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Friday is Here!
Posted: Friday, July 25th, 2014, 9:21 AM
Beano has a great blog to start your Friday. Make sure you check it out. Link

Thank goodness for Beano! He's going to allow me to sneak away an hour early today cause I'm taking a bus trip full of listeners to Atlanta to see the Braves and Padres. Of course no Chase Headley now to see but a night at the old ballpark can't be beat. It's just not possible!! I want to thank everybody involved from Pilot and Pepsi to Toddlow Coach as well as Keith Maner and you the listener for making this possible....[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....[more]
Thursday Stuff
Posted: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 9:33 AM
Thanks to Jayson Swain for the kind words yesterday on his show about me but it really wasn't necessary. I found out that Jayson was launching a morning show on AM 850 here in Knoxville in the first week of August and immediately reached out to him yesterday to say congrats and offer my services to him if ever needs anything. A few minutes later, he called and we talked. I conveyed to Jayson how much I admire the way he handles his business. Book this. Jayson Swain is great people. He's one of us. He's fan centric....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 9:40 AM
This situation in SEC hoops in the past 10 days is really interesting.

Auburn gets Casey Ross-Miller through the SEC office after a discipline suspension. Meanwhile Tennessee gets McKnight denied for discipline reasons so, what's the difference?

Sources tell that there a 6 prongs to eligibility or 6 components for SEC eligibility that a prospective transferring senior must meet. McKnight didn't get in due to disciplinary issues. That's one of the prongs. Makes sense as it did last week when the ruling came down. Now it seems this the criteria is floating....[more]
Tuesday Stuffs
Posted: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 9:45 AM
Been roughly one year since I relaunched my show after 9 quick years at 1180 AM here in Knoxville. When I first went there, not a lot was going on though some there were trying. Doug Mathews was kind enough to give me the opportunity to go into business for myself and purchase air time from him. This arrangement was life changing for me in many ways! Thank you Doug for the opportunity. Along the way at 1180 I had a chance to work around some real characters and it was mostly great fun. Radio has always been fun and addictive. That's the thing that's kept me going in the crazy game for over 20 years.

In recent weeks, news began to trickle out regarding the untimely demise of Tennessee Sports Radio....[more]
Live Mon @ Stovers 4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 9:03 AM
'X', presented by Smoothie King, has great news. Don't sweat the star gazers. The commitments picked up by the Vols over the weekend can play. Here's 'X' with more.

Tennessee picked up two additions to the 2015 recruiting class over the weekend when Florida defensive end Marques Ford and Texas cornerback Darrell Miller committed to Tennessee.

Unless you follow recruiting closely, you probably don't know much about either one.

Both commitments shore up areas that were lacking in the class. Ford is an athletic off the edge pass rushing defensive end....[more]
Friday! Live @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Friday, July 18th, 2014, 9:49 AM
45 Days!!! Can you believe that!!! Yass!!!!

Before we do anything else, I just want to remind you to tune and participate with Keith Hatfield as he launches his new weekly call in show today @ 1pm eastern right here at Tony Show Cause is sure to cause a stir and be lots of fun. Keith is very good. It will be fun being a part of this birthing process.

'X', presented by Smoothie King, writes of the huge recruiting weekend in Knoxville that could help shape the future of UT football.

Over the next two to three days Tennessee will host a Red Carpet List of prospects for Big Orange Weekend Part Deaux....[more]
SEC Media Days Day IV
Posted: Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 8:17 AM
Michael Moats of KNS had a great line on Twitter last night when he observed that it was officially a backward summer in Knoxville. I'm still here for day four of SEC Media days while the Sports Animal crew in Knoxville has gone home. Jeez guys, thanks a lot. As Chris Vernon of Memphis fame told me yesterday, I'm making a comeback after 10 years of being dormant. If it's just as well, I'd like to go back into hibernation. This place is mind numbing, stimulating and overwhelming. Sensory overload on steroids. Of course, with the SEC everything is sensory overload....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, 9:15 AM
46 days sports fans!!!

SEC Media Days are fun. I've had a chance to catch up with some folks like Chris Vernon in Memphis and Andy Staples of SI along with guys like Ron Higgins and other wonderfully talented people. Proud of all their success. Great to see fine folks get ahead. SEC Media Days are also bittersweet because things truly have changed. It's such a corporate conference now. Everything about this event is corporate to the point where matters that were once a given no longer are....[more]
SEC Media Days Tuesday!
Posted: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 8:48 AM
Live in Birmingham Day 2

47 Days! Jeez....Time is flying by.....

It was an inverted pyramid yesterday at SEC Media Days in Birmingham. That's the way they taught us to write news stories in journalism classes at UT. You put the most important things first. Slive kicked off the media days with a fire and brimstone address warning the little schools not to get in the way of big 5 conference autonomy. Either gives us our way and get run over or give us our way and get cut out. At the same time, Slive wants to hold onto the notion of amateurism in major college football....[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....[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....[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]
Posted: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 8:58 AM
by Beano
Tony B hits the road today on a combined business/pleasure trip and has once again foolishly left the reins to the program in my hands. Fortunately Brian Hartman will be alongside to assure I don’t run it into a ditch or to quickly hail a tow truck if I do. I would like to get your take on what you think reasonable expectations are for Tennessee Football going forward. I’m not referring to the 2014 season which will almost assuredly be a 5, 6 or 7 win season with neophytes on both sides of the line of scrimmage and a man’s schedule....[more]
Posted: Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 6:35 PM
by Beano

VOL BASEBALL RECAP: Dave Serrano’s gradual, but forward-moving rebuild of the Tennessee Baseball Program reached the end of Year 3 with a loss to Vandy in of all places Hoover Alabama. Making the SEC Tournament field after a six year absence was certainly a sign of progress that needs to become an annual pilgrimage. The expectation in the very-near future should be that it will simply be a warm-up on the way to a Regional berth....[more]
Posted: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, 9:40 AM
by Beano
Got a great e-mail from Randall in Shoal Creek, Alabama concerning our QB discussion on yesterday’s show. Astute commentary such as below is what makes doing this so much fun:

Hey Beano - I don't get to listen to the show but I

read the blogs here every day. I want to say thanks to

you and Tony and everyone else involved there...[more]
Posted: Monday, June 2nd, 2014, 8:30 AM
by Beano
The Dean of Knoxville Sports Talk Radio –the Honorable Tony Basilio- is taking a well-deserved week away from the spotlight and while he may be honorable he’s not that intelligent because he has turned the show over to me for a couple of days. Brian Hartman and I will do our best to keep the Tony Train on the tracks until he makes his return next week but we sure could use your help to do so.

Here is what we will discuss today:

Riley Ferguson was in my opinion the fan’s choice to be the 2014 starter....[more]
Posted: Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 6:44 PM
by Beano

DIAMOND VOL DRAMA II: The Baseball Vols lengthy tutorial on the art of winning close games continued in Starkville with one win in three games that were there for the taking. Two one-run losses brings the Vols Conference record in one run games to 2-6 and 0-3 in extra innings. Tennessee (11-16) now sit in 11th place and must keep pace with both Georgia (10-16-1) and Auburn (10-17) to maintain their slim ½ game lead over both and secure an elusive SEC Tournament berth....[more]
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