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Live Friday @ Stover's
4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Friday, July 1st, 2016, 7:10 AM
In unprecedented fashion Orange Throat gives it up for Pat Summitt.

Throaty...You are the man. That was some wonderful stuff right there. Weeks like this make me thankful for our family of contributors. Everybody that reached out this week helped me get through the last 5 days! I thank all yawl from the bottom of my heart.......[more]
GREATNESS GONE TOO SOON
Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 2:27 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

WITNESSING GREATNESS: Iím 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 womenís basketball- is I can still appreciate and recognize greatness whether it occurs in my sport of choice or not. Besides calling Summitt simply a womenís basketball coach would be like referring to Jackie Robinson as just a baseball player. Summitt not only built a powerful womenís basketball program at the University of Tennessee she brought the entire sport into the nationís consciousness and onto major college campuses throughout the country. She inspired young girls everywhere and women from all professions and if weíre 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 Summittís greatness up close and personal. All that being said her greatest attribute is none of the above....[more]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 6:44 AM
Pat Summitt is being laid to rest today in the mid-state. We really missed a chance for yet another way to honor her. How awesome would it have been to send her body home with a full police escort from UT down to her hometown west of Nashville. That would've been such a fitting conclusion to her journey in the Volunteer State. Can you imagine what it would've looked like with all the well wishers gathered on the side of the road plus the overpasses? I really regret that someone didn't think of this. I'd love to take credit for this great idea, but it actually came from a friend. Can you imagine what this would've looked like across the state on Tuesday? At any rate, Pat Summitt remains an all time great as her family and friends say goodbye today in her hometown.

Here are a couple of lists in Pat Summitt's honor....[more]
Live Wednesday @
Elidio's Pizza
Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 6:34 AM
This is pretty hard to beat. You talk about powerful. I'm really proud of this place at times like this. How about you? So touching. Amazing. Link

Wow....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 5:49 AM
I appreciate the kind words on the Pat Summitt piece I wrote for yesterday's blog. And yes, I now realize she was more of a mid-state gal than a West Tennessee one.

Speaking of expecting big things. I expect Rick Barnes to get our basketball program back to the top of the mountain. Now, I expect that, but I'm having my doubts. I'm really starting to come around to Tony's side when it comes to Coach Barnes. Where are the big time recruits? This coach has never been known as an X and O man or a guy who develops greatness. His bread and butter has always been getting top talent. I know a lot of folks who have this coach's back and they tell me he's in on a number of top 100 players, but I've yet to see them commit....[more]
Monday
Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 5:21 AM
We live in an era where agents have sold the public that college coaches ARE the program. Itís simply not true. Unless of course youíre talking about womenís basketball, in particular Tennessee womenís basketball. Iím convinced that if there was no Pat Summitt, womenís hoops would still be in the dark. Yes. She was that important to not only this community, but to the entire sport itself. And she was the ultimate giver to her game. Pat Summitt couldíve easily frozen out the likes of Geno and simply hoarded championships.

Al Brown tells a great story about how he pleaded with Pat Summitt not to open the door for Geno and UConn. At one point during a spirited conversation, Pat Summitt looked at coach Brown and said, "I have to play them....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 6:36 AM


Throaty:

Firstly, way to commeth correcteth. I've been getting credit all week for calling the shot on Jimmy Cheek. You sir are the one who called that shot. Both you and Vol Colonel were way out in front on that one. As for the other moving parts at Tennessee, only here would we have a guy up for Chancellor that finished a close second to the current Prez. And have we confirmed his name is Brian? Because I've personally referred to him by at least 8 different first and last names. Interesting....[more]
Live Thursday @
Smoothie King
Walker Springs Road
Posted: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 6:15 AM
Athlon is out of the mid state. Perhaps it isn't surprising that they're rather bullish on the Vols for 2016. This really could be a special season. Our Daniel Lewis has details on Tennessee accumulating the second most FIRST TEAM All Americans in the SEC. Link

Vincent Perry being ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season is a minor blow. He would've helped this team. How does an athlete is this day and age manage to fall below the line with all the tutorial help at his disposal? Sad....[more]
Live Wednesday @
Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 6:22 AM
Can we take a victory lap here? ONE PLACE has been telling you for weeks that Jimmy Cheek was on his way out. Orange Throat said it EXCLUSIVELY here for weeks. There's a changing of the guard afoot at Tennessee. With this comes a real opportunity to stop the madness.

The reworking of UT hasn't materialized. All we've done is fallen behind in the one thing that most in our community truly care about. SPORTS!!...[more]
Live Tuesday @
Wings Xpress
Posted: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 6:23 AM
Thanks for being there. Great to be back in the mix and the hunt with you. I appreciate your grace in indulging me with a break. It was terrific getting away. I had the pleasure of visiting family in PA. My Dad turned 90! Great stuff. Fun times. God bless America....[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 weekís end. Realizing that one mortal such as I canít carry TBís headset I have lined up a star-studded cast to help me through. My former Calhounís 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 Iím 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 didnít 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 ďSTATEĒ 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 donít 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. Heís 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. Iíve apparently had a slight attitude adjustment because Iím 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 whoís 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 itís time to analyze what to do with our time, sports-wise, until South Carolina travels to Nashville to face Vandy on September 1st. I donít know if itís 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 doesnít mean it isnít one of my favorite times on the sports calendar once it does arrive. So how do we get there? Hereís 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]
VOL FOOTBALL PROGRAM GETS GOOD HEALTH CHECK
Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 9:14 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM HEALTH RATINGS: As Tony teased Friday we will discuss which college football programs appear to be the healthiest entering the 2016 season on Mondayís edition of the Tony Basilio Show. Unlike my scholastic years, when Tony gives me a homework assignment I generally complete it. We specifically intend to discuss how many programs we perceive as healthier than Tennesseeís. My guess upon hearing the topic was no more than a dozen would be ranked healthier than our beloved Tennessee Football Program. What I came up with based on little or nothing more than a gut feeling mirrored my assumption:

HEALTHIER

1-ALABAMA: Flagship program of the best conference with the best college football coach alive...[more]
UNDERRATED VOLS
Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 8:43 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

UNDERRATED VOLS: Tonyís conversation on Tuesdayís show regarding underrated professional athletes got me thinking about who I feel are the most underappreciated Vol footballers of my lifetime. I find it very difficult to apply this to the defensive side of the ball because it seems individual prowess is more easily quantified on offense so I will limit my candidates to those that played on that side of the ball:

QB:

CASEY CLAUSEN: Trails only Peyton Manning in Career Yardage with 9577, won TWICE in Gainesville and in 2001 led the Vols to victories over Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama and Michigan all away from the friendly confines of Neyland Stadium. Failure to lead the Vols to an SEC Title is apparently an unforgiveable transgression.

Honorable Mention; ANDY KELLY: 5TH in Career Total Yards (6427) and was 22-5-2 as a starter jump-starting the most successful decade of Tennessee Football in my lifetime....[more]
GUESS ONE WIN OVER THE GATORS WAS ALL WE COULD EXPECT
Posted: Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 8:43 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

VOL BASEBALL:

-Florida has an excellent baseball team with hitters throughout the lineup, solid pitching and they made at least three defensive plays on Friday night that took away hits and rally opportunities from the Vols

-Tennessee is obviously outmanned in the unforgiving world of SEC baseball but they also lack a critical element; confidence. Every phase of the game that requires belief such as taking hits away with stellar defensive efforts, two-out hits with RISP and shutdown innings after drawing close or taking the lead, the Vols seem -in most cases- to fall far short of their opponentís ability to do so. The fact they were able to accomplish some of the above on Saturday helped them avoid a sweep....[more]
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