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SEC GridIron Live’s Tim Couch, James Bates Sing Butch Jones Song
- Updated: September 19, 2013
If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, then you can officially color me blushing. Because the video below features Tim Couch and James Bates and singing the Butch Jones Song.
Tim, you’ll recall, is the legendary former Kentucky Wildcat quarterback as well as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft. He’s also the last quarterback to lead the hapless Cleveland Browns to the playoffs. (Um, the Richardson trade, anyone?) Tim’s a total stud in my book.
So’s James Bates. He’s a former Florida Gator middle linebacker, who, in 1996, picked off a Peyton Manning pass to set up the Gators’ fourth unanswered touchdown to start the game.
Remember that debacle? It totally sucked. Spurrier set the tone early when he went for it on 4th and 10 from the UT 35. Danny Wuerffel found Reidel Anthony for a touchdown, and the Gators never looked back. At least not in the first half.
Because the Vols would come back, fighting gamely in the second stanza, proving definitively that they were every bit as good as Florida that year. But it wasn’t enough. UT dropped a tough one in Neyland 35-29.
I was living in the Northwest at the time, watching the game in a random, shitty little Seattle, Wa. pub — from which I may or may not have been asked to leave.
Anyway, both those guys are now hosting my favorite SEC show. It’s called SEC Gridiron Live and it airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FoxSportsSouth. I’m a big fan of the job that James, Tim and Elizabeth Moreau do on that show.
I also really like the other host, Ovie Mughelli (former Wake Forest standout who played fullback for the Ravens and the Falcons), even though (as you’ll see from the video below) Ovie’s clearly over the Butch Jones Song. (Ovie. Where’s the love, bro?)
One reason Ovie might be over it? The continuous shoutouts Bates has given me and the Butch Jones song each and every week. Four shows. Four shoutouts. (Actually, more than four, as some of the shows have had multiple shoutouts, but whatever.)
The first one or two shoutouts were pretty overt. But of late, Bates has elevated his game and gone all smokescreeny and whatnot, specializing in the subtle — dare I say sublime? — shoutouts.
Last week, when previewing the A&M-Alabama game, Bates started by saying there was big game in College Station, the followed it with “and Bammers know it.”
Last night? He dropped a “Marquez North haiku” reference.
So how was I tipped on to these guys? It’s a long story, but part of it involves weekly tweets. Like this one I got from JB last week:
— James Bates (@jb8sy) September 12, 2013
Or this one I got from him yesterday. To set the table, he’d sent me a tweet about a punk version of Rocky Top, prompting me to respond with You gonna be bringing it tonight, JB?
— James Bates (@jb8sy) September 18, 2013
Then, a bit later, I got this gem from Elizabeth:
— Elizabeth Moreau (@FoxSportsMoreau) September 18, 2013
Which, as you’ve probably guessed, is the video itself.
But before I let you go, I wanna encourage you to watch SEC GridIron Live. Shoutouts notwithstanding, it’s some of the best, most balanced and comprehensive SEC smack you can get. If you’re an SEC football junkie like me, then you’ll love it. It’s fun and interactive, too. Elizabeth does a social media segment that’s completely awesome.
Plus, JB and company might continue to make subtle Butch Jones references. And if so, you’ll be in the know on one of the coolest inside jokes going. So support those guys and watch their show, okay?
Here’s the clip: