Some Overlooked Quarterbacks

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to read Citiscope’s “Best 30 Quarterbacks in 5 Decades” and was delighted at the professional way it was researched and written.   

Having played against Danny Sandlin, Bill Romans, Bobby Scott and Denny Painter I can assure you they were indeed very good quarterbacks.  In their time the quarterbacks called the plays on the field.  They had to manage the game and the team.  The article had a very specific way of deciding who was chosen and I certainly cannot argue with their choices.   

Having said that there were several really good quarterbacks who didn’t play at the college level or attain super statics. Heck, my team didn’t even retain passing percentages. I can clearly remember a super tailback from East Ridge named Mike Odham, and of course David Fairbanks from Hixson . Red Bank was led by Gary Sanders.      

It is always difficult to pick the “best” of anything but there have been some super quarterbacks over the past 30 years in our area.  Quarterbacks who ran offences from split t’s to pro sets and even single wing.  Done without spotters and instant video.  It was Monday practice before I could see game film off of 16 MM.  It was a different time…….

Dennis Allison
Ooltewah

Thomas Gage, Not Cage

Re:  Roy Exum: Why The British Attacked   Dear Roy,  I think you'll find it was Thomas Gage, not "Cage" - a fact I learned at Sunnyside School. Thomas Cage is a company that sells avian supplies.  Lonnie Hatmaker (click for more)

Roy Exum: Would Mr. Summers’ Clients…

It was a beautiful day at Orange Grove Friday as the nationally-famed center, which cares for over 1,000 intellectually disabled children of all ages, celebrated its annual “Lunch of Champions” with a packed house in the Bucky Williams Gymnasium. Jerry Summers, who insiders know has done more for Orange Grove than any other man alive, not only emceed the event as he does every year, ... (click for more)

Woman Injured, Man Dead After Shooting Outside Collegedale Walmart

One man is dead and a woman injured after a shooting near the Collegedale Walmart on Sunday afternoon. The man apparently shot the woman in the lower extremities prior to taking his own life. The incident was at the Game Stop in Ooltewah around 2:20 p.m. The woman was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the legs. (click for more)

Anonymous Facebook Posters Pose Possibility Of Signal Schools Separating From Hamilton County School System

"Should Signal Mountain Schools separate from the Hamilton County School System?"   That’s the question posted on a Facebook page titled, simply, Signal Mountain Independent School District.   The creators of the page do not identify themselves. “(W)e certainly don’t want our kids dragged into the issue or targeted for special treatment by any ... (click for more)

Orange (Defense) Rallies To Beat White (Offense), 54-44

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  –  The White-clad offense put on a show in Tennessee’s spring football game on Saturday afternoon, but it was the Orange-shirted defense that took home the victory, 54-44, in front of an announced crowd of 63,016 at Neyland Stadium. Coach Butch Jones was impressed with the Vols' collective performance on Saturday compared to two years ago. ... (click for more)

Siblings Shine For East Hamilton Tennis

For East Hamilton tennis, it’s the new millennium’s version of the late 1970s TV sitcom “Eight is Enough” or the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours”. Three sets of siblings are represented on coach Michael Jackson’s teams from 1-7 in singles and all played and won  Friday  in district matches with Bradley Central. With no seniors on either team and both squads looking ... (click for more)