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Tennessee Fans Weren't Happy With ESPN Commentators Smoking Cigars

Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 01: Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 1, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

For decades, the winner of the Alabama-Tennessee game has gotten to enjoy the yearly ritual of cigar smoking. It's been over a decade since the Vols have been able to partake.

Tennessee's last win over Alabama came in 2006. The Crimson Tide made it 13 in a row with a 35-13 win in Tuscaloosa last night.

After the game though, Tennessee fans weren't just upset with their team's play. They were unhappy with two members of the ESPN broadcast.

Late in the game, ESPN's Todd McShay and Molly McGrath were shown on the sideline with cigars, marking 'Bama's win. They weren't "celebrating," but the fact they did it in the first place seemed to irk some UT fans.

Even sportswriter Russ Mitchell questioned the display.

Of course, maybe McShay and McGrath would have done the same thing if Tennessee pulled off the massive upset. That won't mean anything to those who swear the network is biased toward Alabama.

Overall though, the two commentators didn't break any rules in doing what they did.