Our week of hosting the Roundtable has come to a close, which means it’s time to sum it up and be done with it! And while we picked a winner for this week’s Roundtable, we also have a loser. It’s Moondog, and not for nominating us to leave the blog-o-sphere, we’re not that superficial. It’s because he runs a Tennessee blog using UGA colors.
Okay, so maybe we are that superficial and it’s for the nomination.
The winner this week is Joel from Rocky Top Talk. His blog tied this one for awesomest answers, but he wins the tiebreaker for nicknaming us jondon, making us the new J. Lo or Brangelina of the blog-o-sphere. Feel free to make a little graphic to display on your site, Joel; “Winner of Roundtable, Week 7″.
Let’s see what people had to say.
1. Knock on wood before answering this question, but let’s assume that Jonathan Crompton goes out with a season ending injury in the 1st half of the first game of the season. Should we just pack it up and wait until next season, or is there a glimmer of hope in any of the young backups?
Your Mom Had Relations with Wilt Chamberlain said:
There is always a glimmer of hope! BJ Coleman and Nick Stephens are the back ups and people say they aren’t looking good. However I have it on good word that Coleman is so deathly afraid of the Mountain Messiah Crompton that he is mucking it up on purpose in practice.
The Mountain Messiah can throw the ball the distance of five football fields. Coleman can do that same except while laying on his stomach. Coleman is ironically the Mountain Messiah’s kryptonite, much like Crompton was Ainge’s kryptonite.
Colemanites assemble and start fighting for what is yours. Why wait till Crompton goes down? Carpe diem! Carpe diem!
If all else fails we have Eric Berry. He can do anything he wants to do except coach of course
and Moondog, who knows we love him and that we like to kid offers this insight:
With so many questioning the Vols ability to win games this season with Crompton under center, a season-ending injury – on the surface – would appear disastrous. But Tennessee has some advantages this season that would allow for such an injury.
All of us know Nick Stephens and B.J. Coleman have talent, but they lack experience. Our offense will be different this season with Dave Clawson calling the shots. He’ll be smart enough to pull either Stephens and Coleman aside and tell them they don’t have to be the second coming of Peyton.
We’re going to hand the ball to one of our three very talented running backs who will rip through defenses behind our big, strong and veteran offensive line. We’re going to mix in some play-action, a few screens, a swing pass here and there and the next thing you’ll know, the band will be playing “Down the Field” as we celebrate six points.
All a young QB will need to do is manage the game and limit mistakes. There’s more than enough talent on the offensive side of the ball for us to absorb a serious injury to Crompton.
2. Does Erik Ainge have a future in the NFL?
Loser with Socks offers this along with his Crompton conspiracy theories (which we whole heartedly buy into):
Universally viewed in Big Orange Country as ”the” cock-block to the Ruff n Tuff QB, Ainge temporarily silenced the critics with a stellar 67% completion rate and a trip to the SEC CG. Sadly, Ainge will fade into Tennessee obscurity as the west coast kid holding back the chosen one. Ainge wasn’t a Smokey Mountain Boy that bled orange. To his credit, he survived some Tonya Harding-like beatdowns when he had his pinky, knee and shoulders “injured”. I am not accusing the Cromptonites, just saying that the timing was pretty weird.
I hope that he makes it in the NFL. I would love to see him serve a nice piping hot cup of STFU to the raucous Cromptonite Nation. I have figured out that most Cromptonites are not very good judges of football talent.
And Southeastern Sports blog says:
I thought he was in one of the best possible situations in New York before Favre showed up, but since he hasn’t gotten a snap in a preseason game yet and Eric Mangini has made fun of his throws, clearly I was wrong.
Ainge performed well under David Cutcliffe’s system, and so the question for me was always how well that would translate in a faster NFL game without Cutcliffe there beside him. But if Ainge isn’t even getting a chance to compete, then I too see clipboards and pristine green and white jerseys in his immediate future.
I’m actually going to skip 3. There was no best answer, but I’d encourage you to visit the other blogs and see how they got started.
4. If you could be one player in one game in Tennessee history, which player and which game would you pick? Why?
Most people went with Travis Stephens and his humiliation of Florida. View from the Hill
sums it up best:
Thomas from over @ YMSWWC and I are great minds because we thought alike. I knew this one pretty quick: from a game I still have never watched (I have my reasons), it’s Travis Stephens in Gainesville 2001.
That was probably Tennessee’s greatest win since 1998, as the underdog in Steve Spurrier’s last home game in the Swamp. He had 226 yards and Florida could not tackle the guy. That’s gotta be such a great feeling – knowing you can’t be stopped.
And Gate21 just gave us a list:
This is a tough one. There are so many great choices which would be on my short-list. Here are a few (in no particular order)
Dale Jones vs. Miami — 1985
Condredge Holloway vs. Clemson — 1974
Peyton Manning vs. Alabama — 1995
Al Wilson vs. Florida — 1998
Peerless Price vs. Florida State — 1998
Heath Shuler vs. Florida — 1992
George Cafego vs. Anybody — 1938/39
These are but a few — this one is just too tough to call.
5. Which is your favorite rivalry and why? (Not necessarily limited to Tennessee teams)
Joel from RTT offers this:
Tennessee-Florida. My favorite is the one I enjoy winning the most, which is in inverse proportion to the one we lose most often. Florida just always seems to be in the way. They’re a nasty bunch, and beating them is best.
and 3rd Saturday in Blogtober says:
I wish I didn’t get so worked up about it, but I just love the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry. Though I hate Alabama fans, my entire family of in-laws (whom I love) are Bammers, my wife is a Bammer, I live in Bammer, and as much as I hate living life when we lose, it’s 10 times sweeter when we win that game. Also, as much as I hate Alabama fans, I respect what the Crimson Tide has done over the years. When you beat Bama — and we’ve done it an awful lot in recent years — it means something.
Plus, like Fulmer’s Belly said, I expect to beat Alabama and I don’t expect to beat Florida. And I like to win.
But last year when the Tennessee-Alabama game was on Lincoln Financial, I found myself angry that such a huge game could be buried on such a crappy feed with such crappy announcers. Mike Slive ought to be shot in the head for not having us an HD network.
Bonus: Who will win the national title this year? And by how many points will Tennessee win? (See what we did there?)
I’m not sure how, but half of you messed up the bonus questions. I feel like Will Farrell playing Alex Trebek in Celebrity Jeopardy. Some of you managed to not pick Tennessee (I’m looking your way, Joel and 3SiB), and still others didn’t even answer (MOONDOG??? LWS???).
Thanks to everyone for participating, and best of luck to the guy that hosts next week, although you won’t do as great a job as the now legendary week 7.
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