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Friday Live at Stover's
Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 9:28 AM
Welcome to Friday.

It's a special day to be here!!! It's going to be a terrific sports weekend for me, and I'm going to enjoy every moment of it. My Vols are letting it rip tomorrow in South Carolina. It should be fun to see how Tennessee responds to getting shoved around at Missouri. Then on Sunday my Eagles play in the main event in Philly in the NFC Title Game versus the Vikings. As far as I'm concerned, the conference title games are better than the Super Bowl. In fact, last weekend was my favorite weekend of the year....[more]
THINKING OF TAKING THE CUP OFF
Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 1:48 AM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

CAN WE TAKE THE CUP OFF? I realize Iím the one credited -or discredited- for coining the moniker Cup Check University for the University of Tennessee Athletic Departmentís propensity to follow up good things with an immediate swift kick to the junk. While also understanding the hazard of doing so Iím considering letting my guard down. It may prove to be a fool-hearty premonition but I believe I see a crack of light penetrating the rubble pile left in the wake of the terrible trio of Mike Hamilton, Dave Hart and John Currie. Here are a few rays of hope:

-JEREMY PRUITT: I believe weíve stumbled upon a gem in the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt. Heís a blue-collar every-man who has hit every rung of the coaching ladder in his quest to become a head coach and has apparently gained a great deal of respect from his players and peers alike....[more]
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Thursday
Posted: Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 9:32 AM
Observations From Tennessee Mizzou:

Tennessee got pulled into a street fight last night and for the first 25 minutes they were getting beaten up badly.

Cuonzo's guys play TOUGH on defense. Much tougher than they did here in Knoxville.

Nicodemus Christopher's (AKA Whoopie Gold's Gym) hair was on fleek last night.

The Tubbs were right where they belonged last night. Directly behind Tennessee's bench. Do they get paid to attend all these events...[more]
Wednesday
Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 8:42 PM
Welcome to Wednesday. We have a couple of pieces of housekeeping before we do anything else here today.

1.) Signing Day is three weeks away. Here at Tonybasilio.com we are getting ready for a Signing Day Apptacular. We're gearing up here for another multi hour App/Periscope/Live Stream production that will air right out of our Ray Mears Studio in Knoxville. I'm bringing this to your attention because we have sponsorships available for the day if you're interested in promoting your business and have never done anything with us here. This would be a wonderful opportunity to promote yourself in big splash day.

2.) Tennessee visits Missouri tonight in a late night 9pm Tip off in the Cuon-Zone. I'll be in studio with Mark Griffin following this game as we take your calls on what hopefully is Tennessee's 4th straight SEC victory....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, 8:06 AM
Welcome to Tuesday!!! It's the day after Cup-check Monday. You were celebrating Jauan Jennings reinstatement while another storm was brewing in the background.

Love The Jennings News!!! LOVE IT!!! Tennessee did the right thing by reinstating Jauan Jennings!!! Now Brady Hoke and John Currie are on permanent and indefinite suspension. Here's a question....Has Jennings been coached? Tony Robinson maintained that Tennessee's wide receivers in recent years didn't develop to a satisfactory level....[more]
Monday
Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018, 8:09 AM
Welcome to Monday!!! What a great weekend of football and basketball we were treated to. After starting 0-2 the Vols have won 3 straight and are rolling. My Eagles and Brian's Jaguars are through to their Title Games.

Before we get started, I want to personally thank Brian Hartman and Beano and Alex for giving up their Saturday night and hosting Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime while the NFL playoffs were going on. Guys!!!! That's why WE are the Official Voice of the Common Fan. We've been doing it longer, stronger, louder, prouder and more consistently than any pretender.

INSIDERS SAY JEREMY PRUITT and his staff have discovered they are not going to be able to sign a full 25 for the 2018 class, due to some 2017 signees being held over to count against the 2018 number. Couple this with the new staff's growing realization of just how badly the talent level of this program has deteriorated, it is safe to say there is a lot of grim urgency in the football offices in the Anderson Center....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 11:08 AM
Welcome to Friday. YUUUUUUUUUUGE Weekend and we've got you covered!!!

Tennessee Hoops, Football recruiting & The NFL playoffs take center stage.

I spent the past couple of weeks fawning all over Jeremy Pruitt and rightfully so, but I'd be remiss if I didn't pause to give some love today to Rick Barnes and his staff.

Those guys have done a GREAT job this year with this Tennessee team in positioning them as a sure fire NCAA Tournament team this year.

If you've been exposed to me, you know that I'm not a big fan of Barnesʻ recruiting, but that's not what this season is about. Barnes and his guys are developing players....[more]
VOLS ROADMAP TO THE NCAA
Posted: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 1:31 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THOUGHTS: As I settled in to watch two of the Vols bitter rivals prepare to play for the National Championship of college football I really had no idea how to feel or who to pull for. I saw no outcome that could be looked upon as a positive for Tennessee going forward. I did not -nor do I now- think that a win would diminish the blood-thirst for winning of Nick Saban and Alabama Nation nor derail Georgiaís momentum under Saban protťgť Kirby Smart. Nor did I believe a loss would be devastating to either camp. I had no confidence -or fear- that Jeremy Pruittís tenure here would be altered whether his defense stoned the Dawgs or gave up half-a-hundred nor that one more appearance or another ring would significantly raise his profile as a recruiter. All I saw was two teams that Iíd much rather see lose than win playing a game that couldn't end in a preferred tie....[more]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 6:02 AM
App Troubles: If it's not one thing it's another. We're so sorry for any inconvenience this has caused some of you as you've tried to enjoy our offerings on your schedule. We've had intermittent problems with our live feed, and we're currently in the process of getting another App built. Long story short, the constant updates to iphones as well as android devices have caused issues with the ability of some of you to listen. Like most things in my chosen industry, this can be expensive and involved. The fun never ends. That's why we love and appreciate all those that stand with us financially as I sometimes feel like we're rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. 2018 is my 25th year serving and being served by the living listener, and I intend to get this app/stream issue resolved. You're greatly appreciated and I WILL GET IT RIGHT.

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Wednesday Live at Copper Cellar Cumberland Avenue
Posted: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 8:43 AM
Whatta Night In Nashville: Vandy went into last night as a 6-9 basketball team but you would've never known it by watching that first half. They looked like an undefeated team in that first 20 minutes...EVERYTHING went right for them. It was DISGUSTING.

Vandy hit 8-15 from the 3 point line to build a 10 point lead. Mark Griffin called this shot yesterday in the blog.

Meanwhile Grant Williams had a clinic like 17 to keep the Vols alive in first half.

Mystifyingly, Jordan Bowden attempted only one (1) shot in the 15 minutes he played. That's not going to work for this team. That's never going to work. He's got to get more involved....[more]
TIME TO RAISE MY OWN WHITE FLAG
Posted: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 3:23 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

BOWL TAKEAWAYS

Wish I had realized how bad the PAC-12 sucked this year before picking a bunch of itís members in several bowl pools. If there was a good team in the entire league it didnít show.

Apparently, the officiating in that league matches the memberís ineptitude. The Music City Bowl may have been the worst officiated game I have ever seen....[more]
BOWL GAMES AND VOL BASKETBALL
Posted: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 3:53 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

EARLY SIGNING PERIOD IS PREPOSTEROUS: When the new early signing period was announced I said it was a good idea. Proving once again that I know diddly about recruiting and my mouth is much quicker than my brain. Now that it is actually upon us I canít think of one redeeming feature it presents. It is an ill-timed, poorly thought out, venture that should be abolished after one failed attempt. It puts universities, coaches and prospects in a frenzied pursuit that will wind up -as most rushed efforts- with disappointing results. With one ill-conceived calendar change the CFB ďbrain trustĒ has found a way to soil Christmas, bowl preparation, the honeymoon period for newly-hired coaches and dimmed the excitement of the true National Signing Day -a mere six weeks from now- in one fell swoop. Not to mention placing more pressure on recruits to grab a spot than ever before....[more]
JEREMY PRUITT; CONFIDENCE AND QUESTIONS
Posted: Thursday, December 14th, 2017, 2:12 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

LETíS GO THROUGH IT ON JEREMY PRUITT: Isnít it nice for things to be somewhat normal and relaxing on the Tennessee Football front for a change? After a dreadful season, a prolonged decision-making process concerning Butch Jonesí future and the worst manhunt since OJ looked for Nicoleís killers somehow I believe we actually found a competent football coach. After shaking off the fatigue of the seemingly never-ending search and the joy of unbridled optimism of Jeremy Pruittís introductory press conference I think I can now take a more objective look at both what I like and what concerns I have about the hire. Letís start with the questions so I can end the segment on a positive note.

CONCERNS

NO HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE: This Iím sure tops the list -if itís not the only entry- on every Vol fanís list of questions....[more]
WELCOME ABOARD COACH PRUITT
Posted: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 11:49 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

WHOíS OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

LETíS DO IT WITH PRUITT: Tennesseeís eventual list to replace Butch Jones was underwhelming to say the least. When it became clear however that the finalists were Jeremy Pruitt, Les Miles, Kevin Steele, Brent Venables and Mel Tucker, Pruitt was my clear choice. I favored him over Miles and Steele due to their advanced age and the fact that despite their obvious experience they were not being sought after by other schools....[more]
FOUND AN AD WHILE LOOKING FOR A COACH
Posted: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 10:02 AM
by Beano
MONDAY ON MY MIND

WHOíS OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

IíM FOR FULMER? WHAT IN THE WIDE-WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS? I am admittedly not a Phillip Fulmer guy....[more]
MORE COACHING NONSENSE
Posted: Thursday, November 30th, 2017, 7:35 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

WHOíS OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

YOU CANíT MAKE UP THIS LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE: There is no way to sugar coat the search process weíve witnessed. I had given the powers behind the throne the benefit of the doubt in the last two hires due to Lane Kiffinís late departure and the mess that Derek Dooley made of the program once handed the reins. Unfortunately, now -after witnessing without question the worst search in history- the sad truth is no coach truly deserving of this great fanbase and program will ever agree to work under the direction of our flawed power structure and stooge stand-ins serving as Board Members, Athletic Director and Chancellor....[more]
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