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Ciao Chow

Goodbye to Mr. Norm ‘Lindale off tackle’ Chow (the offensive Offensive Coordinator of the Titans*). Goodbye to some of the most predictable play-calling this side of the CYO league. Just please, please, don’t bring Les Steckle back….

*In all fairness, Norm didn’t have a lotta clay to mold with this bunch.

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SEC Rules, the Big 10 drools..

‘Our’ football factory schools are better than their football factories (with the exception of the school I root for which actually graduates a majority of its athletes). Congrats to LSU and to Les Miles (LSU coach) for staying put and not pulling a Saban or a Petrino. I’m happy for the folks of Louisiana who continue to need all the good news they can get…

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College football standings after four weeks

Vanderbilt 3 wins, 1 loss

University of Tennessee  1 win, 2 losses*

Oh yeah, I think Alabama got beat.

That’ll do it for this week…

UT had an off weekend this weekend

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My highly sophisticated, insider analysis of the first half of the Titans game

For the love of Knute Rockne, get the ball in the freakin’ end zone!!

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Football records – We’re 1-0 and you’re not, or The Vols had a bear to cross (and they couldn’t)

It may not last long, but I always love it when Vandy’s record is better than UT’s.    Can I get a whoohooo from the Black and Gold faithful?   Nickson to Bennet, and the Commodores win it!!

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Chris Davis takes it to the house

chrisdavis.jpgIf there was a TV showing the Titans game in the strip club where Pacman Jones was ‘getting away from things’, Pacman might have had a sudden case of heartburn when he saw young Chris Davis return a punt for the Titans. It was Davis’ first punt return. All he did was take it 70 yards for a touchdown. Yeah, it was a pre-season game, and the Packers (Titans’ opponent) pre-game injury list was about as long as War and Peace with an emphasis on the ‘war’ parts, but Davis can burn and he showed some PacMan moves on that big return.

One of my favorite parts of last night’s game was the end of halftime. There was a pee-wee football ‘game’ going on, and the team on offense was helmed by a kid with number 10 on his wee uniform. Vince Young was coming out of the tunnel and he stopped to watch the game..Suddenly the diminutive 10 scampered wide left and ran in for a touchdown. Vince was clearly excited and held up ten fingers all the way to the bench. For those of you who don’t know, Vince’s number is 10.

Fun times at the stadium last night..

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He got up, suited up, and showed up – again and again and again, or, they’re not booooing, they’re saying Bruuuuuce

In the decade of the steroid, the mug-shot gallery of the current-day NFL, cyclers re-cycling blood (the big dopes!), the joke that is modern-day boxing, and revelations of referees on the take, colleges recruiting junior high basketball players…it really does look foggy out there. But, sometimes the fog does lift, and as Simon and Garfunkle once sang, we really do see a ‘boxer in the clearing’.

He really wasn’t a boxer, but he knocked plenty of people down. He was one in a thousand, maybe a million. He played a normally anonymous set of positions for 19 years and he played them as well as ever played. Scour the record books for offensive linemen who played 19 years. You won’t find many. Then scour the books for a man who played all five positions of the offensive line and played THEM ALL WELL. Good luck with that search, if you are looking for anyone beyond Bruce Matthews.

Bruce Matthews, late of the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday. His humility and gratitude were on display once again, even on a day when he was enshrined as one of the best of the best. He was a titan.

More importantly, if there was a Hall of Fame just for humans who achieved in any endeavor, but more crucially in what it means to be an example, a guide, a quiet but compelling leader, Matthews belongs in that joint as well. A whole lot of life, as they say, is just showing up, not just showing up when we feel like it or when it is in our best interest, but day after day after day, hurt, mad, frustrated, wanting to leave, ready-for-a-vacation or just plain wanting one damn day off.

Matthews got up, suited up, and showed up every day. This is not one of those balancing acts that redeems all the bad stuff that goes on in sports, but it does tell me that there are still heroes in the game. Sometimes you just have to look down in the trenches to see em’.

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