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Live Tuesday @ Stover's
Posted: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, 5:41 AM
I had some fun on Twitter on Friday with the Ole Mess mess with the NCAA. Some media people from Ole Miss and fans of that drek weren't going for it. In fact, they were getting all over me with the logic that those that follow or cheer for Tennessee shouldn't be throwing stones at Ole Miss. The line they were following was interlinking Tennessee with the eye sore at Baylor. The only place where Baylor=Tennessee is in the alleged mind of the haters like Debbie 'Ma' Jennings. Otherwise, you're whistling past the graveyard if you're looking to annex Tennessee into the Baylor mess.

Put it this way: Baylor fired a coach that is easily the most successful in school history because they know exactly what was/is coming. Now, Tennessee really does need to settle this lawsuit because discovery is never a fun thing. We don't want to see what's under the rocks. To quote Sir Paul McCartney, let it be. As far as Baylor goes, they won at all costs, had a lot of great times, and will leave behind a shameless legacy of using and abusing women for profit and gain on the football field....[more]
Live Friday @
Calhoun's on the River
Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016, 5:37 AM
Orange Throat has the floor this and EVERY Friday. Here he is!!!

Throaty: Here are my non-award winning thoughts....

The unpredictable Dave Hart struck again yesterday. An excellent source told me about 90 minutes before that press conference that the belief was that Dave Hart called Thursday's press conference to announce the termination of Dave Serrano as baseball coach....[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]
Live Thursday @
Smoothie King
Walker Springs
Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 5:43 AM
UT Florida of the highest stakes??? Link

Well, this is the strangest thing you'll see connected to UT sports. Or is this even connected to UT sports? What a strange world we live in. Link

Mike Huguenin will be on today to discuss this. Link...[more]
Wednesday Live @
Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 4:43 AM
Apropos for Tennessee to lose like that last night to close their season. They fought hard as they did all year but the Vols did just enough bad stuff to lose. You just knew that when that Vol base runner was picked off in the top of the 9th with Tennessee leading 4-3 that Tennessee was going to lose. And lose they did. LSU's leadoff hitter smoked a 2-2 pitch out of the park to tie the game at 4. From there Tennessee was only able to record one out before LSU won on a bases loaded single. LSU was trying to gift the Vols a berth into the double elimination round as they started a kid that had worked less than 4 innings all year and followed him up with a couple of less than stellar arms. Tennessee couldn't take advantage and win the game despite flashing some pretty good defense.

The Vols had 3 put outs at home that were huge plays but they made mental mistakes when it counted most. A base runner can't be picked off like that in the 9th while a ball got by Tennessee's catcher that allowed the eventual winning run to reach 3rd with only one out in the 9th. When this happened you just knew it was curtains....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 4:38 AM
Golden Nugget's O/U totals are really interesting. Fab Five Freddie had a great point yesterday on my show when he opined that it appeared that Vegas was really trying to entice bettors to play the under of 10 wins for the Vols. That got me to investigating this further. Freddie is right on time on this one. If you want to bet Tennessee plus 10 wins, it will cost you $140 to win $100. Yeah, you saw that correctly. Vegas is big time bullish on Tennessee. When you consider that Five Dimes has Tennessee at 10.5 wins as a total, you get the feeling that something special could be brewing here in 2016.

Fab Five Freddie is so bullish on the Vols that he predicted a National Championship. Are you kidding me...[more]
Monday!!!
Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 6:13 PM
Thanks to EVERYBODY that participated in WLynn's golf tourney over the weekend. That was a great time. After 3 games, Team Tony Basilio had four of our 12 players on the disabled list, but we had a great time. Tony Robinson was so much fun. Britney Hatcher was really fun! As was Phil! Roger got several at bats and the opposing teams were accommodating toward him as he got to feel like a champion in hitting several home runs. It was terrific fellowship. I loved every minute of it, though it was a tiring day.

Team Awards:...[more]
Monday
Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 5:51 AM
Thanks to EVERYBODY that participated in WLynn's golf tourney over the weekend. That was a great time. After 3 games, Team Tony Basilio had four of our 12 players on the disabled list, but we had a great time. Tony Robinson was so much fun. Britney Hatcher was really fun! As was Phil! Roger got several at bats and the opposing teams were accommodating toward him as he got to feel like a champion in hitting several home runs. It was terrific fellowship. I loved every minute of it, though it was a tiring day.

Team Awards:...[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]
Live Friday @
Sushi Spot
Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016, 12:56 PM
Thanks to all who came out and watched the Ftn City Ramblers as we had a great night of music and fun at Clancy's on Gay Street. That's a really sweet place and we had a terrific evening. So fun to be able to celebrate downtown Knoxville in the springtime.

Throaty is damn proud to work Red Fox into his blog. Gotta love it. Poor Serrano. I'll deal with that below. Problem with Saban is he's got 4 stars stacked on top of 5 stars. He's almost impervious to what mortals experience in that sport due to his riches of bodies....[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]
Live @ Smoothie King
Walker Springs Road
Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 5:39 AM
Quick Note before we begin. If you're in the neighborhood tonight, I'll be playing with the Fountain City Ramblers at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House on Gay Street TONIGHT from 7-9p. Spread the word. We're going to have a great time! Hope you can make it down. We have a varied set list touching all genres. You'll hear some grass, some classic rock, some singer songwriter, etc. Going to be great. I'm even going to sing a song or two including Bartender's Blues, along with Jim Croce's Operator. Lance, David, and yours truly would love to see you there. Mrs....[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 Monday’s 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 Tennessee’s. 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: Tony’s conversation on Tuesday’s 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 opponent’s ability to do so. The fact they were able to accomplish some of the above on Saturday helped them avoid a sweep....[more]
MID OFFSEASON COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUFF
Posted: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 5:32 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

BUTCH ON THE RISE (BARELY): The college football contributors on cbssports.com unveiled their annual Power-5 Conference Head Football Coach’s rankings that along with Notre Dame includes 65 schools. Six writers for the site treated the process like Top-25 voting completing their ballots based on little more than “gut feeling” or as Tom Fornelli who wrote the story for the site explained:

There were no set parameters for how we would rank the coaches. We simply ranked which ones we felt were the best in the business based on what we thought makes a coach good or great.

Butch Jones moved up the ladder a few rungs from where he was slated after his second season at the UT helm. The CBS scribes view Jones as the exact midpoint of the profession at #33 which means there are exactly 32 coaches they view as better and 32 they view as worse. Butch moved up four spots from his 37th spot ranking of 2015....[more]
I DO LOVE SPRING
Posted: Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 9:24 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

DRAFT DIMES:

-The earlier than expected selections of Joey Bosa (#3) and Ezekiel Elliott (#4) didn’t 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]
MY FAN REGRETS
Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 4:04 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

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 football’s pecking order is coming into focus and Major League Baseball’s postseason has begun. The December-January conclusion to college football and the NFL and my late recognition of college basketball’s 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 it’s here. Then it’s hard to deny its appeal and especially its diversity....[more]
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