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Friday!!!!
Posted: Friday, August 22nd, 2014, 9:47 AM
Did you say 9 days?

Christian Lundy leads off with a practice report.

Christian Lundy....Wow son...That was stronger than frozen rope...

Well, this is it!!! The final weekend of the year without college football is here!!! Then again....not so fast my friend as this isn't entirely true. There IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND! Eastern Washington hosts Sam Houston State tomorrow afternoon on that hideous red turf. How much dope do you think LaGarrett Blount and fellow members of the Steelers backfield would have to smoke to watch all four quarters played on that blood red field...[more]
MAN-ALIVE; HOW DO WE GO 7-5?
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 6:25 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-21-14

HOW TO KEEP ALIVE 7-5: A couple of weeks back Jonathan Reed started a firestorm with his contention that Tennessee Fans should EXPECT the Vols to finish no worse than 7-5 this season. As only Tony –and his Phillies bullpen- can do he fanned the flames by adding “Reed says anything less would be a failure”. I think the Twitter uproar was due to a Cool Hand Luke-like “failure to communicate”. Jon said “expect” while most heard “demand”....[more]
Thursday Stuff
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 9:39 AM
Here's how it's always worked for me. I've always tried to surround myself with people that know more than I do. You're probably thinking, well Tony B, that doesn't seem all that hard. Whether you listen to me or read this on a daily basis, you know I'm pretty limited. One thing I did figure out a long time ago is that it's great to have experts on your side. One such person is Chris Dortch. Besides being a fellow music lover, Chris Dortch knows his college hoops. He's been a friend of the show through the years....[more]
Live @ Doc's All American Grille
Posted: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, 10:09 AM
'When we make a bowl game this year....' There it is!! Butch Jones to the Rotarians downtown in Knoxville. That's great! Let it out. Have fun! Why not? If your coach doesn't believe in you, who will. Love it....[more]
Live @ Smoothie King Walker Springs Road
Posted: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 9:48 AM
12 Days...This is getting serious.....

Trevarris Saulsberry would be among the top 5 most indispensable Vols in this camp. That's a guy you just can't afford to lose this year for any significant length of time. Put it this way, who besides Saulsberry could draw any modicum of a double team. Can you think of anyone else on the roster that could draw a double team? His presence can be huge for this team. Butch Jones wasn't giving up the significance of Saulsberry's injury yesterday. Nor should he. I would make my opponent prepare for everything possible under the sun....[more]
Live @ Stovers 4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Monday, August 18th, 2014, 10:30 AM
13 days!!! Terry Fair appreciation day!!!

We did a two hour Smartway/Dalton Bearing Fifth Quarter Fan Reaction Saturday night after the open practice on Saturday (Listen Here). I did it a trial run. I was only planning on staying on one hour tops and the phone kept ringing and we kept coming up with more interesting things to discuss. We care around here. We've literally had 1 winning season in 6 years and 40,000 people showed up for a no frills practice....[more]
Friday!!
Posted: Friday, August 15th, 2014, 1:18 PM
Worst kept secret in the world finally got out yesterday when Butch Jones named Justin Worley the starting QB for Utah State game. I love what Butch Jones said about Worley. I'm not buying it but I love it nonetheless. I wish Worley luck. It's hard not to like that young man. He's a senior. He gets the most out of his God given ability. Whether he can execute at a consistent major college level in 2014 remains to be seen....[more]
C-F-B MUST SEE TV
Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 2:01 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-14-14

NON SEC BIG GAME ROAD MAP: The magic of college football is its soon-to-be-extinct regionalism but in order to fully appreciate the season I have to allow my eyes to wander outside the confines of the SEC Network. Here are some games that I will almost certainly be keeping up with:

WEEK 1 (Aug 28-Sept 1)

Penn State vs UCF (8-30 Ireland) Hype-maestro James Franklin has been one-upped. Do you really want to play a team coached by a guy named O’Leary in Ireland...[more]
Thursday Blog
Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 10:25 AM
17 Days till UT kicks it off! 14 Till college football rolls. 15 days till first college football Saturday. Amazing!

I do want to remind you that we will be live on the App/Web stream with Smartway/Dalton Bearing Fan reaction/Fifth Quarter as soon as Saturday's open workout concludes. I'm highly looking forward to talking with you as we officially welcome the Vols back. What a wonderful thing that Butch Jones would take the time to do this. As Randy Moore said earlier in the week while effusing about this Jones era tradition, 'I love the open practice because it's truly the fans program....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville
Posted: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 9:32 AM
I had a couple of folks comment to me yesterday on Twitter that they don't understand why we keep talking about records and what's acceptable for the upcoming season. The answer is simple. My job is to facilitate conversation. At the end of the day when you've been through the shadow of the valley of Dooley, there are no easy answers to this stuff. We are after all arguing over whether a season of 5-7 or 7-5 connotes progress. Here's one thing I promise here and on the air. I'm going to tell you how I feel to the best of my ability. At the end of the day, this is all I can control....[more]
Live @ Panchos Chapman Highway
Posted: Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, 9:45 AM
Bummer last night as lightening forced the Vols inside for their second two a day practice. Link

We'll discuss the resurgence of Nathan Peterman with Randy Moore of insidetennessee.com. Uh oh, this might turn into a real race right before our very eyes. Link

Christian Lundy delivers another stellar practice update after a rare two a day workout for the Vols.

Jon Reed returns for his Tuesday blast. He's not backing down after last week....[more]
OH NO, NOT BEANO from RENO AGAIN!
Posted: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 4:32 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-7-14

HIDE THE KIDS (and my wallet) IT’S BEANO from RENO TIME

If I’m going to make a complete fool of myself –which I have a penchant to do on more than an occasion- let me do it in a manner that will take months to discern that fact I have done so. I can also hope that being caught up in the drama that is CFB season you will totally forget just how little I knew three months before.

Ah the heck with it, here is what I screwed up in projecting the Vols 2103 season:

TENNESSEE 34 MISSOURI 17-Gary Pinkel will not accompany the Tigers to K-Town in 2014 (Actual Outcome; Missouri 31 Tennessee 3-Pinkel is gainfully employed and well-compensated)

TENNESSEE 27 AUBURN 17-Battle of new coaches goes to Butch Jones (Actual Outcome Auburn 55 Tenn 23; Malzahn was not out-witted)

Here’s one I’m glad I whiffed on:

S CAROLINA 30 TENNESSEE 20-Could this be Spurrier’s last trip to K-Town...[more]
STATE OF THE O-LINE
Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 8:43 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-31-14

FINALLY A PLAYOFF: I’ve been waiting for years for this season; the year college football ends with a playoff. The BCS is mercifully in the rear-view and a four team single elimination can almost be seen through the windshield. I realize it is rife with complications in its maiden season such as only four spots for five major conference winners, no stated selection formula, a better than average chance that the regular season’s best squad won’t win the big trophy and a committee comprised of …well…humans....[more]
SEC TEAM WEAKNESSES
Posted: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 7:10 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-24-14

SEC WEAKNESSES: With only 37 days remaining (35 for Ole Miss, A&M and S Car) until the start of CFB season here are some areas that SEC staffs will be looking to shore up:

ALABAMA- QB A.J McCarron was 36-4 with 2 National Championships in his three years as a starter for the Crimson Tide and it appears Alabama is not ready for his departure. Sr Blake Sims and Jr Florida State transfer Jacob Coker –who never started a game for the Seminoles- have some huge shoes to fill. Honorable Mention-Secondary A trouble spot in 2013 that hasn’t exactly been rectified leading into the upcoming campaign....[more]
WACKY PREDICTIONS, SEC TEAM STRENGTHS AND PAYING OUR DUES
Posted: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 8:59 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-10-14

SHOCKING SEC PREDICTIONS 2014 EDITION: Last year in this spot I made my inaugural –and probably nonsensical- shocking predictions for the SEC Football season. I suppose like golf where one good shot in a round makes you believe it’s worth another trip to the course I will hack away at another set hoping for a beauty like this from my 2013 effort:

Not only will Alabama not win the National Championship they won’t win the SEC: No less authority than the great Chris Low of ESPN told Tony after hearing my prediction that Alabama would run roughshod through the league and if they lost a game at all it would be in the National Championship Game. I wasn’t convinced at the time that my prediction would hold up –hence the “shocking” label- but did have some historical numbers to back up my contention....[more]
ONE STEP AT A TIME TO FOOTBALL SEASON
Posted: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, 10:33 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-3-14

SOCCER? IT’S GROWING ON ME: I am no longer the antagonist of the game of soccer and its fans I once was. As a matter of fact I have gained a great deal of appreciation for the event that is the World Cup; respect for the game and admiration for the skill set of the players....[more]
RANKINGS GONE WILD
Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 5:40 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 6-19-14

STADIUM TOUR HIT LIST: Last week I ranked all the Major League parks at which I have been privileged to see a game. Below is my list of stadiums I have yet to visit categorized in accordance with my sense of urgency to do so:

MUST SEE

FENWAY PARK (Boston): Real baseball fans must see (or have seen) a game in Old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley and Fenway

BURNING DISIRE TO SEE

MILLER PARK (Milwaukee): Watched a spring training game with a Brewer fan years ago that didn’t involve the Brew Crew. Can’t wait to be in a stadium full of baseball freaks like that guy....[more]
THE "STANDARD FOR TENNESSEE FOOTBALL? YOU TELL ME
Posted: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 8:58 AM
by Beano
Tony B hits the road today on a combined business/pleasure trip and has once again foolishly left the reins to the program in my hands. Fortunately Brian Hartman will be alongside to assure I don’t run it into a ditch or to quickly hail a tow truck if I do. I would like to get your take on what you think reasonable expectations are for Tennessee Football going forward. I’m not referring to the 2014 season which will almost assuredly be a 5, 6 or 7 win season with neophytes on both sides of the line of scrimmage and a man’s schedule....[more]
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