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1001  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Being hinted at 8yr, 50 mil offer....... on: October 25, 2012, 12:47:44 EDT
Thanks for raining on our parade.

Sorry, man.  I'll try to be more positive if/when he's hired.  I have just never understood the hype.  Hopefully, if he's hired he'll make me understand.   
1002  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Being hinted at 8yr, 50 mil offer....... on: October 25, 2012, 12:30:14 EDT
Pete Carroll is a better comparison than Saban, except Gruden had more NFL success than Carroll.

But will Gruden cheat as well as Carroll did?    Hey, if he's hired I hope Gruden goes undefeated every year and is ultimately considered a college football head coaching genious.  I have just never seen it displayed in his NFL head coaching jobs to date.  Then again, I am on the bottom rung of even the most novice football knowledge ladder, so....   
1003  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Being hinted at 8yr, 50 mil offer....... on: October 25, 2012, 12:24:18 EDT
Without a doubt he is better than what UT has. That's all I have right now.

Probably, even if just because I think he would set up a better staff and would recruit better based on his name recognition.  But, that's a lot of money for someone I consider to be a so-so head coach.  I sure hope his ego lets him delegate because he has never impressed me with any coaching smarts.
1004  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Being hinted at 8yr, 50 mil offer....... on: October 25, 2012, 12:20:50 EDT
Do you remember the swell of hype that came when Saban arrived at Bama?  I remember thinking "huh, he hasn't done shizzle".. but it's almost like their was such an injection of confidence into that program that it willed it to a new level.  Time will only tell if Gruden could do the same for us, but logic says it just might.

Saban was 34241 at Michigan State and 48-16 at LSU prior to becoming head coach at bama.  Not spectacular, but very successful and certainly a solid college head coaching foundation.  I hated it when he went to bama, since I assumed the school's football history and usual recruiting base would make him even more successful.
1005  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Being hinted at 8yr, 50 mil offer....... on: October 25, 2012, 12:08:52 EDT
Ugh!  $6.2million per year for a guy who has never been a head coach in college football.  Yes, he was a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in college, and he must have done some recruiting, but that was what, 23 or 24 years ago?  His overall record in the NFL as head coach was 95-81.  I know, I know, he won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, but his overall record there was just 57-55.  I really don't see the appeal, other than the "celebrity" factor.  I just don't see the coaching appeal, but I have never viewed him as being exceptional in coaching in any way.  When Kiffin and Dooley were hired, neither were in my top 5 choices.  If he's hired, Gruden will join that club.  But, if he becomes a Vol, again, I will certainly wish him the best.  He's going to need it with kind of money at stake.
1006  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Questions for Tennessee season ticket holders on: October 22, 2012, 11:29:02 EDT
I'll be there for Missouri and Kentucky, but I am not making a 1,000-mile roundtrip to see Troy (like I didn't for Akron).  No bowl game for me.  Depending on how I feel in the spring, I may reduce my donation level and drop 4 of my 8 season tickets.  If it weren't for my kids, and my wife wanting me to keep tickets for when we retire to Watts Bar, I'd drop 6 and maybe get terrace tix because I don't think the tailgating will last much longer.
1007  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: What side of the field are the visitors on? North or South? on: October 19, 2012, 07:47:21 EDT
That doesn't tell me what side of the field the bammer team is? 

A simple north or south will do.  I am pretty sure it's on the same side you sit on, right?

East   
1008  Sports / VTTW Message Board / I listed a pair of Vols/Gamecocks tickets on StubHub earlier today... on: October 19, 2012, 07:39:33 EDT

...and they sold in 3 minutes (before I could even get to the Ticket Exchange to let people here know they were available).    Thank goodness USC is good.   
1009  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Apparently there are a limited number of "returned" tickets... on: October 19, 2012, 03:37:32 EDT
How does a "walk-on" become a moderator??

By never forgetting the administrator password. 
1010  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Game day information. on: October 19, 2012, 03:34:44 EDT
VOL WALK: 4:45 p.m. ET
BAND MARCH: 5:20 p.m. ET
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. ET
1011  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Apparently there are a limited number of "returned" tickets... on: October 19, 2012, 03:28:46 EDT

...available for the bama game, if anyone is interested. 

Prchase here (I think): http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3AIBM%3AF12%3AF04%3A&linkID=utenn&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=FB&cgc=&hq_e=el&hq_m=366487&hq_l=8&hq_v=4024ade287
1012  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Hey, since both of our teams suck (we suck worse, btw)... on: October 16, 2012, 10:49:40 EDT
Again, we could've named it that a while ago.

Keep posting pics like that and BTV will be here a lot more often. 
1013  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: What was the first Non-Tennessee(or SEC) college football game you went to? on: October 16, 2012, 10:48:17 EDT
I went with a friend to see Georgia Tech beat Clemson 30-14 in Death Valley in 1989

I'm not really sure, but I did go to the Penn State vs. Tulane Liberty Bowl game with my brother, father and cousin in December 1979.  My cousin was a Penn State student at the time.  It was cold with a drizzling/freezing rain, and we were treated to a 9-6 all FG game.    PSU won.
1014  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Hey, since both of our teams suck (we suck worse, btw)... on: October 16, 2012, 09:29:10 EDT
Soooo,,,, It's NOT going to be a fmaily board anymore?   

You make the call.   The attached is a "family" picture from last Halloween when she was a pirate. 
1015  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Hey, since both of our teams suck (we suck worse, btw)... on: October 16, 2012, 08:48:07 EDT
Who is your favorite SEC team (not counting UT, of course) and why?

Probably South Carolina because our family friend is the Equipment Manager.

Who is your favorite NCAA D1 (not calling it FBS, or whatever it is) and why?

Favorite non-Vols team is Notre Dame becuase my grandfather and father brought us up watching them.  Next is probably Oregon, since one of my best friend's has taken me to games there and I love visiting him and his family in Oregon.

What non-SEC game (neither opponent is an SEC team) would you like to go to?

Since I have already been to an Army/Navy game, I'd like to see Southern Cal vs. Notre Dame (at South Bend).

Who was/is your all-time favorite college player?

Tough one.  I'll stick with Larry Seivers, who I finally got to meet a few years ago at the UTAD tailgate.   

What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year?

Same as last year; nothing.    TRObh is apparently dressing up in a skimpy racoon costume.    
1016  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Tennessee at South Carolina -- 12:00 Noon ET, ESPN on: October 16, 2012, 08:09:29 EDT
It's also at the top of each board in the "News" line.   
1017  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Tennessee at South Carolina -- 12:00 Noon ET, ESPN on: October 16, 2012, 07:59:12 EDT
It has not been posted at utsports.com yet, but it is on the SEC Sports site, and on the Current Schedule/Results link at http://volstothewall.com/ (which will hopefully be redone as a part of the current transition). 
1018  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Attention anyone who wishes to register for the board on: October 16, 2012, 07:43:57 EDT
ReVOLver's information still holds true.  We have gotten over 750 new registration requests from spammers in just a couple days.    If you want to make sure your registration request is timely reviewed, I suggest that you use a username that ties to sports in some way and is obvious, and send me an e-mail at therealorange@yahoo.com.  Thanks.  

If you are a new poster and want to register for the board, please email me directly at [e-mail address deleted] to give me your username after you complete your registration. Unfortunately our forum gets hammered with spam registrations, so I have to manually approve registrations before posters can post. Because we get so many registrations, legit registrations often get lost in the shuffle.

I have just cleared out over 2000 registrations because I didn't have time to go through them all.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your attention.
1019  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Hey! Did anyone know we had a Front Page?!? on: October 16, 2012, 06:52:47 EDT
I'm nothing if not cruel.   
1020  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Hey! Did anyone know we had a Front Page?!? on: October 16, 2012, 06:28:22 EDT
And I have even been keeping the schedule and other "history" pages up-to-date all season.      You weren't fired; you are in a holding pattern to crash and burn at a later date.   
1021  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Alabama vs. Tennessee - TRO Family Tailgate on: October 16, 2012, 06:27:35 EDT
While I am not particularly thrilled at the thought of traveling to Knoxville for a 7:00 p.m. game that I fully expect the Vols to lose, we will be having our family tailgate on Saturday.    Even though it's a 7:00 p.m. kickoff, we should be set up early -- probably by early morning.  Please feel free to join in, especially if you are a visiting bama fan and/or VTTW poster/lurker.  Below is a map showing the location.  We should be set up right behind the UTAD tailgate area (between their large orange and white canopy and the building) and we are still using the orange canopy covers with the white Power Ts on them (two canopies).  Stop in and say hello and share some of the food and drinks.  There is no need to bring anything unless you want something in particular or just want to bring something to share.  We plan to have the usual -- steak and Italian sausage sandwiches, as well as some hot dogs, and sometimes we throw in a surprise food/dish or two for this game.  We will also have cookies and chips/dip.  I hope to see some of you there.  Go Big Orange, BEAT BAMA!  

1022  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Site Transition on: October 15, 2012, 06:17:01 EDT
During the site transition, I am working with ReVOLver to reset the admin/moderator access.  For a little while, I may be the only admin/moderator unless Bossman wants to stick around for a while longer while we make the exchange.  I will make decisions about adding admins later, but I want a while to explore all of my options.  In reality, I have not been as "gone" as it may have appeared, and I know that administering the board is not quite as hectic with board rules violations like it was back in the early MudDuck days.  So, not as much time will probably be needed for doing admin/moderator work now.  Although, with tensions running high about the state of the Vols football program, who knows?    I want to thank ReVOLver, droner, and Pirate for all their hard work as admins to date.  It certainly is appreciated. 
1023  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Any more excuses? on: October 14, 2012, 05:18:40 EDT
In the first half, I said to BTV that none of the Vols' three top coaches -- Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Defensive Coordinator -- are good enough for the SEC.  I like Dooley and wanted very much for him to succeed, but I just don't see it.  I hate that another coaching change is on the horizon, but I also don't think there is much choice absent some amazing turnaround in the second half of the season.  Great, a probable coaching change during the board transition!  My timing is as bad as the Vols defense.   
1024  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: May not win another game. on: October 14, 2012, 05:13:39 EDT
After the Florida game I told the people at the tailgate that the Vols would go 6-6.  I'm sticking with that, although I hope for 7-5.
1025  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Site transition (please read) on: October 11, 2012, 09:15:08 EDT
Hi everyone.  I have already started contacting some of the people who reached out to Jeff offering to help.  I am obviously going to need help moving forward, and I appreciate the offers I have received thus far.  To echo the Bossman, this just shows how much the VTTW means to people.  You won't be seeing any major changes for the foreseeable future, and perhaps ever.  But, there will be changes because we are losing a tech genius in ReVOLver.  More about that and other things later, but for now, just keep on keeping on.   
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