BEST TAUNT: UT players singing "We Own Alabama" to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" after the Vols defeated the Tide 21-7.
WORST WIN: UT 17, Memphis 16. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
BEST OBSERVATION: Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders for telling Sports Illustrated early in the year, "I'm not sure we would have won the national championship if Jamal (Lewis) hadn't gotten hurt, because we would have depended on him so much that everybody else would never have grown up."
WORST WHINERS: Lewis and Cosey Coleman for publicly second-guessing the Vols' play-calling against Florida, saying Lewis should have run the ball more.
BEST LEGS: Tailback Travis Henry for his strength in the weight room, where he squatted 500 pounds 10 times.
WORST SCARE: Henry landing on his head at the Vanderbilt 1 as he dove over the line. Henry was carted off the field to an ambulance as teammates and fans, fearing a serious neck injury, prayed for his recovery.
BEST RELIEF: News from the hospital that Henry had full use of his arms and legs and would recover fully from his injury.
WORST PANIC: A UT probe of allegations of academic fraud in the athletic department, spurred by an ESPN.com series of stories, uncovered no violations.
BEST GUTS: Center Spencer Riley for starting every game despite suffering a broken right hand against Florida that forced him to snap left-handed the next week.
WORST GUTS: Tennessee athletic department for caving in and suspending its "Smoky Howl" cheer for a few games because a few party-poopers complained to athletics director Doug Dickey.
BEST WHAT IF: Would a 10-1 Tennessee team be playing Florida State in the Sugar Bowl if the Vols hadn't lost to Arkansas? Going into the game at Arkansas, UT was No. 2 in the BCS standings, ahead of unbeaten Virginia Tech.
WORST TIMING: Does anybody know why UT's band feels compelled to play the "Tennessee Waltz" before the start of the fourth quarter every game? Playing such a slow tune is like giving sedatives to the crowd, hardly what you want to whip the fans into a frenzy.
BEST STREAK: Tennessee for defeating Alabama a fifth consecutive time, the longest winning streak for the Vols in the history of the series.
WORST PLANNING: UT for putting up only one giant video screen, leaving thousands of fans in the lower deck of the South end zone unable to see the screen. UT could learn something from Kentucky, which has two giant video screens at Commonwealth Stadium.
BEST IDEA: A Web site designed by the Swiss-based media and marketing firm ISL (www.collegefootballplayoff.com). It has a 16-team team bracket the way a playoff would look this year with No. 16 Marshall playing at No. 6 Tennessee in a first-round game. ISL has proposed to ante up $3 billion over eight years for a playoff.
WORST IDEA: Orange pants for the Memphis game after UT coach Phillip Fulmer repeatedly denied the Vols had ordered them. Maybe they were left over from the Johnny Majors era.
WORST CROWD: Florida Field because 141 fans were ejected the evening the Gators defeated Tennessee. What's the deal with some of those people? They have all the manners of a bunch of hoodlums at a soccer match in Europe.
BEST IMPERSONATOR: Tennessee redshirt freshman Steven Marsh for quarterbacking the Vols' scout team and acting the part of Quincy Carter, Andrew Zow, Jarious Jackson and other opposing quarterbacks.
WORST CONFIDENCE: Fulmer for sarcastically chastising placekicker Robert Loudermilk, who missed his only field-goal attempt in the season opener against Wyoming: "He did hit all his extra points, but my daughter, Courtney, could probably hit extra points."
- Gary Lundy
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