Archive for September, 2009

Player of the Week is…

September 6, 2009

Eric Berry.

The stat line only reads:  3 tackles, 1 pass break up.  Watch the game.  Or better yet, listen to his holiness:

“You know, we didn’t get a lot of action back there, but that’s great,” safety Eric Berry said. “Whatever is going to help us win and keep guys off of us, that’s what we need to do.

“Our (defensive) line, you should just see how they work at practice to be honest with you, just to see how they prepare for Saturdays. You’ll see why they made those big plays.”

Berry is the one UT typically relies on to make them, but it barely needed its star against the overmatched Hilltoppers.

The junior had an acrobatic pass breakup early in the game and finished with three tackles, but those numbers won’t help him win any hardware in December. Eventually Berry figures to start cranking out some highlights, but that would depend on the guys in front of him actually giving him a chance.


Eric just missed picking off a pass early in the game.  It would have been a cakewalk TD.  In his infinite wisdom Eric decided that the sportsmanlike thing to do would be knock the ball down and let Western Kentucky enjoy their season for an additional 5 minutes.

Great player, even more great of a human being.  When Mother Teresa left us a few years back there was a giant void in humanity.  Eric has clearly filled that void, on and off the field.  I hope UCLA doesn’t count on his kindness.  Eric owes them payback for a loss from last year.   I wouldn’t trade places with UCLA for all the whiskey in Ireland.


Eric’s Greatest Hits

September 1, 2009

GoVols has a piece up covering some of Eric’s greatest moments.  Here’s the link:

Choosing Eric’s greatest moments is pretty tough.  That is like choosing William Shakespeare’s greatest lines.  Or maybe the best Beatles songs of all time.  Or the greatest episode of Cop Rock.  How the heck do ya do it?

I’m gonna borrow a bit from my homeboy Nostradamus and say that Eric’s greatest moments are all in the future.  Here goes:

* Sept. 19th at Florida – Berry hits Tim Tebow, who is trying to score on a run inside the 10-yard line.  Berry knocks his head off…literally.  Tebow still scores, but is exposed as a cyborg.

* Oct. 10th Georgia – Berry picks off new QB Joe Cox in the endzone and runs the pick back for a 100-yard TD.  The Vols decide to go for 2.  They put Berry in on offense.  Eric does a triple somersault into the endzone, spelling out V-O-L-S with his hands while in the air.

* Oct. 24th at Alabama – Eric comes up into the box on a short yardage running play.  Bama has put Terrence “Mount” Cody in at FB.  Eric flies through the line and hits Cody like a ton of bricks, pushing him back into the runner and stuffing the play. Later in that same game Berry hits WR Julio Jones on a crossing route.  Julio spontaneously combusts.  The last known incident of this happening was  Spinal Tap drummer Mick Shrimpton, who just exploded onstage in the middle of a set.  Eric Berry isn’t charged because…well, he’s Eric Berry.