John Adams: Alabama proves it's No. 1; UT proves it won't quit

On review officials ruled Tennessee running back Rajion Neal's (20) 3-yard run was a touchdown during the second half against Alabama Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Michael Patrick, copyright © 2013

On review officials ruled Tennessee running back Rajion Neal's (20) 3-yard run was a touchdown during the second half against Alabama Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — What’s Alabama trying to prove? That it’s No. 1? No arguments here after watching it dismantle Tennessee 45-10 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

I'll never forget that 1906 game. I said right then and there that we would never get beat by them like that again in 100 years.

Alpha-Snail writes:

It's time we re-think this tradition. It no longer makes any sense.

Think of it this way: What do our biggest SEC East rivals want? Florida, Georgia and South Carolina ...hey, they want us to keep it! Why? Because it's one more loss for UT in the annual race for the SEC East. It also means that there will be fewer rotated games, which means that over time, they play Bama less.

But hey, it's the 3rd Saturday in October (except for that year when it was a different Saturday). "Gotta keep it," some say. "After all tradition is more important than anything."

They must think that's a major recruiting point..."Come to Tennessee, and you can play in a traditional game against Alabama."

Tradition is a great thing. But ya gotta admit, it has it's down side. Some things really are more important...like wins, championships, and a level playing field.

cltvol writes:

in response to Tao_of_Tennessee:

I'll never forget that 1906 game. I said right then and there that we would never get beat by them like that again in 100 years.

HAHA -now that's good humor right there!!

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

As a famous military man once said
"Damn the Torpedoes Full Speed Ahead" we are Tennessee so take your best shot while you can because we will not quit.

TommyJack writes:

Good piece, Adams.

volsindallas writes:

in response to Alpha-Snail:

It's time we re-think this tradition. It no longer makes any sense.

Think of it this way: What do our biggest SEC East rivals want? Florida, Georgia and South Carolina ...hey, they want us to keep it! Why? Because it's one more loss for UT in the annual race for the SEC East. It also means that there will be fewer rotated games, which means that over time, they play Bama less.

But hey, it's the 3rd Saturday in October (except for that year when it was a different Saturday). "Gotta keep it," some say. "After all tradition is more important than anything."

They must think that's a major recruiting point..."Come to Tennessee, and you can play in a traditional game against Alabama."

Tradition is a great thing. But ya gotta admit, it has it's down side. Some things really are more important...like wins, championships, and a level playing field.

With you limited knowledge of football, tradition and football history...we should have ended this rivalry ten years ago when Tennessee beat Alabama 9 out of 10 years from 1995 to 2004. Back then it was just one more lost for the Tide, Bulldogs, Gator, Gamecocks...should I say more. We will RISE TO THE TOP...GBO

writer#358485 writes:

Yeah, I have to admit Adams wrote a pretty decent piece, without his usual sarcasm toward the Vols. We'll be back, Butch has us on the right track. It will just take a little time. Go Vols!

psychovol2 writes:

The emergence of Dobbs almost made this beat down worth it. The Vols will need a mobile QB next year with a new O-line, and mobile QBs beat Mizzou and Vandy this week as well. Play to win Vols and that means throwing out all the stops like you did against UGA. GBO!

Alpha-Snail writes:

in response to volsindallas:

With you limited knowledge of football, tradition and football history...we should have ended this rivalry ten years ago when Tennessee beat Alabama 9 out of 10 years from 1995 to 2004. Back then it was just one more lost for the Tide, Bulldogs, Gator, Gamecocks...should I say more. We will RISE TO THE TOP...GBO

Actually, I remember those years very well. I also remember what happened before that, including the days of the Bear (whom I actually met once). Even in his day we, along with other teams, weren't dominated by Bama the way Saban does it now.

This is a new era. We just hired a great coach. Don't shoot him in the foot just because you don't like change.

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