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Live @ Ellidio's Pizza
Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 10:53 AM
John Norwood joined me yesterday on our Fairways and Greens 19th Hole Extra Time segment talking about his new book entitled Rebuilding Year. This book literally about made me cry! Really well done and centered on UT's 1998 National Title Season. Calhoun’s on the River will hold a special book signing Wednesday night (tomorrow night) from 7-8 pm before VolCalls with the author, John Norwood. John is a UT Alum and damn proud of it! I had a great time talking to him. Go purchase a book or two for those special people that introduced UT football to you! A portion of all proceeds will be contributed to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. So come out early Wednesday night for VolCalls, meet John Norwood and pick his new novel, Rebuilding Year. You will thank me later once you read this touching book...[more]
Florida Week Monday
Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014, 11:04 AM
It being Florida game week, I want to alert you to a wonderful Christmas gift idea opportunity that will be occurring this week in Knoxville. I read a GREAT fictional book yesterday by John Norwood yesterday entitled Rebuilding Year. This book literally about made me cry! Really well done and centered on UT's 1998 National Title Season. Well, Calhoun’s on the River will hold a special book signing Wednesday night from 7-8 pm before VolCalls with the author, John Norwood. John is a UT Alum and damn proud of it! Go purchase a book or two for those special people that introduced UT football to you! A portion of all proceeds will be contributed to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. So come out early Wednesday night for VolCalls, meet John Norwood and pick his new novel, Rebuilding Year. You will thank me later once you read this touching book!...[more]
Live @ Hardee's Chapman Highway
Just Across Henley Street Bridge
Posted: Friday, September 26th, 2014, 10:51 AM
Team Tony Basilio has really put together a wonderful look inside tomorrow's game. These guys are really teaching me a lot! Hope you learn some great stuff from this as well. Special thanks to Vol Colonel and Dr Sinclair for really going above and beyond this week!

Film study presented by Fairways and Greens. See it better with Fairways and Greens!

'Tennessee travels to Athens for a noon kickoff against eastern division favorites Georgia. The weather is to be a high for the day of 80 degrees with a limited chance of rain and very little wind forecasted below a partly cloudy sky. The noon kick off should make the environment less hostile, but truth be told, Sanford Stadium is one of the most hospitable venues for away teams in the SEC.

Both teams enter the contest with records of 2-1. Georgia has been tested by more, talented teams ( Clemson and USC jr) and the Vols have faced the most talented team ( Oklahoma) on either slate....[more]
KICK A DOG WEEK (No Animals were injured during the production of this blog)
Posted: Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 6:22 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-25-14

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 4

NATION:

BIG-10 BLIP: I think I saw the corpse move. The Big-10 deservingly left for dead in the CFB Playoff picture after a disastrous first Saturday of September did not resuscitate it’s National Championship hopes but did throw a flurry of non-league counter punches prior to bidding the first month of the season adieu. The proud old league was 12-1 in Week 4 including 4-1 vs Power-5 Conference foes. Indiana –who lost to a Bowling Green team that Western Kentucky beat by 4 TDs in Week 1- earned the most impressive victory with a last second win vs previously unbeaten and then #18 ranked Missouri in Columbia (OK Tigers anymore embarrassments like that and back to the Big-12 you go). Though none of the other Power Conference wins were against ranked teams Iowa and Maryland also won on the road versus Pitt and Syracuse respectively and Nebraska defended the Lincoln turf with a victory over Miami....[more]
Thursday
Live @ Sushi Spot
Emory Rd Near Tennova North
Posted: Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 9:11 AM
When you tell me what I want to believe, you will get your article featured on here two days in a row. Link

Not only that but we will talk with Barrett Sallee today and ask him if he's just pandering for clicks by picking the Vols outright this weekend. Look, I can see Tennessee staying in the game this weekend. In fact, I expect them to do just that. Win the game outright? That's another kettle of fish all together. I'm not going there.

David Greene is a class act! It was great catching up with him yesterday....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville
Posted: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 11:40 AM
I was out enjoying the incredible weather last night in my neighborhood when I met the most delightful little dude. His name is Sawyer and he has a really cool little saying when he watches the Vols play football. 'Touch Em Down Boys!'

That little guy makes it all look so fun. He's not scarred by any of the Dooley era. Lucky lil' guy. Maybe Tennessee will 'touch em down 5 times on Saturday. Wouldn't that be something?

Saw where Trevarris Saulsberry is traveling this week and has been making strides toward getting back. If he can play, that would be a huge best....[more]
Live @ Pancho's South Knoxville
Posted: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7:41 PM
Sad News to begin to today's show. The Rutledge Rifle is gone. Tennessee legend AW Davis has passed away. To All his family, we wish our condolences. AW was a kind, sweet and gentle giant that always carried himself with the class of a champion. Just a sweet guy. Loved his Tennessee basketball. Always took time for everybody. Made time for me when I was a wet behind the ears kid starting in the business and I will never forget it! AW Davis is truly one of the great ones. Smith Funeral Home in Rutledge will be handling the arrangements....[more]
Monday Live @ Stovers
4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014, 10:59 AM
Not a gambling man but he Vols have opened as a 17 point underdog at Georgia and that's too many points. Call me crazy but I think Tennessee has enough to hang with the Dawgs. Then again I'm counting on a young offensive line holding up in that environment. If they can play an 'A' game, Tennessee could even sneak out of Sanford Stadium with a win. If you think about it, Tennessee is really due to shock somebody on the road. How long has it been? And I believe the East is wide open. Granted, Tennessee will be shorthanded minus WR's Josh Smith and Von Pearson. I'm hearing Tennessee will be without Smith for a while (several games). That's a shame as he was really turning the corner. We've already seen the balance of power from East to West in this league....[more]
Live @ Hardee's in Halls
Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 8:53 AM
Why the SEC is different was on display in both the UT/OU and Auburn/KSU games. DEFENSE. Don't leave home without it. Sure Kansas State missed 3 field goals but the bottom line is that when the game mattered they got smothered. Auburn wasn't going to buckle in crunch time on the road or not. Sure, it was a 6 point game with 4 minutes and change left but it didn't matter. Auburn simply ground Kansas State down. Kansas State didn't get close to 100 rushing yards in the game (40 yards). And Tennessee? If it's not for the infrequent big and broken play, a young group of UT defenders (5 true freshmen) gave mighty Oklahoma a good solid punch. There is simply no substitute for speed on defense....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 6:58 AM
Why the SEC is different was on display in both the UT/OU and Auburn/KSU games. DEFENSE. Don't leave home without it. Sure Kansas State missed 3 field goals but the bottom line is that when the game mattered they got smothered. Auburn wasn't going to buckle in crunch time on the road or not. Sure, it was a 6 point game with 4 minutes and change left but it didn't matter. Auburn simply ground Kansas State down. Kansas State didn't get close to 100 rushing yards in the game (40 yards). And Tennessee? If it's not for the infrequent big and broken play, a young group of UT defenders (5 true freshmen) gave mighty Oklahoma a good solid punch. There is simply no substitute for speed on defense....[more]
FEELS LIKE FALL...SURELY SOME GOOD GAMES ARE COMING...RIGHT?
Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 9:13 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-18-14

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 3

NATION:

LA CAN’T PLAY: USC’s shocking defeat as a double-digit favorite -versus a Boston College team that Pitt handled easier than the 10 point spread indicated- combined with UCLA’s lackluster start has me wondering if LA-LA Land football is all glitz and no hits. Blogger’s Random Thought: As I wrote that memories flooded my mind of one of my late Dad’s favorite political moments when during the Republican Convention a wisenheimer held up a derisive sign aimed at the Democratic ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale that read “Fritz and Grits give me the $#!+$” Now back to your regularly scheduled blog:

I know it seems strange to write off USC one week after a dramatic win over Stanford and an undefeated UCLA team but losing in Chestnut Hill shows the Trojans haven’t completely recovered from the Lane Kiffin era Attention Deficit Disorder and the Bruins are only 3-0 due to playing –with apologies to Virginia who is better than expected- the stiff of the week club. Heck they only beat Memphis by 7 points in the Rose Bowl a feat that will almost certainly be surpassed by greater than half the Tiger’s upcoming opponents....[more]
WHERE'S BEANO WEEK 3
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 6:32 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-11-14

BLOGGERS PREFACE: An abbreviated Beano-blog follows since I was on the road to Montana during much of Saturday’s action. I just happened to be on I-29N & I-90W traveling through what has to be a stretch of the ugliest, most desolate, sections of Iowa and South Dakota –if not the entire globe- while the afternoon games were being played. And yet I felt sorry for you as my experience and view was preferable to most college football fans at the time. Hopefully I will be at my Reader’s Digest best as I hit the highpoints of what was mostly a forgettable –yet still precious- college football weekend.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 2

NATION:

FOUR IS ENOUGH: As talk of the first season for the College Football Playoff heated up the main topic of discussion was the format’s exclusion of at least one Power-5 Conference Champion....[more]
WEEK 2 NATIONALLY; WEAK 2 IN SEC
Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 3:24 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-4-14

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 1

NATION:

THE FRANKLIN PHENOMENA: James Franklin’s impact was felt on two separate continents. Penn State fans flocked to Croke Park and witnessed Franklin’s team’s penchant for finding Houdini-like ways of escaping with a win. Vandy fans suffered through an embarrassing 30 point thrashing at the hands of Temple with the ruins that Franklin left behind and if Derek Mason’s debut is any indication they will soon rename their stadium Croak Park. The amazing thing about Franklin’s success sometimes seems to be in spite of his game day acumen. The Nittany Lions were penalized 9 times for 90 yards many erasing scoring opportunities....[more]
IT'S HERE
Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 2:54 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-26-14

WHAT VOL FANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UTAH STATE:

OFFENSE:

-Prior to tearing his ACL and MCL in the 1st quarter of the 6th game of the season (BYU) Chuckie Keeton had 1388 yds passing for 18 TDs and only 2 Ints while rushing for 388 yards and 2 TDs

-Keeton was eventually replaced by (at the time freshman) Darrel Garretson (1446, 10, 7) who led the Aggies to the MWC Mountain Division Championship and a Poinsettia Bowl win over Northern Illinois

-The offensive line is basically starting over after losing 5 of their top 6 that accounted for 152 career starts

-RB Joe Hill ran for 252 yards, averaged 4.8 ypc prior to being lost for the season in the 5th game of 2013

-State lost their 2 top WRs from 2013, Travis Reynolds and Travis Van Leeuwen who averaged 16.3 and 12.7 ypc respectively....[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”. Reed later amended –or stated more plainly- that 6-6 would show signs of progress and be acceptable but 7-5 is not an unreasonable expectation. With that clarified I agree with young Jon 100%. This team can win 7 games and here is what they will have to do different from last season and beyond to make it happen:

START 2-0: Not long ago starting off the season with Utah State and Arkansas State would have Tennessee fans counting their chickens and the staff game planning for Oklahoma but this “ain’t” then....[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? At 8:30 in the morning?

Fresno St @ USC (8-30) Sarkisian’s first game as Trojan’s head man will be against a team that always plays with both a swagger and a chip on their shoulder....[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)...[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. I’ll take an initially flawed playoff over an eternally doomed championship game every time.

We’ve touched on what a playoff may not do but let’s look at what it will:

-IT WILL give additional deserving teams a chance to prove they’re worthy of an opportunity...[more]
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