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Sep 16 2012
08:36 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Again and again. Not the place to be in the SEC.

Someone should put together a highlight reel of the early celebrations after every block, tackle and yardage gain, like they had just won the Super Bowl or something. But maybe at this point the occasional execution of football fundamentals is the only thing left to celebrate.

Dooley should have suited up and gone in at wide receiver after that perfect sideline catch. Maybe if Florida had adjusted their coverage on Dooley we could have gotten a man open. It wasn't clear if he was the intended receiver, though.

When it was gut check time, players and fans alike asked for the check and checked out. Was there anyone left to get arrested for rushing the field after the game? The game was rich in Tradition and Pageantry, though, so there's always that. That and Kosher pulled pork hot dogs.

OK, then.

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LeftWingCracker's picture

I was surprised

I watched the game and was stunned at how quickly the game turned once UT missed that extra point. It seemed like Muschamp made adjustments to how the Vols were playing, but Dolley never responded to those adjustments and they were just shut down. Plus, the Vols need a running game if they are going to survive this year.

R. Neal's picture

Yes, I believe UT got more

Yes, I believe UT got more offensive yardage on penalties than they did rushing.

And speaking of penalties, good thing Dooley is a lawyer. That game was litigated, not played.

R. Neal's picture

Also in Tyler Bray's defense,

Also in Tyler Bray's defense, I seem to recall that Dooley told him last year "If you get in trouble, I'm always open over here on the sidelines" or something to that effect. Probably should have clarified that he was just kidding, mostly.

bizgrrl's picture

Someone should put together a

Someone should put together a highlight reel of the early celebrations after every block, tackle and yardage gain, like they had just won the Super Bowl or something.

Yes, it was amusing. They really should act like they've been there. You tackled someone. Ok. You caught a pass. Ok. You made a touch down. Ok. You got creamed. Ok, then.

Calypso's picture

Good hands indeed

This is how you catch the ball!

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Factchecker's picture

That catch and spike did look

That catch and spike did look pretty cool. I actually watched the first half and of course all was well. We watched a movie the second half and wondered why we heard no more boom booms.

celebrations after every block, tackle and yardage gain, like they had just won the Super Bowl or something.

UT teams generally don't have the poise and discipline of their competitors. I was thinking about that before the game while wondering why UT was favored.

They really should act like they've been there.

I remember Majors coaching on the sideline with a live mic (an all-star game, maybe), yelling to "act like you dun it before!"

Factchecker's picture

I will say that the Comcast

I will say that the Comcast ESPN feed quality was awesome. Props to them for that. Of the few sports programs I've seen on digital systems, the bandwidth too easily gets overwhelmed by too much movement, which is kind of a killer for sports. Just fans shaking stuff in the stands is often enough to turn the picture into low-rez mosaics. There was none of that last night and high res. was always maintained. I'd be totally happy with 720p if it consistently looked this good.

Knoxoasis's picture

I thought the real turning

I thought the real turning point was Tennessee going three and out after stopping Florida on the fake punt, followed by the Florida 80 yard run. The game seemed pretty much over at that point.

Oh well. At least Fulmer isn't coaching any more. Those ten win seasons got so monotonous. Now we'll get to experience all the buzz and excitement of a new coaching staff every three to four years.

KC's picture

Good coaches have big egos,

Good coaches have big egos, and I don't think some donors like that. I think they would rather have mediocre coaches, but respectful of the donor's importsnce.

That said UT has been known for playing half a game for a long time.

Maybe it's the water.

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