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This week’s Big Orange Roundtable Bactrim For Sale, is hosted by … ummm … oh, yeah, it’s our week. We here at the Gate are proud to host the 2009 kickoff edition of the Big Orange Roundtable as we all get ready to tee it up and kick it down for the 112th season of Tennessee Volunteers Football.
With that lovely prospect in mind, let’s get down to business:
1) (From HSH) We've talked through the past month or so about just about everything we could talk about regarding this Tennessee team: the quarterbacks, offensive line, freshman, Eric Berry, finding healthy wide receivers, freshman again, etc. So the simple question is this: what do you expect or what specifically are you looking for from the Vols against Western Kentucky this Saturday?
HSH: First things first, Western Kentucky is not going to be anything close to resembling a quality football team. They were recently a power in 1-AA, Discount Bactrim, but this is their first full year in 1-A, and have the potential to be one of the worst teams to come to Neyland Stadium in a while (yes, I'm including Wyoming). They went just 2-10 last year (the wins were Eastern Kentucky and Murray State) and return just 12 starters from that team.
So if Tennessee hangs 60 points on the Hilltoppers, oh, generic Bactrim, well it was just Western Kentucky, right? Not exactly. I want to see Tennessee score lots of points Saturday afternoon. I expect Lane Kiffin will want to pound the rock with the running backs. I want to see a confident Jonathan Crompton that doesn't make any mistakes and crisply runs the offense.
Defensively, Purchase Bactrim online no prescription, I want to see which freshmen make an early impact in their first games, and how they handle playing for real. On both sides, I want to see swagger—OK, it's WKU, Bactrim overnight, but we could be playing my high school's team and I would still want to see our players have a wealth of confidence in themselves and their coaches that creates said swagger.
Lawvol: I expect and hope to see a few things. First, I am not exactly expecting grandeur for this first game of the 2009 season, Bactrim treatment, but what I am expecting to see is poise and purpose. I am hoping that this team brings their attitude—one which was sorely missing last season—and refuses to play down to the level of their opponent which they should beat under almost any circumstance.
Let’s be honest, Western Kentucky went 2-10 last season which made even the Vols’ 5-7 campaign seem decent. Prior to 2008, however, Western Kentucky had a streak of 12 straight winning seasons, Bactrim long term, and look to be on the upswing. That said, The Vols have got to play with a little spark and bring their best game to their opponent—regardless of the quality of that opponent. The Vols have to play their game and not let it be dictated to them by their opponent.
Most of all, Order Bactrim online c.o.d, I am looking to see a team that is glad to be on the field playing once more. I hope that we begin to see the development of the new Kiffin system and hopefully get a huge relief when the quarterback play is surprisingly crisp and effective. This is a confidence game which is only a good thing if you perform in a manner that inspires confidence
2) The last time I had to come up with questions for the Roundtable, you may remember our visit to the debate over the “Woo!” in Rocky Top. Along those lines, I want to get the take on a similar topic: pompons, or shakers if you prefer that.
The basis of this comes from Clay Travis' book, Bactrim dose, Dixieland Delight, which I read this summer and I suggest you look into as well. Bactrim no prescription, First, read what Clay says about pompons/shakers (Note that this is straight from the book).
Once you've done that, you're on the spot: do you make use of said pompons/shakers at Tennessee games?
HSH: As a student, where can i cheapest Bactrim online, of course, we have the things basically thrown at us because they're in our seats when we get to the game. Canada, mexico, india, I was more inclined to use them as a freshman three years ago, but now I don't even think about using them.
Why. They're annoying and they're for the pretty sorority girls all dressed up, Bactrim For Sale. What's wrong with a fist pump or high-fives with those around you when the Vols make a good play. Not only that, Bactrim cost, but they occasionally block even my view of the field (I'm not exactly a short guy, either) and I every now and then get hit by the person behind me using theirs.
I know I sound really uptight, Bactrim trusted pharmacy reviews, but neither of those above things really bother me - they're just reasons I'm anti-shakers. But much like the Rocky Top "Woo!" they aren't going anywhere...
Lawvol: As a general rule I am not a shaker guy, at least not now. When I was a student, I did on occasion raise a shaker or two into the air in jubilation, buy Bactrim online no prescription, but I was never a huge fan of shakers as a means to display support for the team. I have, however, Bactrim images, put shakers to good use in other ways. In 1997, while on a road trip to Florida, I did assemble a wig of nothing but shakers which looked particularly fetching with my blue eyes and was all the rage with the folks in Gainesville—that is until they pounded our faces into the pavement with their Jorts-clad backsides. Needless to say, I decided the wig was a bad idea.
I have, fast shipping Bactrim, however, discovered that a properly wielded shaker can make a wonderful implement of self-defense, Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, nee’ “weapon.” First and foremost, a shaker is a wonderfully effective way to bash people over the head who annoy you in the stadium. Shakers are not terribly menacing, per se, but when slung with force (and especially when wet) they can approximate the feeling one gets when being bashed over the head with a plate of spaghetti (sans the plate). The beauty of this is that, taking Bactrim, having pummeled your foe you can simply play it off as if you were merely overcome by a fit of gleeful spirit at the Vols’ performance on the field, or the First Tennessee ad on the Jumbotron.
The pointy end of a shaker (i.e. Bactrim online cod, “the handle”) can also serve as an effective means of poking people in the ribs. This works particularly well when you obscure the handle behind your other arm and simply poke the end out into an the ribs of an unsuspecting bystander while standing in a throng of people clamoring to get out of the stadium after the game. A true raconteur will do this so that, the object of the barb is a particularly burly fellow wearing orange who is … ill tempered with strong drink. Immediately after doing that, you must turn quickly around and yell loudly at the Florida fan behind you to quit poking you. Then repeat the jab on the burly orange fellow only harder, and watch the fur fly (preferably from a distance, Bactrim brand name, but be sure and hang around to give a statement to the police).
Finally, shakers can actually be used to disperse a crowd quite quickly, Bactrim coupon, especially if you have numerous shakers. Simply find a cigarette lighter, and imagine yourself as one of the great medieval archers lighting your arrow and hurl the flaming shakers into the crowd. This won’t win you many friends and though it might get you arrested, it is highly entertaining…**
3) Looking back over the last year and a half, it has been an absolute roller coaster ride for the Vols and their fans. A lot of excitement has been building to this very moment as Tennessee gets set to take the field for the 2009 season. How do you feel with kickoff only days away? Are you excited? Ready to to start kickin' ass and taking names? Unsure? Worried? Shaking like a little girl? Incapable of speaking coherently due to complete and utter hysterical fear?
HSH: I would call myself quietly confident. I know Tennessee's going to come out and pound Western Kentucky Saturday afternoon and I'm looking more towards watching to see how all the new parts look in a game than anything else.
Now when those powder-blue-and-gold folks come calling next week, Bactrim pics, then it's showtime. Not only is UCLA quite possibly the game that determines the first half of our season, but I—and I’m not alone—haven't forgotten the embarrassment they caused the Vol Nation last September. Effects of Bactrim, They were the beneficiaries of an epic Vol fail on ESPN on Labor Day and that must be avenged.
So to keep it short, I'm ready to get Saturday's win over Western over with, so we can start really getting the juices flowing for when UCLA visits. This Saturday will be a nice little greeting time and introduction time for everybody, but we'll know much, buy generic Bactrim, much more about the Vols sometime around 8 p.m. September 4th.
Lawvol: I am hopefully optimistic, Australia, uk, us, usa, but realize that things could go poorly for the Vols this season. Thus, I think I am taking the wait-and-see approach and am hoping that we will see a few fireworks this Saturday. Mainly, I am just hoping that the Vols return to being a team once more and that the fans finally start cheering and quit booing like they did last season. Thus, I am a little worried about the in-the-stands aspect of the game.
Either way, buying Bactrim online over the counter, for this week, I am pretty pumped because Western Kentucky doesn’t have a whole lot of fire. As for the Florida game … I’ll get back to you on that one.
4) Alright, Bactrim duration, we've come through all of the previews and prognostications thus far but one real question remains: in the minds of each of the Roundtablers how do you expect the Vols to fare against the competition on their schedule? Which games do they win, which games do they lose, and why?
HSH: Here’s my picks for the season:
Western Kentucky: WIN — Lane Kiffin's not going to lose his first game, and Western Kentucky isn't really that good at football right now.
UCLA: WIN — Neither team was good last year, doses Bactrim work, and I don't know who's improved more, but there is absolutely no way a Pac-10 team should come 3, Bactrim alternatives, 000 miles cross-country and beat Tennessee in Neyland Stadium (see Cal 2006).
Florida: LOSS — Look, we aren't going to get beat 175-0, but we aren't going to beat Florida. They are more talented, my Bactrim experience, deeper, faster, Bactrim photos, it's really hot in the afternoons in Gainesville, and they have Tim Tebow.
Ohio: WIN — This game kind of scares me, but Tennessee's not going to lose to Ohio.
Auburn: WIN — Because Gene Chizik is the coach of the Tigers. Also, right now, Bactrim recreational, Chris Todd is their QB. Even if he was throwing to Andre and Calvin Johnson, Buy Bactrim from canada, he still would be no better a QB than what the Vols have. Even simpler: Tennessee should have won last year, and they added a much better recruiting class.
Georgia: LOSS — The Vols can win this game, but UGA's two strengths are their lines, which isn't exactly what we're looking at right now.
Alabama: LOSS — I would expect a low-scoring game, order Bactrim from mexican pharmacy, but Alabama's the better team playing at home, so I'm not going out on a limb.
Carolina: WIN — When the Gamecocks lose Thursday night, About Bactrim, people will see the issues they have. Unless Stephen Garcia blows up, I don't expect much from Carolina. They'll be solid on defense, but they lost Kenny McKinley and Jared Cook and the offensive line has been iffy at best.
Memphis: WIN — It's only not happened once.
Ole Miss: LOSS — Unless the Rebels tank amidst the preseason hype - as they are fully capable of doing - you can't expect Tennessee to win in Oxford.
Vanderbilt: WIN — 2005 was a fluke and a half.
Kentucky: WIN — Tennessee always beats Kentucky.
Lawvol: I’m an idiot, but here’s what I think:
Western Kentucky: WIN — Even last year we win this one. Western Kentucky is just out-manned. In fact, Bactrim natural, to keep from showing our looks to the likes of Florida and such, I think we should only start Eric Berry, Purchase Bactrim, and let him take on the entire Western Kentucky squad. In that scenario, I’d say Western Kentucky 3, Eric Berry 42.
UCLA: WIN — This one actually scares me a bit because the Bruins managed to beat us last year and they just plain sucked. Still, it should be entertaining to see The Full Monte versus Norm Chow’s offense. I think the last thing that the Blackjack General wants to do is lose to his old cross-town whipping boy from his days at USC.
Florida: We have a chance — Yes, buy cheap Bactrim no rx, I realize this is not an answer to the question, but I think we might have a chance. Why? I think that the chutzpah that Kiffin has shown, Herbal Bactrim, paired with all the bulletin board material over the last year counts for something. I think if there is anyway humanly possible for the Vols to string together an unlikely victory on heart alone, this is the one. If the Vols win, it is a nail-biter. If it follows the script that everyone thinks rationally should happen, Florida by 7. If the Vols aren’t ready then the boys in orange (and their fans) get bent over the table and take it the hard way from the Jorts tribe.
Ohio: WIN — Ohio almost beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus last year until third quarter errors gave the game away. Ohio will be trying to prove something and will com in hyped. Thus, Bactrim class, be careful in writing them off. The Vols better forget about the Florida game really quickly (regardless of the outcome) and be ready for this one.
Auburn: WIN — This one is intriguing, but I really think the Vols have an advantage here, albeit a small one. I think this is one of those games where the Orange are glad to be playing in Neyland Stadium. Close, but the Vols take it home.
Georgia: WIN — I think that the loss of Stafford and Moreno leave Georgia with an anemic offense which our defense can handle. Furthermore, with an effective running game (set behind a zone blocking scheme which will have had some time to gel) I think the Vols get it done in a barnburner that goes down to the wire.
Alabama: LOSS — This game could go either way, but I think Nick Saban will have time to get his offense settled by this late in the season and the home field advantage is just too much for the Vols. That said, if they win against Florida and have anything left in the tank Volunteers leave it on the field in Tuscaloosa and could pull out an unlikely win.
Carolina: WIN — I think we return to what we have seen in years past from the Thunder Chickens as they awe the world with their average-ness once more. I think one year after Spurrier pushed Smiling Mike to the point of firing the Great Punkin, The Ole Ball Coach announces his retirement the day after the Vols win.
Memphis: WIN — There is no way that the Vols should lose this game. Of course, there was no way the Vols should have lost in 1996 either. Still, a betting man calls this one a win.
Ole Miss: WIN — The Vols have Memphis the preceding week, while Ole Miss has Northern Arizona (I didn’t even know they had a team). Thus, both should have a week to get healthy and buck-up. If Ole Miss is leading in the West, then the Vols have their work cut out for them. If not, then the Vols have a lot more to play for — respect. This could easily go Ole Miss’ way, but I’m giving the Vols the nod (for now).
Vanderbilt: WIN — Hmmm … Vandy actually looks to have a better squad than last year, but so do the Vols. Tennessee by double digits.
Kentucky: WIN — The complete lack of a defense by the Kentucky Wildcats helps balance out Tennessee’s weaknesses on offense. The Orange stretch the streak on more year.
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):
- Rocky Top Talk
- 3rd Saturday in Blogtober
- MoonDog Sports
- Vol Junkies
- Pigskin Pathos
- Bleeding Orange
- Loser With Socks
If trial preparation doesn’t kill me, look for a round-up sometime late in the week…
** Notice: Whatever you do, Do NOT try this. It is a joke. You know, a joke -- a short story with a humorous climax. Why aren’t you laughing? And what’s with all the shakers and the blowtorch? >>Return<<
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Viagra For Sale, After living through the unmitigated disaster that was the 2008 football season for the Tennessee Volunteers, I was not so sure I was prepared to take a stroll with Clay Travis down memory lane via his new book “On Rocky Top.” The 2008 season was the most gut-wrenching experience of my sports-watching life, one which Travis himself likened to having your arm amputated without laudanum. It was truly painful and not merely because the Vols lost seven games. Losing comes with competition, I can handle losing. Watching an entire program, an entire fanbase, an entire state devolve into a constant state of turmoil, however, was the part that made it an experience that I was more than ready to forget. Even after nine months of good vibrations—buoyed up by the hopes and energy of new Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin and his band of invincibles—assuming that I was prepared to join Travis’ on his retrospective journey through the 2008 season, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to make that trip into the past.
I suppose, I was just ready to move on.
When first I saw that Clay Travis had written a book on the Vols 2008 football campaign, my reaction was that he picked one hell of a bad year to write about Tennessee. I knew Clay was a fine writer, is Viagra safe, having read his work for CBS Sports.com, Viagra maximum dosage, Fanhouse, and his book Dixieland Delight. Still, I remember thinking to myself “Man, purchase Viagra, that really stinks for Clay—all that work to write a book about a 5-7 season.” After all, Viagra no prescription, who wants to read about a team that loses, and loses a lot?
Clay Travis’ new book “On Rocky Top” is one of the best sports books I have read in a long time.
Obviously, Viagra price, “On Rocky Top” focuses on my beloved Vols, Cheap Viagra, which makes me naturally predisposed to read it, I suppose. It does not, however, Viagra without prescription, make me predisposed to actually like the book. In fact, Viagra canada, mexico, india, to date, I do not believe I have ever managed to finish a book written exclusively about the Vols—which is a bit ironic coming from a person who publishes a sports blog dedicated to the team—yet, it is the truth. In my experience most single team memoirs are either so objective that they read more like a surgical note from a neurologist, australia, uk, us, usa, are so “rah-rah” as a result of the writer being blinded by his or her passion for their team to the point that they refuse to acknowledge reality, Viagra pictures, lack any semblance of an understanding of the English language, or are so mind-numbingly focused on minutiae that reading them is like eating sawdust without butter. Sometimes they are all of the above.
Then there is “On Rocky Top”…
Clay Travis does not try to draft the authoritative history of one of the worst football seasons ever for my alma mater, he does not attempt to give the clichéd insider's look at what goes on behind closed doors at Tennessee, online Viagra without a prescription, he does not simply re-visit and re-hash the events of the 2008 football season for Tennessee. No, Order Viagra from mexican pharmacy, in “On Rocky Top” Clay Travis describes every season for every fan of every college football program, and he does it beautifully.
Tennessee is but the lens through which Travis explores not only the comings and goings of life in a big-time college football program, but more importantly takes an honest look at sports and fandom from a perspective that is, buy Viagra no prescription, at times, Viagra wiki, as poignant as it is personal. He explores a side of the world of sports so often relegated to the back of our minds and that small voice of reason drowned by the noise of a screaming crowd in a raucous stadium.
I want my team to win more than I want anything on earth right now—even though I know how irrational my desire is, how insignificant this game is in the grand scheme of life. All of us, we fans, taking Viagra, always say that we realize there are things more important than sports. Yet, Viagra without a prescription, even still, why do we feel the need to make this claim if we don’t, at some times, Viagra results, doubt whether this is actually true?
Deep down in all of our hearts, Where to buy Viagra, we’re all a bit ashamed, frightened even, by how much we care.
Most examinations of fandom tend to focus on the outward evidence of the passion that fills the heart of the fan. There are a bevy of books that show the all encompassing mania that some fans exhibit: children named after players their parents never met, Viagra street price, cars and houses bedecked in gaudy school colors, Viagra online cod, logos shaved onto heads and mascots tattooed on bodies, and so forth. Travis avoids these trite expressions of what it means to be a fan—short for “fanatic”—and looks more at the bonds that hold disparate and far-flung groups of individuals with little or nothing in common together as a “family” of fans. He takes a journey into his own experiences as a fan and as a writer granted access to the inner sanctum of college football.
In the process, Travis does, buy generic Viagra, in fact, Viagra over the counter, chronicle the exploits of the 2008 Vols, and chronicle them well. Yet he does so through the eyes of a fan, rather than from the dispassionate roost of the pressbox. In so doing, buy cheap Viagra no rx, he explores the reality that fans judge players and coaches—people they’ve never met—by a set of rules that is irrational, Is Viagra addictive, erratic, and wholly unfair. Travis takes you inside not only the Vols locker room but inside the lives of the players and coaches—humanizing them is ways that are uncommon in the world of “superstar” athletics and modern sports media.
In particular, he looks at the effects of fan anger and outrage on Tennessee center Josh McNeil, buying Viagra online over the counter, former Vol running back Arian Foster, Effects of Viagra, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, and former coach Phillip Fulmer, among others. Travis shows how morally unfair the actions of anonymous fans can be when launching faceless attacks. Talking with Josh McNeil, cheap Viagra no rx, Travis writes:
In the wake of games, After Viagra, fan anger now mixes with player frustration. Junior center Josh McNeil confesses, “I listen to the radio shows on my way home too. I listen to the fans. Sometimes I want to call in and talk with them. I want to say, purchase Viagra for sale, ‘Oh, Viagra dosage, yeah, well, you think I suck, ordering Viagra online. Well, Viagra class, why don’t you come tell me that to my face? Here’s my address, come meet me here and we’ll talk about it. Just you and me.’ I wouldn’t ever do it, but I want to. Sometimes I want to real bad."
Travis’ concludes that oftentimes fans bask in the comfortable anonymity of the stands—noting that no one ever says anything negative to the team on the Vol Walk when they are face-to-face, Viagra duration, saving those barbs for the internet and call-in shows.
Finally, Viagra pics, Travis takes a long look at the end of the Phillip Fulmer era in a way that, again, lifts the objective veil and shows that the players and coaches involved are real people—human beings—and not merely pawns on a chessboard. He chronicles the measured implosion of Fulmer’s final season, buy Viagra from mexico, the back-room conversations leading to his ouster, Viagra description, and Fulmer’s own post-hoc perspectives on his firing. Travis’ also details Mike Hamilton’s James Bond-esque “operation” to find the Vols new Head Coach Lane Kiffin. An excerpt of this is available on FanHouse.
Travis book is a joy to read and beautifully covers the gamut of the sports-fan emotional spectrum. His insights into college football and fans are sometimes laughably hilarious:
I don’t care how Tennessee wins. … If Jonathan Crompton gets under center, steps back from the line of scrimmage, Viagra no rx, removes his mouthpiece, Where can i find Viagra online, and subsequently shoots Auburn defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks with a poison blow dart, I’m all for it. Anything to win.
Arian Foster, seated on the bench, buy Viagra online cod, is approached by a UT fan. Viagra from mexico, … The fan, who is wearing orange from head to foot and appears to be in his thirties, dog-cusses Foster to his back. … Foster does not bat an eyelash, pretending not to notice the fan, and eventually a member of the Georgia security staff leads him away from the fence behind the bench. It’s come to this—Georgia security guards protecting Tennessee players from their own fans.
and sometimes moving:
My dad came to my house and sat next to me on the couch where I was feeding my 5-month-old son a bottle. … Finally, he turned to me and said, “You know, I read an article in the newspaper the other day about a dad’s funeral. The son said, ‘We never really talked unless it was about sports.’ That’s really sad, isn’t it?”
My dad put his hand on my shoulder. I continued to feed Fox. “Yes,” I said, “that really is.”
We were both silent for a long time. While Fox drank his bottle my dad smiled at him and occasionally made faces. Finally my dad spoke again.
“I’m not as optimistic about this year’s team as you are,” he said.
He reached out and grabbed Fox’s bare foot. “One day we’re going to get this little guy to a game too,” he said.
It occurred to me then that fathers and sons talk about a lot more than sports when we’re talking about sports. And maybe in the end that’s why most of us are sports fans.
Clay Travis paints a vivid picture of the game and team that I love and follow as a fan. In a broader sense—without pretension—he provides a wonderful image of what I like to describe as the "beautiful agony" that is college football.
In the end, Clay Travis’ “On Rocky Top” is a truly enjoyable book, one which fans of SEC and college football—and definitely all Tennessee fans—should read.
Trust me, you will enjoy the ride.
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This Week's Roundtable is hosted by: 3rd Saturday in Blogtober
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…
2b) If you could take back one thing that Coach Kiffin has done or said to this point, Hydrochlorothiazide gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, what would it be?
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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For the past several months Tennessee fans and the general sports-watching public have heard a near endless discussion about the various secondary infractions which have occurred since Lane Kiffin (a/k/a “the Blackjack General”) took the reins as the head football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. Needless to say, some have taken every available opportunity to criticize the University of Tennessee, The UT Athletic Department, Smiling Mike Hamilton, and the Blackjack General himself. Some of it has amounted to little more than sniping and smack-talk, while others have been decidedly more direct.
Rightly or wrongly, Tennessee has self-reported (or is in the process of investigating with with an eye toward reporting) six secondary violations of NCAA Rules, the most recent coming—as HSH reported just the other day—as a result of the Blackjack General’s recent appearance on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” where he discussed, imagine that, secondary infractions with ESPN’s Bob Ley.
A “secondary violation” is defined in the NCAA Manual as follows:
A secondary violation is a violation that is isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit. Multiple secondary violations by a member institution may collectively be considered as a major violation.
• 2008-09 NCAA Division 1 Manual § 19.02.2.1 (emphasis added)
To put this in layman’s terms, secondary violations are the functional equivalent of talking in the NCAA’s rather large and particularly boring class. Or, perhaps, in Lane Kiffin’s case, they amount to showing-off for all the girls (or in this case, recruits) in the back of class to impress them and passing notes reading:
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While this sort of thing—in both Mrs. Elliott’s 6th Period English Class and in the world of NCAA compliance—are annoying, effects of Stromectol, Online buying Stromectol, they are largely harmless. While it is true (again, with both Mrs, doses Stromectol work. Herbal Stromectol, Elliott and the NCAA) that enough of these sorts of minor errors along the way can land you in the proverbial Principal’s office, as long as you say you are sorry after each instance (and UT has self-reported all such violations) and space the occurrences out by a day or two, Stromectol photos, Stromectol long term, usually there is little punishment to be meted out, aside from being made a spectacle in front of your peers…
… or by having to stay after class and write on the blackboard.
Hence, order Stromectol from mexican pharmacy, Buy Stromectol from mexico, while Lane Kiffin and the UT Athletic Department are probably getting a little tired of having to deal with the issue of secondary violations, they have been merely a bump in the road thus far.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, buy no prescription Stromectol online, Stromectol from canadian pharmacy, on the other hand, is now facing a decidedly more serious situation…
Findings of the NCAA Committee on Infractions
As a result of what the NCAA described as “Impermissible benefits obtained by student-athletes through misuse of the institution's textbook distribution program.” the University of Alabama is staring a real violation dead in the face—the NCAA’s penalty summary leaves little question about this:
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• via: NCAA Legislative Services Database (emphasis added)
This penalty came about as a result of Alabama’s violation of three NCAA regulations: § 15.2.3 (“Books”); § 18.104.22.168 ("General Rules on Extra Benefits"); and § 2.8.1 ("Responsibility of the Institution"). These rules, especially the two latter ones, are not merely fluff in the NCAA Manual, they are major rules, which is why Alabama was slapped—not on the wrist, but across the face—for its major violation of NCAA writ.
Major violations are broadly and somewhat cryptically defined as: “All violations other than secondary violations are major violations, specifically including those that provide an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.” (2008-09 NCAA Division 1 Manual § 19.02.2.2) I am quite sure that Alabama is familiar with this definition, since the athletic programs at Alabama have had five major NCAA violations—four of which occurred since 1995.
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While the definition of a “major violation” does, admittedly, leave a little to be desired in terms of clarity, the language of the NCAA’s Infractions Report is far less difficult to understand. The report cites the involvement of “201 student-student athletes who received impermissible benefits...” from 16 different sports. That’s right, 201 athletes! Of that number 22 athletes were cited as being “intentional wrongdoers”. In other words enough people to fill an entire string of both the offensive and defensive squads of a football team.^ (Report, p, Buy Stromectol Without Prescription. Buy Stromectol from canada, 1)
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Ignoring the fact that there was a documented 30% spike in textbook costs charged to the Athletic Department—a fact which somehow went unnoticed for almost 3 years—once bookstore officials made the administration aware of the problem, Alabama did self-report the violation. (Report, real brand Stromectol online, Stromectol for sale, pp. Buy Stromectol Without Prescription, 1-2, 5-6) The NCAA Infractions Report notes this and indicates that, in most circumstances, such violations can be adjudicated without a hearing, in Alabama’s case, however, that was not possible, “because of the institution’s status as a repeat violator.” On this point, the committee made itself abundantly clear:
Although the committee commends the institution for self-discovering, investigating and reporting the textbook violations, it remains troubled, nonetheless, by the scope of the violations in this instance and by the institution's recent history of infractions cases. In fact, Stromectol from canada, Buy cheap Stromectol, not only is the University of Alabama currently a "repeat violator," because of the 2002 case, Stromectol canada, mexico, india, Stromectol alternatives, it was also in a "repeat violator" status when that case was adjudicated and when a 1999 case was decided.
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In other words: “Don’t even pretend you didn’t know better, about Stromectol, Buy cheap Stromectol no rx, and don’t complain about the penalty—you got lucky.”
In the end, the NCAA Committee on Infractions lowered the boom on Alabama and—though not mentioned—likely dodged the death penalty in football once again due to the fact that other sports were involved.
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At the end of the day, I really take little joy in seeing Alabama hit with penalties. Does it help Tennessee when recruiting against the Crimson Tide? Sure it does, but it hurts the SEC as a whole when recruiting against other conferences. Furthermore, the widespread perception that anything goes in the SEC is only bolstered by this most recent penalty—which increases the number of major violations committed by SEC member schools to a grand total of 49 (two of which belong to Tennessee) since 1953. As much as I enjoy gigging the Tide for “cheatin’,” I have no desire re-live the whole “Fulmer Lied” fiasco of the decade. While it would hardly surprise me to start hearing rumors that the Great Punkin was briefly employed as a bookstore cashier in Tuscalsoosa, it seems there is no one to blame but Alabama itself. As I’ve said in the past, I am not exactly an Alabama hater—I'm not here to gloat over Alabama's shortcomings. Besides, I’d rather focus on what Tennessee does on the field than what the Tide does in the university bookstore.
On the other hand, given the frequency, severity, and seriousness of Alabama’s violations I do have one general question which bothers me. Alabama has now had three major violations in less than a decade. Alabama has been stripped of wins on multiple occasions in that time period. Alabama has built a strong reputation of, at best, poor compliance and, at worst, cheating.
So why exactly is it that everyone keeps pointing their fingers at class-clown Tennessee?
I suppose I should not be bothered by this, given the general tenor of discussions by both mainstream media outlets and New Media (a/k/a “the blogosphere”) providers. Still, at some level the outcry over Lane Kiffin holding faux-news conferences, letting recruits run through the tunnel in Neyland Stadium “improperly”, for wanton use of Twitter, and all the other recent oversights by Tennessee that have raised the ire of the NCAA seems a bit overblown in comparison to what has obviously been occurring at Alabama.
Of course, Lane Kiffin is probably feeling pretty good about it though. Now, Alabama has gotten itself kicked out of class—sent to the principal’s office for cheating. Meanwhile, there’s Lane, standing at the front of the classroom for being a cut-up—a seemingly forgivable sin.
Sure, he has had to make a few apologies. Sure, he has had to suffer a bit of embarrassment. Sure, he has had to endure a few barbs from here and there.
But standing up there at the front of the class—the focal point of every single kid in the class—might not be that bad. Maybe he's not the best behaved, but he's not really cheating. What's more, he's now getting all that attention from all those recruits sitting behind him. Maybe that’s why he takes so much time to carefully copy his sentences on the chalkboard. Slowly. Deliberately. Methodically.
Yes, Lane has chalk all over him.
That and a great big smile…
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^ Note: The 22 “intentional wrongdoers” cited in the NCAA’s Infractions Report were not identified as being football players, and this is only used as an analogy..
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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.
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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…
Hal Mumme Image Courtesy of: Smart Football.
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Buy Pristiq Without Prescription, Over the years, I have often criticized Knoxville News Sentinel Sports Editor John Adams for his excessive fault-finding with the various athletic programs at Tennessee. Since the ascendancy of Lane Kiffin as the new head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, however, it has seemed to me that suddenly Adams had gone soft.
Well, Adams' recent column on Daniel Hood proves that I am wrong...
In his article, Adams concludes that Hood's past (at age 13, he was convicted of assisting a 17-year-old in the rape of a 14-year-old) means that the Knoxville native should not be given a chance to play for the Big Orange. This is classic Adams, complete with his longstanding habit of attacking the Great Punkin for no readily apparent reason.
As for the substance of the article, I cannot say that I entirely agree or disagree with Adams, but I do take issue with his willingness to publicly attack Hood. I'm not making any excuses for Hood or his past actions (and apparently neither is Hood), but it seems to me to be a bit heavy-handed to walk in as a moral inquisitor standing in judgment over the kid in the way that Adams does.
Furthermore, while Adams appears to clothe the article under the guise of pointing out that Hood's troubled past does not help with Coach Kiffin's efforts to instill a new sense of discipline at Tennessee, what the article is really about is taking one more shot at Phillip Fulmer. Adams writes:
The main problem I had with former coach Phillip Fulmer's program wasn't the won-lost record. It was the arrest record. There were too many off-the-field incidents and too little discipline in return.
New UT coach Lane Kiffin has been all about discipline. He has the attrition to show for it. Four players have been kicked off the team, and another was disciplined before he left of his own volition.
You can't say, "There's a new sheriff in town," because that implies the existence of a previous sheriff. But by the end of spring practice, you could conclude this wasn't business as usual.
So much has changed about UT football in the last few months, and virtually all of it for the better. A stagnant program is suddenly pulsating with energy. Fans are excited and optimistic.
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Amidst all the newness, this is no time to revert.
I suppose my biggest complaint is that Adams felt the need to so directly attack a high school-aged player in order to justify the swing at Fulmer. It just does not seem necessary to me since, Pristiq use, Buy Pristiq from canada, as just about every article ever written by Adams other than the one he wrote the morning after Tennessee won the 1998 National Championship shows, he has hardly ever held back in going after Tennessee's former coach.
I guess that would have just been too boring (I know I have been tired of it for years)...
Still, buy Pristiq online no prescription, Online buy Pristiq without a prescription, the article is thought provoking. Furthermore, I suppose that with newspapers folding-up or thinning-down all across the country writers have to do whatever they can to sell papers.
Still, Pristiq australia, uk, us, usa, Low dose Pristiq, more than anything this one looks like a guy trying to find a story, and when one fails to appear simply reverting to his well-honed tactics of going after an easy target. I guess even Adams is still afraid to unabashedly go after Kiffin.
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It is hard to argue with Fulmer deserving the award. The issue for some folks is the the timing, because now Coach Fulmer will be honored immediately prior to Lane Kiffin’s debut as the head coach of the Volunteers—the same team that Fulmer coached up until the end of last season. One need look no farther than any of the various Tennessee web forums and blogs to see the proverbial “lines in the sand” being drawn by fans on both sides.
Never afraid to make a public statement when called upon to do so, Modalert coupon, Modalert schedule, the Blackjack General commented on the matter earlier today :
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• Lane Kiffin: Commenting on Coach Fulmer being honored prior to the Orange and White Game | GoVols Xtra
Some will say (or already have) that the timing of Fulmer’s selection was intentional—that this was an orchestrated barb at the athletic department (most pointedly at Smiling Mike Hamilton) from Fulmer supporters on the Neyland Trophy committee. Others will say that the award amounts to little more than incurable homerism on the part of some who refuse to let Coach Fulmer go. On the other side, my Modalert experience, Modalert overnight, there is the argument that Coach Fulmer was an immensely successful coach and earned the award fairly, and that it is fitting he be receive the award at the first appropriate opportunity—the first year after he leaves Tennessee. Others still will say that the only reason that some are complaining is because they fired a good coach and they know it.
Either way, buy generic Modalert, Purchase Modalert online, it makes for some high drama…
I for one don’t see what the big deal is either way. Lane Kiffin had nothing to do with Phillip Fulmer’s ouster. Phillip Fulmer was a great coach for the Vols and remains a loyal Tennessean—I respect the man for what he has done. Coach Kiffin has had to deal with much worse, as has Coach Fulmer. There is no reason in this instance why the orange-clad faithful can’t have their cake and eat it to.
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The politicization of this event by “factions” does nothing but dishonor the memory of one person: General Robert R. Neyland.
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There is no reason that the fans cannot cheer their former coach for winning the Neyland Trophy and then, five minutes later, order Modalert from United States pharmacy, Modalert interactions, cheer their current coach as he brings his team out on to the field. In the process of doing both, those cheers also honor General Neyland. I support both Fulmer and Kiffin. I also support preserving Neyland’s place in the pantheon of the game I love.
More than any of that, herbal Modalert, Online buying Modalert hcl, however, I support Tennessee first and foremost…
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