Nov. 15, 2013
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Our terrific training table chef, Majid “Magic” Noori, has been celebrated in Sports Illustrated and on network television over the years. The Magic Man added a unique touch to Monday’s press conference luncheon menu. Magic had promised that after the Commodores defeated Florida, he would serve alligator and there it was…fried gator! Tasted like chicken.
A big shout-out to one of Slant’s four readers: Kyle Jackson Cherry of Wasilla, Alaska noticed in a recent Quick Slant that we were void of National Commodore Club members in four states and he stepped forward to take Alaska out of that camp. Thank you Kyle! Now, that means we’re still looking for a few good men and women to become members in North Dakota, New Mexico and Idaho.
Vanderbilt athletics has earned a reputation for its top notch social media strategies and execution. We have individual stars on both the administrative and coaching sides contributing to this success but it there is a better group at driving a message than our football staff someone will need to let me know who that is.
It is risky making sweeping judgments on a team’s future based on early season non-conference games. Often times a supposedly “big” win turns out to have been over a patsy while a struggle or even a loss to an “unknown” is actually viewed totally different after more games add perspective. It’s even true in conference play; Exhibit A would be our football game with Missouri…at the time many worried it was a poor effort on our part while now the Tigers are regarded as a Top 10 team.