You can’t tell the scorecard without the numbers.

Anchor down, baby.

If you’ve been following the (randomly on hold because I am lazy) uniform number countdown in the morning Anchor Drop, you’ve probably frequently seen the comment whenever I run across a number that doesn’t have a player attached to it that freshmen haven’t been assigned jersey numbers yet.

Vanderbilt updated the football team’s official roster this week and, uh, it turns out that no one has a jersey number right now.

Now, we heard about this in the spring when confused reporters showed up for spring practice and had no idea who was on the field because nobody was wearing a number. Clark Lea explained it thusly:

“We are going to earn everything in this program,” Lea shared when asked why his players didn’t have numbers on their jerseys. “Until we understand that we rent those numbers, we don’t own them, until we are ready to work within them, leave them better for the next person to wear them, that will come. I don’t want to put a timeline on it.

What happens if they don’t have enough players ready to show up with numbers by the season opener?  I mean, it’s not like Vandy hasn’t had issues showing up before.


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18 responses to “You can’t tell the scorecard without the numbers.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    “What happens if they don’t have enough players ready to show up with numbers by the season opener?”
    Good point. That motivational method has a limited life span.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Vandy needs to leave the SEC. The quality of its football program is not up to SEC standards. As it stood before Vandy wasa leech on the rest of the conference, taking its beating and receiving its checks. However last year the Dores didn’t show up to take their beating in Athens but still wanted its share of the TV and Bowl money. Be gone Commodes, open up a spot in the SEC for a legitimate program.


  3. Not sure I get the motivational tactic associated with the number … seems 5-star heart kind of stuff to me.

    Of course, it’s Candy.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. W Cobb Dawg

    So if their best player is a center or guard, he (or she) will be assigned #1?

    New coaches say the funniest things.

    Liked by 1 person

    • dawg100

      If they (or shim or ze) identifies as a #1, then sure, who are we and the rules to criticize that? You love the number you love and no one can take that right away.


  5. jcdawg83

    This sounds like some Geoff Collins “Above the line” depth chart inspired BS. I guess if you are the head coach at a terrible program you feel like have to come up with something to kick start the program.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. uga97

    Welp looks like 1 SEC, school won’t be placing orders for jerseys with player names in time for dad to buy his kid at the opener.


  7. debbybalcer

    It reminds of the high school history teacher who made students earn their desks. When they earned them she had soldiers bring them in. I wonder who is going to give them their numbers.


  8. godawgs1701

    Man, it’s got to be a really disappointing moment when you’re in the locker room and you realize that the new guy doesn’t have any better idea how to fix your team’s problems than the last guy did. If he doesn’t think that 18-22 year olds can see right through this kind of middle school-level rah rah bullshit then I am afraid he’s going to struggle just like virtually every other Vandy coach always has. Give me a break.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. 123 Fake St

    You can’t pick your number until you Blow The Admiral.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. rugbydawg79

    I personally think he will improve them. Smart tough guy with a background at Notre Dame. He played there he knows the atmosphere, the administration has said they will increase cash flow to the program.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Hobnail_Boot

    If the Admiral blowers go 2-10, I’m leaving work. will be hailed as a motivational genius.

    When they go 0-12, I will fart in their general direction.


  12. Bulldawg Bill

    I know, I know, “There’s gotta be better things to do than hating Vandy.” But the more I think (Bad habit. Been tryin’ to quit) about it, they really deserve a modicum of hate for standing us up last year not once, but TWICE!!!!!!
    With that in mind:

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