Friday, March 27, 2009

Vanderbilt spring football game kicks off Saturday

Actually, it's not a traditional spring game. Even though it's called the Black & Gold scrimmage, the team won't split into a Black team and a Gold team. It'll be the offense against the defense in various combinations, like the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense, and then the No. 2 offense against the No. 3 defense and then maybe the No. 3 offense against the No. 1 defense. In all, there are nine possible combinations if my Vanderbilt math training serves me well (I was an English major).

And they probably won't kick off. You know, Bobby Johnson doesn't want to lose anybody returning kicks. At least, that's the conventional wisdom but you never know.

Anyway, if you're in the Nashville area, head over to Dudley Field. The game starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. They'll probably run through 80 plays or so and then you can go get some lunch. If you're there, let me know how it goes. I'm always a little skeptical of the press releases from the athletic department that list the top performers from a scrimmage. For one thing, you never hear about a single offensive lineman. Those guys are practicing, aren't they?

And you'll get lets of details about the third-string quarterback, as if that's going to detract from more questions about when Larry Smith will actually be named the starter.

Have a good Saturday, whatever you're doing.

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