Skip Cades Cove unless you want to take 2 and half hours to travel a 11 mile loop and see some deer in a field eating grass, it is a nightmare in July. Laurel Falls can be like waiting in line for a ride at Cedar Point. Just about everyone who comes to the Smokies goes there. Rainbow Falls is a nice hike but a little harder than you would expect. Andrews Bald from Clingman's Dome is a pretty hike. July can be hot and humid, and there are tons of people. For your time in the park I recommend do something at a higher elevation, like Clingman's Dome/Andrew's Bald or hit up a swimming hole. Midnight hole out of Big Creek picnic area is a moderate hike to a deep pool with a waterfall pouring between 2 rocks, very refreshing on a hot July day. Hope some of that helps.
Appreciate the love from Buckeye Nation, especially those of us taking up residence in SEC country. Obvious many can relate. For this year, we will bend the knee to no one. Don't hold back, the SEC chest-thumping has gone on for far too long.
I see a new nickname, J.T. "Scootta" Barrett
You missed where I spelled convince instead of convenience, I can always count on there to be at least one grammar nazi out there. Most likely an English major with an axe to grind, or an English teacher with no life.
This is the unfortunate effect of winning and success, other teams begin to pick off our coordinaters and assistants. If recruiting is the life-blood of any program, than coaching staffs are the heart that pumps the blood. If you look at the decline of any of the major programs in recent years almost certainly all of them have lost some of their key assistants. Including Urban's Gator program after they won their 2nd national title. While I am happy for Herman, and our success, we need to hire good assistants and pay them well. i.e. Ed Warinner needs a raise. (No way Fickel should be the highest paid coach on the staff).
I believe we will see a lot of the same looks we got from Va. Tech, hopefully we are prepared this time for it. This is the second time this year that we will not be favored going into the game, I've noticed when we are favored, we seem to start fast, and then let off the gas a little, this along with a few turnovers, allows teams to get back in the the game. Then we tighten up and the play calling gets conservative. Against Michigan St. we could not do that and have any hope of winning the game. So we opened up the play book, and had the best game I have seen Ohio St. play in the Urban Meyer era. We are going to have to do the same this weekend, cause we won't beat Wiscy without opening things up and taking some chances.
I get the point about changing the tone for the entire week for the Michigan game, but to hear the war metaphor thrown in there always makes me cringe a little, because football is ultimately a game...war is not really like that.
Western NC is great. Good beer, nice people, great scenery. Go hiking and learn to fly-fish. Oh and it is not winter there for six months of the year.
This needs to be an SNL skit
That same Penn St. team got beat a couple weeks earlier at home by a Northwestern team that was handled by Northern Illinois. Va. Tech has already lost 4 to mediocre teams since beating us. I hate to admit this but without a win against a quality team in at least a year and a half we are merely living on reputation, Ohio State's and Urban Meyer's. A lesser team in the BG10 with the same resume wouldn't be given much attention. We need to win against good teams and stop struggling against the bad ones. Otherwise we can't claim to be anything other than a mediocre team in a bad conference. I don't like it but I can't believe anything other than what I have been watching.
I think it is time we admit that this is not a great football team. We let a team with no depth and a pathetic offense come back into a game that they should have been out of before the 1st half ended. I know JT was hurt and the atmosphere was as tough as any in college football, but to get into the playoffs we need to look like we can play with the other top teams in the country. The B10 looking as bad as it has we need to soundly beat the weak and show we can score points against the good teams. We did neither last night. My hope is that we aren't what we looked like last night. Perhaps it was a case of playing down to your opponent…if it wasn't that Michigan St (with two weeks to prepare) will hand it to us again, and we will have to live with the fact we haven't beaten a good team in 2 years.
I don't consider myself a cat person at all but I currently have three of the crazy felines, all of which have come from the streets and adopted me as their owner. And after clearing up their health problems they have become fun, loving, and devious little pets. Enjoy, they keep things interesting.
I really like the military novels too, a couple of my favorites:
-Band of Brothers (the novel the series is based on)
-1776 ( the American Revolution)
A couple others that I really like,
-Undaunted Courage (about Lewis and Clark's expedition exploring the Louisiana Territory)
-River of Doubt (Teddy Roosevelt's expedition into the Amazon)
Those are all historical novels, I read fiction too, but I am always fascinated by stories that really happened.
You don't like the taste of beer…relax no one likes it at first. But you must drink until you like it…and you will acquire the taste for it. It is an essential part of manhood, like cuss words and smoking cigars and bacon. I hope you like bacon. That one you shouldn't have to try to like.
"caring about the Big Ten in 2014 is an exercise in despair." That pretty much sums it up. It is especially hard living in SEC country as perennial bottom feeders like Kentucky and Miss St. suddenly look as though they could dominate in the Big Ten. Or listening to a couple of guys on a sports radio program argue over which conference is worse, the Big Ten or Acc. Even the guy who was arguing that the Big Ten was better than the ACC I couldn't really agree with. Perhaps we should at least threaten the bad teams with being kicked out of the conference. If you get beat by a MAC team and end the year with a loosing record, next year you are sent to their conference. Teams like Purdue and Illinois definitely shouldn't keep getting Big Ten money while being regularly no better than a MAC school.
Something we failed to realize in 2006 playing Meyers Gators. I sat next to SEC fans watching the game who seemed baffled by the fact that we didn't bring pressure on Chris Leake, who was prone to interceptions when pressured.
Nobody is winning without recruiting a couple of gutter balls every year. You are getting a bunch of 18 year old alpha males who may not have come from the most positive and nurturing situations. So some of them can't get it together and stay out of strip clubs with cocaine in there pockets, it is gonna happen. Uncle Urban needs to be firm and fair, try to help some of these kids get their sh-t together but when they get side ways with the law he has to let them learn a hard lesson. Maybe a little jail time, some probation, and playing your college football for the Zips.
To be honest I didn't expect much from this team and their good start raised my hopes to levels that I have since fallen from. I see us pulling out a good win here or there but the failures against Nebraska and Penn St. I think will ultimately doom us to the NIT. Maybe the worst part of the whole basketball season is how much talent TTUN lost and how good they are playing vs. what we lost and how terrible we seem to be.
Hey, at least it's not crack!
I think this hire is more important than even recruiting, talent we got and can get, but clearly the deficit at OSU is the coaching, on the defensive side of the ball. We need someone who can get these guys where they should be.
Vrabel was the best reason to keep Fickell
I appreciate the fact that you seem to be trying to give Fickell a chance to explain himself and even make it seem like it might not be his fault. But come on man! We have watched this team with above average talent get torched by below average teams, regularly. (Cal, Nebraska, Indiana, in 2012 and Cal, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan St. and Clemson in 2013) This isn't a case of "We need to get better" You can see the talent we have, there are moments these guys make some good individual plays, and we always put guys in the NFL. After 2 years of this I think we can safely say it's the coaching, not the talent. I think we need to coach the guys up to be the Defense they should be. And Bell was supposed to have help
This is a great post, any single one of these points could be dismissed as some statistical anomaly. However together they paint a picture of a defense that is absolutely terrible. You can't deny how bad Cal turned out to be, 35 points put up by Illinois, 41 points by a terrible Michigan team, Michigan St. getting 34 and Northwestern getting 30. We all new going into this Orange Bowl what was going to happen, and to be honest I was disappointed with the loss but not shocked. Honest fans knew we were not a top team, I secretly hoped that is was just a case of "We need to get better" but week after week we weren't better and it wasn't lack of talent. We are just poorly coached. We have been plagued by missed tackles, taking poor angles to the ball and making poor, if any adjustments during games. It has been that way for the past two years. Don't tell me it is a lack of talent because Michigan St. is doing much more with less. Watching some of the buckeye defenses of years past the difference is shocking. Nobody had their best offensive output of the year against us, ever. Many times the defense had to bail out a sputtering offense. 35 points always won the game. It started to seem like Urban would slow down the quick strike offense just to keep our defense off the field, they were that much of a liability. Talent we got and will always be able to get, good coaching make this defense good, great coaching would turn them into an Ohio St defense we are used to seeing.