Surviving The Local Primary

In approximately 26 hours the local primaries will be over.  Finished.   I, for one, will be overjoyed.

See, local primaries are very different from state primaries.
State primaries are a cake walk.

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Children of the Mountains

I’m not a regular television viewer.  (This isn’t one of those highbrow I’m-too-good-for-teevee things. It has more to do with the fact that, when we watch prime time, the kids tend ask to uncomfortable questions, such as “what is a sexually-intense thriller?” It’s easier to stick with Disney or Nick where the characters are fictitious, fashionable, perfectly safe, and seemingly sexless.)  However, after I read local inkslinger Joel Spears’ missive about the 20/20 special “Children of the Mountains,” which aired last week,  I knew I’d have to track it down and watch.

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Fulmer said: Tennessee Has High Expectations For It’s Football Team…

So do the fans.  If you don’t meet those expectations, ticket sales drop, the tailgate supply market fails, makers of beer, bourbon, mini-propane tanks, stadium cushions, camp chairs and orange accessories get nervous –  and somebody must be axed.

Still, in honor of Fulmer’s contributions to the University of Tennessee, UT athletics director Mike Hamilton announced that Fulmer’s last home game on Nov. 29th will be “Phillip Fulmer Appreciation Day.”

Ironically, the Vols face the Wildcats’… and Randy Sanders.

Perhaps, after the game, the two will discuss what it feels like to be crushed under the wheels of the bus… what a prick Mike Hamilton can be… the hardships of SEC football… and the love/hate relationship between fans and coaches… how someday they will all rue the day… or how it would just be nice to coach in the Big East where no one gives a shit whether you win or lose.

Fulmer Out. Next Question: Who’s In?

Here it is. The moment you’ve all been screaming for:

UT Coach Phillip Fulmer and the University of Tennessee have reached an agreement that this will be Fulmer’s last season at Tennessee, ESPN.com and WBIR contributor Chris Low reports. Fulmer is expected to make an announcement at a 5 p.m. press conference.

From UT Sports:

The press conference is closed to the public. Satellite coordinates are Horizons II Transponder K11 12120 Horizontal. The feed will be available beginning at 4:45 p.m. UTSports.com also will live stream both audio and video of today’s press conference.

The hubby, who has been in favor of firing Fulmer since `00, predicted this would happen in `08 because ticket sales had completely tanked to the point we couldn’t give ours away without offering folks gas money to get to Knoxville – and UT values their ticket sales more than they ever did Phil.

Meanwhile, though I’m not opposed to getting rid of Fulmer, I predict UT fans will remain unhappy because with or without Fulmer, we suck this year. We just do. It happens. And I am skeptical that a new coach can ride in and turn it around in a season or two. Nevertheless, we are so accustomed to believing we are great, when we clearly aren’t, we need to blame someone for our lack of greatness and will only accept the truth after we eliminate those we blame one by one.

Well, so be it. Next Question: if Phil’s out, who’s in? There’s no shortage of interesting notions out there and can I just say: if they are able to snag that 64-year-old Cock Spurrier (which I think is unlikely) this may turn out to be one of those “Be Careful What You Wish For” life lessons.

Finger Poppin’ Time for Obama?

The legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley is doing radio spots for Obama.  (h/t Tiny Cat Pants)

Ralph joins a long list of celebrities endorsing Obama – including Bruce Springsteen, Big Boi, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and the Grateful Dead.

McCain was endorsed by Wilford Brimley and Daddy Yankee: but I don’t even know who the hell that is.  Oh, and there was this – which might have been canceled out by the John Cougar Mellencamp mess.   By the way, did I mention we’re screwed?

Fall Faceoffs: Politics and Football

I’d never thought about it until Katie pointed it out – but there are similarities between a political junkie’s obsession over the upcoming Palin v. Biden debate and a Vol fan’s obsession with the UT v. Bama game.

Both events are highly anticipated.  Both will be televised.  Both will require beer.  Both will inspire watch parties and likely lead to cursing.  Both will be interupted by phone calls from friends and family members, who want to know: “OH MY GOD! DID YOU SEE/HEAR THAT?” and/or to announce in a sing-song voice “Too bad your team/party sucks.”

Overall though, I agree with Katie.  Tonight’s debate is the real match-up for the Fall Season – if only because Palin has a better chances of scoring on Biden than UT does on Bama.