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Friday
Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 7:17 AM
As is our custom around here, Orange Throat leads things off. You won't believe a particular nugget in here. As we say around here, you can't make it up. Take it away Throaty.....

Throaty: Great stuff as always. And it's July 22nd. Imagine what your reports are going to look like once we get cooking in a 3 or so weeks!!!...[more]
Live @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Thursday, July 21st, 2016, 9:32 AM
Live at Sushi Spot today! Love to have you come eat some lunch and talk some sports!!! Like my man Steve Russell....Beano joins today and we have a TON to talk about!!! Make sure you check his blog when you're done here on this page....

Awesome news with our huge announcement yesterday on the show!! In The Pocket featuring yours truly with Tony Robinson is moving to prime time this fall. The show is switching stations as we will join the amazing nightly sports lineup of local programs weeknights at 10 pm on MyVLT. Wednesday will be our night for a full hour. The first 30 minutes features Tony and myself breaking down all things Vols and SEC. Then from 10:30p to 11p it will be me trying to keep Coach Glanville on track on the Jerry Glanville Show....[more]
VOLS DON'T ALWAYS DISAPPOINT OR SURPRISE
Posted: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 6:01 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY (on Thursday):

VOLS ARE SOMETIMES WHAT THEY’RE PREDICTED TO BE: I know you feel it just like I do; the dread of high expectations. It seems that every time things appear aligned for the Vols to have a special season something goes amiss. It also feels as if our best teams always come out of nowhere. While there is some validity to Big Orange Nation’s fear of underachievement and affinity for underdog status most of that perception is formed by only a handful of events. Conceding that initial rankings are based mostly on returning contributors, the previous year’s success -or lack thereof- and to some extent past history, it is still viewed as a barometer of the season to come. Short of a more accurate measurement I have used the AP Poll’s initial and final rankings over the last 30 years to attempt to bring some clarity to the discussion of the Vols routinely underachieving and always being an afterthought in their most successful campaigns:

VOLS IN THE AP POLL...[more]
Live Wednesday @
Smoothie King
Posted: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 6:07 AM
Big News Today….Huge News…Today @ Noon…Live on the Tony Basilio Show…Beeeeee Theeeeeeerrrreeee.

Awesome stuff on the show yesterday. Great job by the callers! Amazing job really. The Twittiots even got into the act and we had a pretty fun show!

Fab Five Freddie led things off with some interesting numbers. Freddie tracked the past 50 years of SEC football dating back to the advent of the black athlete. When you look at SEC Football Championships won or shared by each school the #’s paint a picture of a Big 6 that are bunched together after #1....[more]
Tuesday Live @ Stover's
4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 7:31 AM
Firstly, factually and furiously, your Vol Colonel leads things off on this Tuesday.

Looking nationally. Charlie Strong has been under tremendous pressure to win since he arrived in Austin. It's put up or close up shop for Strong this year in my estimation. If Strong falters, I could see Texas after going after the young up and comer at Houston, Tom Herman. Herman is one of the bright young coaching stars in the business and it's hard not to see him landing a big coaching gig in the near future.

Clemson knocked on the door of a national championship last year. Do they have enough to kick the door down this season and bag a natty?

Michigan improved by leaps and bounds under Jim Harbaugh in year one....[more]
Monday
Posted: Monday, July 18th, 2016, 6:13 AM
As I begin today I want to take the opportunity to say that I stand with the men and women in blue around this country. If we lose the rule of law and our respect for the rule of law in our land then we cease to become a great nation. Please joining me in considering how wonderful most of these fine people are that serve in this capacity. Never has the job of wearing that uniform been more important from coast to coast. Let's pray for this land which I fear is teetering on the brink of really dark times.

What a tremendous week we had last week. And I didn't even go to Birmingham. Then again we had a terrific week BECAUSE I didn't go to Birmingham. Still, Butch Jones was there and the Vols made their presence felt. I thought Gridironnow.com's Mike Huguenin (who joined me Friday) had a wonderful final thought culminating his appearance when he was effusing in his praise of all three of the Tennessee players that made the trip to Birmingham....[more]
Live @ Wings Xpress
Clinton Highway
Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016, 7:17 AM
What a wonderful ceremony for Pat Summitt last night. Robin Roberts was terrific. The spirit in that room was pure love and appreciation. Everybody hit the right notes. Joe Johnson is just ALL TIME awesome! Is there another Joe Johnson out there? Con Hunley singing "I'll Fly Away" was such a wonderful touch!!! Peyton Manning is such a tremendous ambassador for this place. He's got such a gift for events like last night. I feel so terribly sorry for Tyler Summitt. That poor young man has had a terrible run....[more]
B&B ARE ON TENNESSEE
Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 2:47 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

HOMERUN DERBY THOUGHTS: Though I believe the HR Derby is close to running it’s course -as the NBA Dunk contest did close to a quarter century ago- I do think it was given new life with the altered format. The bracket play and clock additions were welcomed variations.

ALL STAR GAME NUGGETS:

-The American League can win every year and I’ll still think World Series home field advantage riding on the outcome is ridiculous.

-Like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera before him David Ortiz’ incredible career achievements pale in comparison to the respect other players have for him....[more]
Live Thursday @
Fairways And Greens
Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 5:24 AM
Depending on when you see this, Tennessee is either going to be or is the pick of the SEC Media to win the SEC's East. This is fun! Embrace the expectations with trepidation. Quite simply, the SEC is brutal at picking winners in the conference they are paid to cover. Perhaps they are too close to the forest to see the trees. Whatever the reason, you're almost better off being picked 2nd in either division when you consider the past several years. This doesn't even take into the SEC's dismal record of picking the eventual league champion in the divisional era (post 1992).

SEC Media Through The Years:...[more]
Live @ Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016, 6:16 AM
Really great job by our callers yesterday on the show as to the tack Butch Jones should've employed at his stop on Tennessee's day at SEC Media Week in Birmingham. Jones of course didn't come out strong against Florida as many advocated yesterday on the show. The good news is that he has plenty of time to still do just that. One particular call the resonated with me dated back to 1994 when Jimmy Johnson on his own volition picked the phone up and called a Dallas radio show on the eve of the Cowboys/49ers NFC Title Game. Off the top of my head yesterday I recalled that it was actually Randy Galloway's radio show on WBAP. I've always been a radio freak and remember Randy's show quite well. He was absolutely irreverent and a force in that market. It was perfect venue for Johnson to stop in and do his magic. Twenty years later this looks like an absolute master stroke. The reason this resonates today is that Tennessee is coming through the wilderness and they've been building toward this year much like the Cowboys were back then. Johnson felt in his heart that his team was better just like Butch has to know that Tennessee is better than Florida....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, 5:45 AM
We let OUR Vol Colonel lead things off today on this Tennessee Tuesday at the SEC Media Days.

There's another little 9 game streak that I hope comes to an end this October also. Bring on the Tide! It might not be the lopsided outcome I expect the Florida game to be, but I'll take a win any way we can get it against the Tide.

This is the year of redemption for this program and for our great fans. I feel it in my bones. We finally have the talent in place to compete with any program in the country. It's going to be one fun ride. 51 days and counting!...[more]
HIDE THE EARPHONES AND LOSE THE AP
Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 4:27 PM
by Beano
NO THOUGHT THURSDAY

BLOGGER’S NOTE: With baseball season at the mid-summer break; the SEC Media Days straight ahead; zero interest in NBA free agency and -thankfully- Vol footballers apparently behaving themselves these truly are the lazy days of summer.

Here’s a little brain mist for you:

-If I’ve ever disparaged the intellect of rasslin fans I should apologize. Especially after I spent most of the 4th watching a Three Stooges Marathon. Like Professional Wrestling the choreographers and sound effect guys of those shorts were pure genius....[more]
GREATNESS GONE TOO SOON
Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 2:27 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

WITNESSING GREATNESS: I’m really unworthy of writing even a paragraph tribute to Pat Summitt. What gives me the liberty to do so -as an admitted non-follower of women’s basketball- is I can still appreciate and recognize greatness whether it occurs in my sport of choice or not. Besides calling Summitt simply a women’s basketball coach would be like referring to Jackie Robinson as just a baseball player. Summitt not only built a powerful women’s basketball program at the University of Tennessee she brought the entire sport into the nation’s consciousness and onto major college campuses throughout the country. She inspired young girls everywhere and women from all professions and if we’re willing to admit it; men as well. The tributes that have come in from all points and all walks of life from those who are power-brokers themselves in their chosen fields have been extremely impressive even for those of us privileged to witness Summitt’s greatness up close and personal. All that being said her greatest attribute is none of the above....[more]
BRIAN, BEANO and SPECIAL GUESTS GOT YOU ON THIS WEEK'S TONY BASILIO SHOW
Posted: Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 7:48 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME BUT ALMOST FULL-TIME: Tony B has decided to take some well-deserved time away from the mic this week (June 13-17) to handle the critical -but not nearly as fun- business side of the Tony Basilio Show house. Tony has brilliantly directed his family-owned, independent talk-show career up until now; when he handed the reins to me in his absence. I will be with you Monday through Thursday and will do my best to assure The Dean has a show to return to at week’s end. Realizing that one mortal such as I can’t carry TB’s headset I have lined up a star-studded cast to help me through. My former Calhoun’s Saturday Conversation partner Geoff Brock will be with me on Monday and possibly later in the week as well. The Good Doctor Sean Sinclair another Convro alumni will make his usual sterling Wednesday appearance and I’m hopeful The Mayor of SoNo Phil Cooper will grab his piece of the pie as well....[more]
THE "STATE" OF TENNESSEE'S O-LINE
Posted: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 4:58 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

TENNESSEE FOOTBALL: Several weeks back the Good Doctor Sean Sinclair said he didn’t have numbers to prove his assertion but felt that Vol offensive lines are better when populated with Tennesseans. Not only was he spot-on but I contend there ARE numbers to prove his declaration. I put most of what is below together several years -and computers- ago and simply had to update what was already accumulated. Take a look and draw your own conclusions.

THE “STATE” OF THE O-LINE

YEAR # NAMES...[more]
HOBO STEW PART 2
Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 4:12 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

When you don’t have one-course meal -let alone three- worthy blog material what do you do? You put together a little brain-mist hobo stew.

HALF-DOZEN FOR DAVE:

I am happy for Dave Serrano. He’s a guy that left a job that almost assured high-level success annually to take over a program that only one man has ever had any at. He has apparently done everything right except the most important thing; win games. I was not prepared to celebrate his firing nor am I devastated by his retention....[more]
I'M A BUYER
Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 5:10 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL? I once believed it was beneath Tennessee Football to play a game on Thursday night. Though I love watching college football as an appetizer for the big slate two days later that was for the Mississippi States and Vandys of the world not Tennessee. I’ve apparently had a slight attitude adjustment because I’m not at all disappointed to hear that the Vols will open their season on Thursday September 1st versus Appy State. I do feel for the merchants and Vol fans who’s travel plans and work schedules must be altered and tailgates condensed. I especially empathize with those forced to choose between their profession or their passion. I however am a local, drive to the game and back, retired fan who after further review selfishly likes the idea....[more]
WE'RE UNDER THE 100 DAY MARK
Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9:30 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

COMING UP 99: We broke the 100 days until College Football barrier today (special thanks to our buddy E-Wad for keeping me posted) so it’s time to analyze what to do with our time, sports-wise, until South Carolina travels to Nashville to face Vandy on September 1st. I don’t know if it’s advancing age, a desire to slow down the clock, or a decade of more Tennessee struggles than success but the CFB offseason goes by much quicker than it once did. I also seem less anxious for it while enjoying what comes in-between more. That doesn’t mean it isn’t one of my favorite times on the sports calendar once it does arrive. So how do we get there? Here’s my agenda:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: The Yankees appear to be closer to a last-place squad than a post-season contender but I still love the every-day drama of a MLB season....[more]
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