First off, I'd like to thank Joel for letting us guest post here on Rocky Top Talk. If you will, allow me to take this opportunity to shamelessly plug my blog, Fulmer's Belly. ((End of self-promotion))
Sometimes, when you're good at your job, it seems like the job becomes easier. Whether that be as an athlete or an accountant, talent really helps with the ability to do a job well. That being said, some jobs quite frankly seem to be easier than other jobs. Sports reporting seems to be a pretty cushy gig in that respect. Why is that? Well, first, take a look at the highlights and the gameday crew reaction from after the big game on Saturday.
At one point, you'll hear Jay Bilas say the following:
(not letting the defense get spread out) was really a key, and we talked about, before this game what the keys were, keep them off the offensive glass, they did that, limit turnovers, they did that, and stop penetration, they did that, what a great game plan for TennesseeSo, what Jay was saying was that it was good for Tennessee to plan to outplay the Tigers? Very, very deep Mr. Bilas. But perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. Let's say that the game plan was indeed put together like that, and was carried out to perfection. That being the case, at this point, it seems that coaching is in fact the easy job in this equation. If that's all it took was to plan to play better than the opposing team, the question comes to mind: What the heck was Buzz Peterson doing all those years? I mean, he should have just planned to outplay all of his opponents.
Of course, it's always easier to criticize from afar, and I'm sure it's a more difficult job than it appears to be, but there's always room for improvement, and the Gameday crew is no different. It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it. I still think it's a pretty cushy gig, but if ESPN would like to send me to fun games to watch for free and make obvious statements about it afterwards, I'd be more than happy to oblige. In the meantime, I'll be busy planning on writing better in the future.