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Live @ KenJo
1811 Sevierville Road
Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 10:04 AM
Come out and see us today in beautiful Maryville at the KenJo Market. We're at 1811 Sevierville Road right off High Street in Maryville. Going to be big fun outside there.

Orange Throat has your floor this morning!!

'Bachilio Nation:

Random musings as we join Tony in focusing on the positives of our courageous football team....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 4:05 PM
by Beano

COACH CLASSIFICATIONS: Though it was my intention to have a blog Open Date Tony B gave me yet another homework assignment on rather short notice. During The Dean and the Good Doctor Sean Sinclair’s excellent show on Wednesday some discussion on current coaches’ rankings were briefly mentioned. Especially in terms of how far ahead of the rest of the pack Nick Saban and Urban Meyer appear to be at-present. I couldn’t agree more and believe that Jim Harbaugh is the only current CFB Head Coach that belongs in the discussion. My “next level” selections below could certainly be ranked almost anywhere between 4-10 and several of their teams are having below previous standards seasons.

Before you proceed, I’m sure Tony would want you to know:...[more]
Live Thursday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 6:30 AM
TN Tech/Tennessee Weekend....Touch A Young Fan's Heart!!!

We're collecting as many tickets as possible for the UT/Tennessee Tech game to distribute to kids from families that have NEVER BEEN IN NEYLAND STADIUM. We can do this!! I think it would be an amazing thing to share UT football with as many underprivileged youngsters as possible. We are partnering in part with a group that mentors children of the incarcerated. Several listeners have conveyed that they don't have tickets but would like to contribute financially. If you would like to send UT/Tennessee Tech Tickets or $$$ to me for this most worthwhile endeavor, please do so here.

Tony Basilio Show

Box 26011...[more]
Live Wednesday @
Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 7:18 AM
I was on the air yesterday asking for reasons to feel good about the last 5 games of the season when news of Alvin Kamara's injury broke from John Brice. Great for Brice in his reportage and terrible for Tennessee. The hits just keep on coming. Plus news trickled out that Jack Jones will take the field at South Carolina with a just-operated-on wrist. Does this stuff ever end?

Fan is short for fanatic. I get that everybody is frustrated with the injuries. It's maddening but it's nothing to be mad about....[more]
Live Tuesday @ Stover's
4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 7:44 AM
Before we do anything else...A reminder for you!!! Listener watch party for South Carolina will be at Bearden Hill Fieldhouse presented by Miller Lite. Unbelievable time awaits yawl.

Vol Colonel gets in the hunt and in the mix first, factual, and furiously.

I do have one bone to pick with Bob Shoop....[more]
Monday Live at Stover's
Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016, 7:18 AM


I'm feeling you but I'm not. Bottom line Saturday is you could assemble a staff of Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Bear Bryant, Nick Saban, Doug Dickey, Lame Kiffin and Pop Warner and give them Tennessee's team as it's currently comprised (with the injuries and all) at the back end of that emotionally grueling gauntlet and the results were pretty much going to be the same....[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 16th, 2016, 2:34 PM
by Beano


A REAL PERFECT STORM: All our worst nightmares came true on Saturday versus Alabama. We played the #1 team in America -who played like the best team in the land- with as injury-riddled roster as I can recall. We couldn’t run, stop the run or protect our passer and we surrendered the 10 and 11th non-offensive TDs the Tide has scored in 2016. Put all that together and the result is a 49-10 ass whippin.

INJURIES HAVE GONE BEYOND THE EXCUSE LEVEL: We don’t beat the Alabama team we saw Saturday with a full roster....[more]
Live Today @ KenJo Market
3120 Chapman Highway
Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 7:12 PM
Huge weekend. This is why you go to school here! If you're a student at UT, it's not about academics. Be honest. It's about SEC football and all its trappings. And NOTHING says Southern college football louder than Tennessee Alabama. NOTHING.

I'm feeling a classic football game tomorrow. In Tennessee's gauntlet thus far they've played an unforgettable game with Florida plus one for the ages with Georgia while last week’s A&M contest felt like 5 football games. So, why not go out of the gauntlet with the band and dare I say save the best for last. This Tennessee team (as you'll hear today from Orange Throat is more than capable....[more]
Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 9:12 AM
by Beano



Alabama leads the SEC in scoring offense (44.8 ppg)

Alabama is 85-4 (.955) since the start of the 2008 season when rushing for at least 140 yards

Jalen Hurts (Passing-97-152; 63.8%; 1242 yds; 9 TDs; 2 INTs) (Rushing- 62 att; 4.8 ypc; 5 TDs) is the first true freshman to start at QB for Alabama since Vince Sutton in 1984

RBs Damien Harris (55-487; 8.7 ypc; 79.7 ypg; 1 TD) and Josh Jacobs (37-309; 8.3; 51.2; 3 TDs) both are averaging over 8 ypc on the season for the Tide...[more]
Live Thursday Smoothie King Walker Springs Plaza..Happy Birthday Roger (Roget)
Posted: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 6:52 AM
Let's start Thursday with a couple of items of business.

Firstly, we'll be celebrating the caller Roger's birthday today live at Noon at Smoothie King. I'm getting a cake, Coach Glanville will be there, the whole nine yards. We're really excited about it. If you feel like it, stop out and have a piece of cake and perhaps bring Roger something. He's such a wonderful guy to be around. Really inspirational. Roger has never had a bad day in his life.

Speaking of inspirational...The Fountain City Ramblers are undefeated playing on Thursday nights at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House downtown on Gay Street....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 6:08 AM
Bama week Wednesday...Why not dream a little bit? Kirkland looks back. More about this below from our family of contributors today. The betting public loves Bama. Cool. Tennessee's team is unconventional to the core. Anything can and probably will happen on Saturday. Nobody is as tested nationally as Tennessee while no team is much watch TV as the Vols are. Hence the #'s. We'll tackle this later on in the blog. We start with the latest machinations on UT's leadership search....[more]
Posted: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 6:24 AM
Beano coined a phrase for UT that is apt. He calls this place Cup Check U! Beano’s rationale is that whenever it’s going well here, keep your cup on because fate is always right around the corner. And fate dictates eventually here the bill comes due. The Danny O’Brien story is pure Cup Check U stuff.

Here’s a wonderful story at UT. He came to Tennessee as a highly thought of prospect that had a really nice career from pillar to post. He was an overachiever of sorts that’s fended off several higher rated players through his career. He had some huge moments and became a fan favorite only to see his career come to a premature end in the worst way possible. O’Brien was carried off the field on a board during his last game only to walk onto the team plane where his presence was celebrated from coast to coast in Vol Nation....[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 4:21 PM
by Beano


CAN’T KEEP TEMPTING FATE: We knew at some point the Vols could not continue to fall behind by multiple scores, be careless with the football and undisciplined -along with being short-handed- and keep coming away with victories. Even the gutsiest team in my memory as a Vol fan couldn’t continue to walk the tight rope without a net and not suffer the consequences. The Vols once again spotted an opponent a 21-point lead, lost 5 fumbles and 2 interceptions and were penalized 12 times for 81 yards. Amazing the game ever made it into overtime.

WHEN LAME EXCUSES BECOME HARD FACTS: At some point even the harshest critic has to admit that injuries are no longer a convenient excuse but a stark reality....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 10:34 PM
by Beano

HURRICANE MATTHEW CAUSES (UNWARRANTED?)TENNESSEE TORNADO It started with an erroneous report that the LSU-Florida game had been “cancelled” and didn’t slow down much when the verbiage was corrected to “postponed” as in, it will be played at some point. SECCG-starved Tennessee fans understandably were/are in a tizzy about the chances that this unfortunate victim of Mother Nature would somehow hose the Vols out of a trip to Atlanta. I want to urge Vol Nation to take a chill pill. All of our worries are based on a set of assumptions that are as iffy as the weather itself:

1-The game will not be replayed

2-The Vols will lose to both Texas A&M and Alabama...[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, 6:32 PM
by Beano

BLOWOUT THIS: As enjoyable -and successful- as the season has been I totally understand the angst among a faction of the Vol faithful that what we’re seeing is not real. The Vols slow starts and miracle late high-wire finishes are sure to catch up with them over the course of a long season. Below you will see that I too can envision two entirely different finishes neither of which would be startling to me. A caller to the Smartway, Garza, Fifth Quarter however raised a scenario that I respectfully reject. He said that Texas A&M will take Tennessee to the woodshed this Saturday. I say based on what? If you want to tell me that the Vols streak will end at 11 at Kyle Field Saturday afternoon I would say that the guys that make a living at such things believe that is exactly what will happen tabbing the Aggies as a 6 ½ pt favorite....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 3:20 PM
by Beano

ON ONE HAND: The apparent perfect setting in Athens is bothersome to me. Nick Chubb will not be at full strength if available at all. The Dawg defense was shredded last Saturday in Oxford and the offensive line had trouble moving Nicholls State. Jacob Eason has an NFL arm but his understanding of SEC football is in its infancy and thus far his WR corps has been too pedestrian to bail him out. In other words, it’s teed up; and that’s when we so often slice it into the woods.

ON THE OTHER: There is no mistaking the magnitude of the game from Tennessee’s standpoint....[more]
Posted: Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 11:00 PM
by Beano

WHERE DOES IT RANK? I was trying to quantify exactly where Saturday’s victory over the Gators ranks in Tennessee games that I have witnessed in-person. It may be the newness of it but considering the unquestioned relief it brings both from a personal and program standpoint it is very high. Here is my immediate reaction:

Blogger’s Disclosure: I did not attend the Sugar Bowl win over Miami opting instead to stay home and watch it with the family. I have never regretted that decision as it was one of my Dad’s all-time favorite Vol moments and he passed away a little over a year later....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 5:53 PM
by Beano

TIME TO THRILL KNOXVILLE: Butch Jones and company have done a nice job with frills; now it’s time for some thrills. Accepting a job few would consider, coming on the heels of the Lane Train’s sudden departure and Mike Hamilton’s -or more accurately a couple of well-known booster’s- decision to replace him with the first hobo they saw hanging around the tracks, Jones has done an admirable job of reconstruction. Butch and his staff have tirelessly repaired relationships with Tennessee high school coaches while spreading the Big Orange cheer throughout the southeast and beyond. Tennessee’s program has emerged from the depths of despair to a Top-15 ranking. The Volunteer roster is replenished to the point where every opponent must take notice of the talent in orange and consider a matchup with Tennessee as a threat to their season. The interest of the college football universe has been recaptured as well with ESPN Gameday making yet another appearance after an extended absence. The eyes of the nation are gazing once again at Tennessee’s football program and its time for Butch -and his “infallible” process- to assure they don’t turn away in amusement....[more]
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