Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Sports Columns

January 10, 2013

ALL IN THE GAME: All doubt was removed

CROSSVILLE — The game on Monday night should have removed any doubt about the difference of the status of football in South Bend, IN and Tuscaloosa, AL. As my wife likes to say, "They thumped them." I guess that's a northern thing. It did fit for this game.

When the opposing coach indicates at halftime that his only chance is for the Tide not to come out for the second half, that just about says it all.

That score and the final football polls show just how much difference there is in the SEC and the rest of the football world. The conference was strengthened mightily by the addition of Texas A&M.

Finally, after a nine-win season, the Commodores made it into the top 25, ranking ahead of the Michigan Wolverines. Surely even Frank Gale can concur that Vanderbilt deserves such a ranking. Then if he doesn't, so what?

I know that my good friends Bob Wilson and Ronnie Pugh must be flying high and well they should be. Even when their team was down and being beaten regularly by the likes of Tennessee, they never lost heart. They tend to take ribbing better than most UT fans, also. It's a game of give and take, but I fear that those opposing the Tide will be on the taking end for some time. I guess you get what you pay for with a football coach. Saban is definitely top of the line.

Will Butch Jones have the same kind of effect in Knoxville? It's doubtful, but time will tell.

I do wish that the announcers picked for such a big game would be totally unbiased in their presentation. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit continued to embrace the fact that they felt Alabama benefitted from an official's call, even after their expert agreed the call was correct. Then they quickly forgot that the first Irish touchdown was due to a missed call on a completion given to Notre Dame. I wish I could have listened to Eli Gold call the action. That would have been something.

As usual, I hate to see the football season come to a close and especially after this one that the throngs of Vandy fans have been able to enjoy so much. We'll all have a happy grin until fall rolls around again. We've had a good recruiting season and the future looks bright. I'm going to have to buy me some shades.

Keep a warm smile and let's help on these cold winter nights get out of here.

Go Jets! Go Panthers! Go USA!

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

Text Only
Sports Columns
  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.

    July 24, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Vols begin preparations for season opener in eight days

    The start of fall practice is only a mere eight days away. Coach Butch Jones has to be ready to get Team #118 on the field and to start preparations for Utah State.

    July 24, 2014

  • Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Even when Tiger Woods finished just a few strokes from last place at the British Open, he was one of the  featured topics in stories coming out of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Vols focused on Utah

    The SEC media days have come and gone with no real news being generated. A successful media days appearance is usually defined as leaving Hoover, AL without giving a future opponent bulletin board material. Using that criteria, Tennessee left without any major gaffs.

    July 17, 2014

  • Oh Good Greif: Good things must come to an end

    The Dr. Pepper Classic, a long-time tradition at McKenzie Arena, affectively-known as the Round House, will seize, as a couple of teams dropped out, leaving the university in a "lurch," according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Tuesday morning. Teams wanted a cash guarantee to play, which couldn't be provided (at this time).

    July 10, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Majors Invitational tees off Sunday at Lake Tansi

    It is the second weekend in July and that means Johnny Majors is at Lake Tansi this weekend to host his annual golf tournament. It is always a treat for the local UT fans to interact with those that have been a part of the Vol football program. They come to the plateau each year to renew old acquaintances and share the stories of gridiron prowess from past years. By the way, the stories sure seem to get better with time.

    July 10, 2014

  • Oh Good Greif: 'Dores make history with CWS win

    History was made at the College World Series in Omaha, NE, this week, as the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team won the school's  first national championship in any sport since the Vandy women's bowling team won the 2007 national crown.

    June 26, 2014

  • Rocky Top Beat: Tyndall hire closes the book on Martin era

    The University of Tennessee was able to close the books on the Cuonzo Martin era of Vol basketball earlier this week when they hired Donnie Tyndall to lead their program. Athletic Director Dave Hart, who conducted the search and the hiring on his own, appears to have found the right coach for this team at the right time.

    April 24, 2014

  • ROCKY TOP BEAT: You never know what will happen next with TN sports

    When you cover UT sports, you never know what is going to happen next. The past two weeks were no exception as they were filled with "the good, the bad and the ugly."

    April 17, 2014

  • Oh Good Greif: Spring in full swing with Masters under way

    With "March Madness" over and the Masters golf tournament under way in Augusta, GA, you know spring has sprung.

    April 10, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014