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Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014, 9:02 AM
by Beano

The way the media has painted the Tennessee fan base with a broad brush makes me physically ill. Weíve got writers sitting on their ample backside hundreds of miles away who watched a few down-the-stretch basketball games ignoring the largest portion of the Cuonzo Martin era, inflating the human interest aspect and portraying the Big Orange Nation as out-of-control, unreasonable racists.

The truth of the matter is this is one of the most loyal, overcharged, underserved fan bases in America who continue to show up in droves to watch lousy teams because we love UT sports....[more]
Live Friday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014, 8:47 AM
I've got to get this off my chest today. I'm really troubled by the way the national media and some locally are painting this Cuonzo Martin departure and UT's fan base. Race had nothing to do with it. NOTHING. Cuonzo Martin was and is boring. He doesn't emote. He doesn't yell at refs. He never engaged the fan base, the students, or even this place to any great regard....[more]
Live Thursday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 9:59 AM
This search is going to be interesting. Two divergent worlds are sure to collide. On one hand you have what UT should do on the other you have what they probably will do. Either way, Tennessee is sure to come out of this with a serious upgrade to Cuonzo Martin. Thank God for Cal! I might just hug a tree before this is over!

Itís not UTís history to hire powerful coaches in any sport. Itís not their history to hire guys like Ben Howland....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville!
Posted: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 9:58 AM
What a day in Big Orange Country. Good for Cuonzo Martin! Great for Tennessee. EVERYBODY WINS! If you would've told Dave Hart that Cuonzo Martin was going to walk off campus while UT would be $1.3 million richer, he would've taken it all day long. Cuonzo's program was a sinking ship here and he knew it. The fighter didn't want to stay and fight and that's OK. My star of this whole year is the petition starter....[more]
Posted: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 8:19 PM
by Beano

EARLY BIRD: Sorry for the premature appearance at but I felt events of the day dictated that I get my sentiments posted early. If Iím not swamped or brain-dead I will try to post an addendum prior to Fridayís appearance. Failing that I will be looking forward to speaking with (or at) you Friday and I hope you have a blessed Easter....[more]
Tuesday Stuff
Posted: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 10:10 AM
So, yesterday all hell broke loose in the Ray Mears Studio due to Comcast issues and their lack of ability to fix a problem in two weeks and I had to go to WJBE and do my show live there. It was tricky as their studio is under construction. Well, this gave me an opportunity to share a couple of recent interviews with book authors. I read all the time. I'm working on 6 books concurrently in many different subjects as I type this. Anyway, I shared a couple of great interviews from book corner. The first is with Steve Stefano, author of Almost Perfect regarding the collapse of the 1964 Phillies. It is laugh out loud funny at times....[more]
Post Spring Game Monday
Posted: Monday, April 14th, 2014, 11:33 AM
Congrats to UT's Oliver Goss on landing the title of low amateur at the Masters of the weekend. Got a trip to Butler Cabin for the awards ceremony for his weekend. That's a great accomplishment for that young man.

Terrific Saturday at UT. Chicken Soup for the Vol fans soul. It was a beautiful day and the Vols put on a show for a hungry fan base. Everybody involved from the players, past and present to the coaches, administrators and marketing folks need to take a bow. Just a great day. Couple of observations for you from Saturday....[more]
Tony Robinson Meet & Greet 11-2
Live @ Latitude 35
Posted: Friday, April 11th, 2014, 11:31 AM
Days like today are great fun for me! Friday's with Beano are always special! When you put Beano with Tony Robinson, how can it possibly get any better than that? It's not humanly possible! Please spread the word for us today about Tony being with us the entire time at Latitude 35. We are going to have a great time with him and he's a really affable Vol! Love that guy. As fun as he was as a player, he's equally approachable and enjoyable in real life....[more]
Posted: Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 11:04 PM
by Beano

WHEREíS DIPIETRO AND WHY DIDNíT CHEEK THINK OF THAT? I pulled the following quotes by new Marquette President Michael Lovell from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story concerning the Steve Wojciechowski hiring that Tony linked in his April 3rd blog.

"He's committed to be here long-term," Lovell said....[more]
Live @ Fairways and Greens
Posted: Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 9:02 AM
Reflecting on Bobby Denton's life on the air was interesting. Hearing people like Mickey Dearstone openly weep on the air for his great friend was moving. Rest assured, Bobby Denton was an ultra successful multi-millionaire Knoxville based radio personality. Yet he was so much more than this. You knew him as the guy behind the mic in Neyland Stadium who had some wonderful catch phrases. He obviously touched so many in our community with his kindness and community first approach. I believe the measure of a man isn't measured by a bank account. Riches are fine but relationships are eternal and sustaining....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville
Posted: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 10:27 PM
Today's show and blog are both dedicated to Bobby Denton who passed away earlier this morning. A true legend. The Voice of Neyland Stadium for a generation has been silenced. We are all saddened by the loss of this irreplaceable presence in our community.

I LOVE the movement of UT's season opener with Utah State to Sunday Night! I realize several folks who come from the mid-state and beyond are feeling the pinch because they have to travel but this is a Sunday night game on a holiday weekend. Most people (especially those who can afford major college football tickets at the going rate) are probably off on that day. So, come from wherever you are to Knoxville and enjoy the weekend...[more]
Tuesday Stuff!
Hail UConn
Vols Get QB of Future
Sunday Night Vols?
Posted: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 9:08 AM
The Vols picked up a huge commitment Monday morning when the #1 player in state committed. Tennessee now has the two of the top 3 player in the Volunteer state and 6 of the top 15 on the record.

'X', presented by Smoothie King is jacked up about it too!

'Butch Jones got the week leading up to the Orange and White Game off to a good start. This morning Blackmon High School Athlete Jauan Jennings committed to Tennessee.

Jennings is 6'4" 185 and is a very raw but exceptional athlete. He is a 4 star prospect with loads of potential and in my opinion one of the top five prospects in the state for 2015.

Tennessee beat Auburn and Miss State for Jennings....[more]
Posted: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 6:45 PM
by Beano

NOT UNHAPPY HE STAYED: Anyone who has listened to The Tony Basilio Show knows I am not a huge Cuonzo Martin believer. Below you will see the projected lineup for next season that if Jarnell Stokes decides to bolt will not prompt anyone outside the Martin family to thoughts of next seasonís Final Four in Indianapolis. Bloggerís Wisenheimer Insert Alert:It could however bolster the chances that Tennessee moves a step or two closer to hosting more NIT games than Madison Square Garden and fill up the one banner with little room to spare. That aside I am not unhappy that Cuonzo either turned down or wasnít offered the Marquette job and will remain for his fourth season at Tennessee....[more]
Posted: Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 8:29 PM
by Beano

VIVA LAS VEGAS: Maybe I need to make the trek to the desert more often. Seems the Vols respond to my absence remarkably since they are 5-0 combined in my last two trips. That from a team that sported a 16-20 all-time NCAA Tournament record as both the Vols and I were packing for my foray and their latest invitation....[more]
Posted: Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 8:00 PM
by Beano

CHANCE TO DANCE: Well, here we go again. The Vols once again find themselves at the door of the dance club with only one bouncer at the door and another seemingly too far away to provide assistance between them and the floor. The last two seasons theyíve flailed blindly at the sentry before being grabbed by the collar and slung into NIT alley....[more]
Posted: Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 6:55 PM
by Beano

BUBBLEICIOUS PART III: Though the performance and energy level comes and goes like the cold of a Tennessee March we now know exactly what to expect from Cuonzo Martinís basketball teams; deep holes dug in December and January and slow climbs to the surface in February and March. If the Vols are able to defend their home court and gain a regular season split with Missouri the way to the NCAA Tournament will still require something we havenít seen in Martinís time in Knoxville; a win in the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss and Alabama have unceremoniously dismissed the Vols the last two seasons when a victory in either case would have likely punched their dance card....[more]
Posted: Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 6:29 PM
by Beano

NCAA OPEN HOUSE: The NCAA is apparently on the verge of a shocking announcement that the term ďbracketĒ will be replaced and on Sunday March 16th they will unveil the 2014 NCAA Tournament Maze. It canít be a bracket because apparently once youíre in there is no way to navigate your way out. How else do you explain that Tennessee at 17-11; 8-7 with few quality wins other than Virginia is still in Joe Lunardiís Ėthe countryís most highly thought of Bracketologist- field of 68...[more]
Posted: Thursday, February 20th, 2014, 6:20 PM
by Beano

VOLS MISSED OPPORTUNITIES LAST WEEK; MISSED THE BOAT MUCH EARLIER: Last week was one of missed opportunities for the Tennessee Basketball Vols. On Tuesday they failed to grab a win versus Florida that no-one else in the conference has on their resume; Saturday they could have thrown a knockout blow at a Missouri team on wobbly legs that theyíre competing with for one of the final NCAA Tournament spots. The Gators were better from beyond the arc and at the charity stripe in other words the Vols fell short in threes and frees as one of Tonyís postgame show callers astutely mentioned....[more]
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