Receiver Michael Moore can feel your pain.
“We’re playing for the fans right now,” Moore said. “I know they’re getting beat up, they’re torn up. We’ve got to put on a better performance for them.”
Back at ‘ya, Michael.
This was easily the best run of the weekend that I saw. Behold Anthony Dixon’s 51-yard TD jaunt against Houston:
The only thing I saw that was better was Scott Tolzien’s escape act against the Ohio State rush, when it looked as if he were completely enveloped, sort of crouched down and escaped for a nine yard gain and a first down. It was Houdini-esque. It’s not on YouTube, but I hope someone posts it soon.
Gallows humor. It’s what’s for breakfast.
Sadly, I thought about suggesting the Maginot Line as a nickname for the offensive line in my earlier post about Aaron Murray, but decided to hold back on the snark a little bit this morning. Chalk it up as a lost opportunity now.
Well, I could always post something about abusing a helpless kitchen appliance – I bet nobody’s done that before. Oh, wait a minute… it has? Curse you, Doug Gillett!
I feel my style being seriously cramped today.
It’s been an interesting journey this weekend reading the blog comments both here and elsewhere and the message board posts in reaction to Saturday’s debacle. Once you get past the anger, sadness and frustration, there are plenty of armchair coaches with advice about how to turn the ship around – if not this year, then next.
Some of it’s sensible, some of it’s silly and some of it’s obvious. (I’m guessing that Coach Richt has already figured out that “coach better, play better” would help a lot from here on out.)
But there are a couple of specific names I’ve seen bandied about that I can’t help but react to.
Junior’s pulling deeply from the asshole of victory.
“I don’t know all the Tennessee history and tradition with all the matchups, nor do I ever intend do,” Kiffin said. “There’s a lot of great teams in this conference, but I told (players) that, to me, this is the biggest matchup. To me, because of what we need to do in recruiting, this will be the biggest matchup for this staff and for our team.
“So this was a great win for us.”
Kiffin reportedly told his Vols that it won’t be the last victory in the series.
“Coach Kiffin made a big emphasis on beating these guys,” said UT junior All-America safety Eric Berry, a former Atlanta-area high school star. “He actually made a promise to us that we would never lose to them anymore, ever, until he leaves.
“Whatever happens, he said he wasn’t going to let Georgia beat us.”
Again, bully to Tennessee for getting their first conference win under Kiffin in dominating fashion. There’s absolutely no question that the better team won. But it sure would have been a lot more impressive to hear that bravado publicly in the week leading up to the game.
And how convenient that Tennessee’s new BFF “biggest matchup” is with the school having the crappy year. I guess my friends over at Third Saturday in Blogtober are going to have to rethink the whole concept behind their blog.
How weird is that rationale, anyway? I thought a program recruited to win games. The Laner wins games to recruit. Maybe he’ll give his program a trophy the year Rivals ranks his recruiting class #1.
As a rule, I don’t like living vicariously through another team’s efforts, but I’m making an exception this year. I hope Nick Saban wipes UT off the map in two weeks.
As a Georgia fan, it’s good to have a hobby to take my mind off my hobby. Gallows humor over, here’s how I think the twelve best in the land shape up right now: