Black & Orange!

November 1st, 2009 leslie Posted in Cool Vols Stuff, Vols Football No Comments »

When my husband first saw just the orange pants he declared an instant loss. Then the team came out in the black jerseys with the orange pants, I thought he was going to have a stroke. Words that are normally only saved for bad officiating were flying through the living room. All I could do was laugh – I loved them! And the more I watched the game the more I really liked the black jerseys – they stood out, they made a statement. I just held my breathe towards the end of the game hoping that they didn’t make the wrong statement.

Guess this is one time that it’s good not to be in Knoxville, sounds like the old farts don’t like what they saw the Vols wear. Come on, it was fun, it WAS Halloween, the players wanted it and it sounds like a few of the fans did too.

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It’s In His Head

October 4th, 2009 leslie Posted in Vols Football No Comments »

I walked away from watching the TN-Auburn game on TV last night with two thoughts on my mind, lose the creamsicle uniforms and did Crompton seem to play better under the hurry up offense? Seems I wasn’t the only one who noticed. This morning one of the GoVolsXtra tweets confirmed what I thought. Dave Hooker wrote what I had been thinking:

Perhaps Jonathan Crompton just needs to play faster.

in his article Hurry-up only offense for Vols.

The only thing that I haven’t seen mentioned is why Jonathan Crompton needs to play faster – he doesn’t have time to think. With the hurry up offense, all Crompton has time to do is react. His problem is (and I have said this before), he lets things get in is head and it effects what he does. 40 seconds is plenty of time for negative self talk, second guessing and doubt.

I noted after the UCLA game that you could see the lack of confidence in Crompton’s eyes and his body language each play after he had an interception. You could see his frustration in the way he was throwing the ball. My recommendation at that time (and still is) was that he needs the help of a Sports Psychologist to help Jonathan get Jonathan out of his own head.

I may not be a big time college football coach, but I have a tiny bit of experience coaching. I see it all the time, the frustration gets in a player’s head when they have a bad play and it snowballs from there. I watched my husband bowl a perfect 300 game. My only advice to him was “don’t think, just do”. Practice build “muscle memory”, the body knows what to do if you don’t let the brain get in the way.

Jonathan, you are letting your brain get in the way.

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2009 Orange & White Tickets

March 12th, 2009 leslie Posted in Vols Football No Comments »

09spring-game-headerJust ordered our O&W tickets online for the April 18, 2009 Spring Game. I was going to buy the “Fan Pack” until I found out I would have to pick the goodies up at Fan’s Day at Haslam Field. I refuse to stand in a line like what formed last year. What the hell are they thinking? Only one way in and out? I’m not going to do that.

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End of an Era

November 30th, 2008 leslie Posted in Random Musings, Vols Football No Comments »

I watched the end of the Phillip Fulmer era last night with mixed emotions. Coach Fulmer is a good man. I send my best wishes to him and his beautiful family. The last game of the season still didn’t show any attempts at anything new. Compton did complete a nice long pass. But the “G-gun” was still predictable. Unfortunately Eric Berry didn’t get another interception or two. I find myself feeling bad for Coach Clawson, the new kid on the block who I feel didn’t get to show his stuff. I find myself thinking that the game changed and Coach Fulmer didn’t try to change with it. Too bad there isn’t some sort of refresher course for head coaches.

As one chapter of Tennessee Football comes to an end, a new one is about to begin. I have a gut feeling we are going to do what I call the “Bama Dance” before we are National Championship caliber again. I moved back to Alabama at the beginning of Mike DuBose’s time as head coach for the Crimson Beast. In the ten year period, they have gone through six coaches (if you count Joe Kines) to get where they are today – a true contender. Love him or hate him, Nick Saban put respect back into their program. I think the Vols are going to have a few turbulent years ahead of them. People will sit back and say I told you so, you shouldn’t have fired Fulmer, yada, yada yada. It’s going to be a bumpy road and I’m afraid that Lane Kiffin doesn’t know how to “drive” in the SEC. (It should be noted, I hadn’t read Ron Higgin comments “Kiffin unqualified to coach Vols” until after I started my own ramblings). Should the next head coach come from the Southeast and understand what SEC smash mouth football is all about, you betcha. But what do I know?

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It’s Official – Phil Fulmer Will Step Aside

November 3rd, 2008 leslie Posted in Random Musings, Vols Football 1 Comment »

In a letter from Mike Hamilton to UT Football Fans he stated that “Coach Fulmer announced he will step aside at the conclusion of the football season.” Sounds like he had a little push, as Coach Fulmer said during the 5PM news conference “I accept the university’s decision that this will be my last as Tennessee’s head football coach.”

Now the search for a new coach begins and then the rebuilding of a Tradition.

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