JOE BIDDLE: Gators burst Vols bubble

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: July 7, 2013 (Image 1)

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Wilber Marshall. …

The Daily Meal website has provided college football fans with their list of best college football bars.

Of the 25 bars, seven SEC locations made the list. Not surprising since the SEC leads all other conferences on the field, winning the past seven national championships.

The Half Barrel in Knoxville, with its outdoor deck , was deemed as tops in Rocky Top.

The Swamp, near the real Swamp, won the nod in Gainesville.

Some others include Foghorn's in Fayetteville, where the Hogs gather, Nowhere Bar in Athens, Ga., Pazzo's Pizza Bar in Lexington, Ky.

The SEC's two new members proved they can party with the best. Try out the Dixie Chicken when you visit Texas A&M and Harpo's in Columbia, Missouri.

  • Tennessee's trip to the Top 25 lasted as long as a bad blind date. A total second half collapse by the Vols on their turf left the impression that Coach Derek Dooley's team isn't as close to being back to where Tennessee fans expected them to be.

    Florida's defense allowed only six points as the Vols struggled on both sides of the ball and quarterback Tyler Bray totally lost his composure over the final 30 minutes. He reverted to freshman form, making bad decisions, throwing off his back foot, crumbling under the Gator rush.

    It's back to the drawing board. The kicker missed an extra point. The Vols defense looked slow while trying to catch Florida runners. Is defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri giving his team too much homework to learn in too short a time? Florida's sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel continued to improve while Bray took a big step to the rear. His body language as the Gators kept putting points up, was a traditional hang-dog pose.

    We'll see what the Vols are made of now. There is a lot of football left. They were never as good as we were led to believe. Maybe they were not as bad as they looked against Florida.

    The only consolation for Vol Nation was that former coach Lane Kiffin and his No. 2-ranked Southern Cal Trojans went down, 21-14, to Stanford later Saturday night.

  • Get well wishes to wrestling icon Jerry “The King'' Lawler, the Memphis-based showman who suffered a heart attack on the air during Monday Night Raw's TV special where Lawler was part of the broadcast crew.

    He was given CPR at the scene, shocked seven times with a defibrillator and transported to a Montreal hospital, where doctors performed angioplasty surgery, inserting several stents.

    The attack didn't impede Lawler's sense of humor.

    “I have more wires coming out of me than AT&T,'' he quipped.

  • Tebow mania has subsided in the Mile High City. There is a new hero in Denver, fellow name of Peyton Manning.

    The first year Broncos quarterback is quickly making Denver fans forget last year's heartthrob, Tim Tebow.

    In aerial views, Manning's likeness has been spotted in a cornfield at a farm in LaSalle, Colo.

    The owners used a computer image and GPS device that steered a corn husker through the huge field.

    They have chosen a new theme for the past dozen years.

  • Speaking of Manning, does his Heisman Trophy nemesis Charles Woodson have something against quarterbacks who played their college football in Tennessee.

    Not only will a majority of Tennesse fans believe Woodson stole the Heisman from Manning, now he has taken some shots at former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler.

    The Bears quarterback suffered a four pick, seven sack game in a 23-10 loss to Green Bay Thursday night.

    Cutler was 11 for 27, good for a mere 126 yards and a 28.3 quarterback rating. After the game, Woodson fired a volley at Cutler.

    “Same old Jay,'' Woodson said. “We don't need luck. We just need to be in position, Jay will throw us the ball.''

    Cutler unleashed a tirade of his own, aimed at his teammates.

    “I care about this. This isn't just a hobby. I'm not doing this for my health,'' Cutler told reporters after the loss.

    “I'm trying to win football games. When we're not doing the little things the right way consistently, I'm going to say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn't care, they can get someone else.''

    In Cutler's draft class, he was the third pick, behind Titans choice Vince Young and Southern Cal's Matt Leinart. There was debate among NFL GMs and coaches as to which one would be the best pro QB.

    Young is currently out of football and a bust. Leinart has become a journeyman, leaving Cutler to carry the banner for his class. He is now with his second NFL team and can't afford to have games like he had against the Packers.

  • Pro Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was all in with Digital Domain, Inc., stock before it went public.

    According to a report in The Post Game, Marino purchased 1,358,456 shares at an undisclosed price. The company went public last November and the former Dolphins great bought more shares, bringing his total to 1,576,525. It peaked at $9.20 a share in April before taking a nosedive to 55 cents a share.

    A spokesperson for Marino would not divulge how much money he lost on the stock, but suffice it to say it was significant.

  • Best sign seen in college football stadiums so far this season came from the Louisiana Monroe section during their upset win over Top 25 ranked Arkansas.

    “I Smell Bacon!!!'' it read.

    Sure enough, the olfactory glands were correct as Monroe slaughtered the Hogs in the college shocker of the season to this point.

  • There isn't a better pregame ceremony than the one at Florida State.

    A student clad in Seminole Native American apparel rides his horse, Renegade, around the stadium before student portraying Chief Osceola rides on the field burying a flaming spear in the turf as the Doak Campbell Stadium crowd crowd goes crazy.

  • Notre Dame joined the ACC in every sport but football.

    That's like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the peanut butter. It's like the New York Yankees without pinstripes. Sheriff Andy Taylor without Barney Fife. NFL games without real officials.

    I can't wait to see how that Notre Dame-North Carolina lacrosse rivalry stacks up. Or watch the Irish and Florida State duke it out in the swimming meets.

    Notre Dame needs to get off its high horse and admit its football program is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to competing for national championships.

  • Monumental 32-31 victory by Western Kentucky, who pulled off a 2-point conversion in overtime to beat big brother Kentucky on the Wildcats home field.

    It was the first time in history Western had defeated Kentucky and the first win in 15 games against SEC teams.

    Former WKU quarterback Willie Taggert has done a solid job in just two years as head coach of the program.

    He rolled the dice on a trick play he installed this past week to decide the game.

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