The Big Orange Roundtable Vol. V Roundup AKA Where in the World is the Power T?
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on August 8, 2008
Folks it’s time for the roundup of this weeks questions. Since I’m the host I get to choose the two best answers from our esteemed Roundtable members.
Before we begin I have some sad news. We think the creative writers of the Power T have been kidnapped and are in a remote cesspool filled location like Tuscaloosa. So far their captors have not made a ransom demand but we have a team of crack heads crackerjack team of skilled Big Orange Special Forces operatives searching their whereabouts as I type. Let us all pray for their return and the crushing of Alabama.
Alrighty then: On to the roundup
1. One former VOL made the brave choice to testify against some Bammers and has to enter witness protection with a whole new identity, but that also gives him 4 more years of eligibility. Which VOL would you pick and why?
Our newest member, A View from the Hill said:
“That said, I’m gonna go old-school (for me at least) with Jay Graham, because he broke the Bammers’ hearts two straight years, and I think he just scored on the Tide again. Proof…”
Sweet! I like him already
“Our host made an excellent choice with Al Haynesworth, and because defensive tackle would appear to be our thinnest position, I’m gonna take his partner in crime, John Henderson.”
2. Alabama has been given the death penalty and is forced to leave the SEC, at the same time South Carolina decides it can win a lot more in the Sunbelt conference and bolts the SEC. Two teams have to take their place who would you like to see
LWS had the most entertaining answer:
“It is so satisfying to see a a plan come together. The plan that I am talking about is the letter writing campaign that I have advocated to expel this infected program into the void known as the Mountain West Conference. I would think that Clemson would be a logical fit since their fans are not used to “moral” victories like Carolina fans. They expect to win every week unlike SCAR who always finds a way to lose. Georgia Tech would be awesome too. Aren’t they like the original owners of UGA?”
And Fulmer’s Belly was equally as entertaining:
“First, for Alabama, we want the New England Patriots. Let’s replace one cheating team with another. For South Carolina we’ll take Illinois. Say what you will about Zook, but at least we could beat him.”
3. What will be the toughest road game to win and why?
Rocky Top Talk proclaims:
“But then I remembered Auburn. Let’s just say I don’t have fond memories of the Tigers. Any team that can make Jason Allen look like a poor tackler is frightening. Plus, the game is the week after Florida. Lose at Florida, and it’ll be here we go again again . Win at Florida, and it’ll feel like we have it made. Neither scenario is good. Auburn’s talented and well-coached. They generally play us well, and following Florida isn’t a good thing, so I’m saying that’ll be the toughest away game this season.”
Auburn. Coming off an emotional game against the Gators and having to visit the Plains the following week is going to be the most difficult game of the season for the Vols.
Even with a victory against Florida, its next to impossible to recapture that same level of emotion. Not to mention, if the Vols enter the game undefeated, Auburn is going to have extra incentive to hand the Vols their first loss.
4.Could have the great Coach Fulmer handled himself better at the SEC media event when he was asked about the subpoena instead of asking what subpoena?
Gate 21 had the most logical answer but he’s an attorney. I play an attorney on this blog only.
“No. As a lawyer, the worst thing you can have a client do is publicly acknowledge they were served when either: 1) they weren’t served or 2) you want to be able to challenge service despite the fact that the papers ended-up in their hands.”
3rd Saturday in Blogtober had the best answer though
Absolutely and without question. Listen, Fulmer is our coach, and I’m going to support him, but it does no good lying to the media. If you lie to the media, you lie to your own fans because the media is the buffer between the players/coaches and the general public.
All Fulmer had to do when questioned in Birmingham that day was say something like,
“I did receive something that I was informed was a subpoena, but obviously I refuse to talk about that at this time. My lawyers and I will evaluate the situation and work like heck to get it resolved before the season starts. This week is meant for this great conference, 12 prestigious institutions and the student athletes who represent these institutions, and I am not about to let a couple of hoodwinks and swindlers sabotage what this day means to us nationally. I am not interested in the SEC being a laughingstock just because some of the ignorant residents of one state are.”
Now, that would have given the media something to sink its teeth into. It also would have taken some of the focus off of what essentially was a non-situation. Instead, it escalated when it didn’t need to and threatens to rear its ugly head at some point during the season – likely before the Vols head to Auburn.
Listen, I hate, hate, HATE this situation for Fulmer because it’s long dead and in the past. But lying doesn’t do anybody any good, and in this day of modern media and so many different variations of media, you’re not going to get away with it … especially not at a circus like the SEC Media Days in Birmingham. It just could have – and should have – been handled better all the way around. Instead, it turned into a PR fiasco, and led to Fulmer’s statement, which really meant this.
Well this concludes my rein of terror as king for a week. Next week we will have hopefully would have rescued our comrades from the clutches of dirty Bammers. Next week is Moondog Sports turn to host and be king for a week.
A good Alabama team is a beaten Alabama team.
You can checkout everyone’s answers by clicking the links below.
- 3rd Saturday in Blogtober
- Moondog Sports
- Fulmer’s Belly
- Loser With Socks
- Gate 21
- Rocky Top Talk
- SouthEastern Sports Blog
- The View from the Hill