments.
You can view the final results of this week's poll over at CBS Sports later this week and check out an analysis of how the collective blogging brain-trust arrived at this week's result. If you're craving even more BlogPoll goodness, no prescription Stromectol online, Order Stromectol online c.o.d, you can also check out how other bloggers voted and see how your team fared across the Blogosphere.
And that’s the way it is (Godspeed, Walter Cronkite)...
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After spending the last part of last week down in Gulf Shores, order Betnovate from mexican pharmacy, Purchase Betnovate online, Alabama, I'm ready for September 5th to get here, Betnovate samples. Australia, uk, us, usa, It's going to be my last season of UT football as a UT student, and I'm ready to get last season out of my mind completely (and to figure out how the new student ticket system is/is not going to work), Betnovate from mexico. Is Betnovate safe, The last time I walked out of Neyland Stadium. The Wyoming game, about Betnovate. You see my point...
But while I was down on vacation, three things stoked my anticipation not only from September through November (and hopefully as close to January as possible), but for this coming four weeks of practices, Betnovate For Sale. Online Betnovate without a prescription, Those three things and my preseason practice thoughts after the jump.
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Secondly, no prescription Betnovate online, Buy Betnovate online no prescription, the Vols' big week recruiting the wide receivers of the future. In recruiting, Betnovate class, Buy Betnovate no prescription, supposedly what generally happens is you get a quarterback and he attracts the offensive skill position players. Well, generic Betnovate, Betnovate forum, the Vols are bucking that trend and trying to make it work the opposite way. Betnovate For Sale, As you probably know by now, Markeith Ambles and Matt Milton committed last week.
Ambles at one point had an offer from USC and chose Tennessee over Florida, Alabama and others. Milton is a big WR (6-foot-6), purchase Betnovate online no prescription, Betnovate from canada, and his commitment was much less of a surprise than the one from Ambles. Both guys are Rivals four-star guys who are capable of attracting the QB we're all chasing.
But that wasn't it: Rivals' top-rated receiver Kyle Prater was in town Saturday on an unofficial visit, Betnovate australia, uk, us, usa, Betnovate trusted pharmacy reviews, and he had glowing things to say about his time in Knoxville. He didn't commit, order Betnovate from United States pharmacy, Betnovate use, but scheduled an official visit for the UCLA game September 12th. The Vols will have to overcome USC here as well, Betnovate mg, Where can i buy cheapest Betnovate online, as Prater is taking an official to Los Angeles the weekend before he comes to Knoxville. Hopefully he remembers how much we want him to bring back the "WR U" title to Knoxville.
Finally, and this will make perfect sense if you've vacationed to Gulf Shores before: while I was there, I saw SEC apparel of every kind - hats, visors, drink coozies, shirts, license plates, car flags, towels, tents, car bumper stickers, coolers, sandals and more, Betnovate For Sale. While the predominant schools represented were Alabama and Auburn, online buy Betnovate without a prescription, Betnovate for sale, I also saw folks sporting gear from LSU, the Mississippi schools, order Betnovate no prescription, Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, Georgia, Florida, is Betnovate addictive, Betnovate reviews, one here or there from Arkansas and South Carolina. I even had a couple of fellow Vols come and ask me about Lane and the upcoming season.
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Betnovate For Sale, Obviously, everybody is going to be all over the quarterback competition between Jonathan Crompton and Nick Stephens, who was injured for spring camp. Everybody seems to think it's Crompton's job to lose at this point, but I wouldn't count out Stephens. We tend to forget that Lane Kiffin and Jim Chaney never actually did name a starter in spring. With how bad the quarterback position was last year in the Dave Clawson offense, we will all be seeing how these two guys and new face Nick Lamaison, who might redshirt since he just got on campus a short while ago, do in practice and intrasquad scrimmages.
Another storyline is the incoming group of freshman and how they will impact the position battles that are always headlining fall camps around the nation. Obviously Bryce Brown is the most likely candidate to make the quickest impact, but others could as well:
- Wide receivers: With the recent run of injuries at the spot, Nu'keese Richardson and fellow wideouts Zach Rogers and Marsalis Teague may get an increased number of reps in practice and may need to step up to help Tennessee's passing game, Betnovate For Sale. Hopefully James Green makes it past the NCAA Clearinghouse, but of the three question marks, Green's the least likely to make it in from what I've read.
- Secondary: The possible contributors here include Janzen Jackson, Darren Myles, Nyshier Oliver, Eric Gordon and Mike Edwards (if he gets everything cleared academically with the NCAA Clearinghouse). Note that I listed them in the likelihood I think they may contribute.
- Linebackers: Outside of Rico McCoy at one of the outside linebacker spots, the other two linebacker positions are still a little up in the air, meaning one of the new guys may come in and stake a claim to a starting spot or significant playing time to add depth. These guys include Jerod Askew, Greg King, Robert Nelson and Nigel Mitchell-Thornton. Nick Reviez and LaMarcus Thompson were the other starters coming out of spring, but will they hold those spots?
- Defensive line: Tackle Montori Hughes will likely be the third guy in the DT rotation, and may be forced to start if Wes Brown's knees continue to hamper him. Rae Sykes and Marlon Walls Betnovate For Sale, , both prep school transfers, also look to add depth. Walls is the third guy who's seen questions surrounding his academics and getting past the Clearinghouse.
As Lane Kiffin said in his introductory press conference, every spot minus the safety spot occupied by Eric Berry was now open for competition, which will be a staple this August. Pete Carroll built the USC dynasty based heavily on competition (and recruiting the nation's best players) at anything and everything, something that I'm sure Lane and Coach O have brought with them to Knoxville from their days building that juggernaut.
Finally, we absolutely must stay healthy. Our luck has already taken a bad twist with the season-injuries to Toney Williams (knee) and Austin Rogers (knee), the broken foot of Denarius Moore and the slowed recoveries of Gerald Jones (wrist) and Wes Brown (both knees). The talent level of this group is still a little cloudy (did the previous coaching staff not recruit talent or just not coach them?), but the lack of depth is not debatable. In other words, there is hardly any depth on this team. So the best injury news this August will be no injury news...
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1) We will start with an easy one. Last week, our beloved Rock was relocated across the street to make room for a new building on campus. What are your thoughts on the Rock’s relocation?
HSH: Being a student, I actually have the slight advantage of seeing the change. I drove by as the crane was lifting the behemoth out of the ground, Hydrochlorothiazide class, and I've only seen it once since it's been moved. I have to say it's going be to a little odd driving through the stoplight next to Stokely Athletic Center and the Thornton Athletic Student Center (where all the UT athletes get their school on), looking to my left and not seeing the Rock. It might take a little bit of time to get used the change come the fall.
For me, it's just another aspect of a common theme of my years here as a student. Here's what's changed or been built since I came to Knoxville in the fall of 2006: all the recent renovations to Neyland Stadium, the makeover of Thompson-Boling Arena, buy Hydrochlorothiazide no prescription, Pratt Pavilion, a new soccer stadium, a new softball stadium, Order Hydrochlorothiazide no prescription, the brand new aquatic center.
And that's just the changes on the athletics side of campus. There's also been the total change in the old Glocker Building, which has now become Haslam Business Building where all the business majors do their thing. The Baker Policy Center was risen up on the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, replacing the parking lot where my family parked for every game I came to up until I graduated from high school. Those are two major projects, that I've seen started and completed in my days as a student, Hydrochlorothiazide price, coupon.
Back to the Rock, my only contact with actually came before I was officially enrolled. I had two of the more enthusiastic Orientation leaders, and late one night during the two-day event we got together and painted the thing. I would have visual evidence to prove it, Hydrochlorothiazide dangers, but my computer erased my hard drive awhile, thus I have nothing...
Lawvol: First of all, I am glad that the Rock did not unceremoniously disappear from campus as a result of the new Student Health Center that is being constructed. The worst thing imaginable would have been for the university to simply blow the thing up or what have you and cart it off. I realize the process of relocating the Rock was both onerous and expensive, but I have to give a little credit to university administration (a/k/a “The Big Orange Screw”) for making the right call and preserving this tradition for future generations.
All that said, Hydrochlorothiazide from mexico, the last time I painted the Rock was 1997. I say “painted”—my involvement actually centered more on leaning up against the Rock in a near catatonic state as drool fell from my gaping mouth and I uttered various slurred obscenities at my cohorts. You see, I was completely pissed drunk overcome by a multitude of circumstances at the time and my recollection of that particular evening of frivolity is fuzzy to say the least. Still, the Rock does have a special place in my mind due to its tradition of announcing great events, Order Hydrochlorothiazide from United States pharmacy, lurid innuendo, and Gameday proclamations. Considering it is directly across the street from where it used to be located, I doubt there will really be all that much difference.
Of course, I do wonder whether some students may be confused by the relocation—in particular, those suffering from the same … mental confusion … that afflicted me the last time I painted the Rock. If so, where can i find Hydrochlorothiazide online, the university may be faced with a long road of maintenance as the drunken masses repeatedly paint the front of the new Student Health Center.
2a) Wednesday is the beginning of SEC Media Days in Birmingham, which usually signifies that the season is just around the corner. What would you prefer that Coach Lane Kiffin do this week: Speak up or shut up?
HSH: I think Lane will be on his guard this week, Australia, uk, us, usa, as I'm sure he—and everyone else—expects some media members to try and force him into conflict or a mistake. I want to hear him talk about his football team more than anything, as it's getting awfully close to nut-cutting time.
But if he does indeed have a verbal jab in him, I hope he goes after Nick Saban at Alabama. For two reasons: first, I just don't like Alabama. Second, is Hydrochlorothiazide safe, someone needs to bring up the whole issue with Bammer telling some upperclassmen who "don't fit the system" to hit the road to make room for the incoming freshman class and make it under the 85 scholarship limit.
Lawvol: Buy Hydrochlorothiazide Without Prescription, Frankly, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if Kiffin walked in and did nothing but scream “Wild Boyz!” for an hour or so.
Okay, I might be overstating that just a bit.
Either way, Taking Hydrochlorothiazide, I am sure that the Blackjack General will be on his best behavior and on top of his game. Kiffin seems to have a real knack for working the media. The only down side is that they sometimes seem to have a knack for working him. I am sure he will get a few pointed and loaded questions which will lead to some interesting sound bites after the fact. Still, I have full confidence in the man in charge of the Tennessee Football program and am sure that he will represent us all well.
Speaking of SEC Media Days, I want to personally give a shout out to Joel from RTT for managing to score press credentials for the SEC’s annual Love-in. Nice to finally begin seeing bloggers represented at these sorts of events. Now, I just have to figure out what I need to do to score some of those for myself…
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HSH: Nothing. Was falsely calling Urban Meyer a cheater smart? Probably not, but most of that was drug out and blown out of proportion. The secondary violations? Harmless. Who cares about getting those? I think most of us would agree that Tennessee's football program had gotten stale, and Lane and Co. Low dose Hydrochlorothiazide, brought some flair, by hiring Monte Kiffin and Coach O, stealing some players on and after Signing Day, and ruffling feathers. I think he's definitely got the fanbase excited about this season at least.
However, purchase Hydrochlorothiazide, I do just wish he would have recruited a quarterback by now...
Lawvol: Hmmm… You know, the lawyer in me understands the need to manage public relations and to be careful when making public statements. The fan in me, however, loves seeing the Tennessee staff mix it up with all the so-called powers that be. On the whole, Tennessee took a lot of guff from a lot of people over the last decade or so. I’m not trying to criticize the Great Punkin for being a nice guy and trying to stay above the fray or anything like that. Still, I imagine that even he got tired of having to hear all the crap that spewed from the mouths of so many—I know I did, Buy Hydrochlorothiazide Without Prescription.
Thus, I am pretty much okay with Kiffin’s statements so far. In hindsight, Cheap Hydrochlorothiazide no rx, would I add a small clarification here or there; would I re-phrase a few things; would I make sure that I knew whose cameras were running before speaking? Sure, I’d do all those things. This, however, is football not a trial by jury. Thus, I say let it fly, buy Hydrochlorothiazide online no prescription.
3) The biggest news of last week on the football front was that seemingly our entire receiving corps is in the infirmary. Austin Rogers is lost for the year, Denarius Moore is going to miss several games at a minimum, and Gerald Jones has an injured wing that may cause him to miss some games. Although it seems like it is time to hit the panic button, Hydrochlorothiazide alternatives, is there a way out of this for the Vols?
HSH: I asked my closest inside source about the injuries and he said both Moore and Jones were still at workouts and didn't seem too bad. I think Gerald Jones will at least be ready for Western Kentucky, although I'm not sure that if he's not 100% that you don't keep him out of that game. Losing Moore hurts because he was the deep threat and Rogers is the type willing to take a shot over the middle on third down. However, I don't think we should start panicking yet. Why.
Because I expect Tennessee to run the ball early, often, about Hydrochlorothiazide, well, and consistently. Seriously, what's the one position everyone isn't concerned about in terms of talent or depth? Running back. Granted, Where can i cheapest Hydrochlorothiazide online, the departure of Lennon Creer and injury to Toney Williams limited those expectations, but Tennessee should be OK with a healthy Montario Hardesty, Bryce Brown and Tauren Poole. Sure, those last two guys don't have that many carries between them, but count me in the group that feels confident they can get it done, Hydrochlorothiazide blogs.
Lawvol: There is still a fair amount of time before the season starts, so I am not exactly in panic mode, but even I will admit that the injuries are concerning. Still, Order Hydrochlorothiazide online c.o.d, as HSH points out above, we have more horses in the stable with real experience if less than awe-inspiring numbers. Furthermore, we have a couple of key freshmen who—if they are ready—could use this opportunity to step-up and fill the void. Finally, there is always the option of re-tasking folks to play the role of receiver. That sort of thing might fit quite nicely into the recently announced campaign to promote Eric Berry’s Heisman Trophy candidacy, very nice indeed, real brand Hydrochlorothiazide online. Buy Hydrochlorothiazide Without Prescription, Given the fact that we look to be a run-oriented offense, I am not exactly ready to run screaming from the room in uncontrolled fits of hysteria, but I am sincerely hoping that we hear a little good news on this front in the near future. On the whole, though I am less concerned about the receivers than I am about the quarterback throwing to them.
4) Basketball recruit Josh Selby decommitted from the Vols over the weekend, and many suspect it is because he wants to play for a Nike school. Tennessee is an Adidas school, Hydrochlorothiazide mg, and there is speculation that future sponsorship money with Nike may be at stake if Selby doesn’t go to a Nike school like Kentucky. This obviously has ramifications in all sports, so what do you make of all this. (NOTE: The NFL is a Reebok league, which is owned by Adidas.)
HSH: I have friends of mine that insist Tennessee would become the next USC in every sport if they just switched to Nike or Under Armour. I always say that I don't want players who are caught up in the gear they'll get (they'll be getting so much free gear anyways, buy no prescription Hydrochlorothiazide online, so it shouldn't matter). And I always use the argument that it has no impact what brand name apparel you wear. It has no effect on your performance.
As Lane Kiffin said in Tuesday's press conference when asked about the hotly-debated black jersey issue, your jersey or the brand logo on it has no effect. If Tennessee's winning SEC and national titles, we could wear pink and be sponsored by Hanes for all I care. When I go play pick-up basketball games at T-RECS, whether or not I wear my dry-fit Nike shirts as opposed to Under Armour gear or a plain t-shirt has no effect on how well I shoot the 3 or whether I can dunk on anybody, Buy Hydrochlorothiazide Without Prescription.
OK, end of rant. But I will say this: if Tennessee does indeed switch apparel sponsors, Buy Hydrochlorothiazide from mexico, I want Under Armour, for two reasons: first, to screw Nike, and two, because I just plain like it more. You might say they would mess with the classic Tennessee look too much (like they did with South Carolina), purchase Hydrochlorothiazide online, but Auburn switched from Russell Athletic to UA and their unis didn't change at all, and still look classic and look sleek.
Lawvol: Okay, Fast shipping Hydrochlorothiazide, this is a sore spot of mine, and this is a bit of a rant (you’ve been warned) but it is directed more toward Nike than it is toward Selby. I can sum it up in three simple words:
I hate Nike…
I absolutely abhor what Nike and its founder, Phil Knight, have done to sports over the last quarter century. Though my hubris toward Nike first formed in the mid-1980s, I became an unwavering anti-Nike critic after reading Sports Illustrated’s 1993 article on Knight entitled “Triumph of the Swoosh” (this is a really good article by Donald Katz, Hydrochlorothiazide dose, and I highly recommend it despite its length).
In this article, Katz recounts, Hydrochlorothiazide pictures, among other things, the sordid tale of the medal uniforms controversy which arose with the dream team at the 1992 Olympics and the near-stranglehold that Nike possessed in the early 1990s. While I respect Knight’s dedication to the ideal of creating a sports apparel and marketing powerhouse out of nothing, I blame Nike and Knight for so much of what is wrong with sports today. I am proud to say that, I own not a single item of Nike manufactured apparel and have not knowingly purchased anything produced by Nike since 1994.
It was Nike who forever changed the face of sports by transforming athletics into a media circus—converting sports into little more than another form of Hollywood-style entertainment. In fact Nike’s own goal was to become an experience and entertainment corporation, herbal Hydrochlorothiazide, that just happened to be grounded in the worldwide fascination with sports. It was Nike who—via its marketing machine—transformed the landscape of professional sports by making sports heroes into demigod-like icons who were as untouchable as they were unreal. Nike is all about image…
…that and big piles of money.
The problem is that Nike singlehandedly transformed the sports endorsement world by changing athletes from being spokespersons into carefully crafted and manicured corporate assets. Nike was the first to “buy” athletes. After that came teams. Since the mid-1990s, it has been schools. Buy Hydrochlorothiazide Without Prescription, When I arrived at Tennessee as a student, the football program was sponsored by Nike. Fortunately, in 1998 the entire athletic department entered into a global equipment and apparel contract with Adidas. Since that time, Tennessee has stood apart from the machine that is the Nike image.
From an aesthetic perspective, Hydrochlorothiazide forum, I personally think that the Adidas-branded apparel that has graced the backs of both the Vols and Lady Vols for the past decade has been great. I like the “Adidas look,” but I will be the first to admit that such assessments are a matter of personal opinion and that I have no monopoly on determining “what looks cool.” That said, I am proud of Tennessee for not being another sheep in Nike’s fold, one which is forever beholden to the Nike power structure and its power to make or break an athlete, a team, comprar en línea Hydrochlorothiazide, comprar Hydrochlorothiazide baratos, or a school.
In 1986 Knight publicly declared that his goal was to become “the IBM of the sports-apparel industry” by 1991. There really is no point in arguing with whether he achieved his goal. In 2008 alone, Nike converted $ 18.6 billion in revenue into almost $ 8.4 billion in profits. It is hard to fight such a behemoth. Most fall in line with Nike’s aggressive school of thought that the world can be conquered. Hydrochlorothiazide no prescription, I admire Nike’s drive, but in the process of becoming the dominant sports apparel company that it is, it has completely—and I would contend irreparably—damaged sports by converting it into little more than a commercial engine. That engine is driven by the athletes, teams, and institutions in the Nike stable and is fueled by the hopes and dreams of everyday sports fans to get just a bit closer to the their heroes or their favorite team. Where this gets troubling is when the image becomes more important than the sport, kjøpe Hydrochlorothiazide på nett, köpa Hydrochlorothiazide online, when the money to be made controls the game.
I am but one small voice of dissent in a Nike-inspired, Nike-controlled, Hydrochlorothiazide online cod, and Nike-orchestrated world, but my conscience will not permit me to be otherwise.
Fortunately, Nike is not the only face in the world of sports now. Though there have always been competitors seeking to erode Nike’s dominance, the reality is that until the last decade there were no legitimate contenders. Now, at least there are faces like upstart Under Armor, Hydrochlorothiazide treatment, and the reinvigorated Adidas / Reebok. Still, Nike’s dominance is secure for now. I, however, Online Hydrochlorothiazide without a prescription, am hopeful that, Phil Knight’s megalomaniacal goal of being the IBM of sports is an instructive omen. If Big Blue can fall from its pedestal of preeminence—rejoining the world of mere mortals—so too can the swoosh come crashing back down to earth.
For now, however, we all must accept the reality that as long as the Nike juggernaut is in control, we will continue to see athletes make decisions based solely on the whims of sports-apparel executives in Beaverton, Oregon. It is sad and, in my opinion, it is deplorable. It is deplorable not because a player, such as Josh Selby, wants to do what is best for his playing career, but because Nike is all too willing to flex its muscle to control the decisions made by athletes, fans, and the general public. Some would say that is simply smart marketing. In my opinion, however, there is a line—one which Nike crossed long ago, Buy Hydrochlorothiazide Without Prescription.
"Michael Jordan without Nike [wouldn’t] mean anything."
Thus, I am disheartened to hear that Selby has decided to de-commit from the BasketVols. I hope he made that decision based upon concerns tied to him being in the best environment, being comfortable, Hydrochlorothiazide photos, and being successful. I hope it was not a decision based solely upon what sports-apparel logo appears on his uniform, as many have suggested. Such a decision would not, however surprise me. Either way, Hydrochlorothiazide used for, I do wish him all the best.
Nonetheless, I want to encourage the University of Tennessee, the UT Athletic Department, and Mike Hamilton to stay on the outside of the Nike machine. Regardless of who provides the Vols with their orange, buy Hydrochlorothiazide without prescription, from my perspective, any company is preferable to Nike. Were Tennessee to affiliate with Nike, I would not buy “official” apparel any longer.
More important than a single fan resisting the urge to spend money on clothing, however, is the “soul” of the program. Once you are with Nike, you are bought and paid for. Once that occurs, you might as well become “Nike State University at Knoxville.” All assets that can be purchased can be expended and thrown away. Phil Knight was once quoted as saying that “Michael Jordan without Nike [wouldn’t] mean anything”
I doubt he would have a different opinion about the Tennessee Volunteers…
The Rest of the Roundtable:
Having wasted your time on my 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):
Also be sure to check out the round-up over at 3SIB later this week...
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Buy Combivent Without Prescription, Tennessee's quarterback situation is no secret. As of now, Nick Stephens is the only scholarship QB slated to be on the roster this time in 2010, After Combivent, pending the likely addition of junior college QB Nick Lamaison, who would join the Vols when practice opens up in a couple weeks. This is what happens when you fail to recruit a QB for a couple of consecutive years, and obviously it's certainly an uncomfortable situation.
Adding even more discomfort are two things involving this year's QB class: first, Combivent pictures, by most accounts it's a "down" year - as in there's no true standout(s). Second, Combivent without a prescription, UT has swung and missed on a number of QB targets up to this point, almost to the point where frantically pressing the big red panic button becomes an acceptable behavior.
Nevertheless, Tennessee has one last - and slightly fading - glimmer of hope in Jesse Scroggins. As you probably know, buy Combivent from canada, Tennessee's been in the mix with Scroggins for quite awhile, and all that work will come to a conclusion sometime tomorrow, Ordering Combivent online, when Scroggins is slated to announce his decision between USC, the hometown school, Tennessee and Florida. Most feel Scroggins is a Trojan lock, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. I accepted this as the outcome about a month ago, buy cheap Combivent no rx, when SC offered him a scholarship following an impressive camp performance.
TUESDAY NIGHT MINI-UPDATE: Jesse Scroggins has pushed back his announcement to Thursday at noon Pacific, 3 p.m. Combivent dosage, Eastern time, according to VolQuest and VolNation message boards, which are getting this information from Scroggins' MySpace page. It seems to me that if he was going to USC, purchase Combivent online no prescription, he would have just come out and done so already, or done so with his teammate, Buy no prescription Combivent online, safety Dion Bailey, who committed last week. I still think he's a Trojan, but I'll just say this: if he commits to Florida, generic Combivent, I'll literally throw up.
After Scroggins, I have NO IDEA where Tennessee will turn next in their search for a QB.
Looking at the bigger picture, Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, however, the following of recruiting has blown up in the last decade or so, thanks in large part to sites such as Rivals and Scout. Buy Combivent Without Prescription, Some of you may have have dived head-first into the phenomenon, others of you may not have even heard of Jesse Scroggins or may not even be able to name a current Tennessee commitment.
As for me, I didn't really begin following the year-round recruiting season until I went to college back in 2006. But since then, buy generic Combivent, I've probably procrastinated more time by looking at recruiting sites and following the various message boards rumors and what-not than I should have. Why. Kjøpe Combivent på nett, köpa Combivent online, Because it's addictive.
However, I'm a relatively glass half-full type of fan, so amidst all the hoopla surrounding the college choices of high school seniors, I try not to get caught up to much into it all, discount Combivent. So, as it relates to this year's class and more importantly tomorrow's Scroggins decision (and the likely impending meltdown), Combivent overnight, I've offered five reasons why fans shouldn't be losing any sleep over recruiting at this point in time.
(1) It's July.
If had the resources and impetus to do a comparison between Tennessee's commitment list from this time last year and the final signing class, it would be very different. Bryce Brown wasn't even an afterthought as a possibility; the running back Tennessee had early was Jarvis Giles, who ended up signing with South Carolina, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. Janzen Jackson and Darren Myles. Marsalis Teague was soon to commit to Florida, Combivent pharmacy. Josh Nunes, a California QB, Combivent alternatives, was committed to Tennessee.
Now this is different for QBs, as they generally like to make their decisions before they begin their respective high school seasons. But National Signing Day is in February, over six months away, Combivent long term. Buy Combivent Without Prescription, Many, many things can and will change by then.
The biggest point I have with this is that the excitement surrounding Lane Kiffin's hiring and his staff may have had a big hand in helping sway some of the name recruits who are now preparing for the opening of fall camp. Now, recruits want to see some physical evidence. Buy Combivent online cod, What's the offense and defense look like. How many freshman will get opportunities to start and play. How Kiffin's first season goes should ultimately have a say in the level of this recruiting class. Things go well, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. The February signing class more likely might reflect that.
(2) These are high school kids, buy Combivent from mexico. They change their minds.
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We see this all the time: Teague and Nu'keese Richardson were long-time Gator commitments before signing with Tennessee. Brown was long believed to be heading to Miami. Combivent pics, The aforementioned Nunes saw last year's Florida debacle and then played the distance decommitment card. Buy Combivent Without Prescription, Some kids change their minds due to changes in head or assistant coaches. Others are just fickle, as you can expect from high school students who are merely 18 years old and already under more pressure than I've ever faced in my life. And still, what is Combivent, some switch for other reasons ($$$)...
I'll even use my own personal "recruitment" as a example. My college choice was between the "hometown" school Tennessee the University of Missouri. Combivent coupon, Both my parents graduated from UT and I had been coming to games since my first game back in 1992. However, the unknown and strength of the journalism school at Mizzou were equally as intriguing and both big draws, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. I visited Missouri a couple of times, and enjoyed it. Though I'd been coming to Vol football games for almost 14 years, Combivent description, my first actual tour of the campus came in September of my senior year, one week after the UAB game in '05. Combivent natural, After a mid-October visit to Columbia, I was sure I wanted to go to Missouri. I was so certain, that I basically told my 130-something classmates on our senior-class trip I'd be going to Mizzou.
Fortunately for me, Combivent over the counter, I had until April (not just February) to decide. Buy Combivent Without Prescription, As I began to have second thoughts about my choice, I thought about how much I enjoyed going to games at Tennessee and how Knoxville felt as sort of a second home for me. I couldn't pass that up. Combivent canada, mexico, india, So, in mid-April, a month before I graduated, I changed my mind, Combivent price, coupon. An old saying goes, "the rest is history..."
(3) Recruiting itself is a very inexact science.
Rivals and Scout do an excellent job in studying, Purchase Combivent online, researching, ranking and covering recruiting. But as we see so many times, high recruiting rankings don't always mean automatic all-conference performers and draft picks, get Combivent. Likewise, not all two- or three-star guys turn out to be career second-teamers.
Out of hundreds of examples, I'll go with two: first, current Tennessee linebacker Chris Donald was a five-star stud out of Huntingdon, Tennessee, ranked as the nation's top LB and #18 player overall, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. In his three years in Knoxville, he's redshirted a year, Fast shipping Combivent, and played in two games last season. That's it. Now I don't mean to throw Donald under the bus, but to this point he certainly hasn't lived up to his ranking.
I'll go outside Knoxville for the flip-side of the above example: Jacob Hester, order Combivent from United States pharmacy. Hester was a two-star prospect by Rivals, from Evangel Christian School in Shreveport, Combivent mg, Louisiana, a pretty prominent program. Buy Combivent Without Prescription, Hester chose LSU over offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Miami and Oregon, and then became the type of player everybody wanted on their team back in 2006 and 2007, and was vital in leading LSU to its national championship. He's now playing for the San Diego Chargers.
In addition to physical abilities, coaches have to take into account recruits' abilities off-the-field (ie, Combivent street price, character) and in the classroom. Now, No prescription Combivent online, let me say I'm fine with a guy who makes straight Cs and dominates on Saturdays, as long as he doesn't kill anybody, rob any banks, sell drugs, Combivent from canada, etc. But the grades issues with a number of highly ranked prospects are quite alarming. Buy cheap Combivent, You get excited about a recruit's signature to play football for your school, only then to be disappointed when he doesn't qualify and has to go the junior college or prep school route (and he may or may not end up at your school) - an unfortunate situation for all involved.
(4) Gotta trust your coaching staff.
This is pretty straightforward, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. Certainly, Lane, low dose Combivent, Monte, Coach O and all of them can evaluate and recruit prospects way better than any of us can right. Combivent class, Not only that, but I for one don't have a clue what exactly the offense and defense are going to look like this fall, so who knows what type of players the Kiffins need for the respective systems better than the Kiffins?
With the current QB problems, Kiffin has been second-guessed lately for passing on four-star QB Tajh Boyd last fall, Combivent from mexico. Boyd had questions surrounding his arm strength and was coming off ACL surgery. So Lane said "thanks, but no thanks" and Boyd signed with Clemson. Buy Combivent Without Prescription, It's OK to second-guess at this point, but you gotta believe Lane and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney know what they're doing.
(5) Recruiting is only half the game.
What good are a bunch of studs recruits if you can't coach them up, right (I'm thinking of you, Ron Zook...). Then again, this is easily the most debatable of these five things. In today's SEC, you absolutely have to have the horses to even think about competing yearly with Florida, Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Tennessee hasn't since about 2001 (save for maybe the 2005 defense), and that - in addition to coaching and recruiting upgrades from the Georgias, LSUs and Alabamas of the conference - is why they've had two losing seasons the past four years.
It's also possible to take slightly above average recruiting and still be able to compete. Vanderbilt and Kentucky have absolutely less talent than most of the SEC, yet they've been very competitive and seen success (by their standards) under Bobby Johnson and Rich Brooks, respectively. But then again, Tennessee isn't either of those schools (duh).
Games may or may not actually be won via the fax machines the first Tuesday in February each year, but either way, it's my opinion that coaching can cover up slight deficiencies in recruiting, Buy Combivent Without Prescription. It's probably a little more difficult that way, but I think it's possible. One school can't get all the best players each and every year, so you have to be able to coach up some of the slightly less-talented players you bring in to be successful.
So that's some way to approach recruiting here in the summer doldrums, when there isn't much else to worry about. Some parts of this list are obviously not applicable in January and February, when it's go-big-or-go-home time, so when it gets to that point, you're on your own.
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Given the fact that I have been tied up with re-modeling and am just generally incompetent, HSH and I have decided to both jump in on the Roundtable and offer our points as a team. In the event we disagree, I’m wrong…
Here are our thoughts for the week:
1) In my mind, this season's success—or failure—centers around one man, Jonathan Crompton. What is your opinion of Crompton's ability to run Lane Kiffin's pro style offense? Can Crompton overcome his miserable 2008 season and lead the Vols to a winning record?
HSH: Crompton absolutely cannot be much worse, right? A common theme in the answers you're likely going to see here will say something along the lines of Crompton's main responsibility of managing the game—and doing quite a bit of handing the rock off. You would think that in Lane Kiffin's offense he won't be throwing the ball too much, assuming the Vols are able to run the ball well. Obviously the running game can help make Crompton's job easier, although the WR injuries this week aren't helping his Heisman hopes.
The optimist in me says that most of Crompton's issues last season were due to the overall overwhelming ineptitude of Dave Clawson's offense. However, the Auburn debacle, which I placed almost direct blame on Crompton, has me hesitant. Tennessee wasn't too far away from being at worst 8-4 last year , so even marginal improvement by #8 should get the Vols above 6 wins. I'm willing to give him another chance, but hopefully for everyone's sake he doesn't throw a pick or botch a handoff in the first series at Western Kentucky come September 5...
Lawvol: It’s a funny thing. Last year—based solely upon his performance while filling in for the injured Eric Ainge in 2006—I was expecting great things from Crompton. In fact, I was actually convinced that the Crompton would wow the Vol faithful with a new look as a mobile quarterback who is not afraid to make contact with defenders. At one point last year I actually predicted that, after an 8 or 9 win season in 2008, the Vols would potentially contend for a national championship in 2009 behind Crompton and the much vaunted Clawfense.
This proves two things. First, it shows that rising to the occasion in a moment of need—which I think Crompton did admirably while standing in for Ainge—is not the same thing as being a starter. The second thing it proves is that I am a moron.
All that said, I too agree that Crompton’s biggest goal is to just play cleanly. In 2008, there were times when it seemed likely that he might trip over the yardlines or deliver a handoff to a blitzing linebacker. Personally, I think that much of this owed to a fundamental lack of understanding of the Clawfense by the offense as a whole—which pretty much just peed down its leg for the entirety of the 2008 season. This is not to say that Dave Clawson was not a good coach or that the Clawfense could not work, it simply did not work in 2008 for the Vols.
Not to be overly critical, but Crompton does not (or at least has never shown) that he has the mental game of Eric Ainge or any of the other quarterbacks that preceded him in Orange. Crompton likes to play loose and makes plays based purely upon athletic ability and less upon great decision-making ability. As he made clear when filling in for Ainge (famously dropping his head and planting a “T” in the chest of an LSU defender), Crompton is an instinct guy. I don’t think he cares much for his mind getting in the way of him playing football. Perhaps that is why he often seemed to have the deer in the headlights look when trying to work through the permutations of the offense last year on the field. As a result he made bad decisions, held the ball for what seemed like ten minutes in the pocket, and generally failed to meet expectations. I just do not believe that he “got it.” Thus, I suppose the 2008 season was the proverbial “Perfect Storm” that was destined for disaster from an offensive perspective. On one hand there was an offense inspired by the theories of Niels Bohr and Stephen Hawking and on the other a quarterback who is not exactly known for his mental toughness.
If Kiffin and Jim Cheney can keep it simple, allowing Crompton to simply play, I continue to believe that he has the ability to be a decent quarterback. I actually think he has the ability to be a competent passer (that is if there are any receivers left for him to throw to), so long as the system is simple. For Crompton, I think it is all about just letting him play. Hopefully that is what they will let him do.
2) Last season, the kicking game was mediocre at best and the special teams—especially the punt coverage unit—was a disaster. Daniel Lincoln returns as the kicker and Chad Cunningham will return as the punter. What are your thoughts about the Vols kicking game and special teams?
HSH: When you bring up Tennessee and special teams, the first thing that comes into my mind is Florida's Brandon James. This is my senior year of college here at UT, and I've seen—in person—that little guy take a punt back on my Vols every year of my college career. That can't happen again, right? At least I won't be there in person if James does...
Will Kiffin kick to him? Or will the Vol offense be such a juggernaut that Tennessee won't have to punt or attempt anything more than extra points? Chad Cunningham punted well on occasion last year, but can he do that each and every kick? Daniel Lincoln right now has to cause lost sleep because he was pretty bad last season. Fortunately for him, Erik Ainge's pair of picks in the '07 SEC title game made people forget about Lincoln's pair of missed kicks, which seemingly was the beginning of his troubles. Hopefully he can break out of his funk.
As for the return game, I just hope Nu'keese Richardson is either doing punt returns or kick returns (or both). Remember the spark Dennis Rogan brought back in 2007? Yeah, having that would be nice.
Lawvol: Other than devotees to General Neyland’s Game Maxims, few people notice a kicker until they screw up. It’s all fun and games till the winds are a blowin’ and the refs are swinging their arms. That said, I actually believe that both Cunningham and Lincoln are more than talented enough to do the job—after all, Lincoln was an All American Selection in 2007. Still, last year was not a good one for the kicking teams. Kickers tend to be a bit fragile—one or two big misses and they lose their confidence. The best way for that to change is by not depending on field goals to win close games. In other words, put the ball in the checkerboards and the pressure is off Lincoln, giving him a chance to get his stride back. I think that, if given the opportunity to have a little success early in the season, he will find the mark again.
As for Cunningham, he has the distance, but seems to lack control and consistency. Given all of the upheaval within the team as whole last season, I am hopeful that this might have simply been a by-product of a fanbase in a feeding frenzy paired with a program stuck in the process of melting down. Confidence is everything for kickers and that comes from the top. Lane Kiffin is many things but is not short on confidence. I think this, along with the general change in attitude for the team as a whole will have a positive impact on the two most important toes on the team.
As for kick returns, things actually seemed okay at times last year, but there was no explosive threat on the return. I agree that Nu’keese Richardson might play a significant role here … if he is ready.
3) Tennessee's offensive line was thought to be a strength in 2008, but like the rest of the offensive unit, didn't perform well. What are your thoughts regarding the offensive line for 2009?
HSH: I think the returning lineman have gone on the record saying how much the flipping line offense threw them off, not to mention it gave away the direction of Tennessee's play to opposing defenses. So I would think the zone blocking schemes in the Kiffin offense would be easier and better for these guys. Anything is better than that silly line-flipping nonsense of the Clawfense, right?
The other issue is obviously depth. Tennessee is hardly a deep team anywhere save for the secondary, but the offensive line is a place where the depth issue maybe the most severe and most uncomfortable. The starting five: Chris Scott, Josh McNeil, Vlad Richard, Jacques McClendon and...? Behind them...? It's just a tad frightening what a injury here or there may mean.
Lawvol: After the 2007 season, the Vols were thought to have one of the best offensive lines in the country. After allowing only four sacks in 2007 that was an easy conclusion to reach. 2008, however was a four-cornered disaster on offense. The offensive line just never figured out whether they were supposed to pirouette, dip, or moonwalk when facing the onslaught of a defense under the Clawfense. Again, I’m not saying that Dave Clawson’s paradigm was a bad one, but it was not the right one for Tennessee in 2008.
Going back to what I said above, keep it simple, stupid. While The Full Monte—who Eric Berry refers to as the “Google of Defense”—is installing the “Tennessee Two” (which very well may be the most complex defense ever fielded by the Big Orange), Jim Cheney’s job has got to be making things simple. The fact of the matter is that a well-executed simple system will beat a razzle-dazzle, knock-em-stiff, approach which is fouled-up. “Simple,” however, does not have to mean “un-creative” or “one-dimensional”—given his experience at both Purdue and with the St. Louis Rams, where can i buy Cephalexin online, Order Cephalexin from mexican pharmacy, I imagine Cheney’s offense will be anything but boring. I also expect to see solid fundamentals by players who understand their role in the game. Accomplish those goals, and you are more than halfway to fixing the problem.
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HSH: I've got some SEC previews coming in the near future where I'll go on the record with my predictions for everybody, but I'll go ahead and give mine for the Vols here. Here's how the sked breaks down for me:
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Fortunately, Tennessee gets the four toss-ups at home. The Vols are equal in talent or more talented than 3 of those teams. Tennessee should honestly pound UCLA like they should have last year, online buying Cephalexin, Buy cheap Cephalexin, and I have my doubts that Auburn and South Carolina can really come into Neyland Stadium and win. The Auburn game is especially key, for two reasons: first, order Cephalexin from United States pharmacy, Real brand Cephalexin online, it's the battle of the SEC coaching newbs, and losing at home to a coach whose own fanbase hated his hire (at first at least) probably wouldn't be good, Cephalexin from mexico, Cephalexin price, coupon, and second, it's the beginning of a stretch of big games (AU, Cephalexin from canada, Buy Cephalexin from mexico, UGA, Bammer, Cephalexin street price, Get Cephalexin, and SC).
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Lawvol: Well, I’m going to be a sheep and go on the record that I believe that Tennessee will win one game that it is not supposed to: namely either Alabama or Florida. Most will think that I am crazy for that, Cephalexin over the counter, Cephalexin images, but I think Kiffin’s chutzpah gets them one off of sheer belief in the new system. On the other hand, I think they may likely have a chance of losing one they shouldn’t (to me, Cephalexin description, Cephalexin without prescription, Kentucky seems especially likely in that regard). I also do not think that the Ole Miss will be as big a deal as some think. I really do not believe that Ole Miss will have an axe to grind with Coach O since, after all, Cephalexin no rx, Generic Cephalexin, Ole Miss fired him.
In the end, 7-5 is a distinct possibility. I agree with HSH, however, that 8-4 is a safe expectation, but I believe that 9-3 is actually achievable. I’ll have a much better feeling, however, after the first week of the season when we get to see not just what the Vols have to offer, but what the other teams put on the field.
The Rest of the Roundtable:
Having wasted your time on my 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):
- Rocky Top Talk
- 3rd Saturday in Blogtober
- MoonDog Sports
- Vol Junkies
- Pigskin Pathos
- Bleeding Orange
- Loser With Socks
Also be sure to check out the round-up over at MoonDog Sports later this week…
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