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No Dog In The Fight

Posted in Sports on January 6, 2008 by Donny

Today, my Tennessee Titans were beaten by the San Diego Chargers. Injuries are not an excuse, but they can be a reason for a lose. The Titans were without more than five offensive starters. They were playing on the road. It was Vince Young’s first full season at the helm and his first playoff appearance. They may have won, but I would much rather be facing the future with Vince Young than with the Giants’ Eli Manning.

So, now, I don’t care who wins. I am a big Peyton Manning fan; since he did go to the University of Tennessee. So, I would love to see the Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl, again. I have no problem with Brett Favre winning it all. And of course, I’ll be watching the Dallas Cowgirls. (Sorry, couldn’t help it. I heard the George Strait song the other day.) I really really really want someone to beat the New England Patriots before they can even reach the Super Bowl. I say the best Super Bowl would be the Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts. But overall, my football season is over. The Vols beat the Badgers in the Outback Bowl and the Titans made the playoffs. All good.

Bring on the roundball! It’s Basket-Vol season!

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Needles In My Lungs

Posted in Sports on January 1, 2008 by Donny

Today, I stayed true to my commitment to exercise everyday this year. I don’t have a goal in mind. I just want to exercise daily.

I left the house around 7:20 pm. I had no idea how cold it was outside. My hands were freezing. The cold air was shooting down my throat into my lungs. It was piercing, as if I had needles in my lungs. My knees felt like I hadn’t run in a year. According to Google Maps, I ran 2.4 miles. Not bad for the first time out in awhile.

It was a good jog. It took me about 40 minutes, which is lame, but still ran without stopping. The jog allowed me time to think and reflect. 2008 WILL be a different and better year.

Benchwarmer

Posted in Sports on December 31, 2007 by Donny

Sideline cheerleader. Ridin’ the pine. The Sixth Man Award. These are all terms used for players that don’t start a game. Growing up in a home where sports was a part of our everyday lives, this year has taken me out of that groove. This year I haven’t gotten to play much, but did get the chance to watch a lot of games on TV. I even watched the Tour de France sans Lance Armstrong.

My favorite sport is College Football. Though there is no way in tarnation I could have ever been a part of a college football team, I am totally committed as a fan. I absolutely love the Tennessee Volunteers. They have one more game to play before we have to wait until the Fall of 2008 for the new season. On New Year’s Day, the Vols play the Wisconsin Badgers in the Outback Bowl. Prediction: Tenn. 32 and Wisconsin 17.

Baseball to me is STILL America’s pastime. I am a big-time Yankees’ fan and thus, I HATE the Boston Red Sox. But, I am fan enough to admit that the Red Sox have had our number over the last few years. To me, late in the evening, after a warm Summer day, there’s not much better than sitting down and just relaxing while watching a baseball game on TV. Prediction for 2008: as always, I predict that this year, the Yanks get back to being the Bronx Bombers of old and win the World Series. I mean for goodness sakes, its their last year in Yankee Stadium.

After last night, the Tennessee Titans are going to the playoffs. Next weekend, we will be playing the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. Though it will be a tough game, if you know anything about Vince Young, the Titans’ quarterback, you know to never count out his teams. Although VY did get hurt in last night’s game, I expect him to play and to carry the Titans through to the next round. Crazier things have happened, but I would LOVE to see a Titans vs. Cowboys Super Bowl. Prediction for the Titans vs. Chargers game next week: Titans 23 and Chargers 21.

College Basketball is in full swing. The Tennessee Volunteers have done well this year. Their only loss was a beatdown put on by Texas. But, since that lost, we have beaten Xavier in Cincinnati and recently beat Gonzaga in Seattle. The Tennessee mens’ basketball team is super-thrilling to watch. Their pressure defense should be replicated at schools across the country. The hustle those guys show could even be called “inspirational.” Well, to a sports fan anyways. Prediction for this season’s team: The Vols will win the SEC regular season title. We won’t win the SEC tournament. And we will be a number 3 seed entering the NCAA tournament. And we will have our first Final Four appearance in school history. That’s about as brave as I’ll go for now.

I say “we” a lot when referring to the teams I root for. But when you are a committed fan, its hard not to feel like you are part of the team. I have tried to get a little better at not letting loses put me in a foul mood for the day or even for the whole weekend, but sometimes…stinkin’ refs.

So, though I haven’t gotten to play much basketball and I no longer have a bike to go ride and I haven’t had the time to go for a jog, I have accepted my role as a benchwarmer in 2007. But if I want to stay semi-fit and be able to keep up with Logan as he continues to pack on the pounds and shoot up like a weed, I will do more to exercise this year. We hope to get him involved in soccer and/or tee-ball in 2008. I want to practice with him and maybe, just maybe, be one of those parents that can help with practice, when the time allows.

So, although becoming a benchwarmer is a demotion, I have used it for my gain. I feel a little sluggish and am ready to build my calves and thighs back up. I don’t need weights or some exercise equipment to do push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches. I can do those at home or in the hotel room when traveling. So, starting tomorrow, Jan. 1, I plan on doing something everyday that will help me get back to better shape. (Hey, stick people have shape!)

All-Time Penalty Call

Posted in Sports with tags on December 2, 2007 by Donny

Listen to what the referee says in the video below. What he says needs to be turned into bumper stickers, t-shirts, and tombstone epitaphs.

…And then depression sets in

Posted in Sports on December 1, 2007 by Donny

Tough tough tough tough loss. Tennessee loss a close game to LSU tonight. It was for the SEC championship. It was the last game of the regular season. All we have left is the bowl game.

We played fairly well for three and a half quarters. But then two thoughtless interceptions changed the game. All credit goes to LSU for being in the right place and doing what was needed to win the game. But tonight, the best team did not win the game. It happens. It’s part of the joy of college football. And with the way this college football season has gone, anything is possible.

 And now, the seniors on the football team have one more game. But know this…next year, we will be stronger AND Eric Berry may win the Heisman Trophy. Through the good and the bad, I will always bleed the right color of orange. Tennessee will play in either the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida or in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on January 1st, 2008. Go VOLS!!!!

Heart Condition

Posted in Sports on November 17, 2007 by Donny

Saturday after Saturday after Saturday in the Fall of every year, I have moments of a heart condition. Then again, I don’t guess your heart is suppose to act correctly when it is pumping orange blood. But when you have built your home on Rocky Top, you can’t help but bleed orange.

Today, Tennessee squeaked out a win against Vanderbilt University. They are weak in football, but it is a rivalry game because they ALWAYS bring their “A-game.” I am fan enough to admit that the best team on the field today did not win the game. But then again, the best team in the fourth quarter, did win. This does seem like a “never quit” team.

It was senior day. Seniors won all of their home games this year. It has got to feel good to be undefeated at home all year. But now, the amazing stadium will have to wait a little under a year before the glory of the orange and white checkerboard will adorn the end-zones. I have really enjoyed watching Danny Ainge’s nephew, Erik Ainge, over the last four years.

Now, Tennessee has to win one more game to play themselves into the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia. We play the University of Kentucky next Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky. I know plenty of people that will be rooting for UK to beat UT, including the president of my company. Many people are saying that Tennessee will lose. After games like today, how can you vote against the Volunteers. But, as next Saturday nears, I am sure the heart condition will begin to return.

Assessment of sports: College football is the number one greatest sport in the world. If you disagree, you’re wrong. 🙂

How About a Large Bowl of Pig Stew?!

Posted in Sports on November 10, 2007 by Donny

Today was most definitely a sweet day of revenge. You see, about a year ago, my brother and I traveled together from the Dallas area to Fayetteville, Arkansas. That evening, Tennessee was run over by the truly phenomenal running back, Darren McFadden (Run DMC). We had a long drive back after a tough defeat. As at any SEC (Southeastern Conference) school, the students that day at U of A were relentless. And on that day, they earned the right to heckle the opponent’s fans.

Then, there was November 10Th, 2007. One thing remained in tact today, Houston Nutt remains winless at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. McFadden had a relatively good game with 117 yards rushing. But, he is no longer going to be a part of the Heisman Trophy festivities. The Dallas Cowboys may want to reconsider their thoughts of drafting Mr. Unpredictable. McFadden had an amazing game last week and was held back this week. As I listened to the post-game media session with Coach Fulmer, he talked about the number of fans that lined the streets for the traditional “Vol Walk”, where the players walk down into the stadium. And then I heard “Rocky Top” in the background. I am telling you, if you like goosebumps, loud excitement and want a better understanding of insane fandom, get yourself to Knoxville during football season.

Tennessee is still in position to win the title in the SEC East division. We now play Vanderbilt at home and then Kentucky, in Lexington. Both are very winnable games.

On this Saturday: In honor of this Saturday’s victory, I might just have to enjoy some pork ribs with a side of bacon and a tall glass of orange drink. Greg, Debra, and Ronald and all of you who belong to the pig pen, maybe next time. GO VOLS!