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  1. 2 points
    I will miss my friend. Jimmy joins 6 other teammates off our 69 team. RIP my friend and one day we will all line it up again and run 46 on 2.
  2. 1 point
    Troll em if you got em! On my honest note, I have been told that the Tygard man and his boss (the Mrs.) are working to make sure that kids who rely on school furnished breakfast and lunch are not missing out. I don't know what the program is down there, but here there is a "Chow bus" that goes to the various schools at designated times to kids can pick up 'breakfast and lunch" to go. God bless the teachers who care so much for their kids.
  3. 1 point
    B I N G O We CANNOT allow anything, any person, any group of people to just take away our constitutional, God-given rights....We can use common sense in times like these, but never cower
  4. 1 point
    One last think, humans have survived other plagues and pandemics and will survive this one. We can't let it become the tool for the rise of neo-Bolsheviks and Benito Mussolini style Fascism turning us into slaves and subjects of the system. That is what has made the U.S.A. great. Americans have battled being subjects. We have never been perfect, but we have been way ahead of the 2nd place teams.
  5. 1 point
    I assumed you were not.You all have a good coach down there!
  6. 1 point
    Great post. Our heads and hearts are in the same place... As much as I disagree with the concept of government enforcing behavior and free will restrictions on the public, I wholeheartedly agree that it's in our best interest right now. My concern is that some "leaders" will interpret this situation as a foot in the door for socialistic idealism. The danger of setting a precedent doesn't bother me as long as everyone understands that this situation demands drastic measures, and that our civil liberties can be temporarily given up for the overall well being of the general public. For those with enough awareness to understand the true value of your individual rights, you also understand that there will come the day that your rights should be fully reinstated, and that there will be resistance from some. I, for one, will gladly adjust my individual lifestyle in order to improve the odds that I affect no one negatively, and I doubt that it will be more than a minor inconvenience for most as long as the Constitution is upheld in the end. If these sanctions aren't repealed one and all once CV-19 is contained/controlled, this could be a dark day for capitalism, independence, and the way of life that we cherish.
  7. 1 point
    Great reply. Strong facts and solid presentation of them. Nothing to argue about honestly except we're not a democracy but a republic! I kid, I kid. I say potato, you say potahto. Seriously though, your comments on Freedom of Speech in Wartime was a good example and is one of the reasons why I ended my post with saying "how do we stop it without infringement." It is truly a tricky situation. The truth is, if we could trust governments to do what is right, if we could trust them to give back what they take for a short time, if they all truly served at the best interest of the people, then I wouldn't mind them telling us what to do from time to time in situations like this. Unfortunately we can't trust them fully, and it doesn't matter which party is in power. That doesn't go for all politicians, but a vast number of them, especially a lot of the so called career politicians however seem to be more about self or about party than about the people. But on the other hand, we the people need to be smart and pay attention to what is happening as well. This isn't only about politicians telling us what to do or what not to do. We were given brains and common sense - well, most were. If social distancing is flattening the curve then we need to pay attention to it. If going out in public with a mask and gloves can protect you or those around you, then by all means wear them. I am fortunate in the fact that my job will continue on during all of this, at least for now it will. We've put in social distancing guidelines and starting tomorrow morning we are following government advice and wearing masks and gloves. I hate working in gloves but if it protects me or those around me then I will learn to deal with it. We all need to do our part for ourselves and others. Again, great reply but with all that you said I'm surprised by one thing - I figured you would call me out for using Franklin's quote out of context.
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  9. 1 point
    I'm bored and you are a great person so let's poke the bear with a pointed stick. You are correct but are presenting only part of the issue and that makes your thoughts appear out of context with the responsibilities of the US Gov’t. What you are espousing is from the roots of American democracy. These roots spawned from documents like the Magna Carta, the petition of Rights, the English Bill of Rights and the Virginia Bill of Rights. You also have to examine the writings of Philosophers Thomas Hobbs, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau as well as a handful of others. Why you may ask….because the people that wrote our Constitution that limited government power did. There is this concept in government based through Federalist principles called the Social Contract. A Social Contract is basically an agreement between members of the community and the Sovereign or the government. OK SO WHAT! Well in laymans terms we the people agree to give up some of our power or freedom in exchange for government services and protection. In the US Constitution’s Preamble it is written that we agree to this Constitution for several reasons but the one that applies here is to promote the General Welfare. Welfare in its original intent in 1787 was meant as health, happiness, or prosperity; well-being. The same way that the Government sets food standards so you cannot be sold poisoned food the Government can set standards of behavior. Your observations in absolution are not new. In June 1919 the Harvard Law Review published an article by legal philosopher Zechariah Chafee, Jr. titled “Freedom of Speech in War Time” The argument about rights and freedom was analogized by that of the man who was arrested for swinging his arms and hitting another in the nose, and asked the judge if he did not have a right to swing his arms in a free country. The Judge simply stated “Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.” Your right to move about freely during a time of National emergency simply isn’t an entitlement and in fact ends because other people are potentially affected. You surrender that ability in exchange for the Government assisting with the health of all Americans and to restore Friday night football sooner rather than later. I just had to try and steer this back to football somehow. In Conclusion don’t tug on Superman’s cape, Never shoot a larger caliber target with a small caliber round, and never blitz the backside of a flexbone offense.
  10. 1 point
    So far there have been 8,492 deaths in the us from Coronavirus. The latest abortion numbers I found via a quick search were from 2017. Right at 862,000 abortions. We didn’t shut down the country for that. Staggering difference.
  11. 1 point
    Some areas are letting car thieves and rapists go while threatening to put people in jail for checking on close friends and family as well as arresting pastors for holding church services even in a safe manor.
  12. 1 point
    One has to push himself to the limit to win Mr. Basketball and thus later in life tends to push students/players to their limit so they can achieve their best. Little Johnny’s mommy and daddy tend to dislike this approach in today’s land of the free & home of the brave + snowflakes.
  13. 1 point
    Add Preston Warren's name to the list of Wildcats working out in order to dominate in 2020. Get ready Oak Ridge fans the Wildcats are on a search and destroy mission.
  14. 1 point
    I have some issues with it. First, we need to have caution and precaution right now. I agree that we need to keep our distance from people and limit where we go and what we do. But it is not for the government to force upon us, nor is it for the government to shed the Constitution for 'our own good.' As a matter of fact, the founders laid it out so that the government couldn't tell us what was for our own good but to lay out our rights. Rights that didn't come from government but were given to man from higher above. If we give up these rights just for now, will we get them back? Certain rights were taken during the Great Depression and both World Wars and most were given back. Some were not. It happened again after 9/11 when president Bush started a program of spying on our calls and emails. He said this would be given up but for now was a matter of our own security. These measures were important, I agree, but they were not given up. It still goes on. With this requirement by the Governor, one that people are urging the President to mandate as well, it feels like we are willingly - although slowly - allowing room for the republic to turn towards tyranny. Something the founders tried to prevent. I know that isn't the case here. But what is to say that sometime down the road something else happens, and you know something else will. What is to prevent the government from taking more and more rights and not giving them back? When we allow a little here, what is to prevent them from taking a little more there? All for our own good of course. /Soapbox I do think though that this is a tricky situation when you do have people that do not take cautions and put others at risk. How do you stop it, but not infringe? "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
  15. 1 point
    Republic has dropped football. Will there players try to go to their zoned schools now or be "influenced" to attend elsewhere?
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  17. 1 point
    It was definitely a good night for them. But they ultimately just had a better gameplan than other teams. Load the box and stop Briggs. With our backup qb in that game and the previous 3 or 4 games, we simply lost our passing attack which allowed teams to load up. Pretty simple to control a game when you can do that.
  18. 1 point
    As a coach who not only coaches football, but also wrestling I find this timeline very problematic. I understand that we all want football season to happen, but I want all of our athletes to be able to compete next year. This would push basketball and wrestling into the end of their season, and if you push them back then the baseball and softball players lose their season two years in a row. I think the seasons should go as scheduled and if we miss a scrimmage in the summer because we can’t get back in time then so be it. We need to plan to do what’s best for ALL kids.
  19. 1 point
    I find it interesting no one is mentioning Dyer Co. they did make the semis last year.
  20. 1 point
    It’s just hard for me to picture a Top 10 right now especially with no spring football to go off of. I’m terms of our team, I think we’ll definitely be in the hunt but not number 1 to begin with. We have a long ways to go but I’ve got faith our staff will get the job done in the end. Here’s three teams to watch for: Knox West- returns both RBs and QB and offense will be dangerous. Lose two studs on defense but they will still be solid. Fulton-Small and in-experienced team last year took their lumps. Look for them to bounce back with most starters returning and them being “Fulton” again. Daniel Boone-My pick from NET to be best team in Region 1 5a. Return most starters including RB who is a workhorse and ran well last year. They are a dark horse contender to make it to Cookeville. Just my opinion Go Bobcats!
  21. 1 point
    Knox central then Summit then everyone else
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  23. 1 point
    Alright fellas, I seriously like to see some "Top Ten" lists from you guys. I'm planning to do a our "Spring Preview Show" sometime in the next couple of weeks and I do respect the opinion of many of your guys. We plan to reveal our spring top ten on this show and your input would be appreciated. Obviously, I try and keep up with returning players and other indicators, but first hand knowledge from you guys goes a long way in our decision process. Help us out by providing your top ten and reasoning behind it. Thanks so much guys!
  24. 1 point
    I don’t see high school sports playing in 2020. If what they say is going to happen and It comes back in the fall. Not until they get a vaccine, and that should be in 2021. But keep training and hopefully college has small camps to evaluate players and 2019 highlight film. Hate it for the athletes.
  25. 1 point
    3a does not matter they want size and speed If Carroll was 6’3.5 instead of 6’2.5 he would have more power 5 offers
  26. 1 point
    Coaches have got to see it too. They are not dumb. You can’t let that go. Got to nip that in the bud quick. Lot of stuff like that happens when coaches coach some players different than others. If you let them get away with it and don’t discipline it, prisoners start running the asylum.
  27. 1 point
    Coached in TN for 20+ years now in FL for 10+ You should look at Florida's High School system now. It is crazy and no one knows how it works. No more district regular season games and unapproved website ranks everyone in the their region classification. You have to get your own schedule, 25 games, Rankings are based on strength of schedule, and strength of schedule of your opponents, plus your record. We have 8 classifications in basketball. 1A is 600 students or less and a rural zip code. 8A made up of mostly schools in south FL. Privates and Public still together but mostly in 2A-4A. Schools can petition to play up or down depending on enrollment and area. It used to be top 2 made it out of district made playoffs, then region qtr., semi and final determined final four going to state. only 4 making it to Lakeland. Now in new system district tournament winners are guaranteed to make playoffs and the next 4 highest ranked by unapproved website makes it to region. One region game this year had Pensacola playing in Orlando for region semi-final game, same as Knoxville to Memphis distance. Long story short at least you know what you are getting by TSSAA classes 3 or 4. No one will explain unapproved website system in FL
  28. 1 point
    I agree 100%. It is a scary thought for the players. However, I follow many Oak Ridge athletes on Twitter and there seems to be a Wildcat Wave building. These players are posting short videos or memes of them working out as individuals or with each other. Their message is POSITIVE and in true Wildcat spirit. They believe a special season is ahead of them if they grind hard enough for it. On a serious but also humorous note. Along with the Roll Wildcats Roll spirit of the tweets are reminders to practice SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCE while working out together. It appears the players are showing a mature adult like respect for themselves and their teammates' health. I wish everybody would behave like the Oak Ridge athletes. REMINDER...while very doubtful, the OR boys basketball team has unfinished business in the Boro. Keep praying they get to play. Yes, it is scary times but Oak Ridge is not panicking but preparing.
  29. 1 point
    I’m for it only because of the “two” team entry into the playoffs. But, the t$$aa will never go for that. It’s understandable to push back as far as we can but, the season needs to begin around the first of September. Going past the Winter break causes too many problems.
  30. 1 point
    Hate to hear this. Prayers for his family and the Pirate Football community. I was fortunate enough to sit down and read Stephen Hargis's book, Eight Hateful Miles, about a year ago. The book contains a great insight into the life and football career of Jimmy Wigfall - definitely a LEGEND.
  31. 1 point
    What if the season gets canceled?
  32. 1 point
    Got to be scary for kids if season gets canceled.
  33. 1 point
    This is what I was told, so I’d assume this applies to all spring sports. You can start back playing games May 2. You’ve got 3 weeks to play your regular season district schedule and with that I doubt if baseball/softball can play a home & away series or a double elimination tournament. District tournament is the last week in May. Region is in June and spring fling will be the week after. The quarantine date is going to keep getting moved. TSSAA should do the right thing and cancel all events and get rid of the dead period this summer. But they won’t cause they are in the business of making money.
  34. 1 point
    The workouts that I was referring to via Twitter were before school was out. Now they are tracking each kid individually outside of school via video, social media and other means. But no group activities.
  35. 1 point
    The ranking algorithm only comes into play for seeding the 64 team state tournament and has zero bearing on the scheduling of non-district and district games. Teams that are in a weak league will only get 3-4 teams in and teams that are in a strong district (Memphis, WilCo, etc) will get multiple teams in the State Tourney. In NC there’s usually 5-7 teams from the top districts in and around the Raleigh-Durham area in the post season, which is how it should be. You finish 5th in a tough district, you’re in but you’re on the road. Trying to explain the post season to the average sports fan should not be difficult and explaining & comprehending TN’s system of Districts, Regions, Sun-State and which games are and are not elimination games requires a PhD. Bottom line, if you lose in the post season, you should be done!! No district runner up (or 3rd / 4th place game), and no region runner up trophy, WIN OR GO HOME!
  36. 1 point
    Vols let a great one get away. Grey is the total package.
  37. 1 point
    If we have to go without football then let me just say it has been nice knowing all of you. I wanted to get that out of the way now, because if we don't have football my wife will end up killing me. I'll be moping around the house and complaining about everything and probably doing stupid stuff. She won't be able to handle it.
  38. 1 point
    Your right Govman I've not heard any trash talking from anyone on your side and i doubt you will hear much from our side either there just might be some that will log on from other places and try to start some stuff. Are you guys healthy? I wish i could have seen the game last night sounds like ya'll dominated an ooltewah team that was highly ranked. Should be a great one friday night. was it as bad or worse than it sounds? i'd love to bring 3 gold balls back in Dec. this year.
  39. 0 points
    Another thing to take into consideration is im sure the Memphis region wont fall on their face again. At least one of those teams I expect to make a run this year.
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