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Posted: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 9:59 AM • Permalink
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As soon as UT/Florida goes final, we'll be on live taking your calls. I've decided that Tennessee is going to win this game tonight and they're going to win it rather handily. You'll be reading the reasons why below. I feel great about this game not so much from the Tennessee standpoint but Florida is just not very good. They're in Kentucky territory in terms of a match up for the Vols.

The Pleasure Was All Mine: I had the absolute pleasure of being on a podcast hosted by two 14 year old young men. We recorded this on Monday. Carson and Elijah Crouch host the Give Him 6 Podcast. These are two sports fanatics. We had a great talk before the recording session began. These two young guys inspired me!!!

More on this later. In the meantime, click on the link and I'm sure this will make you smile and proud to be in a fan base with great young fans such as these. Link

I walked away from our conversation with this thought.....Quoting Big Will....What about the kids? Or more to the point, how would you feel if you were one of these young guys and you were a Tennessee sports fan? Let's say they became fans at the age of 10 (which is a fair bet). If this is the case, they've seen so little from Tennessee to cheer for in either football or basketball.

In Carson & Elijah's time of fandom, in football, Tennessee has:

Lost 3 times to Vanderbilt.

Lost to Kentucky (twice in 7 years).

Suffered an 0-8 regular season.

Been shepherded by Butch Jones.

Won once against Florida.

Never beaten Alabama.

Finished near the bottom of the SEC East Standings.

Produced more shame than fame.

Given them a coaching search they'll never live down.

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In Carson & Elijah's time of fandom in basketball, Tennessee has:

Made one NCAA Tournament appearance.

Missed ANY post-season 3 times.

Had 3 basketball coaches.

Been a virtual eye-sore.

Think about it...Where are the fans and ticket buyers of the future going to come from? How do you reach these young people when the highs have been so few?

What does it say about the character of these young men that they choose to love the Big Orange? And loving the Big Orange these days is almost a thankless deal. I wouldn't blame any young person for gravitating to another program more gratifying.

Both of these young guys told me about the role YouTube has played in their fandom. Both of these young guys have video to remind them of Tennessee's glory days and glory games.

Highlights of Elijah and Carson's days as fans include:

Home Football win over Florida in 2016!!!

Hail Mary win over Georgia 2016!!!

Bowl wins over Iowa, Nebraska & Northwestern!!!

Three straight wins over Kentucky in basketball!!!

The 2017-18 basketball season....

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That's pretty much it unless you want to include winning The Battle at Bristol.

It's really sad if you stop and think about it.

In fact, even the Lady Vols have basically ceased to exist as a true national power during these young guysʻ era of fandom.

It's almost absurd how little our young fans have had to cheer or get excited about.

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Tennessee is almost getting to the point where they're going to have to produce something to energize young fans or they're going to lose a generation of young people.

And again, I wouldn't blame any young person for turning to EPL soccer or Predators hockey for a sports fix at this point.

I just wanted to shine the light on these refreshing young people whom I really feel sorry for as young fans. They deserve more feel good moments from their Tennessee fandom.

Is this the worst stretch when you factor in the football/hoops (men's & women's) that any of us can remember? I'm venturing to say the answer to that is a whole hearted yes. Here's an idea....Share with young people that you know in Vol Nation that great times are going to roll around here really soon. Encourage them not to give up the fight. I'm being serious here.

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Griffin’s 3 Pointers- Florida

1. “Thompson-Boling’s Home Sweet Home To Me”- The Florida Gators have only won 2 of their last 11 trips to TB since 2003. In addition, the Gators have lost 2 straight and 5 out of their last 7. Although, they are 4-1 against ranked opponents this season.

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2. As A Team- 17-10 (8-6) On The Road 4-3
Non conference notable wins- Gonzaga 111-105, Cincinnati 66-60, and Baylor 81-60.

Losses- Duke 84-87, Florida State 66-83, Loyola Chicago 59-65, and Clemson 69-71.

SEC ranked 3rd Steals 7.0 UT ranked 4th 6.7 SEC ranked 4th Scoring 77 UT ranked 9th 75.2 SEC ranked 5th 3 Point % 37.6 UT ranked 3rd 38 SEC ranked 5th Free Throw % 73.8 UT ranked 2nd 74.9 SEC ranked 11th Field Goal % 43.4 UT ranked 9th 44.2

3. Who To Look Out For- Chris Chiozza 6’0” Senior Guard from White Station High School in Memphis, TN (same High School as Dane Bradshaw and JP Prince).

Four Star prospect and Top-50 player in 2014.

Minutes Per Game- 32.0, Field Goal %- 107-253 42.3, Three Point %- 33-91 36.3, Free Throw %- 62-73 84.9, Persona Fouls- 61, Assists- 159, Turnovers- 47, Steals- 51, and Points Per Game- 11.4 Leads the team in Minutes, Personal Fouls, Assists, Steals, and Turnovers

SEC ranked Tied 1st Assists 5.9 SEC ranked 2nd Steals 1.9 SEC ranked 9th Free Throw % 84.9

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It's back to the grind for The IX. Time for the countdown to March to begin.

1. Tennessee could really use a win tonight to keep from losing the momentum they've built over the course of the season. The last 4 games have not been pretty.

2. Florida is probably even more desperate entering the arena tonight. The Gators are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.

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3. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't comment yet again on the patent absurdity of two Eastern time zone schools tipping off at 9 PM on a weeknight. Makes absolutely zero sense.

4. Georgia will try to keep their faint NCAA Tournament hopes alive in South Carolina tonight. The Bulldogs probably need to win out in the regular season to have a shot at the field.

5. Alabama goes for the season sweep of Auburn on The Plains tonight. A win would provide a huge resume boost for the Tide.

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6. It'll be interesting to see what Kentucky does moving forward. The Cats played their best game of the season in Fayetteville.

7. The Big 12 appears to have played most of a wild regular season to land in the usual spot. Kansas appears to have control of the league yet again.

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8. Middle Tennessee is a great college basketball success story. Kermit Davis has done a phenomenal job of sustaining success in Murfreesboro.

9. I admit to more than a little bias regarding the situation, but Ole Miss is far from certain to end up with a better basketball coach than Andy Kennedy. That job is incredibly challenging.

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Tonight's Game Is Serious..... for Florida: They have an opportunity to get a YUUUUGE win on the road in tonight's 9pm start. Gator beat writer Kevin Brockway painted a picture yesterday on the air of an underachieving Gator team that both plays up and down to the athletes in front of them. Florida has lost 9 games OUTRIGHT as a favorite. They come in to tonight as one of Jerry Palmʻs last four team in the NCAA Tournament. Brockway told me that there's potential for Tennessee to bludgeon Florida inside if the Vols will stay disciplined on offense. Plus Chris Chiozza has really struggled while the Gators have been prone to lose interest on the defensive end. I'll say it right now before I hand it off to Mark Griffin for his three pointers....If Tennessee doesn't beat this team tonight, I'm going to hit the orange alert panic button. There's no reason Tennessee shouldn't win this game handily. And remember, I'm the guy that told you one week ago that South Carolina would be a tough game and that I didn't like Tennessee at Georgia. Tennessee should absolutely get well tonight at the expense of a lifeless Florida squad.

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World Domination Tour Continues: Nick Saban covets it all!!! You're not allowed to enjoy anything. We're all in his playpen and EVERY damn toy is behind him. All we can do is twiddle our thumbs. Bama OWNS it ALL. As if Saban needed Miami's D Line player development coaching genius. Link

Final Thought: So, Louisville has been stripped of a title that was already played, celebrated...Does this mean that the game didn't happen now? Does the NCAA go on line and destroy all video evidence of it on YouTube and other venues? Will the NCAA confiscate all National Championship rings, shirts, jackets, etc? Does Rick Pitino's gnarly back tattoo get erased? Do all Twitter posts and Facebook threads get locked and lost to history? Does the NCAA confiscate all memorabilia held by Louisville fans? Is Michigan the new 2013 NCAA Champion? Let me help you out....NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO and NO!!! So, NCAA...shut the hell up, stop it and go away. I can't wait until the FBI embarrasses college basketball the way it deserves to be embarrassed the administrative level.

See you today on the radio and tonight after the game on our app/stream/facebook live & Periscope…

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Our Family Of Offerings:

‘X-Cast: A Recruiting Podcast’: Featuring Tony Basilio & ‘X’ where we discuss the latest moves, behind the scenes machinations and all the intrigue from the world of recruiting. This will hopefully be offered twice monthly with lengths varying. If this takes off perhaps we can even do some live offerings of this show. THIS IS BEING OFFERED COMMERCIAL FREE!!!

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Fifth Quarter Fan Reaction: Back for season 4. Sponsored by Marcos Garza. This year with NO OTHER SPONSORS. This will be pure content for you. I’m taking a chance here but I know you will reward me for not bombarding you with messages Vol Network style. This program will run for at least 3 hours following Tennessee Football Games. We will have new visual presentation of this feature as well that we’re investing in. Thanks to Jayson Swain for helping me with the technical side of our visual presentation.

Southeastern Sunday Night: 7p to 9p on Sunday Nights airing on Periscope/Facebook Live and other platforms including your Tony Basilio Show App. This will be a regional program that aims to keep it real. We will tell the truth on us, them and all with you. This could be a lot of fun if you help me spread the word across the region. This hopefully will turn into a free for all that is free for all. ZERO SPONSORS. COMMERCIAL FREE OFFERING.

Vol-Scars: A podcast featuring Vol Historian Tom Mattingly and Eric S where we go back in time and commemorate the painful losses in UT football history that left a mark. These shows are extremely time intensive to put together. I’ve worked all summer on these offerings and am really proud of what we’ve compiled thus far. I think you’ll really enjoy this. COMMERCIAL FREE.

Gate Twenty Won: A podcast Featuring Vol Historian Tom Mattingly where we celebrate the greatest wins in UT history in time capsule form. These are a breath of fresh air and the type of programming I’m aiming to bring to you . COMMERCIAL FREE

Chill Cast: Tell Me A Story: A podcast where I grab folks from the sports world and our community and allow them to share their stories with us. This will be done in the spirit of the recent re-launch programs that I did. We’ll aim to go deeper here. Stay tuned. COMMERCIAL FREE.

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Garza On The Law: A Podcast dealing with the legal issues that invade the sports world featuring the great Marcos Garza. We will go deeper here. I promise that you will find this interesting. Presented by Garza Law Firm.

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A: Absolutely. I'm looking forward to year #24 with you.

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A: Great question. 'Subscribe' is a misnomer. What you actually are doing if you choose to help us monthly (and we need this for budgeting reasons) is actually acting as a patron. The goal is to keep the content (ALL CONTENT, from postgame offerings to various podcasts) free for all.

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A: Because you value the content and our contribution to the market and you want to help us keep this stuff free for everybody.

Q: Are you going to beat us up for money all the time here?

A: Absolutely not. I will bring this up a few times heading into the football season as we attempt to meet our financial goals and create new programming. I'll also mention it in the post-game format as well as the regional programming. I will not however wear you out with this. Either you feel the need to help us or you don't. This is why I'm taking today to field some question I received after day one.

Q: What happens if this doesn't generate the revenue you're seeking?

A: We will scale back our online offerings accordingly. The blog itself could even disappear. I really don't want this to happen but will be forced to spend my time in the most profitable way necessary. That's why we're having the conversation. All my cards are on the table here.

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