Like Kyle last night, I'm changing it up this week. So far this season I've offered you gameday cocktails on the traditional Thursday and twice on Fridays. Each Cocktail Friday has resulted in a loss. Each Cocktail Thursday has resulted in a close win. So, I'm offering you the first ever Cocktail Saturday. Why not? What could it hurt at this point? Like a desperate football coach inserting his star defensive tackle at tailback, I may lose, but you can't accuse me of not trying anything and everything for a win. I'm just worried that we're going to let LSU beat us twice by playing beat up and shorthanded on the road against a team desperate not to drop to 2-4.
Earlier this week Monte Kiffin sang the praises of A.J. Green, saying that the Dawgs' talented sophomore is a lot like some guy he coached against in the NFL named Randy Moss. Of course, he also mentioned how you can't double cover Green because Georgia will just go to Tavarres King on the other side. I imagine however that someone will pull Grandpa Kiffin aside before kickoff to confirm to him that King won't be making the trip to Knoxville.
Which means that we really do need someone to step up opposite the SEC's leading receiver. The problem is that we just don't have a lot of options for the role. Mike Moore can probably play over there, with Rantavious Wooten playing more in Moore's usual slot position in three receiver sets. I've heard unconfirmed rumors that we also have some guy named Israel Troupe who plays wide receiver, but I haven't seen him in weeks so I'm not sure about that one.
That leaves the freshman from Memphis who everyone thought would be making big plays right now, Marlon Brown. There are certainly a variety of reasons why Brown hasn't seen the field more. One overlooked one in my opinion is that he happens to be behind A.J. Green on the depth chart at flanker. Brown is a big receiver in the A.J. Green mold, who'll make the biggest impact when he's isolated on a smaller corner and has a chance to simply go up and get it. The problem is that putting Brown in that role involves taking Green off the field. No sane coach would do that at this point, no matter how much promise the freshman receiver has shown.
Perhaps you've heard: Tennessee wanted this guy bad. He was the first recruit Lane Kiffin visited after taking the job. Kiffin later admitted that he got recruit-blocked by the kid's grandmother, who apparently didn't buy what General Peachfuzz was selling. There could be no better game for Marlon Brown to step into the limelight. Strategically speaking we need him to help stretch the field and draw coverage away from Green. And our struggling rushing attack will never get rolling unless we can force Tennessee's defense to respect the downfield passing game. From a narrative perspective, I personally would just love to see Brown remind Lane Kiffin of exactly why one would have to be a degenerate gambler who enjoys long odds to go play for a guy who's managed to make Al Davis look like a shrewd personnel manager.
When Marlon Brown has his coming out party later today, I suggest you toast it with a Brown Eye Opener. Mix 1 oz. of Kahlua, 1 oz. of Bailey's Irish Cream Whiskey, 1 oz. Amaretto, 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps, and 4 oz. freshly brewed coffee. You can enjoy it hot or over ice. Depending on how things go this afternoon, you may feel the urge to try one each way and a third just for the heck of it.
Depressive MaconDawg, out.