Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is . . .
Is there a doomsday scenario where we should break Randall Mackey's redshirt?
No news yet on whether Jeremiah Masoli will be available this weekend's back-against-the-wall bowl in Knoxville. Nathan Stanley had a decent, but not awe-inspiring, game against the University of Louisiana, which is located in Lafayette. Hopes of a third straight bowl get super-dicey if the Rebels do not win in Neyland.*
Unlikely though this sounds, Tennessee's moribund offense makes this more likely than the sun-rise: the game could turn into an ugly, mistake-fest of 17 total points. If the Rebels are in that kind of game in the fourth quarter needing to score to maintain any distant hopes of a day-trip to Birmingham, might you call up Mackey?
Maybe by the end of the day, this will be pointless conjecture because Masoli has been declared "probable" or better. Maybe the pressures of a full week of starting-quarterback-mindet will have Stanley prepared to McElroy the Rebels to a victory. But maybe neither of those things happen, and the offense stalls like death row inmate small talk. If that happens . . . you got to play to win, Joe Rogan. 2012 will just have to take care of 2012. I want this fantasy-ride of a potential thirteenth game to last as long as possible.
Instant gratification machine says, "If necessary, play Mackey."
*HOLY CRAP THAT SOUNDS DAUNTING CIRCA 1999!