It would be a major error if anyone assumes I'm disapointed because Arkansas beat Vanderbilt. Actually, the opposite is true. It would also be incorrect if anyone is of the impression that this took me by surprise.
It is almost exactly true to say those that have supported Pelphrey all along do, in order to justify his lack of success, use the proposition that Pelphrey hasn't had the talent to compete. Rather it be blowouts to teams they should have played closer, or terrible losses to teams they should have beat, the supporters of John Pelphrey have blamed those defeats on a lack of talent---not him.
It would be altogether true to say I've represented the opinion that there is enough talent, and John Pelphrey is the one to blame for the inconsistency of his teams efforts up to this point. It is also just as true to say that after last night, no one can ever claim again that John Pelphrey doesn't have the talent, either for losses suffered, or the losses to come. This is absolutely the accurate account of where things currently stand.
Vanderbilt is a team that had a very tough game on Thursday night against a surging Mississippi State team that went to the wire. Arkansas on the other hand played their last game on Tuesday night against the worst team in the league. It should be obvious to all that watched the game, Vanderbilt simply didn't have their legs underneath them. That's why they were made to look foolish against a very desperate Arkansas team. Vanderbilt just simply could not play perimeter defense. Let's face it, you can't leave Rotnei Clarke open. He will make everything he throws up if not guarded closely. Vanderbilt's inability to play sound defense really showed in what Sanchez was allowed to do to them. Sanchez routinely broke his defender down with quick first steps.
I know your desperate and this win seems monumental right now. But if I were supporting Pelphrey I wouldn't get too worked up over this win. There are several obvious reasons why. The main one being, this Arkansas team under John Pelphrey has had good games before only to follow them up with a string of humiliating defeats. I'm still of the opinion John Pelphrey isn't the guy, and I feel certain that by the end of the season he will prove why he's not.
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequeces of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of it's powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state."