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Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, 12:48 PM
Christian Lundy is excellent in his reporting and shares his thoughts off the top on this Tuesday.

Vols get another basketball commitment in Shembari Phillips, a 6-3 point guard out of Albany, GA. Phillips, listed as a 3 star player by most services was offered by Wichita State, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Alabama and Ole Miss. Not bad. You can win with guys like this. That's an impressive list. Keith Hatfield joined yesterday on our Fairways and Greens 19th Hole Overtime (app only) to talk about the commitment of Phillips along with Admiral Schofield. Here's a link. Start at 23 min Link...[more]
Labor Day
Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014, 6:45 PM
WOW! I just got off the air as I write this! What a wonderful night for the Vol family! The rain blew through right before kickoff and washed away the final remnants of the Dooley era. It was befitting of a program that is about to spring back to life. Water is a symbol of life and Tennessee's new life on defense was everywhere. I never saw that kind of performance coming from the young Vols. Now the question everyone is asking today is what exactly did we see last night? Was this a case of Utah State being overrated or Tennessee underrated? I would argue that it’s probably a little of both. I'm not sure if the final score of last night's game changes the way I view this season....[more]
Live @ Hardee's 7201 Kingston Pike
Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014, 4:11 PM
Which sports league once said 'we live for this stuff?' Well, we live for this stuff! What an exciting time of the year. Seeing ALL that college football last night has me really excited for what we're going to see in Neyland Stadium Sunday night. And remember to download my app so you can hear us immediately following the game as we will be live for at least 3 hours Sunday evening celebrating (I hope) a Tennessee victory. I love this opener because Utah State is going to force Tennessee to learn a lot about itself Sunday. This is what I love seeing. Competition. Having a guy like Chuckie Keeton in Neyland Stadium is thrilling. People always talk about the times that the Walker's, Jackson's, Ismail’s and Tebow's of the world came into Neyland Stadium. Now, is Keeton in that class of player...[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 2:54 PM
by Beano



-Prior to tearing his ACL and MCL in the 1st quarter of the 6th game of the season (BYU) Chuckie Keeton had 1388 yds passing for 18 TDs and only 2 Ints while rushing for 388 yards and 2 TDs

-Keeton was eventually replaced by (at the time freshman) Darrel Garretson (1446, 10, 7) who led the Aggies to the MWC Mountain Division Championship and a Poinsettia Bowl win over Northern Illinois

-The offensive line is basically starting over after losing 5 of their top 6 that accounted for 152 career starts

-RB Joe Hill ran for 252 yards, averaged 4.8 ypc prior to being lost for the season in the 5th game of 2013

-State lost their 2 top WRs from 2013, Travis Reynolds and Travis Van Leeuwen who averaged 16.3 and 12.7 ypc respectively....[more]
Live @ Sushi Spot Emory Road Powell
Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 10:55 AM
I begin with something today I want to call to your Attention if you're coming from out of town. My friends at Calhoun’s are having a special event that you need to take advantage of on Saturday night called 'Calhoun's VFL Meet and Mingle.'

If you're coming from out of the area, make sure you get here and spend the day Saturday getting ready for the big event. Sure, the game is going to be awesome but if you've never seen Boomsday, it's absurdly fun. This is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity the living Vol fan to hang out with several former Vols. Here’s the deal. In conjunction with Boomsday, Calhoun’s is hosting this event for all Vol For Life at Volunteer Landing!


4:30 and 6:30 on Saturday, August 30th

What & Why:

Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs and mingle with former Vols including Jamal Lewis, Tony Robinson, Joey Kent Jayson Swain and Antone Davis....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville
Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 11:52 AM
Can I brag on somebody at my alma mater today? I would like shine the light on one Vol while I request prayer for another. AW Davis is a wonderful guy. Anybody that knows him understands what I'm talking about. Just a solid man! And he loves his Vols! Boy does he love his Vols. AW could've played anywhere out of high school back in the mid 60's and he chose Tennessee. Very few say no to Kentucky but he did. Nobody said no to the Baron Adolf Rupp back in the day. Especially since Tennessee basketball hardly existed back as Ray Mears took the Tennessee job....[more]
Live @ World Futon!!!
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 9:58 PM
Tennessee released the depth chart for the season opener and the local kids have made good! Jacob Gilliam of Farragut beat out a guy that was penned in, not penciled in but penned in before spring ball. Gilliam, a walk on proves that hard work is still rewarded in this country. Football under Butch Jones is a meritocracy as it should be. Jashon Robertson wins the right guard spot. If James Franklin is still at Vandy, he's probably playing ball in Nashville this year. He can really play. This guy might be the most impressive freshmen on campus irrespective of position. Let that sink in for a second. And he was going to play at Vandy. Jeez....[more]
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014, 10:54 PM
6 days!

It's here. Game week! And everybody is wondering the same thing. How are the Vols going to do this year. And my reply is always the same. How do I know? That's if I really don't know you. If I do, I have to be honest and lean in to say I think this is going to be a really interesting season. I think Tennessee has enough to win some games no one would expect them to be in while perhaps losing a game we never thought possible....[more]
Posted: Friday, August 22nd, 2014, 9:47 AM
Did you say 9 days?

Christian Lundy leads off with a practice report.

Christian Lundy....Wow son...That was stronger than frozen rope...

Well, this is it!!! The final weekend of the year without college football is here!!! Then again....not so fast my friend as this isn't entirely true. There IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND! Eastern Washington hosts Sam Houston State tomorrow afternoon on that hideous red turf. How much dope do you think LaGarrett Blount and fellow members of the Steelers backfield would have to smoke to watch all four quarters played on that blood red field...[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 6:25 PM
by Beano

HOW TO KEEP ALIVE 7-5: A couple of weeks back Jonathan Reed started a firestorm with his contention that Tennessee Fans should EXPECT the Vols to finish no worse than 7-5 this season. As only Tony –and his Phillies bullpen- can do he fanned the flames by adding “Reed says anything less would be a failure”. I think the Twitter uproar was due to a Cool Hand Luke-like “failure to communicate”. Jon said “expect” while most heard “demand”. Reed later amended –or stated more plainly- that 6-6 would show signs of progress and be acceptable but 7-5 is not an unreasonable expectation. With that clarified I agree with young Jon 100%. This team can win 7 games and here is what they will have to do different from last season and beyond to make it happen:

START 2-0: Not long ago starting off the season with Utah State and Arkansas State would have Tennessee fans counting their chickens and the staff game planning for Oklahoma but this “ain’t” then....[more]
Thursday Stuff
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 9:39 AM
Here's how it's always worked for me. I've always tried to surround myself with people that know more than I do. You're probably thinking, well Tony B, that doesn't seem all that hard. Whether you listen to me or read this on a daily basis, you know I'm pretty limited. One thing I did figure out a long time ago is that it's great to have experts on your side. One such person is Chris Dortch. Besides being a fellow music lover, Chris Dortch knows his college hoops. He's been a friend of the show through the years. As I was on my way to do the show yesterday, I got an innocent text from him with a link attached to his story about Tennessee getting a huge transfer in basketball! Just huge news! And an amazing job of not only having the story way before anyone else by Dortch but he chose to share it with me so I could share it with you a few minutes later on the air....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 2:01 PM
by Beano

NON SEC BIG GAME ROAD MAP: The magic of college football is its soon-to-be-extinct regionalism but in order to fully appreciate the season I have to allow my eyes to wander outside the confines of the SEC Network. Here are some games that I will almost certainly be keeping up with:

WEEK 1 (Aug 28-Sept 1)

Penn State vs UCF (8-30 Ireland) Hype-maestro James Franklin has been one-upped. Do you really want to play a team coached by a guy named O’Leary in Ireland? At 8:30 in the morning?

Fresno St @ USC (8-30) Sarkisian’s first game as Trojan’s head man will be against a team that always plays with both a swagger and a chip on their shoulder....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 4:32 PM
by Beano

HIDE THE KIDS (and my wallet) IT’S BEANO from RENO TIME

If I’m going to make a complete fool of myself –which I have a penchant to do on more than an occasion- let me do it in a manner that will take months to discern that fact I have done so. I can also hope that being caught up in the drama that is CFB season you will totally forget just how little I knew three months before.

Ah the heck with it, here is what I screwed up in projecting the Vols 2103 season:

TENNESSEE 34 MISSOURI 17-Gary Pinkel will not accompany the Tigers to K-Town in 2014 (Actual Outcome; Missouri 31 Tennessee 3-Pinkel is gainfully employed and well-compensated)

TENNESSEE 27 AUBURN 17-Battle of new coaches goes to Butch Jones (Actual Outcome Auburn 55 Tenn 23; Malzahn was not out-witted)...[more]
Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 8:43 PM
by Beano

FINALLY A PLAYOFF: I’ve been waiting for years for this season; the year college football ends with a playoff. The BCS is mercifully in the rear-view and a four team single elimination can almost be seen through the windshield. I realize it is rife with complications in its maiden season such as only four spots for five major conference winners, no stated selection formula, a better than average chance that the regular season’s best squad won’t win the big trophy and a committee comprised of …well…humans. I’ll take an initially flawed playoff over an eternally doomed championship game every time.

We’ve touched on what a playoff may not do but let’s look at what it will:

-IT WILL give additional deserving teams a chance to prove they’re worthy of an opportunity...[more]
Posted: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 7:10 PM
by Beano

SEC WEAKNESSES: With only 37 days remaining (35 for Ole Miss, A&M and S Car) until the start of CFB season here are some areas that SEC staffs will be looking to shore up:

ALABAMA- QB A.J McCarron was 36-4 with 2 National Championships in his three years as a starter for the Crimson Tide and it appears Alabama is not ready for his departure. Sr Blake Sims and Jr Florida State transfer Jacob Coker –who never started a game for the Seminoles- have some huge shoes to fill. Honorable Mention-Secondary A trouble spot in 2013 that hasn’t exactly been rectified leading into the upcoming campaign. Jr, safety Landon Collins is a solid player but his supporting cast seems questionable after spring practice failed to solidify other starters due to injury or poor performance....[more]
Posted: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 8:59 PM
by Beano

SHOCKING SEC PREDICTIONS 2014 EDITION: Last year in this spot I made my inaugural –and probably nonsensical- shocking predictions for the SEC Football season. I suppose like golf where one good shot in a round makes you believe it’s worth another trip to the course I will hack away at another set hoping for a beauty like this from my 2013 effort:

Not only will Alabama not win the National Championship they won’t win the SEC: No less authority than the great Chris Low of ESPN told Tony after hearing my prediction that Alabama would run roughshod through the league and if they lost a game at all it would be in the National Championship Game. I wasn’t convinced at the time that my prediction would hold up –hence the “shocking” label- but did have some historical numbers to back up my contention. The SEC has won 22 National Championships since 1951 and on only three occasions had the defending National Champ won the SEC the following season. What made the vision blurry was Alabama had been the one to do it all three times (1965, 74 and 79)

Then there was this forecast from the other side of the spectrum:...[more]
Posted: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, 10:33 PM
by Beano

SOCCER? IT’S GROWING ON ME: I am no longer the antagonist of the game of soccer and its fans I once was. As a matter of fact I have gained a great deal of appreciation for the event that is the World Cup; respect for the game and admiration for the skill set of the players. The passion surrounding the World Cup surpasses most major sporting events due to the game’s international popularity and the lust of its hardcore fans. As for the game I have come to understand that one of my major criticisms is actually one of soccer’s greatest strengths. I now see that lack of scoring does not necessarily denote lack of action. Goals are so rare that the games are almost always closely contested and the anticipation that one may occur when a team is on the attack seems more exhilarating than in any other sport....[more]
Posted: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 5:40 PM
by Beano

STADIUM TOUR HIT LIST: Last week I ranked all the Major League parks at which I have been privileged to see a game. Below is my list of stadiums I have yet to visit categorized in accordance with my sense of urgency to do so:


FENWAY PARK (Boston): Real baseball fans must see (or have seen) a game in Old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley and Fenway


MILLER PARK (Milwaukee): Watched a spring training game with a Brewer fan years ago that didn’t involve the Brew Crew. Can’t wait to be in a stadium full of baseball freaks like that guy....[more]
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