* Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnn. My Vol mother is in town, and it turns out you can't mix painkillers, Xanax, extra-strength anti-depressants, muscle relaxants and reserve Syrah...well you can but if you think 8-Ball the Tiger looks rough...
* You guys, I dreamed we won eight games, and Zac Stacy broke 3000 career yards and set the single-season rushing record and the longest run from scrimmage in school history and we clubbed Tennessee like a baby seal and we smoked Wake and Kentucky and came back from down 17 on the road in the SEC for a last-minute win and came within a couple of shaky calls of being 10-2...the hell did I drink last night, Toilet Duck?
* OH MY HOLY SWEET SAINT JOHNNY CASH THIS IS ACTUALLY REAL!?!?
* At this point, it's not just 1982 we're talking about. It's 1955, and 1935, and the fact that 1904 was the last time Vanderbilt won nine games in a season - and the ONLY time. No wonder the vultures are circling for James Franklin - he's taken what was widely assumed to be a basket case and in two years delivered arguably its second-best team of all time already. And that's still using juniors and seniors brought in by two previous coaches.
* This is a team full of heroes. Guys who came in on the wake of the 7-6 team in 2008 thinking things had turned a corner and going 2-10 under two different coaches. Guys who signed with Vanderbilt on nothing more than Franklin's promise that this time, things were going to be different. Guys who committed before the first snap and endured as 3-0 turned into 3-3 and heartbreaking games were lost against SEC opponents and calls went the wrong way and everything that could go wrong in Neyland Stadium did...
Basically, every single guy on this team bought into a dream, a promise, and the faith that this time will be different, and they could be the ones who made the difference. And they did. If I had the scratch laying around to build a 500-foot gold statue of every player on this year's team to put all around the top of the stadium, I would.