20 August 2014
19 August 2014
today, we are blessed with a 2014 season preview from ESPN.
Breakout player: Most of the preseason drama at Tennessee revolved around the quarterback race, but Jones ended that last week when he named Worley the starter. Had he not injured his thumb and missed the remainder of the season a year ago, the Vols probably would have gone to a bowl game. He's been put in some tough positions during his career, including being thrown to the wolves as a true freshman before he was ready. But he's persevered. His arm has gotten stronger. He's healthy now, and he also has more playmakers around him this season. Nobody's pushing him for the Heisman Trophy or even All-SEC honors, but here's betting Worley has a very solid senior season after throwing more interceptions (13) than touchdown passes (11) in his previous three seasons.
Most important game: We'll cheat and go 1A (Florida on Oct. 4) and 1B (Missouri on Nov. 22). Both games are at home, and both will go a long way toward determining whether or not the Vols can make it to the postseason. They've lost nine in a row to Florida, so ending that drought would be a big step in the right direction for Jones and the program. The Missouri game is sandwiched between a home game with Kentucky and the regular-season finale at Vanderbilt. It could be that the Vols have to win all three to go bowling.
also important to know, the SEC network is dedicating much of it's airtime tonight and tomorrow to the vols. here is the schedule:
Tuesday, Aug. 19
8 p.m. - 2014 Tennessee Football Preview
9 p.m. - SEC Storied: The Color Orange, The Condredge Holloway Story
11 p.m. - 2014 Tennessee Football Preview
Wednesday, Aug. 20now, if one of the hundreds of you that are using my netflix / hbogo / hulu logins has access to the SEC network on your cable, kindly email me with your username / password so that i might enjoy this on my roku. plz and thx.
12 a.m. - Nine For IX: Pat XO
1 a.m. - 2004 Football: Tennessee vs. Florida
3 a.m. - 2005 Football: Tennessee at LSU
5:30 a.m. - 2013 Football Tennessee vs. South Carolina
12 p.m. - 2007 Football: Tennessee at Kentucky
2 p.m. - 2014 Tennessee Football Preview
this is a new song called "KK" from wiz khalifa featuring juicy j and project pat! i don't understand it, but i accept it.
UPDATE: i figured it out, it stands for "khalifa kush".
18 August 2014
Some people dream of playing in front of 40,000 fans, at Tennessee we practice in front of 40,000 fans! #Unbelievablethe vols hosted an open practice session in neyland stadium on saturday, and 40,000 fans showed up!
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) August 17, 2014
People rip UT fans. 1 winning season in 6 & this crowd shows up for Sat night practice pic.twitter.com/di7PtMDd3ii don't know what that person's talking about, i've never heard anyone say a bad word about a vol fan in all my life.
— Tony Basilio (@TonyBasilio) August 16, 2014
in related news, the AP preseason rankings were released over the weekend, and there are some compelling statistics regarding #SECdominance. 8 of 14 SEC teams are in the top 25, and tennessee has to play six top-25 teams in our 12-game season. kinda makes me just wanna lay down.
here's a summary including only the teams you might care about:
1 florida state (whom?)noticeably / inexplicably absent from the list are the tennessee volunteers. #brickbybrick #risetothetop #2015nationalchampions
2 alabama (never heard of her)
4 oklahoma (the vols face them on #10AICC day, gulp.)
9 south carolina
12 georgia (that shouldn't last long)
18 ole piss
21 texas a&m
i watched the new netflix documentary from the director of the cove, called mission blue. it tells the life story of marine biologist and ocean-rights activist, dr. sylvia earle, aka my new fave #HBIC. and it's not just a history, she's also got a plan for saving us all. one (not real) word: hopespots.
i give it 11 biscuits!
the next doc i'm planning to watch is a paleontology thriller called dinosaur 13. it's in theaters right now, but it's also available on amazon prime and ondemand. let me know if you want to come over and watch with me.