Derek Dooley Compares Tennessee To Germany (Oops)

Rhetorically, mentioning the Germans in World War Two is done one way in our culture: as video game villains that may be gunned down without guilt or compunction. Outside of the bounds of the classic board game Axis and Allies, any form of self-identification with the Third Reich is a third rail: touch it and die.  Yes, this rule includes that most guilt-free of killable villains, the rare Nazi Zombie.

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Derek Dooley's willing to take that chance in the name of making a point about his football team, however. 

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"Right now we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and it's like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' That's what they did, they were in the bunkers. It's coming, they call Rommel -- they can't find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) 'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders.' (Pretends to look through binoculars.) 'Have you gotten Rommel yet?'

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It's an awkward point if you don't recognize Dooley is indirectly quoting and acting out a scene from The Longest Day, the 1962 movie about D-Day depicting the lack of communication in the German ranks during the invasion. Unless watching this movie makes you a Nazi, I'm pretty sure Derek Dooley's in the clear. 

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(So you're saying you watched the movie, then? Got the reference? Ha! GOT YOU, SECRET NAZI! Dooley's plan worked to perfection!) 

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