So, I was out and about, running errands yesterday and listening to the Tennessee vs Memphis game on the radio (no way was I pay $30 to see it on pay-per-view, esp. as dismally as we played...) I stopped in at a local call dealership for a test drive and an attempt to get me to take one home that afternoon and in that short span of time, the Vols fell behind 13-0. I nearly drove off the road when I heard that, which would do exactly zip for the trade-in value of my car.
I then heard how we came back in the 2nd quarter to go ahead and then fought like mad to win the game. You know, listening to the game, I am glad I couldn't see it becuase I'd probably have been throwing down my Tennessee hat that I've had since Peyton's second season a lot. It was frustrating as all get out and the bad part is--the defense seemed to have given up at times. That's been our strong suit all year and yesterday it sounded lackluster. I plan to try and catch some of the game on the CSS repeat tomorrow night and see for myself how we looked. I imagine it's not pretty.
It brings up a point that I've always argued...why is UT bothering to play middle tier teams like Memphis and MTSU? Yes, they're in-state but it's a pretty much no-win for UT. See, if (heaven forbid) the Vols lost to either team, then it makes their season and probably decade. It we win, it's because hey--we're UT and we're supposed to. Yeah, sure recruiting can be a factor, I guess...but honestly, the effort we put out yesterday and in previous efforts against Memphis ain't exactly gonna win a lot of recruits over to our side....
posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/13/2005 11:53:00 AM