A night with the Nashville Predators

By Alex Norman At the time of this writing the Nashville Predators were playing the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals.  The Predators are trying to get to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. Full disclosure:  I am not a Nashville Predators fan.  My allegiances lie with one of […]

Q&A with Tennessee commit Ollie Lane

By Alex Norman From time to time we like to catch an area athlete for a quick question and answer session.  Recently The Knoxville Focus spoke one on one with Gibbs offensive lineman Ollie Lane, who has verbally committed to Tennessee’s Class of 2018.  Lane chose Tennessee over Virginia Tech and Duke, among others. Knoxville […]

The Irrationality of Sports Fandom

By Alex Norman So, I’m a big hockey fan.  The team and the situation aren’t important to the story, but recently my team lost a playoff game that they had greatly in hand. It bothered me.  It bothered me the point that the rest of my day was ruined, as was the next day. I […]

Vols Spring Football Completed: What We Learned (And Didn’t)

By Alex Norman Well, that’ll do it… The next time we see the Vols it’ll be on September 4th at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, when Tennessee plays Georgia Tech. Spring football finished up for the Vols on Saturday, April 22nd at the rain shortened Orange & White Game. So what did we learn […]

Josh Dobbs will be an NFL quarterback

By Alex Norman During his four years at Tennessee, Josh Dobbs was seemingly known first and foremost as a smart kid that also played quarterback. That was the narrative.  There were seemingly endless stories in print, on-line and on your television about how Dobbs was an aerospace engineering major.  He was named one of the […]

Orange & White Game Preview

By Alex Norman On Saturday the Vols will play… well… the Vols in the annual Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium. This is an opportunity for Tennessee fans to lose their minds with the playing of a scrimmage. To save you the trouble of actually attending the game or watching it on SEC Network […]

My ticket buying experience with the Nashville Predators

By Alex Norman So, let me start this story by telling you that in the end, everything worked out. You don’t have to feel sorry for your favorite Knoxville sports columnist. That would be me… Alex Norman. So, I’m a big hockey fan, and try to go to games in Nashville any chance I get. […]

Ken Sparks was one of a kind

By Alex Norman East Tennessee lost one of its greatest ambassadors on Wednesday, March 29th when Carson-Newman football coach Ken Sparks passed away at the age of 73, following a five year battle with prostate cancer. “It is a sad day at Mossy Creek,” said Carson-Newman University President J. Randall O’Brien. “Coach Sparks leaves a […]

Spring practice underway for Vols

By Alex Norman If the weather can be a harbinger of things to come, the Tennessee Volunteers had to like what greeted them on Tuesday, March 21st. The first day of spring practice took place under sunny skies with few clouds, and temperatures in the lower 70’s. That weather was not in alignment with the […]

Tennessee Spring Football: What To Watch For

By Alex Norman Folks, it is ok that you are going through football withdrawl.  I get it.  I’m right there with you. The good news is that this week, football is back! Well, kind of. Tennessee will hold its first of 15 spring practices on Tuesday, March 21st.  Spring football will conclude with the annual […]