Mike Strange: Do Vols finally have enough scars to compete for SEC championship?

Mike Strange
Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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What a week. Even the bears nudging over garbage cans in Gatlinburg can feel the energy.

I haven't picked up on such a confident vibe that Tennessee can beat Florida since ... since last year.

I'm not the only one who remembers.

"Last year at this time we were 2-0 and we were feeling good,'' Derek Dooley observed this week.

"We were chucking the ball around the park, thought we were pretty good and went down there and got our tails whipped.''

Here's the CliffsNotes recap:

The Vols opened 2011 with easy wins over Montana and Cincinnati. A hungry fan base viewed a trip to Florida as a coming-out party. A fair portion of the local media jumped on the bandwagon.

Florida 33, Tennessee 23. And it wasn't really that close.

After which, Dooley offered an interesting take on his rebuilding project, then 16 games old:

"I told the team, if you're going to compete for championships, you're going to have to get scars.

"We didn't have any. We got plenty of 'em today and it's good.''

There would be other scars to come in 2011. Oh, brother, even in Lexington.

But enough of Professor Downer's history lesson. Back to the moment.

An important opportunity awaits Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

Once again, UT is 2-0. Once again, confidence gushes through the airwaves and cyber conversations.

This time, it's not misguided.

Well, the over-the-top the smack talk is misguided. Tennessee isn't "10 times as talented" as Florida, as one talk-show caller estimated. I promise you, figuring out how to hold the score down is not on Dooley's game plan, as some have suggested.

Still, this is a better Tennessee team than the one that went to The Swamp last year.

Like Dooley said, it's got

the scars to prove it.

Ask A.J. Johnson, Brian Randolph or James Stone if they don't have a better idea of what "big-boy" football feels like than they did one year ago.

They're still big boys, but not the biggest boys, Florida and UT. While their method of how to win games clashes, they're otherwise in the same boat.

Both programs are trying to establish a new identity, the Vols in Dooley's third season, the Gators in Will Muschamp's second.

Saturday is a step in that direction for the winner.

The winner can make a case for being a contender in the SEC East title race. The Vols haven't contended since 2007. Florida's most recent title was 2009.

Georgia and South Carolina run the show in the SEC East these days. It's early, but neither has done anything to suggest being overrated.

If Florida wins Saturday, the Gators are 2-0 in the conference standings with two big road wins in the barn.

If Tennessee wins, the Vols would only be 1-0 when they visit Athens in two weeks. But a big 1-0.

It would be a sign the scars weren't for nothing. A sign it's time to start competing for championships again.

Mike Strange may be reached at strangem@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/strangemike44 and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/strange.

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VolinCalif writes:

One more day to do. I'll be seeing you. Sound off! 1 2
vols 41 Fl 17

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Win and CDD gets that 800lb gorilla off his back and that same gorilla will now saddle CWM..GBO!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

Many articles contain facts. Love the way some can state facts and not turn it into a complete antivol tyrade. Good job Mike.
Ja- keep improving :)

frblalack writes:

As usual, excellent work from Mr. Strange. If only the other resident KNS writers could somehow learn...nooo I'm dreaming. Good work, Mike!

All Vols - Kick some Gator Tail!!! I Think Big Orange!!!

tovolny writes:

Mike Strange knows how to write Big Orange stuff. This is how "Go" "Vols" "Xtra" should be presented. The "Go" is there for a reason.
Mike can relate us all the bad news that is always popping up--also--without making fun of the players, fans, and coaches. Griff is not bad either. Erin is fantastic. The new guys are doing a real good job too. Did I leave anybody out?.......Well, actually he has been fun this year, so kudos to him too.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

That comment about CDD not trying to figure out how to hold down the score made me think. It sure hasn't been too long since that was almost the only goal playing the Gators. Keep it slow and low scoring, then we have a chance. My, how times have changed. Now I'm sure it's Muschamp trying to figure out how to slow it down and keep the score down. Good luck with that, Willy.

pingkr62 writes:

I hate to be the proverbial wet blanket, But I've been reading a lot of what could be over confident fans expecting the Vols to put a beat-down on the gators. From my own prospective, I'll believe it when I see it. G.B.O.!!!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

I hate to be the proverbial wet blanket, But I've been reading a lot of what could be over confident fans expecting the Vols to put a beat-down on the gators. From my own prospective, I'll believe it when I see it. G.B.O.!!!

Honest and reasonable post. On the other hand, if only fans that truly expected to win it all - showed up, we would have packed AL etc.. stadiums and all others would close up shop. It is a little bit fanaticsm but if you don't believe you can win, then there is no point in even playing.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Honest and reasonable post. On the other hand, if only fans that truly expected to win it all - showed up, we would have packed AL etc.. stadiums and all others would close up shop. It is a little bit fanaticsm but if you don't believe you can win, then there is no point in even playing.

Good call, Clark..It doesn't matter what we think (and true fans/alumni should always exude confidence in their team) it really only matters what the players believe and if the fans didn't have any confidence in their team I'm certain that feeling would affect the players also..At schools like Memphis and Vandy the culture of losing is expected and conveyed, but at UT we should embrace our culture of winning and ignore the recent past of attrition and losing seasons..We're on the verge of greatness in my opinion and let's be optimistic in the meantime.GBO!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Honest and reasonable post. On the other hand, if only fans that truly expected to win it all - showed up, we would have packed AL etc.. stadiums and all others would close up shop. It is a little bit fanaticsm but if you don't believe you can win, then there is no point in even playing.

Believe me, nothing would make me happier than to see the Vols destroy the gators on national T.V. But how many times have we had our hearts broken over the last 20 years. G.B.O.!!!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Believe me, nothing would make me happier than to see the Vols destroy the gators on national T.V. But how many times have we had our hearts broken over the last 20 years. G.B.O.!!!

And how many times before that, were the gators hearts broken? Guess they are glad they had belief and showed up.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

And how many times before that, were the gators hearts broken? Guess they are glad they had belief and showed up.

Point taken. I stand corrected. Thanks. G.B.O.!!!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Point taken. I stand corrected. Thanks. G.B.O.!!!

No real point. Sometimes I get down and need a little "pick me up". I will never worry about a fan that sees the need for improvement!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

No real point. Sometimes I get down and need a little "pick me up". I will never worry about a fan that sees the need for improvement!

Maybe my "pick me up" will happen Saturday night when our Vols make the gators look foolish in front of the entire nation, and then start a win streak of our own. G.B.O.!!!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Maybe my "pick me up" will happen Saturday night when our Vols make the gators look foolish in front of the entire nation, and then start a win streak of our own. G.B.O.!!!

Once again, wish there was a "like" feature! G.B.O.!

tvol71 writes:

Remind me, didn't the Gators have 5 or 6 pass interference/holding penalties against Vol receivers last year, couldn't cover them, and that was after Hunter left? And most were obvious. While they are probably better this year, I think we are also. Hopefully Fla. still has the same problem.

jschariter#367312 writes:

Team was 1 and 7 in SEC last year so we really don't know what we have yet. Victories over opponents not nearly as talented as typical SEC teams leaves me with some doubt. I am hopeful and think TN will win 27 to 24 the difference being the game is in Knoxville. Florida will score first and TN defense will give up at least 2 big plays. Caveat on TN victory if Bray throws more than 1 interception, AND is sacked 3 or more times FL wins.

Orangeblood13 writes:

I don't think so, Tennessee has had enough of the BS. If they can lay the hammer they will, need too.

If the defence plays angry, we will be fine. If they play tight, will repeat of last year.

snafu14u#241639 writes:

When I snap my fingers you will wake up.........(sound of fingers snapping).....some of you guys have been hypnotized.....locked in a trance....there will be no beat down...it will go down to the last possession. The Vols won't be hangin half a hundred on the Gators. More like 31-29. Prepare to yell/support/cross fingers/pray the entire game. And above all...drink in moderation...we may need a kicker in the 4th quarter. Go Big Orange. BonzaiVol

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

Overconfidence. Arrogance. Call it what you want. Going purely by what has been SHOWN by both teams over this young season, I expect our Vols to beat the Gators by at least 2 TDs. At least. This game may stay close for about one quarter or so. After that, we should impose our will and pull away. There is just too much maturity and confidence in our team for there to be a let down. Our stars are ready for this game, their mindset is perfect, and I believe in the preparation this coaching staff will put in.

This game is not slipping away. Not this year. Not this time. As Achilles says to his Myrmidon troop as they approach the shores of Troy...

"Do you know whats there, waiting, beyond that beach? IMMORTALITY!
Take it! Its yours!"

UT 41
FL 17

Sir_Spanky writes:

Well, the over-the-top the smack talk is misguided. Tennessee isn't "10 times as talented" as Florida, as one talk-show caller estimated. I promise you, figuring out how to hold the score down is not on Dooley's game plan, as some have suggested.

This is why it's getting harder and harder to listen to the pre and post game call-ins. Some of the comments these clowns make reflect reality at about the same level as a Sandra Fluke speech.

CrankE writes:

As Troy Landry sez:

CHOOT EM!!!
GO VOLS!!

CCLC writes:

I miss the Spurrier/Fulmer smack talk.

“If there’s something that’s taken a little edge off of their meeting tomorrow, it’s not the idea that the two are playing for third place in the SEC East.”

OrangeHeart writes:

Wow! No negative comments yet. Even the ones with doubts have legitimate doubts without being Debbie Downers. Great job Vol Fans!

Not going to predict a score....just say GO Vols!

UTVOL2001 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good call, Clark..It doesn't matter what we think (and true fans/alumni should always exude confidence in their team) it really only matters what the players believe and if the fans didn't have any confidence in their team I'm certain that feeling would affect the players also..At schools like Memphis and Vandy the culture of losing is expected and conveyed, but at UT we should embrace our culture of winning and ignore the recent past of attrition and losing seasons..We're on the verge of greatness in my opinion and let's be optimistic in the meantime.GBO!!

Yes sir! I agree with everything you say here, my friend! We are on the verge of greatness! Go Vols!

voloffaith writes:

in response to CCLC:

I miss the Spurrier/Fulmer smack talk.

“If there’s something that’s taken a little edge off of their meeting tomorrow, it’s not the idea that the two are playing for third place in the SEC East.”

Told friend of mine at church that you used to be civil in conversations, but have been a lil more smacky with your dawgs sitting prettier. Playem out and see what takes place. Some of the most humbling moments have come when someone got haughty/arrogant.....think arky was humbled last week? Anyway go VOLS take down the chompers!!! (humbly of course)

Chappy writes:

Dont see any snarky trolls, they must be nervous.

I really like the enthusiasm, but it's a loooong season before even thinking about SEC East Championship.

Taking care of Gators tomorrow will go a long way in building confidence for the UGA road game.

Go Vols!

CCLC writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Told friend of mine at church that you used to be civil in conversations, but have been a lil more smacky with your dawgs sitting prettier. Playem out and see what takes place. Some of the most humbling moments have come when someone got haughty/arrogant.....think arky was humbled last week? Anyway go VOLS take down the chompers!!! (humbly of course)

Your right. I apologize and will not let my enthusiasm get out of hand.

jfuston writes:

in response to tvol71:

Remind me, didn't the Gators have 5 or 6 pass interference/holding penalties against Vol receivers last year, couldn't cover them, and that was after Hunter left? And most were obvious. While they are probably better this year, I think we are also. Hopefully Fla. still has the same problem.

The Gators secondary is not better. They are worse. Their main playmaker at CB is out. A true freshman will start in his place. Patterson/Hunter will welcome him to the SEC. My matchup to watch is the pass protection against the Gators. The Vols have been great so far. If Bray gets time, he will torch the Gators defense. Go Vols!

oldvol59 writes:

For the first time in a long time I have enjoyed reading every single comment made about this article and the game.

Olddogsrule writes:

Only 16 games. Coach Derrick Dooley is only 16 games into rebuilding the Volunteer program from The Foundations Up! Two years of struggling with freshmen, sophmores, and a staff that surely wasn't his optimum choice. All the Dooleave smack talk from the trolls. NOW THIS! Two games into Coach Derrick Dooleys 3rd year and we are finally seeing Dooley Ball. No huddle offense, 3-4 Defense. FAST football. Monster linemen. A quarterback who WILL go down in Tennessee football history as a legendary gunslinger! "Tyler the Kid" :) lol A receiving corp of 5, no 6 ...that's second to none in the nation. A really great and talented staff of assistant coaches that came in and "didn't miss a beat" or "bat an eye" picking up on Dooley Ball and getting it across to the Volunteers. Should our Vols win on Saturday, and I believe they have all the tools to Just Do It because of the coaching and hard work and 'scars' I predict there'll be a new drink offered in General Neyland's Stadium. It's called DOOLAIDE! Win or lose, I'll be drinking several glasses full during the game and take a couple of gallons home for fortification during the week!!
NEWS FLASH:
Vol WOs offering lizzards free tickets on Air Orange.
Lizzards left on field huntin jocks as Orange Jets take off.
VOLS WIN-AROMA OF BBQ GATOR TAIL THRUOUT VOL NATION!
GO VOLS GO DOOLEY GO SEC
SMOKEY'S GONNA HOOoooooooowwWWLLL!!!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Going to find out if Muschamp is really this great defensive mind or a coat tail rider at Texas. Also going to find out if Chaney can game plan or is he another coach that should have been purged..I suspect Muschamp will take the cookie cutter approach and throw the kitchen sink at Bray and he'll be forced into a lot of nickel and dime packages..One area Bray has gotten good at is a very Quick release which nullifys all blitzes..Hopefully Chaney can adjust on the fly if needed but frankly I believe the weakest link in our offense is Chaney himself. If the offense executes well; doesn't turn the ball over and we get 2 picks on Driskel we get the win!!!

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

Team was 1 and 7 in SEC last year so we really don't know what we have yet. Victories over opponents not nearly as talented as typical SEC teams leaves me with some doubt. I am hopeful and think TN will win 27 to 24 the difference being the game is in Knoxville. Florida will score first and TN defense will give up at least 2 big plays. Caveat on TN victory if Bray throws more than 1 interception, AND is sacked 3 or more times FL wins.

Very difficult to sack Bray-----but we are going to do a number on their quarter--he will be running for his life.Tennessee will run against Fl and three is no way they can stop passing attack of Vols.

1998 writes:

I like Mike.

CCLC writes:

in response to LCPanthers:

Very difficult to sack Bray-----but we are going to do a number on their quarter--he will be running for his life.Tennessee will run against Fl and three is no way they can stop passing attack of Vols.

They shut Texas AM down in the second half. The only thing certain at this point is the East will be very interesting this season with four team’s fanbases still convinced they are going to win it going into the third week, and all four ranked., right or wrong. So much for the great West and poor East discussions we have heard for two years. The East still leads the West in SEC titles since the split, and Bama has only won one SEC title this century.

CroKev writes:

in response to CCLC:

Your right. I apologize and will not let my enthusiasm get out of hand.

One would have thought Buffalo would have provided you with plenty of humility. Just be thankful that UGA again has the easiest schedule in the SEC (East or West).

johnlg00 writes:

in response to tvol71:

Remind me, didn't the Gators have 5 or 6 pass interference/holding penalties against Vol receivers last year, couldn't cover them, and that was after Hunter left? And most were obvious. While they are probably better this year, I think we are also. Hopefully Fla. still has the same problem.

My over/under for combined penalties against FU for roughing the passer, defensive holding, and pass interference is eight. In fact, that is about what the Gatas HAVE to have to win this game. If they get several roughing penalties, that would mean they were putting a lot of heat on Bray. If they get a lot of holding and PI penalties, that will mean they are staying close to the Vol receivers. They can't let Bray coolly survey the field with Vol receivers running free or they will get destroyed.

In fact, unless or until the running game really gets cranked up, that will be the ONLY way for most opponents to beat the Vols. I will go further and say that if that IS what most Vol opponents do, it may well lead to another rule change in the off-season to make pass interference a spot foul, the way it is in the NFL. As it is, a 15-yard penalty from the line of scrimmage is WAY better for the defense than a 50-yard TD pass.

BMSvol writes:

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
FDR

im so sick of the scaredy-cat, sky is falling attitude of some of these fans. If CDD and the VOLS had that attitude we would be 0-2 right now. as it is were 2-0 with fla coming into our backyard knowing we have the goods.

I know weve all been disappointed for far too long, but its time to let it go. Were moving on to bigger and better things and its time to leave all that old baggage behind.

Were coming out swinging and let the chips fall were they may. Anybody whos scared can get off the bandwagon.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BMSvol:

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
FDR

im so sick of the scaredy-cat, sky is falling attitude of some of these fans. If CDD and the VOLS had that attitude we would be 0-2 right now. as it is were 2-0 with fla coming into our backyard knowing we have the goods.

I know weve all been disappointed for far too long, but its time to let it go. Were moving on to bigger and better things and its time to leave all that old baggage behind.

Were coming out swinging and let the chips fall were they may. Anybody whos scared can get off the bandwagon.

What he said..Thumbs way up!!

realitycheck33 writes:

in response to Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother:

That comment about CDD not trying to figure out how to hold down the score made me think. It sure hasn't been too long since that was almost the only goal playing the Gators. Keep it slow and low scoring, then we have a chance. My, how times have changed. Now I'm sure it's Muschamp trying to figure out how to slow it down and keep the score down. Good luck with that, Willy.

I was just thinking about that yesterday. Funny how that flip-flopped. Power running and ball control for Florida versus air-it-out Tenn. It's like the a Bizarro Spurrier-Fulmer game...

Go Gators!

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to realitycheck33:

I was just thinking about that yesterday. Funny how that flip-flopped. Power running and ball control for Florida versus air-it-out Tenn. It's like the a Bizarro Spurrier-Fulmer game...

Go Gators!

Is that last comment also from Bizarro World?

murrayvol writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

And how many times before that, were the gators hearts broken? Guess they are glad they had belief and showed up.

Not too often in the past 20 years as I recall.

Yes, I'd say they're overdue for a good heartbreakin'. GBO

murrayvol writes:

in response to CCLC:

Your right. I apologize and will not let my enthusiasm get out of hand.

bwahahahahaha! Once again you jest.

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

My over/under for combined penalties against FU for roughing the passer, defensive holding, and pass interference is eight. In fact, that is about what the Gatas HAVE to have to win this game. If they get several roughing penalties, that would mean they were putting a lot of heat on Bray. If they get a lot of holding and PI penalties, that will mean they are staying close to the Vol receivers. They can't let Bray coolly survey the field with Vol receivers running free or they will get destroyed.

In fact, unless or until the running game really gets cranked up, that will be the ONLY way for most opponents to beat the Vols. I will go further and say that if that IS what most Vol opponents do, it may well lead to another rule change in the off-season to make pass interference a spot foul, the way it is in the NFL. As it is, a 15-yard penalty from the line of scrimmage is WAY better for the defense than a 50-yard TD pass.

The college rule takes a world of pressure off officiating crews.

Rumblefish writes:

Gonna be electric in that stadium tomorrow night. Run dem gators out of Neyland!!!!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to jfuston:

The Gators secondary is not better. They are worse. Their main playmaker at CB is out. A true freshman will start in his place. Patterson/Hunter will welcome him to the SEC. My matchup to watch is the pass protection against the Gators. The Vols have been great so far. If Bray gets time, he will torch the Gators defense. Go Vols!

Youve got some facts wrong, let me help you out: Both of UF's starting cb's are fine; Purifoy and Roberson. I guess you're referring to Cody Riggs who was playing safety in a nickel package while Pop Saunders was out. Saunders is back versus UT. Or maybe you're referring to Jelani Jenkins at LB who is out. He'll be missed for sure, but he didn't play most of the TAM game, and as you saw, UF balled on defense in the 2nd half without him. Morrison, his replacement, had 6 or 7 solo tackles. Michael Taylor backs him up, and he's a stud too.

Bray didn't get time last year, he won't get time this year. Florida's athletes in the secondary are
waaaay better than anything you've seen all year. I see at least 3 sacks and several forced balls by Bray. I expect UT to have at least two turnovers.

I think UF's offense will hit 2-3 long td's on UT's
untested defense. If not for the ball control time of possession tendencies of Muschamp, I'd pick UF in another blowout. Because of the ball control philosophy, the game will probably be tight. Y'all are about to meet Jeff Driskel, the latest in a long line of UF qb's who have confounded you, and beaten you, and broken your hearts. He can do it with his arm or his legs. Sounds familiar?

UT's stadium isn't near as loud as UT fans like to think. Florida has been unphased by playing there in their history. Florida is road-tested.

I know all UT fans have already chalked this one up as an easy win, it's going to be a sad, sad weekend. Talk to you cats Sunday night.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Gonna be electric in that stadium tomorrow night. Run dem gators out of Neyland!!!!

This is Florida, it's electric wherever Florida plays. Keep in mind, this Gameday thing that has everyone in Knoxville acting like giddy schoolgirls has featured UF more than any team in history. We yawn when GD shows up.

Think Texas A&M was electric last week? Of course it was, how'd that work out for them?

You should be hoping your team plays well enough to keep most of the fans in the stadium past halftime. Y'all have a tendency to leave early when UF shows up.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to Sears_Woods_Return:

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But wait, UT looked so good versus North Carolina State!! Unbeatable, unstoppable, amazing! Even better than they looked versus Cinicnnati last year! All those incredible athletes on NCS's defense couldn't keep up with the mighty Vols! After they hang 50 on UF, they're gonna run the table in the SEC and Dooley will win coach of the year and the Nobel Peace Prize!

All this based off NC State, wow! Didn't this same UT team lose to a Kentucky team less than 10 months ago, with a converted soccer player turned WR playing QB?

Oh but wait, they're back! Get ready to get your face kicked in Vol nation!

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

But wait, UT looked so good versus North Carolina State!! Unbeatable, unstoppable, amazing! Even better than they looked versus Cinicnnati last year! All those incredible athletes on NCS's defense couldn't keep up with the mighty Vols! After they hang 50 on UF, they're gonna run the table in the SEC and Dooley will win coach of the year and the Nobel Peace Prize!

All this based off NC State, wow! Didn't this same UT team lose to a Kentucky team less than 10 months ago, with a converted soccer player turned WR playing QB?

Oh but wait, they're back! Get ready to get your face kicked in Vol nation!

Fla wuz the doormat of the SEC for decades and decades. It took a coach from one of the most storied programs in all of college football (Tennessee) who became AD, and two, far above average coaches (one raised in Tennessee) to put them where 'they were'. Muschamp is living off of The Urban Legends leavings. The Vol program is not what it was last year At All. Dooley has built from below the ground up. Muschamp is merely changing the game plan. Tomorrow is the SEC premier of Dooleys real program. It's going to be a smash mouth, slobber knocking, in your face ball game. You, nor anyone else knows who will win. Irregardless of your military service and rank and because of your incredibly arrogant and rude posts just now; I, for one consider you no more than a trash talking child who never really grew up.

OwensboroVol writes:

I don't know how long I can wait to beat Florida again with my health, so come on Vols and lets get this thing done tomorrow. If We win, I still don't know about competing for the East Championship, but things will definitely look better. If We lose, I fear the Mental effect on the team will really hurt. As far as scars go, that's the one that is hardest to get over, a loss. In this league you have to learn to lose a close one and get yourself back together to continue competing. When you can do that, you can win championships.

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