Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Sports Columns

October 24, 2013

ALL IN THE GAME: It was a good day for most of us

CROSSVILLE — Just when Frank Gale thought he would really be able to give it to me as Tennessee defeated their long-time nemesis Steve Spurrier, his bubble lost a little air. Not long after the last second win by the Vols, Vanderbilt, sans their starting quarterback, scored 17 unanswered points in a stirring comeback win over Georgia.

That's not something the large throng of Commodore fans is used to seeing, but it is a nice feeling.

The Tansi bunch had to be yelling and screaming, as Michael Palardy drilled the winning field goal for the Vols, and they should be very proud of this big win. That's a large brick in the foundation that Butch Jones is laying in Knoxville.

He will get a chance to put in place a much larger adobe this Saturday as he takes on the Crimson Tide. It's not often that Tennessee is a four touchdown underdog as they are in this one, and I would be awfully surprised to see them get beat by that many points.

As tough a coach as Nick Saban is, he is not one to pile on should he have the opportunity. There has always been a large number of 'Bama fans in the Crossville area, nearly as many as Volunteers, and a big win for the Tide may put them ahead in numbers.

My bunch is not in for an easy weekend either, as we must travel to take on Johnny Manziel and the Aggies. Hopefully Patton Robinette, the new Vandy signal caller will be able to continue to perform as he did against the Bulldogs, if the job falls to him.

The escapability of Manziel poses a problem for anyone that A&M faces. He's definitely a magician with his feet, even if I don't like his attitude. His loss to Auburn was another shocker to probably everyone, except Brock Hill who was a student there I think during the Pat Sullivan era.

I was surprised to see that Rick Dockham's alma mater managed to take second place in the BCS standings, but a massacre of previously third-ranked Clemson can have that type effect. I still believe that super-quick Oregon just might be the best team in the nation. The Seminoles still have a couple of tough tests to go as they have to play Miami and the Gators. This would be a great year for the four-team playoff to begin.

Well, we've got chances for upsets again this week and it seems that nothing in the SEC is a sure thing, so I'll keep my hopes high. You Vol fans do the same thing. Ronnie Pugh's favorite team can't continue to beat you every year.

Have a great week and enjoy this fall weather.

Go Panthers! Go Jets! 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