Sevier County, TN
Orange blooded to the core, but open minded about other programs around the country.
I am so looking forward to Bama/Sooners. Stoops will wish he had kept his dumb mouth shut. If the officials don't booger that one up to help them against Okie State they are outside looking in on the BCS anyway.
3 days, 13 hours ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
They are doing what I have suggested for years that UT should do. In reality there has been nothing gained by bragging about over 100,000 attendance. The result has been four losing seasons in a row, thousands of empty seats and deep discounts on seats. When seats are uncomfortable and cramped, the concessions mediocre and overpriced, the piped in music/rap blasting ear drums out, endure the issues with parking, etc. - why should we overpay for crappy seats and/or pay the big extorted donation when we can be comfortable watching on TV at home, a sports bar, etc. If you are going to go for the money you have to provide something that makes it a pleasurable experience exclusive of the game itself. Reduce the seating by 15-20,000 and give everybody quality stadium style seating (NO bleachers with good leg room), some quality food in the concessions stands, good attached restaurants accessed from inside and outside the stadium, add another jumbotron to the north end zone, get reasonable on the music decibels and use, and keep building parking garages that the students need anyway. They would have a full stadium every game no matter who the opponent is and they will be able to charge more per ticket and increase the donation. More people would hang around the campus and strip for longer periods which would help the businesses and add employment. Finally, give the tickets to the students for free. Add some bucks to the activity fee to cover.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Kentucky To Strip 6,000 Seats From Commonwealth Stadium In A First-Class Renovation Project
Easier to recruit to USCe than it is to aTm - not as many top choices on the west coast for the great players plus add in the LA scene. If the money works I could see it happening as it is unlikely the Aggies will be able to remain competitive against Bama, Auburn and LSU year in and out in the west. But as a Vol fan I think it would be wonderful to see Gruden get the job. Talk about melt downs on Rocky Top! lol.
1 month ago on With Rumors About Southern Cal Swirling, A&M’s Sumlin Isn’t Talking
I think they need to extend Muschamp's contract as a show of support as long as they keep his OC. Best thing that could happen for the rest of the SEC.
1 month ago on No Vote Of Confidence From Florida AD For Muschamp Yet… But The Coach Deserves Another Year
It is all part of a much larger issue - using colleges as semi-professional developmental programs for the NFL, NBA, etc. The huge money and interest involved changed the entire landscape of college sports. Meanwhile the NCAA piecemealed their rules and continued as if it was all still being done the old way. I just want them to drop the façade and fix it, which they claim to be doing. But how can the same people that muddled it up so badly now be given the authority to fix it? That is borderline insane IMO. Zero credibility. Zero.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Nixon’s Pardon, Timing And The Real Reason Miami and Missouri’s Haith Got Off Lightly
Ok, John. I see your point on this. I just don't agree with the NCAA decision as the whole mess appears contrived and a product of legalese and cover-up. It doesn't pass the basic smell test - fairness. No sane, semi-intelligent person should agree that it is a horrible transgression to have a recruit over for hot dogs against NCAA rules then lie about it happening, then confess and show remorse. Yet, we are to believe it is just mildly wrong to pay a convicted shyster off under the table when you already know the program is escaping what should be the death penalty due to incompetent investigation techniques of the institution passing judgment.
Not buying. We know how corrupt the NCAA is. Just another nail in its coffin.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pearl’s Verdict Vs. Haith’s Verdict…Trying To Compare NCAA Cases Is Folly
Verne and Gary are embarrassments. They were all poor old crappy Tennessee in the first half and then the worm turned and they suddenly had to swallow their cow patties. Fun game. It was a shame that it had to end the way it did with Pig Howard's fumble that cleared the way for the winning FG in OT.
UT no longer has a QB controversy. Worley is worthy. Stay the course. Neal is a real SEC RB. There is talent at receiver. The freshmen class is good and will be a sound foundation for the future. The secondary is improving. Sapp is a real SEC LB. Big Mac showed up. Special Teams coverage is excellent. Palardy is outstanding - could not be happier for the guy. And finally, this staff showed they could make half time adjustments against a quality opponent.
Negatives are the O-line had busts and Tiny was the worst of the bunch today. Too many dumb penalties. Still cannot contain the edge. The goal line D has fundamental scheme design flaws. They miss Curt Maggit at LB. There is no way that Jalen Reeves-Maybin should not be starting on D at some position. AJ needs to only be on the field in rushing situations - he cannot cover receivers.
2 months, 1 week ago on SEC Gameday Links: Afternoon Delights 10/5/2013
This kid can play the game. Hope he gets to play at the next level.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Florida Offers One-Handed Guard Preferred Walk-On Spot
Some good work there, John. Fat chance of it being accepted. Too many enablers around him. When (not if) he crashes, I hope it's not permanent and he can recover.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on An Open Letter To Johnny Football
Thanks for the recap, John. Good stuff. Appreciate the site.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Random Observations & Opinions To Wrap Up SEC Media Days
If they had no perceived value to the schools as athletes they would have been booted from school already or even before thesemost recent events. So it is not only the coaches, but the ADs and other school officials that are trying to figure out a way to hold onto these two. Which makes it even sicker.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on LSU’s Miles And Ole Miss’ Kennedy Need To Boot Hill And Henderson
Nailed it. Not just for the shooting - for any cover-up that happened with any potential arrest or school suspension issue that benefited the team, which obviously benefited Meyer personally. I am seeing an unrepentent enabler that uses people to achieve personal gain. In short, a bad guy. He and THE Ohio State University deserve each other.
5 months ago on Blame Game? Nope. But Questioning Meyer’s Discipline At Florida Is Fair Game
Why would anyone want this guy on their team if they had any morals at all? Going to watch what happens with this one.
5 months ago on Assistant D.A. Says “Jail Time Is Appropriate” For Suspended LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill
Truth hurts, and Urbie is crying.
5 months, 1 week ago on New York Times: 34% Of Florida’s 2008 Team Have Been Arrested
Urban did not cause Hernandez to do the things he did. However, he did help enable him by looking the other way and easing him out of brushes with the law and school authorities. Open message to Urban - you won the record in your tenure for most arrests. You won that with your NC's and SEC's. Own it. Just like you will have to own it in Buckland.
5 months, 1 week ago on Urban Meyer On Aaron Hernandez: “Wrong And Irresponsible” To Blame Florida, Coach Or Staff
UF and OSU fans can have him. Meyer will have to answer for his actions and inaction when he meets his maker. In addition to the 30+ there were countless others that simply went away. There were still other times when players were allowed to play when they should have been suspended, with the suspension only delayed to get past a big game. He kept recruiting guys for their atletic skill regardless of their character and then he would look the other way.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Hernandez Gun Photo Punctuates Meyer’s Shameful Disciplinary Record At UF
The SEC can lead or it can follow. Personally I think the view is far better leading the pack than from behind. It's not like there will be no second chances with a 3 strike rule and standardized, random testing by independent labs. Time to root out the junk as well as put some kids on better paths as you pointed out. You are spot on with the competitive advantage issue. Because money rules with all - from coaches to Presidents - they have greater potential to make more money with less PR hits. Who wants a recruit that checks out how many times he can screw up before getting booted anyway? Let that guy play for Meyer and THE (Corrupt) Ohio State University. LOL.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New SEC Drug Policy Push: “Do It For The Athletes”
The second Phil Steele typed in Vandy for his list is when he lost every ounce of credibility he may have previously possessed. Vandy - the beneficiary of a ridiculously easy schedule lucked up on a 9 win season. Their starting offensive leaders at QB and RB graduated. Being that they are no longer flying under the radar they will also no longer benefit from being known as Candy. Opponents will actually prepare and take them seriously going forward. IMO they will be most fotunate to win 6-7 games this next season after which Franklin will be off to greener pastures.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Preseason Guide King Steele Says 6 SEC Teams (Including Vandy) Fit “The National Championship Mold”
All I have to say is that it will be fascinating to watch it play out this next season. If he backs his mouth up with another quality season, dude deserves the props. If he doesn't then he risks more than just a drop in his draft stock.
6 months ago on A&M’s Manziel On Tebow: “I Would Hope I’m A Better Passer”
I understand trying to be control the emotions after taking a ridiculous shot from someone. However, Gee is a continuous repeat offender. Which makes him a bigoted goober who is a liability to OSU and its supporters as well as the Big 10. The longer he stays the less I think of OSU as a university. FWIW, I grew up in Ohio and know the legacy of the school quite well.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged