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Live @ Smoothie King
Walker Springs Road
Posted: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, 2:00 AM
One day away! And I want to apologize here. I was dead wrong on this Thursday night opener. I've gotten swept up in it this week in Knoxville. This place really has a special vibe of anticipation for 2016 and it seems the unique Thursday night season opener has augmented this feeling. When this was first announced, I was against it but now that it's upon us, I want to fall on the mercy of the living Vol Faithful and proclaim my guilt. I really missed the boat on this one. For those coming from outside the local area rest assured that this place is ready, willing and able to rock and roll on Thursday night. It's going to be a really special time....[more]
Live Tuesday Wings XPress
Clinton Highway
Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 1:30 PM
Vol Colonel has your floor first, factual and furiously today. This begins year 6 for your Vol Colonel as a senior contributor here at Tonybasilio.com!!

Welcome to another college football season Colonel!!!

Just two more days until we kick it off under the lights in Neyland Stadium vs Appalachian State. I fully expect this Volunteer team to win the SEC East and to have a great shot at winning the whole SEC and quite possibly finding ourselves in the playoff picture at seasons end. That streak to Florida is going to end this year and Big Bad Alabama better watch out as they will be walking into a hornets nest in Neyland come October!

Thanks again to all of you for supporting what we do here at Tony's site and thank you for 6 great years of getting to talk to you folks every week. It's a true labor of love!

Have a Great Day and Go Big Orange!

Your Vol Colonel

...[more]
Monday!!! It's Game Week!!!!
Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016, 6:53 AM
It's game week!!! Can you believe that? We've waited what seems like forever for this week to get here. It seems like 20 years ago Tennessee walked that dog on Northwestern. The Vols are back in a big way. They are poised. They've had a great camp. Injuries are minimal. The East is up for grabs. The entire SEC could be up for grabs for that matter. So, what are we to make of this season...[more]
IT'S HERE
Posted: Sunday, August 28th, 2016, 7:49 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

WHAT VOL FANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT APP STATE:

OFFENSE:

-Jr QB Taylor Lamb threw for a school record 31 TDs and 2387 yds in 2015 against only nine interceptions

-SR RB Marcus Cox rushed for 1423 yds (5.9 ypc) and 9 TDs in 2015

-RBs Jalen Moore (731; 5 TDs), Terrence Upshaw (442, 3 TDs) and Lamb (436; 5 TDs) along with Cox combined to make App State the 6th best rushing team in America last

-ASU lost three of their top-4 wideouts from last season but Shaedon Meadows has big-time playmaking ability (21 catches; 20.9 ypc; 3 TDs in 2015)

-WRs Jaylan Barbour (Soph) and Jaquil Capel (Sr) will be expected to step up to aid the receiving corps....[more]
Friday Live @ Raddy's 2022 N Broadway
Posted: Friday, August 26th, 2016, 12:22 PM
Orange Throat has been spot on. I feel like either Woodward or Bernstein delivering this stuff to you on Fridays!!!

What Throaty just told you in code is that Jon Gilbert really doesn't want to be considered for this job. Yet Rick Barnes is rallying behind a reluctant candidate. I guess you could say he's Weekend at Barnsie's Ross Perot....[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 ďDougís RugĒ -the artificial surface then coach Doug Dickey preferred- but it was also Lester McClainís 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 Tennesseeís fake grass that 42 years later he sent us a fake football coach.

1974 TENNESSEE 17 UCLA 17: No I donít 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 todayÖI want to remind you that my guy Dewey Warren is returning to the Knoxville airwaves today. Humminí 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! Iím really excited about Dewey returning to the Knoxville airwaves. Weíre 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 DOESNíT BREAK MY HART: Dave Hart if nothing else has proven himself to be a polarizing figure in his five seasons as Tennesseeís 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? Thatís what a corporate hatchet does and Hart did it better than most wanted. I will be forever grateful for his part in consolidating the Menís and Womenís Departments. I appreciate him even more for ridding the building of malcontents that reputedly openly rooted against Menís athletics essentially biting the hand that fed the entire womenís department. He should also be given at least a measure of credit for returning the football program to solid footing and replenishing the departmentís almost empty coffers at the time of his arrival....[more]
MORE SEC SCHEDULE STUFF
Posted: Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 4:52 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

SEC ROAD SCHEDULE DIFFICULTY: Sometimes itís not so much who you play but where you play them. Hereís a quick glance -and assessment of difficulty- of SEC teamís conference road schedules

GAUNTLET (3 or more Testers)

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

Tide travels to all the real West contenderís stadiums

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

As if the seat wasnít 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 Iím not talking about a safety or nickel back actually tackling Antonio Callaway before he could sprint 63 yards and almost destroy the season. Iím talking about Josh Dobbsí 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 THEYíRE 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 Nationís 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 yearís 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 Pollís 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 itís 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 Iíll still think World Series home field advantage riding on the outcome is ridiculous.

-Like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera before him David Ortizí incredible career achievements pale in comparison to the respect other players have for him....[more]
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