Even Girls Are Seeing the Realization

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009


One thing I learned tonight from watching what I thought was by far the worst performance by a Tiger football team since Arkleon Hall’s crapfest last week was this.

Some of my female friends are beginning to see the realization, including one of my friends from the North Shelby Times days.

“I swear cuzo,” I said earlier tonight, “I have never been this pissed off in my life about Memphis football, and I never rooted for Tiger football a day in my life.”

And if you, the reader had to see what I saw on ESPN360.com tonight when the Tigers played Middle Tennessee, you would be pissed.

After 30 minutes of play on Saturday, Middle Tennessee outgained the Tigers 223-92 and if you’re a math whiz, that a difference of 131 yards in the first half, which if you’re keeping track of this, is not a way to bounce back from a dismantling at home against Ole Miss, in which a 10 year-old could have did a better job of quarterbacking.

Which brings us to Hall, who again was in the game tonight, maybe as a way to boost his self-esteem or for being a guy that didn’t forget how to put on his pants and in the process went 6-10 for 32 yards and an interception in the first half.

When the final horn sounded in Murfreesboro, he ended up with a grand total of 93 yards passing while his counterpart, Dwight Dasher, threw for 231 yards on 18-26 passing.

Not to mention that Dasher had 17 rushes for 89 yards, meaning that he was beating the Tigers’ defense with his arm and feet, while Tommy West, who apparently didn’t learn from what happened last weekend when he literally threw the offensive line under the bus, throws the defense under the bus.

Of course, the defense was abysmal at best tonight, but judging how they played against Ole Miss last week, they weren’t the problem.

Never was.

The problem with last week and of course, this week has been with the crappy offense, which is not led by Kenny Ingram.

But by Clay Helton, who I think is in over his head when it comes to running a collegiate offense.

There is no way in the world a team should run on a 2nd and long play and obviously no way in the world a quarterback should miss a wide-open guy on 3rd and 19.

That is what happpened for the Tigers on last night.

And because of that, the Tigers have lost 5 of 6 against Sun Belt opponents in the last four years, including losses to Arkansas State in 2006 and 2007 as well as the Blue Raiders in 2007 and this year.

I hate to say this, but for some strange reason, the magazine I write for gave me free tickets for a couple of games, including East Carolina two days after my birthday.

And given the possibilty of working with CBU’s Instutional Advancement department, I pray that I get that job and sell those tickets to somebody who actually wants to see a game at the Liberty Bowl.

Best investment I will probably make in my life, I’m sure.