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Knoxville, TN (via Heiskell, TN)

Member since 17 March 2011 | Blog

From John Cooper's tiny hometown (Heiskell, TN). My dad grew up in Hilliard, graduated from OSU in the mid-70s. I became a Buckeye by default. My Tennessee fandom died after the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Proud OSU (class of 2005) and UT (class of 2007) alum. I reside in Knoxville amongst thousands of overconfident Tennessee/SEC fans. Go Bucks!


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 OSU-UM game. Unbelievable to experience that as a student in Ohio Stadium.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Nashville Predators
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 2 hours ago

I was born and raised in Knoxville, and that is certainly true in most parts of Tennessee. However, he's from west TN (Jackson), which isn't as orange as you'd think. Alabama, Ole Miss, and even Mississippi State have made noise in that part of the state over the years.

I don't think there's any question that he's been a UT fan since he was a kid. Tough to overcome that. Very similar situation with Jalen Hurd a few years back, although Butch Jones had to make a very hard sell to convince him to come to his "dream" school. Just goes to show how bad things were there when Dooley departed.

Comment 22 hours ago

A few timely screens would help against a team like Clemson. They have one of the best front 7's in college football, in terms of getting after the QB.

Comment 22 hours ago

Definitely agree.

But I'll add this. While poor offensive line play hasn't helped, having a corps of WRs that hasn't helped out the QB consistently and can't get open doesn't help JT's confidence. Curtis Samuel has been the exception, and maybe even Dontre Wilson, but neither are true WRs; Noah Brown has had his moments, but Samuel can't be the only answer in the passing game, especially if we want to try to utilize him out of the backfield. Losing Jalin Marshall and Mike Thomas was going to be challenging, but I had hoped that at this point someone (yup, just one) would have stepped up in this group of young WRs, and it just hasn't happened.

Comment 15 Nov 2016

Fortunately, it's still November; football is king. And even though it was the home opener, NC Central isn't exactly the kind of opponent that's going to put butts in the seats (especially students). I expect a MUCH better crowd on Thursday night against Providence.

That said, it is definitely a two-way street, and while they've shown some flashes, it doesn't help that this team has struggled, relatively speaking, since midway through the 2013-14 season. We still don't have a "go to" scorer, and outside of D'Angelo Russell, we haven't seen a blue-chip recruit come in and spark the team/fanbase in awhile; the last time the Buckeyes had a true freshman immediately make an impact was probably 2010 (Craft and Sullinger).

It is VERY early, but through 2 games, I still see a team that is suffering from the same issues that it's had each of the last 3 seasons - stagnant offense, lack of go-to scorers, no quality paint presence, no consistent outside sharpshooters, and a lack of team leadership. There has been a nucleus in place (e.g., Tate, Loving, Kam, Bates-Diop, Thompson) for some time now, and I think most fans felt that over time, that nucleus would mature and galvanize. While I think some of those guys have definitely developed (Tate, Kam, and maybe Bates-Diop), I don't think the level of development is where many fans expected it to be at this point (Lyle, Thompson, and Loving come to mind). Add in some of the recruiting misses and attrition that we've seen, and there is still a lot of uncertainty out there.

I'm not going to sound the alarm yet (it's still November). I think I'm just waiting (and hoping) for this group to have that "ah-ha" moment.

Comment 10 Nov 2016

Happy to help. Keeping that routine is huge, and I think that might be the biggest key to being successful in college. I thoroughly enjoyed my college experience, but if it makes you feel any better, it took time (in my case, years) to make the right adjustments; I don't think I started sitting in the front of the class until my junior year, and surprisingly, that really helped. The professors noticed too, and that definitely didn't hurt.

I saw that someone else mentioned the idea that you should try to just focus on school during the week, and leave the books closed on the weekends. That's a great example of establishing a school routine, and depending on your major/workload/job situation, that could work for you. My first couple of years in college, I played a little too much Counterstrike, Halo, etc in between classes and working. What I discovered, after a couple of years, was that I did my best work when I focused solely on school M-F. By the time I was a junior/senior, I wasn't picking up a controller until the weekend, and that paid off immensely.

Comment 08 Nov 2016

It took awhile for the jump to get going, that's for sure. As a freshman in 2001, I just happened to be getting a late-night sandwich at the old Pomerene Hall cafeteria the Tuesday night before The Game, and there was a small commotion going on at Mirror Lake. Around 100 students jumped in, and I think the few onlookers who happened to be there were just confused about what they were seeing, more than anything else.

Tressel's win in Ann Arbor that year ignited that event. The scene the following year was pure insanity.

Comment 04 Nov 2016

I don't know if there is a magic formula, to be honest. If you're in your 20s and you've had a shitty job for your short adult life, it's probably a lot easier to motivate yourself to get through college (perspective is an amazing thing). And sometimes motivation just comes naturally as you get older and you've been in college for a couple of years. I would argue that it's just important to survive, especially early on. Those first 2 years are tough, especially if you're adjusting to the college experience, life on your own, studying, adversity, etc. In my experience, I became more motivated as I moved further and further into my major; the gen ed stuff really didn't interest me that much, but once I got into the meat of mechanical/nuclear engineering, I became a lot more interested and motivated. I guess it also helped that by that point, I could also see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the promise of a big paycheck. For me, I just tried to survive until I got to the good stuff.

As far as the importance of GPA, that is debatable. I wasn't a business major, but as an engineer, GPA mattered when it came to 1) getting into the actual college of engineering and 2) finding an internship/co-op. Once I graduated, I learned that GPA wasn't nearly as important as I thought. I've hired a number of other engineers in the past decade, and I'm a lot less concerned about GPA; things like experience, personality, coachability, real knowledge, etc mean a lot more. As long as you've got decent grades (>3.0), you should be fine. I put a lot of pressure on myself at OSU to maintain a 4.0, and I remember how hard I was on myself when I got my first Bs. It took me a couple of years to realize that I stressed myself out way more than I should have. Again, sometimes you just have to survive in order to live to fight another day.

The best advice I could ever give a college student, especially one in their first year, is go to class. Regardless of the content or how easy it is, don't skip. It's important to treat college like a job, and keeping a regular routine is essential. I knew too many guys who would miss a class here or there (myself included), and that quickly turned into missing more and more classes. It's a slippery slope. It's amazing the advantages that students who actually show up for class end up with - you continue a routine, you're visible to your instructor(s), you won't miss out on anything in the class, and it makes studying a little easier. Plus you build relationships with other folks in class. And don't underestimate the visibility factor. I had a lot of professors, especially the further I got into my major, that noticed if I was in the front row vs. the back row, if I came to his office, if I asked good questions, etc. In other words, did I give a shit; they will often give you the benefit of the doubt if you show them that you do.

Comment 04 Nov 2016

Spot on. Perspective is an amazing thing. Totally agree about living on campus and finding classmates to study with. Both can give you a big advantage.

And I too spent way too much time playing Quake 3 Arena. And Counter-strike.

Comment 03 Nov 2016

Agreed, Calgary. They need to find some way to do him right. Assuming he wants to be a part of it...

Comment 31 Oct 2016

Saw a great tweet earlier. I'm paraphrasing, but who would have thought that in 2016, Jalen Hurd wouldn't even lead all rushers whose name begins with "Jalen Hur".

Comment 31 Oct 2016

I deal with that repeatedly down here. But as long as Tennessee is terrible, I get a lot less crap. When I was a teenager in the 90s, it was MUCH worse.

Comment 31 Oct 2016

Living here in Knoxville, I've had a front row seat to this mess, and I'm enjoying it. Tennessee has had locker room issues all season long, and now it's coming to a head. Hurd (as well as his mom/stepdad) has been a cancer. It's looking like the offensive line hasn't been happy with him either, because it's being alleged that they won't block for him like they do the other backs (could just be coincidence because their O-line is terrible). The funny thing is that in that offense, Hurd is probably the 3rd best running back option (behind Kamara and Kelly).

If anyone has a right to complain about how they've been utilized, it's Alvin Kamara, who is probably the most explosive offensive player they have (similar to Curtis Samuel). Kamara has gotten limited touches because Hurd is their bellcow, who gets the lion's share of the carries. Combine that with some key injuries (3 of their 4 captains are still out indefinitely), plus a couple of other transfers and dismissals, and it is looking like Butch Jones has completely lost this team.

While this team is a lot more talented than any of Butch Jones' so far, this team has done a total 180, attitude-wise. Last year, this team could start fast, had a clear identity, and was one of the most disciplined teams in college football (top 10 in penalties and turnovers). Now, they look lifeless every week (they've trailed by double-digits in every single game this season, except for Ohio U, which they led by 2 in the 4th quarter), they look like a team without any leadership, they're one of the worst in turnovers and penalties, they have no offensive identity, they've dealt with a ton of key injuries, and they just can't get out of their own way. They are lucky to be 5-3 at this point; they are a Hail Mary (Georgia) and a missed PAT (App State) away from sitting at 3-5.

And despite all of that, if Florida loses to LSU and Arkansas (or South Carolina), Tennessee could still win the SEC East. Yup, that division is a dumpster fire.

Comment 31 Oct 2016

The Penn State loss didn't help, but if fans are going to the stadium expecting to see a beat down week in and week out, that's just not realistic. It shouldn't take a 50-7 drubbing weekly to get people fired up in the stadium, and if OSU loses a game or two, that shouldn't change how the fans cheer either. I went to every home game during Jim Tressel's first 4 seasons, and I think the fans got accustomed to watching close, defensive games. With Meyer at the helm, fans suddenly expect 50 points and a blowout every week, and when that isn't happening, a lot of fans fall asleep. Sad but true.

Given the offensive issues that this team is facing right now, the team needs the fans to be rowdy now more than ever.

Comment 05 Oct 2016

IMO, if people take a hiatus from Fantasy Football, they would realize just how crappy the actual games are. 

That's what did it for me, Burgundy. I started playing FF in the late 90s (tallied everything via newspaper box scores and a calculator), and I continued to play until about a handful of years ago. Once I finally took those glasses off, the NFL looked even worse than it did before I started playing FF. I'll flip through an NFL game or two from time to time, but I've not watched an entire NFL game since I stopped playing FF. It's just not compelling at all.

Comment 14 Sep 2016

Doesn't have to be an HD antenna, now that everything is digital; plus, all of the major networks air everything in HD by default. And yes, depending on your cable provider, it absolutely makes a difference. As a former Comcast customer, there was a very noticeable difference between ABC-HD via Comcast and the uncompressed ABC-HD feed via antenna.

Comment 14 Sep 2016

Yup. Just hook up an antenna, and you can get Fox. The signal will also be uncompressed, so in most cases, the picture quality will be even better than what you'd get through your cable/satellite provider.

Comment 14 Sep 2016

Local sports talk here in Knoxville was discussing Tennessee's "luck" so far this season, and they threw out this stat - Tennessee has recovered 92% of all loose footballs in their games this season (offense, defense, and special teams). I think they lost one fumble against App State, but that's it. They've recovered every single one of their own fumbles (they had 3 others against App State and 1-2 against VT), plus they've recovered every single loose ball on defense and special teams so far. That luck won't last forever.

Comment 13 Sep 2016

All great points. The Reeves-Maybin hit was bush league. No idea what he was doing, or why the flag was picked up. He got ejected the week before for targeting, so that says a lot.

Comment 13 Sep 2016

I watched it from start to finish, and yes, VT showed a lot of promise. I live in Knoxville, and my phone was blowing up at the end of the 1st quarter. Needless to say, I was enjoying every minute of it...until the very next play.

I know it's been said 100 times already, but if you guys can fix the ball security problem, I like your chances going forward. And I'm glad you brought up that crazy rugby punt bounce! That was one of the most fluke things I've ever seen. Not only did the football end up bouncing all the way back inside your 25 yard line, somehow Tennessee recovered it. The cameraman couldn't even follow it. Hard to believe that almost every single bounce went their way (just like the App State game).

On another note, fans here aren't quite sold on Tennessee. Their offensive line is much worse than anticipated, they still can't throw the football, the offense is ranked outside of the top 100, and without those bounces so far, they're probably sitting at 0-2 right now.

Comment 01 Sep 2016

Great point by Durham. Everyone here is talking about Bristol next week, and beating Florida 2 weeks after that. Not a single beat writer or radio host that I've seen/heard here in Knoxville is picking App State to cover. They've all got Tennessee by 30+ points, with the exception of one in middle TN (I think he picked Tennessee 49-21). Needless to say, no one here is giving App State a chance at all. We've also had some stormy weather this afternoon, so we could see some delays in this game. That'll make things interesting.