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Friday Live @ Raddy's 2022 N Broadway
Posted: Friday, August 26th, 2016, 7:35 AM
As we get things started today I just want to put in a quick plug for Smoothie King off Walker Springs Road. They would like to invite you as Smoothie King is hosting the UT Dance Team on Today at 5:30pm for a pep rally at their Walker Springs Plaza location at 8515 Kingston Pike. Please get there if you can!!! Here's some incentive....32oz smoothies are $5 every Friday and every guest who attends will receive a free smoothie card as well.

Orange Throat has been spot on. I feel like either Woodward or Bernstein delivering this stuff to you on Fridays!!!

...[more]
FAVORITE OPENERS
Posted: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 4:16 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

FAVORITE VOL OPENERS

1968 TENNESSEE 17 GEORGIA 17: The Vols scored the last 8 points of the game with no time on the clock to force one of those ties that feels like a win. It was not only the first game played on “Doug’s Rug” -the artificial surface then coach Doug Dickey preferred- but it was also Lester McClain’s first game as a Vol and marked the first Tennessee football broadcast for the esteemed Voice of the Vols, John Ward. Bulldog coach Vince Dooley was so incensed by Tennessee’s fake grass that 42 years later he sent us a fake football coach.

1974 TENNESSEE 17 UCLA 17: No I don’t have a tie fetish or a reverence for the number 17. I do love the number 7 however; as in Condredge Holloway....[more]
Live @ Day And Associates Realty
Posted: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 8:48 AM
Live today @ Day and Associates Realty! They're having an open house and a block party for you! The legendary Jerry Glanville will be with me live today @ Day And Associates Realty....I'm really excited and blessed to call Jerry a friend. He's a real treasure in our community! Awesome stuff. Come out and see us today.... Day and Associates is located at 6336 Chapman Highway Knoxville, TN 37920

Speaking of legends!!!!...[more]
Live @ Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 7:02 AM
Before I do anything else here today…I want to remind you that my guy Dewey Warren is returning to the Knoxville airwaves today. Hummin’ The Tater With Swamp Rat Dewey Warren debuts today from 3-4 Eastern time on 1180 AM WVLZ. The show will be heard Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout football season. The show is being billed as a celebration of the men that made Volunteer Football what it is today! I’m really excited about Dewey returning to the Knoxville airwaves. We’re all better for it!... You can listen by clicking here!!...Link...[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, 6:12 AM
Nine days out and this will boost your expectations today. Longtime Florida sports personality Frank Frangie joined us yesterday on the air to talk about his audacious prediction of Tennessee putting up a 12-1 record in route to an SEC Title. Needless to say if he's right there's going to be a lot of jacked up people around here. Even while talking with Frangie yesterday (who I have a lot of respect for), I couldn't quite digest what he was saying. Suffice it to say, it's mind boggling to consider a prediction like that. It's not that I don't want to believe it. It's just that I can't believe it. Don't get me wrong, it's just that I'm conditioned to think the worst. I come about this honestly as being both a diehard Philly and University of Tennessee sports fan.

Here's Frangie's piece that has Rocky Top buzzing....[more]
Monday Live @ Stover's
Posted: Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 8:38 AM
Ten days out from the start of the season and it's becoming crystal clear from talking to multiple sources over the weekend that Tennessee might be moving on hiring an AD before they get onto filling the Chancellor's position. I was told by several folks that Joe D is carrying a big stick these days and that restructuring internally will be the order of the day once a new AD is hired. This new structuring in the short term would make the position occupied by Joe D similar to the structure that AD's Bob Woodruff, Doug Dickey and to some extent Mike Hamilton worked under when in that position.

In short, athletics reported to the system president for decades. After 2 terms of Jimmy Tha Cheek I'm in favor of reorienting the whole deal once again.

Also, sources are telling me that Peyton Manning is vocally having his say behind the scenes on the hiring of the new AD while he expected to take a much more active role on a yet to be formed super board that will take shape in the next 12 to 14 months....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 6:05 AM
Throaty called the shot on Dave Hart on the heels of the shot he called on Jimmy Cheek. Are we blessed to have him or what?

Tony,

As students return to class and we wait for the next revelation in the Ryan Lochte saga, football is now less than two weeks away....[more]
NON-SEC BIG GAME ROADMAP
Posted: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 3:43 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

NOT CELEBRATORY BUT IT DOESN’T BREAK MY HART: Dave Hart if nothing else has proven himself to be a polarizing figure in his five seasons as Tennessee’s Athletic Director. But then again what do you expect from a guy specifically selected to come in wielding an axe from his first day on campus? That’s what a corporate hatchet does and Hart did it better than most wanted. I will be forever grateful for his part in consolidating the Men’s and Women’s Departments. I appreciate him even more for ridding the building of malcontents that reputedly openly rooted against Men’s athletics essentially biting the hand that fed the entire women’s department. He should also be given at least a measure of credit for returning the football program to solid footing and replenishing the department’s almost empty coffers at the time of his arrival....[more]
Live Thursday @ Sushi Spot!
Posted: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 7:32 AM
Orange Throat will have more tomorrow on Dave Hart's tenuous situation as UT's AD. We've been telling you for months here that it looked like Dave Hart's time as AD at Tennessee was coming to a close sooner than later. Well, I'm hearing that we're officially on time with our reportage here. I'm starting to believe that we may get an announcement on Hart's short future at Tennessee by the start of the season. To reiterate, Throaty will have much more for you tomorrow on this unfolding situation at Tennessee. Suffice it to say that winning in football isn't the elixir Dave Hart thought it would be.

He's got UT football as healthy as perhaps it's been since the mid-90's and he's being shown the door. Why? The same reason he was ousted at FSU back in the day: Dave Hart never met a fight he wouldn't pick or some underling he wouldn't pick on. By all accounts, when I read the effusive essays on his time here, Dave Hart should be celebrated....[more]
Live Wednesday @
Smoothie King
Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 5:19 AM
'X', presented by Smoothie King, Smartway, Fairways and Greens, and your Garza Law Firm, carries the day here at tonybasilio.com.

Let's start here! Terrific news for Tennessee.

Commitment of Ty Chandler:

On Monday, Ty Chandler ended a week or two of rampant speculation and publicly committed to Tennessee. Chandler is a good one. He is a 5’11” 195 lb. running back from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville....[more]
Tuesday...Your Vol Colonel Cuts A Promo On Azzani
Posted: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 6:44 AM
Vol Colonel is turning Orange Throat and yours truly into football prophets as he scopes the backup QB situation for the Vols. And he's only getting started here. Pull up a chair. Grab a cup of joe and feast your eyes on this fantastic report from your Vol Colonel.

'We start off this week with some news coming out of camp. Saturday's scrimmage has to be making the Vols coaching staff think long and hard about the QB depth chart. Jarrett Guarantano was the absolute star on offense for the Volunteers. Had they given out an MVP Award for it, Guarantano would have won it in a landslide....[more]
MORE SEC SCHEDULE STUFF
Posted: Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 4:52 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

SEC ROAD SCHEDULE DIFFICULTY: Sometimes it’s not so much who you play but where you play them. Here’s a quick glance -and assessment of difficulty- of SEC team’s conference road schedules

GAUNTLET (3 or more Testers)

ALABAMA: @Ole Miss; @Arkansas; @Tennessee; @LSU

Tide travels to all the real West contender’s stadiums

AUBURN: @Miss St; @Ole Miss; @Georgia; @Alabama

As if the seat wasn’t hot enough for Malzahn...[more]
SEC TEAM'S NON CONFERENCE SCHEDULE RANKINGS
Posted: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 2:41 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

SEC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE STRENGTH The advent of the early-season, neutral site, intersectional games have at the very least made previously deaf SEC schedulers listen to possible matchups versus other power conference contenders without insisting that their opponents always travel or at best sign a home-and-home contract. Due to this relatively new phenomenon there are few if any embarrassing non-conference slates within the confines of the SEC. Here are my 2016 rankings:

SOLID: Consisting of at least two testers:

GEORGIA: North Carolina (Atlanta), Nicholls State, UL-Lafayette, Georgia Tech

Tar Heels are expected to win the ACC-Coastal (9-4; 6-2) and the Yellow Jackets will be decent...[more]
CONFIDENCE AND CONCERN
Posted: Sunday, August 7th, 2016, 10:19 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

BROCKY and BEANO BANTER: Had a great time filling in for Tony on Friday with good friend Geoff Brock. We discussed with the listeners our areas of confidence and concern with the 2016 edition of Tennessee Football. Here are mine:

AREAS OF CONFIDENCE AND CONCERN

CONFIDENCE

1-SPECIAL TEAMS:

-Cam Sutton, Evan Berry and Alvin Kamara will once again ably handle returns...[more]
CAN I GET A GENIE TWO-FOR-1 CARD AND GET SIX WISHES?
Posted: Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 4:41 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

FIVE (plus one) TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE: How great is it to have football season so close that you can begin to think about things that have to happen to make the 2016 season what its capable of being? If I were granted a half-dozen wishes for the season here is what I would ask (beg?) for:

6, BACKSIDE DEFENDER: No I’m not talking about a safety or nickel back actually tackling Antonio Callaway before he could sprint 63 yards and almost destroy the season. I’m talking about Josh Dobbs’ backside and more specifically keeping him off of it. As maligned as Kyler Kerbyson was several years back, he became a valuable asset and a reliable LT....[more]
VOLS DON'T ALWAYS DISAPPOINT OR SURPRISE
Posted: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 6:01 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY (on Thursday):

VOLS ARE SOMETIMES WHAT THEY’RE PREDICTED TO BE: I know you feel it just like I do; the dread of high expectations. It seems that every time things appear aligned for the Vols to have a special season something goes amiss. It also feels as if our best teams always come out of nowhere. While there is some validity to Big Orange Nation’s fear of underachievement and affinity for underdog status most of that perception is formed by only a handful of events. Conceding that initial rankings are based mostly on returning contributors, the previous year’s success -or lack thereof- and to some extent past history, it is still viewed as a barometer of the season to come. Short of a more accurate measurement I have used the AP Poll’s initial and final rankings over the last 30 years to attempt to bring some clarity to the discussion of the Vols routinely underachieving and always being an afterthought in their most successful campaigns:

VOLS IN THE AP POLL...[more]
B&B ARE ON TENNESSEE
Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 2:47 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

HOMERUN DERBY THOUGHTS: Though I believe the HR Derby is close to running it’s course -as the NBA Dunk contest did close to a quarter century ago- I do think it was given new life with the altered format. The bracket play and clock additions were welcomed variations.

ALL STAR GAME NUGGETS:

-The American League can win every year and I’ll still think World Series home field advantage riding on the outcome is ridiculous.

-Like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera before him David Ortiz’ incredible career achievements pale in comparison to the respect other players have for him....[more]
HIDE THE EARPHONES AND LOSE THE AP
Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 4:27 PM
by Beano
NO THOUGHT THURSDAY

BLOGGER’S NOTE: With baseball season at the mid-summer break; the SEC Media Days straight ahead; zero interest in NBA free agency and -thankfully- Vol footballers apparently behaving themselves these truly are the lazy days of summer.

Here’s a little brain mist for you:

-If I’ve ever disparaged the intellect of rasslin fans I should apologize. Especially after I spent most of the 4th watching a Three Stooges Marathon. Like Professional Wrestling the choreographers and sound effect guys of those shorts were pure genius....[more]
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