Thursday, September 25, 2008

Naval Intelligence: Dissecting the resurgence

The Commodores continue to celebrate their return to the Top 25 for the first time in a quarter-century. Meanwhile, more people are beginning to take a closer look at the SEC East leader. AP Photo.
One more sign that Vanderbilt is moving up in the world: off-week coverage.

Normally, when Vanderbilt goes on an off-week, news stories covering the Commodores dry up like a Neyland Stadium crowd in the third quarter. (Yeah, I've been waiting for a chance to use that).

These days, a week off for the 'Dores means a week to catch up in human-interest back stories around college football sports.

And that's what's making news in Commodore Country today:

Justin Thomas has potential, but needs to work on his execution (I kept getting the impression, while reading his post, that I was standing in line at Wendy's waiting to order, while he told me his impressions of the SEC between sidelong glances at the menu).

Joseph Morgan has a bit more positive outlook on the remainder of the season (and apparently, the answer to his question is "Yes").

Ron Higgins hears sizzling in Memphis, coming from about 194 miles to the East.

Ron also makes a great point about the stats that everyone and their brother has been pointing at to say the 'Dores aren't legit: how good are they if they're winning (undefeated, he says) and playing poorly?

Travis Haney says VU winning isn't shocking despite what everyone else in the United States thinks.

Seth Emerson is apparently still bitter about losing to us and accordingly "plays the Grinch" to the Commodores' bowl hopes.

Robert Ferringo does not know the definition of the word fluke, otherwise he wouldn't have called "both [our] SEC wins" flukes (for the record: a unique stroke of luck; see "once in a blue moon").

Jason Logan is shocked that Vandy's undefeated (we should point him to our friend Travis Haney down in Charleston).

Teresa Walker writes one heck of a story for the AP, using Whit Taylor as a lede for a thoughtful look at where Vanderbilt's been -- and where they may be headed (also, she has some great quotes from Vanderbilt's last quarterback to lead a winning season).

Scott Sowers sees potential in these Commodores.

Caleb Hannon doesn't get on the Vandwagon, but if he tried, I think I'd try to knock him off.

Remember Cian and his search for a college team? Well, he's got the analysis up for which way he's leaning, and right now, it looks like he's leaning Black-and-Gold.

Here are the margins separating the SEC teams in the Garnet and Black Attack weekly power rankings.

Bobby O'Shea chronicles some of the same hating that we've been seeing here at S&S -- and neither of us likes it.

The Burglar calls it like he sees it: "UcheaT."

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