THE FREONT ROW

Painting my room and fearless predictions

BRYAN GRISHAM
Posted 9/10/19

As the old saying goes: “You don’t know how many friends you really have until times get tough, there is a crisis or you need a little help.”

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THE FREONT ROW

Painting my room and fearless predictions

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As the old saying goes: “You don’t know how many friends you really have until times get tough, there is a crisis or you need a little help.”

Well friends, this phrase explains things ever since my column came out last Tuesday. I have had dozens of responses after I said that I had to paint my room after Tennessee’s embarrassing loss to Georgia State. I heard from Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC fans who suggested I change my room from Orange to their version of Red. One Michigan fan suggested Maize and Blue, and an Ohio State fan suggested decorative Buckeyes like they put on their helmets. I even heard from a Florida State fan who said he felt my pain and was considering painting his room as well.

Perhaps the most interesting suggestion was from a Texas Longhorn fan who said I could just fade the current shade of Orange a little bit and I could still use the UT symbols. Now, that’s a possibility.

Anyway, while I am still trying to decide on which color to go with, I’ll get down to business.

I’ll start with Tennessee, but I am not going to rant long since they are all but done this year and might not win more than twice this season. I liked the effort on Saturday against BYU, but the mistakes were too numerous to count. The offensive line looked better, but BYU is a mediocre team at best. The defense looked better at times, but again BYU missed several wide-open opportunities. I was proud of the Vol fans for almost filling Neyland Stadium, and they were loud. Will there be more UTC fans there next week than UT fans?

Bottom line, the Vols should be 2-0, but instead are 0-2. They were not prepared for either game. I covered Walker Valley last Friday night and they were better organized. The Vols seemed confused about half the time. I have never witnessed so many blown assignments in the secondary. Oh well, as the Chicago Cubs fans used to say, “Wait 'til next year.” There may not be a next year for Coach Pruitt and his staff.

After going 9-1 in Week 1, I posted an 8-4 this weekend for a 17-5 mark overall. Not too bad to start the year, but the path gets tougher from here forward. As I mentioned last week, if you are my age or older, you may remember a Saturday morning radio show called, "Leonard’s Losers." Leonard Postosis would come on the radio with his wonderful southern drawl and talk about the day's big college football games. In a very unique twist he would then pick the loser of the game. 

For example, he would talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the BYU and UT game and then he would say, “Leonard’s loser (and then a dramatic pause) Tennessee.” My Dad and I would listen every Saturday morning, Dad didn’t even care a whole lot about football, but he enjoyed listening to the show. So, with that in mind here are "Grisham’s Gridiron Grinders" for this week:

• UTC at UT — Chattanooga actually has a chance to win this week as they go to Knoxville. The Vols might need to get a win this week because the next one may not come until late October.

•  I see Alabama having little trouble in South Carolina as the Tide should wash the Gamecocks right out of their own stadium.

• Clemson lost to Syracuse the last time they went that far north, but not this year.

• We will see just how good the Gator Chomp is this week with a trip to Kentucky. The coin flip leans toward Florida.

• In an in-state battle, Pittsburgh will visit Penn State. The Nittany Lions could challenge for a  national title this year — James Franklin has them back in the big picture and they should have no problem with Pitt.

• Oklahoma goes west to UCLA and should win by at least two touchdowns.

• Duke visits Middle Tennessee and I’ll pick the Blue Raiders over the Blue Devils in a close one.

• Florida State is still looking for win No. 1, but probably won’t get it this week at Virginia.

• Did anyone know that former LSU coach Les Miles is the coach at Kansas? They will lose at Boston College this week.

• And, last and certainly least, banished former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is now coaching at Liberty. He recently had back surgery and they rolled him into the press box last week in a hospital bed where he coached the game with a headset. This week he will reportedly trade the bed for a dental chair and next week from a sauna (I made that last one up). Now that’s wanting to coach in a bad way. That sounds pretty bizarre to me. 

You can’t make this stuff up.

Bryan Grisham is a correspondent for the Cleveland Daily Banner write him at bkgsports@yahoo.com.

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