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tommyd said...

What the he!! is Grandmastaj talking about? If anything, the TFP (including Wes Rucker, but especially Weidmer) should be ashamed for the way it has trashed Crompton thus far. Nobody, no matter how poorly they play, deserves the thrashing that this kid has constantly taken from the fans AND the media.

Personally, I have a suspicion that the UTC story may have a lot to do with that. Everyone remembers Weidmer's "Disboard the Lane Train" when BJ transferred.

If Crompton continues to mature as a player on the field and somehow is able to continue what we saw from him yesterday, THAT is the story of the DECADE.

Good for Jonathan, he's taken enough crap from people, especially those from Chattanooga who are holding a grudge because they felt Coleman was slighted.

October 11, 2009 at 9:07 p.m.
tommyd said...

Hey Wiedmer,

Seriously, you've been on Crompton's case for a while now. Enough is enough. We all know that he's not going to win any awards for accuracy or brilliance on the field, but the guy tries his best, and for better or worse, he's the best Tennessee has at the moment.

And before you go reminding us about spring practice and the hometown hero, just remember that after Erik Ainge's 2005 debacle and the following spring practice, there were a number of fans who felt Crompton deserved the starting job. When he didn't get it, he didn't sulk or transfer; he stuck it out. He wanted to be a Tennessee Vol. Despite 4 offensive coordinators in 5 years, and the rather unflattering things David Cutcliffe insinuated about him, he still stuck it out.

He may not be a good quarterback, but I respect him a heck of a lot considering the way he has been treated by the fans and media in these parts.

September 27, 2009 at 10:28 p.m.
tommyd said...

Now that I think about it, I'm getting more and more disgusted by this, Wiedmer (plus it may have to do with the fact that I'm actually stuck at home on a Friday night).

Seriously, I don't remember you writing article after article about how Dennis Franchione screwed the late Victor Ellis out of his starting job his senior year. Victor was one of the classiest individuals I have ever met, and you guys weren't out there bashing Fran at every opportunity. Not to mention the fact that Victor was already an established SEC talent on the college playing field, UNLIKE COLEMAN.

Going back further, I don't remember you guys criticizing golden boy Ralph Potter when he screwed a number of rising seniors out of their starting positions when he took the job at McCallie. And yet, ole Ralph gets a pass while Lane gets a fail.

Don't be such a hypocrite.

April 24, 2009 at 10 p.m.
tommyd said...

Now that I think about it, I'm getting more and more disgusted by this, Wiedmer (plus it may have to do with the fact that I'm actually stuck at home on a Friday night).

Seriously, I don't remember you writing article after article about how Dennis Franchione screwed the late Victor Ellis out of his starting job his senior year. Victor was one of the classiest individuals I have ever met, and you guys weren't out there bashing Fran at every opportunity. Not to mention the fact that Victor was already an established SEC talent on the college playing field, UNLIKE COLEMAN.

Going back further, I don't remember you guys criticizing golden boy Ralph Potter when he screwed a number of rising seniors out of their starting positions when he took the job at McCallie. And yet, ole Ralph gets a pass while Lane gets a fail.

Don't be such a hypocrite.

April 24, 2009 at 9:59 p.m.
tommyd said...

I forgot this in my last post...

This is reminding me more and more of the Joey Matthews situation. Matthews was probably even higher graded out of high school than Coleman, but he was a Cutcliffe commit too, if memory serves.

Nice guy, but hyped to no end by his local media for the letdown that came.

April 24, 2009 at 9:40 p.m.
tommyd said...

Wiedmer,

Man, I love to read half of your articles, and then the other half I want to burn in the fireplace (I guess that means you're doing a good job since it keeps me interested).

The problem here is that some of those on the outside are essentially right... in that the Chattanooga media may not be blinded by Orange, but you guys have built this kid into the 2nd coming of Peyton before he even set foot on the campus his freshman year.

The problem I have with Coleman's interview is that he seemed to take a few shots at a teammate, and that's not good, whether he planned on leaving or not. Crompton has been everyone's favorite whipping boy for a while now, and maybe it's deserved, but not at the expense of turning a mid-major talent into an All American before the kid ever hit the playing field in Knoxville, as some here in the press have done.

In other words, both sides have some credibility issues, and the sad thing is that Coleman may be stuck in the middle of it. Do we trust Kiffin, who could turn out to be the bad guy in this situation, or do we trust the Chattanooga media, who have been pumping this kid up like a balloon for the last two years?

I think Coleman is a pretty talented football player, but he wasn't that much better than a lot of quarterbacks to come out of this area, and even his own alma mater.

I don't remember the Times Free Press blasting the Kirkpatrick regime at UTC when they blatantly ignored backyard talented McCallie qb Penn Garvich (a kid who was quite the quarterback himself and All State himself).

April 24, 2009 at 9:33 p.m.
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