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Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 6:31 AM
I'm feeling great today. I had a chance to play some serious music last night at beautiful Clancy's Tavern And Whiskey House on Gay Street with Lance and David & The Fountain City Ramblers. Thanks to all that came out.

COACHING: Even though the improvement of the UT defense was clear last year, it wasn't good enough. DC John Jancek's unit couldn't hold two-score leads in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma and Florida. Jones surprised many observers by canning his friend and recruiting the highly-regarded Bob Shoop to leave James Franklin and Penn State and take over in Knoxville. Shoop is so highly regarded by insiders, there is already considerable fretting going on about Shoop getting a head coaching job for 2017 if the Tennessee defense performs as well as many expect. Everyone's worst case scenario is that Derek "Radio" Mason gets axed the question at Vandy and Shoop moves to Nashville as HC, where he produced outstanding defenses for Franklin during their historic run....[more]
Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2016, 5:52 AM
Going to be a really great day for me! Pumped for today's show as we will have both Bubba Ray Dudley and Mike Huguenin on live. Also, I get to play some music tonight at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House with David Bivin & Lance McCluskey as part of the Fountain City Ramblers. We have some really cool stuff worked up tonight including a really interesting dual guitar, mandolin version of Led Zeppelin's Rain Song. I'm really pleased with the progress we've made. Hope you can get out and enjoy our show tonight. We start tonight at 7p sharp at Clancy's on Gay Street!

Can you believe Tennessee kicks it off four weeks from today? I can't comprehend that....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 6:49 AM
What a fun show we had yesterday talking about why sports are awesome! We are blessed to be sports fans. It's easy to forget about this and get jaded to everything but I refuse to roll like that. The callers did an incredible job with the topic! If you missed yesterday's show, do yourself a favor and dial up the archives from yesterday's show and be prepared to laugh, cry, and smile a whole lot.

We will change the pace on today’s show and revisit an idea promulgated over the weekend by long time Southeastern columnist Ron Higgins. Higgs stopped me in my tracks when he proposed that the SEC should pre-emptively grab Oklahoma and Oklahoma State while the Big 12 remains in flux.

Ron Higgins SEC would look like this....[more]
Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 5:51 AM
It's a Tuesday Tennessee tradition!!! Vol Colonel is back....

Just think VC, in a mere matter of a few weeks we are going to be in the Ray Mears Studio annex watching film with Coach Glanville, Tony Robinson, and Jerry Colquitt, et al. It's going to be awesome stuff this season!!! Thanks for being there with this great report!!!!

Roberto called with an interesting thought during my Fairways and Greens App/Internet only 19th Hole yesterday....[more]
Posted: Monday, July 25th, 2016, 6:35 AM
Before we do anything else today, let's take a moment to remember Nebraska, Michigan State and LSU as they were impacted by a terrible accident over the weekend that left two players dead and another injured. Link

RIP Mike Sadler. What a self-deprecating spirit this young man had. Gone way too soon. Link

Another thing I want to do is acknowledge a hero in the SEC. We live in a world where more and more people are hesitant to get involved....[more]
Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 7:17 AM
As is our custom around here, Orange Throat leads things off. You won't believe a particular nugget in here. As we say around here, you can't make it up. Take it away Throaty.....

Throaty: Great stuff as always. And it's July 22nd. Imagine what your reports are going to look like once we get cooking in a 3 or so weeks!!!...[more]
Live @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Thursday, July 21st, 2016, 9:32 AM
Live at Sushi Spot today! Love to have you come eat some lunch and talk some sports!!! Like my man Steve Russell....Beano joins today and we have a TON to talk about!!! Make sure you check his blog when you're done here on this page....

Awesome news with our huge announcement yesterday on the show!! In The Pocket featuring yours truly with Tony Robinson is moving to prime time this fall. The show is switching stations as we will join the amazing nightly sports lineup of local programs weeknights at 10 pm on MyVLT. Wednesday will be our night for a full hour. The first 30 minutes features Tony and myself breaking down all things Vols and SEC. Then from 10:30p to 11p it will be me trying to keep Coach Glanville on track on the Jerry Glanville Show....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 6:01 PM
by Beano

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:

Live Wednesday @
Smoothie King
Posted: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 6:07 AM
Big News Today….Huge News…Today @ Noon…Live on the Tony Basilio Show…Beeeeee Theeeeeeerrrreeee.

Awesome stuff on the show yesterday. Great job by the callers! Amazing job really. The Twittiots even got into the act and we had a pretty fun show!

Fab Five Freddie led things off with some interesting numbers. Freddie tracked the past 50 years of SEC football dating back to the advent of the black athlete. When you look at SEC Football Championships won or shared by each school the #’s paint a picture of a Big 6 that are bunched together after #1....[more]
Tuesday Live @ Stover's
4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 7:31 AM
Firstly, factually and furiously, your Vol Colonel leads things off on this Tuesday.

Looking nationally. Charlie Strong has been under tremendous pressure to win since he arrived in Austin. It's put up or close up shop for Strong this year in my estimation. If Strong falters, I could see Texas after going after the young up and comer at Houston, Tom Herman. Herman is one of the bright young coaching stars in the business and it's hard not to see him landing a big coaching gig in the near future.

Clemson knocked on the door of a national championship last year. Do they have enough to kick the door down this season and bag a natty?

Michigan improved by leaps and bounds under Jim Harbaugh in year one....[more]
Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 2:47 PM
by Beano

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.


-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]
Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 4:27 PM
by Beano

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]
Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 2:27 PM
by Beano

WITNESSING GREATNESS: I’m really unworthy of writing even a paragraph tribute to Pat Summitt. What gives me the liberty to do so -as an admitted non-follower of women’s basketball- is I can still appreciate and recognize greatness whether it occurs in my sport of choice or not. Besides calling Summitt simply a women’s basketball coach would be like referring to Jackie Robinson as just a baseball player. Summitt not only built a powerful women’s basketball program at the University of Tennessee she brought the entire sport into the nation’s consciousness and onto major college campuses throughout the country. She inspired young girls everywhere and women from all professions and if we’re willing to admit it; men as well. The tributes that have come in from all points and all walks of life from those who are power-brokers themselves in their chosen fields have been extremely impressive even for those of us privileged to witness Summitt’s greatness up close and personal. All that being said her greatest attribute is none of the above....[more]
Posted: Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 7:48 PM
by Beano

NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME BUT ALMOST FULL-TIME: Tony B has decided to take some well-deserved time away from the mic this week (June 13-17) to handle the critical -but not nearly as fun- business side of the Tony Basilio Show house. Tony has brilliantly directed his family-owned, independent talk-show career up until now; when he handed the reins to me in his absence. I will be with you Monday through Thursday and will do my best to assure The Dean has a show to return to at week’s end. Realizing that one mortal such as I can’t carry TB’s headset I have lined up a star-studded cast to help me through. My former Calhoun’s Saturday Conversation partner Geoff Brock will be with me on Monday and possibly later in the week as well. The Good Doctor Sean Sinclair another Convro alumni will make his usual sterling Wednesday appearance and I’m hopeful The Mayor of SoNo Phil Cooper will grab his piece of the pie as well....[more]
Posted: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 4:58 PM
by Beano

TENNESSEE FOOTBALL: Several weeks back the Good Doctor Sean Sinclair said he didn’t have numbers to prove his assertion but felt that Vol offensive lines are better when populated with Tennesseans. Not only was he spot-on but I contend there ARE numbers to prove his declaration. I put most of what is below together several years -and computers- ago and simply had to update what was already accumulated. Take a look and draw your own conclusions.


YEAR # NAMES...[more]
Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 4:12 PM
by Beano

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.


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]
Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 5:10 PM
by Beano

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]
Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9:30 PM
by Beano

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]
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