Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Monday, December 19, 2022

12-17-2022, Saturday: Big H BBQ Christmas Bash (at Cherokee): Cherokee Lady Chiefs Defeated Phelps (KY) Lady Hornets, 58 - 34 (published 12-19-2022; article #380)


Greetings to my Tennessee, national, and international readers! Thanks for visiting. Locally, we have a little bit of winter. The low this morning was 20F. The high may reach to the low 40's. Yes, I know that we could have a cold day – if the high were in the low 20's. We can have real winter in northeast Tennessee. Sometimes it falls on a weekend. To my local readers, it ain't cold yet! I'll let you know when and if it gets cold around here.

This article, a sports update, was inspired by the text that I saw, from my youngest brother, this morning. I turn off my cell phone every day about 5 PM. (Mrs. Appalachian Irishman tries to remember to do the same.) Yesterday, however, I turned off my cell phone a little before 5 PM. That will teach me!

Text from Youngest Brother

Early this morning, once I'd turned on my cell phone, I saw the text that my youngest brother had sent yesterday (12/18/2022) at 4:57 PM. He related that their oldest daughter was on TV! He sent the website link. (See below.)

At 6:53 AM today, I replied to my brother by text. We exchanged brief pleasantries. His final text, in the exchange, expressed that their youngest daughter (on the Bulls Gap Middle School Lady Bulldogs basketball team) “can't buy a spot in the newspaper” but that their oldest daughter (on the Cherokee High School Lady Chiefs basketball team) “gets in there every time.”

I still wish that the hometown newspaper would include articles and photographs on the Bulls Gap Middle School Lady Bulldogs basketball games. I'd mentioned both of our nieces, in my article of 12/6/2022. (That article mentioned the website that includes the Cherokee Chiefs, 2022-23 Girls' Basketball Schedule). The Bulls Gap Middle School 2022-23 Basketball Schedule is not updated to show scores.

The 12/17/2022, Saturday, Round One Bash

Cherokee High School is currently hosting the Big H BBQ Christmas Bash, 12/17-20/2022 (Saturday - Tuesday). First round games were on Saturday, 12/17/2022.


The text from my youngest brother included the WJHL-TV article and video. Our niece is mentioned prominently in the televised video: “Hosts win at Day 1 of Big H BBQ Christmas Tournament,” on WJHL-TV News Channel 11 & ABC Tri-Cities, by Nick Dugan, posted 12/18/2022, 12:37 AM EST, updated 12/18/2022, 12:37 AM EST.

The commentator states that our niece hit “the runner off the backboard!” Nice basket, number 30!

The Rogersville Review

We subscribe to The Rogersville Review, my hometown newspaper. Today, I logged into our account and saw the article, with photographs. The article should be in a future edition of the newspaper. The article is: “Lady Chiefs Roll Past Lady Hornets to earn round one win in Big H tourney,” The Rogersville Review, by Randy Ball, 12/18/2022.

I selected the photograph, below, as one of two that includes our niece. The photograph and caption are by Randy Ball.

Ariel Ferrell passing.

The photograph looks as if our niece is passing the basketball directly toward me! Did I catch it?


The second round game, in the Big H BBQ Christmas Bash, is today, at 8 PM. The Cherokee Lady Chiefs host the Happy Valley Lady Warriors. The Lady Chiefs are overall 7-5, district 1-1. The Lady Warriors are overall 3-5, district 0-1.

We hope that the Lady Chiefs defeat the Lady Warriors! Go Chiefs!

I know that both our nieces practice good sportsmanship. That's how their parents are raising them.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

2022 - 2023 College Football Bowl Games: List and Commentary (published 12-10-2022)

Image by jorono from Pixabay. Free to use under Pixabay license.


Greetings, to each local, state, national, and international reader! Thanks for stopping by. This article is primarily for my national readers. By the way, in northeast Tennessee, we have endured rain, daily, since Monday (12/5/2022). Today started as mostly sunny, but the “wonderful” clouds – to which we are so well accustomed – rolled in. At least the annual rainfall is back to above normal. Noah and his family endured rain for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:12). We have only endured rain for five days.

Today is the first Saturday without college football, of any interest. (I'm not interested in the Army - Navy game.) Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is back to enjoying her morning to early afternoon cooking, home improvement, and reality TV shows – much to my aggravation.

As a public service to my national readers, I am publishing the list of 42 (count 'em 42) college football bowl games, from 12/16/2022 to 1/2/2023. The college football national championship game, on 1/9/2022, at 7:30 PM, makes 43 total bowl games.

The List

The two sources for my list are (12/10/2022): 2022-23 college football bowl game schedule, scores, TV channels, times and ESPN: College football bowl games 2022: Dates, times, matchups.

My list is easier to read. The eleven SEC teams are emboldened and underlined. There should be only ten bowl games. The ten that should exist are emboldened. The others should go to oblivion. (That's my opinion. Feel free to makes it yours.) The bold blue font, with my question, wonders if Barstool is a TV station! I thought folks sat on barstools.

Friday, Dec. 16 (2 games)
– Bahamas Bowl, Bahamas: Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB. 11:30 AM. ESPN.
– Cure Bowl, Orlando: #24 Troy vs. #25 UTSA. 3 PM. ESPN.

Saturday, Dec. 17 (7 games, 1 SEC team)
– Fenway Bowl, Boston: Cincinnati vs. Louisville. 11 AM. ESPN.
– Celebration Bowl, Atlanta: Jackson State vs. NC Central. 12 PM. ABC.
– New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque: SMU vs. BYU. 2:15 PM. ESPN.
– LA Bowl, Inglewood, CA: Washington State vs. Fresno State. 3:30 PM. ABC.
– LendingTree Bowl, Mobile, AL: Rice vs. Southern Mississippi. 5:45 PM. ESPN.
– Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas: #14 Oregon State vs. Florida. 7:30 PM. ABC.
– Frisco Bowl, Frisco, TX: Boise State vs. North Texas. 9:15 PM. ESPN.

Monday, Dec. 19 (1 game)
– Myrtle Beach Bowl, Conway, SC: Marshall vs. UConn. 2:30 PM. ESPN.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 (2 games)
– Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, ID: Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State. 3:30 PM. ESPN.
– Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, FL: Liberty vs. Toledo. 7:30 PM. ESPN.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 (1 game)
– New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans: South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky. 9 PM. ESPN.

Thursday, Dec. 22 (1 game)
– Armed Forces Bowl, Forth Worth, TX: Baylor vs. Air Force. 7:30 PM. ESPN.

Friday, Dec. 23 (2 games, 1 SEC team)
– Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA: Houston vs. Louisiana. 3 PM. ESPN.
– Gasparilla Bowl, Tampa, FL: Wake Forest vs. Missouri. 6:30 PM. ESPN.

Saturday, Dec. 24 (1 game)
– Hawai'i Bowl, Honolulu: Middle Tennessee State vs. San Diego State. 8 PM. ESPN.

Monday, Dec. 26 (1 game)
– Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit: Bowling Green vs. New Mexico State. 2:30 PM. ESPN.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 (4 games)
– Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, AL: Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern. 12 PM. ESPN.
– First Responder Bowl, Dallas: Memphis vs. Utah State. 3:15 PM. ESPN.
– Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham: Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina. 6:45 PM. ESPN.
– Guaranteed Rate Bowl, Phoenix: Oklahoma State vs. Wisconsin. 10:15 PM. ESPN.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 (4 games, 2 SEC teams)
– Military Bowl, Annapolis, MD: Duke vs. UCF. 2 PM. ESPN.
Liberty Bowl, Memphis: Arkansas vs. Kansas. 5:30 PM. ESPN.
– Holiday Bowl, San Diego: #15 Oregon vs. North Carolina. 8 PM. FOX.
– Texas Bowl, Houston: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss. 9 PM. ESPN.

Thursday, Dec. 29 (3 games)
– Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx, NYC: Minnesota vs. Syracuse. 2 PM. ESPN.
– Cheez-It Bowl, Orlando, FL: #13 Florida State vs. Oklahoma. 5:30 PM. ESPN.
– Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, TX: #12 Washington vs. #20 Texas. 9 PM. ESPN.

Friday, Dec. 30 (5 games, 2 SEC teams)
– Duke's Mayo Bowl, Charlotte, NC: #23 NC State vs. Maryland. 12 PM. ESPN.
Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX: #18 UCLA vs. Pitt. 2 PM. CBS.
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, FL: #19 South Carolina vs. #21 Notre Dame. 3:30 PM. ESPN.
– Arizona Bowl, Tuscon, AZ: Ohio vs. Wyoming. 4:30 PM. Barstool (a TV station?)
Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, FL: #6 Tennessee vs. #7 Clemson. 8 PM. ESPN.

Saturday, Dec. 31 (4 games, 3 SEC teams)
– Music City Bowl, Nashville: Iowa vs. Kentucky. 12 PM. ABC.
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans: #5 Alabama vs. #9 Kansas State. 12 PM. ESPN.
– College Football Playoff (CFP) semi-final:
Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ: #2 Michigan vs. #3 TCU. 4 PM. ESPN.
– College Football Playoff (CFP) semi-final:
Peach Bowl, Atlanta: #1 GEORGIA vs. #4 Ohio State. 8 PM. ESPN.

Monday, Jan. 2 (4 games, 2 SEC teams)
– ReliaQuest Bowl, Tampa, FL: #22 Mississippi State vs. Illinois. 12 PM. ESPN2.
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL: No. 17 LSU vs. Purdue. 1 PM. ABC.
Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, TX: #10 USC vs. #16 Tulane. 1 PM. ESPN.
Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena, CA: #8 Utah vs. #11 Penn State. 5 PM. ESPN.

Monday, Jan. 9, College Football Playoff National Championship Game
– Inglewood, CA: teams to be decided. 7:30 PM. ESPN.


Whew! What a list! If you are interested in a historical record (to at least 2015) on the increasing number of college football bowl games, then I suggest: “Tracking the Growth in College Football Bowl Games,” on FBSchedules, by Amy Daughters, 4/8/2015. Bowl games have been growing like mushrooms, during rainy season.

Lord willing, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, Molly (our ol' puppy), and I will watch at least two bowl games:

12/30/2022, Orange Bowl: #6 Tennessee vs. #7 Clemson. 8 PM.
12/31/2022, CFP semi-final, Peach Bowl: #1 GEORGIA vs. #4 Ohio State. 8 PM. ESPN.

Go Vols! Go Dawgs!

Of course, I'll probably watch some of the other nine bowl games that include other SEC teams.


On college football Saturdays, the TV is on football games – even if I'm not really watching them. I catch updates, by visiting the TV at times. The morning shows are on the stations that provide the news and hype for the games that day. Football Saturdays are great, for this Appalachian Irishman!

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, however, is now back to enjoying her morning to early afternoon cooking, home improvement, and reality TV shows – much to my aggravation.

All good things must end – except the good life in Christ!

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Fearghail Clan Nieces - Homecoming Princess & Basketball Updates (published 12-6-2022; article #376)


Greetings, dear reader! Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is tomorrow. It marks the 81st remembrance of the infamous date – December 7th, 1941. I hope, a midst the frenzied commercialization of Christmas, that folks in this once great nation will pause to remember. I know that I will.

This article is about family and honors the two daughters of my youngest brother and his wife. Their school-aged accomplishments are placed in the context of everlasting accomplishment, at the conclusion. So, sit back, warm up that cup of coffee, and enjoy spending some time with me, by reading. Your visits here are always welcome.


About a month or two ago, my youngest brother had told me that his youngest daughter had been selected as the Seventh Grade Princess, at Bulls Gap Middle School. The Rogersville Review, the hometown newspaper, however, had not published an article about it – yet.

Lo and behold! The newspaper finally got around to printing an article! A subscription is required to read the article. I have a subscription. The article is: “Bulls Gap School 2022 Homecoming,” The Rogersville Review, Weekend, 11/26-27/2022, by Jim Beller, Sports Editor. The article names the Homecoming Queen and her Court. Our niece was the Seventh Grade Princess! The photograph, below, shows our niece as the Candidate, who became the Princess. (The caption, below her photograph, is from the article. Jim Beller took the photograph.)

7th Grade Candidate Lilliana Ferrell, daughter of Doug & Stacy Ferrell

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I are proud of our princess niece! We are also keeping up with your basketball games, on the Bulls Gap Middle School Lady Bulldogs basketball team. Your Dad tells me about them. I wish that the hometown newspaper would include articles and photographs of some of the games.


The oldest daughter of my youngest brother and his wife, in her junior year, is still a member of the Cherokee High School Lady Chiefs basketball team. My brother and The Rogersville Review keep us informed on the games.

I will highlight three articles from The Rogersville Review, as follows. The basketball team was introduced in the article: “2022-23 Lady Chiefs are veteran, versatile bunch,” The Rogersville Review, Weekend Edition, 11/12-13/2022, by Jim Beller, Sports Editor. (I excluded the caption in the photograph, below, since each person is named. The photograph is by Bobby Vaughn. Our niece is standing, second player from the right.)

The next article reports the loss, in the first game of the season, on 11/15/2022. Our niece is mentioned in the article: “Lady Trailblazers spoil Cherokee opener with strong 2nd half,” The Rogersville Review, Weekend Edition, 11/19-20/2022, by Randy Ball, Review Contributor. The photograph, below, is one of four in the article.

Ariel Ferrell grabs a rebound. Photo by Randy Ball.

The third article reports the win, in the fourth game of the season, on 11/28/2022. Our niece isn't mentioned in the article, but she is included in one of the eight photographs. The article is: “Gilliam, Howe guide Cherokee to victory over C-Gap,” The Rogersville Review, Weekend Edition, 12/3-4/2022, by Randy Ball, Review Contributor. The photograph is below.

Ariel Ferrell battles a Lady Panther. Photo by Randy Ball.

The newspaper does not list team schedules, scores, and rankings – as it did years ago. Those listings would be beneficial to readers.

I have found, however, the website that lists the Cherokee Chiefs, 2022-23 Girls' Basketball Schedule, which shows that the Cherokee Lady Chiefs are 4 - 3 so far this season. They play Cocke County today, at 6:30 PM. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I are proud of our niece! We'll be there in spirit at tip-off!


The school-aged accomplishments of our nieces are points of temporal pride and honor to the Fearghail clan. They are growing up well. They both are saved by God's grace, through their faith.

Their everlasting accomplishment, as they continue to grow in their faith, will bear much fruit in the kingdom of God, to the glory of His Son, our Savior. Their final score will be an everlasting victory!

Sunday, November 06, 2022

11-5-2022 Football Review: #3 GA Bulldogs Showed #1 TN Vols Who Is #1 (published 11-6-2022; article #371)

M. Fearghail, at Heritage days, 10/10/2021, at 3:22 PM. Photograph by Mrs. Appalachian Irishman.

Introduction - Setting the Scene

The weather yesterday (Saturday, 11/5/2022) was T-shirt warm, cloudy, and rainy off and on. Bravely, I donned the same Georgia T-shirt, as in the photograph. My outdoor activity included hauling trash and recycling. A few folks saw me wearing my Georgia T-shirt. No one commented. Afterward, before the game, I talked briefly with folks outside, in a next door neighbor's yard. They were having a “yard sale.” (I offered to buy their yard, but they were only selling the stuff that was in their yard.) One tall and wiry feller, who looked to be about my age, “warned” that he'd get his shotgun out of his van, to “shoot” me! We had a little fun. They know that Tennessee is still my second favorite college football team.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had shopped for groceries and household items. She'd visited with her folks, nearby. She returned home – just after the game had started, at 3:30 PM (“govrmint” time).

Rankings as of Games Through Saturday, 10/29/2022

Before the game, the college football top three rankings were as follows, through games played as of Saturday, 10/29/2022.

AP Poll (via NCAA AP Poll, through games as of 10/29/2022):
    #1 Georgia (8-0, 1528 points)
    #2 tie between Ohio State and Tennessee (both
         8-0, both 1500 points)

Coaches Poll (via USA Today Coaches Poll, through games as of 10/29/2022):

    #1 Georgia (8-0, 1552 points)
    #2 Ohio State (8-0, 1505 points)
    #3 Tennessee (8-0, 1455 points)

Georgia continued to be ranked #1 in both polls – appropriately.

As a side note, on Saturday, 10/29/2022, my wife and I had taken our '12 Nissan Sentra (her car) and our '06 Nissan Frontier (my truck) to get oil changes, at the same time. A gentleman, a year or so older than me, was at the Service Street location also. He wore his Ohio State Buckeyes sweatshirt (on a warm day). He and I talked awhile, after my wife left in the car. (Ladies first on oil changes.) The gentleman's last name is Yankee, but he is not a Yankee! He was born in Ohio. His wife and he had lived in Florida. They had “half-backed” to live in Tennessee. Mr. Yankee and I spoke on sports, “poly-tics,” and Christianity. He's a brother in Christ. I wished his wife and he well – and Ohio State well, unless against Georgia or Tennessee!

College Football Playoff (CFP) - via NCAA College Football CFP through games as of Saturday, 10/29/2022:

    #1 Tennessee 8-0
    #2 Ohio State 8-0
    #3 Georgia 8-0

I understood why Ohio State was #2 in the AP, Coaches, and CFP polls. Why, in the CFP poll, did Tennessee rank #1 and Georgia rank #3?

In their first eight games, Tennessee had beaten five ranked teams (Pittsburgh, Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Kentucky) – while Georgia had beaten only one ranked team (Oregon). That's probably why the CFP poll ranked as it did, on 10/29/2022.

As a side note, in their first eight games, Tennessee had averaged 49(.38) points per game on offense and allowed an average of 21 points per game against them on defense. Georgia had averaged 41(.75) offensive points per game and allowed on average 10(.5) points per game against them.

The Game

The rain that had poured, briefly, here, had started and continued to pour, in Athens, Georgia, after halftime. The rain had stopped near the end of the game.

Watching the game on TV, my glib Irish tongue rained out in eloquence – as I reacted and commented at frequent occasions! During the game, however, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman admitted, finally, that she wanted Tennessee to win. She likes Georgia, but she supports Tennessee. (She has a master's degree from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.) She did not wear one of her orange Tennessee T-shirts, however.

I curbed my glib tongue, once my “long-suffering” wife admitted -- finally, after three years – that she likes Tennessee better than Georgia, in college football. After all, it's just a college football game.

Her feelings probably come from the days when the Tennessee Lady Vols, under Pat Summitt, and the Georgia Lady Bulldogs, under Andy Landers (or “Ann Landers,” as I'd called him), were intense women's college basketball rivals. I still favor the Tennessee Lady Vols over any other women's college basketball team, dear! My allegiance is to Georgia college football only! I can parse the distinction between college football and women's college basketball.

Before the game, I had predicted that Georgia would win by 10 to 14 points. Georgia won by 14 points. The box score, by quarter and final score, below, is from NCAA 11/5/2022: Tennessee (8-1) 13 - Final - Georgia (9-0) 27.

Quarter: 1    2    3    4    Final
TN          3   3    0    7    13
GA       14  10   3    0     27

The Vols got their only touchdown of the game, with four minutes and 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter. At 2:42 left in the game, the Dawgs took over on downs, at the Vols' 39 yard line. After three running plays, Georgia had advanced to the Tennessee 25 yard line. Instead of kicking a field goal, the Dawgs took a victory kneel formation and won the game.

As the adage goes, “offenses win games, but defenses win championships.” Both teams have great offenses. Tennessee has a good defense. Georgia has a great defense. Georgia won by having the stronger defense. The home field advantage (12th man) certainly helped. Nice try, Vols! Great win, Dawgs!

Reply to Four Vol Fans

To the “long-suffering” Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, I'm glad that you “came out,” yesterday, that you remain a Vols football fan. As you know, in 2019, I relegated the Vols to be my second favorite college football team, when I promoted the Dawgs to my favorite team. I am not a “fan” or “fanatic” (extremely enthusiastic) about any sports team. As I have written, in several articles that mention college football, I had decided that Saturdays are much more enjoyable, as a follower of Georgia football. I don't have enough decades left in life, to await the return of the Vols to their former greatness.

Okay, the Vols are doing well this year. I'm happy for them! I have written, however, about the Vols' “coaching carousel,” since Phillip Fulmer – most recently on 9/18/2022 and 10/19/2022.

I wonder when Josh Heupel, who is doing well as the Vols' current head coach, will leave the Vols and return to his alma mater, to coach for the Oklahoma Sooners. This article is my prediction that he will – in a few years.

On Friday, 11/4/2022, I received a text from a former work colleague, which expressed the desire to see the Vols beat the Dawgs, the next day. I haven't replied yet. I thought about replying, after the game yesterday. I may reply tomorrow. Fridays were casual days at the office. Before I retired, I often wore my Georgia football T-shirt on Fridays. My colleague wore Tennessee football T-shirts. We enjoyed the humor in the rivalry. We are both Christians, so the ongoing rivalry is temporal.

After the game, I saw a post by a friend from my hometown. He used explicit and colorful metaphors to deride folks, who were born and raised in Tennessee, but who support a football team in another state – such as I do. This paragraph is my reply to him. What is my reply? “Yawn. Laughter. Your reasoning is subjective and inflamed by the Vols' loss to Georgia. You are welcome to keep your opinionated anger to yourself. I suggest that you stop drinking so much orange Kool-Aid. Your eyes look a little blurry! Do you have enough decades left in life, to await the Vols' return to greatness? Yes, they are doing well enough this year, but why are you angry and why am I happy? I don't throw a hissy fit when Georgia loses. Where are your priorities? I still love you, in Christ.”

Finally, a good friend emailed several of us today, on the Vols' loss yesterday. A sentence in his email included his humor on the loss: “The Vols were kidnapped, and a bunch of look-alikes took their place for the Georgia game.” My friend's email made several serious points. I liked his humorous point (cited) the best! He wasn't mad. He knows that I follow Georgia first then Tennessee – in college football.

By the Way - “Govrmint” Time Ended!

Getting of the mundane topic of college football, I had “so much fun” – setting back an hour 14 different time pieces – early this morning. Whew! At least we are off “govrmint” time finally!

Starting tomorrow, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman will be able to leave for work, with a little bit of early morning light forming – instead of driving to work in full darkness. For early risers, this is better – and safer.

The addendum to my 3/19/2022 article cited a valid source, to prove that – if “govrmint” time were year-round – then the sun would not rise until 8:47 AM, from January 1 through January 11 – of any given year. The addendum includes: “Do you want school-aged children arriving at school in the dark? Do you want to work almost an hour before the sun rises? I did not think so!”

I'm glad to be done with “govrmint” time once again – until next spring.


College football season is enjoyable. It's drawing near the end. Three games remain in the regular season. The “thousands” of bowl games will start. The College Football Playoff will determine the national championship team. As a Dawgs follower first, I enjoy Saturdays better that I would – if I were a Vols follower first. (The Vols are my second favorite team, y'all!)

I hope that my hometown friend knows the Good Lord personally. He may. His post of yesterday contained colorful adjectives that my glib Irish tongue prefers not to use (except in rare moments of anger or frustration). The Good Lord forgives my tongue, after I apologize to him. I also apologize to others who may hear me, but it's usually me talking with myself, when only God hears me.

Now that I have this sports article finished, my mind shifts to my third article, in the Christian Evidences series. I plan to write -- in answer to the question “Does God exist?” – that the teleological argument, alone, proves that He does.

My mind dwells on more profound thoughts – not on college football. I hope that yours does also.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

10-15-2022 Football Review: GA Bulldogs compared to TN Vols (published 10-19-2022; article #366)


I had taken the above photograph on House Mountain, on Saturday, 10/16/2010 – my 71st hike there. I was at the lower middle bluff, looking west, of course. My 10/24/2010 article includes all seven photographs that I had taken. The orange glow, at sunset, was breathtaking. I hiked out in half-moon darkness.

Rocky Top still has an orange glow of victory, after the game last Saturday. My 9/18/2022 article reviewed the 9/17/2022 football games that Georgia and Tennessee played. On Saturday, 10/15/2022, my Georgia Bulldogs (Dawgs) and the Tennessee Volunteers (Vols) each played different teams, at 3:30 PM. I flipped back and forth between the TV stations – staying on the Georgia game mostly. It was a pleasant football Saturday.

The Georgia - Vanderbilt game ended earlier. Tennessee snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Alabama! Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I watched the entire final half of the fourth quarter. As a Bulldog follower, the final minutes of the Tennessee - Alabama game were certainly entertaining and somewhat humorous! I did not endure the tension, frustration, then elation – as Tennessee fans did. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, however, did get tense, frustrated, then happy. Molly (our doggy) and I enjoyed witnessing her emotions! My wife still sips a little orange Kool-Aid.

Georgia (#1 AP/Coaches) vs. Vanderbilt, 3:30 PM

Georgia's 100th homecoming game blew out Vanderbilt (the hapless “Commode Doors”), 55 to 0. Georgia dominated, allowing only 150 yards and gaining 579 yards in total offense. Early Sunday morning, I enjoyed reading “Bulldogs Blast Vandy In Homecoming Win,” on Georgia Dogs, 10/15/2022, 07:01 PM.

Georgia's first homecoming game, on 11/18/1922, was a loss to Vanderbilt: Georgia 0, Vanderbilt 12. (Source: “Homecoming Games,” on Georgia Dogs, 3/31/2009.) A hundred years later, the tale of two teams is different!

Great win, Dawgs! Win out the rest of the season! The final five games are 10/29/22 Florida, 11/5/22 Tennessee, 11/12/22 Mississippi State, 11/19/22 Kentucky, 11/26/22 Georgia Tech! The open date is 10/22/2022.

Tennessee vs. Alabama, 3:30 PM

The Vols' last win over the Crimson Tide was 15 years ago, in Knoxville – on 10/21/2006 (my youngest brother's birthday). The Vols won 16 - 13. In 2006, I was self-employed, as a life and health insurance “sales professional” (salesman). Dad (Earl Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) was still with us and doing well enough.

Fifteen years ago, Tennessee was ranked #7 in the AP poll. Alabama was not ranked. (Source: “October 15, 2006 AP Football Poll,” on College Poll Archive.) The Vols finished the 2006 season, under Phillip Fulmer, as AP #25, with nine wins, four losses. (Source: “2006 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule and Results,” on Sports Reference.) The Crimson Tide finished 2006, under Mike Shula, unranked, with six wins, seven losses. (Source “2006 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule and Results,” on Sports Reference.)

Coming into the 10/15/2022 game, Tennessee was ranked #6 in the AP poll and #8 in the Coaches poll. Alabama was ranked #3 in both the AP & Coaches polls. (The rankings are from ESPN week seven,10/9/2022.)

The day after the win, I read “No. 6 Vols Take Down No. 3 Alabama As Time Expires, 52-49,”, 10/15/2022, which states in part:

The Vols, who scored their most points ever in the 105-game series, improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC, securing their first triumph over the Crimson Tide since 2006. In surrendering the most points since giving up 54 to Sewanee in 1907, UA fell to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Also of note, Tennessee has defeated four ranked teams for the first time in a regular season since 1998. That year, it took care of No. 17 Syracuse, No. 2 Florida, No. 7 Georgia and No. 10 Arkansas.

I also glanced at “Football History vs University of Alabama from Nov 28, 1901 - Oct 15, 2022,” on The Vols have 39 wins, 59 losses, and 7 ties – from 11/28/1901 to 10/15/2022. The losing and winning streaks are shown.

After beating Alabama, Tennessee ranked #3 AP, #4 Coaches. Alabama dropped to #6 AP/Coaches.

Josh Heupel, 2021+ (ongoing, 13 wins - 6 losses), may be turning the Vols around! Since Phillip Fulmer (1992 - 2008, 151 wins - 52 losses), the “coaching carousel” has been: Lane Kiffin (2009, 7-6), Derek Dooley (2010-12, 15-21), Jim Chaney (2012, 1-0), and Butch Jones (2013-17, 34-29). Wait! I forgot to add Jeremy Pruitt (2018-20, 16-19)!


Great win, Vols! Win five out of your remaining six games – 10/22/22 UT Martin, 10/29/22 Kentucky, 11/12/22 Missouri, 11/19/22 South Carolina, 11/26/22 Vanderbilt!

On 11/5/2022, I plan, Lord willing, to wear my Georgia Bulldogs T-shirt as I watch my Dawgs beat you! Go Dawgs!

Would any Vol fan readers like to wager a friendly bet? I won't bet money. If the Vols win, I'll buy and wear Tennessee football shirts the next week. If Georgia wins, Vol fans who “bet” with me must wear pink shirts the next week.

Any Vol fans willing to bet?

Sunday, September 18, 2022

9-17-2022 Football Review: Georgia Bulldogs compared to TN Vols (published 9-18-2022; article #358)


In yesterday's article, I'd joked about how Dad, if he were still alive, would “devil” me, by rooting for the South Carolina “Game Chickens,” while I rooted for my Georgia Bulldogs. The idea for this article came to me, while taking my morning shower. I often get ideas for articles, while taking a shower. Could someone tell me why that happens? (Insert smiley face emoji here.)

The TN Vols (or Vowels, as I often call them) played their football game, against a “high school” team, after my Dawgs whipped the “Game Chickens.” Let's review the two games and compare the recent history of the two teams!

9/17/2022 Review

Georgia vs. South Carolina, 12 PM

The Georgia Bulldogs (9/18/22 AP/Coaches #1) beat unranked South Carolina, in Columbia, 48 to 7. I had the game on two TVs and on desktop computer by live stream internet! During halftime, I published my article, hauled trash, and bought a couple of items at Advance Auto Parts. The game was a joy to watch! I blinked, or was on errands, and missed a few Georgia touchdowns!

I felt a little sorry for the unranked “Game Chickens.” They tried, but they were no match for my Dawgs. The Georgia Dogs website article, “No. 1 Georgia Dominates South Carolina, 48-7,” 9/17/2022, 4:00 PM, has all the details.

Georgia dominated completely. Great win, Georgia! GO DAWGS! An SEC road win is always good.

Tennessee vs. Akron, 7 PM

The Tennessee Volunteers (Vols) (9/18/22 AP #11, Coaches #12) beat an unranked and totally outclassed “high school” team – The University of Akron (Ohio) Zips – at home, 63 to 6. Yes, Zips is their name. The game was on streaming services only. We didn't stream it.

The UT Sports website article, “No. 15/16 Volunteers Zap Zips, 63-6,” 9/17/2022, has the details. Yawn. The Vols destroyed their second “high school” opponent this season, as they should have.

Before TN “Vowels” fans get too excited about the victory, the Go Zips (yes, that's the name) website lists the Zips' win - loss record, by year. The Zips' last winning season was in 2015. In 2020, they were 1 win, 5 losses. In 2022, they were 2 wins, 10 losses.

Also, remember that Florida (9/18/22 AP #20, Coaches #22) comes to town next Saturday. I remember, when I was a Vols fan, too many bad games, when Florida beat Tennessee.

Recent History

From 2015 to 2021, Tennessee had:
     four winning seasons (2015: 9/4, 2016: 9/4, 2019:
          8/5, 2021: 7/6)
     and three losing seasons (2017: 4/8, 2018: 5/7,
          2020: 3/7).

In those same seven years, Georgia had winning seasons every year: 2015: 10/3, 2016: 8/5, 2017: 13/2, 2018: 11/3, 2019: 12/2, 2020: 8/2, 2021: 14/1. My 1/16/2022 article praised my Dawgs on their 2021 College Football Championship!

Vols fans have to go back to 1998 for their latest College Football Championship. I remember watching that game on TV, on 1/4/1999 (a Monday). Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I were in Tennessee, on our final, annual, six-week furlough from Russia. We were in Nashville, at the apartment of her youngest sister.

The NCAA article, “College Football Championship History,” 1/11/2022, lists champions from 1869 to 2021. Tennessee is listed as national champions in 1951 and 1998. Georgia had national championships in 1980 and 2021.


During the 2017 and 2018 football seasons, I had thought about changing. I kept sipping the orange Kool-Aid. In 2019, however, I gave up on the Vols. I decided to root for the Georgia Bulldogs! The decision was a little strange at first. The strangeness didn't last too long.

Saturdays are much more enjoyable, being a Dawgs fan! I don't have enough decades of life left, to await Tennessee's return to the status it once had – before all the coaching carousel changes started in 2009: Josh Heupel, 2021+ (ongoing, 10-6), Jeremy Pruitt, 2018-20 (16-19), Butch Jones, 2013-17 (34-29), Jim Chaney, 2012 (1-0), Derek Dooley, 2010-12 (15-21), and Lane Kiffin, 2009 (7-6). (Phillip Fulmer, 1992-2008, was 151-52.) On the Dawg side, Georgia has had two coaches, since 2009: Mark Richt, 2001-15 (145-51) and Kirby Smart, 2016+ (69-15, so far).

GO DAWGS! (Well, good luck, Vols. I wish you well.) To my readers, who are still Vols fans, come on over to the Dawg side! You will soon get the orange Kool-Aid taste out of your mouths! I have.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

MY DAWGS WON THE 2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, 1/10/2022, MONDAY! (published 1-16-22; article #290)


At 3:40 PM, as I begin to finish this article, the snow, in large flakes, is falling thickly. At 36F, the snow was melting as it hit the ground. It may begin to stick later, as the temperature falls. Those highway folks must have enjoyed wasting the salt and brine that they had been using, to pour on the roads, since last Thursday. The rain last night and early this morning washed all the salt and brine off the roads, before the snow started this afternoon. It's just funny, folks! Don't forget to rush to the store for milk and bread, before we are all buried in this “blizzard!”

Conversations usually start on the weather then shift to other topics. How about my Georgia DAWGS!

The Crow I Ate

I concluded my 12/31/2021 article by stating:

The second semi-final game (No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Michigan) starts about 7:30 PM this evening. I expect Georgia to lose, so they don't have to lose to Alabama, again, in the 2021 Championship game (Monday, January 10, 2022). Georgia let Alabama beat them, on 12/4/2021, Saturday, in the SEC Championship game. Yes, I am still not over that loss!


12/31/2021 was the Orange Bowl (one of 39 2021 bowl games played actually, which is way too many). MY DAWGS beat Michigan, 34 to 11. That was a great game! I watched it all!

Unfortunately, earlier on 12/31/2021, Alabama (#1) had beaten Cincinnati (#4), 27 to 6, in the Cotton Bowl. On New Year's Day, I began to dread the national championship game, on January 10, 2022, between Georgia and Alabama. (On 12/4/2021, my DAWGS let the dreaded Tide beat them, in the SEC Championship game.) I needed more faith! I ate crow, gladly, on 1/10/2022!

Georgia Bulldogs - 2021 National Champions!


Bulldogs Capture National Title With 33-18 Win Over Alabama, January 10, 2022.” If you click the link, you will see all the amazing details that I know! (Photograph by Tony Walsh.)

That was Georgia's first national title, since 1980 (when I, as a young man, didn't care for Georgia). The game was at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Here are the statistics, from the website, if you click the link (above).

              1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

Georgia    0   6    7    20   33

Alabama   3   6    0      9   18

Team Statistics

Game Stats      UGA   UA

Total Yards        364    399

Pass Yards        224    369

Rushing Yards  140    30

Penalty Yards   10-70  7-57

1st Downs         20      22

3rd Downs        4-12   9-20

4th Downs        0-0     0-1

TOP                 28:29 31:31

I watched the game, on 1/10/2022, Monday, until about 10 PM – since I work for a living. (These championship games should be played on Saturday!) At 10 PM, the score was Alabama 9, Georgia 6. I awakened, to hit a lick at work (from home) the next morning, to be pleasantly surprised!

I WILL buy the DVD that shows the entire game! My DAWGS came alive in the third quarter! They became “super DAWGS” in the fourth quarter. My DAWGS beat the “Darth Vader Tide” by 15 points. (That's a stomp, plus one point. A stomp is a win by 14 points.)



The Gospel of Mark, chapter 9, verse 24, states, in NKJV, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, 'Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!'" Read the context, to find the more profound concept.

I should have had more faith in my DAWGS, on 12/31/2021. I will not make that mistake again! GO DAWGS! I have faith in you!

DEAR LORD, I have ultimate faith in you! Do you, my reader, understand? I hope so! If not, contact me, on my Contact Form!