Tired of all the deadlines, talking heads and scorched-earth politicos? Nothing lifts the spirit more on a boring Friday afternoon after a long-slog-work-week-after-vacation than a good college football story.
Barbara Dooley (as in Mrs. Vince) made news this week, and no, she wasn’t selling bacon on the radio again*. Nor was she dressed bizarrely for the UGA/UT game.
Tim Bryant, the morning host for WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, was interviewing two Knoxville reporters, Andrew Gribble of the News Sentinel and Dave Hooker of ESPN.com on whether University of Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley was on the Coach’s Hot Seat for this week’s game against UGA.
Barbara was tootling around Athens, heard the exchange on the air and promptly drove to the station to give the guys what for in defense of her youngest, “Precious.” Like any good Southern mother, she defended her boy with vigor. She spouted pertinent stats and made Rep. Tom Graves wait on hold. She even earned double bonus points for making today’s EDSBS.com’s Curious Index.
She’s right. Football is important. Why else would the federal government be so interested in meddling with the BCS?
*Gratuitous Athens 1980’s reference there. If you weren’t there, you wouldn’t get it.