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January 19, 2012

There are a lot of questions to be answered

CROSSVILLE — There are certainly a lot of up in the air questions now in the sports world and I, for one, can't wait to find out the answers.

What will happen with the Peyton Manning situation with the Colts? It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Indianoplis will take Andrew Luck in the draft. But, will Manning remain to be his tutor? It just doesn't seem right to have a Colts' team without number 18, but after all, the NFL is more of a business than a sport.

Maybe the management there knows more than they are telling about Peyton's health. I hope that he's able to return but it surely seems risky. Who will Ms. Way root for if he calls it quits?

Will Tim Tebow be able to continue to lead the Broncos with his style of play? I hope so. We don't get to see many professional athletes with his character, and the pressure put on him by the media is a heavy load for anyone to carry. I say leave him alone and let him play and what will be will be. He hasn't asked for the limelight.

Just how good are the Commodores and Volunteers on the basketball floor? Vanderbilt is having a hard time trying to live up to their pre-season billing, while Tennessee is showing signs of being very good at times.

Will Jarnell Stokes be the basketball savior for Mr. Gale's team?

You know that the basketball season is a wild one when a top three team is beaten by 33 points. That's hard to explain.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I think that ESPN has ruined the college bowl season by somehow getting the rights to televise almost all the games and spreading them out so that could be accomplished. Oh, for the good old days.

Will Coach Derek Dooley be able to add enough quality coaches to save his job? The orange will have to show significant improvement in the coming season for him to be retained, in spite of his mom's opinion. He did manage to get one from Alabama Coach Nick Saban, though so who knows?

Can Vandy continue to build under Coach James Franklin? I think so and I hope that I'm not just dreaming. The next season will be a hard one for them as they are no longer way under the radar. It's just one step at a time, and their recruiting seems to be going well, especially with the kid from Maryville coming there.

I guess the biggest question of all right now is, who will be playing in the Super Bowl? I haven't picked one right this year, so I will take the Giants versus the Patriots and then hope that Eli can outlast Mr. Brady.

Have a great week and keep rooting for yours as I yell for mine. We're all winners.

Go Panthers! Go Jets! Go USA!

(Jim Butler is a Chronicle correspondent and his column appears regularly.)

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