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Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 5:42 AM
Vol Colonel answered the bell and gives us a peak behind the curtain. Ole Miss isn't in trouble because they paid kids. This goes on EVERYWHERE. Just don't embarrass the NCAA in the process. Unless of course that is if you're regal. And BTW, Ole Miss is far from Regal.

Vol Colonel: Great stuff. My question is this....[more]
Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 5:28 AM

Item by item here. I'll riff off you today. On the baseball front, your cheap shot at me is Derek Dooley noted. Bottom line with Tennessee Baseball is that hiring a coach isn't going to fix this thing. Tennessee needs a force. They need somebody with energy, smarts and know how. They need somebody that loves this place. They need Chris Burke. Sure he's inexperienced, but he's a MLB baseball player and the all time leader in many offensive categories at Tennessee....[more]
Posted: Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 9:24 PM
by Beano


-The earlier than expected selections of Joey Bosa (#3) and Ezekiel Elliott (#4) didnít really upset the applecart but probably led to cartwheels in the Jacksonville Jaguar War Room as they used the #5 selection to take arguably the best player in the entire draft; Jalen Ramsey

-I saw something I never dreamed could happen. A university football program take a negative PR hit for having two players selected in the first round. Ole Miss somehow pulled that off when Laremy Tunsil fell from a projected Top-5 pick to #13 after video surfaced of him smoking dope with an apparatus making him look like a cross between Lloyd Bridges and Cheech Marin. His Instagram account was also hacked and messages between he and members of the Rebel staff were made public suggesting he was given money. He later verified it during the strangest post-draft interview in history....[more]
Friday Live @ Tennessee Sports Medicine
Posted: Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 7:47 AM
Orange Throat leads off on this Friday.

Great stuff Throaty. Vol Colonel is wonderful. I love seeing how my contributors love on each other behind the scenes. Now if we can only get 'X' with the program.......It sure would be nice to see 3+ Vols drafted this weekend.

Rough night for the $EC. No top 5 pick in NFL Draft. Tunsil showed his a**. Or was he hacked...[more]
Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 4:04 PM
by Beano

UNDERRATED APRIL: I would guess most sports fans -especially in the college football crazed south- are like me; they rarely mention April among their favorite periods on the sports calendar. My immediate response would be October when college footballís pecking order is coming into focus and Major League Baseballís postseason has begun. The December-January conclusion to college football and the NFL and my late recognition of college basketballís existence would be a close runner-up. My bronze medalist would be March with the NCAA Basketball Tournament and MLB Spring Training signaling that God-forsaken winter is drawing its last breath. April? It never crosses my mind until itís here. Then itís hard to deny its appeal and especially its diversity....[more]
Thursday Stuff
Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 5:42 AM
If you're looking for a place to watch the NFL Draft tonight, we're going to be having a listener watch party Thursday at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House in downtown Knoxville. It is going to be a superb time watching my Eagles screw up our franchise for the next half plus decade. We're going to have a cool contest for those that show up surrounding the first 10 picks. I just don't know exactly what we're going to do just yet. I'm open to any ideas you may have.

You have a $125 million athletic budget and the majorettes have to purchase their own uniforms? Can somebody tell me why we had the money in the budget to take the band to EVERY road game when the budget was around $50 million back in the day? Oh, I forgot. We have to pay Dime Store Dave Hart $1 million and our "baseball coach" a half a million dollars, while Holly and her assistants are well over $1.5 million combined for their "efforts". Incredible to consider that these poor kids have to raise money for their uniforms....[more]
Live Wednesday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 5:48 AM
Reminder for you...If you're looking for a place to watch the NFL Draft on Thursday, we're going to be having a listener watch party Thursday at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House in downtown Knoxville. It is going to be a superb time watching my Eagles screw up our franchise for the next half plus decade. We're going to have a cool contest for those that show up surrounding the first 10 picks. I just don't know exactly what we're going to do just yet. I'm open to any ideas you may have.

We missed Orange Throat on Monday so he's stopping by today we loads of interesting stuff. Much of this will be unpacked on today's show. See what you think.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 12:58 AM
What did you miss by not going on our Keeneland Trip over the weekend?

Vol Colonel leads things off today.

Bob Shoop joins today at Noon. I'm looking forward to discussing where he wanted to be post-spring to where the Vols are on defense. We have lots to discuss. Get a really good look at Shoop because I don't think he's going to be around here very long. Bob Shoop will be a head coach somewhere within four years....[more]
Posted: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 6:13 PM
Thanks to Jackie & Joanie Denny and the entire Toddlow Coach family for making our trip to Keeneland such an outstanding day. At the end of that trip we may have even lost a few dollars in putting it together, but it was worth every penny. I want to personally thank everybody that joined us! Yawl were a wonderful group of people. It never ceases to amaze me how special it is to get folks together and enjoy a terrific sporting event. We're considering doing this again in October. Keeneland is a special place. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite sporting venues in the entire country! That place is pure class. Yesterday was so beautiful. And we ran into a bunch of Tennessee fans like Creed Daniel and his son, as well as Bigger Al out of Louisville, Kentucky....[more]
Posted: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 6:46 AM
Before we get cranked up today...We really are heading to Keeneland. And yes, we are leaving Sunday morning at 8:30 from Ingles on Emory Road (across from Tennova North/Sushi Spot et al). If you want to come, I've got a few slots left at $75. See the graphic below for what all you get for that price. It's the deal of the year IMO. Hope you'll join us!

Now it's Orange Throat time!

Thursday......Hall of Shame Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 5:22 AM
It's Thursday. And I'm all in on Keeneland. The long range weather forecast is calling for a PERFECT day in Lexington. If you paid your money, we are leaving Sunday morning at 8:30 am from Ingles off Emory Road in Powell. It's going to be an awesome time! I have 10 slots left. First come, first served basis. If you paid, you're cool. You're in. Good to go. I'd love to have you....[more]
Posted: Sunday, April 17th, 2016, 5:46 PM
by Beano

ORANGE AND WHITE GAME Didnít attend the Orange and White Extravaganza due to preparation requirements for another year of Jurassic Softball. I listened to early portions on my way home from BP and caught from the QB Challenge until the closing ceremonies on TV. Iím not a big fan of spring football but Tennessee does it pretty well under Butch Jones.

-I like the new format that mixes the Tennessee Drill (Iím a VFFL who refuses to call it the Circle of Life. This is football for heavenís sake not the totality of existence), position matchups, skill competitions and scrimmage sessions. I even like the Vol Nation infomercial portions....[more]
I'm 66.7% BUTCH
Posted: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 5:07 PM
by Beano


-Iím a college football freak but canít work up a fervor for sports out of their season. I think spring football is good for coaches regaining the full attention of their rosters; young players getting needed reps, fans of football only and access for kids. Nothing wrong with any of that I just donít fit any of the above categories.

-Iíve seen very few Orange and White Games. I spent most of my life playing baseball or softball on the day of the event....[more]
Posted: Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 9:12 PM
by Beano

RAMBLIN FEVER: Iím still lamenting -and honoring- the passing of my favorite country artist of all-time; Merle Haggard. I guess my mind is too because I couldnít formulate a single in-depth topic to cover in this Monday edition of the blog so weíll just brain storm -or in this case more of a mist- our way through with multi-sport quick hits. Hereís Merle with the intro LINK.


-Getting to know Donnie through the Tony Basilio Show Iím heartbroken for him over the extremely harsh penalty he was handed by the NCAA for his tenure at Southern Miss. Because I like the heck out of the guy and know how much the profession means to him I am also not the most objective guy when it comes to analyzing his plight....[more]
Posted: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 2:47 PM
by Beano


During a cameo appearance on the Wednesday edition of the Tony Basilio Show with TB and the good Doctor Sean Sinclair I was posed the question if Tonyís scenario season posted on an early-week blog where the Vols lose @Georgia and to Alabama, defeat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl finishing 11-2 would be acceptable even though Tennessee fails to make the SECCG? I answered in the affirmative then from nowhere heard my own voice say that I would prefer that to winning the East, losing big in Atlanta as Missouri did twice and being jettisoned to a lesser bowl. Tony and Sean -likely along with most of the listening audience- were appalled. AFTER FURTHER REVIEW (in the age of replay-adnauseam) I would like to have that one back. Though I believe Tonyís season would result in a higher ranking both he and Sinco are correct that you canít win it if youíre not in it and a trip to Atlanta should be this seasonís major goal. Here is how I would rank my desires for this season regardless of how realistic they are:...[more]
Posted: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, 9:16 PM
by Beano

FINAL-4 TAKEAWAYS: There is just so little to say. If there has ever been a worse Final-4 someone needs to refresh my memory. Games between the four remaining teams in America decided by 60 points? Did the menís and womenís Final-4s swap nights? This after eight Sweet-16 games and four Elite-8 contests that were almost as uncompelling as what we witnessed Saturday? Hopefully Villanova and North Carolina can play a game that appears April-worthy rather than October sloppy. College basketball REALLY needs to up its game....[more]
Posted: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 2:41 PM
by Beano

DEUCE IS A DROUGHT: Does two straight years with no postseason basketball seem like an eternity to you; Tennessee Basketball fan? It should. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded in 1976 two consecutive seasons without a Vol appearance in either the Big Dance or the NIT has occurred only twice. The Vols failed to make either bracket in 1986 and 87 under Don DeVoe and the three-year period between 1993-95 which were the last two years of the Wade Houston era and Kevin OíNeillís first season in Knoxville. In a span of time that has seen eleven basketball coaches lead a program that could with merit be described as ďunstableĒ none have exceeded two consecutive years without a postseason appearance and continued to be employed here. Iím not suggesting if Rick Barnesí second edition of the Vols fails to make the myriad of postseason events that now exist that he should be shown the door. I am saying if the drought extends beyond the spring of 2018 it will be an ignominy that Iíve never witnessed almost a dozen coaches -many of which were average at their trade- suffer here....[more]
Posted: Sunday, March 27th, 2016, 8:49 PM
by Beano



-The tournament often turns to chalk in week two but not as complete a whiteout as we witnessed Thursday and Friday. Favorites were 7-1 ATS and the only games that were even competitive were the 6-7 matchup between Notre Dame and Wisconsin and 10 seed Syracuseís victory over the 11th seeded Gonzaga.

-Is it just me or does Greg Gard not look like he was born to be Wisconsinís Basketball Coach? Heís straight out of central casting....[more]
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