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September 3, 2008

Ramblings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 2:42 pm

Thoughts I’ve had while waiting for Tennessee’s defense to make some sort of adjustment.

 I was at Ole Miss and was reminded once again that the Grove is one of the greatest places to be on a Saturday afternoon. “God bless the sun dress!” As expected, Ole Miss looks a lot better this year. Jevan Snead was not great, but you can see that he’s a quality college quarterback, which is something the Rebels haven’t had since Eli Manning left Oxford. They also have a good offensive line and a couple of young running backs that look like they belong. They also have Dexter McCluster, who is as fun to watch as any player in the country. Don’t get too excited Rebel fans, it’s only one game, but a bowl game is definitely a possibility.

The Memphis Tigers looked similar to the last couple years, an offense that can move the ball and score, but a defense that can’t stop anyone. Again here, it’s only one game, but the defense has to get better. They still are lacking in talent on that side of the ball so I’m not sure how much better they’ll get, however I do think they will improve as they get more comfortable in Tim Walton’s system. We’ll learn a lot more about the Tigers this week when they host Rice in their first CUSA game.

I thought Mississippi State scheduling a game AT Louisiana Tech was a bad idea before Saturday, now it looks even more ridiculous. Going to Rustin and suffering that loss was a big step back for a Bullies program that seemed to come into the year with momentum after last year’s win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Back to the drawing board for Croom’s crew.

Before Monday’s UT-UCLA game, every time I would tell someone I thought UCLA would beat the Vols, they would immediately respond with something about how the Bruins were playing with a third-string quarterback. What they all seemed to forget was that Tennessee was starting a quarterback with very little experience also, AND they were doing it on the road after a cross-country trip. Now I’ll admit that if you had told me the Vols would pick off four passes in the first half I would have said they would blow out UCLA, but in the second half, Kevin Craft looked better than Jonathan Crompton and the Bruins got it done. That makes Tennessee 2-8-1 all time in games played in California.

After Ohio State’s win on Saturday, all the talk was about the injury to Heisman hopeful Beanie Wells, and one reporter actually asked Jim Tressel, “Will he see a doctor?” That person should have had his media credential stripped on the spot.

It’s a good thing that the University of Virginia has banned signs at sporting events. Can’t imagine the types of messages fans may have for the team after Saturday’s 52-7 thumping by USC.

The Cubs have had some great comeback victories this year, but this Cubs comeback may be the best of the year.

Despite all the spin, the adding of a fourth judge to “American Idol” still reeks of desperation after lower ratings last season.

There is no worse show anywhere on television  than “Sunset Tan” on E!,but like any train wreck, I can’t quit watching it.

That’s all for this week. Have a good one.

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