Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Frivolities

Happy Friday, everyone. I, for one, am looking forward to a relaxing weekend with not much on the line. South Carolina is off, so I won't have to fret if they win tomorrow. I'll just wait for Tennessee to drop the ball next week, but Arky to wax them like a hairy upper lip in 2 weeks...which will be a moo point if we don't beat Florida, but we can worry about that next week (as I feel sure we will).
Looks like Vandygate has calmed down a bit, but the first half suspensions will sting. Yes, we're getting Ogletree & Washington back, but we're going to have to be creative with Jenkins' reps until Geathers (whom I am hoping storms onto the field at some point in the 3rd quarter EXTREMELY pissed off) gets back in.

Speaking of Williams, a pal of mine brought up an interesting point after watching the clip of his Goldberg-like spear into the Vandy player's noggin: he wonders if Richt will even play him at all. Think about it. Take that hit and all the reported (by the tattletale Franklin) comments and gyrations and grabbing of his nether region, and I think he has a valid point. I won't be surprised at all if Richt doesn't even let him sniff the field. He did call him a dumbass, after all.

Then again, I just want to beat Florida, so if he gives us a better chance to win, he can do whatever he wants and I'll just look the other way. I'm not driving all the way down there to sip whiskey, giggle at jorts and lose again. F that noise.

On the entertainment front, we rented Scream 4 this week. It wasn't worth a damn. We got halfway thru it and gave up. I guess you could say we saw Scream 3.5. I've long since passed the point of hating horror movies. I almost left this out, but don't want anyone else to waste their time with that piffle.

Last weekend (on the way to Nashville for the Vandy game), our crew stopped over in Lynchburg, TN to tour the Jack Daniel's Distillery. It. Was. Awesome. I don't ever use the word awesome, but I feel it's appropriate in describing that place. If you're ever in the vicinity for any reason whatsoever, you need to go.
The crazy thing is that the distillery is in a dry county. You can purchase bottles in the shop, but can't enjoy a drink there. They also sell the barrels to take with you for the low price of $9 - 12,000 (depending on where it's going and the tax rate) and that barrel will produce 240 bottles. Sadly, my AmEx was maxed out.
As for Nashville, it's a great trip. We hit the downtown area Friday night (spent most of our time at the Wildhorse Saloon and a few other bars) and it was painted red. Everyone I talked to said this was their favorite road trip in the SEC.

The tailgating, however, was an epic bomb. For those of you that have never been (it was my first trip), Vandy is a very small campus (12,000 students; split down the middle w/ undergrad & grad students). The tailgating options are not aplenty. The good spots on campus belong to the Commodore Club (NERD ALERT!) and you get stabbed with a compass if you even think about setting up a tailgate there, empty or not. There are, however, a few schools surrounding the campus and we were told to go to one elementary school in particular by someone that has been going to the game for years. We got there early, set up and were ready to get things started. The lot started filling up, tents were being erected and there was a smell of whiskey and grilled meat in the air. It was glorious. Then, a surly woman claiming to be the principal (and in need of Rogaine) came around to each individual party and told us to get out because the lot was parking only, no tailgating (citing a city ordinance that no one seemed to know about, especially the Nashville resident tailgating right next to us). There was no mention of this anywhere. No signs, nothing. A security guard even drove by earlier and chatted with a few folks, even telling us not to pay the $10 if someone came around asking for it. We were livid. Then the cops show up and start telling people to leave. Think about this for a minute: you have a parking lot full of people that have been there for several hours and no telling how many drinks they've put down, yet the cops tell everyone get in their cars and go somewhere else to tailgate, yet have no suggestions as to where. Complete garbage.

So, we went back to the hotel, watched LSU toy with UT in the sports bar, and took the shuttle to and from the game.

As for the Vandy fans, I took them to be pretty cordial. They know they aren't any good, but support their team and hope for a win along the way. The chippy play and the postgame fireworks went right over their heads.

The asshole quotient will be off the charts in Jortsonville next weekend, tho. Chippy play will only heighten the hate amongst the 2 fan bases. I can't wait.

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