Insider Mailing: Almost Spring Practice Time

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    Joshua Dobbs-1

    “Why not make spring football games against instate directional schools. Then play 11 reg season games 2open dates?” – @RockyTopics

    Daniel: I’m with you on the first part of that. I’ve been a proponent for years of teams having a real scrimmage in the spring and also at least one true preseason game against a lower level of competition.

    I don’t know why college football, which looks for every other opportunity to squeeze money out of its product, has decided not to pursue those options. Is a scrimmage against, say, Tennessee-Martin, where the starters play for one half really any more dangerous than an intrasquad scrimmage? I don’t think so. Would it generate a bit more buzz? I do think so. It’s good for the smaller schools to get the experience and exposure – and maybe you throw a little money their way in the process. I don’t think that should affect the regular-season schedule, though. Keep that at 12 games.

    Nathanael: I’m all for in-state scrimmages instead of just spring games. I think that would be an awesome move by the NCAA and would, as Daniel said, help line their pockets even more. I do, however, disagree with that last part. I think 12 games is a solid number for regular seasons games. If anything, I’d be okay with seeing a couple more games. That’s more likely to happen than cutting back.

    “What’s the over/under on practice related injuries? Does last year’s injury epidemic affect practice decisions this year?” – @jon_wims

    Daniel: It’s impossible to predict injuries, but I’m sure the coaching staff took a long look at how the Vols train and practice after the rash of injuries in camp last year. I believe at one point UT was among the leaders in the nation in camp in terms of significant injuries. Some of it is just freak stuff though. I know at least a couple of the major injuries last year were non-contact, so sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.

    Stephen: Sorry @jon_wims, Daniel didn’t answer your question…Don’t worry. We’ll dock his pay.

    First, let’s define “practice related injuries.” We will call it any injury occurring to a player during workouts or practice itself that keeps a player out for more than two weeks. So something that just keeps a player out for a few days or a week doesn’t count. And I’m calling the over/under at 3.5. Personally, I’m taking the under. But I’m not the best gambler so I could be way off. What’s your bet and why? @SKasper06.

    Nathanael: I hope and think the Vols have learned how to keep the team healthy during the spring and fall. At least better than they have. And it’s already affected practice decisions for the spring considering half the defensive line is sitting out recovering from surgery or sitting out for precautionary reasons.

    “Any more disgruntled employees we should look for to throw themselves into the lawsuit? Dooley?” – Ryan Williamson 

    Daniel: I think it’s more likely that UT would sue Dooley for deliberate indifference in recruiting. Though, in a recent development, Dooley was listed among the potential witnesses in the case, so maybe he will factor into this process in some way.

    John: First, DL stole my joke. But next, the only thing I would add to his answer is that the lawsuit against Dooley would obviously be class action.

    “Why are there interstates in Hawaii?” – Todd Dillon?

    Daniel: According to Mental Floss, one of my go-to’s for relatively useless knowledge, the term “interstate” is a misnomer because it only implies that the road receives federal funding. “Interstate” does sound better than “federal road” or something like that, I will say.

    Stephen: Because who wants to take the scenic route in Hawaii?

    John: While DL and SK are both on to something, the real answer has to do with political correctness. Put simply, despite the fact that it is technically impossible for Hawaii to have interstates, if some of their roads were not referred to as such, there’d be a great outcry of discrimination. Which is complete BS, or course, but we all know that there’s a ton of BS that accompanies political correctness.

    The year was 1998 and I was living in Seattle, Washington, a place, one could argue, that was the Mecca of all things PC. In Seattle, you’re not allowed to offend anyone. Which is hard to do because you’ve also been given license to be offended by ANYTHING.

    I was getting from an ATM and saw a sign with an arrow that read: Braille located below for our non-sighted customers. Forget for a moment that “non-sighted” customers, you know, COULDN’T READ THE SIGN TO BEGIN WITH, and instead consider this: there’s a word in the dictionary that describes the “non-sighted.”

    IT’S BLIND.

    And it was presumably invented because it was a pain the in ass to say non-sighted each time you had to describe a blind dude. But at some point, someone Seafirst Bank decided that the word was offensive, ergo the sign referring to braille for the “non-sighted.” It’s safe to assume that this person was a complete dipshit. But there are many like him. Some of whom apparently live in Hawaii.