The NFL’s Darkest Hour

By Alex Norman Domestic violence is a serious problem in this country. According to safehorizon.org, one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. This is something we should all care about. The National Football League? Not so much. The Baltimore Ravens organization and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knew for months that Ravens […]

Adversity Pays Off For Ju’Wuan James

By Alex Norman Ju’Wuan James arrived in Knoxville in January of 2010 expecting to play for Lane Kiffin.  Instead it would be three years of Derek Dooley and one year of Butch Jones.  There wasn’t a bowl game trip to be had, or even a winning season. But at the end of the day, that […]

Vols Look Ahead to 2014 Season

By Alex Norman The best thing about the annual SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama is that no team, nor their fans, has had their hearts ripped out yet.  Games are still 6 weeks away. On Tuesday, July 15 the Tennessee Volunteers took to the podiums in front of over 1200 credentialed media members and […]

SEC Media Days Recap (in Advance)

By Alex Norman People in the Southeast tend to take their college football a little bit too seriously.  Case in point the annual SEC Media Days event in Hoover, Alabama. For four days, coaches and players from all 14 teams show up at the Wynfrey Hotel to talk about the upcoming season.  At the same […]

Peyton Manning gives back to Knoxville yet again

By Alex Norman It’s always a special occasion when Peyton Manning, one of the best football players in Tennessee history, returns to Knoxville. Manning was in town last week to renew acquaintances, and to headline his own charity golf tournament, the Peyton Manning Golf Classic, which was held at Fox Den Country Club in Farragut. […]

The Tragic Case of Janzen Jackson

By Alex Norman You are Janzen Jackson… you have been charged with murder. There was a time when you were one of the nation’s top football recruits for the Class of 2009, out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rivals.com says you run a 4.43 40.  You are a 5-star prospect. For almost […]

World Cup Fever Hits Knoxville

By Alex Norman I’m going to admit that I’m writing this article on the eve of the World Cup, so for all I know Knoxville will show complete indifference to one of the biggest sporting events in the universe… But when you look at the way that the sport has grown in recent years, the […]

It’s Time For Fans To Stop Being Creepy

By Alex Norman If you are a Tennessee football fan that pays attention to recruiting, the odds are you know about Torrance Gibson. According to 247 Sports, Gibson is a “dual–threat quarterback” that is considered to be the 14th best recruit in the nation, and the number one “athlete” in the Class of 2015. He […]

And Then There Were Three: Riley Ferguson to Leave Vols

By Alex Norman For a while it appeared that the unlikely was going to happen… All four of Tennessee’s quarterbacks in 2013 were going to return to the Vols in 2014. Reality set in last week, when it became known that redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson was likely to continue his college career at another school. […]

The Non-Sports Era

By Alex Norman “Daddy, what was it like when they just played games and we didn’t pay attention to things off the field/court?” “No one knows Timmy… no one knows…” This is where we are now as a sports culture.  Blame the internet and the leagues and the greed and the owners and the players […]

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