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1  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: What are your top 5 JW calls? on: June 22, 2018, 10:23:48 EDT
Gotta go with Manning to Kent.  On.  Play One! 

My favorite game of all time, so thus my favorite call.   
2  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: John Ward has passed. on: June 22, 2018, 10:21:15 EDT
RIP John, and thanks for the memories.   
3  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Down goes Germany! on: June 18, 2018, 05:29:05 EDT
Yes, I know it's just "foosball", but I loathe Germany, and I'll even root for Mexico against them.   
4  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: There's just one problem with "Bark in the Park Night"... on: June 17, 2018, 06:57:57 EDT
Most definitely more amusing than baseball 
5  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Tony Robinson gets a Super Bowl ring. . . . on: June 13, 2018, 07:32:32 EDT
6  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: The recruiting pool just expanded for Geno... on: June 12, 2018, 07:04:33 EDT
WTF BDV...that's old news.  REALLY old news.   

7  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Hmmmm.... on: June 11, 2018, 03:37:20 EDT
If you scroll down there is a pic of the dealer alone with the car, and they are saying T Higgins did not actually purchase that car.  That might even be true. 

Still looks pretty incriminating though.   
8  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Here is the usual Friday reminder.... on: June 10, 2018, 07:41:00 EDT
Been in Dublin for a a day and a half
23 degrees and lots of sun
better soak up the beer ...

23 C? 
9  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: I was looking at Street and Smith's college football preseason issue. on: June 10, 2018, 07:39:27 EDT
They pick the Vols 4th in the East. They have Uga, USCe, UF and us in that order. Followed by Mizzou, UK and Vandy.  Anyone agree or disagree with this? USCe at the second spot was interesting.

Unfortunately for this first year of the Pruitt regime,t hat's ptobably realistic.  Hope I'm wrong, but 4th might even be ambitious.   
10  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: How does Tennessee Tech get such a good team? on: June 10, 2018, 07:38:19 EDT
Hey that gives me a team to root for 

Most Tech folks are Tennessee fans in football, so I am happy to return the favor.
11  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: New bowl destination for the SEC? on: June 10, 2018, 07:37:08 EDT
12  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: That new Lebron meme is everywhere... on: June 07, 2018, 10:50:10 EDT
1st and goal, 6" away, and we run f'ing shotgun. Zero touches for John Kelly (who was unstoppable when he did get the ball in this game), zero points. Ended up throwing a pick, IIRC.

Yeah, that's what I thought.  Still not nearly as bad as the last play.   

On the play you have in the pic, I saw a breakdown by McElroy on SECN the following week.  He said the pass calls were correct in the sense that UF was stacking the box, but that they were very poorly executed.  Two of them were blown by a true frosh WR who (a) ran the wrong route, and (b) comitted a penalty. 

That does not mean I am not blaming Butch, as I definitely question why such an inexperienced/unprepared player was in on the play, but it does mean that a talking head on SECN thought a pass call was justified, but just very poorly executed.  And let me add that it was more than just stacking the box, the Florida DBs were on islands and out of position.  Properly executed, it should have been an easy six on a pass.

That's per Greg McIlroy, not me.  Just thought I would mention it.  It's not just play calling, it's execution, but that goes to personnel for sure.  Dobbs not the greatest passer and why is a true frosh WR playing such a critical role?  Reflects poorly on our coaches either way.

FWIW, I think McIlroy had a point, although not it's not a slam dunk by any means.
13  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: That new Lebron meme is everywhere... on: June 06, 2018, 04:41:41 EDT
Nice, but remind me what the reference is?  Is that a situation we failed to score in?   
14  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Whoa... Kongbo moving to LB? on: June 03, 2018, 04:59:14 EDT
Pruitt might actually coach him up
15  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Going to see Solo this weekend - any non spoiler reviews? on: June 01, 2018, 02:44:40 EDT
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ICSNhMSaVgk" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/ICSNhMSaVgk</a>

Yeah I would say Poe Dameron, but I guess the actor is hispanic, which technically is not a white male or at any rate not in our current culture.

I have an extremely liberal man-bun-wearing friend who is simply obsessed with issues like this.  For instance, he brought up the day that in spite of the "diversity" of the Cantina in E4, there wasn't a single black person in the whole movie.  Good godawmighty!  I just can't think that way.  He is obsessed with "diversity" even in a galaxy far far away!  It's just ridiculous.

Now...I vaguely recall there was controversy over that even in the 70s and that perhaps Lando Calrisian was created because of that.  But still....I just. don't.  get.  that mindset.   To obsess over the lack of black people in an extra-galactic cantina....I just....    
16  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Going to see Solo this weekend - any non spoiler reviews? on: May 31, 2018, 10:00:09 EDT
On a humorous note, I never realized the "thing" with Lucas' scripting "ability" extended so far back.   

All nearly gagged trying to say some of Lucas' lines. " 'I thought I recognized your foul stench when I was brought aboard, Governor Tarkin,' is not everyday conversation," says Fisher. "There were times when I issued a threat to tie George up and make him repeat his own dialogue," adds Harrison Ford, 35, who plays Han Solo, the cynical mercenary captain of the Millennium Falcon. "I told him: 'You can't say that stuff. You can only type it.' But I was wrong. It worked."
17  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Pruitt adds 4* athlete to 2018 class... on: May 31, 2018, 09:45:22 EDT
We keep screaming at him to stand up, but he never does ...

18  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Going to see Solo this weekend - any non spoiler reviews? on: May 31, 2018, 09:44:49 EDT
I was pleasantly surprised as well.  I really liked Rogue One and Solo seemed to be just as good.  I thought Last Jedi just sucked and I don't really have much desire to watch it again.  Force Awakens was just barely OK, it had its moments and it had its flaws.  Last Jedi was certainly made well from a technical aspect - but story-wise it is a hot mess.  Horrible.  Rail on the prequels all you want - at least they told the story (or tried to).  TLJ was like some kind of dysfunctional jumble of crap.  Disney should give the reins to the Kasdans - they know what they are doing.  If Howard had been the director of Solo from the start, it probably wold have been even better.

Agree about the Kasdans, the father did Empire, which speaks for itself.  I heard that Lucas told the writer of ROTJ that "it doesn't have to be great" (i.e., the franchise momentum will carry it) which says a lot about Lucas if true.  Having said that, I have also read that he seriously overworked on Empire and that it ended his marriage, etc, so maybe he was just trying to have a life after all that, and/or after 8-9 years was sick of the whole trilogy.  

Agree with most of your comments about TLJ...if not for the last 20 minutes I would have really hated it.

I am seriously annoyed at the overt PC (very typical of Disney) evident in Force Awakens.  When Target starts running ads showing little girls pretending to be Rei and spouting crap about empowerment, I just have to roll my eyes.  I have no issue with a female Jedi, in fact I think it's great because Rei is pretty hot.  

But as someone mentions above, it's the forced nature of it.  We have to have a strong female lead.  We fave to have a major character that is black (and seems to have little other purpose).  We can only grudingly show white males in a positive role.

Why?  Because Disney says so.  Movies are not just entertainment, they must serve the purpose of a socio-political agenda.  Bleahhhhhhhhh!!    Not what I go to the movies for.  I want to see  that crap, I'll watch cable news.  

Since when is popular entertainment a vehicle for socio-politics?  Don't get me wrong, i know it always has been at times (for instance...the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird").  But Star Wars was intended to be an ESCAPE from that!  fizzle Disney and fizzle JJ Abrams.  


It's the flotsam and jetsam from the period when I was twelve years old," says Director George Lucas, 33. "All the books and films and comics that I liked when I was a child. The plot is simple —good against evil—and the film is designed to be all the fun things and fantasy things I remember. The word for this movie is fun." For once, a director is right about his own work. Star Wars has brought fun back to the movies and glowingly demonstrated they still can make 'em like they used to.

That innocence and that feeling for romance are what make Star Wars so fresh, so much fun and, finally, so fantastic. Lucas believed everything he put on film, and somewhere under the celluloid, he is Luke Sky-walker—out to slay the dragon, rescue the princess and find the Holy Grail. Black is black, white is white, and good will conquer evil, at least in his screening room.

19  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Looks like Kirkland is gone on: May 29, 2018, 07:20:30 EDT
Word is Kirkland and Pruitt had a long talk....It will be a plus if he doesn't transfer.

Yeah, I hope so.  I was thrown off by some of the comments above implying he didn't do much anyway due to injury.  That was true in 16 and 17, but when I looked back into it in detail, in 2015 he had a monster season.  I'd love to keep him in Orange.
20  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Going to see Solo this weekend - any non spoiler reviews? on: May 27, 2018, 10:51:15 EDT
Nothing saved the TLJ, though for the first time in over a decade Luke acted like he had a use for the force, too little, too late IMO
Glad I didn't pay $$$ to see it!
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well, I liked the end.  I was very unhappy with the treatment of Luke, but I liked how he redeemed himself.

There are many issues with how Disney is handling the franchise post-Lucas, but at least TLJ ended well.
21  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Going to see Solo this weekend - any non spoiler reviews? on: May 26, 2018, 05:11:53 EDT
well...I saw it last night and enjoyed it.  Almost non-stop action, but that's about what you would expect from a Han Solo back story.  Introduces a new twist on his past with a criminal element and may set the scene for a sequel at the end (I'd almost  bet on it).  Stunning visuals as always, good plot, and (very minor spoiler) they finally set the story straight on the "13 parsecs" Kessel run from E4.  

I really liked it.   It's better than any of the other Disney movies IMO.

I'd rate the new movies this way....

1. Han
2. Rogue
3. TLJ
4. Force Awakens

The only reason TLJ is ahead of Force is they saved it at the end, IMO.
22  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Going to see Solo this weekend - any non spoiler reviews? on: May 25, 2018, 11:51:26 EDT
23  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Recuiting did well recently on: May 25, 2018, 11:50:49 EDT
Both of them inherited far better situations than Pruitt inherited.

Now, granted, both came in and recruited better right off the bat than Pruitt has so far, but it's an apples-to-oranges comparison, really.

Horseface also got lucky to hit the East at perhaps it's lowest point ever, and can thank Butch for gifting his first East title.

Smart situation far better than either UF or UT IMO.  UF was starved on offense from muschamp years, and still is IMO.   Still McIllwain did do well with what he had, but Smart >>> mcillwain or jones
24  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Looks like Kirkland is gone on: May 25, 2018, 11:47:28 EDT
Was very good when he did play, seems like a loss, but Pruitt does know defense.  I expect a big improvement in our D, which isn't saying much.

Anyway, good luck Mr. Kirkland.
25  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Recuiting did well recently on: May 25, 2018, 12:10:57 EDT
Gonna take awhile for us to get competitive when our main opponents are Top 5 in recruiting year after year. Do the Vols beat Saban at all before he retires? That is a tough question to speculate on. Plus now UGa is out recruiting Bama. Ain't that just great. What is the over/under for how long before the Vols win the East. That should be this programs first goal.

"Gonna take awhile", but at least it's starting to look like a good start.  Our talent on hand is not the best in the SEC, or anywhere near it, but it's also not the MTSU-level that Dooley left us with.  I would say our current talent inherted from Jones + 1 year of Pruitt is at least in the top half the SEC.  At least 8th, perhaps even 6th, 5th might be ambitious.

In other words, not a terrible starting position if Jeremy does start putting together back to back top 5 classes.

As for beating satan...it can't come too soon!  Good news though...we did beat him at LSU in 2001, so I take some solace that we at least beat the SOB once.  Vols have never beaten the Urban Crier, which rankles me to this day.

Over/under on winning the East is "Should have done it in 2015-16".   But I'll say 3 years, if restricted to forward-moving time only.   2020.
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