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While initially disappointing, I think the Compass Bowl will be a very close and exciting game; much better than some of the other bowls that SEC teams are in. I am looking forward to traveling for a day and half to see my Dores. And I think that once again we will show the strength of having a national alumni base. We have NEVER not sold our allotments and we have sold over 50% of all tickets in every bowl we have attended. The total attendance for our bowl appearances has beaten that of some other SEC schools in the same bowl. We do seem to get stuck with opponents that don't travel well but we do very well. Our biggest problem is folks making uninformed comments based on the past and season ticket holders; most of our fans don't live in Tennessee. Take a look at the photos of our side of the Liberty Bowl - amazing....and why was the head of the Liberty Bowl so ecstatic to our press about the turnout.
Anyway we will enjoy the Compass Bowl and B'ham. that no other bowl games are on the day should help us too. Almost all the national sports press has commented about our placement, so they KNOW there was a problem. I am extremely proud of our team and looking forward to a great game against a very good Houston team. I encourage viewers to look at the turnout of Vandy fans at Bowl games. Go Dores!
3 days, 4 hours ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
Yes, that was one ugly game. Exactly the kind that Vandy would have lost in the past. Things are looking up in Nashville and soon will be in Knoxville too. Just wanted to thank you for recognizing what Franklin has done for us and what David Williams has done as well. DW is fantastic and we really have terrific coaches in our sports. thanks again.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 11/25/13
Horrible horrible story. But you missed one good thing related to your Sept 10 story about Coach Franklin being involved. The DA statement specifically said Franklin not involved. Also Midday 100 radio has issued an apology to Franklin for having that Allyn character on the show and stating incorrect information. :)
3 months ago on Vandy Wide Receiver Chris Boyd Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge
Sorry I don't remember the tourney but it was like Agassi forgot how to play tennis. He resorted to moon balls like a 14 year old girl. His camp was actually embarrassed they just turned away. Must of been near the end of his marriage. I have been surprised that all the tennis writers who are talking about the end of Fed haven't recalled this.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/09/reaction-reactions/49073/
Enjoyed the article. Thought it was kind of funny. Good job bringing in all the old articles.
One thing though that no one has mentioned.- Federer's terrible match wasn't as bad as Aggasi during the end of his Brook Shields marriage. I saw him play the most embarrassing match ever by a former great.....and yet Agassi got his act together after that and did very well. French Open! So we really don't know what Federer will do. He could come back like Agassi.
Thanks for writing this article. This situation is so horrible. The news now is that all of these players were offered by other major programs. Some SEC schools also offered several of these players. One thing I am pleased about - Vandy discovered it and reported it; is in complete support of the victim, and swiftly kicked them off the team and banned them from the campus. So often the victim is bashed and things are hidden but Vandy has done it correctly. . I feel terrible for the victim, the parents of the 4 young men, the Vandy football team and coaches as well as the University. This just makes me sick. I can't imagine how this ever could have happened but it is frightening how swiftly 5 lives can be completely altered. I know all of this is alleged at this point but the guys have already lost so much: Vandy education, playing for Vandy , their teammates, and they know they hurt people that they care about. Horrible horrible.
Thanks again for your fair article.
4 months ago on Vandy Rape Case An Ugly Story, But It’s Way Too Soon To Be Talking About Franklin’s Recruiting
To be honest, the quarterfinals matches were some of the most entertaining and good quality matches I have seen. All of a sudden there are some interesting women to watch and cheer for. This may have been a huge positive for the women's game. Too many people dislike Serena and Maria. Some new blood, with great talent, is just what the WTA needs.
5 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Forget Stars, This is Sports
Wow absolutely amazing. A shame that once again Nadal doesn't show up to play Federer in the quarters. I was thinking that Fed would get him this year. Hope it isn't Nadal's knees and he is ok. Congrats to the Belgian- what an extraordinary feeling for him.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on tennis.com - Rafael Nadal on Court 11
@TLSmart @Geemom I wasn't directing this about Serena but the entire tour including Maria, Azaranka, etc. wow relax - not an ounce of anti Serna meant at all. The average tour player must be 5 10. That is what I am talking about.
6 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Roland Garros: S. Williams d. Errani
I'm going to take a slightly different approach to this match. Yes, Serena is playing extraordinary tennis but come on give major props to Errani at 5' 4". She must be an amazing young woman to compete at this level against much larger women. As the mom of a 5' high school athlete who never seems to make the team against 6' giants, I am happy for Errani.
hope Ernie realizes how close he is to the big guys now. Maybe next time he can get the win.
7 months ago on tennis.com - Rome: Nadal d. Gulbis
"watch" not "was". . Sometimes the iPad autocorrect zaps me!
8 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Rally: Putting the Pros on the Couch
I thought that this was really interesting. I might start playing amateur analyst when I was tennis from now on.
A couple of ponts that may be pertinent. There may be a legal requirement that a change has to be completed by a certified letter. Second, many Vandy fans have been wondering for months now if the OSU game would be played. Apparently OSU fans have been talking about who would take the place of the Vandy game for a while now too so I don't hint this was a surprise at all. I also believe both schools are close to naming the relacements so they must have known about this for a while now. So while I absolutely agree changing isnt great, and I did like the NU games to be continued, I do think these two schools are being overly dramatic. As to changing, well I can see why Vandy needs to do this while we grow the program. This year we have the third toughest schedule according to Sagrin (sp?) so we don't need to continue that until we get the better recruits for a few more years. Getting to bowls will get us those recruits.
As to Franklin's demeanor, haven't you noticed a big change from last year? Did you watch Muschamp and Franklin during that game. Franklin looks pretty cool and calm to me.
1 year, 1 month ago on Northwestern’s Fitzgerald Rips Vandy For Last-Minute Back-Out
Rosewall is one of my top three favs along with Edberg and Federer. One thing that they all had was amazing movement. Rosewall was the original graceful, smooth, and seemingly effortless mover on the court. He has never ever gotten his due, especially as it pertains to longevity. Thanks for this article. You made me happy.
1 year, 2 months ago on tennis.com - Catching the Tape: The Artist Known as Muscles
Wish us the "same."not game. Something's I hate self correcting iPads!
1 year, 2 months ago on Beatdown In Athens A Reminder Of Just How Much Work VU's Franklin Has To Do
Excellent write up. I do think the Vandy fans are still onboard. Georgia was fantastic in all aspects of the game and probably could win the SEC and a NC. Thought the Vandy guys pulled it together after obviously being nervous at the start. They never gave up and did put some drives together. It's a long road to build a program but we are on our way. Also want to say that I haven't heard of any problems at the game during TV timeouts so want to compliment the UGA players for their sportsmanship this year. Just wish the "phantom" roughing the kicker penalty hadn't been called but at least our guys kept playing hard. SOV would have stopped trying. Wish UGA luck and hope they wish us the game.
I know this is too late for anyone to read but just to close the loop on this story. Clay Travis (a UT fan) who hosts the show where CJF made this comments has addressed that this was a part of the joke part of the radio show and went with other funny things. http://outkickthecoverage.com/all-that-and-a-bag-of-mail-when-do-you-become-a-dirty-old-man.php
Go about a third of the way down this column. The older I get, the more I realize that about 65% of the stuff we all get worked up about is: a misquote, an incomplete or out of context statement, a lie, etc. this goes for sports, religion, and politics. We all need to relax and have a sense of humor.
1 year, 6 months ago on VU's Franklin Backtracks On Wife Comments; Vandy Bosses, Too
I actually took his comments an entirely different way. Because coaching is such an intensive profession, you have to make sure the entire family can buy into the time and sacrifices needed. Plus Franklins whole thing is family at the worksite. He wants to make sure the wife is a strong, friendly type that will be a full partner in the process. The wives may end up being surrogate moms to some of these young. I admit I do get riled up sometimes about sexist stuff, but I really didn't read it that way at all. (if you recall someone's wife surely cost her husband some jobs last year)
1 year, 6 months ago on VU's Franklin Won't Hire A Guy With An Ugly Wife?
Why is the headline written as it is? Gives a completely different slant to Fed's comments than what he actually said (that was extremely complimentary to Novak).
1 year, 6 months ago on
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