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Tennessee is Phil Steele’s Surprise Team of 2012


Dooley pictured with Bill Battle is the silver-spooned child of Georgia.

Tennessee returns 20 starters.  So what?  Those starters really weren’t that good last year.  So that makes that a positive? Patterson, Hunter, Rogers, Rivera, Bray, Neal, Lane, and 12 returning OL. The WR group would make an NFL team jealous and the OL is strong at pass blocking but can’t run block a girl scout troop delivering cookies. The defense is like an old man’s prostate….leaky.  If we 10 games, it will be like Christmas in my ass.

Draw your own comparison of the current state of the program with a comparable Vols program from 30 years ago.

The Bill Battle Era crippled the Vol football program for about 15 years.

4 mediocre years in a row. Well, for the exception of Battle had actual winning records.
’73 8-4
’74 7-3-2
’75 7-5
’76 6-5
All of those records look good today, considering.
Battle had great hair. Like someone else that coaches at Tennessee.
Battle lost to Kentucky. In fact it was the last loss to UK until “you know who” screwed the ceramic pooch.
He once lost to Vanderbilt.
He once went for a first down against Georgia on a fourth and two, from our own 30 yard line, with the lead late in the fourth quarter.
UT struggled to recruit mid-major players. We had talent deficits to Miss St, Ole Miss even Vandy.

I didn’t sign up for this shit.

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About Capers Bar

I am retired Army officer. I used to fly helicopters and airplanes while I was in the Army. Nowadays, I do other things that are not so cool and sexy. I decided to write about my journey or whatever you want to call it towards running a half-marathon this fall. I have been running since 1983, I have run the Duke City full and half marathons. I don't run that fast anymore, I did win a 10K when I was 21, those days are mercifully past me. The fastest mile I have turned is a 5:05 during one of those Army physical fitness test 2 mile runs. The point I am making is that I am old, slow, and experienced runner. I named the blog after my running buddy, Bandit, an Australian Blue Heeler. He is my 3rd K-9 running buddy, the previous two dogs were black labs. I hope to write about some of my discussions that I have with Bandit in the future. I once owned, but since sold and a satirical and irreverent sports blog that was moderately successful. I was published in the left-wing national sports media by Sports Illustrated and ESPN. I am "stuck" in Alabama working for a military contractor. I am working so fricking hard to get back to Southeast New Mexico or West Texas. Fingers and toes crossed.

One comment on “Tennessee is Phil Steele’s Surprise Team of 2012

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