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  • Honoring a VFL: John Ward June 28, 2018 At first, I chose not to write this article as I didn’t know if I could honor a legend in the right way. The more I thought about it, the more I thought about how John Ward would’ve wanted me too on the adage that you need to take every opportunity you can get and run with it. Being born in 1996 and with John retiring officially after the 1999 basketball season, most would say I don’t know who John is. Well with the power of YouTube where a lot of John’s broadcasts are and thanks to Vol For Life Films, I’ve heard him more than you might think.     John Ward was everything to Tennessee fans, especially in East Tennessee. When a fan didn’t have the opportunity to go to a game, it was straight to the closest radio and his voice would be the one to greet them, “Hello everyone, this is John Ward ... Read more
  • Vols once again in SEC/Big 12 Challange May 27, 2018 For those who don’t know, the Big 12/SEC Challenge is an annual college basketball event taking place between the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12. The conferences along with the athletic directors from the schools will create ten matchups between a Big 12 team and an SEC team. One of the greatest things about the event is that it isn’t played at neutral sites. You do not have to travel to New York or the Bahamas, two popular locations where some early season tournaments are held. The Volunteers have been a team that’s regularly participated in the challenge, only missing out of the 2013-14 season which was the year it was created. Taking a quick look at the Vols and how they’ve fared in the event, they’ve done well. In Tennessee’s first year, Donnie Tyndall’s squad beat Bruce Weber and Kansas State in Knoxville, 65-64. The Vols went to TCU in 2015, ... Read more
  • Nashville claims 2019 NFL Draft May 27, 2018 Growing up in Tennessee, the city of Nashville has always been the measuring stick as to what a city can do to make itself appealing. The two big cities on either side, Knoxville and Memphis, have developed a rivalry of sorts with our state capital as to who’s the better city with the better atmosphere.   Everyone knows what type of town Nashville is. Broadway is the center of the activity. The street is lined with honky tonk bars, six bands in six different places playing a Bruce Springsteen song at the same time. The Nashville Predators are becoming a NHL-powerhouse, with a big Stanley Cup run a year ago. The Southeastern Conference has really staked it’s claim on the city with men’s and women’s basketball tournaments being held at Bridgestone Arena along with several other events like the Music City Bowl and the Vols making a trip down every so often to a ... Read more
  • Could Mason Rudolph Start sooner then Expected May 27, 2018 The Steelers made an interesting selection in the draft that not everyone saw coming, especially Ben Roethlisberger. With the 76th pick in the third round the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph went to school all four years and was the starting quarterback for his last three. In each of those three years he completed over 60 percent of his passes, and he threw for over 4000 yards in his final two years. After finding out, Roethlisberger was not quiet about his reaction: “I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now.” Previous to the draft he made sure the Steelers franchise was aware that he think he could play “for at least three more years.” Now with this selection, people may wonder how valid GM Kevin Colbert ... Read more
  • Nashville’s “Lackluster” series with Winnipeg will change the Preds this off-season May 12, 2018 It didn’t really matter who you asked at the end of round one, most people would’ve told you without hesitation that Winnipeg-Nashville was going to go seven games, one way or another. But if you then asked who would win the series, well that could’ve gone either way as the NHL’s top two teams in terms of points were matched up in the second round. It was an interesting match-up as this was a series more tuned for the Western Conference Final with being the top two teams in the west, Nashville’s “bring the puck up on offense and play through our defense” type of style vs Winnipeg’s “electric and upbeat tempo” that was able to take care of the Minnesota Wild in five games. This Nashville team was not the team that was seeded eighth in last year’s playoffs and made in all the way to game six of the Stanley ... Read more
  • LeBron James is on his last leg in Cleveland May 12, 2018 LeBron James is more than guaranteed to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after the horrible season they have had this year even if they make the finals. James did well, but his team was mediocre at best during the regular season. While they are still in the playoffs currently, only one member of his team made a significant impact and helped Lebron not have to carry the entire team. That teammate would be, surprisingly, Tristan Thompson with 15 points and 10 rebounds in their last game with Indiana. Kevin Love came on big in the Toronto series, but still that was really the only other Cavalier that made a major impact in the series. Aside from the stats, the Cavaliers lack a championship roster. J.R. Smith can be clutch when he is hot, but he is getting up there in age and hasn’t been producing like he has before for Cleveland. Not to mention Thompson has had ... Read more
  • Vols get much needed win over No. 13 Kentucky May 5, 2018 Tennessee found itself looking for a much needed SEC win as they entered game one of a three game series with No. 13 Kentucky on Friday night. Entering the series with the Wildcats there were only nine SEC games left in the regular season and the Vols were a game out of making the SEC Tournament. With a prime opportunity hosting six of their final nine SEC games the Vols where looking to start off the series with Kentucky with a bang. It took a come from behind effort by UT, but the Vols got the win they were looking for in game one by a score of 6-2 to move to 9-13 in the SEC. Kentucky would get out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Kole Cottam hit an RBI home-run that scored Troy Squires who had drawn a walk right before Cottam came up to ... Read more
  • No. 7 Lady Vols take game one of final regular season series May 5, 2018 The No. 7 Lady Vols softball team opened up its final regular season series with a important 7-4 win over No. 24 Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi on Friday night. The Lady Vols got things started off early as three of Tennessee’s first five batters wound up on base thanks to drawing walks, starting off with Aubrey Leach drawing a lead-off walk. Two batters later Meghan Gregg would reach first base on a fielder’s choice, with Leach advancing to second base.  The next two batters Chelsea Seggern and Scarlet McSwain would both draw walks, Seggern to load the bases and McSwain to bring the games first run across in Leach. That would also cause Mississippi State to pull their starting pitcher, as Emily Williams was replaced after just one third of an inning by Candace Denis. Williams would still take the loss for State even though she only made it five batters in ... Read more
  • How Will This Year’s Rookie Quarterbacks Fit With Their New Teams May 5, 2018 The 2018 NFL Draft was last week and much of its pre-draft hype surrounded this year’s ballyhooed quarterback class. Five quarterbacks were selected in the first 32 picks, the most since 1983. Before the draft, I wrote an article breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the five first-round quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Now that the dust has settled and those five signal-callers have found their new teams, let’s break down how each one fits with his new franchise. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns Cleveland surprised many by taking Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, but according to multiple post-draft reports, Mayfield was the hottest quarterback commodity in this year’s draft. He’s the oldest quarterback that was taken in the first round and will be NFL-ready from his first day in the league, but Mayfield will have to earn the starting job in 2018 from Tyrod Taylor. And not to get ahead of myself ... Read more
  • NBA Rookie of the Year Predictions May 3, 2018 With the NBA playoffs now in the second round, the talk of who will be this season’s Rookie of the Year is at an all time high. The NBA Award ceremony isn’t until June 25th, but there is a lot of speculation as to who will win the ROY award this year. Let’s list the two top candidates and what got them on this list. Ben Simmons, PG/PF, Philadelphia 76ers Simmons has been projected to win ROY since the beginning of the season. He was injured and ruled out of his original 2016-2017 rookie season, fracturing his ankle in the final camp before the season started. Thanks to the injury 2017-2018 has become his official rookie season and since the injury Simmons has looked hungry to play basketball. He helped lead the 76ers to the playoffs and is a clear leader on that team alongside Joel Embiid. Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 total rebounds and 8.2 assists ... Read more